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Young Irish side secure draw

first_img “The goal was the very last action of the game but we’ll go home with a smile on the face. Everybody played and there were 15 players making first appearances at this level. It was a very competitive game against a very tough opponent.” An experimental Republic of Ireland Under-21 side drew 1-1 with Qatar’s Olympic squad in a friendly in Aachen, Germany, on Saturday evening. Qatar took the lead through Ahmed Alaaddin in the 32nd minute when he burst through to fire past Ian Lawlor, but Aston Villa’s Mason Watkins-Clark levelled the game with a 92nd-minute header from Bradley Garmston’s cross. “It was a great boost to all the players to see the equaliser go in,” said Ireland boss Noel King. “Mason had two headers previously just wide bursting through from midfield and he deserved to get the goal because he never gave up. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alpena County Library cancels public programs through the end of March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Public Library, like many other organizations locally and nationally is beginning to cancel events.The library had a number of activities lined up for reading month, but those will not go forth, as efforts to decrease the spread of Coronavirus are on the rise.Library director, Eric Magness-Eubank, says, “We are at our first stage of what we planned on possibly doing, and that is, we have cancelled our public programs through the end of March. We’ve cancelled three children’s story time programs, a teen movie,  a concert that was supposed to take place this Sunday.”They’ve cancelled additional teen programs as well, and limited use of the facility by outside groups. Library personnel have also removed all toys from the play area, heightened cleaning, and is requesting that patrons let employees know if they are sick.Eubank says the library does want to take every measure they can to keep the public safe. There is no word yet on if or when programming will resume. You can stay informed on dates, and even potential library closings by checking Alpena County Library’s website or by calling (989) 356–6188.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Library, Alpena Public Library, coronavirus, library, programming, programsContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle Electric & Gas to close its office to the public until April 6Next Michigan Works! April job fairs cancelledlast_img read more

FIFA bans officials for match-fixing

first_imgAssistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb are accused of trying to illegally manipulate an AFC Cup match between Tampines Rovers and East Bengal in April.The sanctions, imposed by the AFC, will now apply worldwide until a disciplinary panel reaches a formal decision on the matter.Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) had claimed that the pair were guilty of “corruptly receiving gratification, in the form of free sexual service.”“FIFA can today confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) against two Lebanese match officials relating to match-manipulation investigations,” a FIFA statement read.“The AFC has provisionally banned assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb from all football-related activities until such time as the AFC Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision on the matter of both match officials attempting to manipulate an AFC Cup match in April. The provisional measures imposed by the AFC may not be valid for longer than 30 days (art. 132 par. 1 of the AFC Disciplinary Code) and this period may be extended only once by 20 days (art. 132 par. 2 of the AFC Disciplinary Code).“The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”last_img read more