‘World Cup dreams’ – Lippi back as China coach, four months after leaving

first_imgThe 45-year-old former legendary defender combined the job with being coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) title-contenders Guangzhou Evergrande.However, China lost to lower-ranked Thailand and Uzbekistan in Cannavaro’s opening two matches and he quit, saying that he could not do two jobs at once.Re-enter his mentor Lippi, who was a three-time CSL champion with Guangzhou and among the best-paid coaches in football during his first spell in charge of the national side.He will earn similarly well in his second spell, with Evergrande subsiding his wages, Chinese media said.Lippi, who is surely in his last job in football, marginally improved China last time, winning 13 of his 32 games in charge and losing 11.He failed to take China to Russia 2018 following his appointment in October 2016, although qualification was already in doubt following a poor run under Gao Hongbo.Lippi’s first match back at the helm will be a home game against the Philippines on June 7, followed by another home friendly, with Tajikistan, four days later.World Cup qualification starts in September.Share on: WhatsApp Marcello Lippi has been nominated again as the head coach of the China men’s national football team, the Chinese Football Association confirmsShanghai, China | AFP | Marcello Lippi was back as coach of China on Friday, four months after the World Cup winner quit and following a failed stint by fellow Italian Fabio Cannavaro.The 71-year-old Lippi’s return to the top job in Chinese football had been widely tipped in domestic media and will be welcomed by fans.Lippi, who vacated the role after China were dumped out of the Asian Cup quarter-finals 3-0 by Iran in late January, is tasked with guiding the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.China have reached the World Cup only once, in 2002, when they exited without a point or scoring a goal.“Since Lippi coached the national team, they have shown a positive and tenacious fighting spirit,” the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.“We believe that in the days to come, under the leadership of Lippi and his coaching team, the national men’s side will make a full impact on their World Cup dreams.”China sit a lowly 74th in the FIFA rankings, a rung above Cape Verde — whose population is 550,000, compared with China’s 1.4 billion.But under football-fan President Xi Jinping, China have ambitions to host and even win a World Cup.The reappointment of Lippi, who took Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, follows four months of confusion and speculation.The former Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli boss was succeeded by his World Cup-winning captain Cannavaro in March.last_img read more

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Freshmen power Pitt’s rout of New Orleans, 99-57

first_imgPitt: Played its first game without Sidy N’Dir, who will miss four to six weeks with a right leg injury. Khameron Davis saw increased playing time in his absence. Davis finished with seven points in 15 minutes. PITTSBURGH (AP) — When Jeff Capel took over the Pittsburgh basketball program, the strength of his first recruiting class was a sign that he might be able to get the Panthers back on the right track.Guards Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and AuDiese Toney have been an integral part of Pitt’s 9-3 start to the season 9-3, and they still seem to have untapped potential.Thursday night they gave a sneak peek at what the future may hold, as the three combined for a school-record 65 points in a 99-57 drubbing of New Orleans. McGowens set a career high with 24 points, Johnson had 21 points and Toney set a career high with 20 points. They also combined for 11 rebounds and 10 assists.“They’ve all played well, but they’re freshmen,” Capel said. “They’ve been up and down. They’ve had moments where they looked really good. They’ve had other moments when they’ve looked like freshmen. Tonight was a night where they all looked pretty good.”The Panthers took a 26-point lead into the half and then built upon it in the second period. An 11-0 run just past the halfway point of the second period pushed the Pitt advantage to 38 points.The Privateers entered the game fourth in the nation in turnovers forced and steals per game, but it was the Panthers that did the pilfering. Pitt forced 22 turnovers and got 32 points off turnovers, compared to just six for New Orleans as the young Panthers thrived off turning defense into offense.“Defense and confidence,” Johnson said. “Our confidence is high as freshmen. This if our first time playing together. We’re getting better and better.”Guard Bryson Robinson had 11 points to lead New Orleans.The game was the 300th played at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center. The Panthers own 247-53 record in the building, which opened in 2002.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: The Privateers have struggled away from home all season and are 0-4 with a minus-95 point differential on the road and are 5-1 with a plus-126 point differential at home. The change in venue has coincided with a change in level of competition. New Orleans has played at Northwestern, Tulsa and UAB while hosting mostly lower-level opponents.“For us to get this program back to where we were in the 80s and 90s, we have to play a national schedule,” head coach Mark Slessinger said. “As a one-bid conference right now, we have to be really, really good in the tournament and prepare ourselves.” Xavier Johnson (AP Photo/File) “His energy, when he got in the game, was contagious,” Capel said.ADDING ONPitt’s 42-point margin of victory was the most for the team in over three years and Pitt’s third win of 30 or more points this season. The Panthers didn’t have any such wins in the last two seasons.“That’s something we talked about at halftime,” Capel said. “We don’t want to play the score. We’re trying to build these habits. Every minute for us is important.”UP NEXTNew Orleans: Will play its third and final major-conference opponent of the season at Baylor on Dec. 29.Pitt: Will wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Colgate on Dec. 29.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Club Inter-Retallack

first_imgHowever, Club Inter-Retallack started to roll during the semi final, scoring a 4-0 shutout of Bia Bora, before dominating the final.Mallard’s Source for sports was quick to spotlight Club Inter-Retallack with team of the week.The team includes, Johnny Colbeck, Tony Maida, Dino Falcone, Jake Kelly, Xavier Schutter, Terry Moore, Marcus Nott, Al Gluckman, Roshan D’souza, Phil Pinfold, Darren Peloso, Shayne Brandel, Lenny Arabia and Adam Chochinov. The final wasn’t even close as Club Inter-Retallack crushed regular season champion Ted Allen’s 7-1 to clinch the Jackson’s Hole Masters Men’s Soccer Championship.Club Inter-Retallack finished the season in second spot behind Ted Allen’s.last_img

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Vinicius Tank, to Spain to reinforce Cartagena

first_imgVinicius Tank (24 years old) will soon join the dynamics of Cartagena. The forward is currently flying to Spain, being expected that Arrive at your new destination in the early afternoon of this Tuesday. The striker had to solve several bureaucratic issues in his country first. After doing so, there is free track for your change of air. The agreement between Cartagena and Botafogo, with which it has a contract until December 31, 2020, is for the remainder of the season. The albinegro team will not have to pay anything for the loan.Objective: promotion to SecondTank had proposals from the United States and Paraná Clube, from the Brazilian B Series, but his desire was to leave for Spain. It is also to continue his career in LaLiga from summer. For now, your next step will be reinforce Cartagena, second classified, to a point of Marbella, in Group 4 of Second B.last_img read more

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Carlos Alcaraz will play the previous Indian Wells with an invitation

first_imgThis 12 months his ATP debut already befell in the 500 of Rio de Janeiro. There he defeated Albert Ramos in the first spherical and offered his pores and skin face to Federico Coria in the second. Now the alternative involves him in the highest class after the Grand Slam. Collectively with him, the Spanish Spaniards Roberto Carballés and Pedro Martínez will additionally participate in the previous one. Different fascinating visitors are the Belgian veteran Kim Clijsters (36 years previous), former primary and winner of 4 Grand Slams who’s again on the slopes after seven years away, and Nadal and Djokovic, the place acceptable to the doubles desk. The primary will pair up with Victor Troicki, compatriot. The identical as Nadal, who will be a part of Marc López. The brand new nice promise of Spanish tennis, Carlos Alcaraz, will play for the first time the 1,000 Masters of Indian Wells subsequent March. The Murcian, 16, He has obtained an invitation from the Californian appointment to play the previous section, as confirmed by AS from his staff. 314 of the world at this time, its exercise was restricted till this 12 months to ITF and Challenger tournaments with a single exception, the Godó (ATP 500) of 2019, by which it didn’t move the qualy. last_img read more

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Tolerance: the Key to Protecting Liberia’s Christian-Muslim Harmony

first_imgTolerance is a very important    word, and not word only, but concept.  With it, a lot of good can happen between and amongst people or groups within a nation.  Without it,   the exact opposite can occur, a lot of bad.   Because of the importance of this word, it has many meanings that help us to understand its full import (significance).  One is  broadmindedness.  Another is open-mindedness.  These            denote a willingness of a     person or group to accept another’s belief, way of life or disposition, whether we share it or not.  Of course, it is hoped that another’s belief or way of life depicts good, not evil.Forbearance—which means patience, self control, restraint, mercy—is another synonym of tolerance. So is love—the greatest of all virtues.  It is the greatest because that is God Himself, for Scripture tells us that God is love.  The Apostle Paul says  that among the three principal virtues—faith, hope and love, “the greatest of these is love.”Our country, Liberia, is truly  blessed.  Yes, it is a land with a plethora (abundance) of differences—ethnic, religious, cultural, etc.—and yes, we have been through a brutal,  totally unnecessary civil war.  It happened only because the leaders did not LISTEN to the cries for change.  Yet, we are  blessed because we love peace.  It was only a few manipulating the many that misled us into war. Early in his administration, President W.V.S. Tubman, realized how so many ethnic animosities had in the past ripped the country apart—inter-tribal wars and the divide between the settlers from America and elsewhere and the indigenous majority.  So from the onset he envisioned the Unification Policy and did not rest until he brought constitutional parity (equality, uniformity) between all the groups, in the creation of the four new counties—Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.  From then on, these four new counties, like the original five—Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Cape Mount and Maryland—became self-governing (Superintendents, etc.), and represented in the Legislature just as the others—two Senators each and population-dictated representation in the House.    This, mark you, was only a first step up the long ladder of political, economic and social equality, but it was a distinctive and highly significant beginning, that the people NEVER forgot.  Remember, they kept Tubman in power for 27 years! But Tubman did something more: He recognized Islam as the faith to which many Liberians adhere.  He also persuaded—even demanded—that Mandingoes, many of whom embrace Islam, should send their children, including the girls, TO REGULAR SCHOOL.  The Mandingoes were reluctant, but gradually became convinced that that indeed was the way forward.Tubman frequently visited the mosques for worship.  He also,  following Secretary of State Gabriel Lafayette Dennis’ death in 1954, appointed the Mandingoes’ son Momolu Dukuly Secretary of State. So Liberia’s Christians and Muslims have for a very long time lived in peace, harmony and cooperation. When in 1958 Sekou Toure took Guinea out of the French Federation, President Charles De Gaulle stripped Guinea, the former French colony, of everything.  President Tubman came to Guinea’s rescue and sent them rice, other foodstuffs and money, in emergency relief.That brought Guineans and Liberians closer together—and we have been ever since.Remember, too, that in 1958 a Liberian delegation, of which Ambassador Lafayette Diggs is the last surviving member, was in France negotiating a border dispute with the French government.  After Guinea became independent that  October, Liberia withdrew the delegation and terminated the negotiations on the grounds that the territory in dispute had now become “African territory,” a part of the new Republic of Guinea. What are we trying to say?These are the foundations of  the religious harmony that exists among Christians and Moslems in Liberia, and we should allow NOTHING to disturb it.  The religious trouble taking place in Kenya,  Central African Republic (CAR), Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere is alien to Liberia.  But as we saw at the Paynesville Red Light in 2004 and in Voinjama later, religious conflict can quickly spark and spread.  So we all should be very careful and do everything to avoid this.All of us, Christians and Muslims alike, should resist any attempt by any foreign group to change us from this course.  Liberia, emerging from   a terrible war, is trying to recover over a half century of gains we lost.  Let us maintain our unity and rally to the cause, FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The more things change at the City Council, the more they remain the same

first_imgDear Editor,As the old saying goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. The image displayed on a local television channel and on a news website recently of a member of the Public Relations Department of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown in a deep slumber, drooling and with his mouth hanging open during the course of a statutory meeting of that body speaks volumes of the lethargy of the administration.How is it possible in the midst of a meeting of that august body, presided over by no less a person than His Worship the Mayor, and attended by other ‘city mothers and fathers’, senior municipal officers and members of civil society, that an officer could nonchalantly fall asleep and only awaken after a rumpus broke out about the ineptitude of that very department to which he belonged.Was he that bored, blasé and uninterested in the proceedings that he thought it best to catch up on some ZZZZZZZs? Or was he sending a subtle message to the Councillors that the meeting was just really a complete waste of time.Why didn’t any of his colleagues wake him, or is sleeping at these meetings a norm? Will he be hauled over the coals for this indiscretion or will it just be treated as a point of jester? In some countries, Generals and a Vice Premier who were caught napping during public functions addressed by their leaders have faced dire consequences.But then again, this is City Hall, and you have about 10 senior functionaries who were fingered for grave acts of misconduct by a Commission of Inquiry but who continue on their merry way as though nothing has happened. Indeed they continue to make a mess of things at the Council and are ostensibly given a pat on the back.I would like to suggest that for their future statutory meetings that the chairs be removed and as is done in some municipalities in the far East, that the Councillors and the officers be made to stand for the duration of the meetings. This would result in shorter meetings, in everyone remaining awake and having less idle talk.The more things change at the City Council, the more they remain the same.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

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Africare Receives USAID Award for Innovation

first_imgAfricare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) team received one of three USAID Global Development Lab’s “Innovation to Action Awards” last week in Washington, D.C. USAID is United States Agency for International Development.The award, according to a dispatch, recognizes the impact this innovation will have, including breaking the cycle of malnutrition and anemia passed from mother to child, and engendering good nutrition and health in the crucial first 1,000 days of life, to ensure that children grow, learn, and thrive.Africare’s MBNP team was honored for this breakthrough mobile application at an award ceremony during Global Innovation Week held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., the dispatch has said.The Africare-developed Hb Meter is a mobile device app for Android® smartphones developed to help program staff measure anemia levels in communities in Tanzania. It can tell if a person is anemic within 15 seconds without drawing any blood. Simply put an index finger on the device and the camera’s flash is able to filter through the skin to measure relevant blood levels, categorizing the result as “severe,” “mild,” or “no anemia” in line with World Health Organization standards. The app provides the results electronically on site, and can feed the data directly into health systems’ databases and dashboards, codified and anonymized to protect the privacy of each individual.Before the app, trained staff had to draw blood, run a test, and read the results to diagnose anemia; this process took several minutes and was dependent on the individual being comfortable with having their blood drawn. The breakthrough of this invention means easy, fast identification of anemia without specific clinical training requirements, needles, or test kits; especially useful when working with infants or vulnerable adults, and in remote areas.  The cost of the test was also greatly reduced from about 62 cents per individual to 1 cent per individual, the dispatch indicated.An indicator of poor nutrition or underlying illness, anemia results in poor health, including loss of energy and reduced physical capacity. In Tanzania, like in Liberia also, over half of all pregnant women, and more than 1 in 3 women are likely to be anemic. Anemia in pregnancy is associated with illness and death of both the mother and baby, including increased risk of miscarriages, stillbirths, premature birth, and low birth weight. Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program, funded by USAID and implemented in Tanzania, aims to eliminate 20 percent of all anemia in the first 1,000 days of life using social and behavior change communication to improve nutrition.Throughout the continent, Africare has been recognized for its program implementation excellence., according to the dispatch. As a top global innovator in Senegal, Africare received the Innovative Solutions Award to Prevent Infant/Maternal Deaths at the “Development Change” Saving Lives at Birth Conference for a groundbreaking ICT platform to improve care in pregnancy, delivery and right after childbirth for both mother and baby in remote areas of Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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July Oil and Gas Land Rights Sale

first_imgThe sale of oil and gas land rights in Northeast BC this calander year has now resulted in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, in bonus bids. The July sale this week added over $38 million to the year-to-date total bringing it to about $247 million. 21 of the 26 parcels offered were sold, covering nearly 57,000 hectares, and making the per hectare price $675. It was easily the second largest monthly sale this calendar year…more than doubling the bonus bids total of any of the first five. – Advertisement -However, the total also represents less than a quarter of the June sale, which was the 9th largest in BC history. It’s also only about six percent of the sale last July…the one which established an all-time BC record, with over $610 million in bonus bids. The next sale is scheduled, for August 12th.last_img read more

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District weighs school closure

first_imgClosing Huerta would save the district an estimated $570,000 a year, she said, by eliminating the need for a principal and classified, secretarial and maintenance employees. The district would also save on utility costs, Saul added. Board President Ed Hengler, who had vowed a year ago that he would vote against closing schools, said he has since changed his position “because of the continuing decline in enrollment.” He said he fears the state might not fully fund schools and that the district might have to return state money it received for the 2007-08 budget year. “We’ll really be in trouble then,” he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Facing a nearly $8.5 million revenue loss, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District officials are again considering closing Dolores Huerta Elementary School and moving its 325 students to Earl E. Edmondson School. “It makes no sense to keep two schools half-way filled when we can house them all in one,” school board member Karen Morrison said. At its meeting Monday night, the board voted 4-3 to ask the district’s staff to report on how closing Huerta might impact the district financially. The report will be presented at the May 14 meeting. Morrison said the district lost about 1,570 students in the past three years, resulting in an $8.5million revenue loss from the state, which bases funding on per-pupil attendance. If the board opts to close Huerta, 325 students would transfer to Edmondson, which has 410 students. In February of last year, board members considered but rejected closing Huerta and Dulles Elementary School. The issue resurfaced in January, when a special committee report detailed declining enrollment in the district. However, the board again chose not to take action. But enrollment has continued to decline, said Maureen Saul, assistant superintendent of business services, prompting officials to again consider closing a school site. This year, the district has about 550 fewer students than last year, officials said. “We’re finding empty classrooms and seats across the district,” Saul said. last_img read more

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