- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Lionel Messi has not been at his scintillating best over the past 18 months Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-times World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona.
Lionel Messi said in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday if it was up to him he would stay at the club he joined as a 13-year-old for his entire career.
However, he added that “sometimes not everything happens in the way you would like” and said the situation was “complicated”.
Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided.
Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of their spots and join the 10 countries who had already booked their places at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
Nigeria had to beat Group A winners South Africa in their last qualifier at their new stadium in Uyo to stand a chance of defending their title at the Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 continental championship.
Alexis Sanchez headed Chile into the lead close to the half hour from Fabian Orellana’s cross Uruguay made light of the absence of striker Luis Suarez to recover from a goal down and beat 2015 Copa America hosts Chile 2-1 in a friendly in Santiago.
In a spate of friendlies on Tuesday involving Latin American teams, Colombia beat Slovenia 1-0 in Ljubljana but Mexico followed last week’s impressive away win over the Netherlands with a 3-2 loss to Belarus in Borisov.
The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give the Swiss a maiden title in the team competitionSwitzerland’s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France’s Gael Monfils on Friday.
The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give the Swiss a maiden title in the team competition, withdrew from the ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic in London last Sunday.
But the world number two was back in training on Thursday at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy stadium, where the tie will be played indoors on clay in front of some 27,000 fans.
According to the new regulations of Asian Football Confederation defending Bangladesh Premier Football League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will feature in the play-off of the AFC Cup in 2016.
After the abolition of AFC President’s Cup, where the Bangladesh league champions played in the last couple of years, the Bangladesh champions will play in the AFC Cup but has to cross the hurdle of the play-offs first.
Talking of UN missions is nothing but a matter of great pride. Our soldiers have won the hearts of the people wherever they have goneIt is Armed Forces Day today. When it comes to anything that involves the armed forces, I cannot help but take pride in it. It possibly runs in my blood, as my father was an army officer martyred in the 1971 War of Independence.
Born in 1971 with the start of the Independence War at the call of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, it has grown steadily with only a few incidents that tarnished its image temporarily. One must remember that the 1975 coup that killed Bangabandhu and most of his family was the act of only a few derailed personnel.
Bangladesh Boxing Federation (BBF) has expressed frustration over the dilly-dallying of former kick-boxing champion Ali Jacko in the selection process of the boxers intending to acquire advanced training in England.
This region is termed ‘poor’ not because it lacks any potential – natural or human – but it has not been able to guarantee accountable democracyIn a few days from now, the 18th Saarc summit will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal. November 26-27 will witness the head of states arriving at this Himalayan capital with their cavalcades, engage in wishful conversations, momentarily setting aside their mutual distrust, hostility, and enmity.
This indeed is a time for celebration for most South Asians. The pious declarations to tackle the immediate problems of the region, to lift us out of poverty, deprivation, and exclusion would certainly create an immediate happiness.
Siddikur was joint 32nd following the opening day of the Resorts World Manila Masters in the PhilippinesBangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman scored an one-under-par 71 on his return after withdrawing from the Chiangmai Classic last week.
Siddikur was joint 32nd following the opening day of the Resorts World Manila Masters in the Philippines yesterday.
Siddikur, who finished fifth in his last competition in India a couple of weeks ago, carded four birdies along with three bogeys in $1m showpiece tournament while Singapore veteran Mardan Mamat and Daisuke Kataoka of Japan overcame gusty winds to post seven-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead.
J Sports Academy lifted the title of the Home Tech five-a-side rugby beating Kanchan Rugby Warriors at Paltan Ground yesterday.
The eventual champions won 36-10 and had led the first half 26-nil. Sabuj of J Sports Academy was adjudged the best player. Quamrunnahar Dana, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Women’s Sports Association, distributed the prizes as the chief guest. Hossain A Sikder, the managing director of Home Tech, was the special guest.
Arrestees thought law enforcers could never touch themSenior Biman officials arrested Wednesday are only a small part of a big gold smuggling racket that may involve bigwigs such as ministers, lawmakers, high-ranked government officials and influential businessmen.
Detectives have got this impression after interrogating the three national flag carrier officials and the two outsiders on the first day of the four-day remand yesterday.
They vandalised the library, academic building, and the Shah Paran HallA private university student was killed yesterday during a gunfight between two Chhatra League factions of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) over establishing supremacy on the campus.
Following the incident, SUST authorities declared the university closed for an indefinite period in an emergency syndicate meeting around 12:30pm.
Victim Sumon Roy was a third-year BBA student of Sylhet International University, said Officer-in-Charge Akter Hossain of Jalalabad police station.
Unidentified assailants hacked Shafiul while he was returning home from the RU campus on November 15Progressive teachers of Rajshahi University (RU), who currently dominate teachers’ politics, including the administration of the activities of the campus, do not dare walk alone outside after sunset.
“Many of the teachers, including me, bring along two of our department staff or attendants when returning home after nightfall,” Dr Ananda Kumar Saha, a professor of the geology department, said.
Today will be the start of the third spell as skipper for the veteran Bangladeshi fast bowlerThe home advantage, the sound mood the players are in and the momentum should be enough for Bangladesh’s re-appointed one-day captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza for a winning start in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which will also be the first win in the 50 overs in 2014.
The first one-day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today will be the start of the third spell as skipper for the veteran Bangladeshi fast bowler who will be relying on his batsmen to continue with the run-spree that started in the Test series.
The order came following a writ petition moved by Supreme Court lawyer Manzill MurshidThe High Court yesterday restored the highest punishment of seven years’ imprisonment for reckless driving, scrapping the existing three-year term.
The High Court bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Khasruzzaman also observed that the punishment should be increased further to ensure people’s right to life.
The order came following a writ petition moved by Supreme Court lawyer Manzill Murshid.
Going into the five-match ODI series that begins in Chittagong today, the Tigers, therefore, will be brimming with confidence after creating and breaking several records Prior to the three-Test series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh had experienced a turbulent year owing to countless defeats and controversies. The Tigers though somewhat improved on their flagging fortunes following a series sweep against Zimbabwe in the Tests.
Going into the five-match ODI series that begins in Chittagong today, the Tigers, therefore, will be brimming with confidence after creating and breaking several records and feats in the just-concluded Test series not to mention their second ever clean sweep in the longer version.
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza is fully aware of Shakib’s many talentsThere is hardly any doubt that ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is an x-factor for Bangladesh whenever the Tigers take the field in any form of cricket. His latest exertions were instrumental behind Bangladesh’s series sweep over Zimbabwe in the just-concluded three-Test series. It goes without saying that similar heroics will be expected from Shakib once again when the two sides face each other in the first of five one-day internationals at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today.
The report is supposed to be submitted yesterday, but it could not be as State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid was not in countryTripping of the Bheramara grid sub-station caused the entire national electricity grid to collapse on November 1, according to the report of a government committee formed to investigate the reasons.
The report is supposed to be submitted yesterday, but it could not be as State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid was not in country.
Nasrul will return on November 24.
Bangladesh Navy, in only their second season at the top flight, lifted their maiden Premier Chess League beating Navy Junior by 4-0 points at the media center of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.
The undisputed champions, comprising of FM Taibur Rahman, GM Abdullah al Rakib, GM Enamul Hossain, IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, FM Nasir Ahmed and FM Aminul Islam, bagged a total 14 points. In the 9th and the last round Rakib, Razib, Nasir and Amin beat Masum, Sharon, Sharif and Sagar respectively.
Bangladesh possibly have the best opportunity ahead of them to turn the tables around in 2014. The year has dished out some poor results, one after another for the first 10 months, but it seems the only triumph of the season has opened up several gates of achievement for the future.
Carrying the momentum from the Test series, the home side have the glorious opportunity of rising in the ICC ODI rankings with another outright victory in the one-day series against Zimbabwe starting today in Chittagong.