Mannah feels Eels fans’ finals excitement

first_imgThis is since his 2009 debut season and he is glad to see long-suffering Eels fans excited again too.While coach Brad Arthur continues to do his best to manage expectations around the club’s impending first finals appearance in eight seasons, Mannah sees little harm in enjoying the ride.”The buzz is starting to grow a bit and I love seeing the fans get excited about their footy,” Mannah said.He admitted this Friday’s game against Newcastle – the first time this year a 6pm Friday game will be played at ANZ Stadium – was “a bit of a difficult time slot” transport-wise but encouraged as many blue and gold fans as possible to take up coach Brad Arthur’s advice and try to leave work early to head to the game.”The more support we can get there the better because we want them to be as excited as us and the more get there the better we play,” Mannah added.Of his milestone match, he said it had been “a huge honour and to be able to do it at this place I’m very passionate about, I consider myself very fortunate.”With nine wins from their past 10 matches at ANZ, the Eels are starting to feel comfortable with the venue as their home fortress.”We’ve actually embraced it, we’ve got a good record there at the moment,” he said.”When there’s a big crowd it’s awesome which is why we want to encourage fans to turn out.”Mannah said the excitement of a return to September football was beginning to take hold after eight years out.”My first year [in 2009] I remember thinking ‘how good’s this, we’ll play Grand Finals every year!'” Mannah laughed.”It’s been eight years since so a long break between but I’ve got no problem with the fans getting excited, we’re excited about our footy as well.”Mannah concurred with comments last week made by teammate Michael Jennings that the team needed to accept most of their games in the run home will see them start as favourites and embrace that while being careful not to underestimate their opponents.”I think we’ve got to learn to deal with it [being favourites],” Mannah said.”In the past we’ve been pretty poor at winning games we should win so I think it’s important we understand that ok, there’s going to be games that we are favourites but that doesn’t mean we change our preparation or change the way we go into a game, we still have to turn up with the right attitude to get the job done.”last_img read more

Fixing Our Educational System

first_imgThe Ministry of Education last  week launched an Operational Plan – 2014-2016 aimed at ensuring quality education for all and redirecting the nation’s future.Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said the Plan “proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving quality educational services to ensure that all young people within Liberia’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.”In setting its strategic direction for the next three years, she noted, the Ministry “has been very mindful to ensure the manageability and sustainability of the activities it undertakes. The plan calls for pooling of scarce resources and working more strategically with Donors and Private Sector.  It covers all areas of education except higher education.  These include: Early Childhood Development/Education (ECDE), Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Training, Student Personnel Services, Vocational andTechnical Education and Training and Education Governance and Management.Our Education Correspondent, C.Y. Kwanue, said the cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost of implementation for the first year is US$59 million.Given the seriousness of this Plan, developed against the background of the drastic  decline over the past several years in the nation’s educational system, we pray that government will find the money to make this all important Plan workable, so that it may be able fully to achieve its aims and objectives.In launching the plan, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on her Ministers and Deputy Ministers, beginning with those at the Ministry of Education, to take time off from their busy schedules and go into the nation’s classrooms and teach.  This is an innovative idea that we welcome because it would give our top officials an opportunity to return to their counties and villages and help the nation’s teachers in the classroom.  We don’t know how many Ministers take their annual leave, but this would be a good time for them to do so,  and spend useful time teaching at home teaching.The President also suggested that seniors at the University of Liberia’s Teachers College be required, before graduation, to spend time teaching in the rural parts.This, too, calls for the outlay of some capital to provide not only accommodations for the student teachers but classroom materials, including science lab equipment for the science teachers, so that they may be effective in their instruction.This leads us to ask whether  the Operational Plan 2014-2016 has specific plans for libraries and laboratory equipment in all our schools.  These are crucial if our students must be encouraged  to read and be able to apply in laboratories the science they learn in textbooks.We understand that the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has undertaken to equip Liberian schools with science lab equipment.  We commend NOCAL president Dr. Randolph McClain, himself a chemical engineer, his Board of Directors and staff for this worthy initiative, and trust that the Education Ministry will ensure that NOCAL’s intervention will bear fruit. In its teacher training endeavor, the Ministry must pay special attention to Science teachers.We believe the listing of nursery and kindgarten education and the emphasis on vocational and technical education are crucial.  We trust that the Ministry will give our children throughout the country a head start by sharpening their intellectual and social skills as they begin in their educational journey.The Ministry should also  ensure the  effective operation of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) and the improvement and expansion,  too, of the nation’s premiere vocational and technical training school, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI).Two last concerns: what does the Plan say about high-tech instruction?And does the new curriculum include CIVICS? We strongly believe that these two are crucial.  Our students must be introduced to technology early.  The parents have already begun by giving their children cell phones.  The Ministry must follow, ensuring   an early start in technology.Liberian students must also start studying CIVICS again.  They must study the Constitution and the learn about the structure and function of their government.  We believe this will help them become more patriotic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accused gold chain thief remanded

first_imgAn alleged gold chain thief who pretended to hug a woman while robbing her of a gold chain was on Monday remanded to prison.Twenty-nine-year-old Carl Crandon, of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was brought before city Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer for his crime.He denied that on March 1, 2018 at Lombard Street, Georgetown, he stole the gold chain valued $82,000, property of Marlyn Hinds.The prosecution is contending that Hinds was walking along Lombard Street when Crandon put his hand around her shoulder as if he was going to hug her, but rather removed the chain.The matter was reported, and the defendant was arrested and charged. The case will continue on March 19, 2018.last_img

Gor leaves for Pretoria after Governor Sonko came to their rescue

first_img0Shares0000“We needed the tickets for the traveling contingent of 18 players, five members of the technical bench, a federation representative and six team officials,” Gor boss Ambrose Rachier confirmed.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia departed for Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday night ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup return leg after Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko bailed them out, paying Sh4.2mn for flights, hotel and stipends.Gor was stranded after failing to raise cash for the crucial second leg against South African side SuperSport United, having a 1-0 first leg advantage and a win could see them make history in entering the group stages of the continental competition. “We needed the tickets for the traveling contingent of 18 players, five members of the technical bench, a federation representative and six team officials,” Gor boss Ambrose Rachier confirmed.Gor will have little time to prepare for the clash as they leave on the eve of the match and they will not have a feeling of the pitch.K’Ogalo had also faced a visa hitch at the South African embassy which put their travel plans in disarray at the end seeing Rwandese talisman Jacques Tuyisenge who score the lone goal in first half as well as forward Ephraim Guikan missing their visas.Gor Mahia won the first leg 1-0 in Machakos on April 7 and are eying a historic berth in the group stages of continental football is they avoid defeat in Pretoria.Coach Kerr will be hoping the pre-match drama will not break down his team’s mental preparedness for the tie. Already they will be without Ernest Wendo for the tie with the midfielder suspended after accumulating two yellow cards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reports – Manchester United target Gaitan nearing new Benfica contract

first_imgBenfica are close to tying Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan down to a new contract, according to reports in Portugal.As talkSPORT told you this week, Benfica boss Rui Vitoria is desperate to keep hold of the winger amid ever-increasing interest from Old Trafford.The 27-year-old signed a contract until 2018 last November, with a release clause of £25million included.However, Benfica want to boost that figure even higher and offer the Argentinian another pay rise in order to keep him happy.And now, according to A Bola, Gaitan’s agent Jose Iribarren is set to fly to Lisbon next week in order to thrash out a new deal with Benfica officials. 1 Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan (c) last_img

VIDEO: Watch the Dortmund goals from thrilling Europa League loss to Liverpool

first_img1 Marco Reus restored Dortmund’s two-goal lead in the second half Liverpool staged an incredible, unbelievable comeback to dump Jurgen Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund out of the Europa League.Dejan Lovren scored in the dying moments to seal a 5-4 aggregate victory after BVB went 2-0 up inside ten minutes and were 3-1 up with only 20 minutes remaining.Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus all scored for what looked like a straight-forward victory before the Reds staged a miracle comeback.WATCH THE ALL THE LIVERPOOL GOALS HEREDivock Origi, Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho scored to set up a grandstand finish before Lovren stepped up to rip the roof off Anfield.See below for all the Borussia Dortmund goals!last_img

Bilic has been the Premier League’s BEST boss this season and here’s why…

first_imgSlaven Bilic has been the best boss in the Premier League this season.That’s the claim from top journalist Matt Scott, who was a co-host on Jim White’s talkSPORT show on Monday.West Ham flirted with relegation this term before sealing an 11th-place finish in the Premier League and there has been speculation that Bilic’s position could be under threat.But, according to Scott, it is ridiculous that the Croatian’s future has been called into question.He insists Bilic has performed miracles having had to contend with numerous injury problems, the January loss of star man Dimitri Payet and the difficulties of moving to a new ground.“Slaven Bilic has done the best job in the Premier League this season, of all the managers,” said Scott.“In terms of the achievements he has accomplished by keeping West Ham in the Premier League, it is extraordinary given what he faced.“If you go over the last five seasons of Premier League clubs, you have got 100 case studies of injuries. Of all those five seasons, West Ham have the highest injury instance this season.“He has lost both his first choice strikers, he has lost defenders… loads and loads of people have been unavailable of the course of this season.“On top of that, he lost Payet. The way he turned that against Payet and Marseille and managed to create for the first time some unity in the stands at West Ham was absolutely astonishing.“They were in the relegation positions at that point in time, they lost their only top, top player, and where did they finish? One place below last season’s champions. It is amazing.”Bilic is due to meet West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan this week to discuss his future at the club.The 48-year-old is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and has yet to be offered an extended deal.But Scott is convinced he will still be charge at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.He added: “David Sullivan is no mug. He knows football inside out, he knows the value of retaining that Premier League status, and I understand very well that he [Bilic] is going to be retained and given what he believes he needs next season.”last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps kit-man Shane Elliot will go through the pain barrier for his beloved club as he launches a fundraising drive for the club’s underage set-up.The affable Elliot will undergo a leg wax next month at The Barca Bar, Ballybofey and is hoping to raise much needed finance for the club. Elliot has been the kit-man at Harps for the past number of seasons and has been a lifelong supporter of the club.Elliot travels all over the country with the Finn Harps first-team squad on a voluntary basis to ensure the players can prepare as professionally as possible.The role of the kit-man is an important task with players very fussy over shorts, socks and other bits and bobs required to make sure they maximize their performance.On Saturday, November 14th – Elliot will be taking his kit-off to allow a substantial amount of hair to be removed from his legs. He’s not looking forward to the event, but is hoping the pain will be worth it if he can generate enough money for the initiative.Elliot told Donegal Daily, “It’s safe to say I’m not looking forward to it, but I was talked into it and I can’t back out now!“Look it’s going to be painful, but it’s vital we continue to develop and improve the underage structures within the club.“It’s the future of the club and the academy has been a brilliant success so far, but in order to sustain that and bring it to the next level – we need to generate revenue.“No donation is too small and anything given will be greatly appreciated not only by me, but also everybody associated with the Finn Harps underage system.You can help donate to Shane’s fundraising campaign by clicking on the following PayPal link or you can contact him directly via Facebook. snow2 by damian callaghanFINN HARPS KIT MAN WILLING TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER FOR HIS BELOVED CLUB was last modified: October 7th, 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

Giants prospects throw near-perfect game, hit walk-off grand slam on back-to-back days

first_imgA banner year for the San Francisco Giants’ farm system is continuing during the month of August.Most fans know the names of the organization’s top prospects such as Joey Bart and Marco Luciano, but many haven’t heard of pitcher Aaron Phillips and outfielder Jacob Heyward.After what the duo accomplished over the last two days, that might change.With a complete game, one-hit shutout of the Inland Empire 66ers on Sunday, Phillips made waves for what could go down as the best pitching …last_img

South Africa ‘must reposition for growth’

first_img24 June 2010 South Africa has to reposition itself, and look beyond the traditional approaches, in order to improve its economic competitiveness, create jobs and beat poverty, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan was addressing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Toronto, Canada on the weekend. The G20 is a coalition of the world’s foremost developed and developing nations, and South Africa is the only African member-country. President Jacob Zuma is leading the country’s delegation to the two-day meeting. Gordhan said that if South Africa could beat France at the Fifa World Cup, surely it could do better in growing its economy. “What we require is the same passion we see around the country during this World Cup period,” the minister said. “There’s a new passion, there’s a new energy … Let’s convert that energy if we want to promote growth in our country, and if we want to do things differently. “Doing things differently takes boldness, it takes guts, but it requires a particular kind of leadership from all sections of society. If we stick to the traditional way of doing things we won’t create enough jobs, we won’t be able to compete in the world adequately. “When we talk of growth, what we require is a much more active conversation about not how we do better in our traditional markets but how we do differently in our non-traditional markets,” Gordhan said. “We have more markets we can reach out to and grow our economy.” Describing South Africa’s lastest employment figures as “depressing, to say the least”, Gordhan said that South Africans within the labour movement, the business community and the government “need to work harder and need to work together in order to ensure that the level of job creation in South Africa improves phenomenally”. Statistics South Africa reported on Wednesday that a further 79 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2010. He said this weekend’s meeting was crucial in that the G20 had set an incredible track record in terms of co-ordinated and collective action in response to the financial crisis. He said the challenge now facing the G20 was how they can get the world growing at a faster rate so that there was development and job creation as well. The meeting would have to also resolve the sovereign fiscal crisis and uncertainties that are faced by certain parts of the world, as well as deal with financial market volatility following the fiscal crisis. In recent weeks, he said, some countries in both the developed and developing world had stated that growth was a crucial issue for them, while others had said that fiscal consolidation was a crucial issue for them. “One of the challenges we’ll have to resolve at the G20 is how do we balance these two factors. How do we balance the necessity for fiscal consolidation in a growth-friendly way?” He said South Africa agreed with those who argued that there needs to be a stabilization of the global financial system. “We believe there needs to be coordination that doesn’t have to be uniformity. South Africa, Canada and Australia have a common belief that our banking systems are fairly secure.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more