Intercol president promises fun at Champs

first_imgIt’s all systems go for this week’s Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium. That’s the word from the president of the Intercollegiate Sports Association, Dalton Myers. Speaking on Monday, Myers says the event is bigger than last year, and expects fans will see Olympians in action when the two-day championships starts on Friday. Last year’s Olympic 4x100m silver medal winner Sashalee Forbes, 2012 Olympic discus thrower and World under-20 400m champion Tiffany James are all down to compete. Myers noted, “This is a big one for the student athletes because the World University Games is coming up and they want to use this as that first port of call to get to the World University Games.” Those Games are set for August in Chinese Taipei. The Intercol president promises that patrons will have fun. “We still have the cheerleading competition,” he informed, “and the reason for that is that we recognise the importance of not just traditional sports, but certainly cheerleading as a sport and also as entertainment.” In addition, the meet’s organising committee is incorporating a party zone inside the Stadium for the first time. MOUND VIBES “Cricket has done it and if they can do it, in terms of having a kind of Mound vibes to cricket,” he compared. “We too can do it with track and field and just managing that entertainment aspect and the athletics aspect.” Myers believes the athletics, the entertainment and an active promotions programme will attract patrons to the championships. “The organising committee has been going through and through all the institutions talking to the student athletes, going to the principals just to get them out,” he reported, “and I think this year will be the year.” Sixteen institutions have entered this week’s event with the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport defending both the men’s and women’s team titles.last_img read more

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Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Surging Ginebra eases past Alaska It could end up impacting Messi too, since slowing Argentina’s passing game is the key to keeping him quiet. With defenders sitting too deep, this means a slower transition to the midfield and therefore less passing cohesion, and ultimately less possession for Messi.Argentina’s best bet is to score first and control the dynamic, forcing Nigeria to push forward and allowing Argentina to find Messi on the break.Then, it will be down to him to do the rest.As usual.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tapia didn’t respond to questions.Tension has been evident at practice, too. Sampaoli gave Messi a birthday greeting on Sunday, kissing his star player on the cheek and patting him on the back. But then there was no further contact between the two.On Saturday, most players trained with their heads down, while Sampaoli asked them to run for only a few minutes. He then implored them to “play and have fun as usual.”CONTRASTING FORTUNESWhile Sampaoli is under huge strain as he fights to save his reputation, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr faces less pressure.Rohr was hailed as shrew tactician after making key positional changes that directly influenced the 2-0 win against Iceland on Friday.Now Rohr has a chance to cement his reputation by leading the Super Eagles into the second round, likely at the expense of Sampaoli’s job.CAUSE FOR CONCERNGiven how easily Croatia found holes in Argentina’s defense last week, Sampaoli’s defenders have good cause to dread facing Ahmed Musa.Musa’s searing pace allows him to hover around the midfield and attack from deep positions. This means Argentina’s defenders will be less inclined to push up for fear of leaving too much space behind them for him to exploit. Considering he will be 35 at the next tournament, this may be his last chance. Tuesday’s game, therefore, is make-or-break not just for his country but also for him.So far in this tournament, he has missed a penalty — which was poorly taken — in the 1-1 draw against Iceland. Then he had a frustrating game in the 3-0 loss to Croatia. The widely accepted view is that Messi didn’t get enough help from his teammates and wasn’t getting the ball to his feet quickly enough to trouble the slick Croats.It’s a convenient argument when applied to most forwards, but Messi is unique and beyond comparison with all current players except Ronaldo.He is a five-time Golden Ball winner, a scorer of 552 club goals for Barcelona — not to mention 64 for his country — and dozens of hat tricks.If his teammates can’t find a way to play to his strengths, Messi should still be good enough to produce at least one moment of magic.Preferably on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg.COACH ON THE ROPESThere were rumors in the Argentine media that beleaguered coach Jorge Sampaoli wouldn’t even be on the field against Nigeria after players asked that he be removed.Argentina’s football association president, Claudio Taipa, put that talk to rest on Sunday, but he didn’t provide much clarity about the coach’s future. Sampaoli has a contract that runs through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“You have seen the coach and the team training,” Tapia told reporters. “It’s clear that what you are saying is a lie.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, center looks down after Croatia’s Luka Modric scored his side’s second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — For Lionel Messi, the time is now.Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world’s best players. Time to end questions about his performance in the biggest games.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ One thing there isn’t time for is celebration. Messi turned 31 on Sunday, two days before Tuesday’s must-win game against Nigeria.Nigeria would advance with a win, and a draw might be enough for the Super Eagles depending on group leader Croatia’s result against Iceland.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 crownOther stars have come through at this World Cup. Messi’s great rival, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored four goals. So has Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku. Neymar has a goal for Brazil. Toni Kroos scored when Germany desperately needed it.The only thing Messi has accumulated after two matches is mounting pressure. 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 To leave Russia without even making it past the group stage would be a massive humiliation for Messi. It would also strengthen the impression some fans have of him back home, which is of a maverick genius who goes missing in critical international matches.His only medal with Argentina came 10 years ago — at the Summer Olympics — but other than that there have been only demoralizing defeats.Messi was kept quiet in the World Cup final four years ago as Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany. Messi also played for Argentina when it lost the Copa America final in 2007 — when he didn’t shoulder much blame because of his youth — and in 2015 and 2016.After the loss to Chile two years ago, Messi missed a penalty in the shootout and then announced his retirement. But he changed his mind, desperate to make things right by leading Argentina to World Cup success.It was Messi’s hat trick — in the final qualifying match at Ecuador — that got Argentina to Russia in the first place.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Fraudsters scam Nigerians with Russia World Cup passes

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russian charity Alternativa said it had helped about 50 Nigerians stranded in Russia and estimated there were about 200 in difficulty overall.“With globalization, the opportunities for criminals are also increasing. The Fan IDs make an extremely profitable business for them,” said the group’s spokeswoman, Yulia Siluyanova.‘Natural’ problem Siluyanova told AFP on Thursday that authorities in cooperation with Alternativa had made arrangements for about 20 stranded Nigerians to be flown back home.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing that the issue of stranded fans was “not desirable but it’s also natural”.“It’s really a problem that primarily the fans themselves should resolve along with diplomatic and consular missions of their countries,” she said.The Nigerian embassy did not respond to requests for comment.“You can’t rule out that some of the foreign guests, taking advantage of visiting the World Cup, are counting in some way or another, usually illegally, on crossing the Russian border and entering one of the European countries,” Zakharova said.“If such an action is recognized as illegal, the relevant authorities will take the necessary administrative measures,” Zakharova also said.Lesson learnt Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Others said they came to watch World Cup matches but got stranded when their return plane tickets, booked by bogus travel agencies, were cancelled.Ismail Olamilekan, 21, and his brother Sodiq, 25, said they paid 250,000 naira or $700 each to a man in Lagos for their Fan IDs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The man told us that with the Fan ID we could get a job and stay here,” Ismail told AFP at a hostel on the outskirts of Moscow.“But when we got here we discovered that it was a fraud, that he had just collected the money and lied to us,” he added. 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 ‘Football career’The plastic-coated passes issued by the Russian government enable foreign fans to enter the country without a visa during the World Cup – but they expire before the end of July.They are issued free to fans who have bought tickets for World Cup matches. But some agents sold them to Nigerians who wanted to come to Russia to work.It was not clear how the bogus agents obtained the Fan IDs that they sold.A FIFA spokesman stressed that the Fan IDs system was implemented by the Russian communications ministry.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Serena ready for royal date with Meghan at Wimbledon FIFA “continues to make efforts to identify and curb unauthorized ticket sales”, th spokesman said.The Olamilekan brothers spent about a thousand dollars each for their plane fare to Moscow, on top of what they paid separately to the agent.“In Nigeria I play football. He told me that if I started working I can also start a (football) career in Russia,” Ismail Olamilekan said.Nigerians ‘stranded’A fellow Muslim was allowing the brothers to sleep in his hostel until their return flight on July 22.Other Nigerians, however, found themselves stranded in Russia after fraudulent “agents” who booked return flights for them then cancelled the bookings to get a refund.A group of about a dozen Nigerians waiting at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Tuesday told AFP they had been sleeping there for days.Some of them said they each paid more than a million naira or at least $2,700 to an agent for a package including flights, match tickets and a fan ID.“We’ve been sleeping on the floor like fools. We’ve got no place to go,” said Alonge Ademola, 35, a cement dealer from Lagos.“We really do want to go back to our country. We’ve cried, we’ve wept, but still no solution,” he added. MOST READ The Olamilekan brothers, meanwhile, are waiting to board their flight home. They bought their return tickets with money their parents borrowed.“We don’t have any option but to go back home and work and pay our parents’ debts,” Ismail said.“I spoke to them last night. They asked if we’ve got a job and if we’re living well and I decided to tell them (the truth). I don’t like lying to my parents.”“I still give thanks to God because He has taught me a lesson,” he added. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments LATEST STORIES A 25-year-old Nigerian Sodiq Olamilekan (L) stands next to his 21-year-old brother Ismail at a door of a hostel in Moscow on July 12, 2018. Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say. AFP PHOTO / Roland LLOYD PARRYMoscow, Russia – Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners said.Some Nigerians told AFP they used the official Fan IDs to come to Russia with the promise of finding work or even playing professional football.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Saudi Visa Suspension ‘Saddens’ Muslim Council

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Karfumba Konneh, has described the suspension of visas by Saudi Arabia to three West African countries as ‘sad.’The Saudi Arabian government Tuesday, March 25, decided to “suspend visa issuance” to Liberian Muslims, following reports of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region; which includes Guinea, where the disease has had its worst toll.According to the Chairperson of the National Muslim Council, Liberian Muslims are not the only ones being affected by the Saudi’s action. He revealed that Muslims from Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone have been restricted as well.Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer Thursday, April 3, Sheik Kafumba Konneh said they had faith in Almighty Allah that before the time for the main pilgrimage reaches, Allah would have passed the Ebola plague over Liberia and Muslims would go to Mecca for their “once in a lifetime” experience.He said the Founder—Prophet Mohammed—of the Islamic Religion, had mandated every Muslim to visit Mecca, which include adhering to one of the five pillars of Islam.The Liberian Islamic scholar spoke with the Observer at his Clay Street resident on Thursday, April 3.He stated that while the Saudi’s action saddens the National Muslim Council, their (the Saudi government’s) decision was “understandable.” According to him, 1,500 years ago, the Prophet Mohammed said, “When there is epidemic (contagious virus), Muslims should restrict their movement and even those in the safe areas should not come into the place that is affected with the virus.”“We want the government of Liberia, Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO) to rise up and ensure this Ebola virus does not spread further. If that is done, Muslims will be able to travel to any of the holy places.”The Islamic cleric explained that they were aware of the situation of the deadly Ebola virus and were trusting in Allah that before the hajj, it would be over and Muslims allowed to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam.He further explained that the issue of traveling to the holy land of Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina was important for each Muslim as it was a once in a life time experience as many life changing things occur at the land of Mohammed.“We must go there once as a Muslim because it allows us to visit historical sites, including the place where Prophet Adam and his wife Hawa [Eve] lived on Mount Arafat. Muslims also see the graves of Prophet Mohammed and his wives and children.”He said Prophet Mohammed once said there is no sickness on earth without cure; something that Muslim people believe strongly. This is why they have faith the threat of Ebola will soon be over.He called on Muslims to be prayerful and trust that Allah will solve the situation and they would be able to visit those holy sites.He disclosed that the Muslim Council in Liberia has asked the Saudi authorities responsible for the hajj to allocate at least 1,000 slots for Liberian Muslims.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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‘Refelctions of a Troubled Mind’

first_imgIn a blistering Open Letter to the Liberian President, former NOCAL CEO Chris Neyor accuses Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of seeking to “destroy” him as part of a plan to boost her son Robert’s chances at the Montserrado senatorial election.The President calls the allegations, “reflections of a troubled mind”.If allegations by Christopher Neyor, former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), are anything to go by, then Liberians should beware that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf intends to impose her son Robert A. Sirleaf on Liberians through every means possible as senator and subsequently president come 2017.To ensure that her plan comes to fruition, according to Mr. Neyor, the President and her son are using every clandestine means of manipulation, especially cash, possible violence and threats against him because of his status as a formidable candidate for the Montserrado senatorial seat.He said President Sirleaf had made what he termed as “venomous” threats against his life in favor of her son clinching victory in the ensuing October Senatorial election for Montserrado County.  Yet, Neyor declared, threats will not hinder his chances to contest and win the Montserrado Senate seat.But when contacted Monday afternoon, June 16, by the Daily Observer for her reaction to Mr. Neyor’s open letter, President Sirleaf said she was “mystified and horrified” by these allegations. She promised that she will prepare “a professional and detailed reply” to the man she had chosen early in her administration to head the National Oil Company.Mr. Robert Sirleaf is yet to publicly declare his intention to contest.  But his mother, the President, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Monday, confirmed that her son “is considering” a run for the Montserrado seat in the Liberian Senate. In an open letter sent to President Sirleaf, and circulated to many people and institutions,   Mr. Neyor wrote: “I have been reliably informed of your venomous statement on more than one occasion that you will destroy me so that your son can have an easy path to the Senate seat for Montserrado County and eventually to the Presidency of Liberia in the 2017 election to succeed you.”“Why would I want to harm Mr. Neyor in any way? To what avail?  His allegations are purely the reflections of a troubled mind,” President Sirleaf told the Daily Observer.In his open letter, Mr. Neyor accused Robert Sirleaf of frantically galvanizing to buy off all the senatorial candidates for the Montserrado County seat, promising cash for others to abandon their political parties to support his senatorial candidacy for Montserrado.Neyor claimed that the threats against his life emanates from the fact that he has “grassroots support that cannot be purchased even with Robert Sirleaf’s millions.  “Despite these threats, I will remain a formidable candidate for the senate race,” declared Mr. Neyor, who is the now chief executive officer of Morweh Group of Companies, an energy consultancy firm he established since his exit from NOCAL.“I take your statement as a serious threat to my person,” he told the President in his open letter, “because in our part of the world when a President with all the power of the State wants to destroy a citizen, the order is usually followed to the letter.“Destroying a citizen can take many forms, including made up accidents, poison, and fabrication of stories that attack one’s integrity or loyalty to the State (sedition, terrorism, etc.) or any combination of these plus more.Mr. Neyor said the Liberian leader and her son are capable of taking his life because “We have gone down that road before, including when he tried to frame me as anti-American and had me under 24-hour surveillance when I was removed from NOCAL.“Because of the seriousness I attach to your statement (which could be reason for impeachment in a non-imperial democracy), I am forced to issue this Open Letter to you so that our citizens and international friends can beware of how far you would go for one son to the detriment of your own administration and our country,” Mr. Neyor  asserted.Neyor disclosed that he met with President Sirleaf on April 24 at her office to inform her of his intent to honor petitions to contest the Montserrado County Senate seat in the October 2014 Special Senatorial Elections. Also present at the meeting was her Chief of Staff, Dr. Edward B.  McClain.Mr. Neyor said his intention to contest is to help the National Legislature be more responsive to the critical issues of the country.“You inquired why I wasn’t running for the Rivercess senate seat instead and I explained among other things that I was born and raised in Montserrado County to a father who came from Morweh in Rivercess and I was a registered voter in Montserrado.”Mr. Neyor: “You stated it would be a difficult task for me but I told you that elections are about numbers and from survey, I had the numbers to win in the county.”He furthered, “You told me then that others had approached you for the same seat and that you would do your own survey and see whom to support. I said that was fair enough for I was just informing you out of courtesy but not necessarily for your support.”The Morweh CEO indicated that since he left the President’s office that day and began consultations with a cross section of Montserrado citizens, she has been doing everything to undermine his participation in the election in favor of her son, though she did not reveal to him that he (Robert) intends to run for the same seat.“You have been trying hard to coerce officials of your government who are supporting or sympathizing with my anticipated candidacy to work with your son instead, even when some advised it would not be a good idea for your son to contest the Montserrado County Senate seat,” Neyor said in the letter.He said it would be a violation of the constitution and elections laws for the Liberian leader to coerce or entice support for your son to be elected senator.Mr. Neyor said he is fully aware of the President’s plan to have her son become senator “at all costs, have him made President Pro Tempore of the Senate and then position him for the 2017 presidential election to succeed you.”“Your son, if he has given up his US citizenship and legally becomes a Liberian citizen again, is entitled to run for any position if qualified under our election laws but let the voters make the choice whom to support and elect,” Mr. Neyor indicated.To this, President categorically denied that she had any such intention for her son.  She emphatically declared to the Daily Observer that that he will not be a candidate in the 2017 elections.Hear Neyor: “I wonder why you harbor so much bitterness against me, Madame President. In addition to your remarks to destroy me; you have also stated emphatically that you will make sure I am NEVER elected senator of Montserrado County.”Why Madam President? Is it because as CEO of NOCAL I refused to give in to you and your son Robert’s adventurism to exploit the oil resources for your own benefits? I think the public should get to know why you are so bent on “destroying” me and trying to legitimize the already unconstitutional power you have given to your son Mr. Robert Sirleaf.He also accused the President of conniving to NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker to give him “the runaround” concerning land at the Port of Buchanan he and his partners want to lease to set up an oil and gas logistics base to provide opportunities for Liberian businesses to participate in provision of goods and services to drilling operations off shore Liberia. The full text of Neyor’s letter is published on page 5 in t he Daily Observer. Expressing her initial reaction to the open letter during the Daily Observer interview, President Sirleaf said there was no amount of politics that should allow someone to sink so low.  She has also vowed to release a more detailed response to Neyor’s open letter. “It shows that he has a troubled mind.  We must respond to it in a detailed and professional manner,” she stated.“We will insist on a professional response, void of rancor or any means to get back at Chris.  There will be no mudslinging, but we will attempt to correct those places where the information is not factual.”She denied that Mr. Neyor had ever been put under surveillance—and maintained that her statement could be confirmed by the Ministry of Justice, by the police or any other security agency.  “He was in my office not too long ago to announce his candidacy.  He brought along his daughter and had me taking pictures with her. I’ve never accused him of being anti-American.”She confirmed that her son Robert is considering running for the Senate. “He has not yet announced it.  Why would someone put up money to buy a senatorial candidate out?“Neyor accuses me of coercing government officials?  The opposite can easily be verified.   As a matter of fact, I am above that.“Do I have my son as a candidate for 2017, the answer is NO. I will soon make it known who my candidate is.  Emphatically, unequivocally, it will not be my son.”Mr. Neyor accused the President and her son of hiring private jets from people to bring in money for the elections.   To this the President replied, “Someday I will discuss with journalists the matter of my integrity and my family integrity.”“As for Neyor’s allegation that he had once been offered a US$2 million bribe,” the President challenged Mr. Neyor to “tell who it is, so that I can prosecute that person, in accordance with the rule of law.“Mr. Neyor had always complained about people offering him bribes.”The President said Neyor had accused her of getting money from GOL institutions, “as though we do not have a system of records in place to get money from the Ministry of Finance. I have to go through the same system as anyone else.  In any case, Mr. Neyor, Mr. Clemenceau Urey, Dr. Foday Kromah can be asked if I have ever asked any of them for money.”The former NOCAL CEO also accused the President of dishing out to Ghanaians the catering services for oil companies exploring in our waters. “These companies need certain services—water, mud– some kind of mineral they push into the pipe, food, etc.”The Daily Observer asked the President why some of these catering contracts were not given to Liberian companies. “There are plans to do so,” she replied.  The position of the National Port Authority (NPA) is to take over the rig services and lease various portions of them to Liberians.  Those considerations are being made.  She said Neyor had let it be known that he is interested in these services. “I am too open and frank a person.  NPA MD can testify to this. I have not gone behind him to ask her not to cooperate with him.”“For what would I want to destroy Chris Neyor?” the President asked.   What would I get out of that?  The whole open letter is about Robert Sirleaf entering politics and the possibility of him winning.  This is what this whole letter is all about. Robert Sirleaf’s going into politics has to do with his concerns about other things,” she said. Neyor’s aim, she said, is to incite the public and add disaffection to the society.  If I ask him to prove what he is saying, what would he do?Expressing her horror at the open letter, President Sirleaf said, “We’re in the same church.  The pastor and I have never talked about Chris Neyor.  United Methodist Bishop Innis, who she said visits her in office frequently, has never come with a complaint from Neyor. “But he (Bishop Innis) comes here to me all the time and raises all kinds of issues, but never about Neyor. Our First Church Pastor Erlene Thompson often calls me, too, but not about Neyor.”“The one thing I like about our society,” said the President, “is that nothing hides; people talk, and they keep documents.  So those who say things that are lies will be exposed.  The embassies will know, because the companies which are mishandled or harassed for one reason or the other will tell their embassies first.”American companies, she noted, have strong laws against corruption. “These laws forbid it. They have integrity laws that we have to respect.” Asked what impact her son Robert had on the decisions she makes, the President replied, “Someone may think I’m crazy.  No son or family can determine the decisions I take. I take personal responsibility for every decision I make because it is I who make them.”Asked what impact she thought Neyor’s letter would have on the government, she replied, “I don’t think it will have any significant effect on government because what we have done or planned to do are very transparent and known to our partners.  So we will continue to carry our Vision 2030 and our Agenda for Transformation. There is the bigger burden of explaining to the people what we are trying to do. We have a young generation who are easily swayed by stuff like this coming from an intelligent person like this.  But I hope the people will see this as a devilish political play, because that is what it is.”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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Marquez moves up in weight class

first_imgRafael Marquez has doled out a lot of pain over his terrific career, having knocked out 32 opponents while compiling a record of 36-3. He is 8-0 in world title fights. But the damage has been done in the bantamweight division. Marquez will move up in weight tonight to challenge Israel Vazquez for his World Boxing Council super bantamweight belt at Home Depot Center in Carson. When the opening bell rings, an all-out assault by the Mexican fighters is expected. So it won’t take long to ascertain whether Marquez brought his tremendous punching power up a weight class. “The four-pound difference does not do anything to me,” Marquez, 31, of Mexico City. “I feel stronger, actually. I wanted to move up a long time ago. I do not feel any disadvantages moving up to 122. “I am strong and I am a great fighter. So why should I feel that way?” Marquez won the International Boxing Federation bantamweight championship with an eighth-round technical knockout of Tim Austin in February 2003. He made seven successful defenses, five by knockout. Now, he not only is moving up to super bantamweight, he is taking on the best fighter in the world in that division. Thus, all the questions about how he will fare at the higher weight. It seems to have been a theme at news conferences and conference calls promoting the fight. “It was my decision to move to 122, so I will be well prepared,” Marquez said. He had better be because Vazquez is coming to rumble. center_img “He is going to have to deal with fighting me,” said Vazquez, who is 41-3 with 30 knockouts. “I am a natural 122-pounder. He has never had to do that before. So I think that will be the biggest obstacle or problem facing him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Body found in Iraq river ID’d as Torrance soldier

first_imgAnzack Sr. said he would remember his son as “a man who made his own choices, stuck by his choices and gave 100percent. “I was honored to have him serve this country,” he said. “I know he went over there and made a difference.” Anzack, 20, vanished along with the two others after their combat team was ambushed May12 about 20miles outside Baghdad. Five others, including an Iraqi, died in the ambush, which al-Qaida later claimed. U.S. forces also disclosed nine more deaths Wednesday, raising to 20 the number of U.S. troops killed in four days. In the search for U.S. soldiers, thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces have searched day and night for 11 days, trudging in temperatures above 110degrees through desert and lush farmland, sometimes wading in sewage-polluted irrigation ditches. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said Iraqi police recovered Anzack’s remains. Officials declined to provide details on the location or condition of the body and cut off Internet and telephone access for soldiers at bases to limit rumors. “We will give the truth to the families first,” said Maj. Webster Wright, a spokesman for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, which has been leading the search. Iraqi police officials said the body was partly clothed in a U.S. military uniform and had a tattoo on one arm, bullet wounds and possible signs of torture. Residents said it was found floating in the Euphrates on Wednesday morning, several miles south of the road by the river where the attack occurred. “Some people from our town – and I was with them – dragged the body from the river,” said Ali Abbas al-Fatlawi, 30, a resident of Musayyib. “We saw the head riddled with bullets, and shots in the left side of the abdomen. His hands were not tied, and he was not blindfolded.” Ali Khalid, 27, a carpenter who lives near the river, said he had used his boat to take the body to shore. Residents say the police took the body to a local hospital, where U.S. soldiers later claimed it. U.S. military officials did not confirm the local accounts. A group of soldiers who had been searching near Musayyib this week – and who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the operations – said U.S. troops might have cornered the gunmen, who then killed the soldier and dumped his body as they fled. The area, they said, has one of the most entrenched insurgent populations in Iraq, with U.S. troops regularly facing attack when they enter. Captured along with Anzack were Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. For the Anzack family in Torrance, notification of the death forced them to relive the most frightening of rumors – only this time, it was real. About a month ago, the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. was told the soldier was dead in Iraq. After messages were posted on MySpace.com, South High School, where he had been a football star, put a message on a sign outside that said: “In Loving Memory Joseph Anzack Class of 2005.” It wasn’t until the Red Cross helped his father speak with him by phone that the family could put the rumor to rest. But on Wednesday, the trauma was real. In the dining hall at a U.S. military base in Mahmudiya, Iraq, U.S. soldiers gathered around televisions, anxiously watching the latest cable news reports. Pfc. Ryan McClymonds, 21, of Miami, Fla., said that if the body found in the river proved to be that of one of the missing Americans, its discovery would at least represent some progress in an exhausting and frustrating search dominated by false leads. At least two soldiers have already died during the search for their missing comrades, and several others have been wounded. Iraqi and U.S. officials have reported that about 1,000 people have been detained since the search began. Of those, commanders have said, about 15 are thought to have direct knowledge of the ambush. Elsewhere in Iraq, a bomber walked into a coffee shop in Mandali, 60 miles east of Baghdad in Diyala province, and blew himself up Wednesday. A police official said the blast had killed 11 people and wounded 25; news agencies reported the police said at least 20 people had died. It was at least the second major attack in a week in the area and seemed to reflect rising tensions between Kurds and Arabs over a disputed section of the province that Kurdish leaders are seeking to incorporate into Iraqi Kurdistan. On May19, gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms dragged 15 Shiite Kurds into the street in a nearby village and shot them dead, Iraqi government officials said. Diyala, a religiously mixed area that has become one of Iraq’s deadliest regions, was also the site of several gun battles and bombings Wednesday. Security officials in Jalawla said three Iraqi soldiers had been among six killed there in a series of clashes. A bomb in the nearby city of Buhruz killed two women, officials said. And in Muqdadiya, two other civilians and a police officer were killed in separate attacks. In Baghdad, authorities found 30 bodies throughout the city, an Interior Ministry official said. Bombs and mortars killed at least four, the official said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – A body pulled from the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday was identified as Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, one of three U.S. soldiers abducted two weeks ago in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida, relatives and officials said. A second body was found in the area, but there was no word whether it was also one of the missing soldiers, a U.S. military official said. Speaking by phone Wednesday night, Joseph Anzack Sr. told the Daily Breeze that Army representatives notified him late that afternoon that his son was the dead soldier. He had been visually identified by a commander in his unit. “I’m not really sure where I’m going to go from here,” Anzack Sr. told the Torrance paper. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do tomorrow. But I have to keep living. I have to keep my family strong.” last_img read more

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Gibbs joins West Brom from Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Gibbs has joined West Brom from Arsenal.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 30 – England international left-back Kieran Gibbs has joined West Bromwich Albion from Arsenal on a four-year contract, his new club announced on Wednesday.West Brom did not reveal how much they paid for the 27-year-old, but British media reports put the fee at around Sh930mn (£7mn). Gibbs came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, but having played regularly between 2012 and 2015, he subsequently found himself on the fringes of the first team.“I watched the boys in the first few games of the season and they’ve got a lot of energy,” Gibbs said in comments published on the West Brom website.“They’ve made some good signings and I feel this is a good move for me.”Gibbs, who won the last of his 10 England caps in 2015, follows Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi, Gareth Barry, Yuning Zhang and Oliver Burke in signing for West Brom during the current transfer window.“Kieran’s a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience,” said West Brom manager Tony Pulis.“To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we’re looking for.”Gibbs also posted a personal message on Twitter, describing his time at Arsenal as “a dream” and thanking manager Arsene Wenger, the staff, his team-mates and the club’s fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, October 17

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have been told that Aston Villa captain and centre-back Ron Vlaar, 29, will cost them upwards of £12m, but face stiff competition from Arsenal. (Daily Express) Arsenal are targeting Celtic’s 23-year-old centre-half Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window. (Daily Telegraph)  Juventus have upped their asking price for 27-year-old midfielder Arturo Vidal, a Manchester United target, following strong interest from Real Madrid. (Daily Express) Manchester United are considering re-signing Stoke captain and centre-half Ryan Shawcross, 27, who came through the youth ranks of the Old Trafford club. (Daily Star) Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have signed-up former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon as an advisor, with a remit to expand the club’s international presence. (AS)Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, says he wants to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions. (The Sun)Arsenal wanted to sign Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas, all 27, when the trio were teenagers at Barcelona’s academy. (Daily Star) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Arsenal can forget about signing Real Madrid star as Ancelotti rules out moveWarnock to decide on Hunt’s Crystal Palace futureWarnock plays down talk of a permanent Reading switch for MurrayTottenham ponder recalling US World Cup star in JanuaryBlow for Chelsea’s rivals as Hazard announces he has no desire to join PSGLiverpool striker blow! Belgian star will not join in JanuaryExclusive – Former England captain slams Sterling’s tired excuseExclusive – Newcastle legend’s gloomy verdict: ‘It’s a long hard season ahead’Exclusive – QPR legend warns against sacking RedknappExclusive – Anfield shock! Liverpool are better than I thought, admits BalotelliExclusive – Gerrard is as good as Pirlo, claims Balotellilast_img read more

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ANGER AS DONEGAL FINED €5,000 FOR ‘BALLYBOFEY BRAWL’

first_imgTyrone officials get stuck inThe Donegal county board is said to be angry and frustrated after being fined €5,000 – for a brawl started by Tyrone.Tyrone were also fined the same amount in the wake of the half-time scuffle which marred the Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary-round clash between the sides at Ballybofey May 17.Tyrone assistant manager Gavin Devlin has been hit with a proposed eight-week ban. Should the suspension be confirmed, Devlin will be absent from the sideline for the Red Hands opening game in the All-Ireland qualifiers on 27 June.No players from either county are to receive punishments arising from the incident, which occurred as both teams left the field at half-time.Donegal are expected to appeal.  ANGER AS DONEGAL FINED €5,000 FOR ‘BALLYBOFEY BRAWL’ was last modified: May 30th, 2015 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:BallybofeydonegalFightTyronelast_img read more

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