Six staff killed in deadliest attack at Congo’s Virunga National Park

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Gorillas, Green, Mammals, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Suspected members of an armed militia ambushed and killed five park rangers and a driver in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on April 9, park authorities saidThe attack, the deadliest in the park’s history, brings to 175 the toll of Virunga rangers who have been killed while guarding the park to date.Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to rare mountain gorillas, but continues to be plagued by the long-running armed conflict wracking the eastern DRC. Suspected members of an armed militia ambushed and killed five rangers and a driver in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, park authorities said, in the deadliest attack yet at what is already one of the most dangerous conservation sites in the world.A sixth ranger was wounded but survived the attack, park authorities said in a press release.Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is best-known for hosting the critically endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). But it has also been beset by the long-running conflict in the eastern DRC, with armed rebels, militias and poachers encroaching deep into the park. The latest ambush was the deadliest yet in a long list of attacks that have claimed the lives of 175 park rangers to date, the authorities said.“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our colleagues yesterday,” chief warden and park director Emmanuel de Merode said in the statement. “Virunga has lost some extraordinarily brave rangers who were deeply committed to working in service of their communities. It is unacceptable that Virunga’s rangers continue to pay the highest price in defense of our common heritage and we are devastated that their lives have been cut short in this way.”Those killed in the ambush were named as rangers Jean de Dieu Byamungu, 25; Barthelemie Kakule Mulewa, 28; Théodore Kasereka Prince, 25; Liévin Mumbere Kasumba, 28, and Kananwa Sibomana, 22; and park staff driver Ila Muranda, 30.“We send our deepest condolences to the families, wives and children they leave behind and remain committed to creating a better future for eastern Congo,” de Merode said.Park authorities blamed the ambush on the Mai-Mai militia, an umbrella term for the disparate armed groups that remain active in the eastern DRC provinces of North and South Kivu, near the border with Rwanda.Monday’s attack in the central sector of the 7,800-square-kilometer (3,000-square-mile) park came just over a week after an armed group killed yet another park ranger, Faustin Biriko Nzabakurikiza, on April 1. Nzabakurikiza leaves behind a pregnant wife and 10-month-old child.Park authorities have since 2007 run a Fallen Rangers Fund to support the families of Virunga rangers killed in the line of duty.Virunga National Park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Photo by Fanny Schertzer via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

CECAFA a CHAN training ground for Rwanda- Hey

first_img“It is never a good thing for anyone to lose but to me what is more important is to give these young players a chance to develop. This is the best opportunity for them to learn because in the event we have injuries or suspensions for big matches, it is never the right opportunity to give them (young players) game time,” Hey said.Rwanda qualified for next year’s CHAN in Morocco after beating Ethiopia in a two-legged play off.CAF handed the favor back to East Africa after Egypt turned down the offer handed to them after initial hosts Kenya were stripped of the hosting rights.The Amavubi hosted the last CHAN in 2016 where they lost out 2-1 after extra time to eventual champions DR Congo in the Quarter Finals.Hey has also insinuated he will field a different team when they play Libya in their third Group A match on Thursday. It will be more of a dress rehearsal for the two sides as they will also clash in the same CHAN group.Rwanda’s Maxime Sekamana vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Feisal Salum Abdallah during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a good test to our players because some of them are playing their first match on the international level. It is a learning process to get players ready for CHAN and see what options we have. The loss gave us good insight on what players we can count on and which ones need more time,” Hey said.He has admitted that the team is not ready for CHAN which starts mid-next month but acknowledges with the tournament and a few weeks of training, he will be able to get the team into the shape he requires.“We are testing different line ups, different positions and tactics and it is part of our long term to build the young players,” he noted.Meanwhile, his Zanzibar counterpart Hemed Suleiman was not carried away with the huge win, but says his players will build on it especially ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s ‘local derby’ against Tanzania Mainland.“Rwanda is a good team and beating them is a huge plus for us. This game is behind us but it gives us confidence to take a game at a time. We want to do well and our primary aim is to get to the semi-finals,” Suleiman said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey watches from the touchline during rwanda’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2017 opening game against Kenya in Kakamega on December 3, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6- Despite suffering back to back losses at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey says he is not entirely disappointed, pointing out his biggest target travelling in for the tournament is to prepare for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).The former Harambee Stars boss changed his entire team for their second game against Zanzibar on Tuesday afternoon, seeing them suffer a shocking 3-1 loss in Machakos, less than two days after losing 2-0 to Harambee Stars in Kakamega.last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday boss Luhukay slates team’s defending after defeat at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images​Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay admitted his side were punished for some sloppy defending in their defeat at QPR.Wednesday were beaten 3-0 at Loftus Road, where Nahki Wells, on as a substitute, fired home with seven minutes remaining after goals from Tomer Hemed and Luke Freeman.“In our defending we were not consistent enough and did not clear the dangerous moments. The goals were too easy,” Luhakay said.“We were not strong enough to win and the result of 3-0 says something about this game.“At 1-0 we had three or four moments when the ball was not lucky for our strikers to ​score​ and then QPR came one time in the second half and scored a second goal.“Our team did not give up. But the third goal we also gave away, losing the ball in a dangerous area.“When you do that you invite the opponent to score the third goal and then it’s over.“In possession we were poor. We could not keep the ball and every time the ball went to one of our strikers we were losing the ball.“The crucial moment was the second goal. Before that you must make it 1-1 and the game maybe goes in a different direction.”See also:McClaren hails Wells after QPR win again Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoFood PreventAnti-Aging Foods That Will Make Your Skin GlowFood PreventUndoElcondicional.com找出為什麼你應該停止吃白麵包Elcondicional.comUndoU.S Green Card – Free check您是否符合入籍美國的資格?快速檢查一下。U.S Green Card – Free checkUndoHashtagchatterHuman Barbie Takes Off Makeup, Doctors Have No WordsHashtagchatterUndoHair Transplant | Search AdsThe Cost of Hair Transplant in Dubai Might Surprise YouHair Transplant | Search AdsUndoRelocation Target11 Most Luxurious Hotels That Will Surprise YouRelocation TargetUndolast_img read more

Of cupcakes and hockey sticks: Sharks say they have routines, but not superstitions

first_imgSAN JOSE — The first rule about having superstitions is to not to refer to them as being superstitions.They’re called routines, in case you were curious.“Superstition has this stigma about it,” Sharks winger Evander Kane said. “Superstitions are fine. Everybody has them, whether they admit it or not.”The Sharks have won six straight going into Tuesday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers. They’ve completely turned around their season in that time, going from a team that was at the …last_img

Innovation legacy of World Cup

first_imgDurban’s Moses Mabhida stadium ishailed as a masterpiece of designand technology. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Manola SanchezWBS communications director+27 11 717 3615RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 media hub at Nasrec • New infrastructure for World Cup • Better broadband for Africa • World Cup ticket sales soarJanine ErasmusAlthough the 2010 Fifa World Cup has come to an end, experts say the spirit of it will endure in the sporting achievements and many humanitarian initiatives which have sprung up around it, and the lasting improvements in infrastructure and technology.This is the view of a number of academics and IT specialists, who gathered at the Wits Business School (WBS) in Johannesburg in July to discuss relevant aspects of the World Cup legacy. The meeting was held under the auspices of the WBS Strategic Management of Innovation Seminar Series in conjunction with the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).Titled 2010 Fifa World Cup: What does it mean for South Africa’s innovation and capability building?, the panel featured Nhlanhla Mabaso, the director of Computer and Network Services at Wits; Adrian Schofield, JCSE’s Applied Business Unit manager; Mayan Mathen, CTO of Dimension Data; and Gillian Saunders of specialist advisory company Grant Thornton.Introducing the panel, organisational behaviour specialist Dr Wendy Ngoma, acting WBS head, said that innovation brings out the best in people who care enough to want to change the status quo.Hosting the World Cup called for much of that attitude in order to meet with Fifa’s exacting specifications – but it’s also an approach that will enable South Africa to reap the benefits of its multi-billion-rand investment in years to come.Caribbean-born Prof Gillian Marcelle, head of strategy and innovation at WBS, chaired the panel. She explained that the Strategic Management of Innovation seminar series group meets every two months to discuss ways of getting innovative ideas out to the public. Typical topics include biotechnology, infrastructure and entrepreneurship.“It’s a completely open group and everybody is welcome to join us,” said Marcelle. “You just have to have an interest in innovation.”The experts gave their views on how the World Cup has benefited South Africa in terms of the many improvements in infrastructure and technological systems, and how these improvements could be efficiently used in the future.Maximising opportunities“South Africa has once again demonstrated its ability to pull off the big one,” said Schofield. “Why can’t we achieve this level of success in areas such as education, security, health or job creation? Perhaps the real innovation lies in motivating government processes to achieve these outcomes.”As proof of South Africa’s innovative skills, Schofield mentioned the design of new stadiums and the communications infrastructure that connects the magnificent buildings, Fifa offices, and broadcasters to the impressive International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and IT Control Centre in Johannesburg.“Yes, it was a Fifa requirement, but South Africa put it together,” said Schofield, adding that it was unfortunate that Fifa saw fit to import much of the expertise. “But I hope that our local industry has watched and learned all that it could. For instance, with high-definition and 3D television, we should now be thinking not only of manufacturing the hardware, but of developing suitable content.”The one area where technology failed, said Schofield, was in the ticketing system, the complexity of which was ill-suited to Africa, and was not adapted by Fifa until it was almost too late. “It was a good opportunity for local ticketing companies, but sadly they missed out.”Schofield discussed ways in which all this new technology can be put to good use, but added that it would require some imagination. “The IBC broadband infrastructure cannot be wasted, and it would be a great idea to build a hi-tech campus on that site, once the moveable equipment has been taken away.”Schofield also described the fan park sites as areas with great potential for outdoor entertainment venues and cinemas, or even places where communities can gather to learn more about important government programmes.The stadiums present another challenge, he said. With their cutting-edge technology they should not be limited to hosting just rugby and football matches. “We could turn them into support structures for local schools, using them as giant classrooms or extra sports fields.”This is especially fitting, he said, in light of the fact that one of Fifa’s most publicised legacy goals of the tournament is education.“The stadiums also hold great promise as focal points for surrounding communities, by hosting internet cafes or health clinics, for example. We mustn’t starve ourselves of the opportunities presented to us by the World Cup, but rather, turn them to our maximum advantage.”Cutting-edge technology in stadiumsDimension Data’s Mathen shared a few of the World Cup’s highly specialised IT developments with the audience.“Although for me, one of the greatest legacies was in the social aspect,” he said. “I wasn’t too excited until the opening ceremony, but now I value the opportunity to have met so many new people.”The 415 000 jobs created, the cumulative global audience of around 26.9-billion, the boost to South Africa’s economy – while these are all factors that cannot be ignored, said Mathen, there are other aspects that are equally impressive.“The infrastructure development and upgrades to national roads has changed my life. There have been huge improvements made to roads, airports, stadiums and hotels, as well as our communications capability. Emergency services disaster centres in major cities have been upgraded, which allows for a better coordinated effort when it comes to managing disasters.”In terms of safety and security, said Mathen, the South African Police Service created a dedicated 2010 team of 41 000 members, while the police reservist force is to grow from 45 000 to around 100 000.Other safety and security benefits are less noticeable – yet no less significant. “South Africa’s e-border system is one of only three in the world that works on a cloud computing platform. It constantly scans international databases to keep track of potentially undesirable people as they travel.”Mathen said that eThekwini, or Durban, is now a digital city with one of the world’s top fibre-optic cable networks. “The city can now offer smart connect services to small businesses, and runs more efficiently in general.”The recent broadband developments and newly operational undersea cables have opened up tremendous opportunities. “We have great broadband capability – but entrepreneurs now need to come up with ideas to utilise it.”Mathen also mentioned that during the World Cup, South Africa became one of the highest “tweet” sources in the world, referring to the Twitter social network phenomenon. “We averaged around 750 tweets per second, with some 3 500 going out every second during World Cup matches.”He described Johannesburg’s Soccer City as the largest World Cup stadium ever built. “It has 17-million tons of steel and 11-million bricks – all sourced locally. We have thousands of workers now trained in construction skills.”Turning to the Cape Town stadium, the jewel of the city, Mathen talked about the various systems installed in the showpiece to ensure fans’ safety. “It has a facial recognition surveillance system that can send instant alerts to the police if a wanted individual is spotted on the closed circuit television system. The stadium’s electronic ticketing system and intelligent fire management systems are world class. Even the police vehicles have cutting-edge systems that allow them to travel up to 160 kph while doing facial and number-plate recognition.”The Cape Town stadium is also highly energy efficient, he said, and is run by an intelligent building management system.And the expertise gained by South Africans working on these projects has not been wasted. “As a result of the work done during the World Cup, our people have been consulted by agencies working on future events such as the next Fifa World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and the two upcoming Rugby World Cups.”Protecting bordersDoctoral candidate Mabaso talked about other legacy aspects such as improvements to the border control system developed in 1985, and still used successfully today by border officials.“Although improvements have been made over the years, the system received a big jump for 2010,” he said. The new movement control system was responsible for thwarting the plans of a number of identified hooligans, who tried to enter the country during the World Cup.The country also implemented other innovations such as hand-held passport processing devices at international airports, which can service new arrivals while they’re still standing in the queue. These were piloted in South Africa during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.“Other long-term legacy aspects,” he said, “are the development of sustainable technologies, and a boost in confidence in South Africa both internally and externally. There are one or two more negative aspects such as the possibility of white elephants, but these can be overcome with some imagination.”New visitors to South AfricaGillian Saunders talked about tourism aspects of the World Cup, saying that official data would only be released later in the year, but meanwhile the company had projected just under 400 000 World Cup visitors, using ticket sale figures.“We took the number of ticket sales versus the average number of games a visitor would watch, a figure gleaned from previous tournaments, and came to a result of about 373 000 visitors.”The tourism spend, said Saunders, was up by 0.48% compared to normal July figures, and the GDP would benefit by an additional 1.72% in total.“We also can’t ignore the profiling of South Africa on the world stage, helped by the presence of 18 850 media professionals in the country. We’ve benefited from increased national pride and a new can-do attitude, and we’re also seeing more football development as well as football and rugby integration.”The World Cup, said Saunders, would give South Africa the opportunity to grow its event and leisure tourism sector, as the tournament has given the country access to new markets and new countries.“We’ve also broken new ground in cyberspace. We’re the first World Cup to make extensive use of social media,” she said, adding that for the first time Africa is seen internationally as a place with a realistic growth potential.last_img read more

Now dominant Naomi Osaka out to ‘get another one’ at Indian Wells

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MARCH 07: Naomi Osaka of Japan fields questions from the media at a press conference during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 07, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPOne year after she burst onto the scene with an Indian Wells WTA triumph that launched a meteoric rise to world number one, Naomi Osaka is looking forward, not back.The Japanese star, who in January added an Australian Open title to the US Open crown she seized in September, says she’s a long way from the carefree, unseeded player who arrived at the California desert last year ranked 44th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ AFC presidential candidate pledges more cash to members “I kept playing really great players in every round and I was just like, I’m here for a good time, you know.“But then I kept winning, I was like, ‘Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did.”It hasn’t been a smooth progression ever since, back-to-back Grand Slam titles notwithstanding.She went through a phase of putting “ridiculous pressure” on herself at every tournament.Finally, she says, she “just decided to have fun again,” and set herself some mature goals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “For me, it’s not a dramatic change,” Osaka said. “Maybe if it was a fitness trainer it would be more dramatic. I’m still hitting and doing the same things.“The drills are different but I’m still playing the same way.”And she indicated they are quickly building a rapport.“I talk to Jermaine a lot, he’s a really easy going guy,” she said. “He asks me questions and I like to think a lot so it definitely helps me out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just want to do the things that I practice and know that I can do well and even if things aren’t going my way try to find a way to win matches,” she said.“I think I did that in the Australian Open. Hopefully I can refine that skill.”Helping her work on that will be new coach Jermaine Jenkins, former hitting partner of Venus Williams and US Tennis Association national women’s coach.Jenkins joined Osaka’s team last week after Osaka shocking split with coach Sascha Bajin 17 days after her Australian Open triumph.“He seemed like a really good choice (as coach) because I do like to hit with a guy,” she said. “He seemed like he was a good hitter, too.”Mladenovic rematchBetween coaches Osaka played her first match as world number one and lost in Dubai to 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic.Osaka will get a chance to avenge that defeat when she faces Mladenovic in her second-round Indian Wells opener on Saturday.Mladenovic booked the rematch with a 7-5, 6-2 first-round victory over Zheng Saisai on Thursday.Osaka said that so far working with Jenkins hadn’t altered her routine too much. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end But she’s learning to cope with the pressure of heightened expectations, and that includes thinking of her first ever title defense as a clean slate.“It’s not about defending, it’s about getting another one,” she said. “I don’t really believe in defending, I believe in getting another one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I was just here to have fun, maybe get to the quarters,” she admitted of her mindset in 2018.“It sounds bad saying it but it’s true because I never really went far in a tournament like this. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Touch Football Australia forges closer ties with Japan Touch Association through historic agreement

first_imgFollowing the successful hosting and securing of the 2015 Touch World Cup mid last year, Touch Football Australia today confirmed an historic partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA). The agreement (MoU) demonstrates the strong desire and commitment of the world’s leading Touch Football nation to help facilitate growth of the game internationally and build further on the great relationship between both countries. The key elements of the five-year agreement focus on improving Japan’s competitive standard of international competition through coaching support and athlete improvement and participation at events.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire was in Japan last week with an Australian touring party of High Performance representatives, signing off on the MoU together with JTA Chairman, Shusaku Kuchimoto, and officials in Tokyo. “We are delighted to be in a position to partner with and form a long-standing agreement with Japan Touch Association and help shore up their future on the international stage,” he said.“The agreement provides a robust pathway for their growth and competitiveness against international teams in future years and enshrines our commitment to support them in their quest for excellence and improvement,” Maguire added.“The overall objective of the MoU is to assist the overall High Performance and development objectives of the JTA by facilitating overall access to TFA resources both human and material: these are inclusive of coaching support which we have thoroughly enjoyed through our current visit and participation in international and domestic events.“To this end, this will see Japanese teams joining the 2016 Trans Tasman Series event in Auckland (April) for the first time and expanding their presence in future years’ instalment of the Trans Tasman and other events.”By extension, Australian Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts, fresh from his Touch World Cup success and who was also in Japan conducting coaching clinics alongside TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, has been confirmed as head coach of the Japanese teams, effective from the 2016 Trans Tasman event. Maguire went on to say the agreement is part of the ongoing commitment by both Touch Football Australia and Touch New Zealand to open the doors to the world to participate more often against the two best nations in the world. “Notwithstanding the level of competition but our events are also the best in the world and buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2015 Touch World Cup and the mounting desire to participate in our events, we will further expand into 2017,” Maguire said. “This will include the facilitation of entry of Japan and other nations around the world to join the 2017 Trans Tasman event in Open and Senior divisions.“Our key partners at Touch New Zealand are equally excited to extend the invitation for Japan to compete and significantly open up their development and exposure opportunities.”  Related Files160125_tfa_and_jta_mou_media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksTFA/JTA Agreementlast_img read more

Report Redshirt sophomore forward David Bell transferring from Ohio State

OSU redshirt sophomore center David Bell (10) finds himself surrounded by three Walsh defenders during the Buckeye’s exhibition match-up on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore David Bell will transfer from Ohio State after three seasons with the program, a source close to the team confirmed to The Lantern. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.Bell was often the third center off the bench when former OSU center Trevor Thompson and now-sophomore Micah Potter were in foul trouble.The Cleveland native from Garfield Heights High School was a member of the 2014 recruiting class. He redshirted as a true freshman and averaged 5.5 minutes in 2015 and 6.1 this past season. Bell played in just 38 games the last two seasons, scoring 1.2 points and grabbing 1.6 rebounds per game.Bell joins Thompson as the two players to leave the OSU program this offseason. read more

AC Milan Li Yonghong ready to fight for ownership rights

first_imgAt the start of this month, former owner of AC Milan Li Yonghong couldn’t complete the payment which was part of the €300 million debt owed to Elliott Management who now has taken control of AC Milan.As the club rejoices over the revoke of UEFA ban, Yonghong is out to fight for the ownership of the club as he claims he made a mistake, stating that he will safeguard his rights and give assurances to the club’s stakeholders.In a letter to Il Sole 24, quoted in FourFourTwo, Li Yonghong said:“I made a mistake and only discovered it to my great detriment during my tenure. Elliott showed itself from the start to not be the partner I imagined but rather a lender totally disinterested in the complex management of a club of Milan’s standing, despite its control of the team’s board.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“All this happened despite repeated declarations from the fund regarding its alleged support for the club.“During my time as president, I would like to remind all of you that I have never failed in my commitments and for this, I have proof of over €200m invested by me in the team under my ownership.“I am ready to fight and I will do it to safeguard my rights and give assurances to the AC Milan shareholders, whom my beloved club deserve.“Any deliberate and intentional manoeuvres to reduce the value of AC Milan will be prosecuted by law. Thank you for your hospitality and attention.”last_img read more