Costa hails Drogba

first_imgChelsea striker Diego Costa says he was always amazed by club legend Didier Drogba and shares that the Ivorian has helped his development. Costa has been a hit at Chelsea, scoring at a rate of a goal every other game with 51 strikes in 103 games for the Stamford Bridge club since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2014. He and Drogba won the league together in Costa’s first season at the club and the 28-year-old said he has been largely impacted by the well-loved Drogba. “I have always seen Drogba as the example to follow in terms of a centre-forward,” Costa said in an interview with the club’s in-house TV channel. “He was strong and scored loads of goals and he was a quality player. “Just watching him train helped me. Just seeing him, I was amazed. This is because – and I’m not making this up at all – I specifically used to watch Chelsea [before he joined], who are obviously a big club, just to see Drogba. “He was famous and everyone would talk about him. I even liked watching him when he played for the Ivory Coast. When I arrived here, he was never cold with me, quite the opposite. I wasn’t exactly scared of him, but he was such a legend who had helped the club grow and been a part of all that.” Costa says Drogba was very supportive of him when he arrived at the club and believes he has much to thank him for. “He made history here, so could have been dismissive of me but, no, he was always fantastic with me,” Costa said. “I will always have fond memories of him and whenever I see him, I thank him. It’s not always easy for someone with so much history to be in that position. “I was playing well, scoring goals, and he would support and motivate me, whereas others might not have done the same. I take my hat off to him.” Drogba won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League trophy with Chelsea, while Costa is well placed to win his second league title with the club, which sits comfortably atop the Premier League table.last_img read more

Federer dominates Nishioka to reach US Open 2nd round

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ “I’m very happy to be back in New York healthy,” said Federer, who claimed five straight US Open titles from 2004-2008 but missed the 2016 edition and only made it to the quarter-finals last year.He next faces France’s Benoit Paire, a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) winner over Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced As the opening attraction of the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Federer escaped the worst of hot, humid conditions that punished players earlier in the day.Nor did he meet much resistance from Nishioka, who was ranked 58th in the world last March before tearing a left knee ligament and sliding out of the top 150.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’After rolling through the first two sets with the loss of just four games, Federer cruised to a 4-0 lead in the third. Up 5-1, he was unable to close out the match against Nishioka’s serve, and then was broken on his first attempt to serve it out himself.Federer, who claimed is 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, would put the match away two games later, finally sealing the win with a service winner. 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Five-time champion Roger Federer eased into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday, beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.The Swiss great, seeded second at Flushing Meadows behind defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal, improved his perfect record in US Open first-round matches with his 18th win in 18 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Bouchard gets 1st US Open victory since 2015 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Trial of Muslim scholar accused of abusing 9 boys for March 7

first_imgThe Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Tuesday confirmed that the trial of Muslim scholar, Nezaam Ali, who was accused of sexual molesting nine boys between 2011 and 2012 will be heard on March 7, before Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court. The defendant appeared before Justice Singh but his lawyer, Stanley Moore, requested a deferred date for the commencement of trial.Accused: Nezaam AliHe is expected to be formally indicted on nine counts for the offence of sexual activity with a child by abusing a position of trust, with an alternative count of rape of a child under 16 years. The State indicated that all of its witnesses in the matter were present in court on Tuesday. The matter is listed for trial but could not be heard by Sexual Offences Court Judge, Jo-Ann Barlow due to her tenure as former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions as she would have been familiar with the case.The DPP’s announcement follows concerns that the mother of three of the boys who were allegedly molested is being offered some $8 million by an Islamic organisation to have the matter settled. Ali, of Lot 268 Section C 5 South Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was charged back in 2012 with raping the nine boys.The charges alleged that between December 2011 and January, 2012, Ali, being a teacher attached to the Turkeyen Masjid, had engaged in sexual activity with the children, abusing a position of trust.However, after being committed to stand trial in 2013, the matter was stalled for some time after birth certificates and medicals for the boys had gone missing from each of the nine files. The parents and relatives of some of the alleged victims had publicly expressed their frustration at the situation in the past. One parent has even claimed that there has been a deliberate attempt to drag the matter out. In 2017, however, there was a turn of events when the DPP’s Chambers in a letter had ordered that the case be reopened. He was later re-committed to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes in 2018.The mother of three of the alleged rape victims had told sections of the media that persons had been taking photographs of her sons and she regarded this act as bullying. Shortly after his previous committal, Ali’s then lawyer, Nigel Hughes, had filed in the High Court an action to have the committal overturned. This was rejected by the court and it was ruled that the committal would remain.last_img read more

Board of Directors condemns act, calls for immediate review of policies

first_imgSexual harassment at CJIAIn light of sexual harassment claims at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the Board of Directors has initiated steps to immediately tackle the issue in the workplace.A section of the Cheddi Jagan International AirportThis was decided at a meeting on Friday.In a missive to the press, the Board stated that the interventions reflected its deep concern about the allegations of sexual misconduct recently published in the news media.“The CJIA Board condemns any behaviour which creates an unsafe environment for staff, concessionaires, contractors, suppliers and passengers using CJIA. The Board is fully committed to ensuring that the CJIA is a safe workplace for all, especially women and other vulnerable social groups,” the release stated.As such, the Board has called for an immediate review of all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and has taken steps to hire external consultants and specialists to conduct the reviews.In addition, training will be provided for all persons who work at the Airport, including staff at all levels and persons working at the Airport on behalf of other agencies and companies.“The Board wishes to assure the public that all allegations of improper conduct will be taken seriously and there will be prompt investigations. The Board will ensure that there is follow-through on any investigations that are conducted, and any allegation that is found to be credible will result in the immediate appropriate action,” the entity noted.Meanwhile, the CJIA Board expects to have the external human resources management and gender affairs consultants in place by month end.It was reported that the sexual assault incident occurred in the office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018 while the duty-free staff was in a meeting with him.The victim claimed that she was hugged inappropriately and kissed on her lips by the accused. In her complaint letter the day after the incident, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman explained that she went to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to have an issue with her boss’s vehicle resolved.Following the accusation, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer was sent on one’s week leave to facilitate an investigation.A Police source confirmed that the official has been placed on $20,000 station bail as they continue to investigate the matter.last_img read more

FSJ Strikers weekend match with Grande Prairie cancelled

first_imgUnfortunately, that will no longer be taking place, as Grande Prairie will not be able to make the trek to the Energetic City.Organizers are not yet sure if the game will be rescheduled, and if the game isn’t played, it will count as a forfeit by Grande Prairie.The game was originally set to take place Saturday, Jan.21 at 5:45 p.m. at the new Fieldhouse. – Advertisement –last_img

Liverpool line-up v Olympiakos: £20m man to make Reds debut?

first_imgLiverpool’s pre-season festivities are in full swing across the Atlantic, though they didn’t enjoy the best start of their tour of the United States as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Roma at Fenway Park.Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the team left their misfortune behind them in Boston, as they prepare to take on Olympiakos in Chicago on Saturday night.Serbian winger Lazar Markovic has yet to make an appearance since completing his £20million move from Benfica and could get a starting spot on the right wing, while 18-year-old Jordan Ibe could be deployed on the opposite flank, having impressed in all three of the team’s pre-season fixtures so far.The Reds boss has so far let the club’s World Cup goers take a breather, but could this game also see their biggest stars make a return?Captain Steven Gerrard could enter to the field for the first time since England’s disappointment in Brazil, with fans hoping for a repeat of his famous strike [‘WHAT A HIT, SON!’] against the Greeks on the road to their 2005 Champions League triumph, and he may be joined by fan-favourite Pepe Reina, who has rejoined the Reds having spent last season on loan at Napoli.Rodgers could also continue Martin Kelly’s run in the side as the defender looks to nail down a regular role after returning from a long injury absence, while Mamadou Sakho – who may have surprised Reds fans with some solid displays at the World Cup, but still has much to prove in a Liverpool shirt – may also get some minutes.Is this how Liverpool will look against Olympiakos? New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic 1last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s minor footballers lead Roscommon 0-05 to 0-04 in their All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Markievicz Park in Sligo.Gweedore’s Cian Mulligan put Donegal ahead in the opening minutes before Roscommon, playing with the breeze, hit back with two unanswered scores to lead 0-02 to 0-01 after eight minutes.Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan fired just wide of the post before Roscommon increase their lead to two points with a converted free. A Carroll score and a Campbell point from a free levelled scores before Mulligan put Donegal in front again on the scoreline of 0-04 to 0-03.However, Roscommon hit back with another equaliser before John Campbell had the last score of the half, putting the ball over the bar in the 29th minute to give Donegal a slender one point lead at half-time and all to play for in the second period.ALL-IRELAND MFC QUARTER-FINAL: DONEGAL LEAD ROSCOMMON BY A POINT AT HALF-TIME IN SLIGO was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:all-irelanddonegalMinorroscommonsemi-finallast_img read more


first_imgKillybegs Coast Guard at Rougey todayVOLUNTEERS have spent a fourth day searching the Rougey Walk area of Bundoran today after the discovery of personal belongings and clothing there on Thursday.The discovery was made on the scenic footpath popular with walkers.The personal belongings and clothing were found very close to the cliff edge around the Bundoran coast. The alarm was immediately raised and the 118 rescue chopper was deployed to help carry out an extensive search along the coast.Killybegs Coast Guard VOLUNTEERS SPEND FOURTH DAY SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON was last modified: February 23rd, 2014 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:bundoranClothesKillybegs Coast GuardRougeysearchwalkwaylast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has called for an extension to the deadline for applications for special needs supports in schools.The Inishowen TD described the current deadline as ‘unfair and unrealistic’.“As it stands, schools have only until Friday week to apply for resource hours and Special Needs Assistants they will need for the year. Any child with disabilities that has not been assessed in time will have to go the full school year without the support they need. “It is simply unreasonable to expect that the needs of all children in the school system can be fully and correctly assessed within three weeks of the new school year, particularly given the significant increase in the school going population this year.“I believe it does not give teachers anywhere near enough time to evaluate all children in their class, especially those who are new to the school,” said Deputy McConalogue.He added this deadline puts enormous pressure on teachers and parents.“In many cases, a child’s special needs will not become apparent for a few weeks after they and their class have settled into the new school year. But by that time, it will be too late to apply for additional supports and that child will have to wait a full year before an application can be made. Not only will this have potentially serious consequences for their development, it could affect the entire classroom environment. “My concern is that such a strict deadline is another cynical attempt to cut costs by reducing the number of applications for SNAs and resource hours. Minister Quinn has already targeted these supports and despite being forced into a u-turn on his cuts to resource hours, additional SNA reductions have kicked in this year.“I am urging the Minister to do the right thing and extend the deadline for at least another two weeks give schools a chance to ensure that all children who need support get it this year.”FIANNA FAIL CALLS FOR EXTENSION TO DEADLINE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORTS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:Charlie McConalogueSpecial needslast_img read more

Gardai confirm death of man in 30s after Letterkenny incident

first_imgGardaí have confirmed that a man in his 30s has died following an incident in Letterkenny.The man was found outside Celtic Apartments on the Pearse Road sometime before 4pm this afternoon.It is believed the man may have suffered a fall. The area was sealed off and two ambulances and the Gardai rushed to the scene.However, it is understood the man was pronounced dead at the scene.His body was removed to Letterkenny University for a post mortem.Gardai say the result of this post mortem will determine the direction of their investigation. Gardai are still at the scene of the incident and the scene has been preserved for a forensic investigation.Gardai confirm death of man in 30s after Letterkenny incident was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Celtic ApartmentsdonegalGardaiiinvestigationletterkennylast_img read more