Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I’m very concerned, because can you imagine, the only time we’ll see them compete [as a unit] is in the games itself,” Guiao told reporters on Tuesday, shortly after the team’s second straight practice at Meralco Gym.Luckily, there’s a reason to be optimistic over the matches slated Feb. 22 and 24. For starters, Andray Blatche is back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are getting there,” he told reporters on Tuesday after wrapping up practice. “We are getting better chemistry. Andray is getting more familiar with the plays.” LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National coach Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas are looking at two must-win road games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifying tournament.And much to their worry, they are again dealing with player availability during practices.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mighty-PH turns back Syrian club Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READlast_img read more

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Defense Counsel Jason Doe Solves:

first_imgIt was a case that many thought had come at the wrong time. The preoccupation of Monrovians was the expulsion of the Ebola Virus that had invaded and ravaging the country and everywhere there were buckets of chlorine for hand-washing to fight the virus. Ebola was now the grim reaper and its victims were increasing by the day.  It was at this period that newspapers reported the robbery and murder of George Dean, a 26-year-old money changer, of Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia. What gingered interest in the case was the arrest and confession of the alleged murderer as well as the fact that the famous trial lawyer Jason Doe had been hired by the defendant. So when the case opened, despite the Ebola fear in Monrovia, the courtroom was packed with many who were simply there to witness the renowned counselor’s classic cross-examination might put to the test. With a reported confession, many Monrovians felt that this could be the case that the famous Jason Doe could not crack at the preliminary trial. And after two weeks the witness, who many believed, had the trump card to send the defendant to face his doom would be cross-examined by Jason Doe.  Hundreds of spectators besieged seated at the courtroom in a case described by metropolitan newspapers as the ‘Case of the Murdered Money Changer.’  It was in the final moments of the day, and Jason Doe seemed exasperated by the witness’ frustrating tactics.  The lawyer regarded the witness for a moment, and frowned. “Sami Young is your friend?” he said, with a grin.  The witness said, with a mixture of nonchalant, “He was my friend before.”  “Is that yes, or no?”  Shifting his position, the witness responded with apparent lack of affectation.  “Yes.”  “On the 15th of July,” the lawyer attempted a drive for the truth, “You claimed that you met the defendant at a secluded area on Bushrod Island?”  “Yes,” he said, “and to be precise, it was near the St. Paul’s Bridge.” “You testified that the defendant told you that he had a plan to get free money?”  “Yes.”  “What was your response?”  “I did not think it was any wrong way to get money,” the witness said, “and therefore I was prepared to go along.” “Until when did you begin to have second thoughts?” “Until I learned that he was using the Ebola situation to steal money.” “But U$5,000.00 was found in your room?” “It was planted there by someone.” “Who was that someone?” “I wish I know.” “Is that your answer?” “I can definitely say that it was the defendant.”  “How did you know that since you are unable to give account of the U$5000.00 found concealed in your house?”  Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet.  “Your Honor,” Prosecutor Gilbert Solo said, “Counsel is trying to undermine the witness’ confidence as to how the money got to his room.  “Counsel’s intent is to weaken the witness resolution to stick to the truth and as a result he would extract dubious information from him.” Judge Sackor turned her slightly bulging eyes back to the prosecutor.  “How is that true?”  “Counsel’s questions are too personal and I think he is being too dogmatic and unrealistic,” the prosecutor said.  The judge lowered her head and stared at the prosecutor over her glasses and said, “Should the court understand that the defense should not elicit information regarding how the money got to the witness’ apartment?”  “Not exactly, Your Honor,” Solo said, “but under the present circumstances and in such an intense cross-examination, counsel is being unfair.”  The judge said conversationally, “The Court is on top of the situation and therefore I stipulate that the defense will continue the cross-examination of the witness.”  “Thanks Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, bowing his head, as a bitter smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, for the blow resulting from the judge’s rebuke was not lost on the spectators, as a low but brief murmur of disapproval swept across the room.   With a triumphant sneer of victory, Jason Doe pushed forward.   “How did you know that the money was planted in your room, since you testified that you did not go along with the plan?” “Since he wanted me to be the fall guy, he apparently did that to implicate me.”  “Robert Joe,” Jason Doe said, with a noticeable anger in his voice, “Why would he connect you in particular? Why was it that when police officers bumped into the money after a tip off, you claimed that the U$5000.00 came from your sister in the United States?” “Yes.” “Was the money from your sister?” “The police did not let me tell the story my own way.”   Judge Elizabeth Sackor relaxed her tense posture.   “Witness cannot eat his cake and have it and the Court is concerned with the witness’ apparent lack of what is going on in this courtroom and he must therefore not evade questions from the defense.”  Jason Doe then relaxed, and sweeping his eyes across the spectators, repeated the question.  “Was the money from your sister?” Fidgeting with his hands, the witness answered, “No.” “Where did the money come from?” “It was apparently planted by someone and the only person I can think of is the defendant.” “Why will he do that? Have you had a previous misunderstanding on anything?””Not really,” he said, “but these days Liberia is hard and people can do anything. May be he is envious of me.” “How long have you known the defendant?””I have seen him around, counselor, and nowadays people are doing all kinds of wicked deeds against people they don’t even know.””Ok,” the lawyer considered his answer, “how does that fit in with the defendant, since in your own words, you have seen him around, suggesting that you don’t know each other. So where was the money found by the police?” “In my room.”  Jason Doe’s face expressed some amusement at the witness’ answer and then said, “The police found the money in your room, did they not?””Yes,” the witness said, putting his bandaged right hand behind his back, “if that is what you are asking.” Jason Doe smiled but it was Judge Sackor who reacted.”You want the court to believe that the defendant who was not found with any incriminating evidence was the brain behind the robbery and eventual murder of the money changer?”  The witness showed an apparent misunderstanding of the question and stared at the judge in the face. Realizing his lack of response Jason Doe strolled to the defense table and after examining through some papers, returned to the witness.  “Mr. Joe,” he said, “what happened to your bandaged right hand? Is not correct that you sustained an injury during the attack on the victim, as you masterminded the entire episode?  “Is it also not true that you have made several requests to the decedent to borrow an amount of money like the one found hidden in your room?” The two questions were apparently unexpected and suddenly, beads of perspiration began to form on forehead. With his right bandaged hand still concealed behind him, he lifted his left hand and began to mop his face with the edge of his shirt’s sleeves.  Sensing the situation, the clerk rushed to him with a bunch of paper towels, and for the next couple of minutes the courtroom waited in suspense as the witness struggled to get the increasing amount of sweat off his face without success. Judge Sackor decided to announce for ten minutes recess and invited both counsels to her chambers.  WHEN court resumed ten minutes later, Judge Sackor took over proceedings and summarized the conclusion of the case.  “The defense has shown that the witness knows more about the circumstances of the murder of the money changer than the man who is currently being accused.  “The apparent motive to the murder unfortunately was because the decedent was unprotected in his money changing business.  “It suggests to me that the practice of placing huge amount of money in various currencies in boots for exchange in the full glare of the general public needs to be discouraged.”  After brief hesitation, the judge continued, “The tragic consequence of the death of the money changer could be identified on the fact that the witness and some of his accomplices apparently chose to murder him simply to take away the money that he sat behind.  “In the wake of the foregoing, the Court is convinced that there is no probable case against the defendant in this case and he is therefore ordered released and the witness held for further investigation and subsequent trial.”  THIRTY minutes later they assembled at criminal lawyer Jason Doe’s Benson Street private office, where former defendant Sami Young, the lawyer, his private secretary Janet Lovebird and a retired police officer, George Jebor examined the circumstances of the case, after each had washed their hands with chlorine water, at the entrance of the lawyer’s office.  “Jason,” the retired officer said, “how did you know that the witness was the mastermind of the entire episode?”   The lawyer grinned.  “From the beginning of the case I was looking at the fact that my client had apparently joined the party to murder the victim for quick money.  “It was only when the witness said someone might have planted the money into his room that I realized I was not making use of his own admission.”  “But,” Janet Lovebird said, “was he really part of the murder party?”  Smiling, the lawyer replied, “Absolutely and he was in fact the man responsible for the murder and it was the reason he sustained a heavy cut to his right hand.  “Please remember that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare announced that the current Ebola presence in the country has, among its symptoms, vomiting, and so what really happened was that the witness led his party to the venue where the decedent did his money exchange business around 5:30p.m on the fateful day.  “Due to an early afternoon rainfall many of the businesses in the area had packed for home leaving the decedent and few others, scattered about.   “When the party arrived the witness informed the victim that he wanted to change U$20, the money he did not even have on him, then all of a sudden the witness began to tremble, and began to vomit, after he had inserted his fingers into his own mouth.  “Afraid of the Ebola vomiting syndrome, the victim jumped up running and it was then that the witness and his party broke into the booth and they were making away with the money when the victim realized what was going on and chased after them.  “The victim was struck over the head and stabbed at least three times on his chest but in the melee, he struck the witness right hand with a club nearby.”  “What a dangerous way to steal money,” the retired officer said. “How did your client come to be part in the whole episode?”   The lawyer, smiling said, “That was the clever part.  “Two weeks after the incident, police intensified their investigations and someone somehow hinted them that the witness could be questioned.  “The reason was that he had, before the robbery, sort the help of a couple of people who refused to participate in his deal, so the day after the police talked to him, he visited my client, and explained a phony story about his sister sending him money from the United States.  “He had done that with a promise to offer my client U$5,000.00 but it was only when the death of the victim was announced that my client saw how dangerously close he had come to become part of such a dangerous plot.”  Janet said, “That was too dangerous.”  Smiling, Sami said, “It was foolish of me to have agreed to help him but I am thankful to God first and to Counselor Doe my innocence is proving.  “I never thought that some friends can be so dangerous, but now that I know it gives me a sense of preparedness to be more wary of such people in the future.”  The group burst out laughing, as Sami stood up and grabbed Counselor Doe’s hand and pumped it repeatedly. The evening weather felt cold and pleasant. A few scattered white tufts of cloud wandered across the blue sky.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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Linden farmers want lands regularised to acquire capital to invest

first_imgIn the absence of a Land Selection Committee, farmers and residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) are grappling with the effects of the land that they occupy not being regularised. This was recently highlighted during a statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council.The Land Selection Committee, which was part of an August 2012 agreement and was later established under the previous Council, was rejected by the Regional Chairman, Renis Morian, who dubbed it a “rubber stamp” after taking up office. He highlighted that the RDC was not an issuer of lands, among other things.Since then, the Committee was placed on the back burner, with numerous complaints being brought before the Council. On Thursday last, Chairman of the Region’s Agriculture Committee, Douglas Gittens pressed the Regional Chairman for answers, citing several difficulties as he asked when there would be movement on the Land Selection Committee.“Every instance that we try to give development to certain areas, the point of land selection comes up and the situation is getting worse, even at the agricultural level. We go to make a move and the person doesn’t have the land ownership title in their possession… Persons want to approach the bank for house loans and agri loans and they cannot do anything on the land unless they get those loans…,” Gittens stated.However, Morian contended that legally there was no Land Selection Committee and the RDC did not have any authority in that regard. He stated that the Land Commission, which was currently conducting a land audit, has the sole responsibility. In highlighting several instances, Morian said there were cases in Linden where parts of lands illegally form part of other land allotments.Meanwhile, the Agriculture Committee Chairman requested a time line asking for the process of dealing with such issues to be fast tracked.Region 10 Councillor Sandra Adams said in relation to issues with farmlands the Chairman of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh, had visited the Region and hosted a meeting with farmers of West Watooka, Linden. She said contact was also made with the Lands and Surveys Commission, which had also visited. She indicated that moves were afoot to have the issues of regularisation resolved.“…they are working on a plan…those who have been paying their lease fees every year for a number of years; they are looking at them first. To get them properly regularised and then they’re going to move to the ones who now have applications in. So some movement is taking place in terms of the farming areas because that is the concern and myself and Mr Joe Singh are pursuing it vigorously because we know that there are hiccups when it comes to farmers,” she noted.last_img read more

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With Press Freedom Under Attack Worldwide, US Is Setting Wrong Example

first_imgBy Joel Simon/CPJ Executive Director and Alexandra Ellerbeck/Senior US Research AssociateFor decades if not longer, repressive leaders around the world have defended restrictions on freedom of the press by citing examples of Western governments failing to live by their own professed standards.So when, in late-2016, Canadian photojournalist Ed Ou was unable to report from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests because he had been barred from entering the United States, the Turkish government issued a press release describing it as yet another example that in countries that frequently criticize Turkey for its treatment of the press, “journalism is not as rose-tinted as it may seem.” Ou, who one year earlier had been blocked by Turkey from entering that country, said he “didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.”Although the Ou incident took place during the waning days of the Obama Administration, throughout the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald J. Trump — a man who loves to disparage, insult, and rail against the media — the trend has continued. President Trump’s oft-tweeted “fake news” epithet, for example, has already been adopted by repressive governments such as China, Syria, and Russia. And when Trump attacked a correspondent during a February press conference, he was cheered by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the world’s worst jailer of journalists, according to CPJ’s annual global imprisoned census.Of course, all U.S. presidents complain about how they’re treated in the press. Some have gone further: During Obama’s first term, the Department of Justice used the Espionage Act to conduct an unprecedented number of leak investigations, several of which ensnared journalists. Generally, however, U.S. presidents have criticized the media while also acknowledging the essential role of a free press in American democracy, and while pledging to uphold the First Amendment.In this respect, unfortunately, Trump — who has made no strong statements in support of the press, and whose administration, according to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, has “looked at” changing libel laws to restrict press freedom — stands apart.During his first 100 days as president, Trump rolled out the red carpet at Mar-a-Lago for two of the world’s worst jailers of journalists: Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. A meeting with the aforementioned Erdoğan, meanwhile, is reportedly on the horizon — and Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, a country where journalists are routinely murdered with impunity, was recently extended an invitation of his own.High-ranking members of Trump’s cabinet have followed suit. Although the Department of Justice during Obama’s second term worked out an agreement with the media to ensure fewer journalists were involved in leak investigations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in his Senate confirmation hearing that he was not committed to honoring these guidelines. Given Trump’s tweets about leakers and his claims that reporters should not use anonymous sources, this position is alarming to U.S. journalists. But for journalists in countries where protecting sources can be a matter of life and death, the precedent it could set has far worse implications.The State Department has generally tried to articulate support for “American values,” which include human rights and freedom of the press. But in March, unfortunately, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson broke with tradition and declined to present the State Department’s Human Rights report in person. Further, the Trump Administration has recently threatened to drastically cut funding for international organizations, many of whom play a key role in establishing international norms in support of free expression.Indeed, it is this system — constructed over a period of years and by a set of international agreements — which we celebrate every May 3 for World Press Freedom Day. Thanks to a public commitment to these standards, previous U.S. presidents have been able to exert their influence around the world on behalf of press freedom, however inconsistently. The issue is not partisan, either. The Obama administration raised concerns about press freedom abuses in Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, China, and Vietnam; former President George W. Bush told the Today Show that he raised the issue with Russia President Vladimir Putin.Sadly, President Trump has expressed no such interest in protecting this framework or setting a positive example. In fact, while speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania for his 100th day in office, Trump said the media was a “disgrace” and that members of the press were “incompetent, dishonest people.”These comments are even more alarming for being part of a broader trend. Among former regional leaders such Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, and Kenya, press freedom has deteriorated. Still, because he is the president of the United States, Trump’s comments are different. As the award-winning Salvadoran reporter Óscar Martínez put it, “Trump inhabits the global showcase. In attacking the U.S. press, he attacks all of the press and puts it at risk.”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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Swedish striker Ibrahimovic named top MLS newcomer

first_img0Shares0000Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy, shown scoring on a July header against Orlandio City, was named Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year on Monday © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Katharine LotzeNEW YORK, United States, Nov 13 – Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy was named Monday as Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year, defeating England’s Wayne Rooney among others for the award.Ibrahimovic won in a balloting of MLS coaches and players plus a media panel with an average of 36.36 percent support to 32.25 percent for DC United captain Rooney. Mexico’s Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC was third on 13.47 percent. Ibrahimovic scored 22 goals and added 10 assists in what was only the third 20-and-10 season in MLS history. The Galaxy went 9-2 with four drawn when the Swedish icon scored a goal.With a roundhouse volley kick to score against Toronto FC on September 15, Ibrahimovic netted his 500th career goal, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as only the third active player to reach that lofty milestone.Ibrahimovic failed to lead the Galaxy into the playoffs but his career has already included titles with European giants FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.He has also netted a record 62 goals for Sweden, with star turns in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.Rooney, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for DC United after joining the club in July and lifting them from the cellar to the playoffs, won the nod in voting from club technical staff — 34.31 percent to 28.43 percent over Zlatan.But the Swede edged Rooney in player balloting 34.99 to 30.90 percent and decisively took media voting 45.65 percent to 31.53 percent.Newcomer of the Year recognizes players in their first MLS season but with prior professional experience, making Rookie of the Year candidates ineligible.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CHEF CONRAD FEELS THE SHOCKWAVES IN AMERICA

first_imgHe used to causing shockwaves in his personal and public life.Conrad GallagherBut controversial Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher felt a tremor for real this week when he was caught up in an earthquake in Los Angeles.The Letterkenny chef is setting up his own online food business where the 5.4 quake was recorded. Gallagher said “Just experienced our first earthquake.Okay, 5.4 earthquake in my back yard! Scariest thing ever,” said Gallagher.Other Irish residents to tweet about the earthquake included Claudine Keane, wife of Irish soccer star Robbie Keane. CHEF CONRAD FEELS THE SHOCKWAVES IN AMERICA was last modified: March 30th, 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:Conrad Gallagherearthquakelast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: PHILIP GILLESPIE IN FINE FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgWith normal Donegal weather resuming over the weekend, Wednesday 21st large entry may well have had the last of the late summer and taking the opportunity to shine was Philip Gillespie [17] who, despite a couple of double bogeys throughout the card, returned 20pts on back nine for a 39pt. total to outpoint Tony Logue [18] who finished on 38pts. Taking the turn with 20pts., Tony’s birdie atpar three Barnhill [16th] came in-between double bogeys which left his score short of top spot. Best gross was won by club Captain Gerard Duffy [5] with 32 gross pts.  Returning an outward nine of one over par 37 gross, with the help of a birdie at Sliabh Sneacht [4th], Gerard’s second birdie at 16th was again gained in-between bogies.Saturday 24th Open, played in intermitten wintry gales, was won by juvenile member Patrick Page [11] with a runaway 42pts. Recording a birdie at Ramsay’s Isle [7th] for a solid front nine, Patrick’s return of 21pts on inward nine was enough to outpoint the field by six [6] points. In runner-up spot on B.O.T. was Eamon Mc Glinchey [6] who, having recorded his first birdie at Crievesmith [9th] in-between double bogeys at 8th and 10th, scored another birdie at Candalabra [15th] to relegate Stephen Walsh [15] to third on that B.O.T. Despite a couple of double bogeys also, Stephen’s birdies at Swilly [3rd] and Bridle Path [18th] gave him a deserved spot on the rostrum.Sunday 25th confined competition winner was long-standing club stalwart Michael-Boucher Hayes [17] with 39pts. Despite a double bogey at 1st and a ‘blank’ at Glebe [2nd], Michael’s birdie at Sheep Hill [12th was enough to give him the nod on B.O.T. from runner-up Geard Dunleavy [16], whose 20pts and 19pts on front and back nines respectively were somewhat diminished by ‘blanks’ at Greenhills [8th] and Cornagill[10th]. Relegated to third was Brian Doherty [25], also on 39pts. Gross winner again was club Captain Gerard Duffy [5] whose birdies at 2nd, 11th and 17th helped him to 33 gross points.Tonight  [Thursday] is the night for all horse racing fans [or those who enjoy the craic] to attend the club’s Night at the Races. Anyone wishing to buy a horse can contact organizer Anne Condon or any committee member for details. Horses are €10 each and each race pays 1st and 2nd places. It will be a great event, a great night’s craic and we would be delighted if you could come on the night. All proceeds are for the ongoing ‘tee’ development.The annual club Quiz will be starting very shortly and there are still team tables available. Anyone wishing to play should contact quizmaster Hugh Gallagher or club secretary Barry Ramsay asap.GOLF NEWS: PHILIP GILLESPIE IN FINE FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfSportlast_img read more

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Andreas Pereira says Man United team-mate urged him to play for Belgium

first_imgAnd the 22-year-old’s decision to play for the five-time World Cup winners seems to have been vindicated after receiving his first call-up for Brazil’s games against the USA and El Salvador during the international break.Pereira told Globo Esporte: “He [Lukaku] tried to convince me.“He spoke to me: ‘You have to play for Belgium’.“He came to talk to me, he’s always talking to me.“I told him ‘it’s difficult, Lukaku, can’t do it, it’s not the same. Playing for Belgium is something else. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Andreas Pereira has revealed Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku tried to persuade him to play for Belgium.The midfielder – who was born in Belgium – went against the advice of Lukaku to declare his allegiances for Brazil, where his parents are from. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware “I have a friend from Belgium and I was watching it with him.“I couldn’t do it, I left the room, I got very mad.“And they all had a laugh, my father’s friends saying ‘wow, look at Brazil there, you have to choose Belgium, you have to choose Belgium’.“I said, ‘I can’t do it, I can’t do it’.” RANKED 2 gameday cracker Lukaku helped Belgium secure a brilliant 2-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Pereira made his long-awaited senior Red Devils debut against Leicester last month Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January smart causal “Playing for the Brazilian national team… It’s Brazil, I feel at home’. Then Lukaku said: ‘If that’s the way it is, you have to follow your heart’.“And then he respected my decision.”Pereira was in Belgium when the Red Devils beat Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup quarter-finals.And he also revealed the stick he received was tough to take.He added: “It was complicated. I was in Belgium watching and it was difficult to see Brazil lose. Everybody messing with me. Wow, it was… I was very angry. deals Latest Manchester United News REVEALED last_img read more

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‘NO’ SIDE ARE GETTING LESS CREDIBLE EACH DAY – HARTE

first_imgDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte has said the arguments being put forward by the ‘No’ side are getting less credible by the day.Speaking after the visit of Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, the Labour politician said the feedback on the ground are concerned with funding fears if we say no to the upcoming referendum.“The feedback we received on the visit with Minister Quinn on Friday shows that the citizens of the country are concerned that we will be without access to funding should this country need it after 2013. This is a real situation and not some game that many of those on the No side think they can engage in. “There is no way that we can get funding from the ESM if we don’t pass the Treaty and it is quite astonishing that many are in denial as it states it clearly in the Stability Treaty text. There is no two ways about it.“It’s akin to someone opting not to take out his house insurance and hoping his neighbours will chip in if the property is destroyed. We need the help and assistance of the EU and IMF. The treaty puts into place financial rules that will protect us and other countries,” he said.He said any notion that we would receive funding from the IMF alone has been rubbished and the news that Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is not prepared to fund the IMF any more to bail out European countries, the IMF was set up in 1945 to assist developing countries and third world countries.“It’s about time the anti Treaty group which now consists of the extreme right in the form of the UK Independence Party , the extreme left in the form of Joe Higgins and co, came up with some constructive arguments instead of the same old NO, NO, NO to everything,” he slammed.   ‘NO’ SIDE ARE GETTING LESS CREDIBLE EACH DAY – HARTE was last modified: May 20th, 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:Senator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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WEE BARRY, WEE DANNY AND NOT SO WEE SEAMUS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgWalshyDonegal Daily sports columnist Paddy Walsh is wondering this week. Wondering why Barry McGuigan is suddenly form the North, wondering why swimmer Anne Marie Ward isn’t getting more recognition and wondering why he had a Christmas party when Ronnie Whelan could have been serving him wine! He loves a good whine our Walshy!AND THE NOMINEES ARE…No less than two Donegal men in the running for the R.T.E. Sports Star of the Year awards. And running is what they’re both pretty decent at though in completely different disciplines. There’s been many a sighting of Seamus Coleman galloping up the right flank for both Everton and the Republic of Ireland but, of course, a lot more viewings of Mark English showing how it can be done with even more effect on the tracks of some of the world’s best athletics arenas. Not least as far as the Letterkenny man is concerned on the track at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich which earned him a coveted bronze medal in the European Championships 800 metres in the summer.Seamus ColemanBoth Coleman and English have been nominated for the awards which are to be broadcast ‘live’ on R.T.E. on Sunday December 21st. Don’t be surprised if one of them emerges with the trophy.And I, for one, (one of many I’d suggest) will be mightily surprised if Geraldine McLaughlin doesn’t get placing the Irish Sportswoman of the Year trophy on her mantelpiece after the ace forward was nominated for said award by the woman’s website HER.IEIt’s true that she’s up against Katie Taylor, Stephanie Roche and jockey Nina Carberry but surely even that prestigious trio would have to bow to the Termon player after the year she’s had. Get your votes in now to www.her.ie and ensure another well deserved trophy comes to Donegal. And specifically to Termon.CUP HEROICSDidn’t see the highlights package at the weekend but apparently Conrad Logan was the man of the match for Rochdale in their F.A. Cup tie at Aldershot.His shot stopping exploits earned his team a goal-less draw and a chance for a third round meeting at home to Nottingham Forest. That might have raised the prospect of two Donegalmen coming up against each other in England’s premier cup competition had former Finn Harps player, Stephen McLaughlin, not gone on an emergency loan to Forest’s local rivals, Notts County.Anyway, the ‘Dale’s manager, Keith Hill, was almost full of praise for his Ramelton born goalkeeper following that game at Aldershot. “Super goalkeeping, he kept them out,” he maintained. Before adding: “But that’s his job.” Still, it’s a job he’s doing well so no harm in his boss passing him a bit of credit when it’s due.ANOTHER SIGNING, ANOTHER FORUMDamien McNultyGood to see Damian McNulty adding his name to the dotted line as Finn Harps continue to prepare for the 2015 season. I always thought the Derry born full-back was last year’s stand-out performer in a team that reached the F.A.I. Cup Final but fell into inconsistency in the league.Now Ollie Horgan has a decent mixture of experience and youth in the players he has already signed for the forthcoming campaign with Kevin McHugh, Mickey Funston, Keith Cowan, Brian McGroary, Gareth Harkin, Thomas McMonagle, Tony McNamee, and the returning Ciaran Gallagher on the books. Hopefully the likes of Ciaran Coll and Packie Mailey – two other key men in the defence – can be persuaded to re-sign while two or three more new additions would be welcome as Harps look to climb out of a First Division they’ve occupied for too long and too often.Meanwhile, Harps supporters get the opportunity to lend their voice and advice when the club hosts a Fan Forum in Ballybofey’s Villa Rose Hotel on Sunday next (kick-off 7.pm.).Get along and make yourself heard if you want to be a part of something – potentially – special next season.JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT WE’D GOT OVER IT….How can you reproach Thierry Henry for his handball against Ireland? Not my words but those of Emmanuel Petit last week when he voiced strong criticism of those – particularly in France – who had lambasted Henry for THAT infamous incident which put paid to the Republic’s hopes of qualification for the 2010World Cup Finals.“It helped us qualify for the World Cup in South Africa. He’s done nothing wrong,” Petit said of his former Arsenal and French team-mate.True, you have to agree with him. It did help France qualify for the Finals.Ah yes, I can remember it well. An Irish team close to being unrecognisable from some of the previous qualifying matches that year dominating France in their own back garden. And taking the lead with a neatly worked goal. And going on to look rather comfortable against their more illustrious hosts.And then Henry bursting to the by-line before crossing over and the ball falling to William Gallas and it’s in the net and it’s 1-1 and Irish ambitions are hanging by le thread after looking so promising for most of the game up to that.Nothing wrong at all, Monsieiur Petit. Well, apart from that handball – illegal in soccer in this neck of the woods – by your good friend. Oh, and that second handball before he delivered the ball into the six yard box.And our own Shay Given racing towards the referee furiously indicating such but getting nowhere. As was ultimately the case for this Irish team in that qualifying tournament.Yeah, I know, get over it, it’s five years on and we’re at a different time, different place. And I almost was until Mons.Petit handed it back into the boiling pot again and told us that Mons. Henry had done nothing wrong.COLD MEDALSAnne Marie Ward (left) in some well-known companyAs they say in Offaly….Birrrrrrrrr! But spare a hot water bottle or twenty for Dunfanaghy’s own super woman, Anne Marie Ward, who, not alone ventured out into the chill in her swim wear but dipped a toe and the rest of her besides into the freezing waters of the Baltics to claim two gold medals in the Open International Winter Swimming Championships.Nothing new there for the popular H.S.E. employee who has put herself into equally deep water where temperatures are concerned in the past and come out with that typical smile on her face and, more often than not, a successful outing.Why would you do it to yourself, you have to ask? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind – that particularly bracing wind called endurance and how man, and in this case woman, has a need of conquering the most savage of conditions and obstacles.But like I say, that chill factor must be something else. Enough to freeze the Baltics off a brass monkey.CLONES CYCLONEThe Belfast Telegraph (or North-West as it’s called in these here parts) is currently featuring Northern Ireland’s top twenty sports stars.And here it is in no particular order except the one the Telegraph has laid it out in: George Best (football); Peter Canavan (G.A.A.); Darren Clarke (golf); Peter Doherty (football); Joey Dunlop (motorcycling); Carl Frampton (boxing); Mike Gibson (rugby); David Healy (football); Alex Higgins (snooker); Paddy Hopkirk (rallying); Pat Jennings (football); Jack Kyle (rugby); Dave McAuley (boxing); Willie John McBride (rugby); Tony McCoy (horse racing); Graeme McDowell (golf); Barry McGuigan (boxing); Rory McIlroy (golf); Sean O’Neill (G.A.A.); and Mary Peters (athletics).Yeah, did you too raise an eyebrow or two when you came upon one particular name? And checked the old map to see where precisely the town of Clones actually is located? For someone who once earned a six in a Geography examination, even I know where Clones is and where Barry McGuigan was born and reared. But here he is featuring among ‘Northern Ireland’s’ top twenty sports stars!And while I’m being picky where was the name of one of Northern Ireland’s greatest ever goalscorers, that of Big Brendan Bradley, Derry born, and still the top net finder in League of Ireland history?FOCUS ON STEPHANIEStephanie Roche scored an absolute cracker!Stephanie Roche is still looking for your vote and you’d have to say she might get a sizeable chunk more following the showing of that incredible goal on the B.B.C.’s lunchtime Football Focus programme at the weekend (I like to get up early on a Saturday to watch it).One of three contenders for the ‘Goal of the Year award’, the gem scored for Peamount United against Wexford Youths was shown on the programme and brought this response from presenter, Dan Walker, as he highlighted the voting system: “Come on, Stephanie.”Come on, indeed.STARS IN WAITINGDanny O Carroll ( Buster) with Liverpool and Ireland internationals Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan who turned waiters with a host of TV and sporting stars who turn out to Support Danny O Carroll (Buster) Charity Christmas Party in Co Donegal in aid of a autism unity at the local school and they Paediatric Ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Photo Brian McDaidSadly, I missed the Danny O’Carroll Charity night in Letterkenny last Saturday – somebody thought it a good idea to organise a Christmas party at this time of the year and I had to go – but I hear it was a top drawer occasion. And certainly a hugely important one for the Lurgybrack National School Autism Unit and the Letterkenny General Hospital Paediatric Unit, both of which had their coffers boosted with the division of the spoils of the €20,000 raised on the evening.Sporting personalities were, of course, in abundance with boxer Bernard Dunne, former Irish rugby international, Shane ‘Mullet’ Byrne, and equally former Republic of Ireland stars, Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton, not quite on the guest list but there to serve the tables at the gala dinner in the Mount Errigal Hotel along with other well known figures.The two R.T.E. pundits were in good form but wouldn’t it have been great to have had their colleague, Eamon Dunphy, waiting with the spuds and veg.“THAT’S SHOCKING SERVICE, THAT IS, ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING. IT’S THE WORST I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. YOU WOULDN’T GET THAT IN THE LEAGUE OF IRELAND,” I could have imagined myself complaining to him before flinging my fork across the dining room.Ah well, always next year and I’m led to believe there is going to be a next one.WEE BARRY, WEE DANNY AND NOT SO WEE SEAMUS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: December 10th, 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:Donegal Dailysports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

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