Sierra Leone is expected to be declared Ebola free on Saturday, when the West African nation will have completed the required 42 days without any new infections.Excitement over this declaration is however muted with neighbouring Guinea still struggling to defeat the virus.In mid-October, Ebola was found in a 25-year old pregnant woman and two of her children in Forecariah district, bear the Sierra Leone border.The virus has killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone since the first case was reported in the West African region in March 2014.Palo Conteh, the head of the Sierra Leone Ebola response told a news conference in Freetown that there were no plans for “an elaborate celebration.”World Health Organization (WHO) will deliver the formal declaration of the end of the epidemic in the capital on Saturday.The announcement will mark the official end of the battle which was prematurely thought to have been nearing its conclusion on previous occasions.Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma led a festive ceremony non August 24, celebrating the discharge of the country’s last known patient but the optimist was shattered by the deaths of a 67 year-old woman, then two weeks later a 16 year-old girl.While the primary cost of the outbreak has been in human life, the crisis has also wiped out development gains in Sierra Leone, which was devastated by 11 years of civil war ending in 2002.The World Bank estimates that Sierra Leone will lose at least $1.4 billion in economic growth in 2015 as a result, leading to an “unprecedented” GDP contraction of 23.5%.
Press Association Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not have heard about the Chelsea skipper, who has announced he is leaving the club in the summer. 1. Direction In June 2014, keen golfer Terry teamed up with Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp to take on Niall Horan from everybody’s favourite boyband One Direction and former Chelsea team-mate Andriy Shevchenko at Wisley golf course in Surrey. The pre-season tussle saw Terry and Redders get the better of the pop pin-up and ex-Chelsea flop, who is now a semi-professional golfer. The Blues skipper also struck up a friendship with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson when the former world number one visited Cobham training ground for a game of pool. Robertson claimed Terry was “a lot better” than he expected after losing the first frame. A man of many talents. 2. Terry the Terrier Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge. But did you know Steve Bruce was on the verge of taking the defender to Huddersfield in 2000? It was while a 19-year-old Terry was at the City Ground and Bruce was in the process of doing his FA coaching badges. Bruce told the Guardian in an interview six years ago: “I bid £750,000 for him, it was a lot of money for me then, and Chelsea accepted it. But the boy didn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge at the time. I was close but at the death he didn’t want to go.” 3. Dad of the Year Terry has posted many a pic of himself with his kids on his Instagram account, and why shouldn’t he? He was, after all, named Dad of the Year in 2009. The former England skipper topped a poll run by Daddies Sauce to win the sought-after accolade, beating off stiff competition in the form of Peter Andre and then-PM Gordon Brown. After winning the award, Terry said: “I have won many trophies in my career but I’m proud to say that this is up there with all of them.” Terry narrowly missed the birth of twins Georgie and Summer despite a frantic rush from an England training camp in Portugal. 4. Better the Red Devil you know Chelsea stalwart Terry was a Manchester United fan growing up and still has nothing but praise for the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006 the centre-back revealed he supported United as a boy as “you want to support the team that’s winning everything”. He quickly covered his back, adding: “But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it.” Sir Alex took Terry under his wing when he went up to Manchester to train with United’s kids before signing for the Blues and last year played for Ferguson’s side in a Unicef charity game organised by David Beckham. 5. An internet sensation One thing you probably do know about Terry (but it’s worth reminding ourselves) is that he caused an internet sensation back in 2012. Picture the scene. Chelsea had just won the Champions League final by beating German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Terry, who was suspended for the game, appeared on the pitch to lift the trophy inexplicably decked out in his full Chelsea kit – including shinpads. He was mercilessly lampooned on social media via a series of memes which included Terry gatecrashing the moon landing and Will and Kate’s wedding and also holding up a tank in Tiananmen Square, all in full kit. Did you know John George Terry supported Manchester United growing up, enjoys playing golf with Niall from 1D and was Dad of the Year in 2009?
Black Stars and Atletico Madrid star, Thomas Partey is the midfielder with the most successful dribbles in Europe’s top leagues according to football stats site, whoscored.com.Best dribble success rate in Europe’s top five leagues this season (50+ dribbles attempted):🥇 T. Partey — 88.3% (@Atleti)🥈 M. Kovacic — 86.6% (@ChelseaFC)🥉 Thiago — 85.5% (@FCBayern) pic.twitter.com/wlHybpX19N— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 5, 2020The Ghanaian international has a dribbling success rate of 88.6%, topping Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic- who came second with 86.6% and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara with 85.5%.The rate card by whoscored.com consider players who have attempted more than 50 dribbles how successfully they evade their opponents.Thomas ParteyThe 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in Europe and has played an integral part Diego Simeon’s team this season.The midfielder with his sterling performances this season has been rumoured to be on the radar of Arsenal and a host of other Premier League clubs, with Gunners fans especially, seemingly interested in the move.