Debbah Confident of Grand Bassa Senate Victory

first_imgLiberia’s former celebrated football star, James Salinsa Debbah, is positive about winning the Senator’s Seat for Grand Bassa County in the upcoming 2014 Special Senatorial Election.It had been speculated he would run in Montserrado in the ensuring Special Senatorial Elections on October-2014— a run he had denied up to this point.On Saturday, in an exclusive interview in the Port City of Buchanan, Debbah, 42, told the Daily Observer that he is poised to be the ‘better candidate.’His statement was made during the county’s official celebration of football and basketball trophies they had captured, just under a fortnight ago.The former Mighty Barrolle and Lone Star striker said that his success would be based on the love the people of Grand Bassa County have for him.Salinsa did not say which Party’s ticket he intends to run on in Grand Bassa County’s Senatorial Race, giving the impression of a candidacy built on hope up to this point. Clearly, he will have to get busy soon if he is serious about what he wants to do.In the 2005 and 2011 elections, the  player was linked to the Liberty Party (LP), but because of his connection to Ambassador George Weah, the political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change, (CDC), it is speculated that he may run on the CDC ticket, if he is left out in the cold during the LP’s convention.Debbah’s statement comes ahead of his petition ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for next month.”Let me say, I am contesting the Senatorial Race for Grand Bassa County and I am positive of winning. It is obvious that my people will vote for me,” Debbah said.Known as ‘Salinsa’ during his football playing days, Debbah is regarded as Liberia’s most popular football personality after George M. Weah, FIFA 1995 World Player of the Year and African football legend.Meanwhile, Debbah has frowned on the program committee of the official celebration of trophies in Buchanan for not recognizing, ‘technicians’ during the program.He said the exclusion of the coaches, Mr. Garmondeh Karnga, Cllr. Theophilus Gould and others, (including him) who contributed ‘tactically’ to the success of the teams, was not correct.He told newsmen over the weekend during the official celebration of the football and basketball trophies, that their exclusion had a ‘political undertone,’ which he believed was mainly intended to promote would-be candidates in the forthcoming Senatorial Election.“We too, worked and motivated the team to win amid financial and moral constraints,” Debbah said. “We all are supposed to be recognized publicly.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Program Committee, T. Nelson Williams told newsmen that the technicians were thanked and recognized duly. Debbah, however, did not show any interest in attending any of the meetings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lukaku dishes humble pie to Dafabet

first_imgDafabet have since returned bets to those who thought West Brom would cause an upset in the game.“Given Lukaku scored Dafabet felt it was nice to reward those players back who thought WBA would have had a chance of at least snatching a draw.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku displays huge relief as he celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates following Ashley Young’s strike. Photo/DAILY MAILNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – A week after Dafabet returned bets to Manchester United fans following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City arguing Romelu Lukaku’s dip in form led to Red Devils’ slump, the big Belgian has forced the betting giants to eat humble pie.Lukaku struck against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend as Manchester United ran out 2-1 victors at the Hawthorns.last_img read more


first_imgFORMER HOOPS favourite Aiden McGeady will be heading back to Glasgow to face former club Celtic in the Champions League group stages.The clubs were drawn together in Group G today – alongside Spanish giants Barcelona and super Portuguese side Benfica.Celtic manager Neil Lennon however said he was delighted with the draw. “It is fantastic to be involved with the draw, very exciting and to be in a group with Barcelona – tough but real glamour games for the club – and the other two are huge clubs in their respective countries,” said Lenny.“We have familiar with all three clubs, we have recent history against all three of those teams. I remember under Gordon (Strachan) we played Barcelona and Benfica and we knocked out Moscow in a play-off.“It’s a tough, tough group but all the teams play football so it should be attractive to watch. Let’s not get carried away, let’s see what fixtures are coming up. We are in it, it is fantastic to be here and we are going to make the most of it and enjoy it.”Meanwhile Celtic want Alessandro del Piero to lead Celtic’s Champions League campaign. Del Piero has been released by the Serie A champions Juventus, but believes that he still has a season left at the highest level and doesn’t want to play for another Italian side, opening a glimmer of light for Lennon’s ambitious plan.Group A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, PSG, Dinamo ZagrebGroup B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiacos, MontpellierGroup C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, MalagaGroup D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC NordsjaellandGroup F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE BorisovGroup G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, CelticGroup H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj THE HOOPS REPORT: McGEADY RETURNING TO PARKHEAD, HOOPS ALSO GET BARCELONA AND BENFICA was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HOOPS ALSO GET BARCELONA AND BENFICATHE HOOPS REPORT: McGEADY RETURNING TO PARKHEADlast_img read more

Napoli chasing out-of-favour Chelsea defender

first_imgThe 31-year-old is now considering his options and a return to Benfica has been mooted.Napoli, according to La Repubblica, are also in for Luiz after being urged to sign him by new boss Carlo Ancelotti.The Italian is said to be a big fan of the centre-back and he has added him to his summer shopping list.As well as Luiz, Ancelotti is hoping to bring in Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal. Napoli are working on a deal for Chelsea defender David Luiz.The Brazilian fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season under Antonio Conte and made just four appearances in 2018. Luiz made just four appearances for Chelsea in 2018 center_img 1last_img


first_imgThe parents and teachers of Donegal came out in force to show their disapproval of the expected class size increase in the upcoming budget.Speaking at a public meeting organised by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), members of the public voiced their concerns that children and their education are once again being unfairly targeted in the Government’s efforts to cut costs.Michael Weed, member of the INTO’s Central Executive Committee, shared recent figures that more than 16,000 Donegal children, 86.6% of the county’s primary school population, are already in classes larger than the EU average. Fr. John Joe Duffy and Rev. John Deane, as representatives of Catholic and Church of Ireland Boards of Management respectively, spoke from the podium about their dismay at the Government’s continued attacks on our schools, first by targeting our small schools for closure and now by increasing class sizes.Colm Breathnach, principal in Drumkeen N.S., spoke from the floor at the Clanree Hotel as both a parent and a principal, “To the Minister and anyone else that thinks class size does not matter, I ask this; what would you want for your own child? If you had a choice of sending your four-year old into a classroom with more than thirty other children or a class of twenty or twenty-two, which would you choose? There is no question that the child in the smaller class is getting a fairer chance.”The roving microphone was kept busy with contributions from frustrated and concerned parents and teachers. The general consensus was well summed up by Liam McGowan, retired principal, “The Government needs to view education as the investment it is.”The meeting was well attended by members of local and county councils. Independent TD, Deputy Thomas Pringle and Fianna Fail spokesperson for Education, Deputy Charlie McConalogue pledged their support and commitment to bring the issues raised back to Dail Eireann. Sinn Fein’s candidate for next year’s EU elections, Matt Carthy, represented Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig Mac Lochlainn and promised their commitment to the cause. Notably absent was any representation from Fine Gael or the Labour Party. DONEGAL TEACHERS SPEAK OUT OVER BIGGER CLASS SIZES was last modified: September 24th, 2013 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:donegalINTOteachers conferencelast_img read more

Donegal’s young entrepreneur finalists enjoy intensive business bootcamp

first_imgSixteen of Donegal’s brightest young entrepreneurs will be working on fine-tuning their business plans and rehearsing their pitches as they get set for the finals of the local stage of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) in December.The Donegal competition had 55 entries this year and having come through the initial selection process on the basis of the potential demonstrated in their ideas and businesses, the local finalists in three categories – Best Idea, Best Start-Up and Best Established – were in Gartan at the weekend for an intensive three-day business bootcamp.Six young entrepreneurs – Jolene McLaughlin, Christopher Duffy, Kyle McLaughlin, Niamh Porter, Sarah Barr and Deirdre Ward will contest the Best Idea category, while there will be five contestants in the other two. Paul McMahon, Eilis Galbraith, Ciara McGlynn, Clare McLaughlin and Stephanie Kee will compete in the category of Best Start Up.In the Best Established category those in contention are Thomas McLaughlin, Derek Walker, Finn Ni Fhaoilain, Caitlin NicGabhann and Arantxa Lopez.All sixteen finalists were given an opportunity to challenge themselves and their business when they were put through their paces at last weekend’s bootcamp.They were joined over the weekend by several local business speakers, including Brendan Toner, last year’s overall winner in the Donegal Best Young Entrepreneur competition.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, says IBYE has been hugely popular among the county’s brightest young entrepreneurs over the past few years. “All of the finalists in last year’s local competition were delighted with the training and assistance they had received. Indeed, many said they felt like winners irrespective of who actually took the various titles. From the feedback we have received from this year’s finalists we know they have already gained a lot from their participation in the bootcamp in Gartan over the weekend.”According to Mr. Tunney the business bootcamp will have helped this year’s finalists fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching.“The feedback year on year from businesses who have taken part in IBYE, has been that the training and advice they received has been invaluable and has helped them immensely with their business goals and ambitions.All 16 of this year’s finalists demonstrated great energy and commitment over the weekend. The insight and learning they will have picked up at the bootcamp will help them immensely on their journey as entrepreneurs beyond the competition,” Mr Tunney said.The finalists will undergo more intensive mentoring over the coming weeks ahead of a presentation of their businesses to a judging panel.The Donegal category winners of the Best Young Entrepreneur will then be announced at a special presentation lunch on Friday December 1st.Local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner at county level will receive an investment of up to €7,000 and the runner-up will receive up to €3,000 of investment.The winners at county level will progress to Regional Finals hosted in Donegal early next year and will be hoping to reach the national IBYE finals in March 2018. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.For information about the supports and services on offer from Local Enterprise Office, Donegal call: 07491 60735 or e.mailDonegal’s young entrepreneur finalists enjoy intensive business bootcamp was last modified: November 16th, 2017 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 read more

Not Sales, Only Commentary

first_imgYou find success in sales in only two things: opportunity creation and opportunity capture. Everything else is just commentary on these two outcomes.Commentary on CreationWhen one asks you about your activity, the person asking is most likely inquiring about how well you are doing at creating new opportunities. The conversation is a commentary on opportunity creation.Territory and account planning processes are all commentary on how you are going to pursue the creation of new opportunities, some from new clients, and others from within your existing clients. Many of the reports and dashboards generated by your CRM were designed to give information about the new opportunities you are creating, another form of commentary.Commentary on CaptureMuch of the time that salespeople, sales managers, and sales leaders spend talking about deals is commentary, their opinions or explanations about how effectively they are pursuing those opportunities.Almost all the time spent on strategy, pursuit plans, differentiation, or competitive analysis is also a commentary on opportunity capture, or how you intend to win. The reports generated at the end of the quarter, the win/loss reviews, and the actual results you produce are an autopsy, all of which is commentary.Commentary on One of the OtherThe emails in your inbox are about opportunity creation, opportunity capture, or commentary around these two outcomes—or they are entirely unrelated. Your weekly sales meetings are about one or both of two primary outcomes for which you are responsible—or they unrelated to better results. While these things are necessary, they are not enough to produce better sales results.All of which to say is that if there are only two things necessary for success in sales, creating new opportunities and winning them, then those two things should dominate your time, your energy, and your attention. If you are in sales, your calendar should be governed by these two outcomes. If you are a sales manager or a sales leader, you should work to reduce unnecessary commentary on sales to free up time for creation and capture, while ensuring that the necessary discourse that surrounds this work also contributes to improving these two outcomes.In a world of infinite distractions and an overwhelming amount of incoming information—and requests for even more information—narrowing your focus to the very few things that produce all the results is what is necessary for success. 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

Eoin Morgan banking on IPL trio to boost England against South Africa

first_imgEoin Morgan is hoping the return of three key players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) will help England defeat top-ranked South Africa in their upcoming one-day international series.A three-match contest between the sides starts with a day/nighter at Headingley on Wednesday, with the series given added spice by the fact it acts as a warm-up for next week’s Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.That competition will see England trying to end their 42 -year wait for a maiden major International Cricket Council ODI trophy, with the 2010 World T20 their lone global short-format title.All-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, together with wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, were all given permission to miss England’s opening two ODIs this season against Morgan’s native Ireland and instead extend their IPL stints.Stokes and Buttler, who played for Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians respectively, might have been in opposition in Sunday’s final had they not been recalled to an England training camp in Spain.Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen told Sky Sports the decision was “an absolute shambles”.”What are they going to Spain for? To field a couple of balls? They should be playing in the IPL,” he said.Ben Stokes, paid a record 2.16 million to play the eight-week IPL season, was instrumental in Pune reaching the knockout phase after a brilliant debut campaign in the lucrative Twenty20 competition.The 25-year-old left-handed batsman and right-handed pace bowler scored 316 runs in 12 matches, with a highest of 103 not out, and took 12 wickets.advertisementNasser Hussain, like Pietersen a former England captain, defended Stokes’s recall to national training duty by saying: “The reason he got an IPL deal was because of how wonderful he has been for England.”When they tell you to turn up to a training camp you turn up to a training camp to prepare for a tournament that we have underachieved in for 20-30 years.”Huge benefit Morgan, himself an IPL player, was simply delighted to have several key men back on board.”It’s a huge benefit having three match-winners come back into the team having watched them contribute so much to the IPL,” Morgan told reporters at Headingley on Tuesday.”Ben Stokes comes back as the competition’s MVP (most valuable player) and it’s great to see him performing so well in what is the biggest domestic tournament in the world.”Jos is one of the best in the world as well and Chris has been an important part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ road to the final stages.”Stokes found himself playing in the same IPL side as Australia captain Steve Smith, who’ll be a determined opponent when England travel ‘Down Under’ later this year in defence of the Ashes.”I remember doing a batting session with some power hitting towards the end where the guy who I will actually be playing against in the Ashes (Smith) was helping me, which is something that you would never be able to fathom when you are playing against each other,” said Stokes. It was really good actually.”While Stokes returns to bolster England, the fact South Africans such as Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and David Wiese have all cut short their international careers in favour of the financial security of county contracts has been brought into even greater focus now the Proteas are in England.”It’s part and parcel of what we are confronted with in recent times,” said South Africa captain AB de Villiers at Headingley on Tuesday.”We can’t stop guys from going where they want to and playing where they want to play.”De Villiers added, however: “We’ve no reason not to be confident.”We’ve beaten Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand recently so we’re confident, we’re not harping too much on what we’ve lost because we’d rather focus on what we’ve gained in the last few months.last_img read more

Kerala HC lifts life ban on cricketer Sreesanth

first_img(Eds: Updating with details, removing comma in intro)Kochi, Aug 7 (PTI) In a relief to cricketer S Sreesanth, the Kerala High Court today lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal saying there was no incriminating evidence to pinpoint his involvement in match fixing.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”It is to be noted that there are no incriminating evidence to pinpoint Sreesanths involvement in sport fixing deal,” the judge said.Reacting to the verdict, 34-year-old pacer Sreesanth said he was “grateful to God.”He said he has started preparations for playing the game and his aim was to find a place in the Kerala cricket team.The Kerala Cricket Association said it would take a “positive” decision on Sreesanths bid to play in state cricket.The court said that Sreesanth never attempted to disapprove of the conduct of Jiju Janardhanan, accused of spot fixing, after the scandal broke out.The court said, in fact, the impassive conduct of Sreesanth made the BCCI disciplinary committee suspect his role and to conclude that there was circumstantial evidence against him.”Complacency in the matter on the part of Sreesanth is really condemnable. To uphold the dignity of the game, he should have publicly disapproved (of) the conduct of Jiju Janardanan, especially when his name was dragged into the controversy.”Any how, having suffered a ban now almost for four years, nothing further is required in this matter,” the court said.advertisementIt said there was no material or evidence before the disciplinary committee to conclude that Sreesanth was guilty of violation of the anti-corruption code framed by the BCCI.The court said though the BCCIs efforts to weed out corruption and uphold the dignity of the game needed to be emphasised, that should not be in a way by overzealously reacting to it.”It must be remembered that in every disciplinary action related to a player of national repute, the player suffers his repute and confidence which he built through hard work,” it said.Justice Mustaque said, “In the result, the writ petition is allowed. The life ban and other punishment imposed on Sreesanth pursuant to the disciplinary proceedings against Sreesanth stand quashed and are set aside…,” he said.The court had earlier sought the BCCIs stand on the plea by the cricketer challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the games governing body following the 2013 Indian Premier League-6 spot-fixing scandal.The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a Delhi court dropping all charges against him.The cricket board had said, “The decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner from the criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates.”It had said the question before the court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes.On the other hand, the question before the BCCI disciplinary committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.The standard of proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry, it had said.All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in Delhi in July 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its decision on disciplinary action even after the verdict. PTI COR TGB BN TVS SClast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane unsure when injured Gareth Bale will return

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday he does not know when Gareth Bale will return from his latest calf problem as he faced repeated questions about the Wales international’s future at the European champions.Bale sustained the injury towards the end Real’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund on Sept. 26 in which he had played a starring role to answer many of his critics in the Spanish media.It was the eighth time he had damaged his left calf muscle since joining Real from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and his 10th calf problem since he moved to Spain.Real originally said Bale’s fitness problems in Dortmund were related to cramp and allowed him to go on international duty with Wales.Scans, however, soon revealed he had injured his calf and forced him out of Wales’s World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland.Real later released a medical report stating Bale had a swollen calf but had not torn the muscle.It did not give an estimated date for his return, and Zidane was unable to clarify the situation.”I can’t say when he’ll be back, but he’s better, I can’t say if he’ll return in a week or 10 days, we’ll have to see,” Zidane told a news conference on Friday ahead of Real’s visit to Getafe in La Liga.”He’s getting better every day. He had two problems, one in Dortmund when he only seemed a bit worn out, and then he had a different problem with his calf. Now we have to take it easy with him and be patient.”advertisementBale is ruled out of Saturday’s short trip to Getafe and unlikely to feature against former side Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, while he is also a doubt for the return game against Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Nov. 1.Real are fifth in the Liga standings, seven points behind leaders Barcelona.Bale, 28, has missed a third of Real’s games since he joined the club in a then world record move for 100 million euros ($118 million).He had to watch most of last season’s Liga and Champions League winning double campaign from the sidelines due to a long lay off with an ankle injury and subsequent calf problems and later said he regretted rushing back too early after surgery on his ankle.”Bale is the one who is most upset about this because he hates to be away from the team. I hope he returns quickly and plays like he did in Dortmund,” Zidane said.last_img read more