Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDoctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
Oil signing bonusHaving tried unsuccessfully to get the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) to recover the US$18 million signing bonus from a private account and deposit it in the rightful place, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) remains worried that the monies will be siphoned off.TIGI President, Dr Troy ThomasTIGI on Wednesday questioned the rationale behind Government opting not to follow constitutional provisions and deposit the multimillion-dollar signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund, rather than an account at the Bank of Guyana. According to the group, the money will remain vulnerable if it is not treated with the necessary constitutional provisions.“We maintain that the signing bonus is vulnerable to capricious and potentially illegal use as long as it is not reflected in the Consolidated Fund where it would receive parliamentary oversight. We also continue to ponder what the Government might find compelling enough as a reason for preferring to violate the constitutional provision on managing public funds and to evade accountability in this matter,” the transparency watchdog said.The TIGI’s statement came in light of recent pronouncements made by SARA’s Director, Professor Clive Thomas, who said recently that there was no premise to go after the money since it is in the State’s possession and there has been no accusation of any misappropriation.However, the transparency body stressed that it never made any accusation of misuse of the money. In fact, TIGI said its request to SARA was to recover the money to be placed into the Consolidated Fund as required by law.“It is important to note that the SARA Director’s expressed view does not challenge the assertion that the signing bonus was deposited outside of the Consolidated Fund. Hence, we conclude that we were unsuccessful at pointing to “any unlawful conduct” in relation to the signing bonus that is compelling enough for SARA to act.”The Government had come under heavy criticism back in 2017 when it was revealed that it received the US$18 million signing bonus from US oil giant ExxonMobil in 2016. In addition of not revealing that it received the money, the coalition was bashed for not depositing same into the Consolidated Fund as required by the Constitution.The bonus first came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016, and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that then Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank of Guyana in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had revealed that the money had been transferred overseas to an interest-bearing account while waiting to be used. Of the US$18 million, $15 million was set aside to pay legal fees for the ongoing Guyana-Venezuela border controversy case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the other $3 million for capacity building and training.
Cal State Northridge men’s soccer player Sean Franklin has been named to the United States Under-23 team that will travel to Japan for two matches this week. Franklin, a junior defender, will be part of an 18-man squad that will face Japan’s U-22 team Wednesday and a Japanese League team Friday. Only four members of the U.S. team are collegiate players; the rest of the team is comprised of players from MLS. Franklin, who was named to the U.S. U-20 team twice in 2004, has earned All-Big West honors the past two seasons for the Matadors and anchored a defense that posted a 0.90goals-against average last fall. MEN’S GOLF UCLA remained in a tie for sixth place after 36 holes, and Pepperdine was 13th out of 15teams at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of North Florida at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Alabama enters today’s final round leading the field with a team score of 594. UCLA is 12strokes back at 606, and Pepperdine is 25 strokes off the pace at 619. First-round co-leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA remained within striking distance of the leaders at 145 after posting a second round score of 1-over 73. He trailed Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson by fourshots and Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran by one. Pepperdine freshman Shane Mason, who shared the first-round lead with Chappell, shot a 76 and is tied for seventh. CSUN places fifth: Aaron Hobbs finished third with a 3-over 219 and Cal State Northridge finished fifth after shooting a third-round 295 at the GADO North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Matadors finished the tournament with a three-round score of 899, just three shots off tournament winners Houston and Indiana, which tied with a total team score of 896. Northridge put together back-to-back rounds of 295 after an opening-round 309. MEN’S TENNIS Second-seeded Ohio State beat No. 3 UCLA 4-2 in Sunday’s semifinals at the USTA/ ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships in Chicago. UCLA won the doubles point, and Benjamin Kohlloeffel provided the Bruins’ lone win in singles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Terry Butcher joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to give his verdict on England’s humiliating Euro 2016 exit.The Three Lions’ miserable major tournament record continued as they were sent crashing out at the last 16 stage by minnows Iceland.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, 77-cap England legend Butcher said: “I heard say Martin Glenn [the FA chief executive] say yesterday that there is a brittleness about the England team and that is very true, but there is a brittleness about their mentality.“You look at Germany, Italy, Spain, they are a tournament team, a tournament nation. We certainly are not. We are miles away from that.“The one thing that stood out with the England team was a lack of leaders and also a lack of experience in the team.“When it came down to going a goal down against Iceland on Monday there was no one there to really grab everyone else by the scruff of the neck, pull them up and say: ‘come on, buck your ideas up, you have got the ability, let’s go and do it and be patient’. No one did that. They just caved in and nobody would lead them – even Roy [Hodgson] on the sidelines as well.“There was no fight, no aggression. It was limp, very poor and we just fell away. It was embarrassing.”
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half-century – one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement. Elizabeth, 81, passed the mark set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Her son, Prince Charles, closed in on the title of longest-waiting heir to the throne. Victoria was born May 24, 1819, and lived for 81 years and 243 days. Buckingham Palace, calculating longevity down to the hour, said Elizabeth moved past her predecessor at about 5 p.m. (9 a.m. PST). Palace officials said there would be no special events to mark the occasion, and the queen had no public appearances scheduled Thursday. She spent the day working quietly at home on royal paperwork. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champRoyal historian Robert Lacey said the milestone would likely bring the queen “some quiet satisfaction.” “She is a modest person, never one for blowing her own trumpet, and I think that is one of the reasons for her success and longevity,” Lacey said. Elizabeth, who took the throne in 1952, is one of only five kings or queens since the 1066 Norman Conquest to reign for more than a half-century. Currently the fourth-longest-reigning English monarch, she would overtake King Henry III on March 5, and King George III in 2012. On Sept. 9, 2015, she would pass Queen Victoria, who ruled for almost 64 years, as the longest-reigning British monarch. Elizabeth can already claim to have been active longer than Victoria, who retreated from public life for more than a decade after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861. Lacey said the queen could take credit for steering the monarchy through choppy waters in the late 20th century, when public approval plummeted after the divorces of three of Elizabeth’s four children and the death of Charles’ ex-wife, Princess Diana. The queen’s landmark means her eldest son is approaching his own record – the longest wait by an heir to the throne. Victoria’s son became King Edward VII in 1901, aged just over 59 years and two months. Prince Charles turned 59 five weeks ago, on Nov. 14. Anti-monarchist group Republic urged the queen to mark the milestone by giving up her job. Spokesman Graham Smith said her retirement would allow Britain to debate reforming its constitution to create a new head of state. “Elizabeth Windsor is now 81, well past the normal age for retirement,” Smith said. “Over the next few years question marks are going to be raised about her continuing ability to perform her official duties. It would be in her interests and those of the country if she stepped down and enjoyed a peaceful retirement.” Buckingham Palace has long said that the queen has no intention of abdicating in favor of her son. She may have many years left in the job. Her mother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth, died in 2002 at the age of 101.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“When we know there’s over 10 million people out there working with invalid Social Security numbers, 511 arrests doesn’t seem like a very good record,” Gallegly said. Carl W. Hampe, a former U.S. Senate counsel who helped draft the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, said Congress purposely created civil and criminal penalties and that both should be enforced. “There seems to be no excuse for not enforcing the law civilly,” he said, calling ICE’s new strategy of focusing only on criminal prosecutions “not consistent with the intent of Congress.” Glendora Rep. David Dreier, who has proposed a national Social Security card system that would enable employers to easily verify a worker’s employment status, said the statistics show the need for a better overall system. “As enforcement is stepped up, it’s also important that we improve the employment eligibility verification system, so that employers can feel confident they are making legitimate hiring decisions,” he said. “It would be far easier to root out the bad apples if we gave honest and hardworking business owners the tools necessary to follow the law.” email@example.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“To say that their efforts are trivial are to grossly overstate their efforts,” said Steven Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies, a D.C.-based think tank that takes a hard line on illegal immigration. “Gee, maybe we don’t have a problem anymore,” said Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, who long has advocated increased enforcement of immigration laws. With Congress poised this week to approve a massive immigration overhaul, lawmakers and President Bush have touted their dedication to beefing up security at the border and increasing fines for hiring illegal immigrants. But analysts said the fresh statistics make them skeptical the proposed tougher punishments against employers will even be enforced. “Until you get a reformed system, it’s going to be impossible to have the robust enforcement we all agree is appropriate,” said Marshall Fitz, director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. But Boyd noted criminal prosecutions have risen steadily since the agency changed tactics. Arrests rose 10 percent from 2004 to 2005, resulting in 127 criminal convictions last year. This year, the agency has made more than 2,000 arrests in connection with the employment of illegal immigrants. Seizures and forfeitures also have taken the place of fines, Boyd said. Wal-Mart agreed to pay $11 million last year after the government found it hired illegal immigrants for cleaning crews at its stores, and last month the owners of three sushi restaurants in Baltimore agreed to forfeit more than $1.1million after pleading guilty to hiring illegal immigrants. He noted the Wal-Mart settlement alone equaled eight years of civil penalties collected by the old Immigration and Naturalization Services. But with an estimated 7.2 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. work force, lawmakers and analysts said they think the administration’s enforcement efforts don’t go far enough. WASHINGTON – Despite the national spotlight on immigration reform, the federal government has abandoned financial sanctions as a way to punish employers for hiring illegal immigrants, choosing instead to pursue criminal penalties, according to officials and documents. Dean Boyd, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said fines against employers were ineffective as a deterrent to hiring illegal immigrants, with some companies simply considering the penalties a cost of doing business. So beginning in 2003, he said, the agency dramatically decreased the number of fines imposed, while beefing up its criminal prosecutions. “We have found that to be a far greater wake-up call,” to employers, Boyd said. “We’ve really changed the way we’re going about doing our business. We are taking a completely new strategy.” But critics blasted the agency for backing down from its efforts to discourage and penalize those who help undocumented workers.
Octovia Kebareng Maditse taking an HIVtest at the World Aids Day event in Pretoria. The new campaign to encourage all SouthAfricans to get tested for HIV. President Jacob Zuma addressing thenation on World Aids Day.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vusi MagwenyaPresident’s spokesperson+27 12 300 5315+27 82 835 6315Bongani NkosiSouth Africa entered a new era in the fight against HIV/Aids on 1 December, as President Jacob Zuma introduced a radical plan to boost protection of affected individuals and prevent further infections.Zuma’s announcement at a World Aids Day event in Pretoria focused on fast-tracking the distribution of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the country – a move praised by the Treatment Action Campaign lobby group and the South African National Aids Council, which makes HIV/Aids policy recommendations to government.Under the new plan, ARVs will be made available to HIV-positive South Africans with a CD4 cell count of 350, as opposed to the current qualifier of a CD4 count of 200 or less. Experts say that by starting treatment earlier, chances of success are higher and people can live longer.A CD4 cell count indicates the strength of a person’s immune system, and helps determine how advanced the HIV infection is and predict the risk of complications.Normal CD4 counts in adults range from 500 to 1 200, but when a person has HIV his or her count slowly decreases. ARVs help the body build up its CD4 count which, in turn, help fight against opportunist infections.Zuma also said that tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/Aids “will now be treated under one roof” instead of patients having to travel to different centres, and those with both illnesses will receive ARVs when their CD4 count is 350, not 200.“This policy change will address early reported deaths arising from undetected TB infection among those who are infected with HIV,” the president said at the event, which was attended by thousands of South Africans and many international dignitaries.TB is a prime example of opportunistic disease and government’s new approach is significant because the co-infection rate among affected South Africans is as high as 73%, Zuma added.The plan also focuses on curbing mortality among infants who test positive for HIV at birth. Zuma announced that all such babies under one year of age will now receive ARV treatment.In this case “initiating treatment will not be determined by the level of CD4 cells,” he said. “This decision will contribute significantly towards the reduction of infant mortality over time.”HIV-positive pregnant women will also now be eligible for ARVs when their CD4 count is 350 or when they start showing symptoms. Presently such women can only access treatment if their CD4 count is 200 or less, Zuma said.In addition, symptom-free HIV-positive pregnant with a CD4 count above 350 will be put on treatment at 14 weeks to reduce the chance of mother-to-child transmission. “In the past treatment was only started during the last term of pregnancy,” he added.At the event US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips announced that his country will donate R900-million (about US$123-million) to broaden access to ARVs in South Africa over the next two years.Dramatic shiftDuring his address Zuma emphasised the shift in government’s HIV/Aids policies from those of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.After Mbeki became president in 1999 he increasingly argued that HIV was not the cause of Aids and that ARVs were not an effective treatment option, which caused an uproar locally and abroad.His approach was supported by then Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who also incurred international condemnation for promoting herbal remedies as a viable alternative to ARVs. This had a severe impact on the national treatment programme and roll-out of ARV drugs.Government’s stance changed dramatically when Kgalema Motlanthe replaced Mbeki as an interim president in 2008, and Barbara Hogan became the new minister of health, immediately prioritising HIV/Aids by launching a comprehensive treatment and prevention campaign.When Zuma became president in May 2009 and Aaron Motsoaledi replaced Hogan, this positive trend continued.On 1 December Zuma called for the “depoliticisation” of the HIV/Aids debate. “Let there be no more shame, no more blame, no more discrimination and no more stigma,” he said. “Let the politicisation and endless debates about HIV and Aids stop.”Government’s new plan will be effective from April 2010 and it will work towards increasing the number of treatment centres across the country.“Institutions are hard at work to ensure that systems are in place by the 31st of March,” the president said.The policy shifts mean that “we will be treating significantly larger numbers of HIV-positive patients. It means that people will live longer and more fulfilling lives,” Zuma said. “But it does not mean that we should be irresponsible in our sexual practices.“It does not mean that people do not have to practice safer sex. It does not mean that people should not use condoms consistently and correctly during every sexual encounter.”A campaign for changeGovernment also launched the “I am responsible” campaign at the event. Motsoaledi described it as a “massive” drive that will spread awareness about the epidemic, which has resulted in the death of more than 2.5-million South Africans over the last decade.The campaign’s main goal is to encourage as many South Africans as possible to get tested for HIV. “Every South African should know his or her HIV status,” Zuma said.The president announced that he’s made plans to be tested for HIV as part of the new campaign, even though he was tested recently. “I urge you to start planning for your own tests,” he said. Results are always confidential.“All South Africans should take steps to ensure that they do not become infected, that they do not infect others and that they know their status.”Zuma urged young people to be more responsible, saying the future belongs to them. “Be responsible and do not expose yourself to risks. We can eliminate the scourge of HIV if all South Africans take responsibility for their actions.”Encouraging responseThe South Africa National Aids Council (Sanac) commended government’s commitment. “We can change behaviour if we reach out to every person in South Africa,” said Sanac deputy chairperson Mark Heywood. “I believe that starting from today, with the leadership of government, we will defeat HIV.”The Treatment Action Campaign also welcomed government’s announcement. “The changes to the treatment guidelines are all based on strong medical evidence and will significantly reduce mortality,” it said in a statement.Hundreds of young people queued up to be tested at the event. New Start, one of the centres, tested more than 50 people within six hours, according to programme manager Ncamsile Nhlabathi.“People will respond positively to this new campaign. It shows that they do want to get tested,” she said.Octovia Kebareng Maditse from Pretoria was among those who got tested. “I wanted to know my status. I feel free now that I know,” she said.
2 April 2015President Jacob Zuma has assigned three ministers to attend to the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, the Presidency said on Sunday.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and State Security Minister David Mahlobo would work with the provincial government to try to put an end to the violence that had broken out in the province, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.“The president strongly condemns violence against foreign nationals as well as the destruction of property and the looting of shops in Durban and in any part of the Republic.“President Zuma has emphasised that government is addressing the issues that are being raised by citizens nationally, in particular, complaints about illegal and undocumented migrants, the takeover of local shops and other businesses by foreign nationals, as well as perceptions that foreign nationals perpetrate crime.”Shop petrol-bombedThe attacks, which started in Isipingo on March 25, spread to other areas around Durban, including Chatsworth and Umlazi.Ethiopian Tescma Marcus (22) died after suffering third degree burns when his spaza shop in Umlazi township outside Durban was set alight. He had been in South Africa for only four months.His brother Alex, 24, was also burnt when a mob locked them inside the container in which they had set up their shop and torched it.More police officers have since been sent to the area.Zuma said all spheres of government had been directed to enforce laws and by-laws to curb illegal trading and stop the spread of unlicensed shops.‘No justistification’“We urge citizens to allow government to attend to these and other immigration challenges and to not take the law into their own hands,” he said.He called on South Africans to remember that not all foreign nationals were in the country illegally, and that many contributed to the economy.“We reiterate that there can be no justification for attacking foreign nationals. Those who are in the country illegally should be reported to the police and they will be returned to their countries of origin in a lawful manner,” Zuma said.“Citizens should also provide information to the police if they know of foreign nationals who are engaged in criminal activities. They should not be attacked. We wish to emphasise that police will also take action against all people who engage in violence, including foreign nationals as well if they attack citizens,” he said.He said the government would help refugees and asylum seekers in terms of international law and the country’s Constitution.news24.com and SAinfo reporter
We live in strange times. It’s clear that our politicians have been remarkably inept at addressing the climate change crisis. Scientists tell us that we have already injected so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that, especially in light of the ineptitude of political leadership, it is almost certainly too late for the human race to avoid environmental catastrophe.In short, the chain of events we have set in motion is in all likelihood irreversible.While most of us know these facts, we busy ourselves with other concerns. We have to pick up a dozen eggs on the way home from work. We need to stop at a garage to get the oil changed. We need to reschedule an upcoming dentist appointment.The tension between our everyday concerns and the certainty of climate change — an impending catastrophe that is largely unaddressed — creates a type of insanity. Our insanity is socially acceptable, because we all share it.How do we understand this tension? Scientists have tried to help us achieve understanding by using data and argument, but these scientists have failed — at least if success is measured by counting the number of politicians who display leadership skills, or by a tally of effective actions taken to address the crisis.We are facing an existential challenge: a moral challenge as well as a challenge of the imagination.Perhaps the human soul can only approach an understanding of these issues through art or myth. While art and myth are unlikely to result in reduced carbon emissions, they may help heal our broken souls as we march forward into our uncertain future.Art and myth are the usual ways we explain geologic time. These days, as geologic time becomes suddenly compressed — as glaciers that have endured for millennia melt in a matter… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
The Indian men’s hockey team are grouped with England, Pakistan, Malaysia and Wales in Pool B for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.The Indian women’s team, on the other hand, will face-off with England, South Africa, Malaysia and Wales in Pool A.Each team will play every other team within their pool during the preliminary round matches from April 5 to April 11 before the top two teams in each pool advance to the semi-final and medal matches from April 12 to April 14.While the Indian women’s hockey team will play their first match against Wales on April 5th, the Indian men’s team will take on nemesis Pakistan in their first Pool B match on April 7 stated the match schedule for the preliminary rounds of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Hockey competition following the unveiling of the competition pools today at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.Sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), today’s announcement saw the 10 competing nations for both men’s and women’s Hockey competitions divided into two pools of five based on their FIH World Rankings. Teams have been divided into pools in a snaking pattern from the top-seeded nation down to the 10th-seeded nation to evenly spread competing nations across both pools.”It is a tough Pool but we are looking forward to the challenge. We are playing England and Australia here at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Bhubaneswar 2017 so this experience we help us in our preparations for the Commonwealth Games. With the top two teams from the pool stage qualifying for Semi Final, the group stage will definitely witness close contest,” expressed Sjoerd Marijne, Indian men’s team chief coach.advertisementThe Indian men’s hockey team have previously lost the Commonwealth Games Final to Australia twice in 2014 and 2010 but will be hoping to change their fortunes this time.Meanwhile, Indian women’s team chief Coach Harendra Singh said,”I am happy with the group. I believe our team can challenge any team in the world and jumping up the world ranking encourages the athletes to get better and better. It’s the Commonwealth Games”>Commonwealth Games and we can’t take any team lightly.” The only time the Indian Women won Gold at the Commonwealth Games was in 2002.Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE,”Today’s release of the official pools and match schedule for both men’s and women’s Hockey competitions at GC2018 is an exciting milestone for fans of hockey from around the world.””It’s so wonderful to see such diversity of representation from across the Commonwealth involving the best hockey nations from Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa and the Americas.”