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Soccer JAKARTA: Somad rarely ventures beyond his impoverished Jakarta neighbourhood, but the 14-year-old is now gearing for a trip to Russia next month as a player in the 2018 Street Child World Cup. It’s the journey of a lifetime for the aspiring striker and eight other Indonesian kids set to compete against teams of other disadvantaged children from two dozen nations. The event’s third edition in Moscow is a long way from Bekasi on the outskirts of Indonesia’s teeming capital where Somad’s father sorts through foul trash heaps to find and sell usable goods. Along with his food-seller mother, the teen lives in a 45 sq m makeshift home shared with four other families. “Not many kids can be as lucky as I am,” says Somad, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “I want to make my parents and friends proud so we can have better lives and have no need to be scavengers anymore.” The slum is mostly populated by trash pickers who live in its hundreds of shacks. A potent smell of garbage is everywhere in the district where stray animals wander along its muddy roads. More than 200 children are participating in the seven-a-side tournament, which kicks off ahead of this year’s Russia-hosted World Cup. Off the pitch, the kids will take part in art lessons, workshops and there is a conference focused on disadvantaged youth. “I want to help Indonesia win the competition. “But if we do win, I don’t want to show off,” says striker Bayu, picked for the Indonesian contingent from among more than 90 children. “I want to share the experience with my friends when I’m back.” In 2014, the boy’s team from Tanzania won the tournament while the girl’s trophy was claimed by hosts Brazil. The inaugural 2010 event, started by British charity Street Child United, was played in South Africa. Indonesian team coach Wahyu Kurniawan said children from poor neighbourhoods have a vitality that is key to breaking into professional football. “Kids from the street are more active and tend to have more power and spirit,” he told AFP. “My job is to convert those qualities into good football skill and sportsmanship on the field.” But the tournament is about more than just sports – it’s to give a voice to marginalised children. “Achievement in the tournament is not our main priority, it’s a bonus,” said Jessica Hutting from Kampus Diakoneia Modern (KDM), a children’s rights NGO that selected the Indonesian players. “We use football as a tool to bring street-connected children together in a safe space where their voices can be heard.” – AFP
South Africa laid the groundwork with traditional Springbok rugby and finished an out-gunned England side off with two late tries to win the World Cup for the third time courtesy of a 32-12 victory on Saturday.Wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossed in the last 15 minutes for South Africa’s first ever tries in a World Cup final but six penalties from the boot of Handre Pollard had already put the Springboks firmly in charge.Superb game management, set piece dominance, brutal defence and almost flawless place-kicking had been enough to see off an England side that had dismantled the double defending champion All Blacks in the semi-finals last week.While the tactics were as traditional as the dark green Springbok shirt, the team was far more representative of a multi-racial nation than those of 1995 and 2007 and Siya Kolisi became the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.“Since I have been alive I have not seen South Africa like this,” Kolisi said before receiving the trophy from Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino.“It was like in ’95. So many challenges we have (in South Africa). The coach told us we are not playing for ourselves, we are playing for the people back home.“We appreciate all the support, we love you, South Africa, and we can achieve anything if we work together.”England came into the match with huge expectations after the New Zealand win but only offered flashes of the brilliant all-pitch game which undid the All Blacks last week.Head coach Eddie Jones, who was in charge of Australia when England won their only World Cup in 2003, becomes the first head coach to lose two finals.Flyhalf Farrell kicked four penalties for England but they were chasing the match all evening and hanging on doggedly trying to contain the rampant Springboks by the end.“We just struggled to get in the game,” said Jones. “The effort from players was outstanding but we struggled to get on the front foot today.“I can’t fault the preparation of the players. They worked hard for the whole of the World Cup, played with a lot of passion, but just weren’t good enough today.”The English suffered a huge blow when prop Kyle Sinckler went off with concussion in the third minute leaving their scrum all but uncompetitive against the Springbok pack.South Africa made the most of the weakness, winning a string of scrum penalties, taking a 12-6 lead into halftime and building a foundation that enabled their wingers to seal the victory in the last 15 minutes.Mapimpi has been in prolific form this year and he showed South African wingers can play a bit with ball in hand when he chipped-through, collected an offload from Lukhanyo Am and touched down in the 66th minute.Kolbe added the second try eight minutes later, skipping past the tackle of Owen Farrell on the wing and racing away to touch down to the delight of the South Africans in the crowd of 70,103.Pollard coolly landed both conversions to take his match tally to 22.The Springboks became the first team to lose a pool match at a World Cup and go on to win it, having gone down to the All Blacks in their tournament opener at the same Yokohama International Stadium.They join the New Zealanders with three World Cup triumphs and England remain the only team from the northern hemisphere to have won the title.
Galt had been cited with dozens of safety violations, including one after a 15-foot pipe fell 35 stories through the roof of the local firehouse in May. The company also was cited early this month after torch work sent burning sparks down through the building.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Authorities blamed the accident on a worker with a troubled contractor that was on notice that it was about to be dropped from the project for safety problems. After Thursday’s accident, firefighter William Corbetis had surgery to remove his spleen and was hospitalized in serious condition, Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said. The other firefighter, Neil Nally, was in stable condition. The accident happened when a pallet jack used to carry construction equipment fell off a hoist elevator outside the building and plunged 23 stories through the shed, hitting the two firefighters, fire and state officials said. A worker for John Galt Corp. lost control of the jack, sending it onto the elevator and off the building, fire and city officials said. Bovis Lend Lease, the main contractor for taking down the building, gave John Galt Corp. five days notice Wednesday before Bovis could terminate its contract. By Amy Westfeldt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – A heavy piece of construction equipment plummeted 23 stories Thursday from the site of last week’s deadly fire at Ground Zero, crashing through a shed and hitting two firefighters in another accident at the plagued building, officials said. The accident came five days after two firefighters died battling a blaze in the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site.