Bale or Isco, Zidane’s great doubt to measure himself to the City

first_img(embed) (/ embed) Real Madrid trained for the last time before receiving Manchester City (Wednesday 26, 9:00 pm. Movistar Champions League). Zidane has the already known casualties of Asensio and Hazard, which began its recovery process last Monday. The Belgian underwent a first session to begin to reduce the fissure that occurred before the Levant. Both the club and the player are waiting to decide if a conservative treatment is operated or carried out, something that he already did with the injury that occurred on the fifth day of the league against PSG last November. Rodrygo, Altube and Javi Hernández were also trained with the first team. Mariano, meanwhile, completed the third session since his return. Things being that way, Zidane must choose the eleven that faces the whole citizen The coach’s doubt lies in two players who, a priori, are the ones who will make Madrid play in one way or another. The soccer players are Bale and Isco. If he plays Welsh, the logical thing would be that the system to be adopted by the French coach was a 1-4-4-2, with Bale acting on top with Benzema, while the center of the field would be composed of Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Valverde.If, on the contrary, the chosen one was from Malaga, Madrid would reinforce its center of the field before a team that usually moves the ball quickly in that area. It would force Guardiola to reinforce his environment, leaving a striker, in this case the chosen one could be Sterling, since he comes out of injury, being Agüero or Gabriel Jesus the men chosen to form the tip of the attack. Although for options, Guardiola has a wide offensive repertoire with players like Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.It is also possible that Vinicius is acting next to Benzema. The good moment of the Brazilian player before a defense that he can overcome with his dribbles and diagonals could be considered an option for the white attack.If you want to go to the Bernabéu to enjoy the excitement of Real Madrid live – Manchester City Here you can check the available tickets. See tickets.last_img read more

Ja’s Taylor to lead WI Women

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Marquee batsman Stafanie Taylor has been appointed the new captain of West Indies Women, replacing the long-serving Merissa Aguilleira.The change was announced by the West Indies Cricket Board yesterday as it named the 18-member training squad for the home series against Pakistan starting next month.Aguilleira led the side for six years, during which time they managed to reach the final of the ICC World Cup in 2013 and the semi-finals of the last three Twenty20 World Cups.However, chief selector Clive Lloyd said the time had come for a change.”Merissa has been there for a long time and did a pretty good job, but we feel the time is right for a new leader, and we have chosen Stafanie,” he said.”She has done well for Windies Women with bat and ball and has led Jamaica Women successfully, so leading the team would not be alien to her.”Stafanie has played quite a lot. She has been ICC Player-of-the-Year and she will be able to lead by example.”prolificTaylor has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the women’s game in recent years. The 24-year-old right-hander has garnered 3,115 runs from 84 one-day international, already with five centuries and 20 half-centuries.In 62 Twenty20s, she has managed 1,814 runs at an average of 36, with 16 half-centuries.In contrast, Aguilleira has struggled with the bat, especially in recent times. She has not scored a half-century in over three years and managed only 69 runs from 10 ODI outings last year and 86 runs from 12 T20 innings.WICB president Dave Cameron said he believed the changes would be “in the best interests” of the squad.”The directors have confidence in the decision made by the selectors and accept that it has been made in the best interests of the women’s team,” he said.TRAINING SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Karishma Ramharack, Tremayne Smartt, Vanessa Watts.last_img read more

Wife Appreciates Husband

first_img“Women believe that it is a normal thing for their husbands to undertake their responsibilities.  With this notion, many women take the fulfillment of these responsibilities for granted as it seen as the ‘normal’ thing to do.  But wives must learn to show appreciations to their husbands in order to keep the flame of love and care burning.”This was the statement made by Fundamental Baptist Women Fellowship (FBWF) Missionary and Marriage Counselor, Esther K. Gbor, at the Calvary Baptist Church on January 12 when Mrs. Ruth Vaye honored her husband G. Larque Vaye, Sr., the Pastor of the church.Mrs. Gbor —who has counseled many couples since she started work in Liberia in 1998— stressed before the congregation that despite the fact that men are in the home to bear responsibilities, it is also incumbent upon the women to motivate their husbands when they do well instead of seeing it as an obligation to compel them do it.She said such notion is responsible for poor relationship in many homes and has caused some men to abandon their wives.“Let women learn to publicly honor their husbands when they (husbands) are doing well.  Remember that these men God has blessed you with can be like any other men who are frustrating their wives.  Do not have the notion that it is a normal thing but think that it is the love of God directing their attention to you,” she noted.Mrs. Gbor in a chat with the Daily Observer noted that encouragement from a wife in a home keeps the husband therein, and he will always feel happy to do more when the wife shows that what he does is appreciative to her.Giving her testimony at a thanksgiving service in the Calvary Baptist Church following a major surgical operation in Ghana, Mrs. Roseline Vaye told the congregation that if God had not given her a good and caring husband, she would had found it difficult while she was sick.“When time was reaching for us to go to Ghana for this operation, my husband, Rev. Vaye was always on the computer and I complained why he should play with computer all day and night.  At last I learnt that through communication on the computer we were able to get the money needed to transport us and for me to undergo the operation,” she said.She noted that it takes God’s mercy and grace to get such a husband she has; something that caused her to remember her lovely song, “The Lord is my Shepherd” which she asked the church’s choir to sing.Mrs. Vaye during that time of her agony said her beloved husband, Rev. G. Larque Vaye identified with her in every way and manner unlike some men who cannot bear such patience.On this note, she certificated her husband and gowned him with a new coat suit that he can remember as tokens of gratitude for the major role God used him to play in her life.Also making a remark while presenting the certificate on behalf of Mrs. Vaye, Mrs. Ruth Whiangar of the church said Rev. Vaye’s role in his wife’s life is not because he is a man of God, but he was prepared by Him for such a role.Mrs. Whiangar said there are many pastors all over the country and world at large who are cannot show such a concern, but it takes God to have good and caring pastors that include Rev. Vaye and her own husband Rev. Tuagar E. Whiangar.Meanwhile, appreciating husband in the public is something unusual for many women in Liberia.Many of them subscribe to the belief that it is the man that seeks the woman for marriage or sexual relationship; therefore, he is responsible to underwrite the cost of living in the home.Many a time some say, “You are responsible to feed me and provide me with clothes and other basic needs, and failure on your part means I have the right to take you to court.”But for a relationship to hold and the flame of love keeps burning, it is also incumbent upon the woman to persuade her husband by showing him love, caring for his feeding, and appreciating the little he faithfully does to keep the relationship holding.But imperative and forceful demand, ingratitude, unfaithfulness, less concern for his feeding, amongst others, highly contribute to breaking of relationship thus causing another woman who meets the necessary criteria to take your place.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Giving Liberia, at Last, a Decent Airport: Can Ellen and Bako Do It?

first_imgIt is legacy time in Liberia today. As the 12-year reign of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf draws to a close, she and all those in her government are struggling to leave a legacy—something tangible that the Liberian people and the world may say confidently—and gratefully—that Africa’s first elected woman President achieved.Everyone knows that one of the sore eyes on our national landscape is the Roberts International Airport. According to the Historical Dictionary of Liberia, RIA was constructed during World War II through a Defense Areas Agreement between the United States and Liberia. It was initially used heavily by the US Air Force to assist in the transfer of combat troops, aircrafts and armaments from the American continent to war theaters in North Africa, notably Algeria and Morocco. Robertsfield hosted a strategic component of American combat troops, part of the Allied Forces—the USA, Britain, Russia, France and other nations, that were battling the Axis Powers—Germany, Italy and Japan—during World War II.Japan, on the other hand, launched an unprovoked attack on the pride of America’s naval forces, Pearl Harbor, and this forced a reluctant Washington into World War II.Remember that by 1940 the Germans had taken complete control of the North Atlantic, daring anyone to attempt plying those waters. The Nazis had flooded the ocean with their torpedo boats that sank any enemy vessel in sight.The Allies were forced to find an alternative route to dispatch their combat troops, war machinery and armaments to the African Theatre. The geographic experts soon discovered a direct and easy connection from Brazil to Monrovia, the Liberian capital, more particularly Robertsfield. That was the strategic importance of Robertsfield during that war.To show his gratitude to Liberia, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Robertsfield in 1943, the first American President to set foot on Liberian soil. He was welcomed by President Edwin J. Barclay. The airbase was closed in 1947, and a private American firm was formed and began an airfreight service between the USA and Liberia. Later the Liberia Company, founder of the International Trust Company, forerunner of IB Bank, Cocopa Rubber Plantation and initiator with the Liberian government of theLiberia Maritime enterprise’s Flags of Convenience, was formed. The Company began operating an airfreight service between the USA and Robertsfield. Later, the Liberia Company, a subsidiary of Stettinius Associates, soon got the Liberian government to grant management rights to Pan American Airways to provide biweekly flights between the USA and Liberia. Pan Am, which it was later called, made Robertsfield, later named Roberts International Airport (RIA), the main hub for transatlantic flights from the United States to Africa. All Pan Am flights stopped first at Robertsfield, before taking American passengers on to Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa. This gave Liberia, America’s closest African partner, the opportunity to develop a first class international airport. Soon, several major European airlines, including KLM, SwissAir, Scandinavian Airlines and Lufthansa, the German carrier and even the supersonic carrier started landing at RIA.Remember Moshe Meyer, the Israeli tourism developer that built the Ducor? We have mentioned him in many Editorials. It was the Robertsfield hub that encouraged him to decide to launch West African tourism from Liberia. But he was vigorously discouraged by the corrupt Liberian officials, who wanted bribes up front before he could make the next move after the Ducor. That is how he ended up in the Ivory Coast and, finding President Houphuoet-Boigny and his officials very serious and patriotic, he stayed and developed their tourism.Liberia lost not only the opportunity to develop its tourist industry which, a half century later we still have not done; but also the opportunity to build a first class airport and all the other opportunities it could have brought.Today, the Ellen government has negotiated with European banks and the World Bank for US$60 million to improve the RIA runway. The government has also negotiated with the Chinese for a US$50 million to build a modern RIA terminal.RIA Managing Director Wil Bako Freeman last week told the Daily Observer that the Chinese are also designing the new terminal, to be approved by “the Liberian government.”Here is a great and wonderful opportunity for President Sirleaf and Bako Freeman to make a lasting mark on Liberia’s landscape. Will they do it, putting everything else aside and acting selflessly, honestly, patriotically to give Liberia, at last, a decent international airport that will be the pride of Liberians and the envy of West Africa? We hope, pray and trust that this will happen, while we watch to see whether it truly will.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No official report made – Police

first_img“Otesha”’s disturbing paedophilia commentPolice have not received any reports to suggest that they should investigate the allegations of paedophilia against Otis “Otesha” Pearson, who has recently been recorded in the media stating that he was involved with “little boys”.This is according to Police C Division (East Coast Demerara) Commander Calvin Brutus on Wednesday evening. He, however, noted that he was unaware of how “headquarters” – Police A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) – was acting on the issue.Efforts to make contact with the Division Head Marlon Chapman proved futile.Over the past few weeks, Pearson, a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community, has come under fire for disclosing on national television that he was involved with “little boys”.He was at the time seeking to get an apology from the Guyana Police Force after he was wrongfully detained in connection with the murder of another member of the LGBTI community.Shortly after, while Pearson sought to clarify that he referred to men younger than himself as “little boys” and he did not mean underage boys, Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) Director Ann Greene had stated that an investigation would be launched into the matter. Greene’s call came at the heels of a picture surfacing on social media with Pearson and a young boy, suspected to be underage, embracing each other.Another disclosure that raised eyebrows was the fact that, during his interview with media operatives, Pearson did not fail to mention that he had a relatively good relationship with members of the Guyana Police Force. “Many of the officers of the Guyana Police Force has my number,” he had said.last_img read more

Rapist who bit off victim’s eyelid arrested

first_imgPolice in ‘D’ Division (West Bank Demerara/East Bank Essequibo) have arrested the suspect who allegedly raped a 28-year-old Zeelught, East Bank Essequibo, woman and bit her eyelid off during the act last weekend. The 20-year-old suspect of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, who has been on the run since the incident, was arrested at about 10:00h on Saturday in the Leonora backlands, WCD.Guyana Times was told that the man was hiding there for the past week and the Police were recently tipped off about his location.According to Police reports, the arrest was made possible with the cooperation of citizens during a sting operation launched by the Police in West Coast Demerara.It was reported that around 23:00h on Saturday last, the mother of four had left home for work and was walking through an alleyway to gain access to the main road, when the suspect emerged from the bushes and attacked her. He grabbed and dragged her into the bushes where he raped her. While committing the act, he bit off her eyelid in an attempt to keep her quiet. He also threatened to take her life if she raised an alarm.After he was done, the young man reportedly fled the scene, leaving his victim behind. Nevertheless, the matter was reported to the Police. The suspect is expected to be charged and placed before the courts later this week.last_img read more

25% conversion rate, hot on the heels of Lewandowski, Liverpool and Spurs transfer target

first_imgFootball statistics analysts take a detailed look at a player whose sensational form has prompted an improbable link to arguably the biggest club in the world. For more great football stats, check out would have been hard to predict that Jamie Vardy would be among Europe’s most potent frontman come the end of October, but after 10 Premier League games the England international has 10 goals to his name, the most in the English top flight.To add further context to his exploits, only Bundesliga duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski (both 13) have netted more in Europe’s top five leagues this term.Such form has seen Leicester City make a flying start to the season, with the Foxes currently sitting fifth in the top flight of English football, three points off the top.Indeed, Vardy has been key to this with his rating (7.87) bettered only by teammate Riyad Mahrez (8.26) and David Silva (8.04) of all players to make at least five league starts this season.Such form has understandably attracted interest from across the continent, with Liverpool, Tottenham and – to be taken with a pinch of salt – Real Madrid all linked.While Los Blancos are highly unlikely to make a move for the 28-year-old, speculation linking the £15m-rated England international with a move to Anfield and White Hart Lane comes as little shock.A player in his form would certainly benefit both sides, whose main strikers have struggled for goals so far this campaign.Harry Kane may have bagged a hat-trick at Bournemouth on Sunday, but four goals from the opening 10 league games of the season is modest, to say the least. A 10.8% conversion rate is a disappointing return for Kane and pales in comparison to Vardy (24.4%). With Spurs arguably needing another striker once the January transfer window opens to ease the burden on Kane, they could do worse then enquire about Vardy’s availability. His age may be a concern to manager Mauricio Pochettino, but his all-action displays would appeal to the Argentine.Vardy (11) has won possession in the attacking third more times than any other player in the Premier League this season, which has unsurprisingly seen him develop a statistically calculated strength of ‘defensive contribution’.In Pochettino’s high-pressing system, the Leicester striker would be a suitable fit at White Hart Lane in the current set up, even if he is approaching 30. Spurs look to have cooled their interest in Saido Berahino, yet require another striker if they are to secure a Champions League finish and Vardy, despite his age, fits the bill.They could face competition from Liverpool, who themselves have netted just nine league goals so far this season. Injuries have meant that big-money summer arrival Christian Benteke has initially been unable to replicate his best form, while Divock Origi does not look a player capable of realising his potential at Anfield.With Danny Ings sidelined for the rest of the season and Daniel Sturridge struggling to return to fitness, the Reds could do with another striker to help Benteke.Like with Pochettino’s Spurs, Vardy is well suited to the requirements of a high-pressing system, a benchmark of any Jürgen Klopp side. Given his goalscoring exploits, Liverpool could utilise a player of his calibre in their bid to secure a European berth.However, given he is currently Leicester’s star striker and unlikely to be dropped in the foreseeable future, Vardy may be reluctant to leave the King Power Stadium in January.New signings at the turn of the year often struggle to establish themselves for their new team and with Euro 2016 quickly approaching, Vardy would perhaps be wise to resist the temptation to depart for pastures new, despite alleged interest from Liverpool and Spurs.For more stats on Jamie Vardy, click here to view his player page Jamie Vardy 1last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: The Ballyliffin Coastal challenge is one of the most popular events on the calendar for athletes across Donegal and beyond. The stunning scenery enjoyed by those who participate in the race is mind blowing and another huge number of athletes are expected to attend again this year. To watch the video preview of the event just click on the link above and enjoy.DDTV: WATCH VIDEO PREVIEW OF BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE 2015 was last modified: March 20th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

What if Zinedine Zidane and Eden Hazard joined forces at Chelsea?

first_imgThe moment came at the Etihad. Hazard, undoubtedly one of the world’s most gifted footballers with the ball at his feet, threw his arms in the air after chasing yet another aimless long ball.Unselfish on the pitch, Chelsea have relied on his selflessness to keep him for so long.The Belgian, who operates without an agent, would have a far more realistic chance of Ballon D’Or success if he went and stat-padded in La Liga for a few seasons.And yet, that doesn’t seem to interest him.He stuck around after the Blues finished tenth in 2015 because he didn’t want to be remembered badly at Stamford Bridge. How cute is that?But he is a Chelsea legend in his own right now: only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have been involved in more Premier League goals for the club.And he has nothing left to win in England. Even the most adoring of fans would struggle to begrudge him a move after so often watching his talent go to waste.Could his FA Cup-winning performance be the perfect parting gift? He comes from the Ronaldinho school; Hazard’s number one priority is to enjoy playing football.After that bizarre Manchester City game, he said he could’ve played for three hours and not touched the ball. In other words, he’s not enjoying his football.His back must be aching from carrying the team for so long and it remains to be seen how much longer he’ll put up with it.Chelsea must do absolutely everything to keep him because their immediate-future depends on it. In a time of great uncertainty, the Hazard question is the most important.He is the only remaining player at Stamford Bridge who can win football matches on his own. It’s what makes him irreplaceable.The Belgian is worth more to Chelsea than any fee they’d sell him for, no matter how astronomical. Players of his quality aren’t attracted to West London without Champions League football, even if you can afford them.So, how do you convince one of the best players in the world to play in the Europa League alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater?Zinedine Zidane. Hear me out. Most of the speculation surrounding Hazard’s potential move to Real Madrid was fuelled by the relationship between him and Zidane.The two have verbalised love letters to each other in the past with neither attempting to hide their admiration of the other.Hazard, who is waiting to find out who will be in charge next year before signing a new deal, worshipped Zidane growing up. The ex-Madrid manager once said he considers Hazard to be the third best player in world football.What if maybe, just maybe, they were finally united at Stamford Bridge? What if the real reason he left Madrid was to make sure Hazard never plays in the false nine ever again?Zidane is 10/1 to replace Antonio Conte in the Chelsea hot seat.Hazard, who has an old-fashioned tenancy to make decisions based on feeling rather than success, would relish the chance to play under his idol.It could save Chelsea from the mess they’ve found themselves in and, most importantly, it would be a better love story than Twilight. 3 Without Eden Hazard, Chelsea are a frighteningly average prospect.It’s a thought too scary to consider for most fans, but one that has become unavoidable. 3 3last_img read more


first_imgOf all fashion musts for Christmas, the coat is the piece of clothing which most people place the greatest emphasis on.Men go days looking for the right style, colour or shape.But now Letterkenny’s leading menswear fashion house Evolve has taken the pain out of choosing the right coat this festive season. This season the McCloskey boys have no less than 60 styles in stock.And not only that but many of these coats are on promotion.So why not call in today to have a chat with the lads and see what best style suits you.If Evolve don’t have a coat to suit you then it hasn’t been made just yet! A VISIT TO EVOLVE IS A MUST BEFORE THAT CHRISTMAS COAT PURCHASE was last modified: November 26th, 2011 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)last_img read more