Augeas

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(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle

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Eden had asked SOE to clean up 'that Augean stable in Cairo'.
That was then compounded by the fact that his successor, having pledged to clean up the Augean stable, then proceeded to run an administration that made Mr Major's look positively pristine.
The danger for him ( and for Labour ( is that, just as in 1997, cleansing the Augean stable of the stench of sleaze might now require an entirely new government.
As somebody who came into the game's administration as Blatter's protege, felt Ali, Platini could not be the right choice to clean the Augean stables of Fifa.
Analogies have been plentiful (Tammany Hall, Enron etc) since Blatter's announcement, but the tale of Hercules and his task of cleaning the Augean stables appears particularly relevant.
Similarly, the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has explained that Buhari's main preoccupation would be cleaning the Augean stables if he secures victory.
This is culturally fitting, with the Ancient Greeks having so well-identified many human failings such as hubris and nemesis (pride before the fall) and Heracles' task of cleaning the Augean stables (particularly appropriate given that sewerage has been the main focus of the corruption scandals).
Knowing full well that it is tainted, the best thing for the IPL's holding company -- the BCCI -- would be to withhold this year's tourney and come back after doing a Hercules and clean up the Augean stables by 2015.
The m dmi Party (P) leader is aware that to large sections, especially among the subaltern classes, he is something of a messiah, who is bent on cleansing the Augean stables of politics.
It becomes the primary responsibility of the present provincial set-up, which came to power in the name of change and claiming for the eradication of corruption from the federating unit, to carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the financial bungling in the Labour department and take the responsible to task regardless of any office or status in order to cleanse the Augean stables once and for all.
As part of the failed bid to bring the 2018 World Cup to England, Triesman spent countless days dealing with FIFA, an organization which he believes needs a metaphorical clearing out of the Augean Stables if it is to repair its tarnished image, the report said.
One such challenge, the Vatican Bank, is equivalent to cleaning up the Augean stables.
The question is who will win the election in Mayaand whether the winners will be able to restore calm, stick to Bulgariaas policy of fiscal austerity and finally clean the Augean stables of corporate Bulgaria.
Fans say Benedict was a great "teaching pope" who also presided over a quiet cleansing of the church's Augean stables, promoting a financial glasnost, committing the church to reform in the fight against clerical sexual abuse, and challenging the careerist and self-aggrandizing culture in the Vatican--most notably, of course, by being willing to renounce the pinnacle of power himself.
We hope, though, that when the cardinals gather to pick Benedict's successor, they consider someone able and willing to clean out the Augean Stables at the Vatican itself.