FIFA deny JFF’s request to postpone WC qualifier

first_imgFOOTBALL’S-world governing body, FIFA, has denied a request by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to postpone its World Cup Qualifier on Good Friday, March 25, against Costa Rica at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. “The JFF wishes to advise that it made representation to FIFA for a possible change of date based on the sacred nature of Good Friday to many Jamaicans,” informed a JFF release yesterday. It added: “FIFA has responded that the change in date was not possible as the 2016 international match calendar has been approved since 2013.” Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, apologised. “Because we are a Christian society, I appealed to FIFA and asked them to postpone the game and have us play on another date. However, FIFA came back to us and said no,” Burrell told The Gleaner. “We had no intention to offend the Christians, but nothing can be done,” he emphasised. Burrell said arrangements could be made for a church service inside the venue before game time. “I am thinking of having a church service at the National Stadium before the game starts,” Burrell said. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain Grandstand Category One $6,500, Grandstand Category Two $5,500 and Bleachers $1,200.last_img read more

Xiaomi Independence Day sale is live: Everything to know

first_imgXiaomi India is holding a four-day’s Independence Day sale on its website starting today. The sale that is already live on will run till August 12. Some of the top deals during the sale are on Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Band 2 and more.There is a discount of Rs 5000 on the Mi Mix 2. The phone sells at Rs 24,999 and the company is giving a price cut of Rs 5000 which means the effective price becomes Rs 19,999. There is a discount of Rs 1000 on Mi Max 2 and Rs 200 off on Mi Band 2.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in 2017. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 . It is powered by an octa-core processor and comes with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone packs non-exapandable 128GB of internal storage and is backed by a a 3400mAh non removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.Mi Max 2 is also a decent deal during the sale. Launched in 2017, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels and its India price starts at Rs 13,999. It is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 packs a 12MP primary camera on the rear and a 5mp front camera.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi LED TVs are also available in an open sale during the Xiaomi Independence Day sale. Open sale means that the devices will be available in stock for the entire day. Xiaomi devices are sold via flash sale model and quickly out of stock. Xiaomi Independence Day sale is a favourable time for those who are planning to buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro or Xiaomi televisions.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 that launched in India on August 8 is also available for pre-orders on Amazon India and from today. The sale will happen on August 16 on both the websites. The smartphone is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model.last_img read more

Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock

first_imgFrance Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock in training Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 02:10 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KylianMbappe - Cropped Getty Images France World Cup France v Australia Kylian Mbappé Antoine Griezmann Ousmane Dembélé After an injury scare, the PSG striker is ready to go for France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday Kylian Mbappe insisted he was feeling no ill-effects from his injury scare while acknowledging that the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and himself will have to be clinical if they are to propel France to World Cup glory.The Paris Saint-Germain forward limped out of training on Tuesday nursing a left ankle problem following a challenge from team-mate Adil Rami.Mbappe subsequently tweeted to calm fears that he could miss Les Bleus’ Group C opener against the Socceroos on Saturday, and the 19-year-old was in high spirits as he faced the media on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I’m 100 per cent, I wanted to continue,” he said.”Club or national training is the same. We play as we train. These are things that happen and will happen again. It’s a bit innocuous, it’s a little late, certainly, but no-one died!”Mbappe also spoke about the possibility of lining up alongside Griezmann and Dembele in attack – a prospect that greatly excites the teenager, although he concedes the trio will have to continue to work on their relationship.”We are three players who appreciate each other and there is a lot of movement and speed,” he said.”But we can improve our defensive [work]. We cannot arrive in this competition with a team cut in half.”We must also be more effective in front of goal, we will not have 60 opportunities. Sometimes we will have one and it will be necessary to put it away.”Asked for his thoughts on the favourites to lift the trophy come July 15, Mbappe named three sides who he feels are ahead of Didier Deschamps’ men in that regard, and one for whom he sees 2018 as the last chance for a golden vintage to perform on the grandest stage.”Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” he said. “After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”last_img read more