Trinidad’s Nakhid questions credentials of Platini

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid, the former Trinidad and Tobago captain, is questioning the credentials of rival Michel Platini, who is also seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the world’s football governing body.Nakhid, who is seeking the support of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) 25 FIFA nations, is also questioning Platini’s long-standing association with Blatter and his ability to enact changes to a global body that has been rocked by scandal.Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been a FIFA executive committee member for 13 years.”Platini has been positioning himself as a reformer, but how can that be?” Nakhid said.”Those who are vying for the post should be scrutinised and looked at. How can someone claim to be free or not tainted when he has been part of the circle that has basically brought football down a sorry path?”Promise of consultationsNakhid has focused his campaign on a promise to consult rather than impose changes to the 32-team World Cup and to ensure that richer nations spread their wealth to the developing world.He also wants to overhaul FIFA’s management structures to ensure that technocrats rather than people like disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner would sit on audit and finance committees.”There has not been the scrutiny placed on (Platini) as has been placed on, for example, Sepp Blatter,” Nakhid said.”On several occasions, I was blacklisted by Jack Warner for the national team because I advocated the rights of players who were inadequately paid. We need to change that type of leadership from that maximum power leadership. Something that involves consultation, that will lessen the corruption, that goes on and increase expertise.”Nakhid needs the support of five of FIFA’s 209 federations by October 26 to compete in the FIFA presidential elections carded for February 26.”I fought against Jack Warner since I was 24 years old,” said Nakhid, who played in Europe between 1988 and 1995 for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and PAOK in Greece.”I fought against him when everyone was afraid to fight against him and I paid the consequences. Now, it’s in vogue to do it.”Nakhid moved to Lebanon to join Al Ansar before signing up with the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer between 1997 and 1998.Before ending his career at Al Ansar between 2000 and 2001, he played at Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

With offcourt issues settled, Calvin Abueva unleashes ‘Beast 2.0′

first_img“I got the motivation from what I’m going through in the past three weeks,” said Abueva. “I learned to live on my own and be happy on my own. I really like this new number and I showed it on the court earlier. I just miss my son [Clint], though.”“I chose the no. 88 for 2018, and this will be the best part of my life except for my love life,” said Abueva laughing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There’s a new Beast in town, and he’s wearing no. 88.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Mikee named MVP as PH settles for silver medal 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 “The no. 8 is still with me, but what’s happening with my family has been really sad, so I changed my number to 88. This is The Beast 2.0. I will show to everyone that I can get through this.”This family problem has caused Abueva to miss several days of practice with Alaska and weekly practices with Gilas Pilipinas—where he was eventually dropped for the February windowWorse came to worst when Abueva left the game against Blackwater last Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum before it even started.READ: Out of February window for Gilas, Abueva vows to make up for lost timeAbueva, who finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds against the Fuel Masters, hinted that his marriage with wife Sam is on the rocks but he used this crisis in his private life to be his motivation in his professional life.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES And oh, that Beast is still Calvin Abueva.Alaska’s polarizing forward unveiled a new jersey number in Alaska’s dominating 93-75 win over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup and Abueva said the change in digits is a metaphor for the new chapter in his life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“These past three weeks have been too hard on me,” said Abueva in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to personal emergencylast_img read more

Crucial match for Pocari

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 PH Azkals open 2018 Suzuki Cup bid with 1-0 win over Singapore Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Lady Warriors are at fifth behind PetroGazz (6-5) with Tacloban also staying in the semifinal race at 5-7, making the three teams’ remaining matches must-win games.Creamline, meanwhile, is expected to lean on Alyssa Valdez againsy Iriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss LATEST STORIEScenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pocari-Air Force is faced with a must-win stand against BanKo-Perlas on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Creamline, meanwhile, guns for the second semifinal seat against Iriga-Navy in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Fighting Drug Trafficking in Liberia

first_imgThe National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last week reconfirmed its determination to halt drug trafficking in Liberia.  DEA Director General Anthony K. Souh stated resolutely and unequivocally that no one, including the most persistent and unscrupulous drug traffickers, will deter the Agency from its mission.We applaud Director General Souh and his staff for their determined and uncompromising stance and call on the Justice Ministry and the entire Security apparatus to combat this menace that threatens to harm our already traumatized post-war youth.There is no gainsaying (contradiction, denial) that drug abuse is dangerously harmful to any nation, especially the young, because the first thing it does is to destroy the mind.  The second harmful effect is to devastate   the spirit, by robbing people of their self confidence, even their faith in God, by giving them a totally false sense of empowerment, that once they are “high” they can do anything.One of the biggest threats illicit drugs imposes on society is indiscipline.  We all know what the civil war did to inflict indiscipline upon our youth, many of whom were drugged into becoming fighters at tender ages, some as young as eight, “messing” up almost for  good  their minds, bodies, spirits and behaviors.  This is the lost generation we have to deal with today—the younger generation that for the first time in our history is less educated than the older one.As the government, its Ministry of Education, the nation’s schools, colleges and universities, the parents themselves and all other stakeholders are struggling to revive and improve our failed   education system, we are now faced with this growing threat of drug trafficking by unscrupulous foreigners and their greedy and unpatriotic Liberian co-conspirators, who are determined to enrich themselves at the expense of  our already deprived and suffering people, especially the young.      Some of these corrupt and dangerous foreigners are so hell bent on continuing their drug trade and making money that they are trying to hide behind the allegation of “harassment” of a certain alien community.The only relief of the DEA in this case is to spread its dragnet and catch the culprits red-handed, expose them immediately to the police and the public and bring them to justice, so that they will have nothing else to hide behind but to face the music of prosecution for their pernicious (destructive) crime. In all of this the DEA Director General and his key staff have two other very serious challenges: first, to undertake a thorough self-examination to make sure there are NO ENEMIES WITHIN the Agency who would compromise its  integrity by conniving with the drug traffickers; and second, to watch keenly their partners among the Police, to ensure that the crusade against drug traffickers is not compromised.Why do we make such suggestions?  Why do we seem to be writing as though we are suspicious?  We are not.  There is only one reason: drug trafficking is an extremely tantalizing (tempting) business; and the traffickers will go to any length, spend any amount of money to prevent being exposed.  And who are their targets against exposure? The DEA people themselves and their partners in the Police or other security forces.  Everywhere in the world security forces have mechanisms that spy on one another, for the simple objective of making the system foolproof (infallible).  Haven’t we heard of Mexico, where the system is so corrupt that even judges are compromised?  The situation is so bad that many law enforcement officers and judges are often murdered.  But that is how powerful drug lords are allowed to become if they are not checked in time.Some people might tell us that this editorial is already belated, for the drug traffickers have by now entrenched themselves within the Liberian security system, and that key functionaries know what is going on, but are also benefitting handsomely from the trade and tend themselves to get “high”.We hope and pray that this is not true.  But we think it is important that the DEA takes seriously these suggestions and makes itself foolproof.  That is the only way they can contain this malicious menace in the country and help prepare this generation for constructive and capable engagement in national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eight grapplers begin state title bid

first_imgLONG BEACH – All the miles run, all the weights lifted, all the sleep missed and all the tasty meals denied have led to this weekend for eight area wrestlers. At 9 a.m. today at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, the CIF State Wrestling Championships begin. Among the hundreds of grapplers from around the state will be Glenn High’s Isaias Gastelo (171 pounds), Matt Granillo (215) and Juan Enriquez (285), Cerritos’ Andy Yu (119), Richard Alarcon of Mayfair (119), Downey Calvary Chapel’s Caleb Gerl (189), St. John Bosco’s Robert Ortiz (215) and Panos Papadopoulos from Los Alamitos (285). Yu, the Suburban League champ who finished seventh at last weekend’s Masters Meet, faces Mike Hernandez of Poway, the No. 1 seed from the San Diego Section. Alarcon, a two-time state qualifier who finished fifth at Masters, opens against Andre Gonzalez from Silver Creek, the No. 1 seed from the Central Coast Section. Gastelo, eighth at Masters, wrestles Chris Hubbard of Ferndale (North Coast Section) in the first round. The winner of that match faces Paradise Vaovasa of San Francisco Balboa. Gerl, the first Downey Calvary Chapel wrestler to ever get to state, drew Robin Peak, the San Diego Section’s No. 1 seed from Mountain Empire High. “He has to wrestle with his head,” DCC coach Steve Clark said. “We’ve been working on that this week. “He’s a little nervous, of course,” Clark continued, “but he’s looking forward to the experience.” Ortiz, who took eighth at Masters, is making his second state appearance. He’ll open against Jordan Taghvai from Carlsbad, the No. 1 seed from San Diego. “He’s in a good spot, a good side of the bracket,” said St. John Bosco coach Omar Delgado. “He’s feeling good, feeling strong. … Robert always seems to do well under pressure.” center_img Granillo, the CIF Coastal Division champ and fourth- place finisher at Masters, faces Lake Terrell from North, seeded fifth from the Central Section. Enriquez, seventh at Masters last week after winning the Coastal Division title, opens against Joey Nigos of Oak Grove, the Central Coast Section’s top seed. Papadopoulos, third at Masters, is on the same side of the bracket as Hesperia’s Ryan Hoover and Clayton Jack of Vacaville, two very good wrestlers. “He got a real tough draw,” said Torres. “The draw could have been better but you’ve got to beat somebody (tough) to be a state champ.” David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cross: Welbeck is a different player at Arsenal through the middle

first_imgJohn Cross reflects on Arsenal’s impressive 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Danny Welbeck was described as ‘electric’ by Arsene Wenger after hitting a hat-trick and Cross joined in the praise for a player deemed not good enough for Manchester United by Louis van Gaal.Speaking on the Sports Bar, the Daily Mirror journalist said: “He has been crying out for the chance to play week in, week out. He is a different player through the middle, because that pace of his is so good, so strong, he will always get into scoring positions.“As a centre-forward, he has showed for England what a good finisher he can be. And some of his finishing against Galatasaray was outstanding.“He is also a team player, a good link player. With an array of players in midfield, Arsenal will always need that. A finisher isn’t just enough, and Welbeck is a good team player as well.”last_img read more

USA and Sweden reach quarter-finals as women’s World Cup heats up

first_img0Shares0000Megan Rapinoe’s brace of penalties allowed the United States to edge out Spain and set up a quarter-final showdown with hosts France © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, Jun 25 – Megan Rapinoe scored two penalties as defending champions the United States beat Spain on Monday to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final against hosts France at the women’s World Cup, with Sweden joining them in the last eight.On another day in the limelight for VAR, Sweden’s goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl made a brilliant second-half penalty save as her country edged out Canada 1-0 in Paris, meaning they advance to a similarly enticing tie against Germany. The showdown between the holders and the hosts had seemed inevitable from the moment the draw was made back in December, but after France laboured to beat Brazil in extra time on Sunday, the USA did not find the going easy against Spain in Reims.Rapinoe’s first penalty gave Jill Ellis’s team an early lead after Tobin Heath was brought down in the box by Maria Leon.Hungarian referee Katalin Kulcsar (2ndR) argues with Spain’s Leila Ouahabi (2ndL) and goalkeeper Sandra Panos after awarding a penalty © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREHowever, Jennifer Hermoso pounced to equalise moments later after Becky Sauerbrunn had been caught in possession, and Spain held their own after that against the World Cup favourites.They were undone, though, by another penalty awarded for what looked a very slight touch on Rose Lavelle from Virginia Torrecilla.The penalty was confirmed after a VAR check and Rapinoe smashed the ball into the same corner with 15 minutes left to give the USA the tightest of wins and line up the French.“I hope it’s wild and crazy and the fans are crazy and that there’s tonnes of media around it and it’s just a big spectacle,” Rapinoe said of Friday’s match.“I think it’s going to be incredible for the women’s game. You have two heavy hitters meeting in the knockout rounds and this is everything you want.”It is not what Spain wanted, and the penalty that decided the game left a bitter taste in their mouths.“I didn’t touch her… they blew for that penalty because it was the United States,” a distraught Torrecilla said.– ‘Pure joy’ –In Paris, more than 38,000 fans saw Sweden edge out fifth-ranked Canada 1-0 at the Parc des Princes thanks to a solitary second-half goal scored by Stina Blackstenius, superbly set up by Kosovare Asllani.Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl is congratulated by her teammates after her crucial penalty save helped secure a 1-0 win over Canada in Paris © AFP / THOMAS SAMSONSweden then held on for the victory thanks to Lindahl, who dived to her right to keep out Janine Beckie’s 69th-minute penalty awarded after a VAR review showed Asllani had stopped a Desiree Scott shot with her arm.“I was so happy, just pure joy, and my teammates felt the same way,” said Lindahl, when asked to describe her emotions after saving the spot-kick.That was the 22nd penalty awarded at this World Cup, equalling the total tally from the 2015 tournament and underlining the influence of Video Assistant Referees, although VAR later intervened to overturn a spot-kick awarded to Sweden.– Heatwave grips France –Sweden will face Germany on Saturday in a repeat of the gold medal match at the 2016 Olympics, which the Germans won 2-1.“I had the best preparation today that you could have for a match like that. I listened to four albums by Neil Young, who is Canada’s top performer,” said Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson.Asked what music he would listen to before facing Germany, Gerhardsson went for some industrial metal.In Paris, more than 38,000 fans saw Sweden edge out fifth-ranked Canada 1-0 at the Parc des Princes thanks to a solitary second-half goal  © AFP / THOMAS SAMSON“It will be Rammstein. They released a new album and it will be heavy going on Saturday so that will work just fine.”On Tuesday the last two quarter-final places will be decided as Italy take on China in Montpellier before European champions the Netherlands meet 2011 World Cup winners Japan in Rennes.The temperature could be a particular concern in the first of those matches as a heatwave grips much of France. In Paris on Monday night, the temperature remained close to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) after the match kicked off at 9pm local time, and it is set to get hotter in the coming days.FIFA said that “cooling breaks” may be needed during games to protect players from the effects of the heat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Serie A striker at centre of three-way transfer tussle

first_imgJuventus striker Simone Zaza has offers from Crystal Palace, Norwich and Watford, according to reports in Italy.The 24-year-old moved to the Italian champions in the summer but he has struggled to break into the first-team.As a result, Juventus are willing to allow the Italy international to leave on loan when the transfer window opens in January.And, according to reports in Italy, Zaza has already received offers from several clubs.Crystal Palace, Norwich and Watford have all contacted Juventus to express their desire to take the former Sassuolo man on loan until the summer.It will now be left with Zaza to decide where he wants to spend the remainder of the season. 1 Simone Zaza last_img

DANIEL ASKS FOR FANS PRAYERS BUT NOT TO SEND CARDS FOR MAJELLA

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell posted a special message to fans on his website following the news that wife Majella is battling breast cancer.Majella usually looks after the website detailing the singer’s latest plans and exploits.He asked fans not to send cards or letters as they would not be able to respond to them personally which the couple normally like to do. “I’m sorry to inform you that Majella was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer.“She is undergoing treatment at present and as it was found in the early stages we are very hopeful of a full recovery.“I know that many of you would like to send your good wishes to Majella but at this time we cannot deal with a lot of mail so we would ask you not to send cards or letters, all we need are your prayers to help us through this difficult time and we know we can rely on that,” he said.  DANIEL ASKS FOR FANS PRAYERS BUT NOT TO SEND CARDS FOR MAJELLA was last modified: July 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellfansMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Europa League final to go ahead as planned after terror attack in Manchester

first_imgUEFA has expressed its shock and sadness after a bomb killed 22 people in Manchester, but insists there is “no specific intelligence” to suggest Manchester United’s Europa League final against Ajax may be the target of an attack.Greater Manchester Police confirmed children are among those killed and wounded in the blast at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening that is being treated as a “terrorist incident”.Manchester City and Manchester United, along with many other sporting clubs and organisations, have expressed their sympathy following the attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.The death toll increased to 22 on Tuesday morning and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has sent his regards to all those affected.“I am deeply saddened by the horrible terrorist attack in Manchester last night,” Ceferin said.“It shocks me that so many innocent people lost their lives and I would like to send my condolences to the families of those affected.”United are playing in the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday evening in Stockholm, where five people died last month when a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds.A statement from European football’s governing body in the wake of the Manchester attacks read: “There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League Final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.“Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.“Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”Furthermore, UEFA announced a minute’s silence will be held ahead of the final while the opening ceremony will also be reduced as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack.United have yet to travel out to Sweden and their players have been quick to express their condolences on social media.“Can’t believe what happened last night,” defender Daley Blind said. “My thoughts go out to all those affected. #PrayForManchester”United’s Ashley Young posted: “Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning. Thoughts with all that lost loved ones & prayers for those being treated in hospitals”Earlier winger Jesse Lingard said: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last nights attack on this beautiful city. We will stand together in this dark hour ❤️”City players past and present also posted their sympathy.“Shocking events for this great city,” Raheem Sterling said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families.”City captain Vincent Kompany posted: “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity”Greater Manchester Police have set up a help centre for anyone needing assistance at Gate 11 of City’s Etihad Stadium.There is no news yet on how United might pay tribute in the Europa League final, but England are wearing black armbands for the Tuesday’s match against Guinea at the Under-20s World Cup.United club captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.” 1last_img read more