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272 packets of cocaine tendered as evidence in court

first_imgBarry Dataram caseThe trial of self-confessed drug lord and businessman Barry Dataram, his reputed wife, and their two friends continued on Tuesday before Magistrate Judy Latchman in Court Three of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dataram, also known as “Mogotani” or Kevin Dataram, of 13 Vriesland, West Bank Demerara (WBD); his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, 19, of 79 Patentia Housing Scheme, WBD; Komal Charran, 20, of 265 Belle West, WBD; and Trevor Gouveia of Best Village, West Coast Demerara, were all charged for allegedly having 129.23 kilograms of cocaine in their possession for the purpose of trafficking on April 16, 2015, at 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X Diamond, East Bank Demerara.Dataram represented himself during the hearing since his Attorney, Glen Hanoman was a no-show. Magistrate Judy Latchman told the Court that in the interest of time she would continue the trial in his absence.Before the start of the hearing, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) officers were seen transporting several boxes and a large freezer among other items to the courtroom.The items turned out to be exhibits in the case.The witness statements provided by CANU officer Andrew Yarde at Tuesday’s hearing backed the evidence. CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford-Thompson also verified the evidence.She successfully requested that the said items – that is the 129.23kg of cocaine that was found in the possession of the defendants – be tendered as evidence and marked as exhibits.Two boxes were then opened and emptied of their contents by CANU officer Yarde in the presence of the four accused. The boxes contained in total 272 packets of cocaine which were counted in front of the defendants by Yarde. Magistrate Latchman then ordered each defendant to count the packets to verify the amount.Also tendered as an exhibit were a garbage bag and a blue baby tub.Prosecutor Sandiford-Thompson asked for an extended date for the continuation of the trial since additional exhibits were left to be shown. The trial was adjourned until June 27.last_img read more

Code of Conduct Bites, Aspirants Bark Back

first_imgKarnwea, Sulunteh and Kamara, are the first affected by a Code of Conduct related decision from NECSubject to interpretation, NEC rejections set off queue of appeals to Supreme CourtThe realities are now dawning upon Liberians (at home and abroad) as it was inevitable that this day or such a moment would come the since that fateful day when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Code of Conduct. The infant Code, finally using its teeth, has bitten its first few victims via the rejections of four political aspirants by the National Elections Commission (NEC).  But these affected aspirants are not squealing in pain.  No, they are barking all the way to the Supreme Court, each with his own case to challenge the NEC’s implementation of the Code of Conduct — and even that is still subject to interpretation.Some affected aspirants are even questioning the sincerity of the National Elections Commission (NEC) as to whether the process is being conducted fairly void of manipulations. They have described the Code as a “biased piece of law, intended to ostracize others from participating in national electoral processes.”When the CoC, which bars presidential appointees from contesting elective posts unless they resigned two/three years prior to the elections, was passed into law and its legitimacy subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court, many had thought that it would have been business as usual as the laws of the country have been relaxed or compromised at one point or another, during this administration.And what many, especially those aspirants caught in the web, took for granted and spoke lightly of is becoming very serious before their own eyes. They thought it would have been business as usual. But certainly this is not the case.The NEC, at the candidate nomination proceedings on Thursday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports complex in Paynesville, rejected Mr. Harrison Karnwea, the vice standard bearer of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP), as well as Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh, vice standard bearer to the former number 2 man at Coca-Cola, Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).The two vice standard bearers were rejected barely hours after presenting their nomination forms to be finally clear or given authorizations as legitimate contestants at the October polls. These two brings the total number to four of candidates that have been rejected by the NEC. Last week two representative aspirants from Montserrado and Gbarpolu Counties were disqualified by the NEC on the basis of the same COC.They NEC, through its Public Relations boss Henry Flomo, confirmed to the Daily Observer through a telephone conversation on Saturday that the LP Karnwea and ANC Sulunteh were disqualified on the basis of the COC.He further clarified that this does not necessarily mean that they won’t participate in the October elections. “They still have a chance and that rests squarely with them. They can still challenge their rejection and who knows? Anything could happen.”Flomo noted that the nomination and verification exercise is a process. These two were out rightly disqualified because NEC was very confident of them violating the COC.The opposition LP has resolved to engage in a legal battle with the NEC until justice is served. The party has already begun to raise some question about the NEC’s sincerity and integrity as it goes about candidate evaluation exercises immediately after the LP’s Vice standard Bearer, Harrison Karnwea, was out rightly rejected-an information that they initially learned from social media.LP Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine said at a press conference in Monrovia on Saturday that it was a shame that the party and Karnwea got to know about his fate through social media when the information was allegedly leaked to some ruling party stalwarts. The LP has condemned the leakage of this sensitive information, especially to staunch members of a direct rival party, accusing the NEC of sinister motive.He described the rejection of his running mate as premeditated and that he was denied even prior to the submitting of the nomination as some people had been informed.He said that the LP was accorded no due process as prescribed by section 12.3 of the amended COC, which calls for investigation before a candidate can be denied. He argued that the NEC reached out to neither Karnwea nor the party as was supposed to be done with any individual who is under investigation.The ANC, which has yet to comment on the matter, is expected to do so at a press conference scheduled for today, said Jonathan Dolakeh, Deputy Secretary General of the party.Karnwea is a former managing director of the Forestry Development Authority(FDA) who stepped down in March this year and announced his exit from the ruling Unity Party few days later, crossing over to LP.He was later picked as Cllr. Brumskine’s running mate. Karnwea, during his acceptance speech bragged,  “I see no ticket deserving victory than our ticket. I see no ticket that can be easily entrusted with the future of this country other than our ticket,” Karnwea said upon his preferment by Cllr. Brumskine to be his running mate.But this dream seems to be at the brink of collapse or at best, just out of reach, if luck/fortune or chance does not play its part in his favor.Sulunteh resigned his post as Liberian Ambassador to the United States in February and later crossed over to the ANC. He was a top ranking member of the ruling party, serving formerly as senior national vice chairman of UP. He had previously served as Minister of Post and Telecommunications and Minister of Transport.Since its passage, the COC has been the most contentious aspect of the electoral process, generating a lot of debate in-country and the Diaspora. It would be an understatement to insinuate that the court of public opinion will intensify the debate as the NEC continues the candidate evaluation, carrying out background investigations as it relates to all of the 14 counts that could disqualify a specific candidate.These include the COC, the residency clause, citizenship, age requirement, one being domiciled in a specific constituency before s/he can contest a legislative seat; and many more.NEC’s scribe, Flomo, noted that candidates would be disqualified by the commission if they failed any of these. “So this is a process that the NEC is conducting. We just want the chance to do our work. Anyone who feels dissatisfied could go to the Court, which has the power to instruct us on what to do,” he said.He said that the NEC will be coming up with a preliminary listing of candidates before the final listing. “By the NEC accepting your nomination and giving you your package does not necessarily mean you are qualified and will be contesting the elections. It only allows us to know who all are coming in and so we began our investigations, which is tedious and time consuming, as we have to ensure no one violates any of our set rules,” he explained.“So if your name is to even appear in the preliminary listing does not mean you will contest in October. We will still be investigating candidates and anyone who falls short will be disqualified. You can only be relaxed when your name appears on the final listing because that is what we will use to print the ballots. So this is a long process and no one is qualified yet and those who have been rejected could still get a chance but through the legal means,” he said.Certainly with all these requirements, one could come to the conclusion that there will be a lot of cases coming out of the NEC’s nomination an candidate vetting process.This means the docket of the Supreme Court will be full with cases as denied candidates will be trooping in for redress. It could get real messy, by virtue of the sheer uncertainty beclouding the electoral process, a situation the Governance Commission and its Chairman, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, were trying to avoid when it recommended, in its yearly report, to the NEC and other relevant actors to make the COC inapplicable because of limited time.Dr. Sawyer and his GC received barrage of criticism for calling for the law to be compromise, though this would not have even been the tenth time. Will Sawyer and his GC be vindicated as this saga unfolds? 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Snowmobile and ATV show in Prince George

first_imgThe B.C. Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) is holding its third annual ‘Let’s Ride B.C.’ Snowmobile and ATV show on Oct. 29-30 in Prince George.The event is being held at the CN Centre and will feature a number of well known snowmobile and ATV manufacturers. They will be displaying their newest snowmobile models for 2011. There will also be local dealers that will be displaying their various products and services.- Advertisement -The BCSF is also excited to be highlighting a number of new exhibitors, products and snowmobile destinations within the province. The BCSF will be promoting information on snowmobile safety programs, local snowmobile clubs and environmental stewardship.A new feature of this year’s event is a freestyle aerial stunt show. The stunt show will feature aerial tricks by riders on snowmobiles, ATV’s and motorcycles.For more information visit the Federation’ website at read more

Staph bug found to kill germ-fighting cells

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The findings, from a team of U.S. and German researchers led by Michael Otto of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared in Sunday’s online edition of the journal Nature Medicine. While only 14 percent of serious MRSA infections are the community associated kind, they have drawn attention in recent months with a spate of reports in schools, including the death of a 17-year-old Virginia high school student. Both hospital-associated and community-associated MRSA contained genes for the peptides. But their production was much higher in the CA-MRSA, the researchers said. The compounds first cause inflammation, drawing the immune cells to the site of the infection, and then destroy those cells. The research was conducted in mice and with human blood in laboratory tests. WASHINGTON – The aggressive antibiotic-resistant staph infection responsible for thousands of recent illnesses undermines the body’s defenses by causing germ-fighting cells to explode, researchers reported Sunday. Experts say the findings may help lead to better treatments. An estimated 90,000 people in the United States fall ill each year from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. It is not clear how many die from the infection; one estimate put it at more than 18,000, which would be slightly higher than U.S. deaths from AIDS. The infection long has been associated with health care facilities, where it attacks people with reduced immune systems. But many recent cases involve an aggressive strain, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA. It can cause severe infections and even death in otherwise healthy people outside of health care settings. The CA-MRSA strain secretes a kind of peptide – a compound formed by amino acids – that causes immune cells called neutrophils to burst, eliminating a main defense against infection, according to researchers. last_img read more


first_imgTRIPS by boat to Scotland for the thousands of Donegal people who make the journey every year are set to get faster – and more comfortable.Tim Hedgley,’s Travel Editor was there to see Stena Line’s new Stg£80 million Loch Ryan and terminal facility in Cairnryan officially opened yesterday by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Stena Line Chairman Dan Sten Olsson.The new 27 acre port is one of the most modern port facilities in the UK and heralds the start of a new route between Scotland and Ireland, which will be serviced by two new ships, Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII, the largest ferries ever to link the two countries. The new ships will complete the crossing in 2 hours 15 minutes and will operate 12 scheduled sailings per day between Cairnryan and Belfast.The opening of the new port brings Stena Line’s recent investment in the service to a massive Stg£200M, which also includes the opening in 2008 of the VT4 port in Belfast, and safeguards the ferry link between Scotland and the North for the next generation.Dan Sten Olsson, Chairman of Stena Line told “This is a historic day for the people of Scotland and Ireland.  The long term future of this important ferry link between both countries has been secured for future generations and I’m delighted that Stena Line has been able to play its part in maintaining a connection between both countries which goes back more than 150 years.“This investment represents one of the biggest financial route commitments ever made by Stena Line and I’m delighted that after years of planning and hard work the day has finally arrived when we can enjoy using one of the most modern port and terminal facilities in the UK. “We have built a facility that will support and stimulate both leisure and freight markets and we are confident that this and the next generation will continue to see ferry travel as an important part of their travel plans.“I am confident that our leisure and freight customers will see that we have taken great care to meet their needs constructing a service and facilities around them and I look forward to the prospect of Cairnryan – Belfast becoming one of the leading ferry services on the Irish Sea.”Speaking at the opening First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be at the Loch Ryan port to open this hugely impressive and important new gateway to Scotland.  It is exciting to see how this former brownfield site has been transformed into a 21st century ferry port in less than two years, safeguarding hundreds of jobs at the terminal and ensuring this historic ferry link continues for generations to come.”Scheduled sailings from the new Loch Ryan Port began on Monday November 21st with 10 crossings per day which will increase to 12 sailings from December 5th.NEW €100M PORT TO MAKE TRIPS TO SCOTLAND SMOOTHER was last modified: November 25th, 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)last_img read more

Revealed! Every official and rumoured Premier League kit for the 2016/17 season

first_img 39 Arsenal’s official home kit 2016/17 – check out more of next season’s official and possible Premier League kits by clicking the arrow above, right – A leaked image did the rounds on social media of rumoured signing Granit Xhaka in what appeared to be the Gunners’ strip for the new season. It’s no surprise therefore that they have now officially unveiled the kit. 39 Liverpool’s official third kit 2016/17 – Named the Toxic Thunder, the Merseysiders released their third strip at the end of July and it got quite a response from Liverpool fans. It very much divides opinion but Jurgen Klopp will not forgive his players for not finding a team-mate with a pass when they are wearing this… 39 Manchester City’s official away kit 2016/17 – City’s away kit seems to have divided fans, with some uncertain over the choice of colours. The badge has been redesigned in yellow. 39 Everyone feels a little excited when a new kit is on its way.And it’s getting to that stage of the year when rumours start to swirl and official releases begin to arrive in advance of the next season.Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have got the ball rolling, among others, while there are a few possible kits being leaked, too.So we’ve taken a look at the newly released kits and those rumoured – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 39 39 39 Swansea City’s official away kit 2016/17 – It’s all blue for the Swans’ away jersey. A stark contrast to the green and navy blue of last season. 39 West Ham’s official home kit 2016/17 – After much teasing, the Hammers released their home kit mid-July. As with their away strip Umbro have kept the design simple. Sunderland’s official third kit 2016/17 – Sunderland have released their third kit before their away, and this strip is one of the most flamboyant to take to the stage. This will surely have divided fans. 39 39 Leicester City’s official away kit 2016/17 – It’s all red for the Premier League champions on rival soil for the new season. A big change from the black of their title-winning campaign and it remains to be seen whether it’ll be a top seller with fans. 39 Everton’s official away kit 2016/17 – The Toffees’ away strip for the incoming season takes inspiration from their first league title win from the 1890-91 campaign. This could be a hit with the club’s fans. Burnley’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Clarets return to the Premier League next season having claimed the 2015/16 Championship title, and this is the kit they’ll be wearing in the top flight. 39 39 Crystal Palace’s official home kit 2016/17 – The stripes have been toned down on the Eagles’ home shirt for the new season, keeping it simple and largely unchanged with a new asymmetrical design. 39 39 Leicester City’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Foxes will don this jersey in their title-defending campaign and there will be plenty of delirious supporters rushing to make sure they are up to date with the champion’s kit. 39 39 Sunderland’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Black Cats have revealed their new kit and it’s certainly a classy one. Despite a challenging campaign, adidas have gone for smart gold stripes in what could be a popular feature. 39 39 Stoke City’s official home and away kit 2016/17 – As with the Britannia Stadium to be named the Bet365 Stadium from next season, these kits might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s their first with Macron and the home jersey features an unusual large white panel, instead of stripes, on the back. 39 Leicester City’s official third kit 2016/17 – With Champions League football to come next season, a third kit will come in handy for the Premier League champions. Manchester United’s official home kit 2016/17 – It was finally unveiled on their pre-season tour of China. A nice simple number with the Adidas stripes down the side. A subtle half-and-half of differing shades of red with a cool divide down the middle. Hull City’s official away kit 2016/17 – With a change of sponsorship, the Tigers have released a new away kit for their return to the Premier League. The inside of the neck has a feature with longitude and latitude co-ordinates – the location of the KC Stadium, just in case fans forget… Middlesbrough’s official away kit 2016/17 – A stark contrast to the yellow of last season; Adidas have opted for a navy blue design. Light blue socks finish off the kit. 39 39 Hull City’s official home kit 2016/17 – This season Hull have splashed a bit of white trim on the sleeves and collar with the familiar vertical stripes. They have also opted for a plunged neckline. Crystal Palace’s official away kit 2016/17 – Macron have taken a look at older kits and brought back the sash across the jersey, and stayed loyal to the ‘lucky’ yellow first used on the club’s kit in 1971. This could be a hit. Manchester City’s official home kit 2016/17 – Pep Guardiola was officially unveiled on July 3rd in Manchester, along with their home kit. It features the new club crest. 39 Bournemouth’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Cherries officially unveiled their new home jersey for the upcoming campaign at the beginning of June. The design has been kept simple, which should please fans. 39 39 Liverpool’s official away kit 2016/17 – Liverpool have again gone with an all-black away design, with subtle touches of red. Manchester United’s official away kit 2016/17 – The Red Devils teased supporters over their away strip for the past week, but finally unveiled the design. The reaction online hasn’t been too favourable. 39 39 39 39 West Ham United’s official away kit 2016/17 – The Hammers have released their away kit for their debut season at the Olympic Stadium, with the design referencing the move. Inspiration has been taken from the 1980 shirt that last lifted the FA Cup. Liverpool’s official home kit 2016/17 – New Balance accidentally posted snaps of the Reds’ new home kit via their website before its official release, slightly taking the surprise away from the launch. It’s now been unveiled and there will be few complaints over the simple design. Chelsea’s official third kit 2016/17 – An image of Gary Cahill in the Blues’ third kit had been doing the rounds on social media for the past few weeks, and it’s now officially been unveiled. This could be the more popular of the club’s three strips for the new season. Southampton’s official home and away kit 2016/17 – It’ll be an interesting season for the Saints without manager Ronald Koeman, as Claude Puel takes over. And this is the uniform that’ll be on show. 39 Everton’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Toffees unveiled their new home kit in the wake of defeat to Norwich City in their penultimate Premier League game and after such a miserable campaign, few Toffees fans may be willing to part with their cash for a new jersey. 39 39 39 39 Bournemouth’s official away kit 2016/17 – Again, the Cherries have opted for blue on the away stage. It’s most notable feature is a rounded button collar. Watford’s official goalkeeper, home and away kit 2016/17 – The Hornets comfortably evaded the drop last season and begin next season’s preparations with Walter Mazzarri in charge. The new kits are quite a change from last season’s and it seems to have gone down well with fans. 39 Manchester United’s official third kit 2016/17 – The final bit of kit to be released by the club – probably to be worn most in the Europa League 39 Tottenham Hotspur’s official goalkeeper, third, home and away kit 2016/17 – Rather than release each kit individually, Spurs opted to unveil all designs for the 2016/17 campaign in one go. 39 Middlesbrough’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Boro return to the Premier League next season and they do so with a little more colour. Adidas have added a hint of blue to the design. Chelsea’s official away kit 2016/17 – It’s a bold design for the Blues’ official away strip, with a standout fluorescent yellow trim that won’t go unnoticed next season. West Bromwich Albion’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Baggies unveiled their kit in a surprise PR stunt by an all-female group at Birmingham Grand Central last week and it seems to have been met well by the club’s supporters. 39 West Bromwich Albion’s official away kit 2016/17 – As with their home kit, the Baggies have gone for a simple, uncomplicated design for their away strip. A big change from the all red of last season. Swansea City’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Swans have moved away from the white and gold with adidas and opted for a simple white design as Spanish manufacturer Joma takes over. Arsenal’s official away and third kits 2016/17 – The Gunners have finally released their away and third kits and while the yellow away one harks back to some of the classics, the third kit looks like someone has taken a highlighter to it Chelsea’s official home kit 2016/17 – The Blues unveiled their home kit for Antonio Conte’s debut campaign in the Premier League at the beginning of May, with Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek doing the revealing on the club’s Facebook page. 39last_img read more


first_imgThe launch of yesterday’s fundraising drive which will see 56 people undertake the Belfast Marathon for little Paul Doherty.With his operation now set for March, 2015, a very special group has backed the campaign to help little Paul Doherty walk for the first time. A strong group of 56 people are now registered for the 2015 Belfast City Marathon in a bid to raise as much funding as possible for the young Donegal lad.Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulThe official launch of the marathon fund-raising campaign took place yesterday. Patsy McGonagle, FVAC gave the group words of encouragement and paid credit to the tremendous work that had been done locally to support this local fundraiser.Local legend Jason Quigley was also there to support the event. The date for Paul’s operation has now been set for March 3rd 2015.This event was organised by James Maguire from Finn Valley Athletics Club and is fully supported by Finn Valley Athletics Club.Paul has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The fund aims to raise a minimum of €60,000 to allow Paul to have an operation that will enable him to walk. They started out on their fundraising journey trying to raise what they thought was an unachievable amount of €60,000.00. What they didn’t take into account was the incredible support they would receive from the public. In the short time of 14 weeks they had reached their target and can now say with confidence that Paul will have his operation in March 2015.Anne Marie Doherty, his mother explains “Since Paul could talk he always told me “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk.“Then I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.”Anne Marie always said that the €60,000.00 would pay for the operation and just 4-6 months of an intense 2 year post operative physiotherapy program. “We are organising this relay marathon so that Paul will have funding for more of his therapy after the operation. One day we would love to see Paul doing a part of a relay marathon with us….. Even 50 metres walking would be a dream come true for Paul.”So let’s all get together and support this incredible group of people to support Paul. The relay team will be looking for sponsors over the coming months. We wish them all the best!A MARATHON JOURNEY PLANNED SO PAUL CAN TAKE HIS FIRST FEW STEPS was last modified: December 14th, 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 valleyMarathonoperationpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

‘Knives were flying in the air’ – 12 World Cup stars’ tournament memories

first_img 11 Everyone has a vivid memory of their first World Cup and, as you can imagine, for footballers it tends to be even stronger.The superstars heading to Russia have dreamt about going to the finals for their entire lives.But what do they remember most from their childhood? asked a series of players to get find out. “I was 13 at the time [of France 1998] and I watched with my friends and family in Zadar. After every win, we just got happier and happier. At the same time, it was a great advert for Croatia – all the world finally knew about us. I remember I started dreaming about being able to reach that level one day. It was phenomenal.” 9. Heung-Min Son (South Korea and Tottenham Hotspur) 11 11 11 “My earliest World Cup memory? Freddy Rincon’s goal against Germany at Italy 1990. I must have been four years old. Everyone in Colombia celebrated it, so I have a fleeting memory of it. In fact, I think I recall more clearly all the subsequent times I saw that goal than the actual moment it was scored. The next World Cup wasn’t until 94, so we grew up seeing that goal over and over again.” “My first memory is the 1994 World Cup, which my father (Brazil’s Mazinho) won. I was only three and though I don’t remember the matches, I remember him coming home, the celebrations, and all the family being there. I remember it very clearly. I also remember the 2010 Final between Spain and the Netherlands, obviously, and Andres’s [Iniesta] goal. It’s the most important moment in the history of Spanish football. We were with the U-19s at the time. When Andres scored, there were fire extinguishers going off and oil and knives flying in the air. The TV ended up on the floor as well.” 11 12. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran and AZ Alkmaar) 4. Paul Pogba (France and Manchester United) “I have a lot of good memories of 2002. I remember after the penalty shoot-out against Spain in the quarter-final, everyone was going crazy. We couldn’t believe it. Everyone was wearing red shirts in 2002, including myself! I can’t choose one moment from that World Cup. Every moment in 2002 was fantastic.” 11. Radamel Falcao (Colombia and Monaco) “My first memory is from 1994. Although I was two years old, I think my first memory was watching on TV and the goal Romario scored against Holland. I remember that Bebeto crosses, and he takes it first time, and it’s a ‘golazo’.” 3. Neymar (Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain) “I remember watching the World Cup in USA in 1994. It was an overwhelming feeling. That was the first time that I understood what football was – every move, the entire game. My best memories are of watching the game against Cameroon, when Oleg Salenko scored five and Russia won 6-1.” 11 10. Igor Akinfeev (Russia and CSKA Moscow) 11 “I remember France’s 3-0 final win over Brazil in 1998. I was really young, just six or seven, and I was at home watching the match with all the others. As soon as France won, we all went outside and climbed over the cars. There were horns sounding and we were all happy.”5. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil and Manchester City)“For the past three World Cups I have painted the streets (of hometown favela, Jardim Peri) to celebrate the competition – it’s almost an obligation for the community. Hopefully I will get the chance to play at the World Cup in Russia to repay all the joy it has brought me.” “The first World Cup I can remember actively watching was 2006. I was probably too small in 2002 but in 2006 it was here in Germany, and me and my family watched every bit of it. That German team excited the whole country, so every one of their games was a real highlight.” “I remember 2002 and Ronaldinho putting that free-kick into the top corner (against England in the quarter-finals). It still hurts me to this day! That was my earliest memory of a World Cup and since then it has always been a dream to go on and play in one.” 6. Julian Draxler (Germany and Paris Saint-Germain) 11 1. Luka Modric (Croatia and Real Madrid) 11 Pintando a rua para a copa de 2014 ⚽️🙏🤙🏽— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) May 30, 2017 7. Javier Hernandez (Mexico and West Ham United) 2. Thiago Alcantara (Spain and Bayern Munich) 8. Harry Kane (England and Tottenham Hotspur) 11 11 “The first World Cup I remember is 1998. My biggest idol was playing there, Ronaldo. Because of the schedule of the matches, sometimes I had to finish my classes in school early and rush home to watch them.” “I have a strong memory of watching the 2006 World Cup at home with my family. As we were watching a game, my father turned to me and said, ‘This is my biggest dream – to see you one day playing wearing that shirt at a World Cup’. I was just a kid at the time; neither of us could have imagined I would do just that only eight years later. But his dream definitely became my dream.”last_img read more


first_imgThe people of Ardara have found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place but they’re delighted.A new welcome stone has been erected in the town in what is hoped will be a number of projects aimed at promoting enterprise and tourism in the area.Pictured presenting the new Ardara town sign on behalf of McMonagle Stone, to Stephen McCahill of the Town Traders, is Brian Forrest. Also pictured are Barney “The Rock” Shovlin who erected the sign, and Leonard Molloy, on behalf of the Ardara Focus Group. The Focus Group are hoping that this will be the first of a series of signs, denoting townlands in Irish and English, throughout the parish.They have applied for LEADER funding through the Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC), and hope to be able to advance the project in the coming months.   ARDARA GETS READY TO ROCK WITH NEW TOURISM PROJECTS was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraStephen McCahillstonelast_img read more

FUFA Drum quarter finals to be played in Lira, Gulu

first_imgBuganda are the defending champions of the FUFA Drum. (PHOTO/File)MENGO – The FUFA Drum is the new big thing in Ugandan football.Started only last year, the tournament has won over hearts of Ugandans and with each passing match-day, the number of fans who attend games keeps on growing.Last month, Uganda Tourism Board partnered with the tournament organizers so as to try and sell the tournament further.It is a move that is expected to grow the tournament further in the coming years.After a thrilling group stage, this years edition has reach the last 8.On Wednesday, June 10th, it was announced that the knockout stages will be changed from the usual format of home and away to a playoff round.The eight remaining teams which include Acholi, West Nile, Buganda, Bukedi, Bugisu, Lango, Tooro and Busoga, will square off in a mini tournament which will consist of two groups of four.The two leaders in each group at the end of the first round will seal a spot in the semi finals of the 2019 FUFA Drum.From there, the winners of their respective last 4 fixtures, will contest the final to determine the overall champions of the second edition.Speaking at the press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo, the chairperson of the Drum organising committee, Roger Byamukama thanked everyone who has continued to embrace the tournament and also called upon more fans to come and be part of it.“We are so grateful to the fans who have embraced the project and what it stands for. Noted Byamukama.“We are also grateful for the partners who have come on board to help us execute and showcase what Uganda has.“The fans whose teams have already been eliminated are still encouraged to come and reveal what will happen in the playoffs because the tournament is still on-going.Byamukama thanked the different stake holders and urged fans to continue embracing the FUFA Drum.At the same press conference, it was also announced that all the knockout fixtures will be played in Gulu and Lira.The reason for selecting the two districts is that both still have teams competing in the competition and the fact that they are geographically close to one another which eases movement.The matches are set to be telecast live on TV, another reason that was fronted for selecting Lira and Gulu as it will enable the production crews to move their equipment from one place to the other, easily.The playoffs will be played in October and the fixtures will be announced at a later date.With the group stage already completed, one may wonder why the playoffs will be played in October but Byamukama explained the delay.“We still have to work on the two pitches and that is why we will have the playoffs in October.“There is still a lot of work to be done so as to ensure they meet the minimum standards required to host such high profile games.Buganda are the defending champions having defeated West Nile in the inaugural edition’s final last year.Comments Tags: AcholiBugandaBugisuBukediBusogaFUFA DRUMGuluLangoLiraRogers ByamukamaToorotopWest Nilelast_img read more