Trifling with trivia

first_imgDear Editor,Recent media reports indicate that our Local Government authorities are concerned about ‘renaming of regions, villages, boundaries and flags’.Isn’t it time we get serious about more substantive issues of economic and social development, rather than pursuing such trivialities?There is a plethora of painful matters that cry out for attention: water supply, garbage collection, drainage & irrigation, repairs to roads and bridges, maintenance of playgrounds and community services like burial grounds, while our leaders worry about our names and sizes etc. which is akin to parents worrying about the ‘looks’ of their children while they suffer a multitude of heath maladies and poor basic education.Please, Mr Minister, Chairmen, Councillors and all Local Government leaders, can we get more serious about the substantive issues at hand?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany 0-2 France: Griezmann double books hosts’ final place

first_imgAntoine Griezmann netted a double to book France’s place in the Euro 2016 final, sending world champions Germany home with a 2-0 win at Stade Velodrome.Didier Deschamps’ men will face Portugal in Sunday’s match at Stade de France – LIVE on talkSPORT – thanks to a hard-fought performance against Joachim Low’s side.The Germans dominated possession in the first half, but the Euro 2016 hosts were ahead seconds before the interval as Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for a handball in the box. Forward Griezmann, 25, stepped up to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the spot. The normally reliable Neuer was at fault in the second half as he dropped the ball when collecting a cross, which the Atletico Madrid striker tidied up, reacting quickest to put his side two up, edging them closer to the final.Germany looked to pull one back, with Hugo Lloris making a stunning save late on as the French also took home a clean sheet.The atmosphere was electric in Marseille before kick-off and the game started openly, with Germany dominating possession and France struggling to get the ball without N’Golo Kante, who was on the bench.The host nation nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament after six minutes when Griezmann combined brilliantly with Blaise Matuidi. The latter made two neat one-twos on the left with the Atletico forward, who eventually got a flicked return on the edge of the box but he was on his weaker right foot and Neuer made a comfortable save.Olivier Giroud should have put the men in blue ahead when he was sent clean through on goal. He raced through but he lacked pace as the German defence soon tracked back to prevent him from getting a shot off.While the Germans had more of the ball, they had less chances as Lloris was rarely tested. On the occasion the Tottenham goalkeeper was called into action, he performed brilliantly, diving low to his right to get a hand to Emre Can’s 10-yard strike.France were penned in, as a Germany goal looked imminent, but it was Deschamps’ men again who had more testing efforts, Neuer saving Payet’s free-kick with relative ease.Griezmann looked sharp throughout and, as the game looked to be heading into the break still goalless, the Frenchman stepped up to coolly convert a penalty on 45 minutes. That came after Schweinsteiger was pulled up for a handball in the box when he jumped for a header, and the Atletico man made no mistake.Germany suffered a cruel blow early in the second half when Jerome Boateng pulled up with a suspected hamstring problem and the former Manchester City defender had to be replaced.As Boateng sat on the bench worried about potentially missing the final, his side conceded a second just over ten minutes later.As Pogba – linked with a move to Manchester United in a reported £100million deal – found space on the left, he was soon closed down but he showed fancy footwork to put the ball onto his weaker foot, sending a cross in from the left wing. The normally cool Neuer came out but he fumbled the ball and it fell to Griezmann, who needed no second invitation to drill through a crowded box into an empty goal.Germany looked like they would react well by pulling one back as right-back Joshua Kimmich, of Bayern Munich, sent a curling shot past Lloris and crashing into the upright.Low’s men struggled to find a way through in the closing stages, with Griezmann nearly grabbing a hat-trick on the counter, as Deschamps’ men booked their place in the final. 1 Antoine Griezmann: The Atletico Madrid frontman netted twice to book France’s place in the final last_img read more