The SWAL-LFA Blackout Controversy

first_imgThe news that the Liberia Football Association has decided to quench fire with fire against a recent decision by the Sports Writers Association of Liberia on its ‘blackout’ on the FA sounds readiness for war.According to the LFA’s Liberia Football Today newspaper, in the last four years of Mr. Bility’s administration, SWAL had carried out three blackouts, including the latest which culminated from the incident at its Congress on March 22.Communications Director Henry B. Flomo admitted in a phone call that he has severed his relations with the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, and would live with the consequences.President Musa Bility, has been quoted, affirming that Security Committee member Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, at the center of the crisis, “remained vigilant in doing his job for the upkeep of the football association.”“(He) did not do wrong in Buchanan,” President Bility was quoted as saying. I was in Buchanan on the fateful day and director Flomo showed a reasonable cooperation.At the recent installation of officers of SWAL, re-elected vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, re-elected EC member Maxwell Dee Kemaya, SG B. Aphonso Armah, and many important dignitaries honored SWAL with their presence.And I can bet my pen that LFA Chief Musa Bility wants the best for SWAL.I have had an unfavorable experience with Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, and I know he can be unreasonable, and would threaten physical force. The LFA cannot promise cooperation when a security official shows an amount of disrespect to one of its partners.The LFA does not need any more distraction. The construction of its headquarters and the technical training center should be supported by all.And at the same time LFA needs SWAL and SWAL equally needs the LFA and it is therefore important that LFA pays some attention on the performance of Commissioner Gboyah and find a way forward, for without LFA, what will SWAL do, since we now copy stories on European games from the internet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How Lingard, Alli, Foden and Maddison can become world class footballers

first_img Gascoigne believes there will never be another player like him, but says England still have quality in their midfield 3 “He was right, wasn’t he? I was the best,” Gazza told The Sun.“There will never be another Bryan Robson.“There will never be another Pele.“And there will never be another Paul Gascoigne. I’m the only Paul Gascoigne and I would never put that pressure on a player to be the next one.”The 51-year-old, though, believes there are supremely talented midfielders emerging, who can become even better if they take more risks and play for the love of playing. There will never actually be another Paul Gascoigne, as the man will tell you himself, but the England legend feels the national team still has players with world class potential.Following the 2-1 loss to Spain in which Thiago Alcantara ran the show, manager Gareth Southgate was asked if the Three Lions will eventually produce someone capable of something similar.“The only one in my lifetime is Gascoigne,” he said of his former team-mate. “And I’m not sure he was developed, I think he was a consequence of a unique talent . . . capable and  willing to have the ball against any opposition.” “I played for the shirt on my back. At 18 years of age I was on £25-a-week.“Nowadays, I see 18-year-olds on £50,000-a-week. And if you’re that age on 50 grand a week, who gives a s**t if you’re playing well or badly?”Gascoigne played 57 times for England and lit up the 1990 World Cup with his displays under Bobby Robson as a fearless 23-year-old playing against some of the biggest names in the world.“All these young players, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard. James Maddison, Phil Foden, every one of them can be a world-class player.“But it’s up to them. They have to go out and show people. Play with a smile.“Why would you work every day of the week, train for five days for a match, then come the Saturday and not want the ball? You might as well just go home.“Gareth is trying to encourage the players to be the next me.“They won’t be me but they can become themselves. And once they do that, they will become better players.” 3 3 Phil Foden, 18, is starting to break through at Manchester City Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard can be world class, according to Gazzalast_img read more

BACK TO BACK! CATHAL MACSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG

first_imgHistory was achieved in the most emphatic fashion imaginable in Clones yesterday – Donegal obliterated Down in the closing stages to put the gloss on back to back Ulster titles.The game followed a pattern which we’ve become accustomed to now with this side – let the opposition run themselves into the ground, let them tire themselves out and when the time is right go in for the kill.Down found some joy running at us in the first half and opened us up for a couple of half goal chances. The Mourne men are a classy outfit with ball in hand and showed their skill and verve with some dashing raids down the barrel of the gun. The thing with playing against ultra-fit Donegal though is that it is nigh on impossible to keep that kind of play going. We appear to be quite comfortable in letting teams have a go in the first half and then turn the screw in the second with our superior fitness and power. The Tyrone game worked out like that, as did the games in the league against Mayo and Armagh. Donegal appear to be able to up the ante and move through the gears whenever they feel like it. With Down on a good run coming up to half time the lads collectively just seemed to decide that we needed some scores and in six devastating minutes we registered 1-3. Declan Walsh’s two points were crucial as a decent lead for the underdogs would have given them plenty of confidence for the second half. Instead the Malin man burst forward for two coolly taken points.Allied to running directly at Donegal, many believe that the way to beat the system is to kick long range scores – this is a common myth amongst teams and press alike but no one has actually done it yet. Tyrone in last year’s semi-final had chances but kicked a lot of wides in the first half, just as they did this year. Derry had chances in the first half of last year’s Ulster decider, as had Down yesterday, but again kicked some wayward wides – all a coincidence? No.Kicking from distance is a good ploy and the scores registered can be a huge boost to the crowd and to a team’s confidence but such is the difficulty in the technique it will not win a game and certainly not against this Donegal team. The pressure that forwards are put under is so intense that when a player finally finds himself in a couple of yards of space he will invariably rush his shot and hence his technique lets him down. The only big game this team has lost was last year’s All Ireland semi and that was primarily due to Dublin running hard at the defence as the Tir Chonaill legs started to feel the strain. Long ball is another option against us but again few teams have tried this, although Tyrone did create a few chances when long ball went into Stephen O’Neill in the semi final a few weeks back.Ryan Bradley had another stormer yesterday, epitomised by his wonderful point just before his withdrawal, due to concussion, in the second half. Rising highest to claim a Down kick-out, he took the ball on himself and hoisted a huge score to the delight of the crowd. Bradley, along with Paul Durcan, Colm McFadden and goalscorer Frank McGlynn, are in All Star form at the minute and regardless of what happens for the rest of the summer, Donegal will no doubt be represented again when the team of the year is announced in November.With Neil Gallagher missing yesterday we could have expected to see Michael Murphy stationed at midfield but he spent most of his afternoon at full forward. The psychological hold that Jim McGuinness has over his opponents is such a huge weapon right now. Down had Dan Gordon looking after Michael with Brendan McArdle close by to double-team him. Yet doing that just leaves more space for the other forwards, perfectly demonstrated by Leo McLoone’s goal when he was completely unmarked. Teams come up with plans to hold Donegal but Jim will have something else to counteract that and give them something further to worry about.Teams are spending so much time in trying to figure out how to beat us, their own successful traits aren’t being seen. Darren O’Hagan, Aidan Carr and Conor Laverty for example have all been in great form in 2012 (particularly the latter in the league encounter in Newry in February) yet there is such an emphasis on stopping Donegal that their talents weren’t seen to the full yesterday.Oisin McConville, in his role as BBC pundit after the Tyrone game, waxed lyrical about Paddy McBrearty’s effect on the game and in particular his ability to always take the right option – the Kilcar youngster illustrated this again yesterday. Whether in near goal or out the field, every time the ball came his way he seemed to have that extra half second and used it to decide the best option whether it be shooting, kick passing or hand passing. Even in the space of a year his game has come on so much and training and playing alongside the Murphy maestro has brought his game to a new level.One of the most satisfying aspects of last year’s win over Derry was the fact that we were able to truly savour the occasion such was our lead going into the final few minutes. The same happened again yesterday with the final ten minutes turning into a procession and yet at no stage did the players take their foot off the pedal; they kept tracking back, working hard to win possession and took their scores with real aplomb. One slight worry going into the All Ireland series is our tendency to depend on our second half displays to finish a team off – what if it doesn’t happen for us some day? This can all be tracked back to last year’s joust with Dublin where we wilted in the Sky Blue onslaught, scoring just two points after the break. McGuinness has obviously put a major emphasis and focus on ensuring that that doesn’t happen again. In 2011 we tried to hold onto leads whereas this year we’re simply staying in the game early on before pulverising teams. We scored an incredible 1-13 in the second half yesterday; 2-16 in the last 40 minutes compared to 0-2 in the opening 30 minutes.Of course this gameplan will be more severely tested when Donegal meet one of the big hitters in Croke Park but we’re certainly primed for an assault on Sam and next Monday we’ll find out who’s next to feel the full force of The Messiah’s men.BACK TO BACK! CATHAL MACSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG was last modified: July 23rd, 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:Cathal MacSuibhneGAA bloglast_img read more

Last chance to grab a bargain in Rossview Interiors and Donegal Tile Centre sale

first_imgDonegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors’ massive Marquee Sale is now in full swing but customers will have to hurry if they want a bargain, as the event ends tomorrow, Saturday at 5pm.Choose from a large selection of clearance wall and floor tiles, most at less than half price, vanity units from €89 and 900mm quadrant shower enclosures down to € 160For this weekend only there is also huge discounts throughout the showroom with 40% off a selection of ‘Laura Ashley’ vanity units. Also in this fantastic sale there is some exceptional value in furniture like storage beds reduced from € 530 to € 260 and Marble Dining Sets reduced from € 2,090 to € 1,400,So don’t miss out just watch for the Marquee from the Polestar Roundabout, Port Road, Letterkenny and pick up a real bargain this weekend.Last chance to grab a bargain in Rossview Interiors and Donegal Tile Centre sale was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Chinese Girl under the hammer

first_imgThe Chinese Girl, with her blue skin and red lips, is one of the most widely reproduced artworks of the 20th century.(Image: Bonhams) The artist in his heyday, surrounded by some of his paintings.(Image: Tretchikoff)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams, London+44 20 7468 8259Janine ErasmusThe celebrated Tretchikoff painting Chinese Girl is to go on auction in London on 20 March, but before that the pop culture classic will be exhibited in Johannesburg and New York.The artwork, of an oriental woman with a strange hue to her skin, is said to be the self-taught Tretchikoff’s most recognisable painting, and one that has been reproduced, according to some sources, more often than the Mona Lisa. It’s also known as the Green Lady or the Blue Lady – depending on the quality of the print.Bidding will start at US$471 000 (R4.3-million), says auction house Bonhams, and the painting is expected to bring in as much as $785 000 (R7.1-million). The sale is part of a yearly auction of South African art and will include a special focus on works by William Kentridge.At the 2012 South African sale, held in March, sculptures by Anton van Wouw and Edoardo Villa as well as paintings by Irma Stern, Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and Pierneef, among others, sold for thousands and in some cases, millions of rands. Tretchikoff’s Fighting Zebras changed hands for $92 400 (R838 000).Bonhams also reports that in October 2012, at part two of the South African sale, Tretchikoff’s Portrait of Lenka fetched a new artist’s world record price of $530 000 (R4.8-million). Lenka was Tretchikoff’s muse during World War Two, and he painted her several times.Tretchikoff sold the original Chinese Girl to an American woman during a tour of the US, and it has remained in the family ever since. According to Bonhams, the buyer’s granddaughter is now putting the painting up for auction.The painting will be on view at Johannesburg’s Everard Read Gallery on 23, 25 and 26 February before it’s shipped to London.Mysterious ladyIn a 2011 interview in the South African version of Marie Claire magazine, the identity of the mysterious woman, a puzzle that had art lovers scratching their heads for decades, was revealed. She is Monika Pon, now resident on Gauteng’s East Rand, but in those days she was Monika Sing-Lee and she lived in Cape Town.In 1950, she was just 17 when she encountered the artist in her uncle’s laundromat in the suburb of Sea Point. Tretchikoff asked her to pose for him and some 15 of his pupils at his studio in the inner-city suburb of Gardens.But the young woman didn’t appreciate the significance of the opportunity because, as she said, “he wasn’t famous”. That would only happen during the 1960s and 1970s, when prints of the Chinese Girl began to appear in living rooms, restaurants and on memorabilia all over the world.There are actually two versions of the Chinese Girl – in the well-known one Sing-Lee wears a vibrant gold-coloured tunic and in the lesser-known version she wears a subdued blue top. She was paid the equivalent of $2.2 (R20) for effort.Russian author Boris Gorelik has also made the pilgrimage to visit the subject of what has been described as the world’s most reproduced artwork. Gorelik’s book Incredible Tretchikoff is scheduled for publication in 2013, and he travelled from Moscow to Johannesburg to interview Sing-Lee for the book.The Russian admits in a local newspaper article, published in mid-2011, that he was sceptical at first, but when Sing-Lee opened an album to show him photos of herself that were taken around that time, his doubts vanished.“The girl in the black-and-white snapshots from the fifties was just like the legendary image come to life,” he wrote. “Only, she smiled most of the time and didn’t have that turquoise tint to her face. The visual similarity couldn’t be clearer.”Gorelik maintains that Chinese Girl prints in top condition can bring in hundreds. However, the outrageous Tretchikoff was once widely reviled for the perceived tackiness of his paintings, which lacked subtlety and taste according to the critics, although he always insisted that he was a serious artist.But over the last two decades the art world has had a change of heart and today the pieces are highly sought-after.From Russia to South AfricaVladimir Griegorievich Tretchikoff was born in 1913 in Petropavlovsk, an industrial city in today’s Kazakhstan, into a wealthy family of landowners. He was the youngest of six boys and two girls. In 1917 Russian workers rose up against the Tsarist regime and the family fled to avoid the revolution. They settled in Harbin in Manchuria, northern China.The young Tretchikoff showed a natural artistic talent early on, and soon he was painting backdrops at the Russian opera house in that city. He later moved to Shanghai and worked there until 1934 as a cartoonist at the Shanghai Evening Post.Tretchikoff married a fellow Russian ex-pat and the couple moved to Singapore, where his career continued to develop – until the city was invaded by Japanese forces in 1941. His wife and daughter were evacuated to an unknown destination, and he was captured by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war first in a prison camp in Serang, Java, and later, on parole in Jakarta after he had proved his claim that he was an artist.After the war he was reunited with his wife and child, with the help of the Red Cross – the two had settled in South Africa and the country was to be his home from then on. He held his first solo exhibition in 1943 in the Maskew Miller art gallery, and became the darling of the local art community who liked his disdain of his critics. It wasn’t long before the US, Canada and the UK were also caught up in Tretchi-mania.But still the art critics remained unconvinced, until the late 1990s when Tretchikoff’s paintings started to fetch impressive sums at auction. Sotheby’s in South Africa raised $10 000 for the Zulu Maiden in 1999 while Fruits of Bali fetched a whopping $410 000 (R3.7-million) in Cape Town in 2008. The trend is expected to continue with Chinese Girl.Tretchikoff died in a frail care home in 2006, aged 92, after suffering a stroke a few years before. The Tretchikoff Trust was established in 2008 and keeps his legacy alive by encouraging South Africa’s youngsters to pursue their artistic dreams.last_img read more

New premier train for the Mumbai-Goa route

first_imgSoon, train passengers travelling between Mumbai and Goa may be spoilt for choice: cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines and individual LCD screens. Railways will unveil a new premier train service between Mumbai and Goa in June with state-of-the-art facilities, called the Tejas Express. Comprising executive class and chair cars, Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including fire and smoke detection and suppression systems and the improved aesthetics. The seats of Tejas Express coaches equipped with LCD screens.  | Photo Credit: PTI The 20-coach Tejas Express will also have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches, a first for the Indian Railways. Currently automatic doors are operational in Metro trains only, while gangways, corridors between coaches, are not closed from the sides.After the Mumbai-Goa run, the Tejas service, which was promised in the budget, is likely to be pressed on the Delhi-Chandigarh route.Since Tejas will be a new premier class train, there will be facilities like tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables, said a senior Railway Ministry official. There will also be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.Besides choicest cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, there will also be wi-fi facilities and toilet engagement boards.The train’s interior colour scheme will match the exterior to give the passengers a feel of world class travel.The LCD screens meant for entertainment purpose will also be used for disseminating passenger-related information and safety instructions, the official added.Tejas coaches will also have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.Catering service will be part of Tejas fares like Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.The aim is to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys, the official said.last_img read more

Four northern States with Delhi, Chandigarh agree to bring uniformity on rates of petrol, diesel

first_imgHaryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu has said that four northern States and the union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi have agreed to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel on Wednesday.At a meeting held here, on “economical strengthening of northern states and to implement one nation one tax system”, in which Finance Ministers and officials of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and Delhi participated – it was agreed by all the participating states to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel.“A sub-committee would be constituted that would convene a meeting in next fifteen days and all the participating states will give their recommendations on bringing uniformity on fuel prices,” said Captain Abhimanyu.On behalf of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attended the meeting while Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal participated the meeting for Punjab. Capt. Abhimanyu said that on the advice of Delhi, a consistent excise policy for all the northern states is also being deliberated so that there is uniformity of rates of liquor among northern states.“Likewise, Punjab suggested that there should be uniform policy for state transport so that there should be no loss of revenue from registration and permit fees since many trucks and vehicles of Punjab and Haryana have their registration from other states. A committee of officials have also been set up to look into excise and transport issues, which would send the report to their respective state governments on the uniformity of rates,” said Capt. Abhimanyu.last_img read more

Not approached by Olympic association yet: Rahman

first_imgMumbai, May 9 (PTI) Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman says he hasnt been personally approached by Indian Olympic Association to be the brand ambassador for the contingent going to Rio Olympics.There were reports that he is being considered for the position by the IOA.”I heard it from the press but nobody (approached me). It was all over the press, in the google news spread. But I didnt get any email yet. Maybe my management knows,” Rahman told reporters here.The composer was speaking at the trailer and music launch of the Hollywood film “Pele”.Recently, superstar Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association.IOAs decision to pick Salman received a lot of flak and left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha Singh leading the criticism.When asked what he feels about the “Dabangg” stars appointment, Rahman said, “I think he is a very popular face, so why not.” PTI JUR DK BK RYSlast_img read more

Mehbooba meets Army Chief, seeks minimum troops in civilian areas

first_imgIn her meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, Mehbooba Mufti today called for minimising the visibility of the troops from the civilian areas and tourist places in the State.Gen Suhag called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here this morning.The Army Chief was accompanied by GOC-in-Chief Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC 15 Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua and other senior commanders.A government spokesman said the Chief Minister and Army Chief discussed important matters relating to internal and external security management in Jammu and Kashmir and the general geo-political situation in the region. He said the chief minister was briefed by top army commanders about the overall security scenario and the steps being taken to maintain peace in the state through greater public participation.        GREATER VIGIL ALONG BORDERStressing the need for maintaining greater vigil along the borders to prevent infiltration, Mehbooba called for minimising the visibility of the troops from the civilian areas and tourist places in the State. She said the troops should ensure that no civilian is harmed and there is minimum damage to civilian properties during encounters with the militants. “While the Army is competent enough to deal with the situation along the borders, for internal security, police and paramilitary forces should shoulder the greater responsibilities,” she said.The Chief Minister urged upon the Army commanders to help consolidate and carry forward the state government’s confidence building measures on the security front and initiative of border tourism which would go a long way in ensuring peace and tranquillity along the borders and within the mainland.advertisementWhile appreciating the role of the Army in civic action programmes like Sadhbavana, Mehbooba asked them to involve the local youth in activities like sports and skill development, especially in the remote border areas of the State.last_img read more