National U-23 head coach Thomas Kojo is an optimist in the face of what others would describe as a burden, and I admire him for that.Losing 2-0 to Ghana’s Black Meteors last Sunday at the Tamale Sports Stadium in the first leg of the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers, Kojo told journalists in Ghana that he is hopeful of qualification. Kojo will be inspiring his boys for the return leg at the same venue on Saturday, May 2. Kojo said his team’s overall output in the first encounter was good except few mistakes. “We have a good side. All our plans went well except…few mistakes that led to the two goals. “Technically, we got what we wanted. Our approach, not hundred per cent though, overall we are impressed.” I am not sure Kojo is arguing that losing 2-0 was the objective of the match but it made sense to speculate that he had had the premonition of losing more than two goals. News reports indicated that Kojo adopted the 4-5-1 system. “The 4-5-1 system is both defensive and offensive,” Kojo admitted. It means that in the first leg, he had four players at the defense, five in the midfield and one on the top. Clearly, concentrating on defense with a player on the top would not threaten their opponents and it was the reason that Black Meteors had a field day, with their domination. But Liberia’s best period game in what a reporter described as, “during the dying embers of the game.” That was after Jr. Lone Star broke away from the 4-5-1 system and began to attack. Though the system may have prevented more goals against Jr. Lone Star, it did not help to threaten the Ghanaians. And though striker Sporo Somah, Prince Saydee, Herron Berrian and goalkeeper Allengton Sembeh proved outstanding, playing the 4-5-1 will hurt Jr. Lone Star on Saturday. Fact is that now the team must score 3-0 to qualify, and with the Ghanaians enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead, Kojo’s hope to qualify sounds anything but a big HOPE. Another difficulty Kojo encountered was blending the foreign based players with the locals. His reason? “I never had the time to see them play together,” Kojo said of Sporo, Herron and Cooper. Then of course during the game when Jr. Lone Star could not make use of the few chances they created.“We created some good chances but we were robbed by poor finishing; we will indeed work on our scoring techniques,” was Kojo’s promise, all within a week? Kojo’s positive outlook on the two-tie game in Ghana should give his boys the fighting spirit beyond Saturday’s game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We chose our way wisely. We have solutions for all situations that may develop. Referring Iran to the Security Council will definitely harm the other party more than Iran,” Asefi said. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Issue as many resolutions like this as you want and make yourself happy. You can’t prevent the progress of the Iranian nation,” he said in comments carried by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. “In the name of the IAEA they want to visit all our nuclear facilities and learn our defense capabilities, but we won’t allow them to do this,” Ahmadinejad said. In the past, Iran had allowed short-notice, intrusive inspections of its facilities, including military sites. But parliament passed a law last year requiring the government to block intrusive inspections of Iran’s facilities if the country were brought before the Security Council. It also required the government to resume all suspended nuclear activities, chief among them, uranium enrichment. Asefi reiterated that Iran would cooperate with the IAEA within the framework of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the Safeguard Agreement. TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said today that it was still willing to negotiate with the international community over its nuclear program and dismissed its referral by the U.N. nuclear watchdog to the Security Council. “The door for negotiations is still open,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a morning press conference. “We don’t fear the Security Council. It’s not the end of the world.” The International Atomic Energy Agency on Saturday reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms. Iran responded by saying it would restart full-scale work on uranium enrichment and no longer allow intrusive IAEA inspections of its facilities. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocked the IAEA referral.
Source = W Retreat & Spa Bali W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak’s list of accolades continues to grow. On November 9th, Asia Spa Magazine held their annual awards ceremony in Hong Kong and announced AWAY Spa at W Bali as the “New Spa of the Year”. In New York on November 15th, the 31st Annual Gold Key Awards were presented and W Bali was chosen as having the “Best Guest Room” design. Asia Spa Magazine held their 7th annual Asia Spa Awards at The Mira in Hong Kong to celebrate 25 of the industry’s top spas, personalities destinations and products. AWAY Spa, the branded spa concept for W Hotels Worldwide, received the accolade as “New Spa of the Year”.From the stylish architectural design, by Indonesia’s A.W. Lake, to the indulgent menu of signature services; AWAY Spa captures the playful, unique W experience, infusing it with Balinese elements to create an ‘escape within an escape’ for guests and visitors alike. The 31st Annual Gold Key Awards honor the innovators and excellence in hospitality design. The Hong Kong based architects of W Retreat & Spa Bali eminyak, AB Concept, were victorious in capturing the “Best Guest Room” category, beating out some of the best-knowndesign firms including Tony Chi & Associates and Rockwell, both from New York. AB Concept, with their Director Ed Ng, is responsible for the Retreats, public spaces and Villas at the W Retreat & Spa Bali.Since opening in March 2011, W Bali has also been awarded the following:• Top 25 Leisure Resort & Top 25 Spa Resort in Asia, Smart Travel Asia (September 2011)• Best Design Trophy – Hotels Over 200 Rooms, Design-et-al International Hotel and Property Awards (June 2011)Craig Seaward, the General Manager of W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak stated, “I am very proud and excited to see the property evolve and receive these recognitions at such an early stage of our inception. Our team works hard to create something unseen in Bali and the acknowledgement proves that all our efforts and hard work has and will continue to make W Bali a success.”