Montserrado Community League Playoffs Reaches Quarterfinals

first_imgQuarter-finalists Cece United U17 players celebrate after one of their victories The draw for the quarterfinals of the Montserrado Community League playoffs was yesterday held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with several exciting fixtures to kickoff next Tuesday at the ATS.All of the fixtures according to the Sub Committee will be honored on the same day, with Downtown FC taking on Habiba at 10:00 am. Downtown FC yesterday booked their slot in the quarterfinals after a 3-1 victory over the Gabriel Weah Foundation at the ATS. In the second quarterfinals match, Nas FC will go against PYC at 12:00, before Zion FC/BBC battle Stages at 2:00 pm In the final encounter, Saye Town Ambassadors, Cece United U17, after a thrilling 6-0 win over Villa, will be hoping to extend their scoring form when they go into a cracker with CCIP at 4:00 pm.After those intriguing encounters, four teams will advance to the semifinals with the best three qualifying for the Montserrado 3rd division championship.In a related development, one of the top performing sides in the competition, Cece United U17 has expressed confidence over their qualification to the remaining stages of the competition.It may be recalled that the team during the preliminaries stages of the competition targeted the playoffs and succeeded in advancing to the playoffs after qualifying from the group stage.Full DrawDowntown vs. Habiba- 10:00 a.m.Nas FC vs. PYC – 12:00 p.m.Zion FC/BBC vs. Stages – 2:00 p.m.CCIP vs. Cece United – 4:00 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool goalkeeper target ‘very happy’ to stick with current club

first_imgLiverpool have been told goalkeeping target Alisson is “very happy” at Roma and would be “content” to remain at the club.The Reds have been linked with a move for the Brazilian goalkeeper, though Serie A side Roma are determined to hold onto their man. Following Loris Karius’ poor display in the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, many Liverpool fans have demanded he be replaced.However, it seems they should not get their hopes up just yet.1994 World Cup winner, now Alisson’s international goalkeeping coach, Claudio Taffarel told Tele Radio Stereo: “Alisson is very happy at Roma and the rumours of a transfer are just rumours.“I don’t know what will happen, but he said he’d be content to remain at Roma.”This news comes just days after a big transfer blow for Jurgen Klopp’s men, as Lyon announced Nabil Fekir will not be moving to Liverpool despite lengthy negotiations. 1center_img Liverpool have been targeting Alisson for months last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has called on the Government to ensure that it fully commits to a broadband network which will attract and sustain businesses across Donegal.Many towns and villages across Donegal do not have adequate broadband.The Fine Gael Deputy was speaking as the ESB and Vodafone announced a €450M fibre broadband network for across the country.But the Carrigart-based politician said there is an urgent need to prioritise an efficient broadband structure for businesses looking to set up here in Donegal. “There is an urgent need to prioritise broadband in the North West region. In order to build on existing success of companies in Letterkenny, companies like United Health Care, Pramerica, Zeus and SITA, a high quality standard of broadband access is essential.“Letterkenny has been identified as one of three towns by the IDA for political investment and we need to respond to this proactively by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support these opportunities,” he said.He said he was also delighted to confirm that the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT), will be presenting to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tomorrow on a cross border project to enhance communications technology in the Northwest.Joe McHugh TDThe organisation works to develop a range of digital projects with the help of EU funding. But Deputy McHugh added that a state-of-the art broadband system was needed for Donegal if businesses and subsequent jobs are to be attracted into the county.“I am calling on both the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, to engage with local business, communities and existing facilities to ensure any potential job opportunities are identified and pursued, while ensuring that the areas with inconsistent coverage or worst affected by slow broadband are included in the plans“The ability to encourage businesses to set up in rural towns and villages is heavily dependent on access to fast, high quality broadband and once this is in place, it will have a knock on effect on local communities, attracting young families from traditional urban cities and towns and leading to positive developments such as increases in school numbers, post offices, local services etc.“It is also important to highlight that this is only phase 1 of the project and while I welcome that Letterkenny is included in the 50 towns, there are obviously areas across the North West that currently receive poor quality, inconsistent and in some places no coverage at all and it is imperative that we address all areas to ensure that access to broadband is rolled out across the whole country.” McHUGH PLEADS WITH GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT MODERN BROADBAND NETWORK FOR DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 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:broadbanddonegalJoe McHughlast_img read more

Appointment raises conflict questions

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointees to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority include the head of the ACLU of Southern California, which has sued the city numerous times over homeless issues. The appointment of Ramona Ripston, made last week and referred to the City Council on Tuesday, prompted some council members to call for the city attorney to look at potential conflicts of interest stemming from the lawsuits. “I would be concerned there would be perceived or real conflicts of interest,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who as a former chief of police was involved in some of the litigation. The mayor, himself a former local ACLU leader, does not believe there is a conflict that would keep Ripston from serving, his spokeswoman Diana Rubio said. Councilwoman Jan Perry has been criticized by the ACLU for supporting police sweeps aimed at homeless people downtown, the subject of some past litigation. Perry, who said such police action is sometimes necessary to bring services to the mentally ill, said that the money handled by the Homeless Services Authority is “inextricably intertwined with policy” on homelessness. Perry said she will seek a city attorney review of potential conflicts for both Ripston and Mirell. Councilman Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, which will consider the nominations, said he will “keep an eye” on such conflict of interest reviews but that he considers Ripston to be an excellent appointee. “Some of the best, most qualified people for city posts have engaged in yesterday’s battles,” he said. “We have to see if today’s is a conflict, but we don’t want people who are so sanitary that they’ve never been involved in the issues they’re confronting.” Villaraigosa also tapped for the panel well-known former First AME Church pastor Cecil L. “Chip” Murray and University of Southern California administrator and former City Ethics Commission leader Rebecca Avila. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Mayor Villaraigosa chose her because she’s informed and involved in the city and has long expressed concern for the homeless,” she said. “The mayor believes being informed about issues is a positive attribute.” Another mayoral appointee, Douglas Mirell, was a plaintiff’s attorney along with the ACLU in a 2000 case in which a federal judge limited the stopping of homeless people without probable cause by Los Angeles police. The American Civil Liberties Union has one outstanding homeless case against the city, Ripston said, that concerns an ordinance making it a crime for people to sleep on the street. The organization lost the case but is appealing. The litigation has been related to city policy, Ripston said, while the Homeless Services Authority, a joint city-county agency, provides funding and guidance to homeless service providers. “I just think there absolutely is no conflict and I’m surprised that they think there is,” she said. last_img read more

Track & Field Competes At Big Four Duals

first_imgAMES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams turned in four individual performances that rank in the top-10 all-time at Drake during Saturday’s Big Four Duals in Ames, Iowa. The annual dual meet pits the Bulldogs against their three in-state rivals in Iowa, Iowa  State and UNI.Despite the strong individual performances, Drake was defeated by its three foes while Iowa State claimed three team wins in both the men’s and women’s competitions.In the distance events, Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) turned in the third fastest 3,000-meter time in school history to win the event with a time of 9:37.89. Huston led the race from start-to-finish and was never challenged in defeating the field by nearly eight seconds. The men’s 3,000 meters saw Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) make his indoor season debut by finishing third in the event in 8:22.11, the eighth fastest 3,000-meter time in program history.The men’s team also had a first-place finisher in the 400 meters as Bas Van Leersum clocked a 48.47 finish, the fifth fastest indoor 400 meters in program history.The women’s team hurdlers racked up the points with four finishers in the finals led by Mary Young’s (Urbandale, Iowa) second-place finish in 8,65. Young also finished seventh in the 200 meters and ran a leg of the 4×400-meter relay that finished fourth.The jumps were also productive for the women’s side as Taryn Rolle finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 39-9.25 that ties for the second longest jump in school history. Current record holder Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) also jumped 39-9.25 to finish third. In the long jump, Bell was second at 18-8.5 while Rolle was third.The men’s jumps were highlighted by Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clearing 6-6.75 to finish second.The Bulldogs return to action Jan. 29-30 at the Jack Jennett Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Big Four DualsJan. 23, 2016Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center Drake Women’s Team ScoresUNI, 86Drake, 66 Iowa State, 96Drake, 62 Iowa, 79Drake, 66 Drake Women’s Individual Results 60 Meters (Finals)6. Taryn Rolle, 7.897. Rai Ahmed-Green, 7.94 60 Meters (Prelims)6. Taryn Rolle, 7.927. Rai Ahmed-Green, 7.97 200 Meters5. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.607. Mary Young, 25.9011. Destani Welch, 26.93 400 Meters8. Virginia Hill, 58.3910. Victoria Coombe, 1:02.28 800 Meters4. Meghan Kearney, 2:14.247. Laura Gann, 2:15.0313. Shelby Varney, 2:33.34 Mile8. Cassie Aerts, 5:02.8211. Bailee Cofer, 5:06.1413. Taylor Scholl, 5:26.44 3,000 Meters1. Emma Huston, 9:37.899. Cassie Aerts, 10:29.0910. Bailee Cofer, 10:32.82 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)2. Mary Young, 8.655. Destani Welch, 9.036. Virginia Hill, 9.078. Victoria Coombe, 9.48 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)3. Mary Young, 8.805. Destani Welch, 9.157. Virginia Hill, 9.268. Victoria Coombe, 9.39 4×400-Meter Relay4. Hill, Kearney, Young, Ahmed-Green, 3:49.46 High Jump4. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-55. Taylor Patton, 5-5 Pole Vault3. Christina LeMunyon, 10-2 Long Jump2. Kayla Bell, 18-8.53. Taryn Rolle, 18-8 Triple Jump2. Taryn Rolle, 39-9.253. Kayla Bell, 39-9.25 Shot Put6. Danielle Griesbaum, 28-3.57. Kayla Bell, 25-8.75  Big Four DualsJan. 23, 2016Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center Drake Men’s Team ScoresUNI, 98Drake, 59 Iowa State, 104Drake, 61 Iowa, 95Drake, 61 Drake Men’s Individual Results 60 Meters (Finals)3. Pierce Vincent, 6.836. Aaron Chier, 7.047. Demetrius Shelton, 7.06 60 Meters (Prelims)4. Pierce Vincent, 6.905. Demetrius Shelton, 7.026. Aaron Chier, 7.039. Kendall Owens, 7.1112. Myles Campbell, 7,44 200 Meters4. Pierce Vincent, 21.8711. Aaron Chier, 22.4612. Demetrius Shelton, 22.5817. Nihad Ejubovic, 23.1019. Myles Campbell, 23.72 400 Meters1. Bas Van Leersum, 48.479. Hudson Priebe, 51.1210. Dominc Lombardi, 51.2811. Nihad Ejubovic, 52.66 600 Yards11. Alec Bognar, 1:18.49 800 Meters8. James Saxton, 1:56.579. George Webb, 1:56.9111. John Freeman, 1:59.97 Mile10. Rob McCann, 4:19.5512. Ali Jandal, 4:24.6414. Chris Kaminski, 4:36.06 3,000 Meters3. Reed Fischer, 8:22.1113. Chris Kaminski, 9:16.07 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)7. Hudson Priebe, 8.35 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)8. Hudson Priebe, 8.4210. Dominic Lombardi, 8.5911. Bas Van Leersum, 8.7014. Tyler Zak, 9.16 4×400-Meter Relays4. Priebe, Lombardi, Van Leersum, Saxton, 3:18.719. Chier, Campbell, Vincent, Owens, 3:28.1610. Webb, Erickson, Bognar, Ejubovic, 3:32.67 High Jump2. Ryan Cook, 6-6.754. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 Pole Vault6. Adam Perkins, 13-1.58. Tyler Zak, 9-8 Long Jump11. Tyler Zak, 19-3.512. Johnathan Osifuye, 11-6.75 Triple Jump3. Ethan Turner, 44-86. Sean Buczek, 43-9 Shot Put9. Michael Dolan, 39-1.7510. AJ Erb, 38-10.5 Weight Throw7. Michael Dolan, 49-3.510. AJ Erb, 28-9Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgMartin Boyle has the right colour trucks for the day that’s in it!There’s going to be WAR in this race for a good cause!GORGEOUS GAOTH DOBHAIR SHAKES THE SHAMROCK – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Kasozi, Birungi, Balinya all start as Cranes starting XI against Lesotho is named

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruCOSAFA 2019Juma BalinyaLesothoMichael Birunginicholas kasozitopUganda Cranes The Uganda Cranes take on Lesotho this afternoon at the Princess Magogo stadium. (File Photo)COSAFA Cup 2019-Quarter FinalsLesotho vs UgandaSaturday, 01-06-2019 @4pmPrincess Magogo Stadium, KwaMashu-DurbanDURBAN-SOUTH AFRICA – COSAFA Cranes stand-in coach Abdallah Mubiru has named his starting team ahead of the quarter final clash against Lesotho on Saturday afternoon.The Police FC tactician who is helping out with the team as head coach Sebastien Desabre prepares the AFCON team for this years’ finals in Egypt, has started with KCCA FC goalkeeper Charles Lukwago in between the post.Captain Isaac Isinde while play alongside Express’s John Revita at the heart of a four man defensive line which also features Paul Willa and Mustapha Kizza.Nicholas Kasozi who had a breath taking second half of the season with KCCA FC will anchor the midfield with Muzamir Mutyaba and URA FC Captian Shafick Kagimu playing infront of him.The trio of Michael Birungi, Daniel Isiagi and Juma Balinya who play up front in search of the goals.Balinya (left) is one of the three players up front.This is the fifth meeting between Uganda and LesothoThe Cranes head into the contest minus losing a game to the Crocodiles, winning three and losing one of the first four match-ups.Lesotho’s record against Uganda is so horrible as they have never scored a goal against the Cranes whilst conceding 8 in the process.The two nations were in the same Group in the just concluded AFCON qualifiers with Uganda winning both games with a 5-0 aggregate victory.The winner between the two teams will take on the winner amongst Zimbabwe and Comoros in the other day’s quarter final.The Uganda Cranes staring XI against LesothoCharles Lukwago (G.K), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, Isaac Isinde (Captain), John Revita, Nicholas Kasozi, Michael Birungi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Juma Balinya, Daniel IsiagiSubstitutesJames Alitho (G.K), Nelson Senkatuka, Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma, Musitafa Mujjuzi, Paul Mucureezi, Paul Mbowa, Bright Anukani, Hassan Musana, Allan KayiwaTeam Officials-Leader of Delegation: Richard Ochom-Team Coordinator: Geofrey Massa-Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru-Assistant Coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi-Goalkeeping coach: Sadiq Wassa-FUFA Delegate (Kampala Region): Robert Serunjogi-Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago-Equipment manager: Frank Bumpejje-Media Officer: Lawrence BwanikaThe other COSAFA Cup 2018 Quarter finals-Priness Magogo StadiumSaturday, 01-06-2019-Zimbabwe vs Comoros @6:30pmSunday, 02-06-2019-South Africa vs Botswana @4pm-Zambia vs Malawi @6:30pmComments last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Too Direct or Too Empathetic

first_imgLeaders need to make effective choices about their approach when they interact with the people they lead. The measure of a leader is taken by how well the leader can match the approach to the situation.Too Self-DirectedSome leaders believe that they need to be very self-directed to be effective. Self-directed can come across as self-oriented, selfish, and oblivious to what the other person needs or the constraints with which they are struggling. I’ve met some leaders who pride themselves on their self-directed approach. And sometimes it is exactly the right approach. This is especially true when the leader is protecting the culture they’ve built, or when they are dealing with a legal or moral issue. There are some issues that are non-negotiable.But unless you have the relationship that allows for self-directed communication, every time you are self-directed when it is unnecessary takes a little something out of your moral leadership. When you are unnecessarily direct and short with people–even if it’s because you are short on time and under pressure–you are making a withdraw from your relationship.If you’ve ever seen a coach on the sideline during a game, you’ve no doubt seen them grab a player and light them up when they are trying to make a point, rev them up, or change their state. If your approach is always high negative energy, then when you really need to call on that approach, it won’t mean anything. You will have worn out the approach.Too EmpatheticOther leaders believe that they always need to be patient and empathetic. There is no doubt that as a default approach, this is a pretty good choice. But it isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes, to make your point felt, you need to be impatient and demanding. Serious issues may need a serious, unrelenting response.Empathy and patience can sometime be the wrong response. Being empathetic at the wrong time can cause people to believe that a serious issue isn’t a big deal. It can lead people to believe that they aren’t really accountable for change when they have a serious behavioral issue or when they aren’t producing results. But worst of all, when it is your only approach, you are a pushover, and you can just as easily lose your moral authority.Some people and some situations call for patience and empathy. Some call for coaching and an approach that fosters learning. Sometimes you need to explain yourself carefully. But other people and situations call for a more self-directed approach.A great leader will have a range of approaches they can use for different people in different situations. All of those approaches must include some consideration of the person and the relationship, lest your approach subtract from your moral authority. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Perfection Is Too Slow

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Perfection will have you waiting until everything is just so, just right. It will never be time to start because some condition isn’t exactly right, something is missing, or some event hasn’t yet occurred.Perfection requires that what you produce be more than acceptable to everyone, everywhere, all the time, and for all time. The standard perfection sets is higher than anything attained by anyone, anywhere, at any time.Perfection demands that what you are doing is guaranteed to succeed, or perfection will not permit you to put the work into the world—even of what you are creating is exactly what some people need most right now.Optimizing is a form of perfection if it keeps you from starting or publishing or launching your work. Going over the same ground over an over again, looking for what can be improved, what might be criticized, or what you are worried about being judged for having created, is another form of perfectionism.If what you are creating has to be perfect, then you can never create. There are over seven billion people on the planet, all with their own subjective view of what is good and right and true. There is nothing that you can create that will be universally accepted or loved by everyone. When something is loved by millions, it’s as much of factor of luck and timing as it is the work itself.If you are a writer, write. If you are a singer, sing. If you are an entrepreneur, start your business. If what you are doing is going to create value for others, create it. Perfection is too slow, and every day you wait you are losing time—and you are withholding your gift from that small—but important—segment of the seven billion people who are waiting for you to give it to them.last_img read more

Is That a Man or a Woman? Trust Your Nose

first_imgHumans stink, and it’s wonderful. A few whiffs of a pillow in the morning can revive memories of a lover. The sweaty stench of a gym puts us in the mood to exercise. Odors define us, yet the scientific zeitgeist is that we don’t communicate through pheromones—scents that influence behavior. A new study challenges that thinking, finding that scent can change whether we think someone is masculine or feminine.Humans carry more secretion and sweat glands in their skin than any other primate. Yet 70% of people lack a vomeronasal organ, a crescent-shaped bundle of neurons at the base of each nostril that allows a variety of species—from reptiles to nonprimate mammals—to pick up on pheromones. (If you’ve ever seen your cat huff something, he’s using this organ.) Still, scientists have continued to hunt for examples of pheromones that humans might sense.Two strong candidates are androstadienone (andro) and estratetraenol (estra). Men secrete andro in their sweat and semen, while estra is primarily found in female urine. Researchers have found hints that both trigger arousal—by improving moods and switching on the brain’s “urge” center, the hypothalamus—in the opposite sex. 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The team split men and women into groups of 24 and then had them watch virtual simulations of a human figure walking (see video). The head, pelvis, and major joints in each figure were replaced with moving dots. Subjects in prior studies had ranked the videos as being feminine or masculine. For instance, watch the figure on the far left, which was gauged as having a quintessential female strut. Notice a distinctive swagger in the “hip” dots and how they contrast with the flat gait of the “male” prototype all the way to the right.An unbiased walk features in the middle frame, but when the subjects inhaled andro or estra, they judged the walk as either more masculine or more feminine. The results depended on the viewer’s sexuality. Heterosexual women and gay men perceived the gender-neutral stride as more masculine after smelling andro, whereas estra had no effect on them. In contrast, smelling estra biased heterosexual males, but not females, toward perceiving the walkers as more feminine, says study leader and behavioral psychologist Wen Zhou. Gender judgments of the simulated figures shifted on average by 8% for heterosexual men and women as well as gay men. Due to difficulties with recruitment, bisexual and homosexual women were pooled together. Neither andro nor estra swayed their gender perceptions, but that may reflect the mixed orientations in this group. The possibility that subconscious networks in the brain sense pheromones and alter our behavior is very interesting but challenging to prove, says Ivanka Savic-Berglund, a neurologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who was not involved with the work. She cautions that this is just one study that must be reproduced before a final verdict is made, but it “puts a question mark on the view that pheromones don’t affect humans.”(Video credit: Zhou W et al., Current Biology [2014])last_img read more