18 Jan

Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

first_imgBrazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn’t likely be fully fit until the third match of the group stage because of the foot injury that sidelined him for about three months earlier this year.There were expectations he could still carry Brazil despite the ongoing recovery, but his performance in the 1-1 draw against the Swiss disappointed. He was heavily marked and had little space to create chances for his teammates, being fouled 10 times during the game in Rostov-on-Don. The Paris Saint-Germain player was limping when he talked to reporters after the match, although team doctors said it was nothing serious and he would play Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut the spotlight will also be on Coutinho, whose performance against Switzerland contrasted with Neymar’s lackluster showing.As the Swiss swarmed toward Neymar every time he touched the ball, Coutinho was able to pose a greater threat in attack. His amazing goal — a right-footed shot from outside the area that curled into the top corner in the 20th minute — was one of the best of the tournament so far. The ball pinged in off the post as Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer dived in vain. It’s been a journey for Maguire from England fan to player Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)SOCHI, Russia — With Neymar hobbling and struggling, the burden to keep Brazil going at the World Cup is suddenly falling on Philippe Coutinho.The Barcelona playmaker has already delivered with an outstanding goal in the opener against Switzerland as Neymar was stymied by tough defending and poor fitness. And with the team’s top star not expected to be at his best again for the game against Costa Rica on Friday, it will be up to Coutinho to step forward and try to lead the five-time world champions.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ View comments A key to Coutinho’s good performances with Brazil has been Barcelona teammate Paulinho, the defensive midfielder who has been responsible for giving the playmaker more freedom to help Neymar and the other forwards.“I stay back a little bit more so Coutinho can move forward and take advantage of the great quality that he has up front,” Paulinho said.If Neymar struggles again against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, another good showing by Coutinho will be crucial for Brazil, as anything but victory could be a disaster for the “Selecao.”The draw against Switzerland, which ended Brazil’s nine-match winning streak in World Cup openers, left the national team two points behind Group E leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in its opener. Brazil’s final game will be against Serbia on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

18 Jan

‘Ebola Is A Threat to Int’l. Peace and Security’

first_imgDr. D. Elwood Dunn, a retired African academic and former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in Liberia, has declared that the Ebola crisis is “a threat to international peace and security.”For this reason, he has called for a United Nations Security Council Resolution declaring the Ebola situation a threat to international peace and security and calling forth the requisite measures to containing the threat.”The world at this time, he declared, needs a critical international collaborative crisis leadership to arrest this horrific epidemic.In a Guest Editorial written for the Daily Observer and published in today’s edition, Dr. Dunn said it was “far past time for the world community to step up its engagement from a “public health emergency of international concern” to a Chapter Seven Mandate to “Deliver as One.”The evidence of the threat is abundant, he asserted: “Since the Ebola outbreak began making headlines worldwide a few months ago – the unfolding  drama in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with the decimation of large population segments, destruction of cherished human values, human insecurity on an unprecedented scale, including the absence of medical attention to non-Ebola ailments. “Add to this is the potential that if unchecked, in time the virus could mutate, become transmissible and present a clearer and more present danger.”Already, said Dr. Dunn, some have begun to speak of a shift from linear growth to exponential, citing possibilities of 20,000 to 100,000 casualties in the months immediately ahead.He recalled that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has appointed Dr. David Navarro, a British Physician, as his Special Envoy to West Africa, with a mandate to stop the spread of the disease. “No doubt serious work is underway to which we are not privy,” said Dr. Dunn. “What seems clear, however,” he added, “is that the impact of that work has yet to be felt on the ground if one judges from the alarming reports pouring in daily from the fields, including a warning from the WHO that thousands of new cases will come to light in the coming weeks.“While Liberians and West Africans appreciate the “international public health emergency,” measures that Dr. Navarro’s mandate addresses, developments in the fields, among the populations in the affected West African countries require a ratcheting up of effort to Chapter 7 Mandate   with a UN Security Council Resolution declaring the Ebola situation a threat to international peace and security and calling forth the requisite measures to containing the threat.”Dr. Dunn outlined what he thought this would mean:That the national and regional efforts would benefit from a more robust global effort underpinned by political commitment at the highest level, including the possible re-activation of the civil war-era International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) to lead and monitor implementation of the Security Council Resolution;Robust command and control infrastructure replete with an epidemic response force comparable to UNMIL at the height of its operations in the country, as opposed to its current drawdown posture;The “Deliver as One” doctrine would enable decision-making and implementation mechanism that would gather all of the pieces of the international effort and direct them to the goal of reversing the current rapid spread of the disease;Envisage a division of labor where appropriate assets could be brought to bear in particular circumstance. For example, given the historic role of the US in Liberia, it would play certain central roles, as would Britain in the case of Sierra Leone.Such highly coordinated actions by governments and governmental organizations could lead to change in behavior of the international private sector such as the airlines and shipping industries, even expert workers engaged in foreign direct investment activities in the affected countries.”The Guest Editorial writer further stated, “The thrust of what I am suggesting is that the global community would—in a more supportive role, backstopping governments and regional organizations – be delivering as one.“We appeal to African leaders of conscience, African leaders of earned credibility to step forward and make this happen. I have in mind non-government leaders taking the lead in exciting action on part of global leaders through the instrumentality of the United Nations. These include, but are not limited to, former Nigerian Presidents Abdulsalam Alhaji Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, former Mozambique President Jacquim Chissano, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and our own Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.What this means is nothing short of a coordinated effort at national, regional and global levels driven by the need to “deliver as one.”  This is not “outsourcing” of national responsibility. This is the nation and the region availing themselves of critical international collaborative crisis leadership. For after all, when the crisis subsides, it will be national governments and their peoples who will remain to pick up the pieces as they learn lessons from this horrific experience. And the world community would have contributed to saving the lives of many West Africans while averting the prospect of the Ebola virus mutating, becoming transmissible, and therefore posing even greater threats to international peace and security.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

Supreme Court Suspends Executive Privileges for Government Officials

first_imgThe Supreme Court yesterday suspended its executive privileges (dispensation) that exempted executive branch officials, who are Attorneys-At-Law from sitting the examination to qualify as Counselor-At-Law.No specific date has been scheduled for the examination, but, the applicants are expected to sit for the examination before the end of 2018, according to Attorney Darryl Ambrose Nmah, Communication Director of the Judiciary.As Counselor-At-Law, the person becomes a member of the Supreme Court Bar, which qualifies him or her to practice before the high court.And he or she must have practiced law for a period of five consecutive years, but the dispensation exempts the executive branch officials from the five years practiced.And, to become a member of the bar requires an applicant to pass moral character evaluation pass an ethics examination, and achieve an acceptable  score on the oral and written examination administered by the court.But, for years now, and including 2016, the Supreme Court granted the executive privileges also known as ‘dispensation’ to some government officials like former Inspector General Chris Massaquoi of the Liberia National Police (LNP), who did not sit the examination and was licensed as Counselor-At-Law.Col. Massaquoi did not practice law in the country for the five year period.Making the disclosure yesterday, Attorney Nmah said the decision now means that 20 of the 76 applicants who have applied for the dispensation will now be required to sit the examination.Nmah explained that the suspension would only be lifted after they have put into place several administrative standards to guide the issuing of dispensations.“The 20 Attorneys At-Law will now sit the examination like any other applicants for the Counselor At-Law examination,” he stated.He did not explain why the court has not suspended the dispensation, but the 20 applicants are the highest numbers to have applied for the executive privileges (dispensation).Most of the 20 applicants, a judicial source hinted the Daily Observer came from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Labour (MOL).“Their petition for dispensation have all been rejected because of the suspension and they would sit the examination, if pass, they would be admitted to the Supreme Court bar,” Nmah maintained.“They are not going to enjoy anymore those privileges. They have to pass the test before they can practice before the Supreme Court, he 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

12 Jan

Bluey Day Record

first_imgThe Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has confirmed it has reached its 2008 Bluey Day fund raising goal, of 200 thousand dollars.All the money raised this year is going towards the Foundation commitment, of one point three million dollars, of the total cost, of a CT Scanner. The project will include major renovations to the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department and, the final price tag is estimated, at one million 750 thousand.- Advertisement -The tenth annual Bluey Day head shaving event was held on May 28th and, the amount raised represents a new campaign record.last_img read more

29 Dec

Wonderful life antidote for our fears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonGeorge is in primordial existential despair as he stands in the cold and looks down, ready to jump into the water and an eternal frozen night. He feels utterly alone – despite the family who loves him, the town that he helped build and the joyful sounds of the holiday songs and carols. He is alone and feels friendless and useless. All but quoting Psalm 22 and the crucifixion, his dying soul is crying, “Father My Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?” The joy of the season makes it harder. The songs of faith make an ironic counterpoint to his ebbing faith. He is inconsolable. All that he had, all that he had sacrificed his early dreams for, lies frozen in the slush. Despite his good works and his earnest application of good values, his reputation, he believes, is in ruins. He sees no possibility of recovery. His is a fall from grace – a fall he is willing to complete by plunging into the river. This is fear, real fear, profound fear: Falling and abandonment. We are inclined, like George Bailey on the bridge, to see our lives in black and white, as success or failure, as good or bad. It is not so simple. Life is not so simple, and we are complex beings. George chased a dream. He wanted success and adventure. He wanted to be an explorer, someone famous. He wanted to be an architect and build skyscrapers a mile high and bridges (ironic, huh?) miles long. He equated success with fame and fortune – and when that didn’t happen for him, he was blinded to what success, real success, is and how he had, in fact, achieved it. The gift that he got on that bridge was not a literal angel. (I’m no “It’s a Wonderful Life” fundamentalist.) He got to attend his own funeral and hear the eulogies – only done in the dramatic form of how the world would have been without him. George was thus able to see that his success was in his family, in the good will of his neighbors and the love and respect of his friends. He came to understand that while he was looking up and not seeing the skyscrapers he hadn’t built, he also did not see the houses he had built, the hearths he had stoked, the lives he had touched and the good he had done. George was not a perfect man. He had his demons and disappointments. He had a temper, and under stress he could lash out in anger or sink to despair. He was, in a word, human. He did not have a perfect life. He did have a wonderful life; one that reminds us that some fear is inevitable. The great antidote for fear is not more fear or even different fear. The antidote for the primal fears of falling and abandonment is a life well lived, with generosity of spirit and love – a life holding and being held in the loving arms of others. Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at jondobrer@mac.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! George Bailey stands poised on the bridge, contemplating ending his life. George has been on that cold, dark bridge just about every Christmas season since 1946, when “It’s a Wonderful Life” came out (to not much acclaim). I have been drawn to George and that bridge since I was a young boy watching the film on our then-new, 9-inch Philco. Eventually the world caught up with my high opinion of the compelling nature of the film. It has become a classic and greatly beloved. It is also regularly trashed as being schmaltzy and what is called “Capra Corn.” I don’t agree. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an often-dark treatise on American capitalism, social inequality and how money, greed and lust for fame distort our values. My purpose, however, is not to review the movie. I want to talk about fear – real fear, primordial fear, existential fear; the kind of fear George Bailey experienced that drove him to the ledge. We are all born with certain fears in our genetic code. Yes, surely some fears are taught and others learned. Some are neurotic. But some are also built-in. Drop a feeder fish in a tank with predators. The feeders, who have never seen a predator, know they are literally dead meat. No teaching. No learning. Just built-in fear. last_img read more

28 Dec


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Sister Sara’s has now firmly established itself as one of the best entertainment outlets in Donegal.Since new management took over the premises over ONE year ago – Sister Sara’s has gone from strength-to-strength. The innovative marketing team are always looking to find ways of providing entertainment EVERY week for revellers from all over.Sister Sara’s is the No.1 bar for STAG and HEN parties and every weekend – and has promotional drink offers for patrons to kick-start their weekend in style.This FRIDAY is Karaoke and Cocktails night which always draws a big crowd.On Saturday there will be LIVE Premier League football on ALL our Plasma TV screens. That night resident DJ Marty Curran will be playing all your favourite floor-fillers to get the night rocking.Make sure and visit Sister Sara’s this weekend for a top-class weekend of entertainment.ENTERTAINMENT: KARAOKE AND COCKTAILS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: November 5th, 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:EnterainmentFeatureslast_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgAhead of Saturday’s make-or-break game against Galway, Donegal star Ryan McHugh declares Donegal have not boom a bad team overnight.The Kilcar man tells DonegalTV why this bunch of Donegal players still believe they have what it takes to go all the way. Simply click on the video to play. DDTV: DONEGAL HAVE NOT BECOME A BAD TEAM OVERNIGHT – RYAN McHUGH was last modified: July 30th, 2015 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:DDTVdonegalRyan McHughlast_img read more

26 Dec

Burnley deal for Swansea’s Sam Clucas falls through

first_imgBurnley’s move for Sam Clucas has collapsed.The Clarets had a bid of £8million accepted by Swansea City for the midfielder last week. Sam Clucas looks set to stay at Swansea 1center_img But they have been unable to agree personal terms with the 27-year-old and he will not be moving to Turf Moor.Clucas cost Swansea a club-record fee of around £16million when he moved from Hull City last summer.He impressed in his 29 appearances for the club in the Premier League, scoring three times, but was unable to help prevent the Swans from being relegated.Clucas is understood to be keen to stay in the top-flight and did not feature in Swansea’s opening game of the Championship season last weekend, a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.But he could now stay at the Liberty Stadium after the failure of his proposed switch to Burnley, although there is understood to be interest in him from other Premier League clubs.last_img read more

26 Dec

Chelsea could ruin Spurs and Man United’s bids for Ake

first_img Ake has been at Bournemouth since his £20m move from Chelsea in 2017 ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury But the clubs will need to wait to find out Chelsea’s plans, according to the Telegraph where it is reported that, as part of Ake’s £20million move to the in 2017, the Blues negotiated a gentleman’s agreement that would allow them to re-sign him for a fee of around £40m.It is also said Chelsea have similar agreements in place for Nathaniel Chalobah, who left the club for Watford, and Lyon forward Bertrand Traore. REVEALED Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will need to wait to find out if Chelsea want to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.Both Premier League clubs have been linked with the Netherlands international, who in any case isn’t likely to leave the Cherries until next summer, if he moves at all. MONEY center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ake, 23, has impressed for Eddie Howe’s side so far this season.He moved to Chelsea’s academy from Feyenoord in 2011 at the age of 16 and, after loan spells at Reading, Norwich and Bournemouth, made the move to the south coast permanent.It is still thought 29-year-old Toby Alderweireld will leave Spurs, while 31-year-old Jan Vertonghen is in the final year of his contract, though it is likely to be extended. At Old Trafford, there is uncertainty about the futures of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.Gary Cahill is likely to leave Chelsea and David Luiz’s contract expires in the summer. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 It is thought Toby Alderweireld will leave Tottenham in the summer RANKED Most popular football news no dice shining last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgMORE people in Co Donegal are treated for drinking too much than almost every other county, a shock new report has said.Only Leitrim has a worse record, a report by the Health Research Board (HRB) says.The number of people aged 15 to 64 treated per 100,000 of the population in Co Donegal between 2005-2007 was 256. (Sligo was higher at 281. Leitrim was 243). But between 2008-2010, the number of people per 100,000 in Donegal rocketed to 299. (Sligo was slighly higher and the worst in the country at 301.)Says the report: “In the period 2008–2010 the incidence rates were highest in Waterford, Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford (with over 200 cases per 100,000), followed by Carlow, Longford, Kerry and Westmeath (with between 150 and 199 cases).“While the incidence rates were low in a number of counties (with less than 100 cases per 100,000), Wicklow, Clare, Laois, Dublin and Roscommon had the lowest incidence rates during the three-year period.”Key national findings from the report include: 42,333 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in the six-year period.  There were 5,525 cases in 2005 which rose to 7,866 cases in 2010, an increase of 43%.22,626 (53%) were new cases who had come for treatment for the first time, while 18,396 (44%) were treated previously.61% increase in cases who had been treated previously, from 2, 229 cases in 2005 to 3,583 cases in 2010.Half of all cases treated were aged 39 years or younger.145% increase in new cases aged under 18, from 109 cases in 2005 to 267 cases in 2010.Half of all cases treated had started drinking alcohol by the time they were 16.50% of new cases had used alcohol for 19 years or more before seeking treatment.40% of cases were drinking on a daily basis.The proportion of all cases in employment fell from 39% in 2005 to 24% in 2010.Dr Suzi Lyons, senior researcher at the HRB said: ‘The number of recorded cases treated for problem alcohol use increased over the six years due to an increase in reporting to the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) but  it is also likely that it reflects a true increase in the number of people requiring treatment for problem alcohol use.“Given that some treatment services are yet to participate in the reporting system, the figures underestimate the true extent of treated alcohol use in Ireland.“While one out of every two cases treated for problem substance use in Ireland between 2005 and 2010 were treated for alcohol, many of those also had problems with other drugs.Dr Lyons adds: “What we see is that almost one in five of those treated for alcohol also have problems with other drugs, with  cannabis being the most common followed by cocaine, ecstasy and benzodiazepines. Poly drug misuse presents a challenge for treatment services.”You can read the full report at www.hrb.ie.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SHOCK AS DONEGAL TOP OF THE BOOZE ABUSE LIST (AND GETTING WORSE) was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 top of booze leaguelast_img read more