Let’s Make Use of Gambia’s Mistake

first_imgIt is good news that Gambia Football Association officials made a mess of their U20 team by using five overage players against their Liberian counterparts and as a result lost their qualification in the African U20 Youth Championships.The U-20 Championship finals will be staged in Senegal in 2015 and Liberia’s next opponent is Ivory Coast’s U-20 side.Though the Gambians did not think they were in the wrong, since they had their own interpretation of the rules, the final results indicated that they were wrong and they would have to live with their attempt to cheat Liberia. At the same time, we must congratulate Liberian sports officials who were alert to recognize, even before their first leg match got underway that The Gambians were on the wrong side of history. It is also painful for The Gambians since they had a better composed team against their Liberian counterparts.However, cheaters are not to be commended and hence their ill-action with intention to cheat has caused them their own disappointment. While The Gambians now are crying their eyes out after such a humiliation, we in Liberia should reassess our chances and find a way to get prepared. This is important because The Gambians taught us a lesson that we lacked adequate preparation.It is not shameful to admit that The Gambians had a much improved team. In the Liberian set up were a bunch of players who possessed much energy but lacked effective coordination. They coordinated but it was so poor that they could not plan their effective attacks. In most of their attacks, they could not survive when they came near The Gambia U-20’s defensive area.Considering that The Gambians had nine corner-kicks as against two by Jr. Lone Star, it indicated which of the two teams was determined to win. Their strikers were good on the job and had Liberia’s defense working overtime, more than the reverse. It was as if The Gambians were playing at home. Now, besides The Gambians, the Liberian side needs more playing time together. Fact is, the players were yanked from several clubs and definitely would need more practicing and playing time together, along with test matches to develop some understanding in a competitive environment. In that match they tried to showcase their individualism but it sadly lacked the finesse. Though they are energetic and committed, they lacked the cohesion that comes only from playing together for a considerable length of time. So despite the points awarded by CAF to the give Liberia another chance, if the team does not continue their training and camping before their match against the Ivorians, we will have ourselves to blame. In that case it would not be the players who are not committed and unpatriotic but our poor preparation.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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Sophia man remanded over Leopold Street shooting

first_imgA 26-year-old man was on Monday taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with an unlawful wounding charge.Adrian ScottAdrian Scott, of C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.It is alleged that on October 7, 2019, at Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm, he unlawfully wounded Arlington Harper.Scott was represented by Attorney-at-Law Keoma Griffith, who told the court that his client did not shoot the Virtual Complainant (VC).Reports are that on October 7, Harper was at a party where he met Scott. However, upon seeing Harper, Scott reportedly left, but later returned with a friend.The prosecution is contending that Scott and Harper were subsequently involved in a scuffle and it was at that time, Scott pulled out a gun and handed it to his friend, who in turn shot Harper.The injured man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he remains a patient. The Police have since launched a manhunt for Scott’s friend.Police Prosecutor Shondell Daniels objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the fact that the victim was still hospitalised. Scott was remanded to prison, and the case was scheduled to continue on November 18, 2019.last_img read more

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Police celebrate milestones

first_imgWHITTIER – An audience of about 100 family and friends gathered Thursday for the swearing in of seven new Whittier police officers and the promotions of three others in ceremonies at the Whittier Community Center. Whittier Police Department Chief David Singer first introduced the veteran officers who are advancing their careers. He began by introducing dispatcher Kristi Galbiso. Galbiso had held the position before but had to leave due to a serious illness. After she recovered, she returned to the department. “I came back to my extended family,” Galbiso said. “And I’m so happy to be back.” Singer then introduced the new senior property and evidence technician, Billy Cosby. Cosby has served 15 years in law enforcement and said he is happy to be in Whittier now. “This is one of the best police departments I’ve ever worked for,” Cosby said. Steve Gardner was promoted to senior forensic specialist. Gardner has been in law enforcement for 17 years. “The way I look at it, I still have 19 years to go,” Gardner said. “And I look forward to having many cases solved.” The seven new officers were then brought on stage and sworn in by the chief. Their families then had the opportunity to pin on their badges. The audience had a good laugh when new officer Ryan Todd was asked to speak on behalf of all the other officers and swore them in by mistake. “That was just a dress rehearsal,” Todd quipped. “But, we are all very excited to be here.” Other new officers are: Kelly Medellin, Esteban Medina, Agustin Guangorena, Nestor Gonzalez, Jesse Benavente and Rick Myers. Sgt. Jay Tatman and Dominic Iraldo were sworn in at the end the ceremony. Their wives pinned their badges on and Singer cut their ties. “It’s a Whittier tradition,” Singer said. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley attended and offered his congratulations. “They all look very deserving of their positions,” Cooley said. “The city of Whittier should be very proud.” Family and friends joined the new and promoted officers for lunch at the community center after the ceremony. The new officers are expected to begin their duties right away. 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

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Minnows Panama up to task against star-studded Belgium

first_img“We are not favourites but if we have a good day anything can happen,” said Gomez, Panama’s veteran Colombian coach who is usually known by his nickname ‘Bolillo’.While Panama’s squad contains no real household names, and half a dozen players well into their 30s, Roberto Martinez’s Belgians have come to this World Cup with a golden generation led by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“The squad is prepared to come up against a team of many carats, and a great coach who is also a great person,” said Gomez.“They have the best players in the world, except for Messi and Cristiano. Belgium are candidates to win the title, and we are proud to be facing them.”Iceland followed their run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday, although they were helped by Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty miss.Gomez is hoping his side can take inspiration from that performance to claim their first World Cup point in Group G, even if he did not want to compare his group of journeymen with a more experienced Icelandic outfit.“Iceland qualified ahead of Croatia and did well in the Euros as well, and they were coming up against an Argentina side who are not on the same level as Belgium just now.“There is a bigger gulf between Belgium and Panama. Nobody denies they are the favourites, but if we have a good day we can get something.”Gomez, a former Colombia and Ecuador coach, called on his side to have “warm bodies and cool heads” for their bow on Russia’s Black Sea coast.The heat and humidity here in southern Russia could help them against Belgium, but their recent record is a source of concern, particularly in front of goal.The Panamanians scored just nine in 10 qualifiers, and they arrived in Russia after scoring just one goal in their last five matches.That included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland and a 1-0 reverse in Norway 10 days ago. It is a worrying outlook, especially with England to follow next weekend.“Panama are not a team who score a lot of goals. We are working hard as a team, but we come into the World Cup with problems putting the ball in the net.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Panama players train in Sochi on Sunday, in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Hernan Dario Gomez leads minnows Panama into their World Cup debut on Monday mindful that Iceland’s efforts in holding Argentina have shown that “anything can happen”.Panama caused a sensation by qualifying for Russia from the CONCACAF zone at the expense of the United States, but they have been handed just about the toughest start imaginable — a star-studded Belgium await in Sochi on Monday evening.last_img read more

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SCE program helping to ease blackouts

first_img4.8 million customers enrolled in the 20-year-old program, which is now being widely publicized because of the extreme demands on the power system. Such demands have been fueled by the real estate and remodeling boom in recent years. Southern California, especially the Inland Empire, continues to build up and suck power. Solar power options are increasing, but there are other things customers can do to save power – and money. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As temperatures cool, it becomes easy to forget the Indian Summer heat wave that left so many customers in southeastern Los Angeles County without power. Some residents went without electricity for days. That could easily happen again when temperatures climb and strain the overburdened power grid. But there is a simple way for residential power customers to conserve energy, and if enough of them take advantage, it could reduce the likelihood of blackouts. Southern California Edison offers something called a Residential Summer Discount Plan. Those who sign up volunteer to have SCE install an electronic device that can remotely turn off air conditioning units – usually for short periods of time – whenever the power grids become overwhelmed. The plan can help residential customers save $25 to $200 off power bills from June to October. In exchange, whether the devices shut off the AC or not, SCE customers receive discounts on summer-season bills for volunteering for the program. Savings are based on the type of “cycling” plan a customer commits to, the size of air conditioning usage, overall electrical use and other factors. Those who sign up will receive a visit from an SCE crew, who will install radio frequency units to the air conditioners. The devices respond to remote signals that turn off the AC, although not the fans blowing air, from a period of about 30 minutes to six hours (the latter is a rarity), but the norm is about an hour. Customers who do not detect a change in temperature can tell their air compressors are off by looking at a light on the shut-off device. None of the other electrical devices in a home will be shut off. SCE only resorts to using the shut-off system when it receives notification from the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) that electricity reserves have dropped below 5 percent – what the public may know as a Stage 2 emergency. When such emergencies occur, power begins to go out throughout the system. The utility then begins shutting off ACs temporarily to take pressure off the system and add capacity. SCE has about 282,000 of its last_img read more

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Lafferty to start as Coulibaly misses out? Predicted Rangers line-up vs Ufa

first_imgRangers will be on the verge of securing a spot in the Europa League group stages with a defeat of FC Ufa in the play-off round on Thursday.The Gers host the Russian Premier League outfit at Ibrox, having already progressed through three qualifying rounds to reach this stage of the competition. Steven Gerrard’s side have beaten Shkupi, Osijek and Ufa to make it this far, and the former Liverpool captain remains unbeaten in his nine games since taking charge of Rangers earlier this year. 2 CLASSIC Gerrard remains undefeated since taking charge of Rangers How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions rival joy ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ BOSS Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents Click here to see the full Rangers vs Ufa match preview CONFIRMED Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup center_img scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos ‘Easy decision’ to sign new Rangers contract, says ‘delighted’ Steven Gerrard Heading into the game, Gerrard was dealt a blow with Jamie Murphy, the winger, suffering an injury against Kilmarnock at the weekend. The problem has been confirmed to keep Murphy out for the remainder of the season, and he joins Jordan Rossiter, Graham Dorrans and Lee Wallace on the sidelines. LANGUAGE BARRIER Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso 2 Committed fate Lassana Coulibaly was expected to be fit to start, but Gerrard has admitted the midfielder will miss out, but Kyle Lafferty is available for the fixture as his move to Ibrox was confirmed before Wednesday’s registration deadline. Whether he starts remains to be seen, but it is unlikely given he would only have been with his new team for just over 24 hours. A role among the substitutes is much more likely.So, how could Rangers line-up against Ufa? talkSPORT.com’s predicted XI can be seen below… revealed Latest Rangers newslast_img read more

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DEMAND MADE FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROSSES ROADS

first_imgA call has been made by a west Donegal politic activist for the National Roads Authority and Donegal County Council to address the poor condition of some of the road surfaces in the the Rosses area. Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that in a number of specific areas the conditions of the roads could be damaging to the vehicles of those who travel on them, bringing further financial hardship to already cash strapped families.“A number of the roads in the Rosses area of Donegal are in an appalling condition and seem to either go un-noticed or have been forgotten about by the NRA and Donegal County Council” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said. And he added “The road between Annagry and Rannafast are of particular concern as is a stretch between Crolly and Loughanure. Unsuspecting drivers who come upon these sections of poor road could be be caught out and end up in difficulty at the side of the road.Local drivers who have to frequent these roads on a daily basis are finding that driving over such road surfaces is having a detrimental effect on their family cars, he claimed.“In these already challenging times when many families are finding it hard to make ends meet, the last thing they need is the added expense of having to hand out more money to fix their cars simply because the NRA and Donegal County Council have neglected roads in their area.”He called on the NRA and Donegal County Council to address the problem. “I would hope that the NRA and Donegal County Council are already in the process of addressing some of the poor road conditions in the Rosses area, but if not I would call on them now to do so, both in the interests of safety on our roads and to help aleviate further financial worry on struggling families.”DEMAND MADE FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROSSES ROADS was last modified: August 28th, 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:road impovementsrosseslast_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Opens 2016 MVC Tournament Against Bradley

first_imgStory Links Live Stats Drake is the No. 6 seed for the tournament after finishing the regular season 2-5-1 in MVC play and 5-11-1 overall. Bradley is No. 7 seed after going 0-7-1 in MVC games and 2-14-3 overall. The Bulldogs are the defending MVC Tournament champions as they won three matches last year in Edwardsville, Ill. including a 1-0 win over host, SIUE, in the title game, to claim their second-ever MVC tournament title. Drake and Bradley are longtime rivals as the Bulldogs and Braves have played 40 matches all-time. Drake holds a 20-17-3 advantage in the series after winning both of the regular season matches between the teams. The Bulldogs held on for a 1-0 victory over the Braves on Oct. 11 at home on a late goal from redshirt Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.). On Oct. 26 in Peoria, Ill., Drake claimed a 2-1 win on a golden goal by sophomore Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) late in the second overtime session. Drake and Bradley met in the tournament semifinals a year ago as the Bulldogs earned a 2-0 win over the Braves. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) and redshirt senior James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.) are the leaders of the Bulldogs’ back line. This season MacLeod became the program’s all-time leader in nearly every goalkeeper statistical category. His name is in the top spot for games, minutes, saves, shutouts and wins. Grunert is the most experienced defender for the Bulldogs with 61 career appearances. He missed four matches this season due to injury, but has played nearly every minute in the nine matches since his return.A win over Bradley sets up a matchup with Evansville. The Purple Aces rallied for a 4-3 win in the regular season meeting between the teams on Oct. 22 in Des Moines. Drake leads the all-time series 15-12-2. Print Friendly Version The Valley On ESPN3 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University men’s soccer team and Bradley University start the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in the opening round game on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University. This will be the 21st MVC tournament appearance in program history for Drake, who has an 11-16-2 record at the tournament with 13 semifinal appearances and two titles (2009, 2015). The winner of Tuesday’s match will advance to take on No. 3 Evansville in the quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Every match of the MVC Tournament will be shown live on The Valley On ESPN3 with Sean Wheelock (play-by-play) and Ty Keough (analyst) on the call. Senior forward James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) leads the offensive attack for the Bulldogs this season. Wypych ranks third in the league with eight goals and is tied for fifth in assists with five. Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) is second on the team with five goals. LeMay and Jaimes are next with two goals each. In the midfield, senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), is the field general of the team. Sunday, a preseason member of the prestigious MAC Herman Watch List, has started 16-of-17 matches and played a team-high 1,458 minutes.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MINORS DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL

first_imgCharlie Ó Dónaill for Donegal Daily snapped this wonderful pic of Donegal Minor Goalkeeper, Danny Rogers, Catch of the Day!Donegal have advanced to the semi-final of the Ulster MFC following a hard fought victory over local rivals Derry at Celtic Park. Donegal have goalkeeper Danny Rodgers to thank, after the Dungloe man pulled off three crucial saves in the second-half.Derry who were out of sorts in the first-half, sprung to live after the interval, and made it a real contest. Donegal were hugely impressive in the opening half hour, and dominated proceedings right from the off.A goal from Jamie Brennan, put daylight between the sides, as Derry toiled to keep up with a rampant Donegal side, that at one point, looked set to steamroll their local rivals.Derry plugged away and stayed in contention with a couple of late scores in the first-half and kept in touch with Donegal.Half-time score Donegal 1-06 Derry 0-03 However, the second-half was a completely different affair, with Derry upping the ante right from the start.Danny Rodgers made three fantastic stops and that kept Derry at bay.Derry kept chipping away at the scoreboard, but just couldn’t find a way past the inspired Rodgers to get that crucial goal.The Dungloe man comes from good stock, his cousin Donal Rodgers is a former Donegal Minor and Vocational schools goalkeeper.However, with just five minutes to go, Derry trailed by just two points. Donegal had only scored 1 point in the second-half with just five minutes to go, but Gavin McBride scored with a super free to ease Donegal nerves.Stephen McBrearty added another couple of scores to settle the game, and see Donegal advance to an Ulster MFC semi-final.Declan Bonner will be delighted to get the win, and will be very happy with the first-half performance.However, he’ll be acutely aware, his side rode their luck for large parts of the second-half and will no they’ll need to improve again to advance. DONEGAL MINORS DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: May 25th, 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)last_img read more

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LET THE KIDS ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS AT GARTAN THIS EASTER

first_imgGreat mini-adventures await your children where they get to learn new life skills and make new friends doing everything from building their own rafts to kayaking on Gartan Lake….Gartan is running FUN DAYS and events right throughout April with details on the poster above.For more information log on to www.gartan.com or call 07491 37032 to reserve a place.  LET THE KIDS ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS AT GARTAN THIS EASTER was last modified: March 30th, 2015 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:2015adventure centreEastergartanlast_img read more

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