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“This is war and when it ends it will be like a post-war”

first_imgEverton’s coach Carlo Ancelotti is confined to England with his wife and daughter-in-law while controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, he has given his point of view in an interview to L’Equipe about all the problems that the virus can cause in the world of soccer.Confined to England: “Everything is going well. I am in Liverpool, with my wife and daughter-in-law. My daughter and her husband, my son and his wife are also in England. We have the right to go out once a day, but I try not to do it too much. I stay at home as much as possible. I follow the government’s instructions. I also see what is happening in Italy and I do not want to take any risk, neither for myself nor for those around me. “Your day to day: “You do things that you’ve never done before. It’s kind of weird to me but I have to do it, I have to adjust. I focus on a few more personal goals. For example, I have to put my knee back in place, so I do a A little bit of cycling A little bit of diet too … not bad for losing weight Later, I watch some of my team’s games on video I also keep in touch with the players I don’t call them regularly along with the coaching staff we send out a training program that we update to keep them in good physical shape. “No one on the roster is infected and no one left England: “The entire group stayed. The Premier League is suspended until May 3. None of our players tested positive for Covid-19.Resume Premier League: “There is a Premier League meeting on Friday. We will see what comes of it. One of the important aspects is that all the clubs resume training at the same time, that there are no disparities, that none of them has an advantage over the others. Later , no matter the interruption time. Today’s players can physically respond in fifteen days. “The biggest break in the history of contemporary football: “It is a lot, but a player has no problem playing a match after seven or eight weeks off. Obviously, he will not be 100% from the restart but he has the capacity, there is no doubt. All the teams will be equal conditions. We train while we play. “Play behind closed doors: “It does not matter when the Premier League resumes. Before resuming you must be sure that everyone is protected. The players, of course, but also the people who work in a match, such as journalists, security … So play on goal Closed is not the best for football, but if it is necessary to guarantee everyone’s safety, this may be an option. “The coronavirus in Italy: “I have many friends confined to their homes. We often talk on the phone, but they are fine. And I have the impression that the situation is improving a little, day after day, now that we have reached the peak. Of course, I am still concerned that the The virus continues to kill more than 600 people a day. It is very painful to hear that many of my compatriots die every day. “The measures in Italy to stop the virus: “I think Italy has done a good job in a very difficult context, never seen before. The government has been strict and has taken action on the matter.”England is not late: “No, I don’t think so. When the epidemic began in Europe, there were few cases in England. And when the coronavirus began to accelerate in the country, the English government was very reactive, both in the dissemination of information and in the precautions to be taken Apparently there are several cases of contamination in London, but here in Liverpool the situation is under control. “ Italy, more affected than Germany: “Italy was the first affected country in Europe, it should not be forgotten. And perhaps Germany could have anticipated the problems by seeing what was happening there. Later, I don’t know …”He understands that Liverpool may find it unfair not to resume the Premier League: “Yes, I understand that, but what matters today is that the health of all people is assured. We just have to think about it. It is for this reason that we must follow the government’s advice to the letter and stay at home. This it’s the priority. Only the government can make the decisions. “Salary cuts: “I think when we reboot, and we will reboot, the clubs will experience financial problems. I don’t know if they will be able to receive all the intended television rights, but let’s wait to resume before planning for the future. I think the players and coaches will agree to discuss their salaries again, but let’s wait until the situation is on the agenda before responding. “The world is changing: “Of course the world is changing. It will never be the same for everyone again. It is like a war right now. And then it will be like a post war.”Football is united and aware: “There are many generous players who donate. After that, it depends on the personality of each one, but yes, I think soccer is united and that it perfectly realizes what is happening around them. Soccer has never been closed for more than eight weeks. Never. Suddenly everyone understands the situation very well. At Everton, for example, the club reacted very quickly to help people who may have been infected. Everyone is concerned. “In Corriere dello Sport , He said that Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp told you that ‘playing Liverpool-Atlético was criminal’: “Not true. I speak to Klopp but I did not speak to him about this.”Was it good to play the Atlaanta – Valencia ?: “Considering what happened next, it’s easy to say it wasn’t a good thing, but at the time, I don’t think anyone understood what was going on. It was difficult to make a decision and avoid the game. There was not as much contamination as now. It was the beginning of the epidemic, but it’s kind of easy to say that now. “In China it started earlier: Yes it’s correct. But if we look closely at the case of Europe, until the end of February there was not much pollution.You are not concerned about the future: “No, I’m calm. We have to wait. Then we will have to change our way of life a little. It is unfortunate to have to see so many deaths, but this crisis will lead society to other types of relationships, more humane. We are realizing that it is important that a daughter and her father or that a husband and a wife communicate with each other, communicate more. We found the pleasure to chat and not only that of having the nose on the phone. Nature warned us and we have to stop a bit. We spend our time running and it feels good to take a break. I also think this situation will help make all health systems even more efficient. “You have to learn from what happened: “I don’t know what will happen next, but I hope so. What is happening to us is a lesson for us, a good lesson to learn, and I hope it improves us for the future.”He misses soccer: “Of course I miss soccer. I like to train, I like to watch games, it’s normal. However, soccer is not my priority right now. In fact, I don’t care if we will resume in June, July or August.”last_img read more

Wednesday Is Decoration Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring March 12, 2014, as National Decoration Day. It is to be observed as a national holiday throughout Liberia.According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the Proclamation is in consonance with an Act passed on October 24, 1916, by the National Legislature declaring the second Wednesday in March of each year to be known as Decoration Day; to be observed throughout Liberia as National Holiday.The release notes that the observance is in recognition of the nation’s past heroes and heroines who have lived and died in the interest of their country.The Proclamation stated: “It is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead who have lived and died in the interest of their country, thereby keeping alive their deeds and invaluable contributions made to society and the state for the onward march to progress.”The proclamation further ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half –mast from all public buildings, military camps, and private residences from 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Introduced in the Republic of Liberia in 1916, Decoration Day was a national festival that enjoyed popular support among the people inhabiting the interior of Liberia, also known as the “country people,” who are never adverse to honoring their ancestors and to spending a day communing with their spirits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

James Lamin Korboi Remanded in Custody

first_imgDefendant Korboi, a Sierra Leonean is remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison because he could not secure a bond.James Larmin Korboi, a Sierra Leonean national who was said to have held a series of confidential discussions with authorities of both the ministries of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and State for Presidential Affairs (MSFA) that led to his alleged attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Funds to Liberia was remanded in custody at the Monrovia Central Prison on Monday, December 17, 2018.The Manna World Holding Trust to Liberia is a company that holds Liberia’s development and road construction fund. A document obtained from the Monrovia City Court about the Trust Fund claimed that it had in its possession over US$5,914 billion for road construction and development initiatives in the country.It was out of that money that Korboi allegedly conspired with several other defendants to dupe the government of US$32,835,654.14. The document failed to give further details and ownership of Manna World Holding Trust.Instead, it alleged that Korboi, shortly after he failed to convince the ministries to withdraw US$32, 835,654.14, with wicked and criminal intent organized several discussions, this time with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, to withdraw US$5,914 billion from Manna World Holding Trust, following which police arrested him.Court records claimed that the Liberia National Police arrested Korboi on December 5, 2018, at the offices of Minister Samuel Tweah where he had gone to hold a meeting with the minister.It was not disclosed yesterday as to what prompted Korboi’s arrest, but details from the court’s record said Korboi had earlier introduced himself as an executive of Maga Strategic Partners Limited, a construction company, to senior staffs of both ministries. He Said he had come to the country with an unspecified amount of money to help support President George Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda, especially in the areas of road construction and other development initiatives.It was due to an alleged introduction of his company’s intent to invest in the country that afforded him the opportunity to hold discussions with senior staffs at the two ministries.Despite holding discussions with both ministries, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), according to the document, claimed that Maga Strategic Partners Limited did not exist. As such, it was a “bogus construction company.”Korboi was sent to the Monrovia Central Prison yesterday, shortly after he appeared in court for the first time because he could not afford a bond.However, his crimes, which included criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation, impersonation of officials, forgery and attempted theft of property, qualify him (Korboi) for a bail.It was also reported that in early 2018, Korboi conspired with his cohorts to defraud the Liberian government of US$32,835,654.14 intended for road construction and development initiative.The record claimed that out of deception, Korboi allegedly manipulated the system through electronic means and requested 13 transactions of transfer amounting to US$32,835,654.14 from several accounts belonging to the government and which were placed in local banking institutions outside of the country.“The defendant criminally attempted to deprive the country of that money but was aborted,” the court records noted on the first attempt by Korboi to allegedly withdraw from the Road Construction Trust Funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Case against vendor in $1M gold heist dismissed

first_imgGeorgetown Magistrate Dylon Bess on Monday dismissed a robbery charge against Leonard Farley, a vendor implicated in a $1 million gold heist after the prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence in the case.Leonard FarleyThe 31-year-old man of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman on his first court appearance.it was reported that on September 29, 2018, at Black and White Bridge, Tucville, East La Penitence, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Wayne Brakes of several gold chains, rings and hand bands. The total value of the items was reported at over $1.4 million.After being remanded to prison by Judge Latchman on the first occasion, he was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $150,000. Several persons had testified during the trial.last_img read more

Wenger sets deadline for future plans

first_imgWenger — who is to attend the World Cup in Russia as a pundit for Qatari-owned TV channel Bein Sports — stood down a year before his contract was due to end amid increasing discontent both among the fans and the board.“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he told The Guardian in an interview conducted in Paris this week shortly after he had taken charge of his 1,235th and final match in the Arsenal dugout — a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock.“I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.”Wenger, who guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the famous Invincibles 2003-04 unbeaten season, and seven FA Cups, said he wasn’t certain whether, at his age, he wanted to go through the emotional turmoil of being a manager.“But do I want to continue to suffer as much?” said Wenger.“I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”– ‘Write new chapters’ –Wenger, who says he has not held discussions about a potential role with the Qatari owners of French champions Paris Saint Germain, with whom he has close links and who he advised them to buy the club, concedes he is too restless to just loll around kicking his heels.“I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long for the whole of their holidays and I envy them,” he said.“I just can’t do that. I get bored. I need to be doing something. I need a challenge.“I have lived and breathed football all these years and it’s a passion -– I can’t imagine doing anything else.”Wenger said his lack of a firm plan for the future also filled him with anticipation.“That’s why, in a way, this is an exciting moment for me, too,” said Wenger.“I have a new page, a blank page in front of me.“As all good writers know, that can be a time of anguish but I hope I won’t have too much of that. It’s also a chance to write new chapters.”Wenger, who will also spend time in Russia travelling with close friend David Dein, the man who took the inspired decision to bring him from Japan to manage Arsenal in 1996, said he believed he had helped improve English people’s perceptions of the French.“When I arrived, you know, I was a complete unknown and I have always had the impression I am representing my country in a way,” said Wenger.“In a land where there has always been so much animosity between the English and the French I am proud to have achieved certain things and perhaps to have opened doors for other French coaches.“Don’t forget, when I arrived in England a foreign manager was a very rare thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger says he wants to stay in football but has not decided whether he wants to keep coaching and “to continue to suffer as much.” © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Arsene Wenger admits he is still in shock after the curtain finally came down on his 22-year-reign as Arsenal manager and told The Guardian he will decide by the start of the World Cup as to do next.The 68-year-old Frenchman — whose trophy-laden reign at the Gunners came to an end without any silverware in his final season and failed to secure Champions League football for next term — said he hadn’t discounted taking on a different role.last_img read more

Messi’s free-kick magic keeps Barca top

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored two free-kicks and set up another goal as Barcelona romped past local rivals Espanyol 4-0 © AFP / Pau BarrenaMADRID, Spain, Dec 9 – Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol.The Argentine superstar curled home two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay. Atleti and Sevilla had moved level on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side defeated Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.However Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde’s team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display alongside front-three partners Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and buried by half-time.“He is extraordinary,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the chances on goal that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…“It is still very early, La Liga is very tight, but the idea is to be solid away from home, knowing that winning is very difficult against every team.”– Magical Messi –Messi began the rout in the 17th minute with a perfectly placed free-kick that arched past a desperate Diego Lopez, and followed that up by keeping possession under intense pressure before providing the pass for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a fine second.It was then Dembele’s turn to become provider a minute before the break, slipping in a super through ball that Suarez somehow took on and squeezed home from near the byline.Messi capped a dominant team and individual display with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could barely move towards it.Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves earlier on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano with goals in the final 10 minutes.The only negative note for Simeone was World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with a knee injury in the first half.Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia meant Sevilla missed the opportunity to stay just a point behind Barca.Pablo Sarabia had put the visitors into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had chances to seal the points at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nene wants West Ham chance in final two games

first_imgWest Ham forward Nene is ready to start his first game for the club against Everton on Saturday and wants to play a major role in the final two games of the season.The Brazilian forward has struggled to make any major impact following his move to Upton Park back in February.With Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho facing lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury, West Ham are struggling for goals and suffered another defeat against Aston Villa last weekend.But having impressed as a second half substitute at Villa Park, Nene is now hoping he has done enough to persuade Sam Allardyce to hand him his full debut.Nene, speaking on West Ham TV, said: “I wanted to play more but I respect the staff. I work every day to do my best to play and to help the team and when I get the chance I want to show I can help my teammates.“It was difficult but this is football. I’m happy here and I hope in the final two games I can get more minutes.“We need to work hard in the last two games and do our best to get the most points possible.” Nene in action for West Ham 1last_img read more


first_imgST EUNAN’S College lifted the MacLarnon Cup in an historic St Patrick’s Day derby final against Coláistí Inis Eoghain in Armagh today.The excellent Niall O’Donnell won a crucial penalty in the dying embers of the game before adding a point himself to see the Letterkenny college crowned Ulster Champions in Armagh.The Inishowen lads led by a single point at half-time after racing into an early lead, county star Darach O’Connor finding the net with a goal at the start of the half. St Eunan’s steadied themselves; tight battles across the pitch throughout the opening half, David Tyrell and Darragh McDaid scoring from play and Sean Hume scoring twice from frees.And it was Hume’s kicking which saw St Eunan’s take the lead for the first time, early in the second half, pointing again for the Letterkenny side after Danny Monagle was black-carded for the peninsula lads and replaced by Coyle.Jordan McBride also pointed for Eunans before Kevin McLaughlin levelled matters again at 1-03 to 0-06, Eunans cursing five scoreable chances which went wide.John Campbell pointed to edge Inis Eoghain back in front before Kevin McLaughlin did the same with a few minutes left to put them 1-05 to 0-06 ahead. Just as it looked as if Inish Eoghain were heading for victory, St Eunan’s won a penalty as Niall O’Donnell was hauled down going in on goal and Darragh McDaid made no mistake from the spot kick to put the Letterkenny side back in the lead 1-06 to 1-05.O’Donnell then added a point himself to see the town side home 1-07 to 1-05.It was a fantastic advertisement for Donegal colleges football and while the Inishowen lads will make their way home thinking about what might have been, they can hold their heads up high.The celebrations however are in Letterkenny as St Eunan’s take home the MacLarnon Cup for the first time since 2007 when a certain Michael Murphy was on the scoresheet four times.Man of the Match: Conal O’Boyle (St Eunan’s) Inis Eoghain : Jordan McLaughlin, D Monagle, J O’Loughlin, S O’Donnell, G Doherty, T McClenaghan, S Doherty, C McGonagle, F Doherty, M Coyle, D O’Connor, S McHugh, K McLaughlin, J Campbell, S MacCathmhaiol, S McLaughlin, J Jackson, A McCarron, C McLaughlin, U Doherty, A McLaughlin, O McColgan, James McLaughlin, Jonathan McLaughlin, D McCarron, T Sullivan, T Byrne, G Kelly.St Eunan’s : S Patton, C Morrison, D McWalters, C O’Boyle, D McMonagle, C O’Donnell, S McDonagh, D Clarke, J McBride, C Callaghan, D Tyrrell, O Carr, N O’Donnell, S Hume, D McDaid, S Daffan, D Gillespie, M Miller, C Cannon, R Carr, O Shields, P Doherty, M Friel, J Gallagher, C McDaid, C Mellet, R Toner, P O’Malley.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CROWNED MacLARNON CUP CHAMPS AFTER DERBY WIN OVER INIS EOGHAIN was last modified: March 18th, 2014 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:armaghCOLAISTI INIS EOGHAINMacLarnon Cup FinalSt Patrick’s DaySt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal stars Leo McLoone, Antony Thompson, Brick Molloy and Marty Boyle, fresh from their weekend heroics in Croke Park, are hoping to take to the roads as part of the Naomh Conaill 5k race/fun run/walk this evening, 28th August at 7pm.This inaugural run is hoping to attract runners and walkers from all corners of Donegal. The route is set and involves mainly by-roads around the town of Glenties.“We wanted to select a route which would be relatively safe for all ages so a large part of the run is off the main road”, said a Naomh Conaill spokesperson. Registration is from 6pm at the Naomh Conaill Clubhouse.Tea and refreshments will be provided after the race. Shower facilities and ample car parking is also provided. DONEGAL STARS TO SET PACE FOR NAOMH CONAILL 5K TONIGHT was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shaban grabs a hattrick as KCCA defeats URA 7-2

first_imgShaban Muhammad(infront) celebrating the third of his three goals against URA.Muhammad Shaban was the star of the show as KCCA rediscovered their goal scoring touch, thrashing URA 7-2 at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.The striker netted hattrick on the day while Allan Okello and substitutes Paul Mucureezi and Patrick Kaddu scored the other goals. The first of the goals which was also initially thought to have been scored by Shaban was later confirmed as an own goal.URA’s consolation goals were scored by Jimmy Kulaba and Saidi Kyeyune coming in the first and second half respectively.The hosts started strongly with one attack after the other and it was to no surprise when they raced into an early lead.The deadlock was broken after nine minutes when URA defender Patrick Mbowa, under pressure from Shaban Muhammed diverted Julius Polotos delightful cross into his own net.However, URA responded well with former KCCA striker Herman Wasswa forcing goalie Charles Lukwago to tip his curler over the bar for a corner which the hosts defended.KCCA scored seven goals for the first time this season (photo by Shaban lubega)After 25 minutes, Lukwago again denied Wasswa with a fine save off a well taken free kick but from the resultant corner,Jimmy Kulaba found himself unmarked in the area and headed powerfully to make it 1-1.The visitors should have taken the lead two minutes later but Wasswa wasted a glorious opportunity, failing to slot the ball into an empty net following great work by Shafic Kagimu and Kulaba, with the later flooring the KCCA goal keeper with his dragged low cross.With three minutes to half time, Shaban put the Kasasiro Boys back into the lead with an easy finish after goalie Mathias Muwanga parried Isaac Kirabira’s long-range shot into the striker’s path who sloted the ball into the net.Mike Mutebi made an immediate change at the start of the second half with Paul Mucureezi replacing the seemingly off-pitch Jackson Nunda.KCCA came out the better side and twelve minutes after the re-start, Shaban grabbed his second of the day with another easy finish thanks to Muwanga who again parried a long range shot into his (Shaban) path.A few minutes later, substitute Mucurezi made it 4-1, expertly diverting Shaban’s low cross past the dreadful Muwanga who was left scrambling on the wet Lugogo turf.Paul Nkata was forced to withdraw the calamitous Muwanga for Alionzi Nafian in goal and the former Onduparaka goalkeeper made some fine saves before he was breached in the 77th minute by Shaban after Kulaba slept on the job and let in the striker who grabbed his second hattrick for KCCA this season.URA scored their second of the day three minutes later when Saidi Kyeyune sent in a powerful low shot from outside the area and it went last the usually reliable Lukwago.With three minutes of normal time to play, another substitute Patrick Kaddu rose highest to node in powerfully a Allan Okello cross from the left.Okello who was arguably the best player on the pitch for 90 minutes finally got onto the score sheet, lashing onto a lose ball just inside the URA box and unleashing a fierce drive past Alionzi to make it 7-2 to KCCA.Allan Okello was arguably the best player in the dayThe scoreline is the biggest this season in the Azam Premier League and for KCCA, coming a few days after the Lugogo based side’s head coach Mike Mutebi had raised several concerns about his side’s poor goal scoring.The result keeps KCCA 3rd on the log with 48 points but have now trimmed the lead at the top to just a point.URA remains eight with 31 points but are only six points away from the relegation zone.KCCA FC will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Kitende to face top of the league Vipers SC in what is seen as a potential title decider.The other games played on Tuesday:Vipers 3-1 MasavuUPDF 1-0 BulSoana 1-3 Proline.Comments Tags: allan okelloAzam UPLKCCA FCMike Mutebipatrick kaddupaul mucurezisaidi kyeyuneShaban MuhammadURA FClast_img read more