Gurias coach: Win came from a much improved performance

first_img“We played better than in round 1 where we only beat the EPG Mioks by 6-2,”said Nightingale.After three rounds, the Gurias are undefeated sitting top of the table now on 6 points (2 wins and a bye).However, Nightingale says there are still areas to improve on before their next game against the Kemele Hela Wigmen.“Our decision making is one thing we need to fix plus sticking to the game plan which we went away from a bit in yesterday’s game.“We also are still looking to get our combinations right in the halves which is still in the rebuilding stage after we lost our halves to the Hunters.“But our new halfback Stanley Olo is playing well and wanted to prove a point against his old team (Muruks) and he did. He’s a class act,” said Nightingalelast_img read more

Points standing

first_imgPoints standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Arsenal 21 13 4 4 37 21 16 432. Leicester 21 12 7 2 38 25 13 433. Man City 21 12 4 5 39 21 18 404. Tottenham 21 9 9 3 34 17 17 365. West Ham 21 9 8 4 33 24 9 356. Man United 21 9 7 5 27 20 7 347. Stoke City 21 9 5 7 24 22 2 328. Crystal Palace 21 9 4 8 23 20 3 319. Liverpool 21 8 7 6 25 27 -2 3110. Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2911. Everton 21 6 10 5 36 29 7 2812. Southampton 21 7 6 8 28 24 4 2713. West Brom 21 7 6 8 22 27 -5 2714. Chelsea 21 6 6 9 28 31 -3 2415 Norwich City 21 6 5 10 24 35 -11 2316. Bournemouth 21 5 6 10 23 37 -14 2117. Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1918. Sunderland 21 5 3 13 26 41 -15 1819. Newcastle 21 4 6 11 22 38 -16 1820. Aston Villa 21 2 5 14 17 37 -20 11last_img read more

LET’S LECTURE: The President’s Handling of NOCAL Crisis

first_imgAs the March Hare said in Alice in Wonderland, the NOCAL saga gets curioser and curioser. The President has placed the fox in the chicken coop. She wants those who ran the company into the ground to be the ones to rescue it. A more sensible approach I thought would have been to keep these jokers as far away from reconstruction as possible. They should be kept around just to answer questions.If she wants, the President has an array of Liberian professional talent here and in the Diaspora—lawyers, financial analysts, accountants, geophysicists, geologists—that she can call upon to come up with a rescue plan to guide her. She will probably get much better advice than from them than from these jokers. First off the bat, I can tell her that she does not need 50 people milling around two floors of the Episcopal Church building to man NOCAL and shepherd it into the future. She needs no more than 20-25 people right now. She can add people as an when the circumstances warrant it.Then there is the question of severance. Firing everybody and then re-hiring 50 from amongst the same group does not make much sense. I undertook a restructuring at LPRC in April 2006, 3 months after I took over the reins of the company, in which 400 dear souls volunteered to leave the company in exchange for healthy severance benefits. And there was not a murmur in town. The US$1.5 million we spent we recovered within 12 months from cost savings.At the time, there were 600 people on the company payroll. We did not fire all 600 and then re-hire 200. We got rid of the numbers that we felt were surplus to requirements and retained what we felt we needed to operate the company. This business of firing everyone and then re-hiring some is a coward’s way out. It is the mark of an age old Liberian disease: refusal to take tough decisions (so as not to hurt some people’s feelings) and instead seeking refuge in smoke and mirrors. It is also probably in violation of our labor laws. You cannot fire someone and then immediately re-hire that person.But before we even get to the issue of severance, President Sirleaf needs to address the issue of accountability for what went wrong. The board of directors and the senior management cannot be allowed to just take a walk without a full accounting of what caused the company to reach the place it did.I am told by reliable sources that at the end of March, NOCAL’s balance sheet showed cash reserves of US$80 million. By the end of June, three months later, that figure had dwindled to less than US$500,000. What happened in that short space of time to make almost US$80 million go poof! just like a Houdini magic trick?What needs to happen now is for President Sirleaf to commission an audit, not by those folks at GAC, many of whom are challenged just operating a calculator properly, but by one of the Big 4 international accounting firms. The terms of reference should go beyond the normal statutory audit to include a search for fraud. Then an only then will the Liberian people get to know what really happened.The next step should include a dose of retribution. Those who are found criminally liable should face prosecution and stiff jail terms if found guilty. By stiff jail terms I am not talking about people lounging around in South Beach Prison eating free government pussawa. I mean hard labour in Grand Gedeh, Nimba or Gbarpolu cutting rice and planting cassava.I am not convinced, and President Sirleaf will be hard pressed to find concurrence amongst the mass of the Liberian people, that senior executives and board directors who have robbed this nation of its inheritance—people who were spending US$25 million a year on self-indulgence and such foolishness as US$7 million on salaries and benefits, more than US$3 million on travel and US$1.5 million on board gallivanting and other undisclosed extravagance—-should get any kind of severance.But we will wait and see. What the President does in this crisis will be a true measure of her character. 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

President Sirleaf Applauds Swiss Confederation On 725th National Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to her counterpart Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President, the Government and people of the Swiss Confederation, on the occasion of their National Day.August 1 is celebrated each year as Swiss National Day, the founding of the Swiss Confederation. Since 1891, the day has been celebrated as Swiss National Day. The date refers to a historic alliance concluded in 1291 by representatives of three cantons – Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden – to repel together the attacks of external enemies. This alliance was to become the focal point around which the Switzerland of today was built over the next 500 years.According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, sent hearty congratulations and expressed satisfaction that Liberia and Switzerland have marked decades of close friendship and cooperation through which they continue to achieve mutually rewarding benefits to their two countries and peoples. “Our perspectives on issues of international affairs continue to converge, particularly as we remain committed to the continued pursuit and promotion of world peace and prosperity,” she indicated.She wished her Swiss counterpart continued good health and happiness, and for the Government and people of the Swiss Confederation, renewed peace and prosperity as they observe yet another milestone anniversary of the Federal Charter of 1291. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toure says Guardiola ‘has problem with African players’

first_img0Shares0000Manager Pep Guardiola embraced Yaya Toure as the midfielder came off with four minutes left in Manchester City’s last home game of the season. © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Jun 4 – Midfielder Yaya Toure accused Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans” in an interview to be published on Tuesday by France Football magazine.“He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out,” Toure said. “But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.” “I’m not the first to talk of these differences in treatment. At Barcelona I know that some also asked questions.”“Last summer, when Pep brutally got rid of (Wilfried) Bony, who had been signed a year earlier for a huge sum, I asked questions,” Toure said.The 35-year-old Ivorian played just 17 matches this season for City, who romped to the Premier League title, and he confessed to wondering if his limited playing time “was not because of my colour.”“I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted to take revenge on me, who was jealous of me, who took me for his rival. I felt humiliated,” said Toure, who is leaving City at the end of June.Toure joined City after three seasons at Barcelona where he had fallen out of favour after Guardiola took over as manager.“There had already been some tensions,” said Toure, who added that he was now taking responsibility for “being the one who smashed the myth of Guardiola.”Guardiola is “very rigid,” Toure said.“Other players will never say so in public, but some have told me they finish by detesting him because he is manipulative and plays a lot of mind games.”“As he is very vain, he wants to win with his players, those he chose, not those chosen by others. It’s his project.”Toure played 319 matches over eight seasons with the Sky Blues and won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup once.“To encourage me to be patient on the bench, he told me: ‘take the opportunity to sit close to me. That will be useful to you as an apprenticeship for you future trade.’ What I wanted wasn’t to start my retraining but to play football because I feel I can still do it.”Toure complained that Guardiola “did everything to ruin my last season” and to prevent him enjoying the sort of farewell fanfare that Andres Iniesta received this season at Barcelona and Gianluigi Buffon did at Juventus.“He stole my farewells with City. I would have liked to leave this club with emotion, as Iniesta and Buffon were able to do. But Pep stopped me.”Toure said that he felt he was capable of another couple of seasons at the highest level. For that reason, despite the urgings of his agent, Dimitri Seluk, Toure had turned down big offers from China over the past year.“I want a nice challenge in Europe,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Broadcasters are W Cup losers owing to piracy trend in Africa

first_img“I’ve got a Canal Plus box, but I got hooked up to BeIN Sports for the World Cup — it costs less!” says Blaise.BeIN has no rights to broadcast World Cup matches in the western central African state.But that is overlooked by a host of private firms, unconnected to the Qatar-based pay TV group, which will happily link up punters to the BeIN feed in exchange for a sum.Blaise shrugs off any legal or moral qualms about broadcasting piracy, a common phenomenon across Africa. “It’s their problem, not mine.”AFP contacted BeIN, but it did not respond.BeIN’s direct competitor, Canal Plus, says piracy costs it between 15 and 20 percent of its turnover, according to Mamadou Mbengue, the head of the channel in Gabon.“Canal Plus has a virtual monopoly on sports broadcasting rights in all of French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa, but some companies are committing industrial piracy. They get a free ride, while we paid for the rights,” he said.“It worries us because it impacts our business. There is a risk of the same thing happening which occurred in the Maghreb — in the long term, we have to pack our bags.”The station pulled out of the Maghreb region years ago, with BeIN now the only authorised World Cup broadcaster in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt.– ‘Do something’ –Bizarrely, Canal Plus is back in Algeria — but illegally so. Viewers are able to quite easily buy set-top boxes, which break through the channel’s encryption.“It’s piracy,” says a hawker at a large market in Algiers. He said the devices are sold everywhere legally for between 100 and 150 euros ($115 and $175).The practice is widespread across the region, particularly in the Moroccan city of Casablanca known as “the Mecca of pirated material”.In four of the five African countries that made it through to the tournament — Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia — public television channels have bought the rights to broadcast the national team’s matches.In Senegal, the National Council of Audiovisual Regulation threatened penalties against any illegal transmission of games, coming after a row between two broadcasters over the rights that ended with both being able to show matches.“The costs of broadcasting rights for sports events are often too high for our organisations, this partly explains the piracy,” said Gregoire Ndjaka, director of the African Broadcasting Union.He has received between 10 and 15 calls a day since the start of the World Cup: “They come from Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast… they all ask me to do something so that local actors respect the arrangements and stop hacking.”Beatrice Damiba, president of the Pan-African NGO Convergence, which fights against piracy, said it works to inform people that it’s theft.“It’s not only football that is hacked, there us also music, cinema, and that concerns all of Africa,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tunisia fans cheer during a match against Belgium at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, but some supporters back home in Africa were watching the game illegally © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLIBREVILLE, Gabon, Jun 27 – Blaise has a beer in his hand, he’s in front of a TV screen showing the World Cup, and the smile on his face suggests life doesn’t get much better than this.But Canal Plus may disagree — it owns the broadcasting rights in Gabon to the match being illegally shown in the bar in Libreville, the capital.last_img read more

Government idiocy still drilled into our heads

first_imgWe also have the problem of politicians whose ability to comprehend simple logic is somewhat tenuous. Would you be upset if the city were to spend $50,000 building a fence that may be taken down in a few months? That may happen. Vicki McIntire of the Point Fermin Residents Association has been working with Frank O’Brien of the Harbor-Watts Economic Development Corporation for four years on a plan to create a coastal view park where Pacific Avenue ends. O’Brien’s group has a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to create linkages between the town and its waterfront. Regular updates have been presented to Point Fermin residents and the coastal council. Recently, we were introduced to the design for a new fence intended to replace the existing chain link. What’s envisioned is a steel structure featuring angled bars and circles emulating seaweed and bubbles. Compared with any other fence in San Pedro, it’s art. You know, the kind of thing you might see in Santa Monica or Newport Beach. Enter Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who committed to replacing the existing fence as a means of denying access to the Sunken City area between Pacific Avenue and Point Fermin Park. The councilwoman wants to make good on her promise to the mother of the woman who, some months ago, fell to her death there. Hahn is not happy with how long it has taken the Department of Recreation and Parks to replace the fence and demanded they get the job done now. Rec and Parks is going ahead with building a plain tubular steel fence (like the one at the east end of Point Fermin). The estimated cost is $50,000. When the overlook park plan is approved, this fence would be torn out and replaced with the decorative “bubbles” design. It’s been suggested that Rec and Parks can ill afford to waste taxpayer’s money on a temporary fence. This folly is compounded by the fact that O’Brien has offered Conservancy grant money to pay for the fence if the “bubbles” design is used. He said it will take about 4-6 weeks to fabricate and install the fence. In the real world, spending $50,000 on a short-term fix is ridiculous. In government land, it’s the norm. O’Brien, the pragmatist, says, “If this is what the city wants to do, I’ll work with it.” McIntire, the realist, says, “Here’s another perfect example of how government looks like an idiot.” Doug Epperhart is a member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council board. He writes a biweekly column for More San Pedro. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dorothy got there via tornado. Alice fell down a rabbit hole. I walked in the door of a school auditorium and volunteered to help my neighborhood association with its newsletter. My entry into an unreal reality was not so dramatic and the characters don’t wear odd clothes, but the world inhabited by politicians and their minions is every bit as strange. White is black, down is up, and there is little, if any, common sense applied to problem solving. Often, merely defining the problem to be solved is a problem for the folks in this wonderland. Let’s start with a mayor who believes Los Angeles can handle all the high-density residential projects dreamed up by developers. Some of these massive new high-rises will offer condos smaller than garages because everybody in L.A. is single. Another incentive to Manhattanize would allow developers to construct buildings without providing parking for tenants. Of course, all these cool people with no parking spaces won’t own cars. They’ll all walk everywhere or take public transportation. No, really. Stop laughing. In the alternate universe at City Hall, accepted “smart growth” gospel says it’s OK to increase population density decades before adequate transit infrastructure is built. It’s not just downtown, though. For example, there is the epic of San Pedro’s proposed waterfront development. (I think we’re up to about a dozen plans so far.) This is a case of the masterminds at the port asking the same questions over and over, hoping they’ll get a different answer. Ideally, it’s one that involves endorsing their proposal to build a cruise ship terminal next to the beach. Every time the port rolls out a new plan, the response has been the same: “We want a continuous promenade along the waterfront.” “We want cruise ships docked near downtown to benefit merchants there.” “We want Ports O’ Call fixed up.” “We want connections between the community and the water.” Apparently, it’s easier for the folks at the port to pretend San Pedrans are too dense to figure out the right answer than to actually listen to what we’re saying. Or maybe they’re simply distracted by the far-off strains of Disney music floating across the water and don’t hear us. last_img read more

Williams wants bragging rights

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Winning a third straight national title means a lot for every USC player, but the game holds special significance for offensive tackle Kyle Williams. He is the only player on the roster from Texas, so a victory over the Longhorns would at least allow him to face his high-school classmates. “It means a lot. I’ve got a lot of friends at UT and they are going to the game,” Williams said. “There’s nothing more I’d like better than to win. Then I won’t hear so much trash talk.” Williams, who is from Dallas, went on a recruiting visit to Texas but said he actually preferred Texas A&M among the in-state colleges. But he realizes how much bigger football is considered at Texas. “They say here that Matt Leinart is the big guy on campus here but at Texas, every player is the big guy on campus,” Williams said. “It really is a religion down there. We got 10,000 a game in high school.” Ready to go: USC coach Pete Carroll proclaimed the Trojans ready but wasn’t willing to predict what would happen tonight. “We’ve done everything we can but I have no idea what will happen,” Carroll said. “We’re going to see what happens.” Key matchup: Carroll said Tuesday the game could hinge on how USC’s defensive ends contain Texas quarterback Vince Young. “They’re going to have to do a really good job,” Carroll said. “Part of our defensive attack calls for that. Lawrence Jackson, Frostee Rucker and Kyle Moore are going to have to do a really nice job taking care of their duties in this ball game.” Change of venue: As expected, the Trojans checked out of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City and moved to the Los Angeles hotel they stay at the night before games at the Coliseum. Things remained loose for the Trojans, who attended a small rally at Heritage Hall after their walkthrough on Tuesday and were allowed to eat dinner Tuesday night on their own. Parking woes: Because of the recent rains, Brookside Golf Course will not have public parking for the game. Fans are advised to take free shuttles from either Parsons Engineering on the corner of Walnut and Fair Oaks (100 West Walnut) or park at Pasadena City College at the corner of Del Mar and Hill streets. Information: (626) 577-3101. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Wasteful ways

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’ remake This is a hopeful sign. The DWP must spend ratepayers’ money efficiently to have any credibility with the public. When seeking periodic rate hikes, officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power invariably claim they’re desperate for the cash. And seeing how they manage money, that’s no surprise. The DWP’s dust-control work in the Owens Valley has more than tripled in cost, to $415 million. The fault, officials think, may lie with longtime contractors that have grown as inefficient as the DWP itself, an outgrowth of the utility’s growing too cozy with those they’re supposed to oversee. To his credit, Water and Power Commissioner Nick Patsaouras intends to do something about it. Patsaouras is calling for a new open-bidding process to take over work currently being done by contractor CH2M Hill. The company would still be eligible to bid for the job, of course, but like all bidders, it would need to prove it can do the work well and inexpensively. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Court.The Jury panel called back to Letterkenny Courthouse for tomorrowWednesday the 22nd July, 2015 are no longer requied to attend.NOTICE TO JURY PANEL FOR LETTERKENNY CIRCUIT COURT was last modified: July 21st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:JURY PANELLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more