Eniola Aluko Scores Twice in First Game after ‘Ebola’ Inquiry Â

first_imgEniola Aluko scored twice in her first match since a parliamentary inquiry into her allegations of racism as Chelsea Ladies thrashed Yeovil to stay top of English Women’s Super League One.The 30-year-old received an apology from the FA on 18 October for racially discriminatory remarks by sacked England women’s boss Mark Sampson.She rifled in Chelsea’s second before volleying in the last goal of the game.Crystal Dunn and Karen Carney also scored two goals apiece in the rout.Chelsea is yet to concede a goal in four league games this season and scored six without reply for the third time to remain above Manchester City, who earlier edged past Birmingham, on goal difference.England winger Karen Carney scored the pick of the goals, finding the far corner of the net from long range.Aluko, who received the second half of her £80,000 settlement fee from the FA on Thursday, could yet return to the England fold, interim Head Coach Mo Marley has said – having won the last of her 102 caps in April 2016.Bottom side Yeovil remain without a point and are yet to score in WSL 1.Aluko said shortly after the game: “It was really great, we wanted it to be a professional, clinical, decisive performance, and keep a clean sheet. We know in the past this league has gone down to goal difference, so it’s really important that we keep the goals against down, and the goals for high, so I’m really pleased to have contributed to that.“It has gone down to goal difference for the last three seasons, we don’t take games like that for granted at all, and it’s my job as a forward to make sure that we score goals, and we scored a lot from different positions today, so that’s good as well.“You can always have room to improve, but you’re not going to score every time, not even Lionel Messi scores every shot, so we’re not going to beat ourselves up too much about that. This team has got a lot of goals in it, and I’m happy to be part of that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bucks in six? All eyes toward playoffs in Milwaukee

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks currently sit as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference just one game ahead of the No. 7 Heat. With two games remaining in the NBA season, the Bucks are locked into a playoff spot. The only question is — where?The Bucks, Heat and Wizards are all within 1.5 games of each other, jockeying for position in the six through eight seeds of the Eastern Conference. Despite such a close race, Milwaukee is locked into a six or seven seed because of tiebreakers with the Wizards.Milwaukee’s path to the playoffs has been filled with twists and turns, from star guard Giannis Antetokounmpo being in the early MVP conversation to head coach Jason Kidd being fired midseason.At the time, Kidd’s January firing seemed to ignite a spark with the team as the Bucks went 7–1 in the first eight games under interim head Coach Joe Prunty. This was short lived — the team has gone 15–14 since their eight-game hot stretch.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…If the Bucks remain at No. 6, they will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers in a first round matchup versus a fellow up and coming team. The Sixers are the hottest team in the NBA right now and are currently on a 14-game win streak despite the loss of star center Joel Embiid to a facial fracture and concussion last week. If Embiid is back for round one the combination of him and projected Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons make Milwaukee’s chances look grim in this potential matchup.The Boston Celtics have the No. 2 seed locked up in the playoffs. But after an injury to Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving there is a race for the seven seed at the bottom of the playoff standings. The Bucks would be fortunate to fall one spot in the standings and secure a matchup against an inexperienced team without their best player.The final team the Bucks might play are the Cleveland Cavaliers who are currently at the No. 4 seed but can move up to No. 3. This could be a nightmare matchup for any team in the first round as they will have to go through LeBron James.  Despite the Cavs well-documented struggles this year, James will still be vying for his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance and has proven he can escalate his team to another level come playoff time.Men’s basketball: Badgers look ahead after frustrating yearUniversity of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team’s streak of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ended last Friday with their elimination from Read…Though Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have been reliable options this year, the Bucks have taken steps back in other areas of the roster. Thon Maker, who looked like a future All-Star last year, now sits third in the depth chart behind John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Though he’s been impressive when healthy, last season’s Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon has been out the past two months with a quad injury before returning last night against Orlando.But an interesting move the Bucks made recently was to giving Brandon Jennings a multiyear contract last week. Jennings is probably most famous for making the declaration “Bucks in six” in the 2013 NBA playoffs before facing — and ultimately getting swept by — the Miami Heat super team of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.Jennings was impressive to begin his second stint with the Bucks, notching a near triple-double with a 16-point, 12-assist and eight-rebound game versus the Grizzlies. But after this hot start, Jennings cooled down, scoring double digits in points only once in the 14 games following his debut.Ohio State ends win streak for Badger men’s tennis, focus now shifts to Big Ten TournamentAfter an up-and-down start to the year, the University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is starting to find its feet Read…While some may remember the “Brandon Jennings and Bucks in Six” era as one of disappointment, there was also hope. And in a sports year where backup quarterbacks can become Superbowl MVPs, why can’t Brandon Jennings hit a big shot to help the Bucks win a playoff game or series? Maybe even in game six.The Bucks last regular season game will be Wednesday, April 11 against the 76ers from Philadelphia at 7 p.m. CT.last_img read more

Suspended prison sentence for woman accused of taking over $50K from Forest City business

first_imgFOREST CITY — It’s a suspended prison sentence for a Titonka woman who embezzled over $50,000 from a Forest City business.50-year-old Amy Richter was originally charged with one count of first-degree theft and two counts of forgery after a criminal complaint accused her of taking more than $51,000 from Eddy’s Glass and Door by using company credit cards, house charge accounts, payroll claim advances and company checking accounts to purchase goods and services for her personal use.Richter as part of a plea agreement pleaded guilty to the first-degree theft charge, with the two forgery counts being dismissed.She was sentenced on Tuesday by District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt to a suspended 10-year prison sentence and placed on five years probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the business.last_img read more

Dealing With Corruption, From NOCAL On Down

first_imgFollowing the publication on June 24th of the first of my two columns on NOCAL, I was interviewed by a local reporter and I said that President Sirleaf should take responsibility for the mess at the company because she was the one who appointed the board of directors and senior management there. Some people felt I was too harsh.Well, President Sirleaf has accepted responsibility, as well she should. But I am intrigued by her comment that NOCAL had a board and management that were “able”. How can she say that with a straight face? If NOCAL’s board and management were so “able”, then how in the world did they run the company into the ground? Marie Parker, it seems, was the only thing between the company and disaster. After she retired from the company (and later died), things went to hell in a hand basket. The tens of millions of dollars that she left in NOCAL’s bank accounts were subsequently frittered away. Now the company is virtually bankrupt. And the reasons have nothing to do with the drop in the price of oil. They have everything to do with massive overspending.The debacle that we now see at NOCAL did not happen overnight. The seeds of disaster were sown some time ago. And much of the present mess has to be laid at the feet of President Sirleaf’s favourite son, Rob Sirleaf, the Wall Street savant. My information is that Rob worked for Wachovia Bank. Someone needs to tell me when Wachovia migrated to Wall Street.Rob was chairman of NOCAL’s board from early 2012 till his resignation in August 2013. Before that, he was on NOCAL’s board, directing traffic from the back benches. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that, even though he is no longer on the company’s board, he is still calling the shots there.He was chairman when NOCAL’s board was spending US$1.5 million a year. On what, you may well ask? I too wanted to know. I sent NOCAL a data request on December 9, 2014 requesting, amongst other things, information on what NOCAL was paying its board members as board fees; and on the board projects NOCAL was spending money on for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I never got an answer, even though our Freedom of Information Act obliges the company, a public entity, to provide me, a citizen of the Republic, with such information.I asked because I had reliably learned that NOCAL was spending lavishly on Rob’s pet projects. Unconfirmed reports suggest, for instance, that NOCAL gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rob’s BYC football team. Rob was also on the board when the bloat in the payroll took flight. NOCAL went from a headcount of 20-30 people to one of 170 highly paid management and staff, from a payroll of US$360,000 per annum to one of more than US$7 million.Till this day, NOCAL has not honoured my request for information about its operations. An audit, by one of the Big 4 international accounting firms, not that shower at GAC, should be done on NOCAL (in one of his more delirious moments Rob offered to succumb to such an audit) so the Liberian people can know what has really been going on there.And if any criminal wrongdoing is discovered, President Sirleaf should strike the first blow to slay the vampire by instituting criminal proceedings against anyone found culpable, without fear or favour. People should go to jail. Then we will know that she is really serious about combating corruption.I will return to a position that I have long held: that the only way to effectively combat corruption in our public service is to put people in jail. I don’t believe for a moment that Liberians are born with more corruption genes in their DNA than, say, Americans or Germans or the British. Why corruptions thrives here is because there are no consequences. People steal public money and go scot free. No sanctions. No serious punishment.A couple of personal examples will illustrate how I believe a Liberian leader can effectively combat corruption. In 1973, a very close relative of mine was involved in theft of ticket receipts from a football tournament that we, the Big H Committee, had organized. His accomplices perhaps believed that because he was a close relative of mine, they would just get a slap on the wrist if they were caught. Well, they misjudged me. I grabbed my close relative first before anyone else and slammed him into South Beach prison.Currently, I am embarked on a crusade that stretches back three years to have the former superintendent of our Kokoyah Statutory District prosecuted for eating US$60,000 of monies we had negotiated with a logging company to pay the district for use of our facilities. He was indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga in November 2013. His trial started a few weeks ago. I will not rest until he is put behind bars, should he be found guilty. No begging.Since President Sirleaf does not know what to do with corrupt government officials, we, the citizens of Kokoyah, will give her a good civics lesson.The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more