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first_imgIvan Juric admits Hellas Verona “deserved this win less than in other games” after conquering Parma with a moment of magic. They secured a surprise 1-0 win at the Stadio Tardini thanks to an early Darko Lazovic scorcher into the near top corner. “I’ll be honest, we deserved this win less than in other games. Parma played very well and it was not easy,” confessed the coach in his press conference. “Perhaps we had the stroke of luck this evening that we were missing in other occasions. Parma don’t play a beautiful style of football, but they look at the details and try to make the most of other sides’ weaknesses. “We hope to get Miguel Veloso back to full fitness as soon as possible, because he is very important for us. Mariusz Stepinski made steps forward today, he kept the ball better. I took off Eddie Salcedo because he wasn’t playing well.” With 12 points after 10 rounds, Juric shrugs off suggestions Hellas Verona are comfortable in mid-table. “We must focus only on securing our safety.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter defender Milan Skriniar says he is enjoying working under Antonio Conte and is happy to play every two or three days. Speaking from Slovakia’s training camp ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Azerbaijan, the 24-year old spoke about how his season was going so far. “On a personal level I feel great and I’m happy that [Antonio] Conte gives me great confidence and always lets me play.” Skriniar has been an ever-present for Inter this season, playing in every Serie A and Champions League game, but he insists he can handle the pressure. “It’s better to play many games in a row. That way, we don’t have to train as much. I like [playing a lot of games]. The goal is always to play at the top.” Conte has instead been complaining about the Nerazzurri’s fixture list, so does the stopper agree with his boss? “It’s true because at the end of games you can feel the energy drop. You are forced to play every two or three days and you feel the fatigue. “Added to this are the continuous journeys, but we are paid to do this and we are happy to play at these levels.” Skriniar has made 102 appearances for the Beneamata since joining from Sampdoria in 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgS.Y. Quraishi, Election Commissioner, was on Tuesday appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in the place of Navin Chawla, who demits office on Thursday.The notification elevating 63-year-old Quraishi as head of the three-member election body was issued on Tuesday. He will have a little less than two years in the Constitutional post. Chawla, who took over in the middle of 2009 Lok Sabha polls, headed the Commission for a little more a year.S.Y. Quraishi”In pursuance of Clause 2 of Art 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Shahabuddin Yaqub Quraishi as Chief Election Commissioner with effect from 30th August, 2010,” said the Law Ministry notification.Quraishi, a thoroughbred civil servant, will conduct assembly elections in Bihar later this year and in a bunch of states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Assam next summer.”I feel deeply honoured on being entrusted with this assignment. Election Commission of India is an institution in which the nation places a great trust. It would be my utmost endeavour to prove myself worthy of this trust,” Quraishi told PTI reacting to his appointment.On the occasion, he sought the support of all stakeholders, especially the people in the discharge of his sacred duties.The government will have to appoint a new Election Commission with the elevation of Quraishi. V S Sampath is the other Election Commissioner.A 1971-batch IAS officer, Quraishi entered the Commission in June 2006 after 35 years in the civil service in both the Centre and state levels. Prior to joining the Commission, he was Secretary in the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry at the Centre.advertisementHe had held several key positions in the government and made special contribution in the area of social sector reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse and civil society action.Quraishi said during the last four years as Election Commissioner, he was proud to be part of one of the august institutions that the framers of the Constitution have gifted to the country while insulating it from all possible pressures.”The judiciary, especially the Supreme Court also has zealously guarded the Election Commission against any assault on its autonomy and independence and ensured that it grows from strength to strength.”In our multi-member Commission that has the principle of equality as its hallmark, any transition is marked by continuity. This has also contributed to the impartiality and absolute neutrality of the Commission at all times,” he said.He said elections in India were known not only for their scale, but also for their credibility.”I realise the responsibility that the Election Commission carries towards keeping India’s democracy firmly on the rails. I have abiding faith that the Commission will continue to deliver on its mandate, in the face of all challenges old and new, as it has always done in the past,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgImpatience cost dear to the Delhi batsmen as they had a stuttering start to their third day play of the CK Nayudu U-22 trophy final against Punjab on Thursday. But Arjun Gupta 69 batting (131b, 7x4s) and Varun Sood 41 batting (80b, 6x4s, 1x6s) helped the hosts stage recovery.Chasing a huge total of 424, Delhi, overnight 133/ 4, on Thursday had a nightmerish start as they lost three quick wickets in succession.But it were wicketkeeper Gupta and Sood who did the damage control to take Delhi to 279 for seven at stumps.Play on Thursday was delayed due to the thick fog and could start only after lunch. While Punjab pacers Baltej and Siddharth Kaul got the movement from the pitch, Delhi batsmen were shaky and nearly edged the ball on many occasions. It took Baltej little time to get the success when he sent packing overnight batsman and skipper Milind Kumar (51, 105b, 6x4s, 1x6s) who was deceived by an out-swinger. He edged to wicketkeeper Gitansh Khera after adding just four runs to his previous day’s score.In his next over, Baltej picked up his fifth wicket in Manan Sharma (0, 6b), after the batsman could not read the delivery and edged to wicketkeeper. The Punjab bowler ended the day on five for 73.Delhi’s Rishit Saini (21, 118b) seemed unnerved by the Punjab attack. He along with Gupta added 29 runs for the seventh wicket. But with the scoreboard reading 174 for six, he was found plumb in front by Gurinder Singh in the 62nd over.advertisementAfter Saini’s dismissal, Gupta and Sood shouldered the responsibility and knitted unbeaten 105 runs (178b) for the eighth wicket.The two consolidated innings with the singles and doubles before going for the big shots. The smashed Kaul in all possible direction as the Punjab bowler ended the day with dismal figures of 31-3-134-0.Brief scores: Delhi 1st innings (overnight 133/ 4): 279 for seven in 90 overs (A Gupta 69 batting, V Sood 41 batting, B Singh 73/ 5)last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s new in the big citiesLondonArt: Picasso and Modern British Art (Tate Britan, Millbank; tel: 020 7887 8888) attempts to showcase the Cubist’s influence on British artists such as Francis Bacon, Duncan Grant and Ben Nicholson. It contains over 60 works of Picasso himself across various time periods. Exhibition runs till mid July.Molecular gastronomy: Dabbous (Whitefield Street; tel: 020 7232 1544) looks industrial and feels as much with concrete floors, open ducting and bare lights. In complete contrast, the food, which combines molecular gastronomy and  a variety of influences, is top notch–Slow Cooked Goose Breast, Coddled Hen Egg In Shell and Yeast Cake. Theatre: When a slice of a rather weird king’s history is dramatised, it can be entertaining to the hilt. Madness of George III (Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue; tel: 020 7492 1561) is a wryly sketched comedy that involves politics and the marital bickering in the life of this particular monarch. Runs till end March.Retro-themed store: Quirkily named Annie in the Attic (Balham High Road) is a treasure trove of vintage ware. Much of it is retro: clothes, shoes, wedding dresses, even homeware and other knick-knacks.New YorkTheatre: Tweaked and tugged for  a bit more perfection, Jesus Christ Superstar (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth; tel: 877 250 2929) returns this month. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has an all-Canadian cast.Fine dining: At the Crown (24 East 81st Street, Madison Avenue;  tel: 646 559 4880), luxury and formality are the overriding themes.  It is set in a millionaire’s townhouse. Try the Tasmanian Trout Tartare, Foie Gras Terrine, Silk Handkerchief Pasta, Gnudi, Beef Crudo and Chocolate Souffle. Art: For the first time, nine iconic Renoirs borrowed from various collections have been brought together in Renoir, Impressionism and Full-Length Painting (The Frick Collection, 1E 70th Street, between Fifth and Madison; tel: 212 288 0700). Wellness: It’s called the Drybar (119 W 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh, 877 379 2279) and is actually a sprawling 20,000 sq ft dreamland for the salon crazy. It has  a spa, nail salon and gym. There are large-screen TVs with chick films and complimentary flutes of champagne while you  enjoy a blow-dry or French manicure.advertisementMelbourneCinema: The ever popular Southbank precinct has a first for outdoor cinemas-Melbourne’s only Silent Cinema. No need to turn off your mobile or worry about conversations; you are given headphones and  audio kits to listen to the film. Visit www.celebratesouthgate.com.au to check movie schedules.Grand Prix: Celebrate four days of world-class car racing at Albert Park Lake and see sporting greats including Jenson Button and Mark Webber vie for the second chequered flag of the season. Don’t miss the food. From March 15 to 18. Cocktail bar: Eau de Vie Melbourne (tel: 0412 825 441) is a dimly lit cocktail bar tucked away in Malthouse Lane near the Southbank precinct. Expect a somewhat theatrical experience with bartenders wearing goggles and white glasses as they serve drinks chilled in liquid nitrogen. Specialty drinks include The Mesh, with a mix of Ketel One vodka finished with a fruity flavour and The Yuzu Mule with Smirnoff Black No.5 vodka, mixed with lime and homemade ginger beer.Theatre: Among all the adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, this has to be one of the most innovative. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (fortyfivedownstairs, 45, Flinders Lane) is an all-female production with just six actresses. Runs through March.MumbaiDesign store: Filter (43, VB Gandhi Marg, behind Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Colaba; tel: 2288 7070),  a new concept design store has an attractive range of products by Indian and international illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers and product designers. Choose from T-shirts, mugs, stationery products, notebooks, posters, eyewear by German design label Mykita and toothbrushes by Swedish brand TePe. Italian cuisine: Mangiamo (P11/1, Kalpak Corner Building, Turner Road, Bandra West; tel: 2651 0088) is a new Italian restaurant where the Pebble Bay used to stand. The atmosphere and dÅcor have a certain chicness. Mughlai fare: Kolkata’s famous biryani brand Arsalan (Sapphire Building, SV Road Corner, Khar, 97685 55556) is now wowing Mumbaikars. Its most popular  dish–in various avatars like the Irani Biryani–is getting rave reviews.Pan-Asian: Pune’s loved brand Trikaya (next to Natasha Towers, Juhu Versova link Road, Seven Bungalows, Andheri; tel: 6502 1389) is dishing out pan-Asian dishes to the city’s foodies. It has  a lounge feel to it and nearly 350 cocktails on its menu. Must-haves include Singapore Chilli Crab, chargrills and the satays.B’loreRetail therapy: Phoenix Market City (Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura) is the latest to join the mall list of Bangalore. At nearly 1.4 million sq ft, it is sprawling and has some of the best Indian and international brands in retail and other sectors, as well as a large food court. Theatre: Anita Nair’s A Twist of Lime (Jagriti, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road; tel: 4124 2879) is a clever weaving of three stories (Sushil and the Maybe Virgin, Half a Sin and Trespass) directed by Arundhati Raja. They have been threaded together  with a twist of irony that makes you introspect on the various shades of grey between white and black. Lebanese food: Ranoosh (120, KH Road; tel: 4345 2222) is among the new wave of Lebanese cuisine sweeping town. Bright and chirpy, the restaurant serves not just the usual mezze of hummus, babaghanoush and falafel, but has a much wider variety for those who want a bit more.  Sample the grilled meat platter, lobster and Umm Ali, a dessert. Lounge bar: Wyt (64, Blu Moon Complex, M.G. Road; tel: 4150 1414) is a lounge bar with a menu that is slightly off the beaten track. Try the Hanky Panky (gin and vermouth with crushed ice), Snake in the Grass (gin, vermouth, cointreau, lemon juice and orange bitters) and Barman’s Special (vodka with a sweet and sour mix). While at it, nibble on sliced bamboo shoots and chicken wings.advertisementVenice with Sushmita SenThe city: What can I say of Venice that has not been said already! One of my most extravagant vacations was spent in this beautiful city of canals. The city also has an amazing number of churches–more than 100. Roaming the streets of Venice and cruising down the waterways make me feel like I am part of a painting. It’s magical, indescribable.Souvenir-hunting: How can you go to Venice and not buy something in Murano glass? A red-and-gold cross is one of the first things I bought there. To me that’s the most authentic symbol of Italy, a country where the Pope lives,  a country that has one of the highest number of churches in the world. I also picked up some beautiful masks for home as gifts. Venice is known for its great artistic community, and they do some stunning masks with musical notes, world art and so on.  I picked up many originals.last_img read more

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first_imgBollywood diva Rekha and cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha and the film fraternity has extended its best wishes to them and said good people would do good work.On Thursday, master blaster Tendulkar, Rekha and businesswoman-social worker Anu Aga were nominated to the Rajya Sabha followed by a stamp of approval from President Pratibha Patil.Sachin has accepted to be a member of the Rajya Sabha, while Rekha’s acceptance is still awaited.This is what the film fraternity has to say:Onir: I wish them all the best, both Sachin and Rekha. Their contribution is immense, Sachin has such incredible contribution to India. I wish them all the best.Juhi Chawla: If they accept and go to the parliament, I wish them all the best. If good people are nominated for good positions, then they will do good work. This will also lead to growth so I wish them all the best.Sujoy Ghosh: I am a big Rekhaji fan. She is allowed to do everything. Anything Rekhaji does is fine by me. He (Sachin) is a good hero, man, he should be there.Chitrangada Singh: According to me, both of them deserve it. Rekhaji is an accomplished actress and she has been maintaining a low profile for a long time. But she is somebody who has so much of grace and she is so accomplished. Sachin, of course, is the pride of the country so it would be great to see him in the parliament.Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor: Awesome! I guess that’s a good thing… it’s great. I think we need all kinds of different personalities in the Parliament.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNow that rival Audi has upped the ante with the Q factor, segment starter BMW is taking its baby SUV to a new level with the X1. Loosely based on the touring (estate) version of BMW’s 3-series model, the X1 is made in Chennai from parts brought from Munich.The X1 has been a runaway success for BMW, partly because it fills up a niche in the market – it has the looks of an SUV and the functionality of a car. The X1 has the butch looks an SUV needs, but it is also easy to drive and features some amazing technology.It also looks like something it isn’t – BMW is a master at creating niches, and there’s no doubt that the X1 fits the slot very well.When you first look at the X1 with its kidney grille, you’ll not mistake it for anything but a BMW. It bears quite a resemblance to elder sister X3, but seems to have a more steeply raked windscreen and tail-gate. The interior fittings, too, are similar to the 3-series saloon, and even those of us who are well-built will find surprisingly good room in the back seats. The person in the middle, though, might go nuts as the centre console can stretch all the way to the back.The Servotronic steering system of the X1 feels much more responsive than the Audi Q3’s.You do get a very useful 420 litres of luggage space at the back, which can be increased to 1,350 litres by folding the rear seats. And for those who like a bit of ‘car-obar’, there are useful bottle holders that can accommodate a pint bottle each quite easily, though you should let someone else drive if you drink up liquids other than milk from those contraptions.Coming back to the exterior looks, the X1 definitely wants to be more sports car than any other vehicle in the segment, and it has the right features for the job. The Servotronic steering system is tuned comparably to the helm of the 3-series and feels much more responsive than the Audi Q3’s. Harsh impacts cause fewer tremors and despite the elevated seating position and generous ground clearance, the X1 turns in with enthusiasm.advertisementThe engine is highly responsive as well. With 177 horses and 350Nm of torque available early on in the rev range, all you need to do is floor the throttle and see the X1 fly. The automatic transmission is very responsive and for greater thrills, shift her into the ‘sports’ mode and she will reward you with a run that’s guaranteed to light up your face with a smile. The engine is silent as well, and delivers 15kmpl, which should be a cause of cheer especially when, in these days of the tumbling rupee, even a beggar will expect a Rs 50 note if you drive this kind of a vehicle.And yes, the X1 comes loaded with safety features. Up to eight airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seats, and a simple but ingenious system that disengages the central locking in case of an accident and shuts off the fuel pump. Sideimpact protection bars in the doors are standard, as is BMW’s own version of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which the carmaker prefers to call a ‘Dynamic Stability Program’.The other noteworthy feature of the X1 is the sound system. BMW fits in eight speakers that deliver a thumping 180-watt RMS output – you can turn the car into a moving discotheque with this system.The upper models also get a 12GB hard disc that can store most of your music and a large 8.8-inch LCD screen engages your iPod/iPhone. Bluetooth integration is standard, so you can handle phone calls through the system without moving your hands and have your text messages, tasks and notes read out.The X1 is the kind of vehicle from BMW that ticks most of the boxes. It has the stance of a SUV, the performance of a car, is spacious enough to swallow most of your luggage, and is a frugal diesel user. With the depreciating rupee, the price of the base diesel model has gone up to Rs 24.40 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Even then this vehicle is a good buy and we would say it is the best choice in its segment.last_img read more

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first_imgRight on: Rahul DravidIf sport and the way it is played define a nation’s character, what do the sporting performances of 2002 say about India? That we are a country of energetic, stealthy, never-give-in cat burglars who can get away with outrageous heists in broad daylight but won’t serve Test-match,Right on: Rahul DravidIf sport and the way it is played define a nation’s character, what do the sporting performances of 2002 say about India? That we are a country of energetic, stealthy, never-give-in cat burglars who can get away with outrageous heists in broad daylight but won’t serve Test-match time? Swift stick artists whose flirtations with glory stay in the memory longer than the truth that glory usually has married someone else? Or sleepers in soccer struck on the head at the speed of time? For crying out loud, ditch the diplomacy and call it like the world sees it: we’re more losers than winners. Every year, India takes a pounding on every human development index, comes second to banana republics in temperature-raising at the United Nations and cannot bring itself to wage sneaky guerrilla warfare against not-so-nice neighbours. So on what basis are our athletes expected to be swifter, stronger, higher; our cricketers more capable; our hockey team more heroic? It’s more than compensation for other failures, beyond mindless nationalism as an ephemeral feelgood factor. It is probably because our athletes – healthy, talented and just pure gung-ho on two legs – are the best of us before age renders us crabbed, cynical and compromised. When faced with an afternoon’s hard work, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif didn’t think like hundreds who switched off their television sets. Test case: Sunita RaniThe Indian women’s hockey team at the Manchester Commonwealth Games didn’t wail at the sight of yet another phalanx of stationwagon-sized defenders and unfair umpiring.Their male brethren still care enough to be the show-stoppers of the world game even though an incompetent administration gifts them indecisive management over and over again. It’s a fine way to treat those who often make a worn and weary country feel good about itself. The fate and future of the young athlete depends on the older guiding hand ; in 2002, whenever an Indian athlete found himself in an environment that nurtured his talent and challenged his limits, he responded. A brood of young scrappers on the cricket team proved this year they have an appetite for fierce fights and the more asked of Rahul Dravid, the more he found to give.advertisementIt is no coincidence that this comes at a time when the Indian dressing room is inhabited by a captain who does not pull his punches, mature older colleagues ready to put themselves on the line as example, and professional back-up. The Indian football squad, given new direction under a new management, won its first tournament in 28 years – at the LG Cup in Vietnam, three times wiping out deficits and winning with less than 10 minutes left. They stood up to China at the Asian Games and produced their best-ever international performances in years. Somewhere between these two sports is golf, fast rising in opportunity, domestic tour prize money close to Rs 2.2 crore per year through planning and marketing. The first wave of Indian professionals has already broken through: in March, Jyoti Randhawa had a broken collarbone, in December he became the first Indian to finish as Asia No. 1. PROS … India’s football teamGetting their Kicks India’s football team has its best results in years, winning an international trophy after a gap of 28 years.Woman Smarter Koneru Humpy earns a men’s Grandmaster title, the first Indian woman to do so.Green Revolution Golfer Arjun Atwal wins a European Tour title, Jyoti Randhawa finishes No. 1 in Asia.AND CONS Soccer’s Slip-ups Asian football’s ruling body slaps a one-year ban on international matches in India after Indian football officials fail to file a report on a violent on-field incident in the IFA Shield. Vial Statistics Three Indians, including Sunita Rani, test positive for steroids.Arjun Atwal became the first Indian to win a European Tour event and the pioneer among them all, Jeev Milkha Singh, is trying to batter the door down on the USPGA Tour. What golf has given itself is a strong ladder and a chance: whenever a bold young champion arrives, he or she will find it in place. For every step forward, there are many taken backwards by others. This was a year when Indians played high-quality and high-adrenaline hockey and a new forward line began to loom in rival goal-mouths. Off the field, one coach was sacked midway through the World Cup and his successor couldn’t prevent an outbreak of regional in-fighting at the Champions Trophy in Munich, with Dhanraj Pillai – still the world’s most exciting all-round player – later accusing envious teammates of denying him the ball. A fourth spot in Munich and a silver medal at the Asian Games in Busan may look like good reward – with better and more methodical guidance from the sidelines, it could have been more. Indian hockey’s human resource management has ensured that talent will continue to be undermined and the ridiculous will always win over the sublime.advertisementHow ridiculous could ridiculous be? How about the figure of Rs 12,000 crore spent in a seven-year period on building sporting infrastructure, as announced by Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi at the National Games? During those seven years, Sunita Rani has gone from being the country’s most promising runner to an injured athlete, maltreated by a Ukrainian sports doctor, who tested positive for steroids in her first big comeback meet. Had it not been for an alert lawyer who made a case for an appeal at the international level, Rani would have been hung out to dry. In the years it took to spend Rs 12,000 crore on large stadia – which if the past is an indicator will rust to dust – Rani and others like her could have received the best specialised attention and coaching the world had to offer and there would have been plenty left over to breed white elephants. India demands good returns from sport. But it invests in arenas, not athletes. In brick and mortar, not in the sweat and striving of those who show us the best in our national character. In India, this has been a year of loathing, fear, and violence in which he who has shouted loudest, longest and most stridently is perceived as having conveyed the most important message. But if sport were given the chance of voting for an Indian of the Year, then 2002 would belong to the cricket vice-captain, a loyal team man of calculated thought and deliberate action, unremitting professionalism and deep pride. Unlike so many in public life, Rahul Dravid represents us well.last_img read more

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first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Cavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more