Qatar Asian Cup victory to ‘deepen’ Gulf tensions—analysts

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards in ‘crazy game’ And even just days after Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the final, it may have already deepened the Gulf diplomatic impasse.“Any sense of embitterment in Abu Dhabi at the way the tournament they hosted turned out may translate into an escalation of rhetoric against Qatar,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe added: “The response to Qatar’s run in the Asian Cup has, if anything, deepened the split within the Gulf.“Omanis and Kuwaitis have rejoiced in Qatari success and have done so in extremely public fashion, visibly emphasizing their rejection of the blockading states’ attempt to isolate Qatar in the region.” Football and geopolitics Qatar’s first ever Asian Cup win is an astonishing story on numerous levels — a modern-day sporting parable, soaked in geopolitics and symbolism.It is a powerful Qatari riposte to critics who long ridiculed the 2022 World Cup host for its lack of footballing prowess.The team beat three sides who appeared in the Russia World Cup, scored 19 goals, conceded just one and provided the tournament’s best goalkeeper, player and highest goalscorer.It is a vindication of the wealthy Gulf state’s huge spending to develop talent at its Aspire Academy — 13 of the 23-man squad were graduates, including top scorer Ali Almoez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He then made his first trip abroad since the victory, notably to regional peace-broker Kuwait, where he presented Emir Sabah al-Sabah with a maroon Qatar football shirt.And there is yet more symbolism, argues James M. Dorsey, author and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.“The victory emphasizes to Qatar that it can stand on its own, whatever the obstacles,” he said.Salford University professor Simon Chadwick said Qatar’s win also helped polish its tarnished international standing.“Qatar’s image and reputation has gained advantage over its rivals, especially given the apparent calmness on Qatar’s team when faced with sometimes rancorous rivals,” said Chadwick.‘Very naive’The “escalation” Ulrichsen spoke about is likely to focus on the 2022 World Cup, said Dorsey.“I think what you are going to see is Qatar’s victory is going to escalate opposition by primarily the UAE and Saudi Arabia to Qatar hosting the World Cup,” he added.Next month, FIFA will rule on whether the 2022 World Cup will include 32 or 48 teams, and whether Qatar should share games, potentially with neighboring rivals.FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s insistence that an expanded World Cup could help ease regional tensions is “very naive”, Dorsey insisted. 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But it is far more than just sport.Since June 2017, Saudi-led countries have cut ties with Doha, claiming it supports terrorism and wants a better relationship with Riyadh’s arch-rival, Tehran.Qatar denies the charges, says it is being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy and its enemies want regime change in Doha.As a result, few, if any, Qataris traveled to the UAE to watch matches, claiming they were fearful about what would happen to them.Practically their only supporters were a group of Omanis, subsequently leading Qataris to celebrate with Omani flags in Doha.Notably, Qatar beat Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the latter victory seeing their players pelted with shoes and bottles by a partisan crowd.The 4-0 victory over the UAE was, according to some, better than the cup win.Many Qataris celebrated by holding up four fingers — one for each of the neighboring boycotting countries, said Ulrichsen.That gesture also matched the one used by Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt in 2013.Qatar’s victorious team were greeted by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani when they arrived back home. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He pointed to a previous Asian Cup victory — Iraq in 2007 — where people celebrated during a period of sectarian violence, but trouble soon flared again.“Sports and politics are inextricably enshrined,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Qatar’s midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim (2nd-R) celebrates with teammates during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lutheran Church Breaks Ground for New School in Bong Co.

first_imgThe Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), in collaboration with its foreign partners, over the weekend broke grounds for the construction of what is to be the first-ever multi-million dollars “modernize state-of-the arts” vocational school in the country.If constructed, the school will introduce lessons in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, general electric, auto and general mechanics, etc. These courses would be taught along with several other academic lessons including the ones in environmental science, agriculture, among others.  The school will also provide a safe, nurturing educational environment, including classrooms, residences for students and staff, athletic fields, chapel, and medical clinic to serve the communities surrounding Gbarnga, Bong County’s capital city.Through that, the Lutherans will be addressing needs such as clean water, sanitation, electricity, hygiene, nutrition and other inequities of poverty, where the church has over the years strived to minimize barriers to a child’s education.The ceremony was held on the church’s recently acquired 15 acres of land in the Deansville Community, near Gbarnga, over the weekend. It was led by the entire choristers of the St. Mark Lutheran, several clergies, among them, bishops D. Jensen Seyenkulo-Liberia, Tim Yeadon-New England District, and Reverend Leon W. Schultz-who, along with Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa represented the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project from Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer following the ground-breaking ceremony, Lutheran Bishop, D. Jensen Seyenkulo, explained among other things that the 15 acres on which the project is expected to be built, was acquired through the instrumentality of the church’s Gbarnga-based St. Mark Lutheran Parish.  The project is accordingly commencing under the auspices of the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission of the New England District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and conceived by the congregation of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Providence, RI-USA). “We are dedicated to providing a Christian education to Liberian children to help them develop the skills needed to be successful, grow strong in faith, and reach their God-given potential as fulfilled Christian adults.”At present, the LCL works with Lutheran Churches and the communities of north central Liberia, by serving the children and families near the City of Gbarnga to achieve their spiritual goal.The project is under with the mission to share the love of Jesus Christ with all people the Lutherans have encountered as they provide childhood education, strengthen communities, and alleviate poverty in Liberia, with the vision to see Liberia where all children are empowered by a Christian education to realize the fullness of God’s grace and the joys of a healthy, productive life.“St. Paul’s Church is a community of believers in Jesus Christ committed to helping all people by actively practicing the Gospel in word and deed.” For Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa, the USA committee is expected to reach a total of 500 persons through whom, God will use to contribute immensely to the project.According to him, they envisioned to see a community where there will be high quality schools with well-spaced classrooms, dormitories that will accommodate boys and girls, an opened air gymnasium, medical facilities for the students, the faculty staff and residents of nearby communities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Case of Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell

first_imgWho doesn’t remember O. Natty B. Davis, the flamboyant but highly respected lawyer from Maryland County, who rose to become Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia?He is remembered as a man of principle and that is why his own fellow Marylander, President W.V.S. Tubman, relieved His Honor O. Natty B. of his seat on the Supreme Court bench.  What happened?Remember the political crisis that engulfed Liberia in 1955, when the True Whig Party and the Tubman government accused the party of former President Edwin Barclay, the Independent True Whig Party (ITWP), of an assassination plot against President Tubman?  The night of the alleged plot was June 22, 1955 when shots were fired in the direction of the President at the Executive Pavilion.  Most members of the ITWP were arrested, given a nut (means stark naked) parade through streets of Monrovia and imprisoned.  That was when David Coleman, son of President Wilmot David Coleman of Clay Ashland, Montserrado County, and David’s son John, who had just returned home with his degree in Civil Engineering, were brutally murdered and their bodies displayed for days at the Barclay Training Center.The Tubman government subsequently charged ITWP members with treason and the case eventually reached the Supreme Court.When the government’s lawyers presented their case to the high court, several of the Associate Justices detected that the case had no merit.  But it was outspoken ‘Hishonner’ O. Natty B. Davis that put this forthright and stunning question to the prosecution: “What kind of nonsense have you all presented us here?”President Tubman heard about O. Natty B.’s question and, fearing that with that kind of skepticism the government might have lost the case, summarily relieved Associate Justice Davis of his post.This eminent and courageous son of Maryland of Liberia, O. Natty B. Davis, was the man who fathered this distinguished, highly educated daughter of Liberia, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell.Her elder brother, Pryde Davis, a product of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI),  became a civil engineer; while their younger brother, named after the father, is a former Chair of the National Investment Commission (NIC).We can fully understand why the Liberian Senate would be concerned about Dr. Davis Russell’s American passport.  That is the way it is in many developed countries where highly educated people of other nationalities, Liberian included, are usefully engaged in leading professional positions.  The people want to know whether you‘re one of them and so one has to become a citizen to advance up the leadership ladder on whatever job.This is precisely why the Daily Observer has been advocating for Dual Citizenship.   Look at the remarkable way Dr. Russell ran the Tubman Technical College—so well that she was able to transform it into  southeastern Liberia’s first  university.  Yes, there existed  in the distant past, Liberia’s  second  institution of higher learning in the same Maryland County called Cuttington College and Divinity School.   But it closed in 1929 because of the Great Depression.  But Cuttington became a university only a few years ago, long after it had been transferred from Harper, Maryland County (1945).  So the making of southeast Liberia’s first university was no mean accomplishment, and Dr. Russell, with the staunch backing of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is credited for that. It was probably for this reason that the Liberian leader was courageous enough to nominate her to be the new Minister of Education.  The President reckoned that the lawmakers would have serious difficulty turning down this great Liberian daughter and sister.As an accomplished educator who ran Tubman University so successfully, Dr. Russell might just be the person to help fix our shattered education system.  Our students can hardly pass a university entrance exam, as was shown in the past two years when over 40,000 applicants flatly failed the Uinversity of Liberia (UL) entrance.  Now look what has happened to the West African Examination Council Exams.  WAEC Head, John Y. Gayvolor, has described last year’results as “appaling.”Our education system needs help and needs it NOW! We are sure the Senate has no problem with Dr. Davi-Russell’s qualifications.  Perhaps the compromise could be for her to do what others did in the past—to reclaim her Liberian citizenship.  We are sure that if that is done, the Senate would give her the green light.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gyude Bryant Is Dead

first_imgReliable sources have confirmed that former interim president of Liberia, Charles Gyude Bryant, has passed away at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, and his body deposited at the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlour. Unconfirmed sources say he suffered heart failure and was rushed to the JFK Medical Center, here he was pronounced dead on arrival. It is a known fact that Mr. Bryant had a heart condition during his latter years.He was 65 and leaves to mourn his loss three children, his sister Mrs. Carmenia Abdallah and a host of relatives in Liberia and abroad.Bryant was born January 17, 1949.The deceased came to political prominence on October 14, 2003 when he assumed the chairmanship of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, which position he held until democratic elections were held and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office in January 2006.More to follow as news unfolds and funeral arrangements are announced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Ambassador appeals to PSC to help Govt fight corruption

first_imgA section of the gathering at the AGM on FridayAs the executive members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) met on Friday afternoon for its Annual General Meeting (AGM), US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch called on the Commission to play its role in the fight against corruption; as Guyana was recently ranked number 134 of 190 countries in the World Bank’s report on ease of doing business.The Ambassador pointed out that the World Bank’s 2018 report on ease of doing business reflected a drop in ranking from number 126 in 2017 to number 134 in 2018, out of 190 countries.  Places like Iran, the West Bank, and Gaza ranked better than Guyana.She explained that this was linked to the fact that Guyana has high rates of taxation, energy, corruption and lack of transparency, coupled by a number of others.“In addition, the duties imposed on many imported items can be substantial, driving costs up beyond competitiveness.  I don’t need to tell you that the cost of electricity is one of the highest in the region, at more than 35 cents per kilowatt hour.  The power grid system is antiquated, resulting in regular power outage, forcing companies… to install their own power generation systems to cope with the blackouts,” the Ambassador said.On another note, she expressed concern over the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, which caters for artistes and others. According to her, this legislation ought to match the advancements in technology. In fact, she warned that some companies may even avoid investing in the country if it’s without a stronger IPR legislation.The IPR legislation allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism.Ambassador Lynch cautioned during her remarks that they did not intend to frighten investors away from the country, but to let them know they play a pivotal role in resolving such issues.“These issues are raised not to scare away investment, but to show that each one can be resolved over time and with the proper resources,” she noted.On this note, the US Ambassador explained that the PSC can play a role in affecting a change by offering guidance to the Government in shaping legislation. Further, it can review policies by the administration and recommend changes.The PSC can also serve as an example of transparency and ethical behaviour to the rest of the business community. She added that internally, it can encourage all its member-companies to pay taxes in a timely manner and as prescribed by law. This, she added, will boost the Guyana Revenue Authority in its tax collecting ventures, hire more staff, and provide additional training to better handle the upcoming oil sector.In the past, the coalition Government had been blasted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for several acts of corruption.In fact, the US State Department had highlighted Guyana as corrupt, owing to a number of irregularities within various Government ministries.According to the State Department in its assessment of the situation, allegations of corruption continue to trouble Guyana. It cited the Transparency International (TI) 2017 Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Guyana at 91 out of 180 countries. To make matters worse, Guyana has since dropped to 93rd position in TI’s latest report.The index placed Guyana’s corruption perception score at 37 to tie with Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama.Last year, Guyana scored 38 when it ranked 91 out of all the countries reviewed. The index came at a time when much was said about the Auditor General’s 2017 report and the sole sourcing of contracts.This included the Public Procurement Commission investigating and red flagging the sole sourcing of the Demerara river bridge feasibility study. The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company, LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara river bridge crossing.US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch sharing remarks at PSC’s AGMlast_img read more

Congo’s social issues reach Fort St. John

first_img [asset|aid=938|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1fb73ea4730447b5bac4617392c832c9-Connie Kaweesi 2_1_Pub.mp3] You can also visit for more information.The Congo teach-in will be held at the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe Friday night at 7pm. African culture and Congo women’s social issues are the hot topic Friday night at the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe.A Congo teach-in will be available to individuals 16 and over and who are interested in learning more about African culture.Spokesperson Connie Kaweesi says the event is part of the V-Day campaign.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=937|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1fb73ea4730447b5bac4617392c832c9-Connie Kaweesi 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says women in the Congo are used as a weapon in the war, and whose rights are violated every day.Kaweesi says there are many ways residents of Fort St. John can help the Congo women. She says the teach-in is accepting donations, which will be given to a Congo woman’s hospital. Kaweesi recommends everyone to stand up for women’s rights. Advertisementlast_img read more

One dead after collision with train

first_imgPhoto:  This photo was taken from a video submitted to by Dennis Hay One person is dead following a collision between a CN Train and a vehicle near Fort Nelson.The collision occurred at 1:15am on Thursday July 29th at a CN Crossing 10km south of Fort Nelson on Highway 97.The RCMP have not said what type of vehicle was involved in the collision. A police traffic analyst and RCMP dog services are assisting with the investigation.- Advertisement -The victim has not been identified at this time.last_img

101 arrested during 4-day crime assault

first_imgLANCASTER – Law enforcement officials are calling a four-day saturation patrol of central Lancaster that concluded Friday the opening salvo of an effort to eradicate the Antelope Valley’s streets of criminal street gangs. The saturation patrol produced 101 arrests – 38 for felonies and 63 arrests for misdemeanors – and another 57 citations, Palmdale sheriff’s station Lt. Bobby Denham said Monday. Of those arrested, 56 had outstanding warrants, and five were known gang members, Denham said. Denham said four arrests were for illegal firearms possession, and 26 involved illegal narcotics possession. Four firearms were recovered, including one shotgun. “The number of deputies on the streets are there to send a message to gang members that we’re here and we will continue to be here,” Denham said. “At the same time we want the public to know that we in law enforcement will do all we can to reduce gangs and crime throughout the entire Antelope Valley.” (661) 267-7802 Some 60 sheriff’s deputies flooded a roughly 31/2 -square-mile area from Avenues H to J-8 between 20th Streets East and West most of last week in an unprecedented effort that will continue indefinitely, law enforcement officials say. About 40 out-of-area deputies were summoned to Lancaster, joining existing Community Oriented Policing and High Impact Team units assigned to proactively pursue criminal activity. Lancaster residents say it was hard not to notice the increased law enforcement presence. “Everybody’s talking about it, good guys, bad guys, everybody knows about it,” said Lancaster resident Rami Darghalli, who owns Bob’s Market on Avenue I in Lancaster. “It won’t solve the problem completely, but I think it can help. They need to do it more often.” Denham said similar saturation patrols are planned for Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated regions. last_img read more

WATCH! Newcastle youngster produces miss of the season so far

first_imgSammy Ameobi produced an early contender for miss of the season on Monday night.The Newcastle youngster, on-loan at Championship side Cardiff, looked certain to snatch all three points for the Bluebirds against Bristol City when the ball found its way to him in the box in added time.But the 23-year-old could only divert his shot past the post from four yards out – much to the relief of Robins goalkeeper Frank Fielding.last_img


first_imgDaniel and Majella in Portugal with Sir CliffDaniel O’Donnell and wife Majella have claimed that their close friend Cliff Richard was “mentally abused” after being accused of sex abuse allegations.The Donegal star appeared on ITV’s Lorraine and spoke about Sir Cliff’s horrific ordeal.The 54 year old singer said he was delighted that the Living Doll singer had been cleared of the historic abuse allegations. “Yes, we are absolutely delighted that the ordeal is over for Cliff but it’s going to be with Cliff for the rest of his life.“I know he is a strong man and will go forward in the best way that he can.”Majella, 56, added: “He was bewildered and the fact that he could do nothing about it. It amounts to mental abuse. He has been mentally abused.”And Daniel said that his friend should follow up on the claims to clear his name once and for all. Daniel said that Sir Cliff found himself at a loss over the allegations.“He’s done so much for so many throughout his career, we’ve only seen the public things but he has done things in private.“That was the one thing that he couldn’t understand – why it was happening.”DANIEL CLAIMS FRIEND CLIFF WAS ‘MENTALLY ABUSED’ OVER SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS was last modified: June 23rd, 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:Cliff Richarddaniel o’donnelldonegallast_img read more