“Liverpool-Atleti was a mistake”

first_img“It was not a correct decision to let that game play. People don’t make bad decisions on purposePerhaps the seriousness of the situation had not been understood by the government at that time. Although we will never know, the game with Atlético de Madrid could have been one of the cultural events and crowding moment that influenced growth (from the spread of the coronavirus) in Liverpool, “he said. In England yesterday there were more than 33,000 confirmed cases and almost 3,000 deaths. “The organization will have to learn”When Liverpool-Atlético was played on March 11 the public entrance was allowed, 52,000 people is the capacity of Anfield, although in other matches of the Champions, for example the Valencia-Atalanta of the previous day, it was already played behind closed doors. “This should definitely be included in the learning list for the future., the organization will have to learn and never make similar mistakes “, adds Ashton. Almost a month after it was played (next week marks it), Liverpool-Atlético continues to speak. Perhaps because it was the last great football match before the coronavirus crisis closed all the leagues, confined the world to its homes, lowered the curtain on football with no definite opening date. In Klopp’s words, there is still bitterness, criticism and a search for explanations by staying out of the competition of which he was champion against a rival, Atlético, never a favorite. In the words of the politicians, strangeness now, looking at the party and the displacement to Anfield of almost 3,000 red and white fans from Madrid, with the prospect of almost a month living under the coronavirus pandemic. Last to speak has been Liverpool’s director of public health, Matthew Ashton, today in ‘The Guardian’. And it is clear: everything qualifies it “a mistake”.last_img read more

Liberian Embassy in US Lobbies for Anti-Ebola Equipment

first_imgThe Liberian Embassy in Washington, the United States of America, has shipped a 40-foot container, loaded with ‘needed’ materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.According to Liberia Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.The FOL, Amb. Sulunteh said, are a group of Americans, some of whom once served with the US Peace Corps in Liberia.Amb. Sulunteh told the Observer in an exclusive phone interview Thursday, September 4, that all the materials and financial support are being mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he heads.He stated that the FOL donated US$10,000 and another gentleman— Gus Gustafson— donated an additional US$10,000 to pay for the shipment, which contains needed materials for the fight against the virus, which has claimed over 1900 lives in the West Africa Region.The Liberian diplomat said the Embassy Ebola team had divided the US into two — Western and Eastern — so that Liberians and sympathizers can donate needed materials to two ware houses in Minnesota and Maryland, respectively.“Most of the materials were donated by Liberians and our friends. Global Health Ministry is collecting the materials and shipping them on our behalf,” Amb. Sulunted added.He said the first container left the US since August 9 and it might now be in Liberia. And the second shipment is expected to leave the US on September 15.He also told the Observer that an honorary Liberian citizen, Mr. Stephen Graham, also donated through the Embassy US$15,000, which was symbolically given to Vice President Joseph Boakai, when he was in the US, recently.“This money has now been transferred to the National Ebola Task Force in Liberia to help toward the fight,” he added.Meanwhile, Amb. Sulunteh said as Liberians and FOL in the US are graciously donating to the Ebola fight, other friends of Liberia in Canada, working with the Global Medic, based in that country, will this weekend airlift US$400,000 assorted materials needed toward the Ebola fight.According to him, included in the package are expected to be materials for tent construction, which Global Medic head, Rahul Singh, is sending three of his colleagues, including L. Herbert Buckwalter, Rachel E. Topping  and Roderick J. Schmidt to come and construct. Amb. Sulunteh also said that included in the Canadian package are water treatment materials.“Some of the materials from Canada are going to be given to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor,” the Liberian Ambassador said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prayers for Nimba United against Union Duala

first_imgThe title for this article suggests God ought to be partial in the return leg soccer encounter with Union Duala FC that comes on next week in Cameroon.The Cameroonian team defeated Nimba United FC 3-1 and therefore I am suggesting God should turn the tables around to balance the game.Even if that is possible, it would mean that God would have to show a great deal of partiality to get my wish to come true. But, as the reader may be aware, I should know better.Why? Is anything difficult for the Lord? It would seem too much to begin to supplicate God’s mercy in a contest that both contestants from the word go had equal chances.I must admit Nimba United FC had equal chances like their opponents and since in sports opportunities missed hardly come back, we are left with the painful feeling that United must either fight a good fight next week in Cameroon or forget about the campaign altogether.United Coach Benjamin Seedee of Mighty Barrolle fame told sports journalists that his side lost in such a humiliating way because of inexperience. And that is where the problem lies in the first place.Coach Seedee is no stranger to continental football and so when his boys were picked against the Cameroonians, he knew that whether experienced or not, they were scheduled to play.Though something must be said whenever there is a defeat, United’s performance against Union Duala was not below average.Apart from the first 35 minutes nightmare that the Cameroonians connected to score 3-0, the Liberians called off the bluff and their opponents’ in check.It was therefore encouraging that United managed to reduce the score with a consolation goal.In fact it was interesting to hear the Cameroonian coach state that United did not play with a strategy, as far as he was concerned. So kicking the ball and hoping to get into the net is not the most effective strategy to use. You must play to create the goals that you want to score. This is elementary coaching and my good friend Henry Browne can hear me out.Now playing the second leg away in Cameroon, the odds are against United, especially so since they are down 3-1. But I must confess my appreciation for the boys that even in the face of failure, when they were down by 3-0, they threw caution to the wind and played to save themselves and their honor.It is that spirit that we will be hoping to see in their match in Cameroon. And when that happens, we will imagine that the good Lord was on our side.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former GRDB manager to lead defence for 5 charges

first_imgA former manager at the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Peter Ramcharran, will have to lead his defence on October 31, 2019, in relation to five charges concerning falsification of accounts.Peter RamcharranThis decision was handed down by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Ramcharran was slapped with 39 fraud charges in March 2019, after being extradited from Canada.The Chief Magistrate is dealing with 22 of the cases, while Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus will preside over the 17 charges of keeping fraudulent accounts. However, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus is set to commence the trial into the matters on October 22.Particulars of the first five charges allege that between the years 2011 and 2015, Ramcharran, while being the accountant of GRDB, failed to enter some $414 million in the GRDB ledger.Ramcharran was slapped with 17 other charges which allege that he, along with former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jagnarine Singh and his deputy, Madanlall Ramraj, omitted entries into the company ledger.The charges allege that Ramcharran failed to enter true entries of over $4.2 million into the company’s ledger, knowing that it was contrary to standard operating procedures between 2011 and 2012, at the company’s Lot 16-17 Cowan Street, Kingston head office.The other charges allege that Ramcharran along with Singh and Ramraj fraudulently took $5.1 million or used the sum for their own use and benefit, or any use and purpose other than that of the GRDB.The matters are being prosecuted by Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Prosecutor, Patrice Henry.last_img read more

Belgian star opens door to PL move – good news for Liverpool?

first_imgDries Mertens has put Liverpool on alert by talking up a future move to the Premier League.Napoli are keen to tie the highly-rated Belgian down to a new contract, despite him still having three years left on his current deal.Mertens is open to renewing terms with the Italian club but admits he has ambitions to play in England.The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent seasons and he told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws: “The Premier League would be a good challenge.“I have a contract until 2018, but maybe other options will appear then.“Last week we talked about the renewal, it’s nice to know that the club is counting on you.” 1 Dries Mertens last_img

GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR CLUB NOTES

first_imgTicéidí do Chluiche Ceannais na hÉireann-PeilTabharfar tús áite do bhaill fásta na bliana seo ó thaobh dáiliú ticéidí, de réir ticéad amháin do gach ball. Ma bhíonn farasbarr ticéid dheánfar iarracht freastal ar dhaoine eile atá lorg ticéad, baill shoisearach san áireamh. Caithfidh gach duine( cé acu baill iad nó nach beith) gur mian leo ticéad( amháin) a lorg ón fhó-chumann iarratas a dhéanamh , i scríbhinn , tré ríomhphost chuig ticeadgd@gmail.com nó i litir chuig CLG Ghaoth Dobhair, Machaire Gathlán, Na Doirí Beaga, Leitir Ceanainn, Co. Dhún na nGall, ag tabhairt ainm , seoladh agus uimhir gutháin. Ní ghlacfar le iarrataisnach bhfuil faighte roimh 5.00i.n Dé Ceadaoine 12ú Meán Fomhair.GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 5th, 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:Gaoth Dobhair club noteslast_img read more

After whirlwind of emotions, HSU head coach Rob Smith talks about what’s next for the Jacks

first_imgArcata >> Rob Smith is not much of a social media person, but thanks to his wife, Wendy, scrolling through Facebook on Monday night, there was some much-needed optimism regarding the future of the Humboldt State football program suddenly created.“She says that there’s a post on here saying that there’s a 2:30 p.m. press conference scheduled for the Redwood Bowl,” Smith recalled. “I said, ‘Redwood Bowl? They would not put it in the Redwood Bowl if they were dropping the program. That tells me …last_img

‘New hominid species’ at the Cradle

first_img9 April 2010A South African-led team of scientists have announced the discovery of what they say is an entirely new hominid species at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site outside Johannesburg, sparking fresh debate about the nature of our immediate ancestors. Lucille Davie reports.I stare at the incomplete skeleton in the glass case – did this creature really walk this area almost 2-million years ago? Scientists say so.Two skeletons have been unearthed at Gladysvale in the Cradle of Humankind, and have been called Australopithecus sediba, an entirely new hominid species.Wits University, led by professors Lee Berger and Paul Dirks, discovered the new species, dating back 1.9-million years, in the Cradle, north-west of Johannesburg. Berger is a palaeoanthropologist and Dirks a geologist now based at James Cooke University in Australia.Fragments of the skeleton of a child were on display at the announcement on Thursday at Maropeng, part of the Sterkfontein cave area, a UN world heritage site. Estimates are that the child skeleton is of a boy between 11 and 13 years old, and an adult female in her late 20s or early 30s.More finds expected“There are more hominid fossils [here] than I have discovered in my entire career,” Berger said.Berger, whose 11-year-old son Matthew (nine at the time) found the first fossil, says that two skeletons have been uncovered so far, and he expects many more fossils to be excavated from the site. They are the most complete hominid skeletons ever found.Sediba, Sotho for “well” or “spring”, is so-named because it is hoped that “a great source of information will spring from the fossils”. The particular site has been named Malapa.The announcement of the remarkable find is to make the cover story of the prestigious Science journal, with two articles, written by Berger and Dirks, appearing on 9 April.“I believe that this is a good candidate for being the transitional species between the southern African ape-man Australopithecus africanus (like the Taung Child and Mrs Ples) and either Homo habilis or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus (like Turkana Boy, Java man or Peking man),” Berger said.The australopithecines are believed to be the ancestors of the homo genus.The find promises to turn the palaeontological world upside down, with textbooks having to be re-written, Berger said.Video: New light on human originsLong arms, short powerful handsThe new species has long arms, like an ape, and short powerful hands, making it likely that it could have retained its ability to climb. A very advanced pelvis and long legs suggest that it was capable of striding and possibly running like a human.“It is estimated that they were both about 1.27 metres, although the child would certainly have grown taller. The female probably weighed about 33 kilograms and the child about 27 kilograms at the time of his death.“The brain size of the juvenile was between 420 and 450 cubic centimetres, which is small (when compared to the human brain of about 1 200 to 1 600 cubic centimetres) but the shape of the brain seems to be more advanced than that of australopithecines.’The world that australopithecus sediba would have lived in would have been a mix of open savannah grassland and forest.‘Time travellers’In the audience at Thursday’s announcement was South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlantlhe, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and her deputy, Derek Hanekom, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, other scientists and members of the international media.“The discovery opens an unusually panoramic window, revealing more about our African origins,” said Motlanthe. “These time travellers have found their way into the present, and, with the assistance of our scientists, they are able to speak to us from the distant past.’What is unusual about the find is that two partial skeletons have been found – some 130 pieces have so far been unearthed – opening up the possibility that they belong to a family. Berger is confident that the missing pieces of the skeletons will be found.“I am having the adventure of my life,” he said.He said that Australopithecus sediba could turn out to be the “Rosetta Stone” of fossils, explaining where Australopithecines went – and calling for a complete relook at homo habilis.International team of scientistsBerger and Dirks have assembled an international team of scientists, in all a team of around a dozen people, although some 60 scientists from around the world have been involved in the unravelling of the discovery.The first step was to do a geological study to help determine the age of the fossils. Other means of dating the fossils have been used: assessing the uranium lead components in the rock; establishing the magnetic signals in the rock, which change over time; and dating the rate of erosion of the site.Dirks embarked on a study to establish the context of how the fossils landed in the cave. This involved taking a series of sedimentary deposits and a detailed description of different rocks up to two metres deep.“Ït is a hole in the ground – it must have been a cave,” said Dirks.Investigation revealed that there had been a muddy flow of water that deposited fossils, with pieces remaining together, suggesting that they were carried down the flow together. Among the fossils found were a 1.5 million-year-old sabre-tooth cat, and 2.36-million-year-old wild cats and dogs.The erosion rate of the opening was measured, and it was established that it had been between 30 and 50m deep.“The animals probably smelt the water in the cave,” suggests Dirks, “and fell into the cave trying to get to it.” They would have died instantly, and their skeletons were carried down into a deeper chamber of the cave, joining others that suffered the same fate. This is supported by the fact that the fossils have no scavenger or insect damage.Excavations have not yet begun, says Dirks; only the surface has been cleared.18 months agoThe “adventure” began some 18 months ago, in early 2008, says Berger. He first charted the area on Google earth, finding 600 new sites in the Cradle, then walked it with his dog, Tau.On the day the first fossil was found, he was walking with his son, Matthew, post-doctoral student Job Kibbii, and Tau. They walked to the edge of a pit, and Berger encouraged his companions to look around.“Within one-and-a-half minutes Matthew called out that he had found something,” says Berger. At first Berger thought it was a fragment of antelope, a common find. Then he recognised the fossil as the collarbone of a hominid.He soon found other fossils – a clavicle or shoulder blade, normally never found because it is so fragile and erodes quickly – and arm bones, while two hominid teeth “fell into my hands”.Matthew says he has been on sites with his father more than 20 times, and intends becoming a palaeoanthropologist too.Treasure chestProfessor emeritus Philip Tobias, also present at Thursday’s announcement, described the area as a “treasure chest”“I am thrilled that our expectations of the Cradle area have so soon been realised,” he said. “This evidence a kilometre or two from Sterkfontein has yielded several hominid individuals, and that is something to get very excited about.”Describing the find as “a great joy”, Tobias said that the fact that two skeletons had been found meant that scientists could study a family or community, which was much more valuable than studying individual fossils.“Truly, visitors to South Africa … will be coming home,” Deputy President Motlanthe said. “And, like all home comers, they will no doubt wish to explore their home – to see where their ancestors lived and to discover their roots.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Singapore, Paris are world’s costliest cities, none from India in top-10

first_imgSingapore is the world’s most expensive city for the fifth straight year in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Worldwide Cost of Living report, with Paris and Zurich tied for second place. Asia Pacific and European destinations dominated the ranks of costliest cities identified in the report released this week. Tokyo and Osaka were conspicuous in their absence from the top 10, edged out by low inflation. The EIU survey is designed to help companies calculate cost-of-living allowances and build compensation packages for expatriates and business travelers.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img