The notorious acts being allegedly carried out by traffic control officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) referred to only as ‘German Pay-day’, has resurfaced at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.According to several affected commercial drivers and private vehicle owners, ‘German Pay-day’ is the time police officers allegedly extort money from them during the weekend.Some commercial drivers told the Daily Observer that special budgets are set aside starting Friday of each week for the ‘German Pay-day’ activities at the Red-light, Waterside and Duala Markets.It may be recalled that in June this year, following public outcry against ‘German Pay-day’ at the three major commercial districts in Monrovia, the LNP leadership instituted some measures to remedy the troublesome situation.At the time, several police officers were arrested by their superiors for the alleged extortion and subsequently transferred to different areas in Monrovia and its environs.Petty traders and commercial drivers expressed gratitude to the LNP leadership and urged them to sustain the clamp down on errant (misbehaving) officers operating in the three business districts in Monrovia.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts in Monrovia, police officers are heard saying ‘bring my German Pay-day now or else.’“Let’s be very frank with our leaders and government that the present salaries will not deter these practices by our police officers in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia,” an aggrieved LNP officer cried out.In some real encounters with LNP officers assigned to Monrovia’s business districts, several of them pointed out that their salaries and incentives are a nightmare.The LNP officers also claimed that for the past several years in Liberia, salaries and essential incentives have remained very low and highly unacceptable by most professional standards in other countries.Correspondingly, the ‘German Pay-day’ activities in Monrovia’s business districts continue to generate anger and frustration among the thousands of petty traders and small enterprise owners.Many small, medium and large business entities have on many occasions complained of the snail pace of conveying goods and services from one end of Monrovia to other areas due to the ‘German Pay-day’ spree.Central Monrovia businessman Thomas Hansen Kollie last weekend told the Daily Observer that commercial and truck drivers conveying goods and services on many occasions encounter LNP officers demanding their ‘German Pay-day’ tokens.“Our goods and services to some parts of Monrovia are delayed owing to the numerous LNP officers encountered at the intersections awaiting their ‘German Pay-day’ and Christmas gifts,” Mr. Kollie complained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Below are the winners, and second place finishers from the 2013 NAPA Auto Parts Peace Country Open:Championship Winner: Travis Eggers (217), Runner-up: Ritch Hosker (225).1st Flight Winner: Stefan Brandmann (225), Runner-up: Peter Debryun (243).2nd Flight Winner: Dave L’Hirondelle (244), Runner-up: John Tanchuk (261).Advertisement 3rd Flight Winner: Brett Young (246), Runner-up: Blair Karasiuk (251).4th Flight Winner: Morris Paquette (254), Runner-up: Derek Moore (259).5th Flight Winner: Robin DeRose (271), Runner-up: Vince Trudgeon (287).Senior’s Champion: Greg Pallister (231), Runner-up: Larry London (243).Ladies Champion: Pearl Pimm (268), Runner-up: Kelly Smeeth (285).Advertisement Eggers points to his practice with his short game as making the difference throughout the tournament.“It was a good weekend, it was very rewarding that all the time I spent on my short game paid off,” Eggers says. “Without my short game, I wouldn’t have won this weekend, because I hit it poorly, but chipped well and putted well.”He adds that the conditions made things difficult on the course with all the rain in the region as of late. – Advertisement -“It was a tough weekend. Conditions were hard, it was wet and hard to make putts,” he explains. “It makes all shots [difficult]. We spend so much time practising, expecting a certain result. Now, instead of the ball rolling out on chips, they stop and grab, and shots coming onto the green spin, instead of hitting and releasing, they sometimes spin back off the green, so you have to completely change your game to get through.Troy Knight, General Manager at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club says that all the golfers who came out were looking forward to coming back for next year’s tournament.“A lot of people were shaking my hand, saying ‘thank you very much’, they had a good time,” Knight says. “They said they’d be back next year.Advertisement
22 August 2012 South Africa’s Paralympians were in a confident mood at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their departure for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. The 62-strong team is determined to improve on the strong showing of the team that scooped 21 gold medals and 30 in total in Beijing in 2008. The Games get under way on 29 August and come to a close on 9 September. South Africa will be contesting athletics, cycling, equestrian, rowing, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told the team that the nation would be following them on TV, “giving prayers and blowing vuvuzelas”. “Walk tall and proudly South African. Long live!” the minister said. South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam thanked the crowd who turned out to support the team, saying: “We are with them all the way to London. “You’ve done it in the past,” Sam told the team. “Just go and do it again.” Paralympic legend Oscar Pistorius will be the Team SA flagbearer at the Games’ opening ceremony. Double-arm amputee Samkelo Radebe said he would return with a gold medal. “I’ve prepared very well for the Games and I am quite confident to get a gold medal. I live to impress,” said the 23-year-old LLB student from the University of Johannesburg. Paralympic swimmer Emily Gray said: “I have trained very hard for these upcoming Games and I am looking forward to enjoying and getting more experience. I am ready to make South Africa happy and proud.” SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov.za
A salesperson who doesn’t believe that she is the best salesperson is better than the salesperson who believes that he is.Growing Through Your MistakesWhen you don’t believe that you are the very best, you are aware of your mistakes. You notice what you did wrong. You are honest with yourself when you analyze your performance. This willingness to believe that you make mistakes is what allows you to adjust and make changes that eventually improve your performance. It’s how we learn.The salesperson who believes that they are the very best isn’t aware of their mistakes, and so they make no adjustments. They aren’t honest with themselves or others. The salesperson’s willingness to lie to themselves prevents them from improving.Owning Your FailuresIf you don’t believe that you are the best, you accept responsibility for your failures. You don’t blame your failure on your prospect’s inability to perceive the value you create or your competitor’s lower price. You don’t blame your failures on the economy or some other factor over which you have no control. You don’t blame your sales manager or your territory. Owning your failures is what empowers you to do something different.The salesperson who believes that their failures are caused by something external disempowers themselves. Instead of owning their mistakes, they blame someone or something else. Blaming others is a recipe for sustaining poor performance.Taking Responsibility for Your Own GrowthThe salesperson who doesn’t believe that they know enough will take on personal and professional development projects. They will work to find areas where they need to know more, and they’ll work to learn it. They’ll find areas where they need to develop new choices and discover what other people are doing. They’ll model successful people’s beliefs and behaviors. This salesperson will find new opportunities.But the salesperson who knows everything cannot learn anything new. So they stagnate. Even if they knew a lot, as time passes, they fall behind. Instead of getting better over time, they start to slip and do worse.The salesperson who believes that they aren’t the best salesperson ever is willing to change. The salesperson who believes themselves to be the best is often the worst salesperson. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Angel Gomes expecting physical Rochdale testby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Angel Gomes is expecting a physical test against Carabao Cup opponents Rochdale.The United youngster is set to be involved tonight.He told MUTV, “They’re a League One side, a tough team and physical but that’s part of the game anyway. Every team we play against will be physical, that’s a given, so I don’t really take that into consideration.”We’ll try to play our football and attack as much possible, trying to show our strengths.“They’ll come out all guns blazing, I would imagine. It’s a big game for them, they’ve not played against our club for a long time and they have an ex-United player in Oli Rathbone.”I grew up watching him as he was two or three age-groups above me. I know him quite well so hopefully he’ll play and I’ll be able to play against him.“
Music legend Prince has passed away, leaving a massive hole in music and the lives of people around the world.As well as being a legend in the pop world, Prince was known as a generous and kind man. In 2007 he launched his 3121 fragrance with a concert and 24 hours of charity fundraising, splitting a portion of the proceeds between City of Hope, Jazz Foundation of America, H.A.L.O., Elevate Hope Foundation, Urban Farming, The Bridge and Edith Couey Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund.He supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation by attending the singer’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, and was once voted PETA’s sexiest vegetarian.In 2011, Prince donated $250,000 to Eau Claire Promise Zone in Columbia, South Carolina, a citywide grassroots coalition of community partners committed to doing “whatever it takes” to ensure all of the city’s children are prepared to graduate from college and be successful in their career and in life. And in 2012 he partnered with Rebuild the Dream for a concert in Chicago to support the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.He performed at many charity events, including Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam, raising money for the Tiger Woods Foundation.“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death,” said Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television. “The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music.“Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
Apparently it’s the season of athletes making statistically unsupported comparisons to their peers. Back in May, Patrick Peterson claimed superiority over Richard Sherman in the NFL (something that, according to the numbers — is dubious), and now Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Dan Patrick Tuesday that he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James:A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question … Me. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.With all due respect to Curry, a true offensive force in his own right, this is another case where the majority of statistical evidence doesn’t do the challenger any favors.According to the advanced box-score metrics, James spent the 2013-14 season outclassing Curry in usage rate, scoring efficiency, offensive rebounding, avoiding turnovers and drawing fouls. The only offensive areas in which Curry beat James were jump-shooting — Curry made 42 percent of his 3-point shots and 49 percent of his midrange jumpers; James knocked down those shots at rates of 38 and 39 percent, respectively — and passing (whether measured by assist percentage or SportVU’s optically tracked passing metrics).But James is no slouch in terms of distributing the ball, either; he ranked 19th among qualified NBA players in assist percentage a year ago. Distance shooting is really the only offensive category in which Curry claims a substantial edge over James — and it’s an advantage mitigated by the fact that James’s shot distribution skews so heavily toward easier shots at the rim. So Curry is a better long-range shooter than James, but James doesn’t take that many long-range shots.Zooming out, James’s personal offensive rating was higher than Curry’s even though James used a higher proportion of his team’s possessions (so subscribers to skill curve theory would have a hard time siding with Curry in this debate).Case closed? Not yet. There have been instances when such box-score-based metrics fail to tell the whole story, and players with gaudy combinations of usage and efficiency don’t always have the impact we’d predict from their individual stats. These are the kinds of incongruities that ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM) is supposed to detect. RPM estimates a player’s effect on his team’s efficiency after accounting for the quality of his teammates, opponents and a host of other variables.By RPM, James was easily the offensive player who had the most impact in the NBA last season. Curry was second, slightly outpacing reigning MVP Kevin Durant.The comparison gets a little more interesting, though, when you look at these adjusted Four Factors ratings, which apply the same technique — estimating a player’s on-court impact via regression — to the four essential barometers of a team’s offensive performance: effective field goal percentage (which adjusts ordinary shooting percentage for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 1.5 times as much as 2s), turnover percentage, offensive rebounding rate and free-throw rate.In two of the four factors, James and Curry exert similar degrees of influence: Both boost team shooting percentages and reduce team turnover rates at levels greater than 95 percent of all NBA players. And despite his inferior individual offensive rebounding numbers, Curry is also associated with a much better rate of team effectiveness on the offensive glass than James is. This is probably due in part to the increased likelihood that 3-pointers result in “long rebounds” which can be rebounded more readily by the offense (of course, Miami’s incredibly low offensive rebounding percentage — at least some of which was part of a conscious strategy — bears mentioning).Through this lens, the biggest disparity between the two players is in free-throw rate: James was in the 99th percentile in that category, while Curry ranked in the 54th percentile. But free-throw rate is the least important of the Four Factors. Crafting an overall average based on the suggested weights for each category, Curry would actually place slightly ahead of James on offense (even if the overall adjusted plus/minus ratings generated by the same data set have James at No. 1).That would be an anomalous ranking, however, as the vast majority of advanced statistics side with James in this debate. The more interesting tidbit from such analysis might just be that Curry is within striking distance in most of the numbers, and that, statistically, there’s a good case to be made that Curry is superior on offense to Durant. James’s statistics are too overwhelming to be surpassed, but Curry is as close as anyone in the game.
Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday for his performance that helped the Buckeyes defeat Wisconsin 33-29 on Saturday. Miller accounted for three total touchdowns in the game as he completed 7-of-12 passes for 89 yards and added 99 more on the ground. A 44-yard touchdown scamper by Miller gave the Buckeyes a 12-point lead with just 4:39 remaining, but the Badgers stormed back with two quick touchdown drives to take the lead, 29-26. The Buckeyes got the ball back with just 1:18 left on the clock, but that was more than enough time for Miller and the Buckeyes. On first down, Miller escaped the pocket, scrambled to his right and heaved a 40-yard pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith in the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 33-29 lead that the Buckeyes would never relinquish. The win brought the OSU’s record to 5-3 on the season with a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play, but also put the Buckeyes right back in contention for the conference championship. OSU will remain at home this week to take on Indiana. Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAaron Craft’s play is getting recognized on and off the court.Ohio State men’s basketball’s all-time leader in steals and assists has been named one of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard.“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful points guards in college basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John L. Doleva said according to a press release. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”So far this season, Craft has started all 26 games and led OSU to a 20-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season. He also leads the team in assists (4.6), steals (2.5) and minutes (34.5) per game and is third on the team with an average 9.5 points per game.The senior point guard is also a two-time Academic All-American and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Craft and backcourt partner senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. became the fastest players to reach 100 wins in their OSU careers after the Buckeyes defeated North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29.“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” Chair of the Bob Cousy Award, Ken Kaufman said according to the release. “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve to be competing or this well-respected award.”If Craft wins the award, he would be the first Buckeye to win it and third Big Ten player to raise the trophy, with Illinois’ Dee Brown claiming the honor in 2006 and Michigan’s Trey Burke winning it in 2013.Craft looks to add to his résumé in OSU’s next game, scheduled for Wednesday against Northwestern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State’s Cole Gorski celebrates in mid-air at the Simmons-Harvey Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterMembers of both Ohio State’s men’s and women’s track teams set individual records in South Bend, Indiana, during the Meyo Invitational. The meet, which took place Friday and Saturday, consisted of 37 teams, professional athletes and unattached competitors. Ohio State did not send its full team, opting not to send throwers, jumpers and some sprinters.Men’s RecapOhio State senior Cole Gorski re-set his personal high in pole vault, clearing 5.45 meters Friday night. Gorski’s previous record of 5.40 meters was set at the Buckeye Classic, the first meet of the season. Gorski finished second behind Nate Richartz, a recent Notre Dame graduate, who jumped 5.55 meters. Richartz was an All-American in indoor track last year.Junior Coty Cobb finished third in the event behind Gorski and Richartz with a vault of 5.15 meters.Sophomore Alexander Lomong took first place in the men’s 800-meter run with a race of 1:50. Lomong also joined freshman Paul Bete, sophomore Ryan Harrington and junior Luke Landis on the first-place team that set a season-high in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 9:50.Women’s recapOhio State freshman Anavia Battle finished first in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7:46. She ran the 200-meter dash in 23:79, also taking first. Ohio State owned the 200-meter dash. Senior Maggie Barrie finished third (24.43), senior Beatrice Hannan came in fourth (24.49) and sophomore Taylor DeLoach placed sixth (24.71).Barrie also had a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.51.Senior Chantel Ray placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.32).In the 3000-meter run, senior Christine Frederick smashed her prior personal record by 11 seconds with a third-place finish at 9:24.Senior Madison Roberts also set a personal record Saturday in indoor pole vault, reaching 4.02 meters. She finished third in the event.Next weekend the Buckeyes will split up. Part of the team will head to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Vanderbilt meet and other Buckeyes will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Iowa State meet.