He was awful at Man United: Neville hits back at Di Maria

first_imgLONDON: Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has hit back at Argentina footballer Angel Di Maria after his wife made some nasty comments for her husband’s brief stint in England.Jorgelina Cardoso had earlier told Spanish TV that she begged Di Maria not to go to England before his move to Old Trafford in 2014. She had branded the food as disgusting and people as wierd in her latest interview. Neville took note of this comments from Di Maria’s wife and hit back at the winger for his unsuccessful spell at the club. “I don’t know what she means,” Neville told Sky Sports as per Daily Mail. “We hear these stories from time to time, where a player’s played like a drain, like Di Maria did at Manchester United, he was awful. “And I had great expectations and sort of excitement when he came to the club thinking we’d signed a top player. But he was never interested from day one. “And what I would say is, maybe what he needs to do is look across the road at Sergio Aguero, his Argentinian compatriot, or Pablo Zabaleta, who’ve done alright in Manchester over the years and don’t seem to be in a rush to leave.” After just one year in Manchester, Di Maria forced a move to French giants Paris St. Germain in 2015. He has scored 80 goals in 217 games for PSG so far and has won the Ligue 1 title four times. IANS Also Read: Pandanda Kuttappa, founder of Kodava hockey festival, passes away Also watch: Himanta BIswa Sarma visited the Sarusojai stadium as the new headquarters for fight against COVID19last_img read more

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Wisconsin ready for Border Battle

first_imgFreshman Kirby Toon looks to help the Badgers bounce back on the road against Minnesota tonight.[/media-credit]After dropping its first Big Ten game to Iowa on Wednesday, the Wisconsin volleyball team travels to Minnesota to take on the No. 9 Gophers tonight at the UM Sports Pavilion.The Badgers had a strong offensive game against the Hawkeyes Wednesday night but were unable to give the home crowd a win in their first conference home game. However, the team did have some bright spots in the game despite the four-set loss.With senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner sidelined for most of the game while she recovered from the flu, junior Allison Wack picked up the slack, tallying a match-high 17 kills with a team-high .333 hitting percentage. Freshmen Kirby Toon and Alexis Mitchell also had strong games, contributing 13 and seven kills, respectively.While many of the freshmen have been contributing to the team this season, none have performed quite like Toon, who now is second on the team to Dolgner with 93 kills.“She came in off an injury last year — I am totally impressed with her this season,” senior captain Caity DuPont said before playing Iowa. “We just didn’t know how ready she was going to be, and she’s just doing awesome.”Also making an impact for the Badgers is junior setter Jessa Benson. The Iowa State transfer filled in for starter Janelle Gabrielsen in order to give head coach Pete Waite’s team a different look for the Iowa defense. Despite the loss, Waite was pleased with Benson’s effort.“We were a little inconsistent into the third, so we made some changes,” Waite said. “We went with Jessa Benson for a little while. She did a nice job coming off the bench and got us going a little bit.”When the Badgers take on Minnesota tonight, they’ll be facing their first ranked team of the year and will have to face some of the toughest outside hitters in the Big Ten. Juniors Lauren Gibbemeyer and Brook Dieter lead the Gophers in kills and kills per set, respectively.However, while the Badgers may be facing a tough task in defending the two hitters, they did succeed in containing Iowa’s own hitting duo. The Hawkeyes’ Megan Schipper and Becky Walters had 23 combined kills, but the Wisconsin defense was able to hold Schipper to a mere .147 hitting percentage, a good sign for the Badgers if they hope to challenge Gibbemeyer and Dieter.“Really, a .147 hitting percentage, that’s pretty low, so I think we did contain her pretty well,” Waite said. “I think she just got stronger as the match went on and got more of her kills later on.”While the Badgers have claimed to have a tough non-conference schedule, beginning the season with a 5-4 record, the Gophers may have played an even tougher schedule, facing five ranked teams out of the 12 teams they played in their non-conference schedule. Minnesota beat No. 22 Kansas State in its opener and also beat No. 13 Iowa State on Sept. 5.Making things even more difficult for the Badgers will be the fact that the Gophers have not yet lost on their home court. On the road this season, the Badgers are 4-2, but two of those wins came against lowly opponents UW-Green Bay and Seattle. Nevertheless, Toon and the Badgers hope to move on from their mistakes against Iowa and challenge the Gophers on their home court.“I think, you know, we’ve been trying to go into every game with a new mentality,” Toon said. “[We’re] trying to forget either our last win or our last loss and play the best we can.”last_img read more

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Half-ending heroics lead to Badger victory

first_imgSenior safety Jay Valai hurdles a Sun Devils player to block a game-tying extra point, giving UW a 20-19 win over Arizona State.[/media-credit]For months, UW head coach Bret Bielema has tried to instill a message to his football team – finish each and every play.At the conclusion of each half in Saturday’s game against Arizona State, the 11th-ranked Badgers proved they were listening as they escaped with a 20-19 victory.During a kick return with just 10 seconds left in the first half, safety Shelton Johnson tracked down ASU wide receiver Kyle Middlebrooks at the one yard line to save a touchdown. Middlebrooks was slowed by Dezmen Southward, the only other Badger with a chance to take him down. Later, senior safety Jay Valai blocked an extra point that allowed UW to hold onto a one point lead with just over four minutes remaining in the game“I have harped on these kids that every play matters since last January and there is no better example of that today with the play of Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward right before the half,” Bielema said. “To never give up on that play and to get him down speaks volumes.”After a nine play, 77-yard drive, Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall scored on a two-yard touchdown run to cut the score to 20-19 with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter, and Valai proved extra points are far from a sure thing as he blocked Thomas Weber’s PAT.“Jay took advantage of the opportunity he got and to get his hand on the ball was awesome,” Bielema said. “That doesn’t just happen, that’s from 365 days of mental and physical conditioning that our guys pride themselves on.”With 4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter following Valai’s block, the UW offense took the field with a chance to run out the clock and the Badgers did just that.After a four yard run from Isaac Anderson, the Badgers were staring at a third and five but a personal foul was called on ASU defensive end James Brooks for a late hit on Lance Kendricks. As a result, UW picked up 15 yards and a momentum changing first down.“I was blocking and somebody just hit me in the back,” Kendricks said. “I fell, looked at the ref and he threw the flag right away.”Later in the drive, UW was presented with a third and two when Scott Tolzien found Kendricks-who had a game-high seven receptions for 131 yards-wide-open on a play-action pass for 17 yards. After a 10-yard, first down run two plays later from John Clay, ASU exhausted their timeouts and the Badgers salted away their third victory of the season.“We knew if we could block that kick and stay up 20-19 that John Clay and the offense was going to run that clock all the way down,” junior defensive end J.J. Watt said. “That’s exactly what happened and that’s the kind of stuff that wins football games.”The Badgers responded to a game-tying ASU field goal on the first possession of the second half with a 19-yard touchdown run from Clay late in the third quarter, but UW was fortunate to have a halftime lead.Johnson’s desperation tackle on Middlebrooks at the one-yard line while time expired in the second quarter allowed UW to keep a slim 13-10 advantage at the half.Down 10-6 in the second quarter and with just 15 seconds remaining in the half, the Badgers scored their first touchdown of the day as senior quarterback Scott Tolzien found Kendricks one-on-one in the corner of the end zone to give the Badgers a 13-10 lead.“I saw Scott put a little velocity on it and he threw it behind so I set [the defender] up and tried to get him turned around and just caught the ball,” Kendricks said.Kendricks’ 14-yard touchdown reception was the result of a well-executed two-minute drill that exhibited effective clock-management. UW managed to leave just 10 seconds on the clock after an 11-play 71-yard scoring drive.“Before the end of the half we handled that as coaches and players as good as we could have handled that situation. It was well executed,” Bielema said. “That was obviously a huge turning point in the game.”Phillip Welch opened the scoring in the contest with a 49-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter but ASU cornerback Omar Bolden scored the first touchdown of the game on a 97-yard kickoff return 12 seconds later.UW’s third victory of the season was a win that came down to a handful of plays and the Badgers found a way to make them.Bielema knows there is plenty of work to be done as conference play nears, but the mental toughness displayed by his team in Saturday’s win is a positive sign moving forward.“We did enough good things to win this football game, but we have to correct and move past anything that can prevent us from winning in the future,” Bielema said. “I really just like the resolve of these guys and the way they handle their business.”last_img read more

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Leave France now, minister warns Ibrahimovic

first_imgCalls mounted Monday for action against Paris Saint-Germain’s temperamental star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic over comments he made about his host country which one French minister called “insulting”.Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said that Ibrahimovic, who apologised within hours of his outburst after Paris lost 3-2 at Bordeaux, should leave FranceThe Swedish striker, who was controversially sent off in the Champions League game against Chelsea last week, had scored twice to twice level the game.But he stormed off the pitch and said in front of television cameras: “In 15 years, I have never seen such a referee. In this shit country, this country does not deserve PSG. We are too good for this country.”Ibrahimovic The 33-year-old Swedish international backed down after France’s Sports Minister Patrick Jenner called the remarks “insulting.” Jenner later welcomed Ibrahimovic’s apology however.“I would like to apologise if anyone felt offended. I want to make it clear that my remarks were not directed at France or the French. I was talking about football, I lost the match and I accept that but I don’t accept when the referee does not follow the rules.“I expressed myself when I was upset and everyone knows that in these moments, the words surpass the meaning.” Ibrahimovic said in a statement.Jenner said it was the statement of “a great champion” but the apology did not calm the controversy.“Those who consider that France is a shit country can leave it,” Le Pen told the France Info radio station. Jerome Guedj, a leading Socialist party politician, called the remarks “unacceptable”. “Let him play football and shut up, or at least be respectful of this country, the football supporters who were also insulted.”Ibrahimovic, who has just returned from one two match suspension and will be suspended for the Champions league quarter final for his sending off last week is likely to face sanctions from the French league.Sloppy defending inflicted the defeat which left Paris two points behind leaders Lyon and two ahead of third place Marseille.Ibrahimovic had equalised twice for Laurent Blanc’s side, who remain in the hunt for four trophies, but Diego Rolan popped up in the 89th minute to steer the ball home when the central defence collapsed.Blanc meanwhile said his side had struggled for fitness and motivation after their victory in London. “We did something special on Wednesday and everyone is talking about it which is normal but to play 10 against 11 for 90 minutes against a team like Chelsea leaves its mark,” said the coach.last_img read more

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Amel Tuka brilliant in Beijing: First Place in the Semifinals

first_imgAmel Tuka won the semi-final race at 800 meters, thereby securing himself a place in the World Cup finals in Beijing.Our best athlete on 800 meters, and the best athlete in the world for 2015 as well, Amel Tuka, won in the semi-final race with a time of 1: 44.84, thus qualifying for the finals where he will meet the most reputable athletes of the world at 800 meters.Tuka kept his tempo during the whole race, and as we are already used to, brought the race to its end in a spectacular way when he came from 7th position to 1st place, thus securing himself a placement in the final race, which is scheduled for the 25th of August.Kszczot and Kipketer qualified for the finals in the first group, in the second group Rudisha and Balla, while in the third group, besides Tuka, Rotich qualified for the finals as well. However, in the qualifying race for the finals, Amel Tuka achieved the best result among all opponents from all of the groups, and he will meet all of them in the final race. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Child Porn Charges For School Worker

first_img– By John Burton Middletown resident James Paroline, who had worked at two area private schools, remains in federal custody for what federal law enforcement authorities are alleging was inappropriate contact with minor children and for possessing child pornography on his home computer.Paroline, 26, was scheduled for a bail hearing in federal court in Trenton on July 9. But that appearance was adjourned and no new date has yet been set and Paroline continues to be incarcerated, according to William Skaggs, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.FBI agents executed a search warrant on July 7, confiscating Paroline’s home desktop computer. Investigators determined that on Feb. 26, March 1 and March 2 Paroline allegedly accessed a website and downloaded to his computer material showing prepubescent minors, some of the material showing those as young as infancy to 5, engaged in sexually explicit acts.During an interview with investigators on July 7, having waived his Miranda rights, authorities alleged Paroline admitted while working at the schools he “inappropriately touched minor children,” according to the criminal complaint.Paroline is represented by Andrea Bergman, an assistant federal public defender in Trenton, who did not return calls seeking comment.Federal Authorities in a criminal complaint said Paroline had been working as an assistant at a nursery school and as a summer camp counselor at a private school, both located in Monmouth County. Subsequently, representatives from each of the facilities acknowledged the nursery school is A Child’s Place, Lincroft, and the private school is the Ranney School, an independent pre-K-12 school in Tinton Falls.“We are shocked, upset and disheartened by the charges,” said John Griffith, Ranney’s head of school. Paroline had worked as a sports specialist at the school’s summer camp for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 summers. Prior to that he had worked as a junior camp counselor going back to 2005.Paroline had worked at A Child’s Place for the last two summers.Both facilities fired Paroline upon his July 7 arrest.“We are devastated,” Linda Littenberg, A Child’s Place’s owner, said. “…[W]e cannot express more strongly how shocked, outraged, and concerned we are about this situation.”Littenberg said A Child’s Place employees are cooperating fully with the FBI in its investigation.“Our paramount concern right now is for the children and their families,” Littenberg continued, saying the school has engaged a team of licensed child abuse specialists, “and we are working with our parents to keep them abreast of the situation.”Ranney does “extensive” background checks on all camp staff members are 18 or older, conducted by National Background Investigation, a nationwide company, according to Griffith.Ranney representatives’ “primary concern” is working with authorities during their investigation and “to focus on the safety and well-being” of summer camp participants and their families, Paroline said.Over the course of Paroline’s career, Griffith added, “there was never a complaint about him” and “he had no record of wrongdoing to our knowledge.last_img read more

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Jardine: “Reinier has everything to mark an era”

first_imgAndré Jardine (Porto Alegre, 1979), Olympic coach, he played with Reinier (18 years) for the Pre-Olympic in which the U23 of Brazil has just won the ticket for Tokyo 2020. The coach included him on his list almost by surprise, being the youngest in the age of the call, and the bet has been beneficial for all parties. This is expressed by the coach himself, when talking about the Madrid signing and the Games, in AS. 19 Did you expect such a quick adaptation of Reinier?I was very impressed in the first week of training, for his behavior, his talent and how he manages to show all his qualities. He was the youngest and has not been noticed, has managed to help.While closing the signing for Madrid, did he see him calm, nervous, happy …?Very calm and very happy because at the same time he managed to be in the National Team and live an individually important moment, go to a team the size of Madrid. He is living a dream. I expect great moments from him in Spain as I expected with Brazil.How do you describe him?Little by little I got to know him. He has a great talent and at the same time a lot of ability to work in a team. Its qualities are out of the ordinary. It will do well.What have you worked with him?We have focused on finding more and more spaces and feeling more important. I have talked a lot with him. He told me that he likes that middle function on the left, approaching a lot to 9, working hard, going to contribute to the construction of the plays and also having the possibility of being a second attacker, as in Flamengo. It is important to understand how you like to play to get the best out of it.center_img Where do you play best for you?It’s a classic 10, it must be close to the goal because of that great definition potential. He makes goals, joins the attack with danger and last pass.Have you been treated more carefully than usual?Yes, especially in the physical part. His maturity in that was less than that of his companions due to an age issue.And how has your attitude been?That of a very good boy, simple, relates to everyone. He tuned in quickly with the group. It has ease to adapt.What rating do you make of your Pre-Olympic tournament?It has been important, he knew how to wait patiently for his opportunities and was very important in the decisive game, fulfilling a difficult defensive tactical function and giving creativity and personality in attack.What player does it look like?It is difficult to find the right comparison, its characteristics are very special. He has everything to mark an era and be a decisive player.When did you see him play for the first time?In a semifinal of the Brazilian Cup U17. I was in the technical commission of the first team of Sao Paulo and played our quarry with Flamengo. They won and Reinier stood out a lot. He gave a goal and an assist, and already showed the talent he had. I remember very clearly his performance, I was very impressed.Have you missed the Real Madrid players in the Pre-Olympic Championship?We knew that it was very difficult to have them for the policy that Madrid always made clear. We understand it because the greatness of the club ends up beating the teams.Count on them for the Games …True. It will depend on the moment they go through. Rodrygo, Vinicius and Militao, and now Reinier, are important if they can come.How many would you ‘settle for’ for Japan?Hard to say a figure. The four of them. There are also others who stayed outside the Pre-Olympic and must be taken into account: Neres, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison …last_img read more

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Scouts with nothing to browse

first_imgMadrid is providing the COVID-19 stoppage to regional scouts with alternative tasks to take advantage of their knowledge. One tool is WyScout, a powerful software with a lot of material from other European Leagues more difficult to follow (Holland, Greece, Turkey …), searching for specific player profiles. Also they analyze the vast catalog of videos of the white club, especially on RMTV, which records a minimum of five games from the lower categories every day in Valdebebas. This is also done, for example, by Valencia. The scouts who work outside the Valencian Community have been sent the videos of the Ches youth squads to give their opinion. A kind of impromptu audit. “The club traditionally tries have homework done by the end of December, there is already transfers signed and they have been done tests interesting players in Valdebebas during the winter, but you should always be on the lookout for the end of the season, ”a scout from the white team tells AS. A job, yours, poorly paid (the majority cannot dedicate themselves to it full time) and that some have made compatible with tasks that range from from being public officials to goalkeeping coaches. More than economically, that also, uncertainty is the future. “The club reassures us, but it is impossible to know what will happen, this season is lost ”. The only ones who really have their job secured are the high-ranking officials of the quarry. Ramón Martínez, the head of the Factory, David Fernandez, Recruitment Coordinator and strong man since 2017 when he joined Espanyol, Alfredo Merino (head of scouts) and some managers of weight zone, such as the former soccer player Mutt Solarium (head of the downtown area). It is a long-suffering profession, that of the foot-scout. For the number of recommendations that remain on the road and for the day to day. “I would go out at eight in the morning on Saturday and have breakfast in a field before a game, I would watch games and sometimes I had to eat a snack in a bar in the sports hall itself so as not to miss a game first thing in the afternoon… on Sunday the same and so every weekend, it started in Tarragona and ended in Girona ”, explains Manolo Romero, a veteran Madrid exojeador for two decades in Catalonia. Your stubbornness was the one that took Mariano to Valdebebas against the initial reluctance of the entity, which really went to Barcelona to see another promise, Sergio Cortés. A scout of the notebook, pen in hand and a lot of smell. Easter has always been a hotbed of championships de grassroots. A fishing ground in which the scouts of the great clubs, including the Real Madrid, take the opportunity to make reports, discover kids and be aware of what new talent pops up. A section that coincides with the end of the season, a fertile time in quarry movements that this year will not be. COVID-19 has paralyzed everything and its effects have left an essential part of Factory, the scouts. David Fernández is the coordinator of scouts for Real Madrid. The club signed him from Espanyol in 2017. Ramón Martínez, boss of La Fábrica blanca, and Juni Calafat, the strong man in the club’s signings.JAVIER GANDUL Distributed by the four cardinal points …They are also placed in constant rotation. Strong men left in important regions, such as Arkaitz Mota (left Madrid for the Qatari Aspire academy) in the Basque Country and Carlos Paniza, an institution in the Balearic Islands and discoverer of Marco Asensio, who left for Mallorca. They are supported by Madrid, yes, very veteran as Antonio Galán, a huge connoisseur of Andalusian football and especially of Cordoba, and Sixto Alfonso, attentive to the always prolific Canarian quarry (he discovered Jesé). There are spies at the four cardinal points. The Galician quarry controls it Pablo Fernández and the Asturian, despite being dominated by Sporting and Oviedo, watches closely Juan Carlos Rodríguez ‘Sardín’. In the downtown area, under Solana’s command, reports pass Mario Followed and the former soccer player of the entity Santi Aragon…They are on the ground, become the first link in the chain (they are the ones that alert the club before Merino travels to see the possible signing) and although now, because of the stoppage of all national grassroots football, they cannot browse talent, they are an essential piece for Real Madrid and Factory. Manolo Romero thinks so: “Today there are computer applications with a lot of data and the agents carry a lot of weight, but in the end the talent … the talent is seen by two eyes“last_img read more

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Refreshed Murray ready for 2018 assault

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino fighter notified of potential anti-doping infraction in UFC fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 Andy Murray of Great Britain takes part in a tennis practice session in Abu Dhabi prior to heading to compete in the Australian Open in January, on December 29, 2017, on the sidelines of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTFormer world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury.Murray, who is in Queensland for the season-opening Brisbane International, has not played on the ATP tour since losing a tough five-setter to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson He said despite some lingering problems with his hip, his body was feeling much better than at the same stage last year.“I don’t feel like there’s many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.”Murray admitted he wasn’t heading into this tournament or the Australian Open with great expectations. MOST READ “Just because I’ve not played for such a long time,” he said.“And also I just want to enjoy playing again. I’ve really missed it the last six months or so.“I don’t mind if it’s 30 in the world level. I would love it to be number one in the world level, but I just want to play.”Murray spent 41 weeks at number one, losing that ranking in August during his injury-enforced absence.He is now ranked 16th in the world and said he had adjusted his schedule to play less in 2018 in a bid to avoid further injury.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With Rafael Nadal (knee) and Novak Djokovic (elbow) in doubt for the Australian Open, the 30-year-old Scot said other players should follow his example.“Certainly, when you miss a period, you realise how lucky you are to be doing this as a job,” he said.“Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I’ll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing.“For tennis as a sport, it’s not good when so many of the top players are injured and for extended periods,” he added.“I certainly think it’s something that should be looked at and to understand why, what the reason for that is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Ebola “Fight Requires A Commitment From Every Nation That Has The Capacity To Help”

first_imgDear World,In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments. There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright. Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed. The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster. But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away. This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need. From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence. The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”Yours sincerely,Ellen Johnson SirleafShare 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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