Australia’s bid to defend their Asian Cup crown began in miserable fashion as they slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to Jordan in Al Ain on Sunday.Anas Bani Yaseen’s bullet header midway through the first half gave the unfancied underdogs a hard-earned and entirely deserved victory in the opening fixture of Group B.Though content to sit back and counter, Vital Borkelmans’ men forced Mat Ryan into regular saves and could have had a second to celebrate if not for a fine save from the Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Awer Mabil also tested the woodwork late in proceedings, while Jamie Maclaren had a goal ruled out for offside, but concerns over Australia’s ability to replace the goals of the retired Tim Cahill are threatening to linger throughout the tournament.What a moment for @JordanFA’s number !The #AsianCup2019 treating us right pic.twitter.com/TJErgDjfb7— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019Australia were nervous from the outset and their sloppy start was punished in the 26th minute, centre-back Bani Yaseen rising unchallenged to head in Mousa Suleiman’s corner.The margin was so nearly doubled four minutes later as Mat Ryan acrobatically tipped Baha Abdel-Rahman’s free-kick against the crossbar.Graham Arnold’s men created little in the first half outside of an early Mabil chance, although they were unfortunate not to receive a penalty for Feras Shilbaya’s apparent handball shortly before the break.Chris Ikonomidis came on in place of Robbie Kruse soon after the restart and the Perth Glory winger quickly threatened in following up a shot from Tom Rogic, who scooped a better opportunity over the bar inside the final 20 minutes.But for all their possession and territory, the Socceroos were scarcely a threat outside of a Mabil shot into the upright and a Jamie Maclaren finish that was ruled out for offside.Ikonomidis and Jackson Irvine did attempt to force in an equaliser in one final stoppage-time push, but Amer Shafi was up to the task with a smart double save for a jubilant Jordan.What does it mean? Australia’s attack must be addressedA reported groin problem forced Andrew Nabbout out of Australia’s expected starting XI and left Arnold able to select just one member – playmaker Rogic – of his preferred front four.Hibernian striker Maclaren was inserted at the point of attack but, like the much-maligned Kruse, was ineffective, and questions continue to hang over just how the Socceroos will score the goals needed to be a success in the United Arab EmiratesTop marks for AteyahJordan’s paucity of possession, just 23 per cent, meant complete concentration was required in defence and the alert Khalil Bani Ateyah set the standard.The midfielder was industrious and intelligent inside his own half and finished with 12 tackles and four interceptions in an impressive display.Luongo lacks intensityMuch was said about Bert van Marwijk’s decision not to employ Massimo Luongo at the World Cup but, starting alongside captain Mark Milligan, the Asian Cup’s reigning Player of the Tournament did little to prove that decision wrong.Luongo’s decision-making in possession always seemed unnecessarily delayed and he was statuesque as Bani Yaseen nodded home the opener.What’s next?Jordan will attempt to build on their tilt at topping Group B when they meet Syria on Thursday.Australia are in action the following the day, a date with Palestine presenting an opportunity to restore order to their campaign. read more
Ohio State football is 4-0, coming through Urban Meyer’s suspension unscathed in terms of on-field record. There was a definite reputation hit though, with the handling of the Zach Smith scandal, including the defiance coming from the Meyer camp over the last few weeks.Now, the Buckeyes head to Happy Valley for the season’s biggest game to this point.College GameDay will be on hand for Ohio State’s game for the second time in three weeks, after the neutral site game in Arlington against TCU in Week 3.Penn State has made this its “white out game” for the season, and likely the biggest game on the schedule at home for the Nittany Lions this season as well.Ohio State football put out a stylized graphic ahead of the game in reference to the Penn State white out, and…it may want this one back.The tweet, which references “blocking out the white noise,” dropped on Wednesday morning, but most have discovered it this morning.It is pretty undoubtedly tone deaf.Silence the white noise.#GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/sipz9AsB8s— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 26, 2018Given the recent domestic violence scandal with Zach and Courtney Smith, and the culture that prevents most instances of domestic and sexual violence from being reported, “silence the noise” might not be the best message.Throw in the silence on the part of Meyer, and whomever else was aware of violence going on within that marriage, and this whole thing is just very, very poorly thought out.you guys are pretty good at silence.— Ocho Fisho (@OchoFisho) September 26, 2018 pic.twitter.com/tq6Q6jF8G4— LG (@LGhail) September 27, 2018Ohio State Football, fresh off a scandal where their beloved coach admitted he did not speak up about a domestic abuser on staff, debuts a new marketing campaign called “Silence.””Silence the white noise.” https://t.co/hUwNFY5sno— Astead (@AsteadWesley) September 27, 2018Ohio State hoping everyone forgets the coverup of domestic abuse that just happened… a few weeks ago. https://t.co/kZdwIcoCa8— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 27, 2018How on earth did this make it through the brainstorm as the best idea for Ohio State at this time? https://t.co/gISwR7pJ0q— ????? ?????? (@LoganMBooker) September 27, 2018You cannot possibly be this tone deaf… pic.twitter.com/fuKZw8HOHr— Erin Shedd (@NOLAcuse) September 27, 2018Yeah probably not the best branding for Ohio State all things considered, geez— coreyspring (@coreyspring) September 27, 2018dudes. dudes. C’mon you can’t be that tone deaf.— ???? ???????? (@prof_gabriele) September 27, 2018 pic.twitter.com/N5s7MmTZpb— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 27, 2018This tweet seems less than ideal. https://t.co/L0qV8tiQnR— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 27, 2018Now, obviously a social media manager mocked this up, and probably didn’t think twice about the ways it might be taken, but someone senior has to see this and realize it is a horrible message to send, especially from that program right now.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 new Ambassadors and High Commissioners accreditedOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”Guyana accredits first Sahrawi Arab AmbassadorDecember 11, 2013In “Politics”President urges Qatar to invest in oil as new Ambassador accreditedJanuary 17, 2018In “Business” New Moroccan Ambassador accreditedNabil Adghoghi accredited as the new Moroccan Ambassador to GuyanaAs Guyana and the Kingdom of Morocco celebrate five years of cordial diplomatic relations, President Granger on Wednesday also accredited Nabil Adghoghi as the new Moroccan Ambassador to Guyana. The two countries established formal diplomatic ties on December 14, 2012.President Granger said that Morocco’s efforts to balance economic development and the protection of the environment can provide valuable lessons for Guyana. Moreover, he lauded Morocco’s global leadership on issues such as climate change and the protection of the environment manifested in its hosting of the Conference on Climate Change in Marrakesh November 2016, which he attended.“I had the opportunity to participate in that event and to iterate our support for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions, including through the increased generation and use of renewable energy. Guyana is in transition towards becoming a ‘green’ state. The ‘green’ state will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the generation of energy from renewable sources. Guyana looks forward to cooperation with Morocco in advancing its ‘green’ development agenda,” the Head of State said.The new Ambassador said that there is potential for significant cooperation between Guyana and Morocco, noting that his country has a keen interest in developing partnerships in agriculture, fisheries, maritime transport, professional training, water management, student exchanges.“Guyana has been playing an important role in regional and international relations especially in the formulation of development policies… Morocco launched in November in Brasilia, negotiations for free trade agreement with Mercosur [Common Market of the South] to which Guyana is an associated member. This framework will automatically impact the development, economic and commercial ties between our two countries,” he said. Guyana gets new Bahamian High Commissioner Reuben Rahming (center) accredited as the new High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Guyana Moreover, President Granger reaffirmed Guyana’s support for The Bahamas in their reconstruction process even as they work to recover from the recent catastrophic hurricane season and said that there is much scope for strengthened cooperation between the two states especially in the areas of agriculture, education and tourism. The Head of State made these remarks on Wednesday when he accepted Letters of Credence from Reuben Rahming, accrediting him the new High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Guyana.“Guyana and The Bahamas are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a community where every citizen can be secure and has the opportunity to realise his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice… Our two countries have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations on August 10, 1973. Guyanese teachers and lawyers continue to contribute to The Bahamas’ public services,” President Granger said.Meanwhile, High Commissioner Rahming said that the new administration in The Bahamas has a lot in common with the Government of Government as both are committed to fighting corruption and climate change and pursuing greater economic prosperity for the peoples of their respective countries.He also spoke of The Bahamas’ high food import bill, which he said that his country is seeking to reduce through increased production and the strengthening of the agricultural sector. In this regard he said that, “there is much that we stand to learn from Guyana and look forward to engaging in discussions at the technical level towards this end.”The Bahamas is a leader in tourism and the new High Commissioner said that he will work to increase the tourism exchange between the two countries. He noted too, that given the diversity of the two countries’ respective tourism products, there is much they can learn from each other so as to keep the tourism in the region strong and vibrant. …Guyana also gets new Bahamian High CommissionerPresident David Granger said that he notes the offer by the United Arab Emirates to support the participation of developing countries in the World Expo 2020, which that country will be hosting and added that Guyana will work towards being represented at the event. Ms Hafsa Abdulla Mohammed Sharıf al Ulama being accredited as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to GuyanaThe Head of State made this announcement on Wednesday when he accredited Ms Hafsa Abdulla Mohammed Sharıf al Ulama as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Guyana, adding that there is much Guyana can learn from that country’s renewable energy development commitments.“Guyana is about to become a producer of petroleum. The United Arab Emirates is already a prosperous petroleum producing peninsula but, notwithstanding its hydrocarbon resources, has demonstrated a firm commitment to renewable energy development. We look forward to learning from the experience and expertise of the Emirates as we develop the petroleum sector of the economy,” the President said.He noted, also, that Guyana will not be swayed from its objective of becoming a ‘green’ state, which will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the generation of energy from renewable sources.The President reminded of Air Services Agreement, which the two countries signed in 2015. This agreement, he said, can become a catalyst for the development of tourism and can increase contacts between the peoples of Guyana and the United Arab Emirates. “Guyana looks forward, also, to continued collaboration between our two countries within the ambit of the Organisation of Islamic States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations,” he said.Meanwhile, the new Ambassador said that she has been given a mandate by President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to develop the relations between the two countries.Guyana and the United Arab Emirates have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on February 6, 1995.