first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gomez said the team carries a big responsibility by representing the nation at a World Cup for the first time, and his biggest job is to get the players ready for the pressure they are about to face.“The whole country is excited about this,” Gomez said. “I have to prepare the players mentally.”Gomez has been coaching Panama since 2014. He was previously with Ecuador, Guatemala and Colombia.Panama’s other Group G games will be against England on Sunday and Tunisia on June 28.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team’s second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)SOCHI, Russia — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Blunt and honest, Gomez didn’t even hide his starting lineup, the normal way of doing things for coaches these days. And when asked if Panama could repeat Iceland’s upset against Argentina — the teams drew 1-1 on Saturday — the Colombian didn’t bother picking the right words when downplaying the Argentine squad.“Iceland sent Croatia to the playoffs (in European qualifying), and it did well in the European Championship as well,” Gomez said. “It played against an Argentina squad which isn’t at the same level as Belgium right now. I mean, the distance between Iceland and Argentina isn’t as significant as the distance between Belgium and Panama.”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 crownGomez didn’t completely dismiss Panama’s chances of a surprise result against the Belgians, saying “anything can happen in football,” but admitted it wouldn’t be normal.“It’s very clear that they are the favorites,” the 68-year-old coach said. “But each game is different, and if we have a good day, maybe we can achieve something.” MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Gomez didn’t bother keeping his lineup a secret for the match in Sochi, naming the 11 starters without hesitating when asked about it. He even frankly talked about the formation his team would be playing Monday.Gomez said Panama won’t be trying anything but defending against the talented Belgians, and admitted that scoring goals has been a weakness of his team entering the tournament.“We’ve become strong on defense. It’s Panama’s virtue,” he said. “Panama isn’t a team that will score a lot of goals. We may create good chances in some matches, but we aren’t able to score. We arrive at the World Cup with problems scoring the goals.”The 55th-ranked Panama drew 0-0 with Northern Ireland and lost 1-0 to Norway in its final warm-up matches before traveling to Russia.It qualified for the tournament by finishing ahead of the United States in CONCACAF thanks to a last-minute victory over Costa Rica in qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Concerns about how the culture of a sport that preaches openness would be received in a conservative Muslim country evaporated quickly. The proof lay next door at a massive shopping mall, where many of the gymnasts spent their down time walking around in shorts and T-shirts alongside Qataris in culturally traditional attire.And yet four years of meticulous preparations by the local organizing committee did little to spark widespread interest in a sport that’s still trying to gain a foothold in the region.Minutes before the women’s team final Tuesday, Americans Anne Josephson, Nicole Caggiano and Tina Ferriola — all of whom own gyms in the U.S. — and Matt Goldsmith walked along a sparse concourse before what is typically the biggest night of every world championships. They marveled at how many good seats were still available, the gymnastics equivalent of the Golden State Warriors winning an NBA title in front of friends and family and little else.“There are more people in my gym on a Wednesday morning taking ‘Mommy and Me’ classes than there are in here right now and it’s really sad,” said Josephson, who runs Jag Gym in Culver City, California.Josephson read the U.S. State Department report on Qatar before her group purchased tickets and wasn’t worried about safety, though she pointed out she chose to wear black pants despite the heat because she wanted to “follow the rules.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We have no doubt that the venue will be full,” Sheikh Asma Al Thani, director of marketing and communications for the 2019 world track championships wrote in an email. “We are working with many different stakeholders to ensure we can bring in as many international and local fans to the championship, offering them a cultural and sporting experience like no other.”Maybe, but the country that promises to “Deliver Amazing” when the World Cup arrives in four years could have its work cut out delivering something else.Enough people to watch. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:14Carpio 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Swiss downhill skier Barandun dies in paragliding accident MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES The majority of the sessions during the 10-day meet that ended Saturday were held in front of significant swaths of empty blue and yellow seats at the Aspire Dome. Most of the audience wore pink lanyards with laminated ID cars attached, a clear giveaway that they weren’t paying customers but members of one of the dozens of gymnastic federations who flocked to the desert for the sport’s marquee event, one that at times seemed more like a convention than anything else.“It’s really different,” Simone Biles said after leading the U.S. women to gold in the team final in front of an arena that was half-filled at best. “It almost felt like it wasn’t world championships out there because there’s not a lot of people in the crowd and most of the crowd was made up of delegations. But it’s so exciting to see the delegation out here supporting everyone in your own country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLogistically there were few hiccups, another small positive step for a country preparing to host the world track and field championships in 2019 and soccer’s World Cup in 2022.The buses ran on time and getting around in general wasn’t a problem in a place where an Uber could be found. Save for a handful of brief downpours — including one that flooded one of the training gyms and another that led to a brief power outage on the floor during women’s qualifying, the weather cooperated too, with temperatures in the mid-80s. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spectators attend the start of the second and last day of the apparatus finals of the Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Logistically, Qatar pulled off the 2018 world gymnastics championships largely without a hitch, yet the majority of the 10-day event was played in front of sparse crowds at the Aspire Dome. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)DOHA, Qatar — All the usual bells and whistles were there. The pyrotechnic introductions. The in-house deejay heavy on American pop music. An aggressive social media campaign replete with its own hashtag (#GoGymtastic). The bright colors on the competition floor. Oh, and perhaps the greatest gymnast of all time at the height of her astonishing powers.Only one thing seemed to be missing during the world championships’ first visit to the Middle East: people.ADVERTISEMENT While they anticipated an environment that wasn’t quite as frenzied as what they experienced at the 2017 worlds in Montreal last year — when thousands of Canadians flocked to Olympic Stadium — they were struck by the lack of buzz inside the arena, which had a capacity of about 2,500 for the event.“What an experience that we’re about to have, all 60 of us together,” Ferriola said. “Now we all are like good friends because this is a very intimate experience.”Organizers did what they could to engage younger Qataris, holding demonstrations in the run-up to the meet and using multiple social media platforms to provide a close look at the athletes. They gave away tickets to local schools and on the day of the men’s all-around final offered 50 percent off for adults and allowed children under 10 to get in free. And still the stands were nowhere close to full.Save for a couple of storefront banners close to the massive Aspire Zone — the sprawling complex in the western suburbs that served as the host of the 2006 Asian Games — and the random bus, there was little proof Biles was chasing history. Meanwhile, signs promoting a professional squash tournament lined lampposts that ran down the median of Al Corniche Street in front of the city’s signature downtown skyline.“We are still building a sporting culture in our region, this cannot be done overnight,” Ali Al-Hitmi, CEO of the local organizers wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “We have seen the numbers in the crowd grow each day over the course of the 10-day event. The atmosphere itself has swept across our country and word of mouth has seen many ticket purchases on the door at Aspire Dome.”The International Gymnastics Federation praised the Qatar for its effort and said it had received “no major complaints” from the delegations, though the federation expressed concern about the lackluster numbers — particularly early on— and placed the blame on a competition schedule designed to appease TV rights holders across the globe.The team, all-around and event finals all began at 4 p.m. local time, the height of rush hour in a city of over a million people. Many families head home for evening prayer immediately after work or school, making getting to a two-hour meet difficult. Attendance did perk up during the event finals, which were held on Friday and Saturday, the weekend in Qatar.American Morgan Hurd felt an uptick in the energy while competing in the floor exercise finals on Saturday but also allowed she received a boost because she could hear Biles shouting out her support, something that’s typically difficult to pick out when music is blaring and the stands are packed.The world championships head to Stuttgart, Germany, next October, and ticket sales are brisk. Qatar, meanwhile, will move forward in preparations for track’s visit to Khalifa International Stadium, across the street from the Aspire Dome.Organizers aren’t concerned about the somewhat unenthusiastic response to gymnastics having a negative impact in terms of drawing fans — particularly Westerners — to a country that’s hoping to use sports to help expand its global footprint. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgThe president of the Liberia chapter of the Fellow of West African College of Nursing (FWACN) has said that midwives are the channels through which lives enter the world, and as such, they should be given the due recognition and support.Professor Angela Sawyer said midwives have been given what she termed as a “natural obligation” to bring forth lives; they are to act responsibly and promptly in order to save the lives of mothers and unborn children.Madam Sawyer, 67, made these remarks Monday, May 5, when she served as the keynote speaker at the occasion commemorating International Day of the Midwife. The Day was celebrated at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.Prof. Sawyer, who is a winner of the 2003 Global Council Health Award for better practices, said although midwives the world over have worked tirelessly to reduce global maternal and newborn deaths by half, they are in several instances constrained to work under difficult conditions.The FWACN boss said more challenges such as lack of adequate training, negative attitudes towards patients and low incentives, are still preventing midwives from carrying out their obligation efficiently.She noted that no woman should die while giving life, and no baby should die while coming into this world; and if this happens, it is a shame to a midwife.“Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came into being, global maternal death has been reduced by half. But there still more work to be done. At a 2007 global conference in London, it was disclosed that over ten million mothers die annually while several millions suffer complicated conditions throughout their lives. The number of babies that died doubles this statistics,” she said.Madam Sawyer said that on the local scene, midwives have also made tremendous efforts in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country. She said this is evidenced by Liberia’s being one of hte few countries on the verge of achieving MDG 4. She warned, however, against complacency.“Considering all of the turmoil we have been through in this country, we have done a little to reduce maternal mortality from 994 to 700 per year, but the stastics is still high and we need to do more,” she said.Madam Sawyer indicated that recent statistics show that over 60 women died every month while giving birth; 4 per each of the 15 counties.“We want to make a difference. When a family looses its mother, the family goes through social and economic hardships. Let us know that the women are the backbones of the family and the country’s economic. When we lose one, it is also a social and economic lost to the family and the community,” she said.Meanwhile, Madam Sawyer said that there are three pathways through which Liberian midwives can help reduce the menace of maternal and newborn deaths.She named education, regulation and efficiency of the Liberia Midwifery Association. “We need to educate ourselves as midwives to make sure you are properly skilled and competent.“Every midwife should know his or her code of ethics. Some of us are not conscious of our code of ethics and this is demonstrated in most of our health facilities in the country. We also need to be knowledgeable of the laws of our land which tell us the dos and the don’ts,” she said.A message read on behalf of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and the President of the International Confederation of Midwives, Frances Day-Stirk for the past two decades maternal deaths have drastically reduced.The statement said in the same period, skilled birth attendance has increased by 15 percent, with two out of three deliveries worldwide now attended by a skilled health professional.Midwives around the world celebrate the International Day of the Midwife on May 5 each year. This year celebration was under the theme: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever.The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) established the idea of the Day of the Midwife following suggestions and discussion among member associations in the 1980s. The initiative was formally launched in 1992.The aim of the day is to celebrate midwifery and bring awareness to the importance of midwives’ works to as many people as possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGospel Faith Ministries International eviction and demolition underwayThe Sixth Judicial Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, has evicted the oldest branch of the Faith Mission International, called the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT), aka the House of Grace, located opposite LPRC Road Junction on Somalia Drive.The court did not only shut down the church, its members were evicted following quarrel over a plot of land which a family had claimed.Reverend Barclay Walker, the National Overseer of the Faith Mission International, said the Church has been attacked, because its members have deeds to prove that they bought the land 1996 from one Sampson S. Boah, and the copy of the mother deed that the lands were obtained in the 1950s.The Church, established 1994, has a membership of over 300, while the newly established school in the church’s edifice, kindergarten to 6th grade, has over 90 students.”Reverend Roger Gaye, the head Pastor, reported that the church had baptized over 500 members about 24 years ago and, because of its relocation, most of the members had relinquished their membership to other denominations.The Church has 11 branches with the National Headquarters in Caldwell, outside Monrovia. The Caldwell Headquarters is also the sub-headquarters of District #1 comprising five churches, while the Gospel Faith Mission International was the sub-headquarters of District #2, comprising six different churches.But the eviction of the church’s longest serving branch has reduced the branches to 10.Eight bailiffs from the Civil Law Court B, including more than a dozen armed police officers from the Police Support Unit (Riot Police) carried out the eviction on the controversial premises on Saturday morning, December 7.The eviction followed the demolition of the church edifice and the caretakers’ apartment.The court officials hauled all the church’s belongings and spread them on the ground.One of the court’s constables said the coming of the armed men was a regard to the flogging of four of their officers last Saturday, when they were under the leadership of instruction, came to serve the eviction notice.The court officials hauled all the Gospel Faith Ministries International church’s belongings and spread them on the ground.“Four of our officers were beaten and sustained injuries last Sunday, December 1. They just came to issue the eviction order, but encountered a worst of their nightmare,” said our source, who asked not to be named because he did not have authority to speak to the press.He added that details of the court’s eviction (writ), and history of the case can be obtained from the court.A female court official said: “A lady, called Diamond was the main perpetrator of Saturday’s mayhem, and there is also a writ for her arrest.”The speechless armed men in their blue uniforms, including helmets and pepper spray where spread as a line was drawn as demarcation for intruders.Two standby witnesses, a couple, said the eviction of the church mean that the church of Jesus Christ is under attack and indicates the ‘end time.’“The court is used to evict churches from vacant and wasted lands, which the church built on, as well as from school and abandoned  buildings,” the female pastor said.Meanwhile, Rev. Barclay said even though the church was wrongly evicted after being on the land for 25 years, and have 23 years old deed, including the mother’s deed from Sampson Boah, who accused the Civil Court ‘B’ and Surveyor Lawrence Henries of the conspiracy.Also, the Chief of Protocol of the Church, Brother Tamba Boukarie denied flogging any court officers, but admitted to their neighbor, another tenant, popularly known as Papay Saah, throwing stones over the church’s zincs, while they were in service.“We only went outside and cautioned them to stop. A number of men from the church came out to warn them, made them to stop the throwing of stones,” Boukarie said.Another member said Rev. Gaye and the Church Bishop are expected to challenge the eviction in court.“We are asking the church community to join us in prayer as we seek redress,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs the influx of Venezuelan migrants continues, with many of them settling in the interior locations, Police ranks have since been mandated with the duty of registering persons upon entry in the country along with registering births.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Commander of F Division, (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis said that a number of children who are being registered were actually born in Guyana and were taken to Venezuela. He said that among the challenges ranks are facing is that these parents never sought to obtain relevant documents such as birth certificates or passports for the children before leaving with them and are now seeking the requisite documentation.“In the Eteringbang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) area, many children do not go to school and we are registering them. That is an area where most Venezuelans or Guyanese who went to Venezuela and returned went there…a lot of them [children] were born in Guyana and were taken to Venezuela but do not have any documentation so they are being registered to that effect by our police stationed in that area too,” the Commander said.Guyana Times was further told that police officers who are stationed at that location were recently trained to conduct various types of registration for those entering Guyana from Venezuela. They were also trained to accommodate Guyanese who had migrated to Venezuela and are now returning.“So for the children, we are doing the birth registration, so that they can have official paperwork and can be admitted to schools etc. Some of the older ones, they were born here, but don’t know anything about here or didn’t even know so we are getting the right documents for them. It is a lot of work but we were given that task and will do it to the best of our abilities,” the Commander added.Just last month, the Ministry of Citizenship, the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had announced the intention of training officers in border locations to conduct registration of births.According to a release from that Ministry at that time, the Eteringbang community in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) has been identified as the first location where officers will be trained.The decision came following a meeting of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee.Eteringbang, Minister Winston Felix had informed, would be used as a pilot before registration is rolled out in other border locations.last_img read more

first_img…as Govt promises full digitalisation by 2020Government has committed to offering 200 services online to citizens as part of its ICT manifesto promises, while the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is urging more inclusionary policies for youth to advance the sector.At an IDB-sponsored training summit at the Marriott Hotel on Friday, IDB Regional Head Therese Turner-Jones, in addressing the participants, urged Government to avail itself of youth innovators.It has been pointed out that youths have led the data revolution in other countries, and those countries have gone on to achieve some form of economic prosperity. As such, transforming the sector can be expedited by more involvement of youths.“We have more young people today than we (will) have in, say, 2030… young people are thought to be the agents of change. We also know that young people are much more wired to their technology than, say, those over 60. So I thinkAttendees at the summit, which was held at the Marriott Hotelthere’s a lot of promise in (them),” Turner-Jones pointed out. Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes also addressed stakeholders. According to Hughes, ordinary citizens and businesses would, by 2020, be able to access public services online.“So imagine your driver’s licence application (or) that application for a TIN number; all these services can be done online, and therefore we have to start heading in that direction… And the private sector, you are going to be left behind also if you continue to do this the old way,” she related, as she stressed that the private sector should therefore avail itself of technological opportunities to improve customer service.Meanwhile, IDB Country Representative Sophie Makonnen stressed the need for countries to keep up to date with advancing technologies. With new technology, Makonnen noted, there are new ways to solve old problems, such as with health care.A few days ago, stakeholders were introduced to the concept of exponential technologies (ET) and their importance in developing small economies like Guyana’s.A presentation was made by Dr Nicholas Haan, the Track Chair and Vice President of Impact at Singularity University (SU). SU is a Silicon Valley think-tank that offers educational programmes and serves as a business incubator.During his presentation, Dr Haan pointed out that, in recent years, there have been major technological transformations which have created opportunities for agencies to rethink the way they serve people.“Humanity is currently witnessing, at this very time, a major transformation never ever seen before; a transformation into a digital era where every single one of our social systems – our food system, our energy system, our health system, our government system, etc – every single one of those is being transformed by technology and other global trends.“This creates incredible opportunities if you’re leading a corporation or if you’re an entrepreneur, and it creates incredible opportunities for Governments around the world to rethink the way to best serve the populace,” Dr Haan posited.He went on to talk about how exponential technology has advanced and developed over recent years to create new concepts such as artificial intelligence programmes that operate in real time with no human control and 3D printing. IDB’s Senior Specialist on State Modernisation, Mariko Russell, had said that the idea behind hosting this presentation was to highlight how accessible and beneficial exponential technologies can be for local enterprises.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he is “not thinking of Chelsea” despite their rivals’ increasing lead in the Premier League title race.The defending champions now trail the table-topping Blues by eight points in third place following a 2-2 draw at survival hopefuls QPR.Star striker Sergio Aguero saved City further embarrassment after their Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow with a brace at Loftus Road, cancelling out Charlie Austin’s opener and Martin Demichelis’ own goal as the visitors were twice forced to come from behind.However, Pellegrini insists his players’ minds are on improving their own confidence and form, and not on their high-flying rivals.“I’m not thinking about Chelsea,” the Chilean boss said.“I’m thinking about my team. We have 27 games more and the championship is very long.“For the moment, it’s difficult to say it was two points lost because we came less than 72 hours after a very difficult moment [Wednesday’s defeat to CSKA at the Etihad Stadium].“The way the game was during the 90 minutes, we deserved at least a draw. We had more chances to score.“Of course I wanted the three points, but if you can’t win it, it’s better not to lose.”Pellegrini admitted the champions were in the midst of a crisis of confidence following their latest European defeat and QPR seemed determined to increase City’s misery.Without injured talisman Vincent Kompany, City’s defence was a shambles as Eliaquim Mangala was exposed time and time again.Asked about City’s confidence now, Pellegrini said: “Absolutely the same.“There can be a lot of criticism of the team and the way we are playing, but not of the way we are working or the character and personality we have.“It was a difficult test. We didn’t play our best game, but we still had four or five clear chances to score before they scored their second goal.“We didn’t but we continued to fight till the end to the last minute to try to win.“It was not our best performance in defence. We must improve, but I don’t divide the team in defending or attacking. We must improve generally.” 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

first_img Kevin Long is carried off during Burnley’s draw with Newcastle 1 Kevin Long has been handed a new contract by Burnley just days after he was ruled out for the rest of the season.The 24-year-old defender ruptured a cruciate knee ligament during the 3-3 draw with Newcastle last Thursday.Long was only 20 minutes into this Premier League debut when the injury occurred, having come off the bench to replace captain Jason Shackell, who limped off with a calf problem.He is now facing up to nine months on the sidelines, but he will not have to worry about his future after putting pen to paper on a deal that ties him to the Clarets until June 2017.Burnley boss Sean Dyche, speaking after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the FA Cup, said: “He’ll be looked after, as we do with our players. He just got bumped in mid-air and landed awkwardly and that was it. But we’ll certainly make sure his recovery goes well.”last_img read more

first_img Lucas Leiva in action for Liverpool in the League Cup final Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.The Brazilian suffered a thigh strain taking a penalty – which he missed – during his side’s shootout defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup final.He subsquently missed the midweek 3-0 win over City at Anfield in the Premier League, and Klopp has revealed he is unlikely to return to action until the middle of April.“It is really unfortunate and a little bit more serious as I’ve never heard of an injury like this with a penalty,” said the German, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.“I don’t know exactly how long but he’ll be out for five to six weeks.”But there is some good news for Liverpool, with striker Daniel Sturridge fit to start against Palace.The striker was rested for the win over City along with midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is also expected to return to the starting XI at Selhurst Park. 1last_img read more

first_imgThe Selection for the Donegal Rose for the Rose of Tralee will take place on Saturday 21st April at the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny.The Roses entering will all be interviewed individually, with a group interview along with three judges, Evelyn Cronly, Chris Ashmore and Lynn McLaughlin .The Roses plus families and friends are all attending a gala dinner on Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm. All contestants will dine with their escorts and then be interviewed on stage by Highland Radio’s John Breslin while some of the Roses will also perform to entertain the audience.Maria McCole Donegal Rose is looking forward to the event and we look forward to hearing about her fabulous year as the 2011 Donegal Rose.Tara Talbot, the overall Rose of Tralee winner, looks forward to meeting with everyone and all the Roses entering the Donegal Rose Selection and she will welcome everyone on the night.This is a glamourous fun event for all to attend, there are still a few remaining tickets which can be purchased from the Roses entering this year or directly from the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny for €30, the ticket includes champagne reception, Gala Dinner & entertainment. Funds raised are going to the Medical Stroke Rehabilitation Centre in St Conal’s Hospital. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the sponsors including Ballylar Post Office, Tyneside Irish Centre, Silver Tassie Hotel, National Hair Academy, Dunnes Stores, Adara Toursim, R McCullagh Jewellers & Motivation.ieThe Lucky Winner will receive Newbridge silverware including earrings, bracelet and necklace along with a night away in any hotel. She will be crowned with a NewBridge tiara and Donegal Rose Sash , she will then go forward to the Regional Finals.We would like to wish all of the girls the very best of luck and we hope to see Donegal represented in the Rose of Tralee.For more info contact the Donegal Rose Committee on 087-2657431 or via face book COMPETITION IS ‘BLOOMING’ FIERCE FOR DONEGAL’S ROSE OF TRALEE! was last modified: April 12th, 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) Tags:Donegal Rose of TraleeletterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more