Salvadoran and U.S. Army Leaders Discuss Security Cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo August 21, 2013 The two armies have a history of working and training together. During the talks, the two armies worked to develop a bilateral engagement plan to improve peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief and other combined operations. The meetings produced 24 agreed-to actions that include professional development and subject matter expert exchanges that will take place throughout fiscal year 2014. Leaders from U.S. Army South and the Salvadoran Army held talks in El Salvador on the week of August 12-16 to discuss security cooperation between the two forces. Army South also conducts annual army-to-army staff talks with Brazil, Chile and Colombia on behalf of the U.S. Army and as part of U.S. Southern Command’s theater security cooperation mission. Army South, as the U.S. Army’s executive agent, conducted the staff talks with the Salvadoran army in an effort to create a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions between the respective armies. El Salvador and the United States have a close security partnership; Salvadoran forces participate in missions to disrupt illicit traffickers, take part in humanitarian efforts, and send troops to support U.S.-led efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. last_img read more

Abedi Pele, Eto’o were my best players – Pfister

first_img Loading… Former Ghana and Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister, has named Olympique Marseille legend, Abedi Ayew Pele and former Barcelona ace Samuel Eto’o as the biggest players he had managed. Abedi also won the French league twice with Marseille as well as the UAE Pro-League and President’s Cup with Al Ain. At an individual level, he claimed the Africa Footballer of the Year award on three occasions, one of his many personal honours. Abedi rated fifth in the Top 30 African Footballers in the last 50 years released by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2007. Eto’o won the Afcon title in 2000 and 2002 in addition to clinching gold at the 2000 Olympic Games. At club level, the striker’s first major success was winning the Spanish Copa del Rey with Real Mallorca in 2002-03, having cut ties with Real Madrid who brought him from Cameroon as a youth team player. While with Real, he also had loan stints with Leganes and Espanyol. Eto’o joined Barcelona in 2004 and would go on to win the Spanish league title on three occasions, the Copa del Rey in 2009, the Spanish Super Cup twice and the Champions League in 2005-06 and 2008-09. read also:Afcon 1992: Eagles thought they were unbeatable–Abedi Pele In 2009, the 39-year-old transferred to Italian fold Inter Milan, with whom he won a quintuple of trophies (Serie A title, Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup) in 2010. On an individual level, Eto’o, who stands as the all-time top scorer at Afcon with 18 goals, and also as the all-time top scorer for Cameroon and Real Mallorca, won the African Footballer of the Year awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He finished third in the race for the 2005 Fifa World Best Player award. These are only a few of his many individual accolades. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The German tactician spent two years with the Black Stars, guiding the team to the final of the of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Senegal. He also led the Indomitable Lions from 2007 and 2009, helping the outfit to make the 2008 Afcon climax. Abedi, an Afcon winner with Ghana, is highly celebrated for inspiring Marseille to win the Champions League in 1993 while Eto’o twice won Afcon and thrice lifted the Champions League. “Samuel Eto’o and Abedi Pele absolutely on top,” Pfister, who also coached Senegal, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Zaire and Saudi Arabia, told Citi FM. “But you cannot say Abedi is better than Eto’o or Eto’o is better than Abedi because [they don’t play in] the same position. “Samuel Eto’o was a top striker, at his time he was one of the best strikers in the world. “But Abedi Pele for me in his position was a genius. He was so strong, he had skills, he had anticipation, he can score. “He was truly at the time one of the best playmakers in the world. Abedi was to me a wonder player.” Abedi indeed has an illustrious career as he won the Afcon with Ghana in 1982 and the Champions League with French side Olympique Marseille in 1992-1993.last_img read more

The time is right for Jamal Crawford

first_imgCrawford is coming off a four-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers in which he won a pair of Sixth Man of the Year Awards. In his time with the team he, made 546 3-point shots, the second most in franchise history, while averaging 16.2 points per game, almost exclusively off the bench.And, he’s in line for a raise.With the salary cap set to rise to a record $94 million, teams around the league are flush with cash. Crawford’s annual salary could more than double this summer due to the cap jump.The 53-win Clippers have his “Bird rights,” a provision that allows teams to go over the cap to sign their own players, a mechanism they’ll almost certainly need because of their salary cap situation.Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations and coach, has said he hopes to re-sign Crawford. But while Crawford’s had success in Los Angeles, and it’s his first choice, he is no lock to stay. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Crawford, who does have a meeting scheduled with the Clippers, is also drawing interest from a number of teams in search of a scoring guard. Crawford is expected to receive interest from the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets in addition to the Clippers.“I definitely have to keep an open mind and see what’s out there,” Crawford said. “That’s why you’re in this position. My preference, like I’ve said from the get go, is to go back to the Clippers. But, I’m definitely very, very open-minded about the whole free-agency process.”This is where the juggling comes in.Crawford can stay in Los Angeles, make the Clippers the place he’s played the bulk of his career, playing for an owner and coach with whom he has strong relationships. He could move back to New York and Madison Square Garden, his favorite place to play. He could take on a bigger leadership role on a young team or try to help a contender get over the hump.It’s all in play.“It doesn’t have to be a team that’s a contender. I don’t want to go to a team that’s only won a few amount of games, but it doesn’t have to be a contender,” he said. “At the end of the day, only one team wins. You want to put yourself in the best position to try and win.”Crawford, who turned 36 in March, said he doesn’t think his age will limit his options on the free-agent market.“I’ve been blessed enough where all the rules that come with age don’t apply to me,” he said. “People were saying I was old at 32. Look at what I’ve done the past four years.“… I’m so excited about this year. It’ll be one of my best years; I’m sure of it.”center_img Family. Friends. Money. Legacy. Happiness.It’s not everyday that so many of life’s most important things stand to be impacted by one decision, but, that’s exactly where Jamal Crawford finds himself.Less than a week from the official beginning of free agency, Crawford is excited, but understandably anxious, to be juggling all of those things as he gets ready to reap the rewards from a massive influx of money into the NBA.“The last time I was a free agent, the year before was a lockout season and teams were still acting cautiously with their finances,” Crawford said in a phone interview Monday. “This year, with so many teams having cap space and the players available, I think it’s a great time to be a free agent.”last_img read more

Conte sticks to League Cup youth policy

first_imgChelsea’s Boss Antonio ConteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he will give his young players another chance to shine in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Bournemouth.Conte fielded weakened teams in the earlier rounds against Nottingham Forest and Everton and although the semi-finals are now in sight, he is not planning to change his approach.“Every competition is serious. I think our task is to try to win the game, to try to reach the semi-final,” Conte told Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.“At the same time it’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players not playing regularly.“For the players that are struggling to find the best form after injuries; (Danny) Drinkwater, for example.“I have to trust my players. Not only with words, but with facts, to show I trust my players and I want to give them a big opportunity in a big game to show me they deserve to play.”With wing-back Marcos Alonso suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, Brazilian Kenedy is set to get a rare first-team start on the left flank.Back-up striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has recovered from illness, could both be named in the starting XI.Wales international Ethan Ampadu, 17, could start and fellow teenagers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling are also in contention. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury, but the form of Andreas Christensen means the Brazil centre-back has not been missed.Christensen, 21, has usurped Luiz as Conte’s preferred pick in the centre of his three-man defence and the Italian says the Denmark international is an example to Chelsea’s fringe players.“I hope to have this type of problem,” Conte told journalists at Chelsea’s Cobham training base southwest of London.“Before taking a decision for the starting XI, if a player plays or not, the last part of the body that I look (at) is the head.“You ask me: ‘Why don’t Chelsea play young players?’ I put a young player (in) now. If you deserve to play, you play.“Don’t forget Christensen is playing, only 21 years old. He’s showing he deserves to play. I think this guy has fantastic prospects for the present, for the future.”Conte would not be drawn on newspaper reports linking Luiz with a move away from Stamford Bridge.“I don’t read,” said the Chelsea manager. “I solve the problem.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more