ENGLISH FOOTBALL CLUB Leicester Owner’s Son Vows To Carry On His Father’s Legacy

Leicester players pay tribute to owner
Players gather on the pitch to remember Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed after taking off from the club’s King Power Stadium

Aiyawatt laid a wreath with his mother Aimon at the stadium on Monday while they also viewed messages, floral tributes, shirts and scarves laid in honour of the founder of duty-free King Power International, who was a huge favourite among the Leicester supporters.

“I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support,” Aiyawatt said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Thank you, also, to Leicestershire Police and the emergency services. Their fast response on Saturday kept a lot of people safe. Their professionalism and sensitivity since then have made the last few days as bearable as they could be.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) and his mother Aimon (second right) lay a wreath outside Leicester City Football Club.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) and his mother Aimon (second right) lay a wreath outside Leicester City Football Club.CREDIT:AP

“What happened made me realise how important my dad was to many people all over the world and I’m touched by how many people kept him close to their hearts.”

Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and went on to stun the world by beating odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League title in 2016 in what amounted to a sporting fairy tale.

“I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father. From him, I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on and I intend to do just that,” Aiyawatt added.

After completing forensic enquiries, Leicestershire Police have formally identified Vichai as one of five people killed in the helicopter crash.

“Formal identification of the four other people, who are believed to be Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, is still being actively progressed,” the police added.

Leicester confirmed Saturday’s league match at Cardiff City would go ahead as scheduled after Tuesday’s League Cup game with Southampton was postponed following the accident.


Sale of Wembley to Jags owner survives FA meeting

FA plan to sell Wembley clears big hurdle as board gives idea backing. Despite rumours that some directors did not like the idea, the £900million proposal will now seek majority support at next month’s FA Council meeting.

The FA Board has backed plans to sell Wembley Stadium (David Davies/PA)

AIWA! NO!//The plan to sell Wembley Stadium to Fulham owner Shahid Khan moved a step closer to completion after it was backed by the Football Association’s board.

The proposed deal, which is worth £600million in cash and £300m in future revenue from the stadium’s hospitality business, will now go to the FA Council for its blessing on October 11.

In a statement, an FA spokesperson said: “The sale of Wembley Stadium, the negotiated protections and an outlined plan to invest £600m into football community facilities, were presented and discussed at the FA Board meeting today.

Chelsea players celebrating
The FA Board has backed plans to sell Wembley Stadium (David Davies/PA)

“Following on from this discussion, the FA Board has agreed to take the presentation to the FA Council to get its input now that the full facts are known.”

Prior to the crunch meeting, it had been widely reported that the three board members from the National Game, or grassroots football, had strong reservations about the sale and the desired unanimity would be impossible, effectively killing the plan.

But their concerns appear to have melted away, which will greatly encourage FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn, who have championed this idea for over a year, that they can get this over the line.

Shahid Khan
Fulham owner Shahid Khan has said his plans to buy Wembley will not affect Craven Cottage’s future (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Khan welcomed the decision in a statement, saying: “The news from today’s FA board meeting is welcomed and encouraging. I understand the discussion was open and thorough.

“One cannot ask for more as we continue to work through the process with the FA Board, FA Council, Sport England, the Mayor of London’s office and DCMS toward reaching an agreement that will serve English football for generations to come.

“Today’s development has no effect on my plans to renovate Craven Cottage and, as such, has no impact on Craven Cottage continuing to be the permanent home of Fulham Football Club.”

The terms of the deal have already been approved with Khan, who wants to use the stadium as a base for his National Football League side the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it has been backed by the government, professional leagues and public bodies that invested in Wembley’s rebuilding.

The Catalans Dragons team
Khan’s plans will mean the Challenge Cup final, last won by Catalans Dragaons, will continue to be staged at Wembley (Adam Davy/PA)

Under Khan’s ownership, the stadium would still be used, on a rental basis, for most of England’s home matches, all of the current club finals and semi-finals it stages and rugby league’s Challenge Cup final.

The only exception to the status quo would be that England would need to play its home games in September and November on the road, as they clash with the NFL’s regular season.

The American billionaire has also committed to maintaining the stadium as a possible venue for major international games, agreed to avoid sponsorship deals with gambling firms and other controversial businesses and given the FA buy-back and and sell-on clauses, should he fail to comply with conditions or sell at a later date for a profit.

The FA has already said it wants to use the windfall to invest up to £1billion in much-needed community facilities – new changing rooms, better drainage for grass pitches and more 3G pitches – and this will be done via the Football Foundation, the charity it set up in 2000 with the Premier League and Sport England to invest in the grassroots.

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY #73; International Day of Sign Languages 23 September

A participant communicates with sign language at an event on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
A participant communicates in sign language at a special event “Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors” on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
AIWA! NO!//According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.

Sign languages are fully fledged natural languages, structurally distinct from the spoken languages. There is also an international sign language, which is used by deaf people in international meetings and informally when travelling and socializing. It is considered a pidgin form of sign language that is not as complex as natural sign languages and has a limited lexicon.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes and promotes the use of sign languages. It makes clear that sign languages are equal in status to spoken languages and obligates states parties to facilitate the learning of sign language and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

The first International Day of Sign languages will be celebrated in 2018 under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!

The resolution establishing the day acknowledges that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and development of the deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. It recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with deaf communities.

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There are many ways of speaking. Many ways to communicate. Everyone has the right to be heard & respected. On Int’l & everyday, stand up for the of the roughly 72 million people worldwide who are deaf.

The EU will be at the 73rd this week⁠ 🇪🇺🌎 Multilateralism is essential for peace, security and human development ⁠⁠

A historic handshake 34 years ago strengthened French-German friendship and the European Communities (as they then were). Where there is a will, there is a way to find – even between former ennemies – common solutions which make Europe stronger and more united.

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

TOP OF THE AGENDA AT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Mali and Central African Republic as well as the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, aid for Palestinians, education for girls, modern slavery, environmental threats, efforts to end poverty, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

According to reliable data from @TwitterData, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the most tweeted about world leaders during the first day of the United Nations General Assembly meeting (18/19 September, 2017).

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea.

This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United Nations,” though other U.N. officials and diplomats said it’s in response to growing concerns about an increasingly turbulent world.

The seven-year-old conflict in Syria and the three-year war in Yemen that has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and is now seriously threatening large-scale famine will certainly be in the spotlight, along with meetings on other Mideast and African hot spots. So will Iran, which faces escalating hostile rhetoric from the Trump administration over its activities supporting international terrorism, which Tehran vehemently denies.

Guterres said last week that one of his overriding concerns in an increasingly globalized world is the threat to having the U.N.’s 193 member nations work together, which is the foundation of the United Nations.

“Multilateralism is under attack from many different directions precisely when we need it most,” the U.N. chief told reporters Thursday. “In different areas and for different reasons, the trust of people in their political establishments, the trust of states among each other, the trust of many people in international organizations has been eroded and … multilateralism has been in the fire.”

Guterres challenged diplomats at last week’s opening of the 73rd session of the General Assembly by saying: “At a time of fragmentation and polarization, the world needs this assembly to show the value of international cooperation.”

Whether it will be able to remains in question.

At this year’s gathering of presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and minsters, populist leaders will include U.S. President Donald Trump, President Andrzej Duda of Poland and Premier Giuseppe Conte of Italy along with the foreign ministers of Hungary and Austria.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters that Trump, who champions an “America First” policy, wants to talk about “protecting U.S. sovereignty,” and she reiterated Washington’s opposition to the 2015 Paris climate agreement on curbing global warming and a newly agreed international compact aimed at regulating migration.

“We really value sovereignty of the country,” Haley said. “It is not saying multilateralism can’t work, but it’s saying sovereignty is a priority over all of that, and we always have to make sure we’re doing that — and there are many countries that agree with us.”

Before stepping down as U.N. humanitarian chief Aug. 31, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed serious concern that populism, intolerance and oppression are “becoming fashionable again.”

“It all builds, because once you start down the path of intolerance, it’s very difficult to stop it, unless at the end of the day you have conflict,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be a key voice joining Guterres in the coming week in speaking out against this trend and supporting multilateralism as key to promoting peace.

The week’s activities kick off with a peace summit Monday morning honoring the 100th birthday this year of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. A statue of Mandela will be unveiled at U.N. headquarters and leaders are expected to adopt a declaration recognizing the years 2019-2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.

Trump is hosting an event Monday on “The World Drug Problem” and Haley said 124 countries have signed a global call to action. Activists on drug policy note it was never negotiated, and one group, the Harm Reduction Coalition, called it “an instance of heavy-handed U.S. ‘with us or against us’ diplomacy.”

The increasingly strident U.S. rhetoric against Iran is expected to be a feature in U.S. speeches. Haley said that “every dangerous spot in the world — Iran seems to have its fingerprints in it,” which Tehran denies.

Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May and the foreign ministers of the five remaining powers who support the deal — Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — are expected to meet privately Monday evening with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The General Assembly’s “General Debate,” as the ministerial session is called, officially opens Tuesday with Guterres’ report on the state of the world, to be followed soon after by speeches from Trump, Macron and late in the morning by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

The U.S. holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council in September and has scheduled two ministerial meetings, the first on Wednesday presided over by Trump. It was initially to focus on Iran but has now been broadened to the topic of “nonproliferation” of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

“I’m sure that is going to be the most watched Security Council meeting ever,” Haley told reporters.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will preside over the second meeting Thursday on North Korea, an issue the Security Council was united on in imposing increasingly tough sanctions. But that unity now appears to be at risk over enforcement of sanctions and the broader issues of how to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and when sanctions should be lifted against North Korea.

Guterres welcomed the recent “positive meeting” in Pyongyang between the leaders of North and South Korea but warned that “there will not be success in intra-Korean negotiations if simultaneously there is not success in the American and North Korean” negotiations to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations has received 342 requests for meetings during the high-level week.

They include sessions on conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Mali and Central African Republic as well as the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, aid for Palestinians, education for girls, modern slavery, environmental threats, efforts to end poverty, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Asked what are the big issues, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told The Associated Press: “All of them are big issues — nonproliferation, cooperation, the world peace architecture — it’s every year, but this year it’s maybe more topical than ever.”

Uruguayan Ambassador Elbio Rosselli said the biggest issue for his country is multilateralism.

“It’s a vow that all of us ought to keep reinforcing particularly at this conjuncture where so many undercurrents and contrary views are surfacing on different scenarios,” he told AP. “The validity of this institution is more than ever necessary, and for that we need the recommitment of all states.”

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.


Britain’s Anthony Joshua wins heavyweight crown

Both men had won Olympic gold medals, but it was the youthful energy of the 28-year-old Joshua which proved decisive as Mr Povetkin visibly tired halfway through the contest.

 Anthony Joshua celebrates victory after the IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight with Alexander Povetkin. Getty Images
 Anthony Joshua celebrates victory after the IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight with Alexander Povetkin. Getty Images
AIWA! NO!//Britain’s Anthony Joshua delivered a devastating technical knockout in the seventh round to defeat Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and retain his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight championship belts.

In front of about 80,000 fans, Mr Joshua moved on to 22 fights unbeaten in his professional career by handing the 39-year-old Mr Povetkin only his second defeat.

Mr Joshua, returning to the arena where he knocked out Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in April, 2017 to become a unified heavyweight world champion, was given a hero’s reception by the almost capacity crowd.

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Anthony Joshua defended his world heavyweight titles with a devastating knockout of Alexander Povetkin after overcoming an early onslaught from the Russian at Wembley.

However, early on it was the smaller challenger who appeared the more inspired by the occasion and he caught the Briton late in the first round with an uppercut on the nose.

Both men had won Olympic gold medals, but it was the youthful energy of the 28-year-old Mr Joshua which proved decisive as Mr Povetkin visibly tired halfway through the contest.

Mr Joshua began dictating with his movement from the fourth round and started to find his range with his right hook.


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That was what did for Mr Povetkin, the WBA mandatory challenger, in the seventh when a fearsome right-hander from Mr Joshua landed square on his jaw and sent the Russian to the canvas.

He got back to his feet but not for long as a flurry of punches from the champion gave him his 21st win by knockout.

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches,” Joshua said from inside in the ring.

“I came in here to have fun, and give it my best, I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.

“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious.

“I got my knockout streak back.”

India’s Pandya’s five wickets sent England collapsing out for 161

England suffered a spectacular collapse  as India took control of the third Specsavers Test on a remarkable second day at Trent Bridge

It was Pandya's first five-fer in Test cricket.
It was Pandya’s first five-fer in Test cricket. © Getty
AIWA! NO! Then press~~In a dramatically redemptive session of play, India made up for this morning’s insipid bowling display by picking ten wickets in an extended session at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Five of those wickets went to Hardik Pandya in a stunning fulfillment of India’s stubborn persistence with the all-rounder, who rampaged through England’s middle-order to bring up his maiden five-wicket haul.
India’s comeback lay in Pandya’s riveting spell as much as in their catching behind the wicket, the hero being the 20-year-old Rishabh Pant, who caught five to become just the fourth Indian wicketkeeper with as many as five catches on debut. KL Rahul was the more subtle standout, taking three catches to help dismiss Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.

Root’s dismissal out of the three entailed the most drama and controversy. Pandya’s first delivery of the match had Root poke a low catch to Rahul at second slip, and given what any low catch engenders, the decision was taken upstairs by the on-field umpires, with the soft signal being out. Aleem Dar, short of proof and perhaps burdened by the soft signal, ruled the catch to be legitimate.

Pandya’s five wickets came in 29 balls, only bettered by Harbhajan Singh’s five wickets in 27 balls against Windies at Kingston in 2006. Stokes was his second wicket, edging it behind, as did Bairstow. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid fell off consecutive balls spread across two overs but a hat-trick wasn’t meant to be. It all started with Ishant Sharma early, who hadn’t bowled in the morning session at all.

Alastair Cook, dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip, was snaffled next ball by Ishant, who now has the left-hander on ten occasions in Tests. Keaton Jennings fell next ball, it being the first of Bumrah’s over, and then Ollie Pope was strangled down leg soon after, paving for England to plummet from 54/0 to 161 all out.

Jos Buttler was the only blip in a session thoroughly bossed by India. The in-out fields allowed Buttler to take strike for up to five balls in an over, and England could pick up 33 runs for the last wicket before Buttler miscued a big hit off Bumrah to long-on.

Brief Scores: India 329 (Virat Kohli 97, Ajinkya Rahane 81; James Anderson 3-64, Stuart Broad 3-72, Chris Woakes 3-75) lead England 161 (Jos Buttler 39; Hardik Pandya 5-28) by 168 runs

India vs England Cricket Battle, 3rd Test in Nottingham, Day 1: Rahul, Dhawan begin cautiously

ENGLAND lead India 2-0 and viewers tuning to watch and stream the third Test could see the home side seal the series with two matches to spare.

England cricket star Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes will hope to be England’s talisman vs India in the third Test (Image: GETTY)

India will be hungry to keep themselves alive in the five-match Test series against hosts England when they square-off in the third Test at the Trent Bridge. After losing the first two matches, India face a must-win situation. India gave a very good fight before losing the first Test by 31 runs in Birmingham.

In the second Test, they were outplayed by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s, succumbing within three days. The Indian team management’s major responsibility on Saturday would be to find a perfect team combination as players are going through fitness and out of form issues.

India vs England Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 1: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul Begin Cautiously Against England Seamers
India vs England Live: Rishabh Pant became the 291st player to represent India in Test cricket.© BCCI

India’s playing eleven is likely to witness few changes with Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant all set to make his Test debut replacing Dinesh Karthik, who has failed miserably so far in the tour, with scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in his four innings. Meanwhile, media reports suggest skipper Kohli has more or less recovered from his back problem and is expected to lead his side once again. Also, if opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan returns on Saturday, either Lokesh Rahul or Murali Vijay will be axed from the playing eleven.

Joe Root’s side won a close game at Edgbaston in the first Test with Sam Curran starring in only his second Test match with 4/74 with the ball in the first innings and a crucial 65-ball 63 with the bat in the second.

England triumphed by 31 runs courtesy of Ben Stokes taking 4/40 to bowl India out in the last innings but had to leave him out for the second Test as he attended the affray trial where he was found not guilty earlier this week.

The explosive all-rounder has been picked again at Trent Bridge and Curran is the unlucky man who misses out.

India captain Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli appears to have recovered from a back injury to play in the third Test (Image: REUTERS)

India meanwhile will be glad to have Virat Kohli fit after he recovered from a back injury that was aggravated during the innings defeat in the second Test at Lord’s.

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