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  • BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWS

    first_imgSATURDAY, APRIL 23BOURNEMOUTH 1CHELSEA 4GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: ELPHICK 36. CHELSEA: PEDRO 5; HAZARD 34, 90; WILLIAN 71.Last season’s Footballer of the Year, Eden Hazard, scored his first Barclays Premier League goals of the season at Bournemouth. Cesc Fabregas assisted in the first three goals, with Pedro and Hazard giving Chelsea a two-goal lead. Tommy Elphick’s header gave the Cherries hope but Fabregas set up Willian for the Blues before Hazard, who scored 19 goals last season, added his second.LIVERPOOL 2NEWCASTLE UNITED 2GOALS: LIVERPOOL: STURRIDGE 2; LALLANA 30. NEWCASTLE: CISSE 48; COLBACK 66.Newcastle boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League by coming back from 2-0 down to claim a point at in-form Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge’s goal after 76 seconds and Adam Lallana’s finish meant the Reds were cruising at the break. But Papiss Cisse headed United back into contention early inthe second half before Jack Colback pulled them level with a deflected shot.MANCHESTER CITY 4STOKE CITY 0GOALS: MAN CITY: FERNANDO 35; AG¸ERO PEN 43; IHEANACHO 64, 74.Manchester City prepared for their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with an impressive win over shabby Stoke. Fernando headed the hosts in front from a corner before a Sergio Ag¸ero penalty, awarded for Ryan Shawcross’s foul on Kelechi Iheanacho,doubled the lead. Iheanacho, just 19, added the third from close range, then the teenager added his second.ASTON VILLA 2SOUTHAMPTON 4GOALS: VILLA: WESTWOOD 45, 85. SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 15; TADIC 39, 71; MANE 90.Dusan Tadic scored twiceas Southampton eased past relegated Aston Villa to keep alive their faint hopes of European football. Shane Long headed Saints’ opener before Tadicdoubled the lead. Ashley Westwood pulled one back for Villa, before Long again set up Tadic for the third. Westwood swept in his second before Sadio Mane headed in in injury time.SUNDAY, 24 APRILLEICESTER CITY 4SWANSEA 0GOALS: LEICESTER: MAHREZ 10; ULLOA 30, 60; ALBRIGHTON 85.Leicester registered their best win of the Barclays Premier League to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. Second-place Spurs face WBA at home on Monday night; if they don’t win, Leicester can win the title at Manchester United next weekend. Leonardo Ulloa, in for suspended Jamie Vardy, headed in after Riyad Mahrez’s near-post finish before poking home. Marc Albrighton wrapped up the win by driving in a fourth.SUNDERLAND 0ARSENAL 0Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a deserved point against an uninspiring Arsenal. Both sides had penalty appeals for handball denied and Patrick van Aanholt struck Arsenal’s post with a free kick. Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to be sharp to keep out Mesut Ozil’s free kick and Alex Iwobi’s follow-up.last_img read more

  • GLS-NAS JV Kicks Off Air Cargo Operations At RIA

    first_imgNew and ongoing improvements to the cargo operations will see certifications to boost direct export capacity to Europe, which is a current challenge.Global Logistics Services (GLS) has announced that its Joint Venture Operating Company, GLS-NAS JV officially commenced cargo handling operations at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Monrovia on October 1.GLS-NAS is the joint venture company set up by Global Logistics Services Inc. (GLS), in partnership with National Aviation Services (NAS) Kuwait, which was formally launched recently at the Farmington Hotel in July of this year.The joint venture was established with its primary aim to deliver world class aviation services, including the operations of the 25-year air cargo operations concession awarded GLS by the Government of Liberia, according to a press release.GLS-NAS JV kicked off operations after a three-month transition period that involved specialized training of all RIA cargo staff conducted by International Trainers from Kuwait and Cote D’ivoire with emphasis on HSSE, Cargo Management, Cargo Security, Ramp Operations, Customer-facing challenges.The capacity building training was focused on IATA standards for General Cargo & Dangerous Goods. Ongoing trainings include heavy equipment, cargo technology, and other specialized trainings for international certifications.New and ongoing improvements to the cargo operations will see the installation of high-level security systems in partnership with SEGAL Liberia (Liberia’s leading private security firm) and certifications to boost direct export capacity to Europe, which is a current challenge. Other changes include continuous improvement in processes, International Air Travel Association (IATA) service standardization, and development of a temporary cargo holding facility with multi-temperature rooms for perishables, frozen and temp-sensitive goods, and additional training to staff to support this initiative.The inception staff strength stands about 30 people with 95% Liberians. Once the facility is completed, we expect staff strength of nearly 100 Liberians.The concession also includes the design, finance, build, maintenance, operation and transfer (DFBMOT) of a new, modern cargo facility at RIA. The new facility is scheduled for completion in 2019 which will greatly complement the new passenger terminal under construction. This facility will greatly improve RIA’s air cargo operations to meet international standards and support export supply chain capacity in the country.GLS and its affiliate GLS-NAS will like to thank the Liberia Airport Authority, stakeholders, including Dept. of Customs, Board of Airlines, Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and the general public for their support in this process intended to improve Liberia’s air cargo sector.By introducing world class cargo operations to RIA, “we expect to triple the current cargo throughput by driving more efficiency, increasing export capacity, eliminating delays in the clearing process, and improving overall air cargo operations in Liberia,” it said in the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Liverpool line up v Ludogorets: No Gerrard?

    first_imgAnd here is a Liverpool line up suggested on a fan forum, without Gerrard… Brendan Rodgers talking tactics with Rickie Lambert 1 Ludogorets v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT on 26 November 2014. Stream it here.Having lost their last four matches, Liverpool arrive in Bulgaria in terrible form for a game which is win or bust for Brendan Rodgers’ side.The big team news for Liverpool is that Mario Balotelli has failed to recover from a hamstring injury so will not feature, like Daniel Sturridge, who is out until the New Year.Elsewhere in the squad, Jordan Henderson (illness), Jose Enrique (knee) and Mamadou Sakho (thigh) are all doubts.The ongoing debate is whether Rodgers will play captain Steven Gerrard and whether the mobile Fabio Borini will get a run out.“I judge Steven on merit,” said Rodgers in the build up to the Ludogorets game. “If people are expecting Steven Gerrard to be the type of player he was 10 years ago that is sadly not the case.”The Northern Irishman could also turn to some of the players who appeared in the last Champions League game against Real Madrid, after the likes of Kolo Toure and Lucas Leiva were praised for their performances at the Bernabeu.In the Champions League, Liverpool have lost their last three matches without scoring a single goal and find themselves three points behind second-placed Basel, level with Ludogorets. A draw would not be the end of the world for the Reds, but it would leave them relying on Basel not beating Real Madrid and in a precarious position indeed.Possible Liverpool line up How would you like to see Liverpool line up? Share your thoughts… 1 1last_img read more

  • FIFA probes empty seats at World Cup match in Yekaterinburg

    first_imgThe two soaring temporary seating sections at either end of the pitch appeared to be almost completely full, with one dominated by Egyptian fans and the other by the Uruguayans.The seats are technically only supposed to be sold to Russian nationals.FIFA said nearly all the available tickets had been sold and it was investigating why there were so many no-shows.“We can confirm that 32,278 tickets have been allocated for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Yekaterinburg. The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061,” a spokesman for the football’s world governing body told AFP.“The fact that the actual attendance doesn’t reflect the amount of allocated tickets can be due to different factors, which FIFA is currently investigating.”FIFA has allocated about 2.5 million tickets to the month-long showpiece, with Russian organisers saying that nearly all the tickets have already been sold.Russians accounted for 46 percent of ticket sales, with the United States buying nearly 90,000.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000There were rows of empty orange seats at the freshly rebuilt arena in the industrial city, situated in the Ural Mountains. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, June 15 – FIFA is investigating why Egypt and Uruguay were playing in front of thousands of empty seats at their World Cup match in Yekaterinburg on Friday.There were rows of empty orange seats at the freshly rebuilt arena in the industrial city, situated in the Ural Mountains.last_img read more

  • State Department inspector general target of congressional probe

    first_imgBy Lolita C. Baldor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A congressional committee has opened an investigation of the State Department’s inspector general, alleging he blocked fraud investigations in Afghanistan and Iraq, including potential security lapses at the newly built U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Also under scrutiny is whether Blackwater USA, the private security firm banned this week from working in Iraq over the killing of civilians, was “illegally smuggling weapons into Iraq,” according to a letter to Inspector General Howard J. Krongard obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The Democratic-led investigation accused Krongard of trying to protect the White House and the State Department. “Your partisan political ties have led you to halt investigations, censor reports and refuse to cooperate with law enforcement agencies,” said a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Based on charges from a number of current and former senior investigators who worked for Krongard, the letter also questioned whether he adequately investigated illegal labor trafficking allegations involving the Kuwaiti company that was building the embassy in Baghdad. Ralph McNamara, the former deputy assistant inspector general for investigations, said in an AP interview Tuesday that he came forward with the allegations against his former boss because he was concerned that State Department employees would be at risk when working in the new embassy. “A rocket – an unexploded munition – went through a portion of a cement ceiling there, and it was supposed to be an area able to withstand a direct hit from a missile that did explode,” said McNamara. He said investigators wanted to look into charges that the walls were not built to the required thickness or concrete consistency, but they were blocked from pursuing it. U.S. workers, he said, “were putting their lives on the line and assuming that the facility they were going into was going to provide them all the protection they needed, and that’s not true. … With all these allegations coming in, we need to make sure these folks were being protected.” Krongard, who has been in Afghanistan and is en route to Iraq, issued a statement Tuesday saying, “The allegations, as described to me and in certain media reports, are replete with inaccuracies including those made by persons with their own agendas.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Quick intervention for depressed workers found to trim absenteeism

    first_imgCHICAGO – Investing in depressed employees – quickly getting them treatment and even offering telephone psychotherapy – can cut absenteeism while improving workers’ health, a study suggests. Many employers view mental health coverage as a financial black hole, but the study shows that spending money on depression is a smart business move, said researcher Dr. Philip Wang. Wang works for the federal National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study. Employees who got the aggressive intervention worked on average about two weeks more during the yearlong study than those who got the usual care – advice to see their doctor or to seek a mental health specialist. Also, more workers in the intervention group were still employed by year’s end – 93 percent vs. 88 percent – savings that helped employers avoid hiring and training costs, the researchers said. In addition, employees receiving intervention were almost 40 percent more likely to recover from depression during the yearlong study, which is reported in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers haven’t finished a formal cost-benefits analysis, but early results suggest that savings from more hours worked averaged about $1,800 per employee. That far exceeds the program’s initial cost of $100 to $400 per worker. The benefits also likely exceed other costs, including drugs and therapy too, the researchers said. “We knew before that treating depression makes good medical sense. This suggests that it makes good business sense,” said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the institute. The percentage of workers who improved substantially – 31 percent – or who recovered – 26 percent – was low even in the intervention group. That was comparable to the rate of improvement in other studies of people with depression. The results are important because depression takes a hefty toll on the U.S. workplace, affecting about 6 percent of employees each year and costing more than $30 billion annually in lost productivity, said study co-author Ronald Kessler, a Harvard Medical School researcher. Kessler has worked as a paid consultant for several drug companies, including makers of antidepressants. Two other co-authors are employees of United Behavioral Health, the large managed-care company involved in the study, and own stock in UBH’s parent company. The research compared UBH’s usual mental health coverage with the experimental telephone-based outreach program devised for the research. Because of the study’s results, UBH began offering a similar program after the study ended more than a year ago. Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness, praised the research as “a real advance.” “This study shows employers benefit” from paying attention to depression, Duckworth said. His group supports a bill before Congress that would require employers to offer mental health insurance coverage that is equal to that provided for physical illnesses, when policies cover both. The study involved 604 white-collar and blue-collar workers at 16 large U.S. companies. Employees included pilots, lawyers, bankers, truckers and janitors. The study volunteers answered an online screening questionnaire that found signs of depression. Half got the usual care, including a letter suggesting that they contact their primary-care doctor or call UBH for referral to a mental health specialist. The intervention group got repeated telephone calls during nonwork hours from UBH case managers trained in mental health treatment. Case managers urged workers to get treatment and called periodically to see how it was going. When workers resisted seeking help, case managers offered telephone psychotherapy, which many employees viewed as less stigmatizing and more convenient than office visits with a psychiatrist, Kessler said. About 40 percent of workers in both groups got antidepressants. Intervention group workers were 60 percent more likely to get treatment from a mental health specialist. More employees in the treatment group stayed employed, a savings for their companies. Among those participating were workers at International Truck and Engine Corp., based in Warrenville, Ill. Dr. William Bunn, the company’s medical director, said the results influenced International Truck to enhance its mental health coverage and do more employee depression screening. “Now we know that purchasing a product such as the intervention is going to be cost-effective,” Bunn said. “It’s not just the right thing to do, it also saves money for the company.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • DONEGAL WOMAN IS LOOKING FOR YOUR VOTE TO MAKE HER A TOP IRISHWOMAN LIVING IN AMERICA!

    first_imgA young Donegal woman is seeking your help in topping a poll of young Irish people living and working in America.Jane McCarter, from Buncrana, is neck and neck with another competitor in the ’40 Under 40′ choice poll.Jane has been living and working in New York for the past three years where she is now the Arts and Cultural Director at the New York Irish Center. Jane, 30, is the daughter of John and Breda McCarter.You can vote for Jane by following the link below.So go on – let’s do it for one of our own!http://irishecho.com/40-under-40-peoples-choice-poll/ DONEGAL WOMAN IS LOOKING FOR YOUR VOTE TO MAKE HER A TOP IRISHWOMAN LIVING IN AMERICA! was last modified: February 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalirishJane McCarterNe Yorkpolllast_img read more

  • Sister Mary Dolores to receive Presidential Award for work in Sierra Leone

    first_imgThe Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charles Flanagan, T.D., has announced the names of the recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad for 2016.One of the recipients is Sister Mary Dolores in the Peace, Reconciliation and Development category for her amazing work over the course of forty years in Sierra Leone. The Dungloe native has worked tirelessly to help those affected by the Ebola epidemic.“Through her efforts in establishing the St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, she has given education, skills training and life opportunities to the most vulnerable of people; children with a disability in a developing country.” Admirably, Sister Mary Dolores stayed in Makeni to keep the school open during the civil war that tore the country in the 1990s, and has also played in a significant role in the management and coordination of much needed support when the Ebola virus hit Makeni in 2014.Sister Mary Dolores has recently focussed on promoting the development of a curriculum for the training of special needs teachers in Sierra Leone.The Presidential Distinguished Service Award was set up by the government following the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2011 as a means to highlight the amazing contribution members of the Irish diaspora have had on the world. Nominations are made by Irish communities abroad through Ireland’s network of Diplomatic Missions.Minister for Diaspora Affairs and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. said; “This year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award recipients signify the breadth and richness of our diaspora. They include those working with the most marginalised and vulnerable, those who have become the voice for those who have none.”“In the very challenging environment of Sierra Leone, Sr. Mary Sweeney has worked tirelessly for local communities and most recently she has played a significant role in coordinating a response to the Ebola epidemic.”Minister Flanagan said; “I am delighted that once again we have the opportunity to recognise some of the finest members of our diaspora for their contribution to Ireland, the Irish community abroad and Ireland’s reputation. In the ever changing world we live in, this remarkable group of individuals have been a constant beacon for Ireland and the values we hold dear.”Sister Mary Dolores to receive Presidential Award for work in Sierra Leone was last modified: September 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dungloePresidential Distinguished Service Awardssister mary dolores sweeneylast_img read more

  • BRENDAN BRADLEY NAMED AS THE GREATEST EVER PLAYER TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUE OF IRELAND

    first_imgFormer Finn Harps hero Brendan Bradley has been named as the Greatest ever Player to play in the League of Ireland.The poll of the top 25 players was carried out by Liam Mackey of The Irish Examiner.Bradley is a League of Ireland legend and scored an amazing 235 goals in the League. That record still stands wand it’s a record that looks unlikely to be ever beaten.Jason Byrne has made a good attempt at it, but it looks like Bradley will remain the league’s greatest goal-scorer.Bradley helped Harps to their only FAI Cup success back in 1974 against St Patrick’s Athletic.He’s a cult figure that is still revered by Finn Harps fans today and is still regularly seen attending matches at Finn Park. Bradley beat off stiff competition in the poll from Al Finucane, Pat Byrne, Liam Coyle and Mick Leech.The full list of 25 players is included below. 25. Paul Osam 24. Bob Fullam 23. Paddy Moore 22. Keith Fahey21. Miah Dennehy20. Turlough O’Connor 19. Jackie Jameson 18. Joseph Ndo17. Patsy Freyne16. Peter Thomas 15. Paddy Coad 14. Alfie Hale13. Jason Byrne 12. Paul Doolin11. Liam Tuohy10. Wes Hoolahan 9. Tommy McConville 8. Frank O’Neil7. Johnny Fullam 6. Paddy McCourt5. Mick Leech4. Liam Coyle 3. Pat Byrne 2. Al Finucane 1. BRENDAN BRADLEY BRENDAN BRADLEY NAMED AS THE GREATEST EVER PLAYER TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUE OF IRELAND was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Brendan BradleyFinn Harps FCGreatest PlayerIrish ExaminerLeague of IrelandnewsSportlast_img read more

  • Celtic close to Europa League exit after dismal display in Germany

    first_img 3 3 Celtic slowly grew in confidence but were made to pay the price for poor defending with half an hour played.When Kouassi and defender Dedryck Boyata both missed a straightforward cross into the box by Marcel Sabitzer, Cunha gleefully drove past Craig Gordon from 12 yards.Four minutes later the Parkhead keeper was picking the ball out of the net again, this time when his defence failed to deal with a Marcelo Saracchi cross, with Portugal international Bruma, who had scored against Gordon in the 3-1 friendly win over Scotland earlier in the month, rifling in from 14 yards.Right-back Mikael Lustig replaced the injured Gamboa for the start of the second half, which began with Kampl firing wide from a Sabitzer delivery before midfielder Konrad Laimer missed the target from inside the box with only Gordon to beat. Most Popular Football Stories 3 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Cristian Gamboa, Jozo Simunovic, Eboue Kouassi, Ryan Christie and Lewis Morgan all came in, the latter making his first start.Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick made eight changes from the weekend Bundesliga draw away to Augsburg with only captain Willi Orban, Slovenia midfielder Kevin Kampl and France Under-21 striker Jean-Kevin Augustin keeping their places.A tannoy plea to the 5,000 or so Celtic fans to stop their pyrotechnics display came before kick-off, which saw the visitors having to defend three early corners.However, it was Celtic who first came close to opening the scoring on a swift break, where Morgan picked out striker Odsonne Edouard who screwed a shot from 12 yards inches wide of the far post. Olivier Ntcham tries to make things happen for the Bhoys revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The Celtic players react after conceding In the 64th minute another mistake by Boyata in needlessly conceding possession to Cunha ended with Gordon touching Augustin’s drive from 18 yards on to the post.There was further collateral damage to Celtic in the 73rd minute as Simunovic picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Jack Hendry, before Leipzig keeper Yvon Mvogo blocked a shot from Olivier Ntcham with his foot to deny the Hoops midfielder a goal that might have made the final minutes more tense.However, in the final analysis, the Glasgow giants now have it all to do if they hope to qualify out of their section.center_img LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The Celtic fans were asked to stop their pyrotechnic displays Four minutes later the Parkhead keeper was picking the ball out of the net again, this time when his defence failed to deal with a Marcelo Saracchi cross, with Portugal international Bruma, who had beaten Gordon in the 3-1 friendly win over Scotland earlier in the month, rifling in from 14 yards.The former Liverpool boss took plenty of criticism on social media, but injuries and suspensions rather played his hand and the significance of their next game at Parkhead in Europe has extra significance.It was always going to be tough for the Scottish champions, who had not previously won away from home in 13 Europa League group games and never in Germany.Hampered by the absence of Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths, Kristoffer Ajer and Youssouf Mulumbu through injury or suspension – and Filip Benkovic was fit only for the bench – Rodgers made five changes to the side that beat Hibernian 4-2 at the weekend. latest scrap BEST OF Celtic were made to pay for two first-half lapses in their Europa League clash with RB Leipzig as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat.Brendan Rodgers’ side started the game well but on the half-hour mark, when Eboue Kouassi and defender Dedryck Boyata both missed a straightforward cross into the box by Marcel Sabitzer, Matheus Cunha gleefully drove past Craig Gordon from 12 yards.last_img read more