Women’s World Cup 2019: Amandine Henry volleys France into last eight, ousts Brazil

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first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Eugenie Le Sommer wastefully headed wide for France, while Tamires was flagged offside as she ran through and dispatched what would have been a late Brazil winner.A vital last-ditch block from Griedge Mbock Bathy then kept Debinha from scoring after a lung-busting run moments before half-time in extra time. And Henry struck decisively less than a minute after the restart, volleying Amel Majri’s right-wing free-kick past Barbara at close range to give France a lead they could this time protect. Women’s World Cup 2019: England advances as Cameroon outraged by referee calls Women’s World Cup 2019: Jill Ellis unfazed by USWNT’s short rest ahead of Spain match Le buuuuuut pour l’Equipe de France !!! Amandine Henry !!!!!!!! (2-1) #FiersdetreBleues #FRA pic.twitter.com/TfWNv9fw6I— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 23, 2019France thought they led following the first real incident of note as Gauvin challenged advancing goalkeeper Barbara for Kadidiatou Diani’s right-wing cross and the ball looped into the net. But both players required treatment and then referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin assessed the incident in a VAR review, deeming Gauvin to have fouled Barbara and ruling the goal out.There was no denying Gauvin seven minutes into the second half, though, as she stretched to meet Diani’s teasing low cutback and stabbed into the top-left corner of the net.Cristiane — denied by Sarah Bouhaddi before the break — almost leveled immediately, towering a header against the crossbar, and Brazil did not have to wait long for the equalizer.Thaisa drilled past Bouhaddi and Beaudoin referred to the VAR to see a call for offside earlier in the move overturned. Captain Amandine Henry scored an extra-time winner as France battled into the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Brazil.The host country made it four wins from four but needed 120 minutes after an end-to-end contest in front of a partisan crowd at the Stade Oceane on Sunday. Goals were disallowed at either end in normal time while Valerie Gauvin and Thaisa struck with legal efforts, teeing up an additional period where Henry became the hero.Another significant hurdle cleared, France will face Spain or defending champions the United States in the last eight as they chase a first title. Related Newslast_img read more

Free and fair elections

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first_imgDear Editor,There is a movement afoot by the caretaker coalition Government to have the next general election slip from the norm of being free and fair, characteristic values recognised and upheld by every democratic country, to being merely credible.Synonyms for free and fair include: just, impartial, dispassionate, unprejudiced, even, balanced, straightforward, honest, honourable, righteous. virtuous, decent, unfettered, unobstructed, clear and legitimate. You get the picture.While a credible election can be interpreted to mean reliable, good and sound, it can also mean that the election was simply plausible and believable, these being qualitative terms that are open to individual perspectives and perceptions: what I believe is not necessarily what you believe.The norm for the democratic election process being linked to the ubiquitous phrase “free and fair” is not an ad hoc decision that is ever taken lightly. The phrase is used to underscore the clear intent that the process of a democratic election and its outcome should be so just, valid and legitimate that the results would be inviolable and could not be bent to suit any one person’s whims or fancy.Mr Harry Hergash’s letter in SN last Saturday, August 10, 2019, (Documents show that in the past the PNC considered using Caribbean islanders to rig the 1968 election) should give pause to every citizen. The declassified documents from the US Department of State disclose the PNC’s past plots and plans to use Caribbean nationals to pad the electoral list in order to rig and win elections.Such elections would not have been free and fair but they would have had the look of being credible and would have passed muster for the PNC and its international allies at the time.The PNC continues to attempt to revise and rewrite Guyana’s history but the party continues to find that this history does not belong to them. There is always documented evidence that records the facts and proves the truth.Given President David Granger’s vow to fulfil Burnham’s legacy, the coalition Government’s obstructive moves to delay the elections following last December’s no-confidence vote, the current illegal House-to-House Registration process, the Attorney General’s public threats of violence should his party not get its way, and the coalition Government’s total disregard for the Constitution, it is clear that the country is dealing with the PNC of old and all that this means for Guyana.It is the duty of every citizen to question and demand proper answers from the relevant authorities with regard to the illegal registration process and the huge influx of Haitians into our country.These are not merely political issues. Far from it. These issues go to the very heart and soul of our nation and question whether we are willing to have our country held hostage once again to a PNC dictatorship.It is incumbent on GECOM to deliver a general election that will withstand national and international scrutiny. The election, which is long overdue, must be free and fair, and independent from any political meddling. Nothing else will do.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more