PSSI’s first female secretary-general Ratu Tisha resigns

first_imgRatu Tisha Destria, the first female secretary-general for the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI), has announced her resignation from the position on her personal social media account.“Dear friends, on Monday April 13, 2020 I submitted my official resignation letter from the secretary-general position to the PSSI.“I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work for the PSSI members, players, coaches, referees, match commissioners, instructors and all soccer lovers since July 17, 2017,” said Tisha in her Instagram account, @ratu.tisha, which was posted on Monday. She went on to say that she was honored to be able to be a part of the new history of Indonesian soccer, including establishing creative businesses, reviving Indonesian women’s soccer and winning the bid to host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2021.In the post, Tisha hoped that all Indonesian soccer lovers would never stop supporting Indonesian soccer. She did not reveal her plans after PSSI, however she said she had always loved and would continue loving soccer.In response, PSSI chief Mochamad Iriawan said he respected Tisha’s decision.“I respect Ratu Tisha’s decision, and I thank her for her dedication as the secretary-general,” Iriawan said in a statement as published on the PSSI official website, PSSI has yet to decide who will replace Tisha.Tisha, cofounder of soccer statistic company LabBola, earned a Master of Arts degree from FIFA Master in 2013, according to The FIFA Master, which offers an International Master’s in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport program, is organized by the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in partnership with De Montfort University in Leicester, England, SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Tisha took a role in PSSI’s success for winning the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Member Association of The Year 2018/2019. The federation awarded the title for PSSI’s ability in hosting domestic and international competitions as well as developing the sport in the country. (nkn)Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil suffered after Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United, says Paul Ince

first_img 1/1 Advertisement Full Screen Paul Ince believes Mesut Ozil suffered after Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Paul Ince believes Mesut Ozil suffered greatly after former team-mate Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United.Sanchez developed into one of the best players in the Premier League while at the Emirates, scoring 80 goals in 166 appearances for the Gunners.The Chilean formed a productive partnership with Ozil and Ince says neither player have looked the same since Sanchez left Arsenal.German World Cup-winner Ozil has made more than 250 appearances for Arsenal but his influence in north London has decreased over the last two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Skip PLAY Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 5:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link355Shares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Former Manchester United star Ince has warned Sanchez (Picture: Getty)‘And I am certain that he is desperate to play. I’ve watched him a lot, and it was never for a lack of trying that things didn’t work.‘Some players are happy to count their money, but that’s not Sanchez – he plays with determination and passion, he clearly loves playing football.‘I know there’s talk about him being a bit of a loner, but that’s fine – some people are like that – it’s about what happens on the pitch, and you can see he’s always trying the right things when he plays.’MORE: Rio Ferdinand reveals the single best moment of his Manchester United careerMORE: Dortmund captain Marco Reus warns Jadon Sancho off Manchester United transfer About Connatix V67539 Read More Advertisement Read More Read Morecenter_img ‘It’s strange when you talk about Sanchez because, when you look back at his Arsenal days, you’re talking about one of the Premier League’s best attackers,’ former Manchester United star Ince said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was a great player there. We all know what happened next, but something that a lot of people overlook is Mesut Ozil – the reason Sanchez was so good at Arsenal was because he had Ozil next to him.‘As a pair, they just had this telepathy with each other, they instinctively understood each other, they knew the runs the other were going to make without looking. 1 min. story / Top articles SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Comment Coming Next Skip Ad Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Sanchez completed a controversial move to Old Trafford in January 2018 (Picture: Getty)‘Most good things that Alexis did at Arsenal were connected with Ozil. And it works both ways, they made each other better – look at Ozil since Sanchez left, he’s not been the same player. Neither have.’Sanchez has endured a difficult spell at Manchester United and was loaned out to Inter Milan at the start of the season.Ince believes it is ‘make or break’ for Sanchez this summer, adding to Paddy Power: ‘He’s had two moves in a row that have really not gone well.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s had two seasons of just not playing. Your career goes by so fast, you can’t waste it like that.‘If someone can get him in and play him in the right position, you’ve still got a great player in there. If that’s West Ham, who can build their team around him, then it’s a great piece of business.‘Wherever he goes, he has to be playing week-in, week-out. Not just to justify his wage, but for his own career. Read More Mesut Ozil suffered after Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United, says Paul Ince by Metrolast_img read more

Norway’s KLP calls for Yara chairman to resign over corruption scandal

first_imgKLP, the Norwegian local government pension fund, has called for the chairman of chemicals producer Yara International to step down, following governance concerns over the company’s involvement in Norway’s biggest-ever corruption scandal.KLP is one of Yara’s largest shareholders. The offences included bribes to consultants or other contacts in India, Libya and Russia, some of them to secure joint venture deals.The bribes were paid between 2004 and 2009. This January, Yara – one of Norway’s biggest companies – admitted responsibility and accepted a fine of NOK295m (€35.4m) imposed by ØKOKRIM, the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime.One member of staff and three former employees were also indicted and now face trial.In April 2011, Yara had informed ØKOKRIM of “possible irregularities”, at the same time hiring legal firm Wiersholm to conduct a private investigation.This uncovered “unacceptable” payments, including $15m (€10.9m) of disbursements from Yara Balderton (now Yara Switzerland), the company’s Swiss subsidiary, to individuals working with suppliers.Yara says it has invested considerably in its long-term work to ensure compliance with its ethical standards and has continued to strengthen its ethics and compliance function since its establishment in 2009.Since 2011, it has fully integrated its ethics and compliance programme in investment activities, published a manual with rules of conduct when participating in joint ventures and amended reporting lines so the chief compliance officer reports directly to the chief executive.But, in spite of Yara’s subsequent efforts to improve governance, KLP still has concerns, which it has communicated to Yara’s management through letters, meetings and the nomination committee, which represents shareholders and elects four directors to the Yara board.It has also conducted its own investigation, including speaking to former company employees.Earlier this month, KLP told other members of the nomination committee that it felt Yara’s chairman, Bernt Reitan, should resign.The news was published on KLP’s website in a blog written by Jeanett Bergan, KLP’s head of responsible investment.In her blog, she said: “Yara has established a sound regulatory framework that includes policies and procedures as well as training programmes and controls.“Nevertheless, the information we have shows there is doubt as to whether the company’s actions are in keeping with this policy.”The blog continued: “This includes the lack of response to warnings about possible corruption, the central location of the accused employee and the circumstances surrounding the departure of key staff in ethics and the control area, as well as further problematic transactions. The company would be best served by a change in its board.”Bergan told IPE: “We have been following up this governance problem as we always do with companies we invest in. We are not sure whether the action taken has been enough.”She added: “We have asked the nomination committee to strengthen the board because we don’t think the board has performed its control function, and the board must bear the responsibility for the doubts we have concerning the corruption case.”  But she said KLP had never been in a situation that required divestment, and that the pension fund did not believe divestments would be necessary in the case of Yara either.Other shareholders have also had concerns, including the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, representing the government – the biggest shareholder in Yara, with a 36% stake.Ministry representatives have already met Reitan to discuss how Yara now acts to prevent corrupt activities happening again.The ministry said it is encouraging Yara to be as transparent about the matter as possible.Martine Røiseland, head of communication at Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, said: “Corruption is illegal. There should be no doubt the state as owner has zero tolerance for corruption and expects Norwegian companies to have the same attitude.”Meanwhile, Folketrygdfondet, the manager of the Government Pension Fund-Norway, which owns 5.6% of Yara’s shares, has also met Reitan and the company’s chief executive, and received confirmation that anti-corruption measures have now been implemented.But Olaug Svarva, managing director at Folketrygdfondet, said: “We recommend that the board of Yara present a summary of the corruption case and explain its decision to accept the fine.“We assume this to be public information and thus available to the entire market.”At its quarterly results meeting on 12 February, Yara emphasised that it has established and developed routines and systems to prevent the irregularities from happening again.It said it regards zero tolerance for corruption as a licence to operate, and that this is a solid platform for the company going forward.last_img read more

Chelsea disappointed with Diego Costa ban

first_img Costa’s antics were widely criticised within the game but Jose Mourinho was eager to stress his player’s innocence and will no doubt have more thoughts to add to the terse statement issued by the club on Tuesday night. It read: ‘We are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to suspend Diego Costa. We will await their written reasons before commenting further.” Both clubs still face an outstanding charge of failing to control their players, while Gabriel faces an additional charge of improper conduct for his reaction after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean. An FA statement read: “An FA charge against Diego Costa for violent conduct not seen by the match officials but caught on video has been found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing. “The Chelsea forward will, therefore, serve the standard penalty of a three-match suspension with immediate effect. “The charge, which the player denied, was in relation to an incident involving Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game on Saturday [19 September 2015].” However, the FA announced in a separate statement that it had accepted Arsenal’s challenge to the red card issued to Gabriel and withdrawn his three-match ban with immediate effect. Costa’s antics on Saturday had provoked a furious response, initially from Wenger, who had indicated he had little faith in the appeals process. An FA Regulatory Commission made the ruling on Tuesday just hours after Gunners defender Gabriel won his appeal against a red card for confronting Costa after the incident in question. Costa had denied a Football Association charge over the incident, not seen by referee Mike Dean, in which he appeared to raise his hands to Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny. Chelsea have pronounced themselves “extremely disappointed” after striker Diego Costa was handed a three-match ban for violent conduct during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal. Wenger said: “That (retrospective action) is the least they could do, but he (Costa) will do the same again next week and the week after and he always gets away with it.” Meanwhile, Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma unwittingly found himself at the centre of a storm after saying in a television interview that Costa “likes to cheat a lot”. Zouma later said on Twitter that he had not meant to accuse Costa of cheating and the club issued a robust statement insisting Zouma’s use of his second language had been misinterpreted. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jussie Smollett Indicted, Again

first_imgActor Jussie Smollett is not out of the woods legally for an alleged self-orchestrated hate crime he said happened last year during the arctic blast in Chicago. Originally all charges were dropped but now a special Cook County grand jury has indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct.BREAKING: Actor Jussie Smollett indicted by a grand jury. Special prosecutor Dan Webb has been digging into the case since August. More details to follow . @cbschicago— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 11, 2020 In a statement, Webb’s office said Smollett filed four separate false police reports claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.“The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” Webb said in a statement.Cook County prosecutors last year dropped 16 disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, just over a month after Chicago police had accused him of orchestrating a hoax because he was upset with his salary on the TV show “Empire.”Last August, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb, a former federal prosecutor, as a special prosecutor in the Smollett case; tasking him to not only investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the case, but to decide if Smollett should be further prosecuted for allegedly staging a fake hate crime against himself.In a statement on the new Smollett indictment, Webb wrote that his office “obtained sufficient factual evidence to determine that it disagrees with how the CCSAO resolved the Smollett case.”Webb said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office could not provide him with any evidence that the decision last year to dismiss the charges against Smollett was handled similar to other cases.“The CCSAO has been unable to provide the [Office of the Special Prosecutor] with documentary evidence that shows that, in dismissing the Smollett case on the terms presented in court on March 26, 2019, the CCSAO relied on other dispositions of similar cases prior to the Smollett case that would justify this disposition,” Webb wrote.What about double jeopardy?Legal experts have said that’s not an issue because Smollett was never put on trial in the first place.last_img read more

Indian Sports Fan roped in as Global Fan Associate for Asian Para Games

first_imgJakarta: The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has roped in sports fan group Indian Sports Fan (ISF) as its Global Fan Associate for the Para Asian Games 2018.Hours before the opening ceremony, the deal was signed on Friday by India’s Chef De Mission Gurucharan Singh at the Gelaro Bung Karno Stadium. Speaking on the occasion, Singh said: “Fans are the lifeline of any organized sporting event and this association will ensure our medal winners are known globally, as ISF has huge fan following across the globe.”The Indian Paralympic team will be led by strong medal contenders such as Deepa Malik, Devendra Jhajhanria, Manasi Joshi, Girisha Hosanagara and Mariyappan Thangavelu, who is also the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Asian Para Games.India has a strong contingent of 195 members and would be competing in 13 different sports including Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Judo, Powerlifting, Chess, Cycling, Fencing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Boccia and Tenpin Bowling.Indian Sports Fan is India’s largest sports fan community with a following of 71,000 fans on its official Twitter account having recently expanded as far as the United Kingdom and New Zealand. IANSlast_img read more

2019 World Cup Perfect Opportunity For England To Lift Trophy

first_imgNew Delhi: With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally over, the focus has now shifted to the ICC World Cup slated to begin in England and Wales at the end of this month.Cricket pundits and former cricketers have made their predictions as to who are the favourites to win the coveted trophy. And one teams which is touted to be leading the race is England — hosts for the prestigious quadrennial event. England will be going into the World Cup with an opportunity they have never had in the past. It can only be termed as a shame that England, who were the inventors of the game of cricket, have never been able to lift the trophy in the last 11 editions.However this time round, the Eoin Morgan-led side have a great chance of creating history by becoming the first England team to win the World Cup.England have been in great form in ODIs in the last two years. Since the 2015 edition of the Word Cup where England had a horrid time, they have won 55 out of the 80 ODIs they have played (excluding the 2017 Champions Trophy).During the course of these four years, England have won ODI series against Australia, India etc. They also set up the record ODI total of 481/6 against Australia in June, 2018.England have almost all their bases covered. They have in-form batsmen like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Morgan, Joe Root, Alex Hales, etc who have the ability of winning matches on their own.Bairstow was in tremendous touch in the just concluded IPL where he scored 445 runs in the 10 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Buttler, too, has been in great form in recent times after showing his magic in the IPL. He scored a 50-ball hundred in the second ODI against Pakistan and rang warning bells for the opposition teams who will be participating in the World Cup.Their bowling department boasts of having the likes of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer (still to be named in the final 15). All these bowlers have been pretty impressive in recent times and have successfully defended huge totals set up by their batsman.In Ben Stokes, they have an all-rounder who can clear any boundary in the world and can also pick wickets at crucial junctures of the game.In fact, England have so many options that even Morgan admitted that it would be difficult to trim the preliminary squad to 15. “Unfortunately, a couple of guys from this 17 will miss out, and it’s going to be a tough decision, regardless of how they perform in the rest of this series because of what they’ve contributed over a long period of time,” Morgan said.All in all, England have their strongest ever squad for the World Cup, as pointed out by former captain Mike Gatting. “One-day cricket is as good as it’s ever been,” Gatting says. “It’s quite incredible the way the format has blossomed again over the last few years and it’s difficult to say who will come out on top this summer.“England have the strongest side they have ever had, and the inclusion of the exciting Jofra Archer is only going to strengthen that. England will not have a better opportunity to win it,” he added.However, the biggest factor which goes in England’s favour is the home advantage. England, being the hosts, are well aware of the playing conditions and have thereby selected a squad which can perform on the big stage.England have reached the finals of the World Cup thrice but have never been able to win the trophy. And this time round, they would be aiming to make amends and emerge as champions. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Afghanistan role for Phil Simmons

first_imgFORMER Ireland coach Phil Simmons has taken up a role as consultant with Afghanistan, who face the Irish in the Intercontinental Cup in March.Simmons left the Ireland job in 2013 after six successful years to take charge of his native West Indies.But last September the 53-year-old former Test opener was dismissed, with Joel Garner taking temporary charge.The Afghanistan Cricket Board said Simmons would assist head coach Lalchand Rajput on technical issues.As well as the four-day Intercontinental Cup matches, Ireland will play Afghanistan in five one-day internationals and three T20 games, all in Greater Noida.Under Simmons, Ireland qualified for the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, achieving wins over Test nations England, West Indies and Zimbabwe.The Windies appointed ex-Australia batsman Stuart Law as Simmons’ full-time successor last week. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Smith fires Australia to victory over Pakistan in Canberra

first_imgMELBOURNE (Reuters) – Steve Smith struck a sparkling half-century to fire Australia to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in their T20 match in Canberra on Tuesday.The former captain’s unbeaten 80 from 51 balls gave Australia a 1-0 lead in their three-match series after the opener was washed out in Sydney on Sunday.Pakistan managed to do what Sri Lanka couldn’t in the previous series — removed David Warner — but they had no answers for the peerless Smith, who put on a clinic of clean hitting as Australia mopped up Pakistan’s modest total of 150 for six with nine balls to spare.“It was nice to be there at the end to get the boys home,” Smith said. “It was probably a 170-ish wicket, I reckon, so they (Australia) bowled beautifully.“It was just about timing in the end.”With both sides unchanged from Sydney, Pakistan elected to bat after winning the toss but their hopes of a statement innings were dashed by regular top order wickets. Babar Azam was left to piece together the innings with Iftikhar Ahmed before the opener-captain was removed for 50 by a piece of fielding magic from Warner, who threw down the stumps from long-range.Iftikhar slogged his way to an unbeaten 62 to give Pakistan a total to defend. It soon seemed insufficient, however, as Australia skipper Aaron Finch and Warner stormed out of the blocks, smashing 30 runs in three overs before Warner was bowled for 20 by Mohammad Amir.It was Warner’s first dismissal in five T20Is, having been two not out in the rained-out Sydney game and unbeaten with scores of 57, 60 and 100 in the 3-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka.“We are disappointed but Steve Smith took the match away,” Babar said through a translator.“It’s very difficult when we lose early wickets and we have to gain the momentum again.” Australia will seek to seal the series with victory in Perth on Friday.last_img read more

‘Factor This’ strikes gold again

first_imgCMC – Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan guided Factor This to his third straight added-money success when he produced a sterling front-running effort to win Saturday’s 31st running of the Grade II US$200 000 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs.Going off as the even-money favourite in a mile and sixteenth trip, Bridgmohan found himself under pressure throughout and was forced to fend off a strong challenge from the fast-finishing English Bee and Parlor before he could get the five-year-old to the wire by a neck.They completed the trip in one minute, 41.15 seconds to follow up on back-to-back wins in the Grade III $150 000 Fair Grounds Stakes and the Grade III $300 000 Muniz Memorial.“We got a lot of pressure early and, once we sort of got into a rhythm, I tried to wait on him as much as possible,”Bridgmohan said afterward.“I looked over and (Ritzy A.P) was actually about to take the lead and then I had to go. He was still able to hold off the charge after getting that pressure early. He has a lot of fight and determination; he’s just getting better.”Bridgmohan broke the Brad Cox-trained horse sharply to produce fractions of 23.93 seconds for the first quarter and 47.53 for the half, as Ritzy A.P stalked from second with Emmaus in third and Casa Creed and Aquaphobia racing just off the pace in the nine-horse field.Racing off the hedge, Factor This came under challenge from Parlor coming off the final turn, forcing Bridgmohan to also quicken, sparking a heated battle at the top of the stretch.Factor This led by a length but saw that advantage quickly evaporate under challenge from Parlor and English Bee and was forced to dig deep to hold on at the wire.“That wasn’t as easy as an even-money shot is supposed to win but he ran a huge effort,” Cox lamented.The victory was the 10th career one for Factor This who now has earnings of $844 070.last_img read more