first_imgOn a personal level, the tie against Real Madrid could trigger, therefore, a frustration that would last at least two years without competing in Europe, or, on the contrary, unleashing a state of euphoria that will restore confidence in itself and banish a ghost called Jürgen Klopp.The irruption of the German with the best Liverpool The story is calling into question the unique thinking around football possession, since the reds, which do not play chained to some delimited parameters of style, are winning everything. The same crush the backlash as from the ball control, and all from the physical commitment of all his men. The miracle of the Klopp toolbox has overshadowed the work of Catalan, who came as the great guru of modern football and now does not live well with being in second place.In addition, the German has already managed to overcome a mental barrier that is on the way to trauma for the former Barça: winning the Champions League. Since leaving Spain he has not been able to lift it again, something that does not escape anyone. Guardiola is therefore aware that, as much as it bothers him the prevailing result in football, if he wants to sit on the throne of the best coach of his generation he must take advantage of this perhaps the last bullet in the City to be proclaimed champion of Europe. Not in the darkest moments, either when the Real Madrid from Carlo Ancelotti endorsed his Bayern Munich a 5-0 in the global semi-finals of the Champions, or now that the Liverpool gets 19 points in the Premier League, there is someone, one person, who has doubts that Guardiola He is a genius who came to revolutionize football.Beyond the results, the world fell in love with his style. The problem comes, and it has always come for him, when, after three years of idyll, important titles stop rising, how he wins loses importance and, both he and his players, the press and the fans get tired of the speech and of ‘Pep’ style. It is the moment in which Guardiola, and all his philosophy, emigrate in search of a new illusion.It happened in Barcelona, despite starring in one of the most glorious stages of the entity by the hand of Leo Messi; it also happened in Germany, where, packed with titles, they did not quite understand him; and it could happen again in England if you can’t raise the title of European champion The sanction of the UEFAIf the appeal resource fails to fructify, he will test his commitment to the club, which contractually is until 2021 but that he has already assured that it will last at least until the punishment is lifted to the entity … or until that decide to throw him, situation that does not seem possible at this time.last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Melindo lost to a ‘better fighter,’ says trainer Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We had a big crowd, which was nice to play in front of,” Halep said after her first-round match in the southern Chinese city, where she won in 2015.Halep won the first set with the help of an aggressive forehand, and then opened the second set with a crunching backhand winner down the line before running away with the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s always nice to play here in Shenzhen,” she added. “I won a title here three years ago already. It’s my first victory this year as number one in the world, so I’m just happy and enjoying the time.”Meanwhile five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, making her Shenzhen debut, also despatched Romania’s world number 56 Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 20 minutes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after her victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania in the first round at the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, in China’s southern Guangdong province on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / – / China OUTWorld number one Simona Halep began the year in emphatic style with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs as Maria Sharapova also romped through her first-round match at the Shenzhen Open on Monday.Romania’s Halep, who will be seeking her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in two weeks’ time, struck 12 winners to blitz the 110th-ranked American in one hour and nine minutes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Russian, who is embarking on her first full season since returning from a 15-month doping ban in April, sealed her straight sets win after striking 18 winners to 20 unforced errors.“It’s quite remarkable to see a full stadium for a first round,” she said. “It’s my first time here, so I didn’t know what to expect.”Halep will next face China’s Duan Yingying while Sharapova will play American Alison Riske in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan doesn’t deny that he wants to win a championship over  Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, especially how the Stags went winless against this Pirates squad in the NCAA.“Yes, I really want to win against them,” said the Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian forward.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “This isn’t enough because we still need one more win for this feeling to be really solid. One more win and we’ll be champions,” said Calisaan, who played only his second game since returning from an elbow injury.However, he knows that closing out won’t be easy knowing how resilient Zark’s-Lyceum is.“They’re really a tough draw. No matter how big your lead is, they can always make a comeback,” he said. “So that’s what we have to do, to match and exceed their energy and we need to help each other out. I hope we get that win.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ABL: Parks poised for back-to-back Local MVP awards ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The tides have turned in the developmental league with Calisaan and his fellow Golden Stags now 2-0 against the Pirates.That latest conquest came in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals, with the Revellers pulling off the 107-103 victory over the Jawbreakers to move a win away from winning the championship.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 crownCalisaan scored the game-sealing undergoal stab with 28.8 seconds left that preserved Che’Lu-San Sebastian’s three-point advantage, 106-103, which was a part of his 15-point, 12-rebound performance on Tuesday.But the 23-year-old knows the job is not done as he hopes to help the Revellers finish the job off on Thursday in Game 2. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs Independence Day and Flag Day approach, the new Minister of Education, George Werner, has time to ensure that Liberian students across the country are fully prepared to participate in these important national occasions.This will be his first opportunity to organize the students for anything. Now that he has cancelled the West African National Exams (WAEC), the new Minister has a chance to think creatively of how to engage Liberia’s students in preparation for these two important national holidays, Independence and Flag Days.Flag Day is admittedly more related to the Education Ministry. It is education that organizes the parades in which the various schools compete for prizes in drilling. We think the Minister should encourage all schools to perfect their drilling, by perhaps engaging the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to assist in teaching drilling skills to ensure best performances on Flag Day. There is an AFL contingent in every county. They should be contacted, through the Ministry of National Defense, to help train the students in drilling and marching. Flag Day should not only be a Monrovia thing; it should be celebrated throughout the country, with all schools required to participate in the event. And there are enough thinking and articulate people everywhere to deliver the Flag Day Oration.In addition, the Education Ministry should ensure that all schools are provided with flags—county and national. The Ministry does not have to spend its own money on that. It should encourage the schools to contact local people and businesses to donate the flags—big ones and small ones for the occasion. All students, even at the kindergarten level, should be taught about the flag, the seal and the history behind both, so that the one-day event, Flag Day, will be remembered not just for the fun of drilling, but also for the true significance of the Day. Can Minister Werner organize the printing of pamphlets and books about the Liberian Flag, so that all students get to know how the flag came about, its makers, its style and the significance of all the elements it contains?As the Governance Commission proceeds with further discussions on National Symbols, Education should get involved by encouraging students contribute their thoughts on these issues. Tell the schools to get their students to write about these things. They are not too young to begin thinking and writing about these important issues in our national life.As for the indoor programs, perhaps Minister Werner could dispatch a team of program organizers throughout the country helping District Education Officers and County School Supervisors to develop creative programs commemorating the Day. We realize, too, that there may be some local experts in the counties, especially the older ones—in the first nine counties, especially—who already know what to do and only need to be asked. Is it possible that Minister Werner could identify one youthful person with extraordinary talents to be this year’s National Flag Day Orator in each county? I believe President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would welcome such an innovation to encourage our young.The Daily Observer newspaper which, since its beginning in February 1981, has run a weekly Poetry Page could help the Education Ministry to organize a national poetry competition on the Flag, Seal and on the subject of Patriotism. There are many enlightened businessmen and women and public spirited individuals throughout the country who would willingly donate prizes for such scheme.When it comes to Independence Day, it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not Education, that is normally involved in the planning of activities for this day. But this does not mean that Education can’t or shouldn’t also be involved. For starts, how about the Ministry organizing an Essay Competition on The Meaning of Liberia’s Independence for both elementary and high schools? Foreign MinisterAugustine Ngafuan, being himself a man of letters—a poet and writer—would welcome such an initiative.Minister Werner could also organize a roundtable of his staff and invite some educational experts or school authorities to brainstorm on how the schools might be involved in Independence Day activities. We think this would help instill some patriotism in our students, and help them understand the meaning, purpose and vision of Liberia’s independence.Let the Ministry of Education use this time to think out of the box and engage our students creatively and constructively in relation to these two important national holidays, even as the Ministry wrestles with the more vexing challenges which at this time confronts Liberia’s educational systemShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSuspended LFA Executive Committee Member Rochell Woodson at the LFA 22nd Ordinary Congress (Photo Credit: LFA) The Ethics Committee of the Liberia Football Association yesterday announced the suspension of Executive Committee member Rochell Woodson for time indefinite.According to a release from the FA, the decision is based on the failure of Madam Woodson to appear before the Ethics Committee to address complaints filed against her.The release further said the Ethics Committee over the last few months has received three complaints against EC Woodson from both in and out of Liberia. The LFA release named the complaints against EC Woodson as being from the President of the Sierra Leone Football Association for interfering in the affairs of the association; a complaint filed by LISCR FC alleging that she has publicly stated her knowledge of massive fraud in the last LFA Elections held in Buchanan in March 2014; and a complaint filed by Malcolm Joseph, LFA Elections Committee Chairman alleging that he received US$30,000 from Cassell Kuoh, Sr. to compromise the LFA 2014 Elections in Buchanan.Also in the release, the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Atty. Medina Wesseh, described the allegations as grave and that they have serious effects on the integrity of the LFA.The Ethics Committee Chairman in her communication said EC Woodson has blatantly refused to cooperate with all attempts to investigate matters before the committee and let the truth out to the public, for which the committee said in a letter to Woodson from Atty. Wesseh that it “is unable to fairly look into these matters on the principle of due process without hearing from you.”The Ethics Committee said it is constrained to indefinitely suspend Woodson from all football activities until these matters are heard and decided upon by it. “It is my fervent hope that you will cooperate with us by responding to these allegations to allow the Committee to properly look into these matters and bring them to closure,” the LFA release quotes the Ethics Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMisleading ParliamentPublic Health Minister Dr George Norton has been committed to the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges for misleading the National Assembly in August last when he was grilled by Opposition members over a contract that had been inked with Linden Holding Inc for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.Public Health Minister Dr George NortonSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, informed the House that he believes that a prima facie case has been made out against the Minister and as a result, ordered that the matter be dealt with at the Committee of Privileges.The matter was presented to the House in a motion submitted by Opposition Parliamentarian Dr Frank Anthony and seconded by Chief Whip Gail Teixeira.In presenting the motion to the House, Dr Anthony recalled that during the August 8, 2016, sitting of the National Assembly during consideration of Financial Papers, Dr Norton deliberately misled the House with regards to the rental of a Sussex Street property.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandDr Anthony told the House that the Public Health Minister misinformed the House when he said the reason no procurement process was followed in acquiring the facility was because it was required on an emergency basis.Dr Anthony charged too that the minister also misled the House when he said that the Sussex Street property did in fact meet with International Standards and that drugs and medical supplies were already being stored there.The minister has already issued a public apology conceding that he had in fact erred in his responses to the House at the time.The minister, according to Dr Anthony, had charged that the rental of the Sussex Street property was in fact a cheaper option over a bond owned by New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation.Dr Anthony reminded the House that the NEW GPC facility was in fact provided free of cost during the tenure of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration.The Opposition member recalled too that Dr Norton had misinformed the House when he said that the cost of renting the NEW GPC facility was for $19 million.According to Dr Anthony, “The Minister in doing so deliberately attempted to justify the cost of the rental for the Sussex Street property owned by the Linden Holding Company at $12.5 million per month and in doing so misinformed the House.”The Opposition MP recalled too that the contents of the multi-year contract with Linden Holding Inc have in fact contradicted the statements made by the minister in the National Assembly.He used the occasion to remind that the contract was in fact for a professional office and not a bond.The contract, according to Dr Anthony, “does not stipulate anything about the provision of facilities to meet the requirements for the storage of pharmaceutical and medical supplies.”The brouhaha that erupted following the disclosure had led to President David Granger establishing a Cabinet Subcommittee to investigate the matter.That committee had concluded that the contract should be terminated or re-negotiated since a similar facility could have been found at a cheaper rate.Guyana Times had managed to garner more in-depth information – from a reliable source – of the Confidential Cabinet Report that was handed to President Granger in August 2016, for his Executive Action.In the report, the Cabinet Subcommittee found that—contrary to earlier pronouncements by Government spokespersons—the value of the lease with Linden Holding Inc should be reassessed, as it is likely that a similar facility could be obtained at a lower rate.Dr Norton at the time told Parliament that the building was in fact already being used by the Ministry of Public Health to store drugs and medical supplies.This publication was told that under examination by the Cabinet Subcommittee, Minister Norton said his statement was based on the reliance of the information provided to him by the ministry officials “to the effect that the bond was ready and in use.”In mid-October, more than two months after he was found to have misled the National Assembly, Dr Norton apologised to the House over his misleading remarks.Norton used the occasion of ‘Statements by a Minister’ to offer the apology to the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and other members of the National Assembly when the House came out of its annual recess.The apology was however informally rejected by sections of the political Opposition.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Kickboxing champion Tommy McCafferty with Saorise his prize Akita which was returned to his home after being taken on Monday (NewspixIrl)Dognappers left back a stolen pet after they realised its owner was a champion kick-boxer.Tommy McCafferty from Burt was distraught when his rare American Akita dog Saoirse went missing from his garden.The well-known sportsman, known as The Ghost, went searching for the dog which he has had for three years. “I searched everywhere but there was no sign of her. I contacted the Gardai and friends and also started a Facebook campaign,” said Tommy, 28.Tommy, a two times world professional and Commonwealth champion, went to bed that night but there was still no sign of Saoirse.Amazingly the following day he got a call from his girlfriend to say the dog had been left back in their garage.“She was so emotional when she called me that I thought something terrible was wrong. “But we were just so delighted to get the dog back.“What worries me most is that someone was on my property twice. If I had come across them I would be afraid of what would have happened,” said Tommy.He revealed the dog’s pet care collar had been taken off and there were signs she had been drugged.“She was very groggy and still won’t go outside because she is so frightened after what she went through.“I’m one of the lucky ones. Thousands of people every year have their dogs lifted and never see them again.” Ryan McCauley of Donegal Pet Recue, who helped Tommy search for his dog, said there has been a spike in dog thefts in recent weeks.Ryan feels the dogs of all breeds are being used as bait for dog fighting.“It started in November and there has now been a huge spike.“The problem is that all types of breeds are being taken and we fear that dogs are being used for dog baiting. “We are close to the border and they can easily be shipped into Northern Ireland and overseas.“We would appeal to people take extra care of heir dogs and to microchip them,” he said.KICK-BOXER TOMMY REVEALS DOG WAS DRUGGED AFTER BEING STOLEN was last modified: January 15th, 2014 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:dog stolenDonegal Pet RescueSaoirsetommy mccaffertylast_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Several Republican and Democratic officials involved in negotiations said that agreements had been reached on several issues but that others needed more time. WASHINGTON – Congress sent President George W. Bush a second five-week extension of the Patriot Act as Senate negotiators worked to close a deal with the White House on renewing the antiterrorism law with some new civil liberties protections. “We need the Patriot Act,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter. “I’m prepared to work on it further to improve it.” Sixteen provisions of the 2001 law were to have expired last Dec. 31, but Congress extended them until today after Democrats and a handful of Senate Republicans demanded an avenue of appeals when the FBI makes demands for people’s financial and other private records. The Senate voted 95-1 Thursday night to extend the current law unchanged through March 10 and give negotiators more time to reach a deal. The House passed the extension Wednesday. last_img read more

first_imgDonegal company Lottie Dolls has signed a major agreement with one of the world’s biggest book companies, Penguin Books. The company, which is based at the CoLab in Letterkenny, has announced they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher.Lottie Dolls, are award winning dolls created to empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all to have fun!Arklu have recognised how precious childhood is, and with growing societal pressures, how short it can be. Arklu have made it their mission to protect childhood and inspire learning through play with Lottie, Finn and friends.The brand are excited to announce that they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher. Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Arklu, Lottie Dolls, said  “Our vision of childhood is simple, we dream of a place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there to be explored, where curiosity-led discoveries and imagination run wild and where the only limit is bedtime!Ian Harkin, CEO of Lottie Dolls“Childhood should be an inclusive place for every girl and boy, and our publishing deal with Puffin at Penguin will be a perfect extension of our message! We are delighted to be in the company of much-loved authors such as Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy Kid) and Jacqueline Wilson, and are excited to announce our partnership with the enthusiastic team at Penguin.”At play with LottieLeanne Gill, Publisher of Licensed Properties at Penguin Random House Children’s, who acquired the publishing deal with the brand, said they are delighted to be the publishing partner for Lottie Dolls.“At Penguin Children’s, we, of course, share Lottie’s love of reading, but also her passion for inspiring exploration, creativity and individuality and a desire to promote positive role models for children. We can’t wait to bring Lottie to a wider audience through our fiction and activity books launching in summer 2017.”Leanne has negotiated a three year term for the contract with Penguin Random House Children’s; with the Penguin Random House Rights team showcasing initial plans for the Lottie Dolls books in Frankfurt this October. The partnership is due to launch with two titles in May 2017; one being a fiction title for young readers, and one a sticker dressing-up book, which will be focused on stargazing and space.A further two titles will then follow in September 2017 – again, one fiction, one activity book (format/concept to be confirmed). Penguin Random House Children’s are dedicated bringing the quality and individuality of the dolls into their publishing range, and create really special books that readers will treasure.A massive achievement for the Donegal based start-up, who this year celebrated having a doll in space, and winning Google’s Adopt a Start-Up competition, Lottie and Finn were recently stocked in Arnotts, Dublin and extend their thanks to Donegal people for their support to date. Donegal doll company Lottie signs up with Penguin Books! was last modified: October 14th, 2016 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:donegalLottie dollsPenguin bookslast_img read more

first_imgDonegal captain Michael Murphy says it is do or die now as they prepare to face Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers this weekend.Watch this gaa.ie video interview with him by pressing Play > DDTV VIDEO: ‘WE’RE READY FOR LAOIS’ SAYS CAPTAIN MURPHY was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV VIDEO: ‘WE’RE READY FOR LAOIS’ SAYS CAPTAIN MURPHYlast_img read more