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‘Corruption 101: Liberian-style’ Book Free to Liberians, Author Announces

first_imgThe CEO and president of Liberty International Mineral Corporation, Len Lindstrom, on Wednesday, March 12, announced that Liberians, who want to get access to his recently published book entitled ‘Corruption 101-Liberian Style’ can now download it free on the internet.According to him, the book has drawn the attention of many Liberians since it openly exposes and documents the illegal activities of numerous executives, who have presided over the affairs of the nation’s natural resources.Mr. Lindstrom said his book is the talk of the town and number one conversation piece in the nation because it exposes government-appointed officials whose illegal actions amounted to the deliberate economic sabotage of his companies.He explained that the book detailed numerous events of his five long frustrating years at Liberty attempting to resolve issues with seven ex-officials of the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy (MLME).The Canadian investor expressed the belief that rampant corruption has impeded the flow of much needed investment and greater development in the nation for the betterment of all Liberians’ lifestyles.Mr. Lindstrom recalled during the launch of the book several journalists asked where they could get a copy.In fact, the hunger for the book was so great that many people literally ran behind him, shouting, “The Corruption book-I need a copy of the corruption book!”  Unfortunately, it was impossible to place copies in the hands of the thousands of people who requested it since it sold at a cost of US$72 per copy.The CEO and president of Liberty International Mineral Corporation said that thought he was frequently offered US$100 to 200 for the book, he has not sold a single copy. Instead, he used the initial printed material as a means to make the international community and major institutional bodies aware of what was happening to him in Liberia.“The good news is that the book is now available to everybody on the internet. Because this is such an important issue to all Liberians, a website has been set up so that everyone living in the country to download it for free,” he announced.Mr. Lindstrom added the new website also contains a news feed which will enable the reader to follow the developments in the case of Liberty VS MLME and the Government of Liberia.Meanwhile, to download the book, simply log in to www.corruption101.net and fill in the order form.The website has been designed so that it is geographically sensitive; which means that it will recognize if your computer or electronic device is in Liberia.And if you are a Liberian citizen, the price of the book will switch to US$0.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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Students Confused Over School Opening Dates

first_imgWhile students were excited yesterday to return to school, the turnout at some of the campuses remained poor due to what some of the students described as “conflicting information” on the actual date for the resumption of academic activities.However, with a fight to observe the February 16 mandate from the government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) as the official date for the reopening of all schools, several schools immediately opened.Yesterday, the Daily Observer toured various school campuses in Central Monrovia and interviewed some of the administrators.Schools visited included Monrovia College and Industrial Academy, Muslim Congress High School and G.W. Gibson High School.At the G.W. Gibson High, the vice principal for Instruction, Paul Saydee, said over 600 students completed their registration but only 45 turned out yesterday.Mr. Saydee, however, attributed the poor turnout of students to the conflicting date of reopening schools by the MOE and the constraints faced by many parents in addressing the academic needs of their children.Benetta Natt, a student from G. W. Gibson, called on the government to help accommodate students leaving private institutions due to financial constraints.She said many parents were finding it difficult to settle their children’s school fees, especially with private institutions, and therefore, the government should support the process by allowing students to enroll into government schools.”  Muslim Congress Principal Zainab Assat disclosed that the school registered a poor number of students.  As a result, she said, “We had a little over 500 students prior to the outbreak, but up to date, we have registered about 300 students.”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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Exxon Mobil profits rise 10%

first_imgNEW YORK — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. kicked off 2007 with a 10 percent rise in profits, its best-ever first quarter, as higher margins on refining and chemical operations offset lower prices for crude oil and natural gas. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, said Thursday it earned $9.3 billion in the January-March period, beating Wall Street expectations, even as revenue slipped and fell well short of analysts’ forecasts. The Irving, Texas-based company was the third major oil company to report earnings in as many days. BP PLC, Europe’s second-largest oil company, on Tuesday reported a 17 percent drop in first-quarter earnings on lower oil prices and declining production. On Wednesday, ConocoPhillips said its first-quarter profit rose 7.7 percent as a result of asset sales that offset lower year-over-year commodity prices. The market price for crude oil was off more than $5 a barrel in the first quarter versus a year ago. The comparable price for natural gas also was down. Still, given the rise in gasoline prices at the pump in recent weeks, oil majors like Exxon Mobil and BP were getting little sympathy from U.S. consumers for not earning as much as they could have if market prices for their products had been higher to start 2007. “They’re hurting me all the way around,” Bill LoGerfo of Staten Island said Thursday as he paid $3.27 a gallon for premium to fill up his car at a BP station in Manhattan. Regular was selling for $3.03 a gallon. “I’m in the construction business, so it makes it more expensive to get materials shipped to me,” LoGerfo said. “These prices really trickle down to the little guy.” In response to the new round of oil profits, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced legislation Thursday that he hopes will curtail rising gas prices. Casey’s bill would impose a windfall profits tax and close certain tax loopholes for big oil companies and use the money for research into biofuels and other related projects. Investors, however, pushed Exxon Mobil shares up 63 cents to close at $80.55 on the New York Stock Exchange after sending them to a new 52-week high of $80.86. They’ve traded as low as $56.64 in the past year. Exxon Mobil’s profit amounted to $1.62 per share, up from $8.4 billion, or $1.37 per share, a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were looking for a profit of $1.52 per share. Revenue fell to $87.2 billion from $88.9 billion a year earlier, well below the $100 billion analysts had forecast. Last year, the company posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company — $39.5 billion. That result topped the previous record, also by Exxon Mobil, of $36.13 billion set in 2005. Last month, Exxon Mobil said it will spend some of that money on more than 20 new global projects in the next three years, investments expected to add 1 million oil-equivalent barrels a day to its volumes at peak production. The company said it spent $4.3 billion on capital and exploration projects in the first quarter and plans to spend roughly $20 billion this year on such projects. In a conference call with analysts, Henry Hubble, vice president of investor relations, said Exxon Mobil is working toward turning over operational control of a joint venture project in Venezuela to its partner, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Venezuela’s government-controlled oil company. Earlier this year, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the takeover of oil projects run by foreign oil companies in the oil-rich Orinoco River region. “Those negotiations are continuing and will be for sometime,” Hubble said. He declined to speculate whether Exxon Mobil would continue to do business in Venezuela after such discussions are finished. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Derby captain Keogh out for season after drunken night

first_imgThe Championship side revealed Keogh was among those who continued drinking after a team-building dinner with staff on Tuesday evening.“As a club, we cannot, and do not, condone the actions of a small group of players on Tuesday evening,” Derby said in a statement.“The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner with staff and while the majority of them acted responsibly and left at around 8:00 pm and were not involved, a small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night.“They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out.“As a result of an alcohol-related incident, Richard Keogh has sustained a serious knee injury that will prevent him from playing until the end of the season.”The club said the players involved would face internal disciplinary action and be expected to do work in the community as part of their punishment.Phillip Cocu has had a torrid start to his reign in charge at Pride Park after taking over from Frank Lampard in July.Derby have won just one of Cocu’s first eight league games in charge and are languishing in 18th spot in the Championship, already seven points off a play-off place.“It is a very serious injury,” said Cocu, when asked if Keogh’s career was in jeopardy.“The more senior players always have to step up and take responsibility and it’s now had a huge effect on him personally,” added the former Netherlands and Barcelona midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Derby captain Richard Keogh has been ruled out for the season by a knee injury suffered on a drunken night out © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Derby have condemned an “alcohol-related incident” that has ruled captain Richard Keogh out of action until the end of the season because of a serious knee injury.The Telegraph reported that Keogh was injured in a car crash that also saw Rams duo Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett charged with drink-driving shortly before midnight on Tuesday.last_img read more

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BUSINESSMAN SPEAKS OF DELIGHT AT CREATING 60 NEW JOBS IN STRABANE

first_imgMaking sure that the building work is on course for the grand opening on Saturday November 30 are venue manager Cathal Doyle (right) and Brendan McCusker (left), Group Manager for 1 OAK Leisure Limited which owns Rubys and TIME Bar + Venue in Cookstown.WORK is nearing completion on a new bar and nightclub venue in Strabane that is set to create up to 60 new jobs and attract more visitors to the region. In a £1.5 million investment project, business man Patrick Scullion has acquired what was formerly known as Katy Daly’s in Railway Street and is currently in the process of creating a new 20,000sqft ‘super venue’ for Strabane and its neighbouring areas.The opening of Rubys Bar + Nightclub will create up to 60 new full time and part time jobs which is welcome news for the area following a recent report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) which identified Strabane as one of the council areas which will be hardest hit by the government’s proposed welfare reform. Rubys Nightclub, which officially open its doors on Saturday November 30, will contain two floors with a different music offering on each level and an extensive luxurious beer garden.The Parisian-themed Rubys Bar will open seven days per week from Saturday December 14 and will act as a live music venue that can accommodate up to 500 people for concerts and shows, or a function area that can cater for approximately 100 people for food and beverages. In total, the new super venue will host no fewer than NINE separate bars as well as the beer garden.New owner Patrick Scullion, who comes from a construction background, made a huge impact on the Northern Ireland social scene last year when he opened TIME BAR + VENUE in Cookstown which has fast become one of the province’s most popular nightclubs, attracting customers from all over the province. Mr Scullion hopes that Rubys will replicate the success of its sister venue.“In its heyday, Katy Daly’s was a thriving entertainment complex and one of the top destination venues in the north west of the province,” said Mr Scullion. “We hope to resurrect that business with a new state of the art super venue which will immediately create up to 60 full and part time jobs with the majority of staff coming from the Strabane area. Rubys Bar and Nightclub will operate on the same business model which has seen TIME in Cookstown surpass all of our expectations but with the added benefit of a function room which can cater for private functions or act as a live music venue for local and national bands.”The combined capacity for the new venue entertainment complex will top 1500 people and Mr Scullion hopes to attract customers from all over the North including neighbouring Donegal.“I’m a firm believer that if the product is good enough, then people will come and without doubt, what Rubys has to offer will rival anything else in the province and will give the people of Strabane a venue that they are truly proud to be associated with,” concluded Mr Scullion.Rubys Nightclub will operate a strictly over 18 policy on Friday nights and over 21’s on Saturday nights. A state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system and high-tech lighting system with LED backdrop screens will give top DJs from Ireland and abroad the perfect platform to showcase their talents.According to Patrick Scullion, a host of top national and international DJs have already been lined up for 2014, details of which will be released before the end of the year. Weekly live music will be a feature of Rubys Bar with some of Ireland’s top bands already being pencilled in over the next 12months.Sister venue TIME has also developed an excellent reputation for its food offering which is something Rubys will aim to match with a Gastro Food restaurant opening in late January.BUSINESSMAN SPEAKS OF DELIGHT AT CREATING 60 NEW JOBS IN STRABANE was last modified: November 13th, 2013 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:rubys nightclubSTRABANE JOBSlast_img read more

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Ranked! Jose Mourinho’s top 14 signings – who’s next at Man United?

first_img 11. Michael Ballack (signed for Chelsea on a free transfer in May 2006) – Signed on a free transfer, Chelsea certainly got back more than they bargained for from the midfielder. The German helped the Blues to a Premier League title and three FA Cup victories in his four seasons at the club before returning to Bayer Leverkusen in June 2010. 14 14 14 14 1. Didier Drogba (signed for Chelsea in July 2004 for £24m and again in July 2014 on a free transfer) – There’s no question who comes in as Mourinho’s greatest signing, to date. Drogba’s contribution since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 was outstanding and the striker will go down in history as one of the club’s best ever players. He is fourth on Chelsea’s all-time top scorers list, with 164. 13. Paulo Ferreria (signed for Porto in 2002 for £1.5m and Chelsea in June 2004 for £13.2m) – Ferreira was a favourite of Mourinho’s throughout his career, winning the UEFA Cup and Champions League together at Porto before the pair linked up again at Stamford Bridge. The defender retired with the Blues in May 2013, firmly as a fan favourite. 8. Samuel Eto’o (signed for Inter Milan in a player-plus-cash deal deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic in July 2009 – signed for Mourinho again at Chelsea for £4m in August 2013) – When Zlatan Ibrahimovi? moved to Barcelona in 2009, not only did Inter pocket €46m, but they also bagged Samuel Eto’o. It proved to be an excellent piece of business. Most may have struggled to replace Ibrahimovi?, but Eto’o quickly slotted into the Inter side. He proved a vital cog in the wheel that secured a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble for Inter in 2009/10, as they knocked Barca and Ibrahimovic out of Europe in the semis. His second spell with Mourinho, at Chelsea, was less successful, but he did bag a hat-trick against Man United. 12. Luka Modric (signed for Real Madrid in August 2012 for £30m) – Modric, along with Gareth Bale, had emerged as one of the most outstanding players in the Premier League before sealing a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Mourinho and the midfielder spent just the one season together, but the latter has gone on to establish himself as a key player for Real. Jose Mourinho has made his mark in the transfer window at Manchester United already.Eric Bailly was recently confirmed as the Portuguese coach’s first signing for the Premier League giants, and he is expected to engage in more business ahead of the 2016/17 season.So, with this in mind, it’s worth a look at his history in the transfer window – starting with his best ever signings.Check out talkSPORT’s ranking of Mourinho’s top 15 signings throughout his managerial career at Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea by viewing the slideshow above. 14 14 14 14 14 5. Mesut Ozil (signed for Real Madrid in August 2010 for £16.6m) – It was at the 2010 World Cup Ozil really caught the eye, resulting in Mourinho pushing through a deal to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Germany international took little time to settle, quickly developing an understanding with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was saddened by his exit to Arsenal. 6. Lucio (signed for Inter Milan in July 2009) – Lucio turned out to be just the player needed to cement Inter’s status on the European stage. The Brazilian centre back was ever-present in their treble-winning 2009/10 campaign, forming a formidable partnership with Walter Samuel in the heart of their defence. 14 14. Diego Costa (signed for Chelsea in July 2014 for £32m) – see our full ranking of Jose Mourinho’s top 15 signings by clicking the arrow above, right – Diego Costa has his critics, but few can deny he has been among Europe’s leading strikers in recent seasons. In his first season at Stamford Bridge, the centre forward scored 20 goals, helping to fire the Blues to their first Premier League title in five years. His following campaign was poor, but the Blues would have been far worse without his 12 goals and six assists. 14 10. Michael Essien (signed by Chelsea in August 2005 for £24.4m) – Essien was the exemplary Mourinho signing, epitomising everything admired by the Portuguese in a player. The Ghanaian was one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe during his first few seasons at Stamford Bridge and has never quite been replaced. 2. Ashley Cole (signed for Chelsea in a £5m player-plus-cash deal involving William Gallas in August 2006) – Cole will go down in history as one of the finest left backs to grace the Premier League. His move to Stamford Bridge was filled with controversy, but Mourinho wasn’t too bothered by the drama. The former England international was consistently reliable, exceeding expectations, winning every major trophy possible with Chelsea. 4. Diego Milito (signed for Inter Milan in May 2009 for €28m) – Milito might not have been the most technically gifted of strikers, but his goals in Inter’s big games were all that mattered. He scored on the final day of the Serie A season to seal the Scudetto, along with in the Coppa Italia final and the Champions League final. Those strikes were among 30 goals he netted that season to fire Inter to the most remarkable campaign in Italian football history. 14 3. Ricardo Carvalho (signed for Chelsea in July 2004 for £19.85m and Real Madrid for £6.7m in August 2010) – As with Ferreira, Carvalho was another player signed twice by Mourinho, first at Chelsea then Real Madrid. The centre back slotted into comfortably alongside John Terry and Pepe, and is still going strong at 38, starting for Portugal in their opening game at the Euro 2016 finals. 14 14 9. Angel Di Maria (signed for Real Madrid in May 2010 for £21m) – The Argentine went on to really establish himself as one of the most exciting wingers in Europe after moving to the Spanish capital, playing a key role in the club ending the La Liga supremacy of Barcelona by lifting the title in the 2011/12 season. His move to Manchester United may have been one to forget, but he’s reminded supporters of his ability at Paris Saint-Germain. 7. Wesley Sneijder (signed for Inter Milan in August 2009 for €15m) – Sneijder never lived up to expectation at Real Madrid, arriving at Inter very much with a point to prove. He did just that, becoming a key player in Mourinho’s starting line-up and cementing himself as one of Europe’s best central midfielders. He was the architect of the Serie A side’s incredible treble-winning 2009/10 season. last_img read more

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David Moyes requests personal hearing over ‘slap’ comment to female reporter

first_img1 Sunderland boss David Moyes has requested a personal hearing after responding to a Football Association charge over his “slap” comment to a female reporter.The 54-year-old had been given an extra week to respond to the charge and it is understood he did so by Wednesday night’s 6pm deadline and asked to attend a hearing at which he can explain his remarks.No date has yet been set and Moyes is currently preparing his relegated side for the final two games of the Premier League season.The charge relates to an exchange between the manager and BBC Newcastle and Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks following the 0-0 draw with Burnley at the Stadium of Light on March 18.Video footage later published by a national newspaper showed Moyes warning Sparks she “might get a slap” after he took exception to a question she had asked during a post-match interview.He later telephoned her to apologise and did so once again publicly after the footage prompted unseemly headlines.The FA initially asked Moyes for his observations and having received them opted to charge him, alleging his comments were “improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1)”.However, the governing body did not accuse him of an aggravated breach, which it might have done had he referred specifically to Sparks’ gender.If Moyes pleads or is found guilty – it is not yet known if he has admitted the charge – it is likely that he would be fined. The 54-year-old has chosen to attend a hearing to explain his remarks last_img read more

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DDTV: WATCH GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN’S TWO GOALS WHICH HELPED DONEGAL LADIES LAND ULSTER

first_imgDDTV: She’s the first to say it’s a team effort – and it is.But Geraldine McLaughlin continues to show why she’s probably the greatest player of this generation. The Termon girl scored two crucial goals at Clones yesterday to help Donegal secure their first ever senior ladies Ulster title.You can watch both goals by clicking play above….superb.   DDTV: WATCH GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN’S TWO GOALS WHICH HELPED DONEGAL LADIES LAND ULSTER was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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:geraldine mclaughlingoals v Monaghanlast_img read more

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The ultimate football stadium guide by the game’s biggest fanatic

first_img 7 2. MetLife Stadium, New YorkThis is the best stadium I’ve ever been to. Home of two NFL franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The 82,500 capacity arena opened in 2010 at a construction cost of approximately $1.6billion. I visited for a soccer friendly between Portugal and the Republic of Ireland on 10-6-2014. An awesome venue!1. Loftus Road, Shepherd’s BushMy second home and a lifelong love affair with my local football team from where I grew up. As the stands are really close to the pitch, there is no atmosphere quite like it anywhere else when Loftus Road is full and the place is rocking. I’ve currently been to 1,149 consecutive QPR home games – that’s every League, Cup, Testimonial and Friendly fixture since 28th April 1973.Follow Tony Incenzo on Twitter at @TonyIncenzo The train that sits behind Lokomotive’s goal Tony was in Naples to see Italy v Argentina at the 1990 World Cup 7 7 19. Laugardalsvöllur, ReykjavíkThis is the coldest I have ever been at a football match. With a gale force wind blowing, it seemed around -20° as I saw host team KR lose 3-0 to QPR in the UEFA Cup on 18-9-1984. In fact, the local people were advised to stay inside their houses that evening as a volcano was brewing in the mountain overlooking the stadium.18. Lenin Stadium, MoscowWhen I visited on 16-10-1985 for USSR 2 Republic of Ireland 0, it was the biggest crowd I have ever been in at a football match – a massive 103,000. This venue has since been rebuilt and is now called the Luzhniki Stadium. It featured heavily in this year’s World Cup finals.17. The Pontiac Silverdome, MichiganI went to one of the first ever indoor matches at a World Cup finals tournament on 22-6-1994. Switzerland beat Romania 4-1 before a crowd of 61,428 under the fiberglass fabric roof held up by air pressure. This unique venue was knocked down last year.16. Stadio San Paolo, NaplesI attended the World Cup Semi-Final between Italy and Argentina on 3-7-1990. This was an incredible occasion because Napoli star Maradona was playing for Argentina and he appealed for all the local fans to support him. So there were 59,000 Italians in the stadium booing Italy! Argentina won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. 8. Anfield, LiverpoolWhen I was visiting all the 92 Football League grounds as a teenager, I deliberately left Anfield until last as I knew it would be a special experience. I went there on 31-1-1981 and saw Liverpool 1 Leicester City 2. Liverpool were invincible at Anfield back then but this pulsating match brought to an end their famous 85-match unbeaten home run in all competitions. I remember a Liverpool supporter screaming at me on the final whistle: “Don’t come back here for another 85 games!” I still have the signed number 7 shirt Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish presented to me that day as, at 17, I was the youngest person to visit all 92 grounds at that time.7. St Martins AC, GuernseyThis is where I saw my all-time highest scoring match on 30-06-2003 – Isle of Wight 20-0 Sark. It was part of the Island Games, which is like a mini-Olympic Games for small islands around the world. Sark only has a population of 600 so they did well to get a football team together. Their centre-half was 55 years old and the goalkeeper was only about 15, but he made a string of maybe 50 outstanding saves to prevent a world record score.6. Brian Wakefield Memorial Ground, NottinghamThe only world record for groundhopping was set on 20-3-2004. I joined 250 other football fanatics to watch five matches at five different football grounds in one day in the Central Midlands League around the Nottingham/Derby area…11:00am at Greenwood Meadows FC, 1:00pm at Pelican FC, 3:00pm at Dunkirk FC, 5:30pm at Sandiacre Town FC and 8:00pm at Graham Street Prims FC. This is listed in the Guinness Book of Records and we received certificates confirming the world record after the fifth game. I remember having a huge row with my girlfriend of that time because she wanted to go back to the hotel at the end of the second game at the Brian Wakefield Memorial Ground. But I told her there were three further matches to go and we had to complete the world record. Strangely enough, that day was the last time I ever saw her.5. Milltown, DublinI was born in Dublin and Shamrock Rovers were my nearest team. I first saw them play – at the ground popularly known as Milltown – on 13-9-1978 for a 2-0 win over Apoel of Cyprus in European competition. It was a lovely venue which was sadly demolished in later years. But I’ve been back to see Rovers play at their current home stadium in Tallaght – just around the corner from where I was born. In fact, when I commentated on the pre-season friendly between Shamrock Rovers and QPR on 2-8-2014, it was a career highlight for me.4. Stadiumi Qemal Stafa, TiranaI have visited 35 different European countries for football and my trip to Tirana was on 26-5-1993 to watch Albania v Republic of Ireland. It was such a primitive country that the whole experience was like travelling back hundreds of years in time. In fact, I had a huge rat in my hotel room and I called the police out to deal with it as the hotel manager was nonplussed. The three policemen who turned up chased the rat away into a hole in the skirting board and then asked if they could sleep with me for recompense. I politely declined.3. Feltham Young Offenders’ Prison, MiddlesexI got special permission to go inside Feltham Prison to watch a match between inmates team Phoenix FC and Hanworth Villa Vets in the Heathrow Airport Midweek League on 21-12-2011. I had to meet the referee and the away team in the car park an hour before the game. We then had to pass through four different security checks before reaching the football pitch. No cameras or phones were allowed inside the prison. The match itself was good and I formed the attendance of 1 (ONE!). There was another hour of security checks on the way out. Below, Tony lists his top 20 in a hugely fascinating – and hilarious – read.20. Bruno-Plache-Stadion, LeipzigI visited this relic of a venue on 23-7-2017 for Lokomotive Leipzig 3 QPR 2. The 96-year-old wooden grandstand is stunningly antiquated and the rest of the arena consisted of crumbling, fenced-in terraces. There was also a superb old train engine behind one goal as a nod to the club’s evocative name. 15. Vicarage Road, WatfordThe scene of another QPR promotion-winning match on 30-4-2011. That 2-0 victory against hosts Watford ended a seemingly never-ending 15-year absence from the Premier League for my lovely Rangers.14 Hillsborough, SheffieldI’ve made several visits to Sheffield Wednesday over the years. But the one match that particularly stands out is the day QPR clinched promotion to the Championship with a 3-1 victory on 8-5-2004. To see 7,000 Rs fans celebrating behind the goal on the final whistle brought tears to my eyes.13. Claremont Road, CricklewoodI grew up in North-West London and I was taken by my family to see my local club QPR as a child in the 1970’s. I’ve always supported the Rs as my Football League team, but when they were playing away from home I started going to see my local Non-League clubs – Hendon primarily, but also Finchley, Barnet and Edgware Town. Hendon’s ground at Claremont Road was where I fell in love with Non-League football in the 87 games I saw there. Sadly, it has since been demolished.12. Broadhurst Park, ManchesterI chalked up my 2,000th football ground visited on 31-8-2015 at FC United of Manchester 3 Curzon Ashton 3. I loved the fact that the FC United fans (as co-owners) had designed the stadium themselves. So they included a big covered terrace behind one goal and a standing paddock in front of the main stand. It was also a very friendly club and I must have shaken hands with most of the crowd that day as they gave me a warm welcome. Bringing the story up to date, I’ve currently been to a total of 2,233 different football grounds for matches. 7 If you are planning a trip with mates and want to take in a football stadium along the way, then the chances are @TonyIncenzo has been there.He’s worth talking to, which is what talkSPORT.com did to find out his favourite grounds. Tony sitting in the smallest purpose-built grandstand in world football Quite simply an awesome venue Loftus Road is Tony’s favourite ground Follow Tony on Twitter @TonyIncenzo 11. Civil Service Sports Ground, ChiswickI visited this little-known venue on 20-4-1983 for a ten-goal thriller which finished Inland Revenue 6 DHSS Newcastle 4 in the Civil Service Cup Final. The tall and rickety old wooden stand – which has since been replaced – shook every time someone got up from their seat.10. Wembley Stadium, LondonI’ve seen more than 100 matches at the new and old Wembley Stadium. But my favourite game there was on 24-5-2014 as my beloved Queens Park Rangers beat Derby County 1-0. This Play-Off final victory was quite simply the ultimate occasion as a QPR fan. A lifetime ambition of mine achieved to see the Rs win at Wembley. To do it with 10 men after Gary O’Neil had been sent-off and to score in the last ten seconds of normal time was unbelievable. In fact, when Bobby Zamora’s shot hit the back of the net right in front of 45,000 Rangers fans, that split-second was by far the happiest moment of my entire life.9. The Recreation Ground, HextonA hidden gem! I visited on 21-4-2013 for Hexton 4 Bushmead 1 and I sat in the smallest purpose-built grandstand in world football. It seats three people. This match in Hertfordshire was in the North Home Counties Sunday League Division Three. 7 7 7 Tony at FC United of Manchester last_img read more

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PSG ‘line up £100m move for Tottenham star this month’

first_img Christian Eriksen has become a key man for Spurs since joining from Ajax Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly plotting a £100million raid on Tottenham for Christian Eriksen by the end of the month.Should Spurs accept the staggering offer for Eriksen, it would surpass the £85.3m Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013. 1center_img The 26-year-old has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Tottenham, which has not gone unnoticed by the Ligue 1 side.PSG were reportedly interested in signing Eriksen before the World Cup after he netted 14 goals and provided ten assists in the 2017/18 campaign.Now, according to the Daily Express, the French giants are ready to make a move.However, Spurs will be determined to keep hold of their key player as they will not be able to sign a replacement due to the English transfer window closing on August 9.They were the only side in Europe’s top five leagues to not make a single signing and Pochettino stressed his side’s strength with their current crop of players.Eriksen started in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime and will most likely be involved in their derby against Fulham next weekend.If Spurs will listen to any offers, the likelihood is that it will be in January, where they will be able to make signings of their own.last_img read more

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