Augean stables

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(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them

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They are secretly longing for a fearless character to do the job of cleaning the Augean stables.
Should it not be the responsibility of the Health Ministry to take stock of this and do its homework for cleaning up the Augean stables of adulteration which is a mega business in itself?
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.
Certainly, I don't have the vision of the broom needing to be used in the Herculean task of cleaning out the Augean stables.
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.
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.
Singapore, always quick to restore order on its limited territory, had no choice but to clean up its fiscal Augean stables.
The aptly, if unpleasantly, titled Cleaning Augean Stables turns out to be not merely an exercise in nostalgia for the initiated; it's indispensable for anyone seriously interested in the art of the play.
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.