25 years in prison for Mason City man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s 25 years in prison for a Mason City man who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl numerous times.61-year-old Russell Leverne was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse after Mason City police say he committed sexual acts with the child on multiple occasions between June and July of last year at his apartment in the 1000 block of South Illinois Avenue.As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Leverne pleaded guilty to two of the three second-degree sexual abuse counts, with the other charge being dismissed.Leverne this week was sentenced by District Judge Colleen Weiland to 25 years in prison on each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.Leverne must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and pay $500 worth of civil penalties.last_img read more

Panel predicts $20 million decrease in Iowa tax revenue

first_imgDES MOINES — A panel that estimates how much tax revenue the state of Iowa will collect predicts a slight slow down in the next budgeting year that starts July 1.Dave Roederer, the governor’s budget director, says he and the other two members of the panel know there’s a recession ahead, they just don’t know when.“It’s kind of like we’re heard for how many weeks that someday it’s going to quit snowing and so, you know what, it’s going to happen. We just don’t know when it’s going to happen,” Roederer says. “…We still have employers in this state and in the rest of the country that are trying to hire additional employees, so that’s always kind of an indicator as well.”The State Revenue Estimating Conference predicts lawmakers will have about $20 million less to work for next year’s budget. That won’t impact budgeting right now because Republican leaders in the House and Senate already were planning to spend significantly less than the total revenue estimate released Friday.In each of the past two years, lawmakers had to make mid-year cuts in the state budget, but current state tax receipts are steady and cuts are not necessary.last_img read more

Animal neglect charges filed against owner of alleged Worth County puppy mill

first_imgMANLY — A woman from rural Manly has been charged with 17 counts of animal neglect after over 150 animals were seized from an alleged puppy mill back in November.The charges were filed on Friday in Worth County District Court against 66-year-old Barbara Kavars. Officials seized 154 dogs and four cats from the property. In several visits to the property, a Worth County sheriff’s deputy says he saw kennels covered with feces and mud and visibly skinny dogs with no water and little food.Court records describe overcrowded and filthy conditions at the rural Manly property. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals cared for the animals and called the operation a “puppy mill.”Kavars in January wanted nine dogs and four cats to be returned to her, but Worth County Magistrate Douglas Krull ruled against Kavars, saying the dogs and cats were among those neglected and that they qualified as threatened animals.Animal neglect is a simple misdemeanor, with each charge punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine.last_img read more

Harris says teacher pay plan may prompt students to choose the profession

first_imgIOWA CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris touted her teacher pay proposal last night as she addressed about a thousand people at a town hall event in Iowa City.“One of the greatest expressions a society can make as an expression of love for its children is to invest in their education and, by extension, that means invest in our teachers,” Harris said.Harris is calling for a $315 billion federal investment in teacher salaries over a decade. Her campaign calculates Iowa teachers would see an average raise of $12,000. Harris told University of Iowa students in the audience last night that she hopes this encourages them to pursue teaching as a profession.“You will be able to follow your passion instead of looking at the debt that you have accumulated from student loans and the bills you have to pay,” Harris said, “and instead, you are forced to take a job working for a pharmaceutical company.”According to the Harris campaign, the average teacher is paid about 11 percent less than others with similar college degrees. Harris’ plan would spend federal money to boost teacher pay by 10 percent, then call on states to provide money to match any additional federal investment in raises for teachers.“I think states’ leaders are acutely aware of the deficiencies and the needs of their communities,” Harris told Radio Iowa. “This will give them the ability to, I think, actually have a boost and feel a boost to get back to the business of doing more, investing and supporting our schools, our students, their teachers and our families.”Harris is campaigning in Des Moiens today. She’s appearing at a midday event hosted by “Emerge Iowa” — a group that encourages Democratic women to run for office. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus has endorsed Harris today and will be at the event. Jean Hessburg was executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2004 election cycle.last_img read more

Lt. Governor Gregg stops at Harding Elementary in Mason City to kick off Healthiest State Month

first_imgMASON CITY — Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stopped in Mason City this morning to help kick off Healthiest State Month in Iowa. Gregg joined students and staff at Harding Elementary School as they were among more than 900 Healthiest State Annual Walk events taking place today. Gregg says events like this will help Iowans move forward with the goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.   “What that’s going to take is a lot of good choices, and a lot of doing little things right. Today is an opportunity where we’re going to get a little exercise here with the kids here at Harding Elementary, but also encourage them to make healthy choices when they have that opportunity from here on out and for the rest of their lives, and create those healthy habits that will help us become the healthiest state in the nation.” Gregg says kids need to learn good habits about exercise. “It’s so important to be intentional about getting that exercise. It’s so easy these days to live a sedentary lifestyle with looking at our phones, or being on the computer, or watching TV. Let’s get up, let’s get out, let’s have some fun and enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s great to instill that kind of ethic in the kids early, and I think they’re having fun with it.” Gregg says it’s not only important for kids to be healthy, adults needs to look at their lifestyle.  They’ve got to take control of their own health and find ways to make the healthy decision when they have that opportunity. We have decisions many times a day, every single day, where we can make a healthy choice or we can make it less healthy choice. Healthiest State Month is all about encouraging Iowans to make that healthy choice when they have an opportunity, but also empowering them with the information that they need to make the healthiest choice for them.”Gregg presented the school with a proclamation and then participated in walking and other exercises with the students.last_img read more

Iowa’s attorney general warns of census scams

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is warning Iowans about looming scams involving bogus U-S Census takers.This year, for the first time, Iowans will be able to respond to the census online — or by phone or by mail. If you don’t use any of those options, someone may knock on your door in the weeks to come.Legitimate census workers will have a photo I-D from the U.S. Department of Commerce and if you’re still not sure, call the bureau’s 800-number to verify who they are.Don’t answer emails from what may look like the census as you won’t be sent unsolicited emails. Also, callers, mailers and people at your door from the REAL census won’t ask for your Social Security number or any personal banking information.last_img read more

Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank plans to open back up next week

first_imgMASON CITY — The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank has announced they plan to re-open next week. The food bank’s Ozzie Ohl says they intend to resume operations on April 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday of each week. He says clients will receive a pre-packed box of food which will include meat, milk, eggs, bread, and sweets. Ohl says clients are asked to remain in their vehicles, and that only an ID or yellow card is required to obtain a food box. If you have other questions you can call the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank at 424-3073.last_img read more

Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgVillarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets’ ankle as the Spanish international cleared.Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch.However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal’s resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season.And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo.– Atletico bounce back –Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis.The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak.HIGHLIGHTS ?Check out the best plays from our win in Seville. ??? #AúpaAtleti #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/voarEVWhAe— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017By contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark.“They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had,” Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain.Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello’s sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner.? | PHOTOSTake a look at the best pictures from #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/MZCU1DTT6l#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/1jYE0wAgUV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017“One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears.Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad.Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.Share on: WhatsApp ? The table still looks good after 15 games in @LaLigaEN #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/BWA8xWC2Sw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative.And their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Final whistle!Villarreal 0-2 FC Barcelona Suárez and Messi?? #ForçaBarça? #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/PimFrBIoLK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top.Real Madrid are eight points back in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks’ time with an 11-point lead over their rivals.Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.Gerard Pique nearly gave Barca the perfect start at the Ceramic Stadium, where they have struggled in recent seasons, as his header came back off the crossbar from Messi’s corner just four minutes in.However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack.Nicola Sansone had the hosts’ best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left.Messi orchestrated the visitors’ attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca’s left.Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba’s low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide. With that goal, Leo #Messi equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe’s major league with one club. Well done, Leo! ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/30vNDzu4zx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017last_img read more

Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move -reports

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal — with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals.Bild says Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.Bild also claim Dortmund are closely monitoring Belgian forward Batshuayi, who has failed to impress Antonio Conte at Chelsea, starting just two of his 11 Premier League appearances this season.Aubameyang seems determined to force a move from Bundesliga side Dortmund.He was dropped for Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting — the third time he has been disciplined by the club in the last two seasons.“I don’t know what is going through his head. I don’t know him any more,” said Dortmund’s clearly exasperated director of sport Michael Zorc. “He used to be always professional, I have never experienced such behavior before and it can not go on like this – it’s intolerable.”The Gabon hot-shot has scored 21 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season, but Dortmund’s head coach Peter Stoeger, who stepped in last December after Peter Bosz was sacked, has said Aubameyang is currently a disruptive influence in the squad.It remains to be seen whether Stoeger will select Aubameyang for Friday’s Bundesliga match away to Hertha Berlin.“Disappointment is the wrong expression, rather incomprehension, because I can not really understand his behaviour, but I’m not the only one,” Stoeger told Sport Bild magazine.The Austrian head coach said he is assuming that Aubameyang, who has a contract until 2021, will stay, but if so, the player has bridges to rebuild with the club.“‘Auba’ must make it clear to the coach whether or not be is prepared to give everything for Borussia Dortmund,” echoed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wayne Rooney catches fake T-shirt seller

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Everton F.C player, Wayne Rooney recently helped investigators catch a conman who had made £1 million (Approx. Shs5 billion) selling dodgy football memorabilia.Fraudster David Rennie sold 4,500 autographed items to sports enthusiasts for as much as £700 each after buying replica items from sports shops and using Sharpie permanent markers to fake autographs of stars. He also faked memorabilia of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo, and Brazil’s Pele. The faker supplied with his items a ‘certificate of authenticity’ that was also fake. One item he sold was a 2013/14 Liverpool FC shirt bearing 24 autographs including Gerrard and Luis Suarez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Federer credits wife for keeping him going

first_img“But we had a very open conversation, if she was happy to do this or not, years ago. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kiddies.“Same for me, because I wouldn’t want to be away from my kids for more than two weeks. This life wouldn’t work if she said no.”Federer also takes pleasure in seeing his parents, Lynette and Robert, enjoying watching him play and travelling to tournaments.“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it,” he said.“They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.“Many puzzles need to fit together for me to be able to sit here tonight,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Mirka FedererMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.The Swiss master won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The latest triumph — his sixth at Melbourne Park — came 15 years after he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, yet he continues to defy time when many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do what he loves, with wife Mirka courtside for most of his big games, despite now having four children to look after.This, coupled with a careful schedule, has allowed him to remain at the top, with no thoughts of calling it quits any time soon.“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible,” he said on what keeps him going.“I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible.”“Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years.last_img read more

Impressive CAF Champions League debuts for Nigerians, KCCA beaten

first_imgThe KCCA team that took on Cnaps in MadagascarJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Nigerian newcomers made impressive starts to the CAF Champions League Sunday with Plateau United winning convincingly at home and Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) drawing on the road.Uganda’s KCCA had a false start to their campaign away in Madagascar where they took the lead through Derrick Nsibambi in the 53rd minute, lost the lead and then fell to an injury time goal by CNaPs Sport .In Nigeria, late goals from Sunday Ingbede and Joshua Obaje for Plateau completed a 3-0 victory over fellow African rookies Eding Sport of Cameroon in central city Jos.Elijah Ogene had put the Nigerian champions ahead midway through the opening half of a preliminary round first leg in the premier African club competition.The sides meet again later this month in Yaounde and it would be a shock if United surrendered a convincing aggregate advantage, particularly as they did not concede at home.Should Plateau advance, they will face 2007 champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia for a place in the 16-club group draw.MFM, who are bankrolled by a popular pentecostal church, scored first during a 1-1 draw at Real Bamako of Mali that places them in pole position to reach the next round.The Nigerian league runners-up scored after 15 minutes through Nojeem Akinyemi only for Mohamed Camara to equalise just two minutes later.Real have upset several Nigerian clubs in CAF competitions, but they are on the backfoot this time as a goalless draw in Nigeria will suffice for MFM to progress.Overall success for MFM would pit them against Otoho of Congo Brazzaville or 1976 champions Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who lost the first leg 2-0 in central Africa.Enyimba are the only Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League or its forerunner, the African Cup of Champions Clubs.They won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, but no other Nigerian club has come close to matching the “Peoples Elephant”, who also lifted the CAF Super Cup twice.Nigerian clubs fared particularly poorly in the Champions League last season with Enugu Rangers and Rivers United bowing out before the mini-league stage.Mamane Cisse and Bersyl Obassi netted in the second half for newcomers Otoho in Congo Brazzaville against vastly experienced African campaigners Mouloudia.Entente Setif, the other title contenders from Algeria, fared much better as they hammered hapless Olympic Real Bangui of the Central African Republic 6-0 in north Africa.Zakaria Haddouche scored a hat-trick and Akram Djahnit bagged a brace for the club who were crowned African champions in 1988 and 2014.While the Algerian “Black Eagles” are virtually assured of a last-32 place, who they would face next is not obvious.Al Tahaddy of Libya, who cannot host matches in Benghazi because of ongoing post-Moamer Kadhafi era violence, built a 1-0 lead over Aduana Stars of Ghana in Cairo.Mahmoud Ali scored the only goal just past the half-hour as Tahaddy seek to make an impact 40 years after last appearing in the premier African club competition.Liberian outfit LISCR shocked twice runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan 1-0 in Monrovia through a Sheriff Sheku goal to complete a miserable weekend for the east African nation.Al Merrikh, the arch domestic rivals of Hilal, crashed 3-0 away to modest Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp Otoho (CGO) 2 (Cisse 61, Obassi 79) Mouloudia Alger (ALG) 0Plateau Utd (NGR) 3 (Ogene 20, Ingbede 86, Obaje 90) Eding Sport (CMR) 0LISCR (LBR) 1 (Sheku 21) Al Hilal (SUD) 0Buffles Borgou (BEN) 1 (Koupkpo 64) ASEC Mimosas (CIV) 1 (Toure 65)Ngaya (COM) 1 (Ibouri 79) Songo (MOZ) 1 (Pelembe 5)V Club (COD) 3 (Moloko 17, Batezadio 29, Makusu 41) Be Forward Wanderers (MAW) 0Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 3 (Bokamba 12, Bitumba 51, 58) Platinum (ZIM) 0Saint George (ETH) v Al Salam Wau (SSD) – postponedPlayed SaturdayCNaPs Sport (MAD) 2 (Ratolojanahary 59, Rafaralahy 90+3) KCCA (UGA) 1 (Nsibambi 53)Zanaco (ZAM) 3 (Tembo 34, Phiri 35, 90) Armed Forces (GAM) 0Stade Malien (MLI) 1 (Samake 18-pen) Williamsville (CIV) 1 (Karidioula 90+3)Kadiogo (BUR) 1 (Sawadogo 22-pen) Mounana (GAB) 0AS FAN (NIG) 1 (Daniel 34) Horoya (GUI) 3 (Ocansey 15, Ouedraogo 18, Sankhon 22)Generation Foot (SEN) 2 (Sabaly 55, Ndiaye 75) Misr Lel-Makkasa (EGY) 0Young Africans (TAN) 1 (Mahadhi 67) Saint Louis (SEY) 0Township Rollers (BOT) 3 (Gaolaolwe 27, Moalosi 44, Boy 70) Al Merrikh (SUD) 0Gor Mahia (KEN) 2 (Omondi 22, Guikan 62) Leones Vegetarianos (GEQ) 0Concorde (MTN) 1 (El Id 25) Esperance (TUN) 1 (Jouini 67)AC Leopards (CGO) 2 (Masombo 49, Gandze 71) Togo-Port (TOG) 1 (Ayeba 68)JKU (ZAN) 0 Zesco Utd (ZAM) 0Difaa el Jadida (MAR) 10 (N’Diaye 4, Ahaddad 24-pen, 26, 37, 43, 47, Msuva 45, 73, 87, Magri 55) Benfica (GNB) 0Wits (RSA) 2 (Kodisang 24, Rodgers 37) Pamplemousses (MRI) 0Rayon Sports (RWA) 1 (Hussein 83) LLB Academic (BDI) 1 (Bazunza 75)Second legs: Feb 20-21center_img CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg results Sunday:Bantu (LES) 2 (Motseare 18, Kalake 42-pen) Mbabane Swallows (SWZ) 4 (Badenhorst 17, Tsabedze 22-pen, 66, Nhleko 55)Al Tahaddy (LBA) 1 (Ali 31) Aduana Stars (GHA) 0Entente Setif (ALG) 6 (Haddouche 13-pen, 58, 76, Djahnit 61, 89, Rebiai 79) Olympic Real Bangui (CAR) 0Real Bamako (MLI) 1 (Camara 17) MFM (NGR) 1 (Akinyemi 15)last_img read more

Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.Willian gave reason to a bold team selection from Conte on Tuesday by putting the English champions ahead just after the hour mark, having also hit the woodwork twice before half-time.However, Barca pounced on a very rare Chelsea mistake on the night as Andres Iniesta intercepted a slack pass by Andreas Christensen and squared for Lionel Messi to slot home his first goal in nine appearances against Chelsea. “We’re talking about a player he’s only 21. It’s great that he can play this game with this maturity. I am very happy. For me he was one of the best players tonight.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 “We must be realistic. We are talking about Barcelona. They show tonight to be a strong, fantastic team,” said Conte.center_img “We have showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively, but continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball when you have the chance to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.”Conte named a front three without a recognised centre-forward with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez either side of Eden Hazard, while the 21-year-old Christensen started in place of club captain Gary Cahill.And Conte refused to pin the blame on the inexperienced Dane for conceding.“I think it was a great performance, an incredible performance,” added Conte.last_img read more

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

first_imgThe mauling was complete when Isco sealed his treble on 74 minutes, capping a starring performance while leaving Sampaoli with questions to answer with the World Cup less than three months away.“We’re very happy to beat the finalists from the last World Cup, a team with a fantastic history,” Lopetegui said.“But that doesn’t change anything for this World Cup, we will have to start with zero points (in the group stage).”Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus powered in a first-half header in Berlin as Brazil gained a measure of revenge for the 7-1 demolition by Joachim Loew’s side in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. The result ended Germany’s unbeaten run of 22 matches dating back to their semi-final defeat by hosts France at Euro 2016.“It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said,” said Brazil defender Thiago Silva.– Mbappe, Lukaku shine –In the absence of injured striker Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy fired England ahead against Italy on 26 minutes after Jesse Lingard’s quick thinking set up the Leicester man to blast beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma.But England were unable to pad their advantage and conceded for the first time in six matches as Lorenzo Insigne converted an 87th-minute spot-kick, controversially given via the help of VAR after James Tarkowski trod on the foot of Federico Chiesa.“I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet,” said Southgate. “I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day.”Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat struggling World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 in Saint Petersburg, with Paul Pogba shaking off his problems at club level by netting a superb free-kick.“We expect a lot from him (Pogba), I ask a lot from him,” said France coach Didier Deschamps of the midfielder who has found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in recent weeks.“He was also playing a ‘comeback’ match, because it’s been a while since he played a full game, it’ll do him a lot of good.”Romelu Lukaku grabbed two goals as a strong Belgium side romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Brussels, with Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne also on target.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Schalke forward Breel Embolo were among the scorers for Switzerland in a 6-0 thumping of World Cup debutants Panama in Lucerne.Piotr Zielinski snatched a stoppage-time winner for Poland in a 3-2 victory over South Korea in Chorzow, where goals from Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Grosicki had put the home side in control before quick-fire strikes from Lee Chang-min and Hwang Hee-Cha.Japan lost 2-1 to Ukraine in Liege as Oleksandr Karavaev grabbed the decisive goal after Tomoaki Makino had cancelled out an own goal by team-mate Naomichi UedaShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a disputed late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.Spain underlined their status as chief contenders at this year’s World Cup in Russia as they extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid.Diego Costa bravely forced home Spain’s opening goal on 12 minutes and Isco doubled the lead before Nicolas Otamendi halved the deficit prior to half-time.The absence of Messi, left out of the squad by Jorge Sampaoli despite the coach insisting on Monday that his star striker was fit, was telling as Spain dominated the South Americans in the second half.Isco bagged his second on 52 minutes and Thiago Alcantara swiftly added another for the hosts before substitute Iago Aspas struck after latching onto a long downfield pass from David de Gea.last_img read more

‘Hero’ Drotske gives thumbs-up after robbery horror

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Former hooker Drotske was an unused substitute in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final won by hosts South Africa against greatest rivals New Zealand in Johannesburg.Capped 26 times by South Africa, he was the first choice four years later when they finished third in defence of the title in England.Drotske played for and coached the Bloemfontein-based Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Currie Cup and southern hemisphere Super Rugby competitions.He also spent two seasons as a player with the London Irish club. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed.After being rushed to hospital, Drotske was initially listed as “critical” but a hospital spokesperson confirmed to AFP Saturday that he was now “stable”.Many on social media hailed Drotske as a “hero” for tackling the three men and pushing them out of the house.Drotske was shot three times during the melee and suffered a severe loss of blood while being rushed to hospital.None of the other five people in the house, including former Springbok prop Os du Randt, were injured.Police said Friday they were questioning two men but no arrests had been made.last_img read more

Raheem Sterling accuses newspapers of fuelling racism

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Raheem Sterling has accused British newspapers of helping to “fuel racism” with the way they portray young black footballers after he suffered alleged abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea.Chelsea and the police are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which was highlighted on social media.Sterling, 24, posted on Instagram on Sunday, referencing a story from January about City teammate Tosin Adarabioyo reportedly buying an expensive house despite never having started a Premier League match.“The young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an(d) aggressive behaviour,” Sterling wrote.“So for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an(d) give all players an equal chance.”Sterling received a barrage of abuse from home supporters as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal during the first half of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, which City lost 2-0.The England international said he was not surprised by the behaviour of the fans but did not elaborate on what was said.“I just want to say, I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point heard I will speak up,” he posted.“Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.”In his social media post, Sterling refers to headlines about Adarabioyo, 21, and fellow City youngster Phil Foden buying houses.While the article about Adarabioyo focuses on how he spent £2.25 million ($2.9 million) on a property without making a top-flight appearance, midfielder Foden, 18, is described as having “set up a future”. “You have two young players starting out their careers — both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are,” said Sterling.“But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.“I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded.”– FA statement –The Football Association released a statement on Sunday condemning any act of discrimination in the game.“We take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and will work with the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure this matter is dealt with appropriately,” it said.Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who was racially abused by Luis Suarez in 2011, expressed his dismay at the incident at Stamford Bridge.“I saw what happened with @sterling7 yesterday….How does this happen still in 2018?!,” the Frenchman tweeted.Sterling, who recently signed a contract extension with Manchester City, has previously faced negative publicity, often for non-football issues.Treated as a scapegoat during England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, he dubbed himself “The Hated One” on Instagram.Sterling was widely criticised again ahead of this year’s World Cup in Russia for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.He explained it was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead in his birthplace of Jamaica when Sterling was just two years old.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Gambles by Ujiri pay off with NBA crown for Raptors

first_img“It’s surreal,” Ujiri said. “But I think when you put the team together and we all dream of a championship, the change was hard at the time, but we knew the kind of player we were getting and if we overcame and dealt with all the issues, we felt that could come together.“We were all positive about this kind of moment and all dreamt about it.”The Raptors added Spanish center Marc Gasol from Memphis at the trade deadline, adding a tough defender and calm influence to a young, strong, defensive-minded squad powered by Leonard.“Being able to play in the finals this year has been great, but I’ve been happy just being able to return to basketball at the beginning of the regular season,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty much something that I look back on of not being able to play and now I’m able to play. So just enjoy it. It’s why you’re here.”– Kawhi’s buzzer beater –In the playoffs, the Raptors dispatched Orlando in round one and overcame Philadelphia on a dramatic seventh-game basket at the buzzer by Leonard that bounced four times on the rim before dropping through for the winning points.If that wasn’t enough of a thriller, the Raptors fell behind NBA season wins leader Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final before rallying to win four straight games and advance to their first final.“We hit that dramatic buzzer beater to advance,” Nurse said. “We got on the plane the next day and had to play less than 48 hours after that. We came out and played unbelievably tough. The ball didn’t bounce our way that night. We didn’t get any breaks. But I thought we outplayed them.“When we went down 0-2 our guys were like, ‘OK, let’s just get home and we’ll get this thing turned around.’ So that’s probably a moment of where I thought the team had something inside them to keep on going.”Challenged to dethrone a dynasty to win the title, the Raptors used a stellar effort by Cameroon standout Pascal Siakam in game one, two impressive Leonard road performances to take two in Golden State, and clutch late 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet to edge the Warriors in the final game.Share on: WhatsApp Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse argues a referee’s call in Thursday’s sixth game of the NBA FinalsOakland, United States | AFP |  From the ashes of an epic playoff failure last year, the Toronto Raptors made a pair of risky moves and wound up winning the first NBA title in their 24-season history.The Raptors defeated defending champion Golden State 114-110 Thursday to capture the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to two, becoming the first team from outside the United States to win the title.But it was an unlikely journey that began shortly after the Raptors won the Eastern Conference regular-season crown but were swept out by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.That led Raptors president Masai Ujiri to fire Dwane Casey, who would be named NBA Coach of the Year for the campaign. Casey was quickly signed by division rival Detroit.Nick Nurse, an assistant coach with the club since 2013, was promoted to head coach and proved a perfect fit.“It was heck of a 12 months,” Nurse said. “We tried not to look too far ahead.”Ujiri, who is from Nigeria, saw Nurse as the man to guide an intense squad.“We’re a hardworking team and I think Nick has that persona and that ethic that really translates to everybody and the whole organization as a whole,” Ujiri said.– ‘It’s surreal’ –Then Ujiri traded DeMar DeRozan, the face of the franchise for a decade, to San Antonio to bring Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.It was a risk. Leonard had been the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the champion Spurs and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 but missed almost all of the 2017-18 campaign with a right quad injury.But Leonard clicked with the Raptors and produced career highs of 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game as Toronto achieved the second-best record in the NBA at 58-24.last_img read more

We have quality in Cranes – Onyango

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda CranesKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango has said the team has the quality to get to the later stages of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).Onyango, one of the experienced players on the Ugandan team said their target is to make it out of the group stage into the knock out round.Uganda will battle against hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A of the tournament which kicks off on Friday in Cairo. The tournament which brings together 24 teams for the first time will run June 21st to July 19th.Onyango said although the team does not have star players like Mohammad Salah for Egypt, they will play as a unit to be able to get the get the results.“We shall need to work as a complete team. To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality. We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well. Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further,” he added.In the international friendly games played in the United Arab Emirates the Crans drew goalless with lowly ranked Asian side Turkmenistan before stopping 2015 Afcon champions Ivory Coast 1-0.Head coach Sebastien Desabre also made it clear that his team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals. “We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together,” he added.Group A: Uganda, Egypt, Zimbabwe, DR Congo Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, BurundiGroup C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, TanzaniaGroup D: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia, MoroccoGroup E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, AngolaGroup F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea Bissau*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Legacy of 2010 World Cup ended ‘Afro-pessimism’, says S.Africa football boss

first_imgChampions: Spain celebrate their 2010 World Cup victory at Soccer City stadium in SowetoSoweto, South Africa | AFP |  Danny Jordaan, the man who spearheaded the 2010 World Cup, believes the tournament put an end to “Afro-pessimism” and helped transform the African continent from “hopeless to hopeful”.Ten years after the event, Jordaan told AFP the World Cup put sceptics firmly in their place and sparked a boom for Africa.In 2004, when then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced South Africa would be the 2010 host, it had already been a century since the governing body was formed.“It took 100 years… and the reason for that is a doubt that had been created around Africans and the African continent that they don’t have the capacity and they will never deliver the infrastructure,” Jordaan said.“This is something that we have to contend with – Afro-pessimism.”After it won the bid, the country embarked on a six-year journey to deliver the required infrastructure including rail, rapid-transport systems, roads and freeways, as well as upgrading broadcast and telecommunication systems.That came at a 33-billion rand ($1.9 billion) price tag.“After 2010, Africa became a destination for tourism, for investment for trade,” Jordaan said.“The environment has changed from a hopeless continent to a hopeful continent, a continent of the future and now, no one can ignore the African continent.”He added: “There is no contradiction between being African and being world class.“It is again, the Afro-pessimism. We are not going to allow them to put their knees on our necks,” he said metaphorically referring to George Floyd, the African-American man whose death at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis has sparked worldwide protests.– Mandela’s appearance –Jordaan, who was head of the 2010 organising committee and is now the president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), hailed the tournament’s legacy.“The infrastructure legacy together with 25 new hotels, which have been built, places this country with some of the best infrastructure on the continent,” said Jordaan at his office at SAFA house, situated at the FNB stadium on the fringes of the Soweto township. Of the 10 stadiums that hosted the 64 matches during the month-long tournament, five were built from scratch, and five received upgrades so they could collectively seat more than half-a-million spectators.The stadiums are now used by football and rugby teams.For Jordaan, the moment when former President Nelson Mandela came to wave to the crowd on the day of the final at the stadium, previously named Soccer City, remains emblematic of the significance of the tournament for South Africans.“He was already very frail and sick, but he insisted… he must be there,” said Jordaan.“Of course, that was his last public appearance. He never appeared in public again.”The tournament also catapulted women’s football to prominence, said the 68-year-old who played a critical role in preparing the bid to host the 2010 premier event.“As a result now we have more than 400,000 women playing football,” at various levels including developmental, he said.A plethora of female referees and coaches have also emerged over the last decade.A premier women’s football league, established a year before the World Cup, has since grown to boast more than 140 teams and thousands of female players.Banyana Banyana, the national women’s team, is rated among the top 50 by the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.Among the many memorable and uniquely African icons of the 2010 World Cup, were the ‘vuvuzela’, long plastic trumpet horns now adopted worldwide.“Most of the European fans didn’t like the sound of the vuvuzelas,” Jordan chuckled, “they said it’s like bees, angry bees humming in the stadium.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump slams Rep. Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban

first_imgOn Tuesday, Trump reiterated his claims that Tlaib “hates Israel and all Jewish people,” and called her an “anti-Semite.”The president has repeatedly criticized “Squad Members” Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for their anti-Israel rhetoric.Last week, the Democrat lawmakers were denied entry to Israel because of their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country.Trump was accused of pressuring Israel into the decision after suggesting Israel would look “weak” if it allowed the Congresswomen to enter.Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and an outspoken Trump critic, later requested and was granted a waiver to visit her grandmother in the West Bank.However, she reversed course a day later and announced she would not go.Reps. Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday denouncing Israel’s decision.Tlaib teared up as she spoke about growing up in Israel and recounting her family’s experiences.“As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and proud American,” Tlaib said, becoming emotional.Omar also suggested that lawmakers reconsider the annual U.S. aid allocated to Israel after they were prohibited from entering.Trump’s tweets on Tuesday came after coverage of the press conference played out on Fox News throughout the morning.It is the latest in his ongoing feud with Democrat lawmakers known as ‘The Squad.’Related content:President Trump v. The Squad – ‘If you hate our country, you can leave’ President Trump slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib via Twitter Tuesday after a press conference where she emotionally criticized Israel over its decision to ban her from entering the country last week.last_img read more

Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Mail support Ladyboy water-volleyball tournament

first_imgWe can’t overlook the contributions to the upcoming 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition made by the competing ladyboys and the bars where they are employed.  Without them and their time, given freely, there wouldn’t be a tournament and consequently our worthy charities wouldn’t benefit.  Then there are the financial contributors, both personal and corporate, who provide the funds that go directly to our charities.  But it’s not just financial contributors to which we are indebted.  This year we’re happy to have the Pattaya Mail Media Group once more giving us an outlet from which to promote the charity tournament and highlight the tremendous contribution the ladyboys are making to their communities.  And of course there are our gracious tournament hosts at the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana.But we’d be fibbing if we didn’t say we were especially thrilled to have the participation of Tiffany’s Show this year!  The world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the original transgender cabaret show here and is currently in its 38th year. Its showgirls are paragons of both beauty and talent, and the show itself is a huge tourist draw for Pattaya.  Through the efforts of Pattaya Mail, Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has generously agreed to donate five tickets to the Miss International Queen competition, which will be part of the charity raffle held on the evening following the tournament.The Miss International Queen competition is a once-a-year event presented by Tiffany’s Show that draws transgender women from all over the world to compete for the title.  This year the event will be held on Nov. 1, only a week after the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition.  The tickets always sell out well in advance, so we expect these will be popular items for the charity raffle — in fact we expect some of the tournament spectators will be outbid by the volleyball contestants!All of these efforts are critical to the success of this year’s charity event, and Pattaya Mail, Tiffany Show and Areca Lodge all have our utmost heartfelt thanks.But of course raising money for charities is what the tournament is all about.  With that in mind, I’m happy to say that we are now on track to to raise 700,000 baht for said charities: Pattaya Rotary Club’s Water4Life program, Pattaya’s HEARTT 2000, Bangkok’s St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program, and Phuket’s The Life Home Project.  Thanks to many generous financial contributors and sponsors, we have more than doubled last year’s charitable contribution of 285,854 baht.To date 86 individuals have pledged 110 sponsorships of one or more of the bars competing in the tournament.  That amounts to 350,000 baht — once again, that alone puts us over last year’s mark.  To all of them, on behalf of the charities involved and the ladyboys in the tournament, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you.But this year we also have a corporate sponsor on board in NB Surveys Thailand Co. Ltd., the Thai branch of NB Surveys Global.  To say that we are thrilled to have such an august company sponsoring the tournament would be an understatement.With headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, NB Global provides surveying services to the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, and has offices in Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, in addition to its office in Bangkok.Established in 2001, NB Surveys Thailand began with just one expat employee, but has steadily grown over the ensuing decade to now include several local Thai staff in both the survey department and the office operations.  To NB Surveys we must also extend our heartfelt thanks as well.The 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26.  For more information or to see how you can help, email us at lbwvb@hotmail.com, or visit us on the web at www.lbwvb.com.last_img read more

United face tough start to 2017 season

first_imgThis coming Saturday sees the start of the 2017 Thai Premier League season with local side Pattaya United visiting Bangkok based BEC Tero Sasana.  Pre-season has seen whole sale changes to the Dolphins squad with only three players still at the club who started the last game of the 2016 season against Korat FC.This transfer activity has seen 20 players join the club while 19 others have departed.  Despite this large movement of players there has been great optimism coming from the squad who have been preparing for 2017 at their training base at Karti Thanee Country ClubPattaya United’s Wellington Priori.Two of the most interesting newcomers are both on loan from SCG Muangthong United.  Left winger Chaiwat Buran and centre midfield Peeradon Chamratsamee optimize the young and talented Thai players that manager Yutthana Thaweesappasuk will have available for selection.The success of the season will depend on how well the foreign signings are able to use their experience to blend the side together.  Those supporters who witnessed the 2015 promotion winning season will not forget the wonderful contributions made by South Korean centre back Lee Won Young, Brazilian midfielder Wellington Priori and Serbian striker Milan Bubalo. With these three player returning to the Pattaya squad for the 2017 season it is understandable why there are positive noises coming out Dolphins Stadium.  However, despite the efforts of Coach Ahn, pre-season results have left a lot of questions unanswered with defeats against Thai Honda Ladkrabang FC and Port FC.  Last weekend’s 3-0 victory at Rayong FC plus other wins against Air Force United FC and Hougang FC show what the squad is capable of though when it gels on the field.The side will do well to better its 2016 position of 12th and much will depend on the start that United make to the new season.  This will not be easy as the opening schedule throws up some difficult challenges.  Following Pattaya’s opening game at BEC they then play highly fancied Chonburi FC at home, followed by a visit to title candidates Buriram United.last_img read more

Orphans turn sailors for fun day on the high seas

first_imgThere was just enough wind to blow the flotilla slowly to anchor just off Bang Saray.  This is when the real fun started with the children jumping into the small dinghies and canoes supplied by Ocean Marina.  Paddling around on a nice flat sea gave them a chance to let off steam and judging by the shouts of excitement, this is when they could all enjoy the water.  Swimming was also on the agenda and included some screaming while jumping off the high deck of the biggest boat.  If the noise level was any indication of the fun being had …it was very high indeed!A day out at sea can be great fun for all.The relative quiet that followed was an indication that lunch had arrived and appetites were high.  Then it was time to head back to the marina.  Luckily the wind had picked up enough for the small racing yachts to give the children their first taste of what racing is all about, and judging by their reaction and screams they all seemed to enjoy it.And so it was back to terra firma but the fun had not stopped.  The children politely lined up to receive their t-shirts, emblazoned with a sailing yacht, as a memento of the day.  Then it was group photo time followed by some heart tugging thank you speeches from a whole range of children of all ages, down to a two year old that simply stole everyone’s heart.  Luckily the mood was lightened with the arrival of some delicious ice cream, generously sponsored by a local company that is always at the front of the queue when it comes to offering help on such occasions.All hands to the wheel – children from the Camillian Center steer for home.It is a great credit to the foundation that cares for these children that they were all well dressed, well behaved and polite but still retained that essential of all children… full of life and mischievousness.A big “thank you” goes to the organizers and everyone who contributed to a wonderful day!Note: For more information on the Camillian Center, visit website: www.hiv-aids-kids.org. In this day and age of what seems to be almost daily bad news, it comes as a great relief to be able to bring an uplifting story about a group of good people.A small band of sailors, based at Ocean Marina Yacht Club near Pattaya, got together recently and organized a day out for the children of the Camillus Foundation of Thailand.  These are orphans and most of them carry the added burden of being infected with HIV.  By giving their time, energy and resources, this small group of sailors provided a day out to remember for 50 children and their ten carers.  It was also a day out to remember for the organizers because these children were so happy, well behaved and appreciative of the day’s fun.Orphans and more experienced deckhands pose for a photo on one of the luxury yachts.Credit must also go to the staff and management at Ocean Marina Yacht Club who backed up the organizers with enormous help and assistance, both on and off the water, and a big “thanks” goes to them.The weather was very kind and provided a nice calm day with good shade from the normally merciless sun.  And so a small flotilla set off from the marina in yachts ranging from multi-million dollar catamarans to small racing yachts so that the children could witness the wide variety of craft based here that provide fun for their owners.last_img read more

Real Madrid comes to Thailand

first_imgThe training must have done some good as two days later the boys played in a local match and won 5-2, their first victory of the year. Imagine playing more than ten months without a win, it is hard to put in to words just how excited they were when the ref blew the final whistle.New kit and boots for all the boys.Each player at the football camp received a certificate of attendance. Youngsters from the Father Ray Children’s Home pose with former Real Madrid and Liverpool footballer Alvaro Arbeloa at the SCG Stadium in Muang Thong Thani.Twelve soccer obsessed, and very lucky boys from the Father Ray Children’s Home in Pattaya recently took a day off from school to travel up to Bangkok to claim a prize after winning a competition – a day of football training with coaches from the Real Madrid Football Academy.Arriving at the SCG Stadium, home to Muang Thong United, the boys were greeted by former Spanish international, Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham United footballer Alvaro Arbeloa.The Children’s Home was one of three charities that were chosen to train for the day, and each boy received a Real Madrid kit, shirt, shorts and socks as well as a pair of brand new soccer boots.For more than six hours the boys were put through their paces by the Spanish coaches. They played in small and large groups, learned new skills such as passing and heading the ball, and teamwork, and by the end they were so exhausted that they slept all the way home to Pattaya.last_img read more

United off and running with first win of the season

first_imgPattaya United’s next game is away at Chainat FC on Sunday, May 1 with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m.In AIS League Two East (Bangkok Region), Inter Pattaya continued their winning ways by sinking the Naval Fleet with a 1-0 win at the Navy Stadium in Sattahip.  Inter did not break stride despite changing coaches over the holiday period and new head coach Bertrand Crasson would be happy with the welcome victory.  The win keeps the pressure on division leaders Samutprakan United, with Inter second on goal difference.Dolphin supporters celebrate the team’s first league win of the season. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)Another of Pattaya’s footballing representatives, Pattaya FC, lost 4-2 to Look Issan which leaves them currently 8th in the 11 team league.  Pattaya FC chased for most of the game despite being level at 2-2 at one point, however they could not keep up with their opponents and Look Issan pulled away for the win.  Pattaya FC’s next game is away to Kasen Bundit University on the 30th April.There is also Pattaya City FC, which plays in the AIS League Two Eastern Division and who lost 2-1 to neighbors Chonburi FC at the weekend but stayed 4th in the 12 team table. After a short hiatus for the Songkran holiday break, Pattaya’s professional football clubs dried off and headed back to competitive action last weekend.Pattaya United were away to Army United on Sunday in the top flight Premier League and managed to attain a 2-1 victory in Bangkok in a huge ‘need to win’ encounter.  The Dolphins went into the match languishing at the foot of the table but opened the scoring through Brazilian Junior Negao in the 31st minute and wrapped up the valuable three points with a goal in the 85th from Lebanese striker Soony Saad.  Army United were able to stay in the game in the first half via a penalty in the 42nd minute.  Pattaya United had the better of the exchanges during the match but could not capitalize until Saad’s late winner.Pattaya United striker Soony Saad (10) is congratulated by teammate Júnior Negrão (9) after scoring the winning goal against Army United FC in Bangkok, Sunday, April 24. (Photo courtesy Pattaya United FC)With their first win of the season the Dolphins moved off the bottom of the league standings and out of relegation zone but the Pattaya team will be looking for more similar performances as they continue the battle to stay in the top tier of Thai football.last_img read more

Itthiphol re-elected windsurfing association president

first_imgPattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome has been re-elected president of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand citing a pledge to have Thais compete in every future Olympics.The mayor said the goal of the association should be to expand the sport and improve the local sailors’ skills so that they qualify for every Summer Games.Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome has been re-elected as President of Windsurfing Sport Association of Thailand.Pattaya School No. 7 is the group’s current base for training youths and Itthiphol said more youngsters are flocking to the sport than ever before.To help maintain momentum, he has appointed Thai national champion Ek Boonsawad to the association’s technical committee. Windsurfing was introduced to Thailand around 1972 through both the manufacturing of surfing equipment for export and also by tourists looking to enjoy the warm sailing waters of the Gulf.Worapan Chotikapanich partnered with his German friends to bring samples of windsurfing equipment to Thailand to later be developed and produced for export worldwide.The sport was also introduced by a tourist who came to Pattaya in the early 1970’s and became friends with Bamrung Ruamsap, a Pattaya local. Bamrung was believed to be the first Thai to try windsurfing and became the first windsurfing representative for the country. He then co-founded the Windsurfing Association of Thailand in the 1972 with Adm. Uman Mongkolnavin as the first president.last_img read more

Princess Cup aims to put Thai equestrianism on the map

first_imgThe competition will begin on November 22 with an official opening ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha,Spectators and equestrian aficionados are welcome to attend. For directions to the venue, visit: www.princesscupthailand.com. The Princess Cup Thailand 2017 takes place in Bangkok from Nov. 22-26. (Photo courtesy Princess Cup Thailand)Tourism and Sports Minister Kopkarn Watthanawa­rangkura announced earlier this week that preparations for the upcoming Princess Cup Thailand 2017 are now in full swing.In her capacity as the president of the tournament’s organizing committee, Ms Kopkarn said the show-jumping and dressage event, supported by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, will be held from November 22-26 at the 29th Royal Stable Unit in Bangkok.  The Princess is the chairperson of the event’s Management and Policy Committee.The Sports Minister also revealed that this year’s Princess Cup aims to improve and develop equestrian skills at the local level and raise them to meet international standards, as well as to promote equestrianism and eventing among Thai people.  There are five competition categories at the Princess’s Cup 2017: dressage, jumping, eventing, best groom and best farrier.The Princess’s Cup event has been held four times previously, in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2016.  However, this year’s event is special because there will be international equestrians competing in various categories for the first time.  Moreover, representatives from the diplomatic corps and international organizations in Thailand will also be participating in the event, to help promote the Princess’s Cup’s on the global stage.last_img read more

Registration open for Pattaya Marathon

first_imgWheelchair marathon participants will receive free registration.Runners in the official half-marathon will be split into the same age and gender brackets.  Registration for Thais is 400 baht through July 13 and 500 through July 20.  Foreigners will be charged 900 baht through July 13 and 1,260 baht thereafter.Registration fees for the quarter-marathon are not discounted.  Prices through race day are 300 baht for Thais and 720 baht for foreigners.Race day will also offer a “student race” of just 3.5 km., split into under-14 age brackets for boys and girls.  Registration is free, but must be completed by July 10.Those registering before July 16 will receive 100,000 baht in insurance coverage for accidents related to external factors, such as falling or car collisions.  Internal problems or illness are not covered.The first three runners past the post in the full marathon will receive 200,000, 70,000 and 50,000 baht, respectively.  The top Thai female and male finishers will each receive 70,000 baht.  Second place earns a 50,000 baht prize and the third-place finisher will take home 30,000 baht.The top-three finishers in the wheelchair marathon will win 25,000, 20,000 and 15,000 baht, regardless of nationality.Only Thais, however, will be eligible for prize awards in the half-marathon.  The top three finishers will receive 40,000, 20,000 and 10,000 baht, respectively.Winners of the quarter-marathon and winners age 60 and above will receive prizes of up to 6,000 baht.  Youngsters in the student race can win up to 3,000 baht.  In addition, there will be prizes awarded to running clubs with the largest number of members participating in the Pattaya Marathon.For more information, contact the Sports Development for Tourism Office at 038-253-127-9 or visit Pattaya-Marathon.net. Applications are now open for runners looking to participate in the July 21 Pattaya Marathon.Early registration – which offers lower prices and other benefits – runs through July 13.  Participants are eligible for insurance coverage if registered by July 16.  Registration fees include a jersey. More than 2 million baht in prizes are up for grabs in the internationally contested races.  Prizes will be awarded in six categories.Runners in the full 42.2 km. race will segregated by gender and into six age brackets: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and over 70.  Registration for the full marathon costs Thais 500 baht through July 13 and 700 baht until July 20.  Foreigners will have to pay 1,080 baht through July 13 and 1,620 baht through July 20.last_img read more

Hayes’ short-handed goal helps Flyers beat Capitals 3-2

first_imgPhiladelphia Flyers’ Kevin Hayes, right, celebrates after scoring a goal as Washington Capitals’ John Carlson watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia (AP) — Kevin Hayes scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period short-handed to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Loading…Sponsored ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Stars 2, Kings 1Los Angeles (AP) — Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart during the second period as Dallas extended its winning streak to five with a victory over Los Angeles.Dallas has come from behind for all the wins on its current streak, and this was only the second time the Stars didn’t trail going into the third period.Anton Khudobin gave up a goal to Anze Kopitar on the Kings’ first shot before making 30 saves.Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight and six of eight. Carter Hart made 26 saves for Philadelphia while upping his home mark to 12-1-2.The Flyers, who were home for the first time in 16 days, play the next two and five of six in Philadelphia.Jakub Vrana and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby finished with 24 saves. The Capitals, who entered with an NHL-best 65 points, had won three straight and 14 of 19.center_img Robert Hagg and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who improved their NHL-best home record to 14-2-4. The Flyers returned to Philadelphia after losing five of six games on a disappointing road trip. Jets 4, Maple Leafs 3, SOToronto (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored the winner in a shootout and Winnipeg beat Toronto, spoiling a milestone performance by Toronto star Auston Matthews.Nikolaj Ehlers, Mason Appleton and Mark Scheifele scored in regulation for the Jets, who won their second straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves.Matthews had two goals, including the tying score with 14 seconds left in the third period. Dmytro Timashov also had a goal.Matthews joined Washington’s Alex Ovechkin as the only active players to start their NHL careers with four consecutive seasons with 30 goals or more. He’s also the first player in Maple Leafs history to accomplish the feat.Jason Spezza and Matthews had goals in the shootout for Toronto. Patrik Laine, Scheifele and Wheeler gave Winnipeg the 3-2 edge in the shootout.Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots two days after being pulled in the second period of the Maple Leafs’ 6-4 loss to Edmonton.last_img read more

Record setting 8-year-old shines as track and field star

first_imgDREW HINES Drew attends Penn Hills Forbes Elementary School, where she is a second-grade student and is coached by Carlson Christian. Under his tutelage Drew earned first place on Feb. 26, as she competed in the USA Track and Field Championships for the Northeast in New Jersey. Immediately following these wins, Drew was invited to the USATF National Indoor Championships in Chicago on March 10 where she won every race she competed in. Not only did she win every race, but she also set the record for her age group in the 55-meters, finishing in 9.26 and 200 meters, finishing in 33.77. Coincidentally, Drew also celebrated her birthday on this day.When asked who she admired Drew answered, “Florence Griffith Joyner because of her hair and nails.” Not only does Drew have books on Joyner, but stated that she “likes her fashion” as well. She has high aspirations as she confidently stated her future plans.“I wanna be a secret agent! Because I’ve seen a lot of James Bond movies.” She giggled and then took a moment to consider another possibility, “Or I think I’ll be a track coach, because I really like track.”Rick Hines, Drew’s father, commented how his daughter got involved in this sport, “I happened to see Drew running in the back yard one day and noticed how graceful and fast she was. She’s a natural born runner, I thought.”He was set on nurturing his daughter’s talents when he noticed her natural ability two years ago. “And I thought we have to get her out there.” He was an athlete during high school. “I played football and ran track all of high school. I was a distance runner. So what I noticed in Drew came from my own experience and knowledge.”Drew’s parents are committed to their daughter’s success but are also aware that there needs to be a balance between school, track, and other activities. “We always make sure that she does homework first.” Nancy Hines stated. Drew has practice four days a week from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where she has a rigorous work out of 75 sit-ups and 75 push-ups, which are completed in three sets of 25.“She gets 9-10 hours of sleep,” the father added. “She’s just a regular kid. She does her homework, goes to practice and then she’s out.”When asked if Drew was pressured to perform well, the mother, “Coach Christian is really well balanced. Drew is practicing with a group of 20 children, older children. But the pressure comes from herself. Drew gets frustrated at times and puts a lot of pressure on herself to win and beat records.“Drew knows that we support and love her whether she wins or not and we remind her of that often. We just have to look for balance.”Even though Drew is a disciplined and dedicated student and athlete, she makes time to have fun. When asked about a favorite movie, she replied, “My favorite movie is “Selena,” I like the singing and the outfits.” She also added, “And I love wings and pizza.” Her family frequents JT’s Rib Shack in Penn Hills and she always has a fresh plate, put aside by owner, James Taylor.“Drew has fun. She’s going to a birthday party soon,” the mother said. “But she’s not the type of kid who doesn’t listen though. She’s very disciplined and by the book.”Drew comes from a high achieving family and her strong dedication to track is a result of the people in her immediate environment.“It’s just automatic for her,” Nancy Hines commented, “She doesn’t understand why some of her classmates won’t listen or choose not to do their work or choose not to do it well, she doesn’t understand that. She could be good at whatever she chooses to do because she’s so focused.”“I’m very proud of her,” the father said. “Never have I seen a kid work harder and not complain.” When asked about Drew’s future and whether it would be in track he said, “In our family, college is expected and we are setting Drew up for that option. And the option of what she ultimately chooses to do while in college is up to her, but I think track will be that option.”When speaking to Drew one notices instantly that she is not only a joy to be around, but a little lady. Her future, whether in track or not, appears bright. The unwavering support and dedication of her mother and father are unlimited and will serve as constant support no matter her interests.The mother advice for parents who notice potential in their children no matter what, “Don’t be just a parent to your child. Invest in your child.” by Maryam Abdul-QauiyyFor New Pittsburgh Courier “If you notice your child has an affinity for something then sacrifice, save money, and invest in your child’s interests,” said Nancy Hines.As the mother of 8-year-old Drew Hines, a rising track star whose natural talent is not only noticeable, but exceptionally impressive, Nancy Hines is aware that her daughter’s success lies in an unwavering support system. “Let your child go as far as they can go with their interests. Make all the resources available to them.”last_img read more

Sleeping dwarves

first_imgOver the last few years, the offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been considered somewhat of a “sleeping giant” especially when it came to basically playing down to their opponents or just plain sleep walking until they were well into the second half. Quick question: What does Monsieur Ben Roethlisberger have in common with Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Alex Smith, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson? Answer: Absolutely nothing. Why you ask? Because first and foremost, five of the teams that are directed by the aforementioned signal callers will be making some “playoff” dough while Roethlisberger will be out Christmas shopping spending the Steelers dough. Oh, also two of the QBs mentioned are rookies Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson and both of them at least at the time that I wrote this column have the distinct possibility of being invited to the NFLs big dance.Roethlisberger still doesn’t get it. His ego is far, far, bigger than his “enormous” talent. The Steelers need to bring in some younger, less egotistical hungry quarterbacks. In the last two games Roethlisberger has thrown two game ending, game losing picks. Now check out the wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah wah, wah wah, wah, wah syndrome. The following are actual post-game responses from “Big” Ben. [Hey Ben], what were you feeling as you were leaving the field? Ben said, “Disappointment, pain, letting a lot of people down, and it doesn’t feel good.” Kum bah yah, my lord; uh, huh. Tell us what happened on the final interception? He had the audacity to say, “There is nothing to talk about. You saw it, I threw it to them.” Nothing to talk about? The game ending pick that you threw in Dallas still needs some “splainin” and you say there is nothing to talk about?Oh let’s get back to one of my original points of the Black and Gold sleepwalking. Mr. Roethlisberger had this to say. “We have to do better. We have to start moving the ball, and stop getting behind the chains making it hard on ourselves. I have to play better.”Has this boy lost his ever loving mind? After the Steelers play the Browns in a meaningless rubber game for both teams, Ben will be sitting at home on the couch playing video games “getting better.” Another one sentence quote from the Steelers wunderkind was, “they are a good team that played well and we didn’t.”Although the Steelers defense played well, they toed the company line. Safety Ryan Clark was asked this question: “Is it fair when you have a short field all the time when the offense turns the ball over?”“We have no control over how we take the field,” he said.“But we do have control over how we defend it. It’s with all-out effort; it’s with 100 percent tenacity. I think we did that today. I think we went out and we played well. I say it every time we lose but it’s the truth. We needed one more play. We needed not to let them get in field goal range at the end of the fourth. And they did.”Ryan there is no reason that you should hang any of this loss around the necks of the Steelers defense. If Ben Roethlisberger does not throw two picks that the Bengals turned into 10 points, all the Steelers would have had to do this weekend would be to beat the Browns at Heinz Field.Now let’s get to the very, very, very, suspect NFL officiating. What is more heinous than a corrupt police chief? As far as I am concerned, it is the crooked cops that are subordinate to his rule. One of the first questionable calls was the “unsportsmanlike conduct” call on Steelers defensive lineman Brett Kiesel in the first quarter after he sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.Finally, Roethlisberger has been quietly feuding with the Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. No one seems to mind that Roethlisberger can be arrogant, insolent and insubordinate to Haley, who has remained graceful and classy under the most difficult of circumstances. The Steelers are very lucky to have landed him. I hope that he remains after this season. Trust me, there are many teams that would love to run his “dink and dunk” offense, especially if it meant relieving pressure on a quarterback who holds the ball too long in order to perpetuate, “guts and glory.” Has Roethlisberger taken too many hits over the years that his judgment has become clouded by maybe, just maybe one too many blows to the head? The Steelers had better start a serious youth movement because if they don’t, in forty years they will be celebrating the “Immaculate Interception” and “Immaculate Deception” instead of the sacred ‘Immaculate Reception’.Note: I am saddened to inform all of my readers and listeners that after almost a decade of radio appearances on WCWA Fox Sports Toledo my last appearance was Thursday. Close to ten years ago, I initially appeared on the Troy Neff show as an NFL pregame analyst. When that show was cancelled I was then invited to appear as a regular co-host on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” produced and hosted by one of the former producers of the ‘Troy Neff’ show Adam Ragle. I reported from three Super Bowls, two Thanksgiving Day games and two NFL Pro Bowls. I am forever grateful that Troy Neff, Adam Ragle, Chris Shmidbauer and Fox Sports radio gave me the opportunity to reach thousands of listeners in the Toledo, Ohio and Detroit Michigan markets.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Bill Nunn Jr laid to rest

first_imgFAREWELL—Bill Nunn Jr., a Steelers scout and pioneering Black journalist, died Tuesday, May 6 at age 89. His viewing was May 13, and he was buried Wednesday, May 14 from Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church. Above are his wife of 63 years Frances, and daughter Lynell. Not shown is son Bill Nunn II. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)Bill Nunn Jr., a Steelers scout and pioneering Black journalist, died Tuesday, May 6 at age 89. His viewing was May 13, and he was buried Wednesday, May 14 from Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church.PALLBEARERS CARRY BILL NUNN TO THE CAR PAYING THEIR LAST RESPECTS—Football legends from left: Mel Blount, John Stallworth, Joe Greene, and J. T. Thomas are just some of the Steelers who paid their last respects to the great sports pioneer who open the doors to the NFL for so many Blacks. (Photos by J. L. Martello)last_img read more

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents 35th Anniversary Concert

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Masterworks Choral Ensemble Join a gala celebration April 16, 2016 as Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents its 35th Anniversary concert.  The choir returns to its roots with a performance of choral and orchestral masterpieces that launched the community choir in 1981.   It’s a celebration not just of a milestone anniversary, but thanks to strong donor support, an orchestra will once again be sharing the stage with the choir.To top if off, Gary Witley, long-time Artistic Director of the choir as well as a founding member, will be honored with a “Salute to the Arts” Award for his many contributions to the music scene and music education in the South Sound.  Gary has taught music for over 35 years, has written and performed many musicals with his students and has taught over 1,000 students on band and string instruments.Gary Witley , long-time artistic director and founding member. will be honored with a “Salute to the Arts” award.The April performance will include works from the Baroque, Classical and Contemporary periods.  For many of the composers’ works highlighted in this concert – Vivaldi, Mozart and Telemann, and Pergolesi, who all lived in the 18th century – the choir’s inception thirty-five years ago is barely the blink of an eye. Vivaldi’s luscious Magnificat was written in the early 1700’s and features glorious choral singing and an orchestra composed primarily of stringed instruments including violins, violas and cellos along with two oboes.  Mozart wrote Ave Verum Corpus in 1791 at the request of a choirmaster for Mozart to write something for his choir to sing.  Written in just 6 days, the work has become an enduring classic.  Pergolesi wrote both sacred and secular works and his Magnificat is notable for its simple beauty and melodic interest.The contemporary work featured is by Howard Hanson, one of the first 20th century American composers to achieve widespread acclaim.  Hanson’s style is anchored firmly in the mid-20th century with complex harmonies and strong rhythm.  The work was inspired by excerpts from two poems by Walt Whitman, another quintessential  American.The orchestra performing in this concert has been specially commissioned by well-known Olympia musician, Ian Edlund.  A MCE Salute to the Arts Recipient, Edlund is a former Maestro of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, cello player and teacher, retired music specialist from North Thurston School District, and a friend to organizations performing music in the region.  Several of the musicians contracted by Edlund are also members of the relatively new South Puget Sound Community Orchestra. Formed in 2014, the orchestra has deep roots in the community.  One of the violinists on stage will be Austin Schlichting, a 3rd generation family member of Olympia-area musicians.  Some longtime Olympia residents will recognize the name from Fred Schlichting, a former Maestro of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.Angi Swan accompanies the Masterworks Choral Ensemble during rehearsal.The concert includes a performance by Vadim Pascua on piano.  A student of piano teacher Vera Dvorak, and a junior at Olympia High School, Mr. Pascua won MCE’s Youth Music Competition in the High School Category.The concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $21 for Seniors, and $13 for Students, and are on sale now. You may purchase tickets online at Masterworks secure website MCE.org, as well as at the Washington Center Box Office, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia, 360-753-8586, or online via the Washington Center’s website: Olytix.org.For more information contact: Sally Alhadeff; 360-349-3635; sallya@scattercreek.comlast_img read more

SPSCC Partnership Confirmed for Craft Brewing and Distilling Center

first_imgFacebook685Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has signed a letter of intent to partner with Craft District, LLC, to lease space in a craft brewing and distilling center that will serve as the long-term home of SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program.Plans for the new Craft District are underway with Sandstone Distillery as an anchor of the new project. Photo courtesy: Sandstone DistilleryCraft District began work in August to develop a commercial site in Tumwater near the former Olympia Brewing Company brewery. When complete, SPSCC intends to lease up to 10,000 square feet of space that will include classrooms, labs, small scale production space, offices, and a conference room.According to John Peters of Craft District, the center will also feature production space and tasting rooms for two distilling companies and a local brewery. Tenino-based Sandstone Distillery and Heritage Distilling Company of Gig Harbor, Wash., have each confirmed their intent to occupy the distilling facilities. SPSCC also plans to link its educational program with these commercial production spaces to give students the ability to gain hands-on experience.“This is exactly the kind of space and partnership we were hoping to find for our program,” said SPSCC President Dr. Timothy Stokes. He continued:“Co-locating our educational program with these successful local organizations will give our students a broad depth of experience and exposure to industry best practices. This great location will also allow us to build partnerships with manufacturers throughout the South Sound that will create a critical employment pipeline for our graduates.”SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling program is launching in April 2018. Students in the program will complete 95 credits in classes covering business fundamentals, fermentation science, compliance and legal issues, and product development and will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.In this inaugural year, classes will be held on SPSCC’s Olympia campus, online, and in existing commercial production facilities in Thurston County. They expect to be in the center by fall quarter 2018.last_img read more

Statistics prove Jesse Lingard has had downright terrible goal involvement over the last year

first_imgAdvertisement hjdhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbmjg8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esrf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) maWould you ever consider trying this?😱bsxw6dCan your students do this? 🌚88pozRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has produced only a single goal and zero assists in the last 11 months for his side. The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday and the attacking midfielder had an excellent chance to extend the lead, but completely failed to grasp it. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might start worrying about this problem as his side are in a revamp process under his stewardship.Advertisement The game was in parity during the second half, when Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka pulled the ball back just outside the six-yard box to the academy graduate. But unfortunately, Lingard failed to take a touch and as a result, the ball struck his thigh before ricocheting his face. Beside this awful miss, United had another chance to double their lead but Paul Pogba failed to score from the spot-kick penalty, thus the Red Devils procured just a single point in the second game of the Premier League season.Advertisement However, there isn’t any shortage of supply for Jesse Lingard, but his decisiveness in the final third has been absolute below par over the last year. The England International, who was once hailed as the next huge talent, has found the back of the net last December but has failed to assist a single goal.    Advertisementlast_img read more

See why Michael Vaughan says India still isn’t a ‘great team’ in Tests

first_imgAdvertisement tndNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsinwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3w9Would you ever consider trying this?😱yb5hCan your students do this? 🌚5sg32zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, heavily criticised Team India for their dismal performance against New Zealand in the ongoing test series – saying that the No.1 Test team needs to win games in England and New Zealand to be considered great! The first day of the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, saw the guests suffer yet again through the hands of speedster Kyle Jamieson, who picked up a five-for as India were bundled out for 242. Even though Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari fought valiantly with their half-centuries, the hosts dominated the day with some fine display of fast-bowling. Advertisement Picture Credit: Getty ImagesAfter the end of the day’s play, the former England captain took to social media to dispraise the ‘Men in Blues’.  The 45-year-old claimed that the guests were taught a lesson by the Kiwis on how to play on such conditions.“NZ giving India a lesson in how to play in conditions where the ball moves through the air … They can’t be regarded as a great team till they start winning in places like NZ & England ..” he tweeted.Advertisement Asked to bat once again, India had to be patient while dealing with the swing bowlers, as rain played its part early in the morning. But Mayank Agawal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja, were all dismissed in single digits while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant could only manage 12 runs.Virat Kohli’s rough-patch continued, this time with just 3 runs to his account; the skipper once again fell victim to Tim Southee who has now dismissed Kohli for a record 10th time in international cricket. Meanwhile, his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane looked poised to score big today, but it was Southee once again. This time a fantastic outswinger caught the Indian vice-captain by surprise as he was caught at the first slip with only seven runs to his name.The three half centurions Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari helped their side cross the 200-run mark, however, the team lost their last six wickets for just 48 runs adding more salt to the injury.At stumps New Zealand remain in a commanding position with 63/0 on board as openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell easily managed the Indian pace attack in the final session. The hosts will look forward to pile on the misery from the first ball tomorrow morning while India must come up with something really special. You may also like:NZ vs Ind 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Kiwis edge out India with early honours at Hagley OvalWhat India needs to do to win the 2nd Test match against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

For These Summer Campers, It’s More Than Riding a Bike

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnLINCROFT – Their faces told the story.Volunteers help one of the 40 campers participating in the Lose the Wheels Training Camp at Brookdale Community College.Wide smiles, grins, and the looks of sheer determination, concentration, and pride were everywhere as youngsters rode specially adapted bikes at Brookdale Com­munity College during the Lose the Training Wheels Bicycle Camp for children with challenges.“It’s a childhood rite of passage,” said Jane Kleiman. Bike riding “is something most of us take for granted … Now these kids can learn to ride, too.”The camp, held on the college campus Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, offered 40 people, ages 8 to 20, the chance to learn to ride a bike. It’s a skill some parents have found difficult to teach but, with the use of the special bicycles, the nonprofit Lose the Training Wheels organization says its weeklong camps have an 80 percent success rate.Kleiman, a Red Bank resident who coordinated the effort at Brookdale, has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Miller, who participated in the camp last year in Hoboken. Though he didn’t progress to a two-wheeler by the end of the session, Kleiman is hopeful he will this year.The program, Kleiman said, often leads to a boost in self-confidence that helps the young riders to believe they can learn other skills. “They try other things,” she said. “They say, ‘If I can do that, I can try this.’ ” The bike camp also gives students a chance to socialize, improve their physical fitness, gain some independence, and interact with volunteers who quickly become their cheerleaders.Those who attend the camp have a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD. The participants need to be able to walk and step to the side to take part.An important part of the camp is the bikes that are used by Lose the Training Wheels. Developed by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the bikes have a regular front wheel but use a roller in the rear. The roller is cylindrical at the start. As the child’s skill and confidence improve, the rollers are progressively tapered, fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends, offering a more unstable ride that requires a certain amount of balance. There is also a handle at the back of the bike for volunteers to grab when riders begin to wobble too much. The roller bikes are used until the rider is comfortable enough to ride a two-wheeler – without training wheels. A tandem bike is also used for some of the young students.The children spend 75 minutes a day for five days learning the new skill. There were five sessions a day with eight students each and many volunteers assisting the riders.As one young man pedaled past a group of moms waiting on the bleachers and yelled “Hi, Mom!” it was hard to tell which mother was his because they were all smiling.“They love it,” said Michelle DePasquale of Edison whose sons Emilio, 9, and Anthony, 12, were learning to ride in the 8:30 a.m. class.For her boys, the class offered a confidence boost, an opportunity to focus on a fun task, and a chance to socialize. “It allows me to give them an avenue to go out and play like typical kids,” DePasquale said.She also liked the idea that bike riding is a three-season sport and that the skill is being taught by volunteers who were instructed how to help by the Lose the Training Wheels program.“To have others working with them is great. It allows the volunteers to tell them things that I can but that they won’t listen to because I’m the mom. [The volunteers] tell them things and they listen to them,’’ she said.Lynda Mazzella of Howell said having her 14-year-old daughter Courtney learn to ride a bike was on her list of things for Courtney to accomplish. “I was sad when kids in the neighborhood were out riding bikes and she wasn’t,” Mazzella said.Courtney, whose fine-motor skills are poor, was gaining strength during her camp sessions and was happily pedaling around the gym.“This is a confidence and self-esteem builder,” said Mazzella, who has made sure her daughter has been introduced to many skills, sports, and experiences. “I don’t want her to fear things.”Volunteers at the Lose the Training Wheels Camp at Brookdale Community College assist a youngster learn how to ride a bike.Linda Argiro of Belford was pleased with the progress her son, Vincent, 19, was making. She hopes bike riding will be added to his set of activities to help him stay fit and avoid the heart problems which have been part of their family’s history.Lose the Training Wheels was begun in 1991 in Canada, according to Andrea Patrick, floor supervisor for the nonprofit organization. Last summer, 86 camps were held in the United States and Canada.Patrick, who has been with the program the past three summers, has seen exciting results. “It affects the riders, their families, everyone,” she said. “Last week we heard of a rider who asked his father to teach him how to cast a line and fish because he had learned to ride a bike and wanted to try something else.”During the first day of the Brookdale camp, Kleiman said she saw what the program can mean to young riders and their families. As one camper was riding around the gym, she heard one of his siblings, a 7-year-old, say, “Hey, Mom, he looks like a different kid out there!”Kleiman’s wish for her son Jackson at the end of the week is that he develops the skill to ride with his family, including 4-year-old sister Mina, on the bike paths of Sandy Hook to visit his favorite lighthouse.last_img read more

Natural Gas Regulator Station Proposal Raises Real Estate Concerns

first_imgBy Vincent Ferrer |HOMDEL – The Zoning Board met Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Holmdel’s Town Hall to hear from experts and residents on a controversial utilities development project.Following a failed application nearly two years ago, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has applied to the Zoning Board for 12 variances to permit a natural gas regulator station at 960 Holmdel Road in the southern part of the township. The station – a 16.51-acre site owned by Holmdel Venture LLC – is currently zoned for office/laboratory use, but more concerning to Holmdel residents is the proximity to residential homes, offices, preserved farmland and the nearby Village School.The greatest point of contention came after a real estate valuation expert for NJNG testified that the station would have no impact on local real estate values. The expert drew this conclusion from a study that observed the impact of similar stations built in Colts Neck, Lincroft, Wall Township, Aberdeen, and Morris County.Residents took issue with the real estate study, which excluded any quantitative effect on more than 400 acres of nearby farmland. The study was limited to “dominant land uses” – specifically residential uses, building lots and office space – and disregarded land encumbered by use restrictions.Anthony Sposaro, Esq., who appeared on behalf of the Casola family and Fox Hollow Vineyards in Holmdel, along with a dozen other residents, voiced their concerns over the study’s accuracy. NJNG was represented by Nancy Skidmore of Connell Foley LLP.Board member Chris Briamonte called attention to the fact the highest valued homes sold in the study were neither in close proximity to a station nor over $1 million. A recently constructed housing development in Holmdel containing several homes valued in excess of $1 million is located near where the station will potentially exist.Briamonte cited a correlation in the study between pricing and proximity to a station. “In most cases, as I get closer to your station, my price gets significantly lower,” he said. Board chairperson Valerie Avrin-Marchiano asked for NJNG to supply the data used in creating the study.Richard Reading, a Princeton-based economic consultant who also appeared on behalf of NJNG, testified that the new station would only cost the town an additional $5 per year.Opponents of the construction say the proposed regulator station is unnecessary given Holmdel’s population and a lack of substantial power outages. Yet NJNG argues the current and future needs of the utilities network, to which Holmdel is just one part, call for an upgraded station.The Holmdel Zoning Board will be voting next month on whether or not to grant the variances.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Quick starting Baker foils L.V. Rogers 54-46

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Mount Baker Wild jumped out to a 21-11 first quarter lead en route to a 54-46 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Tuesday at the Hangar in Nelson.Scott Watinoogh led the charge for the Wild with 10 of the 21 points. LVR rallied back in the second quarter, out scoring the Wild 13-12 but Baker increased its margin to 45-31 after three periods and never looked back.Mike Hamm led the Wild with 22 points while Watinoogh added 15. Leading the Bomber attack was John Zak with 15 while Jason D’Andrea had 11. Jesse Zak had seven and Clay Rickaby chipped in with six.The Bombers now travel to Vernon Thursday to play in the Clarence Fulton Maroons Invitational Tournament.The tourney is loaded with top caliber AA teams in the province, including second ranked South Okanagan Hornets from Oliver.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Saints close out exhibition campaign perfect after 6-1 blasting of Eastern Washington

first_imgIf this keeps up college staff may want to reserve the marching band for the victory celebrations.The Selkirk Saints closed out the preseason Sunday undefeated after stopping Eastern Washington Eagles 6-1 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex. The Saints dominated possession and established a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, but only managed to put one puck past Eagles netminder Cash Ulrich during the opening period.Second-year forward Nick Cecconi was the goal scorer, with Jordan Wood and Justin Sotkowy adding assists. Selkirk extended its lead in the second period with a pair of shorthanded goals, as Logan Proulx and Dylan Smith each took advantage of neutral zone breakdowns and converted on breakaway opportunities.Former Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga put Eastern Washington on the board with 2:49 remaining in the frame, but Wood quickly restored his team’s three-goal advantage just 12 seconds later.Linemates Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson rounded out the scoring for the Saints in the third period, as the home side finished the game with a 53-26 advantage in shots. “Getting pucks and traffic to the net has been a focus over the past two weeks, and we followed through with a good performance in the offensive zone,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Certain parts of our game are still a work in progress, but we’ve experienced some success in our exhibition games and we’re focused on carrying that momentum forward into the start of the regular season next weekend.” Alex Sirard and Stephen Wolff split duties in the Saints’ net on Sunday, with Sirard earning the win in his first preseason appearance. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes of action before Wolff allowed one goal on 12 shots over the game’s second half. Selkirk now travels to Vancouver Island to open its regular season with a games against the University of Victoria next Friday and Saturday.The Saints’ home opener is set for Friday, September 12th against Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C.last_img read more

Miller shoots down Hawks in overtime sparking Nelson to 5-4 victory

first_imgJust when fans are ready to write the eulogy for the Nelson Leafs the hockey club finds a way to come off life support.Rayce Miller scored an unassisted marker in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over Beaver Valley Saturday night at the Hawks’ Nest.The win evens the Murdoch Division Semi Final a 1-1.Game three of the best-of-seven series is scheduled back in Nelson at the NDCC Arena Monday.Game four of the series goes Tuesday in Nelson.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.The series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Thursday.After failing to solve Hawks’ netminder Drake Poirier in a 5-0 loss Friday during the opening game of the series, Nelson scored three times in the first period Saturday to take a 3-2 advantage into intermission.Tyler Fyfe and Michael Crawford with a pair put the visitors into the lead.Crawford then scored his third goal of the game in the second period to increase Nelson’s lead to 4-2.However, in the third Beaver Valley turned up the heat on the Leafs, out shooting the Green and White 22-15 in the frame.Reid Anderson cut the advantage to 4-3 with a goal four minutes into the period before Spencer McLean tied the game with 1:26 remaining in the third period. But the Hawks could not put any more pucks behind surprise goalie starter Jason Mailhoit.The Kootenay Ice backstopper faced 58 shots and was named the Leafs’ game star.Kyle Hope, Hawks’ game star, and Spencer McLean also scored for Beaver Valley, which out shot the Leafs 58-45.Both teams played without key players Saturday.Nelson’s Darnel St. Pierre was suspended for two games for an accumulation of checking-to-the-head penalties.Meanwhile, Jace Weegar was ticketed for three games after receiving a major penalty — checking-to-the-head — and game miscondut in last 10 minutes of game Friday’s game.Braves steal game two against Rebels, series tied 1-1In Castlegar, a second period goal by Paxton Malone, proved to be the winner as Spokane Braves posted a 6-3 road upset win over the Rebels to even the Murdoch Division Semi Final at 1-1.Castlegar won the opener Friday 4-3.Tyler Wilkerson, Tanner Stolz, Keith Anderson, Lance Nooman and Kyle Davis also scored for Spokane, which led 4-3 after 40 minutes.Yanis Wilkie, Cal Owens and Jeremy McNeil replied for Castlegar.Spokane out shot the Rebels 33-31 to make a winner out of netminder Trevor Dilauro.Patrick Zubick took the loss in goal for Castlegar.Game three and four are schedule for Monday and Tuesday in Spokane.The series shifts back to the Sunflower City for Game five Thursday.last_img read more

Nitros snap long drought by capturing KIJHL Championship

first_imgThe top song of 1979 was My Sharona by The Knack.That same year the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup and the Boston Bruins retired Bobby Orr’s Number “4”.That was also the last time the Kimberley Dynamiters won the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Nitros snapped the 36-year drought by ousting the Kamloops Storm 4-2 in the best-of-seven KIJHL Final Sunday in Spoolmak Country.Four players each had two points to spark the Dynamiters to a 5-1 series-clinching win.The victory came on the heels of a thrilling 3-2 overtime win Friday in Kimberley. Trevor Van Steinburg scored twice and Jordan Busch, Justin Meler and Jason Richter each had singles to lead Kimberley.Busch, Braden Saretsky, and Richter also finished with two points.The story of the game, and most of the playoffs, was the play between the pipes by goalie Tyson Brouwer.The native of Lethbridge, Alta. stopped 33 of 34 shots in the game to register his 16th win of the playoffs for Kimberley in 20 games.During the playoffs Brouwer had a 1.78 goals against average and a .949 save percentage to finish second to Brock Lefebvre of Columbia Valley.The big difference is Lefebvre played only three games to 20 for Brouwer.Kimberley now represents the KIJHL at upcoming Cyclone Taylor Cup April 3-6 in Mission.The KIJHL is the defending champion after Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the title last year in Nelson.Kimberley opens play Friday against the host Mission City Outlaws.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more


first_img– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–In her first-ever try on turf, heavily favored Pacific Heat responded with a resounding 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Eurton, the California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat got one mile in 1:35.75.Attentive to the pace throughout, Pacific Heat took command going to the quarter pole and the Oaks was, for all intents and purposes, over.“She was relaxed going down the backside,” said Prat. “But when a horse came up on her outside (Run Like the Boss, with Joe Talamo), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.”Off at 4-5 in a field of eight, she paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.“The way she was training, it (a dominating performance) wasn’t surprising,” said Eurton. “The biggest question to me was not the turf, but whether she could get two turns and there was no question about that today.”Owned by Alesia, Burns and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Pacific Heat got her third win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $250,250.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Patriotic Diamond put in a good bid around the far turn, but was second best. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.60 and $2.40 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Eurton’s second entrant, Cheekaboo.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Cheekaboo was off at 7-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 46.77, 1:11.13 and 1:22.28.Pacific Heat was bred in California by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo.last_img read more


first_imgThe California Gold Rush Festival returns to The Great Race Place for the third year in-a-row Saturday, May 28! California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita Park will be jam packed with five stakes races all celebrating California bred and sired Thoroughbreds.If you’re not yet a fan of horse racing, and even more so if you are, the Gold Rush Beer and Sour Festival was designed just for you! This trackside event package located along the rail for access to all the live action will feature unique craft brews and sours from the best breweries in California. Plus, the best of the best in local food trucks will also be serving up delicious fare!For $35 you’ll receive Club House admission and entrance into the reserved trackside event area, 10 beer tastings, four sour tastings, a racing program and tip sheet plus, your very own souvenir acrylic Pint glass! Use promo code RUSH16 to get $10 off your ticket when purchasing exclusively online! Additional beer and sour tastings will be available for purchase during the event.Visit santaanita.com/events for more information and to purchase your ticket for Saturday, May 28!last_img read more


first_imgTIZNOW IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95.Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command.“The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush him.”Owned by Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who won last year’s Tiznow, was off at 3-1 and paid $8.00, $4.80 and $3.20.Now five for 11 at a mile, Avanti Bello is now 23-6-3-6 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $413,416.“He won this race last year, so he’s a repeat winner,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill.  “He shows a lot of heart.  Flavien knows this horse very well.  This horse doesn’t have a huge kick and he knows you have to time it right.  He’s a miler for sure.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Grazen Sky had two horses beat mid-way around the far turn and rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of favored Solid Wager.  Off at 6-1, Grazen Sky paid $5.60 and $3.60.Off at 5-2 with Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager never threatened the winner while finishing third, one length in front of Acceptance and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.38, 1:10.87 and 1:23.08.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday.  First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Bearkats Take Six-Shot Lead into Day Two of the Men’s Golf Championship

first_imgCentral Arkansas (+29, 317), Lamar (+30, 318) and UIW (+32, 320) are grouped together for day two and will get to action at 8:15 a.m. while the lone twosomes of the day will be played by Houston Baptist (+38, 326) and New Orleans (+49, 337). They will be the first teams to tee off at 7:30 a.m. Nicholls (+21, 309), Abilene Christian (+26, 314) and Southeastern Louisiana (+29, 317) finished fourth through sixth after the first day. The Lions are tied for sixth place with Central Arkansas, but the fifth player comparison gave SLU the advantage for pairing. They will tee off beginning at 9 a.m. Noah Steele (68), the Bearkats’ sophomore from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, sits in first for the medalist honor thanks to back-to-back birdies on holes six and seven and his play on the par 4s. He shot four-under for the first round and averaged a 3.70 on the day on par 4 holes, going three-under. He has a three-stroke lead over McNeese’s Ian Berrigan (71) and Central Arkansas’ Lewis George (71). Stephen F. Austin’s Angelo Leyvani (72) and McNeese’s Blake Elliot (72) are four strokes back from the lead, each carding an even par for the day. Sam Houston, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin (+19, 307) will tee off together for the second consecutive day. The teams entered the tournament seeded No. 1-3, respectively, and finished the day in that order. They will be the last squads to hit the course, starting with a 9:45 a.m. CT first tee.center_img CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | LEADERBOARD | PHOTO GALLERYMcKINNEY, Texas – Sam Houston State did not relinquish its top seed in the opening round of the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Dye Course) in McKinney, Texas, on Monday. The Bearkats (+1, 289) dominated from top to bottom of the lineup with no player finishing above four-over for the day. Each Sam Houston player finished round one in the top 13 of the individual field. They take a six-stroke lead over McNeese (+7, 295) into the second round Tuesday.last_img read more

Lewis-Graham, Daigle Honored With Cross Country Weekly Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian; Daniel Saina, McNeese. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Isabella Hudson, Northwestern State; Carnley Graham, Abilene Christian; Alissa Lander, McNeese. Women’s Athlete of the Week: Sophie Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – Donaldsonville, La.Daigle finished second among a 57-women field at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. The sophomore from Donaldsonville, La., ran the three-mile meet with a time of 18:13.29 to a pace a Southeastern team that finished second. The top-10 placement is her second in as many races after finishing seventh at the McNeese Invitational. SLU is back at it Saturday in College Station at the Texas A&M Invitational.center_img Men’s Athlete of the Week: Brandon Lewis-Graham, Northwestern State – Sr. – Ruston, La.Running in his hometown and at his former school, Lewis-Graham claimed victory in the four-mile run with a time of 20:28.5 at the Louisiana Tech Mook Duals in Ruston, La. The first-place finish paced a NSU squad that finished second overall. The Demons have this week off before heading to Lake Charles for the McNeese Cowboys Stampede on Sept. 29 FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Brandon Lewis-Graham and Southeastern Louisiana’s Sophie Daigle are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER INTO MONDAY OF $168,406; FIRST POST TIME ON ‘DOLLAR DAY’ IS AT 12:30 P.M.  COLUMBUS DAY RACING WILL FEATURE ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS   ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2019)–With special Columbus Day racing on Monday, fans will be greeted by a carryover of $168,406 in the track’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, which will begin with the third race on an eight-race program.Monday is also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, one dollar sodas and two dollar hot dogs available throughout the day.With a Jackpot carryover of $136,917 coming into today, $137,533 in new money was wagered, creating a total Jackpot pool of $274,450. There were 215 consolation tickets with six winners and each paid $341.40.Assigned post time for Monday’s third race is at 1:32 p.m. PT and first post time is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Arsenal should hire ex-Spurs boss Pochettino, says Keown

first_imgMARTIN KEOWN believes Arsenal should look at the possibility of appointing former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should they sack Unai Emery.Emery is under increasing pressure with Arsenal currently sixth and eight points off Man City in fourth.3 Mourinho is now in the Tottenham hot seat replacing Mauricio PochettinoWith no win in five games in all competitions, there has been calls for the Arsenal board to make the decision to sack Emery and with Pochettino now available, Keown believes the Argentinian could be the answer.Speaking to Sportsmail the former Arsenal man said: “There’s no need to panic at Arsenal.”We are getting close to panic by the way, because we’re not having the best of seasons, but the powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino.”Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho on Wednesday morning following a poor start to the season.Spurs are currently 14th, eleven points off the top four.An embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and only three wins in 12 in the Premier League has cost Pochettino his job after a successful five-year spell, achieving three top-four finishes and reaching the Champions League final last season.3 Unai Emery has failed to sort out the mess at the Emirates and now his time is surely close to being upCredit: Getty Images – GettyKeown believes Tottenham’s lack of transfer business over recent seasons may have had an impact on Pochettino’s sacking.The former England defender said: “I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.”I don’t think Tottenham spent enough.”The 53-year-old isn’t the only one to suggest Arsenal should go after their rivals former manager.Harry Redknapp, who left Spurs in 2012, also believes the Argentinian would be a good replacement for under pressure Unai Emery.Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to?”You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?”3Keown also stated that Tottenham could’ve given Pochettino more time considering what he had done for the club: “I would have stayed with Pochettino.”I think he deserved that. I think it’s a hugely significant sacking.”You’re going to have managers now looking over their shoulders.”I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance.”I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportBEST ACCESSORIESWilliam wore friendship bracelet he shares with Kate in new documentaryExclusiveAMAZON DELIVERY DODGE7 ways to get free delivery on your Amazon ordersTOP TRUMPSLow carb vs keto diet – experts reveal which helps you shed pounds fasterRADFORD RESOLUTIONSRadfords call 2019 hardest year of their lives after ‘devastating loss'”There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now.”Manchester United wanted him this time last year.”I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.”Pochettino wouldn’t be the first to make the move across North London. Sol Campbell left Spurs for Arsenal in 2001, a move which understandably made him very unpopular to the Tottenham fans.George Graham, who played for and managed Arsenal made the switch to White Hart Lane when he took over the reigns from Christian Gross.last_img read more

Four machete-wielding robbers raid Vertonghen’s home with wife and kids inside

first_imgFOUR men armed with machetes broke into Jan Vertonghen’s house while he was away for Tottenham’s match against RB Leipzig.The defender’s wife Sophie De Vries and his two young children were at home when the balaclava-clad men entered the property at around 8pm on Tuesday.5 Jan Vertonghen’s house was targeted while he was away on duty with Spurs5 Vertonghen trains prior to the Leipzig game, in which he was an unused subCredit: AFP or licensorsA police investigation is underway following the incident on March 10 – but no arrests have been made yet.The Daily Mail report that the quartet, armed with knives and machetes, demanded valuables and cash.A source close to the Premier League club told The Express: “Jan’s wife was obviously terrified and did as she was told.”The group carried out a search and fled with electronic items.”The police carried out a scene examination.”Some officers did door-to-door checks to warn people and ask if anyone had seen anything.”A spokesman from the Met Police said: “Police were called to a residential address in NW3 at 7.49am on March 10 to report a burglary.”It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry to the property and stolen a number of items before leaving.”Nobody was injured. There have no been no arrests made and inquiries continue.”5 Jan Vertonghen’s two young children were at home when the four men broke in View this post on Instagram Thank you for all your birthday wishes. This one was the best… 😀 A post shared by Jan Vertonghen (@jvertonghen) on Apr 24, 2019 at 9:33am PDTA Spurs spokesman said: “We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time and we encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.”Vertonghen was away in Germany at the time of the attack for Tottennham’s clash against RB Leipzig.Jose Mourinho’s side were booted out of the Champions League that night after a 3-0 defeat to the Bundesliga side.5 A police investigation is underway after Jan Vertonghen’s home was raided View this post on Instagram 😍 A post shared by Jan Vertonghen (@jvertonghen) on Mar 17, 2019 at 12:12am PDT5 Jan Vertonghen was away in Germany when his home was raidedCredit: Getty Images – GettyLucas Moura bursts into tears as Tottenham are dumped out of Champions League by RB Leipziglast_img read more

Man Utd and Spurs in battle for Rakitic as Barca look to offload midfielder

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are set to battle it out for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.The Catalan giants are prepared to cash in on the Croatian veteran this summer to raise funds of their own.2 Ivan Rakitic is set to spark a transfer scramble this summerCredit: Getty Images – GettyRakitic, 32, has just one year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsHis availability is set to spark a transfer scramble with clubs across Europe including Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid set to pursue a deal.But according to Mundo Deportivo, the Premier League pair believe they can lure Rakitic to England.The coronavirus pandemic will leave Barca cash-strapped this summer meaning they will be forced to sell a number of stars to bring in players of their own.Both United and Tottenham are in the market for a new midfielder and know they won’t need to break the bank to sign Rakitic.The Red Devils attempted to land Rakitic in January but the move was blocked because his wife Raquel wanted to remain in Barcelona.He is a serial winner having won ten major pieces of silverware throughout an illustrious career.Rakitic has made it no secret of his desire to rejoin Sevilla whom he left in 2014.But the Spanish side are unlikely to compete financially after the player admitted he is still waiting for them to make contact.2most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Last month he said: “I have a special affection for Seville, but directly for the city. I have my family there.”I have always said that it would be a dream to wear that shirt again, everyone knows it but it is not my decision.”Monchi (Sevilla’s sporting director) and everyone at Sevilla has my number but they haven’t called me yet.”Paul Pogba going through gruelling solo fitness sessions at home in bid to come back flying for Man Utdlast_img read more

Titans desperate to rediscover winning feeling

first_imgThe only team to have defeated the two Telstra Premiership front-runners in the Storm and Sharks – not to mention being a well-executed kick from knocking off fourth-placed Brisbane – the Titans are in danger of vying for the wooden spoon rather than the top eight should they lose a fifth game on the trot this week.It was only a month ago that Gold Coast had pushed into the top eight on the back of three consecutive wins and while that proved they could match it with the top teams, the way back is through energy and effort.Last year the Titans went through a six-week period late in the season where they only lost one game to put themselves in finals reckoning and halfback Ashley Taylor says they can do it again if they get back to executing the basics for 80 minutes.”It was pretty nitty-gritty,” Taylor said of the three-game winning streak. “The boys put their hand up, we were running the ball hard, we were playing hard and there was lots of energy on the field and that’s what we need to get back to. Everyone competing on the field and everyone putting in 100 per cent effort.”I’m sure the boys are doing that but we just need to focus on it a lot more.”That’s what we need in our game, to get the little things right and once those little things come back and everyone’s on the same page we’ve already shown that we can beat the top teams and we can be competitive.”It’s just a matter of getting back to that and getting some wins.”The Titans’ task will be made easier on Friday night with Origin representatives Jarryd Hayne, Jarrod Wallace and Nathan Peats all expected to back up along with the return of Tyrone Roberts from a shoulder injury to partner Taylor in the halves.Another bonus for the Titans is the ankle injury that will keep James Tedesco from lining up for the Tigers and like Taylor, coach Neil Henry believes a return to the competitiveness they displayed in 2016 will help to turn things around.”If we can remember what got us some wins last year and what was keeping us in games we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win games,” Henry said.”We got on a bit of a run and won a few games in a row and we were able to get there. We’ll need to do the same again. We can’t control the injuries we’ve had, we can only react to it and play some decent footy.”The reality is that we haven’t got too long. We need to get over this game first. The focus is on getting a result in Campbelltown and if we get that done we can shift it to a home game against the Dragons. It really needs to be a game at a time.”Taylor was solely responsible for the execution of the game-plan in a decimated team against the Rabbitohs last week and while the return of other key members of the spine is welcome, Henry still wants his young half in control much of the time.”I think we do still need him to be dominant,” Henry said. “He’s our main kicker and warming to that role as a young, developing half.”He’s got a good kicking game, he needs to command the ball on both sides and he’s a good runner of the ball as well.” Photo by: Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos (Titans halfback Ash Taylor will again be called on to lead his side’s attack against Wests Tigers).last_img read more

Favourite avoids upset to take Pacific Games squash gold at Port Moresby 2015

first_imgPACNEWS The venue was in shock as Webb began the brighter of the two players and took the opening set 11-8.It prompted a response from Vai which her teammate could not deal with.She levelled proceedings, winning the second set 11-1 and then claimed the third set. That seemed to knock the wind out of Webb’s sails as her performance slowly began to deteriorate which the ruthless Vai took advantage of, winning the fourth set by the same margin as the second to ensure she topped the podium.New Caledonia’s medal surge at Port Moresby 2015 continued thanks to Claire Faucompre denying the hosts a clean sweep by beating Sheila Morove in the bronze medal match.“It wasn’t a good start – my nerves took over,” Vai said.“It was more of a challenge than the last time we played and I wasn’t expecting it.“But I had a break, calmed myself down and tried again.“I became more patient, settled in and got used to her game.”Papua New Guinea were not quite able to secure the double, however, as Nicolas Massenet of New Caledonia beat home favourite Madako Suari Junior in four sets to clinch gold in the men’s tournament.Massenet got off to the perfect start, winning the first set 11-9 and the second 12-10.Madako Suari Junior reacted the better of the two players to a brief power failure on court, however, which halted play for around 15 minutes, forcing a fourth set against the run of play.Massenet in the end had too much quality for his rival, he reigning supreme in the fourth to seal yet another gold for his nation.“The Pacific Games for me is like the Olympic Games,” Massenet said.“It was a very physical match and I think my fitness was the key to my victory.“Without my fitness I think I would have lost.”The contest for bronze was an all New Caledonia affair as Gael Gosse overcame Yann Lancrenon in straight sets.last_img read more

Highlands call on PNG Games Secretariat to extend deadline

first_imgWhile the accreditation forms were delivered a week later than schedule, with less than 90 days to go for the PNG Games in Kimbe later this year, the Secretariat has also raised serious concerns on funding and delay in venue preparations.During the executives meeting for the lead up to the Games at the Molka Lodge in Minj over the weekend, provincial sports coordinators said the venue preparations in Kimbe were behind schedule.Compounded with the fact that provinces are yet to receive sponsorships from their Provincial Governments and local MPs, the Secretariat said things looked bleak and expected delays in the whole program.The Highlands is the first to have an established secretariat outside of the PNG Sports Foundations. The executives are the Provincial Sports Coordinators who head the Provincial Game’s Teams Committee.They are Chairman, Chimbu’s Gabriel Brawa, Deputy Chairman, Southern Highland’s Vincent Pesnu, Secretary, Saki Holle EHP, Treasurer, James Kornam – Jiwaka, Enga’s Jonah McKay and Ken Angope from Hela.Brawa who visited the Games venue in Kimbe last week said whilst there seem to be some minor activities going on for the outdoor activities at the venues in Kulungi, Hoskins, Saraklok, Mosa, Kapore and the main San Remo Stadium now reaching final stages, the racing tracks reportedly ordered from India were yet to arrive.He said there was no indication on construction of facilities for indoor events like boxing, karate, taekwondo, dart, kick boxing, snooker, weightlifting, basketball, volleyball and powerliftingThey said if the government did fund the Provincial Governments and Districts as promised, the games would be held but if the funds did not come, there would be no games as most of the funding came from provincial coffers.They called on the MPs from the districts to help athletes as they came from the districts and it was not a responsibility for the Governors alone.Picture: Elite Highlands athlete Kupsy Bisamo in PNG colours going for gold in the middle distance run during the SP Games last year.last_img read more

National women’s rugby league head coach position advertised

first_imgCEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau said the position is being advertised following the PNGRFL board meeting last month in Port Moresby.“The board resolved that the position of Head Coach for our national women’s team must be advertised so that a suitable and qualified coach is appointed,” said Rau.Rau said the main role of the head coach will be to identify potential players in the domestic and overseas competitions, instil discipline and values on and off the field and develop a team centred environment, and select and prepare a squad to take part at the Women’s Rugby League World Cup at the end of this year in Australia,He added the position is open to PNG citizens only and urged those who hold a NRL level one coaching certificate or similar qualifications and have been actively involved in coaching for the past three years or so to submit their applications.“The person we are looking for must be committed and dedicated to the task at hand. He or she must be prepared to devote their energies and efforts into developing a competitive side to represent PNG at international events during the year and the World Cup later this year,” said Rau.All applications can be sent to the CEO at PO Box 1845, Boroko or hand delivered to the PNGRFL Headquarters at the National Football Stadium in Boroko.Applications close on Wednesday January 18, 2017.last_img read more

Deulofeu leaves the field on a stretcher and with oxygen

first_img7 The Spanish Gerard Deulofeu, Watford striker, had to leave the field, on a stretcher, with clear symptoms of pain in the right knee and crying, half an hour after the match that his team plays at the Vicarage Road stadium against Liverpool.Deulofeu He clashed with Liverpool’s defender, the Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk and made a sharp turn with his right leg. The Spanish fell on the grass. He put his hands to his face, aching, and could not get up. Watford’s medical services treated him on the pitch. The player could not get up and left the court on a stretcher and with oxygen. The public of Vicarage Road cheered on his player, who was replaced by Roberto Pereyra.Gerard Deulofeu will be tested in the next few hours to specify the extent of the ailment.last_img read more

Metropolitan, divine treasure

first_imgMetropolitan, divine treasure. Atlético’s stadium is a fortin this season, something almost similar to the previous ones. Part of the fans understood that the rojiblanco team could accuse leaving a magical stadium like Vicente Calderón to go to a new venue, which could lack the passion that was in the Manzanares. The numbers were very positive from the start for Atlético in their new home. This season, without going any further, only Barcelona could win in the Metropolitan. He did it right at the end of the game and with a goal from Messi. Something habitual in this stadium and in many others of our football.Atlético He has played 18 games this season in his stadium, 14 from LaLiga and four from Champions. In the Copa del Rey, Atlético was eliminated by Cultural and there have been no cupbearing matches in the rojiblanco venue. He won eleven games, tied six and lost once, the aforementioned against Barça. Six teams took a tie. Juventus (2-2), Celta (0-0), Real Madrid (0-0), Valencia (1-1), Leganés (0-0) and Sevilla (2-2). Atlético won in the Wanda Metropolitano Getafe, Eibar, Leverkusen, Athletic, Espanyol, Lokomotiv, Osasuna, Levante, Granada, Liverpool and Villarreal. The balance is 26 goals for and 11 against. In Europe, as seen, the numbers have been very positive. Only Juventus was able to get a point. And vital was the 1-0 achieved against Liverpool in front of a crowded Metropolitan who took his team on the wing.Last season, 2018-19, more or less the same thing happened. In this exercise only Real Madrid won at the Metropolitano (1-3). The meeting was in the league championship. Girona, in the Cup, gave the bell and tied three goals and eliminated the rojiblancos. In LaLiga, Eibar, Barcelona and Seville scratched a tie, all to one goal. In Europe, Atlético was once again imperial in their stadium. He defeated Bruges, Dortmund, Monaco, in the group stage, and Juventus, already in the tie.In the 2017-18 financial year, the first in which it was played at the Metropolitano, there was some other defeat at home. The first to win was Chelsea, in Champions. His last goal complicated the pass. That defeat was harsh, but the draw against Qarabag, 1-1, almost scored. Atlético fell to the Europa League, a competition that ended up winning.Barcelona, ​​Villarreal, Real Madrid, Girona, Betis and Eibar tied in LaLiga. Espanyol won 0-2 and was the first team to beat Wanda Metropolitano in the league tournament. Sevilla, in the Cup, also gave the chime and won 1-2. The return was played at Pizjuán and Atlético could not overcome.Total, Chelsea (Champions), Espanyol (LaLiga) and Seville (Cup) they won at the Metropolitano, in the 2017-18 season; Real Madrid (LaLiga), he did it in 2018-19; and the Barcelona (LaLiga), in 2019-20. In the heat of its people, Atlético feels almost impregnable.last_img read more

Montero: “Zidane is one of the most humble people I know”

first_imgThe Uruguayan defender, one of the most loved by the Juventus fans, also admitted that would give “anything to be a footballer again” in his time.Currently, Montero trains Sanbenedettese in Serie C (third category) and plays high-quality football, focused on technique and ball possession. “I was lucky to have great coaches in Italy and in South America. César Menotti, Marcello Lippi, Cesare Prandelli, Emiliano Mondonico, Fabio Capello, Carlo Ancelotti. You steal a little from everyone, each of them won trophies, “he said.He dreams of arriving in the future to train Juventus, although he considered that it is still something far away. “Every former player who loves Juventus dreams of coaching him. But it is a long way off, anyone who has been through Juventus would like it,” he said.Finally, toassured that the Argentine Diego Maradona is the “strongest” player he has ever seen and that currently, It would motivate him to score the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.“For me the strongest player I have seen has been Maradona. Currently I would like to score Cristiano Ronaldo. Playing against the best makes you understand how to improve,” he acknowledged. Uruguayan Paolo Montero, former player of Juventus Turin and current coach of Sanbenedettese of the Italian C Series (third category), assured this Wednesday that his former French partner Zinedine Zidane “He is one of the most humble people” he knows.“In that Juventus we had players like (Alessandro) Del Piero and Zidane who solved our games for us and in South America they teach us how to defend the strongest. ‘Zizou’ for me was one of the most humble I knew and very strong players passed through Juventus. It was impossible not to love ‘Zizou’, “Montero said in an interview on Italian television” Sky Sport. “Montero shared Juventus’ locker room with Zidane from 1996 to 2001 and continues to have particular affection for the current Real Madrid coach. “Now I’ve been six months without writing to him, because I don’t want to screw him “, Montero explained that in his Juventus career he has won four league titles, an Intercontinental Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, three Italian Super Cups and an Intertoto Cup.He reached Juventus who was the current European champion and reached three other finals in the maximum continental competition, but surrendered to Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Milan. “The finals against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are the ones that hurt the most. Especially the one that went to Real Madrid. I saw her again after many years with my children and we had a great game. They are the great disappointments of my career, “he acknowledged.last_img read more

English clubs have already collected TV rights

first_imgSky and BT, the two operators who have the rights to broadcast meetings of the English Premier League, have already subscribed to the clubs all the amounts agreed for this season, which amount to € 1.7 billion, despite the fact that twelve days are still to be disputed, the celebration of which is not even assured.The Premier League has also received all payments for international rights, 1.59 billion per season, according to The Times. Operators have supported clubs to limit the effects of the crisis affecting clubs after the end of competitions during the Covid-19 pandemic in exchange for some advantages. The most important would be to have the possibility of broadcast more than 200 games per season from the next (those scheduled at four in the afternoon on Saturday, which were not offered live) and also have greater better access to changing rooms.last_img read more

Francis expects special performance from Fraser-Pryce in Beijing

first_imgBEIJING, China: Coach Stephen Francis yesterday confirmed that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is listed to compete in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, will only be running the 100m, noting that he is expecting a show from the defending double sprint champion. Francis shared that he had decided since last year that the four-time Olympic and seven-time World Championships medal winner would only compete in the 100m this year, as he sets one eye on ensuring she is in the best shape to secure her legacy at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Her situation is really geared towards next year. We took the decision this year that the competition would not be as great in the summer because we are trying to build a big base for her next year, where she can run as well and compete as well as she would like,” Francis told The Gleaner. “That being said, this year I think she is certainly the best she has been. There are still a couple technical things that she still needs to iron out, but by and large she has been doing really well. We expect that she will run brilliantly on Sunday and Monday (200m heats, semi and final),” Francis said. After a poor showing in her season-opening Shanghai Diamond League run in the 100m in May, Fraser-Pryce has bounced back to win all five of her short sprint races to date, going sub-11 seconds in all but one and twice going below 10.80 seconds. Her 10.74 is the fastest time by a woman this year, but she is also responsible for three of the five fastest times registered in 2015, making her the clear favourite to retain her 100m World title. However, despite expecting his athlete to win again, Francis is also keen on ensuring she wins again at the Olympic Games, where he recognises that her legacy as the greatest ever female championship sprinter can be carved deeper into the root of track and field history. “Clearly if she wins the 100m at the Olympics, she will be the only person to win three 100m titles and if she wins the 200m she will be the only person to win three 100m titles plus a 200m, so it’s important and she is somebody who works hard, does what she is supposed to do 95 percent of the time so you want to see her do well,” Francis said, before again explaining his decision to cut the 200m from her assignments this season. Francis shared that this was a decision taken as far back as last season. “This has been in motion since last year. We decided last year that she would not run the 200m, but she has been doing the training and I guess she thinks she is doing the training so she may run, but we already decided that she needed to get the technical basis of the 100m down pat because doing the 200m work in the past has eroded that,” he said. “She needs to iron out her start and middle phase and that is what we have been emphasising this year, but the aim is still for her to do the 200m next year, so the work for her to do that is still being done.”last_img read more

Wolmer’s celebrate Walker Cup win

first_imgThey might not have been the most talked about or the loudest in the recently concluded corporate area schoolboy football competitions, but newly crowned ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup champions Wolmer’s Boys’ celebrated Wednesday’s 5-4 penalty triumph over St George’s College in fine style inside the Douglas Orane Auditorium, at Heroes Circle yesterday.The early morning devotion was brief, but set alight an otherwise quiet and serious morning of end of term exams. It clearly brought smiles to the faces of the student population and administrative staff.Principal Dr Walton Small took time out to parade two trophies, the Walker Cup and the trophy for topping the recent tennis tournament. Members of the school’s water polo team were also lauded for their performances in their recent championship.”I have a sad story to tell you, about the defeat of George’s. They came with great expectations, but returned with a box load of shaving cream,” Small sang jubilantly to rapturous applause and laughter from a full auditorium.Chairman of the Wolmer’s Trust, Milton Samuda, said: “The real effort took place long before our team hit the field of play, and I want you to congratulate them for that and to acknowledge that it is a part of our heritage that whatever we do, we do to the best of our ability.” he told the audience.15 scholarships in two yearsTeam manager Kurt Boothe reflected on the past season:”As a management team we had set out a chart of goals and number two was to win trophies. Number one goal that we had set out for this football programme is to be the school that gets the most football scholarships … and I am proud to say that in the past two years we have got 15 scholarships.Distinguished old boy, Douglas Orane, after whom the auditorium is named, hailed the Walker Cup winners.”This (Walker Cup) is very special. They have worked very hard all season and remained very disciplined,” he said. He added that their objective is to count both goals and scholarships and produce well rounded young men for leadership roles in Jamaica.”There is a great demand from young men to come to Wolmer’s and what we want to do is ensure that we keep the standards high,” Orane told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Champs 2016 in pictures

first_imgCalabar and Edwin Allen again ended the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships as top schools.Our photographers were on hand to capture all the excitement.last_img

Diamond Debate | Spencer or Russell?

first_imgROME, Italy: Lowe: The women’s 400m hurdles looks like it’s going to be another interesting event this season. Some good youngsters, including Jamaican Janieve Russell, are looking to upset the applecart with the experienced Zuzana Hejnova and Kaliese Spencer having to show that they are up for the challenge. There’s no Hejnova in Rome, but the field is stacked with quality all around. KC Graham: Stacked indeed as the top pretenders, or I should say contenders, for the Olympic title are in this line-up, and what a race it will be! Lowe: This one is hard to call, but it will go a long way in showing who is really ready to step up and push for that title. Georganne Moline is the fastest this year ahead of Russell, who has two of the four fastest times. She’s also coming off a morale-boosting win in Rabat against some of these girls, but again, we can’t rule out women like Wenda Theron Nel, Cassandra Tate and Eilidh Doyle. Spencer has some work to do, but her experience can be crucial here. KC Graham: All Jamaicans will be eyeing the clash between Russell and Spencer, as coach Stephen Francis has something to prove here. Despite her wealth of experience, I don’t see Spencer finishing ahead of Russell in the near future as Russell has now gone on to bigger things based on her excellent form so far. I see her as a contender for a major medal at the Olympics and this is the right time to dismiss a field like this. Lowe: You’re being a bit too dismissive yourself of a woman who has gone 52 seconds in her career. Sure that was under another coach, but the quality and ability is there. In any event, it’s a very interesting sub-plot and while I think Russell is ahead right now and will most likely finish ahead on Thursday, a lot can change between now and the Olympics. KC Graham: You are dealing with history, and it is the present that I am now talking about. Yes, it is early days, but Spencer has not shown me in her past two races that she will be a main contender this time around. Her technique needs major fixing and she will have problems beating quality hurdlers this time around. Russell was on target to go sub 54 seconds in Rabat, but had a problem over the last barrier where she was in two minds about her lead leg and unfortunately the wrong leg came up, which caused her not to drop a big time. Lowe: Spencer’s technique was never textbook to begin with, but we already agree that some work is needed. She has time, and while I’m still waiting to see that spark, I do believe she’ll look much better the closer we get to her trials/Rio appointments. However, for Rome, if Russell had a normal training week – not too heavy on the legs, I think she wins again here. KC Graham: I expect a big performance from Russell here. Despite Moline being the world leader she normally crumbles under pressure, while Child will need another big effort if she hopes to repeat her Doha’s success. With a better start this time around a sub 54 seconds is on the cards for Russell.last_img read more

Racing Results

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB/IMP 2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #5 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 53.0 6/5 114.00 97.002. #3 NIGHT LIGHT JErwin 52.5 5/1 3 92.003. #4 ROCKDALE AChatrie 52.0 5/1 Neck 298.004. #2 EMPRESS CHEYENNE MWard4 49.0 30/1 81/25. #6 BOSS IZZY DAThomas 53.0 42/1 2Final Time : 1:13.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – WESTERN CLASSIC out of LITTLERICHGIRL byTrainer : WILLIAMS,FITZNAHUM Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (3,5) $338.00 Exacta : (5-3) $502.00Superfecta : (5-3-4-2) $1,902.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 FIFTYONESTORM BebHarvey2 53.0 *3/22. #1 TWO STEPS UP SMuir 53.0 14/1 Head3. #2 FRANKENSTORM RHalledeen 54.0 12/1 Head4. #4 TRADITIONAL STORM AntThomas4 50.0 8/1 3/4Final Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of SHE’S A GEM by MARKET RALLYTrainer : DARBY (SR),ROBERT A Owner : CLIFTON L MCLISHBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSQuinella : (1,7) $692.00 Exacta : (7-1) $861.00D/E : (5-7) $351.00Superfecta : (7-1-2-4) $8,413.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #2 DASH BOARD RLunan 54.0 *1/12. #11 SCAR JInnis3 53.0 3/1 103. #4 SONG BIRD WHenry 51.0 37/1 41/43. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 52.0 24/1 Sh.HeadFinal Time : 1:11.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo filly – DEPUTY’S REPORT out of GRAND PRIX byTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (2,11) $208.00 Exacta : (2-11) $472.00D/E : (7-2) $290.00Superfecta : (2-11-4-7) $3,716.00 (2-11-7-4) $3,304.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-2) $1,206.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #10 WALTZING MATILDA MWard4 48.0 *6/52. #9 JASSUR HPottinger2 52.0 7/2 13/43. #6 BREEZY PParchment 53.0 10/1 51/24. #5 GOFORHOME BebHarvey2 53.0 5/2 Sh.Head5. #4 WISE JOHNNY ASybble 53.0 99/1 31/2Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.0, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of TENSION by SPLINTER REDTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (9,10) $444.00 Exacta : (10-9) $1,001.00D/E : (2-10) $297.00Trifecta : (10-9-6) $2,743.00Hi-5 carry-over : $61,194.25Rolling Triple : (7-2-10) $947.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW41. #6 SCOOP JORDYNE BebHarvey2 53.0 *4/52. #9 DRIPPING IN GOLD AChatrie 53.0 8/1 23. #1 GOLD MEMBER RLahoe 56.0 16/1 11/44. #10 ELVIRA AntThomas4 50.0 7/1 21/2Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : CHARLTON,PAUL A Owner : VEN DEEZLEBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (6,9) $684.00 Exacta : (6-9) $829.00D/E : (10-6) $308.00 (10-4) $93.00Superfecta : (6-9-1-10) $12,092.00Rolling Triple : (2-10-6) $1,636.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #6 RED EAGLE RMcNaughton 53.5 8/12. #8 GENUINE ARTICLE RPaige 54.0 7/1 33. #10 GANJA MAN PParchment 54.0 9/2 23/44. #7 PARTY CITY RLahoe 53.0 27/1 11/45. #11 QUICK CHIC PFrancis 52.0 5/1 13/46. #1 I’MNOTFINE HPottinger2 51.5 8/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of JAMAICAN DREAM by SOUTHERN HALOTrainer : POWELL,MORRIS Y Owner : MORRIS Y POWELLBred by PETER ASHER, RICHARD AZAN & IAN PARSARDQuinella : (6,8) $2,641.00 Exacta : (6-8) $9,662.00D/E : (6-6) $478.00Trifecta : (6-8-10) $6,126.00Hit-6 carry-over : $19,691.75Rolling Triple : (10-4,6,11-6) $2,469.00Race 7 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #3 STRAIGHTFROMUHEART 53.0 6/1 368.00 117.002. #7 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 *3/5 23/4 62.003. #4 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 51.0 15/1 Sh.Head 108.004. #2 PHOTOGENIC PFrancis 52.0 7/1 31/25. #13 LEEKOUT OWalker 54.0 8/5 23/46. #11 HEY CHAMP LSteadman2 53.0 40/1Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b filly – LIQUIDITY out of HEART THROB by SIR LAL BAHADURTrainer : TULLOCH,CONROY D Owner : EWART E BROWNBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $441.00 Exacta : (3-7) $1,661.00D/E : (6-3) $5,479.00 (6-9) $103.00Trifecta : (3-7-4) $4,401.00Hi-5 : (3-7-4-2-13) $56,558.00Rolling Triple : (6-6-3) $29,138.00Super-6 : (7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3) $94,664.20Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #7 SUPER COP JErwin 53.0 22/1 1180.00 356.002. #11 FLYING MACHINE HPottinger2 51.0 99/1 3/4 1207.003. #8 PROUD PRESIDENT BebHarvey2 52.5 5/1 11/4 141.004. #2 MISS MYRTLE RMcNaughton 52.5 6/1 1/25. #9 LUNAR ROCKET RHalledeen 53.0 *1/5 3/4Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of AHWHOFAH by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : WINSTON A KONGBred by WINSTON A. KONGQuinella : (7,11) $10,701.00 Exacta : (7-11) $30,122.00D/E : (3-7) $25,474.00 (3-1) $912.00Trifecta : (7-11-8) $26,203.00Hi-5 carry-over : $29,302.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-7) $122,009.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 15.1. #6 DIRECTOR DALEY JJackson 55.0 3/1 206.002. #5 COSEQUIN DenBrown 54.0 99/1 31/43. #3 SNEAK PEEK OEdwards3 50.0 2/1 Nose4. #8 CODED SECRET AChatrie 52.0 5/15. #1 CAUSE FOR CONCERN OWalker 53.0 13/1Final Time : 1:38.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 3yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR out of THE FLYING BRIDE by EXOTIC TRAVELERTrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : RICHARD P TODDBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (5,6) $75,083.00 Exacta : (6-5) $18,953.00D/E : (7-6) $10,077.00Trifecta : (6-5-3) $27,005.00Hi-5 carry-over : $128,345.75Rolling Triple : (3-7-6) $195,804.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $461,630.00Super-6 : (10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $15,193.60 (5/6) Carry-over : $911,620.12Pick-9 : (5-7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $7,228.00 (7/9) $151.00 (6/9) Carry-over : $1,864,048.20PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $236,310.00last_img read more

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first_imgColombia vs Brazil for Chapecoense victims RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Colombia and Brazil will play a friendly match on January 25 to raise money for the victims of the air crash last month that killed 19 players from Brazilian club Chapecoense. The match is set for Rio de Janeiro’s Engenhao stadium, which was the venue for athletics during the Olympics. Brazil’s team will be composed only of players with local clubs and will not include stars like Neymar who play in Europe. The plane carrying the Chapecoense players crashed just outside Medellin, Colombia, as they headed to play Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana, Latin America’s No. 2 club tournament. Also on January 25, Chapecoense will play their first match since the disaster, facing Brazilian club Joinville in a national tournament. That match will be played at Chapeco’s stadium in southern Brazil. Judo champ fails to show up for sexual assault case VIENNA (AP): Legal authorities in Austria still had no clue on Peter Seisenbacher’s whereabouts yesterday, a day after the two-time Olympic judo champion was supposed to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s. The regional criminal court and state prosecution in Vienna said they haven’t heard from Seisenbacher since he failed to show up for the start of his trial on Monday. The case has been adjourned. His lawyer, Bernhard Lehofer, said he spoke to Seisenbacher “a few days ago,” but had failed to contact him since. Seisenbacher is currently head coach of the Azerbaijan judo team. According to state prosecutors, the alleged abuse took place in Vienna between 1999 and 2004, when the two girls were still under 14. The women filed charges against their former coach in 2013. Seisenberger is alleged to have sexually assaulted one of the girls in 1999, when she was 11, and then abused her on multiple occasions until 2002. Also, he allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2004. Additionally, he has been charged with the attempted assault of a 16-year-old pupil while at a training camp in Croatia in 2001.last_img read more

Zlatan leads United to cup glory

first_img FRAGILE DEFENSE United’s fragile defense, though, nearly contrived to throw away the chance of glory. Although Jesse Lingard extended United’s lead in the 38th minute, Southampton fought back with goals either side of half-time from Manolo Gabbiadini. But as Southampton pushed for its first major trophy since beating United in the 1976 FA Cup trophy, Ibrahimovic produced the bullet header in the 87th minute from Ander Herrera’s cross. Now Ibrahimovic has won a major trophy in a fifth country after honours in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. Although Wayne Rooney went up to collect the trophy as captain, that was his only role at Wembley. The 31-year-old forward was forced to watch from the bench as his older teammate produced an ageless, match-winning contribution. “This is what I came for. I came to win, and I am winning,” Ibrahimovic said. “I have to keep going because the more I win, the more satisfied I get.” The striker didn’t cost United any transfer fee when he joined in the summer transfer window as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. He sought another final challenge, even in the twilight of his career, rather than an easy payday in an inferior league. “You appreciate winning more the older you get. It’s all about winning and collecting trophies,” he said. “This is my 32nd trophy. Wherever I have been, I have won.” LONDON, England (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the English League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side. It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking the 35-year-old Swede’s tally to 26 goals in an incredible first season at United, where his performances have more than lived up to the swagger. That bravado was flaunted on the Wembley Stadium pitch amid the celebrations. Asked by a television reporter if something special was unfolding at United, Ibrahimovic replied: “I came. That’s special.” The free summer transfer window recruit ensured Mourinho became the first manager in United’s history to win a trophy in his first season, adding to his three League Cup triumphs with Chelsea. “(It) is quite a sense of relief,” Mourinho said.last_img read more

Weary Warriors struggling in adversity

first_img RESTRAINT MINNEAPOLIS (AP): Off-colour jokes. Criticising officiating. Lamenting a tough portion of the schedule. The Golden State Warriors have rarely dealt with adversity over the last three regular seasons. Now that it has arrived, there are signs of tension and frustration with a team trying to find a groove without Kevin Durant while in pursuit of a third straight trip to the NBA Finals. After a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night – Golden State’s fourth defeat in six games – forward Andre Iguodala made several racially tinged comments during his postgame remarks to the media. The comments came after coach Steve Kerr announced that Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson would sit out a showdown with the second-seeded Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night. “No clue,” Iguodala said when asked if he was aware of Kerr’s plan before the game. “I do what master say.” Iguodala also was asked what was at the root of the issues for a Warriors team that was dominant with Durant, but has looked tired and vulnerable since he went down with a knee injury on February 28. Iguodala, who is black, used a racial slur to imply that was what the media was looking for, then said “Just play harder. Figure it out. Change gonna come. You know what we used to say. Change gonna come.” He later clarified to ESPN that he has no issue with Kerr or his decision to rest players in a nationally televised game on Saturday night. The Warriors also expressed significant frustration with the officiating from Ken Mauer’s crew in the 103-102 loss to the Wolves. Kerr said Andrew Wiggins “did not get fouled” on a play late in the game that put him on the free throw line for the winning foul shots. Green didn’t speak to the media until about 45 minutes after the game ended, a very long time for a player who normally likes to address things quickly and move on. He said he spent most of that time contemplating whether he wanted to risk a $25,000 fine from the NBA for criticising the officials. He joked that he was going to buy himself a watch for deciding to use restraint, even after questioning a technical foul he received for getting tangled up with Karl-Anthony Towns. The road-weary team is at the tail end of a tough stretch of eight games in eight different cities in 13 days. With Durant not expected back for another month or so, the minutes are piling up and the heavy favourites to come out of the Western Conference for a chance at a second championship in three years is just one and a half games up on the Spurs for the No. 1 seed. Curry is struggling with his shooting. He was 1 for 8 from 3-point range against the Wolves and is 18 for 76 from long distance in March. But a reprieve is right around the corner. After the Spurs game, the Warriors finish the season with 11 of their final 16 at home, and Green, Curry, Iguodala and Thompson will get three full days of rest before they have to play again.last_img read more

Rhezie Aragon cops silver in taekwondo

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Rhezie Aragon fought the good fight, but in the end, fell to Mariska Halinda of Indonesia, 4-9, in the gold medal match of the women’s 53kg division in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 1.With only three competitors in the weight class, Aragon was instantly slotted in the Finals while Halinda had to fight off Malaysian bet Jasmin Nabilla to earn the right to face the Filipina jin.ADVERTISEMENT Unfortunately for the 21-year-old Aragon, she fought on the defensive early against her Indonesian foe, struggling to recover from a 3-6 deficit in the second round as she settled for a silver medal in the women’s bantamweight division.Despite the defeat, Aragon’s was the second silver medal bagged by the Philippine taekwondo team, increasing the sport’s haul to seven medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Louie Alas gets wish with Alaska winning and son Kevin playing wellThe renewed partnership between the two had floated the moment the elder Alas was appointed as the new head coach of Phoenix, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut Louie admits but that’s far from his mind, knowing how satisfied his son is with his team.“My wife [Liza] and I will support Kevin wherever he’s happy,” said Louie in Filipino Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show. “He’s very happy right now with NLEX and of course with his girlfriend Selina [Dagdag].” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureWith his new capacity, he has the power to make a move to acquire his son, but Louie doesn’t want to hinder Kevin’s development in NLEX where he has flourished under head coach Yeng Guiao.Kevin ended the PBA Governors’ Cup with averages of 14.27 points, 6.18 rebounds, and 2.91 assists per game.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “He’s happy in NLEX. As for us, we’ll always be behind him,” said Louie. “If he tells me ‘dad I want to play for you’ maybe I’ll make a move but I see that he’s super comfortable in his team and with coach Yeng.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The Alas Family: Kevin, Liza, Louie, Kieffer, Kenneth and Kristoffer. Photo from Kevin Alas’ social media accounts.The father-son duo of Louie Alas and Kevin Alas had become synonymous with Letran from 2009 until 2013 when the Knights flourished as contenders for the title.It’s been almost four years since the two donned the same colors, with Kevin playing for Rain or Shine, TNT, and now NLEX in the PBA and father Louie serving as an assistant for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Alaska hires Altamirano, Ildefonso as new coaches

first_imgMOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Danny Ildefonso is both one of the best players and best men to ever have played in the PBA. He has always had a tremendous work ethic and has detailed knowledge on how to play the game as a big man. He will surely have a tremendous impact on the development of our big men,” said Compton.Rounding out the new hires for Alaska is Tony dela Cruz, who has now shifted to the coaching after retiring last month.“Tony Dela Cruz has always been one of the smartest players in the PBA and he knows the ins and outs of our system as well as any of our coaches. He is an excellent communicator who has a great relationship with everyone on the team and he will make a very smooth transition into coaching,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It gives us pressure to deliver’ Compton will be renewing his partnership with Altamirano, both of whom formed the grassroots program National Basketball Training Center (NBTC).“Coach Eric Altamirano is a proven winner at every single level he has coached at including the PBA. Alaska gets a veteran coach with tremendous experience and character in Coach Eric, truly a man of excellence,” he said of the seasoned mentor, who last called the shots for Flying V Thunder in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIldefonso, meanwhile, boasts a decorated career being a two-time PBA MVP with San Miguel, before finishing his career with Meralco.He is currently serving as a big man coach for the NU Bulldogs under coach Jamike Jarin. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter losing key deputies in the offseason, Alaska has enlisted the services of Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso, and Tony dela Cruz to assist coach Alex Compton this upcoming season.“I am really excited about the new coaches we have added to our coaching staff,” said Compton, who lost deputies Louie Alas and Topex Robinson to Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Petron blazes past Iriga City in Batangas

first_imgAs early as the opening set, Iriga City coach Parley Tupas surrendered every illusion of scoring an upset against Petron on Saturday.In a huddle, when they were trailing, 20-10, Tupas was telling his charges to “relax, we have nothing to lose, let’s just score as much points as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Iriga City did lose. But it wasn’t clear if Tupas was happy with the points his team collected.The Blaze Spikers, brimming with confidence as well big-name stars, hammered out a 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 triumph over Iriga in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePetron registered its sixth win in seven games, while handing Iriga City its fifth defeat in seven outings. Both will qualify for the quarterfinals.From the onset, when the Blaze Spikers piled up a 7-1 lead, it was very clear they were leagues away from the Oragons, who simply had no answer for Petron’s massive firepower anchored on Lindsay Stalzer, Hillary Hurley, Remy Palma and Ria Meneses, among others. Nazareth, La Salle reach Rebisco semis unscathed Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Westbrook, Thunder roll to 133-96 win over skidding Lakers

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina TIP-INSThunder: Despite the additions of George and Anthony this season, Westbrook leads the team in points, rebounds and assists. Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said Westbrook is no longer the young player who came up with Kevin Durant trying to establish himself. “He is always trying to do what’s best for the team. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well early (this season),” Donovan said. “He puts a tremendous about of responsibility and ownership on himself as a point guard — that it’s his job to get those guys involved. He was trying to get those guys involved.”Lakers: Julius Randle, thought somewhat undersized as a 6-foot-9 power forward, started his fourth consecutive game at center despite the return of Brooks Lopez (ankle). Randle had been getting irregular playing time but in his first three starts averaged 20.7 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. “Julius has been great all year. He probably deserves more playing time,” coach Luke Walton said. “He’s obviously been frustrated with me at times, but he’s done a really nice job of when he gets called on does a great job. He produces when he’s out there.” … Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball (shoulder) missed his sixth consecutive game. He is expected to return to practice Thursday.UP NEXTThunder: Play at Staples Center again Thursday when they face the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Curry’s 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lakers: Play the middle game of their three-game homestand Friday against Charlotte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The Lakers were led by rookie Kyle Kuzma’s 18 points. The Lakers shot just 41.3 percent from the field on the night, while the Thunder shot 60.2 percent.Ferguson skipped college to play professionally for one year in Australia. He connected on nine of 12 shots, and the 24 points easily surpassed his previous career high of seven.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but were caught at 26-all by the end of the period.The Thunder took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Lakers 37-18 as George had 13 points in the period. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook goes up for a shot in front of Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a successful return home and rookie Terrance Ferguson scored 24 in his first career start as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Lakers 133-96 on Wednesday night, handing Los Angeles its eighth consecutive defeat.Paul George also scored 24 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21 for the Thunder to complement Westbrook, who was born in Long Beach and went to college at UCLA.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PSL beach volley: Petron’s Rondina-Pons duo start title-defense bid

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Cignal A’s Mylena Paat and Rap Aguilar recovered from a disappointing second set to fend off Generika-Ayala B’s Bang Pineda and Sheeka Espinosa for the 21-19, 5-21, 16-14 victory to top Pool B.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, the same partnership who represented the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore, had to fight back from a one-set deficit to Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain in their finals rematch.Rondina said she and Pons had to adjust on the fly, as they didn’t have that much time to train together as the latter just finished her season with Far Eastern University in the UAAP and both didn’t practice in an environment where no shade covered the court whatsoever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We had a hard time moving through the court because we didn’t practice here, and Bernadeth just joined me after the UAAP,” said Rondina in Filipino.“We’re training in UST [University of Santo Tomas] wherein it’s not that hot and the court has trees over it, not this kind of environment where the sun is just blazing,” said Pons. Defending champion Petron XCS was off to a good start as it kicked back Generika-Ayala A 19-21, 21-14, 15-8, in the opening day of the Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia’s Sands by the Bay.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PBA All-Star: Romeo, Duterte’s son-in-law top legends shootout Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Woods happy with his game despite another Sunday fade

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Missing a 3-foot par putt on No. 10 was a killer. He made a slick birdie on the par-5 No. 11, but missed a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 12, then hit his tee shot out of bounds on the 13th and finished with a bogey.He bogeyed the par-3 No. 16 when he missed another short putt, an unfortunate trend for Woods in a week when he was hitting the ball well off the tee.He now turns his attention to the U.S. Open in two weeks.“I just need to hit better putts,” he said. “This week I didn’t really have, didn’t feel comfortable with my lines, and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts. But I hit it really good this week, so that’s a positive going into Shinnecock, where ball striking is going to be a must.”Moving up and then falling back has become a trend for Woods in his comeback bid.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He was one shot behind going into the final round at the Valspar Championship in March and finished tied for second, a shot behind winner Paul Casey. He was five back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the next week, but couldn’t do better than a tie for fifth, eight shots behind winner Rory McIlroy.He knows he has to improve but is happy with his game overall, especially because before back surgery in April he didn’t know if he would ever walk again, let alone play competitive golf.“Overall, if I just keep building on this, with how I’m hitting it right now, I’m in good shape for two weeks from now,” he said.His participation dialed up the energy level here all week, with thousands following him on the course and roaring their approval with every good shot. The crowds were supportive and respectful all week, he said, and he tried to just appreciate being here again.“It’s incredible to be able to play golf again at this level,” he said. “Not to have any worries about being able to walk again, like I was. I was struggling there for a while, and now I’m on the other end of the spectrum.”DeChambeau chuckled when asked whether he was hoping Woods would make a run Sunday so they could duel it out. He answered with a firm “no.”“To be able to have this type of caliber (of players) all chasing is kind of special,” he said. “I knew I had to go out there and play well. I couldn’t make many mistakes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Cavs’ JR Smith struggles in Game 2 after Game 1 blunder MOST READ “I keep getting a little better,” the 42-year-old Woods said after shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday at Muirfield Village. “Week in, week out, I keep getting just a little bit more fine-tuned. For instance this week, just to be able to make the slight adaptations after the first nine holes and be able to flip it around and shoot a respectable number.”Woods started the final round five shots off the lead, the third time this year he has been within five to start the last day and couldn’t turn it into a win. Bryson DeChambeau won the event in a playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPlaying in the Memorial for the first time in three years, Woods birdied two of the first five holes Sunday before hitting from a fairway bunker on No. 6 to the rough in the back of the green. Still, he managed par.He hit his approach over the green on No. 7 and settled for par again. He couldn’t make up any ground on the par-3 No. 8, either, leaving his second shot just short of the hole. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tiger Woods walks to the green on the seventh hole during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods made it interesting again, but slipped from contention on the last day of a tournament.Despite being done in by some poor putting at the Memorial, he believes there still was valuable progress.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

SBP expecting for the worst as it awaits sanctions from Fiba

first_imgPSL: F2 Logistics blanks Generika-Ayala for 2-0 card ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SBP President Al Panlilio. Photo by Bong LozadaSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is expecting the worst as it awaits the decision from Fiba in the aftermath of the brawl between the Philippines and Australia in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Monday.Panlilio said the governing body will submit the Philippines’ statement on the incident to Fiba July 10.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia won the game by default 89-53 with 1:57 left in the third quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “We’re hoping that our position can be heard when we submit it, and hopefully the sanctions are not very heavy Again, expect the worst that there will be sanctions,” said Panlilio during the meeting at the PBA office on Thursday.Panlilio met with PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Patrick Gregorio and Gilas players to discuss the repercussions of the melee and how the possible sanctions could extend to the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We actually don’t know yet that there will be sanctions, so there can be none, or there can be,” said Panlilio.Gilas and the Boomers got into a free-for-all in the third quarter of the match that saw a total of 13 players get ejected, four from Australia and nine from the Philippines. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img read more

Jarin says Bulldogs need to ‘get up, play together’ amid 1-5 start

first_imgIn the Bulldogs’ four other defeats, they lost by five to Adamson University, 63-58, four against De La Salle, 80-76, five against Far Eastern University, 73-68.Their lone victory is a 75-70 win over University of Santo Tomas.Jarin said they can’t afford to feel dejected about themselves and instead just push through with the tasks at hand.“There are a lot of things to be thankful for and we can’t be sorry for ourselves because nobody’s sorry for us,” said Jarin, whose team tied University of the East at the bottom of the standings with a 1-5 card. “I think the results will be in our favor the next time around. This team lost two games by five points, one game by four, and then one game by one, and isn’t that enough experience for these young men to go through?”“We need to get up, there’s nowhere to go but play together and the results will be better.”ADVERTISEMENT The Bulldogs latest blunder was a close 89-88 loss to University of the Philippines Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum but Jarin still kept a positive outlook despite the dreary circumstance.“We just have to do this, we can’t put our heads down, and we have to take this as a man,” said Jarin. “We have to continue to be competitive and we can’t do it by ourselves we have to do it together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCredit to the Bulldogs, they were only blown out once in the tournament after suffering a brutal 72-46 loss to defending champion Ateneo.Apart from that 26-point beating, the Bulldogs lost by a five-point margin at worst. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title UP holds off NU for share of 4th spot Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal National University has been battered, bruised, and beaten in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament but head coach Jamike Jarin told his team to just roll with the punches and get up as a man.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ateneo secures twice-to-beat, downs La Salle anew

first_imgView comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jarin says current NU team could go down as ‘one of strongest teams’ he’s coached MOST READ Aljun Melecio finished with 13 points, on 4-of-11 shooting, and seven rebounds for the Green Archers while Justine Baltazaer and Santi Santillan combined for 22 points and 16 boards. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum De La Salle, meanwhile, dropped to an 8-5 slate while staying at third.With neither team taking control for most of the game, the Blue Eagles turned on the jets late and went on an 11-2 run to take a 71-58 lead with Thirdy Ravena’s three capping off the furious rally with 2:09 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPart of Ateneo failing to quickly establish its tempo in the game was the absence of big men Angelo Kouame, Isaac Go, and Raffy Verano who all fell into foul trouble.Fortunately for the Blue Eagles, seldom-used William Navarro stepped in and his seven first half points proved helped Ateneo go back-and-forth with the Green Archers. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Second quarter was pivotal for us actually because we stepped up defensively and William Navarro did a great job for us especially when our big guys got into foul trouble,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “Willaim enabled us to preserve Ange and George [Go] so they wouldn’t be in foul trouble in the second half.”Go figured in Ateneo’s earlier scoring spurt in the third quarter when his three-pointer capped off a 7-0 run with 15 seconds left in the penultimate period that gave the Blue Eagles a 54-50 lead.Kouame then held Ateneo’s paint for much of the fourth with his driving layup putting his team up 62-56 with 5:20 left to play.Ravena led Ateneo’s charge with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks off the bench while Kouame finished with 11 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo swept its season series against archrival De La Salle with a 71-62 and secured its twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles improved to a league-leading 11-2 record and their win also allowed second seed Adamson University (10-3) to take the other twice-to beat perk.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell, Jae Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Raptors beat Lakers as LeBron James struggles with limited minutes Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 26 points, said the Timberwolves tried to summon energy but admitted, “We knew coming in here the odds were going to be stacked against us. But we’re professionals so we got to go out there and get the job done.”Mitchell converted his scintillating drive and dunk on the baseline and then a tough lay-in from the right angle. The game was within single digits most of the way, but the Jazz led by 24 in the closing minutes as the Timberwolves ran out of steam.The Jazz improved to 17-1 when Mitchell shoots at least 45 percent from the field and has at least five assists (he had six).Utah claimed the season series 3-1 and moved into a tie for sixth in the tight Western Conference, but it wasn’t really decided until the end.Towns had 14 in the third quarter as the Timberwolves drew within 71-70.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (elbow), Jeff Teague (foot), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) all missed the game for Minnesota. … Towns caught Mitchell in the back of the head during a scramble for a rebound and received a Flagrant 1 foul. … The Timberwolves went 5 for 24 on 3-point attempts.Jazz: Dante Exum, who missed 25 games with an ankle issue and only returned Monday, left the game after three minutes with knee soreness. … Utah outrebounded Minnesota 49-38. … The Jazz had 30 assists on their 44 field goals. “We moved the ball, that’s what it was,” Crowder said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit Houston on Sunday.Jazz: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img “For that one instance in the third, we found a way to bring it all together,” Towns said. “We need to do that for 48 minutes.”Utah finished the period on a scoring burst and led 91-81 entering the fourth on a rare dunk by Joe Ingles.Andrew Wiggins scored 14 points but shot 6 of 17. Tyus Jones had 12 points and nine assists for the Wolves.JAZZ OWNER SETS TONEJazz owner Gail Miller released a statement and spoke to the crowd prior to the game to address an encounter between Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and a fan Tuesday. Utah permanently banned the fan from all arena events, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.Miller, who has owned the team for 34 years with her late husband Larry, implored the crowd to do better and said, “We are not a racist community.”She exhorted fans to enjoy the competition and cheer the Jazz as loudly as ever but cautioned, “No one wins when respect goes away.”Players from both teams listened intently and applauded the speech.“To have your owner to be so forward and so out there and back us the way she did, and back Russell … that’s amazing,” Mitchell said. “That’s the incredible thing about the NBA, because, as we all know, all sports aren’t like that.”TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments LATEST STORIES Both teams got winded, but the Jazz got determined and defensive-minded when Minnesota trimmed their lead to one in the third quarter.“Once you play some defense, it’ll lead to offense and change the whole game,” said Jae Crowder, who had 18 points. “We were able to get stops, get out and run and open up the whole court while frustrating those guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDerrick Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Ruby Gobert contributed 10 points and 13 boards for the Jazz, who played Wednesday night but didn’t have nearly the travel adventures that beset Minnesota.The Timberwolves didn’t arrive in Salt Lake City until Thursday morning due to a severe snowstorm in Denver that prevented the team from flying. The team showed up for its charter flight a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday but was stranded at the airport for nearly 10 hours because of high winds before returning to the hotel. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) lays the ball up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie (20) and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY— When Donovan Mitchell lifted off for the baseline dunk that put the exclamation point on Utah’s win over Minnesota, he didn’t even know if he was going to get above the rim.“My legs were kind of heavy on that one and I was surprised it went in, to be honest,” said Mitchell, who scored 24 points as the Jazz beat the Timberwolves 120-100 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

‘Dissolved Checkpoints’ Back in ‘Business’

first_imgThere is a high probability that commercial drivers might soon take it upon themselves to halt for a day or more, transport activities that expose them to extortion by unscrupulous (corrupt, dishonest) law enforcement or government security officers.What might soon begin to snowball (increase, swell) brings back memories of a strike action that commercial drivers organized for a day in April of 2012, against acts of extortion by Police and Immigration officers assigned at various checkpoints along highways in the country who were extorting money from them.A trip made by the Daily Observer to Nimba last weekend confirmed that the Mount Barclay Checkpoint, the Careysburg Checkpoint, and the 15th Gate Checkpoints have resurfaced, and a new checkpoint has been erected along the highway, near the Gbarnga Police Station.Vehicles with plates bearing PC or BC or other plates freely cross without being checked and without having to pay money; all commercial vehicles, on the other hand, are parked and their drivers required to drop L$25 or more, to get beyond the check-point.At all checkpoints, the vehicle our reporter was on was parked along with other commercial vehicles that arrived ahead of theirs as well as those that followed; without fail, each commercial driver were asked to pay a toll.Although it has become customary that at any legal checkpoint commercial drivers pay money to police, the taxi-driver whose vehicle drove  our reporter to Ganta on the night of January 31, recalled that the same harassment that once sparked a strike, had come back to create problems for commuters.“These rogues have come again to be taking money from us, and this is what you passengers don’t know when we are charging you.  The gasoline price, the police, and immigration all share in the money we earn. That makes it necessary for us to hike the fare to what you people have to pay.” “You see now, no war or any confusion in the country, but many gates are on this road and any checkpoint we stop at, we have got to pay something,” the taxi-driver complained.The commercial driver said parking their vehicles is not meant to check for anything illegal; it is simply to get money from them.It would have been fair if all vehicles were parked and checked as is done to commercial drivers. Why should we be the only drivers suspected of bringing drugs or foreigners illegally entering the country?” he asked.Look at what happened when a Presidential-convoy-vehicle was caught with drugs as was reported a few months ago.  Was that a commercial vehicle?”Our reporter said on his way back early Monday morning from Ganta as rode in a private Jeep, all those checkpoints that were extorting money from those poor commercial drives, were quickly opened for their vehicle to go through.When contacted at the beginning of February, Police spokesperson Sam Collins could not confirm whether authorities had instructed that additional checkpoints besides the existing ones including Salala, Gbarnga Main gate and Ganta , be erected.Mr. Collins said he would contact the Chief of Operations to react to the issue.As a result of the 2012 strike action, government had stepped in and dissolved the numerous checkpoints along highways with specific reference to the Monrovia-Ganta Highway that vehicles regularly ply.The only checkpoints that remained were the original ones including the Salala checkpoint, Gbarnga, and Ganta Immigration checkpoint.With no information of security threat or other issue of concern, those dissolved checkpoints have reemerged and drivers are again beginning to complain about the harassment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why was the President missing from the oil & gas summit

first_imgDear Editor,I watched the news reports pertaining to the recently-held oil and gas summit at the Marriott Hotel last week and could not help but notice the absence of our Head of State, President David Granger. I read the ideas and concerns coming out of the discussions and searched to read what our President had to say about the event. I later learnt that President Granger never made the event.I thought this was strange that at our first-ever oil and gas summit dealing directly with this new wealthy, nation-changing industry, the leader of our country was nowhere to be seen. I am very surprised that the President did not attend the event. In fact, I would like to know why President Granger did not attend the summit. I would hate to think that the President allowed someone to give him such poor advice or even worse, he chose on his own not to go, at a time when Guyana is making baby steps toward this new and intriguing shift.Mr President, why did you, the face of Guyana’s leadership, not attend the oil and gas summit?Sincerely,Winston Marslast_img read more

Unilateralism in clear disregard for some GECOM Commissioners

first_imgDear Editor,The David Granger-led APNU/AFC coalition is continuing with the dodging manoeuvres, as they try desperately to delay the inevitable and urgent Regional and National Elections. So too, is the inclined Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which seems to be unable to disassociate itself from the sleightful hands and ‘game playing’ influences left by the now removed Chairman, Ret’d Justice James Patterson.Recently, public notices revealed that GECOM Secretariat secretly revised several Registration Divisions around the country. Suddenly appearing in the Guyana Official Gazette are several GECOM Orders under the hands of James Patterson. In particular, Order Number 15 of 2019 dated May 15, 2019; Order Number 24 of 2019 dated June 13, 2019, and Order Number 25 of 2019 dated June 14, 2019, seek to inform of a move by the Commission to sub-divide several long-standing and well-established electoral Divisions. It is of significance that GECOM operated these areas unchanged for decades, and these matters were never discussed in the meetings of the Commission.The grave consequences of such unilateralism in clear disregard for at least some Commissioners, emphasises the sinister and lack of a transparent approach in Patterson’s biased behaviour. The man had been operating as a god unto himself, which is apparent due to the fact that GECOM made these orders well after March 21, 2019, and within the period of the CCJ considerations. It certainly smacks a similar disrespect shown by senior members of the Granger Government and the related or influenced unpardonable sins that the GECOM Secretariat continues to commit.There were simply no consultations with relevant stakeholders in arriving at these decisions. The situation begs the question: what is the legal basis for these orders, particularly, since James Patterson placed them in the Gazette after December 21, 2018, and subsequent dates. It is imperative that all stakeholders in the upcoming General and Regional Elections have a thorough look at all the registration districts, registration areas, registration divisions and registration sub-divisions.A careful look at the boundary maps now printed in the Official Gazette compared to what was there for many years is certainly a revelation and a recipe for serious manipulation of the next elections. For example: in the registration district for Region Four or the Demerara-Mahaica region, East Bank, Registration Division 412212 there were four sub-divisions. Namely, A, B, C and D. Currently, the Official Gazette shows additions of two extra sub-divisions with the additional E, and F totalling six sub-divisions in the Mocha /Arcadia area. In Division 412234 there were five sub-divisions 412234 – A, B, C, D, and E, which is now increased to include sub-division F, based on the publication in the Official Gazette.While these are only two of the numerous changes made around the country, the rippling effects will certainly now create serious questions and deep suspicion of what is taking place at GECOM. The splits are making possibilities of highly questionable gerrymandering. The new developments will lead to the putting together of new lists in all the sub-divisions, in alphabetical order most important is the six-digit number. The lists will have to be reflective of the specific locations and will lead to the difficult task of finding suitable polling places.Further, it follows that for each polling place, GECOM will have to recruit additional polling day staff, which means extensions into additional training of a substantial amount of new staff. It has been reported that one family member of a big one at GECOM has made public statements of looking for polling day places and that the costs in addition to the ‘drawbacks’ would be very high.A careful look at the new sub-divisions is also a matter of serious concern, particularly when one looks at security and the locations. Access to some of these locations is worrying as in some instances, people will need 4×4 vehicles to reach. Others would necessitate the use of regular vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, and to move by foot, boat or by air. In one specific area, stakeholders are questioning the situation of ingress and egress, gates, fence, doors along with emergency exits. Some areas are currently without electricity, phones and other needs and amenities, such as water and toilet and washrooms.The usual squandermania situation at GECOM Secretariat suggests at these specific moves are designed to principally create the framework for the drawbacks, which represents the position, regardless of the numerous audit condemnations. It is all about thievery and profit for the boys and matters not about all of the confusion it creates.While GECOM is involved in all these new arrangements, the No-Confidence Motion certainly must be followed by elections within ninety days and the Secretariat must not make it unnecessarily strenuous on political parties. The requirements must be in keeping with the arrangements that we had in 2011 and 2015, as the gerrymandering situation is some instances is clearly unacceptable.Our columnists have observed the less than good faith approach advanced by President Granger in his submission of eight names for inclusion in the considerations for a new Chairman of GECOM. His meanderings even include removed octogenarian James Patterson, which speaks to the callous candour with which the President wants to treat the intelligence of the Guyanese people. Although he and his cabal are showing that they don’t care at all, it is all the more confirmation of the level of untrustworthiness in this cabal. The people of Guyana must remove this cancer from our presence.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Occupational Health and Safety Officer needed for City Hall – Mayor

first_imgIn light of the recent fire at the Drop In Centre, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green requested that an Occupational Health and Safety Officer be appointed at the City Hall.According to Chase Green, since the resignation of the Council’s Occupational Health and Safety Officer some time back, no one has occupied the position, but she hoped to have this rectified soon.“Since the resignation of our Occupational Health and Safety Officer, we have not had one functioning and I’m hoping that, and I’ve always been advocating as a qualified Occupational Safety and Health Officer, that we should always have one in place, that we should make sure that one is advertised for at the earliest opportunity,” she said.The Mayor highlighted her uncertainty over the Mayor and City Council’s preparedness in the event of a fire. She asserted that the Fire Service has been invited to conduct an evacuation drill with the members of the Council in the event of an emergency, noting that this had not been done since last year.“I’m not aware that if there is an alarm that goes off in this Council now, if Councillors are aware where is the safest place for them to assemble. And so, I would hope that you can invite the Fire Service to do an evacuation drill in the case of an emergency with the present Council and officers because that would have been long overdue. Since last year we have not had one,” Chase Green voiced.She also requested that discussion be had with the Fire Service to implement fire prevention measures.last_img read more

UL Students Face Transportation Constraints

first_imgStudents studying at the state-run University of Liberia are calling on the National Government and the University Authority to negotiate for more buses to take them to the UL Fendell Campus where most of the undergraduate colleges have been transferred.Speaking to the Daily Observer on January 29, on the Fendell Campus during the first day of reopening, students expressed delight over the resumption of classes after two and a half months of closure. In spite of this, they raised concern over transportation constraints causing them difficulty to leave Redlight to Fendell.The University of Liberia currently has over 30,000 students. Most of the undergraduate colleges are being transferred to Fendell with the exception of the Business College and Graduate Program, including the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.Students come from various parts of Monrovia and Margibi County to converge at Parker Paint in Red-Light, Paynesville to board buses to go to campus.There are less than ten buses rented by the UL Administration to transport the thousands of students to the Fendell Campus.The National Transit Authority (NTA) assists in the process of transporting students to and from campus based on negotiation and understanding. Despite the assistance, it is still difficult for students to cope with the situation as the number of buses available cannot meet their needs.Students including Morris H. Nahlon, Albert Kermokai, Joseph F. Kamara and others stressed that though difficulties are associated with education and must be endured, they stand ready to pay the transport fare if buses are made available.According to the students, they are often late for their classes because of the difficulties boarding the few buses as they (students) are many in number struggling to get on them.  They told the Daily Observer that when they go late it is counted against them at the end of the semester.In President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message delivered on January 27, she mentioned that there is a plan underway to transfer all the colleges of the University from the Capitol Hill campus to Fendell.She said the surveying process for the university’s land is at the point of completion, and dilapidated structures there would soon be demolished to build new ones.Even while UL students expressed hope to see these promises kept, they called on government to immediately address their pressing transportation needs. They said tackling this issue would help keep them in school as government works on the long range plan of transferring the colleges.Meanwhile, the students— having stayed out of class for two months— were quite disappointed when their instructors did not turn out on the first day of opening.They said they paid money to cover long distances from other parts of Monrovia to converge on the campus. To their disappointment they arrived only to find they could not start classes.They claimed the time they wasted created setbacks to the completion of the first semester; and that they had no idea when the second would begin.  They, therefore, called for their instructors to be honest and fulfill their promises by attending classes; since their main demand (the ousting of former Provost Dr. Wede Brownell) for which they (instructors) disengaged has been resolved.On the Fendell campus Wednesday, January 29, a few instructors showed up on the first day of reopening.During a tour of the various classrooms, three instructors were seen lecturing students in Geography, Education and Communications.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Students Blame Gov’t for ‘Poor Performance’ at WASSCE

first_imgScores of students in their sixth day of writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) on Wednesday, April 9, have blamed government for their poor performance.The saddened students at the William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia were spoken for by their president, Samuel Zah of 12-3 class.They claimed this was due to government’s failure to construct and or equip laboratories around the country for use by senior high students.Surrounded by several of his colleagues — who were seen looking gloomy in expectance of poor results for the Physics portion of the exams — Samuel attributed the students’ lackluster performance to several factors he claimed hampered their ability to prepare for the exams.Some of the factors, he said, were students’ inability to comprehend (grasp) the test questions relative to practical laboratory experimentation.“Unlike other high school students, those (students) at Tubman High had no idea on several of the exam’s questions. This is because some of the books being used here are outdated. As a result, the students were left with no other alternative but to write what they could and finish the test,” Mr. Zah complained.“Despite all the difficulties we experienced from our lack of laboratory facilities, coupled with the ‘no teacher syndrome’, we Tubman High students are somewhat hopeful since we believe in the works of God, the Almighty,” he declared.onrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, A. Benjamin Jacobs, agreed with the students concerning the dire need for  equipped laboratories and trained instructors. He added that it is the responsibility of the MOE’s authorities to provide learning institutions with the requisite environment, which includes buildings and well-equipped laboratories.“We are not prepared to write the WASSCE head-on; this is taking place while we are piloting the WASSCE with the countries that have previously been writing the exams,” he explained.He, too, was hopeful that some of the students would make a successful pass upon completion of the exams.On April 3, almost immediately after the 5,034 students began writing the WASSCE, complaints about the process of writing the test, which they claimed was characterized by difficulties, began to surface.The students’ qualms were owing to what they claimed were inadequate preparations at the various laboratories and libraries at their respective schools.For example, at the Paynesville Community High School (PCS), in the Voker Mission vicinity, the 342 students who sat the test were embittered after they observed that practical questions in Physics were incomprehensible to them due to “poor laboratory preparation.”The Physics, which is being written on the code number 512, was the only Science test administered to students across the 44 testing centers.The WASSCE began on Thursday April 3, and is being administered to 47 schools by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) office in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.The students complained that though the laboratory was constructed, it was done without proper materials or teaching staff to conduct the lab preparation.PCS Principal Alphonso Kanboh, agreed with the students’ complaints when he told the Daily Observer, “Our challenges are enormous in the school. Our lack of an equipped laboratory combined with irregularly attended classes by the students themselves all add to the problems.”Kanboh said the school is in need of laboratory materials for the students to do their practical exercises, or else they would be unprepared for the WASSCE.Like MCSS Supt. Jacobs, Principal Kanboh did not give up his hopes of the students passing the test. He predicted that the result may fall between 50-60 percent in favor of the student populace.The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the WAEC in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., who toured the various testing centers, has reportedly spoken about similar problems regarding students unpreparedness for WASSCE due to lack of laboratory specimens.He, however, urged the students to remain focused and persevere until the end of the tests.Subjects the students are writing throughout the course of the tests include English Language, which will be written in three different parts that include objective and essay questions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bad Road Hampers Trade at Loguatuo Port

first_imgA bad road is said to be hampering trade at the Loguatuo port of Entry around the Liberia – Côte d’Ivoire borderThe piece of road linking Karnplay to the port is very deplorable and may certainly collapse if nothing is done urgently.In an interview with the Township Commissioner of Kpateahplay, Mr. H. Womenpea Sandi, told this paper that the present condition of the road is not good. However, he praised the government and its development partners for constructing a major part of the road, which links Sanniquellie and Karnplay.He added that Loguatuo is strategically located and it is one of the busiest rural ports in Liberia where a high percentage of reveue is  collected.Recently, when the Nimba Correspondent visited Loguatuo, it was observed that the entire road had been eroded with some of the bridges in very poor condition.When the UN was repatriating returning Liberians from La Côte d’Ivoire some years ago, The UN High Commission of Refugees rehabilitated the road from Bahn to Loguatuo.The road was also constantly in good condition and maintain by the UNMIL Engineering Battalion, when UNMIL officers were present at the border post.The withdrawal of UNMIL forces from Loguatuo over a year ago has left the road bad, hampering movement.In other developments, the police and immigration barracks project undertaken by the Justice Ministry has almost been completed and is awaiting dedication, Commissioner Sandi has said.The barracks will host the police and BIN security assigned along that bordering town to provide security, since the drawdown of UNMIL has left a security vacuum at the lucrative border port.The Loguatuo Port of entry is located north of Karnplay, also on the border. It is one the leading custom collectorates in Liberia.It is a rural port where plastic goods, agriculture products as well as livestock and cattle enter the country.The collapsing of the road may likely hamper the already fragile Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

256 ‘Quarantined’ in Margibi County

first_imgMargibi County Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Adolphus Yeiah, has disclosed that about 256 persons have been ‘quarantined’ in Gaygbah and Papa towns, Borlorla Township in Gibi District. At least one person died over the weekend of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).Dr. Yeiah’s disclosure comes after nearly a month of not a single case recorded.The Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi Correspondent, Richard Baysah, quoted Dr. Yeiah as saying that the victim came from the St. Paul Bridge Community in Monrovia over the weekend with the hope of seeking ‘treatment from an herbalist in the Gibi District of an unknown ailment.’Although Dr. Yeiah did not disclose the name of the victim, he however said the deceased was taken to Gaygbah Town, Borlorla Township in Gibi District where he was later confirmed to have died of the Ebola virus. “Margibi County Health Team (CHT) and partners upon hearing news about the incident quickly moved into the town and performed an Ebola test of the victim, which eventually proved positive,” Dr. Yeiah is quoted as saying.Immediately following the test, he, in collaboration with partners, ordered 256 people to be ‘quarantined’ from Gaygbah and Papa towns, as well as those from the nearby towns and villages that came into direct contact with the victim prior to his death.“This latest case where a lady brought her sick husband into Margibi County from the St. Paul Bridge Community is counterproductive. This unwholesome behavior has the propensity to cause the resurgence of the virus,” the Margibi County CMO lamented.The latest development raises a red flag as government prepares to close down certain Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Montserrado County. The National Chairman of Case Management of the Incident Management System, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, told the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press briefing on Tuesday that the ETUs slated for closure through the Ministry of Health are MOD 1 and MOD 2 located in Congo Town outside Monrovia.According to Dr. Massaquoi, the two ETUs will bring to three the number of units shut down so far. The Unity Conference Center ETU in Virginia outside Monrovia was the first that was closed down on February 1. The process of decommissioning most of the ETUs became necessary and very safe, “because the Ministry of Health has assigned teams with expertise in the decontamination process to ensure that the ETUs are disinfected at all levels.”Meanwhile, the head of the Incident Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, has confirmed an outbreak of new Ebola cases, which he says continue to be reported in Montserrado County.Nyenswah then expressed the fear that the new outbreaks could spread to Margibi, Lofa and Bomi counties, because some residents of the affected communities have fled under the cover darkness to those counties.He named the affected communities with the new cases as Zuba Town, Crab Hole and Gbangai Town in the St. Paul Bridge vicinity.According to Nyenswah, some of those who contracted the virus have already left those communities and reportedly migrated to Margibi, Lofa and Bong counties, which “have been declared free from Ebola for some time now.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Return to Junta Rule’

first_imgSeveral lawmakers over the weekend rejected and condemned Executive Order No. 65 as issued by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, describing it as a “return to junta rule in Liberia.”On December 4, 2014 President Sirleaf issued an Executive Order placing a ban on political rallies, parades, and demonstrations in Monrovia for about 42 days.The President’s temporary legislation undermines existing legislation requiring that persons desiring to march or demonstrate be made to obtain prior permits from the Ministry of Justice. Madam Sirleaf further noted that said legal framework has “proven ineffective to address rallies, parades and concerted mass movements on the streets of Monrovia and its environs.”Addressing a news conference at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, 14 of Montserrado County’s 19 legislative caucus members emphatically denounced and condemned the Executive Order, describing it as “draconian.” Delivering the statement on behalf of the 14 Representatives, Montserrado County Representative Henry Farhnbulleh said while cognizant of the fact that the Liberian Constitution guarantees democratically cherished inalienable rights, “we categorically reject any semblance of the return to junta rule and despotism.”“We, therefore, unanimously caution the President to immediately rescind and retract such a tyrannical order which has the proclivity to thwart our nascent democracy.“There shall be no reversal of the democratic gains we have made through the blood and sweat of our compatriots.  We want to assure you, our fellow citizens, that we will do everything within the ambiance of the law to protect the Constitution, which we are under oath to uphold,” the lawmakers said.The Montserrado County lawmakers expressed suspicion over the President’s declaration, terming it as “deliberate and with a sinister motive to antagonize only Montserrado County, where her son Robert is contesting and flagrantly violating the mandate of the Supreme Court and the National Elections Commission (NEC) with impunity.Meanwhile, Representative Edward Forh of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to focus their attention on Liberia during the closing stages of the regime of Madam Johnson Sirleaf.Using state security to clamp down on political rivals is an abuse of power and contravenes fundamental human rights, Rep. Forh declared.The caucus believed that allowing such a law to take effect in Liberia means that Liberians are facing a creeping threat to their fledgling democratic governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother Outraged over 25yrs Jail for Daughter’s Killer

first_imgMrs. Oretha Tipayson, the woman whose 23 year-old  daughter, four months pregnant, was murdered by the deceased’s boyfriend, yesterday left the premises at the Temple of Justice, weeping. She broke into tears when Judge Roosevelt Willie sentenced Sylvester Tarpeh Davis to 25 years, contrary to her wish for the death penalty for her daughter’s killer. The sentence, she said, has created a scar of sorrow for her that will continue for many years to come, due to Judge Willie’s judgment. Convict Davies, 35, may likely not serve his entire 25-year sentence because he could benefit from  a presidential clemency, normally issued by the Liberian leader at the end of the year  to release long serving prisoners based on what she considers “good behavior.”Judge Willie declared that convict “Davis is sentenced to jail for 25 years.” But immediately after Judge Willie announced the sentence Mrs. Tipayson was heard shouting loudly, “I am surprised by the decision to send him to jail for 25years.” Though, she did not speak with journalists following yesterday’s verdict, she was also heard saying, “I really disagree strongly with the judge’s decision because it sends a huge message to the rest of the country that my daughter’s life was valueless.”“The judgment is a very difficult thing for me to accept. It is difficult to live without my daughter.” Davis was convicted of killing his 23 year-old fiancée, Sianneh, on November 30, 2014, in their Paity Town Community in Clara Town, Monrovia, after which he fled to Grand Cape Mount County where he was arrested on December 7 by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP). After the murder he forced her remains into a blue barrel and dumped it in an unfinished room in the home of the deceased’s parents, where family members discovered it three days later. Many legal experts said Judge Willie’s decision could have been influenced by Davis’ remorse about the incident and his admission that he killed Sianneh.  However, the verdict makes no mention of the killing of Sianneh’s unborn child which would constitute a double murder.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over 70 Women Participate in Global Mentoring Walk

first_imgMore than 70 Liberian women last Sunday participated in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk launched as part of the International Women’s day celebration at Cooper’s Beach near ELWA hospital in Monrovia.The theme was: Make it happen,” intended to empower women by mentoring them.Speaking at the program, Dr. Nina Bowen, Team Leader, Democracy Rights and Governance, USAID/Liberia and US Embassy, urged the participants’ to focus on what they want to achieve in life.She described mentorship as a key factor because it helps one to find the right way in life.“If we walk alone, we walk faster but when we walk together you can go far and achieve that which you want,” Dr. Bowen said.The resident Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, who is one of the mentors, said peer mentoring begins with the participants and they must be careful in choosing the kind of peers to achieve their goals.“If we must mentor you, you must follow your mind in whatever you have a passion to achieve in life,” Judge Mappy said.She urged women to work together and build self-esteem in achieving their goals.For her part Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah asserted that in order for Liberian women and girls to achieve their goals in life, they must focus on their dreams.“Everyone must have a dream of becoming what they want to become and your dreams must be clearly defined and have a time limit,” she said.According to Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk flag bearer, Nancy Ijeoma Obi, the launch of the program is to bring positive impact into the lives of women and girls women by assigning mentors in various fields like nursing, engineering, geologists, judges etc, to guide them on to achieve their life time goals.She also disclosed that the project will last for six months during which there are plans to take the program to other parts of Liberia.Cecilia Davis, Secretary General of Society for Women Engineers of Liberia (SWEL), said the program has enlightened the participants on how to go about achieving their goals by having passion and gaining self esteem.She said her organization also mentors women and girls to impact society, adding “We want our women and young people to work with passion.  Some complain of being maltreated by their spouses because they are now taking bold steps to become what they want to be.”Meanwhile, the Global Mentoring Walk has set up women leaders and emerging women leaders’ groups to walk together in their communities to mentor others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VP Boakai Launches Measles, Polio and Deworming Campaign

first_imgVice President Joseph Boakai on Friday, May 8, launched the National Integrated Measles, Polio and Deworming Campaign, which is targeting over 600,000 children under five years old.During the launch at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville, the VP said “Today, as we exit the arena of the Ebola war, we are fast marshaling our troops to launch yet another battle in the realm of our national health care system.”VP Boakai was referring to the Ministry of Health report that there is a measles outbreak in the country and that it already had a total of 562 suspected cases in its database as of May 5.  Of the suspected cases, 37 tested positive. Out of the total number of suspected cases only 87 of the children were vaccinated. Sadly, seven deaths have been reported, said the VP.According to him, government’s initial response to the outbreak has been “proactive. Two rounds of intensified immunization were conducted in December 2014 and February 2015 to stamp out the measles outbreak in the country.” He admitted sadly that the turnouts to the immunization centers were very low, between 20 and 30 percent. He attributed the setback to widespread Ebola fear that had gripped the nation and the cloud of suspicion that was cast over the Ebola Trial Vaccines which had been launched at about the same time as the integrated measles vaccine campaign.”He emphasized that the vaccination, which runs from May 8 to 14, has no relationship to the Ebola trial vaccine. “They are totally different and the populations they target are not the same. The measles campaign being launched is to protect children below the age of five from measles and polio. Additionally, the worm medicine—Mebendazol–will be given along with the measles and polio vaccines to keep our citizenry strong and healthy, he explained.During the one-week campaign, the Ministry of Health intends to immunize 603,153 children between the ages of six to 59 months who will be given Measles vaccines.  Close to 700,000 between the ages of below one and 59 months will be given Oral Polio Vaccine, and 523,000 children between the ages of 12 and 59 months will receive the worm medicine, Mebendazole.After formally launching the campaign, VP Boakai gave the first two  drops of vaccine to the first infant below one month.Speaking earlier, the House’s Committee Chair on Health, Representative Johnson T. Chea, called on all parents and guardians to take the responsibility of bringing their children to be vaccinated.Rep. Chea said if a child takes the full dose of the polio vaccine, that child will be protected from the crippling childhood disease.Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Country Representative, said roughly “one quarter of children die in Liberia before their 5th birthday. They are dying from vaccine preventable diseases.”He disclosed that at least 10 percent of deaths among Liberian children under five is due to measles.Dr. Bernice Dahn, Chief Medical Officer, Republic of Liberia and Health Minister-designate, said immunization is one of the key components to restoring routine health care services in the country after Ebola.She said four years before Ebola, measles and other childhood diseases were not heard of in Liberia, noting that today’s Liberian medical students had not seen whooping cough, measles or neo-natal tetanus in any of the health facilities in Liberia.  “Ebola came, and our immunization coverage dropped. Before Ebola, we were immunizing about 10,000 children per month for measles and that reduced to 4,000 per month.” According to the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, this means that Liberian kids are in danger.She disclosed that the measles outbreak was presently in 10 of the nation’s 15 counties.“If our children didn’t die from Ebola, than they should not die from measles; they should not die from whooping cough; they should not die from neo-natal tetanus. (Protecting them through immunization) is something that we have demonstrated before and we can still do that,” she stated.Reinforcing the advice to parents that they should take their children for the routine immunization vaccines, she and Representative Chea followed VP Boakai’ in administering the vaccines to two of the children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USAID Pumps US$290K in Recovery Plan for Ebola Survivors

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided US$290,000 through IREX to Search for Common Ground (SFCG) to sensitize communities on the negative impacts stigma makes on Ebola survivors.Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia, those who survived the disease have reportedly suffered stigma in various communities, thus causing them to feel discriminated against.The stigma comes about because of fear that survivors could still be transmit the virus when they are touched since it is one way of contracting EVD.During a 4-day workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekend, the Executive Director of SFCG, Oscar Bloh, said integration of Ebola survivors remains a challenge in the country. To address this problem, USAID through IREX provided the funds to work with civil society organizations and community radios in rural Montserrado, Bong, Margibi, Lofa and Nimba Counties to educate and sensitize communities in order to eradicate stigma.He outlined stigma, survivors’ benefits, and livelihood status as key issues faced in the recovery process through which the CSOs and community radios have to propagate messages about survivors’ reintegration into society in three months.Mr. Bloh also indicated that the project will seek to sensitize communities hit by the virus to plan memorial programs for those who died of the virus.According to him, many of the victims were not properly buried, and therefore, there is a need to assist communities to plan programs that will memorialize their deceased.He said the project will be implemented through community dialogue in which women, youths and men will participate to have it done in the way they want, suggesting fixing of memorial plates bearing names of victims, feast among other activities.He clarified that they will not give out money to communities for a memorial program, but when they (communities) design and begin an activity that will memorialize the victims, USAID and its implementing partners may come in with an affordable assistance.At the workshop in Gbarnga, SFCG taught CSOs and community radio journalists messages that will be balanced between survivors and none survivors.They also taught them to use messages that will not contravene issues about transmission, which is still under investigation, with emphasis on speculation that the disease can be transmitted from survivors through sexual intercourse.A consensus was reached between USAID, IREX and SFCG on the one hand, and community radios on the other that the messages about reintegration of survivors and memorializing the victims begin early September and end late November 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

K-Delta President Commends Youth & Sports for New Guidelines

first_imgThe president of the K-Delta female basketball team, Abraham Samukai has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports for the latest guidelines and regulations released to ensure better oversight of federations and associations that receive government subsidy for their development.Samukai, reacting to a validated Guideline for Federations & Associations by the Ministry, released August 14, said it is encouraging that the Ministry has made such an impressive effort to ensure efficiency in the administration of sports but insisted that financial probity must be a priority.“I must commend Minister Eugene Nagbe and Deputy Minister Henry Yonton for a bold step,” Samukai, president and owner of female basketball champions, K-Delta, said, “and therefore the feet of leaders of all the federations must be held to the fire.”Samukai said it is also encouraging that the Ministry has come out, quoting the guideline that it (Ministry) will collaborate with the federations in the implementation of their activities in line with their annual work-plan which it (Ministry) must approve.“This means that tangible decisions that affect the running of the various associations and federations will not elude the ministry,” Samukai said.He meanwhile called on Minister Nagbe and Deputy Minister Yonton to revisit the Liberia Basketball Federation’s leadership crisis that is currently in the corridors of the judicial system.Basketball presidents and their players (athletes) deserve a better deal and therefore, Samukai said every attempt should be made to examine the issues at stake.“Now that the government is interested in financial probity, as well as better and effective management of assets,” Samukai said, “the financial and other issues that are the reasons for the problems in the LBF must be looked into.”It may be recalled that the Ministry of Youth & Sports has come under criticism for allowing associations and federations to have their own way resulting into poor administrative lapses.Recent cases are the crisis in the Liberia Basketball Association leadership and when officials of the Liberia Amputee & Sports Association kept pertinent information from the Ministry concerning the team’s recent visit to the United States.In the last London Olympic Games poor supervision resulted to an embarrassment to Liberia by sending an unqualified athlete to represent the country, and the athlete refused to participate because he was trained for the discipline. The Liberia National Olympic Committee did not accept any blame and now the Ministry has indicated it would supervise any athlete that will leave the country to represent its interest.Poor supervision has affected the Liberia Boxing Association that has led to inadequate preparation, lack of regular bouts resulting into frustration for would-be boxers. The LBA will now be compelled to provide its short and long range program to the Ministry or will face sanctions.In addition poor supervision also resulted in the dismal performance of the national female soccer team, U-20, leading to 14-1 home and away humiliation to their Nigerian side, recently.In the Guidelines, the Ministry said all national sports teams belong to the Government of Liberia and it (Ministry) will supervise and monitor how government teams are managed for ultimate performance and results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC Tsunami Hits Monrovia

first_imgShortly after Senator George Weah (Montserrado County) accepted the petition statement mandating him to contest for the 2017 presidency by the Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) Legislative Caucus, he told the mammoth crowd that he would wage war against the poor standard of education if elected to power.Respond to the petition, Weah, who dropped out of high school in his early years, described the country’s education as substandard, calling it a “national security threat.” He referred to the health sector as disastrous, calling electricity “elusive.”However, Weah now holds a master’s degree from the Arizona-based DeVry University, an online college program for people who want to continue their education.“Under my administration, there will be sufficient budgetary allotment to the education sector so as to meet international standards, as well as invite international experts to come and train teachers,” Weah declared to deafening rounds of applaus from supporters, who defied the scorching sun to grace yesterday’s ceremony.He said he would rebuild the health sector by negotiating with partners in and out of the country, while also promising to revamp the agriculture sector by putting in place agricultural procurement programs for farmers.As for the business community, Weah gave them hope that when he becomes president, he will create an enabling environment for them to employ more Liberians.Meanwhile, Weah, who out-rightly rejected merger talks with any of the political parties, however, called on other political parties to join the CDC in the struggle to end the Unity Party rule. Weah, who is now a first-term Senator for Montserrado County, first ran for president in 2005, coming second to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He ran again in 2011, this time as vice presidential candidate to Winston Tubman, a lawyer by profession, and again his party finished second to Sirleaf’s Unity Party.As early as 6 a.m. yesterday, residents of several communities around Monrovia woke up to a dramatic crowd of mainly supporters of Weah’s CDC as they trooped to the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, where they petitioned Weah to contest the ensuing 2017 presidential election as a presidential candidate.His partisans, some of them from the Monrovia suburbs of West Point and New Kru Town, were joined by fellow CDCians from the central city and made their way to Congo Town; some walked, while others were crammed in the trunks of vehicles heading in the direction of the party’s headquarters for the ceremony.By 10 a.m., CDC partisans from the eastern end of town in the Paynesville District were also connected to their colleagues from SKD Boulevard, SD Cooper Road and the infamous “Peace Island” Community, jubilating with songs of victory and shouting political slogans they coined as they marched to meet Weah, who was on his way, heavily guarded, from ELWA to respond to the petition.Although Weah’s supporters were peaceful, they chanted anti-government slogans as authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) increased their manpower to provide the necessary protection. For his part, CDC national chairman, Nathaniel McGill, told the Voice of America’s (VOA) James Butty that the 10-year administration of President Sirleaf has failed to improve the welfare of Liberians in spite of the enormous international goodwill it has received. As a result, McGill said “marginalized Liberians yearn for change, and they believe Senator Weah can be the vehicle for that change.“Considering that the Unity Party-led government has not done sufficient in the face of the enormous resources it has received, we think there’s a need for change. Liberians believe Senator Weah can be the vehicle for that change. He’s a man who understands their condition, who indeed understands their plight,” he told the VOA.Some analysts have commented that the CDC lost the last two presidential elections because, while the party was popular in urban areas like the capital, Monrovia, it failed to extend its reach to the rural areas.McGill described the assertion as a myth. He said the only political party with national appeal is the CDC. “If we are a Monrovia-based party, how come we pushed this president to the second round in two successive elections? The fact that the government did not win on the first ballot shows we are not a Monrovia-based party. We are a national-based party,” McGill said.He also said the CDC hopes to improve on its errors from the last two elections. “We realize that we needed to improve our ability to man the polls, and in that area we had some lapses. But we’ve improved on that, manning the polls making sure we have strong and vigorous poll monitoring officers. And we are quite sure that this time around there will be no reason to complain, because we will be on top of our game.” Following the first-round of the November 2011 presidential election, the CDC decided to boycott the second-round vote because it felt it had been cheated in the first.A rally of its supporters called by the CDC leadership in support of the party’s plan to boycott the run-off election turned violent when police fired on protesters, killing one and reportedly wounding several.A commission set up by President Sirleaf to investigate the violence recommended, among other things, the dismissal of the Director of Police, Marc Amblard.A number of Liberians have already announced their intentions to contest the 2017 election. They include Liberia’s current Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party; Charles Brumskine of the opposition Liberty Party, who also ran in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections; and businessman Benoni Urey, who served as head of the country’s Maritime Affairs during the presidency of Charles Taylor.Others likely to enter the race include Dr. J. Mills Jones, former governor of the Central Bank of Liberia; former Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, who resigned last year, saying he wanted to be an “active player” in the coming 2017 presidential and legislative elections; and Alexander Cummings, who was recently appointed political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ArcelorMittal Liberia to Operate Mount Gangra

first_imgArcelorMittal Liberia, which is operating a range of mountains in Nimba County, said it will soon begin mining Mount Gangra, another virgin mountain in the county, which is situated west of Mount Nimba near Mount Tokadeh in the former mining town of Yekepa.At a press conference held on Friday, October 14, ArcelorMittal Liberia’s Communications Manager Hesta Baker Pearson said the company is now working with consultants from the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) team in the county to gain approval from the government for key permits to proceed on Mt. Gangra, an essential activity for the project to commence.“In addition,” she said, “the Community Liaison unit has started work to establish the correct and fair compensation where land use is required by ArcelorMittal.”Ms. Pearson’s pronouncement has already received the backing of Nimba County Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele. She said the company is currently finalizing the resource drilling at Mt. Gangra which, according to her, will improve confidence in its geology and mining plans.“A project team has been assembled and included modest levels of recruitment of both expatriates and Liberian locals,” she said.For the pending operation, the company has engaged an engineering consultant to support all technical aspects that will lead to the smooth operation of the mountain; they include civil engineering, geotechnical designs for road and bridge constructions, mine infrastructure, waste dump drainages as well as sediment controls to keep the waterways healthy. The mining of Mt. Gangra is expected to start at the end of October, which marks the advent of the dry season and also the completion of the tendering process that is underway for the contractor, Ms. Pearson said.She said Mt. Gangra has been part of ArcelorMittal’s plan since the onset of the company’s operation in the county, and obtained a license to operate Mt. Gangra as far back as 2005 when the company signed the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the Liberian government.Ms. Pearson said the company suspended its operation in 2014 as a result of the Ebola outbreak, a situation that drastically lowered iron ore price margins, which threatened the competitiveness, viability and sustainability of the ArcelorMittal Liberia operation.As such, the company sought the best solution towards keeping its commitment to Liberia and embarked on a drilling campaign at Mt. Gangra, which accordingly showed 26 million tons of quality iron ore, better than the ore the company was mining at Mount Tokadeh.“ArcelorMittal Liberia recommenced drilling for Direct Shipped Ore (DSO) resource extensions in late 2015, which confirmed the limited availability of DSO at Tokadeh,” Ms Pearson said. “Once the operation begins we could mine five million tons per annum over the next year.” According to ArcelorMittal, owing to the depletion of the higher grade ore at Mt. Tokadeh, the company is working on a plan to build a plant to have the remaining ore concentrated before it is shipped, while at the same time mining Mount Gangra.Prior to the Friday’s press conference, company representatives held a series of discussions with community leaders and citizens who may be affected by Mt. Gangra’s upcoming mining activities.The citizens have meanwhile been informed about the road networks the company intends to use to transport the ore to Mt. Tokadeh by truck for crushing and loading of wagons for onward railing to the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, where the product would be shipped out of the country.The opening of a new mine at this time when the price of iron ore is down – the reason why many think ArcelorMittal is opting to deplete all the mountains before leaving Liberia – remains one of the concerns the citizens have raised.However, Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele warned the citizens against planting cash crops around the operational areas as there will be no compensation for any farms/palntations the company will eventually destroy. Citizens and residents of Yekapa had been murmuring about ArcelorMittal’s failure to adequately provide their social needs after more than five years of shipping. The Yekepa Hospital and Vocational Training Center (VTC), which used to be the best in Liberia during the days of Liberia-America Mining Company (LAMCO), are yet to provide the needed services to the people.During this year’s County Council Sitting, some residents of Yekepa complained about the deplorable state of the hospital, something they said was detrimental to their health.The mining of a new mountain in the concession area and use of feeder roads to transport ore by trucks raised serious qualms among the citizenry, especially the chiefs, who believe it will pose a serious threat to the movement of residents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coup in Lower House?

first_imgThere are clear indications from the corridors of the Capitol that a third attempt to unseat Rep. Alex Tyler from Speakership is in the offing, and could take place any time this month.The Daily Observer reliably gathered that since the House adjourned last Thursday, July 21 for the 169th Independence Day celebrations, there have been several consultations and meetings among “rebellious or renegade lawmakers” to dethrone Speaker Tyler over what has been described as a “fight of morality.” A lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, said they have desperately regrouped for what is described as their “last chance” in the remaining nine working sessions before this year’s 5th Session closes at the end of August 2016.Constitutionally, the Legislature on August 31 adjourns for its annual agriculture or constituency break and resumes work the second working Monday of January. Next year, 2017, shall be the 6th and final session of the 53rd Legislature.This would be the group’s third attempt at the removal of Speaker Tyler since he was accused of allegedly receiving US$75,000, according the controversial Global Witness report released May 2016. The report cited his alleged role in changing the Public Procurement Commission Committee (PPCC) Law in favor of London based mining company Sable Mining to acquire a concession deal for the iron ore rich Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.Late Sunday, impeccable sources told the Daily Observer that only eight affirmative signatures are now needed to unseat Speaker Tyler through a resolution for a cause by signatures of two-thirds (2/3) members of the Lower House.According to our sources, some lawmakers who intensely opposed the Speaker’s removal have affixed their signatures to the resolution document. These include Reps. George Mulbah, Lester Paye and Clarence Massaquoi.Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue still remains a strong supporter for the toppling of the Speaker.The aggrieved lawmakers, who Speaker Tyler described as “surrogates of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf” for his removal, argued that the indictment of the Speaker by Criminal Court ‘C’ has brought the honorable House of Representatives into public disrepute and immorality and urged him to recuse himself and subsequently resign his position as Speaker.The so-called ‘morality campaign’ is spearheaded by Montserrado County Rep. Edwin M. Snowe and Margibi County Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay.Maryland and Montserrado County Representatives, James Biney and Solomon George, and J. Gabriel Nyenkan, respectively, and other Lawmakers said the accusation is politically motivated, that a person is constitutionally presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction.Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Armah Z. Jallah also added his voice decrying those who have called for the Speaker to recuse himself, arguing that the Speaker is innocent until proven guilty.Overthrow StrategyIt’s been alleged that a financial package of US$20,000, according to sources, has been offered to each lawmaker to sign the resolution to vote Tyler down, coupled with the approval of District Project Funds (DPF) under the Legislative Support Project (LSP).Reportedly, US$10,000 would be given upon the affixing of each lawmaker’s signature and the approval of DPF, with the remaining US$10,000 given after the final ousting of Speaker Tyler and the last consent of the DPF.It is believed that the ousting of Speaker Tyler has been set for between Tuesday, August 9, and Thursday, August 18.It has also been gathered that if the Speaker delays in putting the resolution on the agenda, which has a cause and signatures of two-thirds (2/3) of members, the supposed “majority” will have a divided session in the Joint Chambers, and will discuss the decision reached. Any ranking official or designated person will serve as presiding officer.After the ousting of the Speaker, reports say, the acting Speaker and Plenary might suspend the Rules and Regulation of 34 Statutory and Standing Committees.LobbyistsPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s trusted servant and political troubleshooter, Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, is said to be the Chief Lobbyist. Nagbe, who serves as the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, is said to be standing in as the Acting Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, a function previously occupied by the late Dr. Edward B. McClain.Minister Nagbe was recently elected as the Secretary General of Unity Party (UP).He is the only Minister in more than 35 years who has served as Minister of three Ministries under one regime, while at the same time heading the Secretariat of the ruling Party after having previously served as Secretary General for the main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).The President replaced Executive Mansion’s Liaison Officer Elijah Seah, who she reportedly referred to as “too diplomatic”, bringing in her Minister of State without Portfolio, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, who she has assigned to troubleshoot legal matters.Mr. Julius Sele, the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), is among others who are part of the campaign to remove the Speaker. LACE is a strong partner of the Government through the Legislature and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in implementing development projects in the country’s 73 electoral districts.Holding funds hostageAfter two unsuccessful attempts to remove him from his speakership, Speaker Tyler accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of blackmail, ‘cash violence’ and other dictatorial and undemocratic schemes to unseat him.He said the President, in her politically diabolical ploy, is calling on the lawmakers to induce them with US$20,000 each to unseat him.The Speaker stated that the President threatened to withhold the benefits and entitlements and District Project Funds of lawmakers if they failed to have him removed.“These well-orchestrated ploys by the President to hold the House of Representatives in ransom by denying members their due benefits and entitlement as a means to strangulate us into undue political submission is in itself dictatorial and undemocratic to say the least,” Speaker Tyler said. But President Sirleaf’s office rejected the Speaker’s claims, describing them as baseless and unfounded and instead urging him to focus on the things that matters to the nation.Historical AnalysisIn 2007, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe accused the Executive of interfering into legislative politics and later that year also blamed the President for funding his removal.He was unseated (the race for Speaker was between Montserrado County Lawmaker Edward Forh and the Bomi County Representative Rep. Alex Tyler).The President publicly pledged support to Rep. Forh, and Rep. Snowe as retribution supported Rep. Tyler, who won the election.In the 2011 race for Speaker, the President supported Nimba County Representative Ricks Toweh against incumbent Speaker Tyler. Rep. Tyler again won the election. Some believe that the quarrel between the President and the Speaker escalated when the House of Representatives refused to ratify three offshore blocks, while others say the squabble between them intensified when Speaker Tyler resigned from the Liberia Action Party (LAP) – and influenced the resignation of key officials from the Bomi County chapter of the ruling Unity Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Future Stars, Bent Street bracing for electric quarter-final clash

first_imgThe Georgetown Zone of the Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” is now down to the business end with the quarter-finals slated for tonight at the parking lot of the National Cultural Centre, none of the four quarter-final fixtures promises more fireworks than that of the Future Stars versus Bent Street clash.Tonight’s quarter-finals promises fireworks on the tarmac of the National Cultural CentreThe two sides are similar in their energetic high octane playing styles and will be sure to have their respective supporters on edge.The two teams who will face each other in the final match of the night progressed from the round of 16 in contrasting fashion as Bent Street scored a single goal against Ol Skool Ballers. If Bent Street’s win was hard earned, Future Stars made it look easy as they demolished a hapless Kingston by five goals to nil.Bent Street will look to Captain Okanie Fraser who has been their standout player time and again; if Bent Street is to go toe to toe with the Future Stars juggernaut they will need Fraser at his brilliant best.One factor that makes Future Stars the powerhouse that they are is that they have a team of players who can up the ante on any given night to dastardly effect. The likes of Jamal Cozier, Akeemo Anthony and Keron Solomon are all players who can upend a game on its head to the benefit of their team.Meanwhile defending champions Sparta Boss look to have an easy match against Queen Street Tigerbay but no team can be taken for granted at this stage.Two other exciting quarter-final matches on the night features Gold is Money taking on Rising Stars while Leopold Street will clash with newcomers California Square.The losers from the round of 16 will have a shot at redemption and $50,000 in the “Plate Section” of the tournament with Trap Squad taking on GTI Ballers, North East La Penitence facing Norton Street, Ol Skool Ballers versus Kingston and North Ruimveldt look to topple Upsetters. (Michelangelo Jacobus)Fixtures are as follows:Gold is Money vs Rising Stars-21:00hLeopold Street vs California Square-21:30hSparta Boss vs Queen Street Tigerbay 22:00hFuture Stars vs Bent Street-22:30hPlate SectionTrap Squad vs GTI Ballers-19:00hNorth East La Penitence vs Norton Street-19:30hOl Skool Ballers vs Kingston-20:00hNorth Ruimveldt vs Upsetters-20:30hlast_img read more

Man deported from US remanded for 2016 New Year’s Day murder

first_imgAfter being deported from the United States, Anthony Bhupdeo was earlier this week remanded to prison for the 2016 New Year’s Day murder of a Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man.The 25-year-old accused of Mon Repos, ECD, is alleged to have been part of a group of people who had fatally beaten to death cane harvester, Deokumar Basdeo. He was arraigned and remanded to prison on Tuesday after being handed over to local authorities last week.Murdered: Deokumar BasdeoBhupdeo had fled to the US on January 2, 2016, one day after the incident, raising suspicions about his involvement in the matter.According to a release from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bhupdeo entered the North American country as a visitor, with authorisation to remain until July 2016.In the meantime, however, an arrest warrant was issued on January 7, 2016, in the East Demerara Magisterial District for Bhupdeo for violating Criminal Law (PRO) Act, Ch10:01, Section 53 of the Criminal Code of Guyana (murder).Local authorities, after finding out the man had fled the country, approached their US counterparts for help in arresting the suspect and as such, the US Department of State revoked Bhupdeo’s visa in February 2016.The man then failed to depart the United States in July 2016 as required. In September of that year, the HSI office in Bogota, Colombia, notified the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New York that Bhupdeo might be residing in the New York City metropolitan area, and was being sought in Guyana for murder pursuant to an Interpol Red Notice.The man was subsequently arrested on October 5, 2016 in Woodhaven, New York, and placed on removal proceedings. On July 26, 2017, an immigration Judge ordered that Bhupdeo be removed by an immigration Judge, but appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).However, his appeal was dismissed on February 1, 2018, paving the way for Bhupdeo’s deportation to Guyana.Basdeo, a 22-year-old father of one of Sawah Village, Cane Grove, succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was severely beaten and robbed on 2016 New Year’s Day. It was reported that the now dead man attended a traditional event called “Greasy Pole” in the village and subsequently had few drinks at one of the shops.While at the shop, he reportedly got into an argument with a group of men who had travelled into the village to witness the activities. After sometime, the argument ceased and Basdeo left the drinking spot.After he left the shop, the same group of men followed him in their motor car and in the vicinity of “Jango House”, he was pulled into the vehicle where he was severely beaten and relieved of his personal items.After the men were done, they dumped him out of the moving vehicle. He was subsequently found in an unconscious state and rushed to seek medical attention.last_img read more

Appointment of new Top Cop not imminent

first_imgThe appointment of a substantive Police Commissioner could take a while longer, as there are certain clear plans that must be first put in place to make way for this to happen.Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President David Granger, said Thursday the appointment of a new Police Commissioner is dependent on an agreement with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Speaking to the press briefly, the President said the Police Service Commission and the Public Service Commission must both be appointed in order to make wayGuyana Police Force Headquartersfor the nomination of a new Top Cop.“Well, again I have to resort to consultation with Leader of the Opposition, and the Chairman of the Public Service also has to be appointed,” he asserted. Asked how soon these commissions, particularly the latter, could see becoming effective, he said that due process will also have to follow for those.Crime Chief Paul Williams recently expressed confidence in taking up the most senior job within the Guyana Police Force, saying that he is prepared and ready if given the chance to serve as the next Police Commissioner. Williams is said to be the top pick to take over the helm of the Force, with Assistant Commissioner Nigel Hoppie as his second in command.Williams was recently interviewed for the position along with: David Ramnarine, Clifton Hicken, Leslie James, Lyndon Alves, Marlon Chapman, Nigel Hoppie, and Maxine Graham.David Ramnarine has been acting in the capacity of the Top Cop for quite some time now, and there has been speculation that he may cop the title too.In November of 2017, when asked whether Williams was likely to take up the mantle, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was then acting in the capacity of Public Security Minister, offered no direct reply.Harmon, however, had hinted at the possibility of a female assuming the position of Top Cop when he outlined that while there was a line of succession in the Guyana Police Force, female officers were also to be considered when deciding on a Police Commissioner.In so doing, he noted, “You don’t just look at the male ranks in the Police Force; we have female officers as well. And therefore if it is that a female officer is to be the person, then so be it.”Nevertheless, as mandated by the Constitution, the President would have consultations with the Opposition Leader on the names for the Top Cop position and the Deputy Commissioners of Police.last_img read more

Barbados PM’s statement undermines CCJ – Ram

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanPublic statements made by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in relation to withdrawing his country from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court has received mixed reviews.Local commentator and Attorney Christopher Ram is one who is not too pleased with the timing nor the content of Stuart’s statement, which was made recently at a political meeting in St Michael.“I think that is most unfortunate because we should be trying to develop some kind of Caribbean jurisprudence, which admittedly the CCJ has not been able to do or has failed to do,” he stated.While the Barbadian Prime Minister did not go into details, he cited disrespect from the Port of Spain-based court and the limited number of cases being brought before it.“I am determined to put Barbados on the same level as every other (Caribbean Community) Caricom country by de-linking from the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction. We went in first and we can come out first,” Stuart said.But in the same breath, he also stated that he will ensure that Barbados does not return to the Privy Council, which in effect means the Barbados Appeal Court could be made the country’s final court.More worryingly, however, Ram said the timing of his statement comes almost immediately after a judgement of the CCJ, which he might have considered unpalatable. Ram said this is a bad sign because politicians and political leaders must certainly defer to courts in matters of law.But Stuart had made it clear that he is not commenting on the decisions of the CCJ, noting that as an officer of the court and as a lawyer, he respects the decisions that courts make.“When I’ve disagreed with them I appeal them. But, I’m not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes, it is not going to happen. And I spoke about this privately to the present President of the CCJ. I don’t want to influence any decisions, I don’t care what they decide,” Stuart said.Again, Ram told Guyana Times that the timing of Stuart’s comment is important for another reason, especially when another Caricom member country is considering to make the CCJ its final court.“I think it is a setback although at the moment, there is no guarantee that he would be able to effect his wish. But coming just before Antigua was supposed to go to referendum. The timing is bad,” he opined.Only recently, the Antigua and Barbuda Government said it intends to hold a referendum within the next four months on whether or not the island would adopt the CCJ as its final court.The country’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in tabling the Constitutional Referendum Bill 2016 in Parliament in October 2016, urged locals to support the initiative to replace the Privy Council even as he admitted that two-thirds support in the referendum “is a tall order”.“At this time we should point out what are the weaknesses of the CCJ and try to fix those weaknesses, not try to weaken the court which I think he has done. His (Stuart) decision is certainly sending a signal to Antigua that could have unfortunate consequences,” Ram added.Nonetheless, Ram firmly believes all Caricom countries should adopt the CCJ, regardless of the current criticisms it is faced with right now. He said if the CCJ has set a precedence based on facts, law and logic, then Caribbean countries should accept it, but must understand that it is still in its early stages.“I think we all should do that. But Stuart has just undermined that kind of commitment to join the CCJ.”In March, the Trinidad-based court began the first of several hearings into Guyana’s Government appeal of the sovereignty of the people case.Guyanese Cedric Richardson had challenged the Constitutional amendments by Parliament that limits the number of times a person can serve as President. He claimed that these amendments were unconstitutional and such a change should have been enacted via referendum. The CCJ is presently considering the case.But much controversy erupted in Guyana after National Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan announced at a Berbice, Region Six meeting that the CCJ will rule in the Government’s favour in the case.This prompted Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to question how it was that Ramjattan could have made such a public statement and whether or not he had inside information.“I don’t know whether it’s loose talk or they do have inside information as they say, but either way this could affect the credibility of the court. If they claim they have inside knowledge, it could also be entirely false,” Jagdeo told the media during a recent press conference.The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, but while many of the 15-member Caricom countries are signatories to the court’s original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana, Belize and Dominica are members of its Appellate jurisdiction.The CCJ also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement.last_img read more

Linden residents call for removal of equipment

first_imgIllegal mining in Demerara RiverWeeks after an alleged illegal mining operation was unearthed in the Demerara River, residents of Linden have joined in calls being made by officials to remove the two draggers which were placed at Watooka, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The operators of the equipment were instructed by Police to remove them until relevant documentation is provided; however, Chairman of Region 10 Renis Morian indicated that this was not done.To date, Morian noted, the miners have not produced an Environmental Impact Assessment, which he reiterated is a necessity for such activities.Residents and officials, including Chairman of the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development (LCICD) Victor Fernandes have since expressed concern over mining activities in the region’s waterways, citing health and environmental risks as reasons for their disapproval. Fernandes said while development is necessary, it must not be at the expense of the people.“As the voice of the Private Sector… our concern majorly is environmental, which is everybody’s concern. The environmental issues are genuine concerns for us and I think members of this community, we would like to know what are the environmental considerations in the first place in terms of issuing licences,” Fernandes told the media.Linden resident Gomar Wilson said he is dissatisfied with the situation, noting that if it continues, the people will take action. As such, he has issued calls for the equipment to be removed, noting that some residents are not in support of the mining activity.Wilson added that if it is not removed by the end of the month, there will be consequences. Another resident, Oscar Hector cited health concerns, noting that residents, including those in Indigenous communities depend on the river’s water for their livelihood.Taxi driver Robert Greene in voicing his concerns believes environmental laws and procedures should be followed as it relates to mining in the Demerara River.He further stated that if miners are to come into the community, they must get clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and if such is not done, then the operations can be deemed as a violation.Meanwhile, Divisional Manager of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Rawle Friday explained that should there be any water mining mishaps, approximately 18,000 residents who depend on the water system can be adversely affected.Friday said the GWI would have taken interest in the mining activities, given the risks of contamination.Further, he added that in Linden, there are three water treatment plants which extract water from the Demerara River and there is no capacity to deal with contamination caused by harmful chemicals. These plants, he noted, serve around 18,000 people collectively.Officials have already noted that residents, mainly in Indigenous communities along the river, stand to be affected by the mining operation. Already, there is some amount of activities occurring in the river.A number of persons, including nine Brazilians were questioned and released by Police in connection with the activity which was shutdown weeks ago by Police and regional officials.The Regional Chairman noted that upon inspecting documents presented by the miners, he realised that some of the Brazilians were overstaying their time in Guyana which by itself is a criminal matter. In addition; those who were legal did not have the necessary work permits.last_img read more

Guyanese should take charge of oil audits – Gaskin

first_img…says foreign companies should not lead the processWith the recent announcement made by the Department of Energy to hire an overseas firm to assist with the auditing of the pre-contract costs for oil recovery, outspoken economist and social commentator, Ramon Gaskin, has said although Guyana lacks the capacity, no overseas company should be allowed to take full charge of this audit.Economist Ramon GaskinGaskin’s argument is premised on the fact that only Guyanese will have Guyana’s interest at heart. He questioned whether there is any guarantee that an overseas firm, especially one that may have connections to oil companies operating here, will look out for Guyana’s interest.“I do not have any confidence in any overseas company to look out for the interest in Guyana,” he said, while recalling that a few years ago; a Canadian-based company was hired to look into the tax regime of the gold mining sector and did nothing for Guyana.“The only thing they came up with was to reduce the royalty of Omai, a Canadian company operating in Guyana. Therefore, I am saying, I have zero confidence. We have to have Guyanese to look out for Guyana’s interests. We cannot go to that route again,” he asserted.Gaskin, a former presidential advisor, believes nothing is wrong with hiring an overseas company to assist Guyanese in understanding the more complex issues in oil and gas, but he thinks Guyanese should remain in charge of the entire auditing process.He said, “Guyanese have to be in charge. We cannot put foreign people to audit the foreign people, they are all the same. We’ve had that experience before. We cannot go there again.”Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe told sections of the media that the plan is to hire an overseas company that would assist both the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Auditor General’s Office to conduct the audit of the pre-contract costs.The controversial US$460 million pre-contract costs that ExxonMobil has charged Guyana is yet to be audited. Finance Minister Winston Jordan is aware of the concerns that the sum is inflated and has noted that there is nothing much that could be done at this time.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has responded to a request for help to audit all costs to be recovered by ExxonMobil. GRA’s Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia said the IMF will be lending its expertise to audit the controversial pre-contract costs.Statia said the IMF and the World Bank would be training GRA officers in the areas of petroleum accounting, cost recovery audits and other tax-related matters. He said help would also be provided to develop a risk assessment strategy for the sector.It has been reported that the IMF and other institutions will be tasked with auditing, examining and verifying all available documentation and records necessary for charges and credits relating to the contractor’s activities under the Petroleum Agreement.This means all books of accounts, accounting entries; material records and inventories, vouchers, payrolls, invoices and any other documents, and correspondence will be requested and checked thoroughly.Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram had called for the US$460 million pre-contract costs to be audited. Based on his examination, he said the numbers were not adding up.Ram said ExxonMobil is represented by three companies as the contractor for the Stabroek Block – Esso, CNOOC, and Hess. Using the financial statements of Esso and CNOOC, the only ones which were publicly available, he pointed out a few important things.He highlighted for example, that the combined expenditure of Esso and CNOOC at December 31, 2015, was $26 billion with reported losses of $21 billion, giving a total of $47 billion. In United States dollars, using a $200 exchange rate, Ram said that gives a total US$245 million, well short of the $460 million that the Government accepted in the Agreement with ExxonMobil.To make up the total of US$460 million, Ram said Hess alone would have had to spend, in contract costs, some US$215 million or approximately $46 billion, which he opined would defy logic. Ram stressed that the only satisfactory and acceptable resolution of this matter is a special audit independently undertaken.last_img read more

US food company recalls “Fiesta Corn” from Guyana, other Caribbean countries

first_imgThe US company Del Monte Foods has recalled over 60,000 cases of incompletely sterilised canned corn from eight countries in the Region.The Caribbean countries affected by the recall of Del Monte “Fiesta Corn” are Guyana, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Haiti, Aruba, St Lucia, and Suriname.The other countries are El Salvador, Uruguay and Panama.The company says the recall is specific to Del Monte “Fiesta Corn” only and not any of its other corn and food products. The company warns that the product could cause life-threatening illness if consumed.The US Food and Drug Administration said the recall of 64,242 cases of the “Fiesta Corn” seasoned with red and green peppers were due to under-processing.It said the missed steps from the commercial sterilisation process could result in spoilage and possible contamination with life-threatening pathogens, if eaten, Del Monte warned.There have not been any reports of illness as a result of the products, the company added. It said a central concern with under-processing canned food is the potential growth of bacteria, including clostridium botulinum, which creates toxins that cause botulism poisoning, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. (CMC)last_img read more

Bosai to invest US$23M on expansion plan

first_imgA whopping US$23 million investment by the Chinese-owned Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Inc has already begun as part of the company’s expansion plan for its Linden, Region 10, bauxite operations.Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Inc’s operations in Linden, Region 10This announcement was made on Friday morning by the mining company, which said that with these major expansions, additional long-term employment will be provided for the residents of the community.Guyana Times understands that Bosai has already commenced preparatory works for a new number 15 rotary kiln for calcined bauxite production. This new kiln and its auxiliary facilities will cost US$20 million and are expected to produce 170, 000 metric tonnes of refractory A Grade super calcine bauxite per year.According to the mining company, it is also investing in a new number 16 drier and auxiliary facilities, costing US$3 million, which is projected to produce 150, 000 metric tonnes of sized chemical grade bauxite.Presently, there are 600 Guyanese employed by Bosai and this latest investment is expected to create between 150 to 200 jobs for locals.The announcement was made on Friday during a site tour by the Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Minerals Resources, Godfrey Oliphant.“Government is happy that Bosai, despite its challenges, and despite our own difficulties with each [other] that Bosai continues to mine,” said the Minister in an invited comment.According to Bosai’s website, the company has ownership of over 200 million tonnes of high alumina and low iron bauxite deposits, and a bauxite reserve as such is unique around the globe in respect to quality and quantity. Currently, the company produces 1.5 million tonnes of metallurgical grade bauxite, 300,000 tonnes of refractory A Grade super calcined bauxite, 200,000 tonnes of sized chemical grade bauxite and 200,000 tonnes of cement grade bauxite, making it the largest supplier of calcined bauxite on the world market.This investment by Bosai comes at a critical time in the bauxite mining company when Russian-owned RUSAL has laid off workers who protested a one per cent salary increase recently.last_img read more

Ranks come under fire during drug eradication exercise at Kara Kara

first_imgA drug eradication exercise by Police ranks attached to E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) on Wednesday reportedly ended in a shootout at a marijuana farm at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden.The plants before they were destroyedAccording to information received, ranks attached to the Mackenzie Police Station and Community Policing Group ventured 20 miles up the Kara Kara creek in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), where they conducted a drug eradication exercise between 06:30h and 15:00h.They reportedly discovered a marijuana farm, which measured approximately two acres and contained approximately 4000 cannabis plants measuring eight inches to four feet in height.The 12-gauge cartridges found at the sceneRanks also discovered a makeshift tent, a quantity of clothing, and a wooden boat, along with five live 12-gauge cartridges.The farm was subsequently destroyed by fire, and samples of the cannabis plants retrieved.However, on their way out of the location, ranks reportedly came under fire by unknown persons. They reportedly returned fire. However, the persons managed to escape. The area has since been marked as Police try to ascertain the owner of the land.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Police record reduction in reports – Senior Superintendent

first_imgDrug usage in schools…says students caught reluctant to give up drug dealersNine months ago the alarming problem of increased drug usage in schools was a major concern for parents, teachers and other stakeholders, there has been a reduction in reports of incidents of this sort.Police Narcotics Branch Head, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh SimonThis is according to Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon, who, during a recent interview with Guyana Times, said that for the past three months there has been a decrease in reports by schools about students engaged in using illicit substances.“They (reports) are down, or there is a drop. We are not getting (many) reports from the schools. Sometimes it is the Education Ministry that will call us, or sometimes the head teachers call us in. So, for the second quarter, as it stands right now, there has been a reduction,” Simon explained.He said that in cases where the schools directly make contact with the Police for assistance or involvement in addressing the use of illegal drugs among their students and/or on their premises, there is a system that has to be followed; since, ideally, the Education Ministry is the agency responsible for notifying the law enforcement agencies in this regard.“This system (direct contact with the Police) is that the teacher has got to be present, (as well as) the parent and the student. Then we look at if (the situation) is one that warrants counselling and so forth…we cannot prosecute any child anymore, so definitely straight counselling. We try to work them to see if they will give up, if an adult is involved, if they will give up the source,” Simon said.ReluctanceSimon said investigators are not always successful in getting the students to divulge relevant information so that they can pursue and eventually nab the guilty adults involved, but some students are helpful when questioned.“Some are reluctant in giving up the names of the persons, but there are some who do cooperate. Some parents of the children who are caught or involved tend to clog up, and there are some who say to their children that they should tell the truth. So, basically, it is some amount of reluctance and some amount of cooperation, and I would say it is about 50/50 from all the cases we have had so far to deal with,” he added.In September 2018, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) made it public that the use and sale of the drug ecstasy had been discovered in five schools. Known as a recreational drug, ecstasy’s harmful side effects include addiction and altered sensations.At that time, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, speaking on the issue, was quoted as saying that law enforcement agencies were “losing the battle” now that drugs have ended up in schools.last_img read more

Be more specific on strategy for green economy – Jagdeo tells Granger

first_imgExpressing his utmost disappointment with the “haphazard approach” being undertaken to transform the country into a green economy, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday demanded that the Government give specific details about its plan to promote sustainable energies and ultimately create an economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels.According to Jagdeo, at every available opportunity, President David Granger talks up his Government’s intention to develop huge wind farms, solar farms and hydropower plants; however, he hardly ventured into pointedly speaking about how he intends to attain those targets.Only recently at the official opening ceremony of GuyExpo 2016, Granger unveiled Government’s intention to adopt a Green Development Strategy (GDS), noting that every Government institution (hospitals and schools) must soon convert to using green energy.Granger also committed to placing another two million hectares of Guyana’s land under conservation in an effort to protect the country’s rich flora and fauna so that “our grandchildren can see the good things we inherited from our grandparents”.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPreviously, the President had announced intentions to reduce the tariffs on the importation of key materials and all equipment used to generate renewable energy.The President had also pronounced that the Norway Funds will now be utilised for more strategic projects such as reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management and tackling the impacts of El Niño.But in light of certain actions taken by the current Administration, the former President believes that their promises are merely rhetoric for support of a green economy.“The President said it is absolutely imperative to develop a green economy… he said it is important for our future and industries. On the other hand, his Government has killed a project, for political reasons not economic reasons… they killed a project that would have saved us at least US$2 billion in 20 years at 2012 prices…,” Jagdeo pointed out, referring to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.“The Amaila was the biggest green project that would have had the biggest impact. It cannot be replaced by planting trees. The green economy is not about planting trees, it is an economic concept,” the Opposition Leader argued.He asserted that no one is even sure about “anything anymore about the green economy”, given Government’s apparent lack of strategy on the matter.“No conceptual framework, no vision excepting they are implementing in a haphazard way some of the things we’ve left,” he posited.Jagdeo also expressed concerns over the status of several of the green projects that were introduced by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration under the Norway/Guyana partnership.It was previously pointed out by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira that since the change of Government, a number of initiatives regarding the partnership have been falling by the wayside, including the LCDS Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee meetings, the absence of information about GRIF-funded projects on the LCDS website and Amerindian and other stakeholders not being consulted on the LCDS or the Guyana-Norway partnership.Jagdeo also noted that the public does not know whether the funds from Norway were released and whether or not Government has embarked on discussing a successor agreement.In general, the Opposition Leader explained that if promoting a green economy is indeed of the biggest thrust of the Government, then its leaders need to be more specific about the respective strategy for the future.last_img read more

Businessman charged for Tucville fatal shooting

first_img… to make court appearance on MondayPolice have instituted charges against Robert Benn of Lot 10 Perry Street, Tucville, Georgetown, who indiscriminately discharged his firearm, killing Colin Perriera and wounding Gailann Chacon in the process. The shooting incident took place on Tuesday evening as the woman drove the car onto the man’s bridge with the intention of turning. The businessman was in his yard at the time and allegedly thought that the occupants of the car had gone to commit a robbery and opened fire.Perriera was shot three times to the chest and abdomen while the woman was shot twice. She remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital in a stable but serious condition.However, after soliciting the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police were given the green light to charge Benn for murder committed on the miner and the attempted murder of Chacon. At a press briefing on Friday, acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine described the incident as “murderous murder” as he iterated the manner in which the incident took place was unbelievable.“It disturbed me greatly… when I was reporting it, I said it was a murderous murder. I can’t understand how he made these levels of appreciation, so shallow… It is very disappointing indeed that a licensed firearm holder could discharge his firearm in those circumstances”, the acting top cop related.At that time, he told the media conference that the Police would have resorted to its legal options since the detention period of the suspect had expired. Nevertheless, now that charges are being instituted, there is no need to approach the high court to make an application for an extension. Twenty-four-year-old Colin Perriera of Lot 213 Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was gunned down at about 21:00h in Perry Street, Tucville.It was reported that the shooter believed the heavily tinted motorcar was bandits and opened fire. After the shooting incident, Perriera managed to exit the car and ran to safety but the businessman kept discharging rounds at him.Perriera eventually collapsed in front of a house a short distance away. A teenager, who was standing where the man collapsed, explained that after the man dropped to the roadway, he called out for help and told them that someone else was also shot.“He said that he was shot so we called 911 but like after 20 minutes, a Police vehicle pull up and they take he to the hospital… he was still alive when the vehicle left but they pronounce he dead at the hospital”.According to the teen, while waiting for the Police, several persons went to the car where they saw the young lady lying in a pool of blood. She too was picked up and rushed to the hospital. The now dead man leaves to mourn his 2-year-old daughter, mother and siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Ramjattan, SOCU officials “sip wine” after arrest operations

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, along with top officials of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), congregated at a popular city café on the evening of the second day after former prominent Government officials were hauled in for questioning and in some cases, arrested and detained.SOCU Head Sydney James; British Adviser to SOCU, Dr Sam Sittlington and Minister Ramjattan were seen clinking glasses in an extremely celebratory atmosphere in the dimly lit café on Wednesday evening.Ramjattan confirmed to Guyana Times on Thursday that he and the SOCU officials were having some drinks at the popular spot, which usually is not opened to the public after dark.According to Ramjattan, he went to “have a glass of wine” with the SOCU officials as they celebrated Dr Sittlington’s work here in Guyana.The former Police investigator from Northern Ireland explained that he was only required to provide advice to SOCU for a few months.This celebratory event comes on the heels of resounding cries that the Executive has been giving orders to SOCU to attack former Government officials as part of its witch-hunting exercise.Just one week before SOCU arrested some of the former officials, Ramjattan had threatened charges against them.Following the egregious arrest of former top Government officials by agents of SOCU of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Government issued a public statement, dismissing allegations that SOCU’s actions were in any way part of a political vendetta. It stated that SOCU was operating independently and without any interference or direction. Meanwhile, in a statement issued Thursday, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall questioned recent comments made by Dr Sittlington, including whether or not he was operating under the auspices of the British High Commission in Guyana.He said, “I note that Mr Sam Sittlington has taken the liberty of making statements which have political underpinnings, and seems to be functioning as part of the operations of SOCU.”“As a result, I now question his role in the law enforcement process of Guyana. Is he operating under the auspices of the British High Commissioner in Guyana? If so, then one will have to assume that there is some linkage between his actions and the British Government. This must be clarified by the British High Commissioner,” Nandlall added. Guyana Times tried unsuccessfully to reach the UK High Commissioner to clarify this matter; this publication will follow up the issue.last_img read more