‘Gov’t Has No Enemy’

first_imgIn a direct attempt to dissociate her government from any implication in the mysterious death of former LPRC Managing Director and recent critic of the Sirleaf Administration, Harry A. Greaves, Jr., President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said yesterday that her government has never considered anyone as an enemy, but rather critics who are part of the country’s political process.The deceased was a former strong political ally and confidant of President Sirleaf’s during her first term and she appointed him to head one of the nation’s most lucrative State Owned Enterprises, the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC). He was dismissed in 2009 and later became a crusader for the enlightenment of the Liberian masses, critiquing this administration’s handling of key social, political and economic issues. Speaking at the Roberts International Airport upon her arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she attended an African Union heads of state conference, the President said she was saddened by the news of Greaves’ demise.Expressing her deepest condolences to the widow and daughters of the fallen former LPRC boss, President Sirleaf said, “Let me make this clear, this government has no enemy. We have many critics but critics are not enemies.” President Sirleaf told reporters in a brief interview that her government will do all it can to get to the bottom of the death of Mr. Greaves.President Sirleaf disclosed that she has therefore commissioned the Ministry of Justice to contract experts either from the United Kingdom or the United States to conduct a thorough investigation that will ascertain the cause of death of Mr. Greaves. Minister Sannoh told the Daily Observer via telephone last night that the Government has already made contact with the Forensics Department of the University of Nebraska (USA), which has offered to assist with the investigation. “It was not the autopsy she was talking about,” the Minister clarified, adding that the Nebraska investigation will entail other elements of the case, such as the “circumstances leading to the death of Mr. Geaves. The autopsy will support their investigation.” The autopsy itself will be conducted by two Nigerian pathologists, including Professor John Obafunwa, who are expected in country today to investigate Greaves’ corpse. Prof. Obafunwa was in Liberia just last week to conduct the autopsy on the corpse of the late Dan Orogun, Managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, who died a week earlier, in a boating accident at a resort along the Robertsfield Highway. “A full investigation of an independent body is required,” President Sirleaf said. “We all want to get to the bottom of this.” She called on Liberians to be patient as the experts carry out their duties to unravel the cause of Mr. Greaves’ death. “I want to ask my people [to] let’s wait. Let’s get the best investigators who are independent of the government and the country and then after that on the basis of the results we can be able to say something about it.”“The University of Nebraska is ranked number one in the world in forensics studies,” Minister Sannoh said, adding that they were the same experts used in the Angel Togba case. In addition to assistance with the Greaves investigation, he said the Government of Liberia is discussing details of a relationship between the University and the Justice Ministry, the A. M. Dogliotti Medical School, and other possible areas of engagement. The undressed body of the former LPRC boss was found on the beach on Sunday morning, behind the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs on Capitol Hill, just hours after he was reported missing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria Africa’s Hopes for FIFA 2018 World Cup

first_imgAfrica’s five representatives to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and EgyptFive nations including Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria were on Friday drawn in various groups for the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Africa’s representatives.Following the group stage draws at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday, Egypt was placed in Group A against Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, and host nation Russia.The ‘Pharaohs’ are entering the competition for the third time since they last appeared 27 years ago. They made their first appearance in the competition in 1934 after becoming the first African team to play in the World Cup finals and made their comeback in 1990.Egypt will go into next year’s World Cup as one of Africa’s top performing sides. They made a strong case in Group E during the qualifiers after emerging as group winners ahead of Uganda, Ghana and Congo. The Pharaohs will hope to cruise past Round One, having finished at the bottom of Group F in 1990.Africa’s next representative – Morocco, are returning to the international competition since they last participated in 1998. Morocco was placed in Group B along with Iran, Portugal and Spain.The ‘Atlas Lions’ find themselves in a difficult group like their fellow African teams. Like any group in the competition, Africa’s representatives need a goal-scoring attacking force, a distributive and creative midfield, and of course an unfriendly defense.The remaining three African teams Senegal, Nigeria and Tunisia were placed in Group H, Group D and Group G respectively.In Group H, Senegal was paired against Japan, Colombia and Poland. The Teranga Lions will have to show some class as they did during their debut appearance in the World Cup in 2002.As debutants in the competition 15 years ago, Senegal became the second African team to reach the quarterfinals. They defeated France, then defending champions, collected a point each against Denmark and Uruguay and subsequently edged out Sweden in the Round of 16 before a late 94th minute goal from Lihan Mansih of Turkey ended the West African nation’s journey in Japan 2002.For Nigeria, they were drawn against Argentina, Croatia and debutants Iceland. Next year’s World Cup will record the Super Eagles’ sixth appearance. Their best result out of previous appearances was the Round of 16. In 2014, France became the stumbling block for the Super Eagles after a Paul Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal ended their World Cup campaign in Brazil.In Group G, Tunisia was paired against European sides, Belgium and England, and Central American side Panama that is making their debut. Tunisia have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on four occasions, the first being at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Unfortunately, the ‘Eagles of Carthage’ have never crossed the group stage. They last played in the competition in 2006.Finally, since the inaugural tournament of the FIFA World in 1930, no African nation has reached the semifinals of the international competition, not to mention winners. The best result from African nations in the tournament was in the 1990, 2002 and 2010 editions after Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana respectively advanced to the quarterfinals.The past 21 editions of the competition have come and gone. Many Africans always rally their support around the team that bridges the gap by advancing to the latter stages of the competition, as was done for Ghana in 2014. Next year’s edition in Russia is another opportunity for African nations; and the hope of Africa is rested on the shoulders of Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and NigeriaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Finance Ministry Clarifies Report of ‘Questionable US$180K Taylor-ERA Debt’

first_imgMr. Flomo: “Gov’t is continuity, but we don’t subscribe to false claims and reportage.”Authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) on Monday, December 17, 2018, refuted a story published by a local newspaper under the headline “Kickback Suspected in US$180K Taylor-Era Debt Paid to ‘Inactive’ New York Company” , According to the story Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Mr. Samuel Tweah approved a payment of US$182,000.00 (One Hundred Eighty-Two Thousand United States Dollars) to a purported US-based construction company. According to the FrontPageAfrica(FPA) newspaper,  the company has been inactive since 2003 shortly after the country emerged from civil war following Charles Taylor’s abdication and exile in Nigeria.In the publication, FrontPageAfrica newspaper (FPA), said nearly all payment vouchers in its possession originated from the instruction from the Ministry of State headed by Minister McGill to the Ministry Finance. Rather strangely, the payment to the Rocktown company was done in Monrovia since, according to FPA, the company is no longer active in the State of New York. The story however did not say whether the payment was made to a local representative of the company, transferred to an identified account or whether it was a cheque encashed over the counter at the Central Bank.It does appear however that the payment to this defunct company was made from the national claims budget over which the Finance Minister has exclusive authority as it is only he who can authorize payment from the budget on claims. It can be recalled that in 2014 during the tenure of Amara Konneh, the online newsmagazine The Perspective, published a story of a similar bogus payment of US$2,161,996.80 (2 million one hundred sixty-one thousand, nine hundred ninety-six dollars eighty cents) US dollars which was made to the Solid Rock Investment. And it was paid  on check# 40014882.The check was drawn on A/C# 02-205-300001-62 from the claims budget. It was encashed over the counter at the CBL although there were in place at the time strict rules forbidding such over the counter transactions. According to a retired Ministry of Finance official, the budget on national claims during the past administration was a virtual slush fund for the Minister of Finance.According to the official this latest FPA story bears close parallels to the 2014 Perspective story. But the latest FPA story also said, “Based on the loopholes, a senior administration official told FPA Sunday that the current government should have sought an appeal before agreeing to pay a dime.”However, in its Monday’s clarification, Deputy Finance Minister for Economic Management, Augustus Flomo, said the story is “totally false and misleading, because there has been absolutely no payment made to Rocktown.”Though he denied the story, Flomo admitted that the payment is still being processed through the Ministry’s internal system.He said Domestic Debt Service flow goes through potential processes, claimant makes an official request to the Finance Minister about his/her claim; the Finance Minister then sends it down the stream (Deputy Minister and Assistant Minister), and then it arrives in the Debt Management Unit.Mr. Flomo said the Debt Management Unit reviews the claim based upon the supporting document (2008 KPMG audit, External rental claim audit and court judgment), and recommend a decision for the Debt Management Committee. The Debt Management Committee consists of MFDP, Central Bank of Liberia, Ministries of Justice and States established by the Public Financial Management regulation.In addition to the controls, he said, the Legal Department of the Ministry also provides legal opinion on all payments, including domestic debts to determine the legal basis for such payment.“All of the claims within the period are taken to DMC, and a decision is made before making any payment. Unfortunately, the current government cannot take an appeal in a case that was adjudicated in 2016, and final judgment made thereto,” Flomo said.He added, “according to our records, after the rendition of the judgment, no further action was taken by the then government to perfect the appeal. As such, the claim automatically became a legal debt of the government,” he said.Minister Flomo continued, “to have made it appear that the current government is not responsible, and did not take the necessary due diligence in effecting the payment process, “is not only preposterous, but malicious as government is continuity.”“And because government is continuity, this government is under legal obligation to honor legitimate debts once she has the financial capacity to do so as such payments would not only improve the individual businesses, but the general well-being of the economy,” Mr. Flomo noted. In view of this clarification by the Minister there are lingering questions why debts owed to the media continue to go unpaid even though they are also legitimate debts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GIABA Commences Training for Journalists on ‘Money Laundering’

first_imgThe Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), a regional body in the business of alerting and watching out for activities involving money laundering, will on Tuesday, November 26 begin a two-day training for Liberian journalists to prepare them investigate, and diagnose some complex strategies associated with money laundering.Money laundering, according to International Compliance Association (ICA), is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source.The training is a part of GIABA’s regional workshop for journalists, aimed at harnessing the power of the media to be more alert and disseminate anti-money laundering messages.  It will also ensure to capacitate investigative journalists to report, and disseminate messages that counter the financing of terrorism to a wide audience in the West African region, as well as liaise with the media in unearthing unwholesome financial practices, including money laundering.The workshop, therefore, seeks to train competent and experienced journalists to have a general knowledge of money laundering and terrorist financing; assist participants to produce reports and articles or features of quality on money laundering and terrorist financing issues, and improve the network of journalists to disseminate truthful information on money laundering and terrorist financing systems in West Africa.One of the main functions of GIABA is to promote strategic partnerships with the civil society, including news media, religious leaders, youths and several state actors in the fight against these menaces.GIABA has been in existence since 2005, providing technical assistance to member countries, conducting training programs for different actors and sectors involved in efforts and actions to combat the scourges of money laundering and terrorist financing.“The fight against economic and financial crimes is an enormous task requiring concerted, coordinated, and cooperative efforts by several stakeholders, each with distinct but complementary roles,” a release from GIABA said.GIABA’s work in training and sensitizing people on money laundering and terrorist financing, if disregarded for any reason, cannot be overlooked nowadays.Several terrorist attacks have been reported in West Africa of recent; one in nearby Ivory Coast and several others in Burkina Faso and Mali.The seminar is to build strong alliance with the media for effective dissemination of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing messages and to improve network among journalists in promoting the implementation of effective AML/CFT regimes in the region.The training will be facilitated by experienced and highly competent media experts on anti-money laundering issues, including GIABA faculty through plenary sessions, case studies, experience-sharing, and syndicate group sessions.GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as Financial Task Force responsible for combating money laundering and terrorist financing in the West African region. It was established by the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in 2000 with the mandate to protect the national economies and the financial systems of member states from abuse and the laundering of the proceeds of crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI worker charged for killing ex-lover’s boyfriend

first_imgA Guyana Water Inc (GWI) employee, who allegedly killed his ex-lover’s new boyfriend on December 30 was slapped with a murder charge and hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Charged: Nigel ThomasNigel Thomas of Lot 136 James and Victoria Streets, Albouystown, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. It is alleged that on December 30, 2019, at Guyhoc, Georgetown, he murdered Kyle Chase.The 20-year-old man was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who told the court that his client received injuries to his head and was a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital. According to Thompson, his client does not know anything about the victim’s death.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that at about 23:00h on the day in question, the victim was at the female’s home when the accused went there.Dead: Kyle ChaseThe prosecutor said that upon seeing 23-year-old Chase, the accused became enraged and an argument erupted. The court was told that the accused pulled out a screwdriver and dealt the victim several stabs to the neck. According to the prosecutor, the injured man was rushed to the David Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The court also heard that the accused received minor injuries and was treated. The prosecutor stated that the matter was reported to the East La Penitence Police Station and the accused was arrested. The court also heard that the two men are known to each other. Thomas was remanded to prison and the case will continue on January 28, 2020.last_img read more

Odom says he is ready to play

first_imgWhat once looked like a potentially season-ending shoulder injury will wind up keeping Lamar Odom out for less than two weeks, a critical development for the Lakers as they attempt to regroup with 18 games left in the regular season. Odom saw team doctor Steve Lombardo before Sunday’s game and was cleared to practice. It was feared that Odom would need surgery to repair the torn labrum he suffered in a March 2 game against Sacramento. The Lakers are 0-5 since Odom’s injury. He saw specialist Lewis Yocum last week, at which time the Lakers said Odom would defer a decision on surgery for two to threeweeks to see whether he would be able to strengthen his shoulder enough to play. Lakers coach Phil Jackson conceded that Odom, who needed surgery to repair a similar injury at the end of the 2004-05 season, would be limited in some ways once he returns. Odom still hadn’t done any shooting yet, to the best of Jackson’s knowledge. “I think he’d have to understand what he can do and what he can’t do,” Jackson said. “There’s some things, maybe going to the basket and dunking the ball, that right off the bat is something he’s going to have to watch, because that extension is the problem.” Injury report: Jackson said Luke Walton reported no pain and increased mobility in his ankle and was hopeful of returning Thursday. Walton was in uniform for Sunday’s game but did not play. The coach also has given Vladimir Radmanovic (separated shoulder) the nickname of “Count Dracula” as he watches practice from the sidelines. Radmanovic was injured in a snowboarding incident for which he was fined $500,000. He is not expected to play until sometime in April but Jackson did say, “Hopefully, he’ll get back in time to play a couple games.” Center of attention: A combination of factors led to teenage center Andrew Bynum staying in the starting lineup and Kwame Brown coming off the bench Sunday. The first came with Brown showing up late to Sunday’s shootaround. Brown celebrated his 25th birthday Saturday – there were no cake-throwing incidents – but didn’t make any excuses to Jackson. Jackson also said he “liked (Bynum’s) attitude” after Friday’s loss to Philadelphia. Bynum had another lackluster game, making just 1 of 4 shots and scoring two points, in what Jackson considered a favorable matchup against the Mavericks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The strength is good, so the strength will protect the shoulder,” Odom said. “I regained strength really quick, so the rehab’s going well right now, and I’m looking forward to getting on the court.” “I will play on Thursday (against Denver),” Odom added. “No doubt about it.” last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL! DONEGAL FANS SHOW REAL FLARE AT CLONES

first_imgDONEGAL fans showed some real flare at Clones today as they celebrated the county’s historymen lifting the Anglo-Celt for the second year running.The GAA had insisted that fans wouldn’t be allowed to take to the pitch to celebrate.But within seconds of the final whistle, it was clear that order wasn’t going to be listened too. Some fans even lit flares to herald a remarkable win.If you have pix, you can send them to info@donegaldaily.com. PICTURE SPECIAL! DONEGAL FANS SHOW REAL FLARE AT CLONES was last modified: July 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL! DONEGAL FANS SHOW REAL FLARE AT CLONESlast_img read more

MYSTERY STILL SURROUNDS HOW DOLPHIN ENDED UP ON DONEGAL HILLSIDE

first_imgIt is now believed the creature found in the hills around Burtonport was an unusual species of dolphin.Many locals identified the find as that of a young killer whale because of its distinctive black and white markings. However an expert now believes the creature found at Meenaband approximately 3kms from the nearest stretch of coastline is a species of dolphin.Padraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group thinks it is part of a group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins which beached at nearby Traigheanna Bay in Dungloe on June 21st.Mr Whooley says sightings of such dolphins are fairly uncommon as they tend to stay much further out to sea.He says he does not know how the dolphin ended up so far inland but suggests it could have been taken there. “The only thing I can think of is that it was taken there to decay naturally by someone.“It could have ben taken to this remote area so it could decompose naturally leaving a skeleton which could have been put on show,” he said.But as of last night mystery still surrounded how this unusual creature ended up dead in the rural hills of Donegal. MYSTERY STILL SURROUNDS HOW DOLPHIN ENDED UP ON DONEGAL HILLSIDE was last modified: June 28th, 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:burtonportdolphinMeenabandPadraig Whooleylast_img read more

Titan takes off on one last mission

first_imgThe last Titan rocket blasted off from California’s Central Coast on Wednesday, signaling the end of an era as the U.S. military converts to cheaper space boosters. The 16-story-tall unmanned Titan IV carried a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the nation’s constellation of spy satellites. Like previous Titan missions, the purpose of the latest launch was classified. About 3,000 spectators and military dignitaries gathered at Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, to watch the historic launch around 11 a.m. PDT. “The Titan has been the backbone of heavy launch for many, many years,” said Walt Yager, vice president of the Titan program at Denver-based Lockheed Martin Corp., which developed the rocket. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s a loss to a lot of people, but everybody recognizes that even good things end sometimes,” Yager continued. “The Titan has served the country very valiantly over the years.” The latest liftoff marked the 368th time the United States has sent a Titan rocket into space. Of those, 200 voyages originated at Vandenberg. In April, spectators gathered at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to bid farewell to the final Titan rocket launch there. last_img read more

Bulldogs Focused on Big-Picture Prize During Record-Setting Season

first_img“What I’m most in awe with her about is that she’s such a risk taker,” Baranczyk said. “Sometimes it’s off. Most of the time it’s not. But I can live with those times she’s off, because she’s going for it. Not that many people have that quality to just go for something.” Baranczyk’s deep-seeded beliefs are reflected by Ingle and Wendell.A love to compete, and a love for basketball? That’s Ingle. She’s not afraid of failure. “That’s special to me,” Wendell said. “Drake is a really good school, and it’s tough. We have to put in the time to study and get those grades. The coaches definitely put school first. So I think it makes it less stressful and more fun to go out on the court, and drop everything for the hours we’re there.” The message works. Becca Hittner, a guard, is a leading candidate to become the fourth straight Drake player to be named the MVC’s freshman of the year, following Sara Rhine, Maddy Dean and Wendell. Baranczyk’s coaching style is player friendly. Everyone plays. Team first. “The true form of competition is not hoping that other people do bad,” Baranczyk said. “It’s you bringing your best.” The board in the locker room, the one with all those statistical goals? It also included several messages that speak to Baranczyk’s core beliefs. “Have Fun, Be Fun,” she had written. And “We Are.” But nothing speaks to the program’s culture more than this: Baranczyk had drawn three hearts on the board.  Love Basketball. Love to Compete. Love Drake. “I do think it’s special, and I don’t want to overlook it because it’s one of the many things this team has done,” Drake’s fifth-year coach said. “But I think what’s even more special is that we didn’t set out on a mission to do anything other than continue to focus on getting better, and having fun doing it.” The numbers she spoke of were the ones Drake women’s basketball Coach Jennie Baranczyk had posted on the board in the locker room before the game. Numbers representing offensive goals and defensive goals. “Our culture is very simple,” Baranczyk said. “We do have the Bulldog Way. That’s department wide. We’ve identified what we do as loving basketball. Loving to compete. And loving Drake.” Heady stuff for a team led by senior all-MVC players Lizzy Wendell and Caitlin Ingle. But those accomplishments are just fancy wrapping on Drake’s ultimate present. Inside, you’ll find the big prize. “Love, that’s the strongest emotion there is,” Baranczyk said. “People throw around the word love. And even though you intensely love something, it doesn’t mean that it always makes you happy, either. It’s just an incredible emotion. It’s definitely not easy. That’s where that evolution started.” This love culture was created halfway through Baranczyk’s first season at the school. “All the girls Jennie has brought in have been great,” Wendell said. “We spend all of our time together. It’s easy, natural relationships we’ve got. And we love playing basketball, and we love playing with each other. We share the ball. We score a lot of points. That makes it fun, too. And playing with your best friends really makes it fun and you love it.” The last piece is loving your school, both on and off the court. “We have high expectations for everyone on our team,” Baranczyk said. “Our bench doesn’t come in to relieve starters. Our bench needs to produce. And we don’t talk about roles. Everyone needs to rebound. Everyone needs to be able to score. We don’t put them in a box and tell them, “This is what your job is.” “Lizzy turns to her and says, “Shoot the ball,’ ” Baranczyk recalled. “If you’re not going to shoot an open shot, that’s not going to help any of us.’ How many prolific scorers say that to a freshman?” By: Rick Brown – 11-time Sportswriter of the Year in IowaSpecial to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.comSammie Bachrodt had just checked out of Drake’s game against Bradley on Feb. 12 when she looked at the Knapp Center scoreboard to her right and did a quick study of the numbers. Wendell, whose impressive streak of 102 consecutive games scoring in double figures ended in the win at Indiana State on Feb. 17, said she’s proud of is what the team has accomplished so far. But the desire to do more is what drives her. “That’s what sets us apart,” said Ingle, the MVC’s career assists leader. “That’s what Jennie builds this program on. If you love each other, you’re going to have a lot of fun.”center_img “We don’t just recruit talent, we recruit fit,” Baranczyk said. “We try to get talented players, obviously. Versatile players. But our players have a big say in what’s going on, so our recruits can identify our culture before they get here. Whether or not they pick us, it’s up to their feel. So they come in as the Bulldog Way. They don’t come in to buy in.” “Every year she’s added a little bit more to her game,” Baranczyk said. “A lot is what she’s added mentally. She’s never been on the all-American Watch List and all that, because she’s not flashy. She just comes to play every day. We don’t run sets for her. That was never the goal. But that’s also part of the culture. No one is bigger than anybody else.” Baranczyk recalls one workout before the season started. Hittner had an open shot, but passed the ball to Wendell. Baranczyk has taken the foundation of the Bulldog Way, and added to it as she built her coaching philosophy.  “We’ve got all of our goals, and we’re still in the third quarter,” Bachrodt told a teammate. “We’ve really been trying to get better each day, take it day by day, game by game, and not to look too far ahead,” Wendell said. “Just focus on the present. And I think that’s really helped us this season.” “I don’t think we have a buy in,” Baranczyk said. “I think we are the Bulldog Way.” “Our goal at the end of the day is obviously to make the NCAA Tournament,” Ingle said. “But taking it game by game, that’s what we’ve learned. We have to get better in conference play. It doesn’t matter who we play. The focus is in details. Just staying in the system and playing basketball. It’s built on love.” Baranczyk recruits to the culture she’s established. A 22-4 record, 16 straight wins overall, a Top 25 ranking and an MVC record for consecutive wins to start a season are nice, Ingle admits, but it’s not the ultimate goal. Baranczyk has embraced “The Bulldog Way,” the cornerstone of the athletic department’s culture of excellence with integrity.  She believes in the principles, and uses them as teaching points with her team:Integrity. Commitment to excellence. Outworking and outhustling opponents while chasing championships. Desiring the best for, and expecting the best from, each other. Maximizing potential by aspiring to greatness.This is more than a vision that looks good on paper but collects dust on a shelf. It lives in 12 players in Drake uniforms, striving for excellence as a team. So what makes us, Baranczyk asked her coaching staff. You’ve got to love the game, for one. And you’ve got to love to compete. Love? Wendell’s all in. Wendell represents Baranczyk’s mission statement. Instead of resting on her laurels, she’s doing all she can to get better. “You’ve got to love what’s on your chest, the whole experience,” Baranczyk said. “Because if it’s not going well in the classroom, it’s not going well here. If you’re not doing well here, you’re not going to do well in the community.” Basketball is about numbers, after all. And Drake’s 98-46 victory against Bradley that Sunday improved its Missouri Valley Conference record to 13-0, the best start in league history. It also clinched the Bulldogs’ third consecutive 20-win season. A day later, Baranczyk’s team was 25th in the Associated Press poll, the first time the program had been rated since the 2001-02 season. One week later, the team rose to No. 21 in the rankings after it extended its record-setting streak to 15-0 in the MVC. Drake is averaging 83.1 points a game. But just as impressive is the fact that in the last three years, the team grade-point average has ranked in the Top 10 nationally. You’ve got to love it. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more