Panama captain makes history with country’s first-ever World Cup goal

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees But he proved that age sometimes doesn’t matter.“I think it’s important, something big,” Baloy said about the goal. “England is a strong team, with great players. We’re learning a lot. The result makes us sad, but the first goal is important.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panama’s Blas Perez jumps over teammate Felipe Baloy after he scored his side’s opening goal against England during a group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — He made his World Cup debut at age 37, when he’s about to hang up his boots, and scored his country’s first-ever goal on soccer’s biggest stage.What more could Panama captain and defender Felipe Baloy ask for.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-1 thrashing that Panama suffered at England’s hands on Sunday and the 3-0 defeat to Belgium in the team’s first group match were mere anecdotes for the Central American country’s fans. Panama’s supporters exploded with joy when Baloy, who came on as a second-half substitute, put the ball into the net against England.As soon as the match was over, Panama’s players gathered in the middle of the field, knelt down and hugged each other while they prayed.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 crownFor them, the goal was an historic feat. Soccer is slowly gaining a foothold in a country where baseball players and boxers reign. This is Panama’s first World Cup and its first goal was against England, the inventor of the game.Baloy, who captains Panama even though he’s not a starter, has more than 100 international appearances and he’s running on fumes. He said that he’s “100 percent sure” that he won’t play for the national team after the World Cup, and “90 percent sure” that he won’t return to club football either. With his goal in the 78th minute, Baloy became the fourth-oldest player to score at a World Cup. At 37 years and 120 days, Baloy is behind Cameroonian Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days), Swede Gunnar Gren (37 years, 236 days) and Mexican Cuauhtemoc Blanco (37 years, 151 days).Sunday’s match might have been Baloy’s last if coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who took a risk in taking him to the World Cup, doesn’t select him for Panama’s last group match against Tunisia on Thursday in Saransk.“Yes, I felt emotional,” Gomez said of Baloy’s goal. “He’s at the end of his career and he’s going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this beautiful goal.”Baloy said: “Some of us players were attacked, criticized for our age.”He was referring to players like himself and Blas Perez, another player who is 37 with more than 100 international appearances and who played as a lone striker against England.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Ellen Visits Late VP Dr. Moniba’s Family Ahead of Reburial Ceremony

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday visited the family of the late Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Harry F. Moniba, to console them ahead of his reburial ceremony which will take place in Bolahun Clan, Kolahun District, Lofa County. President Sirleaf also toured his Vice Presidential Library and Museum, during her visit with the family.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was accompanied by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Ambassador Sylvester Grigsby; Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Minister of State Without Portfolio, among others. President Sirleaf was met upon arrival by Madam Minitta Moniba, widow, and children including Dr. Clarence Moniba, and a host of other family members. She was later taken on a guided tour by Dr. Moniba. President Sirleaf took the opportunity of touring the late Vice President’s private museum and residence. She interacted with his children, grand and great grandchildren, traditional dancers, and community members who turned out to celebrate his life and legacy.Speaking to the media following Madam Sirleaf’s visit, Dr. Moniba, head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), said the reburial ceremony planned by the family was meant to celebrate the kind of life their father lived as a means of encouraging others to emulate his legacy.Dr. Moniba said since the death of his father in 2004 following a tragic motor accident in the United States, his remains were subsequently brought to Liberia and temporarily buried at his home in Paynesville. The family opted to honor the Vice President’s “Will” to be buried in his hometown – Bolahun Clan in Kolahun District, Lofa County. Dr. Moniba thanked President Sirleaf for the visit to the Moniba family and for honoring his father with her presence accompanied by senior government officials.Meanwhile, the ceremony is expected to be the second in five years, following the reburial of Dr. Edward Beyan Kesselly, founding and former first partisan of the ruing Unity Party held on Saturday, April 29, 2011 in Nyamaamdu Town in Quardu Gboni District of Lofa County. The late Dr. Kesselly’s reburial brought together more than 10,000 people to celebrate his life and legacy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ArcelorMittal Eyes New Nimba Mountain

first_imgEPA executives listening to community dwellers’ input on the assessment report of the new mining operationAs part of its mandate to protect the environment and biodiversity, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia at the weekend held a multi-stakeholder consultation on a request from ArcelorMittal for the operation of a new mountain in Nimba County. Steel giant ArcelorMittal recently applied to the EPA for an environmental permit to extract iron ore from Mt. Gangra, a virgin mountain situated west of Mount Nimba near Yekepa.The application for a permit, the conduct of an environmental and social impact assessment study and the conduct of a stakeholder dialogue are prerequisites for the granting of an environmental permit by the EPA, Alloycious David, EPA’s media consultant said.Earthtime, an independent environmental consultant headed by Wassim Hamdan, a geologist, conducted the environmental and social impact assessment study for ArcelorMittal. The company is expected to start mining Mount Gangra for iron ore at the end of October, if its proposal is approved by the EPA. A tendering process is also underway for the contractor, an executive of ArcelorMittal disclosed.Mount Gangra has been part of ArcelorMittal’s plan from the outset of its operations in Liberia, with the company obtaining a license to operate on the mountain in 2005.Yarmein District Commissioner Thomas Gonotee described ArcelorMittal as Liberia’s true development partner. In a welcome statement he said almost all the money used to develop Nimba County was provided by ArcelorMittal through its social development fund. According to the concession’s 25-year Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed with the government of Liberia, the company is paying US$1.5 million annually to Nimba County.EPA deputy executive director, Urias S. Goll, said the multi-stakeholder dialogue was not solely for the purpose of granting an environmental permit to ArcelorMittal. He told citizens who would be affected that the meeting was intended to get their input on what is contained in the environmental and social impact assessment study conducted by Earthtime. According to him, the decision to grant an environmental permit to ArcelorMittal will be collectively done by the EPA and local communities.Mr. Goll noted that the decision will not all be about economic development, but will also consider the management, conservation and protection of the environment and biodiversity. The EPA deputy boss made it emphatically clear that the agency had come to listen to the decisions of the affected communities and not to tell them what to say or do. He encouraged the affected communities to voice their concerns and make recommendations where necessary to inform the EPA, urging them to ask questions for better understanding of the project. EPA’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) assistant manager Aloysius K. Kotee disclosed that his department was established to assess projects being undertaken by concessions and other companies so that they don’t negatively impact the environment. Mr. Kotee described the EPA as a mother of twins, who is breastfeeding the company with information and also breastfeeding the district with information while playing a listening role. ArcelorMittal’s environmental manager Alvin Poure assured the people of Nimba that the company will do everything possible to provide them the necessary benefits when the mine becomes operational. He promised that the company would provide 1,120 jobs.The stakeholder consultations was attended by line government ministries and agencies including Lands, Mines and Energy, Forestry Development Authority (FDA), civil society organizations, representatives of the local county administration and residents of towns and villages that are expected to be affected by the mining project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Recall or Invite Ambassador Patten for Confirmation’

first_imgCross section of Senators in consultation during yesterday’s 6th day sitting of the 2nd Session. Senators debate semanticsThe Senate floor erupted into heated constitutional debates on Thursday, January 31, 2019, over the choice of a more suitable word needed to bring the current Liberian Ambassador-designate to the United States, George Patten, to Liberia for confirmation proceedings.Majority of senators, among them Daniel Naatehn, Sando Dazoe Johnson, Oscar Cooper, and Gbleh-Bo Brown, argued that the appropriate word to use for the return of “Ambassador Patten” is “recall” and not “invite.”The argument over which choice of words to use for the Patten return was prompted by a report read to plenary from the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions on the appointment of Mr. Patten.The Joint committee’s report was a mandate from the plenary, after that body recently received a letter from the chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules, Order and Administration Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, seeking the indulgence of Senate plenary to request the appearance of Foreign Minister Gbehzongar Findley and George S. W. Patten, Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to the United States, for “the blatant violation of Article 54b of the Constitution of Liberia.”“The Constitution, which is the organic law of the state, is very clear and for the sake of understanding and observance depicts in Article 54b: “The President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission ambassadors, ministers, consuls…”The Senator’s letter was days later followed by a letter from President George Weah, in which he informed that body that in accordance with Article 54 of the Constitution of Liberia and the Senate Standing Rule, Rule 55 Section 6, he has made an appointment to the following position in government: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George S. W. Patten, Sr., Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liberia to the United States of America.Like Sen. Lawrence’s letter earlier, the President’s letter was also sent to the H. Dan Morais and H. Varney Sherman-committee to report in a week.In the committee’s joint report yesterday, it was recommended that in line with both the Constitution and the Senate Rule, the Senate should perform its function as provided for in relation to confirmation.And in his motion, which caused an eruption in the Senate, Maryland County Senator Gbleh-bo Brown proffered a motion that, “Although the report did not go as far as some of the issues that we wanted to see, I want to move that this report be received; and given the fact that the committee’s recommendation in this report said that the Senate should take its responsibility. As senator of Maryland County, I moved that this Senate act appropriately by advising the Executive to immediately recall the ambassador-designate from the United States of America; and that he should be made to appear before this body to go through the formal confirmation process until he can be reassigned.”But in his unreadiness to vote on that motion, Senator Sherman said he would be ready to vote if Sen. Brown would “reconsider the use of the terminology recall; recall of the ambassador would necessarily mean that the appointment was invalid. You can invite the ambassador to come back for confirmation hearing; because the Senate Rule says that that appointment can be made pending confirmation. So we want him confirmed, let him come and go through a confirmation hearing, but when we say recall then you invalidate our own Rule.”Other like minds that followed Senator Sherman agreed that the word “recall” was against their own Rule, but fell short of admitting that the Constitution is supreme over all order rules.Senator Sando Johnson, who is gradually becoming vocal in sensitive and controversial proceedings, was seen loudly disagreeing with Senator Sherman, clarifying that Mr. Patten is still ambassador-designate and can be recalled for reassignment, not invited.However, having stayed adamant on his motion for the word “recall,” Senator Brown agreed to an amendment by Montserrado County Senator Saah H. Joseph on the terminology to use recall in place of an invite.“Invite or recall, Patten must be recalled by President Weah, and we can invite him; but he must be addressed as a nominee, not as ambassador proper,” Senator Sando Johnson and other dissatisfied senators said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real Madrid blocked Arsenal target’s departure, claims Athletic Bilbao president

first_imgAthletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has revealed Arsenal target Asier Illarramendi was blocked from leaving Real Madrid in the January transfer window.The midfielder has struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving from Real Sociedad for £25m in 2013.The 24-year-old has started just three La Liga matches this season and it was thought Real Madrid would cash in on his services during the January transfer window.Arsenal were reportedly interested in the former Spain under-21 international – who has been likened to Xabi Alonso – while Athletic Bilbao also made enquires.However Athletic’s president Urrutia has now revealed that Real Madrid blocked Illarramendi from leaving during the most recent transfer window.“There was interest from Athletic in players, although it was focused on Illarramendi,” Urrutia told AS.“I think that he was not given the opportunity. If Real Madrid had wanted to get rid of Illarramendi, he would be out. Their coach has said it.” Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi 1last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: June 26, 2017

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ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL

first_imgST EUNAN’S College are through to the All-Ireland B semi-final after victory today over a brave Coláiste na Carraige side.The winners of the MacLarnon and Markey Cups went head-t0-head for the right to the post primary schools last four berth, with the Letterkenny side seven points to the good at the end 1-11 to 0-07.Eunan’s played against a strong breeze in the first half in Ballyshannon but a superb display from Niall O’Donnell with a goal and two points saw the Letterkenny boys two ahead at half-time, Shaun Hume and Daire McDaid with the other scores to leave it 1-04 to 0-05, Philip McNern, Conor Doherty, Padraig Byrne and Aodhan McGinley pointing for Coláiste na Carraige. Hume hit some monster frees with the aid of the wind in the second half, with O’Donnell again on the scoresheet.St Eunan’s will now play Scoil Aodháin from Glasnevin in the All-Ireland semi-final.Mountbellew of Galway face Ballincollig from Cork in the other last four game.  ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL was last modified: March 22nd, 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:Colaiste Na CarraigeGAASt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

HOTEL ACTING THE MONKEY WITH NEWEST MEMBER OF STAFF

first_imgVISITORS to the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny have been getting used to the newest member of staff – a monkey named Benny!The cuddly new addition to the award-winning team has been drafted in to make sure the kids are fully entertained over Easter.“We had him especially designed and trademarked,” said the hotel’s Carolynne Harrison. “He flew in from London on Monday and has been flat out ever since buying Easter eggs for the children who are staying with us over the holidays.“Apparently he can dance too – we’re really looking forward to seeing that.” HOTEL ACTING THE MONKEY WITH NEWEST MEMBER OF STAFF was last modified: April 18th, 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:BennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

Houston we have lift off! Late strike edges Harps closer to safety!

first_imgSean Houston has enjoyed a superb season since returning to Finn Harps at the start of this Premier Division campaign, and it was his strike that ensured Harps claimed a priceless point! Houston netted two goals on Friday night against Bray, that gave Harps their first win in the league since July, but it edged them eight points ahead of Wexford Youths.Tonight, Liam Buckley’s St Patrick’s Athletic side were in Finn Park, and as the gave ticked deep into injury-time, it looked like ‘The Saints’ would take all three points back to Dublin. Mark Timlin struck just past the hour mark, and it looked like the Buncrana man was going to be the difference between the sides.But Houston had other ideas, the powerful former Bray and Derry City player rifled home a brilliant effort to send Finn Park into raptures.The only blow for Harps, was a nasty looking injury to Keith Cowan – who had to be stretchered off.Harps are now nine clear of Wexford with three games to play, while Wexford have four fixtures remaining. That injury-time goal from Houston could may be the crucial point that ensures Harps play Premier Division football next season.It’s been a great week for Harps, a point away to Sligo has been followed with four points from two home games against Bray and St Pat’s respectively.Fantastic stuff.Houston we have lift off! Late strike edges Harps closer to safety! was last modified: October 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Crime Alert: Public in Lifford asked to be vigilant for two suspicious grey vehicles

first_imgThe public has been asked to keep an eye out for two suspicious grey vehicles acting suspiciously in the Lifford area.The van has a partial registration number of VKZ 33The two cars reportedly have two males and three females on board and they have been acting suspiciously around homes in the area. An appeal has been made to people who spot the cars to contact Gardai in Letterkenny on 0749167100.Crime Alert: Public in Lifford asked to be vigilant for two suspicious grey vehicles was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:crime alertlast_img read more