By Martyn HermanLIONEL Messi, taking his cue from Cristiano Ronaldo, plundered another hat-trick for Barcelona as goals again flowed freely in the Champions League on Wednesday.The Argentine proved unstoppable in Barca’s 4-0 hammering of Ajax Amsterdam as he became the first player to score four hat-tricks in Europe’s elite club competition, taking his overall total to 62.Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 6-1 thrashing of Galatasaray on Tuesday when a record 30 goals rained in around the continent.That flood turned into a trickle as only four goals were scored in the opening halves of the matches on Wednesday but the shackles were loosened later as the total for the first week rose to 53.Jose Mourinho’s first European tie since returning as Chelsea manager turned into a nightmare for the Portuguese as Swiss side Basel overturned a 1-0 halftime deficit at Stamford Bridge to win 2-1 in Group E.Marco Streller scored Basel’s late winner after Mohamed Salah had equalised for the Swiss who gained revenge for their defeat by Chelsea in the Europa League semi-finals last season.“I’m not happy with the result,” a crestfallen Mourinho said as Chelsea suffered their first defeat in 30 home group matches in the competition.“Instead of moving a step forward towards qualification we have taken a step back.”Brazilian Oscar had scored for Chelsea on the stroke of halftime at an expectant Stamford Bridge as the first six goals of the night all came from south Americans.Argentine Gonzalo Higuain opened his European account for Napoli as the Italians beat last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Group F. Arsenal beat Marseille 2-1 in the same group to continue their proud record of never having lost a European game away to a French club.Former champions AC Milan and Porto both opened their group campaigns with wins. Milan beat Celtic 2-0 thanks to two late goals and Porto’s Argentine midfielder Lucho Gonzalez sealed a 1-0 victory at Austria Vienna.Also in Group G Brazilian Hulk scored for Zenit St Petersburg but his side lost 3-1 at Atletico Madrid.Bundesliga side Schalke were frustrated for more than an hour by Steaua Bucharest but broke through late on with three goals to become early leaders of Group E.
By Martyn HermanTHE latest instalment of the Bundesliga/Premier League rivalry takes place on the banks of the Rhine on Wednesday (9.45pm) when Bayer Leverkusen attempt to block Manchester United’s path through to the last 16 of the Champions League.Victory for United in the Group A clash would seal a spot in the knockout rounds with a match to spare and leave Leverkusen scrapping with Shakhtar Donetsk for second place.While the clash of the national teams at Wembley last week showed Germany were a cut above England internationally, Premier League clubs have done better in this season’s duels in Europe.United beat Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford, Chelsea crushed Schalke home and away, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund shared a win apiece while Bayern Munich beat Manchester City.Leverkusen have turned the Bayer Arena into a fortress, winning their last eight Champions League group games there, and will seek to redress the balance for the Bundesliga against a United side not firing on all cylinders despite a marked improvement in results since a poor start to the season.They are one point behind United in Group A and victory would put them in the driving seat although a draw would actually send both clubs through to the last 16 should Shakhtar suffer a surprise loss at home to Real Sociedad.That is unlikely to be the game plan of either Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia or United’s David Moyes.Leverkusen are unbeaten in 13 home matches while United are enjoying a 10-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, even though their mood was soured by conceding a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City on Sunday.“The team is at a very good level at the moment and the trend is upward,” Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling, who has scored eight Bundesliga goals this season, told the club’s website (www.bayer04.de).“It would be great if it could continue like that. Manchester is a decisive game for us, it is a home game and it will be fun to be playing on the day.“With that kind of support from our fans we will try to win it and to decide it in our favour.”United defender Rio Ferdinand was equally upbeat.“We want to finish the job, get it done early so we can get back to the Premier League and have nothing else distracting us,” he told United’s website (www.manutd.com).“They’re a well-equipped team and it’s not going to be easy but we’re more than capable.”Both managers have selection headaches.Leverkusen are without winger Sidney Sam after he limped off with a thigh injury four minutes into their 1-0 victory at Hertha BSC Berlin at the weekend which put them second in the Bundesliga, four points behind Bayern Munich.United, sixth in the Premier league, will be hoping Robin van Persie and Phil Jones (both groin injuries) and Nemanja Vidic (concussion) recover in time after missing the trip to Cardiff.Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended.“Robin’s groin is the problem at the moment; his toes are much better. We are hoping to get both Nemanja and Robin back as soon as we can,” Moyes said on Monday.“I hope they’ll be in contention for Wednesday but I couldn’t give you a definitive answer.”
First qualifying round:Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) v Tirana (ALB)Kairat Almaty (KAZ) v Atlantas (LTU)Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) v Vasas (HUN)Ordabasy (KAZ) v Široki Brijeg (BIH)Crvena zvezda (SRB) v Floriana (MLT)Valletta (MLT) v Folgore (SMR)Ventspils (LVA) v Valur Reykjavík (ISL)St Johnstone (SCO) v Trakai (LTU)Odd (NOR) v Ballymena United (NIR)Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) v Sūduva (LTU)Mladost Lučani (SRB) v İnter Bakı (AZE)Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) v Altach (AUT)Fola Esch (LUX) v Milsami Orhei (MDA)Partizani (ALB) v Botev Plovdiv (BUL)UE Santa Coloma (AND) v Osijek (CRO)Zaria Balti (MDA) v FK Sarajevo (BIH)Bala Town (WAL) v Vaduz (LIE)VPS Vaasa (FIN) v Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)Connah’s Quay Nomads (WAL) v HJK Helsinki (FIN)SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) v KR Reykjavík (ISL)Shirak (ARM) v Gorica (SVN)Zirä (AZE) v Differdange (LUX)Vojvodina (SRB) v Ružomberok (SVK)Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v Pyunik (ARM)Rabotnicki (MKD) v Tre Penne (SMR)Rangers (SCO) v Progrès Niederkorn (LUX)Domžale (SVN) v Flora Tallinn (EST)Crusaders (NIR) v Liepāja (LVA)Nõmme Kalju (EST) v B36 Tórshavn (FRO)Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Cork City (IRL)Dacia Chisinau (MDA) v Shkëndija (MKD)Levski Sofia (BUL) v Sutjeska (MNE)Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ) v Dunav Ruse (BUL)Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) v Dinamo Batumi (GEO)Željezničar (BIH) v Zeta (MNE)AEK Larnaca (CYP) v Lincoln (GIB)Midtjylland (DEN) v Derry City (IRL)Dinamo Minsk (BLR) v NSÍ Runavík (FRO)Ferencváros (HUN) v Jelgava (LVA)Lyngby (DEN) v Bangor City (WAL)Trenčín (SVK) v Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO)Lech Poznań (POL) v Pelister (MKD)Mladost Podgorica (MNE) v Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)Videoton (HUN) v Balzan (MLT)AEL Limassol (CYP) v St Joseph’s (GIB) Skënderbeu (ALB) v Sant Julià (AND)Haugesund (NOR) v Coleraine (NIR)Stjarnan (ISL) v Shamrock Rovers (IRL)IFK Norrköping (SWE) v Prishtina (KOS)AIK (SWE) v KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)Second qualifying round:Partizani (ALB) or Botev Plovdiv (BUL) v Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) or Vasas (HUN)Željezničar (BIH) or Zeta (MNE) v AIK (SWE) or KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)Haugesund (NOR) or Coleraine (NIR) v Lech Poznań (POL) or Pelister (MKD)Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Zaria Balti (MDA) or FK Sarajevo (BIH) AEK Larnaca (CYP) or Lincoln (GIB) v Levadia Tallinn (EST) or Cork City (IRL)Brøndby (DEN) v VPS Vaasa (FIN) or Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)Rabotnicki (MKD) or Tre Penne (SMR) v Dinamo Minsk (BLR) or NSÍ Runavík (FRO)Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Atlantas (LTU) v Skënderbeu (ALB) or Sant Julià (AND)IFK Norrköping (SWE) or Prishtina (KOS) v St Johnstone (SCO) or Trakai (LTU)Slovan Bratislava (SVK) or Pyunik (ARM) v Lyngby (DEN) or Bangor City (WAL)Panionios (GRE) v Shirak (ARM) or Gorica (SVN)Hajduk Split (CRO) v Levski Sofia (BUL) or Sutjeska (MNE)Stjarnan (ISL) or Shamrock Rovers (IRL) v Mladá Boleslav (CZE)Zirä (AZE) or Differdange (LUX) v Astra Giurgiu (ROU)Nõmme Kalju (EST) or B36 Tórshavn (FRO) v Videoton (HUN) or Balzan (MLT)Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) or Tirana (ALB) v SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) or KR Reykjavík (ISL)Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) or Altach (AUT) v Dinamo Brest (BLR)Aberdeen (SCO) v Ordabasy (KAZ) or Široki Brijeg (BIH)Valletta (MLT) or Folgore (SMR) v Utrecht (NED)Östersund (SWE) v Galatasaray (TUR)Ferencváros (HUN) or Jelgava (LVA) v Midtjylland (DEN) or Derry City (IRL)Vojvodina (SRB) or Ružomberok (SVK) v Brann (NOR)Mladost Lučani (SRB) or İnter Bakı (AZE) v Fola Esch (LUX) or Milsami Orhei (MDA)Sturm Graz (AUT) v Mladost Podgorica (MNE) or Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)Crusaders (NIR) or Liepāja (LVA) v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) or Sūduva (LTU)Bala Town (WAL) or Vaduz (LIE) v Odd (NOR) or Ballymena United (NIR)Dacia Chisinau (MDA) or Shkëndija (MKD) v Connah’s Quay Nomads (WAL) or HJK Helsinki (FIN)Gabala (AZE) v Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) or Dinamo Batumi (GEO)Ventspils (LVA) or Valur Reykjavík (ISL) v Domžale (SVN) or Flora Tallinn (EST)Trenčín (SVK) or Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv (ISR)Rangers (SCO) or Progrès Niederkorn (LUX) v AEL Limassol (CYP) or St Joseph’s (GIB)Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ) or Dunav Ruse (BUL) v Crvena zvezda (SRB) or Floriana (MLT)UE Santa Coloma (AND) or Osijek (CRO) v Luzern (SUI)
According to the latest edition of the World Bank Group’s 2017 Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP) report, public procurement rules and practices remain inefficient in large swathes of the world, despite government efforts towards efficiency in delivering better services to their citizens.The report which assesses public procurement regulatory systems in 180 economies has noted that accessibility and transparency of public procurement rules and practices remain limited, depriving many small- and medium-firms the opportunity to bid for service contracts for government and other public sector institutions.According to the report, the worldwide public procurement market is estimated at approximately US.5 trillion each year. Of this, developing countries spend an estimated US0 billion a year worth of citizens’ funds, about 50 per cent or more of their total government expenditure, on procuring goods and services that range from food for welfare programmes, to wiring for electrical grids that power homes and businesses.Public procurement markets, therefore, represent huge opportunities to boost competition and economic growth. As explained in the report, an e-procurement system, for example, benefits the private sector as well as governments by making procurement more transparent and fair.It is worthwhile to mention too that the report has found that in 15 per cent, or 25, of the economies surveyed, an electronic portal dedicated to procurement does not even exist. Moreover, in the economies that do have such portal, a wide gap exists between economies that have sophisticated e-procurement platforms offering a range of services and ones that only use the internet to publish basic information such as procurement laws.The report notes that publicising future procurement opportunities, electronic submission of bids and public announcements of tender awards are other best practices that could be more widely adopted. Providing information such as procurement plans during the pre-tendering phase online, can help suppliers when planning their sales strategies and preparing their bids.The report found that only 74 economies publish procurement plans online. More surprisingly, in only 24 of those does the law expressly mandate that such information be made available electronically.Private sector firms wishing to participate in Government contracting also face significant challenges on the financial aspects of the procurement process. On this basis it is necessary that a well-functioning component be included to address complaints or challenges from bidders on any aspect of the procurement process, including final contract awards.After years of wrangling between the major political players, Guyana finally made a major breakthrough in relation to the awarding of state contracts with the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission. It is expected that when the commission is fully operational it will oversee the award of contracts and handle complaints from aggrieved persons.This is indeed a step in the right direction as it will seek to address the many concerns that have been raised over the years about transparency and efficiency in awarding of Government contracts. Citizens would only have a high level of confidence in the system if they feel comfortable that the process is transparent and could withstand scrutiny.Only recently, there has been a barrage of criticisms over the present Government’s handling of various contracts. Many have expressed the view that the Administration has been favouring its own supporters and friends of the Coalition in the awarding of these contracts. Over the past few months it’s one scandal after the other – the infamous drugs bond scandal, the D’Urban Park project, the awarding of scholarships, among many others. This being done and the Government has done very little to assuage the fears and concerns of the populace that taxpayers’ dollars are spent in the most transparent and fair manner.There are many lessons to be learnt from these experiences and it is hoped that the Government is taking the concerns of the various stakeholders seriously. Certainly the Government can do more to improve access to public procurement opportunities. By highlighting good practices as well as areas for improvement, we hope the evidence in this World Bank report will galvanise policymakers to effect the needed reforms and, thus, help the economy benefit from private sector growth and get better value for money in the procurement of goods and services.
The most appreciated Liberian government official, Mary Broh, has said that everything she does is meant to give a good image of the country she loves and cherishes so much. She is therefore urging Liberians to show similar affections if the country is to be developed.“I love this country! I really love this country because this is the place I call home and everything I do, I do it in the best interest of this country,” Madam Broh, affectionately called ‘General Broh’, said at the Liberian Series of the African SHEROES Awards over the weekend.Madam Broh was one of several honorees at the event, where she scooped the Outstanding Female Government Official Award. In this category, she edged out Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, and another nominee.After being presented with the accolade, Mrs. Broh, who is known for her no-nonsense approach to ensuring that Monrovia and its environs are kept clean by residents as well as taking on every task presented by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said: “Liberia is a place that I hold so dear to my heart. This country is a sweet place but we all must work to make it so.”“President Sirleaf similarly loves this country.”She said it will take only Liberians to make Liberia better. “No one will come from anywhere to do it for us. This is the only place we have,” she said.The GSA boss was recently given a month-long task of giving Monrovia and its immediate environs a facelift for the festive season; which she, as usual, ably executed, though many described her actions as “anti-developmental.”The African SHEROES Awards is a newly initiated premier international awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful and inspiring females of African descent, with the Liberia edition being the first of its kind to kick-off this year.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the biggest winner at the award ceremony, taking home the maiden edition of the highest and most prestigious award of the African SHEROES Awards (ASAs), The Ultimate SHEROES Award.The president was not at the ceremony, but Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan Cassell received the award on her behalf.The President was selected by the organizers for the highest honor because of what they termed as her great achievement in politics and setting the bar for other African women to follow. The ultimate SHERO is a woman who has continuously risen to the challenge of matching social impact with economic value and broken the glass ceiling, organizers of the event said.The ASAs, a Liberian event, was created specifically to honor women who strive for success in spite of the limitations society put on being a female. The organizers are Barkue Tubman and Salamartu Duncan. The awards were won in both youth and adult categories, with many young girls emerging as winners.Tubman and Duncan, speaking at the ceremony, promised that each year the organization and its partners will recognize African women for demonstrating excellence – from economic growth to social change, from local to global, across multiple sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In total, Budnick was sentenced to 30 months in jail, with credit for the six he spent before his trial started. He will be under probation for two years following his incarceration, and may not have any direct or indirect contact with the victim. He will also have a lifetime prohibition from owning a firearm, and will not be allowed to consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs during his probation. The incident in question took place over two days in February 2011, when Budnick’s ex-girlfriend, who will remain unnamed, was subjected to several hours of physical abuse. Since being released from prison, Budnick has been in rehabilitation at the Last Door Recovery Centre in New Westminster, dealing with his issues of substance abuse. Several letters from supervisors testify that his work there has been exemplary, and he has even been offered a job after he is released. His sentencing had been delayed multiple times to allow him to complete his treatment.- Advertisement – The defence had hoped that the judge would consider a lesser sentence than the joint submission called for, and while Daley said his progress was the best he’d seen in his eight years in Fort St. John, he determined the 30 month sentence was appropriate given the severe and prolonged abuse. He added that had there not been the joint recommendation, and had he not done such a “commendable” job in rehabilitation, he would have considered giving him four to five years in jail, given his previous record of assaults and drug charges.
“For me, it would be something great. I won the league with Ulinzi in 2010, won the Top 8 the following year and now, I would love to add the Shield as well. For me and the team, this will be something so big,” the military man told Capital Sport.Trophy-less in the last five years, winning the title doesn’t seem so much of an option for Ulinzi whose grasp in the fight for the Kenyan Premier League seems all but washed away, sitting 13 points off leaders Tusker.“Ulinzi is a big team and we can’t afford going into another year without winning anything at home. There’s pressure to deliver and we know what we have to do. We have no two ways about it, we just need to go in and give our best,” Nyangweso stated.– Win for Matano –Ulinzi Stars head coach, Robert Matano (left) and his assistant, Benjamin Nyangweso confer during the East Africa Military Games in Kampala. PHOTO/KDFHe also reckons winning the title will be a worthwhile gift for head coach Robert Matano who has been out ailing since they returned from the East Africa Military Games in August.“Coach Matano has been with us the whole season and he is still part of this team. We have to get something for him, and the best, one he would wish for is a trophy,” Nyangweso, who has been his assistant for the last two and a half years said.The soldiers will hope to put behind them the 2-2 disappointment draw against AFC Leopards last weekend.“It was a bad day in office for Saruni (James) but overall I think the team did well. We created chances, scored two but I believe we should have done more. Against Tusker, it will be very tough and one of the areas we have to perfect is conversion of chances,” the tactician added.Saruni, who also skippers the team in the absence of Stephen Ocholla, says he has put behind his back the weekend ghosts and is mentally ready to guide his side to the title, on a day some of them who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation will be honoured as heroes.“It is a tough match, no doubt about it. It is one kind of a game where you can’t afford to make a mistake because there are no second chances. We know the weight of the match and we are putting our concentration for it,” Saruni asserted.Ulinzi will be looking for inspiration from tournament top scorer John Mark Makwatta who scored a hat-trick from the bench in their 4-1 semi-final win over Kariobangi Sharks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars STAND-IN COACH Benjamin Nyangweso gives instructions on the touchline during his side’s 4-1 win against Kariobangi Sharks in a GOtv Shield Semi final on October 1 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17- Having guided Ulinzi Stars to their last two titles, the Kenyan Premier League and KPL Top 8 trophies in 2010 and 2011 respectively, stand-in coach Benjamin Nyangweso is eager to add another feather to his decorated cap, the GOtv Shield.This is the single trophy that has evaded Nyangweso and it will only be the second time in Ulinzi’s history they will be playing in the final when they face Tusker FC on Mashujaa Day, coming 21 years after they lost 2-0 to Rivatex in their only other final appearance.
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ONE of Letterkenny’s best-known and liked restaurants has closed its doors.Beetroot on the town’s Port Road has enjoyed a famous reputation for doing good quality food since opening three years ago.However the eaterie, which was owned by businessman Donal Cox closed its doors on Wednesday night and the liquidator has now been appointed. A spokesman for the restaurant was today calling diners who had tables booked for future events to tell them they could not honour them.Queries about vouchers for the restaurant are now being referred to the liquidator.It is believed that six jobs have been lost as a result of the closure.Ends TOP LETTERKENNY RESTAURANT CLOSES ITS DOORS was last modified: April 15th, 2011 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:Beetrootclosedletterkenny
“It’s difficult for me to be too critical of the players,” he said. “They gave us three points, they couldn’t have done any more.“It was a game that came with a lot of pressure. We didn’t speak about it much beforehand but we knew if we didn’t take maximum points the group was almost beyond us.“So I think we should credit the players and maybe not look too much at one or two little mistakes that we can improve on.”The manager also shared his feelings on walking out at Hampden for the first time as Scotland boss.“I loved it,” Clarke said. “I loved the pre-match, I loved the national anthem. “I liked the Tartan Army, I thought they got right behind the team and I’m glad we could send them home with a smile on their face.” “We certainly put ourselves in a position to win the game with a great strike from Andy Robertson. From there I thought we had really good control of the game. I couldn’t see Cyprus scoring from open play.“But unfortunately we switched off from a set-play and got severely punished for it.“After that, the character of the players to come back and the resilience (shone through). It would have been easy for them to feel sorry for themselves but they didn’t and I think that bodes well for the future.”The win puts Scotland level on points with second-placed Russia in the Euro 2020 qualifying group and Clarke admitted that although he hadn’t talked about it much before the game, anything other than a win would have been a crushing blow to hopes of qualifying. Steve Clarke believes the “resilience” shown by his Scotland players in their 2-1 win over Cyprus offers encouragement about what the team can achieve in the future.The national team were ahead thanks to a stunning Andy Robertson goal until the final few minutes when Cyprus stunned them with a late equaliser from a corner and it looked like a much-needed win was going to slip through the side’s fingers.Scotland’s response was to dig deep and Oliver Burke sealed a win with his first international goal.“I’m pleased for the players,” Clarke said. “I thought the way they have worked this week going into the game that we would be good enough to win the game.