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  • ‘Ridiculous Assertations’, Canadian Investor Blasts Ex-Minister Shannon

    first_imgMr. Len Lindstrom, a Canadian Investor and writer of a book entitled “Corruption 101 Liberia Style,” has described as “nonsense andridiculous” the  allegation that he stole over US$13 million from Liberty Group of Companies, a licensed Canadian mining company, to buy himself an office building in his home country.Lindstrom is also the executive director of Liberty in Liberia.On February 23, 2014 Dr. Eugene Shannon, at a press conference in Monrovia, accused Lindstrom of having stolen US$7.9 million dollars, and another $4 million from Liberty’s Canadian Investors to buy an office building in Canada.Dr. Shannon also claimed that Lindstrom stole millions more to build himself a mansion and bought himself a yacht (ship).However, addressing a press conference recently in Monrovia, Lindstrom denied the allegation, stating he had never stolen even US$10 from Liberty Investors in Canada.“I have never multiplied millions of dollars, and these rubbish accusations were nothing more than a spiteful and malicious attempt to cover their own sins and wrongdoings,” Lindstrom stated.The truth of the matter, he declared, “is that I owned the office building for the last 30 years and the boat, which was nowhere near a yacht for several years before Liberty was even formed.”“I have lost everything due to the ongoing corruption in Liberia, but such is the nonsense of government executives, who have been clearly caught in their own web of repeated lies and extortive practices,” the Liberty boss further alleged. “These ridiculous assertions were complete and utter nonsense conjured up in their own devious little minds without the slightest shred of evidence of their unbelievable claims,” he noted.“Dr. Shannon and his cohorts, who had been openly exposed and seriously implicated over their illegal actions undertaken  while in office, as is clearly documented in the corruption book,” Lindstrom added, “colluded together to concoct a malicious  attack against me.”Furthermore, the Liberty boss went on, “in an unbelievable display of arrogance and obvious belief that due to his political connections, he is above the law, Shannon believes that he will continue to enjoy impunity regardless of what he does or says.Lindstrom quoted Dr. Shannon and his cronies as allegedly boldly declaring that Len Lindstrom was a pathological liar, a criminal, a crook, a thief, an embezzler, a fugitive hiding from justice, that I could not return to Canada, because I would be arrested as soon as I arrived, and that I was a false prophet, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and (I love this one the best) a snake in the green grass!“These are very bold statements, which were not stated as their opinion, but rather as emphatic assertions without evidence, document or proof.“And then,” Lindstrom went on, “Dr. Shannon had the unmitigated audacity to state he that he was going to sue me for slander for what I wrote in my book about the illegal activities of these same crooked officials,” Lindstrom disclosed.“The illegal activities were highly documented by clear and indisputable records with their signatures,  which in my opinion, indicates just how foolish intelligent people can become, when they are blinded by greed and determined to hide their sins behind yet more lies and denials,” he added.According to Lindstrom, Dr. Shannon’s intention is to create any means possible to entrap and fabricate criminal charges against him (Lindstrom), and to have him jailed or deported as an undesirable character.A Vancouver Sun reporter, however, describes Lindstrom as a “faith healer who has turned his hand to mining promotion.”An excerpt from Douglas Todd’s blog reads:”For years, the 58-year-old Christian evangelist travelled around Western Canada and faraway places like India, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania, purporting to be a conduit for God’s healing powers.By 2006, he was mixing faith healing with stock promotion. Through his miracle crusades in Liberia, he became acquainted with local authorities and acquired some mineral concessions in that country.He sold the Liberian concessions to his private B.C. company, Liberty International Mineral Corp., and also staked vast tracts of land in B.C.To finance exploration, he sold shares to private investors. By November 2007, the company had raised more than $16 million.When I spoke to Lindstrom last summer, he told me he is no longer involved in faith healing and “hasn’t been to church in years.”Among the “concerns” the author lists about Lindstrom’s new found business opportunities, was that, “Lindstrom is not qualified to run an exploration company. His geological training consists of a handful of courses ranging from one to 10 days in length.”The full story can be found at http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=aaa074a7-d40f-404a-af1d-46b9a9706be5In January of this year, the Supreme Court of Liberia, in a case judged by Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks, upheld the ruling of a lower court against the Ministry of Lands and Mines’ revocation of Lindstrom’s mining license. Lindstrom is the owner of the Liberty Group of Companies, which comprises of six other mining companies including; Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company, T. Rex Resources Inc, G -10 Exploration Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources and Craton Development.The MLME had argued that following reconciliation of vouchers issued and payment made, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies were actually indebted to government in the amount of US$280,000.They further contended that Lindstrom only paid for Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company and G-10 Exploration, but failed to pay for the other three companies (T. Rex Resources Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources).Besides, the MLME argued that even the two institutions named that Lindstrom paid for, failed and refused to submit work plans as required for those institutions.It was based on these irregularities, the Ministry alleged, that it took the decision to terminate Mr. Lindstorm’s mining exploration agreement and his companies’ licenses.However, in his judgment, Justice Banks stated that “nowhere in any of the letters of termination did the Acting Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy inform the licensees, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies, that they had the right to contest the termination of the mineral exploration agreement or the license held by them within thirty (30) days of the date of the letter of termination.”As such, “net effect of this omission is that none of the companies were notified that they had the right to contest the termination.Banks therefore ruled that the “act of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy is hereby declared illegal, irregular, improper, unlawful and  the termination of Mr. Lindstrom’s licenses are hereby ordered reinstated.”(Full story at https://www.liberianobserver.com/legal/canadian-investor%E2%80%99s-mining-license-case-supreme-court-denies-government-appeals)It is most likely from this court case that the latest war of words between former MLME Minister Shannon and the Canadian Investor originated.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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  • 25 Complete Economic, Financial Analyses, Reporting Workshop

    first_imgA five-day workshop intended to equip media practitioners particularly and to enhance the competence of the staff of the budget office of the National Legislature on the theory and practice of economic and financial analyses has ended in Monrovia.The workshop, which brought together 25 participants, was organized by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and facilitated by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM).The participants were taken through the basic macroeconomic model and interrelationships among macroeconomic sectors by Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo, director general of WAIFEM; Prof. Geegbae A. Geegbae, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Liberia also taught design and tools of monetary and fiscal policy, coordination of monetary and fiscal policy, fiscal policy management, hands-on analysis and reporting on a budget; while Prof. Douglason G. Omotor expounded on elements of the Medium Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF), Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS), and The Role of Statistics in Economic Management, Interpretation of Financial and Economic Indicators.Speaking at the closing ceremony on Friday, March 24, Mr. Kasa James, special assistant to Central Bank Governor Milton A. Weeks, expressed profound thanks and appreciation to WAIFEM for successfully facilitating the workshop on behalf of the CBL.He said the workshop was in line with the CBL’s financial literacy program under its financial inclusive strategy.“As we close this program it is our sincere belief that the objective of the workshop has been achieved as expressed by the participants and they are now empowered to provide factual, analytical and acceptable information to the public and the principles of practical overview and insight into the economic and financial landscape of Liberia,” he said.Earlier Prof. Omotor expressed confidence that the participants would maximize the knowledge acquired from the exercise.He said since WAIFEM commenced capacity building activities in 1997, the institution has organized over 584 capacity building programs that have benefited over 15,866 for middle, senior and executive level officials of key economic management agencies responsible for economic policy formulation and implementation in West Africa and beyond.He also called on participants to seek further training in any of their courses that will help them further improve on the subject matters.Meanwhile, the participants expressed gratitude to WAIFEM and its partners especially the CBL for organizing the workshop that has broadened their knowledge on economic issues.“We assure WAIFEM and CBL as the knowledge gained wouldn’t be wasted as the country or region will take another trend as critical questions will be ask on the economy which will gear towards improving the economic status in the region and continent as a whole,” a representative of the participants 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

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  • New al-Qaida leaders emerging

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — As al-Qaida rebuilds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, a new generation of leaders has emerged under Osama bin Laden to cement control over the network’s operations, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials. The new leaders rose from within the organization after the death or capture of the operatives that built al-Qaida before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, leading to surprise and dismay within American intelligence agencies about the group’s ability to rebound from an American-led offensive. It has been known that American officials were focusing on a band of al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan’s remote mountains, but a clearer picture is emerging about those who are running the camps and thought to be involved in plotting attacks. American, European and Pakistani authorities have for months been piecing together a picture of the new leadership, based in part on evidence-gathering during terrorism investigations in the past two years. Particularly important have been interrogations of suspects and material evidence connected to a plot British and American investigators said they averted last summer to destroy commercial airliners after takeoff from London. Intelligence officials also have learned new information about al-Qaida’s structure through intercepted communications between operatives in Pakistan’s tribal areas, although officials said the group has a complex network of human couriers to evade electronic eavesdropping. And the investigation into the airline plot has led officials to conclude that an Egyptian paramilitary commander called Abu Ubaidah al-Masri was the al-Qaida operative in Pakistan orchestrating the attack, officials said. Al-Masri, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan, is believed to travel frequently over the rugged border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was long thought to be in charge of militia operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, but he emerged as one of al-Qaida’s senior operatives after the death of Abu Hamza Rabia, another Egyptian who was killed by a missile strike in Pakistan in 2005. The evidence officials said was accumulating about al-Masri and a handful of other al-Qaida figures has led to a reassessment within the American intelligence community about the strength of the group’s core in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and its role in some of the most significant terrorism plots of the last two years, including the airline plot and the suicide attacks in London in July 2005 that killed 56. Although the core leadership was weakened in the counterterrorism campaign begun after the Sept. 11 attacks, intelligence officials now believe it was not as crippled as they once thought. The reassessment has brought new urgency to joint Pakistani-American intelligence operations in Pakistan and strengthened officials’ belief that dismantling al-Qaida’s infrastructure there could disrupt nascent large-scale terrorist plots that may already be under way. In February, the deputy CIA director, Stephen R. Kappes, accompanied Vice President Dick Cheney to Islamabad to present Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, with intelligence on al-Qaida’s growing abilities and to develop a strategy to strike at training camps. Officials from several American intelligence agencies interviewed for this story agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because the al-Qaida assessments are classified. Many American officials said in recent years that the roles of bin Laden and his lieutenants in Pakistan’s remote mountains had diminished with the growing prominence of the branch in Iraq, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, along with the emergence of regional terrorism networks and so-called home-grown cells. This view, in part, led the CIA in late 2005 to disband Alec Station, the unit that for a decade was devoted to hunting bin Laden and his closest advisers, and reassign analysts within the agency’s Counterterrorist Center to focus on al-Qaida’s expanding reach. Officials believe that, in contrast with the somewhat hierarchical structure of al-Qaida in Afghanistan before Sept. 11, the group’s leadership is now more diffuse, with several planning hubs working autonomously and not reliant on constant contact with bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, his deputy. Much is still not known about the backgrounds of the new al-Qaida leaders; some have adopted noms de guerre. Officials and outside analysts said that they tend to be in their mid-30s and have years of battlefield experience fighting in places like Afghanistan and Chechnya. They are also more diverse than the earlier group of leaders, made up largely of battle-hardened Egyptian operatives. American officials said the new cadre includes several Pakistani and North African operatives. Experts say they still see al-Qaida in Iraq as largely independent of al-Qaida’s hub in Pakistan but that they believe the fighting in Iraq will produce future al-Qaida leaders. “The jihadis returning from Iraq are far more capable than the mujahedeen who fought the Soviets ever were,” said Robert Richer, who was associate director of operations in 2004 and 2005 for the CIA. “They have been fighting the best military in the world, with the best technology and tactics.”last_img read more

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  • Congress approves Iraq war funding

    first_imgThe legislation includes nearly $95 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30. In addition to jettisoning their plan for a troop withdrawal timeline, Democrats abandoned attempts to require the Pentagon to adhere to troop training, readiness and rest requirements unless Bush waived them. The bill establishes a series of goals for the Iraqi government to meet as it strives to build a democratic country able to defend its own borders. Continued U.S. reconstruction aid would be conditioned on progress toward the so-called benchmarks, although Bush retains the authority to order that the funds be spent regardless of how the Baghdad government performs. In exchange for providing the war money on Bush’s terms, Democrats won White House approval for about $17 billion in spending above what the administration originally sought. Roughly $8 billion of that was for domestic programs from hurricane relief to farm aid to low-income children’s health coverage. Democrats also won a top priority – the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade. The current federal wage floor of $5.15 an hour will go to $7.25 in three installments of 70 cents. Five months after taking power, Democrats also insisted on a variety of provisions to aid milk producers, American and Continental Airlines and rural counties hurt by the falloff in revenues from timber harvested on federal lands. Republican concern about the war was evident, although the rank and file voted with few exceptions for the funds. “It seems to me it’s time for them \ to show what is their ability and professionalism to step up,” said Sen. John Warner, R-Va. He said if conditions do not improve by mid-July, the president should reconsider his strategy. Democratic divisions were on display, vividly so when Reid voted for the war money after Pelosi opposed it. In a highly unusual maneuver, House Democratic leaders crafted a procedure that allowed their rank and file to oppose money for the war, then step aside so Republicans could advance it. There were 194 Republicans in favor, as well as 86 Democrats, three members of the leadership among them. Pelosi and 139 other Democrats voted against the measure, as did two Republicans. Moments earlier, the House voted 348-73 to include a separate package of domestic spending that Bush had once resisted. After months of struggle with the White House, Democrats took credit for forcing Republicans to begin changing course. At the same time, they emphasized their distaste for enabling the money to advance. “I hate this agreement,” said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who played a key role in talks with the White House that yielded the measure. He voted against the money, but Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., no less an opponent of the conflict, cast a different vote. “I cannot vote … to stop funding for our troops who are in harm’s way,” said Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I simply cannot and I will not do that. It is not the proper way that we can bring this war to an end.” After the previous bruising veto battle, Democratic leaders said they hoped to clear the bill for Bush’s signature by this Memorial Day weekend. The president rejected an earlier measure, objecting to a troop withdrawal timetable, and the House failed to override his objection. Reflecting unhappiness among conservatives in his own party, Bush said he would have preferred less domestic spending than the bill contained. “But, still, by voting for this bill members of both parties can show our troops and the Iraqis and the enemy that our country will support our servicemen and women in harm’s way,” he said at a Rose Garden news conference. One of the most vocal war critics in Congress readily agreed. “This is not a game. They run out of money next week,” said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, whose speech opposing Bush’s Iraq policy more than a year ago was a turning point in the debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress grudgingly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war Thursday night, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto. “The Iraqi government needs to show real progress in return for America’s continued support and sacrifice,” said the commander in chief, and he warned that August could prove to be a bloody month for U.S. troops in Baghdad’s murderous neighborhoods. The Senate’s 80-14 vote to send the legislation to the president came less than two hours after the House gave its approval on a margin of 280-142. In both cases, Republicans supplied the bulk of the support, an oddity in an era of Democratic control. Democrats in both houses coupled their concession with pledges to challenge Bush’s policies anew – and force Republicans to choose over and over between the president and public sentiment on the unpopular war. “This debate will go on,” vowed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada was even more emphatic. “Senate Democrats will not stop our efforts to change the course of this war until either enough Republicans join with us to reject President Bush’s failed policy or we get a new president,” he said. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky cautioned against more of the same. “I want to make it clear … that if all funding bills are going to be this partisan and contentious, it will be a very long year,” he said. From the White House to the Capitol, the day’s events closed out one chapter in an epic struggle pitting Congress against the president over a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,400 U.S. troops. Democratic presidential politics played a role, as Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, cast votes against the legislation, which was strongly opposed by anti-war activists. In the House, Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio choked back tears as he stirred memories of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “After 3,000 of our fellow citizens died at the hands of these terrorists, when are we going to take them on? When are we going to defeat them?” he asked. last_img read more

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  • Delivery for blue bins will start tomorrow

    first_imgIn the mean time, to incorporate more recycling into their routine, Rogers recommends people use their garbage bin for recycling, and use a smaller container for garbage.“If the biggest bin in your kitchen is the recycle bin, you are more likely to throw the things that actually are recyclable in that bin.”She anticipates full recycling collection to start on first or second week of November. The City of Fort St. John has finally received the first of many blue recycling bins for residents.“The bins have started arriving,” said Julie Rogers with the City of Fort St. John. “We had the first truck load this morning, and we’re getting another a truck load this afternoon. So it will be roughly a weeks worth of truck loads to receive all of the bins we ordered.”Rogers said Public Works crews will be assembling the bins, and putting a sticker on top to give people an idea of what can be collected from it.Here is the sticker that will be on the top of all of the Blue Bins #yxj pic.twitter.com/2eSXhd2xlC— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) September 24, 2015- Advertisement -A full, up to date list of blue bin recyclables, and how to recycle other materials, will be coming to the city’s website within a few days – the city’s app is also out and can be used to look up items that are recyclable.Advertisement The address will be printed on the side, as it is with the garbage bins.Tomorrow crews will start delivering bins to homes in Northeast section of the city, putting them at the end of the drive ways.When they arrive, residents can start using them right away.Rogers said she is hoping it will take only 2 to 3 weeks, give or take, to get all the blue bins delivered to homes, but it will take one full day of assembly and delivery to see how fast the process is.Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • CONFIRMED! Man City sign 22-year-old defender Pablo Mari

    first_imgManchester City have signed 22-year-old defender Pablo Mari from Gimnastic Tarragona, but are expected to loan him straight back to the Spanish second devision.The young Spaniard joins the Premier League side from Gimnastic Tarragona, and it is understood he will not join their Segunda Division rivals Girona.Mari had been with Gimnastic since 2013, making 90 appearances.A statement on the club’s website, which confirmed the deal, said: “We thank Pablo Mari for his commitment, discipline and hard work that he has contributed during these three years in the ranks of the first team.“Gimnastic de Tarragona wishes Mari good luck on a personal and professional level in his new team, Manchester City FC.”Meanwhile, City have announced their Spanish midfielder Manu Garcia has joined LaLiga side Alaves on a season-long loan.The 18-year-old made his City debut last season and has featured four times for the first team in all competitions to date, scoring one goal. 1last_img read more

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  • GAA: GLENSWILLY URGES MEMBERS TO GET AGM NOMINATIONS IN

    first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTESAGM – have you got your nomination/motion papers?This year’s AGM will take place on Sunday, November 22nd at 4pm in the clubhouse. Nomination sheets have been sent out by the club secretary. All nominations and motions must be sent to club secretary Aisling McDaid at Glenkeeragh, Newmills by 5pm on November 13th next. Everyone is urged to attend the AGM. If any member has not received a nomination/motion leaflet then they are asked to contact club secretary Aisling McDaid and she will get them one in advance of the deadline. Ladies AGMThe ladies section of the club will host their own AGM in the clubhouse on November 13th at 8pm. Nominations and motions should be returned to Deirdre McDaid, Glenkeeragh, Newmills by 5pm on November 6th. Again all members involved with the ladies are asked to attend.Child protection certificatesAlmost 20 people at different coaching ages in the club recently attended a Child Protection course given by the Donegal Sports Partnership. Anyone who is working with the children in our club in a coaching or mentoring capacity MUST have this course completed. Paulin Carberry has received the certificates from the latest course for all those who completed it. Anyone who needs the certificate urgently can contact Pauline directly. Otherwise she will have the certs at both the ladies AGM on November 13th and at the general AGM on November 22nd and the Underage Presentation on December 6th. Many thanks to Pauline for arranging all this. Minor board presentation nightThe presentation nights for all underage players will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday, December 6th. We will post a time for the night and any other details closer to the time.Croke Park ticketsThe club has been allocated one thousands fundraising tickets by Croke Park. The tickets are priced at €10 each. ALL money raised through the sale of the tickets by the club will go directly back to the club. The only issue now is to tell them! Anybody who can sell tickets is asked to contact club treasurer Bryan Faul.Return of gear As the season is now over for most teams, club treasurer Bryan Faul is looking to do a round-up of all the gear. Can all managers please email him with the quantity of gear they have including balls, jerseys, bibs, etc? It can then be arranged for the gear to be lifted or dropped off. Thanks.BingoThe bingo, which celebrated its first anniversary recently, continues form strength to strength as does the prize money. It continues every Wednesday night starting at 9pm.Card Drive The club’s 25 Card Drive will take place on Friday, November 20th next in the clubhouse. The night starts at 8pm and there will be €2,500 in prizes along with the Barney Pat Memorial Cup.Family Fortunes at McClaffertysFamily Fortunes will be held at McClaffertys in Churchill starting this Friday, November 6th. All proceeds will be split between the club and Glendowan NS so al members are encouraged to attend – or even to elect a team. You don’t have to be a family!NotesAnyone with anything for the club notes should email them before Monday night to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com.GAA: GLENSWILLY URGES MEMBERS TO GET AGM NOMINATIONS IN was last modified: November 4th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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  • Germany legend: ‘Neymar needs to quit acting’

    first_imgFormer Germany captain Lothar Matthaus has told Neymar to cut out the diving and focus on his football.The Brazilian superstar has divided opinion at this World Cup with his occasionally brilliant play and often comical play-acting. 2 Neymar has spent a lot of time on the deck in Russia 2 Matthaus had high praise for Kane Speaking at the launch of this year’s The Best FIFA Football Awards, Matthaus said: “Neymar doesn’t need to act – he’s an excellent player and he has everything a high-level player needs.“He’s one of the top five players in the world, why does he need to act? It doesn’t bring him sympathy and it’s not good for him.“(Diego) Maradona wasn’t acting, (Lionel) Messi doesn’t act. (Cristiano) Ronaldo is an actor in a different way but not like this. We need players like Neymar in the game but not like this.”Matthaus said he did not believe the Brazilian was quite on a par with Messi and Ronaldo.That could change, however, if Brazil win the World Cup, the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder said, although he made the same point about England’s Harry Kane and France’s Kylian Mbappe. “Why don’t we speak about Mbappe or Kane, who’s the top scorer in England the last three or four years, is the captain of the national team and has six goals at the World Cup? For me, he is a candidate (for the best player award), Mbappe is a candidate,” said Matthaus.Also at the launch was the original Ronaldo, who won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups with Brazil, and he was more supportive of his compatriot Neymar.The 41-year-old said: “There are many ways to interpret football and I don’t agree that he dives.“He is an intelligent player in his movements and how he defends himself from being tackled. I don’t think referees have been protecting him enough.“When people repeatedly fouled me I felt a sense of unfairness. The criticism of Neymar is nonsense, his results with Brazil are incredible and he is still not at his best.”last_img read more

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  • DONATE AND WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL

    first_imgTHE Donegal County Board has launched a competition to win two tickets to the All-Ireland Final.By simply donating €5 or more to the Donegal team and gaelic games in the county, you can be in the draw to win two golden tickets to Croke Park on September 23.Click on the link below to enter: http://www.donegalgaa.ie/news/161197/    DONATE AND WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 9th, 2012 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:DONATE AND WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE ALL-IRELAND FINALlast_img read more

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  • USL SOCCER: COCKHILL BEAT BONAGEE AS DRUMKEEN HOLD FANAD

    first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 23.03.14ResultsCockhill Celtic 3 2 Bonagee Utd. Fanad Utd. 1 1 Drumkeen Utd.Finn Harps Res. P P Swilly RoversLetterkenny Rovers P P Derry City Res. ReportsThe 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League kicked off on Sunday with two out of the four games beating the weather and going ahead. Champions Cockhill Celtic got their defence of the league crown off to a winning start, but only just over a well organised Bonagee Utd. outfit. Goals from top scorer Garbhan Friel (1) and a brace from Gerald McLaughlin were just enough to see off the Bonagee challenge by the narrowest of margins in a game in which they took the lead three times only for Aidan McLaughlin and Jamie Lynagh to pull Bonagee level on two occasions. In the end they managed to hold on for all three points and they will be delighted after hearing the final score from Traigh-a-Lough where last year’s runners-up, Drumkeen Utd. were held to a 1-1 draw by last year’s basement side, Fanad Utd. Indeed the men from the Kingdom took the lead through a Blaine Curtis penalty to go in ahead at the break before recent addition from Kildrum, Darren Cassidy levelled in the second period. Neither team could find a winner and with a share of the spoils a fair result, Drumkeen will know they can’t afford to let Cockhill get away from them even at this early stage if they are to try and claim a maiden league title in 2014.The other two matches fell victim to the weather despite Sunday being a good day with the rain that fell the previous two days over the weekend meaning a full programme could not be completed on the opening weekend.Champions Begin With WinCockhill Celtic 3Bonagee Utd. 2Played in near perfect conditions, Cockhill had to rearrange their defence in the 1st minute following a bad tackle on Sennan Mc Colgan that resulted in the left back being carried off. Cockhill started the brighter and dominated from the off. The breakthrough came after 8 minutes following a great team move Gerry Gill teed up the in-form Garbhan Friel to rifle home from 15 yards. Bonagee in their 1st meaningful attack, after 17 minutes, equalized when a corner was flicked on at the front post, allowing Aidan Mc Laughlin to head into the Cockhill net from 5 yards. Cockhill regrouped and started to pin Bonagee back and they got their 2nd when Garbhan Friel fed Jazza Mc Laughlin to slot home from close range. Cockhill continued to push forward in search of the 3rd and on three separate occasions had efforts cleared off the line. The best being an overhead kick from William O’Connor. Half Time 2-1 Cockhill Bonagee didn’t take long to draw level and in 48th minute following hesitant defending by Cockhill, Jimmy Lynagh burst through from defence to slot past Gavin Cullen in the home goal. The 2nd half was a more even affair and Bonagee made Cockhill work harder to create any real openings. Cockhill’s winning goal came in the 55th minute when Gerry Gill’s long cross was met by Jazza Mc Laughlin’s head. Bonagee threw more bodies forward in pursuit of an equalizer but the Cockhill’s defence held firm.Fanad Hold DrumkeenFanad Utd. 1Drumkeen Utd. 1 Fanad United and Drumkeen United settled for a share of the spoils in this opening Ulster Senior League match. Played in ideal conditions the match got off to a lively start with plenty of opportunities for both sides. On 4 minutes Darren McCready had a shot saved by Shane Graham in the Fanad goal and a minute later Blain Curtis shot over the bar when well-placed for Fanad. The clearest opportunity of the opening stages fell to Drumkeen’s Conor Carlin who latched on to a perfect through ball from Darren McCready only for Fanad keeper Graham to save bravely at his feet. On 15 minutes a deep cross by Blain Curtis was chested down by Oisin Hasset to Adam Serrinha who volleyed over the bar from 15 yards. Drumkeen had a few more half chances before Fanad took the lead on the stroke of half time. Following some pressure by Fanad, referee Vincent McLaughlin adjudged that Oisin Hasset had been fouled inside the box. Blain Curtis stepped up to give Stephen Conroy no chance and registered his first goal for the club.Drumkeen started the 2nd half brightly and put Fanad under enormous pressure. This pressure was rewarded on 54 minutes when they equalised. After a succession of corners the found its way to Darren Cassidy who knocked a deep cross to the back post where it was met by Conor McNulty who headed into the top corner. The game was end to end with Drumkeen having the clearest chances. On 75 minutes former Fanad player Eunan Kelly headed against the cross bar when unmarked in the box. On 80 minutes Fanad substitute Conor Blaney hit a well struck shot from outside the box which Stephen Conroy done well to save at the second attempt. Overall Drumkeen will be less pleased with the result. It was good battling performance by Fanad against last season’s runners up. Best for Fanad were Shane Graham, Kevin Murray and Blain Curtis, for Drumkeen recent acquisitions Darren McCready and Darren Cassidy were best.Fanad United: Shane Graham, Ronan Sweeney, (Caolan McDaid 56), Darren Nash, Declan Sweeney, Kevin Murray, Johnny Logue, Declan Curtis (Conor Blaney 75), Brian McVeigh, Blain Curtis, Oisin Hasset, Adam Serrinha (Keelin McElwaine 75)Drumkeen United: Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Benny Bonner, Conor McNulty, Paddy McLaughlin, Philip White, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready, Eunan Kelly, David Shovlin and Conor CarlinRef: Vincent McLaughlinFixturesSunday, March 30th at 2pm unless statedBonagee Utd. v Fanad Utd (12 noon) Ref. P. DuddyCockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinDrumkeen Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. CollSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. S. TonerUSL SOCCER: COCKHILL BEAT BONAGEE AS DRUMKEEN HOLD FANAD was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bonagee UdCockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedFANAD UTDlast_img read more

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