first_imgVeteran Old Timers soccer coach Boniface Manning has called on the technical teams of two of Liberia’s representatives in CAF tournaments to design effective midfield tactics to ensure success.Coach Manning, who holds a CAF License B Certificate, told the Daily Observer yesterday that effective use of a team’s midfield is a sure way of handling the match in effectively.“It depends on the score sheet,” Coach Manning said, “when you are in the lead, use the midfield to hold on to the ball and frustrate your opponent.”He said, “Since your opponent is trailing, you can deny him the ball and frustrate him and make his job more difficult.”He said many teams are defeated when they fail to understand the midfield concept and noted that with the achievement of Barrack Young Controllers, and the campaign of Red Lions, technical coaches should ensure an effective design.“Poor handling of the midfield brings enormous pressure to bear on the defense and this can cause an own goal,” he said.In a demonstration, Coach Manning said there are many ways a team can build its attacks.“You can build from the midfield but you have to make sure that you have tireless wingers who will draw in, when the four midfielders advance,” he said.He further explained that when players are fit, with abundant energy, providing support to team-mates becomes a matter of course.“Consider counter attacks,” Coach Manning said, “in a counter attack a team using the modern 4-4-2 formation, must have players with strong abundant skills.”“Such players must be able to singlehandedly take their opponents’ defense on, and be willing to release the ball when the goalkeeper is not expecting a shot,” Coach Manning said.He said the two teams representing Liberia must go in for the goals before their opponents settle to play their own game.He explained excitedly about a compact midfield to ease the pressure on the goalkeeper, and said that coaching knowledge and its application is essential for success on the field.He urged players of Red Lions and Barrack Young Controllers not to relent because “the whole soccer community is behind you in your determination to change Liberian soccer history.”Coach Manning played for the national soccer team in the 70s but was injured in a friendly match against Sierra Leones’ Leone Stars.Reports from that period said he was a darling on the ball, who did what he wanted with the ball which endeared him to many soccer fans. He coached the former sensational club, La Modelle International (along with Coach Frank Jericho Nagbe) and is presently coaching Veterans Oldtimers soccer team that is presently leading the LONA league table.He has helped to develop many Liberian soccer players into national prominence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Monrovia Medical Unit erected by the United States Department of Defense to treat healthcare providers who came down with Ebola has been decommissioned and turned over to the Liberian government.The sophisticated mobile unit was built last year in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the Public Health Service under the Operation United Assistance (OUA) to provide adequate treatment for health workers contracting the Ebola virus while treating patients.Prior to the unit’s erection during the peak of the Ebola crisis last year, over 50 health workers died from contracting the virus while attending to patients. The Unit was built by US troops sent to Liberia to help fight the virus.Sharing his experience during the Ebola crisis, the commander of the Commission Corps Ebola Response in West Africa, Scott Giberson lauded Liberians for their resilience in observing health protocols.He said their response to the Ebola disaster also included yellow fever, tsunami, the 9/11/ terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, amongst others.He then commended the Government of Liberia and international partners who collectively joined forces to battle the Ebola virus that today Liberia stands to soon be declared free.He said 42 patients were cared for at the unit, and information from the public affairs section of the unit notes that nine persons survived from the virus.US Ambassador, Deborah Malac also lauded the United States Public Health Service team for its role in ending Ebola in Liberia.She emphasized that health workers were at high risk and were dying from the virus, but the coming of the US Public Health Service team, under the Operation United Assistance, created hope and safety for health workers.She, however, extended gratitude to the Liberian government and people, stressing, “If not for the extraordinary efforts of the Liberian government and the Liberians themselves, combined with the assistance of the United States and other international partners, the country would not be in the position that it is in today, that is, just days away from being declared Ebola-free.”Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended the United States Government and Public Health Service and said while the Liberian government, civil society and the media were finding solutions without knowing which direction to take, international partners, including the United States, China and others intervened to build the hope that Liberians can overcome.Counting lessons from the crisis, President Sirleaf indicated that the health system of Liberia collapsed during the crisis because Liberians themselves were not prepared.She also noted that despite the collapse of the health system, all Liberians participated by playing their roles in observing health protocols and carrying on contact tracing.Furthermore, she said partnership through which resources were mobilized to fight the disease immensely helped to put Liberia in the state it is today, thanking the US Government, China, and the European Union, and the rest of the partners for their humanitarian roles in the fight against the disease.She reiterated Liberia ‘s post-Ebola recovery plan to include the rebuilding of the country’s health system, education and infrastructures, and reminded partners of their commitment to assisting Liberia to meet these goals.The ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House Speaker Alex Tyler, members of the Diplomatic Corps, government officials and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal man accused of falsely imprisoning and raping his ex-girlfriend, has been found NOT GUILTY after a unanimous verdict was returned by the jury at the Central Criminal Court earlier this afternoon. Central Criminal Court in Dublin.The jury which contained six men and six women, returned a unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict on the rape and false imprisonment counts after an exhausting six hours of deliberations. Today marked day five of what was described as an extremely sensitive and complex legal trial.The thirty year old was accused of falsely imprisoning and raping the woman at her home in the early hours of April 6, 2011.He had pleaded NOT GUILTY to both those charges, but pleaded GUILTY to criminal damage by altering her Facebook settings on the same date.The Donegal man, who can’t be named for legal reasons will be sentenced later this month for the criminal damage of his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page.The court were told that the man accessed his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook account and posted an insulting status purporting to be her.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan thanked the members of the jury for their diligence, and the careful manner with which they dealt with the trial.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan remanded the man on continuing bail until his sentence on June 30.DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND FALSELY IMPRISONING EX-GIRLFRIEND FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: June 4th, 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:courtsDonegal manEx-GirlfriendFalse Imprisonmentnewsnot guiltyrapelast_img read more