first_img“I do [think that will help], and if I look at our campaign, we played Italy in a trial, got a little bit better against Scotland, then the level went up against Samoa,” Woolf said.”We are on the right path that’s for sure and I think the more hard games of footy you play the more you get tested. The more you get tested mentally by being under pressure the better you become as a team and the more confidence you take from that.”Tonga are set to take the field as named, with halfback Ata Hingano overcoming an ankle injury to take full part in Friday’s captain’s run. Having played at Waikato Stadium last Saturday, where they beat Samoa 32-18, Tonga have remained in Hamilton all week as they prepare to play New Zealand at the same venue, allowing for an ideal build up for the match which will decide who tops Pool B.”Our lead in has been perfect, we certainly have had the right preparation and done everything we can to be our best,” Tonga coach Kristian Woolf said.”We have had a couple of really big weeks so just to settle in Hamilton, things settle down a little bit here, it’s a nice quiet town, it’s really allowed us to refresh a bit.”We are nice and fresh and ready to go now.”Woolf also believed his side would benefit from coming off an intense match against Samoa last up, while the Kiwis conversely enjoyed their biggest win in 17 years with a 74-6 romp of Scotland.last_img read more

first_imgHaving such a large number of supporters, however, has not served Kerala to win any of the six ISL editions that have been played so far. Neither has having footballers like Carlos Marchena, Iain Hume, David James or Aaron Hughes. Others, such as Atlético de Madrid youth squad Sergio Cidoncha or former Valladolid player Bartholomew Ogbeche, are currently part of the ‘Ejercito Amarillo’ squad. “I have signed for two seasons and the idea is to build a team that tries to compete the league against ATK, FC Goa or Bengaluru. It will be difficult, but the goal is to play well and get into the top four, “reveals Kibu. “The Spanish footballer is much better prepared in every way” The last celebration of Mohun BaganThat Kibu Vicuña has made the leap to the ISL is thanks to his excellent season on the bench at Mohun Bagan. The Basque, who won five titles as Jan Urban’s assistant in Poland, had offers from Lithuania and Croatia, but longed for an experience in Asia. “I was a little skeptical about training in India, but when they told me that the club was a historical one like Mohun Bagan, I went on an adventure.” There, in Calcutta, the Spaniard had a “brutal” experience: “I have met another football. Here you can help young players a lot. And the people … People have a true passion for soccer. For many, soccer and Mohun Bagan come first in lifeKibu nostalgically recalls his early days in India: “The first thing they said to me upon arrival was, ‘I-League, Sir.’ They wanted the title and we gave it to them. Now that it has become official that I am going to Kerala the affection and love that I am receiving from the people is beastly. I will never forget this season. “It was the best way to end 130 years of history: in January the club announced its merger with ATK, alongside which it will compete in the ISL next year.Mohun Bagan fans thanked Kibu Vicuña for his visit to the Calcutta club with a mural measuring several meters. Kibu Vicuña, Kerala Blasters coachcenter_img After three years without reaching the ‘play-offs’ for the ISL title (the highest category of football in India), Keraka Blasters decided to hit the table by signing the current I-League champion (tournament parallel to ISL), Spanish Kibu Vicuña, who comes to Kochi after a triumphant year at Mohun Bagan: when the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus, the club, which was already mathematically champion, chained 14 games without losing. “Since they announced me, messages have not stopped raining on all social networks. I am very excited”, values ​​the 48-year-old coach born in San Sebastián.A reasonable support if we take into account that Kerala Blasters is one of the clubs with more social mass in India. 42,000 people fill the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi every week, a complex that in 1997 hosted more than 100,000 fans during an international match between the teams of India and Iraq. “It is one of the strongest points of this club. We will seek to create a connection between players and fans,” announces Vicuña. Kerala Blasters has 1.8 million followers on Twitter, one million more than its closest follower in this ranking, Chennaiyin. “Playing in Kerala is the best experience of my sports career. There I felt like a star. Going out to warm up and having the speaker say my name was incredible, “recalls Victor Pulga, with a background in the Kochi-based club.” This season I came back as an assistant to Jamshedpur and I was greeted with a banner, “he adds. When he signed for Mohun Baga, Kibu Vicuña demanded to form his own team. “We did important scouting work and brought several Spaniards. In the Calcutta League and the Duran Cup we had Fran Morante, Salva Chamorro, Fran González and Joseba Beitia. Then Salva left and Julen Colinas arrived, who was seriously injured when he was playing great. You realize that the Spanish footballer is much better prepared in every way, especially in individual tactics: he knows what to do at all times. It is not that we are milk, it is football education “, analyzes the new Kerala Blasters coach, who defends the good game as a vehicle to victory:”When you play well you are closer to winning. But that is not only having the ball. We try to get more to the rival area and throw more between the three suits. Those are the statistics that count. “These will be the concepts imposed next season in Kochi. At the moment, Kibu Vicuña is ‘trapped’ in Calcutta: “We are trying to return to Spain, but there are no flights to return. As we were pending the suspension of the I-League, we lost the opportunity to take some flights organized by the embassy.” Confined since last March 21, the Spaniards who taught this course in Mohun Bagan and East Bengal await in one of the most populous cities in India an opportunity to return home. “There are fewer cases here than in Spain, the problem is that there are people who cannot be quarantined because they basically have no home. There are others who need to go out to eat. We are fine, but we are witnessing very complicated situations “, completes Kibu Vicuña.last_img read more

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comJUNE MAR FAJARDOCementing his status as the best basketball player of his generation, the 28-year-old Fajardo claimed his fourth straight PBA Most Valuable Player award. The 6-foot-10 slotman, aside from powering San Miguel Beer to the Philippine Cup last March and the Commissioner’s Cup last July, helped Gilas Pilipinas stay unbeaten in two games in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.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 folk OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Obiena puts SEA Games tragedy behind him Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES CLYDE MONDILLAAt 24, Mondilla emerged as the new ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion after sweeping the last two legs of the circuit, including the P3-million The Players Championship last September.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCOLLEGE BASKETBALLFierce rivals Ateneo and La Salle starred in another epic UAAP Finals showdown. But the Blue Eagles came out triumphant this time with Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto and Isaac Go taking charge in dethroning the Green Archers, 88-86, in the do-or-die Game 3. In the NCAA, San Beda completed a finals sweep to bag its 10th championship in 12 years. Robert Bolick led the Red Lions in upsetting the Lyceum Pirates who won all 18 elimination games. (To be continued) Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Inquirer Sports resumes its report on personalities and events that made 2017 a year to remember.2023 FIBA WORLD CUPThe Philippines won the hosting rights to the 2023 Fiba World Cup after the Fiba (international basketball association) Central Board approved the country’s three-nation bid with Japan and Indonesia this December in Mies, Switzerland. The three hosts earned outright World Cup berths.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentslast_img read more

first_imgOver 600 people, mainly women and children, benefited from a formal malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market over the weekend under the theme: “Get Tested before Treatment.” The “Get Tested before Treatment on Malaria” awareness campaign began in Clara Town in December 2013 and was also held in West Point in January-2014.The outreach is aimed at clarifying that not every fever is malaria; therefore, people must get tested before taking (malaria) treatment. If tested positive, a patient should only take the new globally confirmed malaria tablet called Artemisini-based Combination Therapy (ACT).The Coordinator of the Private Sector ACT of Mentor Initiative (MI), Madam Julie Pontarollo said the ACT is approved by the World Health Organization and the Liberian Government to treat ‘simple malaria cases.’According to the Madam Pontarollo, “ACT is sold in private drug (medicine) stores on Bushrod Island. Dispensers, physicians, and nurses, who are assigned in various drug stores have already been trained to administer both the test and treatment to patients.”She noted that the 4-year pilot project is implemented by Mentor Initiative in partnership with the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare funded by Comic Relief, based in the UK.Madam Pantarollo revealed the ‘diagnose test’ is L$20 and if positive, the complete dosage for adults is L$35, while it is L$25.00 for children.She announced that in March the campaign would extend to New Kru Town, the fourth slum community on Bushrod Island.Commissioner Gooding Carlos, on behalf of the people of Logan Town, thanked the Mentor Initiative and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the robust awareness campaign aimed at getting people tested before treatment and taking of the new ACT drugs instead of other outdated malaria medicines.The Commissioner urged her people to get use to sleeping under treated mosquito nets to avoid getting malaria instill of making tearing the nets into bath scrub popularly known as a ‘saphoe’ or siphon.A Community Health Volunteer (CHV) Billy S. Toe, Jr., said over the years around 40 CHV’s have been helping the Health Ministry to create awareness on malaria from door-to-door, and through focus groups.The Deputy Director for Community Health Services Division at the Ministry of the Health Ministry, Daniel S.M. Wessih, Jr., praised the Mentor Initiative for the partnership with the Ministry to tackle malaria in the country and warned community dwellers to against the selling of the freely distributed treated mosquito net.The experienced health worker also added his voice to those advising the public to get tested before being treated.One of the participants, Lucy Bartieh, expressed her satisfaction over the cultural performances and a drama that depicted the ‘Get tested before treatment message’ and said the message of the new malaria drug, ACT, beyond her understanding.“So you mean that now ACT is the best medicine for malaria, I hope it’s not bitter like chloroquine,” she laughed.However, a cross section of participants who were also present after the program said they understood the message from the campaign and proudly repeated the slogan just taught to them: “I Got Malaria. How Do you know?” “Get tested before treatment!” “Not Every Fever is Malaria!”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_imgNo question about it, whenever the US Embassy in Monrovia hosts an art and craft fair it becomes the most prominent event that give Liberian artists the much deserved exposure to showcase their ingenuity and craftsmanship to art lovers in Liberia. The December 5 fair is expected to feature more than 100 contemporary and traditional Liberian artists from around the country.In the past two years the fair has grown to be a place for people find quality artworks that serve as gifts, ornaments and show-pieces. Apart from paintings and sculptures, the fair will also feature fabric-clothing, shoulder bags made from lappa, blouses stitched from country cloth, woven baskets, beaded jewelry made from recycled glass, wood logs carved into chairs, chest or African animal figurines and detailed painting of life in Liberia.Admission is free at the fair and prices for artworks will vary depending on each product. Also, the event will feature live cultural and musical performances to entertain the guests. “When we started five years ago,” said Debbie Thornton, a professional associate in the Embassy’s public diplomacy section. “We began with thirty vendors but the fair has grown because the artists are bringing in quality art works that is appealing to art lovers. The fair as grown because the artworks are good and costumers are happy to buy.” According to Mrs. Thornton, another thing that makes the fair special is that it is held at the beginning of the Christmas holiday season and is a good opportunity to buy gifts for families and friends. 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_img“We want to discuss with the police in the different areas of the country to improve security,” said the president of the EFF, Juneidi Basha, who is supervising the first division championship, the Ethiopian Premier League, and the 16 clubs taking part.On Monday night, during a match between the clubs Wolwelo Adigrat and Defence in the capital Addis Ababa, players with Wolwelo protested a goal they said was unjustly awarded to the rival team.Images on state television ETV showed a member of the Wolwelo management team chasing the referee, push him to the ground and punch him at least once.The culprit has since been fired and is facing a disciplinary commission which will rule in the next three days, according to Juneidi.The country’s referee association has demanded he face criminal charges.The association also announced a three-week strike on Wednesday and the EFF is hoping the suspension of the championship will allow time to hold talks with the disgruntled referees.Juneidi said the EFF was prepared to accede to some of their demands, including paying medical insurance fees and guaranteeing secure transport between matches.Ethiopia’s football season has been marred by several acts of violence against referees and between rival supporters.In April spectators swarmed onto a football field during a match between the Woldiya and Fasil clubs, injuring two match officials and a coach.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ethiopian soccer ref chased down and attacked over controversial goal decision. Photo/COURTESYADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 3 – The Ethiopian Football Federation decided Thursday to suspend the country’s football championships because a team manager beat up a referee on Monday after he had awarded a goal to their rivals.During a special meeting to discuss the incident, the federation took the decision to allow time for discussions on recurring security incidents in and around football stadiums in the country.last_img read more

first_img Vertonghen in talks over Liverpool move? Click the arrow above, right, to see three more players linked with the Reds – According to the Metro, “Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the signing of Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen with talks already underway over a deal.” They go further, claiming “The Reds have held talks with the Belgian’s agent over a switch and are now confident of pulling the transfer off. It’s claimed that a deal is close with Tottenham willing to sell him on the cheap, but the negotiations could drag on for weeks.” The source, however, is a Spanish transfer website. As we’re talking about two English football clubs and a Belgian player, let’s wait and see if there is any substance to these reports from Spain! Click the arrow above, right, for more Liverpool transfer gossip… Mattia Perin – “There has been contact with Liverpool”. Click the arrow for rumours surrounding an attacker linked with a move to Anfield – The Express claim that Liverpool are in the race to sign Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, after the player’s agent, Moreno Roggi, reportedly told Italian news outlet Rai Sport: “I think this season he will remain at Genoa and then next year go abroad. He is worth €15m (£12m) or €20m (£16m). For Perin I can only imagine a future abroad. There has been contact with Liverpool. Genoa wants [sic] €15m.” Only thing is, Liverpool need a decent ‘keeper NOW! 4 4 Yevhen Konoplyanka – Liverpool in ‘pole position’? Click the arrow for the most shocking rumour of all! – Liverpool tried to sign Ukrainian winger Konoplyanka last season, but nothing materialised. Now rumours are doing the rounds that he could leave Dnipro in January as they fear losing him for free when his contract expires. The source of these reports appears to be an Inter Milan fan site that claims to have spoken with Ukrainian agents, declaring Liverpool to be in “pole position”, although why the Reds would sign another attacking midfielder when they clearly need reinforcements elsewhere is not stated! 4 Liverpool are struggling and there is no doubt they could use reinforcements in January, whether that means the return of Daniel Sturridge or new signings to bolster their front line and offer a challenge to Simon Mignolet.But after spending a fortune in the summer – albeit offset to some degree by the sale of Luis Suarez – Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield transfer committee will have to tread very carefully with any January deals.The rumours and gossip is flying around about possible targets and signings, so take a look at four players linked with a move to Liverpool in the slideshow above.Who would you like to see Liverpool sign in January? Comment below… 4 Fernando Torres a Kop idol again?! – It looks like Fernando Torres could have his loan deal with AC Milan cut short, and some Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to declare that the Spaniard would be welcome to return to Anfield, given the striking crisis in L4. Far be it from us to suggest that Torres will never recapture the form that once made him a Kop idol, but that doesn’t sound like it would be the smartest signing… and Brendan Rodgers has taken enough gambles on strikers of late! Fortunately for those Liverpool fans who would hate the thought of Torres returning, Atletico Madrid are lining up an audacious bid to bring him back to La Liga.last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has revealed his frustration at not playing regular first-team football during his season-long loan spell at Real Madrid.The Mexican failed to convince Real’s hierarchy to acquire his services on a permanent basis and he will return to Old Trafford next month, but is expected to be shipped out by Louis van Gaal this summer.Madrid had an option in their loan agreement with the Red Devils to buy the diminutive striker but decided against keeping the 27-year-old.And now with his future in the balance and a move to Serie A with Inter Milan mooted, Hernandez has lifted the lid on his time at Real.“It was massively frustrating because I didn’t feel important,” he told AS.“(But) I learned a lot during my season at Real Madrid.“It helped me find myself again as a player.”Hernandez struck nine goals in 35 appearances in all competitions last season. Javier Hernandez in action for Real Madrid last_img read more

first_imgLotto4, 11, 14, 19, 20 and Bonus 3. €100 Winner – Keelan Friel, Ballymichael. €50 Winner – Deila Dorrian, The Ross. This weeks Jackpot – €3100.Bord na nÓg Photo Collection Do you have any photograps of underage teams, groups or individuals, past or present? If so,the Bord na nOg committee would be very grateful if you could please leave them in Shiels’ shop, Fanavolty or e-mail them to as soon as possible ahead of Bord na nOg presentation night in December. All photographs will be returned – please sign the back of them.GAA NOTES: FANAD GAELS was last modified: November 29th, 2011 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:fanad gaelslast_img read more

first_imgCELTIC Football Club has issued a statement asking fans from Ireland who have been subjected to abuse by Strathclyde police to report it to the club.Hundreds of fans from Donegal regularly travel to matches at Parkhead; most recently on Saturday for the Hoops 4-3 comeback win over Aberdeen.The statement follows another incident where police were accused of bias against Celtic fans before Saturday’s match.Lawyers representing the Celtic supporters group the Green Brigade have expressed their concern over the policing of a protest by them. The Brigade is an anti-racist and anti-facsist group. Thirteen fans were arrested by Strathclyde Police during a street procession before the game.Images and videos of the incident captured and shared on social media depicted a high number of police kettling supporters affiliated with the ‘ultras’ group, which the Parkhead club was “very concerned to see”.The Green Brigade had previously stated the protest was in response to “harassment” of its members by Strathclyde Police and bans imposed on its fans by Celtic management and the procurator fiscal.On Monday, Strathclyde Police confirmed five of the supporters arrested were released and will be reported to the procurator fiscal over the incident.The remaining eight were also released on an undertaking to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date.Celtic FC released a statement which said: “The safety and well-being of Celtic supporters is of paramount importance to the club. The club is very concerned to see imagery of Saturday’s march by members of the Green Brigade from Gallowgate to Celtic Park, and subsequent claims by supporters of police harassment and heavy-handed policing.“This is an issue which the Club takes very seriously … We should remind supporters that the club has set up a working group, which is independently chaired, to establish a Complaints Review Panel to oversee the complaints’ process and improve transparency.“Any suggestion of collusion between the club and Strathclyde Police is, quite frankly, ludicrous. The Celtic support has a long and well-established reputation for good behaviour and everyone is very proud of that and keen to ensure that it continues. “In the meantime we will be writing to the Chief Constable to ask for a full report on Saturday’s events.”Gildeas Solicitors, which acts for the Green Brigade, said that it had received enquiries from people wishing to complain over the police activity in Glasgow’s Gallowgate.A spokesman for Gildeas Solicitors said on Monday: “Gildeas continue to represent football fans from all clubs including Rangers and Celtic. Any right minded person no matter which team they follow will be rightly concerned about the events that occurred on Saturday, March 16, in Glasgow.“The huge numbers that have viewed and continue to view footage and photographs posted on social networking sites clearly demonstrate the deep concern there is to the policing of this event. Today we have received numerous queries from ordinary members of the public and football fans wishing to raise complaints about the actions of the police, they have been advised to contact the Complaints and Discipline department of Strathclyde Police.” Celtic said any fan who has been wrongly treated by the police on their way to or from games should contact the Club with details by using the following email and VIDEO FOOTAGE EMERGES AFTER CELTIC FANS ACCUSE STRATHCLYDE POLICE OF BIAS was last modified: March 19th, 2013 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:DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE EMERGES AFTER CELTIC FANS ACCUSE STRATHCLYDE POLICE OF BIASlast_img read more