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Mourinho fist bumps lucky ballboy after Alli puts Spurs ahead vs Bournemouth

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO gave a fist bump to the lucky Tottenham ball boy before the game against Bournemouth.Young Callum Hynes was lauded for “assisting” Harry Kane’s equaliser in midweek when quickly lobbing the ball back to Serge Aurier after it went out for a throw-in.4 Jose Mourinho went over to say hello to the lucky ballboyCredit: Premier League4 There was a special fist bump from The Special OneCredit: Premier LeagueThe ensuing attack reached striker Kane via Lucas Moura, the England star finishing off the move to level the scores as Spurs went on to win 4-2.Mourinho instantly recognised the importance of Callum’s speedy thinking and went across Tottenham Stadium to embrace the lad.He was invited to a pre-match meal with the team before the Premier League game by the boss.And as “The Special One” took his place on the touchline, he stretched out his fist to greet his new mate Hynes.And Hynes’ day got even better when Dele Alli put Spurs 1-0 up against the Cherries.Mourinho will be seeking to maintain his 100 per cent record since replacing Mauricio Pochettino.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer4And the Portuguese coach has been keen to implement a work ethic across the squad that includes the ball boys.As a former ball boy himself, Mourinho has previously remarked: “I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball.”Famously, he even sacked all of Manchester United’s youngsters for throwing the ball back too sloppily.4 Young Callum Hynes was the guest of honour for today’s gameCredit: Premier Leaguelast_img read more

FIFA U-20 World Cup mascot launched

first_imgThe mascot nicknamed ‘Susa’ (sister) made her first public appearance in front of 15,000 football fans at the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup grand final between PNG and New Zealand.The chosen mascot is a bird of paradise – a symbolic animal that is unique to Papua New Guinea.The bird of paradise is also the national emblem of Papua New Guinea, and its colours – red, yellow and black – represent the colours on the flag of the host nation.The headband represents the traditional head dress worn throughout the four regions of the country.According to Thierry Weil, FIFA director of marketing, Susa is young, charming and appeals to the younger audience and represents the host country.“The official mascot has been created to capture the enthusiasm of fans from all over the world who can identify with Susa, an active and sporty mascot that embodies the joy of playing football.“She is fun-loving, friendly and fair, which makes her the perfect ambassador for the tournament with the growing number of young women in Papua New Guinea who have been inspired by the hosting of the tournament in their home country,” said Weil.“The unveiling of the official mascot marks another milestone in our preparations towards hosting a tournament of this calibre.”President of the PNG Football Association, David Chung added that Susa is a fitting ambassador for the tournament and her uniqueness symbolises the diversity of Papua New Guinea.“Susa will become an ambassador to spread the message of football throughout Papua New Guinea that the world is coming in November,” said Chung.Susa will soon embark on a tour of the provinces with the aim at motivating and encouraging young Papua New Guineans to play football.last_img read more

UVC, Generika topple foes

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Petron repulses F2 Logistics in PSL Grand Prix finals rematch Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 21-year-old Kuthaisong scored 25 points for Generika-Ayala, which dropped its first five matches.Generika setter Jamie Lavitoria also had an impressive game, tossing 23 excellent sets, feeding Fiola Ceballos and Kseniya Kocyigit, who responded with 20 and 11 points, respectively.“I’m very happy for one and the whole team, we really worked it out today,” said Lavitoria.“We finally got the monkey off our backs. It is a win that we badly need,” said Meneses. “We finally found the right combinations and Jamie did a great job for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, Generika-Ayala finally notched its first victory but not after toiling against a determined Foton side to prevail, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-11.The Lifesavers quickly established a two sets to none lead largely through the efforts of Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong, who replaced Brazilian Nikolle del Rio last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut the Tornadoes made a run for it and, through import Courtney Felinski, slowly got  back into the game and forced a deciding set.Foton led, 4-1, at the start of the fifth but Kuthaisong soon caught fire and ignited a 7-0 run which the Lifesavers rode all the way to victory. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Generika-Ayala’s Fiola Ceballos towers over Foton’s Maika Ortiz (left) and Selime Ilyasoglu for a kill. —Sherwin VardeleonUnited Volleyball Club and Generika-Ayala eked out much-needed victories against separate rivals Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.UVC tripped PLDT Home, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, for its fourth win in seven games, while sending its foe to a 3-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Activa Insurance Expands Operations

first_imgActiva International Insurance Company (Lib) Limited, a Pan-African Insurer that operates in over 35 countries, was just one of the many average insurance companies in the country that operated from a two-room office when Atty. Saye D. Gbalazeh took over.Since then, and as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) over a year and a half ago, Atty. Gbalazeh has led Activa to lead the insurance industry. It now occupies the ground floor of the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) building in Sinkor.This is part of the dynamic and people-oriented leadership style of Atty. Gbalazeh and his new team.Gbalazeh is a an accomplished insurance professional who worked in Corporate America for over twenty-three years with recognized companies such as One Beacon Professional Insurance Company, a leading professional liability insurance company in Connecticut, USA, andHealthcare Professional Liability Program, United States Risk Underwriters in Dallas, amongst others.Activa is the originator of the Globus Network, which is a grouping of insurance companies in 36 countries in Africa. Activa is headquartered in Cameroon, with its holding company in Mauritius.The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank has an interest in Activa, which compels the company to live up to certain standards.The company provides client services backed by the best international financial security such as Munich Re, Africa Re, among others. Services are delivered by efficient management system.In an exclusive interview in Monrovia recently, Atty. Gbalazeh said: “Our people need better services and this is what we are here to do.”The company is at the verge of constructing its multi-million dollar headquarters in the country. “Building a permanent structure for our operations will guarantee Liberians that we are not here to grab and go, but to be a partner in the country’s development,” he added.The company has a student intern program where university students are recruited and taught about the insurance business. Atty. Gbalazeh sees leadership from several perspectives because he believes that an effective leader must have the authority to lead the people and should serve by example.He said one should not always put money ahead of service. “As a leader your priority should not always be money, if you do your core values well, benefits will follow,” he said.He also said that he always strives to provide guidance and best services to his numerous clients.AIIC (Lib) Limited currently has 24 employees and 20 additional contractors whom he referred to as agents working in many parts of the country.“My focus is not the competition, but how to set Activa apart from other insurers in this country,” he said.The company is also investing in human capital. “Since my arrival, I have scouted for the smartest and most talented guys in the industry,” he said, adding that Activa has a future in Liberia. “We want to change the perception about the industry in this country.”Atty. Gbalazeh anticipates the establishment of the Activa University Students’ Club where insurance education and technical training will be available.As a way of motivating employees, he pays his staff for 13 months (double in December)-an unusual trend in Liberia. The CEO said that Activa is a good corporate citizen that is helping to give back to the Liberian society. Through its continental corporate arm, the Activa Foundation, is based in Port-Louise, Mauritius, the company envisages taking on projects annually in Liberia.The company has spent thousands of dollars in various communities through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program with the latest beneficiaries being women and children that were affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties. Activa provided, through the YWCA’s WISE Project, US$20,000. WISE (Women in Sustainable Enterprise) is a 12 month project that trains women in vocational skills. The project also intends to de-traumatize victims of EVD in the two counties while trying to reintegrate them in their communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defence for Children-Liberia Reunites 9 Sierra Leoneans with Families

first_imgMr. Kawah poses with repatriated Sierra Leonean youths in Jendema Town.Defence for Children International (DCI-Liberia), a local non-governmental organization that advocates for juvenile and vulnerable youth, has reunited nine Sierra Leoneans with their family members in that neighboring country.The nine include Joseph Bongay, 21; Joseph M. Lambio, 20; Mary Kpassawa, 19; Rebecca Sessay, 18; Madalyn Sessay, 15; Edward Sessay, 12; Matilda Sessay, 10; Kadiatu Lambor, 18; and Tenneh Bongay, 11.DCI-Liberia Executive Director, Cllr. Foday M. Kawah, who presented the youth to Sierra Leonean Immigration authorities on October 6 at the Jedema Border, said those youths were unaccompanied minors who traveled to Liberia some years back for greener pastures, but found it difficult to return to their homeland, having realized that they would want to go home.Prior to facilitating their return to Sierra Leone, Cllr. Kawah said DCI-Liberia initiated a strategy with a partnering group to trace the right parents of the youths, to ensure that they are handed over without any problem.“This is the first of its kind, and we have a total of 33 youth who have expressed interest in returning to Sierra Leone.  We could not get all of them here today, because of our limited capacity to trace the parents of many of them,” Cllr. Kawah said.DCI-Liberia, according to Kawah, was conducting training in Grand Cape Mount County where they identified the unaccompanied minors, who expressed interest in returning home.Cllr. Kawah said besides their wish of returning to their country of nativity, the unaccompanied youth expressed eagerness for education, because the situation in Liberia could not permit some of them to continue their academic activities.Mohammed Abdullai Kamara, Immigration Officer-in-Charge of Sierra Leone at the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, said he was quite convinced that those youth were true Sierra Leonean nationals as evidenced by their mother tongue and names.Furthermore, interviews conducted with them indicated that they know their home towns and villages and are knowledgeable of customs and traditions of that country.Kamara expressed gratitude to his Liberian counterpart for the humanitarian service rendered the Sierra Leonean nationals and hoped that such collaboration will continue between them.The group of unaccompanied youth at the border were yet to be accommodated.Kadiatu Lambor, one of the returnees, explained that she and her siblings came with their father (not named) to Liberia in 2007 but that their father died.Since the death of their father, Kadiatu and her siblings had been finding it difficult to survive; something  which, she said, led her sister to have a child at an early age.Joseph Bongay also had a similar encounter when he and his father (not named) came to Liberia and his father died. Joseph struggled to survive and had been helped by other residents in Cape Mount where he had been living until the weekend exercise.He, like the rest who spoke to this newspaper, said that they could remember relatives of their parents in Sierra Leone and rejoining them will provide the liberty of being back home.DCI-Liberia, having received a grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has begun work in Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Montserrado counties.It advocates for juvenile justice and traces vulnerable youth that can be reunited with their parents amid reports of human-trafficking in the West African sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Allegri counting on goal-king Ronaldo to save UCL dream

first_imgRonaldo has scored a record 121 goals of which 57 have proved decisive in the competition, and has been the top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons.This year the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has scored just once having being suspended for one match after receiving a red card against Valencia during the group stages.“I’m convinced at 200 percent that Cristiano will play as Cristiano,” said captain Giorgio Chiellini, who will play his 500th match for the club.“None of us are madmen, none of us believe it’s impossible,” added the veteran defender.The challenge for Ronaldo and the Italians will be to get goals past the tight defence of the reigning Europa League champions.“Atletico haven’t conceded in five games, so that bodes well, it makes us very confident,” joked Allegri.“In the last ten years (Atletico) have been one of the strongest teams in Europe.“They have won three Europa Leagues. We have to be up to that level.”“We believe we have what it takes to reverse this result. We have to understand what needs to be done and to adapt to the evolution of the match.”“We have to be very calm and composed to reserve the result. It would be an incredible feat.”Martin Caceres and Leonardo Spinazzola could be drafted into the Juventus defence with both Mattia De Sciglio and Andrea Barzagli injury doubts and Alex Sandro suspended.“Caceres is an extraordinary player, whose career has been stalled by various injuries, but has quality. Spinazzola has improved a great deal and could well start. I’ll decide in the morning,” said Allegri.“Spinazzola hasn’t played yet in the Champions League, but in these situations it can help to have someone who bring freshness.“If we manage to overturn the first leg result, it will be extraordinary. After that we either think about the quarter-finals or ending the season on the right note.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone warned they were ready to “seize their opportunity” to maintain their push for a first Champions League title.Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone takes part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football against Juventus in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO“You can’t just talk about Ronaldo, Juventus are a great team with top players who are used to fighting important battles and are very strong in defence,” said Simeone, who insisted there were no favourites despite his team’s clear advantage.“These are two different matches, the first leg and second leg. We’ll have to seize all the opportunities and do our best, we’ll have less space than in the first leg.“These are two strong teams, one will go through and the other won’t. It’s hard to talk about there being favourites.”“They have great quality, Bernardeschi, Dybala, Douglas, who can accompany Mandzukic and Ronaldo, they all deserve our attention.”Without the suspended Diego Costa, Atletico’s attack will be carried by Antoine Griezmann and possibly former Juve forward Alvaro Morata.“The role of the strikers will be fundamental to exploit the spaces that a team that presses strongly can leave near the goal,” said Simeone.Atletico midfielder Koke added: “It will be essential to start playing with intensity from the first minute, the crowd will help them, but we will be 11 against 11.“We know it will be a war and they will besiege us. But our locker room is united, we are all convinced we can reproduce the beautiful result of the first leg.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Massimiliano Allegri will use five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s experience as Juventus face Atletico MadridTURIN, Italy, Mar 11 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many goals he gives Juventus “a great advantage” insisted coach Massimiliano Allegri as the Italian side look to overturn a two-goal Champions League deficit against Atletico Madrid in their last 16, second leg tie in Turin on Tuesday.“Cristiano has a lot of goals in his legs, he’s a player that has scored so many goals in the Champions League and in matches of this kind he gets really excited and enthusiastic, having him gives us a great advantage,” Allegri told a pre-match press conference on Monday.last_img read more

Six reasons why Man United are getting it right – Next stop Champions League?

first_img 6 4. Marouane Fellaini is putting in mature performances – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Forget the flying elbows and dodgy tackles. The Belgian gives Man United’s midfield an extra dimension, which most Premier League sides can’t compete with. His aerial prowess is allowing him to win the ball in the middle of the park and his ability to control the ball with his chest is particularly admirable. Add to this a newfound energy, which sees him press opponents without tumbling into a tackle and the 27-year-old is looking a far more mature player. 3. Louis van Gaal has got himself a settled defence – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Against both Tottenham and Liverpool, Louis van Gaal was able to call on the same back five and across both games United conceded just the one goal. If his defensive stars can steer clear of injury it could seriously boost their hopes of clinching a top four spot and Champions League qualification. 6. Ander Herrera is proving a point – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – All of a sudden Man United seem to be getting things right and talkSPORT is looking at the reasons for this beginning with Ander Herrera’s inclusion. Why it has taken so long for manager Louis van Gaal to place his trust in the Spaniard we’re not quite sure, but giving him a run in the team is paying dividends now. Herrera’s all-round game is superb and he contributes well at both ends of the pitch – it was his sumptuous pass which led Juan Mata scoring the opener at Anfield. He’ll be a key figure during their run-in. 6 5. David De Gea is sweeping up – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – With Van Gaal’s side pushing up the pitch, Liverpool tried their best to get in behind Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. De Gea, though, was having none of it. Quick off his line, the Spain international proved he isn’t just a shot-stopper throughout the match, dealing with almost everything his opponents threw at him. 6 6 6 6 2. The majestic Michael Carrick is in fine form – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Pick up the ball. Pass it on. Carrick’s performance is rarely spectacular, just hypnotically metronomic. You won’t see him diving into challenges. He just makes important interceptions and clearances in front of defence before spraying the ball out to his team-mates across the pitch. Van Gaal has clearly warmed to his abilities. All of a sudden, after the misery of an FA Cup exit to Arsenal, Manchester United finally look like they’re getting things right.Juan Mata’s brilliant double helped the Red Devils to a magnificent 2-1 victory over Liverpool, which followed a stunning 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford against Tottenham.All this, just weeks after looking shambolic and shapeless against a Gunners side who are, once again, sleepwalking to a place in the top four and the FA Cup final.So talkSPORT has taken a look at the six reasons why Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are finally getting things right.Click the right arrow above to scroll through our gallery… 1. Results have bred confidence – despite poor performances – We all know the performances haven’t been great recently but positive results appear to be working wonders for the confidence of certain players. Juan Mata looks like the joyful maestro we saw in his peak at Chelsea, Daley Blind is coolness personified, Chris Smalling, with his charges forward, is looking more Franz Beckenbauer than William Prunier, while Ashley Young could play himself back into the England squad.last_img read more


first_imgAs part of One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month, Beo is running a weeklong art workshop for transition year students.This workshop, titled ‘Saol Sráide’ (English:‘Street Life’), aims to get students out of the classroom and into a studio workshop where they will make a series of photographs and sculptures inspired by the streets of Letterkenny.Thirty students from different ethnic backgrounds will take part in the event, which will be hosted by renowned London based artist, Keith Winter. ‘Saol Sráide’ will run in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny between November 12th and 16th. The completed works will be unveiled during a Beo live music event in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny at 7:30pm on Friday the 16th of November.Acts performing at the event include More Than Conquerors and Not Squares. An exhibition of the work will then be held in the RCC and will be open to the general public.This project has been supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.This project is being delivered as part of Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership’s One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month – Embracing and Celebrating Diversity. For further details about events being run throughout November 2012 as part of this initiative please contact Sarah Thompson, Good Relations Officer, Donegal County Council on (074) 9172586/087 9232654 or or keep up to date via our WebPages STREETS OF LETTERKENNY TO INSPIRE STUDENTS was last modified: November 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeoKeith WinterSaol Sraidelast_img read more


first_imgAt the Ulster all star awards last night in Armagh donegal senior hurlers got the award of “Hurling team of the Year.”Colm Breathnach accepted the award on behalf of the teamIt’s not often Donegal hurling is spoke about outside this county but some of the comments Colm got last night were amazing. Ulster delegates were full of praise for the team and said in particular in the south Down game some of our players were good enough to make any team in Ulster.  They also praised their “style” of hurling and commitment also.DELIGHT AS DONEGAL NAMED ULSTER HURLING TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 hurlersteam of the yearlast_img read more

Wilshere could play for West Ham next weekend

first_img 1 Jack Wilshere could be playing for West Ham as early as next weekend.The midfielder has started a medical at the club and, according to The Times, is thought to have been offered a three-year contract in a package worth £5 million a year.West Ham’s pre-season training has already begun and the club hope to have the 26-year-old ready to play against Wycombe on 14 July.New Hammers manager, Manuel Pellegrini has been pushing to sign Wilshere despite some concern inside the club about the player’s record of serious injuries. He would become the fourth new signing this summer following Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski. Pellegrini took over from David Moyes as manager center_img Wilshere, 26, is a free agent after ending his long association with Arsenal, which began when he joined the academy in 2001 and signed a professional contract for the first time in 2008.Pellegrini hopes to sign at least another two players, including a centre back and a no.10 after knee surgery ruled out Manuel Lanzini for most of next season.West Ham have been offered the chance to re-sign Dimitri Payet, as Marseilles need to sell players. However, a deal is unlikely.last_img read more