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first_imgDefending champions Petrojam will meet Carib Cement in the final of the 2015 Scotiabank-sponsored Kingston and St Andrew Business House Football Knockout competition today at Alpha Boys’ Home football field, off South Camp Road. Match time is 03:30 p.m.Both teams had contrasting victories going into the final. Petrojam defeated Scotiabank 3-1, while Carib Cement clipped first-time entrants Peak Bottling 2-1 in extra time, after coming from a goal down. Petrojam are going for their fifth title and their fourth straight knockout title since 2012.Both teams will be parading a number of Premier League players and Petrojam will start as favourites. The Dwayne Blake-coached Carib Cement will have in their line-up Jerry Walters, Mark Bryan, Ricardo Scott, Jermaine Freckelton, Keno Ross, Elton Thompson and Ewan Murphy.Petrojam, who will be captained by Jotham Watson, will look to Rafeik Thomas, Jarron Richards, Andrew Christie, Tyrone Davis, David Stultz, Ramone McGregor and Damion Hyatt to hand coach Lenworth Hyde his first knockout title.FIFA rejects Guyana’s appealGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):The world’s governing body for football, FIFA, has rejected an appeal by the Guyana Football Association (GFF) after its Disciplinary Committee turned down a protest by the GFF that St Vincent and the Grenadines used an ineligible player during a World Cup qualification match in June.FIFA has cited its decision on technical and procedural grounds for denying the appeal from the GFF, which was unhappy with the initial ruling that no further action would be taken against the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF).FIFA has also reiterated that Guyana was not “a party to the relevant proceedings before the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and would, therefore, not be eligible to appeal”.The GFF is questioning the eligibility of British-born Gavin James and whether he was in possession of a St Vincent and the Grenadines passport during the qualification games.St Vincent and the Grenadines advanced on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Arnos Vale followed by a 4-4 tie in Georgetown.Much interest in T&T’s JonesLONDON (CMC):A number of clubs are reported to be bidding for the services of Trinidad and Tobago international, Kenwyne Jones, whose contract with Cardiff City comes to an end at the end of the season.Jones, 30, has been linked with Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday and two of Israel’s top clubs. Sections of the US media have also reported that the Trinidad and Tobago captain was also in talks with two MLS clubs. But fellow Cardiff City player, defender Fabio da Silva, has cautioned against selling Jones during the transfer window.”We have to keep our good players, and he is one of them. We have to keep them to fight for promotion,” said Fabio. “He’s good in the air, he’s good on the ball, and he can finish, so he’s a quality striker.”Cardiff City bosses have insisted that no firm bid had been made for Jones and that he would not be allowed to leave cheaply.last_img read more

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New Anti-Corruption Chair Seeks Collaboration with Media

first_imgThe Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Nyepan Verdier, Jr. has expressed the need to collaborate with the media to effectively fight corruption in Liberia.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission was created by an act of the Legislature in 2007, and came into force in 2008, with the aim of investigating and recording corruption cases carried out in the public sector and private institutions that receive public funding; it then forwards those connected to corruption to the Justice Ministry for prosecution.Cllr. Verdier, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on April 9, 2014, said that for the fight against corruption to succeed, LACC needs to liaise with the media in releasing available information to it or the media providing investigative information to the LACC.In a conversation with the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Cllr. Verdier indicated that more information to the public brings empowerment to the people, and the media—as disseminator of information— is important to the work of the LACC.“Publication from the media triggers investigation for the LACC, and therefore, we would like to have the cooperation of the media to help bring out investigative issues that we can dwell on to fight corruption.  We would also like to liaise with the media to acquaint journalists with our activities so they can best understand what we do in accordance with the act that created the LACC,” Cllr. Verdier said.He stressed that involvement of the media in the work of the LACC will help promote accountability that would enable Liberians to know how their resources are used.According to him, impunity has seriously undermined the Liberian society, and the only way this mindset can be broken is for two or more people to be prosecuted and made to bear the consequences of their actions to serve as a deterrent for others.Cllr. Verdier also noted that embezzlement of funds is not the only act of corruption, but abuse of office as well.He said many people in high offices use them (offices) to deprive subordinates of their rights, which are also acts of corruption.Welcoming the idea, the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, said the involvement of the media is a good thing; but there are challenges in getting the needed information from stakeholders most of the time.Mr. Best underscored that the media finds it difficult in many instances to get information because those concerned are not willing to provide it—sometimes for fear of reprisal or for the protection of their jobs.He also noted that the media, including the Daily Observer, has written several editorials informing the government about what it must do to set a good legacy, but the suggestions are overlooked and trashed out.Despite the challenge, Mr. Best said the idea is quite welcoming and hoped the collaboration would make a mark in the fight against the rampant corruption that has engulfed the society.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission has been seen as a symbolic institution since it came into force in 2008.There was a public perception that it would serve as an important instrument for curbing and prosecuting corrupt officials; but its mandate to investigate and forward cases to the Justice Ministry for prosecution brought a lukewarm feeling in many people.Moreover, since its establishment—headed first by Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison—prosecution has been very slow, with many challenging the LACC when they are called for investigation.According it its achievement record, the LACC had on separate occasions recommended for prosecution, former Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson Albert Bropleh and the Central Bank of Liberia and four other commercial banks.Though Bropleh was arrested, investigated, and found guilty, the public is yet to know what penalty he bore as a result of his action.Collaboration between the Media and LACC, though essential, the public for which the information is intended will develop interest only if cases are prosecuted and convicted persons are penalized for their actions, it was agreed.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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‘Corruption is Liberians’ Daily Bread’

first_imgThe Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Liberia, Archbishop Lewis Ziegler, said corruption has eaten up the fabric of the Liberian society.The Catholic Archbishop also stated that it is becoming the daily bread for Liberians at all levels.The prelate said corruption begins within families and is carried to the pinnacle of society; the governance of the state.He served as the keynote speaker at the National Fast and Prayer Day service organized by the Liberia Council of Churches on Friday April 11, at the Providence Baptist Church on Broad and Ashmun Streets.Archbishop Ziegler noted that greed and selfishness, among other evil vices, are leading the nation to a place where its people are discussing same sex marriage, while others are depriving their fellow citizens of their livelihood.Along with those vices, the Archbishop also added that Liberians take corruption, greed, selfishness and homosexuality for granted and these vices are hurting the country and holding it back.“As a nation that has God as its Father, how can we be discussing same sex marriage? Where are we going as a nation? We are calling temptation upon ourselves, corruption has become our daily bread,” the Catholic prelate said.Archbishop Ziegler indicated that the greed and selfishness of Liberians, especially its political leaders, is compelling a vast majority of the population to fast continuously and without choice, because they do not have food to eat.“Today you and I are fasting, we are praying, what are we going to do tomorrow? What are we going to do in our offices? In the market places, in the streets, or wherever we find ourselves? Are we going back to business as usual? If that is the case, then there is no need for fasting. Yes, we are fasting for only one day, or we may have fasted throughout this week; but that is not enough. What about our brothers and sisters who are compelled to fast every day, they are compelled because they do not have the means.”“We need to be grateful to God, the Almighty Father, we need to seek pardon for our many sins, we must pray for good and healthy living in this country. Not only pray, but we must also work towards it,” Archbishop Ziegler urged his fellow countrymen and womenThe cleric said more attention should be given to the issue of hatred amongst Liberians because it is making citizens poor and hungry.  He said, “Let us pay attention to the issue of hatred for one another, to the issue of lying on one another; this is a very serious problem in our country.”“The issue of corruption that has eaten up our society stems from the wicked words that we say about others. It comes from the self-centeredness that prevents us from responding to the needs of others, and the greed that keeps all we do only for ourselves”, said the Catholic Prelate.He added, “Because of greed some Liberians do not care about others and are allowing others to be poor and go hungry. Why are they poor? Why are they hungry? We may excuse ourselves and say they are lazy to work, that is not always the case. Why don’t we question if we are the ones being too greedy? Are we too selfish to see? Is it not because we are so self-centered?” he asked.He continued, “For example, if you use funds given to you that were meant to be used for the common good, do you not realize that you are depriving thousands of others the good things in life?”The Archbishop said it is a common practice for people to take away what is meant for the majority while leaving others in poverty. “If you use drugs that were given to you so they can be used by hospitals and clinics, do you realize the number of people you are sending to their early graves? If you rape that poor little girl, that poor child, are you not aware that you have destroyed her life and many others? All of these actions, my dear brothers and sisters, are acts of greed. Because of greed we are selfish, because of selfishness, there is no love for God in our hearts,” the Archbishop lamented.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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Kipchoge returns to Berlin, eyes on record

first_img“Berlin is a special race and a marathon I love to run. Every edition I run faster than the previous edition. In the first edition I ran 2:04:05, in the second time I ran 2:04:00 and last year, I ran 2:03:32. What will I do this year? You will see in September,” Kipchoge posed on a short promotional video posted on his official Twitter feed.The Olympic champion entered the race last year with high hopes of having a go at the record especially coming on after his record breaking ‘test-tube’ run in the Nike Breaking Two project where he ran an incredible 2:00:25 at the Monza Formula One track.However, unfriendly weather meant he couldn’t go on to break the record on a course that has seen the time shattered time and again. He nonetheless went on to win the race ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Guye Adola and Mosinet Geremew.Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2018 London marathon title on April 22, 2018“My preparation is entirely concentrated on the Berlin Marathon on September 16. I am confident I can beat my personal best on this fast course if conditions are good,” Kipchoge told the Berlin Marathon official website.Kipchoge’s mental as well as physical prowess has suggested for some time that the world record is within his reach.This year, Kipchoge will once again face familiar foes former world record holder Wilson Kipsang who dropped off the race midway last year. Kipsang will have pleasant memories of Berlin, coming to a course that he ran 2:03:23 to set a new record in 2013 with Kipchoge finishing second.Another contender to be taken into consideration is Eritrea’s five time World Half Marathon champion and record holder Zersenay Tadese. The Eritrean is the oldest of the three and, though highly experienced over the distance events in general, has the least experience in the marathon.No-one has gone close to his world record of 58:23 for the Half Marathon, set in Lisbon in 2010. His personal best for the marathon is 2:10:41, achieved in the London Marathon in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men’s race at the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017© AFP Michele TANTUSSINAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Olympic Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the Berlin Marathon on September 16 as he goes out on yet another mission of lowering compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s World record of 2:02:57.Kipchoge whose personal time of 2:03:05 set in winning the 2016 London Marathon is eight seconds shy of the world’s best is optimistic that if the conditions are perfect, then he will be in line to improve his personal best time and probably have a stab at the record.last_img read more

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Five-star Arsenal rip apart Forest in Carabao

first_imgDefender Rob Holding nodded in a second before Joe Willock struck.Reiss Nelson side-footed in a fourth before Martinelli’s superb long-range effort completed the win.Nottingham Forest, who like Arsenal made a raft of changes for the tie, barely troubled a rampant Arsenal with their only shot on target a late Sammy Ameobi strike that was comfortably saved by Emiliano Martinez.Martinelli makes his markFew fans had heard of Martinelli when he became Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, joining for £6m from Brazilian club Ituano in July.However, back in his homeland he is viewed as having the potential to become one of Brazil’s superstars and he certainly impressed on his home debut for the Gunners.The teenager, who made his Premier League debut with a late substitute appearance against Newcastle in Arsenal’s season opener, played futsal as a youngster and the close control and dribbling skills developed from that sport were on show against Forest.His first goal also showed good strength and awareness as he attacked an excellent first-time ball by Calum Chambers to power home a header.That strike made him the youngest player to score on their first start for Arsenal since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Shrewsbury in September 2011.But the best was yet to come. With the game deep into injury time, Martinelli received the ball 25 yards from goal, skipped one challenge before arrowing a wonderful strike into the top corner.It is early days, but Martinelli showed plenty of potential to suggest he could become a hugely exciting talent for the Gunners.-BY BBC Sport 0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Five-star Arsenal rip apart Forest in CarabaoLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal breezed into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup with a 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest.The 18-year-old was making his first competitive start for the Gunners and opened the scoring with a powerful header.last_img read more

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BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSE

first_imgGORTAHORK has hosted more than 100 Irish language university students from the North.The BA Irish Language and Literature students from the University’s Belfast, Coleraine and Magee campuses spent a week in the area on an intensive language programme delivered by University of Ulster staff.Irish language students at Ulster have been attending immersion courses in the Gortahork area of County Donegal for more than 30 years but this year’s course marked a change in structure. Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Head of School of Irish Language and Literature explained “Traditionally our students have spent a fortnight on the residential Gaeltacht course around Easter each year but this has become increasingly difficult in recent times for students who work part-time and who also have coursework deadlines to meet late in the second semester.“The new structure means that students have the opportunity to fulfil the course requirements in terms of residency in a Gaeltacht community by spending one week there per semester. The second course is scheduled for March 2013.”Dr Gearóid Ó Domagáin, Director of the Gaeltacht Course, said he was delighted with the high level of attendance and engagement from the student body.“I would also like to acknowledge the support from Ulster staff who travelled to Donegal to organise and deliver language lessons, seminars and cultural activities. “This year we also introduced a series of afternoon lectures which greatly enriched the course. This enabled students to benefit from new perspectives on their courses in language and literature while resident in an Irish-speaking environment.”All teaching was delivered through the medium of Irish and students and staff stayed with local Irish-speaking families throughout the week. The course concluded with a dinner and Céilí Mór. BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSE was last modified: November 15th, 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:BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSElast_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT BY GARDAI DOING STUNTS ON CHILD’S BIKE ON MAIN ROAD AT 4.20AM!

first_imgA drunk man who was caught by Gardai doing stunts on a child’s bike on a main road at 4.20am has been fined €100.Lynch was doing stunts o a child’s bike at 4.20am!Darren Lynch, 24, was spotted by Gardai on a road at Grahamsland, Castlefin on June 2nd, 2013. Gardai revealed that Lynch was drunk and was doing skids in the middle of the road on the child’s bike.When told by Gardai to get off the road, Lynch became argumentative and also initially gave a false name.He was eventually arrested.Lynch, of 56 Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today.Judge Paul Kelly asked Lynch how would he feel if a car was coming on the road and hit a person riding a child’s bike in the middle of the road at 4.20am?“I would feel very bad. I’m sorry. I just had too much to drink but I don’t drink that often,” said Lynch.Judge Kelly replied “It’s something you should do a lot less of.”Judge Kelly ordered Lynch to pay €100 to Donegal Youth Services by next September.If he did so, Judge Kelly said he would not record a conviction against Lynch.MAN CAUGHT BY GARDAI DOING STUNTS ON CHILD’S BIKE ON MAIN ROAD AT 4.20AM! was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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:castlefinchild’s bikeDarren Lynchdonegallast_img read more

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Pictured: Ledley King wears red shirt during Tottenham pre-season tour

first_imgAs Tottenham prepare to for a tough pre-season friendly against Roma, the players – past and present – have been sampling the delights of Los Angeles. 4 gameday Ledley king gets tips from Angels’ coach Mike Scioscia 4 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener punished Ledley King threw the ceremonial first pitch in LA Tottenham are touring America ahead of the new season Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade He didn’t quite get the distance on it Former captain Ledley King joined them and was even given the task of throwing the ceremonial first pitch during the LA Angels v Chicago White Sox baseball game.The colour of kit would not be every Spurs fans’ choice given it is red. REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Tottenham news possible standings gameday cracker 4 smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED targets Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in Januarylast_img read more

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Have you applied for SUSI yet? Deadline for applications is tomorrow

first_imgThe national student grant awarding body SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) are reminding new applicants to apply for their grant before the deadline tomorrow.The priority closing date is tomorrow, 13th of July.To date SUSI has received 80,000 applications, and they are expecting it to reach 105,000 once all have applied. Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, has the following message for students: “The processing of grant applications is once again running pretty smoothly… I would urge students to apply before the deadline of July 13th to ensure that their applications receive priority”.The national awarding authority has already awarded grants to more than 41,000 students for 2017/18, including 10,500 new students.Mr. Doyle added: “Leaving Certificate students should not wait until they receive their Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers late in August before applying to SUSI.“They should put down their first choice of course on their SUSI application forms and we will confirm their course details once results and course offers are made, through our link with the CAO. “Importantly, students should make sure that they have ticked the SUSI option on their CAO forms to allow us to confirm this information. We have already awarded almost 10,500 such students, which is great news.“Students are encouraged to use their own SUSI ‘online application trackers’, where they can track the progress of their applications and confirm that documentation has been received without having to contact SUSI directly.”Have you applied for SUSI yet? Deadline for applications is tomorrow was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CollegeeducationgrantLeaving certSUSIUniversitylast_img read more

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Yellow warning as snow to hit Donegal for St Patrick’s Weekend

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a fresh snow-ice warning for Donegal as temperatures get ready to plummet this weekend.A Status Yellow caution has been given for the county, with -2C temperatures on the way.And Met Eireann may issue more warnings as “hail, sleet and a risk of snow” are to hit other parts of the country on Saturday. Donegal will be on alert between midnight on Friday and 12pm on Saturday.Met Eireann said: “A spell of snow on Friday night and early Saturday morning will lead to poor driving conditions and accumulations of up to 3cm.“On high ground accumulations are likely to be greater.”Meanwhile, the national forecaster has warned of a potentially snowy St Patrick’s weekend. Met Eireann is predicting snowfall on Saturday, especially in the north west.And “widespread frost” is expected as temperatures are to plunge to as low as -2C overnight.A spokesperson said: “Rain in the early morning on Saturday, heavy in places, with falls of sleet and snow in some northern and northwestern areas.Yellow warning as snow to hit Donegal for St Patrick’s Weekend was last modified: March 15th, 2019 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:donegalMet EireannsnowSt Patrick’s Weekendlast_img read more

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