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In the early 1970s, Capt. Prince Page flew solo twice across the Atlantic OceanPresident George Weah’s first Armed Forces Day Address last Monday, in which he announced plans to revive military Aviation in Liberia has caused the Daily Observer to remember the nation’s first certified military pilot, first international airline captain and Liberia’s most celebrated pilot. His name is Captain Prince Augustus Page.In his brief mention of military aviation, here is what President Weah said: “Our administration will reintroduce the R.O.T.C. program in all our major universities to attract the best Liberian professionals in engineering, medicine, aviation and education. The new military, as a professional institution, should have the best doctors, pilots, engineers and specialists in training and teaching.”Captain Prince Page, an Auto Mechanics graduate of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Class of 1959, was throughout his four years at BWI an A student. He and his several classmates who in January 1960 took the entrance examination at the University of Liberia (UL) were among those who topped that exam.Prince wanted to study Structural Engineering and help build Liberia’s roads and bridges. But that same year, the war in the Congo (former Belgian Congo) broke out and he and several of his BWI classmates were immediately conscripted into the Liberian Frontier Force (LFF) and sent to the Congo as part of the Liberian Peace Keeping Contingent there.According to a book on the BWI Class of ’59, shortly to be published by the Class Historian, Kenneth Y. Best, these BWI boys were recruited mainly because they had undergone four years of R.O.T.C. (Reserved Officers Training Corps) at BWI and were now Second Lieutenants in the LFF.They were chosen, in addition, because these BWI graduates had been trained on campus in several of the technical and vocational skills urgently needed at that very moment to help the peacekeeping efforts in the Congo.These BWI boys had been trained in Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Electricity, Electronics, Machinery and Plumbing. Once in the Congo, it was they who became responsible for repairing and maintaining the military’s radios, jeeps, trucks and other military equipment.Following their tour of duty in the Congo, the Liberian contingent, mostly members of the BWI Class of ’59, returned home and immediately started rising in the LFF (now Armed Forces of Liberia-AFL).Two of them, Lt. Paul H. Perry and Lt. Mansfield Yancy, were later promoted to General and Major, respectively.Lt. Prince Page and Lt. Arthur Bedell, both of whom had studied Auto Mechanics at BWI, were assigned to the Air Wing of the LFF and became pilots. In 1961 the AFL sent Second Lieutenant Prince A. Page to Fort Benning, Georgia, USA for Advanced Motor Officers Training (AMOT).That is where the genius of the Class of ’59 continued to show its colors. Prince topped his class, which included not only captains and majors from the USA and around the world, but also a First Lieutenant graduate of America’s renowned West Point Military Academy.Following Prince’s graduation at Fort Benning, where he topped the class of 53 officers from all over the world, including the United States, the Department of the Army (DA), recommended to the Liberian government that the AFL do three things to honor this celebrated member of the BWI Class of ’59.The first recommendation was that he be presented a Citation, and the AFL stage a parade in honor of Lt. Prince A. Page, because that is what is done in America when a military officer excels in his class. The second was that Lt. Page be considered for promotion; and the third, that he be given “priority further CONUS (Continental U.S.) training.”Army Parade for Lt. Page: Upon his return home, the parade was indeed held in Lt. Prince Page’s honor at the Camp Schieffelin Military Base near Monrovia.Present at the parade were the Secretary of Defense, Robert A. Brewer, Chief of Staff, General Albert T. White, the Chief of the US Military Mission in Liberia, Col. White, and other AFL senior staff officers.Following the parade, Prince was assigned to set up the Auto Mechanics Depot at Camp Schiefflin. There he trained Liberian soldiers in auto mechanics. But because most of them were illiterate, Lt. Page had to come up with a plan. His plan was to completely disassemble a vehicle, identify the components, train the soldiers to identify, repair and test each working component; then reassemble the vehicle, restart the engine and ensure that it ran to military specification (spec).Based on the recommendation from the US Department of the Army, Prince attended two additional military schools, the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, USA; and the Fort Rucker in Alabama, where he was certified in Tactical Military Training and Instrument Rating.That made him Liberia’s first Certified Military Pilot. On return Lt. Page was appointed Executive Office (EXO) of the Liberia Reconnaissance (Recon) Unit. One of the unforgettable accomplishments of First Lieutenant Page for Liberia was undertaking the seismographic survey of the entire country, along with a technician from the US Mines and Geology.Such information identifies all the different minerals that are sub-surface (under the earth), including oil and gas. After First Lieutenant Page left the AFL, he became an Airline Captain, the highest position in Aviation.Among the few airplanes Captain Page flew and trained others to fly are the following: DC-3; Turbo Prop F-27; jets, Gulfstream-2, Boeing 737; Air Bus 310, and Air Bus 300-600; Lockheed 1011, which carried 399 passengers at the speed of Mach .85 (the speed of sound), at an altitude of 35,000 feet.In all, Captain Page flew jets for Liberia, Nigeria, where he worked for 11 and a half years, six years in Saudi Arabia, and later in the United States, England and Iceland. He received the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Licenses in each of those countries.He soloed twice across the Atlantic but probably Captain Prince Page’s most celebrated accomplishments came in the early 1970s when he flew solo (meaning alone in an airplane) twice across the Atlantic Ocean.The first was when he flew President Tolbert’s propeller plane, a Cessna 402, which the Liberian government had purchased for Presidential travel. Captain Page flew this solo thru the North Atlantic from the USA to Liberia.The second was a Piper 28, also a twin engine propeller plane, which he flew solo from the US thru Brazil via the South Atlantic to Liberia.The plane belonged to Liberian entrepreneur and Agriculture Minister J.T. Phillips. This means that Captain Page surpassed even Charles Lindberg, the American pilot who in 1921 became the first person to fly solo across the North Atlantic, from New York to Paris.In Captain Page’s case, he flow solo across both the North and the South Atlantic! To date, Captain Page is probably the only African pilot to have flown solo twice over the North and South Atlantic.What an Aviation Captain! But Liberia has never honored Captain Page’s exceptional and unique accomplishments. It is, however, not too late. Captain Page, at 79, lives in Mississippi.Captain Prince Augustus Page also flew jets for Nigeria Airways, during which time he was trained along with Nigerian pilots in France to fly the Airbus. Captain Page told his classmate, Kenneth Y. Best, author of the History of the Class of ‘59, that the Airbus is a European consortium (France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy), which revolutionized the cockpit crew concept that eliminated the requirement for a flight engineer.This was achieved by eliminating the analogue instruments and replacing them with the cathode ray tube (TV screen) and automation. Captain Page later flew jets for Saudi Arabia, the USA, England and Iceland, before retiring.Today Prince, the passionate auto mechanic which he became at BWI in 1959, now at 79, too old to fly, has followed his constant fascination with 18 wheeler trucks that dominate the American highway system.So one day few years ago he undertook training in these 18-wheeler trucks. There, the brilliant Prince again topped his class, especially when he outperformed all his classmates in reversing and parking the 18-wheel vehicle!And so that is how he is spending his retirement time, driving an 18-wheeler hauling farm produce in the Southern United States and earning a living.He told his classmate and brother Kenneth that he (Captain Page) is not financially well off, though he had worked all those years as a pilot, most especially because he could not get his money out of the country in which he served the longest as a pilot, Nigeria—for 11 and a half years. Born in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Prince is still fluent in his native tongue, Bassa.He is anxious to return home and help improve Aviation among his fellow Liberians, and train Liberian military pilots.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Parade before a women’s football gameBy Danesius MartehWomen’s football made a historic entry in the 2018/2019 national county sports meet. The month-long annual tournament, which began in 1956, is Liberia’s biggest sporting event, featuring football, basketball, athletics and kickball (Liberian version of American football).This year’s festivity was bigger than past editions with customized tickets, jerseys, match balls and a raffle draw, with a trip to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt as the biggest prize.Female footballers were grouped into Lofa, Nimba, Bomi and Margibi counties.The athletes were able to display their dribbling skills, decoy runs and defensive abilities in exciting matches.Lofa beat Margibi 4-0 on 6 January and Nimba beat Bomi 4-0 on 9 January at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) sports complex in Paynesville respectively.It was a tightly contested grand-final in which Nimba beat Lofa 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw following regulation and extra time at the SKD on 13 January.The Liberia Football Association (LFA) spent US$10,641 on the teams’ preparation, sets of jerseys, shin guards, footballs, pairs of boots, per diems for technical staff and players and cash prizes, medals and awards for the runner-up, most valuable player, highest goalscorer, best goalkeeper and best defender.LFA President Mustapha Raji also made a personal contribution of L$100,000 for the victorious team. In the build-up to the presidential elections and during the debate last April, Raji made women’s football one of his campaign pillars.And Raji is looking forward to an exciting female league after more than eight years of dormancy.“As part of our own agenda, you saw that women’s football for the first time in the history of Liberia took part in the county meet.“We are going to do more for women’s football because we want it to be the number one priority sport for women in Liberia,” said Raji at his first news conference on 18 January.Raji, in partnership with the Inter Schools Sports Association (ISSA), intends to take football to the schools with the support of the LFA technical department.“We have not partnered with the school system for a long time. We are now collaborating with ISSA. Few months ago, they conducted training for over 40 coaches.“We are going to do more with ISSA by helping them restructure the format of the league. We are also working the Catholic school system in promoting grassroots football,” said Raji.Agatha Nimene of Nimba earned a piece of history by scoring the first hat-trick against Bomi.She finished as the highest goalscorer with four goals and also won the most valuable player award.Agatha, who has encountered a series of discrimination in her community, dedicated the awards to her ailing mother.“I want to dedicate this award to my mother, Theresa Nimene.She continues to support me. She would have loved to be here but she can’t walk because she is seriously sick,” said Agatha, a 2017/2018 graduate of the Trinity United Methodist High School in New Kru Town.Agatha, who wants to play professional football, thanked the LFA for the big exposure.“I want to thank Mr. Raji and the LFA for the big encouragement. So many people have seen us. This will encourage so many young girls out there as we prepare for the league. Now I hope the new league will present an opportunity for me to play professional football,” she added.Lofa’s Margaret Stewart finished as the best defender while Nimba’s Patricia Klon was the best goalkeeper.Patricia played a pivotal role during the tournament, including during the penalties, where she saved the last kick.She had not played football for five years due to a lack of encouragement.“This is my third game after five years because I received so many negative thoughts that I won’t make it. Some say football will make me not to born [bear child/children].“Despite the discouraging words, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to play in the county meet. I enjoy playing football. So let them just leave me,” she retorted.Nimba head coach Hamilton Johnson, who commended the LFA and sports ministry, is eyeing a widow of opportunities.“Women’s football should be included in every county meet going forward. And I am calling on the government to help the LFA develop women’s football.“These girls have talents. We need to rally around the LFA to improve their talents. They need education and financial assistance to develop their skills.“I want to say a very big thank you to the president of the Liberia Football Association Mustapha Raji for encouraging these girls and giving them the platform to showcase their talents. We hope to see more,” said an optimistic Johnson.Lofa head coach Sengbeh Doe is an old hand in women’s football, having coached two of the biggest female clubs – Earth Angels and Tito United.Doe, who won last season’s double with Angels, believes the media can balance the efforts of the LFA.“The media need to talk about women’s football. Everything is about the men. I don’t hear commentary on radio about women’s football.“Sometimes I come on the field and the media are talking about the men. Let them talk about the girls and you will see the difference. The new LFA leadership also needs to put money in the game, to develop all aspect of women’s football,” Doe stressed.In a more beautiful historic scene, Fifa-badged center referee Sylvina Garnett won admiration from the spectators, along with Irene Notee, Ruth Townsend and Grace Yoko as a perfect team of match officials.All eyes will be fixed on the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and other venues, to see what kind of league the new LFA leadership will organize, especially for women’s football in February.Raji and his team will be aiming to chart a new course, with Liberia having not had a functioning women’s league in eight years.As always, only time will tell.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Yello Guyana media has launched this year’s directory as the media entity took the opportunity to thank its unwavering supporters who have been the main reason for its success.Simon Alvaro (right) being presented with his winning prize from Reneta BahadurThis edition of the directory was revealed on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel. It exhibits the winning photo of the Click the Cover competition on its cover page. The entry was submitted by an employee of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Simon Alvaro, who captured the photo along his journey from the Upper Mazaruni area to Kamarang.Senior General Manager of Sales, Keith Rowley of Yellow gave an insight on the transitions that were made in the past by the organisation in his feature address. Recently, the name of the entity was changed from Yellow Pages to Yellow, to facilitate the other services that were introduced to the public.“Last year, we embarked upon a major milestone with the transformation from Yellow Pages to Yello. This transformation symbolises the inward and outward evolution of our company from more than just a director business to a full service media industry,” Rowley stated.Along with the rebranding, the services were expanded to provide search engine marketing, website development, social media management and advertising.At the brief ceremony, President of the Guyana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar also shared his remarks on behalf of the business community.“Guyana is poised to take off; something that I term as an economic explosion. I would like to see that explosion and economic prosperity transfer into businesses and businesses transfer that into the hands of their employees and their employees take that home to take care of their children.”Yello Media exists in 20 markets and provides employment for 12 Guyanese at its company. It is also the only premier Google partner in the region and is recognised as one of the top five successful companies in mobile marketing.
Winners were announced during the district’s awards banquet at the Los Angeles Convention Center. County decathlon winners will be announced Thursday in Montebello, while winning teams from private schools will be named Sunday. Granada Hills and seven wild-card teams from the Los Angeles Unified School District will compete next month at the state Academic Decathlon in Los Angeles. The winner of that contest will go to the national championship in April in Honolulu. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those won by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft High School of Woodland Hills won its third national championship. Taft also won in 1988 and 1993. This year’s top individual scorer was North Hollywood High’s Jasmine Florentine, 18, who garnered 8,929 of a possible 10,000 points. After years of watching Academic Decathlon teams from Woodland Hills capture first place among Los Angeles Unified schools, Granada Hills Charter was named district champ late Tuesday after posting the highest score in the nation. This is the initial time Granada Hills placed first, toppling reigning national champ Taft High School, which finished in a distant seventh place. The nine-member team from Granada Hills scored 49,775 of a possible 60,000 points and will represent the district in the state finals next month. “This is a credit to all of the last teams I’ve coached, because without their success this team wouldn’t have bought into the program,” said Nicholas Weber, who has coached the Granada Hills team for four years. “Last year I only won one medal because I didn’t study hard enough,” Florentine said. “This time I studied the guide over and over.” Four-time national champion El Camino Real High School, also of Woodland Hills, came in second in the district, with 48,880.6 of a possible 60,000 points. Last year, El Camino also placed second to Taft. El Camino took the top national prize in 2005. North Hollywood High School came in third with 48,113.3 points. The LAUSD’s five other wild-card teams are Marshall High School, Garfield High School, Palisades Charter High School, Taft High School and Narbonne High School in Harbor City. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, as well as the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speech and essay competitions. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine: three with grade-point averages of 3.75 to 4.00; three with GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74; and three with GPAs below 3.00. email@example.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Freshman Campos scored her team-leading 20th goal in the 11th minute. The brilliantly orchestrated move that led to the goal was emblematic of how the Wildcats (23-3-2) played for each other all season. Senior striker Taylor Thomas gave herself up to play Erin Rhodes down the center forward channel and into the final third of the field. Central midfielder Masseure hustled to make a run on Rhodes’ left and took an initial 15-yard shot for the far-right goalpost. Temecula Valley freshman goalkeeper Chelsea Morales made the diving save but gave up a rebound that Campos beat her defender to and poked past Morales, who was crawling to try and corral the loose ball. Temecula Valley (24-0-5) evened the score in the 49th minute on a fluky own goal that trickled inside the near goalpost after Bears midfielder Melissa Bowlin sent in a low, left-sided cross across the inside of the 6-yard box. Natalie Ducatenzeiler hit the decisive winner, her team-best 19th goal, in the 68th minute on a remarkable 25-yard run in which she dribbled past three defenders before using the outside of her right foot to slot past onrushing REV goalkeeper Britt Winegar. The loss was a bittersweet conclusion to an unprecedented season in which no REV team had ever reached a CIF championship game in a team sport. “If it wasn’t meant to be, it wasn’t meant to be,” REV senior co-captain Korianne Masseure said. “Even when we all dropped to the ground (at the final whistle), that shows you how much it meant to us. It hurts so bad right now. But even with this result, I wouldn’t trade this season for anything. As captain of the team, I’m very proud of the girls.” DOWNEY – Having played Temecula Valley four times in the past two seasons – including being dispatched in the first round of last year’s playoffs by them – a motivated Redlands East Valley girls soccer team was one half away from exacting revenge with one Briana Campos goal. Yet REV, which earned shutouts in 12 of its previous 14 matches, squandered a halftime lead as top-seeded Temecula Valley ended REV’s 16-match win streak and capped an undefeated season with a 2-1 victory Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division II final at Warren High School. “That own goal definitely did set us back,” REV coach Cristina Ballard said. “It didn’t stop the intensity of the game, it was just a knock to the knees. We don’t make mistakes like that. That was the difference between us being co-champs and being runner-up.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Hollywood might technically be considered the show-business capital of the world, but it is the San Fernando Valley that is home to more than 58 percent of the entertainment industry jobs in Southern California. But the Valley business scene has diversified. It’s seeing an explosion in the biotechnology field and has become an epicenter of the insurance industry. VALLEY’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS The Walt Disney Co. 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521, (818) 560-1000. The Walt Disney Co. is the No. 2 media group in the world, with operations in television, film, theme parks and the Internet. The company has business ventures in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. In 2006, its film highlights included “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Cars.” Its ABC family movie “High School Musical” has grown into a lucrative franchise with DVDs, CDs, and sequels planned. The company has 133,000 employees worldwide. Kaiser Permanente 393 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91188, (626) 405-5000 Kaiser Permanente is America’s largest not-for-profit health-maintenance organization, serving 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. An integrated health-delivery system, Kaiser Permanente organizes and provides or coordinates members’ care, including preventive services such as well-baby and prenatal care; immunizations and screening diagnostics; hospital and medical services; and pharmacy services. The company has about 31,000 employees in Los Angeles County and 156,000 companywide. Health Net 21650 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367, (818) 676-6000 Health Net provides managed health care and other medical coverage to more than 6.6 million members in California and 26 other states. Through its subsidiaries, Health Net offers HMOs, PPOs and Medicare HMOs, along with behavioral health, dental, vision and prescription benefits management plans. The company also provides health care coverage for military and other government personnel and their dependents through TRICARE contracts. Health Net has about 6,200 employees in California and 9,900 nationwide. Amgen One Amgen Center Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, (805) 447-1000 One of the world’s largest biotechnology developers, Amgen employs nearly 20,000 workers worldwide, with more than 8,000 at its Thousand Oaks campus. It markets anemia fighters Epogen and Aranesp, infection control drug Neulasta and Neupogen and rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel. It had revenues of $14.4 billion in 2006. Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522, (818) 954-6000 Warner Bros. has several film and television properties. The company produces and distributes movies through Warner Bros. Pictures, which released the blockbusters “Superman Returns” and “The Departed” in 2006. The company distributes videos and DVDs through Warner Home Video. Warner Bros. Television produces NBC shows “ER” and “Without a Trace.” The company has 5,000 to 10,000 employees in Los Angeles County, depending on television and film production. Superior Industries International Inc. 7800 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406, (818) 781-4973 Superior Industries International manufactures automobile wheels and automotive accessories. The company sells its wheels to General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Toyota, Audi and Isuzu. Retailers in the after-automotive market sell Superior Industries’ accessory lines, which include custom suspension systems, exhaust extensions, lug nuts and steering-wheel covers. The wheel maker has an employee base of about 6,000 nationwide and 250 in Van Nuys. Washington Mutual 19809 Prairie St., Chatsworth, CA 91313, (800) 788-7000 With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual Inc. is a financial services company that serves consumers and small to mid-size businesses. Operations exist in 42 states. The company serves approximately 8.5 million households through multiple delivery channels that include more than 2,140 financial centers, with 41 in the San Fernando Valley. The company has about 7,200 employees in Los Angeles County and 50,000 employees companywide. Providence Health & Services 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505, (818) 843-5111 Providence Health System is a not-for-profit organization that includes hospitals, health plans, clinics, physicians, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home care and hospice, advanced medical research and education, and community outreach programs. The company has 3,927 employees at two medical centers and smaller facilities in the San Fernando Valley and 52,280 employees companywide. 21st Century Insurance Co. 6301 Owensmouth Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367, (818) 704-3700 21st Century Insurance is the seventh-largest personal auto insurance company in the United States and insures nearly 1.5 million automobiles. The company markets personal automobile insurance in seventeen states. including Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas and Washington. Much of 21st Century’s new business comes through referrals from current policyholders; The annual renewal rate of existing policyholders is more than 90 percent. It employs about 1,700 people in the Valley and 2,900 nationwide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Future teammates? Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (left) and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (right) have both been linked with a move to Real Madrid © AFP / Adrian DENNISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Manchester United and Chelsea’s chances of a top four Premier League finish will depend largely on Paul Pogba or Eden Hazard inspiring their faltering sides over the finish line.French midfielder Pogba and Belgian captain Hazard will line up on opposite sides on Sunday as United try to arrest a run of seven defeats in nine games. Fourth-place Chelsea, three points ahead of United in sixth, can realistically end the Red Devils’ chances of Champions League football next season but must end their own run of seven straight away league defeats to top six opposition to do so.However, whether Pogba and Hazard will be around next season no matter their clubs’ fate in the next three games is very much in doubt.The two could be teammates next season with speculation linking both with a move to Real Madrid. Both have voiced their appreciation for Real boss Zinedine Zidane and publicly flirted with the idea of a move to the Spanish giants.Eleven years on from contesting the Champions League final, the prospect of losing their landmark talent is a sign of the times for both clubs.Defeat to Manchester City in midweek saw United fall 25 points behind the league leaders.“That’s the reality that we are in. We are now round about where we have been the last five seasons and that’s not good enough,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday.– Patience with Pogba running low –Pogba was the only player not from City or title challengers Liverpool to make the PFA team of the year this week, but for such a precocious talent and a world cup winner much more is demanded.His last goal from open play came the last time United and Chelsea met in the FA Cup back in February. After exploding into life early in Solskjaer’s caretaker reign, Pogba has returned to the peripheral force he was for much of Jose Mourinho’s time in charge at Old Trafford.However, it is emblematic of the huge challenge that lies ahead of Solskjaer that the players he is keen to keep hold of such as Pogba and David de Gea are running down their contracts, opening up the possibility of a move.Meanwhile, plenty of players in United’s bloated squad cannot be moved on due to their lavish wages.“Paul has done fantastic for us,” insisted Solskjaer.“The standards he has set when he is creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work, that’s just media, supporters, everyone, we look to Paul. Could you have done better?“He’s a human being as well, we are all the same. We want him to do well, he’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us.”Many in Manchester, though, would not be heartbroken to lose Pogba should United recoup the then world record £89 million they paid Juventus for him in 2016.By contrast, losing Hazard could be ruinous for Chelsea and unfortunately for the Londoners, of the two, he looks more likely to move to Madrid.Hazard has just one year left on his contract meaning Chelsea risk losing him for free if they do not let him leave this summer and will be unable to recruit a replacement unless they can get a FIFA transfer ban either overturned or suspended.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has repeatedly called for more from Hazard, but his 19 goals and 13 assists are what have kept a side short on creativity still in the running for Champions League football next season, either via the top four or winning the Europa League.In the prime of their careers, Pogba and Hazard believe the Champions League stage is where they belong.But the current states of United and Chelsea mean that while moving to Madrid offers a guarantee of top-level European football, sticking around in Manchester of west London does not.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
County Intermediate Champions Four MastersFOUR Masters Ladies have lost their replay of their Ulster Intermediate Final against Monaghan Harps tonight.The Donegal Town girls looked to be in cruise control in the game, heading into half-time with a five point lead.But Monaghan Harps turned the screw in the last 15 minutes, hitting a quick 1-01 to go two points up. And they added another goal to win 3-04 to 1-05.They now travel to Galway to play in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday.Four Masters can be proud of their journey this year though; deservedly given the replay after the fiasco of 12 days ago.Good luck now to Monaghan Harps in the All-Ireland. FOUR MASTERS LADIES LOSE OUT IN ULSTER FINAL REPLAY was last modified: November 14th, 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:donegalfour mastersMonaghan HarpsUlster Final
And now, according to reports in Italy, it is the Turin giants who have won the race to land him after agreeing a £33.25m deal with Valencia.The Spanish side had previously insisted they would not let the 24-year-od Portuguese leave for any less than £35m but it appears they have decided to compromise.Valencia had hoped to hold onto Cancelo altogether but they can now use some of the funds to make some summer signings of their own.Cancelo impressed during his 26 Serie A appearances for Inter last term but the San Siro club missed the deadline on their agreement to make the move permanent – and Juve have swooped. Cancelo impressed during his season on-loan at Inter 1 Juventus have beaten Manchester United and Wolves to the signing of Valencia defender Joao Cancelo.The rapid full-back was wanted by both Premier League clubs, although Juve also tracked him closely during his season-long loan deal at Inter Milan last term.