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St Ledger keen to return in Germany

first_img “Everyone has come in this week and it’s a clean slate for everyone. I’m sure the manager has ideas and it’s down to each individual to go out there and prove to him that you want to be in the starting XI. “Hopefully he will know I have played quite a few times now and that will stand me in good stead, but we will have to see.” King put his players through their paces in Malahide for the first time on Monday, and stamped his own style on the session as he attempted to get his message across. But as the search for a permanent successor to 74-year-old Trapattoni continued, St Ledger spared a thought for the man who gave him his big chance to step on to the international stage. He said: “Sometimes football fans think the grass is greener on the other side and sometimes, it’s not. “If you look back at it, we qualified for the Euros and we hadn’t in such a long time; we nearly got to the World Cup in South Africa. “On this stage, it’s about winning football games, and that’s what we did. “Obviously, there were low points – the Euros, not winning – but then to get there was great. It was great for the country, it was great for the fans. “But that’s gone now, it’s a new era. We are going to have a new manager and it’s important for every one of us as players. “The new manager will probably be watching the game on Friday, he must have an inkling that he’s interested in the job, so it’s up to us to go out there and show what we can do because we all want to be on this stage playing against the likes of Germany and playing in major tournaments.” The 28-year-old Leicester defender has not kicked a ball for his club since the Capital One Cup win at Wycombe on August 6, his second and final appearance for the campaign to date, because of a knee injury and manager Nigel Pearson’s reluctance to rush him back. However, he is vying for a chance to line up against the likes of Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Tony Kroos in Cologne on Friday night as Ireland attempt to gain revenge for their 6-1 mauling by the Germans in Dublin last October as Group C approaches its climax. St Ledger, who has 36 senior caps to his name, could get his opportunity because senior men Richard Dunne and John O’Shea are both suspended, and he insists he is ready if called upon by interim boss Noel King. He said: “I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. It’s probably not an ideal situation with not having played, but sometimes things can’t always be perfect. “I’m generally quite fit, so hopefully that will stand me in good stead. I have been back training for a few weeks now. “Obviously I have not played and I am probably fortunate that I am in the squad with the suspensions, so it’s down to me this week to work hard, get my head down and try to force my way into the starting XI.” Dunne and O’Shea will be available for Ireland’s final qualifier against Kazakhstan at the Aviva Stadium next Tuesday evening, but in their absence, St Ledger and Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark are the leading candidates to take over in central defence in Germany, although Damien Delaney and Stephen Kelly have both played there in the past. But having made his competitive senior debut in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Bulgaria under Giovanni Trapattoni in June 2009, that would not faze the former Peterborough and Preston man. St Ledger said: “These are the games you want to play in as footballers, against the best players and against the best teams and test yourself. “When you get results against these teams, it’s a great feeling. We are not going out there on Friday just to be losers or to come second. We are going out there to win the game. Press Association Sean St Ledger is targeting a first start since the opening week of the season in Ireland’s daunting World Cup qualifier in Germany.last_img read more

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Ref decisions disappoint Jedinak

first_img As it turned out neither were given and Steven Fletcher put the Black Cats ahead before the break and, despite Palace drawing level courtesy of a Wes Brown own goal, Jordi Gomez and Fletcher struck either side of Jedinak’s red card to seal a second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign. “I think we gave them two soft goals,” said Jedinak. ” Apart from that I thought we were really good. “I think they (the penalty claims) were both pretty clear to be honest with you, so, there’s not a lot I’m going to comment on in that sense, but he (Dowd) made both decisions and we have taken the brunt of them. It was unfortunate – both times. “It’s disappointing when you don’t receive the decisions and particularly so early on, particularly when you’re on top. You’re not going to cry over that, but when they are that obvious it’s a little bit difficult.” The defeat saw Palace drop to 17th in the table, with only a better goal record keeping Neil Warnock’s side outside of the relegation zone. The 65-year-old revealed after the match that Jedinak had apologised for his sending off and labelled the two bookings as “silly” – with the Australia midfielder now ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United. “He (Dowd) decided to give me a yellow on the first one which for whatever reason, the second one I got caught in him it looked like he was right behind me and he’s deemed it a yellow card,” Jedinak added. “I’ve got to accept that now, I’m disappointed within myself to be missing the game and not being a part (of it) with the boys on Saturday. Press Association “We’ve got a game in five days’ time, everybody has got to be ready and prepared. It’s an opportunity for somebody else to step in and whoever is fit and available to be ready and I think the boys are going to give a good account of themselves. I have no doubt about that.” The win at Selhurst Park was Sunderland’s second of the season and manager Gus Poyet will be hoping the result banishes the embarrassment of an 8-0 thrashing at Southampton two weeks ago. Gomez grabbed his first league goal for the Wearsiders since his summer move from Wigan and the Spaniard is hoping to build on the victory when they welcome Everton to the Stadium of Light on Sunday. “It’s a very good result for us,” he said. “It was much needed and it’s an important three points on the board. I’m very happy to get my goal but more so with the team performance and final result. “We’re now looking forward to playing at home on Sunday in front of the fans, turn in another performance and get another three points. “Our fans were brilliant. It has been tough for them lately after the last two results but they backed us in their numbers and they deserve to enjoy this result, they are very important for us and did us proud here.” One downside on the evening for Sunderland was a shoulder injury suffered by Van Aanholt during his challenge with Zaha. The former Chelsea full-back was taken straight to hospital and Poyet confirmed after the match that the Dutchman had suffered a dislocation. Mile Jedinak admits it is becoming difficult for Crystal Palace players to come to terms with recent refereeing decisions which have gone against the club. The Eagles’ skipper was sent off in the 3-1 reverse to Sunderland on Monday night after seeing his side have two legitimate penalty claims turned away by referee Phil Dowd. Santiago Vergini was lucky to avoid conceding a first-minute penalty when he brought down Fraizer Campbell, with Patrick van Aanholt tangling with Wilfried Zaha in what could have been easily given as a spot-kick. last_img read more

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Clinton under secretary talks about diplomacy, careers

first_imgIn the last year, Tara D. Sonenshine, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, has traveled around the world to places ranging from Pakistan to China. Sonenshine, however, was not traveling for leisure purposes.State affairs · Tara D. Sonenshine, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, discusses U.S. policies at home and abroad. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanDuring her time abroad, the biggest challenge Sonenshine faced with her job was defining it, she said Tuesday during a Center for Public Diplomacy event at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.“My challenge has been to explain what public diplomacy is to three different groups,” Sonenshine said.She said the three groups are her colleagues, her fellow Americans and those overseas.“Finally, I’m in an audience where people understand my title,” she said.The room was full of people — sitting on the ground, squashed together on benches and crowded in the back.Aleksandra Ristovic, a graduate student studying public diplomacy, credited the high-turnout to the fact that Sonenshine is “sort of our [public diplomacy] goddess.”“She could have chosen any school to do this in,” Ristovic said.After applauding the USC crowd for knowing what her job title meant, Sonenshine went on to discuss how she explains public diplomacy to those who did not know.“When we speak to one another, engage to one another, etc., we’re engaging in public diplomacy,” she said.Sonenshine said that the term applies to everything, ranging from a Russian athlete talking to a U.S. physical education expert to countering violent extremism.She also emphasized the importance of each individual in the field.“If you don’t take people into account when making policy, then you’re flying alone,” Sonenshine said.After her discussion, Sonenshine opened the event to questions from the audience that ranged from the effect of social media to nuclear power in Iran.In response to one question, Sonenshine said contradictions between freedom of expression and religion will always exist.“I have accepted the puzzle pieces don’t always fit together,” Sonenshine said.On one of her trips, Sonenshine said she visited an all-girls school in Afghanistan. When taking questions from the students, Sonenshine described the USC students as “tame” in comparison.When asked about scientific diplomacy, she told a story about how when she was in China she was discussing breast cancer. Through diplomacy, according to Sonenshine, countries communicate scientific knowledge to help one another.“Breast cancer doesn’t care what religion you are or about your ideas,” she said. “It invades your brain.”Near the end of the talk, a member of the audience asked Sonenshine how she would define success.“You will not see it immediately, you might not see it in a week, and you might not see it in a year,” Sonenshine said. “It’s in [the] long-term where you’ll see it.”Sonenshine wasn’t always involved in public diplomacy. In fact, she has experience in a wide variety of careers. She won 10 Emmy Awards for broadcast journalism and is the former vice president of the United States Institute of Peace.Annenberg Dean Ernest James Wilson III described Sonenshine as an example of excellence across a variety of roles.“Her 10 Emmys underscore her ability to move into different careers,” Wilson said. “She is an example about flexibility you can have in your own life.”Ultimately, Sonenshine advised students to follow their passion.“Communication is a tapestry that has lots of threads,” Sonenshine said. “Some threads come from working in Washington. Some threads come from traveling abroad and working in the field. Some come from the commercial world and some come from your own life experience.”Jennifer Green, a graduate student studying public diplomacy, said she met Sonenshine in Washington, D.C. as part of a delegation of students and was really excited to have the opportunity to see the under secretary speak at USC.“She came at a really fascinating time in light of the video that recently came up from the middle east,” Green said.The video, Innocence of Muslims, is an American-made anti-Islam film that incited violence in Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, among other countries, last month.To demonstrate the impact of social media, Sonenshine shared powerful statistics with the audience.“Every second, one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube. Every two hours the total becomes nine months of video,” Sonenshine said. “Every 10 days an entire century is uploaded.”last_img read more

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Everton hold advantage for second leg of League Cup semi

first_imgAfter Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Stoke in the first-leg of their semi-final, Everton have also got the advantage heading into the second-leg of their clash with Man City.Roberto Martinez’s side battled their way to a 2-1 win over City at Goodison Park last night.Goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku secured the victory for the Toffees, despite Jesus Navas briefly equalising for City. The return leg will be played at the Etihad Stadium on January 27th.last_img

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MLB reporter’s roundtable: Discussion on the baseball season and what comes next

first_imgColumnists and beat writers from both Bay Area News Group and Southern California News Group discuss the upcoming MLB season in detail, assessing the chances of the Angels, Dodgers, Giants and A’s. But in a season that launched at an unprecedented time in history, there are bigger questions and concerns. What impact will a 60-game season have on the races, the stats, the players? Will it even sustain itself for 60 games plus a postseason, or is it a house of cards destined to fall.Host: Bud Geracie, Sports Editor of the Mercury NewsGuests:SCNG– Jeff Fletcher (Angels), Bill Plunkett (Dodgers), J.P. Hoornstra (MLB) Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BANG– Kerry Crowley (Giants), Shayna Rubin (A’s)This roundtable discussion is the first installment of a webinar series that highlights the plans of each league returning, the 2020 seasons at large, and what fans can expect from it. Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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NFL Draft 2019: Date, time, order of picks, TV channel, live stream from Nashville

first_imgThe Raiders have the three picks in the first round this year — the most of any team. They pick fourth, 24th and 27th overall after trading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper to Chicago and Dallas, respectively. No other team has more than one pick, barring offseason trades.MOCK DRAFT 2019:Giants, Jaguars, Broncos go quarterback in top 10Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 NFL Draft, including a complete list of picks for every team from Rounds 1-7.When is the 2019 NFL Draft?This year’s draft begins on Thursday, April 25 and runs through Saturday, April 27. Round 1 begins Thursday at 8 p.m. ET; Rounds 2-3 on Friday at 7 p.m. ET; Rounds 4-7 on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.Where is the 2019 NFL Draft?In May 2018, the NFL announced the 2019 draft will be held in Nashville, Tenn. Events will take place across multiple venues from Lower Broadway to Nissan Stadium, according to NFL Communications. Nashville was selected over bids from Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas and Cleveland/Canton. MORE: Way-too-early NFL power rankings after Super Bowl 53 Now that the NFL offseason is here, it’s officially time to start looking forward to the 2019 draft and free agency. Young players showcase their talent in the months leading up to the draft in the hopes they hear their name called at some point over the three-day event. Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen are just a few players projected to be taken in the first few picks of this year’s draft. What TV channel is the 2019 NFL Draft on?All seven rounds of the draft will be broadcast across a variety of networks including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network.The first round of the draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox and NFL Network. It can be streamed online via the ESPN app, NFL mobile app, ESPN.com or NFL.com.NFL Draft order 2019Below is an updated list of picks for the first round. You can find the full seven-round draft order here.First RoundPickTeam1Arizona Cardinals2San Francisco 49ers3New York Jets4Oakland Raiders5Tampa Bay Buccaneers6New York Giants7Jacksonville Jaguars8Detroit Lions9Buffalo Bills10Denver Broncos11Cincinnati Bengals12Green Bay Packers13Miami Dolphins14Atlanta Falcons15Washington Redskins16Carolina Panthers17Cleveland Browns18Minnesota Vikings19Tennessee Titans20Pittsburgh Steelers21Seattle Seahawks22Baltimore Ravens23Houston Texans24Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)25Philadelphia Eagles26Indianapolis Colts27Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)28Los Angeles Chargers29Kansas City Chiefs30Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)31Los Angeles Rams32New England Patriotslast_img read more

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South Korean basketball players arrive for games in North

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown D-League: Marinerong Pilipinas dumps AMA for 3rd win South Korean basketball players arrive at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. South Korean basketball teams and officials arrived on Tuesday to take part in the inter-Korean basketball match in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dozens of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings.The 50 players arrived in Pyongyang on two military aircraft.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon headed the delegation, which included 20 government officials and support staff and dozens of South Korean reporters.North Korea’s deputy sports minister, Won Kil U, led the North’s welcoming party.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe South Korean male and female basketball players are expected to play four matches with North Koreans on Wednesday and Thursday. It was not clear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would attend any of the games, but he did make a prominent appearance at a concert put on by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang earlier this year.The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Kim has also had three summits with China’s leader and met with U.S. President Donald Trump last month in Singapore.Cho, the South Korean unification minister, said he felt “deeply moved” upon arrival because he could sense the change in relations in the past few months.Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.Basketball made international headlines from Pyongyang when former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game there in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.South Korea’s Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the “Sunshine Period” of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

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‘I Would Have Voted against It’

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor: “My parents came from nowhere but they understand the importance of giving anyone a sound education…”Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor has stated that had she been present, she would have voted against the amendment to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Act, which was recently passed with unanimous consent by the Senate.Senator Taylor, a trained banker and Chair of the Senate Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, was speaking in Monrovia last week in the wake of mixed public reactions to the passage of the controversial amendment to the CBL Act by both Houses of the Legislature.“I was not here when that law was passed. I was in Accra, (Ghana) representing the Senate at a meeting there; but if I [had been here], I would have voted against it,” Senator Taylor declared.The Bong County lawmaker stated that there was a need for the Legislature to craft a holistic law that would apply to all officials serving at a particular level in government, instead of one that targets a particular entity and its officials.“You now have a group of governors — not just Mills Jones — every governor at CBL is now barred from taking part in the 2014 elections. I am not even talking about 2017. I was hoping that we would do that in the Code of Conduct that would set a certain level across the board… [without discrimination],” Senator Taylor lamented.“There must be a holistic law that looks at everyone at a particular level, instead of one law that seems to be targeting the Central Bank of Liberia and all of its officials. I made a comment the other day without knowing that they would have this problem,” the outspoken female lawmaker declared.“If there are issues of mismanagement or misusing money, there are opportunities to deal with that as an issue; but to go and put in place a law?”The Senate passed the bill unanimously before sending it to the House of Representatives, which concurred with zero tolerance for dissent. The speed with which the bill was passed earned it the nickname ‘4G bill’.Having voiced her disagreement with the recently passed bill, Senator Taylor opined that the matter must now be taken from where it is.“There are people who have already taken the issue to court (Supreme Court). Maybe they can use the opportunity to go back,” she suggested.In a related development, the former First Lady of Liberia has praised her colleagues in the Liberian Senate for the recent passage of the portion of the Electoral Reform Laws which stipulates that:  “In submitting to the National Elections Commission a list of its candidates for elective office, a political party or coalition should endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender.”She said the development could not have come at a better time than on the eve of the week when the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. She particularly thanked her sister, Madam Sandra Howard, whom she recalled was among the crafters of the law that created the Gender and Development Ministry during the regime of her ex-husband, former President Charles Taylor.With the coming to power of Liberia’s and Africa’s first democratically-elected female President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Senator Taylor said the glass ceiling has been broken and marks the beginning of how far Liberian women can go.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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“Fix it” goes on trial for attempted murder

first_img…allegedly wounded man who refused to give him moneyQuincy Henry, also known as “Fix It”, on Wednesday denied that he wounded Troy Bacchus, called “Fletcher”, with the intent of murdering him on September 20, 2015, at Bourda, Georgetown. Henry also denied the alternative count, which stated that he tried to cause grievous bodily harm or to main, disfigure, disable or disarm Bacchus. The defendant entered pleas of not guilty on both counts at his first appearance at the High Court before Justice Brassington Reynolds. A 12-member mixed jury was empanelled to hear the case.Prosecutors Tiffani Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Narissa Lander are appearing forAccused: Quincy Henrythe State. Meanwhile, the accused was not represented by legal counsel. Justice Reynolds however gave him until today to retain the services of an attorney ahead of the start of the trial.Based on reports surrounding the case, Henry who works as a handyman, had a habit of asking individuals for money. On the day in question, Bacchus refused to give the accused any money which reportedly led to an altercation between the two.During Wednesday’s court appearance, Henry seemed to have difficulty hearing as the Judge and the Court’s Registrar repeated statements several times while communicating with him. The accused was out on $50,000 bail prior to the empanelment, but he was remanded to prison for the duration of the case.last_img read more