Russia 2018 World Cup 2nd Leg in Abidjan Today: Can Debbah Plot the Elephants’…

first_imgDuring his playing days in the 1980s, James Salinsa Debbah, the current national soccer coach of Liberia, was known as the ‘Miracle Man.’I know the reader may want to know how he came by that accolade. In brief, Salinsa – that was his popular name – was comfortable with the number 10 jersey, and always played at the inside left position.So whenever the national team, Lone Star, or his club team, Mighty Barrolle, was in a tight situation, like what the national team is facing with Ivory Coast, Salinsa would perform so well he would deliver, not only the victory but, the results needed.In his days, he was much loved by Liberians because, along with his teammates, he would produce to warm the hearts of the people.Though initially he did not want to use coaching as his career – he said so at one time – he is now head of the team, and he faces a difficult challenge against Ivory Coast.Many Liberians are now asking whether he could call on the past to influence the future. This afternoon, at the Houphoeut Boigny Sports Stadium in Abidjan, instead of the central town of Bouake’ as it was reported in this newspaper yesterday, Lone Star will settle the final decider in a foreign land.Many Liberians were satisfied how Lone Star responded to the occasion during the first leg last Friday, after the Ivorians had dominated the first 45 minutes.By the second half, Liberia had called off the bluff of the Elephants; and with seeming danger, the huge Elephants resorted to tactics that were too frustrating for Lone Star. Evidently, Salinsa took notice of that kind of play and would not let that overwhelm the team in this afternoon’s encounter.Admittedly, the Ivorians can now admit that the current group of players featuring for the national team wants to change history. The first one they changed was refusing to concede more than one goal Ivory Coast, as it was in the past, and forcing the Ivorians to tread carefully with frustrating tactics.The second history they intend on making is to prove to the Ivorians that the legacy that George Weah and company – Salinsa included – left is being picked up by the current players to demand their place in African soccer.I need to add that at this particular period of the team’s history, the Lone Star has an equal chance of winning today as the Ivorians had in the first game. And that is why I also need to remind my readers of the positive sentiments that former President Edwin Barclay challenged Liberians in his immortal Anthem ‘The Lone Star Forever,’ below:“Then forward, sons of Freedom, March!Defend the sacred heritage!The nation’s call form age to ageWhere’er it sounds ‘neath Heaven’s arch.Wherever foes assail.Be ever ready to obey.‘Gainst treason and rebellion’s front,‘Gainst foul aggression. In the bruntOf battle lay the hero’s way!All hail, Lone Star, all hail” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New GWI office at Parika to serve 30,000 customers

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) recently launched its second sub-office in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) at the Lotus Mall in Parika, East Bank Essequibo.According to head of the utility company, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, the new building was constructed with the intention of serving 30,000 customers, not just within the region but from neighbouring areas.Dr Richard Van West-Charles addressing the gathering at the launching of the new sub-office in Parika, East Bank Essequibo“This opens a gateway to Region Two, Leguan, Wakenaam, to Bartica, which allows us to be in constant communication, where we are looking at various options whereby customers can pay their bills, check their bills and their balances and report to us,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Also speaking at the launching of the new office was the Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Jennifer Ferriera-Dougall, who related that the new office will eliminate the unnecessary journey that customers have to take to the Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara branch, in order to have their bills paid. As such, their bills will be paid on time and this will reduce the number of disconnections in the future.The construction of this new branch will also aid in the retrieval of outstanding revenues, ensure revenues are collected on time and provide better services to their customers.There have been discussions about GWI partnering with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) so as to give customers in Parika the opportunity to pay their utility bills online via the Mobile Money app. There are also plans to construct another branch in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) in the latter part of 2018.The Managing Director also related that the company will work in the future to address the concerns of their customers, as it relates to the effectiveness of meters, leakages and urges them to report any instances where vandalism may arise.last_img read more

NWJHL releases 2017-2018 regular season schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The NWJHL has released the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2017-2018 hockey season.According to the schedules, the Fort St. John Huskies will be the final team to begin the regular season in the league this year. The Huskies will be taking to the ice on Saturday, September 30th, when they head to Sexsmith for a game against the Vipers.The NWJHL season’s first games will be played on Friday, September 22nd, when the Viper and the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings hit the road for games against the North Peace Navigators and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks respectively. The full schedule can be found on the NWJHL’s website: Advertisement –last_img

Top impressionist Darren Farley brilliantly mimics Rooney, Rodgers and Liverpool legends

first_imgDarren Farley, football impressionist extraordinaire, joined the Weekend Sports Breakfast on Sunday. Farley morphed into Wayne Rooney to respond to Roy Hodgson’s ill-judged comments about the Manchester United and England striker’s Scouse accent, while he also delivered brilliant impressions of Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and current Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers.last_img

Champions France defied poor stats at World Cup, says FIFA report

first_img0Shares0000France, who hit four goals against Croatia in the final, deserved to win the World Cup, says a FIFA report, in part because they knew how to score © AFP/File / François-Xavier MARITLAUSSANE, Switzerland, Oct 16 – Passing, running and ball possession were not key in producing victories at the 2018 World Cup, but accurate shooting and clear tactics were, according to a FIFA report released on Tuesday.It showed that champions France were only 19th among the 32 teams in possession percentage, 16th in total number of passes completed and 28th in distance covered per game, but were second, behind only hosts Russia, in the percentage of shots that scored. “France did not win the trophy on the back of one performance: they won it over seven matches,” said the report by FIFA’s seven-man Technical Study Group, including Dutch great Marco van Basten and Brazilian World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.“France did not rely on ball possession, but rather focused on getting into the opposition’s half as fast as they could. And they had the players to do just that.”“The successful teams had a distinct way of playing based on their players and coaching philosophy,” Parreira, who led Brazil to victory in the 1994 tournament, said of the four semi-finalists. “They had a game plan and believed in it.”The report also said that the World Cup was short of classic playmakers, but the two who caught the eye both reached the final.“We saw less of the so-called playmakers at this World Cup, perhaps as a result of the way teams played,” the report said. “However, there were still some outstanding individuals in this area, Paul Pogba of France excelled, but Luka Modric stole the show.”“Playmakers can impose themselves on games, speed up or slow down the tempo, switch play, create and make things happen,” Parreira.For many teams turning possession or passes into victories was a struggle.“The team with the most average ball possession per match, Spain (69%), failed to progress from the round of 16,” pointed out the report.– Possession losing importance –Germany, whose title defence ended in the group stage, were second in possession followed by Argentina, eliminated in the last 16, and another team that played only three matches, Saudi Arabia.Spain also completed the most total passes in the tournament (804) in just four matches, followed by two teams who played only three times: Germany(668) and Saudi Arabia (613). France completed just 460 in their seven games.Germany (84%) and Spain (81%) were the only two sides to complete better than four-fifths of their passes. France completed 70 percent.“Serbia were the hardest-running team at the tournament, covering an average of 113 km per game,” said the report. “By contrast, France were 28th in this respect, averaging 101 km per match.”Russia scored a goal from every 4.5 shots, France were second with a goal from every six attempts followed by Colombia with one from every 6.5. Germany had by far the worst conversion rate, scoring just two goals despite 72 shots.The report added: “Shooting efficiency from outside the penalty area improved dramatically: the average strike rate was a goal per 29 long-range attempts, compared to one in 42 at Brazil 2014.”But it also said that the way defences were organised limited long-range shots and the number from outside the area has dropped 32 percent since the 2010 World Cup. In all, 15 teams did not score from outside the area.“Teams at this World Cup were more compact in defence,” said the report. “The amount of space available has been dramatically reduced, making it challenging to find openings.”Yet, Parreira insisted “there was an attacking mentality”.“The attackers looked very sharp: they created good opportunities and took them! The midfielders got forward in support and chipped in with goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTwo young Letterkenny men have been jailed for their part in a riot on a local housing estate in which more than €10,000 of damage was caused.The scene hours after the riot at Thornberry with lockers thrown out the window of the houseMartin McClelland, 23, and Eddie McLaughlin, 21, were part of a group of people who barricaded themselves into a house at The Green, Thornberry. Gardai were called after landlord Peter O’Donnell was assaulted in the early hours of October 13th, 2011.Mr O’Donnell visited the house after neighbours complained of noise but when he arrived he was assaulted.He contacted Gardai but when they arrived, they found a group of young people locked into the house.When Gardai tried to gain entry they were forced to run for cover when they were pelted with bottles, cans and pieces of furniture.Furniture was thrown out onto the streetOne man hung dangerously from a window of the upstairs part of the three storey dwelling.Up to 20 Gardai using shields and riot gear eventually gained entry to the premises.Inside they found thirteen people including three females, one of whom was a juvenile.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard yesterday how both men had previous convictions for public order offences.McClelland, who was only released from prison in the summer after serving two years, has 40 previous convictions.However the court heard that the father-of-one from Manor View, Letterkenny, started a cookery course in prison and is now attending the Killybegs College of Catering.McLaughlin, who had seven previous convictions, told the court he was sorry for his part in the riot and his barrister pleaded for one last chance for his client.Judge John O’Hagan said it was very lucky that none of the Gardai carrying out their duty were injured in what became a riot situation.He said he had been asked to give the men a last chance but stated they have already had them.He sentenced McLaughlin to 18 months in prison and also gave McLelland the same sentence but suspended the last three months because of his efforts in returning to college.MEN JAILED AFTER ‘RIOT’ ON LETTERKENNY HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTEddie McLaughlinletterkennyMartin McClellandTHORNBERRYlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola is to blame for Germany’s decline, claims former defender

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “Recent history, and also with the world champions France, has shown that you can also win by leaving the ball to the opponents and having less than 50% of possession.”The Manchester City manager enjoyed great success with Bayern, winning three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals (equivalent to two FA Cups), the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.Germany have dominated possession in all six of their competitive games in 2018. In fact, they had 74% of the ball in their now-famous 2-0 World Cup defeat to South Korea. huge blow MONEY Former Germany defender Hans-Peter Briegel has blamed Pep Guardiola for the decline of the German national side.The four-time World Cup winners have endured a year to forget, with group-stage elimination from the World Cup and relegation from their Nations League group. REVEALED ADVICE Latest Football News Germany failed to make the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 80 years Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade And according to Briegel, this all stems from Guardiola’s tactical influence during his time with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016.He said: “A very simple principle has escaped our mind: that in football the result is more important than the control of the game,” he told Italian publication Repubblica.“Since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich, something has changed. We had the illusion that 75% of possession was needed to win. But having control of the ball is not enough to get a result, not always at least. REVEALED 2 2 BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Pep Guardiola’s tactics have had a negative influence on German football, says Briegel Joachim Low’s side are already guaranteed relegation from their Nations League group after failing to win their opening three games, although they can determine the outcome of the group when they host Holland on Monday.A win for the visitors would see them top the group ahead of World Cup winners France and join England in the finals next June.last_img read more


first_imgTHE powers of the authorities in the North to prosecute people here for motoring and other offences has been thrown into chaos after a Co Donegal man had a speeding charge dismissed.A judge has ruled that the issuing of summons by post to this county wasn’t proof a defendant had received it.So he struck out a case against a Co Donegal man allegedly caught driving at 44mph in a 30mph zone in Aughnacloy. The PSNI has regularly targeted drivers on a stretch of road leading into the Tyrone town – many of them from Donegal and driving home from Dublin.The North’s Public Prosecution Service has in recent years sent out summonses by post.But Judge John Meehan said postal summonses are a breach of international law, which require the person to be given assurances they will not be prosecuted for other offences.He also said that there was no valid proof that a summons had been served.He added that, in such cases, proof of lawful service or proof of evasion of a summons was a pre-requisite to proceeding if the defendant did not appear.“A person in county Donegal . . . may know of a process against him being before a court in Northern Ireland but that alone is not sufficient,” he said.In his conclusion Judge Meehan said: “The PPS have been proceeding on the basis that the Northern Ireland rules about the acknowledgement of postal service and pleas of guilty by post can now be treated as applying internationally. They cannot.”He added the PPS had “taken up their position without, I fear, considering what the Irish State might make of all this.“That is most unfortunate, for example, in the context of protracted and continuing negotiations aimed at the mutual recognition of penalty points for motorists by Northern Ireland and Ireland.”Judge Meehan said the court would be able to proceed in the defendant’s absence and without him being served within the UK “only after particular and additional efforts have been made to persuade him to appear”.He said this could only be the case where the defendant and the Irish State were given “clear and precise assurances” relating to immunity from prosecution for any other offences during the time the defendant was answering the case in the Northern Ireland court.The PPS plans to appeal the decision.But the ruling now means that anyone who has received a summons by post could ignore it; and claim they didn’t get it.REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTH was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTHlast_img read more

‘We want to make a change for young people because they matter’

first_imgYoung people from across Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo gathered in Letterkenny today for a unique event to bring their mental health needs to the fore.The ‘Born to Change’ research event saw over 120 young people telling the HSE what they need from the mental health services in their area.The motto of the day was ‘Let’s hear, let’s listen and let’s make changes’. Letterkenny man Anthony Foy (18) is a firm believer in change. As a young man who experienced the mental health sector first hand, he is keen to encourage others to reach out for help and get the adequate support they need.Growing up, Anthony has dealt with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. He found support in LYFS (Letterkenny Youth & Family Service) and is now an inspirational advocate for mental health.“Without LYFS, I wouldn’t be here doing this,” Anthony told Donegal Daily. “There is always someone you can talk to if there is something on your mind. That’s what got me out. Now I want to get more people to get out and talk about mental health.“When you are young, most people don’t want to talk about their mental health because they think they’ll be judged in some way. But once you speak out it’s a load coming off your mind. If you hold it in for too long you’ll be holding it in for the rest of your life.” Anthony’s first diagnoses came as a shock, he said, and he had mixed experiences attending CAMHS and the Child and Family Mental Health Service before finding his fit at LYFS.“Whenever I first found out, I didn’t know what to do, where to go. It’s scary at the start, but once you start talking about it you feel great,” Anthony said.Talking was Anthony’s key catalyst for change. “The more you talk about mental health, the more it feels like the weight is coming off your shoulders and I feel fresher and more alive,” he said.He is part of the Born to Change Steering Committee on Thursday who was encouraging young people to get talking about the changes they want to see in the HSE and in their communities.“We really want to make a change for young people because they matter,” Anthony said. A key issue Anthony found at the research event was the lack of local services. Some young people from across Donegal have to travel to Letterkenny to attend counselling, which is not ideal every week.“It’s a struggle for people who are trying to bring their life back to a good way. They can’t do it if there are no services to help them.”He believed that the day would have a domino effect for all attendees as they turn their focus to mental health.“Even if not much change happens, people here today will bring change with them to Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and help somebody else.” “We are all born to change. If you have the right help and support you can change, you can do anything in life and with your mental health you can go far,” Anthony said.Garry Glennon (LYFS Manager) and Anthony Foy at the ‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Event in Radisson Blu Letterkenny, 10th May 2018The ‘Born to Change’ research was carried out via a World Cafe method which invited young people to sit around a table and write their feedback to various questions on huge sheets of paper. The information was collected anonymously and will be used to inform the delivery and planning of mental health services in the future under the Service Reform Fund. For this reason, ‘Born to Change’ was one of the more important events in the CHO Area 1 in 2018.The day was youth-led, with just 5 adults in the room for supervision purposes only. Representatives from community/voluntary and statutory agencies as well as HSE representatives attended workshops during the day.Garry Glennon, Manager LYFS (Letterkenny Youth & Family Service) said he believed there should be a ‘no wrong door’ approach for all young people accessing mental health services.“If a young person had an issue they should be able to into any place and get support for it in the community.”“I believe in getting out from behind the desk, there are too many practitioners and professionals not just in mental health but across the board in youth provision who sit behind a desk. We need to meet young people where they are,” Garry said.‘Born to Change’ was not only focused on informing change in HSE services, but those in schools, community groups, family resource centre and youth projects.As a youth worker, Garry identified rural isolation, a lack of access to services and a lack of positive activities in local towns as contributing factors to mental health issues among young people in Donegal. He welcomed the ‘Born to Change’ approach as a collaborative event between the HSE and the community partners to take young people’s views on board and bring about actual change.“We believe in the health service. They are passionate and caring people and we believe in the will to change,” Garry said.For more information about the LYFS community project visit: you are in need of support, contact any of the below numbers: ‘We want to make a change for young people because they matter’ was last modified: May 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HSELetterkenny Youth & Family Serviceyouth mental health‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Eventlast_img read more

Airspace restrictions for Confed Cup

first_img28 May 2009Airspace restrictions around 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup host cities will be tightly enforced as part of a raft of measures to ensure that the country’s skies are safe throughout the tournament.Briefing journalists in Johannesburg on Wednesday, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) chief executive Colin Jordaan said that all aircraft flying within an 80km radius of Johannesburg, Pretroria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg would require prior approval before taking to the skies.The restrictions, put in place for security reasons, will apply from midnight on 13 June to midnight on 28 June. They will not affect essential services such as emergency helicopters.An eight-kilometre-radius restriction will also be imposed around the stadiums hosting matches during the tournament. “No unauthorised pilots will be allowed to fly over the venues two hours before the start of each game and one hour after the final whistle,” Jordaan said.He said he was satisfied that sufficient measures had been put in place to handle increased air traffic, thanks to a partnership with the Transport Department, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company, SA Police Service and SA Air Force (SAAF).According to Brigadier-General Les Lombard from the SAAF, several exercises have been conducted over the past few months to test the state of the country’s readiness.The most recent exercise was conducted in March, when over 7 000 flight authorisations were completed over a two-day period with minimal complaints received from the aviation community.The exercise “was very similar to what will be the real event during the Confederations Cup,” Lombard said, adding that they had received good cooperation from the aviation community.Lombard said the final exercises to test the readiness of the country’s major airports would take place next week.Jordaan said that while passenger traffic was expected to increase dramatically leading up to and during the event, as soccer fans and players arrive in the country and travel around, chartered flights were expected to be minimal.He said notices spelling out what was required of them before flying had been issued to pilots, and officials would be stationed at all airfields to assist pilots needing authorisation to take to the air.Looking ahead, Jordaan said the aviation authority was expecting about 400 000 international fans to visit South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“This means there will be major challenges as far as aviation is concerned, because there will be 20 co-coordinated airports – something which is not there for [the 2009 Confederations Cup”.At the same time, the Confederations Cup “will be a true test of South Africa’s capabilities and readiness to host the world’s biggest soccer extravaganza, the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Jordaan said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more