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first_imgLONDON (AP):Leicester had little to celebrate last Christmas. Languishing in last place in the Premier League, the team was facing instant relegation back to the second tier.Now Leicester are looking down on everyone.From propping up the league, Leicester have surged to the pinnacle inside 12 months and rivals are trying to figure out how to replicate their feat. It has not been accomplished by a spending splurge but through astute bargain buys far expecting expectations and a managerial change that had most pundits forecasting a relegation struggle.The turnaround is as astonishing and unforeseen as Chelsea’s collapse from champions to a team now hovering above the relegation zone. When Leicester beat the champions earlier this month it no longer seemed such a shock, although it cost Jose Mourinho his Chelsea job.The tale of the two clubs and their contrasting fortunes is the biggest surprise in the history of the Premier League.”I don’t know how it’s possible,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri reflected this week. “I think it’s a fantastic achievement. If I understood very well, never at this time was Leicester top of the league.”This team, based in an east Midlands city better known for its textiles industry and rugby side, has never won the top prize in English football. Not in the post-1992 Premier League era or any time stretching back into the 19th century. The only major honour Leicester have ever collected is the League Cup, with the third and most recent triumph coming in 2000.Aware how close Leicester came to being relegated last season under Nigel Pearson – before a stunning late revival that was not enough to keep him in a job – Ranieri has cooled fan expectations. The target for this season remains reaching the 40-point mark that should guarantee a place in the Premier League next season. That can be achieved at the halfway point today when a win at Liverpool would lift Leicester to 41 points.As Leicester have remained among the front-runners throughout the season, the widespread expectation has been it was a matter of if – not when – Leicester start to slip down the standings. Two matches from the halfway point and everyone is still waiting.The whole season has been one long mission in defying the critics. Leicester were considered foolish for plucking Ranieri from the ranks of unemployed coaches to replace Pearson in July. It had been 11 years since he had managed in England with Chelsea – during which he was often labelled “The Tinkerman” for constantly changing the starting line up – and he had been out of work since an embarrassing spell in charge of the Greece national team.”I am waiting for when people change my nickname from ‘Tinkerman’ to ‘Thinkerman,'” quipped Ranieri, whose avuncular and calm demeanour contrasts with the league’s more erratic coaches.One thing Ranieri does not own up to thinking about is lifting the trophy for the world’s richest football competition in May.”I think we aren’t ready to fight to be champions,” he said, even as Leicester sit two points in front of Arsenal and six ahead of Manchester City.In the off season, Leicester’s net spending of around $30 million was one sixth of Manchester City’s outlay.”We don’t have the high quality like City, Arsenal, but we fight together,” Ranieri said. “Every ball for us is the last ball. That’s what we believe.”last_img read more

first_imgPolice Inspector General, Colonel Chris Clarence Massaquoi, has reaffirmed his pledge to weed out corruption from the Liberia National Police (LNP).Col. Massaquoi stressed that his administration will continue to uphold the zero tolerance policy on corruption/bribery within the LNP.Director Massaquoi, addressing hundreds of police officers who converged at the Monrovia City Hall Sunday, June 22, to celebrate the police General Assembly, said he will not relent in his drive to reshape the image of the LNP, which according to him, has been hard hit by misconduct as the result of the country’s civil conflict.The Liberian Police Chief said corrupt practices that tend to undermine the integrity of the police will not be condoned, adding that those who will get involved in such ugly and embarrassing acts will meet the wrath of his pen.He encouraged officers of the Liberia National Police to perform their duties with a high degree of integrity and professionalism, taking into consideration tat they are being watched by the public, whom they serve.Commenting on the welfare of police officers, Col. Massaquoi told the gathering that their welfare is paramount on his administration’s agenda. He assured the officers that his administration is revisiting the insurance policy, which will benefit officers and their spouses.He furthered promised to push for better incentives and improved allowances, especially for officers taking assignments in the leeward counties.The LNP boss also took the time to warn against absenteeism, thus mandating his Chief of Human Resource to be more robust in monitoring the attendance of LNP employees. “Cut the salary of anyone that will abandon his/her job for no justifiable reason,” Col. Massaquoi instructed.At the same time, he lauded officers for their sacrificial services they continue to render to the people of Liberia through difficult times and circumstances. He said despite the ups and downs being faced by the police, he was thankful that the police as an institution has been able to meet its statutory mandate by protecting lives and properties.“You have done exceptionally well in these difficult times, I am proud of you as well as the President of Liberia , and we do hereby assure you that our administration will give you all of the support you need to work”, he asserted.He admonished supervisors to be more vigilant in their oversight role, stressing that supervisors will be accountable for the actions and inactions of their subordinates.“We will take drastic measures against any supervisor who will not exercise due diligent in the execution of his/her duty,” Col. Massaquoi warned. On the issue of capacity building for officers, the Police IG said he is satisfied with the number of trainings being offered to the police by the Government of Liberia and its foreign partners.He cautioned the officers to take advantage of the trainings, which are intended to build their capacity in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Officers of the LNP are currently benefiting from several training opportunities across Africa, Asia, and the United States of America.He told the men that the Government of Liberia was supporting the process of the UNMIL drawdown, which he said is taking place in three phases. Phases one and two ran from October 2012 to June 2014, while phrase three is expected to commence July 1, 2014 with a completion date of 2015.He concluded by calling on Liberians to see the police force as their own as they prepare to take over from UNMIL, adding that the LNP is fully prepared to provide security to the people of the Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgHere is a map of the outage area.Outage map-Sept26 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 3,400 customers are without power in part of Fort St. John and north towards Charlie Lake.There are currently two outages in the area.  The first outage is east of the Old Fort Road, West of 84th street, North of 79 ave and South of 117 ave.  That outage is affecting 2,360 customers.The second outage is east of the 275 road, west of 84 street and south of the 246 road.  That outage is affecting just over 1,100 customers.- Advertisement -Crews from B.C. Hydro are expected to arrive on scene of the outage by 3 p.m.There is no estimate on when those outages will be restored at this time.For updates watch this page or visit

first_imgNow the focus at Old Trafford turns to the search for Mourinho’s successor and the club’s plan to escape the rut they have been stuck in since Alex Ferguson retired after winning their most recent Premier League title in 2013.United, languishing 11 points adrift of the top four, hope to announce a caretaker manager, with strong links to the club, to see out the rest of the season within 48 hours.Regardless of that temporary solution, it is the long-term direction of an increasingly rudderless club that most concerns United fans.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Mourinho, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane also a strong contender.Pochettino has caught the eye with his fine work at Espanyol, Southampton and now Tottenham, where the 46-year-old has blended a clutch of talented youngsters and cut-price signings into one of the most attractive sides in Europe.Despite not signing a single player in the close-season, Pochettino’s side still sit third in the Premier League and also advanced to the Champions League last 16 after an impressive draw at Barcelona last week.Pochettino is yet to win a trophy with Tottenham but he could be the man to galvanise United, with Ferguson’s former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen saying his old club have lost their identity.“You hear people talking about how United have lost their identity and that’s what you see among the players. There is no really clear direction,” Meulensteen told the BBC.– Zidane link –Zidane, 46, has impeccable credentials, which would ensure he would be respected by a United squad that grew sick of Mourinho’s relentless hard-nosed approach.One of the finest players of his generation with Juventus, Real Madrid and France, Zidane pulled off the tricky task of making the transition to the dug-out.In just three years as Madrid boss he won three Champions League titles and one La Liga crown before surprisingly leaving at the end of last season.United legend Ryan Giggs, now the Wales boss, and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe have also been mentioned.Former United defender Laurent Blanc and Carlos Queiroz, who served as one of Ferguson’s assistants, are said to be in the frame for the caretaker position.Whoever comes in must heal the rifts created by Mourinho, who was the author of his own downfall following damaging feuds with Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia.The former Chelsea boss also squabbled with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after the club failed to land his top transfer targets.Patrice Evra, a former United left-back, called for the eventual new boss to bring harmony back to the dressing room.“Let’s focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground,” he tweeted. “Doing this is only disrespecting the badge. From now we only need positivity.”While Mourinho once again proved his acerbic style of management cannot be sustained over the long term, the club’s former defender Gary Neville believes United’s powerbrokers must take their share of the blame.And he says Woodward and United owners the Glazer family need to sanction root-and-branch reform of the club’s football operations.– Man City blueprint –They can look across Manchester to see how City have created a modern system that allows boss Pep Guardiola to focus on his team, while chief executive Ferran Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain look after player recruitment and overall club philosophy.Arsenal underwent a similar overhaul in the closing months of Arsene Wenger’s reign and are reaping the rewards with new boss Unai Emery.Keen to bring in a sporting director of their own, United have been linked with Manchester-born Paul Mitchell, who works as the head of recruitment and development at RB Leipzig and previously helped Tottenham discover Dele Alli.Roma’s Monchi is regarded as one of Europe’s top transfer gurus and is also believed to be on United’s radar.Aware that the quality of the talent emerging from their youth ranks has dipped since the famed ‘Class of 92’, United also need to revitalise their academy.“My personal view is that the club needs to reset,” said Neville, one of United’s homegrown stars under Ferguson.“This is not just a moment to sack Jose Mourinho and appoint another manager. This is a moment for the club to take stock.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United face a major rebuilding job after the failed Jose Mourinho era © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – As Manchester United survey the wreckage of Jose Mourinho’s reign, the troubled club’s hierarchy would be wise to swallow their pride and copy the successful blueprint established by bitter rivals Manchester City.Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday as the Portuguese coach paid the price for the team’s worst start to a season since 1990.last_img read more

first_imgCOURTS: Trial revolved around hoax call to woman who said she was “petrified.” By Brett Barrouquere THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. – A jury on Thursday began deliberating the case of a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald’s back office at the behest of a caller posing as a police officer. Louise Ogborn, 21, is suing McDonald’s, accusing it of failing to warn her and other employees about the hoaxer, who had struck other McDonald’s stores and fast-food restaurants across the U.S. Ogborn is seeking $200 million in compensatory and punitive damages. McDonald’s has said Ogborn is responsible for whatever damages she suffered for not realizing it was a hoax. The trial so far has lasted four weeks. After about two hours, jurors asked to review some of the evidence. Judge Thomas McDonald said he would allow jurors to see a copy of the employee handbook Ogborn signed, but he denied requests to review a map showing the locations where other hoax calls were received and a timeline of events. The jury forewoman also told the judge that one juror wanted to see a clip of the security video taken of the strip search. McDonald said if there were still questions after reviewing other evidence, he would allow the jury to see the video clip. Ogborn was 18 and working at a McDonald’s in April 2004 when she was told to strip after a man called the store, claiming he was investigating a theft. At one point during the 31/2-hour search, the assistant manager’s boyfriend was left to handle the phone call. Donna Jean Summers, the assistant manager, was convicted of unlawful imprisonment. Her former fiancee, Walter Nix Jr., is serving a 5-year sentence for sexual abuse and other crimes. During the trial, jurors saw over an hour of a security video, on which a nude Ogborn performs sex acts on herself and Nix. Ogborn’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, asked Ogborn why she didn’t leave the manager’s office during the assault, particularly when she was left alone. “I was scared, and I was petrified,” Ogborn said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if this was my last day on Earth.”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_imgGoing back to the clink: LaffertyA NOTORIOUS Donegal burglar has been given an extra two months behind bars after making a death threat – in court!Matthew Lafferty has a string of previous convictions for breaking into homes and drugs offences. The 22-year-old is serving a five year sentence for an aggravated burglary at a home in Co Mayo in which he terrorised an elderly couple.That conviction followed his arrest her for terrorising a pensioner near Kilmacrennan.Letterkenny District Court heard that during a court appearance there on September 9 last year Garda Brendan McMahon had witnessed the threat.“It was at 10.45am and Mr Lafferty was seen holding his hand up and making a cut throat gesture in the direction of a Mr Dean Kelly. He could also be seen mouthing words ‘I’m going to kill you’.Lafferty, formerly of Ballykeeran Kilmacrennan and now with an address at Castlerea Prison, admitted one charge of threatening behavior in a public place.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher told Judge Paul Kelly: “Mr Lafferty is no stranger to the court and to yourself.“He is now 22 and he has spent a considerable period of his life in custody, mainly due to his savage drugs and drinks addiction.“He has committed numerous offences – one of them as we know even in this court.”Mr Gallagher said Lafferty had a “very short fuse” but was making progress in prison and was now drugs free.“There is no defence on this charge – it was done in full view of everybody. He has a substantial criminal record at this stage; and work is underway to prevent it getting any longer when he gets out. We are on the right track.”Judge Kelly jailed Lafferty for another two months.2 EXTRA MONTHS BEHIND BARS FOR BURGLAR WHO MADE DEATH THREATS IN COURT was last modified: June 17th, 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:donegaljailejailedLetterkenny Circuit CourtMatthew Laffertylast_img read more

first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series, here:Tumi Ramasodi is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs, which not only help children with their homework after school, but have programmes to empower children to make wise and educated life choices. (Image: Boys and Girls Clubs)Brand South Africa reporterFrom individuals who run an after-care learning programme for children to a man who creates positive change in townships through film production – these are the guests you’ll be introduced to in this week’s Play Your Part television series.You’ll also hear the story of advertising key player Odette van der Haar and hear how she is playing her part to make South Africa a better country.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 21 October 2017, at 18:00, is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s a preview of episode seven:Boys and Girls ClubsTumi Ramasodi explains how she and her team at the Boys and Girls Clubs have created a safe haven for children after school.The clubs’ priority areas of impact include academic success, healthy lifestyles, and creating good character and citizenship among children from six to 18 years old.Odette van der HaarOdette van der HaarVan der Haar is the chief executive officer of the Association for Communication and Advertising.She is involved in numerous community projects and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network African chapter, African Leadership Initiative.Alan FarberAlan FarberAlan Farber has been involved in the film industry for more than 20 years. The filmmaker and scriptwriter has been involved in several community initiatives, one of which is a skills development project run in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.Farber also has a DVD production and distribution company called Straight2!Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After today we should be close to 90% of our corn planted and maybe 25% of our beans planted. We are ahead of the majority of our neighbors.I farm with my grandfather Max, my dad David, my uncle Jim, and my two cousins. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat and have a custom application business for lime and then we bale a good bit of straw in the summer.  We are also seed reps for Pioneer. My dad and cousin deal mostly with the seed business.The first wheat field we planted last fall seemed like it got a little damage from the late cold snap we had in April but the rest of the wheat acres are shaping up to look pretty good.We run a vertical tillage tool in the spring on most of our acres. A good bit of our bean acres were chiseled in the fall because we raise all non-GMO beans and the tillage helps with weed control.Planting has been going pretty well. I like to have the field work going about a day ahead of the planter and I have been catching up to them. There was one day I might have pushed it a little bit because they were calling for rain but we didn’t end up getting much rain to keep us out.There is a chance of rain about every day this week. We’ll probably put a fair amount of acres in today and we’ll probably get all but two fields of corn planted by tomorrow if the weather cooperates.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa has refused to amend its March 28 order stopping ore transportation in Goa. However, the court advanced the date of the next hearing by a week. Three mining companies — affected by the high court order to ban transport of ore since the stoppage of mining activity in 88 Supreme Court-cancelled mining leases came into operation — and the Mormugao Port Trust(MPT) had filed a review petition against the order directing the government to stop the ore transportation until final notice.Simultaneously, the High Court also included mining firms which had filed review petition, as respondents in the original contempt petition filed by Goa Foundation, an environmental NGO. The mining companies which have filed the review petition are Fomento Resources, Vedanta, and V M Salgaoncar.The mining firms argued that the transportation was of ‘royalty paid’ ore, and that the Supreme Court order shutting down Goa mining operations did not say anything about transportation of this ore.Declining to accept the plea on the grounds that it could not revise its own order, the High Court said it would hear the affected parties at the next hearing on April 11 instead of April 18.The court asked the government to submit a report on the quantity of ore exported till March 15, and also since March 16.Late on Thursday evening, the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association(GMOEA, body of iron ore miners and exporters, issued a press release saying the mining leaseholders will evaluate the High Court order in the light of the Supreme Court order, “as our principal order is the Supreme Court order”.Mining operations in Goa came to a grinding halt formally on March 16 after the February 7 order of Supreme Court quashing renewals of 88 mining leases came into effect and also its order to shut down all activities until the leases are renewed.last_img read more

first_imgAfter 25 years of consecutive run, the BJP on Thursday lost the Panaji Assembly constituency to Congress’s Atanasio Monserrate by 1,758 votes. The seat was represented by the late Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for a maximum of the period since 1994.While Mr. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes, the BJP candidate polled 6,990 votes. AAP’s Valmiki Naik and Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch polled 236 and 516 votes, respectively. “This is a victory of the Congress party and a vote for the development of the State capital, which it was deprived of, for the last so many years,” Mr. Monserrate said after the result was announced. The bypoll in Panaji Assembly constituency was held following the death of MLA and Chief Minister Parrikar on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Parrikar had first won in Panaji in 1994 and retained it until 2014 when he was inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet. In his absence, the seat was represented twice by his aide Mr. Kuncalienkar. On his return to State politics in 2017, Manohar Parrikar was once again elected as Panaji MLA in a bypoll held following his taking over as Chief Minister of BJP-led coalition government. The BJP’s campaign had received a setback after party workers resented the manner in which the late Parrikar’s elder son Utpal was snubbed by the party’s State leadership in his bid for the ticket for the Panaji bypoll. In his FB post on Thursday, Utpal Parrikar said that the loss of Panaji seat was very painful.“Having said that, I am only reminded of words uttered by our late leader Atalji when BJP was reduced to two seats in Lok Sabha. “Darkness will be dispelled, Sun will rise and Lotus will bloom”. In democracy, collective wisdom always lies with the people. Hard work is needed to win back people’s trust,” said Mr.Utpal.last_img read more