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Swansea’s Bradley wins first EPL match

first_imgLONDON (AP):After a difficult introduction to English Premier League (EPL) management, Bob Bradley’s wait for a win is over.Swansea’s players couldn’t achieve it the easy way for their trailblazing American coach.In the sixth game of his reign yesterday, Swansea tossed away a 3-1 lead against Crystal Palace to head into stoppage time trailing 4-3.Displaying the fighting spirit Swansea have lacked this season, Fernando Llorente found time to score twice and complete a wild 5-4 victory that lifted the south Wales club off the bottom of the standings.It shouldn’t have been so tough. After Wilfried Zaha gave Palace an early lead, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick and Leroy Fer’s double gave Swansea a 3-1 advantage. But the game unexpectedly swung back in Palace’s favour when James Tomkins and Christian Benteke scored either side of Jack Cork’s own goal in a nine-minute spell.”The character of the players came through,” Bradley said. “It’s been a difficult season so far, there have been a lot of things that just didn’t bounce the right way.”Yesterday they did, but not for Alan Pardew, whose Palace side slumped to a sixth successive league and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Swansea climbed off the bottom and are two points from safety.The top of the table is unchanged after the top-three of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all won. City remain behind Liverpool on goal difference and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea.Other results: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2; Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0; Burnley 1 Man City 2; LeiCeester 2 Middlesbrough 2; Hull 1 West Brom 1.last_img read more

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LET’S LECTURE: Nepotism and Self-dealing

first_imgA couple of weeks ago, I dealt with the issue of corruption as part of a discussion of the general topic of ethics in public service. Today, we will look at two other ethical issues: nepotism and self-dealing.Simply defined, nepotism is when a person in authority hires a relative to work in his/her organization. In Liberia, when you are a big man or big woman in government, you are under a lot of pressure to hire relatives. In fact, your relatives consider that to be one of the perks of office, and get quite upset if you don’t indulge in nepotism, if you don’t hire them. They don’t classify you hiring your relative as nepotism. Nepotism is when the other guy hires his relative.Nepotism undermines the integrity of the public service. It is bad for the person doing the hiring and it is bad for the person being hired. No matter how competent the person being hired is, people will automatically assume that the only reason the person has that position is because of family connections. If the person is promoted or given an award, it will again be assumed that the only reason the person is advancing is because of the family connection.We have had a few high profile cases of nepotism in our public service recently. Perhaps the most celebrated case was Rob Sirleaf being appointed chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) by his mother, President Sirleaf. Many attempts were made to explain the inexplicable, to justify the unjustifiable. References were made to his qualifications, his service on Wall Street, etc., etc. But the bottom line is that this was a clear case of nepotism and should never have been allowed to take place.In private conversations, I told President Sirleaf as much, reminding her of her criticism of President Tolbert when he sought to appoint his daughter Christine Norman as an assistant minister of education (a lifelong educator, Ms. Norman was eminently qualified for the position), and again when he selected his daughter Wilhelmina Holder (who graduated from McGill, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world) as health minister, and yet again when he appointed his son-in-law, Burleigh Holder, to succeed my father as defence minister. So, what do you do when confronted with this conundrum? Face it head on! When I went to LPRC I said to my family, “If your last name is Greaves or Zackpah, then tough luck. You will never get appointed to a position of authority in LPRC while I am managing director there. End of discussion.”Another common unethical practice in our public service is self-dealing. What do I mean? Self-dealing is when you use your position to do business with yourself. Robert Kilby was fired from his position as auditor general because he had the GAC, of which he was the head, enter into a contract with his own company from which he would derive a personal benefit. That is a complete no no.Again, a personal example will illustrate how to deal with this in an ethical way. When I went to LPRC, I told my staff that LPRC could not do business with P. A’s RIBHOUSE. Why? Because my wife is the proprietor of that business. My wife got very angry with me. She pointed out that LPRC was one of her prime customers long before she even met me. Besides, other people did it. Why should I want to be the only white chicken?My response was, “They are who they are and I am who I am. You have 18 other public corporations and 20 ministries to do business with. But LPRC is the one entity you cannot do business with while I am managing director there.” For me, the issue was not even a grey area. It was pretty black and white. It would be a clear case of self-dealing.But every now and then an invoice would come floating across my desk for payment to P. A’s RIBHOUSE. I would call my public relations manager in and tell her, “Nyonblee (now Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence), I thought I told you we were not to do business with P. A’s RIBHOUSE?”“Yes, Chief” would be the reply. “But their food is sweet and when we are jammed, they are the only ones that can cater for us at short notice.” To this I would say, “Well, we are going to have to get to food that is not so sweet, aren’t we? And we will have to do a better job of planning so we don’t find ourselves in these emergency situations.”Finally, I issued the following instructions to my daughter, who was then general manager of P. A’s RIBHOUSE, “The next time you receive a solicitation from LPRC for a quotation for catering, do not respond!” That’s how I brought that whole business to closure.The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Youths fined for stealing gold, silver from dredge owner

first_imgMiguel Daniels and Alension JosephEighteen-year-old Miguel Daniels and his 20-year-old accomplice Alension Joseph, both miners, were on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer a charge of robbery-under-arms.The charge stated that on March 28, 2019, at Balata Backdam, Mazaruni River, Region Seven, (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), while in the company of others and armed with a knife, they robbed Andre Francis of 2.2 penny weight of raw gold, a gold scale and quarter bottle of silver, all at a total cost of $82,000.The unrepresented duo admitted to the offence, and Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on March 28, the virtual complainant had “washed down” his dredge and reported a production of 2.2 pennyweight of raw gold. However, at about 23:42h, the VC was asleep when he was awakened and confronted by the two men, who attacked him. The VC tried to resist, but was overpowered, and Daniels and Joseph picked up the bag containing the items and made good their escape.The matter was reported to the Kamarang Police Station, an investigation was launched, and the duo were arrested. They admitted to the offence and were later charged.In a plea of mitigation, both defendants told the Chief Magistrate that they had mistaken the VC for someone else who had stolen money from them, and they were acting to get it back.The Chief Magistrate fined both Daniels and Joseph $7000 each. Failure to pay the fine would result in either serving three months’ imprisonment.last_img read more

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Encouraging local precipitation numbers

first_imgSo far so good for local area farmers and ranchers, as we move toward a new spring seeding season, with nearly double the average precipitation total, for the first three months of the year.The norm for the first quarter of a calendar year in this area, is 69.3 millimeters, but this year the unofficial Environment Canada total through yesterday{March 31st} was 137.3.We’re also running at a pace, more than double last year’s total, of 58.2 millimeters.- Advertisement -However, it’s worth remembering, where we really ran into drought trouble last year, was in the June-July period, when the two heaviest precipitation months of the year…which annually average more than 150 millimeters…resulted in only about a third of that total.For those of you wondering how much snow we shovelled this past winter, the total for the five month period ending yesterday, was 192.7 centimeters, and the norm for that period is 148.5.We exceeded the average in each of those months, except November, when we got only 14.6 centimeters, or about half the norm. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sofapaka hit Tusker to book Shield semis

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka players celebrate Ezekiel Okare’s winner during their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield tie against Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 2 – Robert Matano’s hope of clinching a second consecutive Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield title with a second different team were quashed on Sunday afternoon after Tusker lost 2-1 at the hands of Sofapaka in a quarter final tie played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Ezekiel Okare stepped off the bench to score the winner in the 72nd minute after Umaru Kassumba had cancelled out Jackson Macharia’s early goal for the brewers. It was a highly technical and tactical approach between the two sides and the chances were few and far in between.Both goals in the opening half were scored within the first 10 minutes and were spaced three minutes in between each other. Apart from that, both Mathias Kigonya for Sofapaka and Patrick Matasi for Tusker didn’t have much to do with their hands.Tusker were first to taste the back of the net, Macharia coming to the end of a brilliant team move by the brewers.-Team playBoniface Muchiri broke away on the left after some quick interchange of passes left Sofapaka exposed and with space and time, the winger looked up to cite Macharia’s run and sliced in a low cross.The dreadlocked midfielder took a brilliant first touch away from his marker before slotting the ball low into Kigonya’s far right.But the lead only lasted three minutes as Batoto ba Mungu drew back level in the ninth minute when Umaru Kassumba towered above the Tusker defense to nod home a freekick from Kevin Kimani.Sofapaka’s Michael Oduor skips away from Tusker’s Hashim Ssempala during a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFrom then on, the two sides took on each other in a terse tactical battle, most of which was concentrated in the middle of the pack.Tusker had two chances off set pieces, the first a training ground routine with Muchiri and Peter Nzuki skipping over the ball before Timothy Otieno whipped it over and the second was an awry attempt by Muchiri which skied over the target.In the second half Sofapaka head coach John Baraza began with a tactical change bringing off Teddy Osok who was living dangerously with a yellow card and in his place came Brian Magonya.-Game changer OkareAfter 18 minutes, Okare was brought in for the off color Piston Mutamba and he almost had an immediate impact when he picked up a loose ball at the edge of the box but his snap shot went just wide.He however made the difference in the 72nd minute when he simply tapped in from two yards out unmarked after Michael Oduor’s low cross from the right found him isolated and he had the simple task of changing the ball’s direction into the net with Matasi beaten.After conceding the second, Tusker made offensive changes, the ineffective David Juma being hauled off for Sidney Ochieng.But, the brewers could not break the Sofapaka backline and were almost conceding a third on the other end but Stephen Waruru’s connection from a Kimani cross went inches wide with Matasi well beaten.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United’s new signing, most expensive defender, British transfer record and more in our United transfer quiz

first_img1 Manchester United have already made one big signing this summer in the shape of Memphis Depay form PSV Eindhoven, with more set to follow.For all the latest Man United transfer news, views and rumours, check out talkSPORT, online, on mobile and on air.And we’ve got a little test of your United transfer knowledge, right here.See how many questions you can answer correctly…About | Privacy | Terms Manchester United transfer quiz last_img

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NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL JAILED FOR HIS PART IN CREEPER BURGLARIES

first_imgA lifelong burglar who straddled the border carrying out creeper burglaries was found when Gardai raided a caravan which contained an Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods.Farm labourer Eddie Crerand, 29, embarked on a crime spree across Co Donegal just days after being freed from prison in the North.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard yesterday how Crerand was a “habitual thief’ who had 260 previous convictions in the North including for burglary, theft, assaulting police, threats to kill, handling stolen goods, deception and rioting. He had a dozen convictions in Donegal. The court heard how Gardai raided a caravan in Clonmany after a tip-off.When Gardai arrived at the caravan park in May 2010, they found a stolen Nissan Pathfinder jeep outside.Crerand, 29, managed to flee the scene but inside the caravan Gardai discovered more than €10,000 worth of stolen goods including televisions, tools, computers, a Quad, cash cards and children motorbike.The goods were stolen in up to nine creeper burglaries which had taken place in the previous weeks.The thefts had taken place in Raphoe, Carrigans, Convoy and Donegal Town. A stolen cash card was used in Moville.Eleven months later, in April 2011, gardai were tipped off that Crerand was renting a house in Mountcharles.Detetctive Robin Doyle, backed up by members of the Armed Response Unit, raided the property.Inside they found more items including a hat taken in another creeper burglary in Leitrim and a personalised jacket stolen in Donegal.Crerand again made a run for it but was arrested 150 metres away from the house.Detective Doyle revealed how Crerand had removed an electronic tag after being released for prison in the North before heading across the border to Donegal.“He would be known to us as someone who uses the Border. He will not stop for gardai when we do attempt to stop him.”Judge John O’Hagan said: “It is terrible for any victim to have your house burgled, with strangers going through your possessions. It is like having your house raped.“Whilst he (Crerand) has admitted to possession of stolen property, you can’t have thieves unless there is someone down the line willing to keep stolen items.”Crerand had been interviewed on five occasions at Ballyshannon Garda Station over the space of eight hours but did not make any admissions.He pleaded guilty to the possession offences today. A defence barrister said Crerand had been surrounded by poverty but could show no wealth as a result of his crimes.Judge O’Hagan said that had Crerand been convicted by a jury he would have gone to jail for five years. He sentenced Crerand from Strath Aoibhinn, Stranorlar to three years in prison on each of the possession counts.AT hearing © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyNOTORIOUS CRIMINAL JAILED FOR HIS PART IN CREEPER BURGLARIES was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carrigansconvoycreeper burglardonegalDonegal TownmovilleRaphoeSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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Pico’s roots run deep in old Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – While most Whittier residents would associate their city’s history with the Quakers, one family claims their ancestors settled the area long before the city was founded in 1887. Whittier resident Carlos Santos Hartnell, 85, says he can trace his family roots back to the last governor of Mexican California – Pio Pico. Hartnell’s mother, Leonora “Nora” Zuniga Hartnell, was the great-great-granddaughter of Bernardino Guirado, one of the first settlers of the Los Nietos and Whittier areas. Guirado’s sister, Maria de Jesus, married John G. Downey, the namesake of the city of Downey, according to a Whittier Historical Society article by Virginia Mathony. Guirado also was known for his much-patronized Pioneer Store, located on what is now Los Nietos Road and Norwalk Boulevard. The Pioneer Store became a convenient place to stop for supplies for people traveling north along a path that ran from the Pacific Ocean to Workman’s Mill. The “North Walk” eventually was shortened to “Nor’walk” and became Norwalk Boulevard. “My mother was born in the old Mission in Whittier Narrows,” Hartnell said. “Now it’s the San Gabriel Mission.” Hartnell still lives next door to the 1840s house on Pasadena Street in Whittier in which he was born and where his granddaughter now resides. The house was originally owned by Guirado when it was located behind his Pioneer Store, but Hartnell’s mother bought it for $200 and moved it to Pasadena Street in 1905, according to a tax receipt for the house. Hartnell’s great grandfather was Edwardo Poyorena Sr., the constable of Los Nietos, who was on the first board of trustees for the Los Nietos Unified School District – an entity which he and his wife, Maria Colima Sanchez, helped to create. Poyorena also served on the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors from 1866 to 1869. Tim Miguel, Nora Hartnell’s great-grandson, has helped put together a family tree from his research. “Nora was related to Don Gaspar Zuniga, the viceroy for Mexico in the state of Monterey from 1595 to 1603,” Miguel said. “Unfortunately, we don’t hear about this history around here very much. You mainly hear about Whittier, Temple, Downey, but nothing about the Poyorenas.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

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DONEGAL FITNESS TEAMS SET TO UNLEASH HELL AT CROSSFIT COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND IN DUBLIN

first_imgSIX teams from Letterkenny’s FitHub Gym are off to Dublin tomorrow to take part in Ireland’s largest two-day Crossfit style event, “The Filthy 150”.The strength and fitness event takes place at the National Basketball Arena over the Bank Holiday Weekend and teams from all over the country are expected at the fitness competition.Competitors from FitHub have been packing in as much training as possible over the past six weeks in preparation for the event. FitHub Head Coach Neil Barrett described the commitment from the teams as “unbelievable”He said: “We have had training sessions on Sundays for everyone taking part and the dedication and focus has been unreal.“Some of those taking part are relatively new to Crossfit and they have really enjoyed the training. Yes, everyone has worked hard but it has also been a great atmosphere and a lot of fun. We want everyone to go to Dublin and, above all, have a good time and meet other people who enjoy Crossfit.“It is also great to see people from different age groups participating in this. It shows that Crossfit is open to all levels of fitness”. DONEGAL FITNESS TEAMS SET TO UNLEASH HELL AT CROSSFIT COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND IN DUBLIN was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dublinFilfthy 150FitHubletterkennyNeil Barrettlast_img read more

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DD Gardening: Could this animal help curb this weed?

first_imgThe invasive weed Fallopia Japonica, otherwise known as Japanese Knotweed, has made some serious headlines over the past few years, with Donegal County Council undertaking a 4 year treatment program to map, treat and control some of the areas affected by the bully of the plant world. You may have seen some of the new Council signage which has been placed on areas of Knotweed beside public roads? And you may be interested to know you can report locations of Knotweed infestation on public lands to info@donegalcoco.ie.Treatment of Japanese Knotweed is primarily by application of a systemic herbicide (weedkiller to you and me), most probably Glyphosate – applied by injection into the stem is the most efficient manner, but don’t be surprised to see a backpack sprayer being used in a more ‘blanking bombing’ approach – leaving banks of yellow grass behind. Another recognised treatment is by burying the roots of Knotweed, at least to a depth of 5m, with a membrane placed across the top before being refilled with 5m of soil.There is also much talk about the use of Knotweed in Herbalist circles, with much being made about its Resveratrol content, but the destruction this plant carries out, in my opinion, negates any potential benefits from this compound, plus I’d rather get my Resveratrol supplies from grapes and chocolate!But, here’s where my research brain kicks in, what if you could use conservation grazing to control or eradicate Japanese Knotweed from a site? So instead of using chemicals or deep excavation you could use pigs to eradicate these plants? And in turn with the Knotweed being high in Resveratrol and other compounds how will this benefit the pigs in term of condition, growth and quality of meat? Well this is exactly my piece of research we are carrying out in the walled garden of Bogay House Near Killea. Bogay Glebe dates from the mid 18th century, originally being built as a hunting lodge for the Abercorn Estate, and although the 2 acre walled garden was still productive into the 1980s in recent times however the garden has fallen into complete neglect and has been swamped by Japanese Knotweed.My plans is to conduct a trial as to gauge the effectiveness of pigs as a form of control for Japanese Knotweed, with the topic being “To what extent does the introduction of pigs onto established Japanese Knotweed either control or exasperate the growth of this plant”.It is widely known that this knotweed is edible, with human consumption of the red new growth commonplace and grazing animals happy to nibble at the new growth and early shoots, but I’ve wondered if the pigs would root out the problematic fleshy roots and consume these, and how much of the roots would be left behind or will they just break up the roots causing the weed to spread more.Pigs have been and are being successfully used for the conservation grazing of bracken in Scotland.Currently we’ve mapped the existing Knotweed locations within the walled garden and next Spring regrowth of Knotweed will be mapped upon removal of the pigs.The pigs used in this trial are coming from John Hamilton of Hamiltons Farm in St Johnston who specialises in free range pig production, so the highest of animal welfare standards will be maintained and during the trial the pigs will be fed an organic diet to ensure that they are in top condition. The use of pigs for cultivating land is a traditional technique for clearing and readying land for planting, it also has the benefit of bringing stones to the surface for removal and the pig manure adds fertility and organic matter to the soil.Upon removal of the pigs and subsequent mapping of any Knotweed regrowth the walled garden is destined for reworking into a productive walled kitchen garden, supplying organic fruit and vegetables as it did for 200+ years.Results of this trial will be known in the Spring, with results being published here and on my website.More details of Bogay Walled Garden and Hamiltons Farm can be found on their relevant Facebook pages, where you can also follow this ongoing trial. DD Gardening: Could this animal help curb this weed? was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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