British MPs’ US$3.9M EU Claim Backfires

first_imgA recent article alleging that a British parliamentary committee claimed that Liberia could not account for US$60 million of European Union financing for the health sector has been found to be inconsistent with records and facts seen and obtained by this newspaper.An article published by a Ghanaian online site, alleged that members of the British parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) expressed concern that some of the monies sent to Liberia through EU were allegedly not disbursed to targeted areas evident by the recent Ebola outbreak which has overwhelmed the country’s health sector and sent the Liberian economy tumbling into downturn.However, investigations launched by this newspaper into the IDC’s alleged indictment show a completely different story as opposed to what the report has painted.“We have to ask whether Liberia would have dealt better with the original outbreak and prevented its spread had $56 million from the EU been spent as intended by the Liberian Ministry of Finance [and Development Planning] on its health system,” the British Parliamentarians had questioned in their IDC report, following recent visits to Liberia and Sierra Leone where they had gone to ascertain the impact of the deadly Ebola virus on two of West Africa’s worst-hit nations.According to the committee, Liberia’s Finance Ministry’s reported failure to provide what it calls a “clear-cut report” placed many of the “gains made by earlier Department for International Development (DfID) programs at risk”.The UK Parliamentary Committee through its Chairman, Sir Malcolm Bruce, said the scale of the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia and Sierra Leone may be connected to “declining levels of international support for health system improvements in what remain two of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.”Contrary to the said report, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), had actually made direct disbursement of US$26 million to the Health Sector, through two tranches of payments for fiscal year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 respectively.According to a highly placed source from the MFDP, who preferred anonymity, as the Ministry is yet to release an official statement on the IDC report, government’s actual spending toward health sector support over the referenced two-year period amounted to US$26 million; with another US$26 million still pending to be spent on the health sector, from the total US$52 million EU-approved funding for Liberia’s health sector support.The health sector saw a steady rise in its budget in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, consistent with information contained in the GOL fiscal outturn for the period.  From 2011 to 2014, the sector has seen over US$177.2 million dollars investment including direct budget support from donors but excluding support from other mechanisms like the “Pool Fund” and the “Global Fund”.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare received over US$136 million dollars to service its costs including personnel and logistics.In the same period, various referral hospitals and medical centers received around US$40 million dollars from the central government.“I don’t know how the EU budgetary support works with other countries, but in our case, EU-approved funding is only disbursed when government has done actual spending toward the health sector and presented supporting documents to the donor. It is like pre-financing,” our MFDP source also stated.Highlighting some of the serious contradictions in the IDC report, another MFDP high ranking staffer disclosed that EU’s entire support to the Liberian health sector made through the Government amounted to US$48.7 million from 2009 to 2014.“Is the IDC report computing the US$22 million that EU had spent and managed on organizations like Save the Children, IRC, Merlin, Médécins du Monde and Redemption Hospital to be included in the US60 million given to support health care in Liberia for two years, out of which the Liberian government is said to have spent only US$3.9 million?” the source wondered.Although the British MPs’ report noted the significant progress both Sierra Leone and Liberia have made over the past decade, and that both countries are at a critical juncture where it is likely to take at least a generation of sustained support to secure lasting benefits, observers believe that the British Parliamentarians – who actually summarized their report by calling for continuance of aid to the region – should have done due diligence in properly analyzing the statistics of their Government and people’s contribution to the government and people of Liberia.As the international community rallies around countries ravaged by the deadly Ebola virus disease, many believe the sustained support will show dividends, as is being evidenced in Liberia, where the virus has been reported to be on a significant decline.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pulis is at loggerheads with Crystal Palace over transfers and could leave

first_imgThe Daily Mail’s football news correspondent Neil Ashton has revealed Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is locked in crisis talks with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfer policy and could leave the club.The Eagles boss has cut a frustrated figure this summer after missing out on a number of key targets including Michu, Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson.Palace have made four summer signings but the journalist believes that Pulis expected greater backing after he performed miracles in keeping the club in the Premier League when taking over from Ian Holloway last November.“I would imagine Tony felt in the summer, that having taken Palace from four points to finishing 11th in the Premier League, he was going to be backed in a way that Palace have never backed a manager in the past, in terms of the players they wanted to attract,” Ashton told Kick Off.“Gylfi Sigurdsson was one of them as was Michu and Steven Caulker. They’ve all gone to different clubs for different reasons.”And Ashton added it remains feasible that Pulis could leave the club just two days before they kick off their Premier League campaign against Arsenal on Saturday evening, live on talkSPORT.“My fear is that’s what is going to happen. It’s come to a head. This is a decision where they’re either going to resolve it and find a way forward.“Or they’re going to accept they cannot work together anymore and everybody has to move on in as amicable a parting of ways as possible for something that is so monumental in the Premier League – which is to lose a manager before the start of the season.”Arsenal’s opening game of the Premier League season against Crystal Palace is live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm on Saturday. Click here for ways to listen.last_img read more

Stunning strike! Pirlo nets an incredible goal for Juventus

first_imgJuventus hero Andrea Pirlo was at it again on Friday night.The Italian playmaker is fond of a spectacular long-range effort, especially with a free-kick.And on the stroke of half-time against Atalanta in Serie A the bearded maestro picked up Claudio Marchisio’s pass and, from 30 yards, his swerving strike beat the dive of young goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.The stunning effort turned out to be a match-winner too as it made the score 2-1 and put Juventus 10 points clear of title rivals Roma, although they play Hellas Verona on Sunday.last_img

Prince Ali calls for Friday’s FIFA presidential election to be postponed

first_imgPrince Ali Bin Al Hussein has called for the postponement of Friday’s FIFA presidential election, according to lawyers claiming to represent the Jordanian.Prince Ali, one of five candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter, is seeking reassurances over the voting procedure for the election after world football’s governing body dismissed his idea to use transparent polling booths.And, with the reassurances that the voting process will be “fair and transparent” still to be given and requests for a swift hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport before Friday’s vote blocked by FIFA, Prince Ali has requested the election be delayed.“We have requested FIFA to set out the conditions of a fair electoral process,” a statement from lawyers Szpiner, Toby, Ayela and Semerdjian read.“Instead of agreeing upon HRH Prince Ali’s offer make available to the FIFA the transparent voting booths, we do note that FIFA will simply request voters ‘to leave their mobile while going to vote’.“This request is not sufficient. FIFA remains silent upon the measures to enforce it and sanctions associated with it. Prince Ali has naturally brought the matter to CAS on Monday the 22nd (of February).“FIFA has objected to our demand for expedited hearing in order for an award to be delivered before February 26th.“This behaviour bears no rational other than denying any right to a fair and transparent voting process.“As a consequence, we are now seeking provisional measures before CAS to suspend the coming election on Friday 26th of February.”Prince Ali already plans to test FIFA’s resistance to transparent voting booths by having some sent to Zurich ahead of Friday’s vote.FIFA, which is this week expected to vote in wide-scale reforms to ensure openness and guard against the corruption which has engulfed it in recent times, insists it is sufficient for delegates from the 209 voting nations to hand over cameras and mobile phones before entering the booths at Hallenstadion in Zurich.Press Association Sport understands Prince Ali wishes to be made aware of the rules in case delegates flout the ban.Voters reportedly documented how they had voted in June’s presidential election, which Blatter won ahead of Prince Ali before resigning days later, prompting this week’s extraordinary congress and leading to Prince Ali’s request as he bids to ensure a fair election.Prince Ali is standing for election alongside Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy secretary general from France.Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, and Infantino are considered the favourites to succeed Blatter, who first became FIFA president in 1998. 1 Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein last_img read more


first_imgThere was another encouraging turnout at Finn Valley today on what was an ideal morning for the challenge.The Finn Valley trackThe Finn Valley 5K series continues to attract great number with more than 230 taking part today.The winner was Paul McCafferty from City of Derry in a time 16.24. The series comes to a conclusion on March 23rd 11am with a 5/ 10k optionPlace Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 1132 16.24 Paul McCafferty M45 City Of Derry2 134 16.27 Stephen Connor SM Foyle Valley 3 1070 17.30 Paddy Penrose JM Finn Valley A C4 692 17.41 Matthew McLaughlin SM Foyle Valley5 1023 18.00 Humphrey Murphy M40 Letterkenny A C6 1209 18.02 Paul Kelly SM Individual7 1131 18.03 Brian McCrea SM Finn Valley A C 8 82 18.17 Derek Callaghan SM Finn Valley A C9 1159 19.10 Gabriel O Leary SM Finn Valley A C10 657 19.15 John McGlinchey M40 Finn Valley A C11 638 19.21 Colm McElwaine SM Individual 12 500 19.33 Eugene Gallen SM Aghyarn Runners13 1145 19.35 Kay Byrne W50 Finn Valley A C14 1140 19.55 Martin McGlinchey SM Convoy15 389 19.58 Richie Duncan SM Castlefinn Runners16 1207 20.14 Joe Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C17 1175 20.17 Shaun Boyce SM Individual18 1154 20.24 PJ Friel M50 Individual19 1161 20.27 Donal Rowan M40 Finn Valley A C20 395 20.28 Paul Ferns SM Individual21 483 20.29 Barry Gallagher SM Individual22 108 20.30 Alan Caterson SM Finn Valley A C23 680 20.31 Adrian McHugh SM Individual24 839 20.33 Anthony Kelly SM Individual25 1060 20.35 Martina Parke SW Finn Valley A C26 4 20.48 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C27 360 20.49 Raymond Doherty M45 Finn Valley A C28 1186 20.56 Calvin O Brien JM Finn Valley A C29 1067 21.00 Eilish Patton SW Finn Valley A C30 102 21.00 Patick Carr SM Individual31 490 21.01 Tony Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C32 93 21.04 Declan Carlin SM Finn Valley A C33 376 21.06 Pawel Dudek SM Individual34 895 21.14 Duane Long SM Finn Valley A C35 153 21.18 Eamon Connolly SM Aghyarn Runners36 810 21.19 Rodney Irwin SM Individual37 1169 21.25 Adam McGranaghan JM Finn Valley A C38 1215 21.26 Colin Moonwy SM Individual39 28 21.26 Garvin Boyce SM Individual40 243 21.27 Adrian Devine SM Castlefinn Runners41 1108 21.28 James Stevenson SM Lifford A C42 1192 21.29 Andrew Stevenson SM Individual43 1141 21.31 Mark Glenn SM Convoy44 1037 21.34 Charmian Obrien SW Finn Valley A C45 1148 21.41 Ciaran Doherty SM Individual46 484 21.53 Christopher Gallagher SM Individual47 1193 21.54 Terry McDevitt SM Individual48 1104 21.57 Marie Speight W50 Finn Valley A C49 1214 21.59 James Speight SM Finn Valley A C50 913 22.08 John Lynch SM Individual51 1079 22.10 Jason Regan SM Individual52 691 22.10 Isacc McLaughlin SM FVLC Begin to Run53 1139 22.12 Joseph Casey M45 Individual54 1068 22.14 Laura Lee Penrose JW Finn Valley A C55 410 22.15 Mickey Flyod SM Individual56 1051 22.16 Fintan O’Hagan M40 Castlefinn Runners57 647 22.21 Ashlean McGeehan SW FV FFL58 1203 22.25 Shaun Toner SM Convoy59 1019 22.28 Noel Moore SM Individual60 849 22.30 Sinead Kenny SW Aghyarn Runners61 928 22.31 James Maguire SM Aghyarn Runners62 90 22.32 Joanne Campbell SW FV FFL63 1196 22.32 Conor McGonagle M40 Finn Valley A C64 1124 22.38 James Whoriskey SM Individual65 1101 22.40 Don Smith M40 Convoy66 677 22.41 Caroline McGuire W40 Finn Valley A C67 1162 22.49 David Russell SM Individual68 1134 22.51 Noel Duffy SM Individual69 1063 22.56 Francesca Patton SW Convoy70 663 22.57 Edel McGlynn SW FV FFL71 1157 23.00 Max McGonagle SM Individual72 402 23.01 Seamus Ferry SM Individual73 1054 23.06 Emeka Onwunzo SW Individual74 29 23.09 Eugene Boyle M40 Castlefinn Runners75 1138 23.10 Aaron Moore SM Castlefinn Runners76 805 23.10 Carl Houston SM Castlefinn Runners77 1001 23.12 Sean McMenamin SM Individual78 1153 23.14 Deirdre McNulty SW Individual79 1163 23.15 Sharon Hamilton W40 Aghyarn Runners80 1034 23.21 Bernard O Brien SM Individual81 616 23.28 Eamonn McConnell M35 Castlefinn Runners82 339 23.33 Gareth Doherty SM Individual83 1216 23.36 Gerard McGlynn SM Castlefinn Runners84 648 23.40 Evelyn McGeehan SW FV FFL85 937 23.45 Alan Mailey SM Convoy86 700 23.46 PJ McMenamin SM Individual87 333 23.50 Eamonn Diver SM Individual88 1160 23.54 Odhran McGlynn JM Individual89 558 23.56 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C90 11 24.24 Emma Bates SW FV FFL91 1172 24.25 Sinead McConnell W40 Castlefinn Runners92 1182 24.31 Keith French SM Convoy93 98 24.31 Eloise Carlin JW Finn Valley A C94 942 24.32 Goretti Marley SW FV FFL95 1006 24.33 Angela McNamee SW FV FFL96 1106 24.43 Emma Speight SW FV FFL97 573 24.45 Wendy Goudie SW Individual98 637 24.46 Brendan McElhinney SM Individual99 696 24.46 Helene McMenamin SW FV FFL100 382 24.51 Lorraine Duffy SW Individual101 497 25.00 Aiden Gallen JM Individual102 612 25.02 Marie McColgan SW FV FFL103 1127 25.02 John Wilson SM Individual104 1126 25.06 Frances Wilson SW FV FFL105 1202 25.07 Diane Stewart SW Individual106 568 25.08 Olivia Gillen SW Convoy107 1201 25.11 Jennifer Pearson SW FV FFL108 1174 25.15 Bernie Crossan W40 FV FFL109 1147 25.17 Michael Mc Gonagle JM Finn Valley A C110 1146 25.18 Maria McGonagle SW Finn Valley A C111 365 25.22 Sarah Doherty SW Convoy112 634 25.23 Aine McElchar SW Individual113 1213 25.24 Michael Thompson SM Finn Valley A C114 1173 25.25 Liam Diver M40 Individual115 1211 25.25 Ciaran Murphy SM Individual116 329 25.26 David Devlin SM Individual117 1183 25.26 Jack Marley JM Individual118 950 25.28 Mary Martin SW FV FFL119 803 25.33 Gaynor Hindley SW Individual120 104 25.36 Tanya Carson SW Individual121 238 25.38 Ryan Davis SM Individual122 798 25.38 Cora Harvey SW FV FFL123 1144 25.42 Grace O Donnell SW Convoy124 1151 25.43 Ann Marie Partton SW Individual125 1150 25.43 Vicki Dunleavy SW Individual126 1149 25.44 Malachy Dunleavy SM Individual127 1152 25.44 Damien Patton SM Individual128 1123 25.52 Laura Whiteduncan SW Castlefinn Runners129 664 25.53 Lisa McGlynn SW Castlefinn Runners130 1219 25.54 Lisa Patterson SW Individual131 1220 25.54 David Blair SM Individual132 486 25.57 Diane Gallagher SW FV FFL133 835 26.02 Paula Jansen SW FV FFL134 1164 26.17 Jamie Logue JM Aghyarn Runners135 920 26.21 John Magee SM Individual136 1187 26.24 James Brown M40 Individual137 1142 26.25 Louise Mailey SW Convoy138 1004 26.25 PJ McMonagle SM Raphoe Roadrunners139 1168 26.36 Angela Doran SW Individual140 103 26.41 Clara Carroll SW Individual141 1165 26.41 Donna Barron SW Individual142 1014 26.47 Jonathon Mitchell SM FVLC Begin to Run143 660 26.49 Dolours McGlinchey SW FV FFL144 1179 26.50 Declan Falls M40 Aghyarn Runners145 23 26.52 Sean Bonner M35 Convoy146 1158 26.59 Stephen Lynch JM Castlefinn Runners147 905 27.00 Declan Lynch M40 Castlefinn Runners148 366 27.04 Mary Doherty SW Convoy149 13 27.05 Aaron Beecroft SM Individual150 404 27.06 Paul Finn SM Finn Valley A C151 15 27.07 Darren Beecroft SM Individual152 1007 27.10 Julie McNamee SW Castlefinn Runners153 661 27.10 Lisa McGlinchey SW Castlefinn Runners154 1176 27.15 Robbie O Connell SM Castlefinn Runners155 1133 27.24 Michelle Temple SW Raphoe Roadrunners156 1044 27.29 Miriam O’Donnell SW Individual157 1206 27.29 Cahir Odonnell M40 Individual158 1143 27.35 Shauna Coyle SW Raphoe Roadrunners159 1212 27.40 Bernie McMenamin SW Aghyarn Runners160 1005 27.44 Lisa McMonagle SW Raphoe Roadrunners161 1180 27.45 Martin Dolan M40 Aghyarn Runners162 1177 27.50 Courtney O Brien JW Finn Valley A C163 1197 27.55 Aidan Gallen JM Individual164 1191 27.55 Mary Bonner W50 Individual165 649 27.58 Andrea McGettigan SW Individual166 1166 28.02 Ciara O Mahony SW Individual167 476 28.04 Siobhan Friel SW Castlefinn Runners168 667 28.04 Elaine McGoldrick SW Castlefinn Runners169 658 28.07 Andriena McGlinchey SW Castlefinn Runners170 860 28.10 Veronica Kilpatrick SW Convoy171 1040 28.11 Charlotte O’Connell SW Individual172 1178 28.14 Kieran McHale M40 Aghyarn Runners173 676 28.19 Mary McGranaghan W40 Castlefinn Runners174 60 28.22 Deirdre Browne SW Finn Valley A C175 1093 28.40 Wendy Scanlon SW Individual176 1090 28.40 Ryan Scanlon SM Individual177 1156 28.44 Angela McConnell SW Castlefinn Runners178 643 28.48 Diana McGarrigle SW FV FFL179 897 28.49 Hazel Long SW Raphoe Roadrunners180 666 28.52 Tina McGlynn SW FV FFL181 1200 28.59 Hilary Pearson SW Individual182 123 29.04 Conor Collins JM Individual183 574 29.04 Martina Grant SW Convoy184 1167 29.13 Aoife McLaughlin JW Individual185 240 29.18 Loretta Devenney SW Individual186 838 29.28 Nicola Kee SW FV FFL187 19 29.34 Kay Bonner SW Convoy188 197 29.48 Lavania Culderbanks SW Convoy189 1181 29.48 Aiidan Dolan JM Aghyarn Runners190 678 30.05 Cathal McGuire JM Finn Valley A C191 147 30.24 Emma Conaghan SW Castlefinn Runners192 1103 30.48 Karen Smith SW FVLC Begin to Run193 235 30.51 Clive Davis SM FVLC Begin to Run194 569 30.54 Olivia Gillespie SW FV FFL195 1155 30.54 Margaret Slevin SW Raphoe Roadrunners196 55 30.55 Christine Brolly SW Raphoe Roadrunners197 1136 31.15 Laura Ann McLaughlin JW Individual198 1199 31.18 Fin Gallen JM Finn Valley A C199 1135 31.21 Rachel Harron JW Individual200 1194 31.25 Colleen O Brien SW Aghyarn Runners201 894 31.26 Helen Logue SW FVLC Begin to Run202 127 31.29 Matthew Collins JM Individual203 546 31.42 Karen Gallen JW Individual204 687 31.48 Martina McLaughlin SW Aghyarn Runners205 1017 31.49 Heather Montgomery SW Individual206 570 32.03 Meave Gilligan SW FVLC Begin to Run207 1130 32.06 Noreen Robinson W40 Lifford A C208 129 32.06 Sinead Collins SW Aghyarn Runners209 338 32.13 Ezarah Doherty SW Individual210 778 32.19 Laura Haron SW Convoy211 1171 32.42 Catherine McGrory W40 Individual212 1170 32.43 Louise Dowling W40 Individual213 1113 32.47 Megan Thompson SW North Fermanagh Fitness Club214 1112 32.47 Jane Thompson SW North Fermanagh Fitness Clu b215 888 32.47 Rachel Leeper SW Castlefinn Runners216 1003 32.55 Sinead McMenamin Collins SW Castlefinn Runners217 1003 32.55 Teresa McMenamin SW Finn Valley A C218 1221 33.05 Declan Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C219 498 33.10 Betty Gallen SW Finn Valley A C220 399 33.10 Louise Ferry W45 Castlefinn Runners221 1089 33.10 Selina Russell SW Finn Valley A C222 1030 33.13 Edel Neely SW FV FFL223 1210 33.23 Christine Lynch SW FVLC Begin to Run224 1198 33.32 Shauna Lyons SW FVLC Begin to Run225 685 33.35 Ben McLaren JM North Fermanagh Fitness Club226 603 33.36 Evanne McCarron SW Raphoe Roadrunners227 403 33.41 Catherine Finn SW Individual228 1120 33.45 Noreen Whelan SW FVLC Begin to Run229 1208 33.45 Michelle Doherty SW Individual230 1069 33.45 Mary Penrose SW Finn Valley A C231 834 33.49 Zoe Irwin SW FV FFL232 1189 34.17 Pauric McKelvey JM Finn Valley A C233 1188 34.18 Noreen McKelvey SW Individual234 956 35.58 Garl McLaren SM Individual235 561 35.59 Annette Gildea SW FVLC Begin to Run236 1205 36.16 Lorraine Kee SW Individual237 393 36.56 Sinead Ewing SW Individual238 858 37.22 Martie Kilpatrick SM Convoy239 1041 37.40 Caoimhe O’Deorain JW Individual240 1042 37.40 Frank O’Deorain SM Individual241 1084 38.22 Ronan Roddy SM Individual242 909 38.24 Marie Lynch SW Castlefinn Runners243 1204 39.48 Monica Bates SW Individual244 111 40.37 Rachelle Catterson SW Castlefinn Runners245 1195 40.45 Patricia O Brien SW Aghyarn Runners246 547 41.08 Liz Gallen SW Individual247 878 41.15 Diane Leeper SW Castlefinn Runners248 1184 42.55 Daniel Marley JM Individual249 1185 43.10 Stephen Griffin JM Individual250 1137 43.10 Laura Patton JW Individual251 1190 43.10 Cllaire Temple SW Individual252 553 46.12 Marian Gallen SW Individual253 1218 46.12 Valerie Hogan SW IndividualTotal Runners: 253McCAFFERTY FIRST HOME IN LATEST FINN VALLEY 5K was last modified: March 9th, 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:Finn Valley 5kSpring Serieslast_img read more

Seri explains why he joined Fulham and not Chelsea, Spurs or Liverpool

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more RANKED MONEY smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED Jean Michael Seri joined Fulham from Nice in the summer and scored his first goal for the club in style gameday Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade But the big boys didn’t make him feel wanted the way Fulham did and it was a real coup for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side to sign a player known as the ‘African Xavi’.The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has made a seamless transition from Ligue 1 to the Premier League and has already scored his first goal for the club, a spectacular effort in the 4-2 win against Burnley.“When I played for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, Nice came for me and they really came. Fulham wanted me the same way,” Seri said in an interview with The Times. “They said, ‘We want you, come to Fulham.’“Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me but they didn’t say, ‘We want you.’ Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.“Fulham said to my president: ‘We want Mica Seri, talk to him if he’s interested because we know Chelsea, Manchester want him and he almost signed for Barcelona but we are back in the Premier League.’ My president calls me, he says: ‘Fulham want you, do you want to go?’ I say, ‘If they want me, they respect me. The big clubs want me but Fulham show they want me.’” silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Jean Michael Seri said the way Fulham pursued him helped make the decision to join the Premier League club a lot easier.It took £25million for Nice to sell the midfielder, who was close to joining Barcelona in 2017 and prior to his Craven Cottage move, was linked with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as the Manchester clubs. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade highlights Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact 1 Most popular football news BEST OF last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY AC’s Chris Johnston won his club’s New Year’s 5M fun run today.The athlete had almost a minute and a half to spare over Ivan Toner, with the club’s Michael Black coming in third.New Year Fun Run 2013 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 375 25.29 Chris Johnston SM Letterkenny A C2 324 27.22 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C3 216 28.09 Michael Black SM Letterkenny A C 4 305 28.27 Adrian McGowan SM Foyle Valley5 344 28.38 Noel Diver SM Rosses A.C.6 302 28.41 Paul McGlinchey SM Letterkenny A C7 340 28.42 Brian Crossan SM Individual8 355 29.16 Barry Meehan SM Letterkenny A C 9 318 29.48 Martin Gormley M40 Letterkenny A C10 347 29.57 Michael Logue SM Rosses A.C.11 350 29.58 Padraig Friel SM Letterkenny A C12 367 30.14 Kevin Ferry M40 Letterkenny A C 13 314 30.30 Brian McBride M40 Individual14 308 30.37 Aidan McKenna M40 Letterkenny A C15 391 30.44 John Daly M40 Letterkenny A C16 202 30.52 Niall Barry SM Individual17 356 30.55 Kevin Wallace SM Individual18 214 31.03 Conal Dunne SM Individual19 385 31.05 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A C20 373 31.07 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon21 319 31.09 Mathew McDowell SM 24/7 Triathlon22 394 31.14 Paddy McDaid SM Letterkenny A C23 368 31.17 Glenn Duncan SM Letterkenny A C24 352 31.20 Marcus McClintock M40 Letterkenny A C25 363 31.21 Paul McMonagle SM Letterkenny A C26 366 31.23 Ciaran O’Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C27 313 31.30 Martin Devenney SM Lifford A C28 334 31.34 Patrick Brennan SM Individual29 262 31.39 Anraoi Cheevers SM Letterkenny A C30 307 31.45 Paddy Ward M50 Letterkenny A C06 January Page 1 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 357 32.19 Kenny O’Donnell SM Finn Valley A C32 358 32.21 Kieran Coyle SM Letterkenny A C33 380 32.25 Michael Duffy SM Cranford A C34 207 32.34 Patrick McGlynn SM Finn Valley A C35 374 32.41 Lee Gildea SM Letterkenny A C36 271 32.44 Pauric Breslin SM Individual37 264 33.01 Eugene Gallen M40 Lifford A C38 325 33.03 Paul Cosgrove M40 Letterkenny A C39 346 33.08 Anthony McDaid SM Individual40 392 33.19 Odhran McGowan SM Individual41 268 33.25 Barry Coyle SM Individual42 328 33.32 Gerard Mullen SM Letterkenny A C43 208 33.33 Aiden McCloskey SM Letterkenny A C44 201 33.37 Frances Judge SW Letterkenny A C45 203 33.41 Stephen Fowley SM Individual46 263 33.43 Garvan Mulligan SM Letterkenny A C47 343 33.45 Paul Harris M40 Letterkenny A C48 359 33.46 Gabriel McCrossan M40 Letterkenny A C49 339 33.52 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C50 312 33.54 Ciaran Bovaird M40 Individual51 301 33.59 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C52 381 34.09 Paul Coyle SM Individual53 326 34.13 Monica McGranaghan SW Letterkenny A C54 393 34.31 Garvan McCloskey M40 Letterkenny A C55 332 34.46 Stephen O’Donnell SM Individual56 309 34.49 Hugh Gallagher M50 Letterkenny A C57 304 34.51 Joseph Casey M40 Individual58 333 35.12 Patrick Brennan SM Individual59 323 35.15 James McLaughlin M40 Individual60 317 35.18 Paul Dillon SM Individual61 306 35.23 Marie Rooney W50 Tír Chonaill A C62 212 35.24 Hugh Doyle SM Individual06 January Page 2 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 337 35.28 Seamus Nallon SM Individual64 330 35.33 Cathal Harvey SM Individual65 349 35.40 Deirdre Diver SW Rosses A.C.66 354 35.47 Philomena Gallagher W35 Tír Chonaill A C67 377 35.50 Enda Kelly SM Individual68 267 36.01 Ciaran Doherty SM Individual69 336 36.36 Barry Mackey M40 Individual70 213 36.41 Pat McDermott SM Individual71 364 36.42 Darren Price SM Individual72 310 36.44 jamie McClean SM Individual73 382 36.47 Declan McGill SM Foyle Valley74 269 36.48 John McCarran M40 Individual75 265 36.58 Bill Vaughan M40 Individual76 365 37.00 Hazel Scorer SW Individual77 342 37.17 Ray Kenna M40 Individual78 384 37.18 Jamie Gallagher SM Individual79 345 37.22 Louis Bradley M60 Letterkenny A C80 372 37.26 Siobhan Gallagher SW Letterkenny A C81 311 37.27 Mark Bonner SM Individual82 351 37.28 Mark Kane SM Individual83 209 37.46 Cathal Roarty M40 Letterkenny A C84 206 37.49 Shaun O’Donnell M50 Letterkenny A C85 205 37.55 Seamus Diver M40 Letterkenny A C86 210 38.02 Terry McDevitt SM Individual87 370 38.05 Jackie Harvey W50 Tír Chonaill A C88 338 38.05 Pauric Hilferty SM Individual89 376 38.13 Ollie Harvey SM Individual90 266 38.15 Eugene McGinley M40 Individual91 369 38.16 Vera Haughey W45 Tír Chonaill A C92 353 38.17 Glen McGee SM Individual93 335 38.32 Joe Boyce SM Individual94 270 38.35 Phillip Nicholason SM Individual06 January Page 3 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 387 38.36 Paul Duddy M40 Individual96 379 38.39 Pauline Sweeney W35 Individual97 362 38.47 John Doherty M40 Individual98 397 38.54 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C99 316 38.58 Maeve Callaghan SW Letterkenny A C100 329 39.07 Vincent McLaughlin M50 Individual101 211 39.16 Paddy Mcnamee SM Individual102 327 39.21 Maura O’Grady W45 Individual103 321 39.34 Michael Shiels SM Individual104 303 39.54 Marian Kerr SW Letterkenny A C105 386 40.15 Paddy McBride M50 Cranford A C106 331 40.49 Seamus Crossan SM Individual107 215 41.01 Alan Cunningham M40 Individual108 360 41.09 Kathleen Griffin W35 Individual109 395 41.09 Laura Corbett W35 Individual110 361 42.16 Sadie McDevitt W45 Individual111 371 42.38 Ruth McCrudden W45 Letterkenny A C112 348 42.51 Jackie Ireland W50 Letterkenny A C113 320 42.56 Ciaran McHugh SM Individual114 341 43.18 Damian Reilly M40 Individual115 383 43.18 Orla Nallon SW Individual116 204 43.20 Eugene McGinley M40 Individual117 322 45.21 Shaun McAuliffe M40 Individual118 315 45.53 Eileen Duggan W35 Individual119 390 46.03 Luke Murphy JM Letterkenny A C120 388 46.19 Anthony Bonner M40 Individual121 396 46.19 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C122 389 50.06 Shaun McCann JM Letterkenny A CTotal Runners: 12206 January Page 4 of 4RESULTS: JOHNSTON WINS LETTERKENNY AC NEW YEAR’S 5-MILE was last modified: January 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new 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Southland foster kids celebrate at festival

first_img The mentors were mostly college students, many of them from Pierce College. Coolio spoke to the crowd after rapping onstage, comparing the poverty he saw in Egypt with the opportunities available in the United States. “Don’t wait on people to do stuff for you,” he said. But 16-year-old participant Keanakay also had a message, one she delivered to Villaraigosa when he shook hands with foster children by the VIP tent. “I told him that that’s not fair, how they put a publicity stunt just for votes to help the schools but then how they actually neglect the schools,” she said. She complained that her inner-city school was crowded and did not have sufficient books and supplies for every student. Villaraigosa made reforming the massive Los Angeles Unified School District a key part of his campaign and earlier this month pledged to gain greater control of the district by the end of his first term. The foster children at Sunday’s event were each given backpacks with school supplies and gifts. Some 200 foster children did not make it to the event because their group homes did not release them due to the rain, but those children will get their backpacks also, said Daphna Ziman, chairwoman and founder of CUN. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Speaking from the main concert stage, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the foster children in the crowd that his mother was also a foster child. “These kids right here, they’re going to be mayors and governors and lawyers and artists and social workers and actors. And you’re going to reach for the stars, right? You’re going to follow your dreams, right?” Villaraigosa asked, getting a cheer in response from the crowd. To protect the identities of the children, most of their name tags had only their first names. William, 10, tried his hand at a bowling game in a carnival booth. He did not have any luck with the game, but he still had a good time Sunday. “What I like about it is I have great mentors and nothing’s going wrong today,” he said. WOODLAND HILLS – Hollywood celebrities joined public officials at an outdoor party Sunday for 1,500 foster children, urging them to work hard and follow their dreams. The event, Day of the Child, was organized by Children Uniting Nations and brought the foster children together with some 1,700 adult mentors at a Pierce College football field that had been transformed into a giant playground. Celebrity guests included Adrien Brody, the Academy Award-winning star of the 2002 film “The Pianist,” and Rosario Dawson, who appeared in the films “Sin City” and “25th Hour.” Carnival rides, free cotton candy and a performance by the rapper Coolio were some of the day’s highlights. Children carried balloons or stuffed animals given to them at the event. last_img read more

Donegal Gardai in quad clampdown after vehicle seized on public road

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have seized a quad being driven on a public road.A tweet posted on the official Twitter page for An Garda Siochana said the quad was seized on a public road.It is also suggested the driver of the quad had no licence and that the vehicle wasn’t insured. This is sure to cause concern for some farmers who may drive their quads short distances along public roads.The red-coloured quad or ATV (all-terrain vehicle) was equipped with racks on both the front and the rear.Donegal Gardai in quad clampdown after vehicle seized on public road was last modified: October 14th, 2017 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:donegalGardaiquadTweetlast_img read more

Start of National Sports Week in South Africa

first_img16 November 2015“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula at the launch of the inaugural National Sports Week on 13 November.“When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society.”National Sports Week will take place from today till 22 November. As part of South Africa’s National Development Plan, sport is recognised as a pillar to promoting social cohesion. It also acts as a catalyst for nation building.#NationalSportsWeek2015 logo: Discussion, Showcase, Engage, Honour— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015Sport, said the minister, had gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to attaining government priorities, with global leaders recognising that sport touched every aspect of a nation’s ethos.“Over the past decade, United Nations agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” the minister said.The aim of National Sports Week is to boost the development of sports; drive business through sport; and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.Minister @MbalulaFikile unpacking the itinerary of #NationalSportsWeek2015— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015EventsAccording to the department, the following events will be taking place during National Sport Week:National Sport Business Exhibition: 14 to 17 NovemberInternational Sport Exchange Conference: 15 to 19 NovemberMinisterial Golf Day: 21 NovemberSouth African Sport Awards: 22 NovemberThe department will also provide sporting equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more