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Cech defied Mourinho to quit Blues

first_imgPetr Cech went against Jose Mourinho by pushing to leave Stamford Bridge, but the Arsenal new boy is confident their relationship remains intact after speaking to the Chelsea manager. “I have a huge respect for him and we had a good chat about it. Obviously I know he would have loved me to stay, but that’s the way it goes.” Cech is clearly excited about the “new chapter” in his career, with his desire to impress part of the reason he is moving closer to the Gunners’ north London base. “Last season I realised that I am not in the phase of my career that I would be happy to be a back-up goalie and sit on the bench,” he said, speaking in Prague. “I believe that in all those games I played I showed that I still have the skills and the level required to play as a number one goalkeeper in the best league in the world, which is the Premier League. “Obviously I am happy that I have this opportunity to start my new chapter with Arsenal. Hopefully I will have as much success as I had at Chelsea.” Cech rejected the notion that leaving Premier League champions Chelsea for Arsenal was a backwards step, pointing to their back-to-back FA Cup triumphs and the impressive way they ended the league campaign. The quality of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil & Co also helps his argument, as does the desire shown by Arsene Wenger to kick on. “We always said that if I had the permission from the club and from the owner to stay in the Premier League that I would consider every offer,” Cech said. “This is what happened and I have to say Arsenal came and put absolutely the best offer, in terms of the footballing side. “They offered four years of the contract as well, which is a big commitment from them for a player who is 33 like me. “That was a huge factor because everybody showed me that they want me to be a part of the club, a part of the team. “I spoke to the manager and I have to say that Mr Wenger presented with the ambitions and the project which I am really glad that I can be a part of.” Cech could well begin life at Arsenal with a winners’ medal as Wenger’s side line-up in the Community Shield on August 2. Standing in their way at Wembley is the club with whom Cech made 494 appearances, bringing with it understandably mixed emotions. “Obviously I don’t know how I am going to feel – it is hard to imagine,” the goalkeeper said. “But maybe playing the first game against Chelsea will be my advantage because then I will have that box ticked and I will be able to concentrate on the games then.” The last campaign was a difficult one for the 33-year-old, having been displaced as first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge after 10 seasons. Thibaut Courtois’ promotion reduced Cech’s game-time, leading to mounting frustration and speculation about the long-serving goalkeeper’s future. Mourinho was adamant that the Czech Republic international would not be going anywhere if he had his way, although Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich overruled the Portuguese and granted the long-serving goalkeeper the move he craved. That £10million transfer to Arsenal went through on Monday and Cech is confident there is no ill-feeling between Mourinho and himself. “I think it has been great to have a chat with Jose because he is a manager that I have worked with for the longest time in my career,” he told Press Association Sport. “He had to make his decision at the start of last season, I had to make my decision at the start of this season. “But I will always keep the best regards for him because I believe that we had so much success and so much respect for each other. “He is one of the best managers in the world. Now, we will be opponents but it will not change our relationship, I believe. “You know, I learned a lot from him and one of those things was that if you have to make a hard decision, you need to make sure that you do it if you believe it is the right choice,” he added. “He made his decision, I had to make my decision and obviously we’re now in this situation. Press Associationlast_img read more

Balancing Political Privilege in Ethnically Diverse Counties

first_imgOur Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor last Wednesday sent in a story of a Mandingo rally in Ganta, during which they called for greater inclusion of their tribesmen and women in the county’s administration.We find this both a realistic and reasonable plea. It is realistic because they know that although they are quite prominent in the county’s business sector, they are a minority ethnic group in Nimba. It is reasonable because being a group with considerable economic power, it makes sense to bring them into governance because that may cause them to feel that they have a greater stake in the county’s success story—in terms, not only of political, but also socioeconomic and cultural relevancy. All of the educational institutions in Nimba should strive to recruit talented, ambitious and progressive students from all ethnic groups, because their success tomorrow in the economic, political or social arena would bring credit to their respective alma maters.That is why in many countries across the globe, schools and institutions of higher learning are proactive in their enrollment. They don’t just sit there and wait for students to apply. Many of the leading institutions, especially of higher learning, go out and scout for talented senior high students who represent the vast diversity of the societies in which these institutions are resident. They seek out students from all races, religions, ethnicities, etc., who show exceptional athletic or leadership potential, and entice them with scholarships and other amenities (conveniences, facilities). The motive is that if tomorrow a student becomes highly successful in business, politics or any other arena, such as engineering, literature, sports, medicine, or science—whatever—such a student would not forget the schools that helped him or her to succeed. We see this among Liberians in the Diaspora, especially the United States, where the alumni associations of several Liberian high schools meet regularly, raise substantial sums of money in order to lend a helping hand to their alma maters back home.Graduates of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) took the lead as early as 1991 when they organized the BWI Alumni Association in North America (BWIAANA). Since that time they have contributed substantially to their school in Kakata, Margibi County. During the civil war, it was primarily the BWIAANA that helped keep the doors of BWI open. Right now there is an ambulance somewhere in Minnesota, purchased by the BWIAANA, waiting to be shipped to BWI in Kakata.Alumni of several other institutions, especially Rick’s Institute, St. Patrick’s High/St., Theresa’s Convent and Bravid W. Harris, are very actively supporting their alma maters here at home.That is as it should be in all of the counties of this republic. A wise politician or administrator in any county would do well to reach out to all ethnic groups in the county, bring them in, and make them to see themselves as an important part of the body politic—a group that truly matters and is to be reckoned with in any county decision making.The Gio is Nimba’s dominant ethnic group, followed by the Mano. The Mandingo come third and maybe the Kpelle, fourth, followed by a tribe that is nearly extinct, the Gbi.The Gios are so numerically powerful that the Manos find the Gio numbers matchless when it comes to elections. That is why a few Mano leaders some time ago were considering the idea of two counties, one Gio, one Mano. But that idea was quickly shot down by even some Mano leaders, who thought the county’s influence nationally could be diminished (weakened) by such a move. As we mentioned in a recent editorial, Nimba is gifted with quite a number of entrepreneurs that have made the county the envy of many others in the country. Many visitors have come from Nimba highly impressed with the county’s progress. The Nimba leaders and people can be sure that should they adopt a philosophy and practice of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity or religion, the county may soon find itself competing more forcefully with Montserrado, not just in terms of population, but industry, commerce, education, culture and even tourism.We hope that Superintendent Fong Zuagele, Senator Prince Johnson and all the other Nimba leaders would endorse the vision of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity, giving them unfettered opportunities to excel in every possible area. In so doing, Nimbaians would develop into a creative, dynamic, thriving, prosperous people that would be hard to match anywhere in the republic. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman’s appeal after salesman targets pensioner in scam

first_imgGardai are investigating an incident during which a travelling salesman preyed on an elderly man in St Johnston.The man, who was driving a blue Ford Focus with a Northern Ireland registration, called to the pensioner’s home in Maymore just after noon on Thursday last.The victim’s granddaughter said the man was well dressed with glasses tan skin with a briefcase and was selling jumpers and T-shirt. The man’s granddaughter said her grandad bought two T-shirt’s and a jumper from him costing €40.The young woman revealed “When he went to pay him the man took the wallet of my Granda and went to sink so my grandad couldn’t see what he was doing and removed a large amount of money from his wallet.“He was driving a blue Ford Focus. We would like any information anyone would have on this man and please warn any elderly family or neighbours.”Woman’s appeal after salesman targets pensioner in scam was last modified: May 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more

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