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Liberian Women Want ‘Immediate Release’ of Nigerian Girls

first_imgLiberian women under the banner of the Women NGO Secretariat have called on the Nigerian Government to take total responsibility of the girls and institute immediate action for their release.The women gathered Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Nigerian Embassy in Monrovia to read a position statement in solidarity with the many families especially Nigerian mothers, who watch daily without their girls being part of the families.“We women and mothers of Liberia see this as a complete violation of those girls and their families’ rights to a family, under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that, everyone has the right to a family.”The statement, read by Patience Payne, a student of the Paynesville Assembly God Mission (AGM) School, described the act by Boko Haram as very “barbaric” and “unacceptable and a crime against humanity,” and called on Boko Haram to return the girls to their families unharmed.The concern women also called on the Nigerian government to respect freedom of expression in this matter as women in Nigeria, Africa, and globally organize to bring prominence to this critical human rights violation.Ms. Payne further said that it was shameful act, attributed to Boko Haram, whose name mean “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, happened within a decade dedicated to African women, and within a continent where women’s education provides the hope of gender equality.“This is the society and continent were women believe that equal participation can shape the economic, social and political destinies of our African continent.”The Liberian women believed that the action by the terrorist group reinforced the exposure to sexual violence, experienced by people living in poverty, with women and children bearing the brunt of these cruel actions.“This act by the militant Boko Haram reflects a global crisis that affects women and girls in conflict, in Liberia, we recognize the fact that the girls killed, subjected to sexual violence and other forms of human rights violations.”The groups also use the occasion to call on the Liberian Government to support mothers and families, who remain traumatized and living in pain as a result of their loss over the 15-year civil war.One of the senior staffs of the Nigerian Embassy received the position statement on half of the Ambassador, Madam Chigozie Obi Nnadozie, and promised to reach the position statement to the right’s authority.She expressed thanks and appreciation to the women of Liberia for been in solidarity with the people of Nigeria including mothers and family members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Blue Oceans’ Call to Action Implementation Begins With Beach Clean-Up

first_imgThe Blue Oceans team at the launch of the July 5, 2019 clean-up exercise in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.On Friday, July 5, 2019 the National Steering Committee of the Blue Oceans Conference begun implementing the “Call-To-Action,” adopted by stakeholders at the March 18-22, 2019 events in Monrovia with a beach clean-up exercise.The first phase of the cleanup, which took place at the Kru Town Beach in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, brought together more than 100 participants, including students, representatives from Enisul Fisheries and Liberia Surf Affiliation.Robertsport City Mayor J. Edwin Korha and members of the Kru Town community welcomed the Blue Oceans team, and assured them of the residents’ commitment to the exercise.Mayor Korha and his council members collaborated with the Blue Oceans team, and directed them to various persons and businesses already hosting beach clean-ups like John Adams from Collaboration Management Association (CMA), Enisul Fisheries, owned by Fabolia Kamara, and students from the Robertsport High School.“Together, we picked up over 50 large black trash bags of plastic debris, wastes and other unmentionables not meant for the ocean,” Mayor Korha said.He expressed gratitude for the event, and their commitments to beach clean-ups moving forward.The second phase of the Beach Clean-Up was also held on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Marshall City Margibi County.Mayor Korha want city members to keep the beaches clean and promises to support their efforts by making the tools always readily available for beach clean-up teams.A local business owner, F. Kamara also encouraged beach clean-ups by offering his fishery as a place to support local groups and organizations willing to do the work.The Blue Oceans Liberia team donated four wheel barrels, ten rakes and shovels, and 25 wooden brooms to Robertsport City to support their beach cleaning efforts.The Liberia Surf Affiliation has already scheduled to begin cleaning the Kru-Town Beach every Friday morning, and participants from Liberia will join them every to carry on the exercise.The culture of a clean beach is being encouraged and supported by all members of the community and its governing agencies.The Blue Oceans Team, which comprises the EPA, LiMA, National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA,) the Swedish Embassy and Conservation International (CI) reemphasized that this demonstration of the government of Liberia’s continuous commitment to the work of Blue Oceans Conference “Call-To-Action,” and to keep beaches on the west coast clean.On March 21, 2019, the Liberian government underscored the importance of improving the health and productivity of the country’s coast and ocean and protecting its functional integrity is key for country’s future.“We recognize that the Africa Maritime Domain (AMD) offers all African nations vast growth opportunities, including several sea-lanes of enormous importance for their security and prosperity. Our partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia and CI is noteworthy in these efforts,” GoL said.Representatives from the National Steering Committee member institutions, including Levi Z. Piah, Chief Technical Advisor, EPA; Konah Kaliku, Environmental Inspector, Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA); Anthony Yokie, Environmental Supervisor, NaFAA; Jenkins Flahwor, National Program Officer for Energy at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia; and Victor Smith – GEF Mangrove Project Manager, CI graced the event.The National Steering Committee is comprised of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as chair, LiMA as Co-chair, the NaFAA as well as its international partners, the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia and CI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


‘Indiana Jones’ for Blanchett?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford in the long-awaited fourth installment of the “Indiana Jones” series, her publicist confirmed Saturday. “She is in negotiations, yes,” publicist Lisa Kasteler told The Associated Press. She did not elaborate. Filming is scheduled to begin later this year, with Steven Spielberg on board to direct. The movie is being produced by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1984’s “Temple of Doom” and 1989’s “The Last Crusade.” Blanchett, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2004 for “The Aviator,” starred in last year’s “Notes on a Scandal” and “Babel.” – Associated Presslast_img read more


Sofapaka not giving up on KPL title yet

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center) during a past Kenyan Premier League clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7- With Gor Mahia losing for the first time this season after going down 2-1 away to Bandari FC in Mombasa on Tuesday afternoon, chasing teams have revived hopes of doing the gigantic task of bridging the gap and shocking K’Ogalo for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka, the 2009 champions, are 13 points behind the leaders while Bandari are now 11 points close to the record 16-time champions who nonetheless have a two-game deficit. Batoto ba Mungu head coach John Baraza says his side will not give up on the chase for the crown and will wait to make the most of any slip ups by Gor.“We have nine matches remaining this season and that is 27 points to fight for. Definitely, fate is not on our hands, but this is football you never know. Gor will drop points along the way and if they do, we have to make sure we are in a position to benefit. We have to ensure we try win all the remaining games and see what happens,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Baraza though has bemoaned two losses they picked before last weekend’s 1-0 win against Ulinzi Stars, saying those were six vital points dropped. Sofapaka lost 2-0 to Kariobangi Sharks and 2-1 to Tusker, slowing down their march to catch up with Gor.“They were very unfortunate losses and I think if we picked those two wins, we would have a very good chance. Against Sony we didn’t play very well. They outplayed us. Against Tusker, we were the best team and played a brilliant game but lost. However, that is behind our backs and we focus ahead,” the tactician added.Sofapaka strikers Umaru Kassumba, Piston Mutamba and Stephen Waruru celebrate one of the goals in their 3-0 win over Baba Dogo United in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn their quest, Sofapaka can hand themselves a huge favor if they BEAT k’Ogalo when the two sides lock horn on the 22nd of this month, the tie tentatively set for the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.They came inches close to beating the league leaders when they met in the first leg having come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 but conceded a last minute goal.The other side with a probably realistic chance of catching up with Gor is AFC Leopards who are fourth with 42 points. Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Mathare United over the weekend, a result that injected some hope of fighting for the title.Mathare started the season as one of the title prospects, but have since slumped after a brilliant start and have gone eight matches without enjoying victory. They are now placed seventh in the standings with 35 points.Meanwhile, while the battle for the league looks more of a chance battle, the one at the extreme end of the table promises to shape down to a battle down to the wire.Wazito are bottom of the pile with 20 points, same as Thika United but with an inferior goal difference. Vihiga United occupy the play-off slot with 23 points, four behind the safe zone occupied by Chemelil Sugar.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna quenches his thirst during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLeague debutants Wazito have not won a league game since their 1-0 victory over Sofapaka on April 29 and have lost nine of their last 12 outings. They played to a 0-0 draw with Nzoia Sugar over the weekend, but they look far from convincing especially after massive exits in mid-seasonThika United survived the chop last season after winning 1—against Ushuru in the promotion and relegation play-off, but if their form this season is anything to go by, it looks like a tall order.Just like Wazito, Thika have been forced to do some serious rebuilding after most of the first team players left in mid-season and have lost four of their last five games. Losses against Nakumatt and Sony Sugar have had massive blows on their survival bid.Vihiga have lost three matches on the trot and new boss Mike Mururi has a tall order to rescue the side from the snare of relegation. Their closest rivals to safety, Chemelil, beat them 1-0 last weekend to move three points clear.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Festival at library celebrates cherry blossoms

first_img Although the library trees usually bloom in February, they are blooming late this year, with only a few blossoms in time for the festival. “This year they will probably reach their peak in March,” Mori said. Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival in April celebrates the thousands of trees that were given by Japan to the United States in the early 20th century. Jokichi Takamine, known for isolating adrenaline in 1901, helped donate the Washington trees, and his grandson, Jokichi “Joe” Takamine III, who practices medicine in Santa Monica, was an honored guest at the Reagan Library festivities. Mori said he is proud to be a part of the Japanese-American tradition and sees his work helping to plant trees at the library and elsewhere in Simi Valley as a way to give something back to the community where he raised his two daughters. “I wanted my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to remember that I did something for the city of Simi Valley and the Reagan Library,” he said. Some of the cherry trees are planted along the walkway from the parking lot to the library’s main entrance, but most are planted on a bank of landscaping still under development west of the library’s replica of the White House South Lawn and Reagan’s grave. The Reagan Library and Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12, or $9 for visitors 62 and older and $3 for children 11 through 17. Children under 10 are free. There is no charge to visit the cherry trees and library grounds at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. For more information, call (800) 410-8354. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In Japan, it is a national pastime to enjoy the cherry blossoms, Tsuyuki said. “The Shinto tradition is to be in harmony with nature and with all people,” he said. “Enjoying the cherry blossoms is part of welcoming the spring season and opening our hearts to others.” The library’s festival included Odori dancers, Taiko drums, Koto harp music, Japanese fencing, demonstrations of calligraphy and flower-arranging and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, making it one of the biggest celebrations of Japanese culture in Ventura County. Members of the America Miyazaki Cherry Tree Association, founded by Rocky Mori of Simi Valley, helped contribute the trees to the library and other sites in Simi Valley, including the civic center. A California variety of cherry tree is used at the library, and the trees bloom earlier than cherry trees of other varieties used in Japan and in Washington, D.C., Mori said. SIMI VALLEY – Cherry trees started blooming at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum just in time for the debut Friday of the library’s Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of friendship and Japanese culture. The trees, donated with the help of a local Japanese-American group, symbolize harmony with nature and people, and should remain blooming at the library for weeks. The Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki, head minister of Konko Church of Los Angeles, was asked to conduct a traditional Shinto rite at the festival, and said Reagan’s friendship represented a turning point in Japanese-American relations. Reagan was known for the close personal relationship he developed with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, with Reagan calling Nakasone Yasu and Nakasone calling the president Ron. last_img read more


Racist fliers appearing in Rosamond

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Neighbors told deputies the home’s residents do not cause any problems and do not appear to be involved in any criminal activity, and are very good neighbors. Anyone with information on who was passing out the fliers was asked to call the Kern County sheriff’s Rosamond substation at (661) 256-9700. ROSAMOND – Racist fliers that insult African-Americans and challenge them to come to a Lancaster home to fight have turned up in Rosamond, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. Apparently created on a home computer and similar to fliers that have appeared for months around Lancaster, the fliers appear to be a vicious prank against the residents of the home whose address appears on them, Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Neil Record said. The fliers have been left on parked cars in the Rosamond area and deputies have not located anyone who has actually seen the individuals who are leaving them. The home’s resident, an immigrant from El Salvador, told deputies he has had numerous vandalisms since the fliers began appearing after he moved in several months ago but can’t think of any reason why he would be targeted, Record said. last_img read more


Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY AARP Driver Safety class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Free used oil recycling kits will be distributed, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kragen Auto Parts, 26850 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Donor Registry, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 230223 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (626) 577-2587. Nature program, “Living Among Mountain Lions,” 2-4 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109. WEDNESDAY Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY last_img read more


Burnley suffer defeat to Watford after Europa League exertions take their toll

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Moments later, sloppy play from Matt Lowton turned a Burnley throw into Watford’s third. Hughes gratefully collected a loose pass, charged forward and fired into the top corner from 20 yards.Burnley began to tire and only came close when substitute Sam Vokes headed inches wide with his first touch and Ben Mee hooked over in added time. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Watford beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor as they ended their away day pain in style.Javi Gracia’s side had not won in their previous 12 Premier League trips, losing 11 and failing to score in their previous eight. Most Popular Premier League News possible standings predicted 3 revealed Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? center_img James Tarkowski’s goal was the only bright point for Burnley. Troy Deeney celebrates during Watford’s 3-1 win over Burnley There was no further scoring before the break, but chances galore. Gudmundsson’s bending free-kick drew a diving save from Ben Foster, Gray stabbed wide from a decent position and Jack Cork just ran out of road – and into Etienne Capoue – after an ambitious run into the box.When Deeney returned fire for Watford from distance, Hart got down well to make the save. Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood both had chances on the cusp of half-time but could not convert.It seemed impossible that both sides would hold out and it was Watford who took control, netting twice within five minutes of the restart.They took the lead through Deeney, who latched on to a superb defence-splitting pass from Abdoulaye Doucoure and poked his shot past Hart. smart causal Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures whoops SORRY changes Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Will Hughes scored the third Watford goal with a sweet strike. But 13 proved a lucky number, with the Hornets twice taking the lead through Andre Gray and Troy Deeney before Will Hughes beat Joe Hart with a sweet strike from 20 yards.Hart had kept clean sheets in each of his first three appearances for the Clarets, who have already completed six games of a season elongated by Europa League commitments.Sean Dyche made six changes from Thursday night’s extra-time win over Istanbul Basaksehir but, with the first leg of their play-off against Olympiakos approaching, Burnley’s ability to fight on two fronts will come into question.One point and one goal in their first two league games will surely sharpen the minds ahead of the visit to Athens. latest 3 They might have conceded after just 90 seconds had James Tarkowski not thrown his body in the way of Gray’s close-range shot, but the striker did not have to wait long to score against his former employers.As Watford attacked down the right wing he peeled off to race undetected into the box, meeting Deeney’s cross with a sweet volley that recalled his best days at his old stomping ground.The away contingent had barely finished celebrating the strike when Tarkowski cancelled it out, rising highest to nod home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross at the far post.The defender has excelled in the past year, going from a little-known squad man to England international, but this was his first goal in two-and-a-half years at the club.last_img read more


Celtic coast to Europa League groups with comfortable win over Suduva

first_img impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Griffiths celebrates his landmark strike Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Football News silverware Whether Moussa Dembele features is another question.Before the game Rodgers revealed Celtic had rejected a bid for the French striker, with Lyon having confirmed their interest in the 22-year-old on Wednesday night, two days before the deadline.Griffiths led the line with Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston, while Olivier Ntcham returned to the starting line-up.It was soon evident that Suduva were happy to defend their box in numbers but a lapse when trying to deal with a Sinclair cross in the 18th minute allowed Griffiths possession but his shot on the slide from 12 yards was straight at goalkeeper Ivan Kardum. gameday possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RANKED MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The win was set up in the 27th minute when the Scotland striker curled in a textbook free-kick from 25 yards to reach his century.Midfielder Callum McGregor added a second seven minutes after the break before defender Kristoffer Ajer headed in his first goal for Celtic just after the hour mark to complete a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win.After being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by AEK Athens, the Northern Irishman had stressed the need for European football until at least Christmas and his side delivered that with some style, albeit against limited opponents.The Scottish champions join Rangers in Friday’s draw and both Glasgow clubs being in Europe will add some more spice, if needed, to Steven Gerrard’s first Old Firm game as Ibrox boss on Sunday.center_img 3 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 3 highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Celtic avoided a Europa League banana skin as they dispatched Suduva 3-0 in the play-off second leg on a night where striker Leigh Griffiths scored his 100 goal for the club.Brendan Rodgers said he felt for the travelling Hoops fans after Celtic could only manage a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Lithuania last Thursday but his players responded very well at Parkhead. The home side piled forward in the search for more goals and Griffiths missed the target from close range before being denied his second by a fine tackle from Suduva defender Algis Jankauskas.The third goal arrived when Ajer dropped to the back post to head a Griffiths delivery back across and in off the far post.Suduva became increasingly bedraggled as Celtic missed a series of chances before the end.Notably, Johnston drove straight at Kardum on a one-on-one before his replacement Jonny Hayes had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside. smart causal Griffiths’ milestone goal came after Jovan Cadenovic fouled McGregor 25 yards from goal after the Hoops midfielder had worked hard to regain possession.The former Hibs forward stepped up and curled a wonderful left-footed shot past the flailing Kardum to become the first Parkhead player to reach the 100-mark since John Hartson in November, 2005.Celtic should have doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Ntcham’s cross from the right ended up at the unmarked Sinclair 10 yards from goal but Kardum was quick off his line to block the shot.McGregor’s well-take goal in the 52nd minute effectively sealed Celtic’s passage into the competition proper.Sinclair drove in from the left and laid the ball off to McGregor, who took a touch before drilling a shot from the edge of the box low past Kardum. Brendan Rodgers’ side next face Rangers in the first Old Firm of the season this weekend Celtic will learn who they will face in the groups in Friday’s draw Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more


Everton tipped to move for £40m-rated Champions League midfielder

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ SORRY With Silva’s lack of viable options in midfield, he has turned his attention to Ndombele, whose industrious style appeals to him.The box-to-box midfielder, who has been linked with Manchester City, has started all four of Lyon’s Champions League games this season. PAYBACK REPLY BEST OF getty revealed ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img Tanguy Ndombele celebrates his goal against Hoffenheim Everton are interested in signing highly-rated Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.The Frenchman joined the Ligue 1 club in a £7million deal from Amiens in the summer following a successful loan spell. Fellow midfielder Tom Davies has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, while James McCarthy continues his recovery from a broken leg. LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED scrap But after an impressive start to the season, which has seen Ndombele win his first cap for the France national team, his value has sky-rocketed to £40million.The Liverpool Echo claims Everton have made the 21-year-old one of their top transfer targets.Morgan Schneiderlin has endured a difficult time since his £20million move to Merseyside last year. He’s found his first-team opportunities limited under Marco Silva, failing to make the last five matchday squads. latest Tanguy Ndombele made his France debut last month Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker 2last_img read more