4 Elementary Schools under Construction in Nimba

first_imgThe local authority of Nimba County has signed contractual agreements with four construction companies to construct four elementary schools in Sanniquellie Administrative District of Electoral District #2.Over the weekend, the four companies, Origin Construction Company, Liberia Reconstruction Group Incorporated, Jireh Construction Expertise Incorporated, and Textual Accuracy Construction and Consultancy, signed separate agreements to construct the elementary schools in Gbonnie, Zolowee, Kinnon, and Gehwee towns.The County Acting Project Management Committee Chairman, Eddie Z. Tenwah, who made the disclosure yesterday via a mobile phone interview, put the cost of the projects at US$166,313.10.According to Mr. Tenwah, construction of the four schools will be completed in three months in keeping with the contractual agreement.Each of the units, when completed, will consist of six class rooms, a principal’s office and teachers’ lounge; a special toilet for the staff and another for general use.As for the Gboa Gehwee project, it is funded from the BHP Billiton affected communities which amounted to 20 percent of allocation, while the Kinnon, Zolowee, and Gbonie projects are funded from the Arcelor Mittal Social Development Fund, with similar percentages of allocation for the most affected communities.BHP Billiton and ArcelorMittal are both mining companies operating in the old mining Town of Yekepa.Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele, who signed the agreement for the county administration, said the contracts satisfied Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) procedures, and would be closely monitored.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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Heroes in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe tiny edifice of the Christ Kingdom Harvest Church located in the New Georgia Community was a scene of sober reflection and the revelation of heroism yesterday when church and community members along with government officials and members of the diplomatic corps gathered to add another dimension to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.The occasion was the “Ebola Must Go” campaign, which was launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The edifice and community were chosen for the occasion for a more significant reason — their exemplary role play in the fight against the Ebola scourge.The church congregation sang and danced to the famous choruses, “We are more than conquerors. Greater is he that is in me and victory is my name,” etc.  One might wonder what might have prompted the original authors to pen these songs, but the community and Liberians in general, have reasons to sing as EVD is now receding after several calamitous months.  Victory is indeed their name as they are yet to report new cases in the past three months.Though Ebola is yet to be finally eradicated from the country, success stories have begun to emerge and the New Georgia community stands out amongst many, owing to the early measures its leadership put in place when the area was initially hit by the virus.When the first few cases were reported, the entire community was in disarray, but the community in collaboration with the church quickly formed a strong partnership to better manage the crisis.A community taskforce was formed; people began to move from house to house with the message and identifying and getting out the sick, consoling and caring the infected. These things (community residents) did with their own resources and efforts.The community chairman, J. B. Walker Dennis, said the community was hard hit in August with 12 persons dying, though five were actually confirmed Ebola cases. It was predicated upon this that the community decided to take action to ensure its safety.He said since the formation of the taskforce and the rigorous exercises of awareness and identifying the sick, when the family of 17 was also quarantined, the infection rate began to decline. Mr. Dennis said presently the community has eight survivors. Though the community lost about 12 persons to the virus, it could have been more if they had not stood up as a united force to combat the virus.The government and international partners, specifically United Nations Mission Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) have hailed the community and church’s significant contribution to the fight.These were specifically hailed for their heroic efforts for putting in place their own stringent measures that have led to the safety of the area for the past three months without new cases.They have also been lauded for embracing the Ebola survivors, caring for families in quarantine homes and finding a home for six children who lost their parents to Ebola, with the church at the forefront of these initiatives.President Sirleaf lauded the community for its heroism, and noted that Liberians need to take responsibilities in their communities if Ebola is to be eradicated from Liberia, as this community has done. “Follow all of the preventive measures; keep sick people away from others. Speak out if you know that someone is sick.”She said Liberians have made great progress in stopping Ebola, but “we know that the disease is still in our country.  We all have to intensify our efforts to travel that difficult, very difficult last mile.”“I heard someone say to go from hundred to ninety is hard, but to go from ten to zero is even harder. Through our efforts, the disease has retreated into places that are hard to reach.”“This is why I’m joining this community that has been such a strong group in fighting Ebola. We are launching it in a place that has made the difference. So the banner says stopping Ebola is everybody’s business.”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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Transfer spotlight: The French sensation catching Arsenal’s attention

first_img Nabil Fekir 1 With Chelsea and Manchester City looking so dominant it would appear Arsene Wenger is already planning for next season as he ups his interest in Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir.The 21-year-old, who was impressive during his breakthrough season last time out, has been in sumptuous form for the French side this season and made himself an integral part of their team, who sit third in Ligue 1.So what’s so special about him? talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a look…Name: Nabil FekirDate of birth: 18 July, 1993Birthplace: Lyon, FranceClub: LyonPosition: Attacking midfielderInternational: France Under-21What’s the latest?After an excellent start to the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is now keen on taking the dazzling attacking midfielder to the Emirates next summer. Scout Gilles Grimandi has been watching the starlet attentively as he looks to advise his compatriot and a bid of €10million may be enough to see Lyon part with the academy product, according to Le 10 Sport.The nitty gritty1. Born in Lyon to Algerian parents, Fekir came through the academy system with his hometown club, which is famed for the production of stars like Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa in recent years.2. After progressing through the ranks, the youngster made his debut at the beginning of last season against Evian but couldn’t stop his side falling to a 2-1 defeat.3. Fekir went on to play 15 times across the campaign and scored his first senior goal on in Lyon’s 4-1 triumph over Bastia in April.4. Having established his credentials in a promising breakthrough year he started the new season under Hubert Fournier in a no. 10 role and proved so successful that when Yoann Gourcuff returned from injury Fekir was moved up alongside prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette so he could remain in the team.5. Six goals in 12 appearances have done his international chances no harm but he is now involved in a tussle between Algeria and France who both want him to represent them. So far a French Under-21 cap is his only taste of football with a national team but more is sure to come.They say:“There is no other player in France that can play this position. Passers, other players, don’t have his range of tricks. There’s something special, particularly about left-footed players, like Messi, like Robben.” (Ex-Lyon player Bernard Lacombe)Video evidence:last_img read more

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Man City made to pay for Sterling sitter by Burnley

first_imgAfter 82 minutes, Matt Lowton’s deep cross from the right allowed Johann Berg Gudmundsson to ghost past the City backline and score with a left-foot volley from six yards.It is just the fourth time City have dropped points in the Premier League this season, but they still enjoy a commanding 16-point lead over Manchester United, who host Huddersfield later on Saturday.Burnley showed great character and organisation in their defending from the start but, when they made an error, City punished it clinically.A quickly-taken 22nd minute Kevin De Bruyne corner found Bernardo Silva who, in turn, moved the ball on to Danilo, who had been left in far too much space outside the Burnley area.The full-back carried the ball to the edge of the area before curling an unstoppable 20-yard, right-foot shot into the far corner.The lead was just about merited for a City side that came to Turf Moor without seven injured first team players and with Guardiola naming just six substitutes.– Small bench –The City manager claimed he had not wanted to deny youngsters playing in a Friday night elite development squad fixture in order just to sit on the first-team bench.But Guardiola’s decision was also interpreted as a gesture in response to his recent complaints that his players are not receiving enough protection from referees, leading to a long injury list at the Etihad, as well as City’s failure to land Riyad Mahrez from Leicester before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.City still had enough talent on display and, after taking the lead, Sterling cut into the box and shot firmly into Pope’s body before the England forward worked a clever one-two with Ilkay Gundogan that almost opened up another chance.Burnley, seeking to end a worrying run of eight league games without victory, responded well to going behind, however, and created their best opening after 31 minutes.Jack Cork lobbed an inviting cross into the City area for captain Ben Mee to connect with a 12-yard volley which Ederson saved well and the Burnley defender also threatened when he rose to meet a corner from Gudmundsson and headed just wide.But before the interval, De Bruyne’s terrific 25-yard shot was parried by Pope, with Sergio Aguero missing the follow-up, and Aguero wasted another opening, shooting straight at the keeper’s torso.City were even more dominant after the restart with Gundogan and Sterling combining well to set up Aguero for a shot which the striker really should have converted, rather than see his strike hit the back of defender Lowton.Gundogan saw a couple more chances blocked and, after 54 minutes, a selfless pass from Aguero set up the unmarked Sterling for a chance which he blasted over from six yards.The chances kept coming with Danilo close to another goal from the edge of the area, denied only by Pope’s fingertip save.Those misses might have proved costly when a Vincent Kompany error gifted the ball to Ashley Barnes and, three passes later, presented Aaron Lennon with the chance for a blistering shot which Ederson brilliantly tipped onto the bar.Yet City’s run of squandered openings was about to grow, with Sterling the worst of the lot, somehow missing an open net from two yards as he steered Kyle Walker’s cross the wrong side of the post.Moments later, the England forward was replaced by Guardiola and watched on in horror as City were pegged back.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling missed an open goal in the second halfBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – An extraordinary miss by Raheem Sterling proved the turning point as Burnley recovered to snatch a draw against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 1-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s team, leading from Danilo’s first half goal, looked well in control but Sterling’s huge error 20 minutes from time offered a lifeline and renewed belief to the home side.last_img read more

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Large firefighting force hunts embers

first_imgResults can take a few days, he said, to as long as two months. It took just days for officials to determine that downed power lines caused the Grass Valley Fire. Richard Minnich, a UC Riverside professor of fire ecology, doesn’t understand why it’s taken so long. An hour after the Slide Fire ignited around 8 a.m., Minnich said it was likely started from remnants of Butler II. On Friday, Minnich remained convinced. “It’s the Butler III Fire, not the Slide Fire,” Minnich said. “It took off almost exactly from the point that Butler II stopped. It’s improbable that a fire would start right next to where another fire was burning just a month ago.” According to scanner traffic that morning, the fire started on or near a U.S. Forest Service road known as 2N13. That road is next to the border where Butler II stopped and the Slide Fire started. In fact, the area dividing the two is a nearly 2-mile stretch of land, as depicted on a Forest Service map displaying wildfires in recent years. Dietrich said the Slide Fire started near Butler II’s westernmost footprint. But he would not say how near. “(Investigators) are still looking at all the causes,” Dietrich said. “I really don’t know what they are looking at. They don’t show it to us, which makes sense. You don’t want to compromise the investigation.” Minnich said firefighters shouldn’t worry about being blamed if the Slide Fire’s cause is found to be the burning remains of Butler II. “This is absolutely normal,” Minnich said. “They shouldn’t blame themselves.” Some wildfires used to burn for an entire summer, Minnich said. Historical records dating back to the 1860s show that at least one wildfire burned every year through the entire summer, he said. Fires can be sustained for many weeks, long after the flames have been extinguished. Remnants of a blaze will smolder inside trees and deep within the roots. All it takes is a strong wind to breath life into some embers buried in a tree and a wildfire can be off and running. “It’s paramount that people are here and are putting out the smokes,” said Forest Service Capt. Bill Molnar, who leads a team in the San Bernardino National Forest. “And we have all these resources – now.” Resources were stretched thin when the Slide and Grass Valley fires devastated nearly 15,000 acres of forest because six other counties were burning. Altogether, the two fires destroyed 450 homes, which the county Assessor’s Office figures will cost $155.7 million to rebuild. Now, resources above and beyond the norm are being offered to ensure the blaze is out in coming weeks. Rain or snow would be ideal, fire officials said, but they’re settling for top-notch technology and increased ranks. Firefighters with thermal imaging cameras are trekking through the burn zone. Helicopters are using infrared to create maps guiding crews to hot spots. About 1,500 firefighters from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado have worked 16-hour shifts for nearly two weeks to mop up the mountain fires. Some walk the perimeter, dousing hot spots and using 3,000 feet of hose to drench any smoking tree limbs. Others are responsible for cutting down hollowed-out trees known as “widow makers” because of the crushing force with which they fall to the earth. On Friday, five members of a crew from the Plumas National Forest grabbed their dirt-covered shovels and spread out down a steep hill near Deer Springs Mountain Retreat in Running Springs. It was the second time in hours they’d covered this ground. They lined up about 100 feet apart, and each slipped off one stained white glove. With a nod from the crew’s engineer, the weary firefighters began trudging through the ash and blackened dirt, swinging their shovels every few feet. “This is the dirty part,” said Capt. Frank Pingiczer. “It’s monotonous and filthy.” He lifted the soil waist-high and laid the back of his left hand on the cool dirt before letting it sprinkle back to the ground. When someone stumbles across a hot spot, he yells “halt!” to the rest of the crew and pulls a 45-pound backpack pump out to drench the embers with water. Then it’s back to the grind – but it’s a grind each crew member knows is critical. Explained Pingiczer, “Just because it looks good – you don’t see any smoke columns or aircraft making drops – doesn’t mean there’s not that potential to rekindle, and we plan on being vigilant.” george.watson@sbsun.com (909) 386-3884 stacia.glenn@sbsun.com (909) 386-3887160Want 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 “We’re increasing our efforts beyond what we had, and we will continue to do that,” Dietrich said. “We collectively cannot afford even the potential of another fire starting. We’re working really hard to make sure nothing happens. “Nothing’s guaranteed, but we are doing our best.” Dietrich added that fire officials made a similar order after the Butler II wildfire, which burned about 14,000 acres in September. He estimated that they had doubled or tripled “our mop-up standards” after that blaze – the cause of which is still under investigation. That fire started Sept. 14. Dietrich said it’s not unusual that investigators have yet to determine the cause of Butler II, let alone the Slide Fire that ignited Oct. 22. SAN BERNARDINO – As many as 1,000 firefighters spent their weekend in the San Bernardino Mountains, stamping out the remnants of two recent wildfires while waiting for a call no one wants to be made. Officials had decided to stockpile an army of firefighters in case they had to be called to stop any new wildfires. Weather forecasters had called for Santa Ana winds to hit the region over the weekend. Although this batch of winds was expected to be weaker than those that spurred the recent Slide and Grass Valley fires, any wind has the capability to let loose another blaze. It’s an unprecedented response here in the aftermath of a fire, said Chief Mike Dietrich of the San Bernardino National Forest’s Fire Department. last_img read more

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INDEPENDENT EXPERTS WILL EXAMINE DEFECTIVE HOUSING BLOCKS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgAn independent panel of experts will examine defective housing blocks across Donegal.A panel is to be set up to examine defective blocks used to build houses. FILE PIC.The blocks have led to huge cracks in houses across the county leading to many homeowners being forced to renovate their homes.Having attended a meeting with the MICA Action Group in Inishowen yesterday evening, Monday 13 July, Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh said he is very happy to inform the MICA Action Group, and those affected by defective blocks, that the Minister for Housing, Planning and Construction, Paudie Coffey TD, will be establishing an independent panel of experts in order to address the defective blocks issue in Donegal. “I have worked closely with Minister Coffey and his officials within the Department on this issue, organising a meeting with the group and officials and following a request from the Minister, a report was drafted which included detailed research and testing provided by the MICA Action Group.“I called for this panel to be set up following a number of meetings I had with the Minister and following the report being drafted. The Minister will engage with his officials to review what the panel will look like, what the parameters will be, who will be best placed to participate on it, etc. I believe that once these discussions have taken place, we will have better sight of what the panel will look like and what its brief will be.“This is a very important and welcome step, in what has been a terribly difficult time for the families of those affected by these defective blocks. While there is still some way to go, the Government has acknowledged that there is a problem and that the first priority is the safety of those living in houses.“I also want to acknowledge Donegal County Council for confirming last week that these blocks are also present in a number of their housing stock. Instead of trying to avoid the problem, the only avenue available is to admit that there is a problem and then work together in finding a solution as swiftly and as wholly as possible.” INDEPENDENT EXPERTS WILL EXAMINE DEFECTIVE HOUSING BLOCKS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: July 14th, 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:blocksBuildingdonegalhousesMICAMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

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REVEALED: GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING ‘WIND TURBINE SYNDROME’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgTHE Environment Department is conducting initial investigations in Co Donegal to see if people living close to wind farms in the county are suffering from ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’, Donegal Daily can reveal.Experts at the department are canvassing the public to let them know what it is like to experience the continual noise from turbines and whether current guidelines, which were written when turbines were much smaller, should be revised.Margaret Ward, from the Gweebarra Conservation Group, wants anyone with symptoms to take part in the investigation. “Wind Turbine Syndrome is a set of symptoms experienced by people living up to 10km from industrial wind turbines such as those in Donegal,” she told Donegal Daily.“Symptoms include irratability, disturbed sleep, depression, headaches, blurred vision. The noise from turbines can be heard far from the turbines, especially in complicated landscapes with valleys, hills and rivers and lakes as the sound can bounce around.“We have had complaints from people all along the Gweebarra river who can hear the modulating hum of the ten turbines at the Loughderryduff wind farm at Maas, especially at night.“The noise is actually noisier inside peoples’ homes than it is outside because of the way the noise and infrasound penetrates the walls of houses. Infrasound causes cardio vascular problems as it affects the natural rhythms of the body.” The group claims wind companies are not carrying out proper noise assessments because it suits them not to and the Council is not insisting that they do.“The current guidelines are ten years old when turbines were much smaller. Donegal County Council just granted planning permission for 16 turbines, each 152m high, in a busy suburb of Letterkenny at Newmills. This development by GDNG Renewables Ltd has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala,” said Margaret.“Donegal County Council reduced the legal limit of how far a turbine can be built near a home from 500 metres to zero metres,” she added.Anyone who wants to take part in the Department survey must email miriam.tiernan@environ.ie with your views on wind turbine noise before tomorrow Friday, Feb. 15th, 2013.See http://www.wind-watch.org for more info on Wind Turbine Syndrome. ********Sure I saw that first on…..Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day, more than 100,000 Page Views Every Day.Follow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily REVEALED: GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING ‘WIND TURBINE SYNDROME’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 14th, 2013 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:REVEALED: GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING ‘WIND TURBINE SYNDROME’ IN DONEGALlast_img read more

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CASSIDY BELIEVES WOUNDS OF OLD DEFEATS MAY STILL HAUNT DONEGAL

first_imgAhead of this Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has reflected on some painful defeats Donegal suffered to Armagh over the last decade.Former Donegal All-Star Kevin Cassidy has said he still fears Armagh, and admits that the psychological wounds of old defeats against the Orchard men could still exist.Cassidy played on Donegal sides that tried and failed to topple Armagh in the early 00’s and suffered some painful defeats to Armagh during his long and distinguished inter-county career.While many of the current panel were involved in that painful and embarrassing 2010 qualifier in Crossmaglen when Armagh walloped Donegal 2-14 to 0-11. On the eve of an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with their old enemies Cassidy has reflected on some of those battles.For Cassidy, the prospect of facing Armagh was a psychological stumbling block that Donegal could just not overcome.They had an edge over Donegal, the myth was that they were bigger and stronger than Donegal and Cassidy has admitted that Armagh bullied them.Cassidy told the Irish Independent, “They definitely bullied our players, bullied our forwards. We had some fantastic forwards in that period but we just never got any space and time against them. “Back then you knew what would happen, McEntee would drop back and McGeeney would go free and deliver long diagonal balls.“It was all very well knowing it but you could never stop it.”Our mentality and work rate changed.“We always had the players, we just never bought into what was required to be winners. They did.Cassidy revealed a startling revelation, after a league match in Ballybofey both teams retired to the hotel afterwards, but while Donegal ate, the Armagh side headed downstairs to do a weights session in the gym.“The whole Armagh team went downstairs to a gym and did a weights session after the game. “We were just finishing our grub when they were coming up with their protein shakes and what have you.“That just shows where they were at. It just shows you that they were two or three steps ahead of us.“We hated playing them. It was just something we couldn’t take. There was this myth that they were just bigger and stronger, that they did things differently, the symbols and all of that.Cassidy admitted that while they defeated Armagh in the Ulster championship in 2007, it was a steal that day, and that Armagh squad was approaching the end, even though they re-grouped and won an Ulster title again in 2008. While Armagh are currently perceived to be in a period of transition, they were relegated from Division Two this season, but have enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance under Paul Grimley and Kieran McGeeney in the championship this year.An All-Ireland quarter-final was unexpected, but they have been impressive and deserve to be there on Saturday.Nowadays the psyche has changed considerably in Donegal, since Armagh walloped them in 2010, Donegal have landed three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland title.McGuinness has changed the mentality, and with that change in mentality he has brought success, but Cassidy still worries about Armagh because of the wounds they inflicted to Donegal over the last decade.Cassidy added, “Who is to say that if the chips are down in the last 10 or 15 minutes that these thoughts (about previous defeats) won’t come back into the heads?“It’s always there, people will say it’s not there but the longer the games goes on, if Armagh can stick in the game until the last 15 minutes surely those thoughts can surface.Saturday should be a fascinating match, inevitably both teams will adopt defensive strategies and many are predicting a drab affair, but with a place in an All-Ireland semi-final up for grabs it may rekindle the wars of the early 00’s.CASSIDY BELIEVES WOUNDS OF OLD DEFEATS MAY STILL HAUNT DONEGAL was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:00’sarmaghCroke ParkDecadeDefeatsdonegalHome-page SportKevin CassidynewsUlster Finalslast_img read more

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BELIEVE IN BETTER? McGUINNESS GETS READY FOR NEW ROLE AS SKY TV GAA PUNDIT

first_imgBelieve…In Better?HE USED to urge us to Believe – now Jim McGuinness will want football fans to Believe In Better…on Sky TV.Next Saturday’s Leinster meeting in Tullamore of Kildare and Laois is Sky Sports first offering this summer and presenter Rachel Wyse is looking forward to working with the ‘genius’ that is McGuinness.“He’s a genius when it comes to the game and breaking it down. We met him for about an hour or two, and sat down, just one-on-one,” says Wyse. “He drove up to us, he dropped his kids off to school. It’s very different I guess – from an Irish perspective it’s normal for me – but over here with the football managers, there’s the entourage and there’s the PR people. He just drove up to the hotel and sat down with us for two hours and just broke everything down throughout the season.“He’s got a fascinating insight into it. He’s away from the game now as such so I know that he’s excited to work with us as well this year. It’ll be nice to have him in the studio for the first one on the 6th (June).”Fellow Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney is seeking to get McGuinness’s thoughts on the theory that he provoked a ‘negative change’ in Gaelic football.“There’s an acccusation levelled at Jim that he’s responsible in some way for a change and maybe a negative change in football. I’m not sure I buy it. I can’t wait to sit down and talk with him, his thoughts on that and what he feels the general purpose of the game is,” he said.  BELIEVE IN BETTER? McGUINNESS GETS READY FOR NEW ROLE AS SKY TV GAA PUNDIT was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 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:GAAgeniusJim McGuinnessPunditsky tSKY TVlast_img read more

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Brazil became the second nation to successfully defend the world cup-1962

first_img Tags: World Cup 1962 The Brazil team that played 1962 World Cup finalTwo points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. In a change from the 1958 format, goal average was used to separate any teams equal on points. (In 1958, goal average was available, but was only between teams level on points in first place, or if a playoff between teams equal in second place failed to yield a result after extra time). Argentina became the first (and only) team in World Cup history to be eliminated on goal average when England advanced from Group 4 in second place.In the knockout games, if the teams were level after ninety minutes, thirty minutes of extra time were played. For any match other than the final, if the teams were still even after extra time then lots would be drawn to determine the winner. The final would have been replayed if even after extra time. In the event, no replays or drawing of lots was necessary.In May 1960, as the preparations were well under way, Chile suffered the largest earthquake ever recorded (9.5 magnitude), which caused enormous damage to the national infrastructure. In the face of this, Carlos Dittborn, the president of the Organization Committee, coined the phrase “Because we don’t have anything, we will do everything in our power to rebuild”. Stadia and other infrastructure were rebuilt at record speed and the tournament occurred on schedule with no major organizational flaw. Dittborn did not live to see the success of his efforts, as he died one month before the start of the tournament. The World Cup venue at Arica was named Estadio Carlos Dittborn in his honour and bears his name to this day. Even with these few and low-capacity stadiums Chile was able to meet the demand for seats as international travel to Chile, far-away for Europe, was minimal at the time.President Jorge Alessandri gave an uninspiring inaugural speech before the first match, which was played between Chile and Switzerland.Alessandri left however before the end of the match. While Chilean society was living in a “footballized” atmosphere, Alessandri was criticized for his cold attitude towards the tournament, which forced his ministers to come out and claim he was as “footballized” as everybody else, but was too busy to devote too much attention to the competition.The competition was marred by constant violence on the pitch. This poisonous atmosphere culminated in the infamous first-round match between host Chile and Italy (2–0), known as the Battle of Santiago. Two Italian journalists had written unflattering articles about the host country and its capital city; describing Santiago as a “proudly backwards and poverty-stricken dump full of prostitution and crime”. Although only two players (both of them Italian) were sent off by the English referee Ken Aston, the match saw repeated attempts from players on both sides to harm opponents, and the Italian team needed police protection to leave the field in safety. Articles in the Italian papers La Nazione and Corriere della Sera were saying that allowing Chile to host the World Cup was “pure madness”; this was used and magnified by local newspapers to inflame the Chilean population. The British newspaper the Daily Express wrote “The tournament shows every sign of developing into a violent bloodbath. Reports read like battlefront dispatches; the Italy vs West Germany match was described as ‘wrestling and warfare’”.As the competition began, a shift in strategy was imminent. Defensive strategies began to take hold as the average goals per match dropped to 2.78, under 3 for the first time in competition history (the average has never been above 3 since).Pele was injured in the second group match against Czechoslovakia. The USSR’s goalkeeper Lev Yashi, arguably the world’s best at the time, was in poor form and his team went out to Chile (1–2) in the quarter-finals. Bright spots included the emergence of the young Brazilians Amarido (standing in for Pelé) and Garrincha, the heroics of Czechoslovakia goalkeeper Viliam Schrojf against Hungary andYugoslavia, and the performance of the host nation Chile, who took third place with a squad of relatively unknown players.In the first round, Brazil topped their group with Czechoslovakia finishing second, above Mexico and Spain. USSR and Yugoslavia finished above Uruguay and Colombia. Hungary, along with England progressed to the quarter-finals, while Argentina and Bulgaria were eliminated. England had the same number of points as Argentina but progressed due to a superior goal average; the first time such a requirement had been necessary in a World Cup finals tournament. Switzerland lost all three games while West Germany and Chile both went through over Italy.Chile defeated European champions USSR to earn a semi-final game against the winner of the England – Brazil game. Garrincha scored two goals in a 3–1 win against England. Meanwhile, 1–0 wins for Yugoslavia against West Germany – and another 1–0 win of Czechoslovakia against neighbors Hungary – saw the two Slavic states meet in the semi-finals.Vina del Mar was the original venue for the South American semi-final and Santiago for the Slavic one, but due to Chile’s surprise qualification, the organizers prompted FIFA to switch the venues. These irritated crowds in Viña del Mar and only a little fewer than 6,000 spectators came to Estadio Sausalito to watch Czechoslovakia beat Yugoslavia 3–1, whereas a capacity crowd of 76,600 in Santiago watched Brazil beat the hosts 4–2.This game saw Garrincha sent off for Brazil and Honorino Honorino Landa sent off for Chile. Chile eventually took third place in a 1–0 victory over Yugoslavia with the very last play of the match. The same player, Eladio Rojos, had also scored the winning goal in Chile’s game against USSR. The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the 7th FIFA World Cup and It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile.Fourteen teams qualified from this process, along with the host nation Chile and defending champion Brazil, for the finals tournament.The format of the competition was similar to that of the 1958 competition: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Four teams were seeded in the draw taking place in Santiago de Chile, on 18 January 1962: Brazil, England, Italy and Uruguay. The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarter-finals.center_img Brazil won the 1962 world cupSantiagos Estadio Nacional served as the venue for the final, and after 15 minutes, Brazil again found themselves a goal behind in the World Cup final, as a long ball from Adolf Scherer was latched onto by Josef Masoput: 1–0 Czechoslovakia. As in the previous final in 1958, Brazil soon hit back, equalising two minutes later through Amarildo after an error by Czechoslovak goalkeeper Schroijf. The Brazilians scored goals from Zito and Vava (another Schrojf error) midway through the second half, and the Czechoslovaks could not get back into the game. The match ended 3–1 to Brazil, a successful defence of the title for only the second time in the history of the competition in spite of the absence of one of their star players of 1958, Pelé, who was replaced by Amarildo.Garrincha (left) dribbles past an opponent in 1962. He was one of six top scorers at the tournamentSix players led the way in terms of scoring (4 each) and they included Brazilian duo of Vava, Garrincha, Chile’s Leonel Sanchez, Hungary’s Florian Albert, Valentin Ivanov of Soviet Union and Drazan Jerkovic of Yugoslavia.Comments last_img read more

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