UCLA coach Alford surprised by LiAngelo Ball leaving school

first_imgAlford did not know if LiAngelo Ball had officially withdrawn from UCLA.“It’s a disappointment there’s an end to that where he didn’t get to be a part of an incredible academic institution, so that’s out. He doesn’t get to be part of what I think is an incredible basketball program with great teammates and coaches that care about him,” Alford said. “So yeah, there’s definitely a disappointment that there’s some finality to that. This young man doesn’t get to participate in either one of those things because I think the academic side and what UCLA has to offer both academically and in basketball is off the charts.“When you don’t get to experience that, that’s disappointing.”Ball, along with fellow freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were indefinitely suspended for their participation in the shoplifting incident during the Bruins’ trip to China last month. They are barred from all team activities. Ball, Hill and Riley publicly apologized for shoplifting while reading prepared statements at a campus news conference on Nov. 15.Alford indicated Tuesday that he expected the fate of the other two suspended players to be resolved in the near term.ADVERTISEMENT FILe -In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, UCLA NCAA college basketball player LiAngelo Ball attends a news conference at UCLA in Los Angeles. The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he’s withdrawing his son from school so he can prepare to play in the NBA. LaVar Ball says his “grand plan” is for all three sons to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo told “Access Hollywood” in an interview aired Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, on the “Today” show that his UCLA suspension is “just a long time of doing nothing. I’d rather be playing.”(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES — UCLA coach Steve Alford said he was caught by surprise when he learned through media reports that suspended freshman guard LiAngelo Ball was leaving the basketball team and withdrawing from school.“I’m not angry. I try not to get angry,” Alford said Tuesday. “This is a tough business … It’s about what I can control. LiAngelo has been, since coming back (from China), he’s been tremendous as far as (he’s) been to all his classes. He’s gone to all his tutors, all his mentors. He’s done exactly what’s been asked of him. I don’t think it’s angry. I think it’s more surprised if you’re looking for one word, it’s surprised because it’s nothing we saw coming.”ADVERTISEMENT LiAngelo Ball told “Access Hollywood” in an interview aired Tuesday on the “Today” show that the players were in jail in China for 1 ½ days. Authorities eventually let them go home.“It was horrible,” he said. “They take your clothes, you wear like whatever they have for you, a little jumpsuit or whatever, take your shoestrings and you just sit in a cement cell for however long. It’s just you and the officers and they don’t speak English.”His father told “Access Hollywood” that his “grand plan” is for his three sons to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.LiAngelo is the middle child of Ball’s three sons. Oldest son Lonzo is a rookie with the Lakers after playing one successful season at UCLA. The elder Ball pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High recently in favor of home schooling him.“I’m going to get Gelo in shape, I’m going to work him out, we’re going to do some other things and he’s going to be headed to the NBA,” the elder ball said.LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump have engaged in a public war of words since the three players returned from China. Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release and Trump tweeted in response that he should have left the players in China in jail. The men’s exchanges escalated from there, with Trump calling Ball “an ungrateful fool.”LaVar told “Access Hollywood” he sent Trump three pairs of Big Baller shoes in red, white and blue.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball02:14Carpio 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 View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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LiAngelo Ball did not play in any of the Bruins’ eight games this season after being suspended indefinitely by UCLA for his involvement in a shoplifting incident during the team’s season-opening trip to China.Alford said neither LaVar nor LiAngelo spoke to him about the decision to quit the team and leave school.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We just learned through reports yesterday, I think shorty before or after practice” Alford said. “I can’t remember at this point because my whole attention has been on (next opponent) Montana, getting my team ready. Just hearing reports and then our staff reached out to family representation of the Balls, and they said that was their intent.”Asked if he would reach out to the Ball family, Alford said, no. “Why for? I didn’t make that decision,” he said. “I’m here at Pauley Pavilion every day. If they need to talk to me, they know where to find me.”last_img read more

UST Tigresses sweep UAAP beach volleyball elims, book finals berth

first_imgDindin Manabat officially introduced as member of Toray Arrows in Japan The Lady Maroons and Lady Eagles had identical 3-4 records after the eliminations but Molde and Dorog’s partnership brought down Ateneo’s pairing of Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-19, 21-19.In the men’s division, FEU’s Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon brushed off Ateneo’s Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-3, 21-5, and secured an outright finals spot after their 7-0 sweep of the eliminations.The Growling Tigers’ pair of Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton trumped defending champions Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of NU, 30-32, 21-12, 15-13, to take the second seed, and a twice-to-beat perk, in the Final Four.UST finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record while the Bulldogs settled for a 5-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal University of Santo Tomas continued to show its dominance in the sand after completing a resounding sweep of the eliminations and advancing to the finals of the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament Friday at Sands SM By the Bay.The impenetrable partnership of Cherry Rondina and Babylove Barbon decimated Far Eastern University’s Ivana Agudo and Sheena Gallentes 21-9, 21-5 to complete the 7-0 sweep of the preliminaries, the third straight year the Golden Tigresses came away unscathed.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption UST is attempting to become the first school in the tournament to win three straight titles while winning every set.De La Salle’s partnership of Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente earned a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after taking down National University’s Klymince Orillanada and Antonette Landicho, 21-13, 21-12, and University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-17, 21-14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Lady Spikers finished the eliminations with a 6-1 card and will wait the winner of Saturday’s first step-ladder match.NU took the third seed with a 5-2 record after the eliminations while UP took the last Final Four spot after taking down Ateneo in the playoff. MOST READlast_img read more

Gov’t Deploys AFL to Combat Ebola

first_imgThe Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, has disclosed that men of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have been tasked to provide security for all health workers and institutions across Liberia, to ensure that they perform their job under good atmosphere,  free of violence.At the regular Information Ministry press briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, the Defense Minister said the deployment of the AFL is intended to support quality decisions, especially containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.“The men and women of the AFL, White Shell, as they will be called during  this assignment, have  been tasked to provide security for all our health practitioners, institutions and secure other security personnel assigned with the health authorities to ensure that they have a safety ground in carrying out their duties to curtail the virus.”The Minister said the State of Emergency as declared by the President, was timely and in the right direction and would help allow the Government to focus on fighting the deadly virus for the next three months or 90-days.   He disclosed that AFL is being divided into task forces mandated to facilitate the movement of people, including businesspeople in Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively to ensure that the deadly outbreak is controlled.According to Minister Samukai, Task Force one will base in Montserrado and Margibi Counties, Task Force will be assigned in Lofa county especially borders in containing the movement of people coming and going out of Liberia as well as going to market places between Foya to Voinjama.“They will have position with the borders, including Foya, Lofa’s Bridge and Barkedu, were there are more new cases according to the Health Ministry in order to response to any outbreak that require the presence of the Armed or the deliveries of any materials.”The Defense Minister said, Task Force three will be assigned in Bomi County and Task Force would be assigned Grand Cape Mount with a patrol team in Robert Sports including the Bo-Water side to contain any personal movement in support of combating the deadly Ebola virus in the country.“We have put into placed process to help safe our people given the circumstance of the current health problem in the country, but will also like to warned those involve in providing false information to our people on ‘well poisoning,’ on the basic of rumors, falsehood to desist from the process.”According to him, the Task Force will carry out a consistent containment of people especially in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties to observe a 21-day surveillance to ensure that counties affected would extend such to other counties.Mr. Samukai said, the virus was real and needed more measures to help curtail it, adding that it is importance for the Government including relevant partners to treat it with seriousness to ensure that the people are safe.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Weah’s Proposal of US$25M to Stabilize Economy Not Meaningful,” Experts say

first_imgPresident George M. Weah’s expected reshuffling “is going to ensure that we have better alignment and coordination on matters that are critical to the economy, uproot corruption and enhance better service delivery.”Following President George Manneh Weah’s address on the state of the Liberian economy yesterday, two financial and economic experts say he is in great error for thinking that his proposal will yield any good result.Via mobile phone, a former international banker said much is required to be done rather than thinking about superficial measures that have no capacity to alleviate the astronomical economic challenges that Liberia is faced with.“I think the President needs to think outside the box. With the news circulating that huge sums of Liberian banknotes are being counterfeited by some unscrupulous individuals across the country, infusing US$25 million dollars into the country’s economy in an effort to ease the rising hardship could reward pushers of counterfeit,” the banker said.President Weah in his address said, “I am fully aware of the negative impact of the declining exchange rate on the economic well-being of the Liberian people, and the serious hardship that this is beginning to cause.”Elaborating what his government has planned to do in order to mitigate the growing economic crisis, Weah said: “An immediate infusion by the Central Bank of US$25 million into the economy to mop up the excess liquidity of Liberian dollars; a mandate to the Central Bank to provide more effective supervision and regulation of money-changers or foreign exchange bureaux; a mandate to the Central Bank to provide more robust oversight of banks under its supervision,” among others, will be his government’s focus for the coming days.He added that CBL will “Conduct a comprehensive review of regulations on the hoarding of both Liberian dollar and U.S. dollar outside the banking system, and provide incentives and safeguards to encourage the utilization of the banking system, including financial instruments.”The banker, on the other hand, said while it is still early to doubt the ability of the Weah Administration to succeed on its campaign promises, good measures have to be taken. “From where will this money come? Who or what source will make this money available? He has to be clear in explaining to the public the “how” part of his speeches,” he said.Another financial expert who also preferred anonymity, agrees that Weah is even more wrong for saying that he “will instruct the CBL” to infuse a certain amount of money into the economy for whatever reason.“What should be known here is that the CBL is an autonomous body and should not be commanded by the President or anyone else to go about doing things without a careful study of the negative trickle-down effect underway,” the financial expert said.About the daily skyrocketing exchange rate between the U.S. and the Liberian dollars in which the local currency continues to depreciate, he said there is no need for anyone to compare the country with other countries in the Sub-region or anywhere else.“While it is true and correct that the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and other currencies may of course appear high according to the understanding of many people, it is not the determiner of inflation or underdevelopment. I say so to mean that once a country produces some of its basic commodities that it could have been importing from other countries there is a possibility of saving millions — if not billions — of dollars that can be directed towards other programs and initiatives,” he said.Though in the respective West African countries, the exchange rate is 9000 Guinea Francs, 370 Naira (Nigeria) and 7,700 Leones (Sierra Leone) to to US$1, he said, that is not what is important. L$160 or more is now exchanged for US$1. He noted that the denominations of currencies in some countries are high but with less value as compared to others with low denominations, yet with appreciable value.According to the former official, if the CDC-led government should succeed, it has to direct a lot of its fiscal budget to agriculture and education. “I am not saying that health and other sectors are not important but, considering how much of the budget is used annually on the importation of food, particularly rice, there is a need to allot some good money to agriculture,” he said, noting further that if Liberia can feed its citizens and stop the importation of pepper, onions, and other basic agricultural products, it stands a chance of prospering even amid the harsh global economic challenges.“Today, five months later, it is not for us to complain about the bleak situation we inherited; or to cast blame upon previous administrations,” President Weah said in his address. “Rather, ours is a duty and responsibility to find new and sustainable solutions to these age-old problems that have stubbornly defied solution in the past. We were very aware of these systemic problems when we decided to run for the high office of President of Liberia, and so we are not surprised.”He added, “And we are fully aware that we were elected with the expectation that we will solve these challenges. This is a task that we are now embarked upon with strong determination, focus, and commitment. As a first step in this direction, we have placed emphasis and urgency on the formulation of a comprehensive development strategy that will be supported by a strategic implementation plan. The development strategy, to be known as the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, is nearing completion, and will very shortly be presented to all stakeholders, including our foreign development partners, the private sector, and the general public, for consultation, input, and buy-in, before being finalized into a strategic implementation plan.”He promised that, “Over the next several weeks, the Government, through its Economic Management Team, and in close collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia, will announce a series of monetary and fiscal measures that we believe should help reverse the decline in the value of the Liberian dollar,” the President concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FCPF-REDD+ starts furnishing, equipping NTC Secretariat

first_imgThe Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-REDD+) Project on Wednesday presented the National Toshaos Council (NTC) with a quantity of stationery and other essential office supplies.These were handed over at the NTC Secretariat, Hadfield Street, to the Executive by the FCPF-REDD+ Project Execution Unit of the Natural Resources Ministry.The supplies are part of the FCPF-REDD+ Institutional Strengthening andProject Coordinator Clayton Hall hands over office supplies to NTC Chairman Nicholas Fredericks and other executivesCapacity Building Support to the NTC, a national representative body for Indigenous people.Receiving the items, NTC Chairman Nicholas Fredericks thanked the FCPF-REDD+ Project for the support and partnership, which were helping the Council to execute its mandate.“We see this as an important aspect in the development of the NTC,” he said, adding that it positioned “the NTC to function in the direction which it is supposed to be heading” .The FCPF-REDD+ Unit will soon provide the NTC with the remaining office furniture, computers and other IT facilities as well as VHF radio communication equipment.The REDD+ Project already supports rental of the building that houses the NTC Secretariat, two key staff members and several capacity-building sessions with the NTC executives.Local consultant Vanda Radzik was contracted by the FCPF-REDD+ Project last March to facilitate the capacity-building support to the NTC, Indigenous Non-Governmental Organisations/community-based organisations and community forest-dependent organisations.last_img read more

NGO providing platform for victims of abuse to speak out

first_imgA newly-formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) is providing a platform for victims of abuse to speak out.Silence Hides Violence Foundation (SHV) is also providing psychosocial help to persons who become victims of all forms of abuse.Some of the children who received school suppliesFounder Camille Cox told this publication that SHV seeks to eliminate violence in society and eventually worldwide.“I know it is going to be impossible, but that is our aim,” Cox said while adding that they are trying to empower and educate persons about violence, providing information on what measures can be taken by victims.She made mention of violence in inter-partner relationships, child abuse and violence in the workplace.“Our first mission is to go into schools, especially the secondary schools, and supply information to students through workshops. We want them to know about violence and what they can do if caught in a violent situation at home or just anywhere. We need to let them know where they can go”.The group currently has fourteen members, including two professional social workers and a third in training.“I, myself, am a victim of abuse. So, that is one of the reasons why I wanted this organisation, because it is one way that I can help persons from being caught such situations”.SHV seeks to provide support to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship and are victims of any form of abuse and to collaborate with stakeholders to sensitise individuals on violence— which takes into account child abuse, domestic violence, inter-partner violence.Public Relation Officer Lauristan Choy told this publication that the objectives will be achieved through sensitisation campaigns in forms of workshops, community outreaches, raising funds for families who are affected by violence, working with other stakeholders, and through counselling sessions.Recently, several students from East Bank Berbice were given school pages, water bottles, and other essentials needed for the new school term.Children at secondary, primary and the nursery levels who are living in difficult circumstances were beneficiaries.last_img read more

Annandale man killed in Good Hope accident

first_imgThe carnage on Guyana’s roadways continued over the weekend with another life being lost and an East Coast Demerara (ECD) family being plunged into mourning.The Annandale, ECD home where the late Imran Khan residedThe latest casualty resulted from a vehicular accident that occurred on the Good Hope Public Road, ECD on Saturday evening, when pedestrian Imran Khan, 36, was reportedly struck and killed by a minibus being operated by an elderly man.According to Police information, the fatal accident occurred at about 20:35h, and the 65-year-old driver and owner of minibus BHH 8465 – a resident of Cherry Lane, Melanie, ECD – detailed that he was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the road when Khan “suddenly ran across the road” from south to north, collided with the left side of the vehicle, and fell onto the roadway.Police related that Khan was picked up by the said driver in an unconscious condition and transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Police further explained that the driver, who passed a breathalyser test, has been placed in custody as investigations continue.When Guyana Times visited the late Imran Khan’s home — at Lot 161 Droom Street, Annandale North, ECD — relatives were said to be meeting with Police as the latter continued their investigations.Khan’s death comes days after the “Stop The Tears” Campaign was launched last week by the National Road Safety Council of Guyana to reduce the high percentage of road deaths in Guyana.This initiative has seen collaboration from the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Public Security Ministry, Public Health Ministry, Public Infrastructure Ministry, and several private sponsors.At launch of this campaign, Deputy Police Superintendent Dennis Stephen had pointed out that 89 fatal accidents with a total of about 101 deaths were recorded for 2017. PAHO/WHO Representative Dr Paul Edwards had emphasised the worldwide impact of road deaths. He had cited statistics to back his observation that road traffic crashes are the main cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29.He had also outlined that road traffic crashes constitute an important public health and development problem with significant health and socio-economic costs.The WHO lists road carnage as the ninth leading cause of death across all age ranges on a global standpoint.Vehicular accidents lead to the loss of over 1.2 million lives and over 50 million nonfatal injuries. Half of those who die are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.“We need to ‘Stop The Tears’,” Coordinator of the National Road Safety Council, Ramona Doergen, has implored. “Road safety has become very dormant right now, people are not taking interest; we got to start knowing that this is a serious thing. Road safety is everybody’s business!”last_img read more

DOWNINGS SEEKS COMMITMENT ON BROADBAND SERVICE

first_imgA large crowd attended a meeting in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre in Downings to discuss a time frame on the rollout of fibre broadband in the area. The meeting was attended by Stiofán Ó Cúlláin, Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Joe Mc Hugh and Counsellors Mick Quinn, Gerry Mc Monagle, Liam Blaney, and a wide representation from the business community.Pádraig Mc Ginty who chaired the meeting began by reading out a statement from Paul Bradley, Director of Corporate Affairs, Eircom. He stated that fibre broadband is already available in Carrigart and work to extend services to Downings has already commenced.Eircom will be providing this service with fibre to the cabinet architecture (FTTC), Downings, which will offer speeds of up to 100Mb/s to the local community. Construction of the sub-duct has now completed and work to run the fibre cable through the duct to the specific cabinet location in Downings will commence shortly. At this stage, Eircom network planners are hopeful that service to customers may be available within approximately six months.When completed, premises located within approximately 1.5 to 2 kilometres of Downings village should see speed benefits. Broadband remains a distance technology so by definition those homes and businesses located closest to the cabinet will see the fastest speeds. It is important to note that while many customers in Downings will benefit not all will.For customers on the Ros Goill Peninsula who will not benefit from our commercial rollout via Carrigart or Downings, they will fall under the Government’s planned National Broadband Plan, which sets out a plan to provide every home and business with a minimum of 30Mb/s by 2020. Stiofán O Cúlláin stated that Údarás has recently invested in bringing broadband to other areas of Donegal and were ready to invest in bringing it to the Industrial Estate and that fast speed broadband was essential in promoting industry.Minister Mc Hugh stated that in addition to the 12 million investment by Eircom in the broadband networks in Donegal, Vodafone has also invested 4 million in upgrading services in the county by introducing 4G. Downings was one of the first regions to upgrade to enhanced 3G data services. Carrigart will have 4G in September though it is not possible to confirm that Downings will receive it as a result.A follow up meeting will take place in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 7th of October. Paul Bradley, Eircom Director of Corporate Affairs has committed to attending this meeting.DOWNINGS SEEKS COMMITMENT ON BROADBAND SERVICE was last modified: September 1st, 2015 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:broadbanddonegalDowningslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: MULLAGHDUFF MARCHING BAND NEWS

first_img25TH Anniversary of Mullaghduff Marching BandThis St Patricks Day marks the 25th Anniversary of the present day Mullaghduff Band, the committee are presently organising some events to celebrate this great milestone. Over the past decade or so the tradition of the Marching Bands has declined and it a great achievement for the community of Mullaghduff that this band has fielded every year since its inception.As many members are away and may not be able to be here on St.Patricks Day we hope to have two separate events – on St.Patricks Day we are inviting any past members available to join in the band for a day of reunion,( more details to follow) and then at the August Bank Holiday Weekend they plan to have a gathering of all past Junior Mullaghduff Bands with events based in Mullaghduff over that wend. This includes establishing a museum of memorabilia from all the Bands to display in the Mullaghduff Community Centre. We are asking all previous band members and committee members to contact us as soon as possible to let us know if they are available on either of these two wends or for both. Anyone who has photos or any memorabilia we could use should contact us as soon as possible. The Committee would also appeal to anyone with Flutes or Uniforms who no longer require them to return them asap to help facilitate the reunion. Contact : Mary Gillespie 087 3148664/facebookNoreen Boyle Facebook/n.boyle89@gmail.com (See facebook page Mullaghduff “wee”band year anniversary)Nancy Sharkey 0871309621 Grace Boyle 0874157295  DD LOCAL: MULLAGHDUFF MARCHING BAND NEWS was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: MULLAGHDUFF MARCHING BAND NEWSlast_img read more

Transfer Gold: Man United finally sign classy France defender

first_img Blanc planting one on Barthez’s head was a familiar sight in football Each week, talkSPORT.com looks at transfers from years gone by; the deals that saw supporters express delight in whatever the equivalent of a funny meme was at the time. This week it’s Laurent Blanc’s free transfer to Manchester United.In 2001, Alex Ferguson was in desperate need of a defender having sold Jaap Stam to Lazio for £16.5million and top of the manager’s shortlist was Blanc.If anyone could shore up a back line deprived of the Dutchman’s quality it was a man who kissed Fabien Barthez’s baldy head for luck, right? 4 Time had obviously caught up with him, but he clearly left a mark on his team-mates.“Laurent Blanc gave me a lot of advice in English about positioning,” Brown said in an ESPN interview. “He was unbelievable when he was younger, but he was older when he came to Old Trafford and his legs had gone a little bit. He just couldn’t run as fast, yet he performed because he read the game so well.”Good old Larry White. Sir Fergie had been trying to sign the centre-back for years and he finally got his man when Blanc, 35 at the time, joined from Inter.“The first time was back in 1996 when Laurent was still with Auxerre, then while he was at Barcelona and Internazionale. I’ve followed him around the world,” the manager said at the time in reference to his pursuit of the Frenchman.Someone with his experience was vital and is no doubt a reason current manager Jose Mourinho is looking to players such as Toby Alderweireld, Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane to bolster a defence already containing Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof.“People keep going on about his age,” Fergie continued, “but I’ve had Steve Bruce at 35 and Bryan Robson at 36 playing important roles here. There’s even a young midfield player [36-year-old Gary McAllister] at Liverpool who played I don’t know how many games last season.“Players who are prepared to look after themselves can prolong their careers longer than you think. We have a lot of young defenders here and Laurent’s experience will be vital to them.”Defenders didn’t come much more experienced than Blanc, a World Cup – he was suspended for the final – and European Championship winner with France, who represented his Les Bleus 97 times.However, the Old Trafford faithful could be forgiven for wondering if letting Stam go was such a good idea after watching their side ship 38 goals before Christmas en route to a third place finish.Defending wasn’t as chaotic as this in Italy where Blanc had spent the previous two seasons. Thankfully things were eased by Rio Ferdinand’s arrival in 2002. Blanc helped Wes Brown out during his time at the club 4 “One of the first things Alex Ferguson said to me when I got there was that Manchester United had to play differently in the Champions League than they did in the Premier League,” Blanc said in an interview with The Times in 2008. “He was convinced their tactical system had to be very distinct in Europe.”So when training sessions started implementing drills focused solely on defending, Blanc was happy to add his two cents, or francs.“At the beginning some of the players were not so keen, but we got into the habit of dedicated sessions on defending, practising different scenarios.“I had a few ideas. In the first few sessions we had specifically on defending, I contributed some ideas. It led to improvements.“I did spend some time with Rio and Wes Brown, and maybe I was there when there was a bit of cultural change at United and in English football generally,” he said.He wasn’t blessed with pace, but that bonce contained an extraordinary football brain, which is why he was always a step ahead of most of his opponents.Blanc left at the end of the season in 2003, but was departing as a Premier League winner. There’s a great picture of him at the heart of United’s celebrations, sitting on team-mates’ shoulders clutching the trophy. Blanc’s influence on Man United’s defence cannot be underestimated 4 4last_img read more