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Liberia Excluded from Handball Tournament

first_imgLiberia has been excluded from participating in the African Junior Handball Tournament, from 28 July to 4, August, 2014 in Lome, Togo, due to the presence of Ebola in the country.The LHA was expected to send both male and female teams to the Lome Tournament but was excluded from the tournament by the International Handball Federation (IHF).LHA president J. Mayson Saweler told the Daily Observer that the IHF requested an Ebola Clearance Certificate, just before the two teams’ departure.The Clearance Certificates were not part of the requirement for participation, he said, but with the increasing number of Liberians who have been affected and even lost their lives, the IHF decided to finally exclude Liberia from the tournament.“Even Nigeria has also been excluded due to the reported death of a Liberian with the disease in that country,” Saweler said.Liberia is in Zone 3 along with Ghana, Togo, (host), Burkina Faso, Benin and the Ivory Coast.“Since we are the first organization to suffer from traveling abroad,” Saweler said, “I think it is necessary that we work along with other sports organizations to create more awareness against this deadly disease.”“We play handball with bare hands,” Saweler said, “so we will demonstrate to all that we must obey preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as we fight the disease.”He announced an Ebola Awareness Campaign last Saturday involving more than 50 athletes at the Sports Commission.He also used the occasion to appeal to UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF to support his organization’s effort to provide awareness to handball players, who are mainly students, throughout the country.At its awareness campaign on Saturday, Liberian musician, Ms. Emma Smith, who had donated jerseys to the association, was expected to be in attendance to entertain the players and the crowd.He meanwhile made an appeal to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow his association to give a handball performance before and after the end of the forthcoming National County Meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFormer Kerry star and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has again used his weekly column in the Sunday World to ridicule the tactics employed by Donegal – describing them as ‘Caveman tactics’. Spillane also scoffed at the suggestion that Jim McGuinness, Kiernan McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are innovative coaches, saying the defensive systems they employ are anything but innovative.“I’m afraid I don’t get this modern day approach to Gaelic football. “And I simply don’t accept that GAA coaches such as Jimmy McGuinness, Paul Grimley, Kieran McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are particularly innovative by adopting these tactics.“They smack of caveman tactics. Simply flooding your defence with extra players and making it more difficult for the opposition to score is just about the laziest ‘innovation’ one could dream up!Spillane said Gaelic Football should revolve around the star players on both sides, and was saddened by the sight of Jamie Clarke and Michael Murphy performing defensive duties during their recent All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“The sight of two of the game’s best forwards, Michael Murphy and Jamie Clarke, running back to take up defensive duties was a sad sight. “It is akin to Brian Cody asking Henry Shefflin to play as a sweeper or getting Messi and Ronaldo to slot in as full backs!Spillane acknowledged that his stance on defensive football was similar to the on-going crusade Paul Kimmage has against doping in cycling.However, he says he won’t stop being critical of the defensive systems being employed because he believes it’s having a damaging effect on the sport.Spillane also believes Dublin will have too much for Donegal when the two face off on August 31st in one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing fixtures the GAA has seen for years.Spillane feels Dublin are on an upward trajectory and that Donegal are in decline, despite winning a third Ulster title in three years. “Donegal are better than they were last year, but they’re a pale shadow of the side that won the All-Ireland in 2012, plus that side in 2012 was much more attack minded that season than it is now.“The much-anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will be intriguing.“But the two teams are on a different trajectory; Donegal are in decline while Dublin haven’t yet reached their peak.“And I think it will be case of never the twain shall meet! SPILLANE LAUNCHES YET ANOTHER BLISTERING ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: August 20th, 2014 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)Tags:Caveman tacticscriticaldonegalJim McGuinnessnewsPat SpillaneSportlast_img read more

The Parisian Macao welcomes first guest

first_imgThe Parisian Macao welcomes first guest The Parisian Macao welcomed its first guests, Mr. Kim Ga Heung & Ms. Jung Min Ju, along with their baby Ji Hong, from Korea today. Ms. Mao Miyazawa, Executive Director, Hotel Operations, The Parisian Macao, and Streetmosphere performers presented the couple with flowers, champagne and an Eiffel Tower souvenirThe Parisian Macao welcomes first guestThe Parisian Macao, which held its grand opening on Sept. 13, was delighted to welcome its first guests, Mr. Kim Ga Heung & Ms. Jung Min Ju, along with their baby Ji Hong, from Korea today. The integrated resort, the newest addition to Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, offers 3,000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, and 1,200-seat theatre, among other amenities.The jewel in the crown is the authentic, half-scale recreation of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, a truly magnificent representation of Paris.Mr. Kim & Ms. Jung were officially welcomed to the hotel by Ms. Mao Miyazawa, Executive Director, Hotel Operations, The Parisian Macao, serenaded by The Parisian Macao’s talented Streetmosphere performers and presented with a bouquet of flowers, champagne and a beautiful Eiffel Tower souvenir. They said that they were thrilled and honoured to be the first official guest at Sands China’s newest integrated resort.“We are so excited to welcome Mr. Kim & Ms. Jung as our first guest at The Parisian Macao,” said Ms. Miyazawa. “It is a truly unique new property providing an unparalleled guest experience and we are sure they will have a wonderful and unforgettable time with us. We look forward to welcoming them again in the near future.”About The Parisian MacaoThe Parisian Macao is an integrated resort inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed “City of Light.” Featuring a half-scale sophistication imitation of the Eiffel Tower, The Parisian Macao offers approximately 3,000 guest rooms and suites and a full array of integrated resort facilities, including meeting space, restaurants, kids’ club, health club, pool deck, and a 1,200-seat theatre. The 300,000-square-foot Shoppes at Parisian retail mall offers the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists, mimes, and buskers heightening the authentic experience. Visitors can stroll among formal gardens, fountains, hedge mazes and reflective pools, and enjoy carousels, arcades and bistros. Source = The Parisian Macaolast_img read more