Forget Messi, China’s ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ Wang Shanshan is world’s hottest striker

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Unfinished business brings Romeo Travis back to the PBA Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu PLAY LIST 02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu02:00SEA Games 2019 police assessment as of Dec. 502:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wang earned that nickname from Chinese fans and media when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on Monday at the Asian Games in Indonesia.The forward has found the net a total of 11 times, netting in the 7-0 opening victory over Hong Kong and adding a soaring header as China’s women beat formidable North Korea 2-0 on Wednesday to top their group and make the quarter-finals in style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’China’s free-scoring women, yet to concede a goal, are being feted back home and 28-year-old Wang, in particular, is making headlines for her astonishing prowess in front of goal.There have been tongue-in-cheek suggestions that she could be the answer to the goal-scoring problems of the Chinese men. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “China’s women really have the chance to win the gold medal. The team is blessed to have Wang Shuang and Wang Shanshan in this era,” said one fan on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.China’s evening ended on a sour note, however, after substitute Zhao Rong was sent off at the end and coach Jia Xiuquan followed her for complaining to officials.China’s men play Saudi Arabia in the last 16 on Friday at the Asian Games, although they have struggled for goals in international football in recent times.    /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs This file picture taken on August 8, 2015 shows Wang Shanshan of China (R) shooting the ball during their women’s East Asian Cup football match against Japan at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan. Wang earned the nickname “Nine-Goal Diva” from Chinese fans and media when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on August 20, 2018 at the Asian Games in Indonesia.  /PHOTO: AFP, Wang ZhaoLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo step aside — the hottest striker in world football at the moment is China’s “Nine-Goal Diva” Wang Shanshan.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Wang’s sizzling form is all the more surprising because prior to the past week she was hardly prolific, although she did catch eyes by scoring a backheel volley against South Korea last year — the kind of exquisite strike that Messi and Ronaldo would be proud of.She currently plies her trade in China’s little-noticed domestic women’s league.“For the past three group matches, Wang Shanshan scored 11 goals and became Chinese women’s football’s talisman,” China’s Tencent Sports said in an online article.“In more crucial tournaments, Wang Shanshan will become the key player in helping the women’s team win gold.”Against the North Koreans, midfielder Wang Shuang, who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain’s women’s team, opened the scoring in the eighth minute, finishing off a fluid passing move.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara’s Challenges

first_imgShe served for many years in the United Nations, gaining considerable diplomatic and international experience. Prior to that, she worked closely with Foreign Minister C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., who made a great name for himself, especially in the African diplomatic environment. He was known to be indefatigable, working late into the night and steering the way for Liberia’s hosting of the Summit Conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU, now African Union—AU) during which President William R. Tolbert, Jr. was elected OAU Chair. Marjon was in the middle of all this. Cecil became Chair of the OAU Council of Ministers. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf pulled Marjon pulled away from the UN to serve her country as Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations. Last week President Sirleaf appointed her Foreign Minister, succeeding Augustine Ngafuan, who recently resigned.Ms. Kamara, the youngest of the Kamara sisters of Newport Street, Monrovia, daughters of Jacob and Edith Kamara, is, like her sisters, a graduate of St. Theresa’s Convent. As Liberia’s new Foreign Minister, she faces a number of very serious challenges. She is starting from a position of strength, for she meets Liberia reasonably at peace not only with her West African and African neighbors, but with the entire world. Her challenge is to maintain these cordial and friendly ties, expand upon and make all of them dynamic.Ms. Kamara is the first Liberian Ambassador in recent memory to immediately become Foreign Minister. She must fix a problem that our embassies have perennially faced with the Foreign Ministry—too many Ambassadors have complained that communication with their Ministry, even on urgent matters, often goes unattended. Whether or not she herself faced that problem as Ambassador to the UN, she must fix it and make the relationship between the Foreign Ministry and the embassies and consulates more efficient, proactive and robust. Needless to say, she must ensure that the Foreign Affairs budgetary allotment is constantly available from the Finance Ministry to enable our diplomatic representatives to meet their financial obligations, including salaries, and save them from the embarrassment they constantly face.Foreign Minister Kamara should also follow up an important initiative which her predecessor, Mr. Ngafuan, began, which is seeking the assistance of a certain friendly government to help finance the rehabilitation of Liberian embassies in many places, and purchase land in more strategic areas to enhance our diplomatic representation.Coming directly from New York, where she rubbed shoulders with top UN officials and members of the Security Council, Minister Kamara must use these connections as she enters her new office at a time when UNMIL is drawing down.This is probably one of her most urgent challenges: Can she help the President negotiate a delayed withdrawal in the face of the coming presidential and general elections? Or can Ms. Kamara engage some powerful friendly nations to help Liberia meet the colossal security challenges that UNMIL’s departure will engender? Her predecessor, Augustine Ngafuan, played well his part, especially during the Ebola crisis, making the case, along with the President, for international assistance to combat the virus. During the seven months she could not travel because of Ebola, he had to represent her at most international fora. He also successfully led the cause, on behalf of all the three affected countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone andLiberia—against the stigmatization they all suffered from many international quarters.He worked tirelessly to improve foreign diplomatic representation on the ground in Monrovia, most critically the United Kingdom, which closed its embassy in Monrovia in 1990 at the outbreak of the Liberian civil war. Brazil and Qatar also have ambassadors in Monrovia. One of Ms. Kamara’s challenges is to bring back some of the other resident ambassadors that were here long before the war.A more difficult challenge she faces, especially in wake of the Syrian crisis and the rise of Islamist extremism, especially in Europe, is helping Liberian citizens and residents to enjoy the benefits of the Schengen visa. In its absence, we all must spend considerable time and money obtaining visas from neighboring countries to enter Europe.The new Foreign Minister should also strive to make Liberian diplomacy dynamic. It is not how many embassies we have, but how effective they are in making diplomacy work for Liberia’s highest interests—political, agricultural, economic, educational, health, social, financial and development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more