Cahill: New strength to Chelsea this season

first_img However, Cahill was pleased with another clean sheet and a point from what proved to be just as tough an assignment as he had expected before kick-off. He said: “It was a game in which we needed to defend well. They defended well as well. It was exactly what we expected, it was a scrap of a game. “They made it tough by, when we had possession, sitting back very deep, but they worked very hard, so credit to them, and they looked dangerous when they tried to hit us on the break, so we had to be on our toes and defend well. “Unfortunately for us, we didn’t manage to break through. If we had broken through, it’s all of a sudden a different game because like we have seen before, they have to come out then and try to get the equaliser and it allows us to play a bit more. “But credit to them, they did well and defended as a unit.” Gary Cahill is confident Chelsea have found a new mental strength to go with their rich array of football talent as they set the pace in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Blues emerged from their trip to Sunderland on Saturday evening with just a point from a hard-fought 0-0 draw, but remain clear at the top of the table. Manager Jose Mourinho fielded the same starting XI for the third successive game after a 2-0 league win over West Brom and Tuesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Schalke in Germany, but saw them struggle to break down a committed Black Cats outfit. Nevertheless, they emerged with a third successive clean sheet and a point, and that, in Cahill’s opinion, demonstrated a new attribute. The 28-year-old England international told Chelsea TV: “I think we are a different side to last year, not just personnel, but mentally I think we are different. “They made it a scrap, but we matched that and managed to play our football as well. When teams sit back and get back in that shape, it’s very tough. We saw that last year and this was no different. “But in these sorts of games, if you don’t get the breakthrough, it’s important we don’t lose the game, and it’s a point away from home.” Chelsea have now put together an unbeaten run of 20 games since the start of the season, but this was the first in which they had been prevented from scoring. They enjoyed the greater share of the possession at the Stadium of Light, particularly in the first half, but apart from Willian’s 17th-minute shot, which was tipped on to the post by keeper Costel Pantilimon, and another from Branislav Ivanovic which the Romanian blocked with a foot, they created few clear-cut chances. At the other end, defender Santiago Vergini clipped the crossbar and midfielder Adam Johnson went close twice in a late flurry as Gus Poyet threatened to guide his side to a third successive victory over the club for which he played with such distinction inside 12 months. It proved a frustrating evening for striker Diego Costa, who escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at defender John O’Shea, but then collected his fifth booking of the campaign for catching Wes Brown with an arm as they jumped for a high ball, and he will miss Wednesday’s home clash with Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

LIPA Executive Director Speaks of ‘Excellent Service’

first_imgThe executive director of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) said the entity’s agenda for transformation to provide quality service to the public requires the practice of excellence and professionalism as the hallmarks of efficiency.Mr. Oblayon Blayon Nyemah Sr. considers capacity-building and adequate preparations for civil servants as the bedrock that would lead to the national development agenda.“We are charged with the responsibility to build human-capital to meet the national agenda for transformation,” Director Nyemah said.Mr. Nyemah made these comments in Monrovia at the institution’s recent graduation ceremony held for over 100 active civil servants who completed eight weeks of intensive training. According to Mr. Nyemah, employees who have properly defined terms of reference for their respective positions can detect some of their shortcomings simply because they have received professional training that has given them the knowledge to deal with such situations.LIPA is a beneficiary of the International Development Associates (IDA) financial sponsorship through the Liberian Government with a responsibility to modernize public service delivery through the training of government employees.“Quality learning is found at LIPA and the cost to get a credential from the entity is affordable even for people within the private sector. Our doors are open to the public for inquiries, should there arise doubts,” Mr. Nyemah assured.Moses Dalieh, a graduate who works at the Ministry of Education, congratulated LIPA for the Appraisal Management Program. He promised to implement what he has learned from the training.For her part, Mrs. Ramatta Y. Kogar, a nurse who works at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, said her achievement at LIPA is considered as an added value to her service, which she believes will be used to efficiently serve her institution.LIPA has both short and long term training programs that award successful candidates credentials that can be used not only in Liberia but in any part of the world. During the training, participants learned about organizational goals and objective analysis, writing project proposals and planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more