Mendi Muruks select 44 men train on squad

first_imgSelection was done after the Awasa Cup tournament at the weekend where 18 teams throughout the districts took part.Muruks team official Jack Kereme said the squad boasts youth and experience with over ten raw talents selected from district teams.Regulars who have maintained their spot include; David Lapua, Andrew Ipi, Kewa Kili, Ape Nande, Jackson Undi and David Loko.The 44 players will be divided into two teams, Mendi Black and Mendi White, to play each other this weekend in Mendi.Muruks selectors will then select the final 25 men squad which will be announced next month just before the launch of the season.The Digicel Cup season will have 16 weeks of competition with the grand final in September.The eleven teams from last season will challenge for the Cup.last_img read more

FIFA’s Webb facing life ban

first_img “The final report was transmitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 26 April 2016, with a recommended sanction of a lifelong ban from all football-related activities for violations of parts 13, 15, 18, 19 and 21 of the FIFA code of ethics.” The move by FIFA comes after Webb pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy in a New York court last November. This followed his arrest in a dramatic predawn raid here one year ago as high-level FIFA executives gathered for a highly anticipated presidential election. He was subsequently deported to the United States to face charges. FIFA said yesterday Webb would be free to defend himself during the ethics committee proceedings and could also request a hearing if desired. Webb is currently on bail and awaiting sentencing next month. The Caymanian was one of several current and former FIFA officials who were arrested and charged in the ongoing US Department of Justice corruption investigation into FIFA. In a dramatic turn of events last December, Webb’s replacement, Honduran Alfredo Hawit, was also arrested on corruption charges and also recently pleaded guilty. A new president will be elected when CONCACAF holds its congress in Mexico City in just over a week’s time, with Bermudian Larry Mussenden, a former attorney General and justice minister, along with Canadian football chief Victor Montagliani, contesting the post. ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC): Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb is facing a life ban from football after FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against him, relating to his recent guilty plea to corruption charges in a United States court last year. Football’s world governing body said yesterday the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee would mull over the investigatory chamber’s recommendation of “a lifelong ban from all football-related activities” for Webb’s violation of its code of ethics. “The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Jeffrey Webb based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” FIFA said. “The adjudicatory chamber has carefully studied the report of the investigatory chamber, under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbely, and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Webb, formerly the president of CONCACAF, a vice-president of FIFA, a member of the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union and the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association. FINAL REPORTlast_img read more

Open Letter To NOCAL’s Chairman and CEO

first_imgRandolph & Seward,I want first of all to commend you on the very creative manner in which you have approached the vexing question of how to enable Liberians to participate meaningfully in the current bid round for the 4 remaining offshore oil blocks: LB-06, LB-07, LB-16 & LB-17, both as regards local content of services to be provided and direct equity participation by Liberian citizens alongside international oil companies (IOCs) in our fledgling oil industry.Indeed, I note that you took a leaf directly out of my playbook as regards Liberian equity participation (see the below/attached copy of my memo dated January 10, 2012 to the then-president of NOCAL, Christopher Neyor, in which I recommended that the bidding procedure include an incentive to IOCs to “carry” Liberian citizens with a 5-10% equity participation in their bids). One significant omission from your rules is an anti-corruption provision that I recommended: namely, that Liberian government officials (to be legally defined in the bid documents) be prohibited from participating in bids.My one criticism of the process is that it was not given sufficient publicity inside Liberia, thus opening it to legal challenge now or in the future from myself or other Liberians like me who might have wanted to participate in this great opportunity. If you want the process to be seen as truly transparent and a genuine effort to garner as wide a participation of Liberian citizens as possible, then you should have taken a slice out of NOCAL’s considerable media budget to mount a vigorous publicity campaign in Liberia through print (newspapers) and broadcast (radio and television) media to bring your 2014 bid round to public attention.I consider myself to be amongst those Liberians that are informed, but I only heard of this bid round through casual conversation with one of your vice presidents, Pete Norman, a couple of days ago. I rushed to NOCAL’s website, only to find out that I had missed the boat.I therefore recommend the following:that you immediately extend the close of pre-qualification by 90 days, from October 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014;that you extend the deadline for bid submission by 90 days, from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015;that you extend the date for opening of the bids by 90 days, from November 3, 2014 to February 3, 2015; andthat you extend the date of notification to the successful bidders by 90 days, from November 17, 2014 to February 17, 2015.I am copying my lawyers, Cllr. Musah Dean, who also happens to be a former president of NOCAL, and Larry Gibson of the Baltimore, Md-law firm of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, as well as the editors of Frontpage Africa and the Daily Observer, and Hon. Adolph Lawrence, chairman of the House committee on Energy, and Hon. Gbehzohngar Findley, president pro tempore of the Liberian Senate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Lomas: Bony signing can inspire Manchester City to Champions League glory

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Steve Lomas has told talkSPORT he believes they can overcome the challenge of Barcelona and win the Champions League after the addition of Wilfried Bony to their ranks.Manuel Pellegrini’s men looked set to exit Europe’s top competition after a wrectched start to their campaign but they eventually qualified from group stage after memorable wins over Bayern Munich and Roma.The reward for their efforts is a tricky looking double header with the Catalan giants in the round of 16 but the Northern Irishman believes, following the signing of £28million striker Bony, there is no reason why they couldn’t defeat Luis Enrique’s side and go all the way in the Champions League.“[Wilfried] Bony is a fantastic signing,” Lomas told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “I think they gambled a bit when they let [Alvaro] Negredo go at the start of the season but I think they looked at the [Sergio] Aguero injury situation and [Edin] Dzeko hasn’t really produced the type of form he found last year when he stepped in for Aguero.“When Sergio is out, I think they have realised they need a ready-made replacement and Wilfried Bony has scored in this league and I think he has a hunger about him. He wants to win trophies and I think it is an excellent signing.“With the squad of players they have at City, there is no reason why Manchester City can’t win the Champions League.”last_img read more

United will not go back to the golden years until LVG alters tactics – or leaves

first_img 4 Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tenure could be entering its final few weeks after failure to beat West Ham on Tuesday night.The result means Champions League football will not be at Old Trafford again next season unless Swansea manage to beat Manchester City and United win against Bournemouth.However, even a fourth-place finish and an FA Cup final victory would not be enough for most fans, with the style of football on show being the main gripe many have with the Dutchman. The Red Devils have defensively improved under Van Gaal with the side keeping the most clean sheets in the league (18) and David De Gea tied with Joe Hart, Kasper Schmeichel and Petr Cech in the race for the golden glove with 15 clean sheets each.It is not the defence which has sent Old Trafford to sleep this term, though.So far Manchester United have only managed to find the net on 46 occasions – the same as relegated Sunderland and only two more than Bournemouth, who are currently sixteenth.Throughout Premier League history Manchester United have been renowned for their ruthless attacking football, but this season has been a stark contrast.To get a real indication of how far the club have fallen, you have to compare their attacking statistics to those achieved during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.A criticism of Van Gaal’s style is that he focuses too much on passing the ball and keeping possession for a patient (or boring) build up of attacks. 4 This season the Old Trafford club kept the ball 58.23 per cent of the time in matches with an average of 139.5 passes per game. If you compare this to Ferguson’s United, who averaged 56.48 per cent possession and 92.4 passes per game, it shows how the 2012/13 side were more direct and focused in their attacks.It was this pace in launching attacks which kept opponents on the back foot and allowed United more opportunities to get shots off, averaging 11.4 shots per game, 3.8 of which were on target. Van Gaal’s side are only managing 7.7 a game and only 2.4 on target. The statistic is even more pronounced when you consider that in Ferguson’s final season United amassed 213 shots on target while the class of 2015/16 have only mustered 139. Wayne Rooney has played under both Fergie and Van Gaal’s managerial philosophies 4 4 The strikers in 2012/13 – led by Robin van Persie – were unsurprisingly also far more potent in front of goal with a fifth of all shots (19.82 per cent) finding the back of the net. This season it has dropped to a measly 16.14 per cent.This all clearly highlights the root of United’s attacking impotence this season – Van Gaal’s insistence of possession retaining football rather than throwing caution to the wind and moving the ball forward quicker.Whether Jose Mourinho is the remedy to this monotonous style is unclear, but what is clear is that United will not go back to the golden years until Van Gaal alters his tactics – or leaves.last_img read more

PERFUME GANG STRIKES CHEMISTS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA perfume gang have struck Co Donegal stealing more than €3,000 worth of fragrances.The gang has stolen €3,000 of perfumes from Donegal chemists.The organised gang of three women swooped at a number of chemists in recent days.The gang, who are known to Gardai, operate across the country. They arrived in Letterkenny last week and carried out a number of raids on local pharamacies.Garda Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace told Donegal Daily that local shops must be vigilant.“This gang operate across the country. They were in and out before we even knew it.“We estimate that more than €3,000 of perfumes was taken in a number of incidents. They simply shoplifted the perfumes and moved on. “These gangs are simply building up their own cash reserves for Christmas.“Shopkeepers need to protect their premises and their goods. Staff need to be vigilant and valuable goods need to be placed close to tills,” he said.Sgt Wallace revealed that as the Christmas countdown continues, shoppers are being directly targeted.He revealed that the number of cars being broken into is on the increase across the county.“Break-ins to cars are up and people should not leave valuables in cars. “Thieves are watching people shopping and leaving goods in cars,” he revealed.The well-known Garda also revealed that mobile phones are a huge attraction for thieves in the run-up to Christmas.“The average smartphone is worth €350. You would not leave €350 down in a bar or in a shop. So why put down a phone and leave it unattended.“We are asking people to be vigilant around their phones as there are gangs specifcally targeting phones. “Recently a gang was caught in Co Wexford ready to ship out €500,000 of stolen phones to Spain for sale,” he revealed.The following is some crime prevention information from Sgt Wallace to coincide with Crime Preevntion Week.Local Activity.Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace will host information stands at main shopping areas in the County during this week where he will be available to give advice regarding security.Sergeant Wallace stated ‘The criminal can be deterred by taking simple steps which will delay, deter and defeat the criminal and will be available to give advice to the public, I will be present in Letterkenny,Ballybofey,Buncrana and Donegal Town at shopping centres during this week to meet the public and give advice’.The focus of the National Crime prevention Day of Action is in the following areas.1. Theft from shops.• 20, 176 theft from shop offences recorded nationally in the 12 month period ending September 2013, representing a increase of (8%). (Source CSO – Publication). (Divisional breakdown of recorded crime statistics available at http://cso.ie/shorturl.aspx/158.• Research has shown that 2% – 3% loss of sales to shoplifting can amount to loss of 25% in profits.• There is a noticeable spike in theft from shop incidents around peak Christmas retail period.• There is no ‘typical’ profile of shoplifter to look out for; offenders come from all walks of life. Be vigilant for suspicious activity.• Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are busiest days of week for theft from shops.• Thefts peak between 2pm and 6pm, with 48% of all thefts from shops occurring in this four hour period.2. Personal Safety / Out and About.• Avoid travelling alone, where possible. Go with family, friends or neighbours.• If travelling by car, keep all doors locked. Be alert when parking and getting in/out of your vehicle.• On public transport sit as close to the driver or exit as possible.• Keep cash to the minimum. Carry only credit/debit cards that you need.• Keep wallets and purses out of sight; hand or shoulder bags should be kept close to the body and not dangling by the straps.3. Mobile phone theft:Facts about mobile phones:As of end of April 2013, 1,521 phones had been stolen in theft from person and robbery from the person incidents.They are particularly targeted late at night and at weekends when people are out socialising and not paying attention to their belongings e.g. they are taken from handbags that are left on the floor or from the counter at a bar.There have been incidents where phones are snatched from people’s hands while they are talking on them out on the street.Smart phones such as the iPhone are particularly sought after as they are so valuable. Stolen mobile phones have an average recorded value of €360 per handset.4. Residential Burglaries / Facts about burglaries:• 26, 211 burglary and related offences recorded nationally in the 12 month period ending September 2013, representing a decrease of (-8.9%). (Source CSO)• Burglars are less likely to enter a house with two or more security devices.• Based on trends from previous years, burglary levels spike in October, peak in November and remain relatively high in December and January.• The 3 main entry points into houses are rear window, front door and rear door.• 27% of all burglaries occur through the front door.• In Rural areas rear windows are used more often as entry points in burglaries, while front doors are used more often in urban areas.• 30% of burglars enter via an unsecured door or window in summer months.• In winter, residential burglaries are most likely to occur between 6pm and 10 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.• Commercial burglaries are most likely to occur between Friday and Sunday from midnight to 8 am.• Jewellery, cash and laptops are most stolen items in residential burglaries. These are followed by mobile phones, car keys, televisions, cameras and game consoles.• Distraction burglary most likely to occur on weekdays than on weekends, particularly between 12 noon and 6pm.• Residential burglary remains high with noticeable increase observed in burglaries of garden sheds, outhouses and apartments.Facts about distraction burglary:• A distraction burglary is where a falsehood, trick or deception is used to gain access to a property to commit burglary.• These burglaries predominantly target older persons.• Overall numbers of older victims of crime has been decreasing in recent years.• Distraction burglary is most likely to occur on weekdays than on weekends, particularly between 12 noon and 6pm.• Some of the most common distraction methods used are in relation to water or leaks, guttering, roofing and landscapingPERFUME GANG STRIKES CHEMISTS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 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:chemistsdonegalperfumesSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

General Motors begins self-driving tests on Michigan public roads

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#autonomous cars#Chevrolet Bolt#driverless cars#General Motors#Michigan#Self-Driving David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts center_img General Motors has started public road tests of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt in Detroit. It comes a few weeks after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder legalized self-driving cars in the state.Tests started in Warren, Michigan last week and GM wants to rapidly expand to the entire Detroit metro area. This should provide the automaker with a wide selection of objects and circumstances that aren’t available on race track or highways.See also: Roll your own Mini for the self-driving, ride-sharing future GM already tests autonomous Chevy Bolt in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, but Michigan has a more varied climate, including a lot more snow than the other two cities.This type of climate is necessary for autonomous vehicle testers, if they want their system to be workable across the world. The current crop of self-driving cars do not work in heavy snow or fog, but GM wants to change that in the next few years.Bolts will have crowded self-driving roads in the stateGM did not say how many autonomous Chevy Bolts would arrive in Michigan, but has confirmed it will start manufacturing units at a nearby factory. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the manufacturing will be a learning experience for the company, in preparation for mass manufacturing of autonomous cars in the near future.It won’t be the only company testing cars in Michigan. Hyundai, Toyota, Faraday Future and Ford are all testing cars in the state and rumors suggest tech companies will follow, after the state legislature legalized self-driving vehicles on public roads.After the $660 million acquisition of Cruise Automation, GM has made it well known that it is ready for the autonomous future. It may not have the tech expertise of Google or Apple, but it does have decades of experience in building, mass manufacturing, and deploying cars. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Different Budgets

first_img3. Canon CN-E 18-80 T4.4The Canon CN-E 18-80 T4.4 is a workhorse among documentary-style lenses. In my opinion, it gets dismissed far too quickly by filmmakers for its slower aperture of T4.4 or F4.0. However, upon reviewing footage from this lens, you quickly realize the beautiful imagery it yields. It has a laundry list of admirable features — a constant aperture, fantastic focal range, and even image stabilization. This lens could very well become a go-to. To find the perfect documentary-style lenses for your next project, we’re going to look at five of the top lenses across multiple budget ranges.For documentary filmmakers, choosing the right lenses for your project can determine whether or not you get the shots you need to effectively tell your story. That’s why it’s so important to choose the perfect documentary-style lenses. Let’s look at five you should consider.1. Canon 17-55 f/2.8 EF-SIn my opinion, the Canon 17-55 is one of the more underrated documentary-style lenses (for its price point) on the market today. Originally introduced in 2009 with the Canon 7D, this lens has largely seen zero changes or updates since its initial release. However, the image quality and features are what keeps this lens relevant for documentary filmmakers today.Many argue that simply because this is a crop sensor lens (EF-S), it’s not classified as an L Series piece of glass. It features great optics, a decent zoom range, fast aperture, and even image stabilization. I’ve personally used this lens on quite a few documentary projects, and I absolutely love it for its versatility and ability to fit within budget parameters. 2. Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 LensIf you’re shooting on MFT or the Sony E-Mount camera, then the Fujinon 18-55 is a fantastic choice among documentary-style lenses. With a fast 2.9 constant aperture and a rich history of documentary lenses, the Fujinon 18-55 offers beautiful optics, a great form factor, and fantastic image quality. 4. Canon CN-E 17-120mm T2.95Over the past few years, Canon has really established itself as a solid manufacturer of documentary-style lenses for filmmakers. Canon offers such a wide range of lens options. Its most solid and broad documentary offering would have to be the 17-120mm. Its long range and fast aperture make it almost a staple — if budget allows. I’ve personally been able to use this lens on a number of projects and the range it offers always impresses me — as does its beautiful cinema optics. 5. Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm f/2.4 — T2.6If you’ve ever had the opportunity to use an Angenieux zoom lens, then you know just what a treat they are. They’re incredibly sharp and render colors beautifully. Simply put, they are exceptional documentary-style lenses. This is a lens that really takes a project to the next level. If budget is of minimal concern, then an Angenieux zoom lens is exactly where you should direct your efforts.Image via Angenieux.Overall, there are many wonderful zoom lens options out there for documentary filmmakers. Fortunately, no matter your budget, you can find fantastic options that fit your needs.Cover image via Triff.Looking for more on lenses? Check out these articles.Canon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock LensThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original Serieslast_img read more

You Can Change Directions Now

first_imgYou can’t change your results overnight. If you’ve gone in one direction for a long time, you’ve covered a lot of ground. You’ve developed a certain set of beliefs and behaviors over that time, and you’ve generated some results, even if they’re now not the results that you really want.If you’ve haven’t been doing the work you really need to do, you can’t catch that work up in a single day. You might not be able to catch it up in a month. But you can change direction and begin doing that work, right now, today, this minute.If you haven’t invested your time and energy in the relationships that matter most in your life, you can’t get back the time, and you might even have a little repair work to do. But you can change directions in an instant. You can pick up the phone or drive across town or book a plane ticket. You can say, “I’m sorry,” and change the direction of a relationship (or a life).Maybe you haven’t accumulated the wealth you wanted to. You can’t go back in time to earn more money, spend less money, or invest differently. But you can change directions now to earn more, save more, or invest differently for your future.The first step to turning things around is to very literally turn around. You have to change directions. If the path you are travelling on isn’t going to get you to your destination, then you need a new path. If the path you are on right now is taking you further away from where you want to go–and who you want to be–then you have to turn around and go the other direction.You can’t instantly change your results. But you can instantly change your direction. It only requires that you make the decision and take the first step.last_img read more

Malik’s family worries over his well-being

first_imgThe family of jailed separatist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik on Friday expressed worry over his well-being and said the government would be responsible if anything bad happened to him. Terror funding caseA Delhi court last week sent Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Malik, arrested in a case related to funding of separatists and terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir, to judicial custody till May 24. He is lodged in Tihar Jail in the national capital. “If he is a prisoner, then a prisoner has certain rights and should he not get those rights? Why has he (Malik) been subjected to solitary confinement? The case or the (Public) Safety Act is fine, but we are extremely worried about his well-being. He won’t sustain for long in that cage,” the family said addressing a press conference at Malik’s Maisuma residence here. The family said they were not against the case registered against the JKLF chairman, “but if anything bad happened to Malik, the government would be responsible“. The family alleged that no one was allowed to meet him.Kidnapping, murder Malik is also facing charges of kidnapping and murder for being allegedly involved in abducting Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 1989, and killing of four Indian Air Force personnel in 1990. The JKLF was recently banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.last_img read more