first_imgMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, MANGALA, KOLAROV, TOURE, FERNANDO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING, AGUEROSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)LONG, TADIC, S. DAVIS, LONG, CLASIE, WANYAMA, BERTRAND, FONTE, VAN DIJK, SOARES, STEKELNBURGManchester City wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League when they were thrashed 4-1 at home to Liverpool last weekend. It was only the second time City have conceded four goals or more at the Etihad – the other was a 4-2 League Cup third round home defeat after extra time against Aston Villa in 2012.It was also City’s heaviest home defeat in the Premier League in 12 years – when they were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal at Maine Road in February 2003.Interestingly, no fewer than eight of the 13 goals conceded by City this season have come in two games – last weekend’s defeat by Liverpool and another 4-1 rout, at Tottenham in September.However, City’s Joe Hart has kept more clean sheets – seven – than any other Premier League goalkeeper.City, who can return to the top, have a good recent home record in the Premier League against Southampton, winning the last four while scoring 11 goals. Saints last won there in April 2004, one of only three PL victories at City in 11 visits. City have won six and drawn two.On Wednesday, City went to Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League and lost 1-0. City were without David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony in Italy and are unlikely to have any of them back for this game.last_img read more

Gov’t to Pay Private School Teachers ‘Ebola Money’

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has said it would begin the payment of ‘Ebola money’ to private school teachers across the country on Tuesday, August 25.Each of the beneficiaries will receive, for example, high school–L$3,500, high school graduate—L$5,000, ‘C’ Certificate—L$5,500, ‘B’ Certificate—L$7,000, ‘A’ Certificate/AA Degree—L$8,500, Bachelor’s Degree holder—L$10,000, Master’s Degree—L$12,500 and PhD – L$13,000.All payments will be made by Ecobank directly to beneficiaries over-the-counter.The Ministry said it has secured the needed resources through the Ebola Trust Fund to underwrite the cost of one-off payment to private school teachers.The fund, the Ministry said was secured following series of meetings held between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and those from the MFDP.he meeting also brought on board representatives from the Private School Association.The MFDP has called on all private school teachers to have accurate personnel payroll records for April and May 2014. They are also required to have same for the months of April and May, 2015, at their respective schools of assignment because auditors from the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) will visit school premises anytime during the payment period for verification.The statement indicated that several measures have been instituted to serve as strict guiding principles under which payment will be made to individual instructors.The MFDP further said that payment to all categories of private schools teachers will be based on qualification, and will not make-double payment to any teacher irrespective of the number of schools they are teaching.“Payment will be done on the basis of equity across all schools during this current school year,” the statement indicated.The criteria were jointly decided by technical working groups comprising heads of the various school systems, MOE, and the National Principals Association of Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10K Local Farmers To Benefit From Multiple Agriculture Initiatives

first_imgSome of the farmers post for picture at the site in Nimba The Liberia Farmers Development Corporation (LIFADCO) Inc. has designed a national project to develop agriculture through collaboration with major stakeholders under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, targeting four statutory districts in Nimba.The organization began recruiting farmers, beginning February this year, targeting 10k beneficiaries, including 75% women and 25% men as well as 216 farming kuu in Gbehlay, Zoe–Geh, Tappita and Saclepea statutory districts, respectively.“We are doing conservation agriculture: farming as a business, farmer field school, value addition, manpower development and job creations,” said the Director Boris Barlea.“Out of our targeted beneficiaries, we have currently recruited 5,000, including 3,750 female, 1250 male farmers and 216 farming Kuu groups,” he said.He said the main objective of the organization is to increase agricultural productivity and promote commercialization of smallholder farmers through productive linkages between the farmers and the private agribusiness firms in selected value chains.Mr. Barlea explained that LIFADCO is helping farmers to better manage and protect their staple crops and livestock through better soil management, water resource management, and minimizing crop and livestock waste due to spoilage, weeds, pests, disease, and other threats.He maintained, “Our project is aimed at smallholder commercialization and facilitating private sector investment in agribusiness by fostering productive business linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms with capacity strengthened by private business service providers.”He added that the project is also aimed at supporting a few commodity value-chains with significant potential for enhancing competitiveness and creation of jobs.Some of the activities in which the organization is engaged are, establishment and development of agricultural farms, agro-management ventures, establishment of experimentation center for work force development and capacity building in areas such as cash-crops, lowland rice, vegetables and livestock production as well as fisheries.“We are looking at value chains such as tree crops (cocoa & oil palm), rice production­ and horticulture crops (fruits and vegetables), crops and natural resource management as well as livestock production,” he explained.Other areas of involvement will be plantation Crops (cotton, coconut, coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar cane, sisal, oil seeds, oil palms, rubber trees, conservation agriculture, pest & disease management, aquaculture and fish farming, bees keeping and farming as a business.“Currently, we are rehabilitating swamps in 6 communities, including Payglay, Garwonpa, Guawin, Bahn, Frolay and Zayglay, with a total of 1,665 beneficiaries — 416 male and 1,249 female,” he added.He noted cassava production is ongoing in 54 communities in Zoe-Geh, Saclepea Mahn, Tappita and the Gbehlay-Geh districts, where the planted cassava is about 40cm.For the bee keeping, he said, “we have 30 hives in 10 communities, out of the 30 hives, 21 hives have canonized, while at the same time about 20 snail-raising pens have been set up in six communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Robinho signs for Sivasspor despite rape conviction

first_imgRobinho was found guilty by an Italian court in November of taking part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.Robinho insists he is innocent. The sentence is suspended while appeals take place. Sivasspor made no mention of the controversy in its statement.“There is great excitement on social media, on the part of the fans and in the press” over Robinho, club chairman Mecnun Otyakmaz was quoted as saying at the signing ceremony.“This is a transfer that puts Turkish football on the agenda of the whole world. We are trying to do our work well,” he added.Robinho, 33, has won 100 caps for Brazil and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.He had spent the last two seasons at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.The player said he had been in touch with former Brazilian international stars Cicinho and Roberto Carlos, who played for and managed Sivasspor respectively.“They said it’s a good club and the fans are good. After their advice I came to Sivasspor.“I know the Super Lig. Many Brazilian footballers have come here and, yes, now Robinho is here too in the Super Lig,” Robinho added.He was one of the first big-money signings at Manchester City, joining for £32.5 million (40 million euros at the rates of the time) on the day the English Premier League club was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group. But his two seasons at the club were a disappointment.Sivasspor are eighth in the Super Lig after a strong first half of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The player said he had been in touch with former Brazilian international stars Cicinho and Roberto Carlos, who played for and managed Sivasspor respectively.ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan 23 – Brazil forward Robinho signed on Tuesday with Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor, the club said, even though he has been sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in Italy for rape.Sivasspor, based in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia, said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City player signed the one-and-a-half year deal in a ceremony at its stadium after passing a medical.last_img read more

Howard Webb retires from refereeing

first_imgHoward Webb has retired from refereeing to take up the role of Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).The 43-year-old, a former policeman, built up a reputation as one of the best officials in the game.He has taken charge of some of the biggest matches in the Premier League over the course of his 25-year career, as well as an FA Cup final, League Cup final and Community Shield.In 2010, he became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.He recently officiated at the 2014 World Cup and was widely praised for his handling of Brazil’s last 16 clash with Chile.But he has now opted to hang up his whistle to work for PGMOL, the body responsible for the training and development of match officials operating in the Premier League, Football League and FA competitions.Webb will oversee the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials.He will also manage the PGMOL training programme and coaching system and will work extensively on the successful development programme that provides a pathway for referees from Level 3 through to the Select Group.Additionally Webb, who will report to PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley, will take a public-facing role, informing and educating on refereeing matters.“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch,” Webb said. “I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine UEFA and FIFA tournaments, and taken charge of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals.“Refereeing has given me so much and it’s important that match officials who have had the rewards remain in the game to pass on their knowledge. I also have much more to learn about the business of refereeing and the best place for me to do that is with PGMOL. It’s an incredibly positive working environment and we all have a common goal of improving refereeing.“Over the last five years in particular we have made huge strides in terms of our accuracy, fitness and professionalism. The current Select Group are the best referees this country has ever produced and I am thrilled that I not only get the chance to continue working with them but also the opportunity to help develop the next generation of Select Group officials.” 1 Howard Webb last_img read more

Orlando’s lead cut as foreigners star in SA

first_img0Shares0000Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori defied Orlando Pirates with a string of superb saves for Maritzburg United in the South African Premiership © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Jim RogashJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec 2 – Orlando Pirates had their South African Premiership lead cut to just one point Saturday on a day when all six goals in four matches came from foreigners.Pirates were held 0-0 at home by lowly Maritzburg United and Wits rose one place to second after snatching a late 1-0 victory away to bottom club Black Leopards. Golden Arrows converted two penalties within four minutes and then defended resolutely to edge Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 while Highlands Park won 2-0 at home against Cape Town City.Malawians Limbikani Mzava (two) and Hellings ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango, Colombian Leonardo Castro, Namibian Peter Shalulile and Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro scored the goals.Footballers from other African countries have always been attracted to South Africa by good salaries and an increasing number of Europeans and South Americans are joining them.Pirates have 24 points, Wits 23, Bloemfontein Celtic 21, SuperSport United 19 and trophy-holders Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs and Polokwane City 18 each.Celtic get a second chance within five days to become leaders when they host Polokwane Sunday needing maximum points to overtake Pirates on goal difference.Another foreigner, Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori, starred for Maritzburg, who began the day 14 places behind Pirates, as they climbed out of the relegation zone in Soweto.“We knew Pirates would come at us from the kick-off and the boys defended superbly,” said the tall shot-stopper.While Ofori made a string of superb saves, Pirates’ Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said his players helped the Ghanaian excel.“Richard is a very tall goalkeeper and we were shooting at a height that suited him. The best way to beat him is with low shots.”Former Gor Mahia of Kenya coach Dylan Kerr got off to a disappointing start with Leopards as an 82nd-minute Mhango goal gave Wits victory in northern town Thohoyandou.Mzava scored from two penalties during the first half as Arrows upset Chiefs on a Durban pitch that was unfit for football with large uneven, grass-less patches.“This is what happens when you allow concerts and political rallies to be held at a football ground,” lamented Arrows coach Clinton Larsen.Castro halved the deficit on the hour, but sustained late Chiefs pressure failed to deliver an equaliser.Shalulile and Ndoro scored early and late goals during the second half of a mid-table tussle near Johannesburg to halt a three-match winning streak by Cape Town.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Slaven Bilic wants new striker but denies Liverpool raid

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Slaven Bilic has rubbished reports West Ham are plotting a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The Hammers boss is looking to boost his attacking options this month and has been linked with a shock raid on the Reds.Injury-hit Sturridge has has hardly featured for Liverpool in recent seasons and there have been suggestions that Jurgen Klopp is running out of patience with the 26-year-old.But Bilic won’t be making any attempt to lure the former Chelsea star back to London, telling reporters on Thursday:  “That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it.“I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.”Dietmar Hamann claimed Sturridge’s issues were more mental than physical on talkSPORT earlier this week and Klopp is clearly frustrated by the striker’s continued absence.But when it was put to Bilic that the England international may become available, he replied: “What if? I would take Lionel Messi also, but it is only an ‘if’ so there is nothing in it.”Bilic, however, does admit he wants a new striker, with Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho both sidelined through injury and Mauro Zarate and Nikica Jelavic set to leave the club in January.“We are not panicking,” added the Croatian. “We know that we have a couple of players that are injured.“On the other hand there are a couple of players that may leave the club. Maybe Zarate, maybe Jelavic and if that happens, and it may happen, then we are going to try and get one striker.”last_img read more

Turner fired as Raiders coach

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Browns president out: Cleveland Browns president John Collins resigned, ending a late-season power struggle in the team’s front office that nearly led to the firing of general manager Phil Savage. In a statement released by the Browns, owner Randy Lerner said Collins has resigned his position and that Savage and coach Romeo Crennel will remain in their current roles. Lerner said he will assume Collins’ duties until a new president is hired. Interim Rams coach in hospital: Joe Vitt, who served as interim coach of the St. Louis Rams for the last 11 games of the season, has checked into a hospital for treatment of a lingering staph infection. The 51-year-old Vitt was hospitalized for two days in August because of the infection and went back in Monday night. Vitt was expected to be hospitalized for at least a few days, a team spokesman said. Vikings begin their hunt: The Minnesota Vikings launched their search for a head coach Tuesday, planning an interview with defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and lining up other candidates from around the league. “I don’t think this was a surprise to anyone. It was speculated over the last two months,” Turner said. “I wanted to be here, and you take a job with the idea of doing a good job, getting the job done and being successful.” Oakland lost its final six games and eight of nine to finish 4-12 and with one fewer victory than Turner produced in his first season a year ago. The Raiders have strung together three straight losing seasons for the first time since Al Davis came aboard in 1963 as coach and eventual owner. The Oakland Raiders fired coach Norv Turner on Tuesday following consecutive losing seasons in which the team managed only one victory in its division. The 53-year-old Turner, who had a year remaining on his contract worth about $1.75 million, had known his job was in jeopardy for the past two months. center_img Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders arrived in town to talk with owner Zygi Wilf, president Mark Wilf and others in the ownership group and front office who will be part of the process. Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress was also reportedly at Winter Park for an interview. Other coaching updates: Washington assistant Gregg Williams, considered a top prospect for several vacant NFL head coaching positions, signed a three-year contract to remain with the team. reported that Williams’ deal is worth nearly $8 million. … Houston obtained permission from San Diego to interview offensive coordinator Cam Cameron about its vacant head coaching job. … New Orleans was given permission to interview New York Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson for its head coaching vacancy. … Detroit has contacted Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, an assistant with San Francisco, about its vacant coaching job. Injury updates: Cleveland rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. Edwards tore his anterior cruciate ligament Dec. 4 against Jacksonville when his knee buckled awkwardly to the inside after he landed stiff-legged on an incompletion. … Jacksonville linebacker Mike Peterson and defensive ends Reggie Hayward and Paul Spicer missed practice Tuesday and were listed as questionable for Saturday’s wild-card game against New England. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jury choice begins in priest’s trial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita However, Wempe cannot be prosecuted in connection with the other eight accusers because the alleged molestations occurred too long ago, Hicks said. Defense attorney Leonard Levine said he is not contesting the allegations of any of the other eight witnesses, but he believes that having so many testify could prejudice the case against his client. Levine, however, is challenging the allegations by the accuser in the current case. “We believe he came forward out of anger and revenge,” Levine said earlier. According to the attorney, the accuser, now 25, was unhappy that charges against Wempe involving the accuser’s two brothers were dropped because of a June 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court struck down a state law extending the statute of limitations retroactively in old molestation cases. Wempe was arrested in connection with the current case three weeks after the charges involving the accuser’s brothers were dismissed. The high court ruling on the statute of limitations precludes prosecution of Wempe on any of the allegations made by the other accusers, who claim they were abused in the 1970s and 1980s. The eight also can only testify about acts similar to those alleged by the current accuser. Attorneys said they believe jury selection will take about three days and that the trial will last about three weeks. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Wempe was assigned to St. Jude’s Church in Westlake Village, Sacred Heart Church in Ventura and St. Mary’s in Palmdale. He also taught at Paraclete High School in Lancaster. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jury selection got under way Tuesday in Los Angeles for the trial of a former Roman Catholic priest charged with molesting a boy in the early 1990s. Michael Wempe, 65, who was assigned to parishes in Palmdale, Ventura and Westlake Village and taught at a Catholic high school in Lancaster, faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of five felony counts, according to Deputy District Attorney Todd Hicks. Two brothers of the alleged victim and six other accusers are expected to testify that they also were molested by Wempe when they were boys, Hicks said. Their testimony will help demonstrate that Wempe had a history of abusing young boys, he said. last_img read more


first_img[embedwidth=”600″height=”500″][/em[/embed]Love them or loathe them, Jedward rocked the Donegal Town Summer Festival leaving thousands of young (and not so young!) fans happy.John and Edward – together they’re Jedward – promised Donegal fans a show and they didn’t disappoint. Dressed in black jeans and red blazers, the identical twins showed why concert goers of a certain age across the country just can’t get enough of them.Facebook sites across Donegal are buzzing with reports of the show which helped kick off the festival in Donegal Town.Maeve Barrett said the Jedward boys were amazing.“I’m not a Jedward fans but credit where credit is due – the guys were great. They really got the crowd going. They are wired,” she said. The lads played a number of their songs including the hit Ice Ice Baby/Under Pressure which went down a storm with fans.And the lads were good enough to pose for the many fans who smothered them looking for autographs and photos.They’ll be a hard act to follow but the festival committee have lined up a terrific array of talent.Tonight sees the brilliant Royseven and also Ryan Sheridan and tomorrow sees Ireland’s hardest-working band Aslan belt out all their hits.Ends DDTV VIDEO: JEDWARD ROCK DONEGAL AND WE SHOW YOU HOW THEY DID IT! was last modified: July 2nd, 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)last_img read more