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Mourinho ordered Spurs scouts to watch Edin Dzeko ahead of January window

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himDzeko has been with Roma since his £10million move from City in 2016.And the Bosnian international – who has eight goals from 19 games in all competitions this season – could still have one big move left in him if Mourinho has anything to do with it.Mourinho’s former club Manchester United are also said to be interested in the striker and will consider him if they fail to secure a deal for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic.2Man United star, Fred, targeted with vile racist slur as fan appears to direct monkey chant in his direction JOSE MOURINHO sent scouts to watch Roma ace Edin Dzeko ahead of a potential January transfer, according to reports.The Special One reportedly sent staff to Italy last week to watch the ex-Manchester City striker in action during Roma’s 3-1 win at Verona.2 Jose Mourinho sent Spurs scouts to watch Edin DzekoMourinho is looking to ease the load on Harry Kane and sent scouts to see if Dzeko would be a suitable candidate, according to the Mirror.Dzeko played 86 minutes for Paolo Fonseca’s team before he was replaced by ex-Spurs man Federico Fazio.However, Tottenham may have to shell out a considerable sum for the 33-year-old who recently signed a contract extension that keeps him with Roma for the next two seasons.But Spurs need to find cover for Kane as the only other recognised striker in their squad is teenager Troy Parrott.Fernando Llorente was the go-to guy last season but his contract ran down and he now plays for Roma’s Serie A rivals Napoli.last_img read more

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‘Teddy’ fires TG to win

first_imgJermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson netted a 24-minute brace, grabbing goals in the 43rd and 67th minutes as Tivoli Gardens defeated Portmore United 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex, ending a two-game losing streak.After back-to-back defeats to UWI and Harbour View, the west Kingston team was intent on getting back to winning ways, with the three points lifting them from fourth to second position in the standing, two adrift of leaders UWI (47).Despite a lacklustre start, Johnson got the home team off the mark when he converted from the spot two minutes to the break after Junior McGregor was tripped inside the area.However, that lead lasted just two minutes as Ewan Grandison whipped a corner kick to the near post past Tivoli custodian Davin Watkins, with the help of the wind.GREAT GOALSAfter the interval, the game came to life, with Johnson leading the charge for the home team, and after 67 minutes in the contest, McGregor robbed Roberto Johnson of possession and fed the former Bolton striker, who steadied himself and fired past Shaven-Sean Paul in goal from 20 yards.”Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continued to live up to expectation and he came up big again. This was a very important three points. Both teams wanted it, but Tivoli wanted it more,” said Tivoli Gardens coach Omar Edwards.Portmore’s coach, Lenworth Hyde, said that his opponents defended stoutly.”We tried to get back into the game but they fought hard and defended well,” he said.In other games, UWI stayed top of the table after a 0-0 draw with Maverley/Hughenden (24), while Waterhouse (27) continue to pull further from the bottom two after a 1-0 win over Jamalco (23).Reno play Harbour View in the lone game at STETHS today at 3:30. p.m.last_img read more

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Scribes honor Season 42’s finest

first_imgView comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ABL: Alab Pilipinas drops second game Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The other regular awards include the William “Bogs” Adornado Comeback Player of the Year to Kelly Williams of TNT Katropa, the Mighty Sports Defensive Player of the Year to San Miguel’s Chris Ross, and Mr. Quality Minutes to Jio Jalalon of Star.The Finals MVP of the season’s three conferences will also be given a plaque of recognition, namely, Ross (Philippine Cup), Alex Cabagnot (Commissioner’s Cup), and LA Tenorio (Governors’ Cup).Among the other awardees are Terrence Romeo (Mighty Sports Scoring Champion) and Tenorio (Player of the Week Order of Merit).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ 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 San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe top performers of the PBA’s 42nd season will be honored during the PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night Thursday at Gloria Maris Restaurant inside Gateway Mall at Araneta Center in Cubao.San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria highlights the evening when he receives his third straight Coach of the Year award to become the first person to take home the perpetual Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trophy named in honor of the late prodigious Filipino coach.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Dalupan trophy is handed out to the person who wins the Coach of the Year award three straight seasons. Austria, who has won the award since 2015, steered San Miguel to two championships this season, including a third straight Philippine Cup title that allowed the Beermen to take home the Jun Bernardino Perpetual trophy.San Miguel Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang will also be cited with a special honor by the men and women who regularly cover the PBA beat, bestowing on him the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award named after the amiable big boss of the multititled Crispa Redmanizers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRep. Mikee Romero, of 1Pacman party list and Globalport team owner, is expected to grace the affair as the league’s outgoing chair and will be joined by his successor Ramon Fernandez of NLEX.The ceremony is going to witness the awarding of the PBAPC’s first ever Game of the Season to be bestowed on the Barangay Ginebra-Star Governors’ Cup duel held last Sept. 3.last_img read more

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Filipino sensation Dasmarinas KOs Frenchman for IBO title

first_imgFilipino boxer Michael Dasmarinas (C) celebrates after defeating French opponent Karim Guerfi during the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Batamweight world title in Singapore on April 20, 2018.Filipino boxer Michael Dasmarinas defeated French opponent Karim Guerfi seconds into the fourth round to win the International Boxing Organisation bantamweight world title in Singapore. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas YeoRising Filipino sensation Michael Dasmarinas knocked out his French opponent Karim Guerfi just seconds into the fourth round Friday to win the vacant International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title in Singapore.Dasmarinas, a southpaw, unleashed a powerful left hook to the jaw of Guerfi, sending the French fighter to a hard landing on the canvass as medics rushed in with a stretcher.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Defense found: Bucks overwhelm Celtics for 116-92 win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 awardcenter_img Eyes dazed, he tried in vain to get up and then rolled to the side as medics checked his face. He later left the ring on his own.A teary-eyed Dasmarinas raised his hands in jubilation as Filipinos in the crowd of about 4,000 spectators at the Singapore Indoor Stadium roared in approval.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 crownDasmarinas, 25, increased his record to 28 wins, 19 of them via the short route. The 31-year-old Guerfi’s record fell to four losses.Guerfi was more aggressive throughout, while the Filipino was cautious, choosing to absorb some punches while waiting for a chance to unleash his deadly left hand. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In the main event, Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan, 30, won over Filipino fighter Jeson Umbal, 23, via a split decision following a brutal final 12th round to retain the IBO intercontinental featherweight title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Blind Musician Sets Sights on 10th Album

first_imgA blind Liberian recording artist, popularly known as the ‘The Blind Nimbaian Gospel Musician,’ is in dire need of financial assistance to make two gospel albums, amidst these difficult times in the country, to give hope to the hopeless through his songs.Evangelist Joseph N. Yeanay said he is on the hunt for US$3,000 to record his albums, each of which would have six tracks, mostly sung in his vernacular, Dahn. Yeanah made the disclosure recently when he visited the offices of the Daily Observer on MacDonald Street, Monrovia.The 40-year-old blind musician disclosed that the albums would mark his 10th and 11th, respectively.“The songs have already been written through an inspiration from God, and we have been in practice for over a month, we are just in need of US$3,000,” Yeanah said. “We want to use this medium to appeal to every Liberian and non-Liberian to come to our aid to help us give our people hope.”Yeanah says he became blind in his hometown, Gbain in Nimba County, few days after his birth on March 25, 1974, after a bath from a midwife.As a young boy, he gained interest in singing and subsequently became a blind songster in Gbain.  When he moved to Monrovia, he joined the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church and then recorded his first album in 2003 entitled, “Ciaa Nuenae” (meaning Hell Fire).The following year (2004), Yeanah made a six-track album entitled ‘Yes Jesus!’  In 2005 and 2006, he made ‘Victory over Death’ and ‘Let’s Get Closer to God’, respectively.Due to the lack of support, the Yeanah didn’t record in 2007, but in 2008, he came out with the ‘Satan has created conflict’ album.  The success of the each of his albums contributed to the next.Yeanah released a recording each year from 2009 to 2012.  “Because we don’t have the money, we want to make the 2013 and 2014 albums together.  That is why we need US$3,000,” the musical evangelist says.  “God’s Divine Favor and Let’s Praise the Lord are the names of the two albums.”He also said: “Most of the songs will be done in Dahn, and we believe when they are recorded, the songs will give our people hope and encouragement amidst this deadly Ebola outbreak and hardships.”Mr. Yeanah is married to Mrs. Janet Yeanah who is also his lead back-up vocalist. Other vocalists on production team include Habakkuk M. Henry, Samuel F. Mulbah and Katia Saye.  Yeanah and his wife are blessed with five children, namely: Abigail, Salome, Josephine, Victor and Josiah.  He can be contacted through the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church or through cell number 0886452392.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt to investigate Global Fund multimillion-dollar fraud findings

first_img… fearful organisation will threaten to withhold grantsBY DEVINA SAMAROOGovernment will soon launch an investigation into findings of a multimillion-dollar fraud in its malariaPublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortonprogramme, which is funded by the Global Fund International Organisation.Following complaints of mass irregularities in the Global Fund malaria grant in Guyana, the international organisation commenced an investigation into the matter, covering the period January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.According to the findings of the investigation, there were complaints of fabricated data in relation to the distribution of bed nets, malaria surveillance activities and associated fraudulent expenditures, including ‘per diems’ and fuel for programmatic work that allegedly did not take place.Reports indicate that these irregularities affected expenditures totalling US$72,973 which the organisation will likely seek to recover.The irregularities were facilitated by the inadequate management of the Global Fund malaria programme by the Vector Control Services (VCS) of the Public Health Ministry, which included poor record-keeping and a failure to respond to Global Fund Secretariat Management Actions.During the period under investigation, Dr Reyaud Rahman was the Director of the VCS. He resigned in December 2015.Taking actionWith an allegation of corruption and fraud of such magnitude being levied against the Government, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton said an investigation will be launched as soon as possible in order to determine the best course of action to be taken.Since the possibility is high Government that will be required to pay back the recoverable monies, Dr Norton said an independent investigation into the findings in the Global Fund report is necessary to confirm the validity of the information.“The Global Fund is probably asking for a repayment or a refunding, and we would not go about doing so without investigating and see what measures we need to take… We will take whatever measures and the corrective actions will be taken,” he explained.He noted too that the investigations will determine whether or not any actions should be taken against culpable individuals.Asked if the international organisation has threatened to withhold untouched funds or prohibit further funding until the matter is resolved, the Health Minister responded in the negative; however, he noted that nothing is preventing them from taking such a route.“While I hope this is not the case, it certainly stands to reason that such actions might very well be taken,” he stated.Moreover, Dr Norton said he plans to arrange a meeting with the local representatives of the organisation to further discuss the matter.BurdenDr Norton posited that it will be awfully burdensome if Government is mandated to reimburse Global Fund of the millions of dollars allegedly swindled under the malaria programme.Even more disadvantageous, he said, is the likelihood of Guyana becoming blacklisted from receiving further funding.“At this point in time, paying any debt of that nature would certainly not be in the best interest of the economy of the country. We cannot afford to do that. It is unfortunate that this had to happen, we are definitely in need of such funding and we are just hoping that this will not affect us in the future to access such funding,” he expressed.Nonetheless, the Minister noted that it was quite odd that the Global Fund chose only now to launch the investigation.“Why would Global Fund wait five years after they started giving us access to funds before they started checking on accountability…” he pondered.Inflated figuresAccording to the report, employees of the Global Fund malaria programme, VSC, and the Health Ministry were interviewed in relation to the complaints of irregularities.The report said the investigation found evidence that VCS employees inflated the number of long-lasting insecticide impregnated mosquito nets (bed nets) reported as distributed and had fabricated underlying bed net distribution documents to support the inflated figures.Additionally, the report said VCS employees also fabricated documentation for another surveillance activity relating to the operation of malaria committees.The report further stated that two VCS malaria supervisors responsible for distributing bed nets in the regions confessed that they had inflated bed net distribution figures in the Semester Reports and that they had fabricated underlying documentation to support the figures.The two individuals claimed that an administrative employee had instructed them to inflate the figures.However, when interviewed, the VCS administrative employee denied passing instructions for the figures to be inflated.The report also stated that the former VCS Director claimed he never gave instructions to inflate the figures or fabricate the documents.The report noted that there was an analysis of over 46,000 individual names and signatures on the bed net distribution activity sheets to assess if the activity sheets contained indicators that bed nets had not been distributed to beneficiaries, and upon completion of this exercise, it found that it could not obtain reasonable assurance that 20,981 bed nets, which represents 45.2 per cent of the total reviewed, had been delivered to beneficiaries on the basis of anomalies found in the bed net distribution activity sheets.This figure did not include bed nets where it appeared that a single individual, such as a community health worker, mining camp leader or a family member, had signed legitimately on behalf of a group of individuals.The investigation also found that the average incidence of signature anomalies across the regions and periods under review was similar, indicating that the fabrication of underlying bed net distribution documentation was systematic.last_img read more

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Albino Society Honors Piah

first_imgPress Secretary (to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), Jerolinmek Piah, has received a certificate of honor from the Liberia Albino Society for his immense contribution in improving the lives of its members.Making the presentation at his temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, April 17, the association’s program committee head, Ms. Ruth Tulay, said that the certificate was a symbol of honor in recognition of Mr. Piah’s support to the association.Ms. Tulay recounted the honoree’s immense support to the association’s during its formative stage; emphasizing, “When Albinos were nobody and struggling to establish the association, Mr. Piah stood with us and made sure that our voices were heard on radio and on television.”She indicated that Mt. Piah created the opportunity and ensured that the Liberia Albino Society met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to share their vision with her. “For that we are giving him his flowers while he is alive,” Ms. Tulay said.Mr. Piah, upon receipt of the certificate lauded the Albino Society for the recognition and noted that the honor would further motivate him to do much more for other disadvantaged people in the Liberian society.He said when he does things based on his conviction to help others, he does not anticipate pay or recognition in return however, he accepted the certificate from the Liberia Albino Society, saying, “People who have been helped would want to say thanks for the role others have played.”The society also recognized renowned Liberian artist, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh, who is affectionately referred to as Aunty Miatta. They presented a “certificate of honor” to   for what they termed as her “standing with us” from the inception of their organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Barcelona frustrated in goalless draw with Getafe

first_img0Shares0000A frustrating day for Luis Suarez as Barcelona dropped points at home for just the second time in La Liga this season © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Feb 12 – A disallowed Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the leaders of La Liga dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe on Sunday.After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca could not break down a well-organised Getafe side, who showed why they have the third-best defensive record in the league. In irresistible form in front of goal in 2018, Suarez had the ball in the net just before half-time with a great finish from a Lionel Messi free-kick, but the home celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.The Uruguayan striker then saw his header kept out by a brilliant Vicente Guaita save as the match moved into stoppage time, with Barca failing to score at home in La Liga for the first time since November 2016.Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in La Liga after 23 games, extending their longest run without losing from the start of a campaign.However, they are now only seven points clear at the summit from Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at Malaga on Saturday with an early Antoine Griezmann goal. The Rojiblancos visit the Camp Nou in three weeks.“We don’t like to draw at home, but that’s football. Our opponents defended really well and we were unable to score,” Valverde told beIN Sports.“Maybe we lacked a bit of spark, that’s possible. It is strange for us not to score here at our stadium.”With Samuel Umtiti banned, Thomas Vermaelen not fit and Gerard Pique only on the bench, Valverde handed a first start to January signing Yerry Mina and partnered him in central defence with Lucas Digne.That pair were rarely overly troubled, but at the other end Valverde’s decision to bring both Paco Alcacer and Philippe Coutinho into the line-up did not have the desired impact.They both lasted just over an hour, with Coutinho forcing a fine save from Guaita from a curling strike in the 58th minute.Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele came on in the second half for his first appearance since his latest spell on the sidelines, but the young France forward was also incapable of breaking down the Getafe back line.Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini came on towards the end to make his debut for Getafe, who are 10th.– Valencia win derby –Valencia reclaimed third place from Real Madrid thanks to a 3-1 win over city rivals Levante at Mestalla on Sunday night.Luciano Vietto celebrates after scoring in Valencia’s win over Levante © AFP / JOSE JORDANSanti Mina’s early opener was cancelled out by Sergio Postigo for the struggling visitors, but Luciano Vietto put Valencia back in front in the second half and Dani Parejo sealed the win with a late penalty.The result ended a run of six straight defeats in all competitions for Valencia.Madrid won 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the first time this season.The reigning champions are still 17 points adrift of Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.Sergio Rico was the hero for Sevilla with a penalty save and several key interventions as his side boosted their European hopes with a 1-0 win over Girona.The only goal of the game at a sunny Sanchez Pizjuan was scored just over 30 seconds into the second half, with Pablo Sarabia making sure the ball went in after a Joaquin Correa effort was stopped on the line.But, before that, Rico had intervened to prevent the home side going behind just prior to the interval, diving to his right to save an Aday Benitez penalty awarded for a handball by Luis Muriel.Sevilla, who will face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in April and host Manchester United in the Champions League on February 21, are sixth in La Liga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Samurai Boo: Japan fans sheepish over W Cup fiasco

first_img“It was definitely a little bit fishy and it’s not nice to hear a crowd booing like that but, well, we reached the knockout stage — so ‘banzai!’… I guess,” advertising copywriter Ken Yazawa told AFP.“It’s only the third time we’ve got this far,” added the 44-year-old. “Hopefully we can go even further, although now we have to beat Belgium to reach the quarter-finals — nightmare!”Jeered off the pitch, Japan’s tactics in Russia were slammed on social media, with some Japanese Twitter users also putting the boot into coach Akira Nishino for ordering his team to play keep-ball in their own half.One disgruntled fan noted the irony of Japan becoming the first team to advance under the “fair play” rule after collecting fewer bookings than Senegal, posting: “It’s funny how Japan went through playing anti-football but we live to fight another day.”Another blamed football’s governing body for introducing the rule.“I doubt FIFA expected to see their fair play rule being used so unfairly,” he tweeted a little after the final whistle sounded at around 1am local time.– Under fire –Others sought to defuse the row as Japan came under fire from television commentators and pundits around the world who likened the fiasco to the infamous 1982 World Cup match between West Germany and Austria, when both teams played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 win for the Germans.“Let’s continue picking up the rubbish and collecting fair play points,” joked one wag, making reference to Japanese fans who dutifully help clean the stadium after matches.Most commuters pouring off the iconic scramble crossing and into the railway station in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district knew or cared little about the stir Japan’s negative tactics had caused.“I don’t really care how Japan got through,” said 28-year-old salesman Takkyu Watari.“I watched the game in a bar and no foreigners came up to congratulate us this time, that’s true. But I don’t think Japan did anything wrong.”Many salarymen, the identikit corporate samurai who formed the backbone of Japan’s post-war economic miracle, were more concerned about facing a sweaty commute with a sore head after only a few hours sleep.“I’ve got a thumping headache,” winced Kenji Kurematsu, a 52-year-old travel agent, clutching an energy drink.“I wish I had skipped the second half. It was boring, and I have a client meeting this morning.”One female commuter did not mince words.“It’s completely embarrassing,” fumed 41-year-old account executive Kumiko Chida. “I’ve no doubt Japan will lose millions of fans around the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Japan’s tactics in Russia were slammed on social media, with some putting the boot into coach Akira Nishino for ordering his team to play keep-ball in their own half © AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGITOKYO, Japan, Jun 29 – Japanese salarymen dashing to work Friday exchanged high fives with bleary-eyed football fans celebrating after the country reached the last 16 of the World Cup — most blissfully unaware of a backlash against their team.Japan lost 1-0 to Poland in Russia on Thursday in a match that ended in farce as the Samurai Blue ran down the clock knowing unless they picked up a pair of yellow cards or Senegal equalised against Colombia in the other Group H game, they would go through.last_img read more

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House OKs child health bill expansion

first_imgBy Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The House voted Tuesday to expand health insurance for children, but the Democratic-led victory may prove short-lived because the margin was too small to override President Bush’s promised veto. Embarking on a health-care debate likely to animate the 2008 elections, the House voted 265-159 to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by $35 billion over five years. Bush says he will veto the bill due to its cost, its reliance on a tobacco tax increase and its potential for replacing private insurance with government grants. After the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was disappointed that Bush “has issued a veto threat against a bill that has so much bipartisan, indeed nonpartisan, support.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SCHIP is a state-federal program that provides coverage for 6.6 million children from families that live above the poverty level but have trouble affording private health insurance. The proposed expansion, backed by most governors and many health-advocacy groups, would add 4 million children to the rolls. The bill drew support from 45 House Republicans, many of them moderates who do not want to be depicted as indifferent to low-income children’s health needs when they seek re-election next year. But 151 Republicans sided with Bush, a move that Democrats see as a political blunder. It hardly matters that the expansion would be expensive or a step toward socialized health care, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said during the House debate. When lawmakers go home, he said, “the question is, were you with the kids or were you not?” To overturn a presidential veto, both chambers of Congress must produce two-thirds majorities. The 265 yes votes in the House are two dozen fewer than Democrats would need to override Bush’s veto, and House leaders expect few members to switch positions. The Senate appears poised to pass the SCHIP expansion by a large margin later this week, but a Senate bid to override a veto would be pointless if the House override effort falls short. last_img read more

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Growing fire danger puts crews at risk

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The firefighters’ job has been made more hazardous by an increase in houses and vacation cabins being built across the West – some of them inside national forests. An estimated 8.6 million houses have been built within 30 miles of a national forest since 1982. Fire commanders say they are more likely to walk away from houses without a buffer zone, which can be as simple as raking debris from around a house and leaving a bed of gravel at the foundation, or putting metal roofs on their homes instead of flammable wood shakes. Until recently, firefighters “saluted and went out and did it,” said Don Smurthwaite, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman and former firefighter. Now, “we will not ask a fire crew in a dangerous fire to defend a structure that has not taken precautionary steps. That’s definitely a change.” Wildfires have always swept the landscape, but scientists say they are becoming more catastrophic. There is little dispute that the wildfires are being fueled by a hotter weather, a drought, the spread of weeds that burn like oily rags and the buildup of forest debris from decades in which fires were routinely suppressed. So far this year, wildfires have consumed 8.2 million acres nationwide, an area larger than Maryland, and most of it in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. That figure is fast approaching last year’s record of 9.9 million acres. By Sept. 26, wildfires had destroyed 409 houses across the West, more than 1 times last year’s total of 263, federal statistics show. By Paul Foy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SALT LAKE CITY – Fueled by drought and development, wildfires in the West are getting bigger and more aggressive, creating conditions so dangerous that fire bosses are increasingly reluctant to risk lives saving houses, particularly if the owners have done nothing to protect their property. From Southern California to Montana, seven firefighters have died this year battling blazes that have destroyed more than 400 houses. last_img read more

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Man City and Man United to miss out as Juventus close in on £35m Douglas Costa

first_img1 Douglas Costa in action for Brazil at the Confederations Cup Juventus are closing in on a £35million deal for Manchester City and Manchester United target Douglas Costa.The Brazilian had a difficult season at Bayern Munich, starting just 14 Bundesliga games for the German giants.Both City and United have been linked with summer moves for the gifted attacking midfielder, who seems set to leave.But, as talkSPORT told you earlier this month, Juve have been in talks with Bayern over a move with Costa’s preference seemingly a move to Italy.And now Bild has reported that the Turin club have agreed to pay an initial £35m for Costa with a variety of performance-related add-ons included in the deal.It is said that personal terms have been agreed so now the fee is sealed, the move could be completed by the end of the week.last_img read more

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UNBELIEVABLE – A STAGGERING 20,000 FANS WELCOME DONEGAL TEAM HOME TO DONEGAL TOWN

first_imgThe victorious Donegal team arrived in Donegal Town last night to the screams of a staggering 20,000 fans.Jim McGuinness and his team could not believe their eyes when they finally arrived home with the Sam Maguire cup into The Diamond just after 10.20pmFans waited in the wind and rain from 6pm waiting for their heroes to arrive at 8pm. Not surprisingly there were delays but nobody really cared.The masses were entertained by everyone from Daniel O’Donnell to Mickey Harte.Captain Michael Murphy, proudly wearing his Evolve Menswear clothing, said the wining of the Sam Maguire was a team effort.“People of Donegal, we did it. I want to thank you all for coming out and thank the players. We are good friends on and off the pitch and it is nice to share these memories “Also the whole backroom team. On behalf of the players I want to thank all of them for helping us to perform without any distractions.“To the sponsors and the county board I want to thank them for everything,” he said.He also paid a heartfelt thanks to the management team of Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher.“Last but not least to you the fans. The colour, noise and the songs, everything. Unfortunately we haven’t ben able to provide you with the silverware you deserve. But to bring Sam here in front of you is richly, richly deserved.“Be safe and enjoy yourselves,” he said. Manager Jim McGuinness said the turn-out was even bigger than 1992.“It is here. We have it. It’s here. I would like to say really well done to the numbers have turned out.“It’s just staggering to see the amount of people out here tonight. I got a few hugs and I know you are wet. It makes it all so worthwhile for all the players.“On a night like tonight it wouldn’t be there without a lot of hard work. “I would like to thank the backroom staff, the county board and I hope we can build a stronger relationship moving forward.“I would like to thank all the clubs for using their facilities and it is very much appreciated.“I would like to thank everyone that is here. We started on May 20th and that’s a long time ago. We haven’t lost a match and there’s only one group of people responsible for that and that’s this group of people here.“All you want is people with hunger and desire and every single one of these people have that mindset and have an attitude of getting the best out of themselves and that’s why that cup is sitting there.“We felt we were in a priviledged position to be working with these very talented players that want to do something with their life and want to make the people of Donegal proud of where they come from.“I have nothing but respect for them because they just want to move forward, If the hunger is there things will continue to move forward,” he said.Chairman of the Donegal County Board PJ McGowan apologised to the crowds for the delay.“He said “This is the most unbelievable scene I have ever seen. What has made it extra special is the colour, expectation and the number of people saying we were going to win it.“We have won it and I know it has made you people – the supporters, proud. I want to thank you for that support and they way you have dipped your hands in your pockets.“What makes this group unique is the fabulous character that is in each and everyone of them,” he said.Lord Mayor of Donegal Frank McBrearty said he was a very proud Donegal man.Lord Mayor of Donegal Tom Conaghan said in the words of Frank Sinatra – Jim McGuinness has done it his way.And they even persuaded Jim McGuinness to sing a few verses of Destination Donegal along with another amazing ambassador, Daniel O’Donnell.In the words of Van Morrisson – ‘There’ll Be Days Like This.”Let the party begin.UNBELIEVABLE – A STAGGERING 20,000 FANS WELCOME DONEGAL TEAM HOME TO DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: September 25th, 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

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DDTV: MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW SINGLE – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

first_imgMOJO GoGo’s stunning new single and video was released today. The Donegal outfit’s rise to the top continues apace.And with ‘4.20’ they’ve hit another high note.Click Play to watchAnd then get to iTunes to download it.   DDTV: MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW SINGLE – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE was last modified: January 10th, 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:4.20MOJO GOGOnew singlelast_img read more

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COPPER BANDITS STEAL 1,000 METRES OF CABLE IN BIGGEST HEIST YET

first_imgA highly-oranised gang of roaming copper bandits has stolen one thousand metres of high grade Eircom phone lines.More than €10,000 of cabling has been stolen in biggest raid to date.The raid, which took place at four different locations, happened last weekend.In what is one of the most serious attack ever on the communications system in Donegal, cable worth more than €10,000 was taken on the Milford to Carrigart road at four different locations. The robbery is the latest but most serious incident which has seen copper cabling stolen on at least a DOZEN different occasions over the past four years.Eircom engineers told the Tirconail Tribune that sophisticated cutting equipment would have taken hours to cut down the cabling.In one instance close to Cranford some 500 metres was taken: further down the road 250 metres were cut out and a stay across the road to stabilise the system was also slashed to pieces in what is described as a highly dangerous operation for any passing motorists.Elsewhere near Sweeney’s Filling Station at Devlinreagh a further 100 metres was removed while close to the junction with the road into the Harry Blaney Bridge a further 150 metres was taken. Eircom officials say this is the most serious incident yet and phone subscribers are struggling in many isolated areas to keep in touch with their families.There had been a noted decline in cable theft but this returned in July with another spate of robberies.A total of 1,500 metres of cable was taken during different raids at a number of locations including, Fanad, Drumbarnett,  Glenveagh, Drumkeen, Mongorry Hill and Rahan on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Only a year earlier the copper bandits struck three times in four daysin the community in Fanad.While it is claimed there is an active Garda operation ongoing, thepublic seems not to be aware of this and the thefts continue unabated. Some now are questioning the extent of the investigation as more and more people continue to find themselves cut off for periods of time because of the thefts.COPPER BANDITS STEAL 1,000 METRES OF CABLE IN BIGGEST HEIST YET was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:CarrigartcopperGardaiMilfordtelephone cable stolenthieveslast_img read more

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Building sector ‘could be in recovery’

first_img1 December 2011The FNB Building Confidence Index (BCI) increased to its best level this year, from 23 to 29 out of a maximum 100, mainly due to people doing overdue home maintenance, FNB said on Wednesday.Confidence among residential contractors surveyed in the fourth quarter of the year rose from 20 to 22, but among non-residential contractors it declined from 21 to 14.The results could indicate that South Africa’s building sector is slowly starting to recover, the financial services group said in a statement, while cautioning that the recovery was not a uniform showing but “short-lived flare-ups in activity”.And, on average, seven out of 10 respondents in different sectors of the building industry continued to rate prevailing business conditions as unsatisfactory.Conditions in six sectorsThe Building Confidence Index varies between zero points for no confidence at all, and the maximum confidence level of 100 points.It reflects the percentage of respondents satisfied with conditions in six sectors: architects, quantity surveyors, main contractors, sub-contractors (plumbers, electricians, carpenters and shop fitters), manufacturers of building materials (cement, bricks and glass) and retailers of building material and hardware.It covers the whole building pipeline, from planning (represented by the architects and quantity surveyors), renovation, additions, the informal sector (represented by building material merchants) and production (manufacturers of building materials) to construction of buildings by main and sub-contractors.The 2011 fourth quarter results increased due to a 32 index point jump (from 17 in the third quarter of 2011 to 49 in the fourth quarter) in the confidence of building material merchants, and an increase of eight index points (from four to 12) in the confidence of building material manufacturers.The confidence of architects, main contractors and sub-contractors barely moved, whilst quantity surveyors registered the only decline.The 49 point confidence of building material merchants was still below the 53 they registered a year ago.“The higher sales can be attributed to the need to do maintenance and renovations of existing buildings after a long delay,” Cees Bruggemans, chief economist of FNB said in a statement.Retailers also benefitedRetailers also benefited from the fact that some of their competitors went out of business over the last year or so. Building material manufacturers experienced the highest rate of increase in the volume of sales since the recession in 2008.Their ability to raise selling prices to make up for higher cost outlays remained limited, so profit growth and confidence remained low. The profitability of residential contractors improved, but that of non-residential contractors came under renewed pressure.The fortunes of sub-contractors are closely tied to that of main contractors, so the confidence of residential sub-contractors increased from 35 to 39, while that of non-residential sub-contractors edged lower from 33 to 32.The confidence of architects remained unchanged at 21, and that of quantity surveyors declined seven index points to 36.Sapalast_img read more

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