Russia 2018: 1.3 million tickets requested in 24 hours


In Less than 24 hours of resumption of sales of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets, a total of 1,318,109 tickets have been requested for.

Ticket sales for the world football tournament in Russia resumed on Wednesday exclusively on and the excitement sparked by Friday’s final draw brought another wave of worldwide interest.

As the random-selection draw sales period goes on until January 31,2018, fans are able to apply for individual match tickets for all matches (except for the opening and the final), venue-specific tickets and supporter tickets.

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Int’l Red Cross needs over $2 billion for humanitarian services in 2018


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for over 2 billion Swiss francs (about 2.04 billion dollars) to fund its field operations in 2018 to assist and protect millions of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence, according to an ICRC press release issued on Tuesday.

“The appeal marks an 11.6 per cent increase in the ICRC’s 2017 field budget,’’ ICRC said.

According to ICRC, it will allow the organisation to continue responding to the most urgent needs of people caught up in conflict in the world’s most challenging hotspot such as in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, DR Congo and Yemen.

ICRC President, Peter Maurer, said the ICRC was deeply concerned by the number and scale of protracted conflicts the world is facing today.

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CAF offers $500,000 to each African representative for 2018 World Cup preparations


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said it would grant financial subsidy of $500,000  to all five African representatives at the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The continental football governing body said the decision was taken by its Executive Committee and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws in Moscow on Friday.

“At its last meeting held on Nov. 16 in Rabat, Morocco the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF First Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi,” the continental football body said in a statement on Friday.

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IAAF to introduce world rankings in 2018


Athletics is to introduce a world rankings system in 2018 as part of a widespread effort to bring some sense and shape to its currently nebulous calendar and continue to move away from the sport’s scandal-hit past.

The introduction of the rankings in partnership with All Athletics, announced on Friday, is part of a sweeping reform package that was voted in by the IAAF last December to change the way the sport’s governing body operates.

The rankings will be a point-based system in which athletes collect points across different levels of meet throughout the season, to determine qualification for premier competitions such as the Olympics and World Championships.

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BuzzFeed Announces 2018 Emerging Writers $14,000 Fellowship


Three budding writers will have an opportunity to win $14,000 each and also get mentorship as the Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship has commenced the 2018 edition of the usually keenly contested competition.

BuzzFeed is a leading independent digital media and tech company which delivers news and entertainment content to a global audience. It has offices in 18 cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo.

A statement by its Executive Editor, Culture, Karolina Waclawiak on its website, said this year’s competition will give selected budding writers adequate support, mentorship and the required experience to take the next step in their respective careers.

The organisers also said the four-month program is intended to assist such writers break free from hindrances that has kept them locked out from vast opportunities present in the global media terrain.

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