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Football vs. Education

first_imgA very interesting debate is taking place on the Liberian football landscape – one that could determine whether the face of Liberia changes or remains the same.Liberian Football Association (LFA) Chair Musa Bility has decided that youths who are not actively enrolled in institutions of learning will not be allowed to take part in the annual county meet.Mr. George Weah, an internationally acclaimed Liberian soccer legend, has disagreed with Bility. Weah’s position is that young people whose parents cannot afford to send them to school should be given the opportunity to make something of themselves, even as he (Weah) himself did.Both men have valid points. Bility’s position could change the face of Liberian, yea African football. Having a squad of educated men on the national football team could make for increased discipline, something Liberian football has been sorely lacking. It would also send the important message across Africa that education and football are not mutually exclusive. That means that a player does not have to – and must not – choose between football (or any sport for that matter) and education.As many former American basketball stars have learned, a sports career is not a substitute for education. A young man can sign a multi-million dollar contract today, suffer an injury on the court and lose his career in six months.Due to lack of education and discipline, a talented young man with money who knows nothing about investing can follow the wrong crowd, spend his money on drugs, drinking, material possessions and women, and have nothing to show or leave to his children by the time his life is over.Mr. Weah may have been very fortunate to have had strong personal discipline as well as good mentors who gave him sound financial advice and taught him how to invest. Today, long after his sports career is over, he is not begging for scratch cards and living off women.Even so, however, Mr. Weah will admit that with all of his wealth, he himself has twice hit the glass ceiling that has stood between him and the one dream that constantly seems to evade him – the Liberian presidency. With no shortage of campaign financing, Mr. Weah twice lost the presidential elections to a woman whose education opened the door for her to acquire the requisite experience voters looked for in a president. That education and experience enabled her to speak for her country on an international stage, which earned Liberia’s credibility in the comity of nations and hence a seat at the table of decision making. Has she made mistakes? A ton. But Liberians were more willing to take the risk with education and experience than without. By contrast, the majority of those who voted for the less-educated candidate were themselves mostly uneducated.  We have to change that dynamic so that the entire voting population is able to make educated choices and decisions.Notwithstanding, Mr. Weah, clearly has a heart for the less fortunate, which stems from his own experience. The only problem is that his experience was more the exception than the norm. We cannot have a whole generation of children thinking they can all grow up to be King Pele. Out of a population of 3.5 million, everyone cannot play for AC Milan. We need to disabuse our children of that notion. We need to disabuse them of the notion that football is their only ticket out of poverty.The wonder of education is that it gives a man/woman options. If he breaks his leg today, once it heals, he can go into business.  Education also gives a man the keys to his own destiny. Without it, he cannot even read his own contract. Only his managers know exactly how much he is really worth.Weah has proposed that if only youths enrolled in schools are to be allowed to participate in the inter-county meet, then school should be free for all children. We disagree. The point is for our children not to lose focus on their education every time the meet comes around. They must understand that there are no short cuts to success.A young man from Paynesville grew up with a natural talent for soccer. He became a rising star and a member of the Lone Star’s U-20 team. One day, the coach announced that a select number of the group would be traveling to Greece. Elkhart Davis, as this young Liberian came to be known, was one hundred percent sure he would be selected. He would go to Greece and become a star. In the final lineup, the coach chose his son, a far lesser player. Elkhart Davis became a drunkard. All of his eggs were in the soccer basket that crashed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Flyers defeated at preseason game in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers had a difficult start to the preseason exhibition as they visited the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday.President of the Flyers, Paul van Nostrand, says it was fast play as the Flyers outshot the Canucks with 39-33 shots on goal but were not fast enough as the Canucks took an early lead in the game with 2-0 at the end of the first period.In the second, Dawson Creek managed to score 2 goals from Kevin Hope and John Wayne Howes, making the score four-nothing.- Advertisement -Then with less than 6 minutes to go,  Flyers player Lien Miller scored a goal with assistance from Riley Muise.In period three, Brandon Unrah replaced Ty Gullickson as the Flyers’ goalie.Throughout the third, the Flyers put up a fight as Jordan Harder and Daylen Pearson managed to score two extra goals.Advertisement Unfortunately, these goals were not enough as the Canucks scored three more points.Overall, the Canucks defeated the Flyers 7-3.“It was a pretty fast-paced game. Dawson Creek played well, we played pretty well. We missed a lot of pretty good chances”, said van Nostrand.The Flyers are looking ahead as they will be hosting the Canucks in their first preseason home opener this Saturday, October 20 at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal agree Sh5.9bn fee to sign Lacazette

first_img0Shares0000Lyon’s forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal on December 18, 2016LONDON, United kingdom, Jul 3 – Arsenal have agreed a deal with Lyon to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette for what could be a club-record transfer fee of Sh5.9bn (£44million).The deal would surpass the Sh5.7bn (£42.5mn) it cost Arsenal to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013 and is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours after Lacazette travels to London for a medical. Arsenal made an unsuccessful Sh3.9bn (£29mn) bid to sign the 26-year-old a year ago and saw an opening offer of Sh5.3bn (£39.5mn) rejected this summer, before reaching an agreement with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas.Aulas dismissed speculation the transfer could be worth £58.7m including bonuses, saying: ‘It’s an impossible sum that is not realistic. The first offer made by Arsenal was £39.5m.‘The deal will happen for something between that and £43.8m. To be close to €50m is something unique, and will be a record for Arsenal and a record for Lyon.‘One must also take into account that traditionally, a club like Arsenal do not have the habit of spending so much for one player.‘We will without a doubt hit a record. It is not a small transfer, €50m for a player who was produced by our club.’Arsene Wenger has refused to give up the pursuit and will be delighted to sign one of his top transfer targets after accepting that he is unlikely to get Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Lacazette has been with Lyon since the start of his career, scoring 129 goals in 275 games for his hometown club. Last season he scored 37 times in 45 appearances.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mexico quakes with joy over World Cup upset win

first_img0Shares0000Mexico fans gathered in the capital’s main Zocalo square erupt as their team defeated Germany at the World Cup © AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUAMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 18 – Thousands of jubilant Mexico supporters partied in the streets of the capital Sunday after their team’s shock 1-0 victory over World Cup holders Germany — singing, dancing, blaring car horns and cheering El Tri.The earth literally moved in quake-prone Mexico City when Hirving “Chucky” Lozano smashed home the game-winning goal in the 35th minute at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium — a football “earthquake of joy.” Seismologists said that they had detected an “artificial” rumbling, possibly caused by “widespread jumping” when the goal was scored.Fans crammed into the Zocalo, the city’s main square, to celebrate.“What happened today was an earthquake of joy for us — just imagine, we beat the world champions!” said Laura Villegas, a 45-year-old merchant who downed her beer with tequila in one gulp.“What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?” the crowd chanted.The streets of Mexico City were full of jubilant football fans © AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUAPresident Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party, saying on Twitter: “Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx! Great match!”Victory rallies erupted in other major cities such as Guadalajara, Toluca, Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.– ‘Lozano for president’ –Fans celebrated across the country, including in Guadalajara © AFP / Ulises RuizThroughout the capital, the streets filled with exhilarated fans, on foot, bicycles, motorbikes or in cars. Some blasted their car stereos, while others shrieked in glee.Amid the cacophonous bustle, a veteran violinist played the traditional tune “Cielito Lindo” — roughly translated as “Lovely Sweet One.”The victory was a heart-stopping one, but “a small goal is still a goal,” said the musician, while fans left coins in his instrument case.One female fan, a flag in her hand and the national colors painted on her cheeks, screamed: “We are an Aztec warrior force!”“Lozano for president, Lozano for president!” fans cheered — not forgetting that the country will hold elections to choose a new leader on July 1.Ana Maria Contreras, a primary school teacher, came with her children and even dogs decked out in El Tri’s signature green jerseys to join the festivities.“We have shown that we can compete with any power. And I hope that whoever wins as president also knows how to lead us to victory,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Under-fire Bayern boss Kovac out to end winless streak

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants miseable run of four games without a win, including back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Oct 19 – Under-pressure Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac desperately needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants’ miserable run and reignite their Bundesliga title defence.Kovac, 47, only took charge in July, but must turn things around at mid-table Wolfsburg with the German champions winless in their last four matches, including back-to-back league defeats. After dominating the Bundesliga for the last six seasons, Bayern are sixth in the table and four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund — an unacceptable situation for senior bosses.A humbling 2-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin was bad enough before Bayern crashed to an embarrassing 3-0 drubbing at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach a fortnight ago.Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer rubbed salt in Bayern’s wounds by saying their superstars were dispirited — “this is not the dominant Bayern team we all know”.A third straight defeat would test the patience of Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who has promised to “defend Kovac until the death”.“It’s about time that we get the feeling of a win back again,” admitted defender Mats Hummels.Former Bayern midfielder Markus Babbel says pressure on Kovac will come from within at Munich.– ‘No support, no chance’ –“Players can go to Hoeness or (Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge. Then you as a coach you have no chance, because they’re crying here and there,” Babbel told Omnisport.“This is the biggest problem. You have two big men in the office. If they don’t support you, you have no chance.”Germany’s best-selling daily Bild claim Bayern’s stars are on the verge of revolt because of Kovac’s insistence they cycle to cool down after games.With the vast majority of his squad on international duty, the head coach has had little time to make changes.Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez only returned to Munich on Thursday while Jerome Boateng and Leon Goeretzka both have light leg injuries.“I believe that it’s a good time to host Bayern Munich,” said Wolfsburg’s sports director Marcel Schaefer.Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben (R) rejects talk of a crisis at Bayern Munich, who are down to sixth in the Bundesliga table after a four-game winless streak. © AFP / Christof STACHEWolfsburg have concerns in defence with left-back Jerome Roussillon struggling with a calf injury, while centre-backs John Anthony Brooks, of the USA and Congolese Marcel Tisserand are just back from international duty.Winger Arjen Robben refuses to hear any talk of crisis at Bayern.“If you make the last few games bigger than they are, then you talk yourself into a crisis, I am firmly convinced that this is only about a few small details,” said the Dutchman.Despite Robben’s reassurances, Kovac has several problems to fix.Both Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Germany forward Thomas Mueller are struggling for goals after both drew blanks in their last five games for club and country.Bayern’s defence failed to cope after Hertha and Gladbach counter-attacked through Munich’s midfield.– Alcacer on fire –Should Bayern fail to win in Wolfsburg, Dortmund have a great chance to extend their lead at bottom side Stuttgart.Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer is in rich form with nine goals in his last five games.After hitting six goals in three Dortmund games — including a hat-trick and a last-gasp winner in the stunning 4-3 victory over Augsburg — Alcacer, on loan from Barcelona, scored three more goals on his return to the Spain team after a two-year break.Lucien Favre says Alcacer could make his first Bundesliga start, after three appearances off the bench, but the Dortmund coach has problems in defence.Borussia Dortmund’s Spain forward Paco Alcacer is in a hot run of form after scoring 10 goals in his last six games for club and country. © AFP / INA FASSBENDER“We have a luxury problem in the midfield, but not in the defence,” admitted Favre.Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji, who has not missed a minute for Dortmund this season, returned from international duty with a hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for three weeks.Left-back Marcel Schmelzer also misses the trip to Stuttgart with a knee injury.Fixtures (all times 4:30pm unless stated)FridayEintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Duesseldorf (11:30pm)SaturdayWolfsburg v Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen v Hanover, Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg v RB Leipzig, Nuremberg v Hoffenheim, Schalke v Werder Bremen (9:30pm)SundayHertha Berlin v Freiburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Mainz (9pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Premier League plan to pilot safe standing areas, 28 years after Hillsborough

first_img Celtic introduced safe standing at Celtic Park last season 1 The Premier League has written to its clubs to gauge their interest in establishing safe standing at top-flight clubs.?Standing at football matches in the top two divisions was banned following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster which saw 96 Liverpool fans tragically lose their lives.There has been a growing interest across all divisions in the UK for a return to some form of standing at matches and safe standing, also known as rail seating is seen as the best option, according to the Daily Mail.Clubs were asked to indicate their interest in a questionnaire recently sent to all teams in the division. The system is straight forward: when standing is permitted, supporters are given a designated ‘seat’ but the seat can be locked upright.For UEFA matches, which must be all-seater, stadium staff can unlock the seats and unfold them.Celtic introduced an area of 2,600 rail seats at Celtic Park last season and that move has been seen as a success.Not all sections of the football community support the move, the Hillsborough Family Support Group remain firmly opposed.There is no suggestions clubs will be obliged to take part in the pilot which could be rolled out in the next few years.last_img read more

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TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER LORRY BLOCKS ROAD FOLLOWING CRASH

first_imgGardai are at the scene of a crash on the main Letterkenny to Lifford road after a lorry collided with a car.The lorry has blocked the entire road following the crash which took place just after 3pm in the townland of Mondooey. It is not believed anybody has been seriously hurt as a result of the two vehicle collision.Gardai are now diverting traffic in the area but motorists are being advised that they face half hour.The delays are not being helped by larger lorries become stuck on smaller side roads.  TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER LORRY BLOCKS ROAD FOLLOWING CRASH was last modified: October 10th, 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:crashGardaiLetterkenny to Lifford roadMondooeylast_img read more

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WOMEN RESCUED IN GLENVEAGH BY MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM

first_imgTWO people hillwalking in Glenveagh National Park have been rescued tonight.The women raised the alarm after getting lost after dark, with thick fog forming.Donegal Mountain Rescue Team crews raced to the scene, located the women and were able to walk them off the mountain. A spokesman said: “DMRT were called out by Glenveagh Park at the request of Scout Leaders who were leading a walking group of 19 from mid morning. Two Females with their dog had taken an alternative route back to the car park but a knee injury and tiredness meant that darkness fell and the Team were called to assist with a walk out.“The Team successfully found and helped the walkers back to the Centre across particularly difficult terrain underfoot. The Team would like to thank Glenveagh Staff Pat and Tres for organising Tea and scones for tired walkers and searchers at short notice.” WOMEN RESCUED IN GLENVEAGH BY MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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 Mountain RescueGlenveaghlast_img read more

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Over half a million euro granted to Donegal Airport operations

first_imgDonegal Airport has been allocated an additional €667,900 grant towards operating costs and safety investments, it was announced this week. The grant is part of the Regional Airports Programme that supports necessary safety and security investments and activities by these airports to enable them to continue to contribute to enhanced regional connectivity.Cllr Niamh Kennedy has welcomed the news from her independent Alliance colleague Minister Shane Ross that Donegal Airport is to receive this aid. Cllr Kennedy said: “Donegal Airport remains a key part of the infrastructure of Donegal for connectivity of our tourism product as well as for business. I am delighted that this Government continues to recognise the role our Regional Airports play in this regard.”She added: “I am delighted to work with Minister Ross to further enhance this and was delighted with the allocations secured in the review of the Capital Plan.”The Review of the Capital Plan that was announced in September by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform identified the need for continued support for this Programme.The review of the Capital Plan yielded over €17 million in additional capital funding for the Regional Airports Programme over the period 2019 to 2021, considerably in excess of the €10 million in extra funding that was originally mooted in the Programme for Government. Over half a million euro granted to Donegal Airport operations was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Niamh KennedyDonegal Airportlast_img read more

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