Earlier this month, Justice Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, PC on behalf of the Government postponed the Parliamentary debate on the controversial Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill scheduled for January 5, 2023 to January 19, 2023. This Bill is for the establishment of a bureau, The Bureau of Rehabilitation, to regulate its powers, duties and functions and to provide for related matters. The Justice Minister assured the House that the Bill was not withdrawn, only postponed.
The Bill sparked controversy over several provisions as Section 28 (2) where Centres for Rehabilitation personnel ‘to preserve order and discipline’ may use all means “including minimum force as may reasonably be necessary to compel obedience to any lawful directions.”
Opposition MPs, human rights activists and civil society organisations are concerned the Bill can be used to suppress anti-Government protesters. Last year, former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Ambika Satkunanathan filed a Fundamental Rights Petition against the Bill in October as well.
The Supreme Court has determined that the Bill is, as a whole, inconsistent with Article 12 (1) of the Constitution, which reads “All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law.”
Therefore this can be enacted only by special majority as required by Article 84 (2) of the Constitution, which Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informed Parliament on October 20, 2022.
Furthermore, Supreme Court determined that to remove the inconsistency with Article 12 (1),
* All references to ‘ex-combatants,’ ‘violent extremist groups,’ and ‘any other group of persons’ must be deleted from the bill,
* Limited to rehabilitation of drug dependent persons and such other persons as may be identified by law.
However, since the late 1960s, the youth in this country has been falling prey to various agendas that use terrorism and extremism as its macabre strategy. Therefore, not only are we in urgent need of a preventative measure but also facilities to rehabilitate those who were engaged in acts against the State.
Clearly, the Supreme Court bound by the Constitution can only interpret according to the provisions of the apex law, which came into being in 1977. At the time, we had already experienced one insurgency and the other was brewing with numerous terrorist groups mushrooming to fight for a ‘Tamil exclusive homeland’.
Shortly after ushering in the new Constitution, that was promoted as powerful, the North was infested with about 80 different terrorist groups, fighting for one cause but also engaged in a deadly rivalry against each other. Yet, our understanding then of terrorism was at best rudimentary.
It has been 14 years since we eradicated a three decade terrorist menace. Four years ago, a series of bombs exploded on both the East and West coasts on Easter Sunday. The first half of 2022 was broiled in anti-Government protests with the agenda to push the country into anarchy.
Metamorphosis of Terrorism
Our understanding of terrorism thus continues to be challenged. The Easter Attack changed the understanding we had of terrorism garnered from the JVP/LTTE experiences. The anti-Government protests that plagued the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Administration yet again redefined terrorism.
Taking Sri Lanka’s experiences into account, as noted above, three metamorphic stages of terrorism can be identified.
* Armed youth, educated and uneducated, typically from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds;
* Conscripted forcefully or otherwise to an organisation with a clear hierarchy that train cadres and fund subversive acts;
* Engaged in subversive and terror activities on command from the hierarchy where independent acts are not tolerated;
* Seen as freedom fighters, gain sympathy and even support from foreign Governments, international bodies and civil societies;
* Maniacally focussed on a set of clearly defined goals that cannot be attained democratically.
2. Easter attack:
* Educated and affluent men and women with established families, incomes and social status;
* Identified by the IS ideology by executing terror acts that attracts world attention and thereby that of the IS than conscripted directly by the Organisation;
* Works independently and arms, trains and funds their own atrocities;
* While neither the acts nor cause gains these terrorists any sympathy, Governments under severe pressure from enforcing strong anti-terrorist laws by other Governments, international organisations and civil societies;
* Fanatically driven but the end objective is either not communicated clearly or too fantastic to be credible, definitely unattainable democratically.
3. Anti-Government protests:
* On the surface, this was an apolitical, people’s movement – mostly by middle income earners inconvenienced by the shortages and power outages;
* Supposedly impromptu but managed via social media by vested interest entities including political bodies;
* Marketed as ‘peaceful’, this won the support of Western Governments, international organisations and civil societies making it politically incorrect for the Government to take action against a movement that was pushing the country into anarchy;
* Increasingly displayed violent tendencies with islandwide presence;
* Financed by both invisible funders with a hidden agenda as well as various entities in the business community, mostly who thought this was just a people’s movement against a Government’s mismanagement.
Different faces, same damage
Nevertheless, the effect from each episode has been the same diabolical damage to the economy. While many blame the JR Jayewardene Government for opening the economy, submerging the State Owned Enterprises initiated by the predecessor, the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Government, there are other factors for our economic contraction.
The deliberate acts of sabotage and destruction brought on by these four movements, JVP insurgency, LTTE terrorism, Easter Attack and anarchy must also be taken into account. The current dilemma faced by the hoteliers is a case in point.
This year began with The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) President M. Shanthikumar making his case with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando and multilateral donor agencies as Asian Development Bank and others for a continuation of debt moratorium for another year. He asks for this breathing space to keep hotels operational in 2023 as it is critical to continue to cater to the inflow of tourists that is just picking up.
Despite being a fully recovered post-COVID destination, the negative perception created by the political and economic crisis in 2022 followed by the mammoth protests have given travellers the impression that the country is unsafe, observes Shanthikumar.
Hence, until April 2023 the hotels on average are not expected to exceed 25 to 30 percent occupancy. This coupled with the increase in operational costs that cannot be brought down puts hotels at greater risk of having to shut down if timely and adequate support is not given. If hotels are not protected, warns Shanthikumar, the whole tourism industry that provides livelihoods to 12 percent of the population will collapse.
Even though arrivals had grown from its dismal numbers in 2021 by 207 percent, this is still 69 percent lower in comparison to the record achievement of 2.3 million in 2018. Likewise, despite 313 percent increase in earnings from tourism during the first 11 months of 2022 compared to 2021, this is still less than even one fourth of the USD 4.4 billion earned in 2018.
This is just one instance of the economic disasters we have faced because of these anti-Government acts. Over the decades, we have lost much of our infrastructure and opportunities. As Shanthikumar points out, recovery is a long and painful process even long after the saboteurs are gone.
Stemming from the thus weakened economy, we face threats to our sovereignty, freedom and independence. Furthermore, we as a nation are forced to endure being insulted, degraded, discredited, infantilized and worse – pitied.
Lessons from past Conspiracy Theories
This underscores the importance of understanding the motive of terrorism, irrespective of the manner it manifests. Yet, this is not an easy feat as various conspiracy theories that precipitate from nowhere misdirect our focus.
For instance, the youth who joined the JVP insurgencies in 1971 and 1987 believed that theirs was a fight against the oppression of the economically challenged by the high-income earners. Alarmed at been a target as well as demoralized by the contracting economy and loss of opportunities, many proprietors and entrepreneurs left the country. Consequently, currently there is a dearth of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka.
Yet the education system is yet to take note of these lacunae. Instead of inculcating creativity or leadership, we pursue a certificate-based education even though we do not have the capacity to accommodate all those who qualify for tertiary education. This increases the pressure on the youth and makes them easier prey to nefarious elements.
The youth who joined or were forcibly conscripted to the LTTE were indoctrinated that the Tamil language and culture were threatened by the Sinhala Buddhist majoritarianism. Yet, the attack was not merely against the majority community. Even the Muslims, a community smaller than even the Tamils in Sri Lanka, were attacked as well as certain groups in the Tamil Community allegedly kept other Tamil groups suppressed on caste basis. Ultimately, the most who were terrorized by the LTTE were the Tamil civilians, including those who left the country.
Legally, all Sri Lankan citizens enjoy the same privileges and are treated equally. Factually, the Tamil population living amongst the Sinhalese is greater than in the Northern or Eastern Provinces. In fact, during the height of terrorism, many Tamils living in these two provinces moved to live outside these two provinces.
Yet the effort is to resolve the ‘National Question’, which remains ambiguous and undefined to date. Last December, in a bid to formulate a road-map for the Party leaders’ talks on ethnic reconciliation, President Ranil Wickremesinghe convened an All Party Leaders’ Conference at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the ‘national question and other related minority issues’ with Tamil and Muslim parties. The President stated that all political parties should agree to a solution to the ‘ethnic problem’ before the 75th Independence celebration.
Subsequently, the President’s Office stated that President Ranil Wickremesinghe will brief the Cabinet in February 2023 on the progress of the decisions taken at the All-Party Conference to resolve the major issues in the reconciliation process.
In the meantime, the Upcountry Tamil Party has approached Norwegian national Eric Solheim to play a role in ‘achieving a lasting solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka’. Solheim was the peace facilitator of the failed Norway brokered Ceasefire Agreement between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE from 2005-2006. Currently, he is acting as President’s ‘International Climate Advisor’.
As mentioned afore, it is unclear what constitutes the ‘ethnic conflict’. Without clarity on the matter it would be impossible to move forward, especially when the dominant political party of TNA refuses to form a broad political alliance by accommodating any other Tamil party except its traditional allies. Clearly, we are running in circles without a clue to the causes that contributed to LTTE’s strength.
Using Religious Extremism
Up to date, no one really understands the motive of the Easter Attack. Hence there are many theories that have floated around since the Attack. This range from,
* Misinterpretation of the Quran,
* Revenge for the attack on mosques in New Zealand,
* Suspicions of a foreign plot because,
Foreign law enforcement agencies appeared within 24-hours of the Attack (unprecedented despite enduring 30 years of terrorism);
Two bombers exploded themselves in the Chinese owned hotel, Shangri La, whereas other places had only one bomber;
The immediate announcement of the MCCC by the then Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera spun its own theories.
However, protests over shortages are not the beginning but the middle of the chronology. The beginning was with the graduates seeking employment in the State sector as well as those who were promised employment by the Yahapalana Government almost from the day President Gotabaya took Office.
The sequence of protests followed thereafter include protests,
* Over the agrochemical ban;
* From nurses and other healthcare personnel;
* From teachers and principals over a pending issue of salary anomalies.
Whether these different protests over issues independent from one another were unrelated is a serious question before us. Either way, it put a spanner in the works as the Gotabaya Administration tried to outrun the huge debt burden the country was straining under with economic growth. However, these never ending protests simply acted as a spanner in the works. The anti-Government protests that almost pushed our country into anarchy have exposed itself as an economic saboteur. Time will reveal whether this destructor was none other than ourselves as a nation who committed hara kiri or geopolitical assassins.
Cost of Conspiracy Theories
Obviously, despite defeating the violent arm of these movements, we have not been able to adequately address the various conspiracies revolving at the time, justifying or excusing terrorism or deflecting blame from the culprits.
This failure had stopped us from identifying and resolving the root causes.
Consequently, terrorism continues to rear itself repeatedly. Interestingly, none of these terrorist movements are after the same objectives. This begs the question whether terrorism is simply a front for a more devious agenda.
By allowing these conspiracy theories, and acting in it, we have damaged Sri Lanka by disrupting the rehabilitation of those who have been detained by the law enforcement authorities. As was the case with Rajiv Gandhi’s case, even those convicted of heinous crimes can get released from prison, even decades after the crime. However, if they are not rehabilitated when they are released, they will continue to pose a threat to the society by:
* Continuing with terror acts
* Spreading the ideology
* Influencing other like-minded
* Emergence of other terrorist/paramilitary to counter this threat
If this threat is not uprooted completely, those in custody/killed by counter terrorism will be hailed as heroes/martyrs. Today, LTTE cadres still in prison are those who committed grave crimes against humanity but refuse to be rehabilitated. However, they are now often referred to as ‘political prisoners’.
They are not political prisoners. If a Member of the Parliament may not kill his political opponent, then neither can any other. Yet, this kind of perversion disrupts community engagement programmes.
For instance, after the Easter Attack, the Government banned groups such as NTJ, SLTJ and ACTJ. However, this is still only on paper and hence is still active. Muslim Community or religious leaders have not yet come forward to stop the ongoing radicalization, extremism or exclusivity – combination of which produces terrorism. This is not necessarily because of sympathy towards these extremists but due to lack of political will.
Therefore, it behoves on the Government and the Opposition to,
* Differentiate between a protester and a terrorist,
* Bring in the necessary laws for the Constitution to accommodate to deal with terrorism, terrorists and rehabilitation of terrorists.
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Manchester City could face a tough task against Premier League leaders Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.
City earned a comfortable 4-0 win over Chelsea in the third round on Sunday, with the winner drawn to play third-tier Arsenal or Oxford United.
- Broadcast on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (USA)
Elsewhere, Manchester United will host Reading, which means a return to Old Trafford for Reading manager Paul Ince, who played for United between 1989 and 1995.
Reigning champions Liverpool drew 2-2 at Wolves on Saturday and if they win the replay they will face another Premier League tie against Brighton.
Sheffield Wednesday, who pulled off the biggest upset of the third round by beating Newcastle United 2-1, host Fleetwood Town, while Tottenham take on Preston North End.
Wrexham, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, claimed an upset 4-3 win over Coventry City on Saturday, earning a place in the fourth round where they will face Championship team Sheffield United.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.FA Cup fourth round draw:
Manchester City vs. Oxford or Arsenal
Manchester United v Reading
Preston North End v Tottenham
Southampton v Blackpool
Brighton vs. Liverpool or Wolves
Fulham v Sunderland
Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley vs. Cardiff City or Leeds United
Wrexham v Sheffield United
Ipswich Town v Burnley
Luton or Wigan vs. Grimsby Town
Derby County v West Ham United
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa or Stevenage
Blackburn Rovers vs. Forest Green or Birmingham City
Walsall v Leicester City
Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood Town
Bristol City or Swansea against Chesterfield or West Brom
Strong genes! Shaquille O'Neal's son Sharif, Serena Williams' daughter Olympia, and more children are proving to be just as athletic as their parents. The son of retired professional basketball player transferred to Louisiana State University from the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles in 2020. She chose college because people there "didn't really talk" about her father, she told 225 magazine in January 2021."[They said] 'We want you to be Shareef. The people here love you,'” the Los Angeles native explained at the time. "He LSU Family is really very supportive, so I felt like it was the best for me." Shareef “I just want[s] have fun” playing, he added. "Although I couldn't really score [at UCLA], when I was in the game for those couple of minutes, I was happy to be able to put my jersey on and play. Even if I shot and missed, I was happy to do it." In July 2018, Shaquille exclusively told Us Weekly that Shareef and his siblings Taahirah, Myles, Amirah, Shaqir and Me'arah "always" called Kobe Bryant and LeBron James their favorites. nba players of all time. The Shaq Uncut author's children only saw it as a "paycheck," he joked at the time, explaining, "All they really see is Toys 'R' Us, the Apple store, Best Buy and all that stuff. ... To them, I'm a dad." As for Williams and Alexis Ohanian's daughter, Olympia, the little one can feel "a little bit of pressure" playing tennis, her mother told Stephen Colbert in January 2021. "She's a perfectionist at the court. I'm not really sure where she is. She got it, but yeah, she loves it," the Michigan native said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. "I never thought I'd let my daughter play tennis, but then during this [coronavirus] pandemic, it was the only thing we could do safely, so I said, 'Well, tennis is. …Naturally, I wouldn't put her on that, but if that was something she wanted to do, she would absolutely be like, 'Oh my gosh, you should do that.' And she would support her and support her, but it wouldn't be the first thing she would do." The athlete went on to call tennis "all consuming," "stressful" and "a huge commitment." Keep scrolling to see more famous kids playing the sport, from Dwyane Wade's son Zaire to Tiger Woods' son Charlie.
Struggling Seville won a crucial 2-1 win over Getafe climb outside the relegation zone on goal differencewhile real Betis advances fourth with a 2-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano. Jorge Sampaoli's team won for the first time in seven League matches against Getafe thanks to goals from Marcos Acuña and Rafa Mir.
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sergi Camel equalized after 20 minutes but Luis Henrique put Betis ahead with a superb individual blow. izy shovel moored home for the hosts after the break but the goal disallowed for offsidewhile Raúl de Tomas made his second Rayo He made his debut from the bench and missed a late opportunity to level.
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With new and used cars currently selling for record prices, many consumers are searching the private sellers market to find a deal on an older car to drive until prices return to normal. For many buyers, a make is an obvious choice for an older vehicle; Toyota. Toyota has established itself over the years as a champion of reliability and longevity due to its over-engineering to ensure its cars have a long lifespan.
Toyota's midsize family sedan, the Camry, has been a model of reliability for Toyota. With over 400,000 Camrys produced in the 2005 model year, many fine examples are still on the road today, available for purchase. Here are three reasons to choose the 2005 Toyota Camry, as well as a couple of reasons why you might as well skip this model year.
Unmatched reliability of the Toyota Camry
As mentioned above, the Toyota Camry is one of the historically most reliable cars ever built. According to Consumer Reports, the first problem Camrys often have during ownership has to do with paint and interior trim that deteriorate over time due to weather. It is well known that each Toyota Camry model typically drives over 200,000 miles before a major repair is needed, beating most, if not all, of the competition for this model year.
Fantastic engines to choose from.
When the Toyota Camry was first introduced to the US market in the 1980s, there wasn't much variety when it came to engine options under the hood. For the first-generation Camry, you could choose from three small four-cylinder engines, one of which was a turbodiesel. However, for the 2005 model year, the Camry has two engine options to choose from, a four-cylinder base model engine that makes around 160 horsepower and an impressive V6 engine capable of around 225 horsepower. force. strength and a 0-60 time of less than 9 seconds. While these numbers are impressive for budget car engines from the mid-2000s, they're even more impressive when you consider how long these engines last.
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Although the 2005 Toyota Camry is over 15 years old, it still has plenty of features to keep you comfortable in the cabin. According to Motor Trend, the 2005 Camry comes with a power front seat, climate control, a good sound system, and plenty of storage space, including a center console with a 12-volt power source to charge your smartphone. There's another 12-volt power source in the dash if you and a passenger need to charge a device at the same time.
Why you should skip the 2005 Camry
Although the 2005 Toyota Camry does almost everything very well, some problems with the used Camry can turn drivers away from this sedan. First, the Toyota Camry is boring. Now, this may not seem like a genuine reason to stay away from a car, but there's no hiding the fact that the 2005 Camry was built to be safe, harmless, practical, and not much else. While the V6 engine option increases power slightly over the base four-cylinder, for many it remains uninspiring to drive.
Another problem with the 2005 Camry is that these cars are still expensive. Although more than 400,000 models were built for the 2005 model year, they are still in high demand, and Edmunds reported that many 2005 Toyota Camrys are priced at over $10,000 on the used market, putting this 15-year-old car in line. . as for the price. with a few small city cars that are only a few years old.
Is the 2005 Toyota Camry a good car?
Yes, the 2005 Toyota Camry is one of the best cars produced in recent years when it comes to reliability and longevity. Let's just say you can find one sold reasonably priced by a private dealer, and you can put up with the dull and uninspiring performance. In that case, you'll have a safe and reliable car that will act as a reliable form of transportation for you and your family for years to come.
Serena Williams retired at the US Open last year, ending her glorious career after 25 years. Serena captured her 23rd and final Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open, spawning a boy later that year and returning to action in 2018.
Williams played in four Major finals in 2018 and 2019, losing them all and failing to secure the elusive 24th trophy. The American has struggled with injuries in recent years and decided to retire and spend more time with her family.
Serena's 73rd and final WTA title came in Auckland three years ago, lifting the first trophy since the aforementioned one at Melbourne Park in 2017. As practice partner Jarmere Jenkins held the ASB Classic singles trophy, Williams performed a cartwheel in an empty stadium in Auckland!
In the title fight, Serena defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 to get back to winning ways, excited to finally hold the trophy again.Serena Williams did a proper celebration of her last WTA title three years ago.
Eager to get off to a solid start to the season after competing in just eight tournaments in 2019, Serena played well in the first week of the new year.
Williams was delighted that her daughter was on the court to witness the trophy presentation. Additionally, Serena decided to donate all of the prize money to the Australian bushfire relief fund, overwhelmed by the tragedy that affected so many people, homes and animals in Australia.
Serena suffered just one service break after saving four break chances. She took 46% of the return points to make 15 chances. Williams converted three to move to the top in straight sets despite having to work hard at times.
Pegula had those five break chances in the first two games. He broke Serena in the early stages of the match after a backhand error from the top seed and created more chances at 2-0. Serena fended off four break points to avoid an even more significant deficit and fell back in game six following a deep comeback that Pegula couldn't control.
With momentum on his side, Williams hit a backhand winner to take another break at 4-3 and extend the lead. The top seeded seed closed out the set in the next at 6-3 and a big step towards goal. Williams dropped just four points behind the opening shot in the second set and kept up the pressure on the other side.
She navigated through her service games and moved into the lead with a break at love at 1-1 after forcing Pegula's error. The younger American repelled three match points on her serve at 3-5 before Serena held on a few minutes later for a coveted title, her first and only as mother of hers.Credit: https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Serena_Williams/126581/when-serena-williams-performed-a-cartwheel-in-auckland/
Men's Hockey World Cup
The world's top 16 men's national field hockey teams will compete starting this Friday in India, with the final set for Sunday, January 29. Unfortunately, the loss to Wales in October 2021 means that Ireland did not qualify for the 15th edition of the World Cup. Defending champions Belgium, along with Australia, India and the Netherlands, are pre-tournament favourites. - Starting Friday, BT Sporthero cup
A new event similar to the Seve Trophy, the golf tournament pits a team representing Ireland and Great Britain against one representing the rest of Europe. There are three days of competition, with a foursomes session, a fourball session and a singles match session, with all 20 players participating in each session. Without Rory McIlroy, Irish interest at Abu Dhabi Golf Club this weekend will focus on Séamus Power and Shane Lowry. - Friday-Sunday, Sky SportsArsenal at Chelsea
After a full month break, the England Women's Super League returns with a top of the table clash. Arsenal have played in front of over 40,000 spectators several times this season, with another huge crowd expected at the Emirates next weekend. Katie McCabe's side are currently three points behind Chelsea, so this match could go a long way in deciding whether the current league leaders finally claim the title for the fourth successive season. - Sunday, Sky Sports FootballMONDAY (January 9) NFL - Sky Sports NFL - 1:20am Lions @ PackersSNOOKER - BBC 2, 1:00pm to 5:15pm; BBC Red Button, 7pm-11pm; Eurosport 2, 12:45-16:30, 18:45-22:30 The MastersBOWLS - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15 World IndoorsSOCCER - BBC Red Button - FA Cup - 16:30 Aston Villa v StevenageSOCCER - BT Sport 1 - Serie A - 17:30 Verona against Cremonese; 19:45 Bologna v AtalantaSOCCER - UTV & Premier Sports 1 - FA Cup - 20:00 Oxford v ArsenalSOCCER - LaLigaTV & Premier Sports 2 – La Liga - 20:00 Athletic Bilbao v OsasunaRUGBY - RTE 2, 20:00-21:00 Against the HeadTUESDAY (10 Jan)CRICKET - Sky Sports Cricket from 9:20am - ODI: Pakistan v New Zealand SNOOKER - BBC 2, 1:00pm to 5:15pm; BBC Red Button, 7pm-11pm; Eurosport 2, 12:45-16:30, 18:45-22:30 The MastersBOWLS - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15 World IndoorsSOCCER - Sky Sports Football - L Cup – 20:00 Newcastle v LeicesterSOCCER - Premier Sports 1 – Cup - 8:00 p.m. Inter v Parma WEDNESDAY (January 11) SNOOKER - BBC 2, 1:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.; BBC Red Button, 7pm-11pm; Eurosport 2, 12:45-16:30, 18:45-22:30 The MastersBOWLS - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15 World IndoorsSOCCER - BT Sport 2 - Ligue 1 - 18:00 Nantes v Lyon; 20:00 PSG - AngersSOCCER - BT Sport 4 - Ligue 1 - 18:00 Brest - Lille; 20:00 Nice v MontpellierSOCCER - BT Sport 1 - Super Cup Semi-Final – 19:00 Real Madrid v ValenciaSOCCER - Sky Sports Football - League Cup - 20:00 Southampton v Man CitySOCCER - Premier Sports 1 – Cup - 20:00 Milan v Torino THURSDAY (January 12)CRICKET - Sky Sports Cricket from 9:20am - ODI: Pakistan v New Zealand SNOOKER - BBC 2, 1:00pm to 5:15pm, 7:00pm to 8:00pm ; BBC Red Button, 7pm-11pm; Eurosport 2, 12:45-16:30, 18:45-22:30 The MastersBOWLS - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15 World IndoorsDARTS - ITV4 and Premier Sports 2, 16:00-20:00 Bahrain MastersGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 5pm-3:30pm Sony Open in HawaiiSOCCER - Premier Sports 1 - Serie A - 5pm Fiorentina v Sampdoria; 20:00 Roma v GenoaSOCCER - BT Sport 2 - Super Cup Semifinal - 19:00 Real Betis v BarcelonaSOCCER - BT Sport 1 - Premier League - 20:00 Fulham v ChelseaFRIDAY (January 13) NBA - Sky Sports Arena - 0: 30 a.m. Celtics @ Nets; 3am Mavericks @ LakersTENNIS - Eurosport 1, 5.30am-7.30am, 9.30am-11.30am ATP Adelaide International SemifinalsGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 7am-1pm Hero CupHOCKEY - BT Sport 2 - Men's World Cup - 7.30am Argentina v South Africa ; 9:30 Australia vs. France; 11:30 a.m. England vs. Wales; 13:30 India v SpainSNOOKER - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15, 19:00-20:00; BBC Red Button, 7pm-11pm; Eurosport 2, 12:45-16:30, 18:45-22:30 The MastersBOWLS - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15 World IndoorsDARTS - ITV4 and Premier Sports 2, 16:00-20:00 Bahrain MastersGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 17:00-3:30 Sony Open in HawaiiSOCCER - BT Sport 1 – Serie A - 19:45 Napoli - JuventusSOCCER - Sky Sports PL - Premier League - 20:00 Aston Villa - Leeds UtdSOCCER - LaLigaTV & Premier Sports 2 - La Liga - 20:00 Celta Vigo - Villarreal RUGBY - BT Sport 2 - Champions Cup - 8:00 pm Clermont Auvergne v Leicester RUGBY - Premier Sports 1 - Challenge Cup - 8:00 pm Pau v Dragons SATURDAY (January 14) GOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 3:30am to 1:00pm Hero CupHOCKEY - BT Sport 4 - Men's World Cup - 7:30am 09:30 Netherlands v Malaysia; 11:30am Belgium v Korea TENNIS - Eurosport 1, 7:30am - 9:30am - ATP Adelaide International FinalCRICKET - Sky Sports Cricket from 9:20am - ODI: Pakistan v New ZealandRUGBY - TG4 - Women's Interpros - 12: 3:00 p.m. Munster v Leinster; 2:30pm Ulster v ConnachtSOCCER - BT Sport 1 – Premier League - 12:30pm Man Utd v Man CitySOCCER - Sky Sports Football – Championship - 12:30pm Rotherham Utd v BlackburnRUGBY - UTV & BT Sport 2 - Champions Cup - 13 :00 Gloucester v LeinsterRUGBY - BT Sport 3 - Champions Cup - 1pm Sale v Toulouse, 3:15pm Sharks v Bordeaux Bègles, 5:30pm La Rochelle v Ulster, 8pm Ospreys v MontpellierSNOOKER - BBC 1, 1:15pm -16:30; BBC 2, 16:30-17:30, 19:00-22:00; Eurosport 2, 13:00-16:30, 18:45-22:30 Master Semi-Finals HORSE RACING - Virgin Media One, 13:30-16:00; ITV4, 13:10-16:00 Warwick & Kempton ParkNETBALL - BBC 2 - 14:15 England v JamaicaRUGBY - RTE 2 & BT Sport 2 - Champions Cup - 15:15 Munster v NorthamptonGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 15:45-01 :00 Sony Open in HawaiiGAA - TG4 - Final Club Junior Hurling - 17:00 Ballygiblin v Easkey; Club Intermediate Hurling Final - 19:00 Monaleen v TuairínSOCCER - BT Sport 1 starting at 17:15 - Serie A – Joined Lecce v AC Milan; 19:45 Inter Milan v VeronaSOCCER - Sky Sports PL - Premier League - 17:30 Brentford v BournemouthRUGBY - BT Sport 2 - Champions Cup - 17:30 Bulls v Exeter; 20:00 Saracens - LyonSOCCER - BT Sport 4 - Ligue 1 - 18:00 Marseille - Lorient; 8:00 p.m. Lyon v StrasbourgNBA - Sky Sports Arena - 6:00 p.m. Bucks @ HeatNFL - Sky Sports NFL starting at 8:30 p.m. Sport 1 from midnight Kelvin Gastelum v Nassourdine ImavovGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 6:30am-noon Hero CupHOCKEY BT Sport 2 - Men's World Cup - 11:30am Spain v Wales; 13:30 England v IndiaSOCCER - BT Sport 3 - Serie A - 11:30 Sassuolo v Lazio; 14:00 Udinese-Bologna; 17:00 Atalanta v SalernitanaSOCCER - Sky Sports Football - Women's Super League - Midday Arsenal v ChelseaRUGBY - BT Sport 1 - Champions Cup - 13:00 London Irish v Stormers; 15:15 Racing 92 v HarlequinsSNOOKER - BBC 2, 13:00-17:15, 19:00-22:00; Eurosport 2, 12:45pm-4:00pm, 6:45pm-10:00pm The Masters FinalGAA - TG4 - Club Football Finals - Junior - 1:30pm Stewartstown Harps v Fossa; Intermission - 15:30 Galbally Pearses v RathmoreSOCCER - Sky Sports PL - Premier League - 14:00 Newcastle v Fulham; 16:30 Tottenham v ArsenalSOCCER - BBC 1 - Women's Super League - 14:05 Man Utd v LiverpoolGOLF - Sky Sports Golf, 15:45-01:00 Sony Open in HawaiiSOCCER - BT Sport 2 - Ligue 1 - 16:05 Monaco v AjaccioNFL - Sky Sports NFL from 5:30pm Wild Card Playoff Games (TBA) NBA - Sky Sports Arena - 6:00pm Knicks @ Pistons; 20:30 Warriors @ BullsSOCCER - BT Sport 2 from 18:30 Spanish Super Cup Final (TBA)SOCCER - Sky Sports Football & Showcase - Women's Super League - 18:45 West Ham Utd v Man CitySOCCER - BT Sport 1 - Serie A - 19:45 Roma v FiorentinaSOCCER - BT Sport 3 – Ligue 1 - 19:45 Rennes v PSGSOCCER - BBC 1, 22:30-23:35 Match of the DayTENNIS - Eurosport, 00:00-13:00 Australian Open ( Day 1) Credit: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/2023/01/08/three-sporting-events-to-watch-this-week-your-handy-guide-to-sport-on-television/
With pre-season underway and the January transfer window open across the globe, the buzz is running high. Today brings us a rumor from German outlet Bild that Hamburger SV left-back Tim Leibold is linked to Sporting Kansas City.
Kai-Uwe Hesse and Babak Milan's report is behind the paywall, but there are several tweets and multiple stories bringing out the details, including one from Transfermarkt's Manuel Veth, who is usually reliable. He is the only way to tell that he is Sporting KC, and all other sources just say "MLS".
Sources confirm an initial Bild report that #HSV left-back Tim Leibold is in talks with #SportingKC.
Leibold recently missed training to facilitate a move, but the deal isn't 100% closed yet. The 29-year-old has struggled to play this season. Credit: https://www.thebluetestament.com/2023/1/8/23544867/rumor-german-fullback-linked-to-sporting-kc-move-tim-leibold-left-back-2-bundesliga-hamburger-mls
Oxford United vs Arsenal Live Stream and Match Preview, Monday 9th January, 8pm GMTOxford United vs Arsenal live streaming and match preview
Are you looking for a live stream of Oxford United vs Arsenal? We've got you covered. Oxford United vs Arsenal is shown on ITV1 in the UK. british abroad Use a VPN to watch the FA Cup with your subscription (opens in a new tab) from anywhere.
Mikel Arteta's men saw their lead at the top of the Premier League table cut to five points by midweek.
A 0-0 draw with Newcastle (opens in new tab) on Tuesday marked the first time Arsenal (opens in new tab) had lost points at the Emirates Stadium this season.
Now they will turn their attention to the third round of the FA Cup, where Oxford awaits them.
The start is at 8 pm GMT. Make sure you know how to watch the FA Cup - opens in a new tab - wherever you are.team news
Arsenal will have to manage without Gabriel Jesus, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson for Monday's game.
Oxford will be without Kyle Joseph and Sam Baldock as they look to make a big impact.Form
Arsenal may have dropped points against Newcastle, but they now go 11 Premier League games without losing.
Meanwhile, Oxford have picked up just one win in their last five League One outings.Referee
David Coote will be the referee for the live broadcast of Oxford United vs Arsenal.Stadium
The live broadcast of Oxford United vs Arsenal will be played at the 12,500 capacity Kassam Stadium in Oxford.release and channel
The start of Oxford United vs Arsenal is in 20:00 GMT in Monday 9 January in the United Kingdom. The game is broadcast live on ITV1.
In the US, the start time is 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the US. See below for international broadcast options.VPN Guide
If you're out of the country for a Premier League match, then you won't be able to watch it on your domestic streaming service as usual. The broadcaster knows where you are from your IP address (boo!) and blocks you from seeing it. However, you can use a VPN to get around that, without resorting to the illegal sources you've found on Reddit.
A virtual private network (VPN), assuming you comply with your broadcaster's terms and conditions, creates a private connection between your device and the Internet, which means the service can't determine where you are and will allow you to watch. And all the information that circulates between them is fully encrypted, anonymous and secure, and that is the result.
There are plenty of good value options out there. For the Premier League, FourFourTwo currently recommends:(Image credit: Future) International Premier League TV rights
• UK – Sky Sports (Opens in a new tab) and BT Sport (Opens in a new tab) are the two main players once again, but Amazon (Opens in a new tab) also has a slice of the pie in 2022/23.
• USA: NBC Sports Group are the rights holders to the Premier League, with streaming platform Peacock Premium (opens in new tab) showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season. If you get a subscription to fuboTV(Opens in a new tab) for the games that aren't in Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch all the games.
• Canada: The way to watch Premier League football in 2022/23 is on fuboTV (opens in a new tab), which has exclusive rights to all the action.
• Australia: Optus Sport (opens in a new tab) will screen every game of the Premier League season. Non-subscribers can access the action via a Fetch TV box - opens in a new tab - and other friendly streaming devices.
• New Zealand: Sky Sport (opens in a new tab) offers all 380 games, plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League.