Champion sprinter POKER STAR goes for his fifth consecutive victory at Caymanas Park today, this against five opponents in the 3-y-o and up grade one feature for the Lady Geeta Trophy over 1200 metres.From the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the classy 4-y-o gelding reports to the wicket after winning both races this season, beginning on January 2 with the St Catherine Cup over 1100 metres ahead of CAMPESINO and the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy grade one feature over 1300 metres on February 20 at the expense of PHINEAS.Having been crowned Caribbean Sprint champion on Superstakes day last November, the son of Liquidity-Buyabook has not looked back and it will take a superlative performance from one of his opponents to lower his colours.PERFECT DRAWDespite having to carry topweight of 57.0 kg with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR will report just as sharp. And coming from a perfect draw on the outside, he looks hard to oppose in this sprint, despite the presence of the consistent UPPA TUNE and the 2014 sprint champion POTCHEEN, both conditioned by in-form trainer Harry Parsard.UPPA TUNE, the mount of promising claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey from the convenient mark of 52.0 kg, will more than likely set off in front from the number one post position. But I doubt this American 7-y-o horse will be able to escape the chasing POKER STAR in the straight, leaving the back-to -form POTCHEEN, with Jevanne Erwin again in the saddle, to carry the fight late in the race.For obvious reasons, the choice has to be the Alexander Haber-owned POKER STAR.Other firm fancies on the card are BALLON D’OR in the opening race over 1700 metres; the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; recent winner FORCE DE JOUR to repeat In the eighth; and ROUGH PATRICK for returning trainer Adin ‘Dreddie’ Williams in the closing race.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 yesterday, a record-equalling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain their Spanish league title.Sevilla’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin struck first for the visitors in the 20th minute, but Messi curled home his free kick 11 minutes later before Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead just after half-time.Barcelona equalled Madrid’s record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona’s last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on October 3.”The record means nothing to me,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “If we win the title, fine, but, if not, then it means nothing to me.”Luis Enrique’s team is certainly on course to win the league. In fact, they have a chance to repeat their rare treble of league, cup and Champions League trophies from last year.Barcelona’s 10th consecutive Liga win maintained their eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind the pacesetters with 12 rounds to go.Sevilla, which remained dangerous until the final whistle, slipped down to sixth place. Unai Emery’s team will have the opportunity to avenge the defeat when they meet Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on May 22.”It’s tough for a defeat to strengthen you,” Emery said. “To beat Barca, you have to find that extra something because we are probably talking about the best team in the world.”Elsewhere Sunday, Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante to cement their hold on fourth place, while Athletic Bilbao won 3-0 at Valencia in a preview of their Europa League round-of-16 clash.
– agency signs MoU with FIU for increased cooperationBy Jarryl BryanThe State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) on Monday facilitated the first in a series of anti-corruption training seminars with Government agencies.This came on the same day the Agency announced an amnesty for those in illicit possession of State assets, as well as upcoming cases for misappropriation of State assets slated for court.FIU Head Matthew Langevine, along with SARA Director, Professor Clive ThomasThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) was the first of the targeted agencies, with several of its staff attending the exercise at the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC). Addressing the attendees was SARA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Retmyer, who used various examples to emphasise the human impact of corruption and the underdevelopment it causes.Retmyer made it clear that Guyana must clean up its act as developed countries were observing its efforts. He cited an acquaintance’s experience at the Georgetown Public Hospital.“We could make this a far better country than what it is. Our health-care system in this country needs improving. But corruption will cause all kinds of things to go wrong. Two weeks ago, a person I know went to Georgetown Hospital. She went in there with a broken leg. And she died even before getting on the operating table. All they will say, if at all, is sorry. If we were to have a better health system, that would never happen. It’s not because (of) what we have or don’t have, but because our institutions are required to be much stronger and more vigilant.”The “insidious plague”Participants at the anti-corruption seminarUsing a quote that described corruption as a plague, former GRA Customs Head Lancelot Wills stressed the need for such exercises. He also made reference to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).“Our own Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated views corruption as an insidious plague that affects all of our being,” Wills said. “And not through the prisms of what we come to know as normal behaviour, which are in some ways corrupt but rather are outrightly corrupt.“That convention sets out in its basic tenets preventative measures which States should adopt so as to prevent through coordinated policies and establishing bodies, criminalising bribery, embezzlement and other forms of deviant behaviour which lead to undue influence and advantages and undue gain.”MoUA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was later signed between SARA and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) on Monday. It is understood that at this signing, SARA Director, Professor Clive Thomas announced an amnesty that could see persons who stole and want to voluntarily return State assets being able to negotiate a deal.At an interview earlier in the day, however, SARA’s CEO revealed that the agency would be taking its first batch of cases to court within another month.The MoU in question addresses issues relating to the sharing of information between the two agencies in the fight against financial crimes. Inter-agency collaboration is an important part of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism fight.“We are mandated, I think both by international law convention as well as domestic law, to cooperate because both of us share the same set of goals, and these relate to the reduction of corruption both as a national good and as an international obligation,” Thomas said.He noted that the increasing tendency globally was the recognition that the fight against corruption was a fight for the welfare and well-being of the broad masses of the population of the entire globe. Here, he cited the World Bank, which on its website, makes it clear that public corruption was the single biggest deterrent to development.
PASADENA A new system will allow authorities to send AMBER Alert notices of a child abduction via cell phone text message to any member of the public who wants to register for the service. “The first three hours after a child’s abduction are most critical to recovery,” Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian said. “The reality is that an abductor’s vehicle is not necessarily going to be on a highway where the AMBER Alert message boards are most visible.” AMBER Alert is a proven success and has helped rescue more than 300 children nationwide in the last 11 years, according to Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez. The system, which started as single local program in Texas, is designed to be an early warning system to help find abducted children; it has now grown into a nationwide network, Perez said. The addition of the Wireless AMBER Alert messages has the potential of reaching 190 million people through cell phone messages, he said. Residents interested in receiving the wireless messages can register at www.wirelessamberalerts.org or visit their wireless carriers’ Web site, Perez said. Registered subscribers will be able to designate up to five ZIP codes for which they want to receive the alerts, he added. The service is free and AMBER Alert messages only will be sent to subscribers. “Making child abduction information immediately available to anyone in possession of a cell phone is monumental and certainly narrows the opportunity for and abductor to move around, hide or blend,” Melekian said. For more information on the Wireless AMBER Alert Initiative, go to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site at www.amberalert.com. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Germany consider Manuel Neuer to be crucial to their chances of winning back-to-back World Cups © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEKBERLIN, Germany, Jun 4 – Germany have included 2014 World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in their final squad for the 2018 tournament, even though he has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.But in a surprise omission, coach Joachim Loew left Manchester City striker Leroy Sane out of his 23-player list despite a strong season with the Premier League champions. “Leroy has a huge amount of talent and he will be back in again because from September we will re-double our work with him,” Loew said. “But in his games with the national team he hasn’t quite done the business.”Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer made his first appearance since September in the 2-1 defeat by Austria in a rain-delayed friendly on Saturday and showed no ill-effects.The 32-year-old who is considered key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title had been sidelined for eight months after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.Sane was cut from the squad with Timo Werner and the veteran Mario Gomez included as just two out-and-out strikers.Neuer denied his inclusion was a risk, despite his lack of match practice.“I’m not worried. I am no more a risk than any other player,” Neuer said.The ‘keeper said his careful reintroduction had been a deliberate ploy — he didn’t play a single match for Bayern before joining up with the national squad.Apart from an appearance in a specially-arranged match against Germany’s Under-20 team last week, the match in Klagenfurt in Austria was his first full appearance since September.“I always thought I would be going to the World Cup and I didn’t want to take any risk,” Neuer said.“Every training session is a test for me. If I don’t feel good I tell the coach because the success of the team is the absolute priority.”Germany 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
But the Portugese also now stands just three goals short of his best ever tally in a single European campaign, an achievement that would suggest this Ronaldo, aged 33, may even be the finest version yet.His 14 goals so far have come over nine matches and featured doubles against APOEL, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.It means this is Ronaldo’s third most prolific Champions League showing to date already and, with Real almost certain to reach the semi-finals, he is unlikely to finish here.When he posted 16 goals in the 2015-16 tournament and his personal best of 17 in 2013-14, both times Real were crowned champions.“Cristiano is Cristiano, it’s always been like that,” coach Zinedine Zidane said after Ronaldo opened the scoring against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.“There’s no other player in the team that scores like he does.”There is no doubt Ronaldo’s game is now more streamlined and therefore more geared towards goals than perhaps it has ever been before.To preserve his fitness and energy, he accepts less touches and covers less ground. The touches he takes and the spaces he finds are aimed at creating the greatest chance of hitting the net.Even Zidane’s system is suited to accommodating this predatorial Ronaldo, a 4-4-2, with Karim Benzema playing the supporting role and wingers, instructed to supply deliveries into the box.When Ronaldo volleyed in from eight yards against Atletico, it was a simple cross to the back post from Gareth Bale that provided it.In this mould, Ronaldo could be terrorising goalkeepers for a fair few years yet.Zidane withdrew his star player in the 64th minute last weekend, despite the match being delicately poised at 1-1 after Antoine Griezmann’s equaliser.In this combination of pictures, Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks overhead and scores during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match against Juventus on April 3, 2018 © AFP/File / Alberto PIZZOLIThe draw keeps Atletico four points clear of Real, and favourites for second place in La Liga, but Ronaldo going off early in a Madrid derby, without any protest, is a measure of how the Champions League is now all-encompassing for Los Blancos.“He is intelligent,” Zidane said about Ronaldo’s substitution. “There are moments where he does not play and others where he does. He needs it, he knows that and he is better every day.”Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were also left out of the starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu while Bale played 90 minutes, an indicator the Welshman is set for another European snub in midweek.Bale’s first choice is still to regain favour under Zidane and then stay at Real this summer but his coach is showing little sign of softening. Zidane made three substitutions last week in Turin but Bale remained rooted to the bench.If Real score one, which they have not failed to do in 24 Champions League games, Juve will need four.“We do not cry to each other and we go to Madrid with the desire to have a good race. In football and in life you never know,” Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini said after a 4-2 win at Benevento on Saturday.“The game is long and therefore we will need some balance but to do it will also take a pinch of healthy madness from everyone.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands just three goals short of his best ever tally in a single European campaign © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Apr 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has already broken one record in this year’s Champions League but against Juventus in their quarter-final return on Wednesday he can edge closer to beating a bigger milestone of his own.Ronaldo’s bicycle kick in Real Madrid’s 3-0 first leg victory last week ensured he passed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s feat by scoring in 10 consecutive Champions League games.
A man told Gardai he was taking cocaine to keep him awake during a relative’s wake and funeral.Gary Curley, was stopped by Gardai in Co Donegal on suspected drink driving on June 9th last. However, when he was searched, a small bag of cocaine was found in his coat.Curley, a 25-year old father-of-two from 4 Benevenagh Gardens, Derry was stopped at the dual carriageway outside Letterkenny and later charged with possession of drugs.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been attending a close family member’s funeral and admitted using the substance.He said his client had an issue with cannabis but not with cocaine.Letterkenny District Court was told the accused had already paid €100 bail money.Judge Paul Kelly said that if Curley agreed to give the bail money to Pieta House then he would strike the matter out.Man caught with cocaine said it was to keep him awake during relative’s wake was last modified: September 28th, 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) Tags:cocainedonegalGary Curleyletterkenny
THE victorious Donegal team are on their last leg of an enormous journey across the county.At teatime hundreds of people lined the main street of Newtowncunningham – or Newtown-SAM-ingham – to cheer on the heroes of 2012.We don’t know where these boys get their stamina from (must be all that training) because the players were out and about again signing jerseys and posing for pictures.And there was another rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches (nearly as good as Murphy). Once again Jimmy McGuinness was there; real gentleman – and smiling all the time.What a visit.Click to play the video, kindly recorded for us by Shane Wallace of Wallace Media SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF TEAM IN NEWTOWN-SAM-INGHAM was last modified: September 27th, 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF TEAM IN NEWTOWN-SAM-INGHAM
It isn’t easy to create or maintain a culture of accountability, one where people are responsible for their results. Most organizations have too little accountability and struggle to create an environment where it can take hold. Autocratic leaders are often so strong in their unrealistic demands that the people in their charge work to survive, working together to tell a good story. Leaders who are too democratic and seek consensus for everything, including accountability, seem to provide “suggestions,” lessening responsibility from those who believe their opposition provides them with options. Here are three ways leaders destroy their team’s accountability.Lack of Goals and TargetsIf people don’t have a goal, then you are missing the first essential ingredient for creating a culture of accountability. If you don’t have a target, then any performance is acceptable. There has to be something to measure your performance against, some standard, for there to be accountability.Where accountability is missing, there is often a lack of clear goals. People may be working hard, and they may want to succeed, but without a target, they can end up doing too little or working too hard on things that don’t matter. With clear goals, you define what is most important, and you provide people with strong direction and a sense of purpose.Because a leader is the one responsible for delivering the future, they are responsible for establishing goals and targets. Accountability depends on clarity on the goals, targets, and initiatives. Without goals and targets, not only will people find themselves caught up in “The Drift,” but the organization will find itself going in a direction at odds with what you want.Lack of Clarity on How to Achieve GoalsBecause people have a specific title or occupy a particular role, you can believe they know how to achieve their goals. Maybe some of the people in your charge know how to reach their goals without you providing any guidance. However, as many or more will have no clarity as to how they are supposed to reach their goals. Building a culture of accountability requires that you ensure people know how they are supposed to achieve their goals.Here is a terrible and oft-repeated sales-related example. The leader decides that fast growth is necessary and doubles everyone’s quota. The team has never reached its existing quota but are now required to double it. While it is good to have a clear goal, even a monstrous stretch goal, if you can’t tell people how they are supposed to achieve their goal, you cannot expect them to be able to tell you how they’re going to do it.The single biggest mistake I made as a young leader was believing I could hire people with experience and not have to manage or hold them accountable. You have to lead, coach, and develop your leaders, too. Cultures of accountability tend to have more discipline around coaching. They value initiative and resourcefulness in their people, but they also coach their people on how they are pursuing their goals, making adjustments, identifying additional resources, and removing obstacles (all necessary tasks required of leaders).Without a plan to reach your goals, you are not likely to reach them. If you do reach your goals without a plan, your goal probably wasn’t what you were capable of delivering.No Inspection of OutcomesAs a leader, you may want to believe that your people are working hard and achieving their goals. You may believe that you shouldn’t have to impose frequent meetings for people to report their progress. In the worst cases, you might allow the complaining to cause you to remove meetings or make them less frequent. When this is true, you are lessening—or eliminating—accountability.There is a fundamental problem with looking at metrics and reports at the end of the quarter; these reports are an autopsy. When the body is already dead, there is nothing you can do for it. You are too late. The meetings and milestones along the way provide you with something more like a visit to a medical professional, someone who can give you information about what ails you and what you should do about it—before you suffer some more significant consequence.The most common sales-related version of this accountability killer is sales leaders and sales managers who refuse to look at the number of new opportunities their team creates each week, not wanting to impose a prospecting discipline. Because there is no accountability for the creation of new opportunities, they discover too late that their pipeline wasn’t capable of delivering their goal.If the goal isn’t important enough for you to inspect it as frequently as is necessary, you destroy accountability by allowing people to believe it is a suggestion, not a goal.On SuggestionsWhen people don’t have clear goals, a clear understanding of how they are to reach them, and frequent inspections of their progress, you don’t have accountability; you have suggestions. A suggestion implies that something is optional, and if it is optional, people are being given permission to opt-out. Recommendations don’t provide for accountability. Neither does neglect.Like anything else, the establishment and maintenance of a culture of accountability are made up of a few simple—but challenging—disciplines religiously adhered to over time. Without these disciplines, accountability will be absent, and so will the results that only responsibility provides.