“We knew George Weah well before he became elected president of Liberia. Congratulations to the legend of PSG and world football on this new chapter in his brilliant career,” PSG wrote in English on Twitter.AC Milan offered their congratulations “to the Red and Black legend” who starred for the club over four seasons, picking up two Seria A titles in 1996 and 1999.Despite numerous examples of the game’s former stars entering politics Weah is the first former player to succeed in being elected head of his country.Others have launched political careers, most recently AC Milan’s star Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze who was elected mayor of Georgia capital Tbilisi after serving as the Georgian government’s Energy Minister.In Brazil ex star striker Romario has served as a senator since 2015.But until Weah being elected head of state was confined to powerful club directors like ex AC Milan boss Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, or the current Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, a former Boca Juniors president.By winning this week’s election Weah has created another precedent just as he did back in 1995 when he became the first African to win the Ballon d’Or. (FILES) This file photograph taken on September 18, 2005, shows Liberian footballer George Weah as he takes part in a friendly football match in Monrovia. AFP PHOTO Paris, France | AFP | Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba led plaudits on Friday from the world of football to George Weah after the only African to win the Ballon d’Or was elected President of Liberia.“Congratulations Mr. George” the Ivory Coast legend posted on Twitter.“Thanks Didier for your support, we are both concerned and aware of the destiny of our peoples. Let’s follow the same path,” replied Weah.Drogba’s compatriot, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wrote: “Congratulations president Weah!!”Marseille’s former Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia applauded Weah on his “superb career”.“First African Ballon d’Or in 1995, first retired player to be elected president of the Republic. Respect!”Weah, idolised in Liberia as “Mister George”, will be sworn in on January 22 after winning Thursday’s run-off against vice President Joseph Boakai.His election success was noted with pride by former clubs Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.Weah played at Monaco from 1988 to 1992 and the French Ligue 1 side noted in a statement: “The entire club congratulates George Weah on his election to the presidency of Liberia and presents him with all its best wishes for success as the head of his country!”From Monaco Weah moved to PSG where he picked up two Cup titles in 1993 and 1995, a league title in 1994 as well as sparkling in Europe. Share on: WhatsApp
The Bundesliga club turned down a bid of 50 million euros from Arsenal last week, the BBC reported.Gabon international Aubameyang, 28, played for Dortmund in their 2-2 draw against Freiburg on Saturday but did not score.Aubameyang was jeered by his own fans on Saturday and has been told he can leave Dortmund if Arsenal met the asking price, the German club’s director of sport Michael Zorc confirmed.Arsenal lost forward Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United last week with Henrikh Mkhitaryan travelling in the opposite direction in a swap deal but Wenger remains short of options up front as the club battle to secure a Champions League place for next season.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing on a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks to boost his forward options, reports in Germany and Britain said on Monday.German magazine Kicker reported the clubs had agreed on a 63-million-euro ($78 million, £55 million) fee for the player and that as part of the deal Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud could move to Germany on loan until the end of the season.But the report said Giroud was still dragging his feet and would prefer to stay in England and move to Premier League side Chelsea.The BBC also reported that the move was close, quoting a figure of £60 million but said the deal would not go through until the German club had a replacement lined up.
FILE PHOTO; Kinjaz breakdancingParís, France | AFP | Breakdancing has been invited as a new sport by the organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics, the head of the local organising committee said Thursday.Skateboarding, climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return for the Paris Games. Tony Estanguet, the head of the Paris 2024 organising committee, said the inclusion of the four sports responded to a need to make the Olympics “more urban” and “more artistic”.Share on: WhatsApp
The second system just emerged off the coast of Africa and forecasters give it a 50% chance of developing in the Atlantic over the next five days.The next named storm will be Chantal. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping a close eye on two tropical waves.A disorganized cluster of storms located over the northeastern Caribbean is being given just a 10% chance of growing stronger but it could be a rainmaker for parts of Florida by this weekend.
Airlines in the US are currently asking the government for financial and tax relief to offset the amount of flights being cancelled.The request was submitted on Monday by Airlines for America, which represents Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, and cargo carriers FedEx and UPS.As the coronavirus becomes more widespread and federal restrictions become more prevalent, airlines have been asked to cut their capacity tremendously which has affected their income.American Airlines has suspended around 75% of it’s international flights while United Airlines says it has slashed 50% of its flying capacity through May and possibly longer.With these developments Some airlines are also talking to unions about taking cuts in pay or hours, while some are cutting executive and management salaries.In order to avoid dramatic scale backs in employee hours and to avoid in some cases, layoffs, the airlines are requesting $29 billion in federal grants. $25 billion of that will go towards passenger airlines while $4 billion will go towards cargo carriers.The airlines are also requesting $29 billion in low-interest loans and for the federal excise taxes on fuel, cargo and airline tickets to be suspended through the end of next year.
Teenager Inci Mehmet completed a record-setting victory when she won the Surrey ladies’ championship at Hindhead Golf Club. The 15-year-old from Wentworth became the youngest-ever titleholder when she beat Guildford’s Kate Shepherd with a birdie on the 22nd hole of the final. The previous youngest winner was Ellis Keenan of Sunningdale, who was 18 when she won the title in 2009, also beating Kate Shepherd. Inci is also the 2012 Surrey girls’ champion and is the first player to hold both titles in the same year. At the ladies’ championship she also won four trophies for her qualifying scores, while Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) took the fifth, an intermediate prize. Inci was one of four juniors who qualified for the matchplay stages of the championship, alongside Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park), Gee Won Park (Hampton Court Palace) and Shannon Flynn (Burhill). In the matchplay, Inci beat England senior international Roz Adams (Addington Court), Maggie Lowe (Woking) and Lauren Horsford to reach the final. Kate Shepherd (Guildford) beat Jo Stocks (Worplesdon), Katie Fewster (Worplesdon) and 2011 champion Lisa McGowan (Worplesdon) to reach the final. 20 Apr 2012 Inci Mehmet sets Surrey championship records
England’s wonderful women are European team champions again – winning the gold medal for the second year in a row.Gemma Clews took them over the line when she won her game 1up to clinch the victory over Italy, with the match ending 5.5-1.5 in England’s favour. The result marked a special double for Alice Hewson who was also in last year’s winning team. The winning team is pictured top.Meanwhile, England’s men secured the silver medal after they were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Spain in their final.And the girls’ team (pictured below) bounced back from their semi-final defeat to trounce France 5-2 to win the bronze medal in style.The championships have highlighted England’s prominence in European golf, particularly when added to the individual wins of Alfie Plant in this month’s European amateur and Bronte Law’s victory in the 2016 European women’s amateur.Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director said: “We are delighted to have won three medals and it’s great that the women have successfully defended their title. Naturally we are disappointed that we just lost out to Spain in the men’s final.”The women were playing in Portugal and they got the final off to the best possible start with wins in both foursomes matches, with Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb taking their point 4/2, while Alice Hewson and India Clyburn won 2/1.In the singles Lianna Bailey edged the team closer to their goal with her 3/2 win and Clews clinched it when she held on to her narrow advantage to win 1up. The other games were all scored as halves.In the men’s match in Austria, the honours were even after the foursomes, with Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant winning 2/1, while Spain snatched a 19th hole win over Scott Gregory and Matthew Jordan.In the singles Gregory (1up) and Gian Marco Petrozzi (3/2) kept England on level terms with Spain, but the team had to settle for the silver medal when Adria Arnaus managed to hang on to his one-up advantage over Matthew Jordan.The girls, playing in Finland, also shared the foursomes points with Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson winning their game 3/2.In the singles Humphreys won on the last, Hollie Muse on the 19th, Sammy Fuller 4/3 and Emily Price by one hole.Team coach Mark Day commented: “These were some of the best and bravest performances I’ve seen on the golf course.“The ability to pick themselves up after the semi-final defeat by Italy and put in a winning performance today against a strong French line-up took courage, teamwork and great skill.”In the European boy’s team championship England were beaten 5-2 by Germany in their final match, with the team’s points scored by Toby Briggs and Ben Jones.The full teams are:Women: Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall).Men: Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham) and Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park).Girls: Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).Boys: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor), Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County), Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).Click here for full scoresCaption: The winning England women’s team, from left, Sophie Lamb, Rochelle Morris, Alice Hewson, India Clyburn, Gemma Clews and Lianna Bailey. 15 Jul 2017 England’s wonderful women win Euro gold again
Tags: Get into golf, Women 17 Apr 2018 Bumper year of activity to drive women and girls’ golf in 2018 New opportunities are being created for women and girls to get into golf in 2018, with more activity than ever before taking place across Great Britain and Ireland to attract larger numbers to the sport.With increased participation in golf by women and girls identified as a tremendous growth opportunity for the sport, this year sees a notable rise in the number of dedicated participation initiatives and coaching activities being delivered by leading golfing bodies to encourage more women, girls and families into the game and convert them into club membership.The Ladies European Tour, England Golf and the Golf Foundation will join forces at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 13 May for an exciting women’s and girls’ development event, which coincides with the staging of the US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier.An afternoon of fun and enjoyable activity will feature leading golfers, women’s coaching professionals and Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors, while attendees will also be able to get up close to the Solheim Cup on display.Women’s Golf Day will take place on 5 June to celebrate women’s and girls’ golf around the world, while the national associations in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will be promoting opportunities for women and girls of all ages and abilities to give golf a go, including Get into Golf, a national campaign supported by the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and The R&A.Meantime, England and Wales Golf are both preparing to hold Women & Girls’ Golf Weeks to inspire more players to head to the fairways. They will take place from 30 July – 5 August, building on the buzz created by the Ricoh Women’s British Open being staged that week at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Budding golfers will also have the opportunity to hone their skills with an all-female group of PGA professionals who will be on site throughout the Women’s British Open.The Golf Club Managers Association launched a Women’s Golf Leadership Group last month, as part of their commitment to achieving greater gender equality in the golf club community.Golf development for women and girls is also a high priority for The PGA as they continue their support for the Get into Golf and This Girl Can initiatives, with the work of PGA Professionals across the world to be highlighted through multi-channel campaigns. In addition, a number of professional and amateur events will work in tandem in 2018 with the aim of raising the profile of women’s and girls’ golf.Golf Sixes is being staged by the European Tour at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire on 5 and 6 May when teams of leading men and women professionals will compete in an exciting format. Spectators can see the likes of Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall tee up in the innovative event.Other major professional tournaments this year, including another historic mixed event at the Glasgow 2018 European Golf Team Championships in August, will provide opportunities to build on the progress achieved and profile women’s golf yet further, with the Solheim Cup – golf’s leading women’s international team event – also returning to Scotland at Gleneagles in 2019.At elite amateur level, new opportunities also exist this year. The R&A, which staged the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship in Singapore in February, is also continuing its drive to boost junior girls’ golf in Great Britain and Ireland, with the first Girls Under-16 Open Championship to be played at Fulford in York next week.This year also represents the 65th anniversary year of the Coronation Foursomes, one of the largest domestic golf participation events with over 25,000 players, and women and girl club members are encouraged to enter this year’s event.Lauren Spray, England Golf Women & Girls’ Manager, commented: “It’s great to see so much activity going on to attract more women and girls into golf.“Our own projects tell us that there is a huge appetite among women and girls to get into golf. We’ve welcomed over 10,000 women through Get into Golf over the last two years and we’re inspiring a new generation of young players with our Girls Golf Rocks campaign, which is running in 21 counties this year.”Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said: “Women and girls continue to be an under-represented group in golf, so there is a tremendous opportunity for growing the sport if golf can enhance its appeal to women and girls, as well as families.“The level of activity taking place across women’s and girls’ golf this year is exceptional and we look forward to continuing to work with the national associations and professional bodies to inspire more women and girls to get involved in this wonderful sport.”The R&A has provided funding to support the appointment of development managers in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and will soon be launching a Women in Golf Charter to galvanise the golf industry around increasing participation by women and girls and the number of women working within the sport.In Scotland, the development post is being jointly funded by The Scottish Government as part of The 2019 Solheim Cup project.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
24 Sep 2019 England’s young guns fix their sights on Ireland match England’s Under 16 Boys’ squad has targeted a win against Ireland as the perfect finale to the season and a stepping stone towards more success in 2020.Hot on the heels of a comprehensive 13-7 win against Wales at Newport GC at the weekend, the young guns are ready go again as they play hosts to Ireland at Hunstanton GC on October 12-13.Six boys have been named in the squad for the Irish clash – three of whom are just 14 years of age and with four years of boys’ golf still ahead of them.Yorkshire’s Josh Berry, Hugh Adams from Worcestershire and Essex’s Harley Smith are the most youthful members of a squad that heads to the Norfolk coast full of confidence.Joining them are Eindhoven-based Jack Ingham fresh from claiming a full three points against Wales.Jack Bigham was another top performer against the Welsh – the Hertfordshire golfer ending the weekend unbeaten with 2.5 points out of three.Reis Suart from Hertfordshire has earned his place on the team for Ireland after a 7&6 win in the Sunday singles against Wales underlined his ability to perform at international level.Under 16 Team Manager Nick Over is excited at what lies ahead for the squad heading into 2020.“It’s been another excellent season in terms of results and the when you look at the age range of this squad it augurs well for the future,” admitted Over.“It’s not unusual to have one 14-year old in a squad of this level but to have three shows just how much quality is coming through the ranks.“You do wonder how they will cope with a little bit of pressure playing at this level so young, but I have to say that against Wales they all performed admirably and were a good bunch to deal with off the course as well.“They all prepared thoroughly and weren’t daunted by pulling on the shirt to represent England.“As always we are building towards the Home Internationals and the European Championships in 2020.“We are looking to claim a medal at the Europeans and from that to qualify for the World Championships in Japan.“Games such as this one against Ireland are all part of the preparations as we look towards that end goal.”While the boys face Ireland, England’s girls are also taking part against their counterparts from the Emerald Isle.Performance Manager Stephen Burnett added: “Hunstanton is a terrific venue and proved as much when it hosted the Carris Trophy a few years ago. I’m sure the boys and girls will love the course.” The squad:Hugh Adams, 14, Hagley and Worcestershire (pictured above)Jack Bigham, 16, Harpenden and Hertfordshire.Josh Berry, 14, Doncaster and Yorkshire.Jack Ingham, 16, Eindhovensche, Holland.Harley Smith, 14, Rayleigh and Essex.Reis Suart, 15, Welwyn Garden City and Hertfordshire.Photograph credit: Leaderboard Tags: Essex, Hertfordshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, left, runs with the ball before being brought down by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, 22, during the NFL football game against at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) by Dennis Waszak Jr.AP Sports WriterEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are in stunningly rare territory.They’re winless through four games and off to their worst start since 1968, leaving them searching for answers. Ben Roethlisberger even declared the Steelers one of the league’s sorriest team after their last game two weeks ago.Sure, the New York Giants and Jacksonville entered the week at 0-5. But having no wins this deep into a season doesn’t fly with the Steelers.“It hasn’t been like that around here for a while,” wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “That’s something that has to set into all of our minds, that we are 0-4.”Pittsburgh is not panicking. At least not yet. But with the Pirates now out of the baseball playoffs, fans in the Steel City look at their football team and wonder when they’ll be able to cheer a victory again.“Obviously, there’s a sense of urgency associated with the position we’re in, frustration and natural human thoughts and responses in that regard,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “But it doesn’t affect how we approach it and the processes that we need to go through in order to be ready to play this week.”The Steelers had a bye week to regroup. Meanwhile, the New York Jets (3-2), their opponent Sunday, are working on a short week after stunning the Atlanta Falcons 30-28 on Monday night.Jets left guard Willie Colon spent seven years with the Steelers, and knows better than to underestimate a winless Pittsburgh bunch.“I see a desperate team and I see a team that, coming off a bye week, they’re kind of like, ‘All right, we’ve laid an egg. Let’s start our season again,’” he said. “Knowing how those guys think, they’re going to be ready to go.”Rex Ryan has insisted to anyone who’ll listen that the Jets won’t suffer a letdown, even though they’ve been one of the NFL’s early-season surprises with rookie quarterback Geno Smith leading the way.“We know what the record is on Pittsburgh,” Ryan said. “We’re certainly not feeding into it or buying into that by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a Mike Tomlin-coached football team, so we know they’re going to be prepared. They’re going to be hungry coming in here.”Here are five things watch for when the Steelers take on the Jets:DESPERATE STEELERS: The Steelers started the 1968 season 0-6 before finishing 2-11-1. Bill Austin was replaced by Chuck Noll after that season. And, the rest is history.These Steelers, though, aren’t looking to set any marks for futility.“At the end of the day, we have to get this thing changed around or teams are going to come in here or whenever they see us on the schedule, think we’re their type of team,” said Cotchery, who played for the Jets from 2004-10. “We know in this locker room that we’re not.”GOOD GENO: After a four-turnover performance at Tennessee, Smith turned it all around in Atlanta.He was selected AFC offensive player of the week after throwing for three touchdowns and, most importantly, had no turnovers. Smith leads the league with three go-ahead drives in the fourth quarter, including two that won games as time expired.“I’m just proud of the way that this team fights,” Smith said. “We’re never out of it and we’ve always got a chance.”CREATING PROBLEMS: A big reason for the Steelers’ dismal start is their inability to force mistakes. They’re the only team in the league without a takeaway, and their minus-11 turnover differential was second only to the Giants.They also have a league-low four sacks, and rank 25th in the NFL against the run. Those are hardly acceptable numbers for a team whose history is steeped in dominant defense.PROTECTING BEN: The Steelers’ revamped line has allowed Roethlisberger to be sacked 15 times, and it faces a Jets front seven that puts tons of pressure on quarterbacks.Pittsburgh acquired Levi Brown from Arizona last week to try to help, and he could start at left tackle in place of the benched Mike Adams. If left guard Ramon Foster can’t play because of a strained pectoral muscle, Kelvin Beachum could take his place.SOARING JETS: New York has already surpassed some preseason expectations, with some fans and media picking the Jets to finish worst in the league. It’s still early, of course, but get this: a win Sunday would set up a potential first-place showdown in the AFC East with New England next week.“Oh, we’re certainly a work in progress,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about that. We’ve earned the 3-2 record, but we have to really improve in a lot of areas for us to be the team that we want to be.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org