Crusaders game holds huge implications for Lions

first_imgThe visitors delivered an unconvincing win against the semi-professional Provincial Barbarians in their opening game and on Wednesday lost to the Blues, New Zealand’s worst-performing Super Rugby side this season.The Crusaders always loomed as the toughest opponents of the opening 10 days and Gatland has decided to field what appears to be the strongest Lions side yet in a bid avoid what would be a dispiriting second defeat so early on the tour.Should the Crusaders inflict defeat on such a strong side, it could leave the Lions in disarray and send Gatland scurrying back the drawing board to sketch out a Plan B with only three matches to iron out the details before facing the All Blacks.”It would be disappointing to lose back-to-back matches,” Gatland said. “The challenge is to come together as quick as we can.”It’s a great test for us and preparation. We are trying to keep a few things back behind closed doors.”While Gatland may indeed be keeping a few things back, in truth there is very little time for the Lions to get things right as they build through the tour towards that all-important first test against the world champions on June 24.The visitors have so far failed to show the intensity, skill execution and cohesiveness that their 20,000 travelling fans had expected from day one in New Zealand.While the Lions demonstrated a stiff defence against the Blues at Eden Park on Wednesday, they must capitalise on their scoring opportunities, create more with the ball in hand, and not rely solely on their kicking game to create pressure.And they need to score tries.Tour captain Sam Warburton has said they would not beat the All Blacks in the three-test series unless they scored more than 20 points per game. However, they failed to breach that mark against the Barbarians and Blues and scored just one try in both those games.On Saturday, the Crusaders represent a considerable step up in intensity with coach Scott Robertson fielding all of his All Blacks, with six in the pack alone.The Lions have surprisingly failed to dominate in the scrum and with the Crusaders boasting what is likely to be the All Blacks front row for the first test, that contest will be keenly watched.The seven-times Super Rugby champions have also been more expansive this year under Robertson, but he said it would be churlish not to adapt to what the Lions threw at them.”We will be smart about it. We also understand that with the potential test match focus of it, we have to adapt,” Robertson said. “If we have to go to set-piece, we will.”If we have to throw the ball as well, we will.”last_img read more

Scorpions drop Palmer

first_imgFirst-time Jamaica Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr has been relieved of his duties and dropped from the squad for their seventh round WICB First-Class League encounter fixture against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, starting today at Sabina Park.Opener Palmer, who has been experiencing a wretched run of the form with the bat, has been replaced by fellow opener and vice-captain, John Campbell.The new vice-captain is Barbados-born batsman, Kirk Edwards.The 24-year-old Palmer, a former Jamaica youth captain, has passed 50 just once in 12 innings, and has been one of several Scorpions batsmen who has failed to produce since the start of the season.Campbell led the Jamaica team in the recent WICB Super50 one-day tournament in January. Edwards is a former West Indies vice-captain.Palmer’s removal is one of three changes made by the Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel to a squad which lost to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs in Antigua last weekend.The other players omitted are experienced campaigners, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.They have been replaced by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who makes a return from studies, batsman Brandon King, and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.The selection panel is completed by Wayne Lewis, Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, and Cleveland Davidson.Fourth and fifth place finishers over the past two seasons, the Scorpions, with just three wins and as many losses, are all but out of the championship race with four rounds of matches to go.They are third on 52 points, 30 behind second-place Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on 101 points.UNCHANGED SQUADTrinidad, in the meantime, who are fourth in the standings with 40 points and are out of the running for the top prize, have named an unchanged squad for the game.The Jason Mohammed-captained unit, without their most established players, will look to batsman Narsingh Deonarine, all-rounder Rayad Emrit, and young off-spinning standout Jon-Ross Jagessar to lead their charge.They have recorded a win, three defeats, and two draws record to date.Jamaica Scorpions (from): John Campbell (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cottrell, Kirk Edwards, Nicholson Gordon, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (from): Jason Mohammed (captain), Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Kudos to Carifta coverage

first_imgThe organisers of successive stagings of the Carifta Games have, in recent times, taken a lot of flak for the lack of quality in the broadcast of the annual Easter Weekend event. This column is being written with two of three days completed at the 2017 staging, and a marked difference has been recognised. Foster’s Fairplay, in acknowledgement of the vast improvement in delivery of the action from first-time host, CuraÁao, sincerely congratulates the country for treating the sport with the respect that not only it, but those who participate, deserve. For sure, there is some way to go to achieve perfection, but at least the title sponsors FLOW, can hold its head a little higher as it works at creating a more acceptable viewing and listening model for fans who are not able to make it to the venue. ANSWERS HIGHLIGHTS Having said all that, what were the highlights that this columnist considers to be worthy of mention? Surely, a major plus is the introduction of Caymanian, Kareem Streete-Thompson, himself a Carifta icon, having a record-breaking history in the long jump, while representing his country for six years. He began that campaign in 1987 at age 14 and, during the coverage, brought a level of professionalism and technical competence to his analysis. This was far from being surprising as he is on the panel of the presenters who work for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at their elite global championships. In tandem with Dalton Myers of the region’s Intercollegiate sports executive, he gave the presentation a fresh look. Apart from that positive change, there were revelations elicited in an interview, from the President of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, that cleared the air on some matters regarding the sport. Sometime last year, the world governing body announced that the 2017 hosting of the World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, would be the final one. This had caused some consternation at all levels as questions were being asked as to the reasons. The Carifta broadcast provided some answers due to some carefully crafted queries by the team of announcers. Lord Coe seized the moment to explain that it was felt by different stakeholders that the existing development format did not adequately address that for which it was created. The IAAF, according to the former Olympic 1500m champion, had happily included coaches and athletes in its deliberations as well as federation heads and officials. What was concluded, is that competition at this age group should be brought closer home, with athletes from the different geographic areas competing at a regional level. The IAAF is expected to give their support in order to establish and sustain the viability of the new exercise. What impressed Foster’s Fairplay is that the consultation process prior to the final verdict, was all-embracing and not confined to a top-level decision handed down as if by decree. “Milud” was also afforded the opportunity to give the IAAF’s view on life after Bolt, now that the sport’s legend, Emperor Usain, will be giving up at the end of the London World Championships, come August. Although there was no elaboration, it was apparent that track and field, globally, will take on some of the characteristics of the Usain-inspired Nitro Series held in Melbourne, Australia, at the start of the year. Lord Coe also thought that the sport, already occupying nine months in the year, needs to be converted to a 12-month slog. Track and field was taking a flogging when the former world record holder took office. His predecessor, Lamine Diack was beleaguered with criminal charges, top IAAF executives were similarly being exposed, all as a result of investigations surrounding Russia’s alleged involvement in and subsequent cover-up of drug violations, leading to several disqualifications from competition and the attendant loss of medals. Lord Coe needed a forum, as provided by the Carifta broadcast team, to convince any doubters of his ability to correct a listing ship, that he was the right nominee for the arduous task. The credibility of track and field was in dire need of restoration. The 2017 Carifta Games broadcast team provided an opportunity and they should be commended. – For feedback email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Bradley Beal, John Wall lead Wizards past Grizzlies

first_imgCarpio 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 Washington surrendered a 17-point third quarter lead and nearly continued its season-long trend of losing games to inferior teams.“We have leads but we don’t do a great job of stepping on teams’ throats and just getting these teams out of the way,” said Wall, who had four assists and a blocked shot in 27:37 of playing time.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 folkUnlike some other nights, the Wizards pulled this one out. Beal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers.After the Grizzlies took their first lead of the night, 67-65, on James Ennis III’s 3-pointer with 8:53 left to play, Washington responded with a 13-0 run and Memphis got no closer than 83-80 the rest of the way. Both teams were without expected starters. For Memphis, Chandler Parsons stepped in for Evans and scored 12 points. Washington’s Mike Scott started in place of Morris and had 10 points.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Atlanta on Friday night.Wizards: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Also seen is Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) and Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — John Wall helped the Washington Wizards avoid a bad loss.Wall had 13 points in his return from a sore knee, Bradley Beal scored 18 points and the Wizards held off the Memphis Grizzlies 93-87 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “When you’re down at that point, you’ve got to play perfect,” Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “And those 3s especially, they hurt you.”Wall missed nine games, with Washington going 4-5 in his absence and coming off a five-game trip that ended with a Tuesday night loss at Brooklyn.“Just what I thought. He gave us a boost,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said about Wall. “He made some amazing plays, blocked (a shot) like I’ve never seen a point guard do ever and he makes it look easy. He didn’t have a lot of assists, but we didn’t make a lot of shots for him.”Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 20 points, JaMychal Green had 15 points and15 rebounds, and Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies have lost five straight and 16 out of 17.Memphis erased most of an 11-point deficit to pull to 29-27 in the second quarter when Wall heated up a sluggish game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img MOST READ His drive to the basket made it 31-27. He hit a corner 3 and followed by a driving dunk and a long 2-pointer to cap his personal 9-0 run and Washington eventually led 41-29 at halftime.The Wizards built the lead to 17 early in the third quarter, but Memphis rallied and Ben McLemore’s 3-pointer tied it at 62 early in the fourth.“I thought defensively we did a much better job, we were proactive we were more aggressive, we were sort of the instigator,” Gasol said of the rally.Memphis was without guard Tyreke Evans. The Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer was held out after experiencing right hip soreness during pregame warm-up.TIP INSGrizzlies: Scored a season-low 12 points in the first quarter and season-low 29 in first half. … Have lost first 10 vs. Eastern Conference, the franchise’s skid longest since losing the first 11 in 1996-97. … Have dropped their last four visits to Washington.Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. added 14 points, and Marcin Gortat had 12. . Missed 13 of 22 free throws. … F Markieff Morris was a late scratch with a sore right hip. … C Ian Mahinmi missed his second straight game with a sore right hip. … The 12-first quarter points were the fewest the Wizards have allowed in any quarter this season.QUOTABLE“I mean both teams, that was probably as bad offensive basketball as you’re going to see by the world’s greatest players.” — Brooks referring to the first half.STEPPING UP Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Bulls beat Jazz for 4th straight victory View commentslast_img read more

Shot teen waitress still to undergo surgery

first_imgAlmost one week after she was shot in the chin, 16-year-old waitress Onika Luke is still awaiting surgery at theOnika LukeWoodlands Hospital to have the bullet lodged in her throat removed, relatives have said.Luke, a student of St John’s College who works part-time as a waitress at the Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, was shot by a lone gunman while at work on Friday.According to the teenager’s brother, Rickford Ranjee, doctors have delayed the surgery until the young woman’s condition improves.Ranjee told Guyana Times that his sister was still a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.He, however, complained that doctors have not been adequately updating his family about Luke’s condition apart from indicating that she would be cleared for surgery after the blood clotting had reduced.He said the delayed surgery was putting a significant financial burden on the family.“From Friday night to yesterday (Tuesday), we had to pay over $1 million for Onika’s treatment because we are still waiting for the surgery,” he disclosed.Luke is still unable to speak and the family has observed that she is having difficulties in moving around. Ranjee related when doctors were questioned about what might be the cause of her difficulties, no answers were provided.“She can’t talk or anything and they had to bore a hole in her throat and use a tube so that she can breathe. We think her spine was damaged too, but doctors can’t confirm it yet,” he related.In the meantime, the family is hoping that doctors operate quickly on the young lady so that she can begin her recovery.On the evening of May 27, about 22:45h, Luke was on duty when a lone customer entered the restaurant and ordered a half serving of vegetable fried rice.After paying for his order, the man allegedly held on to Luke’s hand, while pointing a firearm at her and demanding that she handed over the cash.Reports are that the teenager put up a fight and it was during this that the man discharged a round in her direction, hitting the St John’s College student in the chin.She was picked up and rushed to the hospital.At the hospital, the teenage girl provided a written description of her attacker who was said to be the same man who had threatened to kidnap her a few days earlier.She had noted that the man has a tattoo on his neck and frequented the restaurant.last_img read more

“Liberia’s Need for Transformation”

first_imgLet us first give praise and thanks to God Almighty because it is by His grace and goodwill that we celebrate our 169th Independence Day today. Our country has gone through many changes in the past few decades. Some of those changes, long expected, did not live up to the full potential because they were marred by anger, frustration, and sometimes a deep sense of alienation that led to violence. However, because of the resilient people that we are, we have managed to move past those days. Today’s young Liberian will grow up with no experience of the trauma that the older generations including myself have gone through. We now have peace, we enjoy an emerging democracy, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am humbled to be a part of the leadership of the nation into this era of transformation, a process that will positively impact in every aspect of our society.In the most recent past we have seen the reform of state structures and changing procedures, processes, and technologies to make existing systems more effective in doing what they were intended to do. Thus, our reform agenda included, first and foremost, building safeguards, so that we don’t slip back into the old habits that almost destroyed our country. By changing structures, a new political culture was launched. These days, when Liberians speak of corruption, national budget, press freedom, the rule of law, they do so freely and with an understanding of what these words mean. However, this is not something that government can do on its own, no matter what amount of resources it has. The government can create the institutions and the environment, but every Liberian must take responsibility for transformation. It is a patriotic duty for every Liberian – whether in government or in the private sector, in urban or rural areas, old and young – to support the process.What do we mean by transformation? By transformation, we mean doing things radically different from the ways they were traditionally done. For transformation to occur, the beliefs, values and culture of institutions must be changed completely. Transformation also involves changing the current rules, roles, and relationships so that the innovations – the new ways of doing things – can be embraced. The first example of this is the issue of feeding ourselves – growing food that we eat, and eating the food that we grow. Our second is transforming our social fabric – our traditions, our values are taught less, and that is because the dislocation of our family structures has been one of the negative consequences of our civil conflict. Families broke down, and, in turn, family values broke down. We must bring back those moral and civil lessons that once made families strong. The struggle to regain our dignity is the real reason behind our quest for transformation. As a people, we must renew hope and confidence in our own abilities to transform our country and shed the dependency syndrome that has gripped so many of us. Partnerships with the international community are good; they help us to build strong institutions. But we must not become overly dependent on aid; we must be able to do for ourselves and as proud Liberians. This is something that we can do if we join our forces together. We did it before, and we can certainly do it again!I tell people all the time that I am proudly Liberian, the person that I am today is because of the foundation I obtained in Liberia. My formative years were spent in Liberia, I graduated from High School in Liberia, I was raised and learned my values by my parents in Liberia. Those formative years in Liberia prepared me to be able to travel to the United States to obtain advanced degrees and have a very successful career for almost 20 years. I explain all of this, not to impress you, but to inspire you and say that, if I could do it, ANY of you can do it. Liberia is responsible for the person I am today and it is because of my fond memories of Liberia that I decided to leave a successful career in the US and return to work in Liberia about 10 years ago. I have not regretted that decision for one minute! I truly believe that if we do not build our country, no one will do it for us!We must accept and take pride in our native Liberia by being patriotic and nationalistic, putting Liberia first, above all else. We must take ownership of our communities and not wait for the government to do everything. We must respect our Constitution and the rights of equality of all people. We are at a new juncture, Fellow Liberians. Having laid the foundations, we must now ensure that the new structures we put in place will stand the test of time, will not carry the same deficiencies of the past. In order to succeed, we must change our mind-set about the public good, the national interest and the greater good.I call on all Liberians to take a moment and think about the future. I invite you to envision a greater and better Liberia. If we are capable of looking into the future, and if we are able to envision the better days ahead, then we can all put in place the mechanisms for success. To everyone present, to Liberians and residents throughout our nation, to our compatriots in the Diaspora, and to our special guests, partners and friends, we extend hearty greetings and say a “Happy 26.” May God continue to bless Liberia!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sarri eyes early Chelsea boost, Tottenham return to Wembley

first_imgBut while Chelsea are used to the upheaval of coaches coming and going under Roman Abramovich, Arsenal are still settling into Emery’s new era after 22 years with Arsene Wenger in charge.The early signs suggest it will take Emery time to stem years of decline towards the end of Wenger’s reign.However, the Spaniard had the misfortune to face champions Manchester City on his Premier League debut as Arsenal were outclassed in a 2-0 defeat on home soil last weekend.Sarri has also insisted it will take at least two months to implement the free-flowing attacking style that made him a coach in demand at Napoli.But, despite a disrupted pre-season due to his late arrival at Stamford Bridge to replace Antonio Conte, the departure of Thibaut Courtois and speculation over a host of other key players, Chelsea were too good for Huddersfield in an opening day 3-0 win.There were already clear hallmarks of Sarri’s influence as Jorginho, who followed his boss from Napoli to Chelsea in the summer, controlled the midfield.Chelsea are likely to be even stronger this weekend as Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up after he shone in a 15-minute cameo at Huddersfield following his World Cup exertions with Belgium.Conte won just one of eight meetings with Arsenal in two seasons in charge. A quick reversal of fortunes this weekend would suggest Sarri is headed in the right direction.Spurs’ home from homeNo more Wembley woe: Tottenham had an impressive record at adopted home Wembley last season © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONAfter failing to sign a single player in the transfer window, Tottenham’s poor month off the field continued with the news this week that the club’s new stadium won’t be ready until at least October.That means Mauricio Pochettino’s men will play their first three home games of the season at Wembley, starting with the visit of Fulham on Saturday.Pochettino has vowed to deliver wins for fans frustrated by the delay.And more fixtures at the home of English football might not be a handicap on Spurs’ ambitions. After failing to win any of their first three home games last season, Tottenham won 13 of the next 16 Premier League games at Wembley once they adjusted to their new surroundings.Time for City’s squad to shineSilva lining: Bernardo Silva’s early season form may compensate for the loss of Kevin de Bruyne through injury © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONCity’s victory at Arsenal without ever hitting top gear last weekend was ominous for the challengers trying to stop Pep Guardiola’s men becoming the first side in a decade to retain the title.But City were dealt a huge blow when Kevin De Bruyne suffered a serious knee injury in training on Wednesday, expected to keep the Belgian sidelined for at least two months.If any squad is equipped to deal without a world class talent like De Bruyne, it is probably the one at Guardiola’s disposal.Bernardo Silva starred against Arsenal and Chelsea in the Community Shield from a more central role with new signing Riyad Mahrez starting on the right.David Silva is yet to play a minute this season and 18-year-old Phil Foden has been tipped by Kyle Walker to take his chance in De Bruyne’s absence.“We don’t just rely on one player. It’s a team game and whoever steps in will do well,” said Walker. “Obviously, it’s a big loss but we’ve got more than enough cover.”Life without De Bruyne begins at home to Huddersfield on Sunday.Fixtures (5pm unless stated)SaturdayCardiff v Newcastle (2:30pm), West Ham v Bournemouth, Tottenham v Fulham, Leicester v Wolves, Everton v Southampton, Chelsea v Arsenal (7:30pm)SundayManchester City v Huddersfield, Burnley v Watford (both 3:30pm), Brighton v Manchester United (6pm)MondayCrystal Palace v Liverpool (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fresh starts: Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and Arsenal’s Unai Emery take charge for just their second Premier League game on Saturday © AFP / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Chelsea and Arsenal’s new regimes under Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery got off to contrasting Premier League starts, but Saturday’s clash between the two will provide a truer test of where the London rivals stand.Failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League provoked big changes at both clubs.last_img read more

Jerome Champagne announces he will stand for FIFA presidency

first_img Jerome Champagne 1 Jerome Champagne has announced his decision to run for the FIFA presidency, saying the events of recent months have renewed his determination.The Frenchman tried to run against suspended incumbent Sepp Blatter at the last election in May, but was not nominated.However, after the recent collapse of FIFA’s structure – which has seen Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini suspended pending an investigation into a £1.35million payment to Platini – Champagne has put himself back in the running.His announcement comes ahead of Monday’s deadline for the February 26 vote and he joins Platini (subject to his suspension being lifted prior to February’s vote), Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, former Trinidad and Tobago player David Nakhid and Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa in standing.In a statement released on his website, former diplomat Champagne said the corruption scandal that has engulfed FIFA helped him decide to run.He wrote: “At a time when FIFA, our FIFA, needs more than ever an open debate about its future, its reform and the reform of football, we are witnessing the first months of the electoral campaign being dominated by controversy and deals made behind closed doors.”Champagne has also called for all candidates to take part in a series of televised debates and says he will commit to achieving eight goals over the next four years, if elected.The goals include: “Continuing what has been done well over the past 40 years”, “applying the highest standard of transparency and ethics” and “modernising the FIFA administration”.To aid those goals, Champagne adds in his seven-page manifesto that he would publish the salaries and benefits of FIFA executives in an annual report.Champagne has worked for FIFA before, serving the governing body between 1999 and 2010. He worked as an advisor to Blatter from 1999 to 2002 before holding the positions of deputy secretary general, delegate of the president and director of international relations.Since leaving the governing body he has occupied a number of advisory roles with various football federations and clubs.His announcement comes on the day footballers’ union FIFPro published four “vital criteria” it believes the next FIFA president must meet if the game’s governing body is to repair its reputation.The global body has said Blatter’s replacement must meet certain standards if football is to “climb out of the toxic pit which continues to produce serious accusations of corrupt behaviour on almost a daily basis”.FIFPro said the new FIFA president must have a proven capacity to drive reform of a democratic and politically complex global body; a governance record; a human rights record; and an understanding of the game as a sport and business.Salman’s potential candidacy would not be without controversy, given a number of questions he faces about human rights abuses in his native Bahrain, specifically related to the pro-democracy uprising in 2011. Salman has denied the allegations.FIFPro’s statement said the new FIFA president must be able to show “a body of work based on social wellbeing, fairness, democratic values on human rights”.“The future leader of FIFA has to be a proven reformer, an impeccable figure who passes the most stringent integrity tests (underpinned by the highest standards of ethical behaviour and honesty), carried out independently, possibly by more than one external body,” the statement said.last_img read more

We want £100m for Mbappe! Monaco block United’s £72m bid and demand record fee

first_img1 Manchester United had a bid of £72million rejected for Monaco striker Mbappe Manchester United have had a £72million bid for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe rejected and told they will need to pay a staggering £100m for them to sanction a transfer.Jose Mourinho has identified Mbappe as one of his top targets alongside Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann as the club plan another summer of upheaval.United have spent more than £500m on transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson left the helm at Old Trafford, but they haven’t managed to maintain a title challenge since his exit in 2013.Monaco are unwilling to sell at the moment and the Ligue 1 club believe they will be able to secure  a figure closer to £125m if they hang onto him for another season, according to the Guardian.Real Madrid is understood to be Mbappe’s preferred destination when he does leave King Louis II stadium.Elsewhere, it is understood United have agreed personal terms with Griezmann, believed to be a £280,000-a-week deal to move to Old Trafford this summer.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Town Council and Mayor Gerry McMonagle have held a Civic Reception for the successful St Eunan’s College teams who brought All-Ireland glory to the town this season.which won All Ireland titles this year.The college’s minor boys (U-15s) beat De La Salle College from Waterford to win their all-Ireland title. And the Junior Boys (Under 17s) also defeated De La Salle 3-1 in their Final.Pictured above is Ciaran Maloney Captain of Under 15 St Eunans Side with Mayor Gerry  McMonagle.Dale Gorman Captain of Eunans Under 17 team with Mayor McMonagle is below.Below that is the under-15 side – with the under-17s below.  MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SOCCER HEROICS was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SOCCER HEROICSlast_img read more