Neymar not immune to criticism, says Mbappe

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Kylian Mbappe insisted his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is “human like everyone else” after the Brazilian was reduced to tears on Friday by the controversy that has followed him since his arrival from Barcelona.A tearful Neymar pleaded with the media to stop the “false stories” about his alleged frosty relations with PSG coach Unai Emery and fellow striker Edinson Cavani following Brazil’s 3-1 international friendly win over Japan in Lille.The 25-year-old said he was “hurt” by the issue, before adding that he was “really happy” in Paris following his world-record 222-million-euro ($264 million) transfer in August.Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani have linked up to devastating effect this season, with the trio combining to score 24 goals through PSG’s first 12 league matches. But Mbappe conceded Neymar was just as susceptible to criticism as anyone else.“It just simply proves that he’s human like everyone else. He’s like us, he has two arms, two legs, a heart, so he can be affected by the criticism he is subjected to,” Mbappe told French television channel TF1 on Sunday.“From the outside he gives off a certain image, he doesn’t appear to be affected… But when you’re on the inside, he opens himself up to you, he shows he’s a normal person.“He’s incredibly strong on the pitch that you think he’s just as strong off it, but away from it he remains a normal guy.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mary Kom powers into semifinals of World Boxing Championships; assures herself record breaking 8th…

first_imgAdvertisement With a 5-0 unanimous victory over Ingrit Valencia, MC Mary Kom reached the semi-finals of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in the 51kg flyweight category. In her quest for the seventh World Championships title, Mary became the only boxer, to win eight medals at the prestigious tournament. While another Indian pugilist, Manju Rani, beat Kim Hyang Mi to enter the 48kg semi-finals assuring India of a medal.Advertisement “I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals,” said Mary Kom after the bout.Advertisement “It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semi-finals,” she added.The #HallOfFame will now read the mammoth achievements of @MangteC as the winner of the highest no. of medals at the #aibaworldboxingchampionships.Advertisement Kudos Champ!🔴Mary Kom🇮🇳-8 🔴Félix Savon🇨🇺-7🔴Katie Taylor🇮🇪-6What a moment for India. Take a bow!#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019Following this victory, Mary Kom will now take on the second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu in her semi-final bout on Saturday.Cakiroglu the reigning champion of the European Championships and European Games defeated Cai Zongju of China in her quarterfinal bout, moments after Mary ‘s impressive victory in Ulan-Ude on Thursday.The Manipuri on the other hand, arrived in this tournament with six golds and a silver medal in her kitty but this is the first time she secured a world medal in the 51kg category. Previously Mary had finished in the quarterfinals in this division and this latest achievement adds another feather to the Indian boxing legend’s cap. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sunshine Girls improve

first_imgJamaica put in an improved showing in the second game of a three-match netball series against hosts New Zealand. However, the Sunshine Girls were defeated 38-61 yesterday (Tuesday night Jamaica time) at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The Jamaicans reduced the deficit from the 38-point gap seen in the first game of the series. The Sunshine Girls battled hard in the first quarter but lost ground after the scores were tied at 8-8. That segment finished 14-9 to the hosts. In game one, the score at the same stage was 18-9. In that game, the world number two-ranked Silver Ferns dominated throughout, but in game two, the third quarter was 13-13. That brought the overall score to 42-29. The New Zealanders pulled away, with a 19-9 margin in the last quarter, to a final tally of 61-38. Shantal Slater scored 23 of the Jamaican total from 29 attempts. Turnovers by the Jamaican girls went down from 43 in the first match to 37. The final match of the took place last night at the Energy Event Centre in Rotorua.last_img read more

Vitali Klitschko honors brother in his Hall of Fame moment

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced From left, International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees Ronald Wright, Steve Albert, Vitali Klitschko, Jim Gray, and Erik Morales present their Hall of Fame rings to the crowd gathered in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (John Brewer/Oneida Daily Dispatch via AP)CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment.“It’s not reality. It’s dream,” Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. “I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame). I didn’t expect one day I become world champion in the United States. I’m very proud to be together with boxing legends. It’s a dream to be in with Muhammad Ali.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments No surprise that Wladimir made sure to make the trip to witness his big brother’s crowning moment. The bond between the two remains strong.“I am very proud to have the strongest brother in the world,” Vitali said. “We helped each other. I want to say thank you very much, brother, for everything what you did for me and your support. Younger brother, I’m more than sure you will also be here.”Morales won titles in four weight divisions. Nicknamed “El Terrible,” the native of Mexico followed his father into the ring and won the NABF and WBC super bantamweight titles. He also beat Guty Espadas Jr. for the WBC featherweight title in 2001, captured the WBC and IBF super featherweight titles in 2004, and in 2011 defeated Pablo Cano for the WBC light welterweight title. He retired with a pro record of 52-9 (36 KOs).Wright, a native of Washington, D.C., was a 5-foot-10 southpaw who captured the NABF light middleweight title twice (1995-96, 2000) and four world 154-pound title belts. He also competed as a middleweight and scored wins over Sam Soliman and Felix Trinidad, the latter he considered his defining moment before retiring in 2012 with a pro record of 51-6-1 (25 KOs).For Gray, a veteran of over 700 championship bouts as part of the broadcast team at Showtime, it, too, was an unforgettable moment. He was introduced by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, a good friend.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Canada ousts Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World Cup Klitschko was elected to the Hall of Fame in December, three years after he decided to re-enter politics in his native Ukraine. Also inducted Sunday were four-division world champion Erik Morales and light middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright, while Sid Terris was honored posthumously in the old-timer category.Honored in the observer category were broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray, while German promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl was honored in the non-participant category. Ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin were honored posthumously in the non-participant category.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 crownWith a Ph.D in his portfolio, the 6-foot-7 Klitschko earned the nickname “Dr. Ironfist.” A product of the Soviet athletic system, Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, dominated the heavyweight class for a decade.Vitali, now mayor of Kiev, boxed professionally from 1996-2013, his fierce jab and aggressive punching the keys to a 45-2 record with 41 knockouts. “This award is way, way overdue,” Tyson said, sobbing. “I’m very proud of you. Well-deserved.”Gray started his career as a video tape editor and sports reporter in Denver in 1977 and was thrust into the world of boxing the next year as a teenage broadcasting novice when he was assigned to interview Ali.Also touched by the moment, Gray added his own dash of humor as he spoke.“It’s ironic. The man who threatened to kill me in public is now inducting me into the Hall of Fame,” Gray said with a smile as he glanced at Tyson. “My journey today has been an unlikely one. The Boxing Hall of Fame immortalized all of these great fighters. So this magnificent honor comes with tremendous humility. How could this happen? I never took a punch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more


first_imgAs we commence our weekly article for 2017, we offer you a heart full of peace. January brings the New Year and the annual right of starting over such as adopting resolutions, setting goals and looking ahead. Like many people, I look at January as a time of renewal, a time to look back, take stock and also look ahead.Looking back, it is our hope that Liberia as a nation would spend more money this year on peace consolidation initiatives than it would spend on its military defense program because we would all benefit on programs that socially uplift young people and women.Forward looking, Twenty Seventeen is a critical period that would make or mar our peacebuilding and peace consolidation efforts. It would make Liberia, if it conducts a free, fair and transparent election in which all accepts the results of the elections. On the hand, it would mar and erode the peace progress over the last fourteen years if the conduct of the elections is contested and the results are unacceptable to all.The participation of young people in the democratic process is crucial, as young people of voting age need to share their views, participate and vote. We need to keep our democracy alive if we want our democracy to thrive. The upcoming Presidential elections should be a pinprick to our collective conscience, reminding us that broad and peaceful involvement by all of us is a sure way that peace is sustained.There’s an old Japanese saying that “for want a nail the steed was lost and for want of a steed, the horse was lost and for want of a horse the message was lost, for want of undelivered message the war was lost.” It is on this note that we would like to encourage as well as mobilize all young Liberians to turn their passion for development (in 2017) into a passion for ensuring peace in Liberia. Young people need to come up with a new strategy for peace, as the generation coming behind would ask what we did to ensure global peace.Throughout the rest of the year, the operations of our 20 volunteers in MOP-Liberia will gradually evolve from encouraging young people to contribute to this column (for which a sum of L$10,000 would be given monthly to each published article), to several capacity building programs for youths, including peace summer camp, peace entrepreneurship and managing other programs for the peaceful conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections in October 2017. This article would remain incomplete if we remiss to acknowledge The Liberian Daily Observer for the platform created through ‘Dialogue among Peace Messengers’ to promote peace in Liberia. On love, peace and war, Martin Luther King Jr. said “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” In the End, he went on to say, “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” Until next week when we come to you with part 2 of “Harnessing the latent energy of youth for peaceful elections”, it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Need Them, They Need Us’

first_imgMadam Ciatta Bishop, director general of the National Bureau of Concessions, speaks to dwellers of concession communities on working together for the good of LiberiaBy Alvin WorziCommunity dwellers of various concession areas in Liberia have resolved to channel their grievances through their leaderships organized by the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC), promising not to use violence to solve any future problems.According to recommendations made at the end of a 2-day national multi-stakeholder meeting at the Monrovia City Hall under the theme “Improving Citizen’s Engagement in Concessions Management,” they pledged to work with concessionaires to avoid conflict.The conference brought together four major concession communities, including Sinoe, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Nimba counties, with some communities having 16 representatives.The participating concession communities in their recommendations said, “We want the passage of the Land Rights Bill with urgency because it gives the rights of owning land and community dwellers will have something to protect them at the community level. It will also serve as reliance for all communities in Liberia.”They said: “Community dwellers should be involved in the discussions, whether mining or agriculture, including the appropriate government ministries whenever the National Investment Commission identifies an investor in order to avoid conflict. Telling the people what to do and having them agree will be unique to avoid conflict.“We are totally against the old model of concession agreements where the government and investor will sit on the table and leave out the community, thereby causing a problem between community dwellers and concessionaires. Therefore, we want the people (community) at the top, the investor in the middle and lastly, the government at the bottom, because we want the investment to be in the hands of the government and the people.”The concession communities also recommended uninterrupted engagements with residents to ensure that the youth and unborn generations understand the agreement between the investor and the government of Liberia.“There will be no conflict between community dwellers and the concessionaires if we can continue to have such engagements to inform the people about the benefits and how to channel grievances whenever an investor fails to adhere to his or her social responsibilities,” the participating communities recommended.Celesta K. Toby, co-chairperson of the United Community Initiative (UCI), lauded the organizing committee, promising to inform the people of Sinoe about the community’s role and how to channel grievances without conflict or disagreement.She said: “We have been educated about who to engage whenever there is a problem between the community and the concession company. We also stated that if any concession happens to come in the country, community dwellers should first be engaged in any further discussion and not to use the old model, which only brings the government and the investor to discuss.”According to her, carrying out violent acts in concession areas will not be the solution to any of the issues or problems, but rather finding common ground from bringing all the parties involved to a dialogue.“I believe that we are getting there because the government and partners are now bringing affected concession communities to discuss issues within concession areas. Interestingly, we have someone from the concession company to work in the community,” Madam Toby told the Daily Observer at the end of the conference.Bai A. Sembeh, the chairperson of the Zoeda Land Management Committee, said he was delighted that the government and partners have decided to bring concession communities together to work as a team and also to understand the importance of concessions within a community as well as their impacts.As a chairperson of the committee, Sembeh said, “The government cannot do all for the people and so there is a need for the community and the concession company to work together for the development of the community. We have the land and the people [have] the money as well, so we need them and they need us.”He said it is time to avoid violence within concession areas and create a level playing field that would help in supporting development initiatives, adding “We want to see our land developed and at the same time, call concessionaires to account for things that are done within the community that are not in the interest of the community.”Ciatta Bishop, director general of the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC), said the two-day meeting resulted from NBC’s concern to see citizens participate in dialogue instead of engaging in violence in concession areas.“It is important for the citizens to understand what is in the agreement, and what their roles are, and how they can interact with concessionaires and the government without using violence. When people don’t understand what is in the agreement and don’t have a place to go in order to resolve grievances, then, they take their frustrations out on the concession,” she said.The National Bureau of Concessions was created specifically to provide monitoring and evaluation as well as to find a way to ensure that concessionaires, the government, and the people meet their side of the bargain.“We hear from the concessionaires that the communities are problematic and hear from the communities as well that the concessionaires are problematic, but this is the NBC’s role or the executive to mediate, while the legislators are there to communicate to the people or community and so we want them to understand what’s in the agreement and who is doing what,” she clarified.According to director Bishop, the NBC has been working with some of the concession communities to educate them about their roles and benefits as well as how to avoid conflict in concession areas.“We have a situation that there exist three groups of people, which includes communities that were in the concession areas before the war and after the war…And the third group are those on the outskirt of the concession agreement. How the NBC can bring all the three parties together, because all are communities and all fall on land issue and agreement,” Madam Bishop said.She said the NBC is more concerned with integrating the three groups of communities into project-affected communities, thereby benefiting from the agreement as a community and people, adding that “I visited all the major concession communities recently, including Sinoe, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Grand Bassa, among, others to discuss the way forward to avoid conflict.”According to her, the NBC has organized a committee in each of the concession areas to help the concessionaires both in terms of identifying projects and being focal persons for a peaceful relationship, adding: “All of us both at the community and the concession companies need to work as one.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcoming President Weah’s Remarks With Caution

first_imgPresident Weah, delivering the State of the Nation’s Address yesterday remarked that the Media is an indispensable partner to Government and will do everything to protect and guarantee free speech.The Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s comments but with caution. This is because this is the not the first time the President has expressed support for the Liberian media yet, policy actions by his officials tend to point in the opposite direction. Indeed the media can be a truly valuable partner to government, informing the people about government’s programs and policies.While it is a fact that some journalists sometimes throw caution to the wind and indulge in sensational reporting which often draws the ire of government, it remains an incontestable fact that the Liberian media, with all its shortcomings, have over the years, done a remarkable job informing the Liberian people about government’s policies and programs.The case of the missing billions is, for example, a case in point. Initially news of the missing money was first broken by a local media outlet, the Hot Pepper. Official denial was the first reaction. And then it was followed by admissions, also by government officials that money did indeed go missing.Amidst the public outcry, the government announced that it was launching an investigation into the matter but it was also calling on the United States government to intervene and assist in the investigation.But government spin doctors were already hard at work charging its detractors of promoting falsehoods and creating hype intended to undermine the Weah administration. The media or at least certain sections of the media were accused of fomenting dissent through their coverage of developments surrounding the missing billions.In one breath the media was being praised for bringing the matter to public attention while in another breath, media institutions were being lampooned by government officials with some officials insisting that media institutions changed the narrative about the missing money.Those media institutions which complied with this ultimatum were according to reports rewarded while those that did not were punished by withholding legitimate payments for services rendered — official government advertisements. These officials do this with the intention to bring such media institutions to their knees by withholding legitimate payments, being fully aware of the strangulating effects of their actions.The Daily Observer is one such media entity which is being affected by such policy actions by government officials. This newspaper, by publishing government adverts without demanding payment upfront is indeed cooperating with government and helping its cause. Also, government functions and programs are also covered by the Daily Observer without charge as part of its news reportage.Yet, for months on end, the Daily Observer has gone unpaid for services rendered and its legitimate payments are being withheld for no apparent reason other than its stubborn insistence on remaining true to its longstanding policy of fair, accurate and balanced reporting of the truth.It is for this reason that the Daily Observer in the past has suffered arrests and imprisonment of its staff for its coverage of events and when all such appeared to fail, government agents resorted to the physical destruction and burning of the Daily Observer’s offices, not once but twice.But rather than cowering in fear and answering to base commands, this newspaper has remained undaunted and shall continue to remain so even in the face of trying conditions being currently experienced. The Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s remarks. We however urge him especially his officials to match policy pronouncements with action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Billions worth of ganja, cocaine destroyed in 2018 – CANU head

first_img…“largest in a long time”The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has reported that billions of dollars’ worth of marijuana and cocaine was destroyed during last year’s eradication exercise throughout the country. This is according to Head of CANU, Michael Atherly, who in an interview with Guyana Times said over 300 persons were convicted for various drug crimes during 2018.“During last year we had a very huge eradication exercise throughout the country. Berbice, however, has seen the largest confiscation of marijuana. There were millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis which included farms and dried cannabis being destroyed during that period. This was recorded as the largest during recent years,” Atherly said.Statistics from the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) – an inter-agency body comprising of law enforcement agencies – revealed that during 2018 (as of November), a combined total of 477 kilograms of cocaine and 994 kilograms of cannabis was destroyed at Yarrowkabra, Linden/Soesdyke Highway by representatives from CANU, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) and the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL).It further outlined that a total of 132 kilograms of cocaine and 440 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed by the Police, while 45 kilograms of cocaine and 554 kilograms of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas. A combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940.The drugs were reportedly tested by staff of the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory before being destroyed by way of fire.Meanwhile, the 2017 report highlighted that law enforcement agencies seized a total of 55,139 kilograms of narcotics which included substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy and have eradicated over 117,000 kilograms of marijuana plants.Further, the executive summary of the GUYDIN report noted that there were 124 drug seizures during that period.Of these, the narcotics branch of the Guyana Police Force made 72 per cent of the seizures , while CANU made 28 per cent.The report stated that marijuana plants were eradicated from 34 acres of land, spanning 20 fields over 15 operations. Some 204,400 plants were eradicated, the report added, and a “total of 117,531.67 kilograms of marijuana taken off the market.last_img read more

Peace River North Teachers Association pleased with strike vote

first_imgPeace River North Teachers Association President, Michelle Wiebe emphasizes that there will not be immediate school closures, disruptions for students and parents, and teachers are not being asked to stop taking part in extracurricular activities and does not affect report card writing or communication with parents.Wiebe adds that it is very important that the community understands that.The province has offered teachers a 6.5 per cent wage increase over six years, followed by indexed increases, but the B-C Teachers’ Federation has brushed off the proposal. – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgIt’s yet another sign that things still have a long way to go if the housing market is to pick up in Co Donegal.TWO new houses have been put on the market with a total reserve price of just €45,000.The two semi-detached, three bedroom homes at Coopers Crest in Milford are going at a fraction of what their original value would have been during the boom. Both houses are almost completely finished.Both need sanitaryware and floor coverings while one of the houses needs kitchen units.The houses, numbers 28 and 29, can be sold separately for €20,000 and €25,000.The houses are being auctioned by Sherry, Fitzgerald, Rainey on November 10th at 1pm at the site of the houses.  DONEGAL HOUSING MARKET HITS NEW LOW AS TWO HOUSES OFFERED FOR €45K was last modified: October 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cooper’s CRestfor saleMilfordSherry Fitzgerald Raineylast_img read more