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Posted by: | Posted on: May 14, 2020

Messi and Cristiano are still one step below Zidane

first_imgWith two of the three great titles, the list of players is already almost endless. Among the defenders, the cases of Sergio Ramos and Cannavaro. The Real Madrid captain has two of the three great titles, the collectives at the national team and club level: the World Cup and the Champions League. But he lacks the Ballon d’Or, a trophy traditionally vetoed by defenders. The exception was Cannavaro, who won it in 2006 thanks to the World Cup in Italy. But the Neapolitan central defender never raised the Champions League.Then there are the players that many think, due to the great memory that their football or their goals left, that they should be (beyond Messi and Cristiano), but that they lack one of the three wound ones. Van Basten, three times Ballon d’Or, like Platini, could never win the World Cup with the Netherlands. Rummenigge, with two Golden Balls and won almost everything that can be won, lost the 1986 World Cup final against Argentina of Maradona, who could never lift a Champions League.For this reason, although the titles or the goals are the only yardstick that soccer players have, although the race to accumulate the Golden Ballons by Messi and Cristiano has brought some of the best moments in the recent history of soccer, possibly not being an unfair unit of measure, it is not fair either. It is not because soccer players like Xavi and Iniesta are left out. “I do not win Ballons d’Or, but I manufacture them”, concluded Xavi Hernández very wisely and very rightly. “One of my worst moments in my eight years as a coach was when I had to vote for the Ballon d’Or every year, because soccer is a sport in which everyone wins and loses, it is collective for good and bad.” And he says it Forest, who as a coach is at the top of the pyramid: Champion of the World Cup, the Champions League and the title for Best FIFA Technician. Football also talks about the fantastic four: Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff and Maradona. But perhaps one should speak of the big seven: Charlton, Müller, Beckenbauer, Rossi, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Zidane. They are the only seven players in history who have won the World Cup, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or. Messi and Cristiano, serial winners of all individual trophies and club competitions, they do not reach this level because they could not conquer a World Cup with their respective selections. Only those mentioned can boast of having the highest title at the level of national teams (World Cup), clubs (Champions) and (Ballon d’Or).But no one doubts that this virtual classification of the best in history does not do justice to the soccer that the Argentine displays and to the results that the Portuguese offers. Since Messi and Cristiano are missing, there are other great stars that were left out of the classification. Also striking is the absence of Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo. Both, who conquered the Ballon d’Or and the World Cup, they couldn’t win the Champions. Ronaldo stayed at the gates with Real Madrid, and Rivaldo terminated his contract with Milan in 2003, the year the Lombard club took the European Cup. In this group we could also miss Paolo Maldini, that he was only 45 minutes away from matching the six Gento European Cups, another historic that would resist on any list. But the truth is that in the classification of those who have won the World Cup, Champions and Ballon d’Or there are only the seven mentioned.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2020

KC’s Harrison eyes Penn Relays double

first_imgKINGSTON COLLEGE’S head coach, Neil Harrison, is banking on top performances from his athletes in the 4×100 and 4×400 metres at this weekend’s Penn Relays in the United States. Harrison’s KC will be trying to rebound from a 30-point loss to Calabar High at the recent Boys and Girls’ Championships and with titles and bragging rights up for grabs at the prestigious relay carnival, battle lines have already been drawn. Harrison is of the view that any win over his school’s longtime rivals will be a welcome one. “We are ready … we are going after the 4x100m and the 4x400m and we are hoping that in the 4x800m we will do well,” he pointed out in a recent interview. According to Harrison, the 4x100m this year would feel special. He stressed that the double would be nice. “I won two titles with the 4x400m team, so I am pretty much interested in the 4x100m,” he continued, while adding: “Not that I am not interested in the 4x400m, but we will see how things work out.” The coach said his charges are motivated to do well. “Yes, especially coming out of last weekend’s 39.52 seconds clocking. The Penn Relays will be keenly contested, but we are optimistic. We are hoping that things will go in our favour,” added Harrison. Anchor leg runner, Shivnarine Smalling told The Gleaner after their fast time at the MVP track meet that his KC team “changed up their 4x100m running order and are confident of victory ahead of Penns”.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 19, 2020

Joshua open to MMA crossover fight

first_imgSEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Britain’s Anthony Joshua (C) walks away after knocking down Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round to win their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017.Britain’s Anthony Joshua defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLWorld heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has revealed he would be willing to take on a mixed martial arts fighter at some point in the future.The relative merits of the two sports are up for debate as Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor prepares to make his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “But when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground.“James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers, but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”Joshua, who will not be ringside on Saturday, believes Mayweather will “probably” win by a “landslide”.Joshua, 27, is awaiting confirmation of his next title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, which is expected to take place either in Las Vegas in November or in Cardiff in October.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor’s total lack of boxing experience has proved a bone of contention for many in the build-up to the fight, but Joshua said he would enjoy taking on an MMA fighter, albeit with conditions.“I like fighting. I’d do whatever,” the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion told Britain’s Press Association in comments published on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite — whatever they want. Just no submissions.“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2020

UNIDO, LRRRC Empower Returnees through Entrepreneurship Development

first_imgThe United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and with a USD1.5 million funding from the Government of Japan has empowered nearly 200 Liberian returnees through Entrepreneurship Development Training.On January 11, at the William V. S. Tubman High School on 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, a lively graduation ceremony of 193 Liberian returnees, who had completed an extensive 120-hour training in Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh, who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as LRRRC Executive Director, Cllr. Abla G. Williams, graced this occasion.In her opening remarks, Madam Williams outlined some of the achievements the Liberian Government has made in helping Liberians returning home to resettle; such as the provision of US$250,000 to support the reintegration projects of the Commission, as well as funding the academic education and skills training fees for returnees studying at various institutions. However, she stated that despite these interventions, challenges remain for the Commission.“Against this backdrop, the Japanese Government in collaboration with the GOL, LRRRC, and UNIDO were able to draw out plans that would provide skills to returnees in entrepreneurial development for self-employment,” Cllr. Williams stated.The EDP is the heart of this UNIDO’s intervention and responses to the need of the majority of Liberian returnees, who wish to set up their own businesses.Education Min. Etmonia Tarpeh congratulated the graduates on their achievement and encourage them, with their new skill, to enter the world of work.Liberian trainers, who had been trained by UNIDO in TOT last September, carried out the trainings of 193. This was an important step in capacitating Liberians to train their fellow citizens in how to start and manage a business.Internal Affairs Min. Morris Dukuly, who delivered the keynote speech, praised the graduates: “The fact that you desired to be part of this entrepreneurial development training is evidence that you do not want to be held back. I am commending your courage and decision to return home.” Minister Dukuly emphasized that “If there were a time when Liberia ever needed its people to just begin to believe in themselves, in their country, and in the promise of recovery, reconstruction, and social- economic development of our country that time is now. We have had 10 consecutive years of peace and we must work each of us in small and big ways to advance, nurture, and strengthen peace in Liberia.”The training comes in time, as it is in line with the economic agenda of the Government of Liberia, which identified the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as central focus to foster growth in Liberia.The EDP training is part of a comprehensive UNIDO intervention, which contributes to the efforts of the Government of Liberia in empowering and reintegrating the Liberian returnees. The project will assist more than 800 Liberian returnees through high standard training in Entrepreneurship development and in marked-driven vocational skills. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2020

Dir. Massaquoi Blames Community, Others for Unprofessional Police Officers

first_imgThe Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Colonel Clarence C. Massaquoi, blames the general public, including communities and individuals across the country for the presence of unprofessional officers in the police force.Speaking yesterday on the observance of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held at the Young Men’s Christian Association Conference Hall in Monrovia, Director Massaquoi said, communities and individuals were recommending people known to have committed crimes for employment in the police force.The police boss charged that those recommendations were based on personal interests and nepotism which have led to the employment of many unprofessional police officers in the ranks.   This is bad and unfortunate for the LNP, he declared.“We have some good apples within the police, but the bad ones are also many and they account for problems that reflect negatively on the image of the police. We are working to ensure that all the bad apples are removed from the force,” he said.He explained that the police officers are human and are liable to make mistakes in discharging their duties.  But he promised to ensure that professionalism in the police force is maintained to the fullest during his administration.“We are not in the habit of putting any journalist or other citizen in jail. Journalists need to help the government in making Liberia a better place to live. Journalists need to abide by police orders while discharging their duties,” the police director stated. “When we took over the police, we insisted that not a single person will die and not even the journalist.  The police will not witch hunt the media,” The LNP boss explained.Speaking on the collaboration between the media, journalists and the police in general, the police boss said, the police have no intention of jailing journalists.  He promised to work with media institutions and journalists for the betterment of Liberia.The police boss called on media institutions and journalists to observe their social responsibilities in the process of discharging their duties and avoid anything that could cause political conflicts in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Food stamps debate heats up

first_imgDronkers was in Washington, D.C., last week meeting with several members of the local congressional delegation to push for support of the McGovern-Emerson Act. That bill, the Feeding America’s Families Act, would eliminate the cuts to the food stamp program put in place in 1996; remove the standard deduction freeze and make adjustments for inflation. Removing the cuts and bringing the standard deduction up to $188 would cost an estimated $18 billion over the next five years. “Of the six visits I did \, five of them said they were willing to support the McGovern-Emerson Act,” said Dronkers. He added that the bill would also increase the minimum monthly benefit from the current $10 to $32, and would allow program participants to deduct child care expenses, when applying for food stamps. Among those with whom Dronkers met with were staffers for Rep. Hilda Solis’ office. “I am very supportive of \,” said Solis, D-El Monte. “The reality is we have many families that need help. Cost of living has gone up, the price of gas, groceries, college tuition, have all gone up. So there should be an increase in benefits.” There are currently 641,315 monthly food stamp recipients in L.A. County receiving an estimated $63.2 million in assistance per month – on average $98 each month per family, according to the California Association of Food Banks. That money does not only benefit the recipients, said Bartholow. She cited U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that each $5 in food stamps generates more than $9 in local economic activity. That translates to $116.2 million pumped into the L.A. County economy every month. Any increase to current benefits would be very welcome by Arehiga. “It would help me out a lot,” she said, carrying her young son into the market. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – West Covina resident Salome Arehiga struggles to feed herself and her three children with the $190 worth of food stamps she receives from the government every month. “A lot of the time what they give me isn’t enough,” said Arehiga while shopping at the Vallarta supermarket in Baldwin Park Friday. “If they gave me less, it would be even harder.” Arehiga’s benefits translate to about $2 per meal per family member. And since she has only been on the food stamp program for about a year, she probably doesn’t know that, if things don’t change, those benefits will indeed go down. Since 1996, the average food stamp allowance for a three-person household in California has shrunk by about $37 per month including cuts and adjustments for inflation. Further reductions are scheduled over the next 10 years. Local activists are trying hard to not only halt those cuts, but to bring food stamp benefits back to 1996 levels. And they want the Congress to take action in this year’s farm bill. “The farm bill is something that comes around every five years, and it is our one chance to make sure the program is working for people,” said Jessica Bartholow, statewide program manager for food stamp outreach for the California Association of Food Banks. “The issue of food stamp benefit erosion is a problem that affects people every day.” Until 1996, the standard deduction food stamp recipients use to determine their benefits increased each year to keep up with inflation. But that year, Congress froze the standard deduction at $134, a rate that remains in place to this day. At the same time, the cost of food has continued going up. In Los Angeles County alone, food prices increased 5.7 percent over last year, compared with 3.9 percent annually, said Jeff Dronkers, director of programs and agency relations for the L.A. Regional Food Bank. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 10, 2020

Lukaku on a brace as Belgium beat Panama

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his first, and Belgium’s second, of the match in Sochi. Photograph: Patrick Smith – FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesSOCHI, Russia, Jun 18-  Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as a much-improved second-half performance gave Belgium an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over tournament debutants Panama in their World Cup opener in Sochi on Monday.A moment of inspiration from Dries Mertens set the Belgians on their way two minutes after the break, his volley breaking the deadlock after a rather flat first period. Lukaku then converted assists from Kevin De Bruyne and captain Eden Hazard to secure victory in this Group G clash, with the Central Americans succumbing to a defeat in their first-ever match at the finals.Group rivals England will look to respond to Belgium’s win when they kick off their campaign against Tunisia but this was not entirely the statement of intent that Roberto Martinez’s side would have been hoping to make.A victory will do for a team who are, on paper at least, good enough to go far in Russia, especially after heavyweights Germany, Brazil and Argentina all slipped up over the weekend.-Unbeaten BelgiumBelgium are now unbeaten in 20 matches, although the nature of the first-half performance against weak opposition showed that Martinez’s men still have significant progress to make if they are to improve on quarter-final appearances at the last two major tournaments.To be fair to Martinez, the Spaniard had warned on the eve of this game that his side would not have it easy.Dries Mertens celebrates with Romelu Lukaku after putting Belgium in front against PanamaThe Central Americans lined up with a team of journeymen featuring five thirty-somethings. Jaime Penedo in goal is 36, while Blas Perez up front is 37. But while the Belgians had the younger, talented players, other factors played in Panama’s favour.The heat and humidity on Russia’s Black Sea coast was one, as was the fact their supporters greatly outnumbered those following the Belgians.The locals at the Fisht Stadium got behind the outsiders too, and they were given encouragement as Hernan Dario Gomez’s side competed well in the first period.Hazard pulled the strings when he could, although the Chelsea star was denied by Penedo in the 38th minute, having earlier found the side-netting when a slack back-pass from opposing captain Roman Torres gifted him the chance.At the other end, Panama tried to expose Belgium’s potential weaknesses at full-back. However, they struggled to score goals in qualifying and rarely looked capable of beating Thibaut Courtois.– Mertens strike –Belgium just needed a spark from somewhere, and they got it from Mertens in the 47th minute.The Napoli man’s cross looking for Lukaku was headed out by Torres and on by Fidel Escobar. But the ball dropped perfectly back to Mertens, whose volley from the right side of the box arced into the far corner.Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against PanamaPanama sought to regroup and right-back Michael Murillo came surging forward to finally force a save from Courtois.But the gulf in class began to tell as Belgium doubled their lead midway through the second half. Hazard found De Bruyne, and his sumptuous cross with the outside of the right boot was headed in by Lukaku.With Panama forced to throw more bodies forward, they were punished on the break a quarter of an hour from the end.This time Hazard released Lukaku, and the Manchester United man beat Penedo to complete the scoring and take him to five goals at major tournaments, as Belgium get up and running.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2019

Exclusive – Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on HUGE Chelsea win and Cherries’ survival hopes

first_imgManager Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth’s ‘huge’ victory over defending champions Chelsea will inspire the team to Premier League survival.The Cherries recorded a shock 1-0 win over the defending champions last week to lift the south coast club out of the bottom-three.Boss Howe joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday morning to chat about the club’s start to the season and look ahead to his side’s next clash – against Manchester United at Dean Court on Saturday.Despite United’s position at the top, Howe insisted his side will not be daunted by the prospect of facing the top flight giants, and says they will go into the game with same game plan which saw them claim a surprise three points against Chelsea – attack!He was full of praise for his side’s incredible fitness levels – “they’re the fittest group of players I’ve ever seen” –  also hailed the club’s “magnificent” fans, insisting their loyalty and support will be key for the team as they look to stay in the top flight this term.Also, the Cherries chief reacted to Garry Monk’s departure as manager of Swansea, and offered his view on the chances British managers have at the top level.Listen to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe IN FULL above!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 27, 2019


first_imgShay Given could set an unusual Premier League record.Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given could become a Premier League record breaker if he plays under Aston Villa’s new manager.Given has played for sixteen managers in the Premier League during his glittering career, and if he plays under Villa’s new manager after this week’s sacking of Paul Lambert he’ll set a new record.Given is joint on sixteen managers with former Republic of Ireland teammate Damien Duff and Manchester City midfielder James Milner. All three of them played for Newcastle United who have a long history of firing managers over the last fifteen years or so.However, following the sacking of Lambert a few days ago the opportunity has now arisen for Given to set an unusual record of playing under the most managers in Premier League history.Given is No.2 at Aston Villa, but whoever Villa appoint may want to use Given’s experience as their first choice goalkeeper as they fight to stay in the Premier League.  SHAY GIVEN COULD BECOME PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD BREAKER was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aston VillanewsPremeir LeagueShay GivenSportlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019


first_imgDonegal South West TD, Pearse Doherty will debate the issue of Garda resources in rural Donegal with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in a Topical Issue Debate in the Dáil today at 2.30pm.Speaking in advance of the debate Deputy Pearse Doherty said it is becoming increasingly clear that the Gardaí in Donegal are inadequately resourced to respond to reports of crime.He said people in rural communities across the County are living in fear, with incidents of crime and anti social behaviour on the increase. “The recent incident in Kincasslagh, whereby it took the Gardaí over two hours to respond to an act of serious vandalism where a car was set alight, shows just how thin the resources are on the ground.“Unfortunately this is not an isolated example – people in border and rural areas are reporting similar concerns with Gardaí response times.“The threat of the possible removal of the Garda District Headquarters in west Donegal further heightens the concern felt by locals and highlights just how out of touch certain Department officials are with the policing needs of rural communities.“The Minister for Justice needs to recognise that the closure of rural Garda Stations and the lack of adequate Garda resources is having a massive detrimental impact on the effective policing of local communities. He needs to step up to the mark and address the very real concerns felt by people on the ground,” he said.  DOHERTY TO RAISE ISSUE OF DONEGAL GARDA RESOURCES IN DAIL TODAY was last modified: October 17th, 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:dailGarda resourcesPearse Dohertylast_img read more