Lionel Messi expecting third child with Antonella Roccuzzo

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first_imgFC Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is expecting his third child.Just over a month since the marrying Antonella Roccuzzo, the pair are set to have another baby, according to reports in Argentine newspaper Ole.Messi and Roccuzzo are already parents of one-year-old Mateo and four-year-old Thiago.AP Photo Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, married his childhood sweetheart at the end of June this year in a lavish Argentinian ceremony, which more than 250 family members and friends attended.last_img read more

Mandela’s complex legacy cherished by some, challenged by others

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first_imgSoweto (South Africa), Jul 16 (AFP) A black and white photo of Nelson Mandela in boxing attire greets visitors to the gym where the liberation hero trained in the 1950s before delivering the knock-out blow to apartheid decades later.”He used to train here, I feel strong… Physically and mentally I get some strength,” said gym-goer Kgotso Phali, 18. The red and white walls of the gym, located in South Africa’s Soweto township, smell of fresh paint. The Donaldson Orlando Community Centre (DOCC) has been restored to its former glory to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. Mandela, South Africa’s first black president known locally by his clan name “Madiba”, died in 2013. “People had to carry passes — all these things are gone now. We are free,” thanks to him, said Andy Zameko, who said he was proud to work out in the same gym as Mandela. Mandela would visit the gym several times a week to train and forget the ordeal that was the fight against the white supremacist regime. “The walls of… the DOCC are drenched with sweet memories that will delight me for years,” Mandela wrote to his daughter Zindzi from his cell on Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 years. A copy of the letter, dated December 9, 1979, is displayed on a wall in the gym. Nearby, young musicians seek to catch the attention of passing tourists in front of Mandela’s former home which has been transformed into a museum. “(He) makes us united. Now we are all united. (Blacks) can perform in theatres like the Joburg Theatre now — it was not the case before,” said guitarist Vincent Ncabashe, 49.advertisement Others recognise the achievement but are disappointed in the post-apartheid reality. “Madiba is so inspiring for me,” said hip-hop singer Thobane Mkhize who sported a striking bouffant haircut. “But we are not living his dream,” said the 24-year-old musician. “The parliament is like a (sitcom), it is no longer a parliament because politicians are busy with corruption. Instead of being united, we are busy looking at the colours of the skin,” he added. “There was need for a figure to reconcile black and whites,” said Genevieve Assamoi, a 45-year-old from Ivory Coast. “He was crucial in ensuring that blacks did not take revenge on whites and to allow the whites to feel safe.” “Without him, we would still be stuck in the same place,” said policeman and father-of-three Mpho Ngobeni. At a nearby petrol station in Soweto, two white men in khaki outfits completed the purchase of a car from two young black men — an unusual scene in the sprawling black-majority township. “The white people also got a chance (to stay in South Africa),” said Kaelen Viljoen as he struggled to hide the handgun clipped to his belt. The 22-year-old had also brought along a baseball bat, perched on the front seat of his 4X4. “I always have a weapon with me and I would not have left it at home when I came here,” said Viljoen, visiting Soweto for the first time in his life. “We called a lot of guys and we were very worried to come here, because he said there are a lot of black people here, and white people driving around here, is going to be a big problem. (But) after we met the guys we bought the car from, we actually love it, they are very friendly.” Maxwell Huis, 44, a homeless father-of-two said the reality delivered by Mandela was starkly different to that which he had promised. “He sold the black people to the whites. There should have been a civil war — it would have changed things,” he added as he foraged for wood to burn. Mtate Phakela, 19, sees Mandela’s legacy very differently. “He gave us a revolution without a war. He gave us the idea of freedom through peace,” said the teenager. “But we are not economically free.” Economic divisions still plague the country with the median monthly salary for whites at around 10,000 rands (USD 753, 638 euros) but just 2,800 for the black community. “He did his best,” continued Mtate. “The people who came after could have done better to free us economically.” (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: David Warner hits 3rd successive ODI hundred vs Pakistan

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first_imgDavid Warner hit his 15th ODI hundred as Australia cruised towards a big total against Pakistan in a World Cup 2019 match in Taunton on Wednesday. This was Warner’s 1st hundred for Australia since the ball-tampering scandal and his second in World Cups.David Warner, who won the Orange Cap in the 2019 Indian Premier League with 692 runs from 12 matches, began the 2019 World Cup with an unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan before falling cheaply against West Indies. David Warner was surprisingly slow against India in a chase of 353.But in overcast conditions against Pakistan, David Warner came out all guns blazing. He added 146 for the opening wicket with Aaron Finch and then continued to dominate even as Finch, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell fell in quick succession at the other end.The hundred in Taunton was also David Warner’s third successive hundred vs Pakistan in ODIs. Warner had slammed back-to-back hundreds (130 in Sydney and 179 in Adelaide) during Pakistan’s tour to Australia in 2017.Warner, who was dropped two times by Pakistan fielders in Taunton, finally walked back to the hut for 107 after being caught by Imam-ul-Haq off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling.A 15th ODI century for David Warner!He reaches it with an edge for four but what an impressive innings it’s been. #CmonAussie#AUSvPAK LIVE https://t.co/eEmVwQQPYP pic.twitter.com/17ASOMgO4KCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019David Warner and Steve Smith had been banned for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal. Both men were selected for the World Cup after their ban period was over but they have been subjected to boos and jeers by the English crowd. In fact, Virat Kohli had to intervene when Smith was insulted by a section of the crowd at The Oval.advertisementThis was David Warner’s second hundred in World Cups. In 2015, he had hit 178 out of Australia’s total of 401 for 6 off 50 overs against Afghanistan.David Warner’s slow knock against India in a steep chase had amazed even Sachin Tendulkar. Speaking to India Today after India’s 36-run victory on Sunday, Tendulkar had said: “When we started bowling. we kept them under pressure. Never seen Warner kept quiet for such a long time. His strike rate today is unheard of. I felt the Australians faltered in their strategy, You don’t change 350 in singles and twos.”Also Read | Pakistan sport black armbands vs Australia in honour of late cricketer, umpireAlso Read | Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul RazzaqAlso See:last_img read more