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first_imgGENEVA (AP): Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini’s plans have told the Associated Press (AP) that the FIFA vice-president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini has not yet announced his candidacy. The officials said that the UEFA president and former France great has been encouraged to run by most leaders of FIFA’s continental confederations. Five of the six continental leaders, including Platini, were in St Petersburg, Russia, last week for FIFA meetings and the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw. Platini declined to discuss his ambitions when asked by the AP in St Petersburg. Mexico sack Herrera MEXICO CITY (AP): Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired yesterday following a television reporter’s claim that the man known as ‘El Piojo’ punched him. The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with “the spirit of fair and respectful competition” the organisation espouses. “Our values, our principles, are above any result,” de Maria said at a news conference. “In our profession, our industry, the matches are never over, and as public figures who represent an institution, we must be absolutely clear on that.” There was no comment from the coach on his firing, nor has he said anything publicly on the incident with the reporter. Herrera is the latest to depart from what has become a revolving-door job since Ricardo La Volpe of Argentina was the last to complete a four-year World Cup cycle as head of the team, known as ‘El Tri’. Mexico have burned through 10 head coaches in the nine years since La Volpe departed after the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Bayern sign Chile’s Vidal MUNICH (AP): Bayern Munich completed the long-anticipated transfer of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Italian champions Juventus yesterday. The Bundesliga champions said Vidal signed a four-year deal, with an option foranother season. “I wanted to take another big step in my career,” Vidal said in a brief interview on Bayern’s website. “I want to develop further as a player, and I want to win important titles, such as the Champions League. And I see Bayern as the best opportunity for that.” Bayern did not disclose the financial details of the contract. But Italian media reports suggested Bayern paid US$39.5 million with final cost rising to US$44 million with bonuses, to bring the 28-year-old Vidal back to the Bundesliga. If correct, the figures would make Vidal one of the most expensive Bundesliga transfers. Nadal eases past Verdasco HAMBURG, Germany (AP): Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open yesterday. Nadal was playing his first match since losing to Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon. The former No. 1 in the world has fallen to No. 10. In the all-Spanish match, Nadal appeared to have trouble adjusting to clay and finding his timing. But his game picked up noticeably in the last two sets. Verdasco saved one match point, but then hit the net with a backhand to hand Nadal the win. Nadal’s last match on clay was the quarter-final loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open.last_img read more

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Gayle backs ‘dangerous’ Fletcher

first_imgCRICKET: NAGPUR, India (CMC): Chris Gayle has described fellow opener Andre Fletcher as a ‘dangerous’ batsman capable of posting big scores, after he plundered an unbeaten half century to lead West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. Fletcher filled the opening slot when Gayle was injured and scored a career-best 84 not out off 64 balls to seal a comfortable win over Sri Lanka, their second win after beating England in their opening fixture. Gayle is backing Fletcher to continue his prolific form in the tournament. “It was fantastic to see Fletcher. I have opened the batting with Fletcher many times and I know what sort of player he is,” said Gayle. “He is very dangerous and he is capable of getting big scores, so hopefully he can build on this and carry on and don’t leave it for anybody and get a few more Man of the Match.” The right-handed Fletcher dominated a 39-run first-wicket stand with Johnson Charles and added 55 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Andre Russell to help West Indies overhaul a paltry 123 set by Sri Lanka. Gayle is encouraging Fletcher to play his natural aggressive game and to continue batting deep into the innings. “You have to pick and choose your bowlers who you want to target at particular times and what works for him as well. Continue being aggressive in the first six overs and try and capitalise on that new ball as a batter,” Gayle advised. “You just have to keep that aggression going … try and take it as deep as possible  … still look to pick up the odd boundaries in between the middle overs as well and build on whatever start you get.” Gayle took the Man-of-the-Match award with a boundary-studded 100 not out off 48 balls as Windies beat England in their opening match in Mumbai. “Hopefully I can follow-up with more innings like this,” said Gayle. “But if it does not happen we have a lot of guys who are match winners themselves, who can actually do the same thing and destroy bowling attacks around the world.” The Windies arrived in Nagpur on Monday afternoon where they are preparing to face South Africa on Good Friday. First ball is 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/9 a.m. Jamaica Time).last_img read more

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Growling Tigers to spend Holy week in Ayo’s hometown Sorsogon

first_imgVettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP LATEST STORIES MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments UST is set to join various preseason tournaments this summer, including the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Aldin Ayo’s Twitter accountThough the Holy Week is usually a time to take a breather, new University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo is taking a different route for the Growling Tigers.The champion coach opted to bring his rebuilding Growling Tigers home with him in Sorsogon in preparation for the upcoming collegiate season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We haven’t been together in practice since most of our recruits are coming from high school,” he shared. “With the preseason tournaments coming up, we needed a team building session. That is why the team will stay in our house in Sorsogon during Holy Week.”Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido, Jordan Sta. Ana, and Steve Akomo, holdovers from Season 80’s disastrous 1-13 run under coach Boy Sablan, are among those will be getting a breath of fresh air in Ayo’s hometown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAyo’s bluechip recruits, namely UAAP Juniors MVP CJ Cansino of UST High School, Mike Enriquez and Sherwin Concepcion of Mapua, Joshua Marcos of La Salle Green Hills, Toby Agustin and Kobe Caballero of JRU, will also in the 10-day team building.“We would like to thank the parents of the players for allowing us to borrow them,” said Ayo. “We have lots of plans for them in those 10 days. There will be conditioning sessions and we’ll have time to go around on the tourist spots, on top of our spiritual obligations for the Holy Week.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

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Government commended for response to Region 3 disaster

first_imgDear editor,The recent inundation at Anna Catherina, Cornelia Ida, Leonora, Stewartville and Uitvlugt in Region3, (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) has left many citizens discomfited and slowly bringing themselves back to normalcy; but the response mechanism that was activated during this ordeal is worth recognition. The Civil Defence Commission headed by Lt. Col. Craig, along with Major Welcome and Lt. Persaud, joined officials of the Regional Administration on that sad Friday morning to visit all the affected areas, coordinated emergency responses, advised residents of necessary precautions, and opened emergency shelters for affected and displaced residents. Later that very morning, the Guyana Fire Service (Leonora Branch) came out in their numbers and assisted the staff at Leonora Comprehensive Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Cottage Hospital) with the clean-up exercise. The Guyana Police Force ‘D’ Division under the stewardship of Commander Rishie Dass also came out in their numbers to lend support. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA – Engineer Lall) stood with us throughout, and GUYSUCO (Mr. Mana) quickly responded in the affirmative when approval was needed to use the Community Center as a shelter and their staff prepared the meals (3 times a day) for the occupants of the shelter.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure CORE (Charlene and team) and Sea Defence Department was also with us throughout the ordeal. I believe the CORE groups that came from West Berbice, East Bank Demerara, Essequibo Coast and Leguan deserve special thanks, and I therefore offer it here unconditionally.Editor, seven Ministers of Government visited (Minister Karen Cummings, Minister Annette Ferguson, Minister Ronald Bulkan, Minister Carl Greenidge (who was acting Prime Minister at the time), Minister Raphael Trotman, Minister Joseph Harmon and Minister David Patterson) the affected communities, and every time one showed up, decisions were taken on the spot to complement the already existed system, thus making the citizens more comfortable. Close to five hundred homes were attended to by the team that responded to this unfortunate natural disaster, and the Regional Administration is very thankful to all who played a role. Editor, the response was tremendous, and it proves beyond all shadow of doubt that the Regional Administration has a powerful, effective, efficient and well-coordinated response mechanism in place.The Government of Guyana, through the Regional Administration headed by Regional Executive Officer Denis Jaikaran, along with all the other players, did well, and even though the NDCs of the areas limited their participation, we are still thankful for their intermittent presence.Ganesh MahipaulRegional InformationOfficer.last_img read more

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Diplomats Condemn Xenophobic Attacks on Africans

first_imgAmbassador Masilo Esau Mabeta of South Africa and Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan have condemned xenophobic attacks carried out against African nationals living in South Africa.The two diplomats registered their disdain for the violent actions in separate speeches delivered on Tuesday, April 28 at a resort in Monrovia during a program marking the observance of South Africa’s Freedom Day.Ambassador Mabeta described those involved in the xenophobic attacks as a “criminal minority,” assuring that South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned the acts and that those involved will be appropriately prosecuted.The South African Ambassador assured that his Government was taking the issue very seriously and that it will continue to welcome and protect all foreigners in the country.Since some Zulus in South Africa began the xenophobic attacks on other African nationals, several southern African countries including Mozambique and Malawi have taken their citizens out of the country where about seven persons have been killed in the incidents.The South African Envoy said he was confident that South Africa will return to being a place that integrates migrants and refugees into host communities in accordance with its international obligations.“South Africa will be engaging in various activities, not only policing, but also education and communications programs to ensure that the country again returns to being a welcoming place for refugees and migrants.  We will ensure that all foreigners find a secure, thriving home with us,” he pledged.He added that to restore good relations between his people and other African residents is not predicated upon international obligations, or out of gratitude for the warm and gracious manner in which South Africans were received in exile during apartheid.  They do it because they believe it is the right thing to do.He expressed his condolences to the people of Liberia for the loss of lives during the Ebola crisis, adding that although South Africa did not send medical experts here to help in the Ebola fight, his country donated motorcycles, ambulances, medications, food and other items.Minister Ngafuan admitted that while Liberia along with other African countries join South Africa in celebrating Freedom Day, it was necessary to express that they are doing so with a mixture of joy and sadness.“Our hearts are saddened by the recent spate of violent and tragic Xenophobia, or to put it precisely, “Afrophobic” attacks against Africans of other nationalities residing in South Africa, which have led to the deaths of some foreign workers and business owners,” Minister Ngafuan said. He admonished that the attacks, which have claimed the attention of the world, risks detracting from the exalted and enviable position South Africa occupies on the African continent. Minister Ngafuan exclaimed, “I know that the late Madidba, the man whose election on April 27, 1994 we now celebrate as Freedom Day, might have rolled uncomfortably in his grave as he watched the ghastly spectacle of Africans chasing Africans with machetes in his dear South Africa.”He conveyed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s greetings to the people of South Africa on the celebration of Freedom Day and Liberia’s appreciation for their contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Does Coach Julutweh Know His Worth?

first_imgThe recent story of Coach Matthew Julutweh and FC Fassell can break the heart of any determined coach who has offered so much but in the end found out that he does not worth much in the estimation of his employers due to what normally happens in the beautiful game of football.Available records indicate that he has been a good servant of FC Fassell and all the players have great deal of respect for him.But if his recent firing and later rehiring by FC Fassell is something to consider in the ordinary scheme of things, then there is much more that Coach Julutweh should learn.It is true that in Europe coaches are fired and rehired; they are insulted and abused and at the same time rehired.And it is evident that football administrators around the world are imitating such a practice. So when Coach Julutweh’s charges fell disgracefully in a pre-season tournament, the man who has been with the team more years than some of the players can count, was fired.But against the run of play, whatever happened forced the administration to rehire him. Since the rehire, Coach Julutweh has remained mum on what might been the reasons for his return but some questions that bother: What are the conditions for his return?Has Coach Julutweh returned because of his love for FC Fassell? Or his love for the players? Did the management later realized it made a blunder and that he is the best coach for the team? No one coaches a team because of the love for it, Julutweh. It is the money game because that is how you earn your daily bread. Your love is for the game, CAF Coaches Francis Tamba and Henry Browne told you that didn’t they?Why did Coach Julutweh decide to return to FC Fassell? Is the management prepared to sign a contract with him so that he would not be thrown out and disgraced like it did? Has Julutweh expressed any position to the management about the poor treatment?True, in Europe, coaches are thrown about as I mentioned as any reader knows, but the difference is that European coaches work on contracts and so when they are booted out, they receive every penny their clubs owe them.It is evident that Julutweh is one of the remarkable coaches in Liberia. But does he know that? How important does he take himself? Could he have refused the FC Fassell offer? What has he insisted must be done since his return that would prevent FC Fassell’s management from taking any emotional decision against him? Once bitten, the sages have said, twice shy. Since FC Fassell has realized that he is the right man for the job, I want him to demand for a contract. And to demand for a contract is part of the Club Licensing System that the LFA has insisted all clubs must have.Julutweh must look up for himself otherwise no one will. Are other coaches watching the Julutweh situation? Coaches must realize that they are the leaders for the young people under their tutelage. Therefore the young players demand better treatment for their mentors and FC Fassell’s management should behave better than that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Too Late for Classes

first_imgNational football team coaches, James Salinsa Debbah and Kelvin Sebwe could not participate in the three weeks’ special coaching course in Germany owing to arriving late for the course.The duo missed the two-day orientation, which was scheduled from Saturday – Sunday, September 5-6 and were therefore asked to return home on Monday.The president of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility in a poignant tone on a morning radio show, said Salinsa and Kelvin missed the opportunity owing to bad weather that caused Kenya Airways to delay its flight.Bility didn’t state whether the flight was cancelled yesterday or later the airline resumed its flight after the bad weather or how many hours were delayed.Bility said according to the guidelines, participants were to only miss a day’s orientation – meaning the missing of a two-day’s orientation is tantamount to expulsion.“Fortunately, Debbah and Kelvin aren’t the only persons denied, so there are possible arrangement for another opportunity, maybe in Italy or England,” Mr. Bility said.The German Government organizes the international coaching training, which was scheduled from the 7th to 25th of September.This will be the first time for local coaches, managing the senior Lone Star team, to attend a specialized coaching course in Germany.The incredible 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday moved their flight to Sunday.Reports said the coaches are expected to visit Holland to watch a game between Holland based Liberian players and a 2nd division team, for possibly recruiting of players before returning to the country.The recruiting of potential players is to boost the team in the joint qualifier of the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the play-off of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.According to the draw of World Cup 2018, Liberia is paired with Guinea Bissau.The two countries must play the two-leg between 8th and the 13th of October.It has been confirmed that Liberia will host Guinea Bissau on the 8th and play the return on the 13th.The winner will play Cote d’ Ivoire in the group stage of the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup.There will be no qualifying game for AFCON in 2015, until the weekend of March 23-26, 2016 and Liberia will play her second away game in Djibouti City against the Djibouti.Djibouti will play her return leg on the weekend of March 26-29, in Monrovia, which will mark Liberia’s fourth game in the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.Liberia will also play host to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo on the weekend of June 3-5, 2016 and play her last game away in Tunis against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on the weekend of September 2-4, 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Int’l community pledges technical support for free and fair elections in Guyana

first_imgNow that President David Granger has identified March 2, 2020, as the date of the elections, the international community has pledged to provide support to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as it carries out its mandate.UK High Commissioner Gregory QuinnThis was communicated in a joint statement that featured British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn, United States (US) Ambassador Sarah Ann-Lynch and Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Guyana, Fernando Ponz Canto.Stressing the need for free and fair elections, the diplomats added that this support would take the form of “elections assistance and monitoring along with other colleagues in the international community”.US Ambassador Sarah Ann-LynchMeanwhile, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) also hailed the announcement of an election date, acknowledging the support given from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo towards the date.“In this vein, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Opposition Leader of the date. We now look forward to an incident-free process toward the holding of a free, transparent and credible elections,” the GMSA added.Head of the EU Delegation to Guyana, Fernando Ponz CantoAfter almost a year of procrastination following his Government’s defeat to a No-Confidence Motion, President David Granger on Wednesday announced March 2, 2020, as the “earliest possible” date for elections.At the time, the President was under increasing pressure to name an election date; something he had promised to do after he was advised by GECOM. Granger was briefed by GECOM Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh, that the agency would be able to hold elections at the end of February.It was only on Monday that the Commonwealth became the latest in a line of organisations to urge the President to call elections immediately. Similar calls also came from the United States, British and European Union diplomatic representatives.In his address to the nation, Granger had, however, noted that there will be a return to the National Assembly in order to seek an extension of time for his Government in office. According to the President, the Government of Guyana “must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension. The National Assembly reconvenes on 10th October 2019”.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has repeatedly affirmed that it would not return to the National Assembly to grant the Government the two-thirds vote it needs to extend its life in power.During an interview on a radio show, “The Hot Seat”, on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had expressed his belief that the real motive for the Government seeking an extension is to cover actions taken outside of the scope of a caretaker Government, during the months after it lost the no-confidence vote.The President subsequently clarified that the election date will be March 2, 2020, whether the Opposition extends his Government’s life or not. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has put little faith in this, saying at a press conference that a signed proclamation will hold more weight.Meanwhile, it was announced by GECOM on Tuesday last that Claims and Objections will start on October 1 – a necessary move towards having an Official List of Electors (OLE) to conduct elections.At the time, it was announced that GECOM would engage the United States (US) and the Commonwealth to inform them of which observers they will be sending. It was also announced that the exercise would last for 35 days, with the qualifying date to be eligible to vote being December 31.That was turned on its head by a press release from GECOM on Friday, in which it was stated that the Claims and Objections exercise will actually last for 49 days. Additional criteria were imposed, such as the need for everyone to verify their registration regardless of whether they are registered registrants or not.last_img read more

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Sh200m for Sports Academy, penalty introduced to betting firms

first_imgAs federations continue pleading with the government to come to their aid financially especially the Kenya Rugby Union who threatened to pull out the Kenya 7s and 15s teams from international assignments, the Treasury CS said funding for sports will be enhanced.“To support sports culture and arts I have allocated 200 milling shillings for construction of Sports Academy and 300 million shillings for construction  of ultra modern national  library. Funding for Sports Culture and Arts will be enhanced significantly with the creation of the new fund that will receive money from the taxation of betting and gamming,” Rotich announced.-Betting penalty-SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri during a past event. PHOTO/FileMeanwhile, betting, lettering and gaming companies received a blow as the government introduced a 20 percent penalty and 2 percent interest on late payment of tax.“Currently there is no penalty on interest on payment of taxes in betting lotteries and gaming sector which has led to none compliance,” Rotich announced.“In order to ensure compliance and prompt payment of tax, I propose to introduce a 20 pc penalty and 2 pc interest on late payment of tax in betting, lottery and gaming act, this will enhance the collection of this taxes that are meant to support Sports, Arts and Culture as well as social development activities in our country,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kenya football U20 teamNAIROBI, Kenya, June 14 – The government has allocated Sh200m for the construction of Sports Academy.While reading the 2018/2019 budget in Parliament on Thursday, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich stated that the initiative is aimed at nurturing and developing talent in the country.last_img read more

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Former England international rejoins Brighton on one-year deal

first_img1 Bobby Zamora Bobby Zamora has rejoined former club Brighton, the club has confirmed.Zamora, 34, was released by Queens Park Rangers in May following the west London club’s dismal relegation from the Premier League after a solitary season back in the top flight.The former England international has agreed a one-year contract at the Amex Stadium after passing a medical on Monday evening.Zamora returns to the club he initially made his name at, scoring 70 goals in 119 league appearances between 2000 and 2003 before an ill-fated move to Tottenham.Brighton tweeted the following image to confirm the deal:center_img Look who’s back at #BHAFC! #WelcomeBackBobby #Together http://t.co/ezjXxd5iV0 pic.twitter.com/zICjdNszEB— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 3, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img read more

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