MADRID (AP): Luis Enrique couldn’t have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain’s national team. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League. Spain followed their gritty 2-1 win against England at Wembley Stadium last week with a 6-0 rout of World Cup runner-ups Croatia yesterday, keeping Enrique perfect since taking over as La Roja’s coach. It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, playing their first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russia. The victory left Spain comfortably ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A in Europe’s newest football competition, in good position to reach the tournament’s final four in June. In the other League A match on Tuesday, Belgium won 3-0 at Iceland in their Nations League debut. The Nations League gives UEFA’s 55 member countries competitive games and eliminates often meaningless friendlies. Luka Modric’s Croatia threatened early in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, but Spain took control of the match by scoring three goals in 11 first-half minutes. Sa?l —Ìguez, who is becoming an undisputable starter in Enrique’s team, headed in a cross by Dani Carvajal in the 24th minute, then Marco Asensio hit two remarkable long-range shots in the 33rd and 35th to give La Roja a comfortable lead before half-time. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal. Asensio, who was not among the starters against England, also set up Rodrigo’s goal early in the second half with a perfect through ball behind the defence. Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain’s golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio. Other results: League B – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 Austria 0; Finland 1 Estonia 0; Hungary 2 Greece 1 in Budapest. League D – Luxembourg 3 San Marino 0; Moldova 0 Belarus 0.
The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) will hold a two-day workshop to create awareness on the importance of the ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict.The workshop is in continuation of a process that started in 2012 when the Ministry, with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) technical support and through broad consultation with civil society institutions prepared an initial draft. According to a release, the workshop is organized in collaboration with the UNESCO Multi-Sectorial Regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria.The convention was adopted in The Hague in 1954 in the wake of the massive destruction of cultural heritage sites and artifacts during World War II, to help preserve property in the midst of conflicts.It is the first international treaty with a worldwide focus exclusively on the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflicts.The two-day workshop will be held on May 27-28 at a resort in Monrovia under the theme, “Awareness to Protect Our Cultural Property in the Event Of Armed Conflict.”Participants will include representatives from the various government ministries and agencies, the National Commission on Higher Education, National Legislature, and civil society organizations.The participants will provide their collective and individual perspectives to the draft law in line with the principles and provisions of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflicts and the need for the draft law to be ratified by Liberian authorities. Once finalized, the draft law will be submitted to Liberian authorities for endorsement.The law will be used to safeguard and together with the participatory process, through which it emerged, demonstrate the strong commitment of national authorities to ensure the viability of Liberia’s heritage, said the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I’m taking this opportunity in your newspaper column to voice my concern about the loud music that is being played every Thursday and Sunday by the Ballaz Bar.Our community is West Ruimveldt Estate.This bar has been playing their music very loudly, many times until 04:00h in the morning. This is causing much distress to neighbours and their children. Our children cannot study or even get a good night’s sleep and many children go to the West Ruimveldt Primary School, the area which the bar is also located.The bar also had a shooting recently and Police found a gun. They are being allowed to play their music very loudly until after 02:00h.Many calls were made by neighbours to the Ruimveldt Police Station but nothing has been done. Police patrols would pass and “gaff” with the people of the bar and just allow the music to continue.This situation is getting worse. This situation needs Minister Ramjattan’s attention. This music is so loud, even the roofs of the houses shake and car alarms go off. How can residents live in this situation?Sincerely,Concerned residents