World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers

first_imgThe world’s best soccer festival has traveled fives at several centers in Brazil, with smashing but surprising results.At the time of writing, two of Africa’s representatives, Nigeria and neighbor Ghana were scheduled to honor their engagements against Iran and United States respectively late last night.All Africans’ expectation is the expectation the two nations would follow the example of Cote d’Ivoire, who punished Japan 2-1 in their first group match.Against Iran, one of the giants in Asia, there were speculations last night that the Super Eagles would depend on Peter Odemwingie to hold the trump card for the Eagles’ victory.How far that can be ascertained is known by now. For the Black Stars of Ghana, who held some form of psychological victory over the Americans, having beaten them twice in World Cup clashes, Coach Jurgen Klinsman would need more to support his herculean wish against the Black Stars.For the Americans, victory this time would not only erase some of that past pain but also provide a solid base for Klinsmann in his attempt to overcome favorites Germany.Ghana’s John Mensah, who played in the 2010 win over Monday’s opponents as a late call-up, acknowledged the previous games between the two sides will add an extra edge in yesterday’s game in Natal.”It’s going to be like a revenge [match] for the United States, because we beat the United States in 2006 and we beat them in 2010,” Mensah told”Once again we’re playing them in the first game. For the first game of the competition, everybody is focused and nervous, so it’s going to make the game very, very interesting.”Everybody will be expecting something from Ghana and from the United States as well.”It’s a difficult game, but we’ll try as much as possible to win.”USA coach Klinsmann has courted debate with his decision to omit the country’s record goals-corer Landon Donovan from the squad.“Donovan is a fans’ favorite and has been hired to commentate on his former’s team-mates on US television, providing a potentially distracting sub-plot, but full-back Fabian Johnson is fully behind the boss,” according to ESPN.Results have been shattering, especially after Croatia gave favorites, Brazil a scare and the Dutch destroyed the invincibility of Spain to convince the Spanish about the tragedy they are faced in the 2014 World Cup.Another shocking result was the demolishing of Ronaldo’s Portugal 4-0 in their Group G match yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Incremental changes needed to combat money laundering- expert

first_img…as questions arise over Guyana’s low conviction rateWith Guyana yet to secure a major conviction relating to Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), a Commonwealth legal expert is issuing a reminder that incremental changes will achieve this end.According to Shadrach Haruna, a legal adviser to the Commonwealth, the organisation is in fact assisting with this process. When asked about Guyana’s lack of convictions and how the secretariat can assist, he pointed to the secretariat’s work on a regional level.“Apart from organising regional training like this, we also do mentoring and placement of investigators and prosecutors. We also bring in experts from other jurisdictions that have the capacity to train the investigators here for four, five weeks. We have achieved that in some countries,” he related on Friday at a media briefing.“So it’s not a huge amount of money, but we’re able to achieve a lot through that process. So we do this type of regional training to ensure we have key people trained here that will go back and transfer that training to the old staff.”Haruna noted that besides that assistance, the secretariat also does a comprehensive review of existing prosecutorial structures. He said that the objective of this assessment is to identify shortfalls in AML/CFT capacity. Once completed, he noted, the secretariat is better able to advise or design assistance accordingly.Raising standardsMeanwhile, Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland revealed that there are on-going talks centred on how to raise the prosecutorial standards of commonwealth countries in a unified way.“We are looking at creating toolkits with you tube type how to do this back up so that even if we can’t be there, we can be there virtually,” she said. “What we are talking about at this conference is potentially could we create a commonwealth implementation toolkit.”“This would be a de facto step by step guide for implementation for our investigators, prosecutors and judges. And that’s what we’re talking about right now. So we do not have as much as we like, but I hope we have enough.”ConvictionsRecently, Attorney General Basil Williams had urged law enforcement agencies secure money laundering convictions. At a subsequent press conference, Williams had revealed that Guyana will not exit the fourth round of evaluations by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force unless convictions can be secured.FATF/CFATF conducts peer reviews of member countries to assess levels of implementation of their AML/CFT recommendations. These mutual evaluations provide in-depth data and analysis of each country’s system for preventing criminal abuse of the financial system.“Money launderers should and ought to be convicted,” Williams said. “This is not a question of trumped up charges, because we have been doing a lot of training. The British, for instance, sponsored a two week course for investigators. And we have had on going exercises.”The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is one of those law enforcement agencies on the frontlines. But while SOCU had arrested and indeed, questioned several members of the previous administration, its exploits against money launderers are not as well known. Instead, the aforementioned arrests were in relation to the Pradoville land development.Photo saved in May 6 asHarunaCaption- Commonwealth Legal Advisor Shadrach Harunalast_img read more

‘Trump wants him to be the wall between Mexico and USA’ – Reaction to De Gea

first_img David De Gea made a number of stunning stops Manchester United fans are counting their blessing that David De Gea is their goalkeeper after his performance for Spain against Italy.The Spanish no.1 made a number of stunning stops to keep the rampant Italians at bay, including a one-on-one and a few wonderful reaction saves.He saved the free kick into the path of Giorgio Chiellini which gave Italy the lead but more than made up for it with his countless other stops.And social media responded appropriately with some fantastic reactions to the Manchester United stopper’s performance.See the best reactions to his saves below! 1center_img [View the story “‘Donald Trump wants David De Gea to be the wall between Mexico and USA’ – Best reaction to Spain goalkeeper’s saves” on Storify]last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Chamber Orchestra, RCC Letterkenny. Pic John Soffe“If you offer something good, people will come”, says Angela Apitius, one of the organisers of an evening of classical music at the beautiful Church of Ireland in Lettermacaward.The Church, built in 1788, is set in one of the most charming locations in Donegal and will come alive to the uplifting music of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra concert on Saturday evening.It is one of a series of events to encourage people to the see the church as much more than a place to go on a Sunday or only at high holidays throughout the year. Angela and her husband Rolf, who have lived in the area for more than twenty years, have been busy with fellow parishioners preparing for the concert.Angela says: “Three years ago our church celebrated its 225th anniversary and we had two days of music; one day classical and one day traditional.“We are in a rural area and we filled the church with people on both days. This was our first step. When you give good things, people come.“You have to be brave. Church isn’t just for Sundays. It’s also a place to meet people from the wider community and to have music – traditional and classical.” The community has been busy preparing for the evening concert and is hoping people from all over the area will support the evening.“I’ve just seen the printed programme and it looks great. There are beautiful green and white flowers decorating the church and afterwards we hope everyone will join us atElliott’s bar for some refreshments. There has been lots of baking,” says Angela.Another parishioner, Carolyn Robinson, adds: “It’s a chance to open the church to everyone.“We hope to organise other events, talks and more music – to bring people into the church. It’s a great way to meet other people and for them to see what is going on here.”The Donegal Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2006 by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and cellist Víctor Yélamo. The concert programme includes popular classics, Gabriel’s Oboe’, main theme from the 1986 film The Mission, composed by Ennio Morricone and the evocative ‘Lara’s Theme’, from Dr Zhivago, composed by Maurice Jarre.Concert ProgrammeWilliam Boyce (1711 -1779)Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 2 (1760) (7′) AllegroModerato e dolceAllegroAntonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)Largo from the Winter, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 (c.1720) (3′)Soloist: Lucia SpacirovaGiuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)Concerto Grosso Op.8 No.6 in g minor (1709) (8′)Grave-VivaceLargoVivaceSoloists: Sarah Ponsonby, Grace Harkin, violins; Vyvyan Howard, celloPiotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)Elegy for string orchestra in G (1884) (7’)Peter Warlock (1894-1930)Capriol Suite for string orchestra (1926) (11′)Basse-DansePavaneTordionBranslesPieds en l’AirMattachinsPietro Mascagni (1863-1945)Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” (1890) (4’)Ennio Morricone (b. 1928)Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) (1986) (4´)Soloist: Bianca HeitzerMaurice Jarre (1924 – 2009)Music from “Dr. Zhivago” (1965) (6′)Main title – At the Student Café -Somewhere, my love (Lara’s Theme)Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) & Josef Strauss (1827-70)Pizzicato Polka, Op. 234 (1870) (3′)Donegal Chamber Orchestra perform at Lettermacaward Church of Ireland, this Saturday May 7th at 8pm. Admission €10.Photographs are kindly produced with the permission of John Soffe www.johnsoffe.comHEAVENLY MUSIC TO LIFT THE SOUL AT LETTERMACAWARD was last modified: May 5th, 2016 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:donegal chamber orchestraDonegal Music Education PartnershipEnnio MorriconeLara’s ThemeLettermacaward Church of IrelandThe MissionVíctor Yélamolast_img read more

Money for nothing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals THE 32-page report that former L.A. Animal Services Chief Guerdon Stuckey produced as part of his $50,000 get-out-of-town settlement did confirm one thing: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was right to fire him. City officials agreed to pay Stuckey for a post-employment report after the short-lived chief was fired and threatened to sue. The purpose of the report was never entirely clear. Dutifully and on time, Stuckey turned in his opus last week. The paper, which took 12 weeks to create, was, as we say in the news business, a rehash that offered no new insight. The money was never really about the report anyhow, but rather a payoff to ensure Stuckey would leave the job quietly. One could also look at it as combat pay for the things the embattled bureaucrat endured for his 11-month tenure at the hands of the outraged animal activists – death threats, a smoke bomb into his home, his wife run out of town. This is one report that will actually benefit the city by being stuck up on a dusty shelf. 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_imgA Co Donegal school principal has closed the door on his classroom for the last time after a career spanning almost four decades.Principal of Glenswilly National School, Master Liam McGowan, said a sad farewell to pupils, parents and staff today.A native of Kinlough in Co Leitrim, Liam has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the school for almost 30 years. His first job in Donegal was teaching in Rathmullan before he moved to Glenswilly.Liam told Donegaldaily he is looking forward to his retirement but doesn’t plan to spend many days on the gold course.“I play one game of golf a year so my handicap isn’t great. Don’t worry, I’ll find plenty to do,” he said.Liam worked selflessly for the school over the years including many long days trying to get an extension for the school since 1992. That day may not be too far away.In the meantime a special mass will be held for Liam at the school this Friday. SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CLOSES DOOR ON CLASSROOM AFTER CAREER SPANNING 40 YEARS was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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:Glenswilly National SchoolLiam McGowanlast_img read more

Winbush leads Huskies, 40-20

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We went into halftime and made some adjustments,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “We played a whole lot better in the second half against a hard-nosed football team.” The Raiders (4-2), trailing 19-13 in the fourth quarter, drove into Huskies’ territory behind the running of Rene Small and Mark Burgos. But South Hills ended the scoring threat, forcing a fumble and recovering it to halt Rowland. ROWLAND HEIGHTS — The South Hills High School football team defeated host Rowland High 40-20 Friday night in a San Antonio League opener that was much closer than the score indicated. The Huskies (4-2), after trailing 13-6 at halftime, scored 19 consecutive points en route to the victory. Running back Marquies Winbush came up big and rushed for four touchdowns to lead South Hills. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Huskies quickly took advantage of the turnover when Winbush scored on a 78-yard touchdown run on the ensuing play. The Raiders still had plenty of fight in them, however, as quarterback Phililip Chase connected with tight end John Gonzales on a 76-yard touchdown pass to pull Rowland within 25-20 late in the fourth quarter. Rowland then attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by South Hills’ Adrian Puente. The Huskies’ Kevin Mort than tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Mike Maldonado. Winbush followed with a 48-yard run to account for the final 40-20 score. “Our kids played great,” Rowland coach John Martin said. “We took them out of their game for three quarters, but they showed why they have been CIF champs two out of the last three years.” last_img read more

Fourth town council seat results due

first_img Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – An announcement is due today naming the winner of the fourth seat in a tight Agua Dulce Town Council race. Nine provisional ballots cast Nov. 8 by residents whose names did not appear on a list of local registered voters have been reviewed and will be counted this afternoon, said Diane Terito, who is finishing her term on the council. A total of 557 ballots were cast – the nine in question, the 522 dropped off at the polls and 26 that were mailed in. Former council member Ze Gonzales was the top vote-getter with 323, local vintner Don MacAdam won 306 votes and longtime resident Peg Spry got 297. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gonzales had resigned from the board in July after a judge ruled the panel fell under the restrictions of the state’s open-meeting laws. Council members, who have no policymaking powers but advise Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on local issues, argued they didn’t have the funding or a staff to ensure official records of meetings were kept. Mary Johnson, Lorene Cangiano and Patrick Green ran neck and neck and were awaiting the results of the provisional ballot count. Town leaders refused to say how many votes separated the three. Cangiano and Johnson were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that demanded the council abide by the state Brown Act, requiring public boards hold open meetings and keep official minutes. Green is former president of Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, a group battling plans to expand the small Agua Dulce Air Park, the issue that has split the town and led to the Brown Act lawsuit. County officials vowed to be sensitive to residents’ concerns in reviewing the air park plans, which go before the county Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday. The commission is expected to re-open a public hearing of the proposed zoning change and conditions set for expansion of the rural airport. A commission vote is expected Dec. 14. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council has been adjourned today amid uproar after a row between Cllr Frank McBrearty and Cllr Ciaran Brogan.The council could fold tonight if councillors fail to agree a budget.That is looking increasingly likely. However the meeting never even got to discuss the budget before it ended in uproar.Cllr Brogan had claimed that one of his party colleagues Cllr David Alcorn had received a threatening email at 4.46am from Cllr McBrearty.Cllr McBrearty then called through Mayor Ian McGarvey for Cllr Brogan to “withdraw these slanderous comments.”The independent councillor also asked for the email to be read into the record to “prove” it was not a threatening email. Mayor McGarvey agreed; then withdrew permission on legal advice from Director of Service Liam Ward.Mayor McGarvey was forced to adjourn the meeting amid uproar.But Cllr McBrearty read out his email to Cllr Alcorn anyway as Fine Gael, Labour and independents listened. COUNCIL MEETING ADJOURNED AMID UPROAR OVER LATE NIGHT EMAILS was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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:Cllr Ciaran BroganCllr Frank McBreartycouncil rowlast_img read more

If There Is Information Parity, It’s Your Fault

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There’s so much written now about how the imbalance of power between buyer and seller in the past was due to the fact that the seller had more information. Allegedly, because of the free flow of information on the Internet, your clients are now equal when it comes to information. You are to assume that they have equal knowledge—or maybe even more.Hogwash!If your clients or prospects know as much about what you sell as you do, it’s your own damn fault. It also means you aren’t worth buying from.Subject Matter ExpertWho is supposed to be the subject matter expert when it comes to what you sell and the outcomes that you produce?In the old days, the imbalance of knowledge was an imbalance of power. Because you knew more, you could use that information to your advantage as a salesperson. Today, if your on the losing end of an imbalance when it comes to subject matter expertise and knowledge, you’re useless to your clients and your dream clients (prospects).Why on earth would you know so little that your clients know as much as you? Think this through for a minute.Your client works only for their company. Their only experience with whatever it is you sell is through that lens. You, on the other hand, work with many clients. You have the knowledge and the experience of making whatever it is you sell work in dozens—maybe hundreds—of companies.Your client makes the decision to buy what you sell maybe once a year. Some buy what you sell once every three or more years. You help dozens and dozens of companies make the decision to buy, and you help them produce results. Which of you should know more?They Think You’re Supposed to Have KnowledgeIf you want to be a strategic asset for your clients you’ll need to help them see around corners. If you want to be a trusted advisor, then you’ll need to be someone with the deep situational knowledge and subject matter expertise to be able to offer advise worth taking.My experience tells me that many salespeople do have much, much more knowledge and that there is still a huge imbalance—as it should be. When I speak with clients they explain that they are too busy trying to keep up with the changes in their own industry to study a second industry. That’s why they’re careful in how they select salespeople; they’re not hiring a salesperson but are instead adding someone to their management team.You’re supposed to have more knowledge than your clients about what you sell. If you don’t, you’re letting them down.QuestionsAre you a subject matter expert in your industry?If there is an imbalance when it comes to information, is it in your favor of your client’s?Why is it imperative that you know more than your clients?How does your outsized knowledge benefit your clients?last_img read more