Putin says World Cup stadiums must not turn into flea markets

first_imgThe money helped pay for the land — but also fed unregulated and crime-driven trade.The authorities tore them down once growth picked up and Moscow acquired Western-style shopping centres.The one in Luzhniki only closed its doors in 2011.Putin told an annual televised phone-in that the World Cup kicking off next Thursday must leave a lasting sports legacy in which the new arenas play an integral part.“I want to address colleagues from the regions — no matter what, you cannot allow these venues to suddenly turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid 1990s,” Putin said.“That is categorically inadmissable.”Russia has spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) either building or refurbishing 12 arenas in 11 host cities for the month-long celebration of the world’s most popular sport.FIFA boss Giovanni Infantino said in a statement issued by the world football governing body on Wednesday that Russia was “100 percent ready” as hosts.“The whole world will see what a hospitable country Russia is, how well everything is organised,” said Infantino.But the World Cup’s entire budget adds up to more than $13 billion and FIFA is keen to see the investment pay dividends for Russia that make other nations want to stage future tournaments.The question of what happens to the huge arenas after the July 15 final has been hounding Russia since it won the hosting rights over England in 2010.Host city Sochi did not even have a football club until a second division side was moved there this week.Others are home to teams that have not played top flight football for years and draw just a few thousand people on the best of days.The head of Russia’s Premier League has also questioned why organisers decided against fitting the arenas with roofs that make watching games more inviting for fans in colder northern cities.– ‘Children’s sport’ –“We spent a lot of money and we need to make sure that all this infrastructure works first and foremost for the development of sport,” said Putin.“And it has to be popular sport, children’s sport. We have to create children’s and youth teams, leagues and organised competitions.”Putin also stressed that the stadiums have to become “self-sufficient”.Russia had earlier earmarked $190 million to help pay for the their operations over the coming five years.Putin’s plan for using as little of that money as possible included using the space inside the arenas for retail.“A modern stadium is not just a football pitch,” he said.“You can put anything you want there. You can install stores, cafes, restaurants … and special gyms,” said Putin.“Much will depend on regional leaders.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin says World Cup must leave a sporting legacy for youth built around the new and refurbished stadiums © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – President Vladimir Putin firmly told regional leaders Thursday not to turn World Cup arenas into flea markets once the football showpiece wraps up next month.Space around stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki became bustling hubs that sold everything from fruit to clothes during Russia’s post-Soviet economic crisis in the 1990s.last_img read more

O tempo e o clima da África do Sul

first_imgUma localizaçao subtropical, moderada pelo oceano em tres flancos do pais e a altitude do planalto interior sao os factores responsaveis pela temperaturas quentes tao tipicas da África do Sul – e de que os estrangeiros que nos visitam muito gostam.A África do Sul e famosa pelo seu sol. É um pais relativamente seco, com uma queda de chuva media anual de cerca de 464 mm (comparado com a media mundial de cerca de 860 mm). O Cabo Ocidental e a parte mais chuvosa durante o Inverno, mas o resto do pais e geralmente uma regiao com chuvas no Verao.Por outro lado, as temperaturas tendem a ser mais baixas do que em outros paises em identicas latitudes – e o caso da Australia, por exemplo – devido sobretudo a uma altitude maior relativamente ao nivel do mar.No planalto interior a altitude – Joanesburgo esta situada a 1.694 metros – mantem as temperaturas medias de verao abaixo dos 30ºC. No Inverno, pela mesma razao, as temperaturas nocturnas podem descer quase a zero e em alguns sitios mais do que isso.As regioes costeiras sao por isso as mais quentes durante o Inverno. Existe, no entanto, um contraste grande entre as temperaturas na costa leste e oeste, devida respectivamente as correntes quentes das Agulhas e frias de Benguela que varrem as costas.Como estamos no hemisferio sul, as nossas estaçoes sao ao contrario das da Europa e America do Norte, por isso, sim, e verdade – passamos o Natal na praia!VeraoEm quase toda a África do Sul, o Verao (meados de Outubro a meados de Fevereiro) caracteriza-se por tempo soalheiro e quente – com muitas trovoadas durante a tarde que rapidamente desaparecem, deixando um cheiro quente a terra, como so em África existe.O Cabo Ocidental, com o seu clima mediterranico, e a excepçao, com as suas chuvas habituais no Inverno.OutonoO Outono na África do Sul (meados de Fevereiro a Abril) e, de certo modo, a melhor epoca do ano. Com muito pouca chuva em todo o pais e fazendo calor mas nao demasiado, vai arrefecendo a medida que a estaçao avança.Na Cidade do Cabo, o Outono e fantastico, com dias cheios de sol e quentes, com noites apraziveis que leva muita gente as esplanadas.InvernoO Inverno na África do Sul (Maio a Julho) caracteriza-se nas areas mais altas do planalto interior por dias secos, com sol, com um pouco de vento, e noites frias. Por isso, se vier nesta altura, e melhor trazer roupas quentes.A costa quente e humida de KwaZulu-Natal, assim como as provincias de Lowveld (zonas mais baixas) de Mpumalanga e Limpopo, tem um Inverno fantastico, com dias muito amenos de sol e nem uma ponta de vento ou chuva.No Cabo Ocidental a maior parte da chuva vem no Inverno, com muitos poucos dias nublados e chuvosos. Mas sao sempre intercalados com dias maravilhosos para rivalizarem com o famoso Verao ingles.Nas montanhas altas do Cabo e de Drakensberg, em KwaZulu-Natal, por vezes neva no Inverno.PrimaveraEm nenhuma outra parte da África do Sul (Agosto a meados de Outubro) e a Primavera tao espectacular como nas provincias do Cabo. Aqui, esquece-se o Inverno cinzento quando milhares de plantas pequenas, tantas delas insignificantes, começam a atapetar as planicies com flores.A viagem para observar as flores de Namaqualand no Cabo Ocidental e no Cabo Norte e para muitos Sul Africanos uma autentica peregrinaçao anual.Qual a melhor epoca para viajar?Depende do que quer fazer. Para as flores a melhor epoca e obviamente Agosto e Setembro. Para ver caça grossa e no final da Primavera (Setembro e Outubro). As baleias franco austrais nadam pelas nossas costas entre mais ou menos meados de Junho ate finais de Outubro.O mergulho e melhor na maior parte do pais fora do Verao (ou seja, desde Abril ate finais de Setembro), o mesmo acontecendo com o surf – mas claro que isso nao limita qualquer uma das actividades nas outras epocas do ano.O rafting e melhor no Cabo no fim do Inverno e em KwaZulu-Natal no pino do Verao (fim de Novembro a meados de Fevereiro). Em Mpumalanga e Limpopo nao esta tao dependente do tempo.As estaçoes de transiçao – Primavera e Outono – sao as melhores para fazer excursoes a pe porque pode estar mais calor em quase todo o pais. Em Drakensberg, as trovoadas de verao sao perigosas e no Inverno ha boas possibilidades de nevar. No Cabo, os Invernos sao humidos e dai que caminhar ou fazer excursoes possa ser um pouco dificil.Se e um observador de aves, as aves migratorias palearticas chegam por volta de Novembro e as migratorias intra-africanas vem normalmente em meados de Outubro.Claro que se a sua intençao for ficar perto das praias, a meio do Verao e a melhor altura – apesar de que, em vez de la ficar sozinho, vai ter toda a gente a sua volta. E – grande bonus – as praias a norte, em KwaZulu-Natal sao quentes e solarengas mesmo a meio do Inverno.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

Rahul fails while Kohli, Rahane and Shaw hit fifties in India’s Test warm-up

first_imgAfter rain washed away the opening day of their only tour match ahead of the much-anticipated Test series, India made the most of good batting conditions on Day 2 against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Opening batsman KL Rahul, who is in a desperate position to seal the opening spot amidst a three-way battle with Murali Vijay and Prithvi Shaw, failed to get going as he was dismissed for three in the sixth over of the Indian innings on Thursday.Shaw, it is safe to say, has confirmed his position as an opener for the Adelaide Test, starting December 6 as the 19-year-old slammed a 69-ball 66 during an 80-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (54).If early signs are anything to go by, Shaw is expected to light up the upcoming four-Test series. The teenage batting sensation, who scored a century on Test debut, hit 11 boundaries during his whirlwind knock in the morning session.Captain Virat Kohli joined Pujara at the middle after Shaw’s departure and he carried on from where he left in the final T20I by scoring an 87-ball 64.Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari scored fifties as well as India reached 358 before getting bowled out. Rohit Sharma, who is bidding to make a comeback into the Test team after being dropped for the England tour and the one-off Test against Afghanistan earlier this year, impressed by scoring a 55-ball 40.Aaron Hardie (4/50) was the pick of the bowlers for Cricket Australia as the 19-year-old pacer picked up the wickets of Kohli, Rohit before coming back to clean up the tail.Cricket Australia came out to bat towards the end of the day and punished the Indian bowlers as D’Arcy Short and Max Bryant took the hosts to 24 for 0 from four overs at the close of day’s play.advertisementThe four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI was scheduled to start Wednesday morning, but storms and heavy downpours ensured the covers stayed on at the SCG yesterday. The showers did eventually stop and there was brief hope of a mid-afternoon toss, but the play was abandoned without a single delivery being bowled.Kohli opted for a gym session for the team rather than a day off.”The rain doesn’t seem to be going away so we decided to make something of our day. Gotta love a good workout with the boys,” Kohli tweeted along with a picture with Ishant Sharma, Vijay, and the team’s trainer Shankar Basu.Also read | My patriotism doubted, darkest day of my life: Mithali responds to Powar’s allegationsAlso read | Mithali Raj has got good reasons to be peeved: Farokh Engineerlast_img read more

Virgil van Dijk grins in the face of fans’ fury on happy return to Southampton

first_imgFor someone who was supposed to be the pantomime villain and walking into a hostile atmosphere Virgil van Dijk spent an awful lot of time smiling. The boos were loud and the language colourful on occasions yet Van Dijk could hardly have looked more comfortable as he strolled his way through his first return to Southampton since an acrimonious transfer that was far more problematic than anything he came up against on the pitch here.A fifth appearance for Liverpool in all competitions delivered a first clean sheet and a near faultless performance from the world’s most expensive defender, who was a model of composure throughout and never remotely affected by the abuse that rained down from the stands. If anything, Van Dijk played as if he was rather enjoying the stick, so much so that he could be seen laughing at the first sound of the boos that greeted his every touch. Share on Facebook comment That ill-feeling at St Mary’s goes back to the start of the summer, when Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool later released a statement, apologising to Southampton for any “misunderstanding” regarding Van Dijk and confirming they had ended their interest in the player. Yet the issue was never likely to go away and a couple of months later Van Dijk submitted a transfer request, only to be told he was staying put.Van Dijk eventually got his wish, when Liverpool parted with £75m on the eve of the January window, and it has been a lively start to his Anfield career, featuring a debut goal against Everton, back-to-back defeats against Swansea and West Brom, and that injury-time penalty he conceded against Tottenham a week ago. This was an occasion, however, when he was on cruise control as he looked totally at ease in a Liverpool shirt.“He did really well and dealt with the situation fantastically,” Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, said. “We had a little chat before the game, asking him what he thought. I didn’t want to make him nervous but obviously he wasn’t. The crowd is there to make life difficult for the opponent but it wasn’t too difficult for him.”The flak was entirely predictable, yet Van Dijk never looked flustered and there was a smile on his face as he headed a ball back to Loris Karius early on. The grin was even wider about 10 seconds later when Mohamed Salah capitalised on a poor mistake by Wesley Hoedt to set up the opening goal for Roberto Firmino after Karius had fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of five former Southampton players in the Liverpool squad. “Born to play for Southampton, then be sold to Liverpool,” read a banner held up by a young home supporter.Although Liverpool looked vulnerable defensively at times in the first half and were indebted to Karius for making a couple of decent saves, Van Dijk gave the impression he was in complete control. Joel Matip, on the other hand, was nothing like as convincing in that opening 45 minutes and it still feels as though Liverpool have work to do in that department when it comes to the summer transfer window.The real problems at the back here were in the centre of the Southampton defence. Hoedt had already made an error before the mix-up that prefaced the first goal and when Firmino’s backheel carved Southampton wide open for Salah to score a second it was hard to see a way back for a beleaguered home team. Stood just inside the Southampton half when Salah registered his 22nd goal of the season, Van Dijk shrugged his shoulders. Read more Liverpool Southampton Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp 0:54 Play Video Premier League Jürgen Klopp expects Liverpool to have tough fight for top-four spot – video Share on Pinterest Mohamed Salah seals the points as Liverpool cruise past Southampton Topics In truth it felt too easy for the 26-year-old for much of the afternoon and when he galloped forward on the left with 15 minutes remaining, trying to slip the ball through the legs of Cedric, it was tempting to wonder whether he had got bored at the other end of the pitch. By that stage the home supporters were far more annoyed with Mauricio Pellegrino, the Southampton manager, for his substitutions than anything their former central defender was doing. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more