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More pressure on Benitez … Valencia hold Madrid to 2-2 draw

first_img The struggling powerhouse, which have already been disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, will also have to be careful not to be caught by fourth-place Villarreal after Bruno Soriano scored his second of two goals deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Benitez’s latest stumble, which arrived after losses at home to Barcelona and away at Sevilla and Villarreal in the last eight rounds, came in his return to a Mestalla Stadium where he established his reputation with two league titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. Benitez’s counterpart, Gary Neville, remained winless in his fourth league game since taking over at Valencia, but his team earned a morale-boosting result. Madrid’s strong start provoked panic in Valencia. Bale started the move with an audacious back-heeled flick to send Benzema’s pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who slid the ball back for Benzema to slot his shot into the corner of the net. But instead of going for a second goal to finish the hosts off, Madrid let complacency creep in, and Valencia slowly began to push forward through midfielder Andres Gomes and forward Joao Cancelo. A Gomes incursion was only stopped when Pepe tripped him in the area, letting Parejo step up and level the score. Madrid recovered some of their attacking verve after the restart, but it was stalled by Kovacic’s sending-off for a lunging tackle on Cancelo in the 70th. Toni Kroos, however, placed a free kick for Bale to rise up and gracefully head in off the far post to momentarily restore Madrid’s lead. But Valencia charged right back to score when Rodrigo Moreno headed down a pass for Alcacer to nod home. Also Sunday, it was Athletic Bilbao 2, Las Palmas 2; Real Betis 0, Eibar 4; Granada 2, Sevilla 1; and Rayo Vallecano 2, Real Sociedad 2. Struggling powerhouse BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men yesterday. Madrid seemed set to romp to an easy victory after Karim Benzema finished off a superb move in the 16th minute, but Valencia’s Dani Parejo levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. Gareth Bale headed Madrid back in front in the 82nd, despite his team playing a man down after Mateo Kovacic saw a direct red card, only for Paco Alcacer to strike right back for the hosts a minute later to spark a thrilling finish by both teams. Coach Rafa Benitez will face even more scrutiny after Madrid failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s scoreless stalemate at Espanyol on Saturday and remained two points behind the defending champions, which have a game to play. Madrid also fell four points behind provisional leaders Atletico Madrid, the only title contender to win this round. Benitez said: “I can’t stop some people from speculating” about his future. “What I can do is get the team to work hard like they did today,” he said. “We missed an opportunity – only if you look at the result. But the effort that my team made deserves more praise that anything else.”last_img read more

Traditional Chiefs To Campaign Against Senators’ Reelection, If…

first_imgNational Traditional Council Spokesman Bob Kofi Zar presents the chiefs’ petition to Pro Temp Jallah – Senator Teahjay stands head down in the middle.-Petition Senate on Land Rights ActsTraditional chiefs have threatened to campaign against the re-election of members of the Senate if they should concur with the House of Representatives to pass the same version of the Land Rights Act (LRA) recently passed by members of the Lower House.The Plenary of the House of Representatives in August this year, voted and endorsed the Land Rights Act, and submitted it to the Senate for concurrence.However, many chiefs from towns in Grand Cape Mount, River Cess, Margibi and Bomi counties say the version of the Act passed by the House of Representatives differs completely from what was earlier agreed to by chiefs, traditional leaders, civil society, government representatives, law makers and the cabinet at a national conference convened by President Sirleaf in 2013, called to validate the Land Rights Policy, which was translated into a draft law and presented to the legislature in 2014.The chiefs maintain that “since politicians can easily change any policy in the country, the draft Land Rights Act submitted to the Legislature in 2014, for passage into law was basically converted from the 2013 Land Rights Policy.The traditional chiefs made the statement when they  petitioned the Senate recently. They converged at the Legislature with placards protesting what they claim was alteration of the document to which they had all previously agreed.The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), under whose auspices  the statement  was presented declared   “We are aware that policy is not as strong as the law. Politicians can easily change policy or refuse to implement it. For this reason, we all agreed to make the Land Rights Policy strong by turning it into n law.”The chiefs disclosed that during a 2013 meeting at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street in Monrovia, the Land Rights Policy was endorsed by traditional leaders, representatives of non governmental organizations (NGOs), company representatives, government officials, legislators, commissioners and superintendents from the 15 counties. The meeting was attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and other government officials they claim.They told Senate Pro-temp Jallah, who received the Petition on behalf of the Senate, that the Plenary of the House of Representatives, without consulting anyone, hurriedly passed the law last August almost after three years since it was submitted to the Legislature. The chiefs explained that, disappointingly, the lawmakers removed significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provided protection for rural and poor communities.The traditional leaders, through their Speaker, chief Bob Kofi Zar, expressed disappointment over the lawmakers’ removal of significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provides protection for rural and poor communities. He said some members of the House of Representatives will not be returning to the Capitol because “we told our people not to vote for them.”He said the chiefs’ appeal for the Senate to vote on and pass the original 2014 version of the Land Rights Act was in the interest of every Liberian including individual senators, whom he considered their children. “The 2014 Act is good for every Liberian. You are also included because we consider you to be our children”. He reiterated that the Land Rights Act was tampered with by the House of Representatives and he pleaded with the Senate not to concur with the lower House.Accepting the Chiefs’ petition, Senate Pro Tempore Jallah lauded them for the manner in which they conducted themselves and promised that their concerns would be adequately addressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IOA constitutes ad hoc committee to hold karate federation elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has constituted a three member ad hoc committee to hold elections of Karate Federation of India after ruling that the tenure of the national sports federation has expired and poll process has been delayed. The move meant that the elections of the KFI proposed to be held on September 23 will not be accepted by the IOA, if at all it happens. The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Bhubaneshwar Kailta, who has earlier held important positions in the IOA. The other two members are IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav. “The tenure of office bearers of Karate Federation of India has already expired, so the validity of its office bearers and council members have become null and void. There has been delay in commencing the process of election and now serious doubts have been raised and allegations have been made, inter alia, on the issue of appointment of returning officer,” the IOA said. “In order to ensure the elections are conducted in a democratic manner as per the applicable guidelines, the IOA president has no other option but to constitute an ad hoc committee to ensure that free and fair elections are held within 120 days,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta wrote in the letter written to KFI president K R Thiagarajan. The IOA said that “complaints, including a complaint from the KFI president himself, raising objections on the validity of the process of elections to be held on September 23, 2018”.advertisement “There are also complaints of alleged violation of model election guidelines of National Sports Code.” The IOA said ad hoc committee will invite observer from the World Karate Federation for the elections. It asked the KFA to co-operate with the ad hoc committee in the election process. PTI PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more