‘Reporters make me nervous’, Jokowi jokes at National Press Day celebration in Banjarbaru

first_imgPresident Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo joked that journalists often made him nervous during the celebrations of the 2020 National Press Day in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, on Saturday.Jokowi said he made a point of attending the celebration despite being scheduled to leave for Canberra the same day.“Why did I have to come? Because journalists are my friends, who I meet every day,” Jokowi told an audience of journalists at the event, as quoted in a State Palace press release on Saturday. Jokowi added that reporters accompanied him on most of his presidential trips, more than even some of his ministers.”Wherever I go, reporters are the ones who always follow me. The ministers sometimes do not come along, but reporters are always there. They’re the ones who chase me every day, who stop me for comments. Sometimes they make me nervous and I stutter because they ask questions I’m not ready to answer,” Jokowi said.”When I see journalists, I don’t hate them, I miss them. They are always in my heart, and I always miss them,” he said.Jokowi reiterated his statement in a post on his official Twitter account. “Happy National Press Day 2020,” he said in his tweet.Tahukah Anda siapa yang kerap membuat saya gugup? Para wartawan. Yang mengejar saya untuk doorstop interview, yang membuat saya kadang-kadang gugup dan gagap, tak siap ditanya sesuatu.Ke mana pun, selalu ikut bersama saya adalah para wartawan.Selamat Hari Pers Nasional 2020! pic.twitter.com/2S3dUPtjll— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) February 8, 2020During last year’s celebrations, Jokowi received a Press Freedom Award from the National Press Council for his administration’s “commitment to protecting the freedom of the press”.However, the award was questioned by the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), which cited the many attacks and restrictions on journalists covering certain topics and issues during his administration.The organization recorded at least 223 cases of violence against journalists between 2015 and 2018, with the largest number of cases, 81, recorded in 2016.Topics :last_img read more

Alan Shearer rips into Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s dismal defeat to Cardiff

first_img Comment Alan Shearer rips into Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s dismal defeat to Cardiff (Picture: BBC Sport)But Murphy managed to escape Pogba and he went on to set up Mendez-Laing’s goal… Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-united-0-2-cardiff-solskjaer-post-match-press-conference-1923896/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Eden Hazard reveals he’s made decision on future after Leicester draw Paul Pogba cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford as Manchester United lost to Cardiff (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer has ripped into Paul Pogba who he feels ‘epitomised everything that’s wrong’ with Manchester United during the side’s dismal 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff.Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored either side of the break for relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford and the result meant United ended the season with just two wins from their last 12 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United midfielder Pogba was involved in a heated altercation with an angry section of fans as Solskjaer’s squad gave a lap of honour after the final whistle and the Frenchman’s future is in serious doubt ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementThough Pogba was United’s sole representative in the PFA Team of the Year, he has taken the brunt of the side’s criticism for much of the campaign and Shearer slammed the World Cup-winner after his performance against Neil Warnock’s men on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPogba was largely to blame for Mendez-Laing’s second strike in the 54th minute after Josh Murphy escaped his marking in the lead-up to the goal.Discussing the goal on Match of the Day, Shearer said: ‘This is the problem at Old Trafford. This epitomises everything that’s wrong with this football club and this football team.‘Murphy and Pogba are together but have a look at them in a couple of seconds. [Cardiff have a] throw-in – that is not difficult, that is not hard, that is pretty simple to stay with your man and he just runs off Pogba with ease and he knocks it across with a simple tap in.‘That tells you everything that’s wrong with this football club at this moment in time. So, so easy. It’s going to be very difficult to change it.’Pogba was tasked with marking Murphy as Cardiff took the throw-in… Pogba lashed out at Murphy in the second half (Picture: BBC Sport)Solskjaer admitted he was almost ’embarrassed’ to hear United supporters applauding his players following their performance against Cardiff.‘It’s near-embarrassing when you walk off the pitch clapping them and you get the support we have. That’s the base of this club, the foundation is so great. We’ll come back again,’ the Norwegian said.‘We’ve got good players who have gone through a difficult season. There’s different reasons for players having a bad season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Some might be their fault, the club’s fault or our fault. Some might look in the mirror and say: “I can do better”.’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 11:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link732Shares (Picture: BBC Sport)Pogba also shoved Murphy in the face in the second half and Ian Wright believes he was lucky to have stayed on the field at Old Trafford.‘You can see the frustration, he’s very frustrated,’ the ex-Arsenal striker said.‘He wants to try and channel that aggression in a different manner because, when you look at what he does here, I’m very surprised he’s not been reprimanded for that. That’s not very good to see.’On Pogba’s clash with United fans after full-time, Shearer said: ‘After the season he’s had… just get in. He can’t really argue, he’s got no point.’last_img read more

Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incident

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Xhaka told fans to ‘f**k off’ (Picture: Getty)But Emery says that it’s crucial the supporters stay with the teamAdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need them. We need to be strong inside. We need to transmit that connection with them,’ said Emery.‘Before we won a special and different match with very good connection with the supporters.‘Our challenge is to improve our control of the game, to play better in our style.‘We have players and capacity with that improvement to add better results for the next matches.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery confirmed in today’s press conference that Xhaka will not be included in the squad to face Liverpool.The Swiss feels ‘devastated’ and Emery does not think it’s right to put him in the firing line.‘He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. He is sad about that situation,’ he said in a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s cup clash with Liverpool’.MORE: Unai Emery reveals Granit Xhaka is ‘devastated’ after clashing with Arsenal fans Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 3:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery wants the fans to stay on side (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists his team ‘need’ supporters to stick with the team if they’re to improve their performance.Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace descended into acrimony after Granit Xhaka was booed and jeered as he left the field.The Swiss midfielder told fans to ‘f**k off’ and large sections of the support then turned on Emery by chanting Mesut Ozil’s name after he was left out of the squad for the seventh match in a row.The Gunners now face a daunting away trip to face Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incident Advertisementlast_img read more

Top 3 Gold Coast homes going to auction this weekend

first_img74 Nijinsky Way, Willow Vale. 74 Nijinsky Way, Willow Vale. 12 Anthony Drive, Burleigh Waters.Marketing agents Nick Slater and Lisa Hale, of McGrath Palm Beach, described the six-bedroom home at 12 Anthony Drive in their listing as a “coastal oasis”.“Sun-drenched living areas, spacious and private entertaining spaces and a clever floorplan define this exceptionally well appointed Burleigh Waters residence,” they said.A pool, gazebo, two outdoor entertainment decks and a loft with ensuite are among its standout features. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.They called on renowned Coast architect Paul Uhlmann to design the five-bedroom, three-bathroom mansion that stands today.It has served as a relaxing home-away-from home for the couple since 2012.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We spend a lot of time on the front veranda, it’s very relaxing,” Dr Johnson said.“It will be a shame to leave the house but it’s just time for us to move to something smaller.”Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker will take the property to auction on Saturday at 10am.Shortly after, a 2.38ha Willow Vale estate will be offered to buyers at 11am.The sprawling property at 74 Nijinsky Way has served as the perfect family home for David and Rachel Procida and their two daughters. 12 Anthony Drive, Burleigh Waters. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.center_img There’s a property to satisfy every buyer’s taste going to auction this weekend.FROM a luxury beachfront mansion to a country retreat on acreage, there is a property to suit every buyer going under the hammer on the Gold Coast this weekend.A towering seaside home with luxury features and stunning views will be one of the first to kick off the auctions.The Bilinga property at 252 Pacific Pde was once an old beach shack before Kay and Trevor Johnson bought it in 2007 with the intension of building their dream home. 12 Anthony Drive, Burleigh Waters. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga. 74 Nijinsky Way, Willow Vale.“The property is in a secluded location on the Gold Coast, you really feel like you are hundreds of kilometres away in the country, yet it has quick and easy access to local growth areas such Coomera and Pimpama,” Mrs Procida said.“It is situated right in the Willow Vale valley, yet given the elevation of the property, the views are spectacular.”Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Henk Schreurs said a range of prospective buyers had shown interest in the property, including some from interstate and others looking for more space.For those on the hunt for a suburban property, a contemporary Burleigh Waters home will go under the hammer at 3pm.last_img read more

Jean Frances Carrow age, 81

first_imgJean Frances (McKenna) Carrow, age 81, of Laurel, Indiana died Thursday June 15, 2017 at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.Born July 5, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Frances (Phillips) McKenna. On October 31, 1955 she was united in marriage to Arthur Forest Carrow, and he preceded her in death on May 9, 2003.Jean was a homemaker and a mother of 10 children, in her leisure time she was a voracious reader and had quite an extensive library of her own.Survivors include nine children, Stephen Carrow of Viola, Wisconsin Gregory Carrow of Greenfield, Indiana, Marjorie Kashner of Cumberland, Indiana, Christina Carrow of Greenfield, Indiana, Casey Carrow of Columbus, Indiana, Marian Helms of Spiceland, Indiana, Thomas Carrow of Metamora, Indiana, Roberta Carrow-Jackson of Covington, Louisiana and Phil Carrow of Laurel, Indiana; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as three brothers, Robert McKenna of Minnesota, Thomas McKenna of New Mexico and Daniel McKenna of Arizona.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Manning and a son Andrew Carrow who died May 16, 2017.Family & friends may visit from 1 until 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Jim Webster of the Oak Forest Church of Christ will officiate the Memorial Services at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be directed to Literacy of America or the Alzheimers Disease Center of Indiana. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Carrow Family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

CDC: Americans Should Cancel Gatherings of 50+ for the next 8 Weeks

first_imgEvents with 50 or more people over the next eight weeks should be canceled or postponed. That’s the agressive recommendation issued Sunday by the CDC.The agency specifically mentioned sporting events, weddings, and festivals in its post announcing the proposed policy.The daily business of places like schools aren’t included in this CDC’s guidance. But, schools in south Florida have been cancelled until the end of March.last_img

Cricket West Indies the new way forward: CEO Graves

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board on Wednesday formally announced the much anticipated name change to Cricket West Indies, saying the rebranding accurately represented the function of the governing body.President Dave Cameron had announced the move two years ago and last January said the process had been completed.“Cricket West Indies better reflects how the organisation operates, as there are many different stakeholders who we work in partnership with, under the unifying aim of improving cricket at all levels within the region,” new chief executive Johnny Grave said.“We plan to work even more closely with them over the next few years and consultation will begin immediately as we develop a new strategic plan for 2018-2023.”Cameron said the new name was more inclusive and was a key part of the new way forward in the board’s enhancement of its governance.“Whilst the Board of Directors has an important role, we feel that the new name is more inclusive and appropriate, as we want to recognise the valuable role that our players, territorial boards, staff, supporters, governments, coaches, match officials and volunteers, play in the organisation,” the Jamaican said.“For Cricket West Indies to operate effectively and efficiently we need all of our stakeholders to work in partnership and the name change is an important first step in our strategy.”In addition to the name change, the board also launched their rebranded website as well as announcing that all representative teams will be referred to as the WINDIES.The name change for the board is the second in the last 21 years, following the decision by another Jamaican WICB president Pat Rousseau to drop ‘Control’ from the original name.It also comes just under two years after a Governance Review Panel, commissioned by regional national grouping, CARICOM, recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB, and the instalment of an interim board.The panel, chaired by UWI Cave Hill campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, slammed the board as a “now proven, obsolete governance framework”.last_img read more

Aussies breeze past Zimbabwe to improve quarter-final chances

first_imgAUSTRALIA scored their first win of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, by a comfortable seven-wicket margin against Zimbabwe in Lincoln.Their victory was set up by new-ball quick Xavier Bartlett, who, after his captain won the toss, knocked over the top three Zimbabwe batsmen inside 11 overs. Zimbabwe never recovered from 34 for 3, regularly losing wickets to be dismissed for 134 in 33.2 overs. Robert Chimhinya top-scored for them with 27 at No.8. Bartlett finished with 3 for 20, while Will Sutherland and Lloyd Pope claimed two wickets each.Australia’s openers Max Bryant and Jack Edwards set off at terrific speed in the chase, adding 46 in 4.2 overs before their stand was broken. Edwards was the first dismissed for 40 off 20, while Bryant made 44 off 27. They got home in 18.2 overs.The victory meant that Australia were well placed to progress to the quarter-finals, after having lost their opening Group B match against India. Their final group game is against Papua New Guinea.Scores: Australia Under-19 135 for 3 (Bryant 44) beat Zimbabwe Under-19 134 (Bartlett 3-20) by seven wickets.last_img read more

Class 4A to be divided after state vote; Wellington placed in top half

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Linda · 375 weeks ago I’m confused, does division 1 Wellington have to play all of them in division 1 or will that be split up to? Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 375 weeks ago What this all boils down to is it has made it the way the state has always wanted it. Holton 4A dist 2 and Topeka Hayden 4A dist 1 Champions. The coach that started this snowballing from Pratt should really feel proud of his idiot move. Now they can get rid of their Holton/Hayden rules. There was nothing wrong with 4A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 375 weeks ago Kansas high school sports playoffs make no sense. They need to get rid of districts, and things like thats. I went to school on the west coast we had the top teams go to playoffs, not teams that where 2-7 and because their wins came in district play Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sumnerbooster · 375 weeks ago All it did was water down a state championship. Who really wants to be 4A, Division 2, State Champ? The funny thing is, Holton really pushed hard for this and they won two state championships in the last year. Football and wrestling. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Rolling Stone · 375 weeks ago There is no fair way. I have seen point system, best record and the 1 team from a district used to determine playoffs. I am thinking many teams there are 3-3 or even 0-6 would throw in the towel towards the end of season. Every team (64 or 32 now) is still contending for a playoff spot after week 6. Hey how about having all the AD’s meet at a neutral site and have an Indian leg wrestling tournament to determine playoff teams. Naw, that wouldn’t work either, some AD would complain about wrestling a bigger AD or not having the proper arm grip while counting the leg lifts. Get the picture. No fair way. Never has been nor will there ever will be. Just go with it and play the game hard, usually those are the teams that make playoffs. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 375 weeks ago One thing I hope happens with this division is it eliminates the Thursday-Tuesday-Saturday set up of the football playoffs. I have hated that system. Now with 32 teams, the thinking will be to have the game on Friday night – the way it should be. The smaller classification school in Kansas have been robbed of a big-time playoff game in the first round, and has put significant burden on the coaches and players trying to fit three games in a week. Playing high school football on a Tuesday night was moronic. But let’s just wait and see. The KSHSAA may still screw this up yet. Report Reply 1 reply · active 375 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 375 weeks ago So this says good ole Andale has maybe two teams to compete with for a State Championship in division 2. Nice can’t wait to hear that…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 375 weeks ago Exactly its going to be Holton and Andale easily in 2nd group. Sad story for 4A and to see people gloating about it makes me absolutely sick. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Anonymous Fella · 375 weeks ago This is stupid. Why don’t we just give all the teams a shiny trophy or blue ribbon saying “great job!” This “everything has to be fair” mentality that has come over everything is just plain weak. 4A was the ultimate division in all sports. It took a true team effort to reach the top. Now its gone. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 375 weeks ago Guess to be honest we would have to put Collegiate at the top of 4A group 2 also since they are a private school that is allowed to RECRUIT from all over the state. Having had numerous talks with medical professionals in Wichita I do know they spare no expenses getting the players they want. Report Reply 3 replies · active 374 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The 64 teams in Class 4A voted to split into two divisions for five sports, effective this school year for all sports but football. Football will split into two divisions in fall 2014.The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced Tuesday the proposal passed with 42 yes votes, 22 no. Wellington voted for the proposal and will be placed in Division one.Class 4A will be split in half, with the 32 largest schools in Division I, the 32 smallest in Division II. There will be separate postseasons for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and football.Volleyball is the first sport that will be affected, and the KSHSAA executive board must quickly put into place a new sub-state system, as well as find a state site.The primary reason for introducing the proposal was because of the disparity between the biggest schools (729, Abilene) and the smallest (258, Rock Creek and Frontenac). The disparity is much larger than in 6A, 5A, 3A or 2A. Class 1A has a bigger difference between its biggest and smallest schools, but it already split into Divisions I and II for volleyball and basketball.The school classifications, based on enrollment figures from 2012 are as follows:DIVISION 1                                         DIVISION 21.    Topeka Highland Park 729             1.     Andale 4342.     Pittsburg 710                                 2.     Eudora 4333.     Bonner Springs 708                       3.     Clearwater 3694.     Winfield 691                                  4.     Santa Fe Trail 3625.     McPherson 690                             5.     Iola 3616.     De Soto 681                                    6.    Parsons 3617.     KC Sumner Academy 674               7.    KC Ward 3548.     Paola 650                                       8.   Osawatomie 3539.     Buhler 642                                      9.   Pratt 35010.   Ottawa 636                                   10.   Columbus 34311.   Spring Hill 636                               11.   Girard 33512.   Basehor-Linwood 599                   12.   Perry-Lecompton 32813.   Tonganoxie 595                            13.   Garnett-Anderson County 32114.   Rose Hill 585                                14.   Chapman 32015.   Independence 576                        15.   Holton 32016.   Augusta 567                                 16.   Colby 31017.   Mulvane 565                                 17.   Clay Center 30718.   KC Piper 563                                 18.   Wichita Trinity 30519.   Fort Scott 562                               19.   Meriden-Jefferson West 30520.   El Dorado 561                               20.   Nickerson 29921.   Chanute 552                                  21.   Hugoton 29722,   Labette County 527                       22.   LaCygne-Prairie View 29523.   Towanda-Circle 525                      23.   Hoyt-Royal Valley 29024.   Louisburg 490                               24.  Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 29025.   Topeka Hayden 488                      25.   Larned 28826.   Wellington 487                             26.   Baxter Springs 28527.   Abilene 476                                   27.  Concordia 28228.   Coffeyville 462                              28.   Goodland 27529.   Atchison 460                                 29.   Hesston 27030.   Ulysses 457                                  30.  Collegiate 26731.   Baldwin 456                                  31.  St. George-Rock Creek 25832.   Wamego 451                                 32.   Frontenac 258last_img read more

India gives 27,000 free tickets to avert World Cup ’embarrassment’

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Greenpeace said all six cities “share dangerous levels of air pollution” but singled out New Delhi as the venue with the highest risk.“Air pollution levels during the Indian tournament could be significantly worse than during the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” the report warned.India’s capital will host its last game of the tournament on October 16, just before pollution levels spike around the Diwali festival, when Hindus celebrate by setting off huge amounts of fireworks.Media reports said matches were deliberately kept out of Delhi after October 16 because of pollution fears.India’s Supreme Court has ordered authorities to take precautions ahead of the festival, and measures under consideration include pulling some cars off roads and closing polluting industries.World Cup organisers did not comment on the Greenpeace report.The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi were meant to showcase India’s ability to stage key events but left memories of shoddy venues, empty stadiums and massive budget overruns. New Delhi, India | AFP | India gave away 27,000 tickets for the opening games of the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Friday in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of empty stands when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends, an official said.Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India’s first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums.Sales for the youth World Cup have been disappointing despite the presence of Brazil, Spain, Germany, England and other top teams.India lost their opening encounter against the United States 3-0 at the 56,000-capacity Nehru Stadium, with Modi watching the first few minutes of the game.“We have given away 27,000 tickets to schools around the Delhi region and will also provide pick and drop facility. It will be embarrassing for us if the stadium looks empty,” an organising committee member told AFP on condition of anonymity.School children and local fans cheered as two-time champions Ghana edged past Colombia 1-0 in the first game of the day in Delhi.“It is a relief to see such a good atmosphere. One is always jittery on the first day of a tournament, but as they say, well begun is half done,” said a FIFA official.The event, which runs until October 28, has been dogged by fears over India’s pollution. Greenpeace issued a report that said the poor quality of air in India’s cities poses a “serious health risk” to players and spectators.Twenty-four nations are competing in the event, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.last_img read more