Djokovic, Nadal in Madrid Open semis

first_imgMADRID (AP): Rafael Nadal withstood a tough challenge from David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2 to reach the Madrid Open semifinals yesterday. In a meeting between the players with the most match wins this year, Nadal saved all five break points he faced against the 10th-ranked Belgian, and converted his chances in the second set to win his 13th straight match. Nadal’s tour-leading 32nd victory set up a semifinal against defending champion Novak Djokovic, who advanced when Kei Nishikori withdrew before their match because of a wrist injury. On the women’s side, defending champion Simone Halep of Romania cruised past Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-3 to reach her third Madrid Open final. The third-seeded Halep, who also lost the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova, will play to keep her title against eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia or Kristina Mladenovic of France. Goffin, who has 27 victories, was trying to make it to his third final this season. He saved all six break opportunities he conceded to Nadal in the first set, but the fifth-ranked Spaniard took control of the tiebreaker under the closed roof on centre court. Nadal, a four-time champion in Madrid, had an easier time in the second set after earning an early break, and closed out the match with another at the end. “We had to hit very close to the line to win the points,” said Nadal, who is trying to win his third consecutive title after victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. In another quarterfinal, Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay rallied to beat Alexander Zverev of Germany 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. Cuevas won one of the points of the tournament with a no-look winner with his back to the court after a lob shot by Zverev early in the second set. The sixth-seeded Nishikori withdrew saying his wrist was “not 100 per cent” and he didn’t “want to risk” a more serious injury. Djokovic hasn’t played in the semifinals of any event since winning the title in Doha at the beginning of the year. He lost to Goffin in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, his first clay tournament of the season.last_img read more

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Free and quality education is a better option than cash transfers

first_imgDear Editor,Two favourite campaign promises are already being bandied about: free education and cash transfers. The former is borne of a desire to fundamentally change our society and future. The latter is an example of how to squander our oil wealth. This opinion is not influenced by any party affiliation – to me it seems pure and simple common sense.We all know that investing in our education system is an urgent and vital need. The IMF’s Article IV report found that while Guyanese children receive around 12 years of schooling, that education is only worth about 6 years compared to other countries with better education systems. That means that half of the time our children spend getting an education is wasted. Perhaps it is better to call it daycare than school?Better teachers, facilities, resources and programmes will ensure that the quality of that primary education improves. This will equip our children with the solid foundation they need to pursue further education, rather than proceeding to university unequipped for the challenge. We must also invest at the university level as well. Improving UG’s faculties and programmes will prevent Guyanese from being forced to go elsewhere in order to obtain a degree. This must be done if we are to halt our devastating brain drain.To me, all of this seems to be common sense. One of the best things a country can provide its youth is a quality education. Guyana’s system has fallen into disrepair. Now that we have happened into oil wealth, we have an opportunity to fix this mistake.Compare that to the suggestion that Guyana should begin making cash transfers. A blanket payout to all citizens cannot possibly create the same merits and values that a quality education can. Rather, it rewards Guyanese for having the good fortune to be living in this moment. It also counts on the recipient to be responsible with how they use the funds.Of course, the idea of limited or targeted cash transfers has been suggested as an alternative. And in a perfect world, our Government would impartially distribute cash to Guyanese most in need, bereft of any racial or political considerations. But we do not live in a perfect world. I fear that the idea of targeted transfers is more likely to become a mere euphemism for buying political support with oil money.It is the duty of all Guyanese to refrain from the near-sighted temptations that oil wealth will offer. Every international expert and every country that has already experienced oil wealth all urge us to look to the long term and plan ahead. Our generation is lucky to have seen the discovery of oil, but our labour is just beginning if we are to translate that into lasting prosperity and stability. We have not earned the right to take early retirement on an oil “pension.” We cannot be bribed away from our long-term goal. Let us exercise restraint and look towards policies which create a lasting foundation.Yours sincerely,Donald Singhlast_img read more

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Church Begins 3-Day National Fast and Prayer against Ebola

first_imgAs of midnight Tuesday, the Churches of Liberia (the congregations of the body of Jesus Christ) have begun a three-day, stay-home fast and prayer exercise against Ebola. Church leaders have urged every citizen of the land to observe the prayer action against Ebola.The three-day stay-home fast and prayer is being organized by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) in collaboration with the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, the Full Gospel, the Pentecostal Fellowship Union and other Christian groupings at the end of a well-attended meeting of Pastors, Bishops, Apostles, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel.The Chairman of the nine-person organizing committee of the National Fast and Prayer, Bishop Dr. John Adolphus During of the Soul Healing Clinic of Jesus Christ, said residents are encouraged to stay home and pray for God to have mercy and deliver the country during the three days and respectively break the fast at their churches from Wednesday, August 6 to Friday, August 8, 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.Bishop During told the Daily Observer via mobile phone Tuesday that that the four-point prayer guideline requires God’s people to humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. The prayer points cover the lamentation of sins of the people and the nation, Dr. During added, and called on Liberians to pray in accordance with 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.He named the prayer points as follows:Day One: Repentance of the family and nationDay Two: Seeking of mercy and forgivenessDay Three: Spiritual and physical restoration“On Sunday, Liberians are expected to converge at their respective churches for a thanksgiving service to the Lord for the answering of the fast and prayers,” Rev. During said, declaring, “God is merciful.”Other members of the organizing committee include Rev. Isaac S. Wheagar, general secretary, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia,  James Y. Gayflor, LCCgeneral secretary; and Bishop Albert Miller, general secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship Union.Other members include the church administrator of Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Diggs; Rev. J. Rudolph Marsh, Christian Community of Liberia; AME Church presiding elder, David Parker; Ecumenical Women Organization represented by its vice president, Mrs. Elfrieda Parker, amongst others.The fast and prayer exercise aims at seeking the mercy of God for His anger with the nation as was unanimously endorsed by men of God, mainstream Episcopalians and non-denominational evangelicals alike. A resolution by the church leaders concluded the following:– That God is angry with Liberia, and that Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, Liberians must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.– That a three-day indoor fast and prayer across the nation be observed, commencing next Wednesday, August 6th, and concluding Friday, August 8th.– That an inter-denominational committee be constituted to present said resolution to the Government of Liberia.– That if government is in agreement, the Republic of Liberia be locked up for three days of fast and prayer. All movement should be restricted during those three days. People should stay at home for three days of silence, fasting and prayer.The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tuesday announced “three (3) days of national fast and prayer to seek God’s face to forgive our sins and heal our land.” An indication that “God is the ultimate solution to our problem,” the President said. The ministers’s assertion that “God is angry with Liberia” sparked outrage on social media, with Liberians in the reading public dismissing the assertion as “utter nonsense”, “absurd” and “rediculous”. In more than 100 comments on the story published on the Observer’s web site, the Bishops were insulted and denigrated for their position. One commenter called them “charlatans posing as men of God”. Another woman called them “freaks”.For Liberians here at home, however, the reaction was completely different. Their endorsement of the Bishop’s statement was almost unanimous. Callers-in to various radio stations repeatedly agreed with the assertion and with Liberia’s need to humble itself before God, and did so with great conviction. The President’s announcement regarding Liberia’s need to seek forgiveness also suggests her agreement that Liberia has sinned against God.Fasting begins today, Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and ends Friday. The Liberian Council of Churches in collaboration with other evangelical movements had called for a complete lock down of the country and restricted movement. The President, however, has announced that businesses will remain open.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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US$1.7bn to Build Resilient Health System

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health (MOH) have disclosed a seven-year (2015-2021) plan to develop a resilient health system at the cost of US$1.7 billion.The plan is part of government’s efforts to improve the health status of the Liberian population. One of the delegates at the ceremony said the cost analysis of an improved access to safe and quality health services included the provision of health security and reducing risks due to epidemics and other health threats. This, a participant reflected, was owing to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) which exposed and crashed the country’s health system – killing over 4,000 Liberians, among them some health workers.Health Ministry authorities made the formal disclosure yesterday during a two-day Health Review Meeting with implementing partners at the Paynesville Town Hall outside Monrovia.The meeting brought together over 50 national and international stakeholders, who also reviewed the health recovery plan through the implementation and validation of one of the seven year (2015/2016) Operational Budget to the tune of US$202 million.According to the Liberia Health System Assessment report, in order to rapidly restore the essential health services, repair urgent health system vulnerabilities and transition resources to recovery needs, nine strategic and high priority areas have been earmarked.They include building a fit-for-purpose productive and motivated health workforce that equitably and optimally delivers quality services; re-engineering the health infrastructure to conform to the population needs for health services, and strengthening epidemic preparedness, surveillance and response that include the expansion of the established surveillance and early warning and response systems. This is to ensure that it is comprehensive enough to detect and respond to future health threats.The remaining priorities are management capacity for medical supplies and diagnostics, enhancement of quality service delivery systems, comprehensive information, research and communication management, sustainable community engagement, leadership and governance capacity, and efficient health financing systems.However, during the presentation of a review of the recovery plan implementation and validation of the first year’s budget for 2015/2016 Operation, three baselines were highly marked.Assistant Minister for Vital Statistics, Chea Sanford Wesseh, named the three pillars as access to utilization of safe and quality health services that will take about US$183 million; emergency risk management , US$12 million; and appropriate enabling environment, US$6 million; totaling US$202 million, which is part of the US$1.7 billion. If the 2015/2016 budget is validated and supported by government and donors, some of the priorities would include the employment of 1,500 health workers; the upgrading of the John F. Kennedy (J.F.K) Medical Center to become a state-of-the-art national referral and teaching hospital; the establishment of the national public health institute; the upgrading of emergency services in all county hospitals, and; the improvement of in and out patients’ services at all health facilities across the country for both public and privately own facilities.During the official opening ceremony, Dr. Francis Kateh, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), welcomed participants and Assistant Minister for Policy and Planning explained the objective and overview of the meeting.In separate remarks, representatives from European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reconfirmed their support to rebuilding the health sector.Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn expressed appreciation to the implementing partners for their support which she said led to the planning and validation of plans for restoring the country’s health sector that began in 2007.Dr. Dahn indicated that in 2011, a 10-year Plan (2011-2021) was launched to improve the health delivery services across the country. “Three years later,” she said, “the health system was ill-equipped to effectively respond to the EVD epidemic with the necessary occupational health, safety, infection prevention and control measures for safe and effective health services.”Minister Dahn noted that the Ebola virus had a devastating impact on the health system, the population and the Liberian economy.“We are counting on you to build a resilient health system, because we know you will,” Dr. Dahn told the partners.Unconfirmed reports circulating among the participants yesterday hinted that the World Bank, USAID, EU and the Irish Aid would provide funding for the investment plan to repair and improve the health system.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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Are Bruins peaking or peeking?

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Two weeks ago today UCLA notched its best win of the season. Its defense was passionate and physical, and its offense efficient as point guard Darren Collison dissected the defense with his dribble penetration. The Bruins seemed to be peaking for the postseason when they clinched the Pacific-10 Conferencce title at Washington State. But in the two winless weeks since, during which coach Ben Howland said his Bruins “have some soul searching” to do, the predictability of UCLA making another Final Four run changed dramatically. The second-seeded Bruins (26-5) are projecting confidence entering their NCAA Tournament first-round West regional meeting with No. 15-seed Weber State today at Arco Arena, but it remains unsettled as to whether the Bruins’ late-season slip-ups were because they were already peaking – or peeking ahead. “I never sensed it,” Howland said. “I never questioned it.” UCLA lost three starters from last year’s team, but the biggest change may be in the reliability of the Bruins’ bench. During the NCAAs, backup point guard Darren Collison averaged 19.5 minutes per game. Power forward/center Alfred Aboya (11.6mpg), center Lorenzo Mata (10mpg) and wing Michael Roll (9.0mpg) allowed Howland to go nine-deep and keep the starters fresh. However, in the past month Howland shortened his bench drastically, and the Bruins barely go eight-deep. Aboya averaged 19.2 minutes per game in Pac-10 play, and Roll played 16.9. But Collison’s backup this season, freshman Russell Westbrook, had his minutes trimmed to less than six per game the last month. Furthermore, when Aboya missed the game at Washington, backups Ryan Wright and James Keefe played a combined 14 minutes and did not grab a rebound. “I have confidence in my teammates, and I know if their name is called, they’ll respond,” Aboya said. “I practice with those guys every day, and in practice they’re confident, and they score, and they help me and all the people get better.” Before the Pac-10 Tournament, Afflalo said he did not believe UCLA, which does not have a senior, was a team that could afford to go into the NCAAs on a losing streak. After scoring three points, playing poorly on defense and fouling out in overtime in the loss to Cal, Afflalo is being counted on to turn around UCLA’s play. “We haven’t moved on from the loss and the things we need to work on as a team, but as far as Cal specifically, we’ve moved on from that game,” Afflalo said. “After Selection Sunday and talking to some of the guys, I remember the exciting times I went through last year during the tournament, the Gonzaga game and the opening game and all the emotions you go through. It’s a fun three weeks.” UCLA insists its confidence is intact, and Weber State guard BrodyVan Brocklin said the Bruins’ losses to Cal and Washington could wind up hurting the Wildcats. “It might be a motivating factor for them, because they’re going to want to get a victory and get refocused,” Van Brocklin said. “We know they’re going to be ready to play. We’re not coming in hoping to catch them off-guard.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All-American guard Arron Afflalo said UCLA’s confidence remains intact for a simple reason. “Because we had 26 wins,” Afflalo said. “We know what it takes to win. It’s not like we’re a .500 team, a mediocre team. We’ve been an elite team all year long. We just had some minor struggles. We know what it takes to win.” Said Bruins wing Josh Shipp: “I don’t think those two losses are indicative of our season. I think we just had a couple of mental lapses where we kind of beat ourselves.” Pre-existing momentum helped last year when the Bruins, also seeded No. 2, made an unexpected run to the title game, which it lost 73-57 to Florida. But those Bruins entered the NCAAs with a seven-game winning streak, rolling through the Pac-10 Tournament with three double-digit wins. Howland said a dip in confidence did not occur, despite ending the regular season with a 10-point loss at seventh-place Washington and bowing out in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament with an overtime loss to eighth-place California. last_img read more

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Korean-Americans fearing backlash

first_img“As a community, Korean-Americans will come together to provide the support and resources needed for the students, their families, the faculty and the staff at Virginia Tech to overcome the grief and pain that overwhelms them all at this moment.” Outside the Greenland Market in Van Nuys, news racks for four Korean newspapers, including two sports papers, each displayed front-page photos of the shootings. “All Koreans feel very sorry. That strange guy is not all Koreans,” said Kim Tong, 55, who runs a small newsstand nearby. “All Koreans work very hard and are diligent and gentle-minded. “He is crazy. He’s very different.” Cho was described as a loner and an outcast with a dark mind. The Smoking Gun Web site reported that he was referred to counseling last year “after professors became concerned about the violent nature of his writings,” including a short story about a 13-year-old boy who accuses his stepfather of pedophilia and of murdering his father. Like others, Tong, who emigrated 10 years ago, emphasized that Cho grew up with American values. “He is almost American, not Korean,” Tong said. An English major at Virginia Tech, Cho’s family immigrated to the United States in 1992 when he was 8. And yet journalists kept referring to Cho as a Korean immigrant. “I was disturbed that media kept calling him a South Korean immigrant, as if he arrived yesterday,” Park said. “He didn’t. He grew up here, in the ‘burbs, in Virginia.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fifteen years ago this month, Korean-American shopowners in South Los Angeles suffered the brunt of the L.A. riots when the predominantly African-American surrounding community identified them as an outlet for their frustration. On Tuesday, Korean-Americans were fearing the worst. “Many Americans can’t differentiate between North Korea and South Korea, and then to get this massacre – if there is stereotyping, it will be really bad,” said the Rev. Young K. Yoo, pastor of Korean Church of North L.A. in North Hills. Korean-American organizations attempted to head off any problems by issuing press releases expressing condolences and hosting candlelight vigils. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their family members and friends. This unspeakable tragedy hurts all of us,” the L.A.-based National Korean American Service & Education Consortium said in a statement. Kyeyoung Park grew worried as she listened to news reports referring to the Virginia Tech shooter as “Asian-looking.” On Tuesday, she learned that the perpetrator of the worst shooting in U.S. history was not only Asian, but Korean – and it seemed like reporters couldn’t stop repeating it. “This is something that white Americans never have to be concerned about,” said Park, an associate professor of anthropology at UCLA. “If one white American commits a crime, nobody will apply it to all white Americans. But for minorities, you are always seen as a group.” The identification of Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior, as the triggerman who left 32 dead before taking his own life Monday sent a shudder through Los Angeles’ Korean-American community, the largest outside Korea. last_img read more

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Jose says ‘nothing’ surprised him about Valencia defeat

first_imgDefeat, however, was nothing more than Mourinho’s side deserved, as a line-up that included eight changes and a return for Paul Pogba delivered a sluggish display at Mestalla.“I didn’t learn anything at all,” Mourinho said. “Nothing surprised me at all.”United go through as runners-up into Monday’s draw for the last 16, with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich their potential opponents in the next round.Finishing first would have earned them a tie against one of Atletico Madrid, Roma, Schalke, Ajax and Lyon.“I think to qualify in this group is a success, never a failure. To finish second in this group is always a success,” Mourinho said.“Before the game I told the players if we win and Juve win, we did our job. If we don’t win and Juve don’t win we can blame ourselves.“Apart from a couple of clubs that are clearly much better than the others, I don’t think the draw will be significantly different.“There are teams that finish second that the ones that finish first will not be happy to play against.”Mourinho said his team only improved after he made three changes he “didn’t want to make”, as Marcus Rashford, who scored United’s goal, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young were all introduced in the second half.Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Fred and Pogba were the eight players to come into the starting line-up.Jones scored an own-goal just after the break to double Valencia’s lead after Carlos Soler had put the home side ahead in the 17th minute. Rashford gave United hope with an 87th-minute header but it proved too little too late.Mourinho said injuries forced him into all his changes, except for the decision to rest David de Gea and Nemanja Matic.“If I play to win the group, I would have played a similar team,” said Mourinho, who added that Rashford, Lingard and Young will all start against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watched his side well beaten at Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday © AFP / JOSE JORDANVALENCIA, Spain, Dec 13 – Jose Mourinho said “nothing surprised” him about Manchester United’s miserable performance against Valencia on Wednesday but dismissed the potential impact of them finishing second in their group.United were beaten 2-1, a result made all the more disappointing given they could have gone through top of Group H following Juventus’ surprise loss to Young Boys.last_img read more

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NHRA FINALS AT FAIRPLEX

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Matt Smith won series championships in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively. Coughlin erased the 34-point lead of Greg Anderson, who also lost in the first round, and defeated upstart Justin Humphries in the finals. Smith – a second-generation driver like Schumacher, Pedregon and Coughlin – defeated Chip Ellis in a all-or-nothing final for both racers. Smith’s win in the finals ended the reign of Andrew Hines, who lost the 39-point lead he had built in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. Read more NHRA action in Sports. Not only did Tony Schumacher turn back his clock Sunday, but also time as he once again pulled out a dramatic last-round victory at the NHRA season-ending Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway. • Photo Gallery: NHRA 2007 Day Four – FINALS & CHAMPS Just like in 2006, Schumacher won the event and denied Rod Fuller the Top Fuel dragster crown and its accompanying $500,000 check. Fuller was the points leader entering the event, but after losing in the first of four rounds, he sat powerless as Schumacher took his U.S. Army-sponsored car to the winner’s circle, defeating Bob Vandergriff in the finals. Tony Pedregon also lost in the opening round but had enough of a points lead to exit Fairplex as the Funny Car champion. The Chino Hills resident finished 19 points ahead of Robert Hight, who won the event by outrunning John Force Racing teammate Phil Burkhart Jr. in the finals. last_img read more

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DONEGAL OLYMPIAN BOYCE HAS PREPARATION HAMPERED FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ZURICH

first_imgBrendan Boyce is currently based in Spain, preparing for the European Championships in Zurich despite the fact he receives no funding from the IOC.Donegal Olympian Brendan Boyce is currently preparing for the European Championships in Zurich, although his preparations have been made difficult as the Milford man doesn’t receive any funding from the IOC.Boyce is one of only a few athletes that doesn’t receive help from the IOC, and the lack of funding means he has to fundraise in order to pay for his training and preparations for the European Championships which take place next month.Boyce who participated in the London Olympics will participate in the 50km race which takes place on the 15th of August in Zurich. It’s remarkable an athletes of Boyce’s quality is not supported, especially when you consider he finished second in this year’s Irish Championships which was held earlier this summer.In June, Boyce went to Spain to train at high altitude and isolate himself from distractions to train with Rob Heffernan and a host of other top-class endurance athletes.Boyce returned to Ireland for a weekend to PB at the Cork Games just two weeks ago over a short distance.The dedicated Boyce then headed back to Spain to finish up his training there. He’s currently at the peak of training covering 160km a week!!With a 40km walking sessions in the mornings, a great way to start your day!!It’s an incredible amount of distance being covered by an incredibly dedicated and talented athlete.Pledge Sports projects are a crowdfunding site for sports related endeavours.So athletes and teams who need funding to pursue a goal like Brendan Boyce in Athletics. They’ve also helped tennis players James Cluskey and Marcus Willis prepare for Wimbledon.Russell White and Tamara Maxantova triathletes for the Commonwealth Games and Iron Man World Championships also benefited from our website.To find out how you can help, or find out more on their projects, check out the site here at https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/They operate across the UK and Ireland and will be launching in the US in soon. Since February we’ve helped over 40 campaigns and over 75k has been raised on our platform.DONEGAL OLYMPIAN BOYCE HAS PREPARATION HAMPERED FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ZURICH was last modified: July 18th, 2014 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:AthleteBrendan BoyceMilfordnewsOlympicsSportZurichlast_img read more

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Thierry Henry ‘says yes to Bordeaux’, Arsenal scout to be No.2

first_imgThierry Henry has reportedly agreed to become Bordeaux’s new boss.According to RMC and L’Equipe, the Arsenal legend is ready to quit as Belgium assistant to take on his first managerial role with the Ligue 1 club. Henry helped Belgium achieve a third place finish at the 2018 World Cup 1center_img Henry revealed in July he was preparing to enter management after ending his time as a pundit for Sky Sports.He had been combining his work in the media with his role as part of Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff with the Belgium national team since 2016.Now he’s set to take on the top job at Bordeaux, who will confirm Gus Poyet’s departure imminently.Poyet was suspended by the club last week after labelling their owners a ‘disgrace’ in an extraordinary rant over the sale of striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier.RMC claims Henry has already said ‘yes’ to Bordeaux after holding talks over the job and is ready to appoint his former Arsenal team-mate Gilles Grimandi – currently a scout at the Emirates – as his assistant.Henry, 41, is Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer and was linked with the manager’s position at the north London club after Arsene Wenger’s departure earlier this year, before the Gunners appointed Unai Emery.last_img read more

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