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Covering chaos : Journalists struggle to work effectively amidst fighting in Mogadishu

first_img News SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Reporters Without Borders and its Somali partner organisation paid tribute to journalists trying to work in strife-torn Mogadishu where an alliance of warlords is battling an Islamist militia and offered advice on how to do their jobs effectively.“The effect of the fighting on the media’s capacity to report confidently and independently is worrying,” said press freedom organisations Reporters Without Borders and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)”Journalists in conflict areas are habitually treated as enemies or as servants by conflicting groups, because of their role in uncovering the truth. We strongly appeal to the two groups fighting in Mogadishu to respect the rights of innocent people to live free from terror, including the rights of journalists to report impartially”, they said.Seven FM radio stations and at least four newspapers are trying to cover the hostilities independently and they face escalating difficulties. The rights of journalists are frequently trampled in Somalia and violators enjoy absolute impunity.Many local journalists have refused to cover the conflict because of the high risk of being hounded or killed by the belligerents determined to stop them reporting unwelcome facts.Some newspapers are not being printed on schedule because of lack of staff, shortage of transport and the high price of materials. Circulation has fallen off since vendors are too fearful to take to streets held by militia. Key road junctions in the city which vendors used until recently have been turned into checkpoints held by armed men. During the latest fighting by the warring groups in the capital, a landmine was buried on the road leading to the headquarters of NUSOJ. It was removed before anyone could be injured.Destabilised by the violence, Mogadishu’s journalists are failing to cover the fighting effectively for fear that they will be targeted themselves. Most of them have little experience or background information about the mechanics and evolution of conflict. But the media has been trying in past few days of fighting to present the views of ordinary citizens opposed to armed confrontation. May 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Covering chaos : Journalists struggle to work effectively amidst fighting in Mogadishu RSF_en Further, some journalists have been paid a lot of money by the different factions to publish false information, to advance the belligerents’ political agenda. Journalists have been paid amounts ranging from $50 to $500 to plant misleading stories.The civilian inhabitants of Mogadishu are either fleeing the city or trying to hide from the battle. Like other civilians, journalists living or working in the north and east of Mogadishu are the most exposed and need to stay close to their families to protect and feed them, or to arrange their transport out of the city if the situation worsens.Reporters Without Borders and NUSOJ jointly recommend that journalists: – Give more priority to covering the views of ordinary citizens rather than the leaders of the combatant groups.- Avoid reporting solely about the two combatant groups and concentrate on the affected sectors of society.- Refuse to put out false information.- Describe the groups as they refer to themselves and avoid prejudicial labels.- Report on the evolution of fighting by quoting an exact source instead of making it appear to be the journalist’s point of view.- Use precise words to clearly explain the circumstances of any disaster.- Cover all political sides equally. News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further Follow the news on Somalia February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Somali partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), paid tribute to journalists trying to work in strife-torn Mogadishu where an alliance of warlords is battling an Islamist militia and offered advice on how to do their jobs effectively. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information NUSOJ, Tree Biano Building, Via Maka Al-Mukarah, KM4 Area, Waberi District, Mogadishu – Telefax: +252-1-859944 – Email: [email protected] News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Newslast_img read more

Professor Hawking to recover from infection

first_imgProfessor Stephen Hawking, an Oxford-educated scientist, is expected to safely recover from chest infection.The physicist, who has motor neuron disease, has been rushed in an ambulance to a hospital earlier this week. This is because the infection he has had for two weeks has worsened. His state was described as “very ill”.However, he is now expected to fully recover.Cambridge University’s spokesperson said, “Professor Hawking remains in hospital. But he is in a comfortable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.”Professor Hawking fell ill on a speaking tour of the United States. His condition has not improved since he returned home.The scientist had been scheduled to speak at Oxford Union this term, but has since pulled out.last_img read more

NBA to Drake: Keep your hands off Raptors coach

first_imgRaptors coach Nick Nurse won’t be getting any impromptu shoulder massages from rapper and Raptors superfan Drake when the NBA Finals begin Thursday night.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said while the league appreciates Drake’s passion for the game, there are lines the superstar shouldn’t be crossing when he’s at his courtside seat. Like during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals when an excited Drake drifted toward Toronto’s bench and rubbed Nurse’s shoulders.Get you a hype man like Drake. …last_img read more

Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challenge

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao just let out a subtle invitation for Conor McGregor to fight him next year.On Thursday afternoon, the Fighting Senator posted on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” read the message, which was written below a picture of McGregor looking relaxed sitting on a sofa.Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing the World Boxing Organization to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, opting to bypass a rematch clause to concentrate on his legislative duties in the Philippines.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 shutoutMcGregor also hasn’t fought since bowing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a megabuck boxing bout last August.With a fight against the mixed martial arts superstar sure to bring in oodles of money, even boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has hinted he’s going to come out of a seven-year retirement to tangle with the Irishman. Though he’s a certified billionaire, Pacquiao is still hoping to land one or two lucrative fights before hanging up his gloves. And McGregor is at the top of the pay scale. —ROY LUARCA Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Government Targeting 50,000 BPO Jobs

first_img Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17, the Minister  noted that the BPO sector has been growing “very aggressively” and has generated 26,000 jobs. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is targeting the creation 50,000 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs in a “pretty short time.” Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is targeting the creation 50,000 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs in a “pretty short time.”Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17, the Minister  noted that the BPO sector has been growing “very aggressively” and has generated 26,000 jobs.He said that the Jamaica Promotions Corporation, through its market research, has projected that nearly 11,000 new BPO jobs will be created by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on March 31.Minister Shaw pointed out that ensuring that Jamaica has the requisite skills set to support growing industries like BPO remains a priority adding that “we have to focus more on training people.”He noted that 17,000 persons are expected to be trained by the end of this year, many of whom will go into the BPO sector.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw informed that the Administration has created over 60,000 jobs since assuming office in February 2016. Of the number, nearly 40,000 were created in 2017.“While we have created those jobs, the labour force has actually been expanding as well. More people have seen the signs of growth and have removed themselves from the unemployment and inactive line and are now actively seeking jobs,” he pointed out.Mr. Shaw said the signs of growth are particularly evident in the construction industry. He said that the Jamaica Promotions Corporation, through its market research, has projected that nearly 11,000 new BPO jobs will be created by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on March 31.center_img Story Highlights “We see a lot of new buildings going up when you drive around the city (of Kingston). Two major high rise buildings are going up in downtown, and new (commercial) and apartment buildings all over New Kingston. The construction industry is booming in Jamaica right now,” he added.last_img read more

Coalition for Quebecs Future captures LouisHebert riding in byelection

first_imgQUEBEC – Coalition for Quebec’s Future captured the riding of Louis-Hebert in a provincial byelection on Monday, wresting away what was once considered a safe Liberal seat and a Quebec City-area stronghold for the governing party since 2003.Former coroner’s office spokeswoman Genevieve Guilbault was assured victory in the riding for the third-place Coalition party, garnering just over 51 per cent of vote.Ex-political attache Ihssane El Ghernati finished second with almost 19 per cent and Parti Quebecois candidate Norman Beauregard took third place with just over 16 per cent.Voter turnout was registered at 52.4 per cent according to the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec.Voters in the riding went to the polls to choose a new member of the legislature, left vacant after the departure of longtime Liberal Sam Hamad in April.The byelection was considered an important test for the governing Liberals in a riding they’d held for years with comfortable majorities, especially with the next provincial election around the corner in 2018.The campaign was chaotic from the outset, with both the Liberal and Coalition original candidates dropping out within hours of each other over allegations of psychological harassment dating back to their former jobs.The result leaves the governing Liberals with 68 of the 125 seats in the legislature, compared with 28 for the PQ, 21 for the Coalition, and three for Quebec solidaire. There are five Independent members.The runoff was a record 15th byelection in Quebec since the last provincial election in April 2014.last_img read more

Scheer marks oneyear countdown to federal election with campaignstyle speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer marked the start of the one-year countdown to the 2019 election with a campaign-style speech that took direct aim at the Liberal government’s record — on everything from carbon taxes, to ethics, to budgetary deficits.Scheer even did an impression of the man he succeeded as leader of the Tories — former prime minister Stephen Harper — as he criticized the Trudeau government’s handling of the federal finances.“Remember those? Remember those teeny, tiny temporary deficits?” a smiling Scheer said Sunday inside an Ottawa convention centre as he held up his right thumb and index finger for the laughing crowd of party supporters.Scheer was referring to the Liberals’ 2015 pledge to run annual shortfalls of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.After winning power from Harper, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned the vow, citing a weaker-than-expected economy and a need to invest in the country’s long-term growth. The Liberals produced a shortfall of $19 billion last year and have yet to provide a timetable to return to balanced books, despite the stronger economy.The deficits are expected to be central to the Tory attacks in the lead up to the next election on Oct. 21, 2019.Back in 2015, Harper frequently targeted Trudeau’s deficit promise while he was on the campaign trail. Harper, widely known for being serious, made a bit of a splash with meme-makers on social media when he made a similar teeny-weeny hand gesture about the Liberals’ shortfall pledge.“He’ll run, he says, a modest deficit, a tiny deficit — so small you can hardly see the deficit,” a sarcastic, hunched-over Harper said of Trudeau at the time.In his speech Sunday, Scheer ran through a list of other areas where he believes the Liberals have vulnerabilities.He focused on the Liberals’ centrepiece carbon tax plan — which he called a “revenue plan” to fill government coffers — and on the ethical issues that have led to reprimands from the federal ethics commissioner.Scheer noted how the ethics commissioner ruled Trudeau himself had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to his vacation on a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan.He also pointed to the failed Energy East pipeline that was to transport crude east from Alberta — a project he vowed to revive, if elected — as well as an updated North American trade agreement he argued failed to bring any gains for Canada.In the “one-year sprint to the finish,” Scheer told his supporter the Liberals will throw everything they have at the Tories.“It’s going get worse, it’s going to get nasty,” said Scheer, who insisted Trudeau also has the news media and pundits on his side.Recent polls have suggested the Liberals are in a relatively good position ahead of the Tories and the NDP — but a lot can change in 12 months.The Tories have enjoyed bursts of momentum in recent months.First, the Conservatives won a key byelection in the Saguenay region of Quebec, a province that will be a critical battleground ahead of next year’s vote. Last month, former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev stunned colleagues by announcing she would cross the floor from the governing party to join their Tory rivals.“I may be a little late to the party — but better late, hopefully, than never,” Alleslev told the crowd Sunday before Scheer took the stage.In his speech, Scheer also underlined the encouraging emergence of new conservative governments in the provinces, including the two biggest ones: Ontario and Quebec.“We’ve got more and more allies in premiers’ offices across the country who will help us implement our vision of low taxes, smaller government and greater individual freedom for Canadians from coast to coast,” he said.The Conservatives, however, have also suffered setbacks.Maxime Bernier — one of Scheer’s rivals for the Tory leadership — left the party in the summer and called his former leader and colleagues “intellectually and morally corrupt” on his way out the door.The Quebec MP later launched his own federal conservative political party.Bernier’s move angered Conservatives, who have argued that adding another party on the right side of the political spectrum will split the vote and allow the Liberals to easily win another majority government.last_img read more

Strike at Globe and Mail averted at last minute with tentative agreement

first_imgTORONTO — A strike has been averted at the Globe and Mail just hours before the deadline.Unifor, which represents 320 reporters, editors and other staff at the national newspaper, says the two sides have reached a tentative agreement.The union says details of the deal won’t be released until the agreement is presented to members for ratification.Unifor had said it was seeking pension protection and an end to what it says is a pay gap between the Globe’s male and female employees.The two sides had been negotiating for six months, but Unifor said talks had not moved forward for the past two months.Members had given their bargaining committee a 94 per cent strike mandate two weeks ago.———A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Highway maintenance workers reminding motorists to slow down in work zones

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Officials with highway maintenance contract firms in the Peace Region are reminding motorists to slow down and respect signs in work zones now that summer construction season has arrived.The Work Zone Safety Alliance says that between 2008 and 2017, 12 roadside workers were killed and 218 were injured and missed time from work as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle. To help keep roadside workers safe, the Alliance is launching the 2018 Cone Zone Campaign, an annual road safety awareness initiative to encourage safe driving behaviours around roadside workers.The Alliance says that safe driving behaviour helps to ensure that roadside workers such as first responders, road builders, municipal workers, landscapers, flag persons, tow truck operators and utility workers return home safe to their families. The organization has released a list of things that workers need drivers to do while travelling this summer:Pay attention to temporary road signs, traffic cones and directions given by a traffic control person.Leave your phone alone.Safely slow down before reaching a Cone Zone and obey the posted speed limit.Respect the roadside as a workplace.Reduce your speed when driving near work vehicles with flashing amber, red and blue lights. If the posted speed limit is greater than 80 km/h, slow to 70km/h. If the posted speed is less than 80 km/h, slow to 40 km/h. Drivers who fail to adjust their speed or who fail to move over may receive a $173 violation ticket and three penalty points.last_img read more

BJP candidate Santanu Thakur injured in car accident

first_imgKolkata: BJP candidate from Bongaon constituency Santanu Thakur was injured when the car he was travelling in collided head-on with another car on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday morning. Two others, including the driver, have also sustained some injuries.BJP leaders from North 24-Parganas put up a roadblock on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday afternoon resulting in traffic congestion in the area. The roadblock was later lifted following the intervention of senior police officers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident occurred at around 12.30 pm near Hashpur More under Gaighata police station. The car that hit Thakur’s vehicle had a ‘police’ sticker on its windscreen. The frontal portions of both the vehicles were damaged due to the accident. Following the incident, BJP workers went on a rampage ransacking the police vehicle. The incident sparked off tension among the locals. The BJP workers sat on the road and shouted slogans. Thakur, along with two others, was immediately rushed to Bongaon Sub-divisional hospital where they have been undergoing treatment. Thakur has received head injuries in the accident. According to hospital sources, all the injured victims are stated to be in a stable condition. CT scan was performed on Thakur immediately after he was admitted to the hospital. The Election Commission has sought a detailed report on the incident from the District Magistrate of the North 24-Parganas who happened to be the Chief Election Officer of the district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe BJP leaders from the district alleged that it was a deliberate attempt to cause harm to Thakur who had been going to Kalyani to join his election rally. BJP alleged that TMC leaders might have hatched a plan and demanded a thorough inquiry. The district TMC leaders, however, rubbished the allegation saying that BJP was trying to politicise the whole incident after they lost the political foothold in the area. Trinamool Congress district president Jyotipriya Mallick termed it as ‘an orchestrated incident’ and an attempt to win the sympathy of the people ahead of the fifth phase of elections when Bongaon goes to poll. “The car in which Thakur was travelling bears a registration of Uttar Pradesh. Five RSS people were travelling in the car. There was around Rs 25 lakh cash in the car. The BJP candidate from Bongaon was going to distribute the money among the people. The accident occurred when they were trying to flee after being chased by the locals,” Mallick told the reporters during a press conference in the district. Mallick also clarified that the other vehicle involved in the accident was not a police vehicle but was being used by the Central Forces. An FIR has been lodged against those who attacked the police who went to the spot following the incident.last_img read more

Akhannouch to Paris to chair FrenchMoroccan agricultural joint commission

first_imgParis – Minister of agriculture and fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch began on Monday a two-day working visit to France during which he will chair, along with French counterpart, Stéphane Le Foll, the first French-Moroccan agricultural joint commission.                          The two officials will chair the signing ceremony of agreements on partnership and cooperation especially in the fields of agriculture, rural development and agri-business. Akhannouch, who is accompanied by a large delegation, will also have a working lunch with  Le Foll.The Moroccan official will also take part, with French deputy minister for food, Guillaume Garot, in the opening of the French-Moroccan food meeting.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball hits the books in preparation for No 22

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing off a 35-point loss to Maryland in a season that’s been marred by turbulence, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is taking a variety of steps to right his inexperienced team’s ship. He’s always been an avid reader, but, in an effort to find something that might help his players, Matta recently began reading a new book about psychology. Although he declined to disclose its name, Matta started sharing lessons from the text with his team hoping that something — anything — might click with his youthful Buckeyes. “The good news is I just started it and it’s, like, 250 pages,” a smiling Matta said. In its 19 games thus far, OSU narrowly lost to then-No. 10 Virginia and stunned then-fourth-ranked Kentucky at a neutral site, but the Buckeyes (12-7, 4-2) have lost three games by at least 20 points. Figuring out just what makes this team so different on a night-to-night basis is like breaking the Enigma code — it might take a computer to do it. Or a book. “Yesterday (Matta) said he’s on page 36,” freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle said. “Yesterday he read us four quotes out of the book … so who knows how many quotes we’ll get the rest of the week. One of the quotes yesterday was something like, ‘if you look at things differently, maybe the outcome will be differently.’ It was just quotes that compare to us.” Looking at their next game differently is exactly what might work for the Buckeyes. They’ve had similar games like Thursday’s against No. 22 Purdue (15-3, 4-2) before, but in each of those, the outcome has been less than desired. The three games with parallels to the forthcoming tilt with the Boilermakers — on the road against a top-flight program in Connecticut, Indiana and Maryland — all ended in 20-plus point defeats. So, looking at things differently as the Buckeyes head to West Lafayette, Indiana, might be what it takes for the team to crack the code and become the consistent basketball team it strives to be. OSU has struggled to bring the necessary energy to compete with its more talent-laden opponents when facing them on the visitor’s home floor. That, however, should not be the case Thursday, Lyle said. “I’m expecting us to come in there and play hard all 40 minutes,” Lyle said. “Start playing hard from the jump, not waiting for the second media timeout or anything like that. Just trying to play hard the entire game, I feel like we haven’t done that in a while. “We need to get back to doing that.” “With the lights on”Bouncing back from such an embarrassing loss could be difficult, but Matta said his team has been putting forth a solid showing in the gym in the days following. OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“We’ve had a couple of pretty good practices,” Matta said. “But we’ve practiced relatively well throughout the (season). When you step into Mackey Arena (Thursday) night, it’s on.” To be a better team when the first whistle blows, Matta said, the effort Lyle mentioned needs to be there, but it cannot be just be up to one player. Every player that sees the court needs to consistently be playing hard, the coach said, even through any mistakes the team makes. When those mistakes happen, which they are bound to, as they are just a part of the game, sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said, Matta always emphasizes the importance of playing through them, rather than letting them weigh players down. “Coach Matta isn’t one of those coaches who’s gonna yell at you for a bad shot,” Tate said. “He doesn’t really care about the mistakes that you make. He just wants to see you play through them. As long as you play hard, then there’s no problem. That’s just what we’ve got to do a better job of.” “It’s on”While OSU is looking at its matchup against Purdue differently, that won’t change the fact the Buckeyes will have their hands full when the game starts. The Boilermakers come into Thursday’s game on the heels of a 107-57 throttling of Rutgers on Monday. Although the Scarlet Knights aren’t exactly a heavyweight opponent, Purdue used the same balanced attack in that game that has helped it throughout the season. That balanced scoring comes from three dominant post players, in senior center A.J. Hammons, sophomore center Isaac Haas and freshman forward Caleb Swanigan. The entire trio averages double-figure scoring, with the 7-foot Hammons leading the way with 13.4 points a game. Haas, who checks in at 7-foot-2, puts up 10.9 points a contest, while Swanigan chips in 10.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. Matta said he is well aware of the three-headed monster in the paint. “They are huge,” the coach said. “We’ve got to do a great job, the best job we can, with our post defense. It’s no secret. If you look at their shot totals, they’re going to get the ball inside to those guys.”Although denying all the entry passes to the trio would be the best-case scenario for Matta’s team, that is unrealistic. Once it gets down there, though, it is on OSU’s post players, like freshman Daniel Giddens and redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, to step up, Matta said. “They’re going to score,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that but we’ve got to do the best job we can challenging them, taking away their favorite moves. And (we need to) rebound the basketball.” Up nextAfter the Buckeyes take on the Boilermakers, they’re set to return to Columbus and take on Penn State at 7 p.m. on Monday. read more

Global stardom hasnt changed Liverpool winger Sadio Mane – Aliou Cisse

first_imgMane will be under pressure to impress for his nation as he gets their World Cup campaign is underway against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.But Senegal boss Aliou Cisse who has watched Mane scoring 20 goals for Liverpool last season and blossoming since he took part in the Olympic Games in London six years ago says his feet remain firmly on the ground.“I don’t want to say he could become one of the best players in the world, he is already one of the best, you have to stress this,” Cisse said according to Liverpoolechoes.“He plays for an iconic club in Liverpool, which is one of the best clubs in Europe. He has shown he is top notch with his club and he has something unique.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“He’s unpredictable. At any point he can make the difference with a dribble and pass so for me he is already one of the best players.“Sadio is a unique player and he can’t be compared to any other Senegal players, even if we’ve had some major ones in the past.“He’s unique and despite everything that has occurred to him in the last two or three years, he hasn’t changed. He’s just as humble as the first time I met him, six years ago at the Olympics.“His mentality hasn’t changed, his behaviour to staff and his humility to his team-mates is the same, so he’s a player who can bring a lot to the team.”last_img read more

Real Madrid stopped negotiations for Palacios

first_imgExequiel Palacios’ agent has revealed that Real Madrid has stopped all negotiations for the River Plate star due to the Libertadores final.The effects of the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid are starting to take some victims, the latest one is Exequiel Palacios from River Plate according to his agent.The player had an advanced negotiation to sign for Los Blancos during the winter, but the whole situation with the final has delayed and maybe even completely stopped the process, agent Renato Corsi spoke to Diario AS about the state of the whole deal and revealed that there are other clubs who are interested in signing the player as soon as possible.Corsi spoke about the heartbreak that was not being able to play the final at the Monumental for Palacios, the player who gave his club the ticket to the big match after scoring a penalty in the semifinals.Según @diarioas , la interminable final de la Libertadores frena el pase de Exequiel Palacios a Real Madrid, pero no lo pone en riesgo— Claudio Mauri (@hcmauri) November 26, 2018“As the River Plate fan and as a football player for this club for the last ten years, it’s obvious that Exequiel wanted to play the final at the Monumental in Argentina,” said Corsi to Diario AS.“With this whole problem that took place over there, he would also love to play in that stadium and in a country as beautiful as Spain.”“I really hope things work out and he can play for Real Madrid. We have received calls from Inter, AS Roma, Wolfsburg…”“There are many interested clubs but Real Madrid is the one that has shown the biggest interest.”“This whole situation of the suspended final between River and Boca, is the reason that both boards of directors haven’t been able to talk about the transfer yet.”“But I gotta say that Real Madrid has been nothing but straightforward and polite with us, both me and my partner.”“Both clubs have already agreed that they will speak again when the final has passed, they were already going to keep having meetings over Exequiel Palacios after both matches.”“But everything happened and they didn’t talk. Real Madrid will call us in the next few days. We also spoke with Barcelona, but we never reached an agreement.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Zanetti from Inter also called me, but none of those clubs advanced as much as Real Madrid,” he added.⚪🔴⚪💪— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) November 20, 2018“Exequiel actually had a chance to join Torino about one and a half years ago. The problem with this offer he got, is that we didn’t think he was yet ready to go to Europe and we all decided that staying in River was the better idea,” he continued.“After that, he continued playing for the club and Marcelo (Gallardo) helped him keep growing little by little until he achieved this level of performance.”“Thanks to his efforts and the manager’s support, Exequiel grew to become the player he is today. We have worked with him for five years now, he is a very humble lad, just like his family. He always played the way he does right now.”“It’s evident that he started playing with a little more attitude this year thanks to Marcelo Gallardo, the manager helped him grow and even improve several aspects of his football,” he concluded.Exequiel Palacios will have a unique chance of showing Real Madrid and Spain what he is capable of, when he plays the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.As an offensive midfielder with extraordinary creative capabilities, it is expected that Palacios can become one of Argentina’s biggest export talents in recent times.Real Madrid will have bought a great talent if the meetings between then and River Plate turn out positive, the reports of his transfer to Spain are all true, only they got a little bit behind for the reasons that his agent just explained.Vamos todos juntos banda ⚪🔴⚪!!— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) October 31, 2018Where would you play Exequiel Palacios in the Real Madrid lineup? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more