JAMES DEBBAH: ‘The Miracle Man’ Keeps Hoping

first_imgThe Miracle Man in action with the Lone Star against Mali’s national team. Photo: Mozart Dennis – Advertisement – The national soccer coach, James Salinsa Debbah, had a colorful soccer career both in Liberia and in Europe. Known popularly to adoring fans as Salinsa, he began his career with Mighty Barrolle in 1984.At the time Mighty Barrolle and rivals Invincible Eleven were the nation’s title contenders and whenever the two teams met in any of the various competitions, Monrovia was agog with gossip and excitement.A colorful inside left (#10), Salinsa possessed a remarkable ability to turn imminent defeat into victory and sports writers at the time awarded him with the accolade ‘The Miracle Man.’Salinsa had the uncanny ability to scores important goals against their opponents that he also earned the accolade ‘Liberia’s Most Celebrated Player.”In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon to begin a semi-professional career after refusing previous offers and lasted a season, moving on to the French club Olympique Alès.The following year, 1991, Debbah joined AS Monaco and eventually played in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals. In 1995 he moved to Olympic Lyonnais and later joined OGC Nice until 1997.He later joined Belgian League squad R.S.C. Anderlecht and later played one season for Paris St. Germain. Debbah later joined the Turkey Super League squad Ankaragücü before joining Iraklis of Greece.He also played for Al-Jazeera Club from 2001–2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain. Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved to the Indonesia Super League and joined PKT Bontang for a season (2008–09).Debbah was a key player for the national soccer team, Lone Star and teaming up well with teammates, including George Weah, Dominic Brapoh (Lucky Shango), Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles) and the rest. Presently managing the national soccer team, Debbah continues to keep the dream to contribute and inspire the younger generation to do better for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Southern Living Partners Up for New Vertical

first_imgSouthern Living has produced bridal content before, but Time Inc.’s regional lifestyle brand chose to partner with a small independent publisher for deeper penetration into the vertical. Building on special issue publications (SIPs) that it’s released on its own in the last two years, the magazine has enlisted Southern Weddings—a once-a-year publication with a 50,000 circulation—to provide exclusive content for its website and a new in-book section that will go out to targeted subscribers three times a year.The new in-book section—which is included in the January issue—replaces the SIPs that have “done well” on the newsstand, according to Lindsay Bierman, editor of Southern Living, but which limited options. Typical SIPs sold about 100,000 single copies—far short of the 400,000 distribution the in-book section will have. “There are costs associated with creating those so we were looking at other ways to put [wedding content] out there,” Bierman says. “There’s a lot of competition on the newsstands between even our own [SIPs] because we publish 12 or 13 a year. [And] because there are so many of them, we were only able to do [weddings] once a year. Having it in-book not only allows us to reach a much larger segment of the target audience, but allows us to do it more than once a year.”Southern Weddings will provide almost all of the bridal content in the new sections, and while Bierman stresses that they’ll have a lot of editorial latitude, Southern Living has final say. Changes to the first issue were minimal, he says: “The aesthetic sensibility between their team and ours was so great.”The sides will partner on sales and marketing as well, though financial terms aren’t being disclosed. Other elements, like a wedding workshop and Southern Living’s Hotel Collection, are also being incorporated. Bierman says this is the first partnership of its kind for Southern Living, but he’s open to similar arrangements in the future. None are imminent though, he adds.”We’re always looking for ways to expand the brand’s footprint. Whether that’s through partnerships or acquisitions or any other opportunities that become available, we’ll consider everything,” he says. “As of right now, this is a unique example and one that’s working really well for us.”last_img read more

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PM Hasina says budget to benefit everyone

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday described the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 as people-friendly, development-oriented and balanced one, saying that everyone will be benefitted by the budget as it will help continue the pace of ongoing development.“Everyone will be benefitted by the budget,–this budget will help us to go forward with continuing the pace of ongoing development to build a happy, developed and prosperous country,” she said while winding up the general discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament.Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “Bangladesh is going ahead and it’s my commitment to build a happy, prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ free from hunger and poverty dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”The government has achieved the quality of upgrading Bangladesh into a middle-income country by successfully implementing the ‘Vision 2021 and it is heading forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and build a developed country by 2041, she said.The premier said that the proposed budget of Tk 5,231.90 billion (Tk 523,190 crore) is the 11th straight budget of the Awami League government and the first one of this government.“We are now being praised in home and abroad for unprecedented development (of the country) in the last 10 years during the tenure of our government,” she said.The GDP growth is going to reach 8.13 per cent in the current FY 2018- 19 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted of 8 per cent GDP growth and according to ADB, it’s the highest in the Asia, she said.Sheikh Hasina said, “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the 20th countries which are going to contribute the highest in the GDP”Bangladesh has set a target to achieve 8.20 per cent growth in the GDP in the FY 2019-20 and double digit in the FY 2023-2024, the premier continued.The prime minister on Saturday also moved the Finance Bill, 2019 in the House on behalf of the finance minister as he is still sick.last_img read more

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