Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday, with the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba making his second Premier League debut for the home side.Ibrahimovic, playing his first home game for United, opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he leapt above Jose Fonte to firmly head in a cross by Wayne Rooney.The 34-year-old Swede added a second from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after substitute Jordy Clasie fouled Luke Shaw as he drove into the box, guaranteeing victory for manager Jose Mourinho on his Old Trafford debut.Pogba demonstrated his class with a dynamic midfield display, dribbling with power and combining well with Ibrahimovic and Rooney.
The World Bank New Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Dr. Henry G. R. Kerali has outlined several solutions that Liberia can use to achieve sustainable development growth.Mr. Kerali said Liberia and other countries in the region should support smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income.“I put special emphasis on smallholder farmers, because the solution is not to sell their lands to large scale farmers. You only end up increasing the number of urban poor by doing so. The other solution is to go out there and be entrepreneurs,” said Mr. Kerali.Mr. Kerali made these recommendations Tuesday, November 17 at the Monrovia City Hall when he served as the guest speaker at program marking the third annual MSME Conference with over 50 participants in attendance.He said over 80% of all businesses in Liberia is MSME and that 70% of household incomes are from MSME activities.He said the task ahead is to improve opportunities for the sector to achieve sustainable development in line with the crosscutting pillars of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).“Sustainable MSME development can only be achieved when Liberia has healthy skilled laborers, sound macroeconomic policies, vibrant education system, and good governance, access to finance, sustainable infrastructure, and efficient legal and regulatory framework,” he said.He noted that given the challenges that Liberia faces today, “one message that I would like you to take away is to be innovative and entrepreneurial. If you do not have a job, create one for yourself and employ others. This is the best way to contribute to the development of Liberia.” There are ten million new entrants to the labor market each year in Sub-Saharan Africa, he said, “My heart bleeds when I see thousands of Africans risking their lives crossing the hot deserts, and riding the high seas with the false dream of a better life in other continents.” He pointed to three basic reasons Africans take extreme measures to seek greener pastures.“Firstly, there are insufficient opportunities to earn a decent living in their home countries. Secondly, most of those leaving the continent do not have the right skills for the few jobs that are available in Africa; and thirdly, they are afraid to return empty handed when they realize that it is not a panacea out there,” Mr. Kerali said.He noted that employment does not always mean earning a regular wage! “In Sub-Saharan Africa, from the share of total employment – about 35% are SME subsistence farmers, another 55% are self-employed and only 20% earn formal wages.”Part of the solution for Liberia and other countries in Africa, is to support “our smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and therefore increase their incomes.”In recognition of the capital constraints of SMEs, IFC – the private sector arm of the WBG set up the West Africa Venture Fund (“WAVF”), to provide scarce risk capital and advisory services to SMEs, he said.“This initiative targets Liberian owned businesses thirteen (13) of which have benefited from this initiative. And there are plans to expand the size of the fund from US$20m to US$40m to cover Liberia and Sierra Leone.”The World Bank Group through its Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, he said, is co-sponsoring the E-PLUS Program, a youth entrepreneurial program to be launched by the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry. “The World Bank Group is providing US$100,000 seed capital for 10 businesses. This will be accompanied by a capacity building exercise, which will lead to a selection of qualified businesses,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cuban Ambassador to Guyana Julio César González Marchante, along with members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat and Government officials, on Friday visited the construction site of the special needs facility for persons with disabilities located within the compound of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).The Regional Centre for Stimulating the Development of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities is aimed at training persons to manage individuals with disabilities.The training to be provided includes evaluation and diagnosis, language therapy, occupational therapy, psychological treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and social integration services, with a psycho-pedagogical and socially inclusive approach.Ambassador Marchante said he was pleased with the progress of the building. The Centre is the fruit of deepening relations between the Caricom Region and the Government of Cuba.“We will continue developing that; this is one of the proofs, it is something that we can share and we will continue collaborating with Caricom through our relations,” Ambassador Marchante said.In early December, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, along with Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Ambassador Marchante signed a Tripartite Cooperation and Technical Assistance Agreement at a ceremony held at the Caricom Secretariat.Guyana will host the Regional Centre which will use Cuba’s extensive experience to assist Caricom Member States to meet the special educational needs associated with disabilities.Two years ago in Havana at the fifth Caricom-Cuba Summit, it was proposed that Cuba would cooperate with Caricom in nine specific areas, including “the creation of a training centre for the treatment of physical disabilities to assist physically challenged children and youths.”That Caricom-Cuba Summit came a year after a high-level ministerial meeting in Haiti in 2013 where the Petionville Declaration recommended specific national and regional actions to address the needs of people with disabilities.The Caricom Secretary General, in his remarks at the signing ceremony, said the project emphasised the interest of all parties to address a very important social and humanitarian challenge facing the Region, and aimed to use Cuba’s extensive experience in this area to assist Caricom Member States in improving the lives of a vulnerable sector of the population.
Arsenal sealed their first victory in three games earlier this afternoon, beating Bournemouth 3-1 thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez and a ninth goal of the season from Theo Walcott.It’s been a difficult November for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger admitted their form had started to dampen the spirit of the players.The Frenchman, therefore, believes the win over the Cherries is ‘vital’ at ending a challenging few weeks of results.“We started the game well but after they got the penalty, I think we got a bit nervous and dropped the level of our game.“In the second half we came back, starting to create many dangerous situations to try to score.“Bournemouth remained dangerous – they are a good side. They played very well as well, and that’s why I think we’re happy.“We played away at Manchester United after the international break; we had a big Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain. Just to win today was for us was vital, because it was after the Champions League and as well because we didn’t win for a few games and had a few draws.“That’s a bit frustrating; it played on the mind of the players.”Their performances have been below the standard expected of Wenger’s side in recent weeks, and the 67-year-old confesses improvements are required, though he isn’t too concerned.“We had it in patches, but it’s true that we still have not been completely as we would like to be. But in patches it came back, and I think this win will help us to come back again.“Yes, of course, but we have not to go overboard as well, you know, in all competitions we are in a very strong position. We have not lost and, of course, when you play at home you want to win your games.”Wenger also hailed the attitude of Alexis Sanchez, who continues to consistently perform for the north London outfit, despite fears that he could suffer from burnout.“Of course, because I thought he’s finished physically at some stage, but he always finds the resources, you know, with his desire.”“He’s said many times: ‘I play football, I know after that I’ll be finished so as long as I can I’ll give absolutely everything’ – and I think it’s the right philosophy.”
Jonathan Calleri is set to cut short his time at West Ham by moving to LaLiga outfit Las Palmas.The Hammers swooped for Calleri in the summer transfer window and were hoping the Argentine could make an impact in the Premier League.However, he has struggled to force his way into the side under manager Slaven Bilic, who has consistently preferred other options despite his strike force often misfiring.Now his time at West Ham is coming to an end, according to Sky Italia.Calleri is to leave the London Stadium to head to Spain, where he will hope to fare better in LaLiga with Las Palmas.The 23-year-old has made just six Premier League appearances for West Ham and has not scored a goal for the club. Jonathan Calleri 1
10 6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) v Brighton – An FPL hero in recent years, hes having his role threatened by Gabriel Jesus, but should start against the Seagulls. Its a risk to name him captain but it could really pay off. 2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) v Watford – The pacy Egyptian will be out to prove doubters wrong after failing to make an impact during his time at Chelsea. He could take the Hornets defence to task on Saturday. The 2017/18 season is upon us and more important than a good start for the club you support, is a great opening weekend for your Fantasy Premier League team.With no certain starters, to an extent, it can be tricky picking your first XI in Gameweek 1, which makes it even more vital you use your captain wisely.READ MORE: Fantasy Premier League tips: 20 bargain stars for your squadSo, ahead of the first games, we’ve picked 10 players you should consider naming your captain.Click the right arrow above to see who we’ve picked out…READ MORE: Fantasy Premier League tips: Top 25 most selected stars!READ MORE: Fantasy Premier League tips: 14 new signings you should pick for your squad 10 10 8. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) v Newcastle United – The Dane was in stunning form towards the end of the last campaign and scored a stunner against Paris Saint-Germain in pre-season. The fact he takes set-pieces makes him a promising pick as your captain. 10 7. Harry Kane (Tottenham) v Newcastle United – Why wouldnt you name last years top goalscorer as your captain in the opening game of the new season, especially when hes playing against a newly promoted side? 10 5. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) v Brighton – A Man City player as your captain makes sense on the opening weekend, the problem is they have so many options and only a couple are sure to start. Were backing the Belgian to get a goal and an assist in this match. 10 10 10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) v West Ham – The Armenian international has looked good in pre-season and if he can carry on his form against the Hammers hell get plenty of points. 10 10 1. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) v Leicester City – Click the right arrow above to find out who else we think you should make your captain for this weekend… – A promising display in the Community Shield for the Gunners has us convinced the Frenchman will be a good signing for Arsene Wenger. He could get his Premier League career off to a good start against the former Premier League champions. 10 9. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) v West Ham – The major new signing at Old Trafford has a brilliant record against the Hammers during his Premier League career. Hes scored nine goals and created four others in 12 matches, and we expect he could get one or two more on Sunday. 4. Sandro (Everton) v Stoke City – The Potters are looking a little shaky at the moment and the Toffees, who have already been in Europa League action, could be too strong for them. The new Spanish striker could kick off his Premier League career in style. 3. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) v Burnley – If youve spent £7m on the Blues left wing-back, you may want to make him your skipper this week. Against the Clarets he has a good chance of keeping a clean sheet and the Spaniard is always threatening to get a goal or assist. Its a wildcard early on, but it might just work, especially with Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi unlikely to play 90 minutes.
“They asked about Scott’s availability and that was it.“I don’t expect them to make an offer, if they do it’s not something we’d be encouraging and that was the just of the conversation.“We’re not saying he’s not for sale but any offer for McKenna will have to be way over the top, whether that’s this window, next window, whatever.He added: “It’s not a matter of if Scott McKenna leaves Aberdeen, it’s when and from my point of view I would rather that was further down the line. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said a bid from Swansea for Scott McKenna won’t be welcomed at Pittodrie after the Welsh outfit enquired about the centre-back’s availability.Swansea are close to selling defender Alfie Mawson to Fulham for a reported £20m fee and McInnes confirmed the Championship side had sounded out the Dons over a potential swoop for McKenna to fill the void.However, after the chat McInnes expects the Swans to look elsewhere for a replacement as Aberdeen will only allow the Scotland cap to leave for a “way over the top” fee.On Swansea’s interest in McKenna, McInnes said: “Not an official approach, we’ve had a conversation with Swansea. “Having spoken to Scott often enough, he sees the importance of playing the games.“You never know, Swansea have just sold a centre-half for £20m and, for me, Scott has the potential to be better than the boy who has just went (Mawson).”McKenna will once again be front and centre in the shop window when the Dons take on Premier League side Burnley in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday.The 21-year-old impressed in his first outing against the Clarets last week as the Aberdeen defence kept Sean Dyche’s team at bay until the closing stages.McInnes continued: “We’re well aware the vultures are circling. He past his first test last week against Burnley and his international recognition has elevated him.“But, for me, Scott will go straight to the Premier League, he’ll bypass the Championship, he’s too good not to be playing in the Premier League in the future.“I think he feels that, that suggests the confidence of the player. It’s human nature to get a bit giddy about speculation and earning more money but the best players will wait for the right ones.“No disrespect to Championship clubs but Scott will go straight to the Premiership.“I’m hoping it’s not this summer and I’m confident it won’t be.”
Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney and Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan will visit Donegal on Wednesday 4th January to launch the Donegal Rose Selection.They will be in the Clanree Hotel at 2pm tomorrow to meet any women thinking of applying for the competition.The Donegal Rose Selection will take place on Sunday 26th March in the Clanree Hotel. All Roses selected will be wearing Tipperary Crystal Jewellery. Applications close on 17th March. Looking back on her experience, Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan said: “Applying to be a Rose is something that had been on my mind for the last couple of years and with a little push from my family and friends I finally clicked the button and sent my application…little did I know that I would actually be chosen as the 2016 Donegal Rose!“Being the Donegal Rose this year has surpassed so many of my expectations and it is so much more than just a televised programme which people watch on the TV.“From the get-go I loved getting stuck into ‘my Donegal Rose’ role, attending rose functions, charity events, concerts, rally events and even horseracing, I have truly had the time of my life…and this was before I had even attended the festival!Zoe McGettigan“Nothing can top the friendships that I have made with all my Rose family. I can’t put into words the experience that I had during the festival… it was truly the best two weeks of my life. Even though I was not chosen as one the 32 Roses for the RTE show it really did not matter, I was still the 2016 Donegal Rose and that made me burst with pride as well as my family and friends. “The reunions that I have had with the Roses and escorts since the festival have been amazing! We have attended balls together, travelled to the German markets and recorded a charity single for Crumlin hospital to be released in April and these reunions will carry on even after I hand over my sash to the 2017 Donegal Rose.“This is what it’s all about… lifelong friendships and if you come away with this from the festival I believe it’s worth a million times more than winning!“So I would recommend this to all the Donegal ladies out there to apply and remember to just have fun and be yourself.”More information is available online www.roseoftralee.ieCould you be the 2017 Donegal Rose? was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Gardai have appealed for witnesses following tonight’s fatal crash which claimed the lives of four young men.All those who died in the single vehicle collision at Meenaclady between Gortahork and Gaoth Dobhair were in their 20s.They are all from the locality and all died at the scene of the crash which happened just before 9pm. A Garda spokesman confirmed “Shortly before 9pm Gardaí and Emergency Services were called to the scene of a single car crash on a local road near Magheraroarty, Gortahork. The occupants of the car, four men understood to be aged in their 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.“The scene is preserved for a technical examination and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators are currently at the crash site and the local Coroner has been notified.”Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.A spokesman added that the investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow. Gardai appeal for witnesses in horrific West Donegal crash was last modified: January 28th, 2019 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)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that it has sanctioned two T20 International matches between India and the West Indies to be held at Fort Lauderdale in the USA on August 27 and 28.In light of the USA Cricket Association’s current suspension from membership of the ICC, and under the ICC’s approved cricket regulations, the responsibility of determining whether cricket matches staged in the USA should be sanctioned lies with the ICC. (Also read: India, West Indies agree to Florida T20Is on August 27, 28)Decisions around sanctioning domestic or international cricket will be taken in a manner that supports the ICC’s continued efforts to develop the sport of cricket in the USA for the benefit of the entire cricket community there.”The ICC has approved these matches because we believe they can play a significant role in the long term development of cricket in the USA and our ongoing efforts to unify the USA cricket community,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson. “Having the ICC World T20 Champions playing India in Florida will undoubtedly inspire both existing and new fans and players, but perhaps more importantly, the sanction fees will be invested into the ICC’s ongoing work to lay a sustainable foundation for the development of cricket in America,” he added.