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Posted by: | Posted on: October 27, 2019

A-League Review: Glory in stalemate

first_imgNigel Boogaard’s own goal helped Sydney FC to a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets that saw Steve Corica’s men draw level on points with second-placed Melbourne Victory in the A-League standings, while leaders Perth Glory were held to a 0-0 draw at Melbourne City.The sixth own goal of Boogaard’s A-League career condemned the Jets to a third consecutive defeat and their fifth in seven matches, while Sydney have now won six of their last seven to heap pressure on the top two.Perth dropped points for only the fourth time this season despite creating the better chances at AAMI Park, where Melbourne City have lost just once this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result leaves Tony Popovic’s Glory four points clear at the top of the table but he will be disappointed not to have made it six.FT | @PerthGloryFC extend their lead to four points at the top of the @ALeague ladder. #ALeague #MCYvPER pic.twitter.com/oEuk0bfDX8 — Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 19, 2019 Sydney went into their clash with Newcastle having bounced back from defeat at Perth with a victory over Adelaide United, and the visitors’ high press played into their hands.With half-time approaching, the Sky Blues piled forward in search of a breakthrough and Alex Brosque was poised to meet Brandon O’Neill’s cross but Boogaard’s outstretched foot turned the ball past Glen Moss and into the Jets net.Meanwhile in Melbourne, Neil Kilkenny gave the hosts an early scare when his swerving drive from the edge of the box drew a good save from the alert Eugene Galekovic.Glory could have snatched three points with eight minutes left on the clock when Andy Keogh teed up Jason Davidson for a shot at goal but the wing-back blasted the ball over the crossbar and the points were shared.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 8, 2019

Briton denies Buddha tattoo was disrespectful

The Briton, a former infection control officer for the ambulance service and a keen amateur photographer, was stopped as he tried to leave Bandaranaike International Airport during a 12-hour stop-over en route from London to Malaysia.Despite having a valid two-day tourist visa, Mr Ratcliffe said he was frogmarched to a detention area after immigration officials spotted the Buddha’s head tattoo poking out from the sleeve of his T-shirt. The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism – the religion of the island’s majority ethnic Sinhalese. Eventually, Mr Ratcliffe was allowed to continue his journey to Kuala Lumpur, but faced further questioning when he landed.“The whole experience has been a shock – it has been upsetting and a waste of my time. I’m not taking it further, but when I saw they had accused me of speaking disrespectfully about Buddhism, I had to put my side of the story”, he said, the BBC reported.According to the BBC more than 100,000 British citizens visited Sri Lanka in 2012, accounting for 10% of the total number of tourists. The UK is also the country’s second-largest trading partner after India.Last year, three French tourists were given suspended prison sentences for taking photographs that showed them pretending to kiss a statue of Buddha at a temple.In 2010, the American R&B star Akon was refused a visa after protests over one of his music videos, which featured scantily-clad women dancing in front of a statue of Buddha.The UK foreign office offers the following caution for travellers to Sri Lanka: “The mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is a serious offence and tourists have been convicted for this.”It also advises that travellers “don’t pose for photographs by standing in front of a statue of Buddha”. “They took my passport and held me there for an hour and a half. All the time they were bringing people in to look at my arm, and they were shaking their heads. But Mr Ratcliffe says the “inoffensive” body art was meant as a tribute. “As soon as he saw it the chief officer went crazy. You could see it on his face, he looked really angry and said I would have to go back to London,” Mr Ratcliffe told the BBC.An unnamed immigration official told a local newspaper that when questioned about the tattoo, Mr Ratcliffe had spoken “very disrespectfully” about Buddhism.But the Briton says he remained calm throughout the proceedings. “I was explaining my case, pleading basically, and the chief officer just told me to ‘shut up, shut up’ and he refused to talk to me.”“I like the artwork in tattoos obviously and, due to my belief in Buddhist philosophy which I have followed for many years, I thought a quality tattoo of the Buddha was rather apt.“It wasn’t something I took lightly or did on the spur of the moment.” A British tourist is “shocked and upset” after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, the BBC reported.Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo’s main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism. read more