FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

first_imgThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic on a Friday night in October – and said the authorities may have to reconsider when to play such games in the future.Tony Conniford admitted he was “deeply embarrassed” by the bad behaviour of a section of England fans who threw bottles at police in Porto and were abusive to locals – and conceded it could easily happen again the next time England travel abroad.“Prague on a Friday night. I am not going to stand here and say I am confident about that because I’m not,” he said. “Prague is a well-known city for welcoming stag dos. I think it’s tried to change that image but that is a concern for me.“Perhaps moving forward, when draws like that are made, like we do in England, if there is a potential issue then perhaps the authorities need to look at that and say: ‘Is England travelling to the Czech Republic on a Friday night the best thing for the game?’” Barney Ronay England Read more Nations League Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Football violence England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before Reuse this content Share on Facebook Czech Republic Topics The FA Conniford also admitted he was increasingly concerned about far-right groups such as the English Defence League attaching themselves to the national team because it was “fashionable” and tarnishing its image as a result.“I’m extremely worried that we’ve got the groups that I saw on social media, and the images portrayed across the world associating themselves with the national team,” he said. “Because that causes me problems when I go to a country.“For example, we’re going to Kosovo, where England haven’t played before. I’ve been to countries where their briefing to police officers is to show them footage of that sort of behaviour. That ups the ante straight away. So fans are met with riot police and dogs before they even get off the plane.“We got rid of that. We turned it around so people were welcome. So yes, I’m worried about those groups tarnishing what we achieved. Do I know the solution? I don’t in this moment in time and I’d be lying to you if I said I did.”Conniford, however, praised the Portuguese police who he hailed for doing everything possible to help England fans enjoy the Nations League.“It has been a real disappointment for me because I asked the supporters to respect the country. Sadly a group decided they weren’t going to do that. I want genuine people to come and everything was laid on for this to be a special event and unfortunately what we saw the other night deeply embarrassed me as an Englishman and didn’t bring us any favours.” The Observer news Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Farmers woes grow despite hike in MSP

first_imgNew Delhi: While the minimum support price (MSP) set by the government has failed to benefit a large section of farmers, the crash in food prices as a result of excess supply has added to their woes. Agri sector experts maintain that MSP benefits are very limited and hence most farmers are unable to recover their costs, let alone a fair price for their produce. A stagnant farm income poses a huge challenge to the Modi government’s promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “MSP is just a political announcement. Most farmers get Mandi (wholesale) price and not the MSP. In the market, transaction eventually takes place between private players. If a buyer has fixed a price, then farmers do not have any option. Only 7 per cent farmers get MSP benefits,” said Vijay Sardana, an agri market expert. Noted agriculture expert Ashok Gulati said that farmers have been in distress as they are unable to recover the cost of production. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Raising the MSP for major crops in July 2018, the government had termed the hike as historic. It had said that the price for Kharif crops of 2018-19 was based on the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 150 per cent of the cost of production. Accordingly, the return over cost for various crops ranged between 50 and 97 per cent. The maximum MSP increase was seen in the case of Bajra with a hike of Rs 525 per quintal. Many experts attribute the farm sector distress to excess supply which has been reflecting in the foodgrain stock. The fall in foodgrain prices globally has also influenced the price in the domestic market. This is the reason that the increase in MSP has not translated in equal increase in farm produce prices on the ground. Due to excess supply of food grains, the prevailing market price is lower than the MSP. D.K. Joshi, Chief Economist at rating agency Crisil, expects the situation to get better in the current financial year as food inflation has inched up compared to the previous year. “If you look at 2018-19, food inflation was only 0.1 per cent. This year it is expected to be marginally higher. This means that farmers will get better value for their products this year than what they got last year,” he said.last_img read more

Buffy SainteMarie wins 2015 Polaris Music Prize

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year’s 50-thousand dollar Polaris Music Prize.A jury of 11 music critics, bloggers and broadcasters named the album “Power in the Blood” the best Canadian record of the last year.The folk icon beat out nine other finalists for the award including rap superstar Drake, former Polaris winner Caribou and Toronto rockers Alvvays.Sainte-Marie, who already had a crowded trophy case heading into Monday night’saward ceremony, told the audience she didn’t expect to win the Polaris and appreciated its cash prize.The award show, which was held in Toronto, was hosted by Juno-winning children’s entertainer Fred Penner.last_img

Young girl turns to hockey to help recover after devastating fall

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsIt may be surprising to hear Isabelle Fortin’s mother describe the young girls fall seven years ago as “lucky” – but that is how she describes it.“She fell head first into cement and she was lucky enough that when she fell her skull cracked open outwards instead on inwards,” she told APTN News. “And ever since then she lost movement in her right hand because of her fall and she was in hospital for the longest time.It has been a slow road to recover for Isabelle, also known as Izzy.A few years ago she found a sport that helped her.She started when she was seven, and now at 11 says hockey changed her life.“I wanted to join hockey because I just wanted to get stronger,” she said.To play, Izzy wakes up every weekend at 6 in the morning to attend practice or games.And it’s not a cheap sport to play – but her family has devised a way to raise money.“We did fundraiser groups, she does bottle drives where we live right now our co-op brings in empties for Isabelle to help keep her in hockey,” said Denise. “And she just brings them in once a month she does bake sales she does a lot of fundraising on the island with her grandma and grandpa.“It’s a huge community that Isabelle built and a lot of people support her and they can’t wait to see Isabelle thrive in more sports.For Izzy, her biggest memories are meeting Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jordan Tootoo.Her own star is on the rise after winning the Grindstone award for her fundraising efforts to keep herself in hockey.In November she won the 2018 Premiers Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports – making her the youngest winner.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more