WORLD CUP: Haunted by inconsistency, Serbia gambles on youth

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ A former national team defender and Bundesliga veteran, Mladen Krstajic is closely aligned with the federation’s wishes for the faster integration of the players who won the Under-20 World Cup in 2015.He was first brought in as a caretaker after Muslin’s dismissal, despite having never held a previous coaching position. But he has yet to calm the national anxiety after delivering highs and lows on the road to Russia. The latest setback was a 1-0 loss to Chile in a friendly.Unapologetic, Krstajic said the results of friendly matches were meaningless because they were only about preparation.“You would expect experienced players to have better form, but younger players have more potential — that’s a fact. We have both,” he said. “Testing younger players in the game (against Chile) was a conscious decision, to see how they would combine with the players who got us qualification.”GOALKEEPERSADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s talent in midfield also includes attack-minded Luka Milivojevic, a regular scorer at Crystal Palace.FORWARDSKrstajic likes to field a 4-2-3-1 formation to exploit the goal-scoring talents of his midfield.Aleksandar Mitrovic remains the preferred lone striker and he produced six goals in qualification. While his finishes often look unspectacular, the 23-year-old forward who plays at Fulham on loan has perfected close-range finishes.Krstajic added some young forwards to his roster, including 20-year-old Benfica player Luka Jovic, who is on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt.Fire-power may also come from Aleksandar Prijovic, the top scorer in the Greek league at PAOK Thessaloniki and hero at home for producing the winning goal against Georgia that sent Serbia through.GROUP GAMESSerbia will open against Costa Rica on Sunday in Samara. The team will then face Switzerland in Kaliningrad on June 22 before traveling to Moscow to face Brazil on June 27.SQUADGoalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan), Marko Dmitrovic (SD Eibar), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 filer, Serbian players pose for a team photo prior to the World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Georgia at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)With a mandate to integrate the country’s promising young players into the squad, Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was hired after the national team had already qualified for the World Cup.He has abandoned some of the caution shown by predecessor Slavoljub Muslin, whose conservative selections helped Serbia win its European qualifying group after failing to reach the 2014 tournament.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 The towering Vladimir Stojkovic was first choice during the qualification campaign, which exposed the team’s irregular form.The Serbs conceded 10 goals in as many matches. The 34-year-old Stojkovic has bounced around half-a-dozen European leagues, making the rare switch from Red Star Belgrade to city rival Partizan.Predrag Rajkovic, a 22-year-old former national youth team standout, made his senior debut at 18 and has put in another six appearances.DEFENSEBranislav Ivanovic has long been a defensive rock, playing more than 100 times for his country while winning trophies with Chelsea.The center back seemed a natural choice to remain captain when Krstajic took over. Instead, he picked Roma left back Aleksandar Kolarov, a seven-year Manchester City veteran admired by English fans for his reliable form and viral online Christmas videos.MIDFIELDERSMuslin’s departure was blamed largely on his reluctance to use Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the tall, fast and versatile Lazio central midfielder.It was little surprise that the 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic, called “the sergeant” in Italy for his commanding style, was included.The country’s second highly bankable star is another midfielder, Nemanja Matic, who has so impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho that he’s a potential captain for next season. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The late shift in philosophy, however, has raised fears that Serbia’s consistent results could unravel.One of seven national teams created after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has never made it past the group stage at a World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere’s a closer look at the Serbia team:COACH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Defenders: Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Uros Spajic (Anderlecht), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)Midfielders: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade)Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Thessaloniki), Luka Jovic (Benfica)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gilas last Filoil game leaves Uichico disappointed: ‘We didn’t play hard enough’last_img read more

Ellen’s Twilight: A Time for Evenhandedness and Constitutional Tolerance

first_imgThe abrupt closure last Saturday of Benoni Urey’s radio station, situated at 10th Street, Sinkor, is a highly disturbing development indeed. A Ministry of Information press release issued Sunday by Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson said the closure action was executed by the Civil Law Court. But the press as well as bystanders and passersby observed a full contingent of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), clad in full riot gear, standing outside the radio station, as though in full readiness for combat.One bystander remarked that the scene was a vivid reminder of the frequent attacks which the Samuel K. Doe and People’s Redemption government launched against the Daily Observer newspaper in the 1980s. What is most disturbing about this terribly unfortunate incident is that this is the third time the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government has moved to close down a media house. That is apart from the closure in November 2011 of Kings FM, Love FM (now LIB-24) and Power FM/TV. These closures were in connection with a riot at the party headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), executed on the eve of the election run-off between the incumbent President Sirleaf’s Unity Party and the CDC. The GOL said that in taking that action against the three electronic media outlets, GOL attempted to preempt a Rwanda-style radio broadcast that incited people to riot and kill. The three closures we refer to in this editorial are directly related to actions by these media houses which GOL deemed were particularly critical of the presidency. The first was in 2014 when government summarily shut down The Chronicle newspaper owned and operated by Philipbert Browne. This newspaper had been launching a persistent campaign calling for an alleged “interim government” that it said was in the making to unseat the incumbent national leadership headed by President Sirleaf. The second, which occurred on July 4, 2016, was the closure of the Voice FM operated by Henry Costa, whose highly controversial talk show were very critical of the country’s current political administration. Costa then moved his talk show to Mr. Urey’s LIB-24 FM. Costa’s prime offense this time was a letter allegedly written by President Sirleaf to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, proposing a certain change in the statues. Costa conjectured that the letter had something to do with the Global Witness allegations of several government officials who involved in changing some of the country’s laws and regulations to accommodate the mining interests of the UK-based Sable Mining. Costa, in his talk show last week, interpreted the President’s letter to the Speaker to mean that she was the one whom Global Witness called “Big Boy 1.”That, too, was, in Costa’s typical style, highly explosive; and that may have tipped the sudden action against Urey’s station, which Costa was now using to air his broadcasts.It is not clear how or whether Costa definitively linked the President to any wrong doing by her letter to Tyler. We do not see how the President’s letter to Tyler linked her to any impropriety. Be that as it may, we are deeply saddened by the government’s over reaction. There are two reasons: first, this has brought the whole Global Witness allegations into sharper public focus and has forced people to sit up and think and listen and speak out and do their own investigation in a matter that seemed to be dying down already.We are deeply saddened, secondly, because we cannot see how this closure of yet another media house can help the President’s image—and legacy. There have been numerous criticisms against her administration. However, the one thing that people have unequivocally credited her with is her tolerance of media criticism. Here is a Liberian President who has staunchly followed President Tolbert’s lead in rejecting the iron bar that President Tubman imposed on freedom of speech and of the press. As far as Tubman, Doe and Charles Taylor were concerned, these freedoms were nowhere in the Liberian Constitution. And yet they were—and are—and despite the draconian laws still on our books, President Sirleaf has effectively avoided using them against the media, and actually constantly advocated their repeal.That is why she became only the second African leader to sign the Table Mountain Declaration.We pray that the President will maintain the tolerance she has exercised since her tenure began in 2006 and deal evenhandedly with the media on the high moral ground of constitutional faithfulness and tolerance.At the same time, we urge all our media colleagues to be equally evenhanded and fair to all whom they cover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hugh Mangum the rover who united America – in pictures

first_imgTwitter Beginning his career in the early 1890s, Mangum used a Penny Picture camera that was designed to allow multiple and distinct exposures on a single glass plate negative. Working in a step-and-repeat process, the order of the images on a single glass plate mirrors the sequence in which Mangum’s diverse clientele sat for him each day Pinterest Share via Email Shares444444 Though segregation was the law in the south, this photographer went from town to town, bringing black, white and Native Americans of all ages together in studios set up in shops and even tents Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter The way the artist’s diverse sitters share space is surprising. The laws and customs of Jim Crow were thriving – and black people were resisting – when Mangum was working. Mangum’s glass plate negatives tell a nuanced account of this history, one that affords more agency to people of colour than the average textbook Pinterest Race Pinterest West Virginia Black and white people dwelled side by side in the Durham neighbourhood in which Mangum was raised. ‘His photographs forcefully betray that vision of the south’s strict and thorough segregation usually identified with Jim Crow,’ says Maurice Wallace, a contributor to Photos Day or Night. ‘The colour line was of course an official policy, but practically speaking its power to keep black and white citizens apart was a fiction’ Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest Mangum loved self-portraits too, and he appears here in the top left. Though the south of his era was marked by disenfranchisement, segregation and inequality, Mangum portrayed all of his sitters with candour, humour and spirit. In short, he showed them as individuals Pinterest Photography Pinterest When asked what impressions her grandfather’s pictures have left on her, Martha Sumler replied: ‘It makes me realise just how much he really liked people. I know it was a business for him, and he worked hard, but he had to have really enjoyed it and enjoyed meeting the people to show the way life was back then’ Facebook Mee-Lai Stone Twitter Facebook Thu 4 Apr 2019 02.00 EDT Hugh Mangum: the rover who united America – in picturescenter_img There are no indications that Mangum intended his photographs to serve any political purposes, but it’s likely that many of his clients did. By the turn of the 20th century, many black Americans were well-practised at engaging the power of photography to challenge racist ideas, as well as to visually create and celebrate black identity. It’s probable that many of the men and women pictured were working publicly and privately to establish black advancement Pinterest Twitter Inside his photo studio, Mangum created an atmosphere ­­– respectful and often playful – in which hundreds of men, women and children felt comfortable. Sadly many of his glass plate negatives were lost. The images that survived – from more than 900 plates – were salvaged at the last minute from the tobacco pack house in Durham, North Carolina, where Mangum built his first darkroom Virginia The vibrancy of black communities building new identities and creating futures is not lost on Mangum’s negatives. His black clients present themselves as lighthearted and resolute. They bring their children to the studio to be photographed, an ode to the hope they have for their future lives Mangum wasn’t the only white photographer welcoming black and brown clients into his studio at the turn of the 20th century. Though the view into history provided by his uniquely large collection is certainly exceptional, it’s the sense of playfulness he brought to his work ­­– the smiles and quirky gestures – that are the distinct difference between Mangum and other photographers @mlestone North Carolina Topics Primarily working in his home state of North Carolina, as well as Virginia and West Virginia, Mangum cultivated clientele from across racial and economic divides, without discrimination. As he travelled throughout the region, he set up temporary studios in empty shops or tents. His work shows each client to be as valuable as the next, no story less significant On several occasions the elbow, hand or arm of one sitter floats into the frame of another, regardless of colour, symbolising shared spaces beyond the boundary of the negative. In the book, there are double exposures that merge black and white sitters Facebook Twitter Twitter Main image:Everybody welcome … Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum Art and design books Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter Last modified on Thu 27 Jun 2019 06.36 EDT,During Hugh Mangum’s lifetime (1877-1922) monumental events occurred in the US. Laws separating white and black people arose, the last Native vs American battles were fought, women gained the right to vote, and laws to limit immigrants were passed. The personalities in Mangum’s images collectively symbolise the triumphs and struggles of these turbulent years.Photos Day or Night by Sarah Stacke, with texts by Maurice Wallace and Martha Sumler, is published by Red Hook EditionsAll photographs: Hugh Mangum / David M Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University Facebook Pinterest Facebook Facebook Everybody welcome … Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum,Share on Facebook Social history Twitter Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitterlast_img read more