Kaboul handed Spurs captaincy

first_img The Frenchman has led the side on several occasions this season and has now been chosen by manager Mauricio Pochettino as the permanent successor to fellow central defender Michael Dawson, who joined Hull last month. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and striker Emmanuel Adebayor will both act as vice-captains. A post on the club’s official Twitter feed read: ” Mauricio has announced that Younes Kaboul has been named our new Club captain with Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor as vice-captains.” Adebayor made his 100th appearance for Spurs in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland. The 28-year-old Kaboul joined the club for the second time from Portsmouth in January 2010 and has made 131 appearances in his two spells in north London. Younes Kaboul has been named as Tottenham’s new captain, the club have announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Emir laid to rest; Kuwaitis mourn

first_img Among the heads of state who arrived to pay their respects were King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Jalal Talbani, and Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt. Arab League Secretary- General Amr Moussa said Sheik Jaber was a “wise leader.” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that under the emir Kuwait “made progress toward more political freedom, women’s rights and social justice.” The U.S. government did not comment Sunday. 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Members of the ruling family, including Prime Minister Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, stood for hours at the Sulaibikat public cemetery to accept condolences from dignitaries and ordinary Kuwaitis. Sheik Sabah is the former emir’s half brother. Abdul-Rhida Asiri, head of the political science department at Kuwait University, said the prime minister will become the “de facto ruler” for now, and the ruling family could make further leadership decisions after the mourning period. The close alliance with the U.S. is not likely to change under Sheik Saad. Washington named Kuwait a major non-NATO ally in 2004. Kuwait signed a defense pact with Washington after a U.S.-led coalition fought the 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation under Saddam. The small state’s strategic significance lays mainly with its oil reserves, with some estimates ranking it fifth overall. The Al Sabah family has ruled Kuwait for more than 250 years, and enjoys the respect and approval of Kuwaitis. KUWAIT CITY – Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and one of the United States’ closest Mideast allies, was buried in an unmarked grave Sunday in a ceremony attended by thousands of weeping citizens who mourned the death of an admired ruler. The crown prince, Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah – in his mid-70s and ailing himself – assumed the throne. But he was expected to leave control of day-to-day government affairs to the veteran prime minister, and no major policy shifts were expected. Sheik Jaber, who was restored to power by American forces after Saddam Hussein invaded the tiny, oil-rich country in 1990, was 79 when he died after 27 years in power. He was one of the few Arab rulers who supported the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam. He allowed his country to be used as a launching pad for the American drive to Baghdad. The new emir, who suffers from a colon condition and must travel abroad periodically for medical treatment, watched from a wheelchair as the body of his distant cousin, wrapped in a Kuwaiti flag, was carried shoulder-high through a crowd of 10,000 mourners and lowered into the grave after a brief Muslim prayer. last_img read more

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Play time with yoga

first_imgI remember my school days-we used to wait eagerly for our games period. Gone are the days when kids would wait impatiently for playtime in the evening. The reality for today’s children seem to be different. They hardly play which is essential in the growing up years! Fun yoga can be a good way to get them started. Parents are always confused as to what the right age is to start their children off with yoga. Children in the age group of 6-11 years can start doing yoga but only fun yoga. When I talk about fun yoga I mean a yoga class that is happy and musical, where yoga is taught in the form of little games, stories and animal postures. These improve their flexibility, concentration power, mental strength and stamina.How yoga helpsYoga will help kids keep their muscles supple and flexible, aiding their physical performance in sports. The balancing poses can increase their mental focus and concentration and awaken their creativity. Regular yoga can also control and soothe their emotions, letting them rest and sleep soundly.Get her startedHere are a few fun poses that your child will love to strike. Instruct her with these steps. Make sure they start with 5-10 minutes of warm-up.Jiggle up (warm-up) Stand on your mat and move your wrists to loosen them, walk in place lifting your knees high in place, try to touch your knees to your chest. Stretch one foot out and rotate the foot, then repeat with the other foot. Keep moving until you feel warm.advertisementCamel pose Start from a kneeling position on your mat. Lift your body up so that you are balancing on your knees. Place your knees hip-width apart and touch your toes. Lift up your chest into the shape of a camel’s hump and look back. Reach right back and take hold of each ankle with your hand. Keep arching your back, lifting your chest and gently pushing your hips forward. Hold this stretch for a few seconds and then support your lower back into your normal position. The camel pose massages all the abdominal muscles and makes the back flexible.Boat Pose (with a partner) Sit on a mat placed on the floor facing your partner, with your knees bent, your toes touching and your hands holding. Lean back slightly, until your feet lift off the floor and you’re balancing on your buttocks. Then touch the soles of your feet together and straighten your legs. Hold there for some time and then release. When in pose, you and your partner could sing the nursery rhyme Row your boat.Happy child Pose Lie flat on your back on a mat with your feet together. Inhale and raise both legs. Bend your knees, holding the soles of your feet towards you and extend your knees towards the floor beside each armpit.Gently roll from side to side touching the soles of your feet together. Pull your feet towards your head. Lift your head and gently try touching your feet.Frog pose Stand with your feet hip-width apart, balancing on your mat. Squat and reach towards the floor. Bring your hands into a namaste position (see picture) in front of your chest. You can press your knees out to the sides with your elbows to increase the stretch in your hips. Hold there for a short time. Jump as high in the air as you can, like a frog. This pose tones the abdominal organs and relieves backaches.last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: Syrian team find solace in football

first_imgWhen the question is of survival, football takes a backseat. However, the Syrian team here at the Nehru Cup defies the norm as they perform on the pitch while their compatriots back home go through turbulence in their lives.This has been the case for the last one year during which time the West Asian country has seen battles between the state and the factions fighting the regime in power. Reportedly, more than 20,000 have lost their lives and the strife does not seem to end any time soon.The footballers, however, choose to concentrate on their game. Their captain and goalkeeper Mosab Balhous has various explanations about the loss to India on Wednesday and the challenges ahead.However, just as questions veer towards the difficulty of playing amid the situation in his country, Balhous’s face turns grim.”I would not like to say anything on that subject,” comes a stern reply from the 28-year-old indicating a strong displeasure about a topic that has so evidently affected the Syrians.Coach Marwan Khouri takes up the damage control exercise.”The international media has been giving a very dark and different picture of our country. The situation is not like that,” he says. “Prior to coming here, we trained in Damsacus (Syria’s capital) for 40 days. We played matches among ourselves and had no problem there.”The duo becomes much more comfortable and lively when football is the subject.”Against India, we were playing well in the first half. In fact we were the better team, but after the rain we just lost the plot,” said Balhous, who is also the senior most member of the squad. “That, according to me, was the main reason for our loss.”advertisementSyria, finalists in the 2007 and 2009 editions, have brought their home-based players this time and the inexperience affected their performance, Balhous admitted.”We have young players and I agree absolutely it has affected our performance,” he said. “This is the third time that we are playing here and winning the tournament is very important for us.”This is Balhous’s third Nehru Cup as he came with the team in the earlier two editions also and he is not ignorant about Indian football.”I know several Indian players. Your goalkeeper (Subrata Paul) is a friend of mine. Your No.11 (Sunil Chhetri) is also good. I heard that he is playing in Portugal now,” he said.When told that the Indian captain is now playing in Sporting Lisbon’s B side, Balhous boasts that top players from Syria too are playing abroad.”We have 20 players who are playing abroad in countries like Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. But those players are not here,” he said.About their game plan in the upcoming matches, especially after the loss in the opening game, Balhous says: “We face Cameroon next. If we can win that, the other two matches (against Nepal and Maldives) would be easy. We can then enter the final.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficult

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits playing second fiddle to Alisson Becker this season has been tough.Mignolet is due to start in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.”Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before – it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it.“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.“Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. “It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramsey

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramseyby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery believes Joe Willock can fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in their midfield.The Gunners released Wilshere a year ago with the 27-year-old joining West Ham, while Ramsey also left on a free transfer when he moved to Juventus this summer.“Willock started the pre-season with us last year, I didn’t give him more minutes but he was with us in every game, working in training, playing matches in the cup and at the end of the season,” said Emery.“He deserved to start this season with the first-team and with us. My decision was after I saw him the last two months of last season working with us, his really big challenge was that Jack Wilshere left here, Aaron Ramsey left and he had to take that opportunity to be with us.“The last months of last year was the moment I spoke with him and said: ‘For you it is a big challenge in the new season to do differently and really show us you can take their position in this squad’.“I told him he is improving but he needs to not stop that improvement, we are working with him to improve even more.“But, if his progression keeps going the way it is going right now, I don’t know when he will stop and how far he can go.” last_img read more

a day agoBarcelona star Lionel Messi breaks another record in Slavia Prague win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona star Lionel Messi breaks another record in Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona star Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons in a narrow win at Slavia Prague.Captain Messi gave Barca an early lead with a first-time finish after an exchange of passes with Arthur.The Czech champions were deservedly level when Jan Boril poked home Lukas Masopust’s pass from 16 yards.But Messi’s free-kick found Luis Suarez at the back post – and his cross-shot hit went in off Peter Olayinka.Barcelona, who are top of La Liga, have now won six consecutive games in all competitions.The result keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of Group F on seven points from three games, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund. last_img read more

Florida Haters Will Greatly Enjoy “An Interview With Will Muschamp”

first_imgFlorida Will Muschamp HatersFlorida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]last_img read more