Scudetto: “If Inter has a long road in the Europa League, Lazio will be the most complicated opponent: playing once a week would be more scary.”Interist Conte: “Antonio is a friend, he was my captain and my coach, he has earned the right to go anywhere. I love him very much.”Future: “I do not know until when I will play, for the moment it is certain that until June, then we will see.”Coronavirus: “It was a joke that I would ask again, a nice question to create empathy. In San Siro he is always full of Chinese fans, that time he was alone and in a corner. To make him comfortable, I talked to him signing autographs and I wanted to throw a signal at a time when there is too much intolerance. I broke that wall, and in fact I also caressed it. I apologize if anyone felt offended. “ Gigi Buffon, when he gives an interview, never bites his tongue and neither did yesterday: the legendary Juventus goalkeeper, speaking on the program of ‘Italy 1’, ‘Le Iene’, commented on Juventus news, rumors about the possible arrival of Pep Guardiola and the controversy over his joke with a Chinese fan and the coronavirus. Guardiola: “I hope Sarri stays, it will mean that we have won something. To change the skin something different was necessary, and it takes time. Better stay with Allegri? No, it was fair to look for something new.”
“Before we got on the bus we were really tired and there was a queue of fans. The players were like ‘if you don’t sign one, nobody has to do it.’ So we went straight to the bus, everyone, and when I looked out the window I saw Sir Alex Ferguson signing each autograph. I swear he must have been signing for about 45 minutes. He signed each and every one. I said ‘guys, when the boss gets on, we’re done.’ C *** do you think you are? Those people are paying your salary. Those people have come to see you. Now get off the bus *** and sign up! ‘And we had to sign every fan. But that’s the mentality “He also explained how important it is to know the history of the club, such as what happened to United’s players during the time of Bobby charlton (the air disaster of Munich in 1958). He thinks it is a story that any child should know, even if they have never seen him play: Patrice Evra spoke for the official podcast of the Manchester United, in which he told several interesting anecdotes from his time in the English city. The former French player recounted on the one hand how was the anger that he threw at them Sir Alex Ferguson One day the squad decided to get on the bus directly after a game without paying attention to the fans waiting to sign autographs: “Every time I shook hands with Bobby Charlton, I felt something. And every time I saw him fly with us, I knew what had happened with his former colleagues and thought it was a miracle. Maybe the children (and this is not a excuse) six or seven years old, when they play for their club, they need to know that it is really important to know that there are a lot of people working for this club. It is important and there is no excuse. Put on the DVDs like I did. So every time I was wearing the shirt I knew how many people had worn it and how many people had won. You have to respect tradition and philosophy. I thought I couldn’t fail those people. When you play for Manchester United you don’t do it for you. You’re not famous for being from Manchester United or being in the media. You play for those people. “On the other hand, Evra talked about how it was the first time he won the Premier League with United. His team had to wait to see what his rival did to be mathematically champions, and he was at his partner’s house, Mikael Silvestre, watching the game:“I was like a child. I remember I was at Mikael Silvestre’s house and we were watching the game. I think Chelsea was playing. We were champions and I started jumping and Mikael looked at me like thinking ‘what are you doing?’. He had already won Four leagues and I was screaming, and he told me to calm down. The first one is so exciting … To be honest, when you start to win the third, the fourth and the fifth, you celebrate it but not the same way. cameras and all that, but it’s not the same. “Finally he explained that the Scottish coach was the one who used to think that winning was something normal, unlike what he had learned in the Monaco with Didier Deschamps:“Ferguson taught us all to be like a robot. I don’t think I was human when I played with Manchester United. When we won games, or when someone did something well, I was not satisfied. I always say Didier taught me that winning It’s important, but that Ferguson taught me that winning is a normal thing. I remember after a great game against Liverpool where he just said ‘well done, boy’. He never screamed, other than when we won the Champions League final Winning the league was normal. “
In this latest Impact Story profile in ASAP’s Impact: Global Poverty project, Elaine Kellman speaks with Robtel Neajai Pailey, a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, who is battling corruption in Liberia. While still a doctoral student, Robtel Neajai Pailey has emerged as a globally influential voice on poverty, corruption and related issues. In a career that already spans work as a practitioner, journalist, government staff member and academic, she has published articles or comment pieces in The New York Times, Africa Today, The Guardian and many other outlets. She has also covered news out of Africa as an assistant editor of the Washington Informer Newspaper, worked in capacity building for the Foundation for International Dignity (a refugee rights organisation), taught and developed curriculum at the Robben Island Musem in Cape Town, South Africa and the Buduburam Refugee Camp School in Ghana, and has collaborated with or consulted for a range of NGOs and philanthropic agencies.It was while working as a government aide in Liberia that Pailey became aware of allegations that Liberia’s government-administered scholarships were being sold to the highest bidder and / or given to relatives of government officials. Outraged, she formulated a transparent system of awarding scholarships to the best applicants, which has now been fully implemented by the Liberian government.In addition, Pailey has devised and written a children’s book, Gbagba which was published by www.onemoorebook.com in 2013. Exploring issues of integrity, accountability and corruption, Gbagba (loosely translated in the Bassa language as ‘trickery’) follows a few days in the life of Liberian twins, Sundaymah and Sundaygar, who leave their hometown of Buchanan to visit their aunt in Monrovia, facing tough decisions and challenges along the way.Last year, Pailey’s research on Liberia and her work to tackle corruption was formally recognised, as she was selected as one of the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Pailey was recognized in this list as a “shaper”: that is, someone who changes the public discourse on an aspect of foreign policy or raises awareness of a critical issue.Here, Pailey discusses with ASAP the challenges and rewards of her impact work in Liberia, as well as her future plans, and offers advice to others who may be seeking to make an impact through their research.Details on ASAP’s Impact: Global Poverty project are available at: link: http://academicsstand.org/projects/impact-global-poverty/If you would like to nominate an impact-oriented academic for an Impact Stories profile, please contact Luis Cabrera at email@example.comASAP: What made you decide to write a book like Gbagba, addressing corruption and aimed at children?RNP: I got really frustrated with all the rhetoric about fighting corruption in Liberia, and wanted to start a national conversation with children. After teaching in two of Liberia’s universities and working in policy spaces in national government, I realised that integrity must be strengthened at the earliest stages in a child’s life in order to mitigate the practice of corruption in the next generation. So, I wrote Gbagba, creating a narrative that Liberian kids could see themselves reflected in, thereby increasing their love of reading. It’s virtually impossible to expect that an 18-year-old approaching adulthood is all of a sudden going to develop scruples, especially when his/her society does not value honesty. Eight to 10-year-old children are the perfect targets because it is at this stage that they begin to form an ethical core. In writing Gbagba, I imagined myself a proverbial anti-corruption pied piper, without the instrument of doom.ASAP: What were the major challenges in getting Gbagba published?RNP: I was very fortunate in that I didn’t have hurdles publishing Gbagba. My publisher, Wayetu Moore, of One Moore Book (OMB), approached me in early 2012 about a Liberia Signature Series that she was publishing in 2013 featuring Liberian veteran writers Stephanie Horton and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. Wayetu asked if I could be the third Signature Series author, and I jumped at the opportunity because I had already conjured up Gbagba in my head. Wayetu, a young Liberian social entrepreneur and writer based in New York, was enthusiastic about the concept of the book from the very beginning. She founded OMB in 2011 with her four siblings because they wanted to revolutionise the children’s book industry by producing stories for children from underrepresented cultures. Wayetu was the perfect ally in giving life to Gbagba. So, too, was Chase Walker, my illustrator, who had been drawing subversive cartoons for months in Frontpage Africa Newspaper, a local daily in Liberia. A self-taught graphic designer and artist, Chase provided such depth to my twin protagonists, Sundaymah and Sundaygar, that their personalities jumped off each page of the book!ASAP: What has the response to Gbagba been like in Liberia?RNP: Gbagba has received nothing but goodwill in Liberia. I’ve done readings of Gbagba followed by discussions with children in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and was struck by how astute they are. They understand issues of integrity better than we adults do, and are able to articulate themselves with such bright-eyed innocence. Before conducting a workshop and preview reading of Gbagba at a local elementary school in Monrovia, one girl told me, “Corruption is breaking the Ten Commandments and hurting people.” This young child understood so fundamentally the intrinsic value of accountability. This is why I wrote Gbagba, to give young children the verbal tools to question the confusing ethical codes of the adults around them. Beyond the children of Liberia, adults have also responded in kind. Most parents I come across want copies of the book in their homes, and teachers want to use it in their classrooms. In 2013, the Liberian Ministry of Education placed Gbagba on its list of supplemental texts for 3rd to 5th graders, although I am aiming to get the book in the formal curriculum for these grades. The UNESCO office in Liberia also devised a values education curriculum proposing Gbagba as a core text, and this proposal is under consideration. And most recently, the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) approved a grant to donate 1,500 copies of Gbagba to schools across the country. With this grant, we’ll be commissioning Luckay Buckay, one of Liberia’s premier Hip-co artists, to write and produce a Gbagba song that will be released sometime this year.ASAP: What might you say to others who may want to pursue broadly similar projects in countries like Liberia?RNP: Do your research. Countries like Liberia are not tabula rasa; they are incredibly complex with often competing realities. Understanding the local context is absolutely crucial in making positive inroads. Speak to a diverse range of stakeholders. Ask what the needs are, and try to figure out if your potential intervention is required or even desired. Too often, we conjure up grand plans that sound fantastic, but have no relevance for the contexts in which we want to work. It’s better to join forces with already existing local initiatives than to reinvent the wheel for personal aggrandizement.ASAP: How did you become involved in Liberia’s International Scholarships Scheme?RNP: My involvement was based on a conversation that I initiated with Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2009. At the time, I worked as a mid-level aide in her office. I had been collecting news clippings from a recurring exposé in one of Liberia’s local dailies, In Profile Daily, alleging that Liberia’s bilateral, international scholarships were being sold to the highest bidder as well as given to the relatives of government officials. I approached the President concerned about the implications of this exposé, given that Liberia had major gaps in capacity in crucial areas that international scholarships could help fill, such as engineering, agriculture, and medicine. President Sirleaf noted my concern and asked me to do a formal investigation and come up with a list of recommendations, which I did. After discovering that the allegations in the exposé were true, I recommended that the government of Liberia appoint an ad-hoc scholarships committee to overhaul and reform the entire bilateral scholarships scheme, making it merit-based, transparent, and gender-balanced. The President appointed me chair of the committee, and within months we devised a bilateral scholarships policy and began vetting scholarships in a transparent manner. The first batch of scholarships under our supervision was awarded to some of the brightest young people I’ve ever met in Liberia.ASAP: What made you decide to try to reform it?RNP: I’ve been on merit-based academic scholarships in the US and UK since I was 15. My working class parents always stressed the value of hard work and scholastic achievement. They gifted me with an insatiable love of knowledge and ambition to succeed. If not for the scholarships I received from high school through my current Ph.D., I would not be where I am today. I thought it was incredibly important for the best and brightest in Liberia to have the same opportunities I had, so that they could meaningfully contribute to the country’s post-war reconstruction process upon completion of their studies.ASAP: What were the major challenges you faced in your reform effort and how did you address those?RNP: The first major challenge was gaining public confidence in the new scheme. The scholarships process had been hijacked by those with money and power for so long that the average Liberian had lost faith in it, thinking it was a foregone conclusion that you could pay your way through the system or use your political affiliations to secure awards. To address these negative public perceptions, I conducted a series of radio interviews with scholarships recipients who had gone through our new and improved system, to give people first-hand accounts of the many reforms we had made. The second major challenge was maintaining our high standards and ensuring the process was merit-based despite attempted interference from private citizens and government officials. To address this, my committee and I made it clear to anyone trying to intrude that our final decisions were final, and that only those who had passed our very rigid guidelines would be invited for interviews and written exams.ASAP: Your reforms have now been adopted by the Liberian government. What are the biggest implementation challenges that you can see remaining?RNP: The major challenges are maintaining the selection criteria and standards we set, and ensuring that those who return from studies are placed in government agencies where they can meaningfully contribute to Liberia’s development.ASAP: Based on what you have learned in your research for the book and related work, what do you think are the key challenges facing Liberia, now and in the future?RNP: Liberia’s historical and contemporary challenges are two-fold. First, we lack systems of true merit, where people are promoted or appointed (whether in school settings or in job settings) based on what they know not who they know. This leads to disincentives for personal achievement and low levels of productivity. It also fuels patronage and corruption. Our second major challenge is reconciling what I call an ‘external agenda for Liberia’—based on the whims of donors, multi-national corporations, and the UN—with a clearly defined ‘internal agenda for Liberia’—based on the aspirations of Liberians themselves. Too often, the external agenda supersedes the internal agenda, thereby fomenting domestic angst.ASAP: You have been named one of the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. What do you think that kind of visibility might be for your impact work?RNP: The award has definitely provided me with increased visibility and legitimacy to fulfill my life’s work, transforming Liberia for the better.ASAP: How do you balance your impact and commentator work with your doctoral studies?RNP: My doctoral thesis addresses the ways in which citizenship in Liberia has been reconfigured across time and space, and what implications this has for post-conflict reconstruction. My impact and commentator work are extensions of my doctoral studies and vice versa, so I don’t consider them mutually exclusive.ASAP: How has your work outside academia figured in your research?RNP: I was born in Liberia, but grew up in the U.S. because of the 14-year conflict in my country. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a metaphysical connection to Liberia, and have been obsessed with trying to figure out what it means to be Liberian across varying landscapes. Most of my life’s work inside and outside academia has focused on creating pockets of transformation for those who may not be able to speak truth to power, particularly in Liberia.ASAP: What are your own aims and ambitions for the future, both in your research work and your impact work?RNP: I plan to delve into a full-time writing and teaching career after completing my Ph.D., with a series of Gbagba books serving as my first major foray into book publishing. In addition to children’s books, I intend to write academic articles and books, beginning with the publication of a book version of my Ph.D. thesis. I also plan to freelance for magazines and newspapers on a range of contemporary development issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. And finally, I intend to teach qualitative research methodologies as well as English composition and literature in Liberia.ASAP: What advice would you give to a university looking to encourage academics to make an impact at an early stage of their careers?RNP: Universities should adopt SOAS’ ethos of encouraging academics to be fully engaged with the world around them, rather than just pontificating about it in the ivory tower. This can be done by placing an emphasis on evidence-based research that has policy relevance and ultimately affects practice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Audit report…Region 7 commended on spendingIn a rare occurrence, officials from a region were commended by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when they appeared to defend certain red flags raised in the 2016 Auditor General’s report.Officials from the Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) administration, including Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rodrick Edinboro and several of his regional officials, were questioned by the Committee on several fiscal matters.Opposition Member of Parliament Pauline Sukhai, who was acting as Chairperson of the PAC in the absence of substantive Chairman Irfaan Ali, noted the seriousness of instances where contractors were overpaid back in 2016.Opposition Parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall noted that maintenance works in the region had amounted to $307.4 million, with almost all of that money being spent. Citing this and other examples, the MP enquired how the region was able to keep so close to their planned expenditure.In response, the REO noted that planning had much to do with it. At the same time, however, he disclosed at the prompting of PAC member Volda Lawrence some of the issues the region faces with clearing cheque orders.“The geographic location and distance to deliver plays a part in that,” he said. “We also have problems with the availability of the item, if it’s not within the local borders. We also have problems when seeking duty-free concessions.”“Also, there is the stringent adherence to the release of one cheque until another is cleared. By the time you’re ready for that one, there’s also a problem with that. But the cheque order system, as it is, was really designed to deal with cash payments to employees,” he related.Sukhai ultimately commended the regional authorities for the improvements they had made in their systems.“There seems to have been somewhat of an improvement in the region and I will ask that some of the areas that we have had some prolonged questioning,” she said. “That you, take note of those and make sure that you come prepared in the future because I am sure we will see you back in the stipulated time and thank you again for the engagement here, you and your team.”On other matters relating to expired drugs, the region also conveyed to the Committee it had a clean bill of health.For instance, the 2016 report had noted that audit checks had revealed there were 23 types of expired drugs in the regional administration’s possession, which are still to be destroyed. But since there was no value stated on the documents for the items, a total cost of all drugs destroyed could not be ascertained.PAC Member Juan Edghill had raised concerns over whether expired drugs were being distributed to hinterland residents. According to Regional Health Officer, Dr Edward Segala, however, the expired drugs were not being distributed. Dr Segala also noted that the drugs have been destroyed. But all is still not well with the system.“The system is a challenging one. For example, at the level of a hospital where you have a pharmacist… it is much easier to notice and to tell whether a particular medication is going to expire within a certain timeframe.”“The challenge though would come from the far-flung areas, in our case, Upper Mazaruni and Middle Mazaruni where there is no pharmacist… so supervision can be quite challenging,” he had noted.
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Aston Villa favourite Martin Laursen believes Villans striker Christian Benteke has the quality to play for the best teams, amid rumours that the Belgian could join Liverpool this summer.The 24-year-old had a stunning second half to the season, spearheading Villa’s charge to Premier League safety under Tim Sherwood with 13 goals in his final 14 games in all competitions.Benteke has reportedly been identified as one of Brendan Rodgers’ key targets in his plans to revamp his Liverpool squad, and Laursen feels the striker is good enough to thrive at a higher level.“I’m sure that there are many, many teams in the Premier League that are looking to sign him. He’s good enough to play in the best teams,” said the former Villa defender.“He is vital, that’s for sure. He has scored a lot of goals and is great to watch. I hope that he will stay and do well for Villa, but they can also get a lot of money for him.”Villa face Arsenal in their first FA Cup final in 15 years on Saturday, and Laursen is wary of the threat the Gunners pose as they look to retain their trophy.He said: “I don’t think they [Aston Villa] are favourites to be honest. They’ve had a difficult time against Arsenal this season.“It’s pretty much like playing Barcelona or Spain. If you give their players time on the ball then they can be impossible to play against. One the day of course they can win, but I think Arsenal are favourites.”Listen to the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa on Saturday from 5:30pm live on talkSPORT.
A 56-year-old Letterkenny man told Gardai ‘I’ll f****** burst you’ as he was being released from custody.Joe McGill, of 29A The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny was bring released from Letterkenny Garda Station on 7 November, 2016. McGill was informed that another person had not been released when he became ‘abusive and threatening’ as Garda Quinn directed him to leave the foyer.Garda Sean Grant told Letterkenny District Court that McGill said ‘I’ll f****** burst you’ and ‘other obscenities’.McGill was also charged with the theft of a Juice Audio Speaker from Tesco, Letterkenny, on January 26, 2018. A Tesco security guard followed McGill to the bus station before Gardai intercepted McGill and the property was recovered.McGill told Judge Paul Kelly that he was engaging with the probation service.Solicitor for McGill, Kieran O’Gorman said his client had a ‘serious problem’ with alcohol, but was ‘off the drink for quite a while’ and was ‘doing his best’.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matter to the May 17 sitting of the court for a community service report to be prepared.Man told Gardai “I’ll f****** burst you” after being released from custody was last modified: April 14th, 2018 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:Garda QuinnInspector Sean GrantJoe McGillJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Court
One of the first Gardai on the scene of the Buncrana Pier tragedy in Co Donegal has told how he had to get down on his knees to stop himself slipping because of the thick algae.Garda Seamus Callaghan, of Buncrana Garda station described a scene of carnage when he arrived on the shores of Lough Swilly on March 20th, 2016.He told how when he arrived he saw a woman being given CPR. He went down the slipway to assist but revealed “I had to get down on my knees to assist because it was just so slippy.”The area was then sealed off and the pier was cleared to give the deceased some dignity, he added.He then revealed how he stood and watched as the bodies of the remaining people in the jeep were taken ashore.“Four more persons were taken from the water and blankets were placed over the bodies. Prayers were said over each of the bodies and a priest blessed the bodies,” he said. He said he also noticed a woman nursing a baby in a car, a woman he later found out was Stephanie Knox, the girlfriend of Davitt Walsh.Garda Callaghan added that he also noticed empty baby milk bottles and food cartons as well as a baby bag.“It was clear that the baby had been very well looked after,” he said.Buncrana Pier Tragedy: First Garda on scene says he had to get on his knees to help victims was last modified: November 24th, 2017 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:buncranaGardainquestpierSlippy
Damian Henderson sent two over the fence to help give the Humboldt Crabs an early advantage but it would prove inconsequential as the Crabs dropped game one of its three-game series against the Lincoln Potters 11-7, Friday night at McBean Stadium in Lincoln.Henderson’s first home run — a three-run bomb — came in the first inning and put the Crabs ahead 4-0. In the third inning Henderson did it again, sending a solo-bomb over the wall to put the Crabs comfortably ahead 5-0.But Potters would …
16 April 2015The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) are awarding 31 grants to American and South African scientists to support research targeting HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and HIV-related co- morbidities and cancers.The NIH is a unit of the US’s Department of Health and Human Services.Totalling $8-million in first-year funding, the awards are the first to be issued through the South Africa-US Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research. The programme, which was established in 2013 with funding from NIH and SAMRC, is designed to foster and/or expand basic, translational, behavioural and applied research to advance scientific discovery among American and South African researchers working collaboratively in the areas of HIV/Aids and TB.The new awards will support research conducted at eight South African institutions and link scientists at these institutions with American researchers at more than 20 US-based research organisations, including the NIH.“South Africa is a major partner in the fight to end both HIV/Aids and tuberculosis,” said Anthony S Fauci, the managing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the NIH.Scientific collaboration“These new awards tap the scientific expertise of both of our countries in an effort to further key research in these disease areas. We are particularly gratified to work with the South African Medical Research Council given its history of visionary leadership and outstanding commitment to fostering biomedical research excellence and innovation.”Among the newly funded research projects are those targeting HIV prevention, particularly among high-risk young women; identifying HIV-infected individuals and determining how best to link them to and retain them in medical care; developing strategies for optimising the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV-associated cancers; and addressing scale-up of TB prevention and treatment strategies, particularly among TB-infected mothers and children.Twelve of the awards will support two years of research; 19 awards will fund five- year collaborative projects. The list of initial 24 awards will be updated to include the seven remaining projects once they are awarded.In addition to NIAID, other NIH institutes and centres participating in the South Africa-US Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research include the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Fogarty International Center and the Office of AIDS Research.It is anticipated that NIH and SAMRC will solicit additional applications for the programme in two years.American partnersNIAID conducts and supports research — at NIH, throughout the US, and worldwide — to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses.NIH is the US’s primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.Source: National Institutes of Health