WAEC May/June 2014 Results Record Another Mass Failure

first_imgThe WAEC May/June 2014 examination results have just been released, the Monrovia Head Office of the West African Examination Council has said.So too, the latest information reaching our Education Desk reveals that the WAEC has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.Unfortunately, the results show that students failed Mathematics and English Language portions of the exams “massively”.Head of the WAEC National Office in Monrovia, Charles Eguridu, who announced the results on Monday at the WAEC office, said “a total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28% of those who took the exams, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”He noted that when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, there was marginal decline in the performance of candidates as 38.81 per cent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 per cent in 2013.Mr. Eguridu told newsmen that the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61%, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice.“The cases are being investigated and the findings will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).”John Y. Gayvolor of the Monrovia Head of Office,  when contacted by the Daily Observer yesterday, reserved comment until further notice. He did not elaborate.However, candidates are of the opinion that they will pass the WAEC component of the exam as compared to the WASSCE, “because the WASSCE was just a pilot project for in Liberia,” some the candidates claimed.The WAEC, a non-profit  organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.Liberia, however, became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.The main objectives are to conduct examinations in the public interest; and to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom.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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FIANNA FÁIL ANGER AT ‘DAMAGING’ COUNCIL BUDGET

first_imgFianna Fáil Councillors have accused Fine Gael of stifling democracy by ramming through a “highly damaging” reduced budget for Donegal County Council.The Fianna Fáil Whip on Donegal County Council Cllr Ciarán Brogan has said the Government party employed “sneaky tactics to push through a deeply unpopular budget that is not in the best interests of Donegal communities.”Cllr Brogan: “Fine Gael took advantage of the temporary absence of one Fianna Fáil councillor to ram through a budget that will see local services across Co Donegal cut to the bone this year. “Fianna Fáil facilitated 26 adjournments throughout this process and the one time we sought an adjournment to debate Cllr Campbell’s proposals, it was refused and the Mayor used his casting vote to ram through this terrible budget.“This highly cynical behaviour flies in the face of democracy.  Fine Gael and its supporters were happy to ignore the obvious opposition to this budget and the genuine concerns of members of the public who know how these cuts will affect our local services.“The public have been misled throughout this process. It is simply untrue to say that this county would have lost a million euro if the Budget had been rejected.  In fact, by ramming through a Budget that’s riddled with cuts, Donegal is much worse off.  The reality of this will soon become very clear.“The so-called Campbell Deal imposes a huge burden of extra demands on taxpayers throughout Donegal.  There has been no attempt to reduce costs for local businesses, no investment in council housing stock and repairs, no investment in unfinished estates and no investment in our crumbling roads network.  Meanwhile our local water infrastructure – that is worth millions – is just being handed over to Irish Water, Fine Gael’s new Super Quango that’s already wasting tens of millions of euro of taxpayers’ money.” Cllr Brogan has also raised concerns that local businesses will be targeted to meet additional costs of €375,000 in Donegal County Council’s budget.“The savings in the revised budget are supposed to come from uncollected rates.  This means that business that could not pay these rates until now will be targeted in an attempt to bridge the funding gap. It’s an extremely cynical exercise that could threaten the survival of some local businesses.“We will continue our stand on behalf of people across Co Donegal to send a clear message to the Management of Donegal County Council and to the Environment Minister Phil Hogan that the people of this county have suffered enough and will no longer accept these savage cuts from this Government.” FIANNA FÁIL ANGER AT ‘DAMAGING’ COUNCIL BUDGET was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:budgetCiaran BroganDonegal County Councilfianna failFine GaelJohn Campbelllast_img read more

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Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 2

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek’s first Premier League goal and a penalty from Alexandre Pato on his long-awaited debut gave Chelsea a commanding lead at half-time.After a subdued opening 20 minutes, in which Chelsea were content to control possession, the visitors broke through at the end of a fine passing move.John Obi Mikel started it by upping the tempo, Pedro spread the ball wide for Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spaniard’s cross was turned in by Loftus-Cheek, via a deflection off Joleon Lescott.Pato, brought in in January on loan from Corinthians, had come on shortly before the first goal after Loic Remy went off injured.And he got his first goal from the spot in injury time, after being flattened by a falling Aly Cissokho in the box.Pedro had had Chelsea’s first chance of note, with a right-efforted that just cleared the angle of post and bar.Rock-bottom Villa were not cowed by the Blues, though, and Rudy Gestede and Carles Gil both forced Thibaut Courtois into saves.Jordan Ayew, the hosts’ stand-out player in the first half, then rolled a shot just wide of the post, while Loftus-Cheek did the same at the other end after robbing Idrissa Gueye.As well as Pato, Chelsea gave a debut to January signing Matt Miazga as part of a reshuffled back four, with John Terry and Gary Cahill both out.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Gestede, Ayew.Subs: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Lyden, Veretout, Grealish, Sinclair.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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First impressions of 49ers Kentavius Street; Sherman sounds off on Seahawks

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Kentavius Street, a super-strong defensive lineman, is among the 49ers’ great personnel mysteries for their 2019 comeback tour.Thursday, the redshirt rookie put his right hand in the turf, lowered his hulking 6-foot-2 frame and slammed forward into the blocking sled while shuffling to his right. Then to his left. Then again to his right.Shuffling is the key right now. He is debuting in practice this …last_img

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Behind the scenes with a geocaching reviewer: Antheia

first_imgShare with your Friends:More If you’re lucky enough to meet her in person, thank her for the work she does to keep the game we all love going. Yvonne standing at the Prime Meridian virtual cache at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – GCK7HHThree years into playing the game, UK geocacher Yvonne Mundy (aka mundy family) was asked to become a geocaching Community Volunteer.Community Volunteers are a group of over 400 dedicated geocachers who give their time and talent to support the worldwide geocaching community. Did joining the UK Reviewer team change the way she played the game? We chatted with Yvonne—Reviewer alias Antheia—about why she loves geocaching, what it’s like to be a Reviewer, and playing squash.Tell us about how you first started geocaching, and what you like about it.“I read a small article about Geocaching in October 2005 in a local magazine. Being an adventurous, outdoor person, that weekend as a family we decided to give it a go using our car sat nav. We were triumphant in finding our first cache, and were hooked. I love that it takes me to new places, and find out about them, its sociable (I’ve made some very good friends through geocaching) and its an excellent excuse to go out for a walk.”What do you enjoy about being a reviewer?“I was very stunned to have been asked to be a reviewer and its great to give something back to the game that I am so passionate about. I get a real buzz when a newbie gets it right first time – it doesn’t happen often – when a cache comes together through positive communications between owner and reviewer, and the support I get from the UK review team. They are like extended family and we ‘speak’ most days on line.”Shades of blue in front of the Taj Mahal…and at the site of the now archived GC1A91YHow can someone best set up their cache listing in order to have it published quickly?“After reading the guidelines and taking accurate coords the cache listing needs to make sure it fits within those guidelines, with any extra information added as a note to the reviewer, such as where the hide is, any permission details, how to solve a puzzle etc. The more information you can give us the better. On publication the note to the reviewer is archived so you won’t be giving anything away.”What’s one thing you wish all geocachers knew or did before submitting a cache for review?“Obviously read the guidelines , and also for the UK cachers the UK wiki which gives details of local guidelines.”What’s your favorite type of cache to search for? “One I can find is a very good start! But give me a wow what a great place, a circular walk in the country side with good sized boxes, something imaginative and well maintained caches and I’ll be happy.”Aside from geocaching, what other hobbies do you have?“My other 2 passions are Girlguiding and playing squash. I’ve been involved in Guiding since I was a brownie and I have now been Brown Owl and a Rainbow leader for over 20 years. I have also held Island positions as outdoor activities adviser, Special needs adviser and am currenlty PR and Media adviser. I’m also becoming a trainer for Girlguiding UK and the first training I was asked to do was on geocaching!Yvonne and kids finding the geocache GC4D10.I played squash as a teenager but stopped playing in my early 20’s due to a shoulder injury, then 3 years ago I saw an advert for a Sunday morning ladies only squash and decided to get back on court. Enjoying it again, I now have 2 training sessions a week, play in an individual mixed league (going up 3 divisions in the last year), a mixed team league (we came second last cycle) and have also taken to playing racketball. In 2013 I was Jersey ladies over 40’s champion, and I competed in my first double tournament last year which was great fun. I am currently setting up a new squash club at Fort Regent where I play.”How would you describe geocaching in the UK (as compared to other places in the world)?“In the UK there is a vast diversity of caches, with something to suit everyone. We have large landowners across the UK that fully support caches on their land as long as they comply with the guidelines so as reviewers we do try to ensure that those guidelines are adhered to. There is also land in the UK that has legal protection so again the guidelines must be followed.Throughout the UK is a big series called Church Micro Series – though they don’t have to be micros! This leads you to find caches at some very interesting and pretty churches that are often steeped in history with amazing architecture detail. Currently there are 7732 published. http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/cm/  In the UK caches cannot be placed on church property/grounds without specific permission.Yvonne helps out in case you didn’t know where to look for this cache (we’re not saying which one it is!)Another series that has taken off in the UK and now growing in other countries is the Sidetracked Series. This takes you to caches placed near railways, which again has a great history and interesting facts about them. Many are placed where railway stations or tracks used to be which if it wasn’t for caching you maybe wouldn’t have known  existed. There are currently 2219 published with 1986 in the UK. Other countries that it has expanded to are Ireland, Germany, Russia, USA and Lithuania. In the UK a cache cannot be placed on Railway property without specific permission.” http://sidetrackedseries.infoFinally, if you could go geocaching anywhere in the world (or find any geocache in the world), where would you go?“It would have to be USA as I would love to go to HQ and find the cache there, and to see the hub of geocaching. Also to find “HG-35 Antheia (Reviewer UK)” GC479T5 in the Mojarve Desert, California, which makes up a piece of geo-art.”Yvonne/Antheia/mundy family lives in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France. Don’t be surprised if you see her username on geocache logbooks in the area!center_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Behind the Scenes with a Geocaching.com Volunteer ReviewerJanuary 13, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Why Social Enterprise and Cloud Computing Go Hand in Hand

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Trends A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img IDC reported today that the majority of business workers use the social Web at least once a week.Social computing and the cloud are becoming equally integral in the enterprise. IDC makes the point that if social computing represents the new business process then cloud computing is the delivery mechanism.Mike Fauscette oversaw the IDC survey. Here is how he sees the connection between social enterprise and cloud computing:“The group I run includes cloud research and most of IDC’s enterprise apps research. From the survey and just my general perspective I’d say cloud and social are very connected concepts. Social business to me is about cultural shift and transformation facilitated thru technology. Cloud is a key component to that. Cloud supports ubiquitous access and is very important in mobile as the new enterprise desktop.”Salesforce.com is a good example of this new breed of enterprise systems that pulls together real-time communication, applications and content. The company’s new product, Salesforce Chatter, is a platform for creating internal social networks. The appplication makes it possible to collaborate in a real-time, secure environment: You can update your own real-time feed. It sees updates from applications. It integrates information from third-party service providers. You can see updates from other people in your network.Salesforce.com makes the argument that the collaborative nature of the cloud makes this possible. Traditional, desktop applications require a user to go through a lengthy process, where, for instance, a document is created in an application like Sharepoint and business applications are separate from the communication processA cloud-based service bring these services together into one environment. In a cloud-based environment, API’s can be used to integrate third-party applications such as Twitter. For most of the world, a desktop system is limiting. The enterprise is fast becoming an extended system that reaches out to partners and customers. Those people may be in distant places. They can’t access your desktop but they can interact with you in a social, collaborative environment that embraces the open Web, as delivered through the cloud. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games

first_imgREAD: Athletes hurt most by SEA Games debacleBut the Philippines hasn’t always been in the bottom half of the 11-nation competition, where medals for at least 30 different team and individual sports are being disputed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen the country started sending athletes to the SEA Games in 1977, when this multi-sport event had just changed its name from Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, it immediately finished third in the medal race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia behind Indonesia and Thailand.It was a golden age for sports for the Filipinos. From that year until 2003, the Philippines only failed to crack the top three in the medal race five out of the next 13 editions of the biggest sporting event in the region. Firework explose over the Quirino Grand Stand during the closing ceremony of the 23rd South East Asian Games in Manila, 05 December 2005. The Philippines won the overall title of the 23rd South East Asian Games with 113 gold medals. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULWhen Manila hosted the SEA Games in 2005—a first since 1991—the Philippines got the chance to field in the biggest delegation yet with over 700 athletes and that yielded the country’s best finish ever at no. 1 with a 113-84-94 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.That, though, turned out to be the last the sport-loving Filipinos would taste the podium in the medal standings.READ: No stopping PH sports’ decline in SEA GamesWhat followed was a disheartening stretch in the history of Philippine Sports.Despite sending 620 athletes to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in the 2007 edition of the regional games, the Philippines shockingly dropped from first to sixth in a dismal showing with a 41-91-96 medal tally.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Philippine delegation in 2017 Southeast Asian Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Flag bearers from the 11 ASEAN countries march during the opening ceremony of the biennial Southeast Asian Games in Singapore’s National Stadium on June 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANFor the last decade, the Philippines has been on a steady decline in the Southeast Asian Games.Once a frontrunner in the region’s biennial sporting meet, the Philippines has never finished higher than fifth place since topping the SEA Games in 2001 in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT This year’s Philippine team to Malaysia is hoping to finally change that.There will be 493 Filipino athletes who will be giving it all in the hopes of giving the country an improved standing in Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the event for the sixth time.A representative for each sport for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines has committed athletes to 37 sports with a target of at least 50 gold medals—which hasn’t been done since 2005. The country’s best medal haul in the last 10 years is at 41 in 2007.READ: PH ‘tired of being at the bottom’ in SEA GamesIt may remain a tall order to find a place at the top, but the Filipinos are fed up of being on the outside looking in in the competition they once dominated and that may be enough motivation to finally end the slump in the SEA Games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimescenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Since then, the size of the Philippine delegation has fluctuated from as low as 148 to as big as 512 athletes but the results remained disappointing.Athletes from the Philippines parade waving their national flag during the opening ceremony of the 25th Southeast Asian Games at the national stadium in Vientiane on December 9, 2009.  AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYOIt didn’t get any better for the country in 2009 in Vientiane, Laos. With just 153 Filipino athletes competing in 25 sports, they only garnered 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze medals to wind up fifth overall.READ: Filipinos bungle SEA Games missionIn contrast, the Filipino delegation ballooned to 512 two years after in Jakarta, Indonesia but botched the goal to fare better and instead settled for sixth place with only 36 golds, 56 silvers and 77 bronzes.Philippines athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Sumatra province on November 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANAnother lean PH delegation was sent to Naypyitaw, Myanmar in 2013 after Philippine sports officials  were irked by the host country’s cherry-picking of sports to be played–dropping main stream events and including obscure sports.READ: Philippines competes in Myanmar games despite rowUnsurprisingly, the Philippines wound up sixth among 11 nations with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals.The country’s place in the medal standings remained unchanged in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games despite packing a relatively-large group composed of 472 Filipino athletes.The Philippine delegation led by flag bearer Alyssa Valdez parade during the Opening Ceremony of the 28th SEA Games held at the Singapore National Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAIt was a frustrating showing for the Filipinos, who only managed 29 gold, 36 silver, 66 bronze medals to fall far behind fifth placer Indonesia (47-61-74 G-S-B) in the medal count.READ: 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 final Medal Tallylast_img read more

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NU fights off UST, improves to 2-1

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Alyssa Valdez slays at the beach with athletic bod “Their record doesn’t speak where they are right now. UST is not an easy team. They’re a force to reckon with and they’re eventually going to win some games,” said Jarin after his squad dealt the Tigers their third loss in as many outings.Regie Basibas gave the Growling Tigers a big lift with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and eight rebounds in just 22 minutes off the bench. His career game, however, was cut short after he picked up his fifth foul with still 3:30 left.Jordan Sta. Ana added 14 points and four assists before also fouling out with 1:32 remaining. His acrobatic layup against two NU defenders pulled UST within three, 87-84, with 2:00 minutes to go.The Tigers had 41 turnovers in a loss to the Adamson Falcons on Saturday and while they managed to cut down on their errors, they still committed 29, several of which came down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University scraped past University of Santo Tomas, 94-84, in a frenetic, offense filled duel in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bulldogs climbed to 2-1 after losing to defending champion De La Salle, 115-109, in another up-and-down game on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “Coming into the game, I really felt that it was going to be a hard one because UST is down 0-2 so we knew coach Boy Sablan and the rest of the team will come out slugging and play their best and so far, this is the best game they ever played out of the three games,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin.NU ended the game on a 7-0 run inside the last two minutes with Dave Yu hitting a corner triple, Jordan Bartlett scoring on a layup and Issa Gaye sinking two free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGaye finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks while Yu scored 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Jayjay Alejandro had a near triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Jarin commended his players for their efforts and also praised UST for giving a good fight. MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Ramos not considering retirement

first_imgSergio Ramos Ramos will not be following Barca rival Pique into Spain retirement Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:13 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos Getty Images Sergio Ramos Spain v Italy Spain Italy WC Qualification Europe Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Despite his international centre-half colleague confirming that he will quit after the 2018 World Cup, the Blancos skipper is planning to play on Spain captain Sergio Ramos is not thinking about quitting international duty following next year’s World Cup in Russia.The tournament is expected to be the final World Cup for the likes of Andres Iniesta, while Ramos’ centre-back partner Gerard Pique has already signalled he will retire after the competition.Spain 12/1 to beat Italy 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Ramos, who has won two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup with his country, hinted he will look to play on regardless of how Spain perform in Russia, should they qualify.”I think about things day by day,” he told reporters on Friday ahead of a crunch clash with Italy in Madrid.”I am not thinking that this will be my last World Cup, quite the opposite. As long as I am motivated and happy, I’ll think about playing.”Joint Group G leaders Spain and Italy are locked together on 16 points, but with only top spot guaranteeing a place at the World Cup the nation that finishes second faces a play-off to qualify.And Ramos called for Spain supporters to get behind his side and avoid whistling Pique, who has been targeted by fans in the past.”What we’re concerned about is that there’s a place at the World Cup at stake and, above all, it’s at a grand stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu,” he said.”This is one of the best fixtures you could watch. I am sure the supporters will be our greatest ally. They will help us.”Pique has been an exemplary player for the Spanish national team. Whistles don’t help anybody.”Deadline Day 2005: @realmadriden sign a certain 19 year old set for greatness at the Santiago Bernabeu… @SergioRamos! #LaLigaTransfers pic.twitter.com/HJLov5yc68— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 1, 2017Spain will be without Diego Costa, however, as the striker has not played this season for Chelsea due to a stand-off with the Premier League champions over his desire to return to former club Atletico Madrid.”I could say a thousand things on Diego Costa,” Ramos added. “Every player plans his holidays and his life as he sees fit. I don’t know about the matter [with Chelsea] so I can’t say anything about that.”I hope that if right now he has more time to rest then he can come back with the same attitude as ever.”last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon pledges UN support for GuineaBissaus parliamentary polls

9 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has assured Guinea-Bissau of the world body’s support in organizing and monitoring the parliamentary elections to be held next year in the small West African country, which has witnessed rising political and social tensions, and a deteriorating economic situation. “The elections will be a test of the ability of the country to exercise democratic governance,” Mr. Ban says in his report to the Security Council on the latest activities the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS).They will also be “a key benchmark for the exit strategy of UNOGBIS,” which was set up in 1999 to help the country emerge from a devastating civil war, he adds.The holding of parliamentary polls next year follows the signing of a national political stability pact on 12 March by the three main political parties in Guinea-Bissau – the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea, the Social Renewal Party and the United Social Democratic Party. The agreement led to the swearing in on 17 April of the Government of Prime Minister Martinho Dafa Cabi. Mr. Ban also notes that the repeated political crises besetting the Government continue to prevent it from focusing on improving the economic lot of the population, which lives in one of Africa’s poorest countries. Economic growth in 2006 declined to 1.8 per cent, and the outlook for the rest of 2007 is “grim,” he states. He commends the new Government for pledging to place the country’s finances on a “sound footing” and for quickly re-establishing working relations with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Mr. Ban urges the Government to redouble efforts to advance security sector reforms, noting that very little was achieved in that area in the months under review. Organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, presents “a new and growing” problem in the country, he adds. “The use of Guinea-Bissau as a transit point for illegal drugs from Latin America bound for Europe remains an issue of major concern to the authorities and international partners.” The report cites the interception in April, of 635 kg of cocaine in a vehicle carrying two military personnel and one civilian. The military personnel were handed over to the military authorities, and an investigation was initiated. However, the two officers were later released. “The human and material resources of law enforcement agencies are woefully inadequate to address this growing problem,” Mr. Ban warns. He notes that the Government has created a commission to probe the disappearance of 670 kg of cocaine, which was seized by the Criminal Investigation Police in September 2006 and transported to the vault of the Ministry of Finance for safekeeping. As a result of that investigation, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Police and another senior official were dismissed.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will post a senior law enforcement specialist to Bissau to assist in the development of a country strategy to combat drug trafficking. The specialist, whose assignment will be funded by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will operate under the overall supervision of UNOGBIS, according to the report. read more

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