Olympiakos advanced to the Champions League group stage Tuesday, winning 2-1 at Krasnodar for a 6-1 aggregate victory.The Greek league runner-up will play in its 19th Champions League group-stage campaign.Old rivals Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb advanced also to the Champions League group stage after making it through their playoff second-leg games.The former fierce domestic rivalry between the current champions of Serbia and Croatia — which was curbed in 1991 — could now be renewed in Europe’s top competition.Red Star, which won the European Cup in 1991 as the old Yugoslav national league broke up, went through on away goals after a 1-1 draw with visiting Young Boys made the aggregate score 3-3.Fans of Red Star parked a decommissioned Yugoslav army battle tank, used in the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s, outside their stadium for the game. Croatian media said the move was “a clear provocation.”Dinamo advanced 3-1 on aggregate by drawing 1-1 at Rosenborg, leveling in the 71st minute from a rising, left-foot shot by Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Amer Gojak.Dinamo will be in the pot of third-seeded teams and can be grouped with Red Star, which is in the lowest-ranked pot 4 at Thursday’s draw in Monaco.For the second straight year, Red Star is the only team to play through eight games in four qualifying rounds to reach the lucrative group stage.The Serbian team survived a tense end to the game after Young Boys leveled in the 82nd through an own goal by Red Star’s El Fardou Ben Nabouhane. Red Star’s Tomané was then sent off for getting a second yellow card during more than seven minutes of stoppage time.The final places in the 32-team lineup will be decided in three more playoff games Wednesday, including Ajax hosting APOEL after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Cyprus.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica. He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities. Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5. Story Highlights Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica.He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities.“Young people are shining right across Jamaica, so nominate our youth. Let us get the applications, so we can vet and see who are qualified,” Mr. Green added.The State Minister said that “we want to reward young people who have formed community groups, given back to the communities in different ways, and lobbied for community centres and sport facilities”.Mr. Green said he is encouraging persons to visit www.moe.gov.jm, or youthjamaica.com for application forms.The State Minister pointed out that the Corporate Leadership award, also new, is in keeping with the Government’s drive to create role models “among young people in business, and reward those young people in corporate life who have shown strong leadership”.The Prime Minister National Youth Awards for Excellence was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.Since its inception, 224 awards have been conferred on individuals in the fields of Academics, Sport, Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, and Journalism.It is open to all Jamaican nationals between 15 and 29 years old who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.“We can hold them up as role models for other youth to excel and embrace their positive qualities,” Mr. Green said.