Boyz gear up for Suriname clash …Whitmore confident despite injuries to key players

first_imgCaptain Je-vaughn Watson and Kemar Lawrence have been ruled out of Jamaica’s crucial Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname at the National Stadium this Sunday. Watson has been sidelined for six to eight weeks after doing an operation on his hernia, while Lawrence will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury in the New York Red Bulls’ play-off game against Montreal Impact last weekend. Although coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore will miss the pair and anticipates a tough encounter against the Surinamese, he is convinced that victory will be theirs at the end of 90 minutes on Sunday. “We know that once the national team has a game, it’s going to be tough. We overcame Guyana, and now, we are looking forward to the Suriname game, and we don’t want to leave anything up to chance,” he said. (Despite the injuries) we are looking for a good game and a good performance and a positive result,” he told The Gleaner at the team’s training session at Stadium East yesterday. With Watson out, goalkeeper Andre Blake has been handed the mantle to lead the team and has welcomed the responsibility. “It’s my first captaincy at the national level. It’s a privilege, an honour, so my job now is to try and get the players on the same page so we can go out and do what we have to do. For me, it’s no added pressure. I’m a leader and I will just be me,” he said. Jamaica and Suriname are tied on three points after both scored victories over Guyana. However, Whitmore wants to avoid the kind of start they had against Guyana, and victory on Sunday would secure their place in the regional Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “Suriname is a hard-running team, but Caribbean teams playing against Jamaica are always up for it, and the first 20 minutes of the Guyana game, we do not want. “We are Caribbean champions and we are looking to the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup as well. The Gold Cup is basically our World Cup, so we have to do what we have to do be there. So far we are OK but with the absence of certain players we are a bit unbalance, but it’s workable and we are looking for a positive result,” he said.last_img read more

UBA Launches First Debit MasterCard

first_imgUBA Liberia CEO Lekan Balogun (center): “The launch of MasterCard is one of our strategic objectives to push financial inclusion in Liberia…”By Leroy M. Sonpon IIIUnited Bank for Africa Liberia Limited (UBALL) has launched the first debit MasterCard in the country, becoming the first commercial bank to do so for its clients in Liberia.The UBALL said the cost to acquire the MasterCard is US$5 and it is valid for five (5) years, subject to renewal and replacement.The president and chief executive officer (CEO) of UBALL, Lekan Balogun, said the MasterCard is an electronic payment solution which will deliver a quick, convenient and secure payment alternative for their clients. He asserted that with the launch of the MasterCard, their clients can also use it alongside their Visa and other cards across the country and Africa, and throughout the world.Speaking at the press launch of the MasterCard in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Balogun said:“We are pleased to launch the MasterCard to enable our customers to take advantage of our enhanced digital banking and a wide range of exclusive features and services that are offered as part of this product.”The UBALL boss said from any UBA branch across the country, customers can be instantly signed up and start using the card right away.“The launch of MasterCard is one of our strategic objectives to push financial inclusion in Liberia and we believe that with this product we will be more effective in the retail banking space,” Balogun said.The head of Digital Banking at UBALL, Prince Chesson, said the new service is in partnership with MasterCard Incorporated or MasterCard Worldwide, an American multinational financial services corporation.Chesson said the UBA and MasterCard partnership is helping to empower people through access to financial tools.MasterCard is a quick go-to-market strategy that ensures that more people are connected to the formal financial sector, giving them the power to pay for goods and services in-store or online wherever MasterCard is accepted. The debit card can also be used at any ATM locally and at millions of ATM locations worldwide.Cardholders will also be able to select their own PIN, giving them full control to approve transactions at points of sale or when withdrawing cash from ATMs.According to UBA, the MasterCard has strong enhanced security features with a chip embedded that contains encrypted information, making it almost impossible for the card to be copied or counterfeited. The card also has a magnetic strip on the back so that cardholders can continue using their cards while merchants are transitioning to new chip-enabled terminals.Additionally, the debit MasterCard gives the cardholder full control of their funds and provides them the ability to withdraw funds directly from a savings or current account.The UBA International Group’s director for marketing and corporate communication, Bola Atta, said: “As a group, we are committed to driving financial inclusion and empowering businesses across Africa, and our partnership with MasterCard enables us to deploy safe electronic solutions to the benefit of the entire country.”She indicated that in line with UBA’s strategic vision, the bank is introducing innovative payment solutions that meet the needs of people across Africa.Meanwhile, the proxy for the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Mrs. Erica Williams, said the CBL sees the launch of MasterCard in Liberia as a steppingstone towards the building of a sustainable and vibrant financial sector; an opportunity to enable expansion and wider outreach of financial services; modernization of the payment system; building a cashless society; and encouraging greater competition in the financial sector.“The Central Bank of Liberia has been enthusiastic and supportive from the inception of the use of digital payments in the country. It is now evident that Liberians have seen the potential of digital payments and its impact in the country as we witness considerable growth in the utilization of digital services,” she said.The manager of Hadid Electronics, Tarik Rassouk, expressed his appreciation on behalf of UBA customers, which included Lonestar Cell MTN, Orange, among others.United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading pan-African financial services group, with a presence in 19 African countries, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States of America and France.UBA was incorporated in Nigeria as a limited liability company after taking over the assets of the British and French Bank Limited who had been operating in Nigeria since 1949. The United Bank for Africa merged with Standard Trust Bank in 2005 and from a single country operation founded in 1949 in Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – UBA has become one of the leading providers of banking and other financial services on the African continent. The bank provides services to over 14 million customers globally, through one of the most diverse service channels in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 1,000 branches and customer touch points and robust online and mobile banking platforms.UBA was the first Nigerian bank to make an IPO (Initial Public Offering), following its listing on the NSE in 1970. It was also the first Nigerian bank to issue Global Depository Receipts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘These boys are giants’: Klopp salutes Liverpool heroes

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp was overcome with emotion after Liverpool’s incredible win against Barcelona © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Jurgen Klopp turned the air blue as the Liverpool manager celebrated his side’s incredible Champions League semi-final success against Barcelona with a profanity-laced victory speech.Klopp’s men powered to their second successive Champions League final with a stunning 4-0 win against the Spanish champions in Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield. Liverpool had been written off after losing the first leg 3-0, but doubles from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum completed one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.It was all too much for the always passionate Klopp as the German let his emotions run wild in an entertaining post-match interview.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “It’s 10 past 10, most of your children are probably in bed but these boys are f*****g talented giants. It’s unbelievable.“Fine me if you want. I’m not native so I don’t have better words for it.“The whole game. The whole performance was too much. It was overwhelming. I watched in my life so many football games but I can’t remember many like this.“Winning is already difficult but winning with a clean sheet? We played against maybe the best team in world. I don’t know how the boys did it.”Klopp saluted his spirited players for refusing to accept they were out after losing the first leg by such a large margin.“It’s the best phase of football. There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players,” he said.“The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before. You have to be confident in a game like this.“I saw James Milner crying after the game on the pitch, it means so much to all of us.”– ‘Cheeky’ Liverpool –The victory was all the more astonishing because Liverpool were playing with the injured Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.Klopp turned to Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri to fill in for Salah and Firmino and the German was delighted that both seized their rare chances to shine.“Divock and Shaq didn’t play a lot. Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice,” he said.Liverpool are in their ninth European Cup final as they look to win the competition for a sixth time and will face Ajax or Tottenham in the Madrid showpiece.It is an outcome that was unthinkable at kick-off, but Klopp claimed he had a feeling Liverpool could rattle Barca if they played off the cuff.That was never better demonstrated than in the audacious corner routine that led to Origi’s winner, with Trent Alexander-Arnold appearing to walk away from the set-piece before quickly whipping it in to catch Barca off guard as the unmarked Belgian slotted home.“We had to be serious. But we needed to be cheeky as well. It was necessary,” Klopp added.“I saw the ball flying in the goal, I didn’t see the corner. I didn’t see who took the corner. (Liverpool substitute) Ben Woodburn said ‘what happened?“Barcelona defend predictable things well. But you need to be unpredictable at moments.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill has been re-elected to the Seanad, as we predicted last night.The Fianna Fail politician was re-elected in the 19th count with transfers from outgoing Senator James Carroll.The Donegal South West representative was returned on the Agricultural Panel with one vote to spare – taking 24 votes, one over the quota of 23. He said he was delighted to be back in Leinster House representing the people of Donegal after missing out on a Dail seat in this year’s General Election.CONFIRMED: O DOMHNAILL RETURNED TO SEANAD was last modified: April 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more