Manchester United’s star striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, says he is determined to make his mark in the Premier League and prove his doubters wrong. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s massive clash against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford, Ibra, who was being interviewed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who now works with Sky Sports, was bullish about his Premier League ambitions.The 35-year-old Swedish striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, having arrived on a free transfer from PSG in the summer.criticism welcome”I have no problem [with the criticism] because I went through this my whole career. This is something that triggers me, gives me energy,” said Ibrahimovic. “People talking about me, saying: ‘You’re dead, you’re this, that, ex-players talking, and I don’t even remember them when they were playing. But one thing for sure is they will remember me for the rest of their lives.””After many years of talks like: ‘He can never make it in the Premier League, he can never make it there’, I had my little adventure going around different countries, and when they felt it was most difficult for me, I chose to come. Let’s say a person in myposition would take the easiest way, go abroad, make money in China, or the other side and settle down with the career he had, I choose not, I took the challenge, accepted the challenge, and that’s what I chose,” he added.”That’s why I chose United also, in a situation where they struggled for the last four or five years, and if I can finish the task to bring them to the top, I will be more than happy.”I don’t like the easy task, the easy job, the easy objectives, I always had it hard whenever I went. I needed to do much more than the other ones, and that’s how I see it here. At the age of 35, people said it would be impossible, but I am doing what I am able to do,” said Ibrahimovic.United have improved of late under Mourinho, winning their last six Premier League games to force themselves back into top-four contentionand possibly beyond. They are currently five points behind Liverpool.”I’m looking forward. These games are the games you want to play in, be on that stage, and just enjoy the moment. Let’s enjoy the game, but most of all, let’s win the game,” he said.The gap is smaller now, and if we can get that win from the top four, we are there.”
Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs However, growing concerns about injuries and the damage to the bodies and brains of young fighters could lead to a ban on those under 15 from entering competitions without approval from authorities, under a draft boxing bill being submitted for the Cabinet’s consideration. Children under 12 years old would be totally banned from fighting in the ring.Like many camp owners, Pramote Sang-a-roon, the owner of Mor Ratanabandit Boxing Camp and a World University muay thai instructor, is far from happy with the idea and insists that boxers were safe if properly trained.“They’ve learnt how to protect themselves and won’t get hurt so easily if they are physically tough,” said Pramote, who has around 50 boxers at his camp in Nong Chok. Poor children would be affected if they were deprived the boxing stage, he said.“How would they put food on the family table? Remember that these children have difficult lives,” added Pramote. Boxers at his camp are guaranteed a high education with at least a BA degree if they are well disciplined.Danger of damage to the brainFormer Lumpinee champion Pichet Chutong, better known as “Hippy Singmanee”, argues for a compromise by the authorities, as the proposed bill could impact the transfer of this Thai heritage to the younger generation.“There should be talks to find protection measures first, not stop children from boxing all of a sudden. There are headguards and knee protectors, while judges and the medical team could stop the bout if boxers were not in a condition to continue,” said Pichet, 50, owner of Town in Town Thai Boxing School.If they start late, say above the age of 13, they will be too old to become good boxers, he said. As a father, Prawit admits he has concerns about the safety of his sons but he considers boxing injuries to be minor.“I will be very sad if he has to give up boxing,” said 11-year-old Weetara Devilor, whose father raises cows on the outskirts of Bangkok. “I may have injuries but they will go away. Suffering a little pain is better than having no money.”Health experts, however, see it differently.Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center (CSIP) director Dr Adisak Plitponkarnpim expects the law to stop what he sees as the “madness” of child boxing, where sometimes adults allow boxers as young as age 5 or 6 to beat each other up until there is serious damage. “My mother had debts,” Tawin said when asked why he had taken up boxing. “When I gave her a few hundred baht from my first fight, she was in tears,” the boy said in a soft quivering voice, while his eyes looked sorrowful as old memories flashed back.Now that he has the experience of more wins, Tawin can make up to Bt1,500 per fight or even more with tips from fans. His life is now much better compared to that of his brother, who is in prison because of narcotics.Children as young as 12 in his neighborhood are lured into the illicit drugs trade. Worried about their children being exposed to the world of crime, parents see boxing camps as a way to shield their kids.“Drug addicts won’t come close to my camp,” said 37-year-old Sarawut, who first set up a camp to teach his two daughters Remina, 5 and Riina, 3, to fight on a stage. “Once children start training, they will be too tired to go out or get into trouble,” he added. The workouts at a boxing camp have also improved the health of some, even curing asthma or ending obesity.“My son’s weight has gone down from 120 kilograms to 85kg in two years,” said rice farmer Prawit Noiubon, 52, in Nong Chok.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Adamson earns Final 4 playoff, holds off UP “No matter how old the children are, they are never ready to take blows to their head or face, but at 12 the children may understand the risks before making the decision to fight,” Adisak said.In a recent study, Adisak and other researchers from the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Centre (AIMC) scanned over 200 brains of child boxers aged under-15.They found signs of brain injuries, including a build-up of iron inside the brain, a sign of internal bleeding. Young boxers who had fought for five years also had lower average IQ scores compared to their non-fighting peers, the researchers found.Adisak hails the proposed law’s requirement that child boxers wear protective gear, though they cannot fully protect the child.“Boxing can never be a hundred per cent safe, even if the child wears a head guard,” he said. Head protection can absorb the power of direct blows, but punches that spin the head can cause the brain to shake and suffer injury, he says. “But it is better than wearing nothing.” Ideally, he hopes stakeholders will come together to talk about the possibility of forbidding punches to the face or head.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US FILE PHOTOBANGKOK — They may have a childish innocence when they are out of the ring, but once inside they turn into fierce competitors, unleashing blows, kneeings and kicks in the hope of a victory that will earn them money in return. Little bruises, after all, are acceptable inconveniences as long as they bring food to the family table.Most muay thai fighters and boxers come from impoverished families. 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After closing over the weekend as part of it precautionary measure against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the Supreme Court on Monday, August 4, resumed normal activities.The High Court was among several government institutions that were temporary shut down for spraying of the entire offices and building including the entire compound of Temple of Justice.The moved intended was to ensure the safety of employees of the Judiciary Branch of the government, after an employee of that institution was believed to have been killed by the deadly Ebola virus that had claimed the over hundreds of lives, including medical practitioner in the country.At Monday’s opening Judges were seen performing their usual duties by proceeding with cases.One of such, court that was in action yesterday was the Criminal Court ‘C’.That Criminal Court was hearing the drug smuggling case involving Perry Dolo, the former presidential convoy chief and four others.They were accused of trafficking over LD$3.7million substance believed to be narcotic from neighboring Sierra Leone through the Bo Waterside crossing point into the country.The claim they denied when they were appeared before that court early last month for prosecution.It can be recalled that on July 31, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Francis Korkpor instructed his Court’s administrator Cllr. Elizabeth J. Nelson to have all court’s activities closed pending the completion of the spraying of offices and building at the Temple of Justice.In that directive, the Chief Justice declared that“We are taking all precautionary measures in response to the deadly Ebola virus.” “In light of this,” Chief Justice Korkpor added, “the entire Temple of Justice compound will be fumigated (disinfected) beginning July 31 at 2:30 pm.”He further declared that “And will end on August 1.”In concluding, the Supreme Court stated that “normal activities will begin on Monday, August 4.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Board Chair of the Liberia Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Clavenda Bright-Parker has challenged dispensers across the country to exhibit high ethical standards in the discharge of their assigned duties.Madam Parker made specific reference to a group of well over 300 of dispensers —who just completed a month long training program in Monrovia.She also frowned on “unethical behaviors” in the provision of health services by dispensers, who she observed over the years, their exhibited actions have adversely created medical effects on the patients.“As a result of wrongfully dispensing or dispensers intentionally giving patients illegal or counterfeit medicines that no longer have the requisite power or active ingredients to cure any illness, patients are sometimes left to suffer.”The LMHRA board chair made the disclosure on Friday, May 16, 2014, when spoke at program marking the certification of dispensers who were trained by the LMHRA for six months.The program held on the campus of the College of West Africa (CWA) in Monrovia, brought to an end the second phase of the Accredited Medicines Store (AMS) Dispensers Training Program (DTP).Madam Parker who is highly respected as the first professional in Liberia and in the Sub-region said, with the six months training, the dispensers challenge for now is to exercise high level of ethics in the discharge of their job, “because this is paramount in the medical field.”“We are dealing with the lives of the ordinary persons, and anything we do contrary to what we supposed to do will have adverse effects on our patient life.”“You may do the wrong thing on your jobs and get away with it here on earth, but you will not get away in front of God. Make it a practice to do your job with diligence because whatever negative you do is against your own people,” she warned.She called on the dispensers to their neighbors with clear conscience by ensuring that they apply the proper medical care.She then urged the trainees not to dispense the wrong drugs to their patients, and not to intentionally dispense counterfeit medicines.Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah who proxy for Minister Walter Gwenigale at the occasion, said the training offers a unique opportunity for the country.“As a dispenser, if you don’t dispense the right drugs, then you are during more harms than good.”Minister Nyenswah said the training initiative will help bring to an end the issue of giving out wrongful medications, and counteract or illegal drugs peddling on the Liberian market.The LMHRA, he said, is doing a great job since its establishment, thereby ensuring that the country’s health system has quality and affordable drugs. Dispenser representative who spoke on behalf of her colleagues’ behalf, Barbara Momboe acknowledged that dispensers have now become professional with ethical consciousness.LMHRA Managing Director, Pharmacist David Sumo, urged the trainees to always bear in mind that they have an obligation to do the right things to save the Liberian people lives.According to him, the LMHRA has worked and continue to work and make the country market-free substandard products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The operations manager of the U.S. Bank National Association has commended the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, for introducing the Rural Community Finance Institutions (RCFIs) in the country. Mr. Momodu Kemokai observed that the RCFI, the first of its kind established in the country through the economic empowerment initiated by Dr. Jones have begun showing positive impacts on the lives of rural dwellers. “I spent one week at each of the RCFIs in rural Liberia, interacting with the staff and people of those communities they serve. And in all honesty, all that I hear is commendations and praises for the establishment of the RCFI in some of the remotest parts of the country, Mr. Kemokai recounted.He said some politicians and opponents of the RCFI concept link the noble initiative to politics, but due to its popularity and embracing of the idea, it has created political advantage for Governor Jones should he decide to run for the presidency as it has been rumored. “From a public policy and social change perspective, I see it differently, because RCFIs now have created an economic impact on the rural communities in line with the government’s financial inclusion policy,” According to Mr. Kemokai, since the communities are brazenly (openly) receptive to the idea of the RCFIs, “then we should take politics out of the idea, because it is obvious that Governor Jones has shown leadership here.”“We all must do all we can to ensure that the existing RCFIs remain operational, and new ones must be established all over Liberia. We should all contribute and champion the survival of these rural financial establishments,” he urged.Mr. Kemokai was hired by CBL Administration as consultant through the Agriculture Cooperative Development Initiative/Volunteers in Oversees Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) to provide technical support to rural financial institutions. He is assigned to supplement the effort of the CBL to train 30 recruits to manage and operate rural banks, work with bank staff to increase the number of persons in rural communities with access to financial services as well as help increase the number of rural loans and support savings mobilization.ACDI/VOCA is a private, international development non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C, United States with the mission to promote economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises and communities through the innovative application of sound business practices.As evidenced by what the RCFIs have accomplished, according to Mr. Kemokai, the entities are conveniently and efficiently serving the rural communities in many ways where public servants no longer have to wait for a pay team from the Ministry of Finance or other banking services. In his final report, Mr. Kemokai commended the CBL management team and staff for embracing the venture by continuing to provide technical support and oversight to the RCFIs. He thanked Afriland Bank, which is providing training, operational, and technical support to them. He expressed the belief that Dr. Jones has proven that he understands the plights of the poor rural communities and that the way to lift them out of poverty is to give them access to financial and banking services.Currently, RCFIs receive government employees’ salary payments for disbursement through direct deposit from the Central Bank as well as provide international and local money transfers and even pay Liberia Electricity Bill.The U.S. banker recommended that CBL computerizes all RCFIs to ensure that the entire system is monitored where customers should be educated on the savings and logistical need for the RCFIs.As an additional empowerment tool, Mr. Kemokai said CBL should channel some of the microfinance loans through the RCFIs and develop a savings led approach to financial inclusion rather than giving loans.Michael Ogun, Deputy Director for Banking Regulations and Supervision of the CBL lauded Mr. Kemokai for his efforts to provide basic training to RCFI staff.He pledged that CBL will take into serious consideration recommendations put forth by Mr. Kemokai to ensure that RCFIs’ facilities are improved.David Parker, Chief of Party, ACDI/VOCA, expressed gratitude to CBL and Mr. Kemokai, also pledging to continuously work with them as partners to improve the lives of Liberians and their economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Because we are a smaller country, he gets less attention than he deserves,” Lovren said.Modric was not the only one to excel for Croatia in Russia but he was their inspiration.His bending shot that nestled in the corner marked the second of a three-goal thrashing of Argentina. His celebration shared with the fans, all floppy hair and clenched fists, became an enduring image of the tournament.Success internationally has been as rare for Modric as it has been free-flowing for his club. One league title and four in the Champions League for Real Madrid hardly points to a player undersold by his achievements.But there was something in what Sergio Ramos said on Saturday. “Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name,” Ramos said. “But Modric deserves that award.”It was taken by many as a shot at Ronaldo, who departed for Juventus in July and, along with Mohamed Salah, completes the three-man list.Perhaps, but Ramos may also have been highlighting what fans at the Santiago Bernabeu witness every week. Modric is not a headline-maker like Gareth Bale, Isco or Ronaldo but he is often the most influential on the way the team plays.When Ronaldo’s departure was confirmed, Ramos wrote in a farewell message: “Your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves.”– Unheralded hero –Modric regularly escapes the attentions of physically bigger players © AFP/File / Francisco LEONGModric’s numbers, the goal-related ones at least, say very little. He has never scored more than three goals in a single league season for Madrid and has only twice reached six assists. In six seasons in Spain, he has finished with only one league goal to his name four times.But there are others that offer a glimpse into his work as a playmaker and enforcer.He posted the most attempted passes (484), most touches (624) and most recoveries (56) of any player at the World Cup. Last season, he was the only Madrid player to combine exceeding 50 shots (55) with more than 50 successful dribbles (73) and more than 200 recoveries (254).In the World Cup final, he played 72 passes, more than twice as many as any French player. The closest was Paul Pogba with 35.It was France and Pogba hoisting the trophy though, their victory a triumph not so much for craft but dynamism, speed and physicality.Where possession was once king, the game now looks to quick transitions and counter-attack. Even Luis Enrique has set about making Spain’s passing identity more “nuanced”.Modric may not see the end of this trend — he turned 33 on Sunday — but neither has his star been dimmed by it.When he joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb, he had been heavily scouted by Arsenal but was overlooked, considered too slight to be a Premier League midfielder.He has put his ability to hold off and wriggle through heftier opponents down to a combination of a low centre of gravity and an iron-will, honed by a loan spell in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a teenager.When Croatia face Spain in Elche on Tuesday, they will meet a side still plugging the gap left by their own pass-master in the retired Andres Iniesta.“It’s a great challenge to play against Luka in the Spanish league and it’s even better to play with him for our country,” Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic said. “Hopefully we will get to enjoy him a little bit more.”They should savour it while it lasts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Modric was named UEFA’s men’s player of the year in August © AFP/File / Valery HACHEMADRID, Spain, Sep 10 – Dejan Lovren was probably right in saying that if Luka Modric played for Spain or Germany he might not have won a Ballon d’Or by now — nobody other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has for 10 years — but he might well have been in the running.He is this year, albeit for FIFA’s equivalent prize, the Best Men’s Player, and it validates Lovren’s theory that his first nomination comes after Croatia did at the World Cup what Spain or Germany had done at four of the last five major tournaments. They reached the final.
From news services Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for his violent hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, making him the third Philadelphia player suspended for a dangerous play this season. A pair of 20-game suspensions left no impression on the organization. Making Jones sit out two games likely won’t leave a dent in their psyche, either. At least Jones’ banishment is brief compared to teammates Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games). The difference between this suspension and the other two is that NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell thought Jones did not try to intentionally hurt Bergeron. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bergeron lost consciousness, was transported from the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins diagnosed him with a concussion and a broken nose. Bergeron was released Sunday. Bondra hangs up skates NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey to become general manager of his country’s national team. The 39-year-old Bondra played last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before becoming a free agent. He had 503 goals and had 389 assists in 1,081 NHL games, mostly for the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers. His contract as general manger runs through 2008, when the hockey worlds are to take place in Canada. Kiprusoff signs extension Miikka Kiprusoff agreed to a $35 million, six-year extension with the Calgary Flames that will keep the star goalie him in Calgary through the 2013-14 season.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Donegal Mountain Rescue team and other emergency services will feature on RTE television this evening.The team will appear on the popular new show Ireland’s Search and Rescue on RTE One.The programme follows the team as they rescue a climber suffering from Vertigo who became stuck 600 metres up Muckish. Ireland’s Search and Rescue will be shown at 6.30pm. MUCKISH RESCUE TO BE BROADCAST ON RTE THIS EVENING was last modified: November 25th, 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:Donegal Moountain Rescue teamIreland’s Search and RescueMuckishRTE One
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Manchester City have beaten Chelsea and Tottenham to the signature of goalkeeping prodigy Gavin Bazunu.Bazunu, 16, was Shamrock Rovers’ first choice at the start of the season and kept four consecutive clean sheets. REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Manchester City have won the battle to sign highly-rated goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu (16) from Shamrock Rovers for around £420,000. The player was in Manchester to sign terms this week, with a joining date not yet decided. [Telegraph] pic.twitter.com/mLwOtnLsQN— City Watch (@City_Watch) September 6, 2018And the Premier League champions forked out £420,000 for his services – a record for a non-professional in Ireland.The deal includes add-ons if the Irishman does achieve big things with City in the future.Before signing for City, Bazunu visited the training grounds of all three clubs as well as talking with officials at Spurs, Chelsea and City.Spurs will be surprised they failed to land Bazunu due to their relationship with Shamrock Rovers after facing each other in the Europa League in 2011. IN DEMAND targets moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets RANKED Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Bazunu has yet to finish his exams in Ireland and he will remain there until either January or next summer.
The relieved family of the young student crushed in a nightclub queue last night said they were just happy she was on the road to recovery.Niamh Cannon, 18, was rushed to St James Hospital after being injured during the melee outside Copper Face Jack’s Nightclub in Dublin.Her dad John, who works with Teagasc in Donegal, said “Everyone is fine here now thankfully and that’s the main thing. “We want to thank people for their thoughts and their good wishes,” he saidThe Cannon family are very well-known and respected in Letterkenny.Niamh, a student at Marino College, is understood to be recovering well but had been admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit at one point.A full investigation has been launched into the incident which saw a crush develop as 1,500 tried to get into the nightclub for a night dubbed ‘Messy Monday.’ DISCO CRUSH GIRL’S DAD: “WE’RE JUST HAPPY SHE IS RECOVERING” was last modified: January 29th, 2014 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:Copper Face Jack’sCRUSHdublinJohn CannonletterkennyMessy MondaysNimah Cannon