Single dad adopts 13-year-old boy abandoned at hospital by adoptive parents

first_imgA North Carolina foster dad adopted a 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his adoptive parents two years ago.According to Fox 35, Peter Mutabazi has been fostering kids for three years. Mutabazi shares his experiences as a foster dad through his Instagram: fosterdadflipper.One of the children he fostered was a boy named Tony.  Tony had originally been adopted by a Oklahoma couple when he was 4, and the couple abandoned him when he was just 11 years old.Mutabazi fostered Tony for only a weekend, but after learning his story, he decided to adopt him.Fox 35 reported that on Nov. 19, the adoption was finalized and the pair were officially father and son.“ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming,” Mutabazi wrote on Instagram. “‘Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.’ I found my little/big soul today!”last_img read more

Fighting Irish hold on to beat Pitt 23-17

first_img“Again, got off to a pretty good start offensively, but as we’ve shown, we are really good at stubbing our toe, whether it be a penalty here or a drop here. But that’s us,” Kelly said after the Irish held on to beat the Panthers 23-17 Saturday.Quarterback Dayne Crist passed for a TD and ran for another in the first half, completing 12 straight passes at one point. And the Irish got three field goals from David Ruffer, who stayed perfect in his career (16-for-16) while setting a school record for consecutive makes.“You can just see the way we operate it, it can be really effective,” Crist said. “We’re happy with the way we were moving the ball while we were in that tempo.”Still, the Panthers climbed back into it. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri hit Jon Baldwin on a 56-yard TD to bring the Panthers within 23-17 with 7:23 left.Pitt (2-3) got the ball back twice thereafter—at its own 10 with 4:45 to go and again at its 7 with 1:37 remaining. But on its final series, Gary Gray broke up a fourth down pass intended for Baldwin and Notre Dame (3-3) ran out the clock for its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.“We’re moving the ball. We get down in there. We have to settle for attempted field goals. We don’t finish the drive,” said Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who’d beaten Notre Dame in thrillers the previous two seasons.Sunseri, who completed 27 of 39 passes for 272 yards and also ran for a second-half TD, agreed that not cashing in on earlier opportunities cost Pitt a chance at victory.“We have to come in and understand that we had the game, but we have to capitalize in the red zone whenever we’re down there,” Sunseri said.“They had us off balance defensively with the no huddle offense at a faster tempo than we could have ever practiced,” Wannstedt said.“That kind of got us on our heels a little bit the first half. Defensively, our kids, the second half, they battled to the last play.”Pitt (2-3) opens Big East play Saturday at Syracuse (4-1).The Rutgers at Pittsburgh game Oct. 23 will start at noon. ESPN Regional will televise the game as its Big East Conference game of the week.Rutgers will play at Pitt for the first time since winning 54-34 in 2008. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—Brian Kelly’s baby, his spread offense, was clicking for a half. Notre Dame’s no-huddle was snapping off plays so rapidly that Pitt’s defense was hurrying to get organized. The speed early on was almost dizzying. But the 17-3 lead the Irish forged by halftime— thanks also to Pitt’s struggles to score from inside the 20—didn’t end in a comfortable win for Notre Dame. Not that style points mean anything to Kelly. ELUSIVE—Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, left, eludes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard on his way to a 10-yard touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) last_img read more

AFE sends its 10,000 members an action protocol against coronavirus in the workplace

first_img2.2.- Stoppage of the activity by decision of the workers In the event that the provision of services in the workplace involves a serious and imminent risk of contagion by coronavirus, and in application of the provisions of the aforementioned article 21 LPRL, in section 2, also workers can interrupt their activity and leave the workplace. Workers and their representatives may not suffer any harm arising from the adoption of the measures referred to in the preceding paragraphs, unless they had acted in bad faith or gross negligence. For the purposes of points 1 and 2 above, it is necessary to take into account the definition that article 4.4 of the LPRL itself gives of a “serious and imminent” risk: ‘Every aspect that it is probable that it will materialize in the immediate future and could be a cause of serious health for all the workers in the job. ” In the case of an exceptional situation, in which the company is required to carry out an additional prevention activity and specifically designed to cope with it, the interpretation to be given to the “situation of serious and imminent risk” must be a restrictive interpretation. In relation to the analysis of the severity required by the precept, if there is a risk of contagion, and regarding the harmful consequences of exposure to the virus, it can be affirmed that, if this possibility is real, its existence will be presumed in general. However, and with regard to the immediacy of the risk, the mere assumption or the social alarm generated are not sufficient to understand the requirements of the norm fulfilled, and an assessment without subjective appraisals must be made, taking exclusively into account reliable facts that lead to to understand that the continuation of the labor activity supposes the elevation of the risk of contagion for the working people. It is necessary to bear in mind, also, the foreseen in the article 44 LPRL on the possibility that the Labor Inspection has of paralyzing the works and tasks.3.- Preventive measures: In general, the ordinary protection duties established in the occupational risk prevention regulations must be applied. The company’s duty to protect implies that it must guarantee the safety and health of the workers at its service in all aspects related to work that are under its direction, that is, under its control capacity. In any case, companies must adopt those preventive measures of a collective or individual nature that are indicated, where appropriate, by the prevention service in accordance with the risk assessment, that is, depending on the type of activity, distribution and specific characteristics of the activity that the company carries out. Among the measures that can be adopted in accordance with the indications of the prevention service and always in accordance with the recommendations established by the health authorities, are the following: a) Organize the work so that the number of exposed workers is reduced, establishing rules to avoid and reduce the frequency and type of person-to-person contact. b) Adopt, where appropriate, specific measures for particularly sensitive workers. c) Provide information on hygienic measures, such as frequent hand washing, not sharing objects, ventilation of the workplace, and the cleaning of surfaces and objects. In this sense, companies must make the necessary hygienic material available to workers, and adopt the necessary cleaning protocols.On the other hand, ensure that their employees strictly follow the following advice also issued by the WHO:Wash hands frequentlyCover your mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezingUse disposable tissuesDo not shake hands, reduce external contactDo not touch your face or eyesOnly use a mask if you have symptoms of being infectedAvoid crowdsWe must remember that in this all WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, because even if there are no symptoms, any Club employee can be a carrier of the virus and infect his colleagues, loved ones and his surroundings, the measures established by the health authorities must be followed in a disciplinary manner. HEALTH IS NOT PLAYED”. The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) is aware of everything that its members may need in a moment of anxiety before this crisis of the coronavirus that affects world soccer. For this reason, it has sent a protocol of action to its more than 10,000 affiliates to follow rules and guidelines in the workplace.The full statement is as follows:“The Association of Spanish Soccer Players has sent its more than 10,000 members an affiliate protocol of action, following the instructions set out in the labor guide of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, in relation to the crisis caused by the expansion of the coronavirus. The guide sets the following guidelines, mandatory for all citizens:1. Introduction: Coronaviruses are a wide family of viruses that normally affect only animals. Some have the ability to transmit from animals to people. SARS-CoV-2 is a new type of coronavirus that can affect people. It was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. As the Ministry of Health points out in relation to the protection of workers at risk of exposure to the new coronavirus, it is necessary to start from a series of premises: a) Coronavirus is a virus previously unknown in human pathology. b) Isolation measures, in the cases investigated, constitute the first protection barrier for both the affected working person and the rest of those susceptible to contact with the patient. The latest global events that have led the world to a serious health crisis, Classified by the WHO as a pandemic due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, it is imposing both governments and the rest of the institutions dependent on them, to take hitherto unknown measures to cut the contagion of the population and ensure its health. and sports institutions cannot be oblivious to it, and must assume the responsibility of taking the necessary measures advised by the competent authorities, to ensure that they avoid occupational risks, which in this case are the spread and spread of infection among their workers and workers.2. – Prevention of occupational risks. Protection of the health of working people2.1. Stoppage of activity by company decision Companies can adopt organizational or preventive measures that temporarily avoid situations of social contact, without the need to paralyze their activity. However, and for when this is not possible, in accordance with the provisions of article 21 of law 31/1995, of November 8, Prevention of Occupational Risks (LPRL), and regarding the risk of contagion due to coronavirus, when workers are or may be exposed to a serious and imminent risk on the occasion of their work, the company will be obliged to:Inform as soon as possible about the existence of said risk,Take the measures and give the necessary instructions so that, in case of serious and imminent danger, the working people can interrupt their activity and, if necessary, leave the workplace immediately. In application of this rule, companies must proceed to paralyze work activity in the event that there is a risk of contagion by coronavirus in the workplace, despite the activation of measures that allow the development of work activity as an alternative. Once the competition has been postponed, and in view of the serious and imminent risk of contagion, we consider that the Clubs / SADs, in accordance with the instructions that are being carried out by the health authorities, should replace the collective training sessions with a individual training plan that the footballer can follow until circumstances allow a return to group training with safety for the health of the footballers.last_img read more

Kingston lift KWL U-15 cricket crown

first_imgKingston’s Under-15 cricket team lifted the 2015 Kingston Wharves Under-15 crown last Friday after they defeated defending champions St Elizabeth by 59 runs at Sabina Park.As Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) celebrates its 70th anniversary and 26 years as title sponsors of the competition, Kingston have achieved what could be considered a memorable victory.Scores: Kingston, 171 for nine in their allotted 40 overs; St Elizabeth, 112 all out. George Seymour led the way for Kingston with 50 not out while Razzaq Williams scored 48.In the bowling department, Rajiv Redhi bagged 4 for 26 from eight overs. He was supported by Matthew Comrie, 2-for 10, and Akeem Malcolm, 2-for 27.Joseph Simpson, 20, and Joshua Watson, 16, top-scored for St Elizabeth, while Roberto Simpson took three wickets for 14 runs and Romario Moxam, two for 28.”We went to the final last year with the same team and lost by one run. It was a big disappointment for most of us to lose a competition by one run, so to come back this year and do it all over with the same team is wonderful,” said Kingston’s coach Marlon Ramdeen.St Elizabeth’s coach, Tedroy Bromfield, bemoaned his team’s poor fielding and bowling.TOO MANY EXTRAS”We had too many extras – 40. The boys didn’t maintain their discipline and dropped some catches, so we let ourselves down by not doing the basics right,” Bromfield said.Mark Williams, chief operating officer of KWL, lauded the young cricketers.”Young men, this is your starting ground. All the big-named players – Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, even Stafanie Taylor – they all came through Kingston Wharves Under-15, so you are having a good launching pad,” he said.Kingston Wharves awarded four cash bursaries to the most valuable players from the four semi-finalists, and their total sponsorship package is worth approximately $5 million annually.last_img read more

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Playing on a surgically repaired right hip so painful that pulling on socks is a chore, he summoned the strength and strokes to erase a big deficit and force a fifth set before eventually succumbing to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2, Murray’s first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament in 11 years.“If today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish,” Murray said. “I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done with the amount I’ve been able to practice and train.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMurray, just 31, is a year removed from his operation, and he said that he will decide in the next week or so whether to have a second one. If opts to avoid another procedure, he might be able to play in July at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles, including the first for a British man in 77 years. If he decides for further surgery, then Monday’s match might have been his last.Even with a hitch in his gait, even as he leaned forward to rest his hands on his knees between points, Murray summoned the strength and the strokes to push the match beyond the 4-hour mark. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For all that Murray accomplished over the years, including reaching No. 1 in the rankings and a pair of Olympic singles gold medals, he never was able to leave Melbourne with the trophy, finishing as the runner-up five times.When Murray eventually succumbed to his weariness — not to mention Bautista Agut — the arena speakers blared Queen’s “We are the Champions,” with its fitting line: “And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.”If this was, indeed, the end, Murray did just that.“I’d be OK,” he said, “with that being my last match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he’s famous for.What Murray could not quite do Monday at the Australian Open was finish off a stirring comeback and prolong what might just be the final tournament of his career.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Andy Murray likely to have statue erected – Wimbledon CEO Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And the fans tried to will him past Bautista Agut, who had lost in straight sets all three previous matches the two men had played.They roared when Murray managed to break back to 2-all on the way to taking the third set, with his mom, Judy, smiling widely as she stood alongside other spectators.They chanted his name when he grabbed the fourth set.They rose when the compelling contest ended.“Andy deserves this atmosphere. Andy deserves (that) all the people came to watch him,” Bautista Agut said. “He’s a tough, tough fighter. A tough opponent. He gives everything until the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT Afterward, a video was shown in the stadium with tributes to Murray from various players, including rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens.“Amazing career. Congratulations, buddy,” Federer said. “I’m your biggest fan.”Federer opened his bid for a third consecutive Australian Open championship, and record seventh overall, with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, whose 17 career majors are second among men only to Federer’s 20, overpowered Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 earlier.Nadal, who had surgery on his right ankle in November, hadn’t competed since stopping during his U.S. Open semifinal in September because of a bad knee.“It’s very difficult to start (again) after an injury,” Nadal said. “I know it very well.”Other major title winners who advanced on Day 1, when the temperature approached 90 degrees (33 Celsius), included defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova — who beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 — Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.The highest-seeded player to exit was No. 9 John Isner, who hit 47 aces but lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) against 97th-ranked Reilly Opelka in an all-American match.The most attention, though, was drawn by Murray, who is as popular for his success on the court as his attitude away from it.The stands were dotted with British and Scottish flags and with signs of support. When Bautista Agut entered, he was greeted by a smattering of polite applause. When Murray was introduced, there were full-throated screams, followed by chants of his first name.As play began, Murray delighted his well-wishers every so often with terrific shots on a full sprint and his trademark, quick-reflex returns. When he flubbed a shot or otherwise let a point slide by, Murray displayed the muttering and leg-slapping self-contempt the world has come to know and expect — and, let’s face it, love — from the guy.last_img read more

Foreign Ministry’s Workers Donate to Ebola Victims

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Workers Association (MOFAWA) yesterday donated  some assorted items to victims of the Ebola virus at the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) on the Bushrod Island.The items donated included  sacks of safe drinking water, several cartons of juices, Detol and other disinfectants as well as bales of used clothing, bed sheets and slippers.Making the presentation on behalf of his fellow  workers, MOFAWA president Emmanuel Tableh said the gesture was the Association’s way of identifying with those victimized by the Ebola disease as they fight to survive the terrible virus during this critical period of the nation’s history.Mr. Tableh, who himself is a clinician, expressed the hope that though Ebola is a disease that inflicts pain and afflictions on its victims, yet with the collective humanitarian efforts and assistance of Liberians and the international community, the virus will soon be defeated.Mr. Tableh expressed appreciation to doctors,  nurses and other healthcare givers who are on the frontline of the Ebola fight, for their tireless efforts towards the eradication of the disease.  It is they who have  helped reduce the transmission of the killer virus in Liberia.The spokesman then thanked his fellow employees of the Ministry for supporting this worthy humanitarian initiative and applauded the Ngafuan led- Administration for affording them the space to make this presentation. Receiving the items on behalf of the ETU, Dr. Atai Omoruto assured MOFAWA that the items would be distributed to the most needy victims.  He expressed gratitude to the association’s leadership for the timely humanitarian gesture.While welcoming the Foreign Ministry’s team at the ETU, the Ugandan physician hailed its leadership for being courageous enough to walk into the center to make such a laudable and excellent donation, describing the initiative as appropriate humanitarian gesture.Dr. Omoruto said it is not the quantity that matters but the thought of identifying with people in distress in ETU centers.  He extolled them as patriotic citizens with the passion to extend a helping hand to their fellow citizens victimized by the disease.She then admonished the association to continue to render such a humanitarian services as Liberia intensifies its battle against the Ebola virus.The Ugandan doctor further warned that despite the gains made in the fight against the virus, Liberians should not be complacent but continue to take seriously all precautionary measures in order to drive the virus totally out of Liberia.last_img read more

Where Are All The Babies?

first_imgIn the early morning hours six weeks ago, a three-month-old baby girl was found at the doorstep of a Caldwell family. There was no birth certificate attached to the infant.“My daughter opened the front door like she always does every morning and noticed a baby wrapped in a blanket, at our doorstep. We kept the child for a day and brought everything the baby would need like a tub and so on. The next day, we decided to take her to the Zone 7 Police Depot to inform them of our finding, but to our surprise, they took the baby from us and told us to go home. Since then we have not seen the baby,” the family added.Besides a picture, there is no evidence of the child’s existence.On August 2, at about 9:00am, blocks away from where the three-month infant was found, a one year-old child was found wandering around; everyone in the community claimed not to know the toddler.“I found her this morning and walked around with her for about two hours hoping that someone would take notice of the child. No one came looking for her nor claimed to know the child, so I took her to the Zone 7 Police Depot as a missing child,” said Bintu, a market woman selling peanuts around Caldwell.These two cases represent yet another challenge Liberia has to face in the aftermath of the deadly Ebola outbreak. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is estimating that some 60,000 children born during the Ebola outbreak have yet to be registered into existence.According to UNICEF’s Liberian representative, Sheldon Yett, the closure of health facilities and limited health services during the Ebola outbreak has ‘halted Liberia’s progress in registering births in recent years.“Children who have not been registered at birth officially don’t exist and without citizenship, they risk marginalization because they may be unable to access basic health and social services, obtain identity documents and will be in danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted,” he recently stated in a Yahoo article “Ebola disrupts Liberia birth records, poses trafficking threat-UN”Online statistics show that in December 2013 the rate of birth registration in Liberia increased 25 percent from four percent in 2007.The number of birth registrations fell to 48,000 in 2014 from 79,000 in 2013.Ma Jenneh, a midwife who said she delivered more than twenty of the unregistered babies during the Ebola outbreak shared her interesting experience:A poverty-stricken and ailing woman claimed that she lost all her earnings after her cook-shop business collapsed months before the Ebola outbreak. So when Ma Jenneh had the opportunity of a lifetime to make a little extra money, despite its risk, she jumped to the task.“A nurse who normally delivered babies in the Caldwell vicinity before and during the Ebola outbreak fell ill to EVD. And because many pregnant women in my community at the time were young, I felt like I had to help them to give birth,” she added, “There was no one around to deliver babies, so I had to take her place. Though I haven’t delivered babies in almost nine years, I had to help.”According to a story that described both sad and happy endings, Ma Jenneh said that out of the twenty babies delivered in her care, only eight survived.“First of all most of the mothers never had a hospital visit and came to deliver stillbirth babies; babies who were missing this and that and there was a case where the mother bled too much and I had to leave her alone until she pushed by herself,” she said.When asked if there were any mortality amongst the young mothers, she replied: “Yes there were. Some of the babies were taken home by relatives after the mother didn’t make it.”Meanwhile, according to the Government of Liberia and UNICEF they are working towards a strategic plan that will straighten the birth registration of some 60,000 children in Liberia.“There will be a nationwide campaign later this year to reach all children not registered since 2014,” they said.The unidentified infant that was dropped off six weeks ago during the misty morning hours in Caldwell is no where to be found, but with the help of UNICEF and the Liberian government, she will have an opportunity to one day have a name.“I’ll be happy if she is accounted for by the government, maybe then we will be able to know who this mysterious baby is that was dropped off in front of our house so many mornings ago,” the Caldwell family stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Romelu Lukaku completes Toffees comeback

first_imgEverton came from behind to gain a slender advantage over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 at Goodison Park on Thursday.The Toffees went behind following a sluggish start when Oleh Husev whipped the ball past Tim Howard, but they were level before the break when Steven Naismith guided the ball past Oleksandr Shovkovskiy into the bottom corner.And Romelu Lukaku’s composed spot-kick ten minutes from time puts the Toffees in pole position when the tie resumes at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium next week.Everton’s season arguably rests with their progress in the Europa League, so the air of trepidation surrounding Goodison Park before kick-off was to be expected.And the home faithful were sent into silence when the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes. Kiev capitalised on a laboured Everton start when Husev swept home a delicate volley past Tim Howard, beating the American shot-stopper at his near post.The hosts appeared to look rattled from the setback as Kevin Mirallas was booked for a petulant foul, while Andriy Yarmolenko was emerging as the visitors’ main threat down the right, with Luke Garbutt responsible for marking the 25-year-old in the absence of Leighton Baines.Kiev continued to press as Dieudonne Mbokani’s goal-bound header was blocked by Phil Jagielka before Serhiy Sydorchuk forced a good save from Howard. But Lukaku could have levelled the scoring from 40-yards with Shovkovskiy caught outside of his area, but his shot bounced wide.The Belgium ace then came to within a lick of paint to equalising when his free-kick struck the post via a Shovkovskiy fingertip save. But the visitors could not withstand Roberto Martinez’s rejuvenated side when Lukaku stormed through the Kiev defence before sliding Steven Naismith in on goal, and the Scotland international produced an assured finish to level the match before the break.The Ukrainian league leaders looked a shadow of the side that commanded the early period of the first-half as Everton occupied the majority of possession and should have gone ahead when Mirallas’ cross whistled through the six yard area, but neither Naismith nor Lukaku could poke the ball into the net.Everton maintained their pursuit of a second goal with a string of half-chances and should have edged in front when Gareth Barry was presented with the ball inside the box, but the former Manchester City midfielder miscued his effort.Martinez wrung the changes in a bid to improve his side’s fortunes in front of goal and it paid off when Leon Osman – on for the largely peripheral Ross Barkley – saw his cross blocked by the arm of Danilo Silva inside the area. Lukaku did the rest with a cool penalty down the middle to put the Blues ahead with ten minutes remaining.And the 21 year-old almost created the hosts’ third with a sweeping cross, although Osman’s header flashed wide of the mark. Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Lukaku completes Toffees comeback 1last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers on talkSPORT: I didn’t watch Liverpool reach Wembley!

first_imgBrendan Rodgers was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.The former Liverpool boss joined Alan and co-host Neil Warnock after the Reds booked their spot in the League Cup final and explained why he didn’t watch them reach Wembley.He also gave his thoughts on Christian Benteke, hailed Jurgen Klopp as a ‘good guy’, discussed Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes and reflected on the Merseyside’s club failure to sign Dele Alli.Click on the link above to listen to the interview with Rodgers. Liverpool FC news: Reds players programmed to play Jurgen Klopp way, says Brendan RodgersLiverpool FC news: ‘Klopp rates Benteke – he tried to sign him!’ Brendan Rodgers tells talkSPORTBrendan Rodgers EXCLUSIVE – Possible Liverpool return for Luis Suarez? ‘He loves and misses the club and fans adore him, why not?’last_img read more


first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 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:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more