first_imgJOSE MOURINHO showed again last night how much he loves quick-thinking ball boys after one helped Tottenham beat Olympiakos.The art of throwing the ball back on to the pitch quickly enough to keep the play moving is one that the Portuguese coach takes very seriously.3 Mourinho thanked his Spurs ball boy for his role in the Olympiacos winCredit: BT Sport3 He told a Crystal Palace youngster to be quick ‘or get punched’ by a player in 2014Credit: Getty Images – GettyTuesday night saw a ball boy hastily lob Serge Aurier the ball to continue the momentum of an attack.The Ivorian set Lucas Moura away down the wing so he had the time and space to pick out Harry Kane for the equaliser in the 4-2 win.Mourinho responded ecstatically, high-fiving and embracing the lad who helped his side claim victory in his first game at Tottenham Stadium.The ball boys and girls at Spurs can expect to receive extra focus with the 56-year-old in charge.As a former ball boy himself, he has incredibly high standards for the troop of youngsters and wants them to play a role in his tactical system.Speaking on pundit duties earlier in the year, he told RT: “You want a quick throw-in, the ball boy needs to know that you want a quick throw-in.Jose Mourinho celebrates with Spurs ball boy after his quick thinking leads to Champions League equaliser”The ball needs to arrive fast. The goal kicks, the tempo of the game, the ball boys can also play a part in a good structure.”That can result in some negative feedback for his ball boys and girls, Mourinho famously sacking the kids at Manchester United because they were too slow at returning the ball.And, in March 2014, he had a run-in with a Crystal Palace ball boy that he felt Cesar Azpilicueta “was going to lose emotional control” with in the dying moments of a 1-0 defeat.The Chelsea defender was unhappy with the perceived slow response of the youngster, with Mourinho saying afterwards: “I went to stop Azpi and after that I had a chance to get the kid and the kid was cute.When I was a ball boy, I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball.Jose Mourinho”He came to me and I told him, ‘You do this, one day will somebody punch you’. It’s not their fault.”Mason Mount has even claimed to being a ball boy at the club, the midfielder being on the books at Chelsea since 2005.With Mourinho as his old boss, the England star recently told the Blues website: “The first thing I really remember is being ball boy at the games. That was a big thing for me, I was so buzzing about that. You can’t really be any closer than that.”One thing that did stick with me was Jose Mourinho coming to us and telling us that if we’re winning in the Champions League, don’t throw the ball back quick. Keep hold of the ball. Don’t throw it back.”In the pursuit of success, every small detail is important to some managers and they can often be mocked for trying to micro-manage.Jurgen Klopp’s throw-in coach was one such example and Spurs will need to honour Mourinho’s desire to get the ball boys and girls up to speed if they are to be, in his words, a “real” club.latest football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleHe claimed back in the summer: “I had a club where they never understood how important the ball boys are.”I was a ball boy, a top ball boy. When I was a ball boy, I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball.”At a real football club, every detail is very, very important.”3Hero ball boy Tom Aitchinson steals football from ‘timewasting’ Hull City staff during match with Wolveslast_img read more

first_imgAn opposition political institution chaired by constant progressive politician, Prof. Alaric Tokpa with the Biomedical Doctor and political leader, Dr. Yanquoi Kargbo, has overwhelmingly endorsed the candidacy of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, former United People Party (UPP) stalwart, standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP).Opposition coalition took the decision to endorse VP Boakai at the end of a two-day extra-ordinary Convention held in Bentol, Montserrado over the weekend. The Convention, which brought together counties chapters’ delegates from the 15 political sub-divisions, witnessed debates on the political agenda and way forward for 2017. The coalition decision comes in support of Boakai in spite of what some considered as the dismal performance of the UP-led government under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.This means Boakai’s dream to step into President Sirleaf’s political shoes seems to be the choice of many neutrals that are very skeptical of the intents of the plethora of presidential aspirants, such that many who are new on the political landscape are turning their support toward VP Boakai.Now at the helm of the party as its new standard bearer, Vice President Boakai also appears to be the melting point for those who consider themselves indigenous Liberians, especially those who are proponents of the ‘Americo-Liberians (Congo) versus Indigenous’ politics. These are Liberians who want power shift in the political and economic spheres of the country. By their wish, VP Boakai is positioned by no mistake.These two factors seem to be giving the UP’s newly elected political leader leverage as the 2017 presidential and legislative elections approach. For this, the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) said it took the decision on grounds that VP Boakai is best suited to adequately steer the affairs of the country, most especially when Liberia is at the crossroad of leadership deficit. The NDC, which over several elections (2015, 2014 senatorial by-election, 2011 elections), has opposed the UP, took the decision to support VP Boakai on grounds that he is an “ideological comrade to cadres, militants and Senior comrades of the NDC and his vision and thoughts bear a resemblance to the Progressive Grassroots politics in the country.” Accepting the endorsement, VP Boakai recognized the efforts of key members of the coalition and also considered some of them as graduates of the one-time maximum security prison, Belle Yalla, because of their advocacy for the voiceless and for social justice in the regime of the late President Samuel K. Doe.UP’s national convention on Saturday, July 8, in Gbarnga, Bong County, witnessed the election of VP Boakai as the party’s new political leader and standard bearer to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose term ends in 2017.Several other partisans elected to various slots included the chair, Wilmot Paye, the secretary-general, Eugene Nagbe, and other partisans to the positions of women wing chairlady, youth wing chairperson, etc.VP Boakai and Mr. Paye were elected on white ballots respectively. It may be recalled that apart from the massive support that the ‘Boakai Movement’ and other related organizations are receiving from every corner of the country since the VP declared his intention to contest the presidency. The pull of support was clearly evident at the UP convention in Gbarnga.Shortly after President Sirleaf cast a white ballot that eventually confirmed Boakai as the elected standard bearer of the party at the Gbarnga convention, some influential opposition political figures from the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) publicly declared support to the candidacy of VP Boakai.The influential and members of the Senate included NPP’s Dan Morais, CDC’s Peter Coleman and former Chair of the CDC Geraldine Doe-Sheriff who, though left the party years ago under an acrimonious circumstance, appeared somewhat conservative in her remarks.Senator Morias publicly declared his membership of the “Joseph Nyumah Boakai (JNB) Movement,” saying, “We are with you,” adding that, the fact that he (Sen. Morias) had been embraced by the UP and was witnessing the ushering in of a new democratic dispensation, that was enough to send home the message.For Senator Coleman, whatever UP decides would be responsible for Liberia’s destiny for the next six years, and expressed his desire to be part of that process, adding, “I traveled the length and breadth of this country, and I see, I’m a witness to the transformation this country is undergoing.” Therefore, he noted, “we want to ensure that the transformation continued.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– 1 nabbed in nearby street, 3 others at largePolice are working to ascertain the identity of a man known only as ‘Buckman’, who allegedly had been a vagrant who used to frequent the Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust area in Georgetown, where he met his demise reportedly in an argument over drugs.Buckman, who had been about 45 years old, is reported to have been stabbed multiple times by four men in an alleged row over the selling of drugs. This incident is reported to have occurred at about 23:00h on Saturday at the corner of Leopold and Lombard Streets, Georgetown.Buckman died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Individuals familiar with the matter have stated that the four implicated men are not from Leopold Street.While details regarding the killing remain sketchy, it was pointed out that the suspects supposedly became annoyed after ‘Buckman’ and a few others had stopped buying drugs from them.Official information has indicated that one of these four men whom Police are seeking has been nabbed at Cross Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, while the others remain on the run.Police say their investigation into the matter is in progress.last_img read more

first_imgThe mason who confessed to murdering his aunt was on Thursday arraigned for murder.Azad Ally also called “Kevin Mohan”, 22, of Lot 315 Fifth Street, Cummings Lodge, Georgetown, was charged for the murder of his aunt when he appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Azad Ally also called “Kevin Mohan” being escorted by the PoliceHe appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on September 4, 2016 at Cummings Lodge he murdered Anita Mohan, 48, during the course or furtherance of a robbery of $10,000.The court heard that the defendant was previously charged with assaulting his girlfriend. While in court the defendant kept mumbling, “I will not live with my aunt and kill her.”The matter was transferred to Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court where the accused will make his next court appearance on October 28.The battered body of the woman was discovered on Sunday afternoon by her son who had just returned home from work. The woman was found in a pool of blood in her kitchen .The accused told detectives that his now dead aunt sold drugs at home apart from selling greens and vegetables during the day. He revealed that on the day in question a friend had purchased “drugs” from the woman and left.He later returned and requested another package but on credit since he did not have money. He further stated that his aunt refused to give credit which led to an argument. It was during the argument that the suspect and his accomplice dealt the woman several blows to her head.An autopsy performed revealed that Mohan sustained a chop to her head and one in the vicinity of her temple along with a stab wound to her chin and one in her mouth.The perpetrators also cut off portion of her tongue and she was strangled. The police are still hunting the second suspect in the brutal murder.last_img read more

first_img“I already wanted number one when I came but it belonged to Wojciech Szczesny at the time,” the 36-year-old Czech keeper told the public Czech Television.“Last season when he left, it was at the last possible moment so I couldn’t get it either.”“When they asked me if I would take it this year, of course I was happy to have the opportunity,” added Cech, who has a record 201 clean sheets from 436 Premier League games.When Cech started his top-flight career at Czech side Blsany in 1999, he wore number 12. Then he put on number 17 at Sparta Prague.After his move to Stade Rennes of France in 2002, he wore number 34, but then switched to number one when he joined Chelsea in 2004.He also wore the number-one shirt in the Czech Republic national team, for which he played a record 124 games until his retirement in 2016.Cech is not the only Gunner to get a new number for next season — Elneny has swapped number 35 for 4, Granit Xhaka 29 for 34 and Hector Bellerin 24 for 2, according to the Arsenal website.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech is to get the Arsenal No.1 shirt next season © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYPRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 22 – Arsenal keeper Petr Cech said Tuesday he was happy to finally get back the shirt number one he wore throughout his eleven seasons at Chelsea but never with the Gunners.Cech joined Arsenal in 2015 at age 33 so he picked a shirt number 33.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne observes the players doing their drills during their first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, June 20 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has rallied fans to stand behind the team and not put unnecessary pressure as they prepare for their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 15 years.Stars landed in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday night and had their first session on Wednesday at their base close to the 30th June Stadium where they will play their group matches. “I am more realistic; We have shown some good things over the last period. We have beaten Madagascar and drawn with DR Congo which honestly we had the possibility to win and we showed a lot of good things. We are on the way to challenge and soon, it might be in two days or next year or next AFCON… soon we will be better,” the tactician stated.“Fans we need to remember where we were one year ago. We were so far from AFCON and from this kind of team we have now. We are here after 15 years so I want to ask them to be on the team to support us, be passionate and something will happen. I want to continue to dream,”Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar passes the ball under pressure from midfielder Ismail Athman Gonzalez during their first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019“The boys have surprised us in 14 months and it’s incredible. However, I am not sure under pressure and with this kind of event what kind of reaction we will have on the pitch. But we will try our best to learn quickly,” the tactician stated.Migne believes the team has prepared well having spent three weeks in a residential training camp in France and arrived in Cairo on Tuesday night, four days before their opening match against Algeria on Sunday.The tactician is hopeful that the team can cope with the absence of defender Brian Mandelw who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday in Paris but is expected to arrive in Cairo on Thursday night where he will be with the team to offer moral support.Harambee Stars winger Paul Were controls the ball during the team’s first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019“It is difficult to play without Brian because he is one of my leaders in not only defense but in the team as well. But I am lucky I have Okumu (Joseph) who showed some good things against DRC. It is always an opportunity for other players to show their quality,”“I don’t want to dwell too much on Brian being out but we need to prepare to have him earliest in September or October. It was the same against Ghana. Wanyama (Victor) was not there. In the second leg Olunga (Michael) and Brian were not there so we will try to find an option,” the Frenchman said.His sentiments were shared by skipper Victor Wanyama who stated that Mandela’s absence is a huge blow, but they will fight to get victory dedicated to him.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama controls the ball during the team’s first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019“Losing Brian was a big blow but there is always someone ready to step up. We have been with him all through and has been an important part of the team giving us motivation and has a lot of positive energy. We will be happy to have him around,” Wanyama noted.Meanwhile, Migne has complained over the poor internet facilities at the complex as well as the lack of an English sports channel which he says will make their stay at the Tiba Rose Hotel uncomfortable.“Before it was there but now we have nothing. When you have players with only one session, they need to follow the sports channels to watch the games and with this new generation without Wi-Fi the days are very long,”“Yes it is a small detail but in the high level every detail matters,” Migne further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgEGGS-CLUSIVE! St. Johnston schoolboy Kyle Bell doesn’t care if he doesn’t get any Easter Eggs this year.That’s because the aspiring chicken breeder has come across the most unusual egg which could be worth more than all the chocolate eggs in the world.The 15 year old from Drumatoland has been keeping chickens for the past six months. But nothing prepared him for the shock he encountered when he was going about his morning ritual collecting eggs before going to school.As he was picking up the usual half dozen eggs he usually gathers from his 13 hens and two roosters, Kyle noticed a very unusual egg – shaped like a finger!“At first I thought it had broken but then I realised it was a full egg and it was the most unusual shape.“I rushed into the house to show my family and they thought it was bizarre as well. “I then checked on the internet and the only one I can see like it is one that was laid by a hen in China so it must be very unusual,” he said.Kyle’s grandfather Roy, 70, who has kept chickens all his life says he has never come across anything like it before.Since finding the egg-straordinary shell, Kyle has tried to preserve it by putting clear nail varnish on it.And he still doesn’t know which of the 13 Isaac and Rhode Island Red hens he keeps actually laid the egg.“It has cracked a little but it still looks great. I’m not letting it out of my sight. I have a feeling which one of them it was but I can’t be certain. “I have rushed down to the hen-house every morning since the egg was laid but there has been nothing like it since. I’m beginning to think it was just a once-off,” he laughed.Kyle lives just a mile from where a three-legged calf was born recently on the farm of Kenneth Vance in Momeen.“I haven’t seen it yet but sure we have all sorts of wonderful creatures around here,” said Kyle.Kyle, who is a third year student at Raphoe Royal and Prior, says he is still not sure about what he wants to do when he leaves school. “I suppose I could try and be a farmer but there’s not great money in it any the moment.“Somebody said to me that my egg might be worth a lot of money. If I could find out which of my hens laid the rare egg then maybe I could go into business making them,” he laughed.EndsEGG-STRAORDINARY FIND GETS ST.JOHNSTON SCHOOLBOY’S FEATHERS RUFFLED! was last modified: April 4th, 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

first_imgFinn Valley throwers continue to excell with top marks at home and in England.Top of the list Dempsey Mc Guigan whose headline last week was chasing a qualification for European juniors and ultimately Saturday last in hammer hits the target qualification mark 66m so in Southern Counties in England he gets out to  a new Irish record of 66 .82…his series as follows 63m,65m, 66.82m,65.97m,64m,and 66.80m.No doubt it’s interesting that old record held by Gary Halpin for many years indeed the same Gary that was to gain many representative honours for Ireland in rugby. He needs to nail selection for Europeans which will be held in Tallinn.This weekend  attention turns to Tullamore  where  hopefully he can add Irish title incidentally Neil Martin is team manager for that championship.In Antrim younger brother Fellan with an opening throw of 70-13 continued to impress in a major way as this is serious distance for his age group in hammer and John Kelly with a treble  winning 48m plus in javelin as he closes in on 50m ,44m in discus and a mighty shot of 16.37m . Many other qualifiers but lets focus again on throwers Shane Thompson and Jade Leeper both gold medallists .Well done all.Tori Pena competed in Turkey in European cup pole vault but a 3-80 m was the limit due totally to the now arrival of her poles from L. A . hence just putting herself out there for the benefit of the team . She now will spend weeks in Europe chasing that to now 4-40m elusive world champ. Q mark. This weekend our thoughts turn to national juniors and under 23 champs and national childrens Games where Valley can impact without a doubt at each venue and add in Tailteann Games a selection mechanish for Irish schools team and it begins to get exciting as we have 3 students on duty for Ulster . Tailteann Games brings back memories of days long gone when Bernie English Loreto and John O Brien ,Columbas collected gold within 30 minutes of each other at Belfield.And finally a word of congrats to Ruairi Finnegan on world youths selection and a reminder re Aghyaran 5k Friday night 7-30 .PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: June 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:patsy mcgonagle’s athletics reportlast_img read more

first_imgOn Monday more than 120 people from National Learning Network (NLN) and RehabCare in Donegal were honoured for their inspirational efforts in achieving qualifications and gaining a range of skills.The certification ceremony, held in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, recognised the commitment and enthusiasm shown by those using NLN and RehabCare, both services provided by the Rehab Group.Over 90 students who attend the Letterkenny National Learning Network, which is a division of the Rehab Group, received their certificates after completing a training programme which aims to develop the students’ personal, social and work related skills, and helps them achieve greater levels of independence and community integration. More than 30 people who use RehabCare services in Lifford, Ballybofey and Letterkenny were also recognised for completing a range of courses to live more independent lives in the community.The inspirational event was attended by people who use NLN and RehabCare services, as well as their friends and family, acknowledged the progress and developments made by those receiving awards.Kieran Blockley, who was a student on the IT and Business Studies course, spoke proudly of his achievement in completing the course.Kieran Blockley – Student Speaker. Photo Clive Wasson“From the constant stress of tests and exams to the bullying that I experienced throughout my 5 years (during school), it truly did leave me in a very low place,” said Kieran. “Once I finished I took 2 years off and isolated myself in my house watching TV and playing computer games. I didn’t have any ambition or drive to go anywhere or do anything, and I was very hesitant getting back into education and panicking about the idea of getting a job.”However, Kieran says he has improved his confidence and has secured employment in a local store as a result of his time in NLN.“I can defiantly say that those issues are practically gone. Nowadays you can’t get me to stop working. Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you’ve ever imagined,” Kieran added.Mo Flynn, Rehab Group CEO, who presented certificates on the day, described how she is always “struck by how hard” people have worked to achieve their goals. She added: “Many people have encountered barriers in the past. I see people who want to move forward in their lives, to make the best of their skills and experience, and to take the next steps in their lives. It is genuinely inspiring to see and, as an organisation, we feel privileged to journey alongside them.”Mura Herron, National Learning Network area manager, said that she was proud of what everybody had achieved. Mura added: “Everybody receiving awards here today have worked tremendously hard, they’ve shown incredible dedication, and they each deserve to feel enormously proud of their achievements. This award will help them whether they decide to go into further education or to seek employment.“In any case, it has already helped the students to develop skills to improve their independence, wellbeing, and to give them the confidence to participate in their own communities.”“On behalf of the entire team here at NLN and RehabCare, I want to congratulate everybody on having successfully completed their course and to wish them every success in their futures.”Representatives from the HSE and Donegal Education and Training Board (DETB) also attended the momentous occasion. NLN and RehabCare, in partnership with the HSE and DETB, provide a range of training courses and supports to people who have a disability, or those who’ve had an accident, illness, injury or require extra supports.National Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonNational Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonNational Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonNational Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonNational Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonNational Learning Network and Rehab. Photo Clive WassonEleanor Campbell Instructor Opening the Ceremony. Photo Clive WassonMore than 100 honoured at NLN and RehabCare certification ceremony was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

first_imgTwo people have been hospitalised as a result of a crash in Portnablagh in North Donegal.The two-car collision occurred on the main N56 road this Friday afternoon.Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to Gardaí. The road is now open after emergency services attended the scene, however gardaí are warning motorists to take extra care due to oil on the road. Two hospitalised following collision in North Donegal was last modified: December 20th, 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