Brazil, Tanzania Win Street Child World Cup

first_imgTeams Tanzania (boys) and Brazil (girls) lifted the 2014 Street Child World Cup (SCWC) trophies; but on an incredible day at Fluminense stadium last Sunday, all of the players were crowned champions.Team Liberia joined with all of the other countries, including the USA, Pakistan and Indonesia, to celebrate what has been an amazing experience at the SCWC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”Football is what brought everyone together,” said a blog post at the team’s web site. “It is a universal language understood by all corners of the globe, and it helped deliver the message…… ‘I am Somebody’.”The tournament was a vehicle to gain the world’s attention and make the hundreds of street children taking part realize that they are important and that they do have a voice. The closing ceremony provided just such an opportunity when every team dressed in the cultural outfits and performed different forms of entertainment including singing and dancing.In a full day at the Estádio das Laranjeiras. Under the gaze of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) four games were played to determine the final standings from first place to fourth.Boy’s 3rd and 4th place play off- Pakistan 1-1 USA (Pakistan wins 3-2 on penalties)Girls 3rd and 4th place play off – El Salvador 1-1 Mozambique (El Salvador wins 2-1 on penalties)Boys Final – Tanzania 3-1 Burundi; Girls Final – Brazil 1-0 PhilippinesAfter the games, all of the players received a medal and special awards to recognise their contribution to the event.Team Liberia was praised for the team’s positive spirit, and Coach Sam Burnette was hailed as Coach of the tournament.”Throughout the trip, everyone involved has made Liberia and Street Child of Liberia extremely proud; and upon their return people will see them not as street children, but as champions,” organizers said.Meanwhile, Team Liberia’s Public Relations Officer in Monrovia, Tarsha M. Jackson, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the team will be arriving home on Thursday, and arrangements are being made with the media to give them a heroes’ welcome. Team Liberia outran South Africa and Egypt and many thought they would wrestle the trophy, but lost to Burundi in the quarter-finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC denies knowledge of ‘front companies’ applying for oil licences

first_imgAlleged cronyismOne day after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo came out accusing the coalition Government of being involved in cronyism as it relates to the exploration and production licences for oil and gas, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has denied these claims and has urged Jagdeo to name those involved.AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, who holds the portfolio of Public Security Minister, told a news conference on Thursday that instead of Jagdeo accusing the entire coalition Government, he should specifically name the relatives, friends and associates of Ministers and senior Government functionaries being incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements and are applying for exploration and production licences for oil and gas.But Jagdeo said that if the AFC could deny this and assume the opposite, that meant that it knew of the application and knew every member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Cabinet who was part of the company. Jagdeo believes the party’s denial could mean that it had full knowledge. “Rather than investigate it, you come out 24 hours later with a denial. There is no way he could find out from every APNU/AFC member whether they have family members who are part of it,” he opined.The former President also took Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to task over his remarks that there were no more blocs in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Atlantic. “All the blocs are being given out…,” Jagdeo said, while urging that the available blocs be auctioned instead.AFC ChairmanKhemraj RamjattanDuring a press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo said this move could see middlemen, through these ‘front companies’, with close relations to the coalition APNU/AFC Administration, raking in tens of millions of US dollars.He said they could flip those licences to international companies, since they were unable to raise the required capital for the exploration and development activities required for commercial oil production. One such company identified in recent times is Totaltec, which is spearheaded by the brother of the Petroleum Advisor to President David Granger, Dr Jan Mangal.The Opposition Leader said: “There are at least two companies that we know of that have developed complex shareholding structures that have made applications.”Speaking to the need for the available blocs to be instead auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo sought to point out that a premium must be considered.He was adamant that several of the local companies applying for petroleum licences “have no means whatsoever – who are aligned to Ministers and their families, etc, and some others, cronies – they have no means of finding hundreds of millions of US dollars to do the exploration work.”last_img read more

Improved U.S.-French ties are seen

first_imgRelations between Washington and Paris reached new lows under Chirac, who spearheaded global opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Sarkozy has made no effort to hide his admiration for the United States and has looked to the U.S. model in his stated bid to rejuvenate the lagging French economy. On winning election May 6, he promised “our American friends” that France “will always be by their side when they need.” However, he added that “friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions.” The first test of a renewed friendship could be over Afghanistan. Sarkozy hinted at a withdrawal of French troops during his electoral campaign, saying he did not consider their presence in Afghanistan “decisive.” PARIS – The United States plans closer ties and deeper cooperation with France under new President Nicolas Sarkozy, including working together to bring stability to war-torn Iraq, the U.S. State Department’s No. 2 official said Wednesday. “Now is the time for us to join forces ever more closely,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said, listing Afghanistan, Lebanon and Haiti as areas of already fruitful cooperation. “We intend to work closely with France’s new leadership in a spirit of candor, respect and cooperation,” he said. Negroponte was in Paris for a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He noted that his visit came at a “pivotal time” for France, just as Sarkozy was taking power from Jacques Chirac, who was leaving office after 12 years as president. Taliban militia who held two French aid workers captive until earlier this month had demanded that Sarkozy pull French troops out. Late last year, France pulled 200 elite forces; about 1,000 regular troops remain as part of the NATO mission. Negroponte underscored the importance of the French role in the volatile country, but denied his remarks were a message to Sarkozy, “because my understanding is that we have solidarity between us on the question of Afghanistan.”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

Mourinho respects Pogba’s ‘professionalism’ amid reports of row

first_imgThe midfielder has endured a frustrating spell in recent weeks, having been substituted twice and absent from the starting line-up three times in United’s past five games.He missed last Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round victory at Huddersfield because of illness but had been expected to return from the start on Wednesday as United visited Sevilla for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.He was named on the bench instead, but ended up playing most of the game anyway, replacing Ander Herrera, who was forced off early with a hamstring injury in the 0-0 draw.With Herrera out of action, Pogba is set to return to the starting line-up when Chelsea visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.“You saw the game against Seville,” said Mourinho. “It’s always more difficult to come from the bench than to start.“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it. To be on the bench and to come on without warming up and getting to the pace of the game is not easy.“I think he had a very positive game for us. Some players on the bench take five minutes to be ready to play. They don’t have shin pads, they don’t have strapping, they don’t have the shirt.“He took 10 seconds to be ready to come to the pitch, to show the professionalism and show he was ready to help the team.”Mourinho attempted to play down his rivalries with both Chelsea and their head coach Antonio Conte.Conte and Mourinho have traded poisonous barbs this season, culminating in the pair saying they felt “contempt” for each other.Asked for his thoughts on their impending meeting, Mourinho said: “I don’t want to speak about it. I’m not going to speak about it. That’s not the point. He is a very good manager, they are a fantastic team and that’s what is important for me.”Mourinho spent two spells as manager of Chelsea between 2004 and 2015, winning three Premier League titles.Jose Mourinho said Chelsea’s Antonio Conte “is a very good manager” © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFHis family home is still in London, near Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground, and he said he retains a good relationship with many people at the club, citing the support they gave him after the death of his father last year.Mourinho said: “I have a good relation with the board. I don’t forget how nice they were to me in a difficult period with departure of my father. I don’t have any problem, any regret, any stone in my shoes, no problem at all.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba impressed his manager when he came off the bench in Sevills © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESR, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Jose Mourinho said Friday he respects Paul Pogba’s “professionalism” following reports of a heated training ground row with the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder.Mourinho last week dismissed as “lies” any talk of the Frenchman wanting to leave Old Trafford less than two years after he returned to the club from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89 million ($124 million).last_img read more

Crystal Palace 2-1 Man City: Champions stunned as title hopes suffer fresh blow

first_img1 Manchester City’s hopes of defending their Premier League title suffered a potential knock-out blow after Crystal Palace stunned the reigning champions 2-1 to leave the Blues nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.Manuel Pellegrini’s side needed three points to keep pressure on the table toppers as well as rivals Arsenal and Manchester United, who have both come back into the chase following a resurgence in form.But Alan Pardew’s gutsy Eagles were again a stumbling block, having proved the undoing of title hopefuls Liverpool last term, as goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon – who beat Joe Hart with a fine free-kick – handed the hosts a shock lead after a period of City dominance.Yaya Toure later pulled a goal back with a rasping drive from the edge of the box as the visitors began to lay siege on Palace’s penalty area, but City were left frustrated, and pointless, by a number of superb saves from Julian Speroni as well as a crucial goalline block by James McArthur.It’s a result which leaves the Blues in fourth place, one point below bitter rivals Man United – whom they face in Sunday’s derby – and two adrift of second place Arsenal, while Palace rise above Everton into 11th.The hosts set the tone from the off as City barely escaped going a goal down inside two minutes. Martin Kelly’s low cross into the box was completely missed by Puncheon but did find Wilfried Zaha, but the former Man United man could only send his shot from six yards over the bar.City also showed some bright moments in the first half, with David Silva twice denied by the impressive Speroni – with his second a wicked effort from 25 yards – while Sergio Aguero was denied by the crossbar with his Argentine compatriot rooted on his line.Vincent Kompany was next to go close as the Blues upped the pressure, the captain seeing a thumping header cleared before Aguero fired wildly over the bar, and their wastefulness proved costly as Palace went in front moments later.City initially did well to clear from a corner but then immediately went to sleep as Palace lumped the ball back into the box. Scott Dann saw his shot saved by Hart after a flick on from Joe Ledley, but the rebound fell kindly to Murray who tapped in.A number of City players gestured towards referee Michael Oliver as the teams left the field at half-time, with two debatable offside shouts during the build-up to Murray’s goal, and their woes only increased after the break.It was Fernandinho who gave away a dangerous free-kick after bundling over man-of-the-match Murray and, after batting away his team-mates, Puncheon doubled his side’s lead with a beautiful arcing strike, looping the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner.City continued to threaten, with Yaya Toure firing over and Edin Dzeko denied a clear shot at goal by a brilliant last-ditch interception, and their frustration threatened to boil over when claims for what appeared to be a clear penalty were also waved away.Dzeko was soon replaced by Frank Lampard and City’s persistence was eventually rewarded with a lifeline as Toure almost burst the net with a firecracker shot right into the corner on 80 minutes.They threw everything forward in search of a late equaliser, but the resilience which is becoming typical of this Crystal Palace side eventually proved too much, with Speroni brilliantly saving from Toure and Silva in the closing stages to leave the Blues’ chances of catching Chelsea in tatters. Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho react as the Premier League champions suffer defeat to Crystal Palace last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers emerges as number one contender for Celtic job

first_img Brendan Rodgers 1 Brendan Rodgers is understood to be holding talks with Celtic over their managerial vacancy.The Northern Irishman is reportedly the Scottish champions’ top target to take over from Ronny Deila, who stepped down at the end of the season.Rodgers has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool in October.He came close to leading them to the Premier League title in 2013-14 but had to contend with the sale of a host of key players and failed to win a trophy during his time at Anfield.Since his Liverpool exit, Rodgers has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and Newcastle, but now could be heading north of the border.With Rangers back in the Premiership next season, Celtic want a big-name boss to succeed Deila as they aim to see of their bitter rivals’ challenge and retain their crown.And they see Rodgers as the ideal man to lead them into a new dawn.The 43-year-old has already held tentative talks with the Scottish giants over the job and is now set for futher discussions this week as Celtic look to secure his signature.last_img read more

A happy ‘young boy’ – Ronaldo clearly loves talking about this every year

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo says he feels as young as ever after guiding Real Madrid to a 4-1 win Champions League final win against Juventus.In Cardiff, Ronaldo scored twice as his side recorded a 12th triumph in European football’s premier competition and Real became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy since it replaced the straight knockout competition that was the European Cup in the 1992/93 season.It was the player’s fourth win – three for Real and one at Man United – and his double took him to 600 career goals for club and country.“My age is just a number, I feel like a young boy,” the 32-year-old said after being handed the man-of-the-match award by his former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.“I am very happy – an amazing season again. We’ve won trophies and of course it is one of the best moments of my career – I have the opportunity to say this every year but it’s true!“This season was amazing again, last season was amazing.“I have two or three days to rest now then I have a qualifying game for Portugal.“Then we have Confederations Cup (in Russia). It is a long season but I am motivated.“I am happy, these are good moments.” Ronaldo’s goals in the final took him to 42 for the season, spearheading Real’s first LaLiga and European Cup double since the 1957/58 campaign.His display also made fans who have previously whistled him look all the more absurd.“It’s not the moment to speak about that,” he said when asked about such criticism.“I speak already a few times about that.“The most important (thing) is that I again had an amazing season, me and my team-mates have done the double.“I think people don’t have words to criticise because the numbers don’t lie, you know?” 2 Ronaldo won his fourth Champions League trophy 2last_img read more

‘Rafa Benitez is happy and upbeat at Newcastle’, Magpies star tells talkSPORT

first_imgNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has reassured fans that manager Rafael Benitez is ‘happy and upbeat’ at the club and there is harmony within the Magpies camp.Various reports of unrest behind the scenes have threatened to derail Newcastle’s start to the new Premier League season.Despite making a number of good signings, bringing in the likes of Kenedy on loan from Chelsea, signing midfielder Ki Sung-yueng from Swansea and striker Salomon Rondon on loan from West Brom, Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of funds being made available to him.The Toon army are such big fans of their boss that a section of supporters have threatened to boycott the club if Benitez leaves due to his disputes with the board – using the Twitter hashtag #IfRafaGoesWeGo. 2 Rafa Benitez is a hero to Newcastle fans after taking the club back to the Premier League Ritchie insists the Newcastle camp are all pulling in the same direction Meanwhile, there were reports of a revolt in the dressing room, with players apparently refusing to speak to the media over a bonus dispute with the club.There have been big question marks over how the Magpies will perform this season, but they put in a decent performance in the Premier League opener against Tottenham last week, where they were unlucky to lose 2-1.And Ritchie has moved to calm fan fears over their manager’s future, insisting there is harmony within the Newcastle camp.Asked if the manager is happy at St James’ Park, Ritchie told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday: “I’d say so, yes, absolutely.“In training he is very upbeat. One of his best qualities is he’s never too high and never too low, and I think that’s really important for a team like us, because we’re not going to win every game, we move onto the next one and try and improve.“That’s one of the very important qualities he gives the group.center_img “There is absolutely harmony within the club, for sure. We had a really good pre-season, although we didn’t have really good results, we got a lot of minutes in our legs.“I think the performance against Tottenham showed we’ve got a lot to work on but it also showed there are good things and positive things we can build on.“With the protests, the fans are going to have their opinion and their say, but I can certainly reassure you that everything is very positive at the football club.“As players we want to concentrate on the football. Everyone is focussed on trying to achieve better than last year.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Newcastle star Matt Ritchie IN FULL above! 2 getty last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp issues defiant response to concerns about Liverpool’s midfield

first_img 3 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The first-half of the game saw midfield trio Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have a torrid time as Marco Verratti pulled the strings to help the French champions go 2-0 up after 37 minutes.Klopp’s time at Liverpool is running out, says talkSPORT hostAnd when asked about the recent performances in midfield, Klopp was adamant he had not seen any issues.He said: “Not as controlled? We’ve conceded five [league] goals and you talk about our midfield is overrun. RANKED huge blow He added: “Yeah, absolutely. The players had the whole week together. Most of the time, they talk to each other so they all know about it.“He [Henderson] is not available so what should I do? Ask the FA or what? I thought that I should choose a team where I think they are ready, to be honest.“I really don’t get a lot of your questions today but, sorry, maybe you are not happy with my answers. I don’t understand it, why should I think about that?“Are they ready? We will see! We have to prove it. If I would say now, ‘I think we have a real problem with that, I don’t think we have enough time to make them ready for a derby’, what kind of idiot would I be?“Ask a question where the answer is not clear on a plate. You ask a question, I say, ‘Yes, I think they are ready, but we have to prove it on Sunday’.” REVEALED latest Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Sorry, I didn’t see that, I heard about that. Yes, we could’ve scored more goals, creativity. No, I don’t see any problems in midfield.”Klopp faces something of a selection headache in the middle of the park on Sunday, with Henderson suspended after being sent off in their 3-0 win against Watford last weekend.Summer signings Naby Keita and Fabinho are therefore in the running to start the game despite having a lengthy bedding in period at Anfield.And when asked if the pair would be ready for the intensity of such a fixture, Klopp became more irritated. Liverpool’s midfield struggled to contain the likes of Neymar Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT An edgy Jurgen Klopp rubbished suggestions that Liverpool‘s midfield is a problem area during a feisty pre-Merseyside derby press conference.Liverpool go into their 232nd meeting with their Merseyside neighbours having lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Klopp was not as relaxed as usual before a game Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 REVEALED shining Keita could be brought back into the fold for the derby The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Liverpool FC News REVEALED last_img read more


first_imgTHERE are celebrations in the Rosses tonight after Naomh Muire won today’s Intermediate Championship title in a fine final win over St Naul’s at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.In the end the Annagry men had six points to spare, winning on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-07.The Yank Boyles did most of the damage, Shaun scoring the early first half goal, leaving his marker and firing past Lee McBrearty. When Harry Harden had a chance of a second goal, his effort was blocked by an illegal foot challenge, but Paul Yank Boyle had his penalty saved.It was a let off for St Naul’s who went in at half-time trailing 1-06 to 0-05.Shaun and Paul both pointed at the start of the second half and it was all Naomh Muire after that.St Naul’s James Flynn bagged a goal in the dying seconds but it was merely a consolation. St Naul’s can look forward to Division 2 football next year and there is little doubt that Naomh Muire deserved today’s championship. CELEBRATIONS IN THE ROSSES AS NAOMH MUIRE LAND INTERMEDIATE TITLE was last modified: October 13th, 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)last_img read more