Lucas: SAS partnership getting better

first_img However, Lucas believes that is only the beginning of something special. “The link between Luis and Daniel is only getting better,” he said. “Last year they didn’t have a chance to play many games (Sturridge arrived in January but injuries and suspension had an impact on their partnership) so this season we can see they are scoring goals. “When you have two strikers in the good form they are we always have to make sure we defend well because we will create chances and score goals.” Suarez claimed all the headlines with his treble, which began with an individual run and nutmeg on Jonas Olsson and was followed by a powerful 17-yard header before nodding in a Steven Gerrard free-kick, but Lucas felt Sturridge’s strike surpassed them all. “I think Daniel scored the best goal to be honest,” added the Brazil midfielder. “Luis’s header was a great header and the first goal was typical Luis – the ‘meg’ and the good finish but I think overall it was four fantastic goals. “It’s just great to see them linking well and we hope this will continue during the season.” Press Association Liverpool were coasting at 3-0 before James Morrison’s 66th-minute penalty gave the visitors hope and they enjoyed a good 10-minute spell before Sturridge finished them off in style. “We are disappointed we conceded a goal – I’ve seen it again and I don’t think it was a penalty,” said Lucas. “But I think we got back and Daniel killed the game very well. For 75 minutes we were very consistent, pressing and playing good football. “I think it was a great performance overall, especially when you play at home and get an early goal.” While the forwards rightly received most of the praise manager Brendan Rodgers felt Lucas also deserved some credit. The 26-year-old missed last week’s draw at Newcastle after the birth of his second child, daughter Valentina, but slotted straight back in. His role as defensive linchpin often goes unrewarded but Rodgers knows having the Brazilian in a holding role gives his more creative players much more freedom. “When you play that system you are looking for someone to have that controlling role because that allows the two advanced (midfield) players to go forward more,” said the Reds boss. “Lucas came in and filled that really well. I thought he was excellent – as was Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard. “They were always available for the ball, it was very good. “It was the best 90 minutes of the season. I thought we looked a very good team. “The confidence was good, how we pressed the ball was good and the front two are as good as it gets and the support behind that is very good – and we have players like (Philippe) Coutinho to come back next weekend.” Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is improving with each match – and points to the quality of the goals they score as proof. Suarez grabbed his first Anfield hat-trick, and his fourth in total for the club, in the 4-1 win over West Brom although there was an argument for Sturridge netting the best effort with a delightful delicate chip to put the result beyond doubt. The pair already have 14 league goals between them this season – and Suarez was suspended for the first five games of the campaign. last_img read more

Ladyboy water-volleyball tourney is back

first_imgInspired by informal ladyboy volleyball tournaments on the beach in previous years, last year’s event was indeed a huge success.  The ‘girls’ — more than 40 ladyboys from various bars around Pattaya and one team from Phuket — netted 285,854 baht for the Pattaya Orphanage/Children’s Home Foundation Pattaya and the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya’s Water4Life project.Ladyboy water-volleyball returning to Areca Lodge, Soi Diana on October 26. The orphanage used the money it received to cover permanent repair for a leaky room in an orphanage classroom.  Rotary Club used its proceeds for its Water4Life program.  The tournament raised enough money to provide water filtration systems — and consequently fresh, clean water — for two different rural Thai villages.Everyone, organizers, spectators and of course the ladyboys playing volleyball, had a wonderful time.  Not to mention our goal of displaying the positive role that ladyboys play in our community — one that’s often overlooked.It was such a successful day that we’re happy to say that the 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26.  Once again the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana is providing the venue.  There will be eight teams of ladyboys representing eight bars from around Thailand taking part.  Those signed up are Baby Boom, Kings II Bar, La Bamba Bar, Sensations and Stringfellows from here in Pattaya, TJ’s Music Bar from Naklua, Cocktails and Dreams from Phuket, and Temptations/Cockatoo from Bangkok.Like last year, the bars and the ‘girls’ are all donating their time and effort to help raise money for charity, and raise money we have!  To date we’ve collected more than 500,000 for charity from ticket sales, bar sponsorships, donations and items for the charity auction held the day of the event — and we’ve still got a month to go.We hope that in the ensuing weeks leading up to the tournament at the end of the month, we can more than double last year’s total.Where will that money go?  This year we are supporting four charities here in Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok.  Once again proceeds will go to Rotary Clubs Water4Life program.  In addition to Water4Life, proceeds will go to another worthy Pattaya charity: HEARTT 2000.  Led by Dr. Philippe Seur, HEARTT 2000 is a group of volunteers that assists those afflicted with HIV-AIDS.In Bangkok, proceeds from the tourney will go to St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program.  Camillian Home’s goal is to provide children living with disabilities as normal a family life as possible, as well as creating a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities and their families.Our fourth charity this year is Phuket’s The Life Home Project.  Life Home’s aim is to provide a shelter for mothers who are HIV positive and their children where they can live safely in a supportive community.While a lot of folks are helping out, either through donating time and effort or money, none of this would be possible without the ladyboys themselves.  As the orphanage’s Rev. Fr. Michael Weera Phangrak remarked last year, it might surprise people just how active ladyboys are in helping their community, and the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is just one example.For more information or to see how you can help, email lbwvb@hotmail.com, or visit www.lbwvb.com. Everyone involved in the first Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball competition for charity last year had no idea how well things would go.  In fact we really had no idea until the day of the event how successful it would be, although we knew by then we were on track to raise more money for local charities than we initially hoped.last_img read more

Transport Minister Says Re-Election to IMO Council Will Facilitate Expansion into Maritime Industry

first_img Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says Jamaica’s re-election to the influential Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will facilitate the country’s expansion into the shipping industry.“I feel reinvigorated because it’s important for us to be on the top list of countries in the maritime industry,” he told JIS News.Minister Henry pointed out that the expansion of the Panama Canal has made the movement of larger ships into Jamaican waters possible, noting that this is an important step towards the country becoming a logistics centre.He said the re-lection was timely, as the Government was serious about developing Jamaica’s maritime industry to facilitate critically important investment milestones, which the country, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, intends to achieve.Jamaica secured a place on the Council, following its successful election at the 30th Session of the IMO’s General Assembly held at its headquarters in London on December 1.Jamaica received 120 of the 159 valid votes cast in the highly competitive elections to join 19 other member States that were elected to Category ‘C’ of the Council for the 2018-2020 biennium.The Council is the executive arm of the IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organisation. Category ‘C’ comprises 20 States that have special interest in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic regions of the world.Jamaica’s membership in Category ‘C’ enhances the country’s capacity and that of the region to contribute to major policy decisions, rule-making and the development of standards. Minister Henry pointed out that the expansion of the Panama Canal has made the movement of larger ships into Jamaican waters possible, noting that this was an important step towards the country becoming a logistics centre. Transport and Mining Minister Hon. Mike Henry says Jamaica’s re-election to the influential Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will facilitate the country’s expansion into the shipping industry. He said the re-lection was timely, as the Government was serious about developing Jamaica’s maritime industry to facilitate critically important investment milestones, which the country, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica intends to achieve. Story Highlightslast_img read more