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Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The mufti’s comments at the time led to an outcry on social media by young Saudis who defended the game as intellectually stimulating. Muslims, who introduced chess to Europe, have been playing the game since the 7th century in Persia.Despite the mufti’s past criticism, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving that goes into effect next year, allowing concerts and movies, and easing rules on gender segregation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe chess tournament, however, has also been hit by regional politics. Israelis say Saudi Arabia ignored requests by Israeli players to obtain visas to participate in the tournament. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations.Meanwhile, players from Qatar and Iran, which have strained ties with Saudi Arabia, have been granted visas to participate in the tournament. However, Qatari players will not compete in the championship because Qatar’s chess federation said organizers demanded that the players not display the Qatari flag during the competition. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone In this Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, two Saudi officials play chess during the opening the first ever chess tournament in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Politics have also interfered, with players from Israel and Qatar missing the tournament due to regional tensions.Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, said in early 2016 that chess is “forbidden” in Islam because it wastes time and can lead to rivalry among players. Similarly, top Iranian clerics have also decried the game, saying it can lead to gambling, which is not permissible in Islam.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi PLAY LIST 01:38UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Suns’ Booker returns vs Grizzlies A statement issued by the World Chess Federation said that visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. It made no mention of Israeli players.“The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision,” the statement said.The statement added that Saudi authorities had proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the organization’s flag, but that the issue was resolved and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag.The tournament, called the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, runs until Saturday. It includes around 240 players — both men and women — from 70 countries. There are 16 players from Saudi Arabia. The world’s top three chess players from Norway, Armenia and Azerbaijan are participating in the tournament. There is also a women’s chess tournament taking place alongside the open championship.ADVERTISEMENT Women are reportedly being allowed to wear dark blue or black formal trousers and high-necked blouses, avoiding Saudi rules of dress that require female residents and most visitors to wear loose-fitting, long robes known as “abayas.” Most Saudi women also cover their hair and face with veils.James Dorsey, a Mideast scholar and senior fellow at the University of Singapore, said the kingdom was granted hosting rights by the World Chess Federation with a $1.5 million check that amounts to four times the federation’s standard annual fee.“Literally everything involving Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a chess tournament is political,” he wrote in an analysis of the tournament. “Saudi Arabia’s visa policy is political as is the kingdom’s willingness to concede on women’s dress.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rodney a fighter for unity, justice and dignity (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Once more we are seeing racism being used as a policy of the State under this A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) regime. Discrimination is a tool of promoting and keeping people divided. Immediately on taking power hundreds of Indian Guyanese in the public service have been fired. The public service has been practically cleansed of Guyanese Indian origins.The same has happened in all the public corporations and other constitutional offices. Even the Judiciary seems to bending in the direction of the dictatorship.The People’s National Congress (PNC), now APNU, has not lost its hate of Walter Rodney.One of the first things it did in 2015 was to halt the International Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Rodney. Not much more was left to be done, but they stopped it.Many of Rodney’s ex-comrades, who still pay lip service to his work, have become the new oppressors; they have joined forces and are part of parcel of the corruption and discrimination taking place. Unlike Rodney, for them and the PNC, a black dictatorship is better than a democratically elected Government and this was passed down to high-ranking Army and Police Officers.Some of them even, very skillfully, try to show him as a violent person. Now we are being told he was amassing arms. The message here is that Burnham had a right to kill him.In March of 1980, Walter Rodney, Eusi Kwayana and Rupert Roopnaraine held a press conference in which they handed out two documents. One claimed that the PNC took delivery of weapons from the Guyana Defence Force on behalf of the House of Israel and the other claimed that orders for the assassination of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) members.In that same press conference, they all denied the allegations that the WPA was engaged in a conspiracy of violence.What was really happening was the PNC was preparing a case to murder Rodney. The propaganda was being used to poison Guyanese people’s minds to prepare them for June 13, 1980. Unfortunately, the comments of Rupert Roopnaraine recently has given some credibility to the nasty propaganda that the PNC used against his party at that time.The PNC racist element will never forgive Rodney. They are victims of their own propaganda. His unmasking of the PNC racism was done clinically and the racial card they used against the People’s Progressive Party was ineffective against him.That hatred persists to this day. This regime not only prevented the Rodney Commission from completing its work, but they have not made public the report of the work that was completed. They have locked it away, continuing to try to hide their bloody hands.Those ex-comrades of Rodney who are now prominent in the new racist and oppressive offensive should really take time to evaluate their own positions. Many are as bad as, or even worse than, the PNCites. They have become beneficiaries of a corrupt and racist state.Rodney’s life was short but meaningful and productive. He will always be remembered as a champion of the poor and powerless. His all-round intellectual work sought to liberate the minds of colonial peoples generally and black peoples in particular.His message to the African Guyanese masses today would most likely have been to urge them not to be used by the PNC again to go against their own interests for racial satisfaction. Instead, to unite with all progressive and democratically-minded Guyanese to halt the drift to dictatorship and give dignity to all our people.Yours truly,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

8 Debaters Get BlueCrest Scholarships

first_imgEight students who performed exceptionally well at the just-ended inter-high school debate competition have received scholarships from the BlueCrest University College.The eight students were selected from four schools that made it to the finals of the competition.At yesterday’s presentation of the scholarship award letters to the winning students, BlueCrest Country Manager Rameshwar Mehrotra said each of the recipients will benefit for six months only to obtain certificates in computer networking and other courses the university offers. “Althought the scholarship is for a semester, it will be extended for a year when it expires depending on the academic performance of the recipients,” Mr. Mehrotra announced. He said Blue Crest administration believes that education is the best gift and in that light, the institute awarded the scholarships to students who performed well in the competition.The founder of the Devine Events and Consultancy, organizer of the debate competition, Alex Devine appreciated BlueCrest family for living up to their promise.He assured them that the selected beneficiary students will performance to meet the expected academic requirements.“I strongly believe in these students’ academic performances, under no condition can they let me down. These students were not just randomly selected, they went through a rigorous selection process and were therefore qualified,” Devine said.On behalf of the scholarship recipients, Satta F. Sheriff assured the administration of their preparedness to meet up with the required grade points to maintain the scholarships. Student Sheriff is also the speaker of the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies hope to dethrone JDA Kings

first_imgOn Saturday Oct. 1, the Huskies will travel to Grande Prairie for round two against the JDA Kings.The Huskies played the JDA Kings last weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 24 in their home and season opener, losing to them by a score of 5-3.The Huskies will have to put a stronger emphasis on defence this time around, as currently the JDA Kings roster contains the league’s top three scorers after two games. They will also need to be more disciplined, as the previous game had them take 50 minutes in penalties.- Advertisement -Round two will take place in Grande Prairie’s Coca-Cola Centre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to catch all the live action on 100.1 Moose FM, and tune in to the informative and entertaining Huskies Pre-Game Show with Dustin Scafe, beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop.last_img read more

Atletico sink Real Madrid to win Super Cup

first_img0Shares0000Diego Costa celebrates his goal against Real Madrid during the UEFA Super Cup on August 16, 2018TALINN, Estonia, Aug 16 – Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions.Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramps penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian capital, but Costa hauled Diego Simeone’s side level again late on to force extra time.Simeone’s men then looked stronger in the extra period as they won this competition, the annual meeting of the Champions League and Europa League winners, for the third time in nine seasons.Real had won the trophy under Zidane in each of the last two years, and emerged victorious against their neighbours in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016.But this result comes after a close season in which Atletico have strengthened while Real look to have gone backwards, with no replacement signed for Ronaldo after his move to Juventus.– Griezmann starts, Modric on bench –Antoine Griezmann started for Atletico at the compact Lillekula Stadium, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory last month.In contrast, former Spain coach Lopetegui left Luka Modric on the Real bench at kick-off, seeking to ease the Croatian playmaker back after he led his country to the World Cup final.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not feature at all following his recent arrival from Chelsea, and nine of Real’s starting line-up also started May’s Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.Atletico also had France winger Thomas Lemar making his competitive debut following his 72 million-euro move from Monaco, and they took the lead after just 49 seconds.With Simeone watching from the stands as he serves a touchline ban, Costa met Diego Godin’s long ball forward with his back to goal and nodded it over Ramos before turning to burst through and rifle a shot home from a tight angle.It was a superb finish, but Real were level just before the half-hour via a combination of the two men expected to step up following Ronaldo’s departure.Gareth Bale delivered a cross from the right and Benzema headed past Jan Oblak at the far post.Lopetegui sent on Modric for Marco Asensio just before the hour mark and Real took the lead shortly after, Ramos scoring a 63rd-minute penalty awarded for a Juanfran handball.It looked like that would win it, yet Atletico showed great resolve to level the scores again in the 79th minute as Juanfran and substitute Angel Correa combined to set up Costa to stab home.Into extra time they went, and Atletico went ahead again in the 98th minute, Thomas Partey pressing to win back possession before holding up a cross for Saul to thump a superb left-foot volley past Keylor Navas from 17 yards.The powerful Costa and substitute Vitolo then set up Koke to make it 4-2, securing victory and giving Atletico their seventh trophy since Simeone took charge in late 2011.Now they will hope to push Barcelona and Real all the way in La Liga, with their opening game at Valencia on Monday, after Lopetegui’s side host Getafe on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United star’s agent rules out summer switch

first_img Victor Valdes in action for Manchester United Victor Valdes’ agent has ruled out a switch to Turkish side Atalyaspor due to the player’s wish to remain at Manchester United.The Turkish media reported comments by Atalyaspor president Gultekin Gencer in which he claimed that Valdes was keen to move to his club this summer.Valdes recovered from a serious knee injury to make two Premier League appearances last season as he remained behind David de Gea in the Old Trafford pecking order.“Some people from Turkey called me to negotiate Victor’s signing,” Valdes’ agent Gines Carvajal said to Spanish newspaper AS. “But I’ve never spoken to the president of that Turkish club.“Hence, I’m not going to discuss the comments he made regarding Victor. I don’t know him.“We have no intention of speaking to them again because the player does not want to go to Antalyaspor.“His wish is to continue to play for Manchester United. He has one year left on his contract with the club.“We don’t see any just reason to leave the club.“United is one of the best three or four clubs in the world.“Victor is enthusiastic to have a place in the team for next season and is ready to give his best to help the team much more.” 1last_img read more

Wreckage of Burbank-based company plane found

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Ameriflight identified the two men on board as Carl C. Cotton, 37, of Helena, a training and check pilot for the company, and Kyle R. Kemmet, 23, who had just moved to Montana and was completing training to fly a Beechcraft 99. Ameriflight said the plane was on a routine flight to Butte and was carrying only about 10 pounds of freight. Ameriflight planes haul bank documents and other cargo throughout the western United States. The plane left the Helena Regional Airport at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, and was last heard from at 2:50 p.m., said Debbie Alke with the state Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. Ameriflight and the FAA said the plane had been cleared for a routine instrument landing at the Butte airport, but never arrived. The two pilots on board did not issue any distress calls, the company said. Ameriflight said a search airplane briefly picked up a signal from an airplane emergency beacon late Sunday afternoon south of Butte, but had to turn back because of poor flying conditions before searchers were able to pinpoint its location. A helicopter was able to fly over the area Monday. Kenitzer said the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Search crews on Monday found the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed on a flight from Helena to Butte, killing its two pilots. The wreckage of the twin-engine Beechcraft 99, owned by Ameriflight Inc. of Burbank, Calif., was discovered south of Butte, said Federal Aviation Administration regional spokesman Allen Kenitzer in Seattle. Kenitzer confirmed that the two pilots were killed in the crash. Ameriflight said in a written statement that a helicopter discovered the wreckage after homing in on an emergency beacon and that ground crews later reached the wreckage and confirmed there were no survivors.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has launched a major initiative to buy land for future social housing across Donegal. The council is now officially inviting expressions of interest from land owners for parcels of land, which they would be willing to sell for development of social housing.Green and brown field sites will be considered as will derelict, vacant or underused lands in town centre locations. The land is being sought in the following towns:Ballybofey Buncrana Clonmany Donegal Town Falcarragh / Gortahork Glenties Ramelton StranorlarThe sites should ideally be located within the control limits of the listed towns, within walking distance of a nucleus of a school, church, shops and other facilities, favourably zoned i.e. suitable for immediate residential development, serviceable, and directly accessible from the public road.The sites should generally be level or have gentle slopes. Landfill sites, contaminated ground, and sites prone to flooding will not be considered. The interested parties should submit the following information in relation to their land by 12:00 midday on 27th May 2016 in a sealed envelope, marked “Donegal County Council Housing Land Procurement 2016” and addressed to the County Secretary, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, County Donegal.Map showing Location of the site and the site boundariesTitle and Vendors name and contact informationTopographical survey if available.Information on ground conditions. Past planning history and copies of planning permissions.Site Area in HectaresAsking Price.Noreen McLaughlinA/Assistant EngineerDonegal County CouncilThe Three Rivers Centre,GiffordCo DonegalTele 074 91 53900Email: NMCLAUGH@donegalcoco.ieAny land purchased will be subject to good title, Departmental approval and funding availability. COUNCIL SEEK LANDOWNERS TO SELL FOR SOCIAL HOUSING PLANS was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councildonegalLANDSSOCIAL HOUISNGsocial housinglast_img read more

Steven Gerrard challenges Rangers players to impress

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener crackers gameday 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Gerrard wants his players to take pre-season seriously He said: “It’s a big week, but isn’t every week when you are the manager of a club this size?“We’re just off the back of 10 days in Spain but the first two weeks of pre-season were huge as well.“We move into the third week and now it’s about games, about playing against opposition so it’s a different type of test for the players but we’re certainly looking forward to the game against TNS behind closed doors.“Then obviously moving on into Ibrox, our home, and we’re certainly looking forward to playing in front of our supporters.” How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Steven Gerrard has challenged his players to take their chance when Rangers step up their pre-season preparations this week.Gers face Welsh champions The New Saints in a behind-closed-doors friendly in Glasgow on Tuesday before facing Bury later in the week. who plays? center_img Gerrard’s first game comes against the Welsh champions Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics NEW ERA 2 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? ALTERED It will be a first game in charge of the club for Gerrard and with their Europa League qualifier against Shkupi coming up next week, he has challenged his players to stake their claim for a starting spot.“We haven’t got many games before the first qualifier so we’ll have to approach this properly and players are playing for places,” he told RangersTV.“It’s competitive and it’s an opportunity to put a marker down to me to say, ‘I want one of those shirts, one to 11, I want to play.”Having spent over a week in Spain on a pre-season training camp, Gerrard is excited to get into more competitive games and get minutes into the legs of the players. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? highlights predicted Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and morelast_img read more


first_imgA Garda bravely rescued a woman from a blazing housefire in Donegal Town.The Garda is being hailed a hero after coming to the unconscious woman’s aid in the early hours of this morning.Gardai were alerted to the fire at a house in The Mullins area this morning at 4.45am. They arrived on scene minutes later to find the house had been completed engulfed by flames.The Garda bravely entered the building and rescued the woman who is in her 30s. It is understood she had been overcome by smoke.Ambulance crews and the Fire Service arrived at the scene a short time later and the woman was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.No one else was in the house at the time of the fire – the scene has been preserved pending an investigation but it is believed the fire started accidentally. BRAVE GARDA RESCUES WOMAN FROM DONEGAL HOUSEFIRE was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownGardahousefirelast_img read more