Waratahs pipped by Highlanders at tens

first_imgIt might have only been the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens but the heartbreak was real as a last-gasp try from Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura sealed a 12-10 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.The ‘Tahs’ looked on course to notch the first win by an Australian side over a Kiwi franchise in any format since the opening match of last year’s inaugural tens event. An embarrassing 21-0 whitewash in Super Rugby followed.It looked like the tide might have been turning as NSW backed up their 26-5 victory over French Top 14 outfit Pau earlier in the day with a strong start against the Highlanders, going 10-0 up after tries from Taqele Naiyaravoro and Cameron Clark but they couldn’t hold on, conceding two tries in the final three minutes in a deflating finish.It’s still hard to know how to interpret performances at the hit-and-giggle pre- season tournament, yet it appears the ‘Tahs are taking it seriously.Halfback Jake Gordon said they had a “point to prove” after a horror 2017, which included defeats at home to the Southern Kings and Jaguares.There were similarly mixed results for the other Australian teams on day one.As expected, Wallabies halfback Will Genia was denied a Brisbane homecoming and not risked by the Melbourne Rebels after suffering a lower back fracture at training.Instead, a no-name side got off to a bright start in the first match of the day, going 17-0 up over the Panasonic Wild Knights of Japan – but they didn’t score another point and lost 19-17 in a stirring comeback from the Robbie Deans- coached side.The Queensland Reds were smashed 29-7 by the Blues, who topped that by beating the Wild Knights 47-10 – the biggest margin in the tournament’s short history.The Reds looked to have recovered in their second game after a strong opening against the Rebels but twice surrendered the lead to lose 21-17.The ACT Brumbies clawed from behind to pip Fiji 17-12 in their first game but collapsed 31-7 against the Crusaders at night.Their best player was arguably 44-year-old wildcard Andrew Walker.Meanwhile, defending champions the Chiefs picked up right where they left off in the tens format, beating the Highlanders 17-12 before trouncing Pau 31-7.The Chiefs, Crusaders and Blues are the only unbeaten teams left, while the only losses suffered by the Highlanders and Hurricanes were to other New Zealand teams.last_img read more

Seven changes to Chiefs lineup

first_imgDue to All Blacks commitments Damian McKenzie, Brodie Retallick, Anton Leinert-Brown and Nathan Harris have returned to New Zealand following last week’s win over the Stormers in Cape Town.Add to that the injury toll the chiefs have suffered and they’re without a total of 20 players for the match.In the forwards, Liam Polwart starts at hooker for Harris, Tyler Ardron moves to lock in place of Retallick and Pita Gus Sowakula gets a start in the number eight jersey.In the backs, Charlie Ngatai moves into centre for Lienert-Brown and Shaun Stevenson starts at fullback.Replacement player Matt Matich is named in the reserves and could make his debut, while Luteru Laulala will take the number 22 jersey after linking up with the team this week.Prop Sosefo Kautai who is named on the bench for the first time this season after making four appearances in his debut campaign last year.It will be co-Captain Ngatai’s 50th game for the Chiefs colours.Head Coach Colin Cooper is looking forward to the challenge the Sharks will bring in Durban.”We are in our second week of this tough tour and we were very happy to beat the Stormers. We are looking forward to a great contest in Durban against the Sharks. It’s going to be another tough game for us, but we are really excited about the challenge ahead. The team has united really quickly and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge in the Shark Tank.”The Chiefs team to take on the Sharks is:1. Karl Tu’inukuafe2. Liam Polwart3. Angus Ta’avao4. Tyler Ardron5. Michael Allardice6. Luke Jacobson7. Liam Messam8. Pita Gus Sowakula9. Brad Weber10. Marty McKenzie11. Solomon Alaimalo12. Johnny Faauli13. Charlie Ngatai14. Sean Wainui15. Shaun StevensonRESERVES:16. Samisoni Taukei’aho17. Sam Prattley18. Sosefo Kautai19. Jesse Parete20. Matt Matich21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi22. Luteru Laulala23. Toni Pululast_img read more

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

first_imgThe announcement came on the penultimate day of the two-week, 40-sport Asian Games, the biggest sporting event in Indonesia’s history.“Indonesia has planned to immediately register itself as a candidate for the 2032 Olympics host,” Widodo said in a televised statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“With our experience in hosting this 18th Asian Games we, Indonesia, believe that we can and are capable to be a host for bigger events,” he added.Bach, who is expected to attend Sunday’s closing ceremony, welcomed the announcement and said he was impressed by the Asian Games. “We have to make sure we keep continuing to become host for world events until the IOC and other members are supporting Indonesia for Olympic 2032. It is a long process.”“I think we are ready,” he added.The Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, a port city on Sumatra island, featured 40 sports — seven more than the Tokyo 2020 programme.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I could congratulate the president on the great success of the Asian Games which is very impressive,” said Bach.“Therefore the IOC really appreciates the candidature of Indonesia for the Olympic Games in 2032,” he added.Erick Thohir, head of Games organising committee Inasgoc, said the discussions with the IOC chief were “very friendly and enthusiastic”.Bach was “open” to the proposal and “accepted that Indonesia become one of the host candidates for Olympics 2032”, he said.The Indonesian government would formally send a bid letter to the IOC after the Asian Games, Thohir added.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on August 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKAIndonesia unveiled surprise plans to bid for the 2032 Olympics on Saturday as it rides high from its successful staging of the Asian Games.President Joko Widodo revealed Indonesia’s intentions after talks with Olympics chief Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, head of the Olympic Council of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES North Korea boxing coaches kicked out of Asian Games for ring protest Indonesia’s announcement reflects the growing clout and resources of countries in Asia, which is hosting three Olympics within the space of four years.After this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo is holding the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing will host the winter edition in 2022 — becoming the first city to organise both the summer and winter Games.The 2032 Olympics are the next Summer Games up for grabs as following Tokyo 2020, Paris will host in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.‘I think we are ready’Indonesia stepped in at the last minute to host the Asian Games, which with 17,000 athletes and officials is similar to the Olympics in size.Despite only having four years to prepare, after original host Vietnam pulled out over financial concerns in 2014, the venues were finished on time and problems proved relatively minor.Ticketing was one major headache for organisers, along with Jakarta’s notorious traffic, while some athletes baulked at competing in the capital city’s unhealthy levels of air pollution.Thohir said the Indonesian government was in discussions to host more major international sports events before the potential Olympics.Indonesia is already due to host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup along with Japan and the Philippines, he noted.“Many of our venues are world-class venues, if you look at our athletics stadium, our velodrome, football fields, rowing,” he said. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Mysterious Death of Matthew Innis Leaves Heightened Suspicion of Foulplay

first_imgThe late Matthew Innis, Deputy Director for Micro-finance in the CBL Regulation and Supervision DepartmentPerhaps the incident would have been passed off as just another hit and run accident involving an unknown speeding vehicle had it not involved an individual linked to the ongoing investigation concerning the missing billions and the US$25m cash infusion into the economy.The individual reportedly killed in what is alleged to be a hit and run accident has been identified as Mathew J. Innis, Deputy Director for Micro-finance in the Central Bank of Liberia’s Regulation and Supervision Department.He is said to have been just about the only staff member of the CBL who had openly expressed opposition not only to the commanding role played by Finance Minister Samuel Tweah in the US$25 million infusion exercise, but also to the manner in which the exercise was being handled outside regular and conventional banking procedures and practices.But barely 3 days since the release of the PIT and Kroll report on the missing billions and the US$25m infusion exercise, Mr. Innis has been reported killed in circumstances that security sources say bear close parallels to the mysterious deaths of Harry Greaves and the NOCAL whistleblower, Cllr. Michael Allison.The FrontPage Africa newspaper quoting family members say the deceased left home saying he was going to work which according to them was unusual for him on a Saturday. The FrontPage report quoting family sources further says that Innis family had unsuccessfully tried all day Saturday to reach him by mobile phone but failed in their attempts, never having heard from him until they learned that he had been involved in a hit and run accident around 2:00 a.m. early Sunday morning. The accident is said to have occurred in his neighborhood around the 72nd Junction.The Daily Observer, upon learning of the incident contacted the family of the deceased. Family members confirm that Innis did leave for work on that fateful Saturday but had remained unreachable by mobile phone until reports of his death reached them.According to informed sources, it appears that Innis was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in the vicinity of his home near the 72nd Junction. He was found near his car in a pair of shorts and a muscle t-shirt, laying near his car.  The family source remembers seeing bruises on Innis’ face and on one arm, though his car was undamaged. His laptop, mobile phone and other personal effects were later turned over to them by the police, they said.The key questions being asked are: Why would Innis, being so close to home, get out his car at such an odd hour of the night? Were there witnesses at the scene when the incident took place? How long did it take between the incident and the time he was discovered by a group of young men who went to his home gate to inform his family members? Under what circumstances did the police decide to take Innis’ body to ELWA hospital?Family members told the Daily Observer that, by the time they reached the scene where his body was found, the body had been removed by three police officers who took to the ELWA hospital. The family members followed the police officers there, where they saw Matthew Innis’ lifeless body for the first time.The family members then took possession of the body and moved it to the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlor for embalmment.Family sources further say that they have since been informed by the Stryker Funeral Home that the Police had given instructions to refrain from embalming the body until an autopsy had been conducted.Noting that such an exercise could take weeks, the family of the deceased told the Daily Observer that although the Police has since prevented them from taking delivery of the body for appropriate funeral rites and internment, the Police has made it clear that the family would have to shoulder the expenses involved for the prolonged stay of the body in the funeral parlor.The family member who spoke to the Daily Observer declined to say whether or not their relative’s death might be linked to the just ended Presidential Investigation which has incriminated top officials of the Central Bank, the Justice Minister and the Finance Minister.Meanwhile several attempts made by the Daily Observer to contact the Police through its spokes-person, Moses Carter, since Sunday, has proved futile.However a former ranking Police officer (identity withheld) has told the Daily Observer that the Police account of the incident has just too many holes in it which leaves the public to rightly suspect that Mr. Innis may have been murdered by dark forces associated with some higher-ups.The LNP officer observed that, in most cases, dead bodies found in the streets often remain there for days on end before removal by the Police, unless identified and claimed by a family member. He cited the case of the dead body of a man believed to have been a notorious armed robber which was left lying and decaying not far from the Bedell Funeral Parlor on the Airfield by-road for days before it was finally removed.The family of the deceased for their part, has  maintained that they do not have the kind of money required to keep their relative’s body for weeks pending an official autopsy by the government of Liberia although, the conduct of an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death is a step in the right direction.It can be recalled that a few years back during the reign of President Sirleaf, Monrovia was gripped with shock and horror following the mysterious but brutal death, attributed to drowning, of Harry A. Greaves, who had begun to blow the whistle on some shady deals allegedly involving the former President.In similar fashion too was the death of NOCAL whistleblower Cll. Michael Allison who had blown the whistle on deals involving Robert Sirleaf, son of the former President. Cllr. Allison’s death like that of Harry Greaves was attributed to drowning.Meanwhile, investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State ordered to pay mother of slain Agricola teen $28M

first_imgDead: Shaquille GrantThe mother of Shaquille Grant, who was shot and killed by police ranks in 2012, is now expected to receive a sum of $28 million, which the state agreed to pay at the conclusion of the 2014 lawsuit heard before Justice Gino Persaud at the Demerara High Court on Wednesday.Shonette Adams, through legal representation of Attorney Nigel Hughes, had filed the lawsuit on December 28, 2014, against the state and police ranks involved in the shooting to death of her son which occurred on September 11, 2012, at Agricola, East Bank Demerara (EBD).It was maintained in Adam’s lawsuit that Article 138 of the Constitution was violated for her now dead son, hence she sued the state over the wrongful death of her son, breach of his fundamental right under Article 138 of the Constitution of Guyana, not to be deprived of his life intentionally, and for assault and battery.Meanwhile, for each of the mentioned claims, Adams had further petitioned for excess monies which included: exemplary damages, costs, interest and such further or other order as seen just by the court.According to reports, on the day in question, police ranks acting on information received went to the East Bank Demerara community and were allegedly shot at by a gang of teenagers, this resulted in them retaliating, and as such claimed the life of Grant in the process.After the fatal shooting, three police officers namely: Terrance Wallace, Warren Blue, and Jamal Lewis were jointly charged for the capital offence of murder. In addition, ex-policeman Wallace, who faced a High Court trial was acquitted in 2015 of the murder charge, while his other accomplices, Blue was killed in the course of a robbery, and Lewis is still on the run.last_img read more

Salah, Van Dijk seal Christmas top spot for Liverpool

first_imgThe home side continued to push Jurgen Klopp’s side hard but their resistance was finally broken with 22 minutes remaining as Van Dijk capped a superb performance with a goal that cemented his side’s position at the top of the table.While Liverpool have struggled at times to match the attacking potency of Manchester City, their added defensive steel has made them serious contenders for their first title of the Premier League era.In the first half at a wet, windy Molineux they showed signs that some of the swagger that marked them out as the league’s great entertainers last season is returning.Salah linked up impressively with Sadio Mane and Robert Firmino in attack and Klopp’s side might have added to their tally earlier than they did.Then, when Wolves managed to blunt Liverpool’s attacking threat, their defence clicked into gear to silence a dangerous frontline with Van Dijk in outstanding form at the heart of Klopp’s back four.Klopp’s men endured a nervous opening when, in the fourth minute, Fabinho’s lapse in concentration saw his pass intercepted by Joao Moutinho. Moutinho fed Adama Traore but he curled a shot narrowly wide.Traore threatened again moments later when he was supplied by the solid link-up play of Raul Jimenez before again shooting just off target.Early chances were scarce for the visitors and when one arrived, with James Milner’s corner dropping kindly for Van Dijk, the Dutchman’s shot was charged down by Matt Doherty.A fine move from Wolves almost brought the opening goal when Conor Coady’s superb pass and Doherty’s neat touch release Romain Saiss, whose shot was well saved by Alisson after it had taken a deflection off Dejan Lovren.Liverpool had been on the back foot but there was no denying the quality of their opening goal, scored by Salah on 18 minutes.Fabinho was the architect with a driving run and a neat one-two with Sadio Mane before he crossed for Salah to prod home deftly with his outside of his left foot.The Reds pushed for a second and Rui Patricio saved well from James Milner but there were chances for Wolves, too, with Alisson forced to save from Jonny Castro Otto.Wolves’ pressing was making life hard for Klopp’s side, but they doubled their lead and effectively sealed their win with 22 minutes remaining.A corner was cleared as far as Salah, who delivered a teasing cross from which Van Dijk stretched to turn the ball home.Morgan Gibbs-White should have halved Liverpool’s lead late on but the Wolves youngster fired into the side netting.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah’s deft flick put Liverpool on the way to victory© AFP Geoff CADDICKWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Liverpool passed another stringent test of their Premier League title credentials as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk gave them a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton on Friday that guarantees top spot at Christmas.Salah’s 11th goal of the season was a classy one and helped subdue a dangerous Wolves side who had made a lively start.last_img read more

Flop clubs! Top 7 biggest underachievers in Champions League history

first_img 8 8 Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Hull City secured a place in next season’s Champions League, extending the Gunners’ impressive run of participation in the tournament to 18 consecutive seasons.But Arsene Wenger’s team have only reached on final in the previous 17 attempts, adding to the unsuccessful entries they made into the old European Cup in 1971 and 1991.Arsenal are arguably the biggest club never to have won the tournament, but which clubs have played in the European Cup/Champions League more often without winning the trophy?Find out in the slideshow above, as we count down the club’s who simply cannot claim old big ears!*Only seasons in which clubs reached the tournament proper are included, ie. no campaigns featuring preliminary rounds only are included. 3. Despite reaching the semi-finals in 1982 and 1986, Anderlecht have appeared 25 times in the European Cup/Champions League without progressing any further – Anderlecht are the traditional powerhouse of Belgian football, but despite winning five UEFA tournaments, they have never won the biggest of the lot. After picking up the Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup in 1976 and 1978, Anderlecht reached the 1982 European Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Aston Villa 1-0 on aggregate (pictured above). A UEFA Cup win in 1983 was followed by a losing final in the same tournament in 1984, before a last four European Cup meeting with Steaua Bucharest in 1986. The Belgians had knocked out Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, but came up short against the Romanians, who beat Barcelona in the final. Anderlecht have failed to get past the first group stage of the Champions League since 2001, finishing bottom of the group in their last six attempts. It’s perhaps justice, after it emerged that Anderlecht’s chairman had bribed a referee to help his team beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in the 1984 UEFA Cup semis. Unlike the Belgians, Clough did win two European Cups. 8 8 6: Greek giants Panathinaikos have participated in the European Cup/Champions League 20 times without winning the trophy, losing one final and two semi-finals – No Greek club has come closer to lifting the European Cup than Panathinaikos. The 20-time champions of Greece knocked English champions Everton out of the 1970/71 European Cup quarters, but succumbed to Rinus Michels’ great Ajax team – Johan Cruyff and all – in the final at Wembley. They lost again to Ajax in the 1995 last four (pictured above), as the Dutch club went on to beat Milan in the final, while Liverpool’s treble winners eliminated them at the semi-final stage in 1984. Their last appearance in the Champions League group stage came in 2010, when they failed to win any of their six games. 8 Joint 7th. Bulgaria’s most successful team, CSKA Sofia, have also participated 19 times without success – the closest they came to winning the European Cup was losing a semi-final in 1982 to Bayern Munich (pictured above) – CSKA Sofia’s best run came in the early 1980s when they reached the quarter-finals in 1981 (beating holders Nottingham Forest in the first round) and the semis in 1982 (beating holders Liverpool in the last eight), but the Bulgarian side have never appeared in the Champions League era group stages. A 4-3 first-leg victory over Bayern in the 1982 semis gave them hope of a first final appearance, but they were thumped 4-0 by the Germans in the return. CSKA Sofia made the last eight in 1990, but the changing tide of European football meant the high water mark of three decades ago is unlikely to be reached again by the Bulgarian side. They have never reached the group stages of the Champions League, since it was reformatted and rebranded in the early 1990s, with their last attempt ending in third qualification round elimination against Liverpool, 3-2 on aggregate, despite winning 1-0 at Anfield in the second leg. 8 4. Celtic fans love the fact that Rangers have appeared in the European Cup/Champions League on 23 occasions without winning the trophy – Rangers reached the last four of the European Cup way back in 1960, but were obliterated 12-4 over two legs by Eintracht Frankfurt, who themselves lost 7-3 in the Hampden Park final against Real Madrid. The closest the Gers have come to Champions League glory was in 1992/93 (pictured above), when they reached the final game of the group stage (which served as the ‘semi-finals’ that season) with a chance of reaching the final (read all about it here). They were pipped to first and a place in the final by eventual winners Marseille, and don’t look like qualifying for the competition any time soon, let alone winning it. Joint 7th. Arsenal have played in the Champions League/European Cup in 19 different seasons but have yet to win the tournament – the seventh longest run without success in Europe’s premier club competition. To find out which clubs have played the most seasons in the European Cup* without success, click the yellow arrow above, right! – Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for an English record 18 consecutive seasons, but have never won the cup. The Gunners first played in the European Cup in 1971/72, where they lost to eventual winners Ajax in the last eight, but had to wait until 1991/92 to return to the tournament, which in those days was only open to national champions (Arsenal would have qualified in 1989, but English clubs were banned from European competition at that time). In 2006 Arsenal were 14 minutes away from winning the final, having gone 1-0 up against Barcelona via a Sol Campbell goal, despite having been reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off. Samuel Eto’o and Julian Belletti scored twice for Barca, however, to deny the Gunners glory (that’s Thierry Henry reflecting on the missed opportunity, above). They are still waiting. 8 8 2. Olympiakos have participated in the European Cup 26 times, never getting further than the quarter-finals – Olympiakos have won the Greek title 42 times, but have flopped badly on Europe’s biggest stage. The furthest they have gone in 26 attempts is the last eight in 1999, when they were beaten by Juventus. Olympiakos escaped a difficult group that included Ajax and FC Porto, to set up the tie with Juve (pictured above). After a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Turin, Siniša Gogi? put the Greeks ahead on the night and away goals after 13 minutes of the second leg. Juventus captain Antonio Conte broke the home side’s hearts by scoring in the 85th minute to secure the Italian side’s place in the last four, though. The Greeks nearly reached the last eight again in 2014, but after beating Manchester United 2-0 at home in the first leg, were turned over 3-0 at Old Trafford in the return. 5. Galatasaray have made 21 appearances in the competition, getting as far as the semi-final in 1989, but never winning the tournament – The Turkish giants’ best run came in 1988/89, when they got to the last four of the old European Cup, only to lose 5-1 on aggregate to Steaua Bucharest. In the Champions League era they have reached three quarters, the last coming in 2013 when they lost to Real Madrid. They did become the first Turkish club to lift European silverware when they clinched the 2000 UEFA Cup with victory over Arsenal, but the Champions League is another matter. 1. The biggest underachievers in European Cup history are Dynamo Kiev, with 27 unsuccessful attempts at winning the trophy – Kiev have 26 domestic titles to their name (in the former Soviet Union and Ukraine, combined) and are on course for a 27th in 2015, which has seen them qualify for the Champions League preliminaries this year, but no club has played as often in the main rounds of Europe’s major tournament without actually winning the trophy. The Ukrainian club have reached three semi-finals, in 1977, 1987 and 1999, losing to Borussia Moenchengladbach, Porto and Bayern Munich (pictured above) respectively. Their last appearance in the Champions League group stage came in 2012, when they finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Porto. These days, reaching the knockout stage would be a big achievement for Kiev, who won the old Cup Winners’ Cup in 1975 and 1986, as well as the Super Cup against Bayern in the mid-1970s, but for now those three semi-finals remain their best showing in the European Cup.last_img read more

Arsenal sign ‘naturally gifted, world class’ ace – classic transfer

first_img1 Gilberto Silva scores in his first Arsenal game, the winner against Liverpool in the 2002 Charity Shield Gilberto Silva arrived at Arsenal as a winner.Having been a part of Brazil’s victorious 2002 World Cup campaign, he joined the champions of England from Atletico Mineiro in a £4.5m deal and made an instant impact.Coming off the bench at half-time, he scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 2002 Charity Shield.“He is a naturally gifted, world class player who has proved, by his performances in Japan during the summer, that he is a winner,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said at the time of the signing.“He will give us extra quality and his competitiveness in midfield will provide us with a good balance and added strength,” he added.This was true and Silva quickly became a favourite among the Arsenal faithful who named him the ‘Invisible Wall’ for his performances in front of the back four where he provided the protection.At the end of his first season, he added another trophy to his impressive haul, as the Gunners beat Southampton to win consecutive FA Cups and by the end of the following 2003/04 campaign, he was an ‘Invincible’, with the Arsenal team going a whole Premier League season unbeaten.Another FA Cup victory followed in 2005 and then a year later, Silva scored the first ever competitive goal at the Emirates in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.However, his time in London ended in 2008, with the emergence of Mathieu Flamini and the 31-year-old was sold to Greek side Panathinaikos, after playing 244 games and scoring 24 goals.Some Gooners are still keen for the club to bring in a Silva clone and the Brazilian’s impact at Arsenal has been lasting, with defender and compatriot Gabriel Paulista claiming he would like to emulate Silva at at the club.last_img read more

Armies of children recruited for Congo war

first_imgKINSHASA, Congo – Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said today. Fighting in lawless eastern Congo has escalated dramatically since August, as rival rebel militias clash over the forested territory, the London-based charity said. Those children who have managed to escape have told the aid organization they were held captive in small holes in the ground. “The situation for children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is catastrophic. Fighters from all sides are using children as frontline fodder,” said Hussein Mursal, Congo director for Save the Children. Schools have been targeted as “rich recruitment ground,” the charity said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe group which has provided refuge to 800 child fighters this year said because the conflict continues to escalate, it has not been able to return the children to their homes. “The risk of re-recruitment and physical danger from the war are so high,” the group said. The United Nations said earlier this month that about 8,500 former child soldiers have left armed groups and returned to their families since 2004, but some of the same children have been rounded up and forced to fight again. An estimated 800,000 people have fled their homes this year in eastern Congo, which shares a border with Rwanda. The area has been wracked by violence for years, despite the end of a five-year war in 2002. The continued conflict is fueled, in part, by the region’s proximity to Rwanda. Rebels accused of orchestrating Rwanda’s 1994 genocide were expelled from the country and have operated from eastern Congo. One of those groups, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda, is among the most active recruiters of child soldiers, according to a recent United Nations report. Its commanders are accused of organizing the killing of 500,000 people during the Rwandan slaughter 13 years ago. The charity has been actively negotiating with the rebels for the release of the children. Those who are released are housed by aid workers in a safe place, where they are provided counseling services.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

Galatasaray offer Man United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger a career lifeline

first_img1 Bastian Schweinsteiger made just 13 starts for the Red Devils last season Galatasaray are hoping to land Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger on loan for the coming season.The experienced German midfielder has been training alone since returning for pre-season and does not seem to fit into new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans – especially given the arrival of Paul Pogba.He is expected to leave this summer and now, according to Turkish newspaper AMK, Galatasaray want him in Istanbul, but only on a temporary basis.Gala are unlikely to be able to afford all of Schweinsteiger’s £275,000-per-week wages so are hoping to strike a deal with United to land him for the whole of the 2016/17 campaign.The Superlig giants, who finished a disappointing 6th last term, had hoped to land Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva this summer but they have turned their attention to Schweinsteiger having failed to complete a deal for the Brazilian.last_img read more