Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar practices during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SOCHI, Russia  — Brazil is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World CupA day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the team’s biggest star was just fine.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He had been playing keep-away with a few other players when he started showing signs of discomfort, and at one point bent down and grabbed his ankle. He tried to continue playing but a few moments later decided to leave, kicking a ball away with his left foot before limping away.The federation said he left the session only as a precaution because he had been in pain since the team’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday, when he was consistently fouled. It had already guaranteed after the match there was nothing wrong with Neymar even though he was limping when he talked to reporters. It had already confirmed he would be available to play against Costa Rica.According to Brazil, Neymar’s ankle problem had nothing to do with the foot injury that sidelined him for about three months earlier this year, prompting concerns about his fitness heading into Russia. Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn’t likely be fully fit until the third match of the group stage.He was heavily marked and struggled against Switzerland, which fouled him 10 times in the match in Rostov-on-Don.The draw left Brazil and Switzerland two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica in its opener. Anything but victory could leave Brazil, one of the main title favorites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance from the group stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The images showed him exchanging passes and making challenges. In a longer version of the video sent to journalists, Neymar took free kicks.“Neymar practiced the whole time,” the federation later said on its website. “He showed confidence and participated actively during the whole session.”The federation later released a video with Neymar“I trained well, felt comfortable,” Neymar said. “The foot is fine.”Brazilian media had already been speculating that Brazil could be hiding Neymar’s real condition after he couldn’t finish practice on Tuesday. He was visibly in pain as he walked from the field accompanied by the team’s doctor.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Brazil had a closed practice session Wednesday, two days before its game against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad.“Brazil practicing and Neymar participating normally in the team’s activity,” the federation said in a Twitter post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOne of the photos showed the playmaker touching the ball with his injured right ankle.“Take a look at Neymar practicing in Sochi!” read the post linking to the video which showed the playmaker training without any sign of a limp. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

2014: NTAL Achievements Under Review

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgIn spite of the Ebola menace which downed every activity during 2014, authorities of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) under the leadership of the president, Rev. Ellen Fartu Varfley, made several achievements.Some of the achievements according to Rev. Varfley, included the establishment of a credit union for members, the opening of bank accounts for the association’s local branches to received their operational funds as a means of ensuring transparency and accountability and the construction of a national headquarters, the first of its kind in the history of the association.Among its challenges was ensuring that over 300 teachers whose names were deleted from government payroll were placed backed on salary through negotiations with authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE). Interestingly, during the year in review, the NTAL established its own newsletter to inform members about the activities of the association.The NTAL president also negotiated with insurance companies, especially Secure Risk, to provide loans to teachers, a support that is now benefitting members of the association.During the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) early last year, the NTAL, with passion and concern for the members’ healthcare, established an ever ready anti-Ebola awareness Taskforce, which created awareness on the danger of the disease among teachers across the country.The graduation took place of 92 primary school teachers from a three year In-service Teacher Training Program organized by NTAL in collaboration with the Canadian Teacher Federation (CTF) and MOE.The recruitment of more female teachers into the association, some of whom are now serving as local presidents and vice presidents of the various branches across the country is another accomplishment of NTAL, according to Rev. Varfley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Gospel Artist Wins 2 International Awards

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgLiberian Gospel artist Evangelist Eveine Natt Kamara has once again raised her country’s flag high as she recently won two accolades in Australia. Mrs. Kamara has been awarded the International Gospel Heroes and Humanitarians Appreciation awards in that country. It was presented by an Australian organization known as Future of the Children, for what they described as her unending advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate.She was given the awards at a red carpet event organized by the charity organization in the Australian Capital, Sydney, at the Redgum Center.Narrating her journey to the honor Ms. Kamara said, “In June 2013, I was contacted by a group from Australia called “Future of the Children”, a member of the Australian Charity Association. They asked me to go to Australia and help raise funds for less fortunate children in Africa. I was happy to do so since I was also involved in a similar program here in Liberia. I accepted their invitation happily and free of charge.On October 9, 2013 I received a call from the Australian Immigration that my visa was ready. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Future of the Children Australia I left on November 3 2013.”While in Australia, she performed in many shows in the country’s major cities.She was taken by surprise on February 9th by Women of Faith’s Evangelist Eveine and received an invitation in 2014 to a Red Carpet event organized by Future of the Children Australia and Women of Faith-Sidney at the Redgum Center where she received two Awards.After winning her awards in Australia, Ms. Kamara was named African Directress and Liberia was selected for a first project to build a modern school facility. The project will commence in Margibi County in June 2014.The Liberian Gospel Artist made the disclosure yesterday in Monrovia when she presented the two awards to Information Minister Lewis Brown and the people of Liberia. Ms. Kamara said the Modern School Facility that would be built by her partners and her organization is part of an effort to help less fortunate Liberian Children “My dream is to help children that are less fortunate and send them to school.”She called on all gospel artists to work tirelessly in making God’s word a reality through their music.“I will take other gospel artists with when am going for my next trip to Australia.”Upon receiving the awards on behalf of the people of Liberia, Minister Lewis Brown thanked Evangelist Kamara for what he described as “bringing  great honor and raising the flag of Liberia high to the world.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local business owner wins Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgFort St. John business owner Steve Troyer has been named one of B.C.’s Entrepreneurs of the year in 2015.The winners were announced Thursday night in Vancouver at an event organized by Ernst & Young.Troyer was selected the winner in the Business Services category.  Troyer started Troyer Ventures in his early 20s after purchasing his first steam truck with a pressure washer.  The first year in business was rough, but Troyer slowly turned things into 100 trucks operating in both B.C. and Alberta.- Advertisement -In a quote to B.C. Business Magazine, Troyer said “We’ve managed to get through this far, and work with a lot of great people, but I don’t know if it’s a success yet. We’ve got plenty of room to grow.”In a post on the Troyer Ventures website, Troyer added, “It was a profound honour to be awarded 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year in Vancouver Thursday night.  In my acceptance, I acknowledged that any success as an entrepreneur depends on the dedication and support of many others, including all those that work at Troyer, many suppliers and service providers, and of course our loyal customers who have supported us for many years.  Thank you to each one for your part in building our company.”In total 30 entrepreneurs from across B.C. were honoured at the event Thursday night.Advertisementlast_img read more

Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side W. Cup screenings

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgThroughout the championship, a local charity is screening all matches for free at the Ain Issa camp for the displaced in the northern province of Raqa.“Showing the World Cup at the camp is such a beautiful initiative because it draws people out of their torment,” spectator Abdallah Fadil al-Ubayd said.“Everybody loves football,” said the 38-year-old, dressed in a red sports T-shirt to watch Mexico play Germany on Sunday.As the players dashed across the portable screen, the commentator’s voice boomed out from loud speakers and across surrounding tent tops.When Mexico scored, the cheers of dozens of spectators rose up above the camp.Ubayd used to play for a local team in his hometown of Maskana in the northern province of Aleppo, before jihadists overran it more than four years ago, imposing their rigid interpretation of religion on residents.“Daesh would come to the matches, confiscate our ID cards and throw the athletes in jail,” he said, referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.– An ‘extremely hard’ time –IS swept across large parts of Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” there and in swathes of neighbouring Iraq, but separate offensives have since expelled the group from all major urban centres they once held.“Thank God we got rid of them and we can watch games again,” said Ubayd, whose hometown was retaken by Syrian regime forces in June last year.He was supporting Egypt, he said, and hoped its star Mohamed Salah would return to the pitch and lead his team to victory on Tuesday.World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening © AFP / Delil SOULEIMANSyria’s war has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.Thousands of people who have fled their homes live in the camp in Ain Issa, where the World Cup games are screened outside on the side of a tent in the evening, but inside during the day.Within the hot tent, children sit by their fathers, gazing up at the figures running on the screen.Some carry a pillow on which to rest during the game, while others lay a piece of material on the ground to sit on.Outside, Mubad al-Mohammad, 23, says the World Cup this year comes at a time of his life that is “extremely hard”.The young man has been living in a tent at Ain Issa for more than a year after fleeing his home city of Raqa.– ‘Miss the excitement’ –“It’s so hot and we miss our friends, the excitement of watching games,” said Mohammad, whose city was under IS rule from 2014 to last year, when a US-backed alliance seized it.He said he followed the last World Cup from home in Raqa — even as IS members raided coffee shops showing the games, forcing football fans to go home to pray.The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents © AFP / Delil SOULEIMAN“War has taken away so many good things from us including sport,” said the Brazil supporter.Nearby, Abdallah Abdelbasit, 47, said he was delighted the camp’s footballers could follow their teams on the big screen.Nicknamed Abu Ashraf, the man with a neatly trimmed grey beard and haircut still plays himself and has been active in organising the camp’s youth into teams.The free screenings were very welcome, he said, especially after attending fixtures at a local cafeteria proved to be too expensive for many camp residents.With three World Cup matches a day, the initiative fills “the void and boredom”, allowing spectators to “forget some of their troubles”, he said.But enthusiasm this year is still not the same as for previous championships, said Abdelbasit, who claims he has followed games for the past 30 years.“Before there used to be great excitement and cheering, but at the camp the spectators don’t clap except if a goal is scored.”“The war has affected this generation, depriving it of sport for seven years,” he said.But Abdelbasit remained optimistic for the future.“We hope to watch the next World Cup in our homes,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp © AFP / Delil SOULEIMANAIN ISSA, Syrian Arab Republic, Jun 19 – At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world’s best footballers play on the side of a tent.For these soccer enthusiasts uprooted by Syria’s seven-year war, World Cup games such as these offer brief respite from their woes and the daily grind at the camp.last_img read more

Birthday bash proves popular

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Over the more than 40 years Reiner and Lori Dinkin, president of the VVHA, have lived in the area, they have seen great changes. In the 1960s, it was full of young parents raising the Baby Boom generation who knew the parents of all their children’s friends. As those children grew up and more women entered the work force, residents spent less time mingling with neighbors and more time driving to visit friends in other parts of the city. But today, events such as the annual Fourth of July parade, a homespun affair featuring kids on bikes and a local high school band, draw more than 500 people. VVHA meetings also draw renters who want to be active participants in their community. Reiner said organizers are already planning on booking next year’s anniversary dinner in a larger space. “Neighbors need neighbors,” Dinkin said. “For sanity as well as safety,” Reiner finished. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 VALLEY VILLAGE – When the movers and shakers of Valley Village decided to celebrate the area’s 67th birthday with a party, they didn’t expect much of a response. But the trickle of interest organizers predicted for the first-time event has turned into a tsunami, with about 160 people expected to turn out for tonight’s dinner at St. David’s Church hall, and nearly half as many turned away for lack of space. “There isn’t a question in my mind: People are hungry to become part of a community and to know other members of their community,” said Breice Reiner, vice president of both organizing groups, the Valley Village Homeowners Association and the Neighborhood Council of Valley Village. Valley Village, tucked north of Studio City and west of North Hollywood, was founded in 1939. About 22,000 people live in the area, bounded by the Tujunga Wash to the west, the Ventura (101) Freeway to the south, the Hollywood (170) Freeway to the east and Burbank Boulevard to the north. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher faces the cameras after his side’s defeat to Monaghan at Ulster Football final in ClonesDONEGAL manager Rory Gallagher faced the television cameras after his team’s one point defeat to Monaghan clearly disappointed at the result.Gracious in defeat and full of praise for Monaghan, Gallagher also said his team missed a lot of chances – 16 wides in total – that his players normally put away.Paddy McBrearty had the chance in the dying seconds to pull the scores level to 0-11 to 0-11. But the 21-year-old’s left footed strike sailed wide of the upright and Monaghan clinched the Anglo Celt cup by a single point.In his post-match inquest, Gallagher told BBC Sport NI: “They played better much better than us in the first half and were the better team than us in the first half.“Then we had a lot of momentum and we played really well in the second half but missed a lot chances , I don’t know what the wide count was, which we normally get.“We closed the gap in the second half and Monaghan got a couple of scores, we got a couple of scores but we missed a lot of chances when we had the momentum.” But now his team will have to pull together after the defeat if they want to keep their homes alive of lifting the Sam Maguire this year.He added: “We have no choice not but to regroup as we are out in two weeks time again.“There is going to be disappointment for a few days but there is no option but to get on and get into an All-Ireland quarter final.’’And Gallagher was full of praise for the Farney men.“Monaghan were terrific and brought a great level of intensity, particularly in the first half. “Even when we were in the top in the second half, they kept dogging it out but that’s what we would expect from Monaghan. The best of luck to them and fair play to them.”GALLAGHER: WE MISSED A LOT OF CHANCES BUT MONAGHAN WERE THE BETTER TEAM was last modified: July 19th, 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:GALLAGHER: WE MISSED A LOT OF CHANCES BUT MONAGHAN WERE THE BETTER TEAMlast_img read more

How top nations would look if they started squad numbers 1-11 in Russia

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgAll 32 World Cup 2018 squads have been announced and every player’s squad number has been revealed.Many believe the digits on the back of a player’s shirt could give us a clue as to who will start in Russia.Jordan Pickford, for instance, has been handed the No.1 for England has many people thinking he will play between the sticks for their Group G opener with Tunisia.But is it really the case these days when several players carry over their favoured domestic numbers?talkSPORT decided to take a look at 10 of the top nations at the World Cup and see how their teams would line up if players 1-11 all started.Portugal (Group A)Spain (Group A)France (Group C)Argentina (Group D)Brazil (Group E)Germany (Group F)Belgium (Group G)England (Group G)talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. 9 Jordan Pickford is England’s No.1 in Russia but will he start? last_img read more


Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgThe Donegal glue gang have struck again.Just two weeks after more than 20 residents had their front doors superglued, more residents have been targeted.Residents in St.Eunan’s Terrace in Letterkenny awoke this morning to find cars and front doors filled with superglue. It is the third such incident in just over two weeks.In the latest attack, at least six homes and three cars were glued.Local resident Frankie Vaughan said the area has many elderly residents.“I don’t know what kind of individuals would go out of their way to do this but they should be ashamed of themselves. “What they have done here is cowardly and an utter disgrace.“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen this to contact the Gardai,” he saidGardai have said they are continuing their investigations into the latest incident.Two weeks ago more than 25 houses at Ballymacool Terrace had their front doors superglued .There has also attacks on the Convent Road area. The attacks cost local residents, many of them pensioners, more than €50 to have their locks replaced.Resident John McGeever, whose house was targeted, said people were living in fear that they could be left stuck in their homes.“What happens if there is a fire and these idiots have glued people into their homes?” he asked.Local locksmith Conal Kelly said the glue renders the front doors completely useless. “There is simply no sense to it other than pure vandalism and it causes so much bother for residents,” he said.MORE HOMES TARGETED AS GLUE GANG STRIKE AGAIN was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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:Ballymacool TerraceGardaiglue gangSt Eunans Terracelast_img read more


Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgDDTV: Watch this video above to hear Everton and Ireland Seamus Coleman confess that he wants to start playing Gaelic Football again.However, unfortunately for Rory Gallagher and all Donegal GAA supporters, Coleman doesn’t plan on returning to the GAA until he finishes his playing career in England. In the video produced by Everton TV, Coleman is quizzed by young Everton supporters curious to know everything about the star right-back.Coleman reveals that if he wasn’t a professional footballer that he’d be playing Gaelic Football back home.Coleman admits to being a home-bird and that he plans to move back to Ireland when he retires, and says he hopes he can go back and start playing Gaelic Football again.Skip to 6.30 in the video to hear Coleman talk about his future plans. DDTV: COLEMAN REVEALS HE WANTS TO FINISH HIS CAREER PLAYING GAELIC FOOTBALL was last modified: January 26th, 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:DDTVevertonGAAinterviewnewsseamus colemansoccerSportlast_img read more