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‘Words of Wind’ must not be used superfluously (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (retired) James Patterson, recently stated thus: “Elections count for nothing if not free and fair”. This is indeed most welcoming.Notably, however, in the absence of necessary and definitive, transparent actions at the Commission’s level, the credentials and acceptability of such statements become quite shallow.There are widely known numerous factual positions regarding the rigging of past elections in Guyana, influenced by the People’s National Congress under previous GECOM management. It cannot be denied that GECOM conducted the 2015 Regional and National Elections which lacked the measures of authenticity to validate any level of acceptance by most. ‘Words of Wind’ must therefore not be used superfluously to camouflage the need to adequately address obvious shortcomings exercised in or by this organisation. Among the huge questions are the selection procedure and the role of the selected staff.The PPP filed an elections petition which challenges the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections, and this gives testimony. Significant in the claims is that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.The numerous electoral irregularities for which there have been no prosecutions overwhelm the credibility of the results. It is very much totally unacceptable and insufficient to have summary pronouncements from the responsible conductor of the elections to the effect that there have been few spatial occurrences, and those may not have impacted the final results. There is need for stiffer penalties, and laws must be put in place to prohibit blatant irregularities.The evidence of procedural errors and numerous instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections are proof that cannot be denied. The seriousness of fake statements of poll, and let us not forget that the Chief Elections Officer, on the night of Wednesday, 13th May, 2015, said he could not announce the Elections results because he discovered “fake statements of poll”. On that night he was very clear that the amount was too much for him to accept.Further, the former Chairman of the Elections Commission, at his last press conference, said there were 33 fake statements of poll, and they were not counted, and those votes went against the PPP/C. The petition also makes reference to the presence of “big and vicious mobs” at several polling stations and other strategic places, which led to multiple voting, particularly in Region #4.The Chairman of GECOM accepted that the PPP had exceptionally good results from the last 2016 LGE. He talks of the PPP winning the popular votes and dominating the vote count in rural areas, while also raising concerns about intimidation and fear on Election Day.The fact that the GECOM Chairman is not yet walking the talk is a matter of serious concern.The Chairman’s obvious knowledge about all the bungling by the Secretariat, which caused the last period of Continuous Registration to start two weeks late, raises serious questions. Information received confirms there was an understanding that two additional weeks would have to be accommodated. However, when the PPP Commissioners advanced the discussion for the extension, it was denied. It means that citizens of this country are being denied the opportunity to do their registration transactions, as the Chairman joined with the PNC Commissioners and voted down the agreed request to have the two weeks of extension.It is known that the Commission, at a statutory meeting, agreed that the criticism against the GECOM staff is a matter of serious concern. Further, the meeting agreed that all the applicants for the “Training of GECOM” trainers to work for the Election Commission will be called to the official training. It is very worrying and most ridiculous to know that more than one hundred persons who applied were not called to the official training.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Antonio’s gang plan: Phase one

first_imgThe LAPD also has created a Most Wanted list that publicly identifies gangs and their members – a change in the department’s long-standing reluctance about giving the gangsters notoriety. Additionally, at least one Los Angeles gang member will be included among the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives – a list that currently includes Osama bin Laden. The LAPD also is expected to detail its plan for dealing with the 204th Street Gang, which has been blamed for a number of high-profile homicides in the Harbor-Gateway area. And a separate gang homicide unit will also be created in the South Bureau, which patrols the area of the city hardest hit by gang violence. “This effort is a comprehensive, multifaceted approach that navigates the entire criminal-justice continuum,” Police Chief William Bratton said. “(The steps) are designed to reduce the incidence of gang crime.” There was no price tag for the LAPD campaign, details of which are to be released today. The LAPD would get a gang czar and the city its own Most Wanted list under a highly anticipated plan being released today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for quelling a surge in gang violence. The first step in what Villaraigosa has pledged will be a comprehensive citywide gang intervention and prevention campaign will be unveiled at an afternoon news conference in the San Fernando Valley, where gang-related homicides soared 30 percent last year. “Suppression of violence is the first goal of the mayor,” Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan said Wednesday in a briefing for reporters. “He also knows that intervention and prevention are important, and those will be the next phases of his coordinated approach in dealing with gangs.” The initial phase focuses on nearly a dozen crime-suppression efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department, including the naming today of a gang coordinator to oversee the agency’s various programs. Some of the initiatives are already in place, such as increasing collaboration with the FBI, county Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Unified School District and other agencies. Other proposals – such as identifying gangs and their leaders by name – bucks traditional thinking. Police have worried in the past that identifying gangs increases their notoriety and influence rather than deterring their activities. The suspects on the LAPD’s initial 10 Most Wanted list are all wanted on murder charges, including two from the San Fers gang that operates in the Valley’s Foothill Division. The Valley’s Canoga Park Alabama gang also was named among the 10 worst in L.A. “This new strategy abandons the early posture and challenges these menaces by exposing their corrosive behavior to the scrutiny of a more informed and confident community,” a briefing paper said. Los Angeles is home to an estimated 40,000 gang members, whom officials blame for half of the city’s crime. Bratton has targeted gang violence as his top priority since he was hired five years ago, and Villaraigosa has homed in on the crisis, as well. He hired noted civil-rights attorney Connie Rice to conduct a $500,000 study on the city’s gangs. Her report questioned the effectiveness of the city’s current anti-gang programs and called for the appointment of a powerful gang czar who could coordinate intervention and prevention services among myriad agencies. There was no indication Wednesday whether the mayor would seek to name a citywide gang coordinator, apart from the LAPD position, to oversee the dozens of anti-gang programs now operated by public and private agencies. While officials were preparing for the release of the mayor’s plan, relatives and friends were mourning 17-year-old Daniel Martinez, who became the Valley’s fifth gang-related homicide victim this year when he was gunned down Jan. 31 as he walked home from Einstein High School in North Hills. “It’s been getting worse,” mourner Jesus Reyes said of the recent gang activity. “The violence, everything that happens; the kids don’t want to say anything to the cops.” And experts said the crisis is severe and requires a multifaceted approach. “You don’t eradicate gangs; they are built into the community, they are spawned,” said Malcolm Klein, an expert on L.A. street gangs at the University of Southern California. Still, some said recent efforts to combat gangs could already be paying off. Law enforcement officials from around the world are attending a three-day summit in Los Angeles, discussing the migration of gang violence and terror from Southern California to their own countries. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has announced plans to increase the use of injunctions against gangs and stay-away orders to keep gang members out of certain neighborhoods. Earlier this year, Villaraigosa and county officials announced a program in which county probation officers are assigned to police stations to work with gang members. “The mayor and the police chief speaking out about it, and all the community members involved, it is filtering down,” said Commander Valentino Paniccia of the Valley Bureau. “If this is going to work, it should be coordinated at the city level by someone with authority to make decisions, someone coordinating all the city agencies in how we deal with gang problems, violent gangs and family problem and the issues that breed these problems,” said Paniccia, a 30-plus-year veteran of the department. The City Council’s ad hoc Committee on Youth and Gang Violence estimated Wednesday that it would cost Los Angeles at least $2 billion a year to combat gang crime by putting gang-prevention and outreach workers at each school in the city. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the panel, said that would be just the start of the costs when the LAPD and other agencies’ expenses are included. “That is just an example of the scope of the problem,” Cardenas said. “We are not going to find $2 billion between now and the start of the city budget cycle this year. “Yet that’s what we need to deal with this problem. ” Staff Writer Rachel Uranga contributed to this report. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

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Conte hits back at Mourinho after Roma draw

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte (R) shakes hands with Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge in London on October 23, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Antonio Conte has told Jose Mourinho to stop talking about Chelsea after the Manchester United boss suggested the Italian was “crying” about his injury situation.Mourinho, speaking after United’s 1-0 win in Lisbon on Wednesday night, did not name names but it was clear he was thinking of his former club Chelsea and Conte, his successor as boss, when he talked of other managers who “cry and cry and cry” about injuries. And, when the subject was broached after Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma, Conte retaliated.“A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at Chelsea,” Conte said.“A lot of time, also last season. I think he has to think about his team and stop… to look at himself, not the others.”Chelsea are already without N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses (both hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (calf).And David Luiz suffered a calf injury against Roma which could make him doubtful for Saturday’s clash with Watford, when Chelsea will be seeking to avoid three straight Premier League losses after defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.Tiemoue Bakayoko, meanwhile, played on despite a groin problem, while Conte played down concerns over captain Gary Cahill after the defender finished the game with a heavily bandaged head, saying it was “nothing serious”.Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead, earned through strikes from David Luiz and Eden Hazard, to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.Edin Dzeko’s quick-fire double, after fellow former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov’s strike, looked like handing the visitors victory before Hazard headed in an equaliser.It meant Chelsea avoided what would have been the first three-match losing streak under Conte’s stewardship.Conte, who deployed defender Luiz in midfield, admitted his tactics contributed to Chelsea being second best.When Luiz went off for Pedro, Chelsea reverted to their usual 3-4-3 formation.“I didn’t like the type of football we did for a lot of the game, but it’s right to take the responsibility for this,” Conte said.“I tried on one hand to protect my team, to become more solid and to move our central defender into midfield. On the other hand we lost totally our style of football.“Sometimes you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. But you know very well our situation.“It was good to draw. Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players, because my players showed me a big effort, a big commitment tonight. Otherwise, we lose the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Put set to shake up Stars technical bench

first_img0Shares0000Haambee Stars head coach Paul Put issuing instructions to players during training at Utalii Grounds on 30th November, 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put says he will bring in his own assistant coaches ahead of the team’s crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in October, saying he needs to put in a stronger team to aid Kenya to the first continental championship since 2004.Put says he has already forwarded his proposal to the Football Kenya Federation after the completion of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and he expects a response before March when he plans to have his first two friendly matches. “When you have people like Wanyama (Victor), Olunga (Michael) playing at the highest level, you also have to approach them at a higher level. There will be people coming in yes. I can’t say I’m not happy, because everyone has been doing his best,” the tactician said on Wednesday.He adds; “My work is to get improvement and make sure everything is professional. They don’t have to take it they are not good enough, it is because we are at a higher level.”The Belgian tactician hired on a two year contract by FKF last November has been working with Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau as first and second assistant coaches with Haggai Azande as the goalkeeper trainer.Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put and his assistant Stanley Okumbi at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe coach says he will not entirely do away with the trio if he gets his way and has his people coming in, saying they will remain part of the team and learn from his new deputies.“When I came in they asked me to give my best experience. I can only request and explain why I am doing this. It’s the federation to make a decision. The Kenyan people will still be on board, they will be on their side to learn and improve,” Put added.Before Put’s arrival, Okumbi had been tasked with heading the team and worked with Kamau, Frank Ouna and Musa Otieno but the latter two were disposed as soon as the Belgian landed. Okumbi had come under increasing fire for the team’s performance since he took over.“If you try qualify for AFCON you can’t make mistakes. Football is detailed and every detail makes the difference. We can’t joke with anything; we have to do everything in a professional way,” the coach insists.Put says these changes are meant to ensure the team earns its quest to qualify for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon and he remains optimistic that they will despite losing the first qualification match away to Sierra Leone.“I believe and if I didn’t I would not be here. There is potential and it showed when we did something no one was expecting with CECAFA. It is not only the quality that matters; the heart, mentality and spirit has to be there and this is what I will try give players and push them over the limit,” added the coach.Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put presents a signed jersey to Deputy President William Ruto during a breakfast meeting at the DP’s Karen Residence on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, he says the team will have at least four friendly matches before the qualifier against Ghana. He has suggested two in march and two in May, though the latter will not be a FIFA date.“We might play Comoros and then we are also looking at either Burkina Faso, Mali or Niger for the second match. Hopefully we can do it because if you are preparing for Ghana you cannot joke. You have to do 100 percent,” he said.Put hopes these two matches will help him analyze all his players especially the foreign based ones. For both May matches he hopes the Russia World Cup preparatory games will give his team a chance to play at least two matches at home.With the federation wallowing in financial uncertainty since the exit of major partners SportPesa, Put hopes they will look into other ways of financing the preparations with his major hope fixed on government help.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ABUSE SCANDAL: 50% JUMP IN CALLS TO COUNSELLORS, SAYS HSE

first_imgThe HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) for adults with a history of child abuse has seen a 50% increase in calls following the Michael Ferry child sex abuse scandal, the HSE said today.The service is available locally in Donegal to provide counselling and support to any adult who has experienced abuse in childhood.Since its establishment in 2000 the service has had approximately 200 referrals each year and at any one time around 60 to 70 clients are receiving counselling.  The NCS also provides support and advice to parents, siblings and significant others who are affected by the disclosure of past abuse. Individuals can refer themselves to the service by calling the freephone number 1800 234 119. The HSE said it encourages clients to refer themselves as an act of independence and empowerment.  Referrals are also accepted from GPs, Mental Health Service professionals and others who wish to have someone referred for counselling.Tom McGrath, Director of Counselling with the NCS in the North West stated, “Referrals to the service in Donegal have increased by 50% since the launch of the information line on 27th July in response to the Michael Ferry conviction.“The staff in the Donegal office have been very busy getting back to people who have called the freephone number and are arranging initial meetings for those who wish to be seen. “Some callers do not want to attend for counselling right now but need advice and reassurance that the service will be there for them if and when they decide to engage.  Attending for counselling can be a stressful and frightening prospect for many victims of historical abuse.“Clients attending the NCS in Donegal can be assured of a professional, confidential and client centred service which respects the sensitivities of the issues involved.”Mr McGrath continued: “The NCS staff understand the challenges and anxieties experienced by clients when seeking help for the first time.  We would encourage individuals to come forward and I can reassure anyone thinking of contacting us that they will be dealt with in a caring and supportive way which is mindful of their needs for privacy and discretion.“Our offices in Letterkenny are located in a discreet, accessible location in the town.  As well as providing the service in Letterkenny for the past 10 years, we also hold weekly outreach clinics in Dungloe, Donegal Town and Buncrana for clients who wish to be seen locally”.GPs in Donegal are aware of the HSE National Counselling Service and information leaflets on the NCS are circulated to GPs on a regular basis.  Over 35% of referrals to the NCS come through GPs.  Around 40% of referrals are from the HSE Mental Health Services and the remainder are self referrals and referrals from other agencies. The NCS also sponsors an out of hours telephone counselling line CONNECT which is available from 6pm to 10pm Wednesday to Sunday on 1800 477 477.For further information on the National Counselling Service in Donegal, please call 1800 234 119 between 9.15am and 5.15pm.ABUSE SCANDAL: 50% JUMP IN CALLS TO COUNSELLORS, SAYS HSE was last modified: August 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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:counselling servicesHSEmichael ferry abuse scandallast_img read more

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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEEN, COCKHILL, BONAGEE AND LK ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 14.07.13Results4 Lanterns USL Bonagee Utd. 2 1 Fanad Utd.Finn Harps Res. 1 2 Letterkenny RoversKildrum Tigers 1 2 Cockhill CelticDrumkeen Utd. 4 3 Swilly Rovers DPD Division 1Swilly Rovers Res. 5 2 Bonagee Utd. Res.Letterkenny Rovers Res. 2 0 Drumkeen Utd. Res.ReportsCockhill Claim Win in St. Johnston Kildrum Tigers 1Cockhill Celtic 2JAMES Bradley stepped off the bench to score a priceless winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time against Kildrum Tigers at St Johnston. Bradley had only just come onto the field and, when Christy McLaughlin prodded into the box after Gerry Gill’s corner had over-run, Bradley kept his cool to steer home what could be a defining goal in this USL title race.The League leaders had got the perfect start when Gerard McLaughlin headed home the opener in the second minute. Malachy McDermott and Derek Doherty both tried their luck, but to no avail, while a good passage down Kildrum’s left channel between Dean Bonner, Sean Ferry and Darren Cassidy ended with the latter’s low cross being cleared. Garbhan Friel was just put off his stride by teenage ‘keeper Michael Lynch, leaving his 27th minute lob falling just wide, before Mark Moran’s powerful drive nestled in the arms of the Tigers stopper. Kildrum had suffered a first League defeat of the season at home to Drumkeen on Wednesday night but they were determined to get back on track here. Their attack sometimes lacked a penetrative edge, Barry O’Donnell’s low effort not troubling Gavin Cullen and Cassidy firing well wide. Ronan Coyle flashed a header just wide, before Friel stabbed a header inches away after being caught by surprise by a rebound. Lynch did well to hold a power-packed effort from McDermott and a minute later, with the game just entering its final ten minutes, Kildrum drew level when Cassidy superbly drilled home. When Liam O’Donnell cracked a volley off the post, it looked like a share of the spoils – only for sub Bradley to tear up the script.Drumkeen Keep Pressure on LeadersDrumkeen Utd. 4Swilly Rovers 3The game kicked off at 4 o’clock in Drumkeen, the conditions were very hot and made running difficult for players. The home side started strongly when David Craig took it down the flank passed the ball to Gary Patton who squared it to Richie Moore, Moore then fired into the bottom of the net to open the scoring on three minutes. Conor Carlin pushed to get a second after twelve minutes but was dispossessed by Dylan Hegarty. Swilly Rovers responded to the goal nine minutes later when a cross that was partially cleared fell to Jordan Toland who struck low into the bottom right corner from twenty yards. Before Drumkeen could recover from the blow of the equalizer Swilly attacked and won a penalty after Declan Curtis was brought down by Paul Given in the Drumkeen goal. Declan’s younger brother Ronan stepped up to put the ball in the back of the net to put the visitors ahead fourteen minutes into the game. Both teams pushed for goals with Blaine Curtis getting the best of these chances when he fired a shot over the bar after a mistake by Seamie Coshia Friel at the heart of the Drumkeen defence. David Craig was forced off after twenty minutes to be replaced by David Shovlin. Drumkeen earned a free from around twenty-five yards which was cleverly put away quickly by Mark Marley. The closing stages of the first half was evenly fought with the teams going in level at half time.The second didn’t take long to spring to life with bookings going to both teams Keith Hegarty receiving one as well as Gary Patton and both Seamie Friels. Ronan Curtis and his brother Blaine teamed up to put Swilly ahead on fifty seven minutes. On Sixty-six minutes Keith Hegarty received a second yellow and was sent off by referee Stephen Toner. Drumkeen got the second penalty of the game after seventy minutes, this was taken by Seamie Friel but the first effort was saved however Conor Carlin was on hand to fire the rebound into the back of the net. Carlin was causing trouble again when his effort was saved by Gareth Wade Gavin Reilly put the rebound into the bottom corner after 75 minutes. The closing stages were exciting with both teams coming close, but the main talking point was Coshia’s second yellow and the resulting sending off.Rovers Up To ThirdFinn Harps Res. 1Letterkenny Rovers 2Darren McElwaine was the Letterkenny Rovers hero as the men from the cathedral town came away with all three points from a sun drenched Finn Park on Sunday. Rovershad the best opportunities early in the game , first Oisin McMenamin hitting the side netting after just three minutes and Kieran Gorman firing over after Lee Toland had cleared off the line for Harps. The home side responded well, Forker playing a neat slide rule pass to McVeigh who shot wide and McVeigh again came close when he headed a Ward cross just over on 20 minutes. The sweltering conditions were not ideal for a pressing game , Harps endeavouring to keep possession , while Rovers held a good shape springing counter attacks with the always effective McElwaine as the focal point. Indeed it was McElwaine who broke the deadlock shortly after the half hour mark . Former Harps legend Johnathan Minnock’s beautifully struck corner was headed powerfully home by the Rovers no. 9.Rovers went on to create two more good chances before the break, O’Donnell and McMacken both with good efforts. Harps approached the second half on the front foot and got their reward a couple of minutes after the restart. McCarron attacking from the right hand side, was expected to square the ball across ,but instead twisted and turned, before finishing with precision. The home side continued to pass the ball with aplomb but might have been guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net at times. McVeigh and McLaughlin both had opportunities, but the experienced Rovers centre backs Gorman and Kelly held the line admirably. Harps had elected to play with three at the back and Rovers continued to prove a threat going forward. McMenamin and McMacken had chances from inside the box while Harkin and McCarron both passed up gilt edged chances for the home side. Referee Tommy McAree deserves credit for allowing both sets of players to take on water as the temperature continued to rise during the 90 minutes. It was that man McElwaine who got the decisive winner. Harps dithered in defence, and the Rovers no 9 poked home to the delight of the visiting support. Indeed “Macca” could have secured a hat-trick but his header was brilliantly saved by Danny Rodgers, making his debut in the Harps Goals. But his Lee Toland , also making his debut for Harps had a great opportunity for a late equaliser, but his curling free going just over Jason Quinn’s crossbar.Harps Reserves . Rodgers, Toland, Lonergan, Sheilds, McLaughlin, Ward, Forker, Harkin, Coluane, McVeigh, McCarron. Subs McDaid, O’Donnell, Barcaly.Letterkenny Rovers: Quinn, Doherty, Minnock, Kelly, Gorman, Gallagher, McMacken, Neeson, McElwaine, McMenamin, O’Donnell. Sub: O’RourkeDPD Div. 1Swilly Rovers Res. 5Bonagee Utd. Res. 2An entertaining encounter at Swilly Park served up seven goals as the Ramelton men came out on top. Swilly were three one up at the break courtesy of a fine hat-track by Kyle Black with Seamus Browne responding for the visitors. The Swilly striker proved a real handful and surely staked a claim for a first team return. The second half was to take the same pattern as Laurence Toland scored the goal of the game with a fine strike from twenty five yards to extend the lead. Bonagee youngster Sam Murphy reduced the deficit with a fine solo effort but Daniel O’Donnell marked a fine performance at midfield with a deflected strike from thirty yards to round off a good victory for the home side.McGrath Double for RoversLetterkenny Rovers Res 2Drumkeen United Res 0Letterkenny Rovers got back to winning ways in the Ulster Senior League First Division with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Drumkeen United at a sun-kissed Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon. A goal in each from influential midfielder Kevin McGrath gave Rovers all three points as they reached the half way stage of their league season. The home side dominated proceedings early on with the lively Marty Vance and Ryan McCloskey both testing the goalkeeper Michael Gibson. The opening goal arrived on 22 minutes when right winger Kevin Doran slipped the ball in field to Kevin McGrath and from the edge of the box he unleashed a superb left foot drive which flew in past Gibson. At the other end Lee McMonagle had the best opportunity for the visitors following a good move but his shot on target was well charged down by Anthony Doherty – who along with Gareth Doherty were solid at the back. McGrath sealed the victory with his second goal of the game on 70 minutes. On this occasion McCloskey’s defence splitting pass found McGrath charging through inside the box and side stepped Gibson before tapping the ball home from an acute angle. Next up for Garret McDaid’s young team is a trip to table toppers Kildrum Tigers on Saturday. Referee – Tommy McAreeFixtures4 Lanterns USLWednesday, July 17th at 7:30pmDerry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinThursday, July 18th at 7:30pmSwilly Rovers v Kildrum Tigers Ref. W. HarveyFanad Utd. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. P. CollSunday, July 21st at 2pmLetterkenny Rovers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. S. TonerDPD Div. 1 FixturesSaturday, July 20thKildrum Tigers Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res. (1pm) Ref. T. McAreeDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. (2pm) Ref. C. McLaughinULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEEN, COCKHILL, BONAGEE AND LK ROVERS was last modified: July 14th, 2013 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:BONAGEE AND LK ROVERSCockhillULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEENlast_img read more

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Chelsea ‘ready to make £35m swoop for Real Madrid star’

first_imgChelsea are ready to make a £35m summer swoop for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, according to The Sun.The Blues are said to be lining up the Argentina striker to replace Didier Drogba, who is tipped to quit Stamford Bridge.It is claimed Madrid could be willing to do business so that they can finance the signing of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.The Daily Mirror suggest Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will invite Pep Guardiola to name his price to take over as Blues boss if, as expected, he quits Barcelona.Guardiola is believed to be planning to take a year out of the game but Abramovich is keen to make him an offer.The Daily Mail say Manchester City as well as Chelsea are interested to discover whether Guardiola is leaving the Nou Camp as the multi-billionaire owners of both clubs would be interested in hiring him.Meanwhile, QPR’s former Chelsea wide-man Shaun Wright-Phillips has told The Sun he thinks Fernando Torres has been held back by the pressure of his £50m pricetag.Wright-Phillips, who cost Chelsea £21m when they signed him from Manchester City, recalled: “If it wasn’t for the players around me and Jose Mourinho, it would have been much harder.”Click here for Friday’s Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on Twitter  Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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5 Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2011 # 1: DokDok

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… As 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few enterprise startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteEnterprise.DokDok wants to bring document management into your email. Unlike Mainsoft‘s harmon.ie (which we covered here), DokDok doesn’t seek to eliminate email attachments. The DokDok team accepts that attachments aren’t going away, so instead they’re trying to make attachments work. DokDok currently offers a Google Apps gadget and a Chrome extension that displays attachment version history in Gmail. The Chrome extension also offers API-based integration between Gmail and Highrise. The gadget displays the following information within emails that have attachments:Version history of email attachmentsSummary of changes between versionsRelated attachments in other conversationsOther files exchanged with sender and recipientsIt can also compare versions side-by-side and automatically archive attachments. It’s essentially trying to turn email into a document management system based on existing user behaviors. We appreciate DokDok’s approach of trying to augment, rather than change, existing behavior.The Chrome extension brings the gadget’s functionality to regular Gmail users, along with the Highrise integration features. The extension not only displays contact information from Highrise in Gmail, it also archives attachments from Gmail in Highrise.“With all the shouts about the demise of email, it is not only relevant but important and not going away soon,” says Mitch Lieberman of Comity Technology Advisors. “It is close to being the ‘primary key’ for users around the web.”For the past couple years we’ve been talking about email as a platform, and going into 2011 it’s a topic that’s picking up steam. Salesforce.com just bought Etacts and RIM is reportedly sniffing around Gist. We’ve long loved the email plugin Rapportive and have covered many other plugin vendors as well.DokDok already provides useful products for Google Apps and Highrise users. If it can extend its functionality to other platforms, it could be a real winner in the enterprise. Customers can already build additional integrations through the API, but DokDok will need to provide more out-of-the-box integrations before it will really catch on. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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HTML5: 10 Provocative Predictions For The Future

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts todd anglin Guest author Todd Anglin is EVP Cross Platform Tools & Services at Telerik.For HTML5 developers and decision makers, the most important technologies right now are HTML, JavaScript, CSS, mobile platforms and devices and evolving HTML platforms (browsers and operating systems). But what does that mean in the real world? It means these 10 things in 2013:  1. Rise Of HTML5 Mobile PlatformsHTML5 has played an increasingly important role building cross-platform apps for mobile devices. So far that has primarily been done using native “wrappers,” such as Cordova, which allow HTML and JavaScript to power apps on other native platforms (such as iOS and Android). This technique is called “hybrid” app development.This year, though, a wave of emerging platforms will support HTML5 apps as a first-class citizen – no wrapper required! The biggest players will be Chrome OS, which is about to get much more attention from Google; Firefox OS, already scheduled to start shipping on low-end ZTE and TCL devices in Europe; Tizen, a new HTML-focused platform backed by many industry heavyweights, including Intel and Samsung; Ubuntu Phone, which brings the most popular flavor of Linux to phones, again with a HTML-centered ap strategy; BlackBerry 10, which puts HTML and JavaScript at the center of its next-gen app strategy; and Windows 8, which introduced a new HTML and JavaScript development model for it’s “Windows 8 style” apps.   One (or more) of these platforms is bound to succeed in 2013. My money is on Chrome OS and Tizen. With the backing of Google, a revamped developer and consumer push, and the broadest platform strategy (spans mobile and desktop), Chrome OS is very well positioned.Tizen, meanwhile, enjoys broad industry backing from Intel, Samsung, NEC, Panasonic, Sprint, Huawei and Vodafone (among many others), and engineering stewardship in The Linux Foundation. It shows the most potential to challenge Android as the “more open” (read: more customizable) open source device platform, which should appeal to device makers.  2. Made For Chrome(kit)A growing number of sites are once again buildiing Web apps tested to work in only one browser. Like the “Made for Internet Explorer” badges of the 1990s, developers are now proudly advertising “Made for Chrome” in their apps. Not using Chrome? No guarantees.   This trend is likely to accelerate in 2013.   With a rapidly evolving, highlycapable browser platform that is available on virtually every major operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and kinda iOS), and a Webkit foundation that helps deliver a little extra compatibility with other non-Chrome browsers (like Safari and BlackBerry browser), developers are likely to conclude that the “good outweighs the bad” when it comes to building exclusively for Chrome.   In exchange for potentially alienating some users, developers building for Chrome can more aggressively leverage HTML5 APIs and save valuable development and testing time.  3. IE10 Euphoria – And PainInternet Explorer 10 is widely regarded as a huge step forward for the venerable Microsoft browser. With more support than ever for Web standards, IE10 goes a long way to put Microsoft’s browser in the modern HTML5 conversation.   But as fast-updating browsers like Chrome and Firefox race forward through 2013, IE will once again be left looking old and slow. There is a glimmer of hope that Microsoft will evolve IE more quickly: The Microsoft-owned HTML5 Labs, launched originally in the IE9 days, is continuing to publish new “experimental” improvements for IE10 that make it an even more capable HTML5 browser. Baby steps, but still a good sign.  4. The Death Of IE6, IE7 & IE8While IE10 will be in the spotlight, the long death march for Microsoft’s older IE versions will continue. Only the most stubborn corporate environments (and China) still require IE6 support, and much of the world skipped IE7 anyway. If you haven’t already stopped supporting IE6 and IE7, 2013 is definitely your year.   Dropping IE8 is a bit more of a stretch, but the pressure is on. Not only does IE10’s release make IE8 two versions old (often used as a “clean” support cut-off justification), but jQuery 2.0 will join Google Apps in cutting-off IE8 in 2013. By the end of the year, most developers will conclude IE8 is not worth their time.  5. The Death Of Android 2.xUntil recently, it looked like we had another IE6 on our hands with Android 2.x (Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread). According to Google’s own stats, as recently as mid-2012, these versions of Android (mostly 2.3.x) represented more than 90% of all Android devices in use, despite the fact that Google was already shipping Android 4+! Google was failing to keep its Android user base (and ecosystem) upgrading.   Fortunately, the 2012 holiday season seems to have broken the logjam. Usage of Android 4+ (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) surged to nearly 40% at the end of 2012. By the end of 2013, Android 2.x will likely account for less than 15% of the market, and Android developers will be able to shift focus to versions 4+.  6. Responsive Design Goes MainstreamSo far, responsive design has remained on the fringes of Web development – something nice to do “if you have time.”   That’s about to change. With the lines between PCs and mobile devices increasingly blurred, developers will have no choice but to develop websites and apps that can dynamically adapt to an unpredictable array of screen sizes and resolutions.(See also The New ReadWrite: Looking Good On Every Screen [Video].)To ease the way, look for new techniques and defacto standards to also emerge, offering guidance for properly dealing with different device capabilities and form factors.  7. Mobile Development Overtakes DesktopIt doesn’t take an expensive analyst to see the growth in phones and tablets while traditional PCs fade. Right now is the moment when developers will begin spending more time developing software for mobile devices than for traditional desktop PCs, extending from the consumer market to businesses of all sizes, for both internal and external audiences. If you’re not developing for devices in 2013, you’re either A) maintaining legacy software, or B) missing the boat.  8. HTML On The DesktopJust because mobile is on the rise, don’t start writing an obituary for desktop development. The traditional desktop form factor will remain critical for many information workers. But as the PC becomes one among many screens, developers will look for ways to write code that can be shared across the PC and mobile devices.   HTML and JavaScript are perfectly positioned to offer this capability, and platforms like Chrome Packaged Apps and Windows Store Style (WinJS) apps will make this possible. With both Microsoft and Google pushing HTML for desktop app development, developers will take notice and start embracing cross-platform desktop development with HTML and JavaScript.  9. SPA TimeWith the shift of desktop development and increasingly complex mobile apps to HTML and JavaScript, developers will recognize the need for new techniques to build maintainable cross-platform apps. The “Single Page Application” (or SPA) has been on the rise thanks to powerful frameworks like Backbone, Knockout and even Kendo UI. If “RIA” (Rich Internet Applications) was the buzzword in 2010, “SPA” will be the buzzword in 2013.   If you’re looking for the one new technology or concept to learn as an HTML and JavaScript developer in 2013, it’s SPA architecture.  10. HTML Gets Naked (Again)Now that the W3C has “finalized” HTML5, public conversation and media coverage is going focus on what’s next for the Web standards platform. The W3C is already working on HTML 5.1, the next “snapshot” of the “living standards” work done within WHATWG, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. But as we move past the “HTML5” bubble, we’ll once again settle-in to talking about HTML, sans version numbers. After all, who wants to talk or write about “HTML5.1” or “HTML5.3”?   Whatever it’s called, the next wave of HTML platform improvements will shift focus beyond the lower-level core at the center of HTML5 (DOM elements, CSS styles, Simple JavaScript APIs like Geolocation) and instead characterize improvements that are important to more robust application development (like ShadowDOM, Web Components, CSS layouts, speech recognition and more).The HTML conversation (and technology) will continue to evolve, even if the version numbers don’t come along for the ride.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#app developers#app development#App Economy#HTML5#Web Development How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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10 Narratives You Must Avoid If You Want Success

first_imgYou are always telling yourself and others stories. Those stories include the meaning you attach to your thoughts, beliefs, and experiences, and you may frame them as positive or negative or neutral. How you frame your views, beliefs, and experiences largely determine your overall mindset. It also plays a massive role in your overall success and well-being.The Victim: The narrative of the victim is a most debilitating mindset. Believing you are a victim disempowers you and removes your agency, your ability to take action and achieve some end or goal intentionally. Telling yourself and others about the external factors or events you believe victimized you reinforce your belief that you cannot be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. Many people refuse to see themselves as victims and have reframed what are negative experiences as the events that empowered them to succeed.Circumstances of Your Birth: You cannot change the circumstances of your birth, a derivation of the victim mentality, and a beautiful sounding excuse for not becoming what you might become. The story about scarcity, poor relationships, or a lack of education may garner sympathy from some. Still, the best biographies you will ever read are about people who succeeded in spite of the circumstances of their birth. You can rewrite the narrative you tell whenever you want to, even if it isn’t easy. Success is a choice, not a birthright.It’s Everybody Else: It’s the western capitalist society that prevents you from succeeding. It’s the politicians, big companies, your parents, your manager, and your company. If you tell yourself a story about all the people and external factors that prevent you from having what you want, your confirmation bias will work overtime to identify proof that it is true. Well, true for you anyway. You’ll also find others who will validate your belief as a way to confirm their beliefs. The evidence is to the contrary, as there is no end of people succeeding who are subject to those same external factors. A better narrative is one in which you are the protagonist, not a redshirt. Success is individual.I Don’t Know How: This is the story of being helpless. The clinical term is learned helplessness, a sense of being powerless and unable to act. No one knows how to do anything until they take action and learn, and they never learn anything until they try. You may be surrounded by people who accept your belief that you can’t do something, but their acceptance doesn’t make it true, and it doesn’t improve your position in life. A better story is the one you tell yourself about your desire to learn and improve your position. Success is an auditor and demands much of you.Missing Resources: This is the story you tell about not having the money or the connections or some other set of resources you believe you are missing. The resources are important, they are available, and you can acquire them. To do that, you are going need to tell yourself a story about a scrappy upstart that exercised their resourcefulness to get started. Resourcefulness is more important than resources when it comes to success.Past Failures: The narrative here is the one in which you tried and failed. On financial disclosures, you will always find the words “past performance is not indicative of future results.” This warning is there to remind you that past success doesn’t guarantee future success. Oddly, the opposite of this is true more often when it comes to success; past failures are indicative of future success, provided the person seeking a result varies their approach and persists. You cannot be a failure, as it isn’t an identity. You can experience failure, a universal experience. Every success follows a history of failures, and that story is so typical as to be unremarkable.Not Good Enough: Imposter syndrome is the voice that tells you the story that you are not good enough and that someone will eventually discover that you are what you appear to be—if people aren’t already aware now. Some people are less competent than you who are succeeding because they tell themselves a different story, one that describes their desire and the massive action they are taking to create some result. That story is available to you, should you decide to make it your own.It’s Too Late: This tale is about how you would have, could have, and should have, but your time past. This narrative looks to the past while eliminating the fact that you have a future. You absolve yourself of the responsibility of creating that future when you locate the possibility of some result as existing only the past, something that cannot be changed, ignoring your ability to create your future, something that is within your control.I’m Too Busy: You may tell yourself that you don’t have time, but time is the only thing you have. The story sounds good when you describe how busy you are. You have work and family and other commitments. A lack of time cannot be an excuse not to build the life you want. A more useful story is the one about how you prioritized what was most important and invested in creating the life you wanted instead of drifting.It Doesn’t Matter: The story the cynic tells themselves, so they don’t risk being disappointed is that it doesn’t matter what they do, what they contribute. What you do matters. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water, each one being a part of something much larger, and something much more powerful, all of which creates a certain environment that supports life. Who you are and what you do matters. Your success improves the lives of others, some of whom are your people. It also affects others who are impacted by what you do.Tell yourself a better, more empowering story. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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