Colombia striker Radamel Falcao shown training as he attempts to recover from surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament in January. Daniel Garcia / AFP / May 28, 2014
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao shown training as he attempts to recover from surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament in January. Daniel Garcia / AFP / May 28, 2014

Pekerman to give Falcao to the ‘last minute of the last day’ to prove fitness



Star Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is to be given until the “last minute” to prove his World Cup fitness, coach Jose Pekerman said Wednesday.

“We will wait until the last minute of the last day,” said the Argentine coach from the team’s World Cup training base in Cardales, near Buenos Aires.

Pekerman, who coached his native Argentina at the 2006 World Cup finals where they went out in the quarter-finals to Germany, must submit his final 23-man squad by June 2, ahead of the global showpiece kick-off 10 days later.

Falcao, 28 and who has scored 20 goals in 51 international appearances, suffered serious knee ligament damage playing for his club AS Monaco in a Coupe de France (French Cup) tie on January 22 and has not played since.

One player who is definitely out is Fluminense midfielder Edwin Valencia due to physical problems.

“We were forced to exclude Edwin Valencia, who has several injuries,” added Pekerman.

Before leaving for Brazil, where they are in Group C with Greece, Japan and Cameroon, Colombia play friendlies in the Argentine capital against Senegal on May 31 and Jordan on June 6.

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Visa changes give families fresh hope

Foreign workers can sponsor family members based solely on their income

Male residents employed in the UAE can sponsor immediate family members, such as wife and children, subject to conditions that include a minimum salary of Dh 4,000 or Dh 3,000 plus accommodation.

Attested original marriage certificate, birth certificate of the child, ejari or rental contract, labour contract, salary certificate must be submitted to the government authorised typing centre to complete the sponsorship process

In Abu Dhabi, a woman can sponsor her husband and children if she holds a residence permit stating she is an engineer, teacher, doctor, nurse or any profession related to the medical sector and her monthly salary is at least Dh 10,000 or Dh 8,000 plus accommodation.

In Dubai, if a woman is not employed in the above categories she can get approval to sponsor her family if her monthly salary is more than Dh 10,000 and with a special permission from the Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai.

To sponsor parents, a worker should earn Dh20,000 or Dh19,000 a month, plus a two-bedroom accommodation

 

 

 

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Established in 1998, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding was created with a vision to teach residents about the traditions and customs of the UAE. Its motto is ‘open doors, open minds’. All year-round, visitors can sign up for a traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, as well as a range of walking tours, including ones to sites such as the Jumeirah Mosque or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Every year during Ramadan, an iftar programme is rolled out. This allows guests to break their fast with the centre’s presenters, visit a nearby mosque and observe their guides while they pray. These events last for about two hours and are open to the public, or can be booked for a private event.

Until the end of Ramadan, the iftar events take place from 7pm until 9pm, from Saturday to Thursday. Advanced booking is required.

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