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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down MCarroll · 321 weeks ago Huge multi-family garage sale this Saturday June 21st @ 1304 N. Plum Wellington! We’ve got little girls clothes, name brand teen women and men’s clothes, toys, shoes, purses, a weight bench , home decor, holiday items , stuffed animals galore and much much more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Megan · 321 weeks ago Huge Multi family garage sale Saturday June 21st 7am-? 919 Crestview Rd. Lots of girls clothes newborn to 4t all seasons, boy clothes newborn to 18 month all seasons, women’s clothes, maternity clothes, kids toys, furniture, home decor, etc Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 321 weeks ago Garage Sale 1401North B, Friday June 20th 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. only. Lots of boy and girl toys, stuffed animals, girls 2T clothing, DVDs, Barney and Wiggles VHS tapes, kids books, household misc. Report Reply 1 reply · active 320 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 320 weeks ago Saturday 8:00 – 12:00. Halloween costumes, turtle sandbox, doll bed. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Ybarra · 321 weeks ago 5 family yard sale! 1215 south Washington. Saturday June 21 from 8-2. Adult and children clothing, household items, kids toys, origami owl, and a lemonade stand! No early sales and cancel if rain. No reasonable offer will be refused! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle Lloyd · 320 weeks ago Yard Sale June 20th and 21st at 305 East 11th in Wellington: Friday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Lots of miscellaneous. Table and chairs, hutch, tiled buffet table, lawn chairs, tools, total gym, men’s jeans and shirts in great condition. Plus size women’s clothing, teen girl clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, and lots more to see. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Woodring · 320 weeks ago Downsizing Sale 14 Crestway June 27th & 28th 800am – 200pm Vintage glassware, Tools, Vacuum Sweeper, Bass Boat, Exercise Bike, 57 Chevy Parts, Surround Speakers with Amp, Art by S J Covacevich & L. Rinehart and much more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 20-22, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘If I stay’ will be played this weekend at Wellington Regent

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “If I Stay.” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. (c) Warner Bros Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 37%. Audience review: 67% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Oct. 3-5 – DolphinTale 2.Oct. 10-12 – The Maize Runner.Coming soon:No Good Deed.Halloween weekend – The Rocky Horror Picture Show!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014:MondayTuesday• Basketball at AndaleWednesday• Finals: First – fourth period.Thursday• Finals – fifth – eighth period.• Wrestling at Augusta 5 p.m.• Band Concert 7 p.m.Friday• NO SCHOOL- Inservice• Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane• Wrestling at Marion 3p.m.• Winter Formal after gameSaturday• JV Wrestling at Rose Hill 8:30Monday’s lunch: Pork Rib/Bun, Romain and Tomato, tri tater, green beans, fresh kiwi.Tuesday lunch: Lasagna, garden spinach salad, garlic bread stick, pears, tomato wedges.Today’s News•Thespian Conference money needs to be turned in on Tuesday.•Students: If you have been exempted from taking a final by a teacher in any or all of your classes, you must bring a handwritten note from your parents excusing you from being at school during those exempt finals periods. Please bring it to the office by Tuesday in order to not be marked absent on Wednesday and Thursday.•You do not have to take finals if you have three absences or less with an A in the class and 3 or less tardys.•Beginning second semester, double lunch entrees will go from $1 to $1.50. Some ala carte items will also increase in price.•Did you hear? Winter break is near. What a better way to spread a feeling of cheer, than sending a message to those you hold dear! Student council will be selling candy cane grams during lunch through Monday. They are two for a dollar or five for 2 dollars and will be handed out eighth hour next Tuesday. Don’t let someone have a blue Christmas, make it a mint fresh one!•Attention Early Completers: Remember the local scholarship application is due January 9. You are responsible to make sure you turn this in on or before that date.•ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.”•Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.•Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16th.•Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due January 9, but why wait… get it turned in before the winter break and you will be able to enjoy your time off with no worries.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Draymond Green gets ejected for arguing a call in Warriors return: ‘I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk’

first_imgDraymond Green on the ejection: “I disagreed with the call and I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2019It’s Green’s “If you feel like you got the call wrong — or right — don’t tell me not to talk,” Green said post game. “I’m a grown man. I got my own kids. So that’s what happened.” In 22 minutes played, Green had four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor, as the Warriors fell to 2-9 on the season. Welcome back, Draymond Green.The Warriors forward has never been one to shy away from controversies on the court, and on Monday night, it was no different: In Green’s first game back since injuring his left index finger, he was handed his eighth career ejection and the first of 2019. In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 122-108 loss to the Jazz, Utah’s Mike Conley barreled over Green, and Green took issue with the foul call — he was charged with two technical fouls and an early shower.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020:Knicks pick star guard at No. 1; LaMelo Ball lands with HawksAndddd Draymond Green just got ejected. pic.twitter.com/LuLR8l3YeU— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019 Green couldn’t peel himself away from arguing with the referee who made the call, and it proved for naught, as he was sent to the locker room with just over eight minutes left in the game.There was some question on the foul, and it appears as though Green reached for the ball initially before Conley ran him over. Following the game, Green “expounded” on the call.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua predicts ‘iconic’ night in December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_img“It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m thrilled so many of my fans are going to be there, particularly from the United Kingdom,” said Joshua. “It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing. Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with.”Landed safely.. we give thanks KSA pic.twitter.com/PIfNJ1ZCY0— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019Joshua also posted a video on social media after landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the former world champion posing for pictures and chatting with fans.✈️🇸🇦🧳🚶🏾‍♂️🚖🎟 https://t.co/3RqR1N24nv pic.twitter.com/7viyYLkq4W— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019 Anthony Joshua has promised an “incredible night” of boxing on Dec. 7 after arriving in Saudi Arabia ahead of his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua is aiming to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after suffering a shock loss — the first of his professional career — at the hands of replacement opponent Ruiz last June. Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearHaving dropped his rival earlier in the round, the Briton was sensationally floored in the third. He was also knocked down twice in the seventh, leading to the contest being stopped.After their first bout was staged at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, the duo will meet again in Riyadh, with the determined challenger predicting an unforgettable fight as he bids to avenge the only blot on his boxing CV.last_img read more

NFL playoff schedule: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for 2020 wild-card round

first_imgNational: NBCSeattle: KINGPhiladelphia: WCAUStream: NBC Live (cable subscription)Seattle (11-5) couldn’t quite catch the 49ers for the NFC West crown, but still nabbed a wild-card spot. Philadelphia (9-7) held off the Cowboys to win the weak NFC East.The broadcast will sound like an NBC Sunday night game. Al Michaels has the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator, with Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox bringing sideline insights.NFL scores for wild-card gamesYou can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Jan. 4GameTexans 22, Bills 19Titans 20, Patriots 13Sunday, Jan. 5GameVikings 26, Saints 20Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS: Full TV schedule | AFC & NFC bracket | SN’s picksNFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full wild-card round schedule for the NFL playoffs, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Sunday, Jan. 5GameTimeChannelSaints vs. Vikings1:05 p.m.FoxEagles vs. Seahawks4:40 p.m.NBCNFL playoff game TV channels, live streamHere’s how to watch every wild-card game during the NFL playoffs.Bills vs. Texans(4:35 p.m. ET kickoff)National: ESPN/ABCBuffalo: WKBWHouston: KTRKStream: WatchESPN (cable subscription)Each of Houston’s six postseason appearances since 2011 has begun with the Saturday afternoon game, a testament to the Texans (10-6) rarely being a favorite to advance and having a relatively small national following. Buffalo (10-6) made the playoffs for just the second time since 2000.As this is ESPN’s only broadcast of the wild-card round, it will be called by the regular Monday Night Football crew: Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, Booger McFarland in the booth as an analyst and Lisa Salters reporting from the sideline.Patriots vs. Titans(8:15 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSBoston: WBZNashville: WTVFStream: CBS (cable subscription)New England would be resting this weekend if not for a 27-24 loss to 5-11 Miami in Week 17. The Patriots still won the AFC East but fell short of the first-round bye. Tennessee took its Week 17 chance, clinching a wild card spot by beating the Texans 35-14.CBS is sending its top broadcast team to Foxborough. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play, Tony Romo offers analysis and Tracy Wolfson is down on the sideline.Saints vs. Vikings(1:05 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxNew Orleans: WVUEMinnesota: KMSPStream: Fox Sports Go (cable subscription)New Orleans (13-3) is tied for the best record in the NFC, but lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers and is playing in the first round. It’s the first time a team with a record of 13-3 or better has played in the first round since the Saints in the 2011-12 season. The strength of the conference meant Minnesota’s 10-6 record is the worst of the NFC playoff teams.The No. 1 Fox crew is covering this game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are in the booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will offer reports from the sideline.Seahawks vs. Eagles(4:40 p.m. ET kickoff) The 2020 NFL playoffs have arrived, and the schedule begins with four games during wild-card weekend.Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL wild-card round games, including a full schedule with TV channels, start times and scores.last_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 19, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JODI WALTRIP · 269 weeks ago HUGE MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE- FRIDAY JUNE 19TH 9-6 AND SATURDAY JUNE 20TH FROM 8-NOON 905 NORTH JEFFERSON WELLINGTON LOTS OF MISC. ITEMS Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 269 weeks ago 4 wooden oak chairs for a total of $20 317 East 15th Call first 620-399-3059 Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 269 weeks ago Garage sale Saturday, June 20 from 8:00-?. Furniture, dishes, lawn mowers, bedding, Christmas decor, tools, etc… Much, much more! 1223 N. B. Sale will be inside the house. Make offers. Everything must go. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim Bales · 269 weeks ago YARD SALE Saturday, June 20th 8:00-12:00 604 E Mill Street – Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Carroll · 269 weeks ago CARPORT SALE Saturday June 20th 8:00 to ? 1502 N. Blaine Lots of fishing equipment, tools, dishes and lots of misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Terri Campbell · 269 weeks ago Friday, June 19, 4-7 pm and Saturday, June 20, 8-12. 119 West 13th. Garage/estate Sale. Home decor, tools, outdoor furniture, Christmas, dishes, antique glassware, etc…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Brian · 269 weeks ago Yard Sale 1203 E 10th Street Fri. 5:00-7:00 6/19 Sat. 8:00-11:00 6/20 Lots of misc. Some hunting and fishing stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Dwyer/Defore · 269 weeks ago 901 S. Blaine Saturday 7 – 11 a.m. Name brand teen girl clothes size 0 – 5 (jeans, dress clothes, coats, etc.), nice golf polos, prom dress, shoes, boots, lamps, b&w printer, nintendo ds with games, digital camera, fishing poles, home decor, seasonal items, George Foreman grill with waffle iron, books, bird cage and so much more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mike Glick · 269 weeks ago Garage sale. 610 N Washington, oak and walnut boards, planed two sides, rough edges. Walnut 1×6’s 75 to 100 inches long, Oak: 1×4’s, 1×6’s, 1×8’s, 1×10, 1×12. Garage will be open 8:00 AM. To 12:00 Sat June 20 or call 620-326-3163 to view. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Melissa · 268 weeks ago Multi family garage sale 114 north Plum. Lots of misc. hide a bed couch, large desk with hutch, clothes all sizes, and some baby stuff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington opens district with 45-20 win over Rose Hill; Mulvane next

first_imgW- Kop 8 run (Jones PAT run). RH- Moore to Moore 28 yard pass (PAT no good) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the third consecutive year, the Wellington football team has won its district opener. Now getting that second district win seems to be the hard part.Wellington did what it had to do against winless Rose Hill, winning 45-20 and getting the 21-point padding needed in a four-team district where points always seem to be in play at the end of the season.The Crusaders will battle Mulvane in a game that will probably again determine Wellington’s playoff fate. Mulvane lost to Ulysses 34-31 after leading in the third quarter, 31-14.The one bit of bad news for Wellington was Remington Gilkey, who had five carries for 58 yards tonight, may be out for the season with an ACL tear.Overall, Wellington sealed victory by playing keep away from Rose Hill. The Dukes would accumulate 217 yards in the second half on 42 plays while holding the Rockets to 13 plays, most on their lone fourth quarter scoring drive.But once again, Wellington’s special teams were exposed. The Crusaders would allow another touchdown, including a 93 yard run by Ross Nolan that sparked a brief period in the second quarter in which the Rockets were kicking Wellington’s tail including a sudden successful passing game.At the half, Wellington was leading 22-13, but it was unclear which team was going to show up to start the third quarter. In the past two games, the Crusaders have gotten off to a tremendously bad start after intermission.This time though, the Crusaders were patient to start the second half and went on 14 play six-plus minute drive that was capped by a Chris Kop touchdown at the 5:47 mark. That would put the Dukes in front 30-13.“I have to hand it to our offensive line,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “They really played an outstanding game and won this game for us.”After a three-and-out for the Rockets, Wellington would get rolling again and would score a few minutes later on an 8-yard run by Kop after another methodical clock-churning drive.Rose Hill would score two minutes later. But the Crusaders would finish things off with another long drive that was capped by Logan Jones scoring from the 2 with just 28.2 seconds to play.Wellington opened the game scoring three touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead. It was a deficit the Rockets could not overcome. But for awhile in the second quarter it sure seemed like it could. Rose Hill:Moore 10-7, Flannagan 5-30, Hollis 4-16, Wallis 1(-1). Total 20-54. RH- Hollis 1 run (PAT kick). Scoring W- Gilkey 47 run (PAT run no good) Wellington 45 Rose Hill 20  W- Phelps 13 run (Gilkey PAT run) Rose Hill:Nolan 5-37, Rapp 2-31, Moore 1-30, Cafney 2-40. Receiving: W- Jones 2 run (PAT kick no good). Passing: 1234Finalcenter_img Rushing: Rose Hill0130720 W- Kop 4 run (Phelps PAT run). RH – Nolan kickoff return (PAT kick good) Wellington:Phelps 24-185, Gilkey 5-58, Jones 17-74, Kop 17-100, Ca. Phelps 2-0. Total 67-448 Wellington:Ca. Phelps 1-2-26. Rose Hill:Moore 10-19-138 W- 25 pass Ca. Phelps to Shields (PAT run no good) Wellington14881545 Wellington:Shields 1-26 Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking terrorism, financial hardships, Royals, stupid protesters and A&A football

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down RLS · 247 weeks ago You say in your article that it is not relevant to know about a candidate’s bankruptcy. I disagree and for the very reason you mentioned regarding how the person reacts to the bankruptcy. The reason for the bankruptcy might have been out of their control due to economic times or health issues. But also, we the electorate need to also know how what they did afterward. I will use your example of Abraham Lincoln. He and a friend bought a store. The friend had the money for his half but Lincoln signed a note with the previous owner for his half of the investment. After going broke Lincoln sold his assets but was still short for his payoff but he continued to make payments to the previous owner even though he was not required to do so. However, his partner died and left debt from the store and Lincoln assumed that debt and also paid off his partner’s debt even though he did not have to do so. That shows good moral character and represents a person that does the “right” thing even if not required to do so. That is the reason it is relevant to the electorate if a person has had financial issues in the past. You also mention that the government can not release this information, you are correct but a simple google search will reveal a lot. You mention it is your job to ask for the records. Then why didn’t you? The electorate should have full disclosure of a candidate’s background, good and bad. Does it mean that they can not be a good money steward for the government? No, but that is for the electorate to decide not the media and in this case the media decided by not requesting the information. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Pat · 247 weeks ago I like what you have to say! Very well put. I think all of our city councilmen should have to put their rocks on the table or get out. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Meryl · 247 weeks ago Very well said. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago As far as the Paris attacks, the terrorist again hit a soft target where they knew there would be no or little response to there attack on the citizens of Paris and until it was to late. We have the same problem in this country where all the attacks that have occurred at school and malls have been on again SOFT targets where they can commit the assault with little or no response back at them. It is always to late. When the terrorist do attack in this country again they will again hit a SOFT target. Do we see a pattern here. Yet out president doesn’t even have a clue to what is going on. You can not and will never be able to negotiate with terrorist because they only want to destroy and kill all of us. The president and those that support him will be the first to asked for help when it happens, and they will be asking law enforcement and armed citizens to safe them. These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy. Time to Wake up America. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 247 weeks ago ” These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy.” Are you just trying to make a hawk/dove point or do you seriously believe this? Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago I disagree, the president doesn’t want to disarm or destroy, he can’t even call them what they are: Muslim terrorist. I will say that the majority of Muslims are not terrorist and it is the extremist that make them look bad. But I don’t see our president doing much of anything to destroy them, but I do see him releasing terrorist back to there countries where they go back to trying to destroy us. Bringing all the refugees to this country is a big mistake. They have already noted that terrorist are mixed in with the refugees that are coming here and he is just ignoring the warnings and doing it anyway. With his actions he is helping them to try and destroy us from within. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for November 13, 2015…1. Paris attacksThe recent attacks in Paris, France, leads me to three conclusions…1) It’s miraculous that we haven’t had a major terrorist attack on our U.S. soil since 2001.2) When we humans finally decide to destroy ourselves once and for all, it will come with little or no warning.3) Somewhere, someplace some fringe terroristic lunatics are planning a Paris type attack on this country as we speak and there really isn’t anything we can do about it. As the well orchestrated Paris attacks demonstrated, all it takes is money, intelligence, loyalty and resolve.As for me, I’m not going to think about it and hope someone a lot smarter than me can figure out how to keep us safe. I’m too busy raising my kids, riding my bike and gathering news for Sumner County, Kansas to worry about things I can’t do anything about.———2. Financial recordsLast week, when many were having a collective cow about what was or wasn’t said at a Wellington City Council meeting, I thought the more interesting issue was the contention that the financial records of people running for city council should be released to the general public. Some believe if you have difficulty with your finances, there is no way you are qualified to run the city’s business.I couldn’t disagree more. First of all, the government can’t just release personal financial records of its private citizens. That would be my job as a news reporter to go ask for them.Excluded from Wellington City Council because of personal financial hardship.Second of all, it isn’t relevant anyway.Having financial troubles to the point of declaring bankruptcy may result from many things – whether it be a healthcare calamity, a bad risk on a business, or simply bad luck you never know. Oftentimes successful entrepreneurship is as much about luck as it is about skill or smarts.I also disagree with the notion that those who have had personal financial troubles would not be good stewards of our city funds. You know who went bankrupt before he became President? Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson did too. Walt Disney was bankrupt before he built his empire. Henry Ford, Milton Herschey… etc. It’s not the bankruptcy, that should be scrutinized but how that person reacts after his/her downfall that’s more important.Overcoming hardship says a lot about a person.———3. Kansas City RoyalsIn case you haven’t heard, the Royals won the World Championship a couple weeks ago. I’ll wear a T-shirt around in case you forget.  I kind of feel bad for those around me who can’t jump on the bandwagon and celebrate like the rest of us. That’s a spoonful of happiness at their disposal. There may be just 10 or 20 dyed in the wool Royals fans in Sumner County, who stuck through 30 years of suck-fest baseball. But who cares? The rest of us are celebrating the fact a World Championship has finally come to the area for the first time in 30 years, and it’s our turn to tell everyone we are better than everyone else.I get accused of being a bandwagon fan, but I’m pretty consistent in my bandwagon-ism. I always cheer for the local teams to do well on the big stage — whether it be the Royals, the Wildcats, the Wichita State Shockers, or the Wellington Crusaders. The only exception I have is the Kansas City Chiefs – because they are, um, the Chiefs. But if they ever win a Super Bowl in the next 1,000 years, I will still be happy for those people around me just because they have suffered so long.As for the Royals, let’s just name general manager Dayton Moore — the second smartest guy in America behind KSU football coach Bill Snyder. His team today is the toast of the world — built around athleticism, speed, and a bullpen like no other. Hard to believe this once pathetic franchise has turned into something all of baseball now wants to emulate.I have never been a Major League Baseball aficionado and didn’t get trapped in the nation’s obsession with the game until I started watching the Royals intently last season. Now I can’t get enough of it. What a great time to be alive.———4. Stupid protesters Are these the dumbest protesters in the history of mankind?Isn’t the whole point of a public protest is to create attention to yourself or to a cause you are promoting or protesting?So what in the heck are these moronic University of Missouri college students so upset about a reporter coming over and taking pictures of them? They don’t want the media to promote their cause?Then you have Madam College Professor at the end of the video, who obviously hasn’t left her herbal tree enclave since the last U of M protest in 1969, demanding that the reporter be physically removed by her entourage. Hey, Moonbeam. Taking pictures on public grounds is completely within your constitutional rights something you should have learned in your third grade social studies class.If this is a future of our country, I’m thinking we might as well turn over the keys to some third-world despot leader now.———5. Shout out of the weekThis week it goes to the Argonia-Attica football team that just qualified for the Class 1A 8-man Div. II state championship game for the second consecutive year.The Titans ripped Axtell 52-0 – which was the same team that beat Caldwell the week before 62-14. The Titans have been so dominating this year that they have played just one fourth quarter all season. In eight-man football if you outscore your opponent by 45 points at the end of the first half you can end the game right then.This could be what next Saturday’s 8-man state championship game will look like.Yet despite its weekly drubbing of opponents, the Titans are going into the state championship game as underdogs. Victoria beat A&A 52-8 in last year’s state championship game and is currently on a 24 game winning streak.Next Saturday when these two teams square off for the state title in Newton, it could be the Ali vs. Frazier battle of eight-man football. I can’t wait.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Help wanted: City of Wellington accepting applications for seasonal laborers

first_imgHelp Wanted: The City of Wellington is accepting applications for numerous positions for Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $7.25 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5:00pm, Friday, April 22th,  2016.last_img read more

Arthur Johnson, 87, Oxford: Feb. 4, 1929 – June 25, 2016

first_imgArthur JohnsonArthur M. Johnson, 87, of Oxford died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Visitation will be held on June 28, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Memorials have been established with the Kansas Veterans Home and Oxford Church of Christ and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Arthur Milton Johnson was born on February 4, 1929, the son of John and Ruth (Putnam) Johnson in Spencer, NE. He was known to his family and friends as Art or Johnny. He graduated from Spencer Nebraska High School in 1946 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and was a training mechanics instructor. Following service he worked briefly for O’Neill Outlaw Grocery and then for H.C. Leach Oil Field Construction. He worked on in-flight refueling and rebuilding helicopters during the Vietnam War.Art was also a defense contractor administrator as the regional manager of DCA’s quality assurance completing 33 years of civil service. On March 3, 1951 Art was united in marriage to Margaret Leach. They lived in Electra, TX, O’Neill, NE, Holliday, TX, and Amarillo before moving to Oxford, KS in 1973. Art was a member of the Oxford Church of Christ.Art is survived by his three children: Larry Johnson and his wife Linda of Winfield, Gary Johnson and his wife Susan of Oxford, and Susan Spoon and her husband Robert of Oxford; grandchildren: Jonathan Johnson and his wife Abby of  Dexter, Daniel Spoon and his wife Stephanie of Oxford, Kaly Spoon of Oxford, Seth Johnson of Derby, Aaron Johnson and his wife Eden of Clearwater, Kaydee Johnson and Laura Riggs of Winfield, and Zac Johnson of Oxford, Jessica Lucas of Lawrence, Nick Lucas of Wellington, and Mary Lucas of Winfield; great grandchildren: Keaton and Charlee Johnson, Grayson Drake, Kase and Kale Johnson, Reignor Abasolo, Mary Tyler, Corbin and Carson Lucas; two sisters: Helen and Duane Bolliger and Caroline Rossi and one brother, Leo Johnson.He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Margaret, two brothers: Carlton “Buck” Johnson and Kenny Johnson, and 3 sisters: Evelyn Liable, Nancy Gamble and Opal “Soapy” Miller.last_img read more

National Signing Day: Final rankings reveal precious few college football champion contenders

first_imgThe NFL doesn’t suffer from the same talent gap as college football. The Chiefs and 49ers don’t get the first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s not a comparison that fits, because college football relies on recruiting more than anything else.Five schools have mastered that in the CFP era. They continue to stockpile the nation’s best players at programs that are ready-made for national title runs. College football is cyclical, sure, but look how long Saban has kept the wheels spinning in Tuscaloosa. Swinney, Day, Smart and Orgeron are rolling, too.If you want to break the wheel, then you have to find a way to consistently break up those teams in recruiting. Until that happens, expect more of the same in January. National Signing Day affirmed what continues to be the overwhelming theme of the College Football Playoff era. Only a select few schools can truly say they can win a national championship.Those schools — there are five — are, unsurprisingly, at the top of 247Sports’ Composite team rankings for the 2020 recruiting class. And they are going to dominate the sport again in 2020 and beyond. You don’t have to wait until next January to complain about it. Just look at what Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State are doing on the recruiting trail: Those five schools combined to reel in 19 five-star recruits and 72 four-star recruits (14.4 per school) in this year’s class.MORE: Georgia, Alabama once again lead top-10 recruiting classesThe schools comprising the rest of the top 25 totaled 10 five-star recruits (Oregon landed three) and 206 four-star recruits, an average of 10.3 per school.Those five powerhouses have the most difference-makers, and that accumulation of talent — even if it’s one five-star recruit and three four-star recruits per cycle — continues to create a gap in the competition that shows on fall Saturdays. Yes, the rankings matter. Until there’s a sizable shift in recruiting between the haves and have-nots, don’t expect anything to change in the CFP era, even if it expands to eight teams. Consider the following trends:— Alabama has eight No. 1 classes since 2011, and the classes continue to remain strong under Nick Saban. Even if the Tide didn’t finish with the top class in 2020, they’re continuing the greatest continuous recruiting run of all time. Five-star quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2020, should keep that going.— Georgia has put together four straight top-five recruiting classes under Kirby Smart, including the No. 1 class in 2018 and, now, 2020. Florida finished No. 8 this year — its highest mark in that four-year stretch.— LSU is back in the top five for the first time since 2017 after winning the CFP championship under Ed Orgeron. The Tigers have put together back-to-back top-five classes, which was the standard under Les Miles and Saban before that.— Clemson brought in the most five-star recruits (five) this cycle, including quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Dabo Swinney is recruiting at the highest level, and nobody else in the ACC has a top-10 class.— Ohio State didn’t drop off from the Urban Meyer recruiting level with Ryan Day. The Buckeyes landed three five-star recruits, while Penn State and Michigan failed to land a single five-star player in this cycle.The rich got richer, and it’s easy to see why. Those five schools can offer the best chance at a national championship, complemented with the best three-year developmental plan to the NFL. All five were among the top 10 highest-producing schools when it came to NFL Draft picks in the 2010s. It’s a safe bet they’ll start this decade with the top five spots.MORE: Updated top-100 recruit rankings for 2020They do it better than everybody else, and are pulling away from everyone else trying to break through. Is anybody close even close?— Oregon might be the best longterm bet, considering how well Mario Cristobal has done in the Pac-12 (and how well he has recruited California).— Oklahoma and Texas have each put together three straight top-10 classes in the Big 12, but they must be in the top five more often. The Big 12 remains the only Power 5 conference that has not won a Playoff game.— Notre Dame has not had a top-five class since 2013.— Penn State and Michigan are the next-best bets in the Big Ten, but both slipped out of the top 10 this year.— Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida have the sixth-, seventh-and eighth-ranked 2020 recruiting classes, and are still trying to catch up in the SEC. Those are ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in the SEC, respectively.Those nine schools have combined for one Playoff victory since 2014. Not a national championship — a single Playoff victory, which came when Oregon beat Florida 59-20 in the first-ever Playoff game. The Ducks were then routed by Ohio State 42-20 in the first Playoff championship game. The Buckeyes had better players and better recruiting classes.Those five schools have accounted for 11 of the 12 Playoff championships appearances, too.MORE: Updated recruiting class rankingsIs that bad for college football? That depends on whom you ask. The championship games are heavyweight fights, flush with NFL talent. But they have also become regionalized and repetitive over the last five years. An eight-team Playoff field would help freshen up the field, but it wouldn’t eliminate the lack of parity. You still have to beat those five schools.Fans expecting something in the realm of the NFL playoffs would be sorely disappointed. Upsets such as Tennessee-Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoffs happen at the NFL level. At the college level, Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006.last_img read more

Weird sports-related records you can break while social distancing

first_imgLargest town cryThis one requires some help, but given the times we’re living in, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Being in a densely populated city would help unlock the achievement. Crying has the benefits of stress relief and perhaps a few extra calories burned.Your group needs to include at least 281 people to top Dorchester, U.K. Plus, your feats could give you five minutes of fame — live video streams of the marathons have attracted thousands of viewers.RIVERA: ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ is sports, and I won’t be convinced otherwiseIt should have been the Guernsey Marathon today… 🏃‍♂️For one local runner, it still is! Graham Merfield is doing it in his garden right now. He says it’ll take him more than five hours to cover 130 or so laps 💪Donate 👉 https://t.co/jRiHf4luBv pic.twitter.com/Uc1NVJsSu8— Tony Curr (@tonycvrr) March 29, 2020Here are a few things you can do from the comfort of home:Longest marathon dancing the MacarenaThis one, listed in the Guinness World Records without a named record-holder, actually doesn’t make a great deal of sense as worded. Marathons are always 26.2 miles, so a “longest marathon” isn’t really a thing that exists.The record is instead obviously referring to time spent doing the Macarena. This one is completely up for grabs.These jumping jack world recordsYou could live in a 5×5 cube (aka the average NYC apartment) and attempt any of these. Maybe don’t try the fire one, though.3,183 jumping jacks in one hour103 jumping jacks in one minute12 jumping jacks while on fireLongest time fist pumpingThe magic number is 17 hours and 15 minutes, set in 2012 by a man in Austin, Texas. It’s an unofficial one, though, not tracked by Guinness World Records.Just make a playlist of favorite sports highlights to watch during the attempt and this one could be in reach. And maybe work out your other arm separately so you don’t end up looking like Quagmire from “Family Guy.”MORE: An oral history of a magical Final Four runRecord for finger snaps in one minuteA child currently holds this record. A child! Surely you can best Niclas Nadasdy’s 334 mark from last year.Bonus points for video of this record looking hilarious. While you may be using quarantine as an excuse to not exercise, people around the world are finding creative ways to get their cardio work completed.Some runners have even taken the step of completing full marathons in the form of backyard circles. So, there’s little reason you can’t get off your couch and be active, even if long-distance running in small enclosures isn’t your thing.last_img read more

Packers infuriate fans by not drafting a wide receiver with any of their nine 2020 picks

first_imgThe Packers were widely expected to invest heavily in pass catchers during the 2020 NFL Draft given the talent depth at the position and the need to support quarterback Aaron Rodgers.But Green Bay caught many fans by surprise with its decision to take no wide receivers with its nine picks, leading to frustration. As the non-receiver announcements continued to roll in during Day 3 of the draft Saturday, the angst boiled over on social media. It wasn’t pretty, though it was pretty funny.A selection of the tweets, which escalated as the draft progressed:MORE: Why Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Love drama doesn’t compare to Favre-RodgersA RUNNING BACK?!?! pic.twitter.com/n6d3qYhfqf— Wisco Disco (@Wisco_Disco_) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/PyfUnqygc4— 𝚂𝚊𝚖𝚒 𝚉𝚊𝚢𝚗’𝚜 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚕 (@samizaynpiedKO) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/wJjSbnvNnX— Deployed. (@PackersJohn) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/cmh7bd8d48— Dylan Greco (@DylanJGreco) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/EqUqxp2j0F— Moneybagg Yo(hannes) 🇪🇷 (@AronYohannes) April 24, 2020pic.twitter.com/jlPGmxRZV1— Joseph Matron (@JosephPMatron) April 24, 2020pic.twitter.com/Rix1Md0lkl— Moneybagg Yo(hannes) 🇪🇷 (@AronYohannes) April 25, 2020pic.twitter.com/8OBgrASi2I— RunningBlade2184 (@ralls_reese) April 25, 2020 Here’s a list of who the Packers went with:Round 1, Pick No. 26: Jordan Love, QB, Utah StateRound 2, Pick No. 62: AJ Dillon, RB, Boston CollegeRound 3, Pick No. 94: Josiah Deguara, TE, CincinnatiRound 5, Pick No. 175: Kamal Martin, ILB, MinnesotaRound 6, Pick No. 192: Jon Runyan, G, MichiganRound 6, Pick No. 208: Jake Hanson, C, OregonRound 6, Pick No. 209: Simon Stepaniak, OT, IndianaRound 7, Pick No. 236: Vernon Scott, S, TCURound 7, Pick No. 242: Jonathan Garvin, DE, MiamiMORE: Worst value picks of 2020 NFL DraftBefore the draft, Rodgers expressed hope (and some attitude) regarding the direction the Packers would take. He wanted outside help to prevent defenses from keying in only on Davante Adams.”We haven’t picked a skill player in the first round in 15 years,” Rodgers told the Pat McAfee Show, “so that would be kind of cool.”Many Packers fans, loyal to their favorite signal-caller, used Twitter to tell the team how they felt about no receivers being selected.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick to Browns? Hue Jackson claims he wanted it to happen in 2017

first_imgSince becoming a free agent in 2017, Kaepernick has not received a workout from any NFL team. But if Jackson had it his way, he would have brought the QB in that year.”I wanted him,” Jackson said, via the News-Herald. “It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision.”MORE: Team considering Kap projected to lose ‘20% of season ticket holders’ (Getty Images) Former Browns coach Hue Jackson claims he wanted to sign Colin Kaepernick when the quarterback became a free agent in 2017.Speaking with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on “The Really Big Show” last week, Jackson said he wanted the Browns to sign Kaepernick, but claims the final decision was out of his hands. Kaepernick started his protest in 2016 and opted out of his contract ahead of the 2017 season after the 49ers informed him they planned to cut him. Hue Jackson https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d3/c3/hue-jackson-123117-getty-ftrjpg_19s0k0vl7bxo613cf6357x7u4r.jpg?t=-1369031264&w=500&quality=80Jackson went on to say he also wanted Kaepernick back when he was a rookie, and the coach was on the Raiders.”I’ve known Colin. When I was with the Raiders, we were going to draft him when I was there,” Jackson said. “So, obviously he’d been a really good player in the league. He had tremendous success. He is a guy who has stood for something. I think everybody is seeing exactly where he was coming from. I always thought Colin deserved an opportunity in this league, but he has to want to play. If he really wanted to play, I think he would have a chance again.”Jackson’s comments are interesting when you consider what he said at the time. When asked about Kaepernick in March of 2017, Jackson said the Browns hadn’t discussed the quarterback despite his own recent claims that he wanted to sign him. “We haven’t really discussed Colin,” Jackson said in 2017. “There’s other players at this point that we’ve had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won’t come up later on. You have to exhaust everything. But at this point he hasn’t come up.”He also said in August of 2017 he didn’t want to see any players on his team join the protests during the national anthem saying, “I would hope that we don’t have those issues.”As for the Browns, they obviously did not sign Kaepernick ahead of the 2017 season and famously went 0-16 that year. Cleveland played DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler in games throughout the season at quarterback instead.last_img read more

MLB Draft results 2020: Complete list of picks for Rounds 1-5 in baseball draft

first_imgThis year’s draft was originally set to undergo some serious changes, the primary change heading from MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., just a few days before the start of the College World Series. MORE MLB DRAFT 2020:Mock draft | Slot values | Pool money by teamUnfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic drastically altered plans for the 2020 and 2021 drafts . This year, the amount of rounds in the draft have been slashed from 40 to just five, with next year’s installment featuring just 20 rounds total. Between the coronavirus and the hacking of some minor league teams, This year, Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson is went No. 1 overall to the Tigers, with Heston Kjerstad going No. 2 as a shocker to the Orioles. Max Meyer rounded out the top three. The Show must go on.Not a single inning of professional baseball has yet to be played in 2020, and who knows when first pitch for the 2020 season might come. That doesn’t mean, though, that the 2020 MLB Draft is on hold. Sporting News tracked every pick from the 2020 MLB Draft draft below.JUMP TO ROUND: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5MLB Draft tracker 2020: Live picks, results from Rounds 1-5 Round 1 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool1.Detroit TigersSpencer Torkelson3BArizona State2.Baltimore OriolesHeston KjerstadOFArkansas3.Miami MarlinsMax MeyerRHPMinnesota4.Kansas City RoyalsAsa LacyLHPTexas A&M5.Toronto Blue JaysAustin MartinSSVanderbilt6.Seattle MarinersEmerson HancockRHPGeorgia7.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GonzalesSSNew Mexico State8.San Diego PadresRobert Hassell IIIOFIndependence High School (Tennessee)9.Colorado RockiesZac VeenOF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)10.Los Angeles AngelsReid DetmersLHPLouisville11.Chicago White SoxGarrett CrotchetLHPTennessee12.Cincinnati RedsAustin HendrickOFWest Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)13.San Francisco GiantsPatrick BaileyCNC State14.Texas RangersJustin Foscue2BMississippi State15.Philadelphia PhilliesMick AbelRHPJesuit High School (Oregon)16.Chicago CubsEd HowardSSMount Carmel High School (Illinois)17.Boston Red SoxNick Yorke2BArchbishop Mitty High School (California)18.Arizona DiamondbacksJarvis BryceRHPDuke19.New York MetsPete Crow-ArmstrongOFHarvard-Westlake School (California)20.Milwaukee BrewersGarrett MitchellOFUCLA21.St. Louis CardinalsJordan Walker3BDecatur High School (Georgia)22.Washington NationalsCade CavalliRHPOklahoma23.Cleveland IndiansCarson TuckerSSMountain Pointe High School (Arizona)24.Tampa Bay RaysNick BitskoRHPCentral Bucks High School East (Pennsylvania)25.Atlanta BravesJared ShusterLHPWake Forest26.Oakland A’sTyler SoderstromCTurlock High School (California)27.Minnesota TwinsAaron Sabato1BUNC28.New York YankeesAustin WellsCArizona29.Los Angeles DodgersBobby MillerRHPLouisvilleCompetitive Balance Round APickTeamPlayerPositionSchool30.Baltimore OriolesJordan WestburgSSMississippi State31.Pittsburgh PiratesCarmen MlodzinskiRHPSouth Carolina32.Kansas City RoyalsNick LoftinSSBaylor33.Arizona DiamondbacksSlade CecconiRHPMiami34.San Diego PadresJustin LangeRHPLlano High School (Texas)35.Colorado RockiesDrew RomoCThe Woodlands High School (Texas)36.Cleveland IndiansTanner BurnsRHPAuburn37.Tampa Bay Rays (via St. Louis)Alika WilliamsSSArizona State Round 2 resultsRounds 2-5 of the 2020 MLB Draft take place on Thursday, June 11.PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool​38.Detroit TigersDillon DinglerCOhio State39.Baltimore OriolesHudson HaskinOFTulane40.Miami MarlinsDaxton FultonLHPMustang High School (Oklahoma)41.Kansas City RoyalsBen HernandezRHPDe La Salle Institute (Illinois)42.Toronto Blue JaysCJ Van EykRHPFlorida State43.Seattle MarinersZach DeLoachOFTexas A&M44.Pittsburgh PiratesJared JonesRHPLa Miranda High School (California)45.San Diego PadresOwen CaissieOFNotre Dame Catholic (Ontario)46.Colorado RockiesChris McMahonRHPMiami47.Chicago White SoxJared KelleyRHPRefugio High School (Texas)48.Cincinnati RedsChristian RoaRHPTexas A&M49.San Francisco GiantsCasey Schmitt3BSan Diego State50.Texas RangersEvan CarterOFElizabethton High School (Tennessee)51.Chicago CubsBurl CarrawayLHPDallas Baptist (Texas)52.New York MetsJ.T. GinnRHPMississippi State53.Milwaukee BrewersFreddy ZamoraSSMiami54.St. Louis CardinalsMasyn WinnSSKingwood High School (Texas)55.Washington NationalsCole HenryRHPLSU56.Cleveland IndiansLogan AllenLHPFIU57.Tampa Bay RaysIan SeymourLHPVirginia Tech58.Oakland A’sJeff CriswellRHPMichigan59.Minnesota TwinsAlerick SoularieOFTennessee60.Los Angeles DodgersLandon KnackRHPEast Tennessee StateCompetitive Balance Round BPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool61.Miami MarlinsKyle NicolasRHPBall State62.Detroit TigersDanny CabreraOFLSU63.St. Louis CardinalsTink HenceRHPWatson Chapel High School (Arkansas)64.Seattle MarinersConnor PhillipsRHPMcLennan CC (Texas)65.Cincinnati RedsJackson MillerCJ.W. Mitchell High School (Florida)66.Los Angeles DodgersClayton BeeterRHPTexas TechFree-agent compensatory picksPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool67.San Francisco GiantsNick SwineyLHPNC State68.San Francisco GiantsJimmy GlowenkeSSDallas Baptist69.New York MetsIsaiah GreeneOFCorona Senior High School (California)70.St. Louis CardinalsAlec Burleson1BECU71.Washington NationalsSammy InfanteSSMonsignor Edward Pace High School72.Houston AstrosAlex SantosRHPMt. Saint Michael Academy (New York) Round 3 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool73.Detroit TigersTrei CruzSSRice74.Baltimore OriolesAnthony ServideoSSOle Miss75.Miami MarlinsZach McCambleyRHPCoastal Carolina76.Kansas City RoyalsTyler GentryOFAlabama77.Toronto Blue JaysTrent PalmerRHPJacksonville University78.Seattle MarinersKaden Polcovich2BOklahoma State79.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GarciaRHPChapman University80.San Diego PadresCole WilcoxRHPGeorgia81.Colorado RockiesSam WeatherlyLHPClemson82.Los Angeles AngelsDavid CalabreseOFSt. Elizabeth Catholic High School (Ontario)83.Chicago White SoxAdisyn CoffeyRHPWabash Valley College84.Cincinnati RedsBryce BonninRHPTexas Tech85.San Francisco GiantsKyle HarrisonLHPDe La Salle High School (California)86.Texas RangersTekoah RobyRHPPine Forest High School (Florida)87.Philadelphia PhilliesCasey MartinSSArkansas88.Chicago CubsJordan NwoguOFMichigan89.Boston Red SoxBlaze Jordan3BDeSoto Central High School (Mississippi)90.Arizona DiamondbacksLiam NorrisLHPGreen Hope High School (North Carolina)91.New York MetsAnthony WaltersSSSan Diego State92.Milwaukee BrewersZavier WarrenCCentral Michigan93.St. Louis CardinalsLevi PraterLHPOklahoma94.Washington NationalsHolden PowellRHPUCLA95.Cleveland IndiansPetey HalpinOFMira Costa High School (California)96.Tampa Bay RaysHunter BarnhartRHPSt. Joseph High School (California)97.Atlanta BravesJesse Franklin VOFMichigan98.Oakland AthleticsMichael GuldbergOFGeorgia Tech99.New York YankeesTrevor HauverLFArizona State100.Los Angeles DodgersJake VogelOFHuntington Beach High School (California)101.Houston AstrosTyler BrownRHPVanderbilt Round 4 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool102.Detroit TigersGage Workman3BArizona State103.Baltimore OriolesCoby Mayo3BStoneman Douglas High School (Florida)104.Miami MarlinsJake EderLHPVanderbilt105.Kansas City RoyalsChristian ChamberlainLHPOregon State106.Toronto Blue JaysNick FrassoRHPLoyola Marymount University107.Seattle MarinersTyler Keenan3BOle Miss108.Pittsburgh PiratesJack HartmanRHPAppalachian State109.San Diego PadresLevi ThomasRHPTroy110.Colorado RockiesCase WilliamsRHPDouglas County High School (Colorado)111.Los Angeles AngelsWerner BlakelySSDetroit Edison High School (Michigan)112.Chicago White SoxKade MechalsRHPGrand Canyon University113.Cincinnati RedsMac WainwrightOFSt. Edwards High School (Ohio)114.San Francisco GiantsRJ DabovichRHPArizona State115.Texas RangersDylan MacLeanLHPCentral Catholic High School116.Philadelphia PhilliesCarson RagsdaleRHPUSF117.Chicago CubsLuke LittleLHPSan Jacinto College North (Texas)118.Boston Red SoxJeremy Wu-YellandLHPHawaii119.Arizona DiamondbacksAJ Vukovich3BEast Troy High School (Wisconsin)120.New York MetsMatthew DyerCArizona121.Milwaukee BrewersJoey WiemerOFCincinnati122.St. Louis CardinalsIan BedellRHPMissouri123.Washington NationalsBrady LindslyCOklahoma124.Cleveland IndiansMilan TolentinoSSSanta Margarita High School (California)125.Tampa Bay RaysTanner MurraySSUC Davis126.Atlanta BravesSpencer StriderRHPClemson127.Oakland AthleticsDane AckherRHPOklahoma128.Minnesota TwinsMarco RayaRHPUnited South High School (Texas)129.New York YankeesBeck WayRHPNorthwest Florida State130.Los Angeles DodgersCarson TaylorCVirginia Tech131.Houston AstrosZach DanielsOFTennessee Round 5 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool132.Detroit TigersKeith Colt3BBiloxi High School (Mississippi)133.Baltimore OriolesCarter BaumlerRHPDowling Catholic High School (Iowa)134.Miami MarlinsKyle HurtRHPUSC135.Kansas City RoyalsWill KleinRHPEastern Illinois136.Toronto Blue JaysZach BrittonOFLouisville137.Seattle MarinersTaylor DollardRHPCal Poly138.Pittsburgh PiratesLogan HofmannRHPNorthwestern State139.San Diego PadresJagger HaynesLHPWest Columbus High School (North Carolina)140.Colorado RockiesJack BlomgrenSSMichigan141.Los Angeles AngelsAdam SeminarisLHPLong Beach State142.Chicago White SoxBailey HornLHPAuburn143.Cincinnati RedsJoe BoyleRHPNotre Dame144.San Francisco GiantsRyan MurphyCLe Moyne College145.Texas RangersThomas SaggeseSSCarlsbad High School (California)146.Philadelphia PhilliesBaron RadcliffOFGeorgia Tech147.Chicago CubsKoen MorenoRHPPanther Creek High School (RHP)148.Boston Red SoxShane DrohanLHPFlorida State149.Arizona DiamondbacksBrandon PfaadtRHPBellarmine University150.New York MetsEric OrzeRHPUniversity of New Orleans151.Milwaukee BrewersHayden CantrelleSSUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette152.St. Louis CardinalsLJ Jones IVOFLong Beach State153.Washington NationalsMitchell ParkerLHPSan Jacinto College North154.Cleveland IndiansMason HickmanRHPVanderbilt155.Tampa Bay RaysJeff HakansonRHPCentral Florida156.Atlanta BravesBryce ElderRHPTexas157.Oakland AthleticsStevie EmanuelsRHPWashington158.Minnesota TwinsKala’i RosarioOFWaiakea High School (Hawaii)159.Los Angeles DodgersGavin StoneRHPCentral Arkansas160.Houston AstrosShay WhitcombRHPUC San Diegolast_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory from midday Friday to Saturday morning for majority of listening area

first_img* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Snowfall and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and create slick, snow-covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. IAZ007-017-025>028-036>039-046>050-057>062-070>074-081-082-092- 171815- /O.NEW.KDMX.WW.Y.0004.190118T1800Z-190119T1200Z/ Worth-Cerro Gordo-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Hamilton-Hardin- Grundy-Black Hawk-Greene-Boone-Story-Marshall-Tama-Audubon- Guthrie-Dallas-Polk-Jasper-Poweshiek-Cass-Adair-Madison-Warren- Marion-Adams-Union-Taylor- Including the cities of Northwood, Manly, Mason City, Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison, Dumont, Waverly, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Jefferson, Boone, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Dysart, Gladbrook, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Perry, Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville, Corning, Creston, Bedford, Lenox, and New Market 415 AM CST Thu Jan 17 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY… …Patchy Freezing Drizzle and Areas Of Light Snow Creating Slick Conditions, Additionally Accumulating Snow and Blowing Snow Friday into Friday night… .A weather system passing across the state this morning is producing a variety of weather across Iowa. Over the north, light snow is falling. Across southern Iowa, the weather is a bit more messy. Patchy freezing drizzle is occurring along with areas of fog. Both are putting down a light glaze of ice on sidewalks, elevated surfaces and untreated roads. In addition, light snow is occurring in some areas also making some roads slick. The morning commute will be difficult especially on secondary roads and elevated surfaces. A second stronger system will impact the state Friday into Friday night bringing accumulating snow to the entire state of Iowa. Snow will spread across the state Friday morning into Friday afternoon and continue through the evening hours into early Saturday morning. Widespread moderate to locally heavy snow is expected. North to northeast winds will increase Friday afternoon through Friday night creating areas of blowing and drifting snow as well. There is the potential that some or much of the advisory area for Friday into Friday night may be upgraded to a warning at some point. Snowfall rates may be higher at times during the Friday afternoon commute which could lead to slick, snow-covered roads and reduced visibilities. * WHEN…From noon Friday to 6 AM CST Saturday. * WHERE…Southwest, central and northeast Iowa.center_img For more information from the National Weather Service visit https://www.weather.gov/desmoines * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches expected, with locally higher amounts possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. && $$last_img read more

Mason City council approves roofing project for South Federal fire station building

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week awarded a contact for replacing the roof on the old fire station building on South Federal Avenue near the water tower. The council re-bid the project after rejecting two bids back in March after one of the bids was deemed non-responsive because of an error in the bid submission. Two bids were submitted in this round, with Black Hawk Roof Company of Cedar Falls having the lower bid at $86,422. City Engineer Mark Rahm says that’s higher than the engineer’s estimated cost of $71,855 but it’s still a good bid for the project.   “That’s because there’s some uncertainty with the roofing structure itself, the steel trusses in there. The contractor may be anticipating a little more work than we are.” Rahm says getting the roof replaced is a key part of saving the building.  “That’s the main concern right now is to get that roof replaced and sealed up to stop that infiltration of water and the degradation of the building itself. The exterior, it looks rough and it is, it looks kind of tough, but structurally the building is sound, it has been looked at by structural engineers, but not to the point of putting together an estimate or a project to re-fabricate the building or rehab it.” The South Federal Fire Station building is over 80 years old and was constructed as part of the Public Works Administration program. The city at some point hopes to get a national historic designation for the structure.last_img read more

BOXING: Briton too good for Uganda’s Katende

first_imgBuatsi showed no nerves as he took the bout to his more experienced opponent, 31, and was in complete control from the first bell.The Ugandan did open up a few times, but when he did Buatsi blocked him, and as Katende tired Buatsi went in for the kill.Buatsi said he had been tempted by the Ghana offer because he was desperate to get to the Olympics.“I wanted to get there so badly, but I needed these four years to develop. Four years ago I was not the fighter I am today.”Reflecting on the life-changing move as a child from his birthplace Ghana to London aged just nine, he said: “My parents were living in Britain so I went there to join them. I feel like I have been living there my whole life and everything I have learnt has been from London.“The trade and talent I’ve got I learned in England and this is where it has brought me so it has been a really good thing.”Buatsi’s demolition job made it a perfect start of four wins in four for British boxing in Rio.“It is good to keep the ball rolling,” said Buatsi.The Ugandan also has his own intriguing story, having fought for Sweden at the last Olympics, before returning to his motherland.After the fight, he posted a message to his fans on facebook.“A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up. Now everything lies in Gods hands to see what happens when I came home. Thanks again.”UGANDA’S SCHEDULE PAGE 2 (click here to read key facts about Team Uganda)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Great Britain’s Joshua Buatsi (L) fights Uganda’s Kennedy Katende during the Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro . AFP PHOTORio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP and Agencies | A light heavyweight prospect who chose Britain over Ghana to pursue his Olympic dreams clocked the first knock-out of the Rio Games boxing after pulverising his outclassed opponent on Sunday.Joshua Buatsi, 23, who was born in the Ghanaian capital Accra, simply had too much quality for Kennedy Katende of Uganda, sending a powerful warning of intent to the rest of the weight class.Buatsi capped an imperious performance when the referee stopped the fight in the third and final round to save the stumbling Katende from more punishment and Buatsi won by technical knock-out.It left his opponent slumped in his corner on a stall after the one-sided bout, rubbing the back of his head, and he was later seen with an ice bag on the injury and a doctor in attendance.The level-headed Buatsi is not the most prominent member of a Team GB boxing squad rippling with talent, but his first tilt at Olympic gold got off to the perfect start.“I noticed he was hurt from a right hand but the referee didn’t step in so I just kept applying the pressure and when I landed another right hand I knew he was hurt,” said Buatsi.“I didn’t want to hurt him like that. I am in there to win, not to hurt people, so I am glad the referee stopped it,” added Buatsi.“I had the chance to represent Ghana at 2012 (Games in London) but I chose not to and to represent Britain.“My trainers are British and they taught me my trade and they said, ‘Josh, hang on, a better opportunity will come.’“Now I can stand here and testify that it was good for me to listen to them because this is where it has brought me.”Katende: A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up.Keep the ball rollinglast_img read more

The Roses edge She Cranes in Vitality Netball International Series opener

first_imgThere were no changes for the Vitality Roses at the start of the second quarter, as they added two quickfire goals to their belt..The She Cranes demonstrated good vision to retain possession following a centre pass but momentum shifted back to the Roses as Clarke – the Roses’ most-capped player – continued to show her experience and talent to win the ball back. The teams assembled before the action. PHOTOS @charltonpe & @EchoArena Match 1 – England 50 Uganda 46 Match 2 – November 30, London Match 3 – December 2, LondonLiverpool, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vitality Roses beat Uganda 50-46 to take the opening match of the Vitality Netball International Series as they played on home soil for the first time since being crowned Commonwealth Games champions. “It was a closely-fought and physical affair against the She Cranes,” reports englandnetball.co.uk.The Vitality Roses had last faced Uganda on their way to winning gold in April, and England were mentally strong and tenacious in seeing off a Ugandan fightback.Tracey Neville named five gold medallists in England’s starting seven with the Vitality Roses proudly wearing their new Nike kit for the first time.After a warm reception from the home fans, England captain Serena Guthrie took the first centre pass for the Vitality Roses.Natalie Haythornthwaite picked out Rachel Dunn, who linked up nicely with Guthrie to edge closer to the post, before opening the scoring. The She Cranes responded in kind immediately though, drawing level at 1-1.It continued to go goal-for-goal in the opening stages with both Helen Housby and Uganda’s captain, Peace Proscovia, on target.The She Cranes kept possession well and patiently worked the ball through court time and time again. Eboni Usoro-Brown read the game perfectly though to win the ball back and set the Vitality Roses on the attack with Housby putting England 7-4 in front.The Vitality Roses continued to press Uganda and had established a five-goal lead midway through the opening quarter.Housby displayed her aerial ability to pick off a lofted cross-court Ugandan pass with the Vitality Roses transitioning quickly through court and Dunn rewarding her teammate’s efforts.As both teams gave it their all, Layla Guscoth was involved in a collision but quickly got back to her feet and was replaced by Jodie Gibson.A strong first quarter left the Roses leading 15-8. Excellent team work between Guthrie and Dunn meant the Roses continued to stretch their lead to 30-21 at half time.Neville made a change at the break with Guscoth coming back on as GD and Gibson moving to WD.Uganda started the third quarter brightly, scoring four unanswered goals before George Fisher, brought on at GS in place of Dunn, had an immediate impact with a number of goals in quick succession.The Roses piled on the pressure against the She Cranes with Fisher extending England’s lead to eight.The world number two worked tirelessly and went into the final quarter with the score at 38-31.There were morechanges for the Vitality Roses as the final quarter started with Haythornthwaite moving to GA, Housby taking the GS bib, Sasha Corbin coming on at WA and Clarke returning to WD.It was a close affair most of the game, Uganda vs England. PHOTOS PHOTOS @charltonpe &@EchoArenaUganda opened up the final quarter with first centre-pass and a goal, making the score 38-32.The She Cranes continued to keep plugging away at the gap and were back on level terms – 43-all – midway through the final 15.But the Roses kept their cool and benefited from an overcooked pass, as well as the fantastic support from the home fans, to end the first match of the Vitality International Netball Series with a 50-46 win.The Vitality Roses will go head-to-head with Uganda again on 30th November and 2nd December at the Copper Box Arena in London, as part of the highly anticipated three-match series.Prior to the Vitality Netball International Series opener, Roses A put in a strong performance to beat Scotland 63-33 in the battle of the home nations.England’s starting7 – Dunn (GS), Housby (GA), Haythornthwaite (WA), Guthrie (C), Clarke (WD), Guscoth (GD), Usoro-Brown (GK)Uganda’s starting7 – Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Meme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Oyella (GK)******SOURCE: englandnetball.co.ukShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Man City look to Spurs to slow Liverpool Premier League charge

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Premier League leaders LiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City have the chance to exert some short-term pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as Manchester United look to end their away day blues.Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their long winning streak ended by a hungry United in a draw at Old Trafford last week but still have a comfortable six-point lead over second-placed City.Guardiola’s defending champions can cut that gap to just three points, at least temporarily, if they beat Aston Villa at home on Saturday, while Liverpool have a trickier-looking tie against Spurs the following day.Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side travel to Burnley on the back of a six-match winning run in all competitions while third-placed Leicester visit Southampton on Friday.Manchester United will be desperate to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone but travel to Norwich without an away win in the Premier League since February.AFP Sport picks out some of the talking points ahead of the weekend’s matches.Fortress AnfieldLiverpool go into their home match against Tottenham after falling one game short of matching Manchester City’s record 18-match winning run in the Premier League.The European champions, on a 44-match unbeaten run at home in the league, have forgotten how to lose at Anfield but will be facing a Spurs team buoyed by a 5-0 victory at home to Red Star Belgrade in midweek.Erik Lamela, who scored against Red Star on his 200th appearance for Spurs, said the size of the victory had given the struggling team an injection of confidence.“Our confidence is better after winning the game 5-0,” said the Argentine. “We need to take this game, keep going, try to get better and better and now focus on Liverpool.”Spurs are seeking revenge for defeat in last season’s Champions League final, but the odds are stacked against them.Tottenham have won just once in 15 matches against Liverpool and have not won away in the Premier League since January.Sterling soarsPep Guardiola urged his team to be more clinical after their 2-0 victory last week against Crystal Palace and his team responded by thumping Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League.Despite Guardiola’s exhortations, City have not been shy in front of goal this season, hitting 29 in just nine Premier League matches.Their top-scorer in all competitions is Raheem Sterling, whose hat-trick in midweek led to gushing praise from his boss, who called him an “extraordinary player”. Sterling has 16 goals already this season for club and country — already more than half of his tally of 31 during the previous campaign.Despite his comments about his attackers, Guardiola’s more pressing concern will be sorting out his defence, which has looked vulnerable this season in the absence of Aymeric Laporte.Rodri’s hamstring injury against Atalanta has restricted the manager’s defensive options even further but John Stones will be hoping to put a frustrating spell behind him and re-establish himself in the starting XI.United’s away-day woeManchester United came within minutes of beating Liverpool at Old Trafford last week but Sunday’s visit to Norwich will likely be a truer test of the team’s current form.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, just two points above the relegation zone, have not won away in the league since the Norwegian was appointed as the permanent boss.The match at Carrow Road will be the second of four successive away games in all competitions.United did at least secure their first win on the road since March at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.“It’s an issue that we have to deal with and sort out as soon as possible,” said Solskjaer on his side’s away form.Fixtures (1500 GMT unless stated)FridaySouthampton v Leicester (1900)SaturdayManchester City v Aston Villa (1130), Brighton v Everton, Watford v Bournemouth, West Ham v Sheffield United, Burnley v Chelsea (1630)SundayNewcastle v Wolves (1400), Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Liverpool v Tottenham, Norwich v Manchester United (all 1630)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Deficit Surpasses $1 Trillion

first_imgSurprise! The federal deficit now exceeds a trillion dollars.According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit surpassed the trillion-dollar mark in the first eleven months of the current fiscal year.To put that in perspective, that’s about $181 billion more than last year’s number.The CBO estimates the actual deficit for the year will be around 960 billion once the U.S. Treasury collects quarterly tax payments for September.Right now this massive deficit is not sustainable according to economists.Congress headed back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.Lawmakers have only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16.last_img read more

Some States Receiving Rotted, Broken Medical Supplies from National Stockpile

first_imgSome states and cities across the country that have received shipments of masks, gloves, ventilators and other equipment from the nation’s medical stockpile to fight say the materials are unusable.For example, about 6,000 medical masks that were sent to Alabama had dry rot and a 2010 expiration date.In addition, more than 150 ventilators shipped to Los Angeles were broken and had to be repaired.Meanwhile, in Oregon, some masks came with faulty elastic that could cause the straps to snap.“Several of the shipments we have received from the strategic national stockpile contained (personal protective equipment) well past expiration dates and, while we are being told much of the expired equipment is capable of being used for COVID-19 response, they would not be suitable for use in surgical settings,” Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, said in an email.He added that some of the equipment had been purchased during the H1N1 outbreak more than a decade ago and that the masks were among products that had previously recalled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and the former top public health official in that state, says he has received multiple emails from hospitals about stockpile shipments of N95 masks in which the rubber bands that hold the mask tight around the user’s face had dry rot. A shortage of protective gear has challenged doctors, nurses and other medical workers. In particular, ventilators have been in short supply as more states experience COVID-19 outbreaks.center_img “It’s really alarming because those masks are desperately needed,” explains U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. “When our national stockpile is not monitored enough to know that you’ve got expired masks and rotted masks out there and not replenished, that is a real problem.”Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado on Friday requested an investigation into the management of the supply and distribution of ventilators from the national stockpile. Among other issues, he cited reports that maintenance failures were contributing to the lack of working ventilators “at a time our country desperately needs them.”The CDC has acknowledged that some of the items in the U.S. stockpile have exceeded their manufacturer-designated shelf life but are continuing to be distributed due to the urgent demand.last_img read more

Unemployment Numbers Decrease in Florida

first_imgLast week’s jobless numbers are lower than the previous week around the country, they are also much lower in Florida.More than three-million more Americans are out of work according to the Labor Department.According to today’s report, more than 3.1 million workers filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That’s half-a-million fewer than the previous week’s total. More than 33-million U.S. workers have lost their jobs over the past seven weeks. The biggest increases in claims were in Washington, Georgia, New York, Oregon, and Alabama. The sharpest decreases were in California, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.Florida was most responsible for the big dip in unadjusted numbers, reporting about 260,000 fewer claims over the past week. Maryland reported a jump of 27,337.At the current pace, the week claims numbers should fall below 1 million by mid-June, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “We’re very hopeful that June will see the beginnings of a rebound as states begin to reopen,” Shepherdson said.The layoffs associated with social distancing practices have wiped out all of the job gains the economy has seen since the recovery from the Great Recession.last_img read more

England battle back to clinch tie with Wales

first_img England demonstrated their fighting qualities to secure a tie with hosts Wales on the opening day of the Home Internationals at Southerndown. After the morning foursomes were shared equally, Wales looked to have taken command in the singles and seemed to be heading for victory. But the England tail wagged to ensure a first day defeat was avoided. Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters boosted England with a 3 and 2 victory over David Boote which helped erase the setback of Ryan Evans losing to Mike Hearne by one hole. However, the Welsh took a grip with Evan Griffith and Ben Westgate recorded 2 and 1 wins over Ben Stow and Seb Crookall-Nixon respectively. New cap Dan Wasteney kept England in the hunt by beating Matthew Moseley by one hole while fellow debutant Tomasz Anderson recorded England’s biggest success with a 5 and 3 margin over Richard James. Still Wales looked to have the upper hand as Lee Jones overcame Paul Kinnear 2 and 1 while Zach Galliford beat Harry Casey 3 and 1. It was left to new English champion Nick Marsh to close the gap with a 2 and 1 win over Owen Edwards while Adam Chapman’s one hole victory over Jack Bush ensured the spoils were shared. More details and scores can be found on the Golf Union of Wales website. Image of Nick Marsh and Harry Casey copyright Leaderboard Photography. 14 Aug 2014 England battle back to clinch tie with Wales last_img read more

Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur

first_imgImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Eagles and birdies were flying on an afternoon of upsets in the English men’s amateur championship at Formby which saw top seed Sam Rook and international Jake Burnage knocked out.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “My game has been close all year,” he said. “Sometimes the results don’t reflect the way you are playing.”Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2. 3 Aug 2018 Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur center_img Tags: Mens Amateurlast_img read more

Convincing win for England in mixed U16 international

first_img Tags: England teams, U16s 15 Oct 2018 Convincing win for England in mixed U16 international England won the first mixed U16 international against Ireland with a convincing score of 15.5-8.5 at Limerick Golf Club.The team laid the foundations of their success in the first day’s foursomes and fourballs, in conditions described by manager Nick Over as “particularly wet and trying.”Despite that the team played excellent golf to lead 10-2 going into the final singles session.Three players had a 100% winning record during the weekend: Caitlin Whitehead, Rafiah Banday and Ben Schmidt. Another three were unbeaten, with 2.5 points from three: Rosie Belsham, Conor Gough and George Leigh.CaptionsTop, the England girls, from left: Rosie Belsham, 16, Whitley Bay, Northumberland; Ellie Gower, 16, Chateaux des Vigier, France; Jess Baker, 16, Gosforth Park Ladies’, Northumberland; Caitlin Whitehead, 16, Carus Green, Cumbria; Rafiah Banday, 15, Royal Mid-Surrey, Surrey; Daisy Kennedy, 16, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.Below, the England boys, from left: George Leigh, 16, Trevose, Cornwall; Ben Schmidt, 16, Rotherham, Yorkshire; Conor Gough, 16, Stoke Park, BB&O; Max Hopkins, 15, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire; Josh Hill, 14, Jumeirah, Dubai; Ben Pierleoni, 16, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.last_img read more

Bigham grafting to be Jack of all trades

first_img Tags: England Boys’ Squad, Hertfordshire, Jack Bigham 2 Mar 2020 Bigham grafting to be Jack of all trades Jack Bigham is looking to kick on from a season where he threatened leaderboards, made every cut and earned his place in the England set-up.The Hertfordshire teenager is a key member of the boys’ squad for 2020 after showing fine form at under 16 level.Bigham has always been a naturally powerful hitter and it’s amazing to watch him smash drives 290 yards down the range.This winter the 16-year-old has spent time working on his wedge play with England coach Rob Watts and leaning on putting expert Mike Kanski for tips with the flatstick.Stints at the National Golf centre at Woodhall Spa have helped him focus on what he must improve for the year ahead.Now a great week of work in the sunshine at Quinta Do Lago with the boys’ squad two weeks ago (see picture below) has him energised for the opportunities that lie in store.Bigham said: “Last year I started the season strongly at the McEvoy and Fairhaven and I got picked for the under 16s v Spain.“I was undefeated and the highest points scorer in that one.“I carried on and had more top tens and made every cut and was selected again.“My game has become technically better and throughout 2019 I was consistent.“But I’m always looking to get better and I’ve been working with Rob on wedge play and Mike on putting. I’ve seen improvements already.”Bigham will combine his golf this spring with preparing for GCSEs in Business Studies, History and PE.But once the books are packed away he has his eyes on some prizes with England.“I want to play in the Home Internationals and European Boys – they are great experiences,” added Bigham who plays out of Harpenden Golf Club.“You get more of a buzz playing for your country and it’s great to win.“I used to play a bit of football, but stopped that to carry on with golf.“My dad started me off. My brother plays as well and, because he was older, I followed them up the range and I loved it from the start.“I was naturally good from the start – I could hit it straight away.“Now I do hit it far for my age. The stats show that my long game is good.”Bigham admits he loves to study Tiger Woods’ game as much for his attitude as his skills on the course.“Tiger is unreal,” said Bigham with a smile.“I’ve watched all the videos of him and he’s just different. He always wanted to win. Even when he was behind you knew he would come back and never give up.“I like watching Justin Rose and the younger ones such as Matt Wallace. He’s from Hertfordshire too and that’s good for me.“I just want to be like them. I want to be a professional.“That’s been the case for a few years.“It’s hard work – especially when you have school as well. But you have to put in the work to achieve.”There’s an obvious camaraderie within the boys’ squad this season and that was shown at the last gathering at Woodhall Spa.The fun forfeits for losing out in tasks are now part of the weekend – and Bigham and team-mate Max Hopkins earned some strange glances when they headed for dinner after one of the challenges.“Me and Max had to carry weights from the gym into the restaurant and back to the hotel!” said Bigham with a wry smile.“I only lost out by a shot. We got some funny looks!“The get-togethers are intense and that’s good. You’re always learning either with work in the gym or on the range.“I enjoy the gym work. I do that with Hertfordshire every week and it’s about finding a way to fit in a couple of more days a week to boost my power and distance.”Main photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Power play

first_imgThe official attendance for Saturday’s game was 9,190 and it is my opinion that the fans satisfied their football addiction and got their money’s worth. The atmosphere was pro family and definitely pro Pittsburgh. Ticket prices are buyer friendly and I suggest that if you want to get that football “monkey” off your back, then take your family, friends and neighbors and mosey on down and check out a Power game. If you like offense; you will love the style of play of the Power. They took care of business beating the Iowa Barnstormers, 58-28 for their initial AFL win (they lost their home and season opener 58-52 in overtime to the Philadelphia Soul). I was impressed by two local college players who made the team, fullback Joshua Rue from Duquesne University and former Pitt Panthers defensive back Josh Lay. Both players had above average performances and if they remain healthy have a chance to have solid AFL and possibly NFL careers.Elizabeth I think I lost the “Big One” again.The look on the face of Pitt coach Jamie Dixon as he and his team were about to go down to Butler University 71-70, reminded me of the late Redd Foxx when he portrayed the character Fred Sanford on the TV series ‘Sanford and Son’. Every time Fred was faced with adversity he would call up to his late wife and say, “Elizabeth I’m coming up to join you.” Redd would then clutch is chest as if his heart could only pump one or two more beats before his introduction to Jesus was about to commence.Before the game, Dixon appeared as if he was too busy picking out the right suit, spending far too much time observing himself in the mirror, making sure that every single hair was in place. His “mirror” time might have caused him to miss the introduction of a lifetime to a higher power which was crucial because in the end Dixon needed all of the help he could muster up. The University of Pittsburgh has a serious character flaw when it comes to recruiting and utilizing athletes that perform on their men’s basketball or football squads. They want publicity for their program and coaches but they sort of covertly shun pushing personal accolades because what do you know, an athlete might want to declare for the NBA or the NFL before their four years of college “eligibility” is exhausted.As I was exiting the Power game, one of “Pittsburgh’s Finest” was manning a traffic light at the corner of Washington & Centre Ave a few feet south of the Consol Energy Center. I made a sarcastic remark and criticism about Jamie Dixon’s strategies almost always failing in the big games. He said to me as serious as one of Fred Sanford’s imagined heart attacks; “you can only coach them; you can’t play the game for them too.”I instantly flashed back to the recent Big East tournament loss to UConn and the 2009 NCAA tournament loss to Villanova. During the final seconds, Dixon decided to call a half court press when the Wildcats were about to inbound the ball with almost no time left. “Nova” read it like a bad romance novel, inbounded the ball almost three quarter lengths of the court to one of their best shooters and bingo, there goes the ballgame. Was that flawed strategy the players fault? In fact Pitt had just called a timeout to draw up a defense for the play, what a waste!Pitt took the same path with Dixon as they did with former football coach Dave Wannstedt. They gave them perverted money because it was possible they could have been “lured” away. Wannesdt ended up getting canned anyway. He, like Dixon, was a great recruiter but along with their coaching strategies, they both seem to melt under the lights of primetime. When the going gets tough, their coaching mechanisms get ghost. Let’s hope Jamie Dixon will never have the “big one” because, hey it is only basketball, but will any of his squads ever “win” the “big one?”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) With the NFL collective bargaining agreement on hold, Pittsburghers have to get their football from somewhere and it seems that the Pittsburgh Power might satisfy the football “jones” of most of “dem dere Stillers” fans, well at least for the time being. However, if this NFL “work stoppage continues beyond mini-camp you just might be hearing some “here we go Power” chants “dawntawn.” The Power seems to have a pretty good product to please their fan base. The ownership group is led by the former Steelers Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann. The team appears to have an excellent marketing strategy but there appears to be one glaring flaw. I suggest the team concentrate most of their ticket sales in the lower bowl of the Consol Energy Center so that it will appear as if there are more fans for the television cameras.last_img read more

Domino’s Pizza Grand Opening Benefits Hands On Children’s Museum

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Domino’s PizzaDomino’s Pizza is holding the Grand Opening for its first and only Olympia restaurant this Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to Close (10:00 p.m. for carry out and 1:00 a.m. for delivery) and is donating 100% of sales to the Hands On Children’s Museum.The donation will support the Museum’s Free-and-Reduced Admissions Program. Guests are invited to the ribbon cutting and for a tour of the new space.The Olympia Domino’s doesn’t look like many of the chain’s restaurants you have seen before. Domino’s is introducing its Pizza Theater store design, where kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to watch their pizza being made and interact with crew members. The new restaurant also features hardwood floors, booth seating, a chalk wall to entertain kids, and a new cold case with fresh-made salads, milk, cookies, cakes and other desserts.Join us to help support the Hands On Children’s Museum and for FREE pizza samples, prizes, pizza-making races, face painting and more!Domino’s Pizza3225 Harrison AvenueOlympia, WA 98502Phone: 360-357-2277last_img read more

Olympia Community Members Advocate for Compassionate Immigration Reform

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sitara Nath“And what makes this country great for me, as an immigrant and now, a United States citizen, is really that America is a place I can finally call home,” said Meenu Nath, a local Olympia constituent and one of the 12 community members who lobbied Congressmen Denny Heck’s Lacey office for compassionate immigration reform on Thursday, May 18. The combination of leaders, local activists and faith-based organizations came together to ask Representative Heck to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill which will protect young, undocumented immigrants if their protected status is revoked.Along with Charo Portaro, CIELO’s Director of Educational Programs, a team from the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, and local activists, Representative Heck’s conference room was entirely filled by the Olympia advocacy network. Photo courtesy: Sitara NathThe visit was organized by Sitara Nath, a local community organizer who takes part in the Advocacy Corps Intern Program with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a DC – based Quaker lobbyist group in the public interest. Last year, after attending a conference in Washington D.C. just days after the presidential election, Nath’s interest in compassionate immigration reform grew stronger as anti-immigrant rhetoric continued emanating from the White House. Now back in Olympia, Nath has teamed up with the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, a local coalition of faith activists who seek to support immigrant communities in the area. Dallas Roberts, the congressman’s district representative, met with the constituents and reiterated the power of stories in immigration advocacy.“What we really need is people like all of you out there and sharing these stories with other members of Congress as well – it would really support the Representative if other Washington leaders were united on this issue,” said Roberts, who also noted that the Representative is supportive of the BRIDGE Act but, due to the bipartisan nature of the bill, needs a Republican congressional member to sign on alongside him.At the visit, the constituents discussed their personal stories in relation to the BRIDGE Act in an effort to bring politics back to personal roots. Beth Halpern, a member of Strengthening Sanctuary and an ally through the Temple Beth Hatfiloh, shared a moving story of a young woman she is acquainted with who has excelled in her education but is restricted from further pursuing her dreams due to her undocumented status.Charo Portaro, the Director of Educational Programs at CIELO (Central Integral Educativo de Olympia) also joined the visit to discuss how the Congressman’s legislative decisions impact the immigrant communities she works with.“We are working to change lives through education,” said Portaro of the programs which CIELO offers, including English classes, GED preparation courses and sewing classes, to build support for immigrant families in Olympia. Portaro concluded firmly that, “This is an issue which comes down to our basic humanity and that’s why I am here – that’s why we want the Representative to support this issue.”You can learn more about CIELO and their volunteer-based programs by visiting the CIELO website or by emailing cieloproject@comcast.net. You can also find information regarding the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, which provides ‘Know Your Rights’ training and Family Safety Planning, through the local Interfaith Works newsletter. To contact Sitara Nath about local lobbying opportunities for compassionate immigration reform, you can email her at sitaranath@gmail.com.last_img read more

Lacey Appoints New Administrative Services Director

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyCity Manager Scott Spence announced today the appointment of Candice Bock as the new Administrative Services Director for the City of Lacey. Her first day with the city will be October 3.Candice Bock is the new Administrative Service Director for the City of Lacey. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey“Candice comes to the City of Lacey with a broad background in public service,” said Spence. “Her tenure at the Association of Washington Cities, as well as local government executive experience, makes her uniquely qualified to assume the duties of the Director of Administrative Services.”Bock served as Government Relations Advocate for the Association of Washington Cities and was responsible for guiding development of policy encompassing a wide range of fields, including personnel and labor relations, criminal justice, public safety, and emergency management. In addition, she served as the City Manager of the City of Carnation, and as the Assistant City Manager and Government Relations Director of the City of Lakewood.Bock earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).The Administrative Services Director is responsible for managing the city’s public affairs, human resources, and city clerk functions. The position serves as a member of the executive team and reports directly to the City Manager. Twelve full-time employees assist the director in carrying out responsibilities of the city’s employee recruitment, training, and compensation programs; risk management and safety initiatives; public information and outreach programs; citizen assistance efforts; public records management; and intergovernmental and legislative relations activities.last_img read more

Olympia Named a Top 100 Best Place to Live

first_imgFacebook195Tweet0Pin0Submitted by LiveabilityOlympia has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking.The list is an exclusive, independent, editorial ranking by Livability.com. The 2018 ranking builds on a process initially developed with one of the world’s leading urban theorists, Richard Florida. Livability.com’s research team worked with the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute and later with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies a program he directed along with Steven Pedigo.“The 2018 Best Place to Live list includes a fascinating mix of familiar cities and first-timers that are starting to carve out a reputation as wonderful places to live,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Livability.com’s managing editor.“It’s great to see these under-the-radar cities getting more attention on a national scale — and the accolades are certainly well-deserved.”The capital of Washington, this modest-sized city offers vibrant culture, a charming downtown and a range of outdoor activities for residents. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Tumwater Falls Park and Wolf Haven International are just three of many natural attractions, and Puget Sound provides fantastic views, boating opportunities and great seafood. The economy of Olympia is strong in education, government, healthcare and manufacturing, and abundant neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options and architectural styles. Olympia also earns high livability marks for its abundance of parks as well as Evergreen State College with more than 60 fields of study. In addition, much of the local population is tuned-in to social causes.last_img read more

Bangladeshi batsman detained at airport for overstaying in India

first_imgAdvertisement 0dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4t6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63pab1zWould you ever consider trying this?😱587vCan your students do this? 🌚2xv0kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bangladesh cricketer Saif Hassan was detained at the Kolkata airport for staying in India on an expired visa on Tuesday. The batsman had to pay a penalty of Rs 21,600 in order to fly back home next evening. Hassan arrived with the Bangladesh team as a back-up opener for the Test series but missed the day-night Test at Eden Gardens due to a split webbing and stayed back with his team without a clue that his six-month visa had already expired.Advertisement “His (Hassan) visa expired two days ago and he realised it only at the airport. He could not board the booked flight. As per the new rules of overstay, he had to pay the fine,” Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner Toufique Hassan said. “Thankfully the Indian High Commission processed his visa and gave him the exit clearance and he left for home yesterday.”Advertisement Following their loss on Sunday, the Bangladeshi players returned home on that evening while Saif and the rest of the team were scheduled to leave on Monday. But the young opener was held up at the NSCBI airport for overstaying and paid a hefty sum before leaving for his country. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wrestling juggernaut Sushil Kumar withdraws from Tokyo 2020 trials citing hand injury

first_imgImage Courtesy: HindustanAdvertisement 7sicjtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs693jxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 28nkWould you ever consider trying this?😱6rCan your students do this? 🌚45eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who is suffering a shoulder injury, has pulled out from the 74kg category trials for next month’s Asian Championships and the continental Olympic qualifiers in March. The trials are scheduled to be held in New Delhi on January 3rd, while the winners will compete in the year’s first ranking series in Rome from January 25-28.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times“I am not participating in trials as I am sustaining a minor fracture on my hand. I enjoy sports and only take part in any competition when I’m fully fit,” he said.One of India’s most decorated wrestler, Sushil Kumar, also submitted his medical certificate to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) stating his unavailability for the trials.Advertisement “I have sent a medical certificate to the federation and they will look at it and discuss that in the coming days. I will abide by the decision of the federation,” he added.However, a spokesperson of the WFI said that the committee will sit on Thursday to look into the matter of Sushil and will make a decision on him.Advertisement “Committee will sit today and take a call on Sushil Kumar,” the WFI spokesperson confirmed.Sushil Kumar, who won consecutive medals in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games in the 66kg category, is trying to compete in the challenging 74 kg category for the first time in his career.There have also been some doubts over his future; following his early departure from the Asian Games and the World Championships, while 18-year-old Gaurav Baliyan is emerging to be a strong contender to take his place.But if the federation accepts Kumar’s request then the young Baliyan will have to wait for a shot at international glory.India picked up four Olympic quotas at the 2018 World Championships and will be eager to earn another spot in the 74kg, 97kg and 125kg categories at the Olympic qualification event in Xi’an, China.You might also like: Wrestler Deepak Punia clinches World number 1 ranking in 86Kg categorySports Minister Kiren Rijiju wants kabaddi to be included in 2024 Olympic Games Advertisementlast_img read more

Tara Page and David Aho

first_imgJim and Judy Page of Interlaken announce the engagement of their daughter Tara Page to David Aho, son of Amy Aho and the late Mike Aho of Little Silver.The bride-to-be is a student at the City University of New York. She is employed as a model at Ford Models of New York.The future groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a partner of Colbeck Capital Management.The couple met at Felix Restaurant in New York City. They live in Manhattan with their three cats: Gus of New York, and Ophelia and L.A., both of Anguilla, BVI.A fall 2012 wedding is planned.last_img read more

Exchange Students Learn Our Culture from Red Bank Tour

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyRED BANK – Twenty-two graduate students from the People’s Republic of China attended a delegation visit and tour of Red Bank Monday to broaden their understanding of our culture.All of the attendees were either M.B.A. or M.S. accounting students of the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business. In addition to being given a visual tour of Red Bank, the students were able to speak with several community partners during a panel discussion.One student added a bit of comedy into the session, asking if the town of Red Bank was named after a large crimson finance building and where it might be located, unaware of the red clay that used to cover the riverbanks that gave the town its name.The F.I.S.H. Institute, the company that organized the tour, is an international student experience company and a vendor with Seton Hall University. The goal of this company is to get foreign students involved with the community and society that they are studying in, said the super visor of the students, Brad Childs. “The way that the communities and businesses work together in Red Bank is completely different than what these students are used to in China. We want them to understand the environment they’re in, and what better way to provide them with culture than this?” Childs said.Mayor Pasquale Menna said the event came about through his participation in a program sponsored by Seton Hall’s urban development project conducted by faculty member Henry Amoroso, Menna’s friend.The Student Delegation began with a question and answer session by a few dignitaries and other partners of the community to educate the graduate students of the Red Bank community. Members of the discussion panel included Mayor Menna; Christopher Cole, the CEO of Metrovation Terranomics Development; Tria Deibert, director of marketing for Meridian Health, which operates Riverview Medical Center; Domenic DiPiero, Jr., owner of The Two River Times and the financial services firm Newport Capital Group, LLC; Adam Philipson, CEO of the Count Basie Theatre, and James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, which oversees the borough’s commercial special improvement district.Menna and the other panelists talked about how Red Bank works together in order to thrive. “Every municipality, in order to survive, has to change,” Menna explained to the students. The students were able to hear how partnerships between the municipality and other local organizations and companies directly benefit the community as a whole. “It’s all about partnerships in the community, which is a critical element of being successful in business,” CEO Christopher Cole said. “These little things keep our community interesting and unique.”The exchange students asked about the meaning of the black POW-MIA flag flying high outside the municipal complex at 90 Monmouth St., how to operate a successful nonprofit theater like Count Basie, and how Red Bank’s medical centers are able to compete with larger hospitals and treatment centers in major cities, like Manhattan and Jersey City. Deibert explained that “in order to stay current, we have to reinvent ourselves,” referring to the $130 million investment in new equipment, technology, and medical professionals, to provide patients with the same treatment as larger facilities along with that close-to-home convenience.Menna touched on many aspects of the Red Bank community, including the large Hispanic population, sustainable assistance for those living in rent-controlled apartments, and the long list of restaurants to choose from that has now grown to over a 100.Menna called the visit “a wonderful opportunity,” and explained his hope of educating the exchange students on the endeavors that make Red Bank successful, especially in the areas of the arts, the medical field, and finance redevelopment.Sean Mulheren, a research assistant for the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall, attended the visit as well. “I just wanted to participate, and bridge the gap between foreign and American students on campus,” Mulheren said. He explained that the experience Seton Hall provides these students, where they are introduced to a part of America that they were unaware of, is an experience that many of the students can’t find anywhere else. “They seem to be enjoying it,” Mulheren said.One of the visiting students, Vincent Wei, had never been to any area outside of the Seton Hall campus in South Orange. The accounting and finance major, a native of Beijing, was looking for ward to the trip.The tour of the community began with the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., where the students met the Golden Dragon Acrobats, natives of the People’s Republic of China who have toured the U.S. since 1978. They were welcomed upon entering the theater by rows and rows of young children anxiously waiting for the performance to start, who serenaded the exchange students with a sing-along of Br uno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” The exchange students were pleased with the joyous, welcoming atmosphere, and the beautiful architecture of the Count Basie Theatre.The tour included the Two River Theater, the West Side Lofts apartment complex, and the Galleria shops/farmers market, which holds businesses such as Pilates of Red Bank and the restaurant The Melting Pot. The tour ended at Riverside Gardens Park, where the group saw the beautiful scenery and took a photo with Menna.Jing Zhang, another accounting student of the Stillman School of Business and native of Beijing, said that this visit helped her realize the importance of actively participating in environmentally-conscience actions, to benefit the lives of her generation’s children and grandchildren. Zhang’s favorite place on the tour was the Count Basie Theatre. “I could feel the culture there, and the ceilings were really cool,” she said.The exchange students were able to see the artistic, residential, business, and environmental aspects of Red Bank, a town that one student referred to as, “the new New York.”last_img read more

Raised Houses Deterred Storm Damage

first_imgBy John Burton“I think we all breathed some sigh of relief when (Hurricane) Joaquin went off to the right,” heading of f into the Atlantic Ocean, Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf said this week after assessing damage.Zipf was echoing many others who were planning for the worst, given reports that the hurricane could be barreling toward the Eastern Seaboard.Thankfully, it was not a hit but on the negative side areas prone to flooding once again showed our vulnerability; there was beach erosion and one storm-related death occurring in Colts Neck. But property damage was minimal, according to officials, thanks very much to the number of homes raised as a result of Super Storm Sandy. On the positive side, the rainfall over the of period of days last week went a long way to alleviating the water shortfall the county has had for months now.Tragically, Stacey Weathers, 46, Tinton Falls, was killed last Saturday, when the convertible Ford Mustang she was driving was hit by a falling tree along state Highway 34, near the intersection of Route 520. There was heavy rain and wind at approximately 4:25 p.m., when the incident occurred according to Colts Neck police.Weathers was the executive director of the state chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she was instrumental in the organization’s efforts raising $7 million for patients and support research.That was the only reported injury related to the severe weather, according to Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.“We were fortunate,” given we were spared the brunt of the hurricane, Golden said. “That was good news.“The bad news,” he continued, “any time we get these nor’easters,” given the county’s 27 miles of shoreline and 22 coastal towns, “It’s prone to flooding” and “it showed in the usual spots,” Golden said, such as Sea Bright and Highlands and other locations.Since Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, “We’re more sensitive to it. Residents in those areas know what to expect,” Golden observed, meaning they know to do things like move vehicles from low lying areas, as well as taking other steps.“We had a lot of flooding,” acknowledged C. ReadMurphy, Sea Bright Office of Emergency Management director. The ocean and river front Sea Bright had on some side streets, at their end, facing the Shrewsbury River, as much as 5 feet of flooding. On portions of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 there was 2 1⁄2 feet of water blocking the roadway. But emergency services were prepared and traffic continued to move without disruption, Murphy said.“It was nice and quiet,” he said. “It was as good as flooding can be.”One interesting point, Murphy noted, given the number of homes elevated when rebuilt after being damaged and destroyed by Sandy, the structures were spared the effects of this flooding. “No houses took on water,” he said.Highlands had localized flooding in the traditional area, in the low-lying areas off of Bay Avenue, explained Tim Hill, Highlands administrator, as well as some tree damage. “It’s hard to gauge overall beach erosion,” on the narrow bay front beaches available in the borough, Hill said, “but we don’t think the beaches were severely impacted,” and there was “no significant damage to any municipal property.”“We were prepared,” Hill said. “Thank goodness we didn’t need it.”The hurricane hung around the Caribbean islands before turning east in the Atlantic Ocean sparing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. And the weather we experienced for much of last week, with heavy rain and strong winds, wasn’t really a nor’easter, according to David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist, at Rutgers University.“It was a very complex situation,” involving the colliding of a persistent cold front and its low pressure “bringing a long fetch of moisture,” and rain and high-pressure front, along with some strong onshore winds. “We were squeezed between the two systems,” from about late Tuesday/early Wednesday until Saturday, coupling with it higher than normal high tides – as much as 2 feet higher, Robinson said.This weather formation resulted in as much as 5.47 inches of rain falling over that period in portions of Monmouth County. And that, Robinson pointed out, is “the bulk of a month’s precipitation,” for the area and the only rainfall we’ve had in more than three weeks.“That gets us a good ways toward replenishing some of the ground water,” which had been depleted by the dry spell, he said.That’s the good news. “The bad news is the beaches took a pounding,” with the high tides and winds eroding shorefronts, he explained.“The worrisome part of that is we have the winter storm season ahead,” said Robinson, and any buffer that the beachfronts may have had for an added bit of protection for between November and March and April storms, is now virtually gone. “And that makes the coast more vulnerable,” he warned.Robinson told of weather predictions for an El Nino weather patterns for the Pacific Ocean. That traditionally results in a more active and severe storm activity for New Jersey. “No guarantee but that’s what’s been known to happen,” he said.“With every storm we’re reminded again and again about sea level rise and the reality of what happens when Mother Nature kicks up our heals,” Zipf observed. “We’re playing touch and go and praying for good weather and that’s no way to conduct public policy for creating sustainable communities.”Robinson agreed and in any face-off “Ultimately, the odds are going to continue to tilt in Mother Nature’s favor.”last_img read more

NJ Summer Flounder Season Hits a Snag

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Efforts to compromise on what New Jersey representatives believe are draconian recreational fishing regulations were sunk last week, meaning the summer flounder season could potentially be shut down in coming months.A vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on May 22 denied the state’s proposal for changes to three tiers of regulations. They also found New Jersey to be noncompliant.For greater New Jersey waters, the state had proposed an 18-inch minimum, three-fish limit and a 104-day season for the summer flounder season, a 24 percent cut from 2016. That differs from the ASMFC’s Addendum XXVIII decision in February of a 19-inch minimum, three-fish limit and a 128-day season, which made for a 33 percent reduction.“We’re disappointed by the actions of ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Committee,” said Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), in a statement on May 22. “New Jersey firmly believes that we have passed regulations that meet the conservation equivalency of the Commission’s proposed quota limits.”Despite New Jersey not falling in line with the regional regulations, the summer flounder season still opened on May 25 and will end on Sept. 5.On May 18, Martin approved the 18-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 104-day season for New Jersey. In the Delaware Bay and its tributaries, there is a 17-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 104-day season. For shore fishing on Island Beach State Park, there is a 16-inch minimum, two-fish limit and 104-day season as well.“There was no support by other board members for the New Jersey proposal,” said Tina Berger, spokeswoman for the ASMFC.In February, the ASMFC voted to approve Option 5 of Addendum XXVIII, which was in response to findings that the summer flounder stocks were close to being unsustainably low.“Because (summer flounder) was in an overfishing status, the states and the federal government had to take action to end overfishing immediately,” Berger said.Berger also added that the ASMFC board unanimously found New Jersey to be non-compliant. If the state doesn’t administer the board-approved regulations – 19-inch minimum, three-fish limit and 128-day season – a letter will be sent to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior.Fishing boats in Atlantic Highlands Harbor. If New Jersey doesn’t fall back in line with regionalfishing regulations, some fear the summer flounder season may be shut down.A conference call set for June 1 at 9:30 a.m. for the ASMFC’s Interstate Fisheries Management Policy will consider a recommendation to find New Jersey non-compliant.If that department and the federal offices also find New Jersey to be non-compliant, Berger said, after a 30-day window “a moratorium for fishing of that fish species in that state’s waters” could be implemented.New Jersey’s main concern with the ASMFC guidelines were that the number of summer flounder throwbacks would increase due to the 19-inch limit. The state believes that practice is ultimately connected to more fish deaths.“There’s simply no way we can believe that is responsible management,” said Adam Nowalsky, a former charter boat captain, and one of three New Jersey commissioners on the ASMCF.Through its proposed plan, the state believes that lowering the size limit by one inch and shortening the season by 24 days would lessen the burden on recreational anglers and keep the summer flounder stocks healthy.Also tied into its proposal was a major education outreach program aimed at informing recreational salt water anglers – those who fish from head boats, charter boats, in the ocean surf and also shop at bait and tackle shops.Through the FishSmart program lead by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and guidelines from TakeMeFishing.org, the state laid out a plan to distribute brochures and videos to anglers across the state.It also called for the creation of 30-second radio spot PSA’s, New Jersey-based videos showing proper catch-and-release techniques, and blasting out information via social media.Martin said he looks forward to working with NOAA in efforts to create a more responsible fishing culture. In turn, he said, that would “help protect the stock without devastating a multi-billion-dollar industry here in New Jersey.”Though for those who are unsure about the 2017 summer flounder season, Nowalsky said recreational anglers have to become more educated about the situation.In the meantime, he said, “I encourage people to go out and have a good time and enjoy what they can for as long as they can.”This article was first published in the June 1-June 8, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Microgrid Study To Determine Middletown’s Future Resiliency

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – An effort to make the township more storm resilient while protecting many essential services is advancing.On Nov. 13 the governing body agreed to spend a $150,000 grant from the state Board of Public Utilities on a 12-month microgrid feasibility study. The goal is to explore the creation of a backup power source on a portion of Naval Weapons Station Earle’s waterfront base in Leonardo which would connect to more than a dozen municipal, county and federal services.“It’s a pretty big deal for us, when you think about what happened to Middletown after Sandy,” said Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger.A microgrid is defined by the BPU as “a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources (DER) within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.” Microgrids have the ability to connect and disconnect from the electrical grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or island mode.The wish list of services being sought for connection to the microgrid are NWS Earle’s Waterfront Administration Area, Township of Middletown Sewage Authority, NY Waterways Ferry Terminal, Middletown Public Works and CNG Fueling Facilities, Middletown’s municipal complex, Leonardo Elementary School, Bayview Elementary School, Bayshore Middle School, Monmouth County Highway Department, Middletown Fire Stations 3, 4 and 7 and the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority, according to the BPU.Middletown was one of 13 entities in New Jersey awarded grant money in January by the BPU for the studies, which totaled over $2 million. Neptune Township was the only other Monmouth County town given a grant.Middletown officials are supporting the study, hoping it can provide significant backup to flood-prone areas along the Bayshore.Scharfenberger compared the township to a checkerboard with the microgrid protecting one or a few of the squares in a specific area.“I think we submitted a good proposal,” added township administrator Anthony Mercantante. “Because we were partnering with a federal agency, particularly the military, that made it attractive. We were also a town that was significantly impacted by the last two hurricanes, so clearly there’s a need for power resiliency along the coast.”Mercantante noted two specific areas in Middletown which could benefit the most: the Route 36 corridor and Port Monmouth. He said Route 36 is a key evacuation route out from the Bayshore which should have a backup.Also, Phase II of the $110 million Port Monmouth Flood Wall is under construction. “Reliable power to that during a storm is important,” Mercantante said, considering it would protect low-lying areas in the event of another major hurricane.Cooperation with NWS Earle was necessary for the study to go forward as preliminary plans have the microgrid positioned inside the base’s Leonardo post.Continuing to invest in storm resiliency is important for the United States Navy, said Dennis Blazak, NWS Earle’s community plans and liaison officer. He said NWS Earle suffered more than $50 million in damages and was out of power for a week after Super Storm Sandy.“It would mean that if we had another Hurricane Sandy, we’d still be able to operate and do our mission and work with our partners in the community,” Blazak said.William Addison, NWS Earle’s spokesman, said keeping military operations open is of utmost importance. He said NWS Earle is unique along the East Coast because of its ability to quickly supply ordnance to the Atlantic Fleet’s Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups.“Nobody can do it on the scale that we do it, and nobody can do it with the speed that we can,” Addison said. “That’s really where it comes into play for us.”Blazak also said microgrid consideration is laid out in the Joint Land Use Study, a federally funded project by the Department of Defense looking at how NWS Earle and its neighboring Monmouth County communities coexist.Mercantante said a microgrid would have no connection to the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a proposed 230-kV transmission line travelling from Aberdeen through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown before terminating in Red Bank. The Jersey Central Power & Light proposal currently sits before an Office of Administrative Law judge for a preliminary decision.Middletown awarded the $150,000 grant money to Leidos Engineering, a Massachusetts-based firm, and Scharfenberger anticipates a contract will be signed this week. Mercantante added a public hearing would ensue once the 12-month study is concluded. He also said it’s too early to tell what the cost of a microgrid would be if it’s found feasible, but said grant money and help from different agencies would be important.Addison echoed those statements, saying the study is a “joint effort.”“It can’t just be the Navy or the townships,” he said. “We certainly have to work together. We share that shoreline and we share that need.”This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Red Bank Human Rights Advocates Urge Respect at Rally

first_imgBy Chris RotoloRED BANK –When he was practicing law on the social justice front, Rabbi Marc Kline spent the better part of a decade in Columbia, South Carolina, where he stood side by side with giants of the field like attorney Morris Dees and Martin Luther King III.Kline said that experience of working, advocating and going toe-to-toe with the Klu Klux Klan during a spree of mid-to-late ’90s church burnings has informed the way he approaches the battle against hatred and bigotry still being fought today in the Two River area, though frustration and exasperation are setting in.“I’m tired of combating the same force over and over and over again,” Kline said to a congregation of approximately 150 demonstrators, including state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, who gathered outside Red Bank’s borough hall Aug. 30 to rally in support of the borough’s Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) and the launch of its “No Hate at Home” campaign.“I’ve been fighting the Klan for many years, too long, and I’m tired of the hate,” Kline said. “It’s gotten uglier and uglier. And the Klan is code word for all hate speech right now.”Demonstrators gathered outside Red Bank’s Town Hall Aug. 31 to support a rally for the “No Hate at Home” campaign. Photo by Chris Rotolo.According to Kline, who leads the Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, the initiative is a response to pro-KKK fliers distributed on Hudson Avenue Aug. 14 and KKK recruitment literature containing candy that was discovered on Leighton Avenue the week prior.Kline made it clear this campaign was comprehensive of all hate speech, including racial, religious and political prejudices he said are tearing society apart at the seams.“I’m tired of the fact that we can’t talk with each other without screaming at each other. We’re at a point where, if you don’t agree with me politically or religiously, you don’t have value. And then everyone goes about their business assuming they’re right…It really doesn’t matter what your politics are. There are some things that we’ve made partisan politics that are still about the human. And we’ve forgotten the human piece of it.”Leading the effort with Kline is David Pascal, who has served as the HRAC chair since 2006, and who hopes “No Hate at Home” can become a movement focused on respect and understanding between individuals, even if positions and ideas may not align.“For those who believe that another person can’t have value if you don’t agree, today that has to stop,” Pascal said. “This is about bringing respect for one another back into our homes, our communities, our places of business, schools, everywhere. It has to happen everywhere if we’re going to change the conversation and change the culture.”Kline and Pascal were adamant that this movement can only take hold if community members in attendance were willing to carry the message back into their own communities, a sentiment shared by Menna.According to Menna, the borough has a history of assisting the general community by providing an avenue for expression, quite literally providing a route through town earlier this year for the “March for our Lives” demonstration March 24 and again in July for the “Families Belong Together” protests. But he believes the key to ensuring “No Hate at Home” makes an impact is carrying the messaging beyond Red Bank’s borders.“The sense that I get is that people who participate in events like today’s are overwhelmingly from outside of Red Bank,” Menna said. “It tells me that the people we need to reach need to be reached in their own communities. For each person in the crowd today who is from Rumson or Little Silver, there are a thousand people who are not reached.”Menna said surrounding municipalities can’t be forced to form a committee similar to HRAC, but individuals from those communities should be making applications to their respective governing bodies to host the types of events “where people can voice their collective sentiments about human rights.”“The people (HRAC) is trying to reach are not the people who are living in Red Bank,” Menna said. “We already know about it. The people (HRAC) is trying to reach are the people who are living in the leafy communities of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Interlaken. That’s where the message has to go.”Kline called the Aug. 30 rally a good start, but said the work to ensure this is not a “one-off” begins now.“Rallies and marches are nice because you get to wave your flag and hold your sign and go home feeling good about it. But then what?” Kline said. “We need to have signs in yards, decals on cars and conversation in our communities. We need to create a change in our culture. With this rally, we’ve started the conversation.”This article was first published in the Sept. 6 – 13, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Thousands of Jobs available for 2020 Census

first_imgMandated in the Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years and determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. It also allows state officials to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts to account for population changes, among other benefits. RED BANK – Adults looking to earn extra money this winter can apply for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau, officials told the public at a meeting Nov. 20 at the Red Bank Public Library. The census asks questions about a resident’s name, sex, age, date of birth, origin, race, relationship, and if they are renters or homeowners. Census takers also ask for phone numbers in case they need to contact that person again. But all information is private and census takers are sworn to secrecy regarding the information they receive from others. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. They also must have a valid Social Security number and email address and must pass a background check, the application process and an assessment. Those interested in working with the 2020 Census team are welcome to apply online at 2020census.gov.jobs or by phone at 1-855-JOB-2020.center_img Office positions include area census office manager, census field manager, administrative manager, information technology manager, recruiting manager, office operations supervisor and clerical support. In the field, there are positions for recruitment, census field supervision and enumerators. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of individuals to help conduct the 2020 Census. And for the first time, citizens will be able to answer the census online, making it – according to Census Bureau representatives – easier than ever. The first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 and served as an important piece of the country’s history and future.last_img read more

Leafs bounce back to take the Steam out of Summerland

first_imgOne day after blowing a two-goal lead in a demoralizing loss to Murdoch Division rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Nelson Leafs rebounded to double the Summerland Steam 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Team captain Rayce Miller, who was very critical of his team following Saturday’s meltdown, provided the heroics for the Green and White by scoring the winning goal with seven minutes remaining in the game.The win allowed Nelson to nail down two of three wins during a three-game home stand. Summerland took a 1-0 lead after one period when Riley Pettitt scored 12 minutes into the frame.Nelson took a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes on goals by Nolan Percival, his first of the season, and Nicholas Ketola.Summerland tied the game two minutes into the third before Miller combined with Tyler Garcia and Levi Hulston to beat Matthew Huber in the Steam nets for the game-winning goal.Eamonn Miller scored into the empty net to secure the home-ice win for the Leafs.Patrick Ostermann was solid between the pipes to register the win in goal for Nelson.The Leafs, 6-5 on the season, now face Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City.LEAF NOTES: Nolan Percival’s strong play earned the Nelson Minor Hockey grad the Leafs game star honour. Riley Pettitt was the game star for Summerland. . . . Nick Novin and Tyler Garcia each finished the game with two assists. . . . For the second time in two games, Nelson was out shot 33-29 by Summerland, including a 15-6 margin in the third period.last_img read more

Nelson Leafs support fight against Breast Cancer

first_imgThe Leafs welcomed Pal and her daughter snow the opportunity to drop the puck during the ceremonial faceoff to begin the game.There was also silent auctions as well as Nelson donated its share of the 50/50 draw to Pal’s fundraising cause.”I just want to say thank you so much to the Nelson Leafs (including) Sean Dooley and MJ Swetlikoe — for making this happen,” said evening organizer Steve Archdekin.Archdekin said Pal has a long way to go but knows everyone is behind her until she comes through the other end of this.“I am so grateful for the way so many people jump at the chance to help me with the things I have been doing,” Archdekin said.“It would be impossible without you. I have met some incredible people along the way to go with the endless inspiration I have found watching the dignity and grace with how G (Gelana) has been handling all of this. Really beautiful stuff.”The evening became complete when Nelson won the game in double overtime 3-2 on a goal by Ryan Piva. Fewer women are dying from breast cancer. But the number remains high, too high.Which is why the month of October has been designated across North America as Breast Cancer Awareness month by people wearing pink.Saturday, during the KIJHL game between the Leafs and Columbia Valley Rockies, the Heritage City franchise showcased the battle against a serious form of breast cancer by Galena Pal of Nelson.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED SILENT BIRD WINS FIFTH IN A ROW AS HE TAKES $63,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NECK UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY GLATT, HE GETS FLAT MILE ON MUDDY TRACK IN 1:36.52

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2017)–In his first try around two turns, heavily favored Silent Bird ran down longshot El Huerfano late to take Friday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a neck under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Mark Glatt, the 5-year-old horse by Summer Bird got a flat mile in 1:36.52.In hand under Prat around the Club House turn, Silent Bird raced a close fifth past the half mile pole and was on the move in high gear while caught four-wide turning for home, giving punters momentary pause as he veered toward the middle of the track while straightening for home.“He was a little green once he made the lead,” said Prat.  “Once we straightened away, he was fine.”The 3-5 favorite in a field of six older horses, Silent Bird paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40.Owned by Norman Stables, LLC, Silent Bird was a winner of the seven furlong Damascus Stakes here two starts back on Nov. 4, and he was a game allowance winner at the same distance on Dec. 1 at Del Mar.  He now has five wins from six starts and with the winner’s share of $37,800, he increased his earnings to $208,800.“I was a little concerned that with this being his first time going long, he might get a little keen, but it was the opposite of that,” said Glatt.  When asked what might be next for the streaking Silent Bird, Glatt responded, “We’ll look at the San Antonio (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 4).  With all the heavy hitters seemingly out of town…Hopefully, he comes back good and we’ll go from there.Sent from the gate by Victor Espinoza, El Huerfano dictated terms throughout through fractions of 23.14, 45.96, 1:10.52 and 1:23.40 and battled back gamely at the rail when challenged a furlong out to finish five lengths in front of Avanti Bello.Off at 6-1, El Huerfano paid $5.20 and $3.60.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Avanti Bello was off at 5-1 and paid $3.60 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Harry Kane sneaks in to head Spurs in front against Liverpool after 48 seconds

first_imgRio Ferdinand tells Harry Kane to leave Spurs to win trophies… like he did when quit Leeds for Man Utd HARRY KANE stunned Anfield with an early header to give Tottenham the lead over Liverpool on Sunday.Only 48 seconds were on the clock when the England striker stooped to head into an empty net after Son-Heung min’s shot hit the bar.2 Kane guided the ball home with his headCredit: EPA2 The first minute celebrations were somewhat mutedCredit: Getty Images – GettyA hit from range had deflected off Dejan Lovren’s head and onto the bar.That left Alisson Becker beaten all ends up as Kane finished the chance off.Liverpool fans hoped for a reprieve from VAR but replays showed the scorer was comfortably onside as he stole in behind Virgil van Dijk.It was comfortably the quickest goal the Reds had conceded all season, beating Jetro Willems’ seventh minute strike for Newcastle last month.In fact, Liverpool hadn’t let a Premier League team score in the first minute at Anfield in over 20 years.latest football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleMeanwhile Spurs were yet to score earlier than the ninth minute in 2019/20.After two goals in the midweek beating of Red Star Belgrade, Kane’s finish made it ten in the season for the forward.Mauricio Pochettino left Jan Vertonghen and Lucas Moura on the bench for the trip to the North-West.last_img read more

Bale hails Spurs for hiring serial winner Jose after being linked with return

first_imgGARETH BALE has been inked with a return to Tottenham – after praising the appointment of ‘serial winner’ Jose Mourinho.The Welshman, 30, strongly rumoured to be returning to England next year, worked with Mourinho when he was Real Madrid boss from 2010-2013.1 Gareth Bale has praised Jose Mourinho amid talk of a return to TottenhamAnd Mourinho has remained a fan of the wing wizard, who joined Real from star for £85million in 2013.Bale told BT Sport he believed Spurs had made a top call by bringing in the Special One to replace sacked Mauricio Pochettino.He said: “Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner.”Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”Bale, who missed out on a summer £1million-a-week deal to join China Super League club Jiangsu Suning, has been linked with Manchester United and Spurs this season.Real boss Zinedine Zidane has made it clear he wants to get Bale’s £600,000-a-week wages off the Bernabeu wage bill to enable him to fund moves for the likes of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.Mourinho wants to fund a 2020 bid for Bale, according to Spanish media.But realistically the only way that will happen is if Real fund at least 60 per cent of his weekly wage.Anything above £200,000-a-week for Bale would shatter the strict wage structure in N17, put in place by ruthless owner Daniel Levy.If Tottenham miss out, United could get their man as it seems certain the Welshman will quit Spain.Bale has been a target for the Bernabeu boo-boys for several years.He told BT Sport: “I think the first time it happened, it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t really know how to deal with it.”But as I’ve got older, it’s happened one or two more times and you understand how to deal with it.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”Now I just shrug it off. In way, with respect it’s the best place to get whistled if you don’t perform which I understand.”Obviously I have to just keep working hard and keep proving to the fans what I can do. Eventually the whistles do stop and you get on with your career like normal.”Gareth Bale booed and whistled as he comes on as sub for Real Madrid after flag rowlast_img read more

Independent management the way forward for PNG NRL

first_imgChow highlighted that the independent management of the competition will allow franchise owners to focus on the development of the game in their provinces, in their regions.“They can focus more on preparations of their teams. We believe this will be a significant advantage and benefit for the way forward,” said the chairman.“The franchise owners will continue to be represented by their association – PNG NRL Incorporated.”Coming under the umbrella of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) will allow the PNG NRL to draw on the resources of the PNGRFL to professionally run the competition.“We can draw on the experience and success they’ve had over several years now in running the SP Hunters program,” said Chow.The PNG NRL Competition will kick off on the weekend of June 22-23.last_img read more

Triple dose of rugby league action this Sunday

first_imgAt 11.30 am is the U-20 game between the two teams from the Academy – Team Green coached by Roger Laka and Team Yellow – Nigel Hukula.This will be followed by round 10 action from the Digicel Cup between the SNS Port Moreby Vipers and the PRK Mendi Muruks.The game will get underway at 12.45pm.Come 3pm is the main game of the day, the round 15 clash of the Intrust Super Cup featuring the home side, the SP Hunters, and the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.last_img

Raukeles sniped down

first_imgThey called a timeout to try to stop Snipers’ momentum.It didn’t work.They tried again.Nothing, it seemed, was going to work, late in the fourth set against a suddenly surging Snipers.The well-developed skills exhibited by the Raukele women vanished when the Snipers fired the ball with powerful spikes, bypassing heavy blocks set up by Raukeles.Snipers won a thriller of three sets to one, 22-25, Raukele won the second set 23-25, before Snipers hit back to finish off the last two sets 19-25 and 18-25.Snipers now are set to play the finals, awaiting the second elimination to be played this afternoon.The semifinals for the competition will run through today, completing a few round games and eliminations next week before the grand final for all divisions.last_img read more

Real Madrid stands before Valencia Basket and rises to the Endesa League coliderato

first_imgThe white workforce is imposed in further time towards the ‘taronja’ (85-78) Picture: EFE Real Madrid has traced towards Valencia Basket (85-78) in the final match of the sixteenth spherical of the Endesa League, by which Pablo Laso’s neutralized the 11-point drawback with which they completed the third quarter to drive the extension and take the victory and the coliderato of the hand of Rudy Fernández, who completed the conflict with 22 factors and 7 of 10 in triples.With out key males like Sergio Llull, Felipe Reyes, Gabriel Deck or Anthony Randolph, the Real Madrid gamers confronted the day of Kings in the WiZink Heart punished, however nonetheless left with a 6-Zero that allowed them to management and destroy the taronja field from triple in the first half (26-19).center_img Nonetheless, the Valencians had been entrusted to Jordan Loyd and Bojan Dubljevic to neutralize the white benefit simply before the break (40-40), which they arrived with a shot by Aaron Doornekamp that the members corrected and gave two to see that he was stepping on the line.It was after the resumption when these of Jaume Ponsarnau took off, from the hand of a Dubljevic who loaded the workforce on the again with seven factors in the third quarter and an Alberto Abalde who grew to become the high scorer of his personal (16) . With this, the visiting workforce confronted the final quarter with 11 objectives forward (56-67).Nonetheless, amongst all emerged the determine of Rudy Fernández, who provided an exhibition of marksmanship from the line of three; the Balearic ‘plugged in’ three triples – seven in the entire sport and 12 of 16 of their final two video games – which, along with the final two defenses of Tavares, compelled the extension (76-76).A way to Ponsarnau and two baskets of three from Rudy himself and Thompkins led Real Madrid to a +7 that might be definitive to resume the path of victory from which they left with the defeat in the Basic of the finish of the yr. The taronja field, in the meantime, can have to look ahead to the subsequent day to know if it may be in the Copa del Rey.last_img read more

“I would like players like Brahim to have opportunities”

first_imgLuis de la Fuente, Spanish Under-21 coach, said he would “like” young players like Brahim “to have opportunity to play in a club “ and was upset that these footballers have to leave Spain, as has been the case with Dani Olmo, recent signing of the German Red Bull Leipzig. “Dani Olmo is always right when he makes a decision. He is very well advised. The only thing I want, for his good and for the good of Spanish football, is to continue maintaining that rhythm and keep growing to have a great player for the future. About Jesús Vallejo and Brahim the most important thing is that these young players play and I wish they had that opportunity in a club, “he said at the V Gala of the awards of the Sports Press Association of Madrid (APDM). Event he attended after winning last summer the European Under-21, disputed in Italy and San Marino, and achieve classification to the Games Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A success despite which Spanish footballers They have to emigrate to look for opportunities. “I am very surprised that Spanish players have to leave Spain to demonstrate the quality they have. I would love to play here to demonstrate the tremendous potential they have, “said the coach.Finally, Luis de la Fuente pondered the work that is being done in the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF): “We’ve been a few years in a good line, consolidating our work base that I think It is very suitable and right for our future. The idea is to keep improving. I think there is a lot of room for improvement and the idea of ​​the RFEF is to keep doing things like until now and keep getting results, “he said.last_img read more

Talisman José Mari

first_imgInjuries in recent weeks have plagued an initial eleven that was practically recited by heart. Y if there is a loss that has hurt in this scheme and especially in the results obtained in the League, that has been that of José Mari.The presence of the roteño in the initial team of Álvaro Cervera is capital. The numbers speak for themselves. The midfielder returned to Racing, after losing the last six games due to the injury he suffered against Fuenlabrada, in Fernando Torres. In these meetings without the ‘6’, the yellows lost the income they had obtained during the first round, adding three draws, two losses and winning only one match (Oviedo, 1-2). Cadiz smiles again. The yellows returned to the top of the table after winning Racing and thanks to the defeat of Almeria against Elche. The team of Álvaro Cervera, therefore, recovers the first place only one week after losing it, after falling to Deportivo in Riazor. Before his injury injury, José Mari had missed two games this season. The first was on the intersemanal day of September 17. The loading of matches forced Cervera to rotate. The team suffered and ended up losing 3-0, against Alcorcón. The second game that was lost was that of Albacete at Carlos Belmonte. On this occasion his discharge was due to the accumulation of yellows. Those of Cervera fell by the minimum, with a goal from Zozulia at the last minute.In total, Cádiz has won only one match of eight without José Mari in the field. To demonstrate the importance of Roteño within the team, just look at the numbers with him on the field: 17 wins, three draws and only one defeat.His arrival to the team against Racing, therefore, again meant three points for those of the Silver Cup. Although the inactivity was noticed a little, it came into play 54 times, with a success in the pass of 78.7%. Numbers very similar to the total of the season. Of the 523 total passes, he hit 396 (75.7%). If your work in game creation is important, you can not be underestimated in recovery tasks. This season has 91, which means, a stolen ball every 12 minutes.last_img read more

Australian Open | Thiem knocks down Nadal and the one is at the mercy of Djokovic

first_img“It takes a bit of luck to win somebody like him,” he informed Jim Courier at the foot of the observe. The Cristiano Ronaldo of tennis, with an unlimited hitting energy and a multiplied pace after his pre-season coaching, of navy courtroom, in Miami, might with an earthly Nadal, who didn’t play badly but it surely was throughout most of the recreation in tow and When he dominated, he collided together with his adversary’s Herculean defenses. He goes in the quarter, with 840 factors much less as a result of final yr he fell in the penultimate spherical. Damage after a demanding begin to the season that adopted an finish of the earlier yr no much less demanding. With the feeling that he might have gone additional with somewhat extra fortune. He had by no means traced two units towards the arduous observe and this time couldn’t be both (0-13). The historical past of the second half was similar to that of the first. Rafa improved his providers, received two clean video games and that allowed him to subtract extra calmly. It got here in a breath of the Austrian pylon hammer, which helped with a double foul, and once more the Manacor was in command. Nonetheless, a penalty for delaying the service dropped him (“It is unimaginable that you simply ask me for a warning after the level now we have performed, you don’t like good tennis, you don’t like good tennis,” he informed the chair decide) . Then he complained that the bench’s chilly air tube didn’t work for him … In these video games he misplaced three straight video games and though he saved a set level when he went 6-5 down, in the second tiebreaker of the crash once more Thiem put earth in between and to the Crew Nadal field in DEFCON 2 scenario.Nadal performed to rebato and with caste he threw himself for an not possible. He continued superb to serve and pressed the relaxation with every little thing he had towards the unimaginable defenses of his adversary. He inspired himself extra and extra insistently. “Come on!”. One step after the different. So to scratch the break at the proper time. This time he had no association for Thiem. There was no margin.The fourth set was twisted to Rafa after having had a 15-40 and two benefits. He didn’t add the break and instantly match one. Dom saved operating as if there was no tomorrow and hit the ball with the identical pressure as at the starting, neither extra nor much less. Little did it matter that they each took greater than three hours to offer him that I hit you. With 5-4, the Austrian took Nadal to win at final in an amazing event, after 5 failed makes an attempt. The primary service nailed him and received the level with the second affect. Then made a easy drive, he made a painful double foul and crashed one other proper in the internet. With an ace he shortened, however then threw the ball very far together with his proper hand and got here 5-5. Great. Wiener Neustadt’s machine shook her pulse. Rafa took the lead with a way of dominance for the first time in the whole recreation. In the subsequent recreation he appeared for the match, however didn’t discover it. You needed to play one other much more dramatic tiebreaker.It began bizarre, with 5 minibreaks in a row. Thiem positioned a definitive 5-2 and with 6-Four didn’t take benefit of his first recreation level. He snapped it towards the internet. Later Nadal didn’t reply to a balloon as a result of he noticed the boat exterior and requested for the overview. You needed to have many flats to do it. It went nicely. Though Thiem put an incredible reverse move that didn’t cease the internet. And at last, Rafa threw a drive to the tape. Ultimate epic Dom had simply shot down a large.Outcomes of the males’s workforce of the Australian Open. The primary set was given by Nadal, though it is true that Thiem deserved it. The assault would have received him to the factors; it was higher, extra aggressive and intense, extra concerned in the observe, particularly at the starting of a frantic recreation, with lengthy exchanges, by which the Spaniard was not in a position to do the relaxation a bit till his third serve, after saving A break ball. Rafa tuned and the partial appeared his when with a masterful maneuver of modifications in heights and pace the first break was pointed and clean, buckled with an impressive globe. However then got here a blur. Nadal obtained caught together with his service and wasted a set level that will have given him the benefit and life. Dominic broke it up and in the subsequent tiebreaker it was feline. Nice boot on a Rod Laver Enviornment coated by an attractive purple sky at nightfall.center_img Sometime it needed to occur and it occurred this Wednesday at the Australian Open. Dominic Thiem, who had misplaced two finals in Roland Garros, two different video games in that very same large and one other in the US Open towards Rafa Nadal, might lastly with world quantity one, which after his defeat might stop to be if Novak Djokovic Increase the trophy once more subsequent Sunday. For that he should win Roger Federer first Thursday in the semifinals. The Austrian, who received the Balearic by successful three playoffs (7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6 and 7-6 (8) in 4 hours and 10 minutes), may also play them, however on Friday towards Alexander Zverev, who appealed to Stan Wawrinka. It is already assured {that a} participant underneath 27 will face one other of the Huge Three in the closing. If anybody had proven that he may very well be near the three large stars on the circuit, it was Thiem.last_img read more

UEFA decides today that the Euro Cup will be suspended

first_imgAlthough the regulations in Spain pick up that “The final classification of the competition will have to be decided by mutual agreement between LaLiga and the Federation”, in case of disagreement “it will be the president of the Federation, or the body in which he delegates, who will make the final decision”. The same article is identical in almost all the federations in Europe, and many of them prefer that it is UEFA that sets the formula to avoid conflicts with their own teams. Luis Rubiales He is a manager with decision-making capacity in the matter, since his condition as president of the RFEF joins that of vice-president of UEFA.UEFA competition chief Italian Giorgio Marchetti, He has prepared a series of proposals to put to the vote in today’s conclave. The Euro Cup would go on to be played in 2021 with the same 20 countries that have already achieved their classification, and to which will be added the four that still have to play the play-offs, heats that were due to be held at the end of the month and which are also postponed. The group draw does not vary, so Spain would play against Sweden, Poland and the winner of the tie to be disputed by Bosnia, Ireland, Slovakia and Northern Ireland. In this scenario, the postponement of Euro 2020 would be definitive, regardless of the development that the coronavirus may have in Europe in the coming months.As for European competitions, the project goes through the Final Four formula provided that the pandemic does not force the total suspension of the Champions League and the Europa League. The World Health Organization (WHO) it cannot guarantee UEFA a date not even approximate for full control of the virus, and as long as this does not happen there is nothing guaranteed. The UEFA on Tuesday it has summoned its 55 European federations to reorganize European football due to the coronavirus pandemic. Decisions of transcendence will be made. In the conclave, UEFA will have to make three fundamental resolutions: postponing the European Championship until 2021, choosing the format for concluding European competitions and unifying criteria for naming champions, promotions and relegations. throughout the continent to guarantee “justice and equal merits” in access to the next edition of the Champions and of the Europa League.The organization that Ceferin chairs already has a position taken regarding the champions of League. She is in favor of granting the title to the leader of each championship at the time when it had to be permanently suspended, something that they do not think will happen because the more than likely postponement of the Euro Cup would leave dates free to close the calendar, but always depending that the pandemic can be controlled in time. UEFA would close the following editions of the Champions League and the Europa League taking into account the classification when the leagues were suspended. It would not enter the category drops, something that would leave the federations they could choose the format to solve them. But I would advise the same formula as for naming champion.In the organization, regarding UEFA and Europe, there is only one precedent. We have to go back to 1999, when UEFA, then under the Swedish presidency Lennart Johansson, decided to give the title to Belgrade Partisan, who was the leader of the tournament when he had to be suspended ten days from the end due to the flare-up of the Balkan War.last_img read more

Arteta opens the door to 6 players

first_img5 Mikel Arteta took control of Arsenal midway through the season and settled for the team they gave him on the winter market, except for a few tweaks such as the return of the injured Cédric Soares (Southampton). But once summer arrives it will be time to start building your own project and to meet the objectives for which you were hired. Matteo Guendouzi does not have the same role with his new coach as he did with Unai Emery. The French midfielder plays less than when he arrived and although he was aiming for a future player, a little discussion with Arteta would have been enough to waste minutes. He does not seem to be the type of midfielder that the coach is looking for, who knows that due to his youth and quality they would cash in on him to be able to bring someone who is more suited to what he is looking for.Sokratis Pasathopoulos Sokratis Pasathopoulos usually plays at Arsenal even when they put him on the side. It is a key piece in the current behind of the English set, but the problem is that it may not be in the future. Pablo Marí would occupy his central position with David Luiz and if Soares recovers he would no longer have a place on the right wing. Even more so if Layvin ends up landing Kurzawa (PSG). In addition, his age indicates that although it is now important, in the near future it will be expendable, so the time to sell him would be this summer.Mesut Ozil This project will depend a lot on the future of the Premier League, since it will not be the same to get into positions of Champions Leaguewhat Europa LeagueAnd obviously the budget will be much lower if they don’t get a European place for the next course. While the Spanish coach thinks about how to make next year’s squad and with part of the work done in defense, first he wants to focus on the casualties and thus have more leeway to bring in more and better footballers. As published Mirror, up to six ensemble members gunner they have the door open to leave.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 14 10 Mesut Özil has been the most benefited by the change of coach and despite the fact that the Spanish would like the midfielder to return to what he was, he is aware that his current salary is a major impediment to managing the salary cap. The German has had the label of transferable for a long time, with no teams really interested in taking over his entire record. Arsenal are very willing to listen to offers for him, although if it were not for his record, Arteta would not have so much trouble taking it from him. 77 Premier League* Data updated as of March 17, 2020 29 Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the exit ramp. The Spanish coach is not convinced by the footballer, whom he has used as a substitute for Bellerín, although lately it was left out of the calls. The youth squad prefers to play indoors than on the right side, and Arteta would have no reason to try to retain him, so he would make it easier for him to find an option that suits the club and the player.Henrikh Mkhitaryan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the issue that matters most in London. There are few strikers of his level in the market and although he likes the city, his ambition is to play the Champions League, something that is not currently guaranteed. The Barcelona He was interested in him at the time and it would be a great opportunity for the Gabonese, who would decide his future in the summer based on the results obtained. The trick of Arsenal, if he did not succeed, would be to try to renew him or try to surround him with great footballers to convince him that his goals will be achieved in the next course. It will be difficult to change his mind, so if they do not enter the Champions League and knowing that his contract expires in 2021, they would rush to sell him and get a cut for his best player.Ainsley Maitland-Niles fifteen Henrikh Mkhitaryan has fulfilled what was expected of him when he was traded for Alexis Sánchez in one of the worst operations remembered in Premier League history (Neither they nor Manchester United benefited from that). The Armenian player has been loaned in the Rome, highlighting the fair but without shining. Perhaps it is the perfect time to try to sell him (he already said that he did not even discuss the salary because he was not happy in England), especially knowing that you have a sign on ItalyAlthough Arteta would not rule out keeping it if necessary.Matteo Guendouzilast_img read more

Mourinho “Messi or Cristiano? I choose another”

first_imgTottenham coach José Mourinho granted an interview to LiveScore in which they asked him who was the best soccer player of all time. Although many expected him to decide between Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)who did you have in the Real Madrid, and Leo Messi (Barcelona), the two strongest of the last decade, chose Ronaldo Nazario ahead of them. “Ronaldo, the phenomenon. Cristiano and Leo Messi have had longer races, they have been at the top every day for 15 years. But if we talk strictly about talent and ability, nobody beats the Brazilian. When he was in Barcelona with Bobby Robson I realized I was the best player I had ever seen. “The Portuguese met him in the mid-1990s when he joined the Bobby Robson coaching staff at Barcelona. However, he regrets the ordeal he suffered with knee injuries, which prevented him from being on top for a long time: “The injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent the 19-year-old had was something incredible.”last_img read more

Fear of injury on the return leg of football: risks and solutions

first_imgThe return to training is already here thanks to the de-escalation that the Government has launched. The restart of the competition, on the contrary, continues in the air, at the mercy of the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and the pacts between clubs and soccer players. The agreements to work individually seem clear. However, there are differences with group training, with the way of doing the tests, with isolation plans in hotels or sports cities and with the solutions if they appear positive. Despite the fact that the CSD has approved a health protocol to gradually restore normality, the players do not have all of them with them and repeat that they will only abide by the Health orders. The reason supported by AFE to go with lead feet focuses on several points: the respect still infused by the data of deaths in Spain (164 yesterday), the fear of contagion or outbreaks, the fear of injury after so much inactivity and the dread over the new isolation, in the form of concentrations (“unconstitutional”, dixit), with the aim of being able to conclude this season. Clubs see it as widespread psychosis. Rather, experts point out that the state of alarm has led to a certain state of panic.AS has consulted five sports psychologists and psychologists working in the elite to shed some light on these concerns and uncertainty. What are the real risks for soccer players and what are the precautions that clubs must undertake. Despite the fact that the elaborated protocol does not include these professionals among the essential personnel to be with the players in person, many specialists are lending their help electronically. Rafael Mateos, researcher in Sports Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, talks about the risk of injuries: “Injuries are a very complex phenomenon, as they are due to different causes. Among them, stress, which can increase the probability of suffering them. In this way, if they are subjected to stressful situations, such as prolonged confinement added to uncertainty about their future or exposure to possible contagion, it is highly likely that the number of injuries will increase. ” In fact, according to a study by the French footballers’ union, where the season has already been canceled, “three out of four players fear injury”, as “they will multiply by six from the second match”. For this reason, Mateos believes that clubs should carry out an exhaustive control of the stress level of each one of their players: “They have to do it using scientifically validated techniques and reduce said stress level in those players who need it during this time, with the In order to improve their coping with the situation and, therefore, minimize the risk of injury. All this under the supervision of a qualified sports psychologist ”.FIFpro, the international players union, notes that during confinement 18% of female players and 16% of professional players reported situations of stress and anxiety. There are other surveys that even point out the growth on symptoms of depression. So, David Peris, president of the Valencian Community Psychology Association, also points out stress monitoring as decisive: “It appears when we perceive a situation as threatening, before which we launch a series of psychological and physiological resources to deal with it. In principle it is adaptive, since it makes us better prepare for a complicated situation, but if we are not able to control it, it generates problems for us due to bad stress. One way to control it is to decrease the perception of threat: if I know what I can do and feel safe in this situation, stress does not appear or I control its responses, so that it does not harm me. The uncertainty that athletes may have regarding what will happen is key ”.Other dangersSeveral consulted professional club doctors support theories that the number of injuries will now skyrocket. As it happened in the NFL in 2011. Then there was a 14-week hiatus, due to a serious labor conflict, and the competition went from having five annual Achilles Tendon breaks, on average, to 12 in the first month back to work, of which 10 were in the first 12 days. “When athletes suffer a high level of stress, problems related to sleep, attention deficit, diet, training appear, there are memory difficulties, increased muscle tension, problems in decision-making and, among other things, increases the risk of injury “ David Peris assures. Alba Villamediana, another psychologist of reference in Spanish sports, considers the work carried out during these two months of confinement to be key. since, in addition, the preseason that begins now will be very peculiar, with a lot of individual training and without friendlies: “Whoever has known how to balance their emotions will benefit. The players who have been able to take advantage of this break as an opportunity will be the ones who will come out with the most resources on the field when this is over. That is, the players who previously stood out physically or technically can be left behind, and it will not always be the one with the best skills, but the one with the most attitude. Fear is an emotion that will accompany the players, like everyone else. And it’s not a bad thing: you just have to know how to collaborate with him and not fight him. Fear is a natural traveling companion and is there to protect players so that they do not exceed their demands, and that this can lead to injury. Coaches have a great responsibility: where to focus their players’ attention so that they cooperate, help each other and focus on daily improvement, until the desired performance can be achieved little by little. ”JESUS ​​SANCHO RODRIGUEZ (SANCHOFOTO) & nbsp; (DIARIO AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FOOTBALL 17/18 Ricardo de la Vega, to the right of Seedorf, in his time as a sports psychologist at Deportivo.JESUS ​​SANCHO RODRIGUEZ (SANCHOFOTO) (DIARIO AS) That’s where Ricardo de la Vega is focused with the footballers he works with. The doctor in Psychology in the Autonomous, who went through Rayo, Deportivo and the Cameroon team, sees it like this: “Adaptation at the psychological level to the new situation seems necessary, since the head will play an equal or more important role than the physical. The conditional dimensions, the personality and the motivation will be key to achieve emotional stability, since the one who plays to try to win the League will not be the same as the one who plays to descend. To the general panorama, the soccer players will have to add an added stress and in many cases the frustration. And that there is no money or test that can remedy it. Players will have to adapt to the new scenario, which implies doing it on a cognitive, emotional and behavioral level. The risks would lie in the possible imbalances at these levels due to not optimally accepting and adapting. ” The footballer needs to work in a group and that cannot be achieved, in the best case scenario until June. One more problem to be solved: “Cohesion is essential to perform well individually and as a team. You have to make sense of pre-league confinement first. It must be worth the effort. ‘Why am I confined?’ Then goals should be set in phases, starting with the short term. I must feel that what I do contributes to improve my performance. And then the time must be optimized. It is not only the time of field training that matters. These aspects must be worked on, the leadership and emotional response of the team. ”Finally, Sandra Tabasco, sports and health psychologist, psychologist at PROAD (Sports Aid and Care Program) and CSD, talks about controlling expectations: “How it will affect two months of stoppage to athletes will depend on each individual case and the reality of each and his family. And that will influence how they face the return. Almost always that fear exists, this situation is totally new, it has not consisted of a vacation. We must be careful with the expectations that we generate ourselves and what we think the environment expects from us. You have to work on what depends on you, normalize fear and focus on small individual goals while looking for things that can give you security. It is difficult for them to stay focused exactly as before, it is necessary to be aware that differences can be seen since different thoughts will come into action, the possible fear of becoming infected, the separation from their families, living with uncertainty of what will happen. … Each athlete will be able to focus their attention more on the objectives based on the psychological resources available to them and their own health and that of their relatives. Coaches have a great challenge ahead, fostering and working with the person, not just with the player. Now more than ever it will be necessary to detect and reinforce the motivation and confidence of each one. The players must understand why they return to play and what depends on each one, bearing in mind that the mental and emotional level, apart from the physical one, will be key for the return ”.last_img read more

Arbeloa and Mou’s anger for going up so much: “Where is Cafu going?”

first_imgFormer Actual Madrid defender Álvaro Arbeloa recalled this Thursday probably the most unforgettable fights that José Mourinho threw at him throughout his time on the Madrid bench, though as soon as once more he praised the determine of the Portuguese.“I feel it was towards Sevilla. Within the first half I at all times performed in his band, however that day it was my flip within the different and when you’re separated from the coach you play looser. I went up 6 or 7 seven occasions and on the break he stated: ‘At this time we now have Cafu within the workforce, the place does Cafu go up so many occasions?’. The discuss was for me alone, it was not precisely what he needed from me, “stated smiling Arbeloa in a interview to the ‘youtuber’ channel and extremely distance athlete Valentí Sanjuan.The person from Salamanca confessed that he is “very fan” of the coach. “However I’m extra of a fan of José,” he clarified. “I contemplate him a buddy. He was a coach with I discovered, I loved and labored as an animal, and with which you don’t cease laughing as a result of he has a thousand anecdotes. He is a sensational man and a kind of who’re worthwhile, he has marked me lots in skilled and private“, be honest. I’m a fan of the coach, however extra of José. He’s a star like Cristiano Arbeloa praised that the Setúbal “I used to be capable of demand of you in coaching to the demise, and then play pranks on you and be yet another.” “He was a star like Cristiano, it is tough to search out somebody as mediatic because the gamers”he commented. The previous participant skilled some controversy within the final season of Mourinho when he sat Iker Casillas and was reported to have a nasty relationship with the goalkeeper. “Proper now the connection with Iker is sensational. I haven’t seen him shortly, however he’s going to be a neighbor instantly”he identified. “You need to depart these conditions behind and maintain every thing good. I’ve lived excellent moments which are above those who haven’t been so good,” he settled.Anyway, that final season was the worst that occurred, residing “fairly difficult conditions” as a result of he couldn’t discover “an answer to a again downside” and an expulsion towards Galatasaray within the quarterfinal with two yellow playing cards in a row. “In that match, every thing that was taking place to me exploded slightly,” he acknowledged. Zidane’s MadridFor the 2010 world champion, Zinédine Zidane’s Actual Madrid is “very clearly” higher than Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona as a result of “the outcomes are those that command and what he has achieved is a bestiality”. “It is tough to win the ‘Champions’ with out being the perfect, to win three in a row and 4 in 5 years you should be excellent and know tips on how to carry out at sure occasions. What he has achieved I have no idea after we will see him once more,” he warned.Arbeloa, who blames having “the perfect” at his aspect to clarify his nice file and that the Madridista DNA of “believing till the top comes as commonplace”, additionally referred to Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, two soccer gamers who “have a piece ethic and a brutal mentality”. “It could have been experiment to deliver them collectively, however it will not be simple for them to play collectively as a result of they demand plenty of prominence,” he added. In fact, though it is “a sterile debate” to decide on who is the perfect, he nonetheless favors Portuguese. “I’ve labored with him for seven years and I’ve seen how he trains and the expertise he has. One thing that I don’t perceive is that he has made himself and why the expertise he has to do every thing he does is put within the background “he opined. “He is a brutal participant, able to placing the workforce on his again in tough occasions and we should recognize that he has gained with many groups,” he added. Barça run out of a workforce earlier than calling me to coach them Then again, the previous protection assured that the prepare as a coachAs he is doing, “it is not as simple as you assume.” “I actually like 4-3-Three with two pivots and a playmaker. What I like about Actual Madrid is that it is chameleonic and can play every thing and adapt to every thing, and that is an important workforce,” he stated, making it clear than want to work on the bench with Xabi Alonso. “Will probably be excellent, he has all the necessities and he has had the perfect on this planet with him,” he stated.“I feel Barça are and not using a workforce earlier than calling me to coach them”, he joked when requested if he would settle for a Baroque supply. “There are issues which are antagonistic. With all of the respect that I’ve for him as an entity and for his gamers and followers, they’re at an reverse pole from mine,” he added.As soon as his soccer profession ended, Arbeloa has chosen to the world of athletics and triathlon. “Now I do know far more about supplementation and it will have been excellent for me,” he stated, lacking in his new side “that may energy” that different extra established athletes and triathletes must get well from dangerous occasions. “In one of many first triathlons I did they put my identify on the jumpsuit and once I was on the bike everybody tried to beat me and put me in a wheel. I’ve chosen to go slightly extra incognito,” stated the exlateral smiling about a few of his experiences. , who managed to get the bike with which Javier Gómez Noya gained his fifth World Cup and that the Galician put up for public sale to assist his previous membership. Lastly, he expressed that he nonetheless has “room for enchancment” in athletics the place he hopes to drop the 35 minutes effortlessly from the 10 kilometers and handle to do “sometime” a marathon in lower than three. Lastly, he accepted the wager of Valentí Sanjuan to realize this problem in Madrid this November and to drop under eleven hours on the Ironman in Barcelona in October 2021.last_img read more

Sheila challenges herself with the Brazilian Bia Zaneratto in the international final

first_imgThe Rayo Vallecano participant beat Atlético’s Olga García in the nationwide grand final, demonstrating nice energy with the command. AND, earlier than the grand final towards the Brazilian participant, Sheila has skilled with the ‘avid gamers’ Sankhs and LaurixGames. Sheila García has had the alternative to work her sport collectively with two specialists corresponding to Sankhs, from SD Huesca and Falcons, and LaurixGame, from Dux Gaming. A luxurious alternative to achieve the grand final on Friday a hundred percent.The event has already raised 100,000 euros for the NGO Médicos del Mundo.Jorge Vilda, luxurious commentatorThe published of the international grand final will even have a luxurious commentator: the nationwide coach Jorge Vilda. The coach of the nationwide crew might be in cost of giving his standpoint in an attention-grabbing match. Sheila García, the champion of the GamHer charity event of the First Iberdrola, now has the alternative to reveal all her abilities with the command in the international grand final. The Lightning participant Brazil’s Bia Zaneratto might be measured in a single match that may decide the finest participant in the GamHer. Beginning at 7:15 p.m. and broadcast by each Teledeporte and the nationwide platforms of the Nationwide Crew, the Spanish international will proceed to contribute to this charity motion organized by the RFEF and Iberdrola for the battle towards COVID-19.last_img read more

Luminaries to be honoured at Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgOlympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.last_img read more

TTJ, JPA sign MOU

first_imgWith ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.last_img read more

Jamaicans ready to light up Carifta Games

first_imgSEVENTY Eight of the country’s top junior athletes will vie for regional glory over the next three days starting today, as the 45th staging of the Carifta Games for Under-18 and Under-20 athletes will begin this morning at the newly built Queen’s Park National Stadium in St Georges, Grenada.Jamaica will be hoping to better last year’s performance in Nevis, St Kitts, where the country’s athletes garnered some 86 medals, which included 42 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze.Today’s opening day will see some 20 finals being contested with 12 on the track and eight in the field. The morning session will get under way at 9:00 a.m. (8:00a.m. Jamaican time) and will see some three finals being contested Under-18 girls’ high jump, javelin and discus.Zinedine Russell, who was the silver medallist a year ago in the girls’ heptathlon behind teammate, Ayesha Champaigne, will be the first Jamaican to feature today when she competes in the first of seven events the 100m hurdles at 9:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m Jamaica time).Morant Bay High’s Marcus Brown, who, like Russell, was a late addition to the team, and who was victorious at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in the Boy’s open decathlon, will also be in action some 10 minutes after Russell as he will be competing in the first event of the boy’s octathlon, the 100m.PRELIMACTIONThe morning session will also see preliminary-round action in the 100m and 400m, where the likes of Kimone Shaw, Dejour Russell, Jhevaughn Matherson, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, Sanique Walker, Tiffany James, Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield are down to compete.Today’s second session, which will get underway at 5:30p.m. (4:30 pm Jamaica time) with the finals of the girls’ 1500m should be a very good day for Jamaica.There will also be the finals of the 100m and 400 metres later in the evening. Both Taylor in the Under-18 boys’ 400m, and Bloomfield, who won the boys’ Under 20 event, are expected to defend their titles successfully.last_img read more

Dom Rep join Jamaica atop Hoerman Cup leader board

first_img The other Jamaicans, Owen Samuda, had a tough day out on the links, firing an 81 to be tied for thirteenth on 15 over par, while Ian Facey (78) and Sean Morris (73) lost ground to the leaders. Fellow Jamaican William Knibbs carded another 77 in round three to be down the leader board on 19 over par and in 21st position The leaders among countries are Jamaica (+37), tied with the Dominican Republic (+37), Puerto Rico (+56), Barbados (+64), with Trinidad and Tobago at (+65), Cayman Islands (+77), Bahamas (+91) and the US Virgin Islands at 160 over par. Jamaica remain fifth in the George Teale Trophy for women on a 52 over par score, trailing leaders Puerto Rico (32 over par) by some distance. Madelyn Piccininni is the best-placed Jamaican among the women. She did admirably better than her 81 and 85 in the two previous rounds after carding a 78 on Wednesday. The field is being led by Dominican Republic’s Karina Sanchez, who was the best on the day on the women’s side. Trinidadian pair of Carlos Baynes and Richard Camacho had a combined 70 to increase their lead in the Higgs and Higgs trophy to five under par, with Robert Piggot and Michael Haynes of Barbados at minus 2 and in second place. The Jamaican pair of Keith Stein and Radcliff Knibbs are holding on to third, after firing a combined 71 to be at Even Par, through three rounds at the Half Moon Golf Club. Western Bureau: Jamaica’s Jonathan Newham equalled his second-round 71 to lead the individual race in the Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday. Newham’s score puts him one under par for the day and an equal minus one through three rounds, giving host Jamaica a share of the lead with the Dominican Republic, who rallied on the third day through the pair of Redhames Pena and Lino Guerrero. The stakes remain high with only today’s final round remaining to separate the teams. Newham started well from tee-off, and although he had a few setbacks on the front nine, he used the quick fairway and solid greens to maintain his lead. Devaughn Robinson of The Bahamas carded the best score of the round, a minus two under par 70 score. It was the best round of any player in all three days, bettering his opening round 76 on Monday and the 75 he fired on Tuesday. It took him up the leader board where he joined Newham, with Pena in third overall after his 71. He is at six over par through three rounds. Newham again used the conditions to his advantage as the wind, though not as heavy as Tuesday’s, made play tricky for some players. OTHERJAMAICANSlast_img read more

Sunshine Girl Griffiths the ‘silent killer’ ready for Netball World Cup

first_imgJamaica Sunshine Girls have two of the most talented and highly rated goal shooters on the planet in Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. But no matter how excellent a team’s goal shooters are, they need players to complement them in order for the team to become successful.In goal attack Anna-Kay Griffiths, the Sunshine Girls have that player.Griffiths is expected to be the main supply line to the shooters, as well as provide backup shooting, but the Sunshine Girls, who has already played at the World Cup, is ready to play her part in the quest for gold Down Under.”I am very much ready, as ready as I can be. This year is different, the focus and the team bonding has helped us to gel together and it’s a beautiful feeling,” she told The Gleaner before the team’s departure on Thursday. “I am quite comfortable with the girls and I don’t have much to focus on more than to go out there and execute.”I gained some experience from my first World Cup, so my experience from the first one I will be applying it to this one,” she stated.Stronger, more confident”My game has improved a lot and I am stronger mentally and physically and I am more confident,” she added.The St Catherine Racers player, who took a two-year hiatus from international netball before returning to the squad last year, says, at first look, an opponent or spectator might underestimate her ability. However, she said, after seeing her on the court, one normally gets a total different impression, and she insists upon being ready to play her best in her supporting role to Aiken and Fowler-Reid.”I am a silent killer. People will look at me and say that I cannot do that, but when they see me do it they don’t believe. So I am a conservative person, but when I go out on the court I give it my best,” Griffiths remarked.”We have been training together and we have been doing a lot of passing (combination plays) in to Romelda and Jahniele and we seem to understand each other inside the circle, so that part of it is good.”The environment that we are in has been perfect, so that has been a plus for us. It’s for us to go out and execute. I am just focused and I know I will get the support from my coaches and my teammates, I’ve just got to go out and do my best,” she said.last_img read more

‘Teddy’ says sorry

first_imgFormer national midfielder, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, says he is sorry for the unsavoury behaviour he displayed in Tivoli’s 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Complex on Sunday.”Firstly, I want to apologise to the Jamaican fans, the Tivoli fans, the coaching staff and the players, I really apologise,” he told The Gleaner prior to Tivoli’s training on Tuesday.”I have to blame myself, as I have no one else to blame,” he continued. “The reaction from me was totally wrong and it shouldn’t happen from a player like me. But sometimes you lose focus and I am wrong for participating in that incident.”Johnson, explaining his version of the events which led to his red card, said it was a misunderstanding.”What happened with the ref was a misunderstanding. The ref thought it was him that I was talking (verbal abuse), but it was the goalkeeper ‘Duppy Man’ (Kirk Porter).”It has really been emotional what has taken place, but it’s now gone and done so I just need to focus and learn from it and be better.”I will just try to lead the group in a better way, a better manner and try to show the people that I am really sorry,” he said.last_img read more

Edwin Allen looking good for Champs

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Edwin Allen High School’s girls continue to impress ahead of next month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium after dominating the high school categories at Saturday’s Milo Western Relays.They won five of six relay gold on offer, sweeping all the classes and establishing a new meet record 47.60 seconds to win the Class Four 4x100m. They finished in front of rivals Hydel High (49.26) and Holmwood Technical (50.67) seconds.The new record eclipsed their old standard of 48.35 seconds, which they ran in 2014, and signalled that their depth this year will make them hard to beat at Champs.Edwin Allen’s girls also won the Class One 4x100m relay in 46.34 seconds, with Hydel, once again, playing second fiddle with a time of 46.51, and Herbert Morrison taking third place in 47.56 seconds.In Class Three, they were equally impressive, winning in 45.98 seconds. Hydel, who finished second at Champs last year, looked good. They were timed at 46.84 seconds, with Manchester third in 48.25.Big surpriseCornwall College surprised everyone to win the Class One boys’ 4x100m ahead of powerhouse Kingston College in one of the races of the meet.Cornwall clocked 41.02 seconds in a driving finish from KC, 41.16, and Garvey Maceo, 41.21.That blip aside, the purple and white clad team from North Street was, at least, near their best.They ran a record 43.99 seconds to win the boys’ Class Three 4x100m event. Herbert Morrison took second spot at 44.84 and William Knibb third in 45.38.Munro won the Class Two 4x100m relay in a time of 42.31 seconds. KC’s time of 42.81 was god enough for second place, while fast-finishing Green Island High were third in 42.84.The Class Four title went to KC in 45.46 seconds. Herbert Morrison were second in 50.08 ahead of Munro, 50.86 seconds.St Elizabeth Technical High School were superb in the boys’ 4x800m relay, taking top spot in a new record 7:41.44 seconds, beating Spalding High’s old mark of 7:45.08, which they had set in 2014.Kingston College ran 7:47.57 for second place, and Holmwood Boys third in a time of 7:49.17 seconds.STETHS was again atop the podium, when their girls, led by the super-impressive Junelle Bromfield, made it look easy to win the Girls Class 4x400m relay Open event.Timed at 3:40.67 seconds, the STETHS quartet of Sethania Wright, Kenesha Chambers, Stacey Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield won ahead of Edwin Allen, 3:41.36, with Holmwood taking third in 3:42.44.last_img read more

Record-breakers rack up over $1.6m in scholarships

first_imgATHLETICS: Digicel Grand Prix Championships KINGSTON: Student-athletes broke 83 records, earning $1,660,000 in scholarships over the course of the six-meet 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which ended with the Grand Prix Finals at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport last Saturday. Any athlete who broke a meet record, Grand Prix record, or national junior record, earned $20,000 in scholarships to offset school expenses, which will be paid directly to the school he or she will attend in September 2016. Kingston College’s Class Two athlete, Zico Campbell, was a big winner, earning $100,000 in scholarships, after breaking five records over the course of the six meets. Excelsior High’s Shanice Love, the girls Under-20 discus Grand Prix champion, earned $60,000 for breaking three records, including a new Grand Prix final record in the Class One discus, in which she threw 50.39 metres to win. Athletes who won $40,000 each for breaking two records were St. Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield, Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown, Calabar High’s Kevroy Venson, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, Fiona Richards (Edwin Allen), St. Jago’s Keenan Lawrence, STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, Shevan Parks of Bellefield, Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield, and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical, and Ashley Williams of St. Jago. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic and the Western Championships. The other meets in the series were the Central Athletics Championships, Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, Camperdown Classic, and the G.C. Foster Classics. Edwin Allen and St. Jago High Schools emerged champion girl and boy school, respectively. Edwin Allen earned 237.6 points to be the leading girls’ school, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical with 153, Excelsior High137.3, St. Jago 114, and St. Elizabeth Technical 111, rounding out the top five. St. Jago boys earned 252 points to finish ahead of Calabar 184, St. Elizabeth Technical High 136, Kingston College 131, and Munro College 88, rounding out the top five.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Wayne Cuff Charity Cricket match Jamaica Domino Federation host pairs KO Favourites Cedar Grove and Braeton United were sensationally sent packing after defeats to Cumberland and Racing United, respectively, in semi-final action in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition at Cedar Grove Sports Complex. Cumberland defeated Cedar Grove 2-1, while Racing’s win over Braeton United was a no-contest as the Gregory Park based club ran out 4-1 winners over Braeton, the side that took home the midseason title. The final will be played between Cumberland and Racing United on Sunday, March 6. Meanwhile, the league semi-final will take place tomorrow at the Cedar Grove, playing field. Fourth ranked Cumberland tackle top seeds Braeton United at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m. Edgewater oppose Cedar Grove. The Jamaica Domino Federation (JDF), under the leadership of Gerald Stephens, will host a pairs knockout domino competition tomorrow at the Garveymeade Sports Club. Registration is from 11 a.m. and entry fee is $1000 per pair. The winning pair will take home $20,000; second place, $15,000; and third place $10,000. This is a fundraising initiative by the JDF. Right Stuff scolded by Correctional Servicescenter_img Right Stuff suffered their first defeat of the season after they were beaten 300-297 in sudden-death countdown to Correctional Services in a shock result in the City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union Portmore Domino League last Sunday. Despite the loss, Right Stuff (29 points) maintained the number one position in the league, on points average, over Spit Fyah (29 points), which defeated Highlight Strikers 300-266. In other games, Spring Village thumped Chedwin Strikers 300-259, Ken’s Wildflower beat Garveymeade 300-262, Soursop Tree cut down Memory Lane 300-267, Eradication rushed past Unity Strikers 300-275. The league will take a one-week break and returns on Sunday, March 6. Cedar Grove, Braeton sent packing All roads lead to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) playing field, Up Park Camp, for the Wayne Cuff Charity Cricket match tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. Come and see past West Indies and Jamaica cricketers in action such as Delroy Morgan, Wavell Hinds, Robert Hayes, O’Neil Cruickshank, Courtney Francis, Milton Thomas, Wayne Cuff, Nehemiah Perry, Andrew Richardson, Jamaica Masters champion Domtar Sports Club, Mico Masters, Kensington Masters and May Pen Lion Masters.last_img read more

Bird Catcher for Titania Trophy

first_imgBIRD CATCHER, who figured prominently in both the1000 Guineas and the Oaks, looks the one to beat in today’s Caymanas Park restricted allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy, for native bred three-year-old fillies.The 14-strong field promises keen competition from leading lights BIRD CATCHER, POISON GAS, BLUE MOON, LIKE ALADY and BABY P. But the Fitzroy Glispie-trained BIRD CATCHER has the best credentials on past performances, especially having worked well in preparation for this trophy.BIRD CATCHER finished three lengths fifth to A THOUSAND STARS in the recent Caribbean Choice Oaks, this after disputing the lead at the half mile. And prior to that she finished fourth to NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the Post To Post 1000 Guineas, racing prominently into the straight as well.FAIRLY GOOD TIMEIt is interesting to recall that BIRD CATCHER won her only race over this trip in December of last year, slamming GLOBAL by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:07.0.The chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of Bye Bye Birdie has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in a fast 1:13.1 on May 13.Having secured a good draw on the outside, BIRD CATCHER, with only 52.5kg and former champion apprentice O’Brien White aboard, should race in close touch of the expected leaders – POISON GAS and MISS MYRTLE – before coming through approaching the distance. She should win from the Wayne DaCosta-trained BLUE MOON and POISON GAS.Other firm fancies on the card are last Saturday’s fast-timer winner, FLYING MIRACLE, in the third; DI COBRE to go one better in the fifth race over the straight; as well as LUCKY NINE in the sixth; and down in class ZACKONTHEATTACK to score an overdue win in the ninth race.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPakistan beat West Indies for T20 series win DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies suffered their second batting meltdown in the space of 48 hours as they slumped to a 16-run defeat to Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday to meekly surrender the three-match series. Scores: Pakistan 160 for four off 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 46 not out, Khalid Latif 40, Shoaib Malik 37; Samuel Badree 1-24). West Indies 144 for nine off 20 overs (Sunil Narine 39, Andre Fletcher 29; Sohail Tanvir 3-13, Hasan Ali 3-49). Cuba clip Under-17s Jamaica Under-17 footballers were clipped 1-0 by Cuba in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union’s championship on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. Brian Savigne netted the game’s only goal in the 59th minute. The Cubans and Haiti will meet in the decider today. The Haitians turned back Curacao 3-1 in the other semi-final. Jamaica and Curacao will clash in a third-place play-off. All four semi-finalists, along with best third-place finisher Suriname, qualified for next year’s CONCACAF final round.last_img read more

Why no Wes? – Fennell explains Morgan snub

first_imgChairman of the RJR Sports Foundation Selection Committee, Mike Fennell, explained that Wes Morgan’s achievement of captaining Leicester City to the English Premier League title was not enough to satisfy the criteria for selection for the annual RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year award. Football fans were hoping Morgan’s unlikely Premier League success with Leicester City would have brought him consideration for the nation’s most recognised individual sports award and end a 19-year wait for a win by a footballer. The only footballer to win the national sports award was Deon Burton, who did so in 1997, after his goals helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Fennell noted quite simply that Morgan, who captains both Jamaica’s national senior team and Leicester City, simply did not meet the requirements for a nomination. “The criteria is simple, he has to perform for Jamaica,” Fennell told The Gleaner. “He did not perform for Jamaica, although he is a Jamaican and he acknowledges Jamaica. He performed for an English Premier League club in a club competition. It was not an international tournament, it was the Premier League. But he must be performing for Jamaica or on the behalf of Jamaica, so it’s just a Jamaican performing well, so he did not fit the criteria.” Despite its popularity in Jamaica, football players are hardly able to meet the foundation’s criteria, which states that nominees must have represented Jamaica in an internationally recognised sporting competition, with achievements at the Olympic Games or any recognised World Championships and competitors, who achieve a record world standard in their sport, satisfying the top level of qualification. Level Two speaks to Commonwealth and Pan American level achievements, with Level Three pointing to honours achieved in regional competition. Level Four recognises local performances. Fennell added that the rules for selection have worked without any issue over the years and he does not see the need to change it now. “The selection has to follow the criteria. It would be a policy decision (to change the criteria). If we hadn’t followed that (criteria) then people like Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey could have been considered in their day, because they are Jamaicans, and certainly Bailey from Canada when he won the Olympics,” he noted. Track and field athletes dominate at the yearly awards, but Fennell believes other sports can make it more competitive by improving their level and performing more consistently on the international circuit. “Being in a team sport makes it very difficult to excel as an individual … in the past, we have had Deon Burton. But every sport has their level of competition; we have just been excelling in athletics at the international level. But every sport has their competitions, and it’s for those athletes to reach those levels,” he said. Micheal Binns is the only footballer included in the award this year. He has been nominated for the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for his 35-yard strike in the local Premier League final. The RJR Sports Foundational National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award ceremony will take place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 13. HONOURS ACHIEVEDlast_img read more

Windies need to stay disciplined, urges Coley

first_img “I think we got almost 70 overs in, two wickets down … I think we probably ideally would have wanted to have them four wickets down but we’ll come back tomorrow [and work hard],” Coley told reporters here. “We’ve seen it in two previous games where they have been very well positioned and then pretty much [collapsed] so we just need to be disciplined in our approach.” He added: “We need to follow our processes and as the day goes on we’ll be able to assess and reassess … but the key to tomorrow is that we remain disciplined and bowl in the areas that we know we need to.” Prolific opener Azhar Ali was in sight of another hundred on 85 not out and was partnered by the outstanding Younis Khan on 10. Azhar was joined by the 22-year-old rookie Babar Azam who chipped in with 55. Rain further frustrated West Indies’ progress in the post-lunch session was only two overs were possible, and Coley commended the bowlers for staying focused in spite of the interruptions. “We’re happy we were able to get on the park and play. We’ve been here before and we figured it was going to be one of those days [going] on and off so we’re happy were actually able to get the amount of cricket in that we did get,” the Jamaican explained. “Tomorrow (Thursday) gives us another opportunity to actually be better than we were today but I just want to give the bowlers a lot of credit. They stuck to it. It’s not easy to be on and off the field, focus, refocus and they stuck to their tasks so very well done by our bowlers.” ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC): Assistant coach Andre Coley has urged a disciplined effort from West Indies bowlers on Thursday’s second day in an attempt to prevent Pakistan piling up a huge first innings score in their first innings of the decisive third Test here. The Caribbean side toiled without much success on a rain-hit day at Windsor Park as Pakistan, sent in on a slowish pitch, battled their way to on 169 for two at the close.last_img read more

Acaylar gets help from Korean coaches in honing PH men’s volleyball team

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The men’s national volleyball team is in Suwon City, Korea for its training camp in preparation for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and Acaylar used the time in the East Asian country to subject his team to rigorous exercises to get ready for the regional games.The Filipinos had its best tune-up game when it exchanged blows against the Korean Under-19 team for five sets, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11, in a losing effort.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’“I’m happy that we are able to identify and address our weakness in service reception, blocking, and floor coverage,” said Acaylar, who was also the head coach of the 1991 bronze medalists in the SEA Games, in Filipino.Acaylar said he’s impressed with the maturity his players have shown in tune-up games despite grueling conditioning exercises in the morning. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur PH men’s volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaNational team head coach Sammy Acaylar has been impressed with the development of the men’s volleyball team and they’ve also received some much-needed help from the Korean coaches they’ve played against.“My players can see their flaws, and they know how to improve themselves,” said Acaylar. “And the Korean coaches have also helped us because they teach us how to be better.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Star extends Alaska’s misery “The important thing here is that every time we play in tune-up games, my players continue to improve. Our team is improving,” said Acaylar. “I can see that even though they just came off conditioning training in the morning, they will work and push themselves to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener

first_imgView comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”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’The Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25,  but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture.last_img read more

Elite complete quarterfinals cast

first_imgThe Aces will be clashing with Rain or Shine on Wednesday with the game carrying a lot of weight for the Elasto Painters who, like the Elite, would want to avoid clashing with the top seed in the quarterfinals.As things stand, Rain or Shine has Alaska and then Blackwater to close out its elimination round schedule. That match happens Saturday with the loser dropping toNo. 8 and having the unenviable task of beating No. 1 two straight times.“We need (to win) to improve our standings,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the nightcap, TNT KaTropa outlasted Star, 104-99, to improve to 7-3 and tie idle NLEX in third place.Star and Rain or Shine share 5-4 marks.Isaac’s entire starting unit finished with twin digits in scoring and Dave Marcelo, another new recruit acquired from Barangay Ginebra, came off the bench to scatter 13 for the Elite, who led by as much as 21 points in the third period. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Blackwater import Henry Walker collides with GlobalPort’s Sean Anthony in Sunday’s PBA Governors’ Cup game at Ynares Center in Antipolo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Allein Maliksi had an impressive debut and Henry Walker held Blackwater together yet again as the Elite tripped GlobalPort on Sunday night, hastening the completion of the quarterfinal cast of the PBA Governors’ Cup.Acquired from Star just a few days back, Maliksi scored 22 points and Walker flirted with a triple double as the Elite led early before holding on for a 118-107 decision of the Batang Pier at Ynares Center here that left the rest of the elimination round as games for qualifiers to improve on their current rankings.In rising to 5-5, the Elite not only shut the door on the Batang Pier but also on the idle Alaska Aces, both with 3-7 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Melindo retains jr fly title by split decision “We were lucky to withstand that GlobalPort rally,” Isaac said, before paying tribute to Walker for his leadership on the floor. “He was doing everything he can in being a leader for us on the floor.”Blackwater also caught a break in the second period when Terrence Romeo was ejected for throwing the ball at Walker.“That was a big thing for us,” Isaac admitted. “We had our [defensive] radar on Terrence for this game because we know he can really explode. When he was thrown out, he already had 13 points. Imagine what he could have done [to us] if he was able to finish the game.”Murhphey Holloway scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brownlee, Balkman lead Alab to back to back wins

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone PLDT returns to PVL after two-year absence Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Alab Pilipinas is starting to move on from its  horrible start in the ASEAN Basketball League after tallying its second straight win at the expense of Westports Malaysia, 90-79, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Filipinos mounted a 20-3 run across the third and fourth quarters to build an 81-66 lead with import Renaldo Balkman capping off the spurt with a breakaway two-hand flush.Alab’s win was even more impressive as new imports Justin Brownlee and Balkman, who replaced Ivan Johnson and Regie Okosa, only arrived with the team the day of the game.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 folk“I’m really thankful that Justin’s playing with Alab, and Renaldo was someone we wanted who can replace Ivan’s versatility,” said head coach Jimmy Alapag who had a lot of history with his new players when he was still playing for club and country.“Also the local guys withstood the adversity, their focus and commitment to what we’re trying to do as a team. They deserve the win tonight.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brownlee put up a game-high 29 points with seven rebounds and eight assists to lead Alab to a 2-3 record after a 0-3 start while Balkman recorded a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.Josh Urbiztondo orchestrated Alab’s offense finishing with 13 points and nine assists while Robby Celiz also finished in double figures with 10 points.Joshua Munzon led the 1-3 Dragons with 21 points and nine boards while Allen West finished with 16 points and 22 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The Sixers can wrap up the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, which could pay big dividends in the postseason.Finishing No. 3 could possibly lead to a second-round meeting with the Boston Celtics, who have lost four of five and are limping into the playoffs without Kyrie Irving, who is out for the season. If the 76ers slip to fourth behind Cleveland in the East, they could get top-seeded Toronto in the second round, a potentially much tougher matchup considering the Raptors have won 25 of their last 31 games.“We have a real opportunity that we don’t want to let slip,” Brown said. “We can control our own destiny. We’re not a prisoner to other people’s events. That, in and of itself, is rare and not to be taken for granted.”Of course, the way the Sixers are playing , they have no reason to fear anyone. They’re the only team in the East hotter than the Raptors, having won 26 of their last 31 games.What makes it even more amazing: Philadelphia kept right on winning after losing young All-Star Joel Embiid , who is expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone around his left eye.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 A franchise with a long, proud history just added another chapter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) motions toward referee Jason Phillips, right, after getting a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history.They’ve been around since the NBA’s very first season, starting out as the Syracuse Nationals. Their resume includes three championships. The list of franchise greats runs from Dolph Schayes to Wilt Chamberlain, from Julius Erving to Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 10 years in G-League, Ingram makes NBA debut for Lakers They’ve never done anything like this.As if to put an emphatic stamp on their staggering turnaround from a 10-72 debacle just two seasons ago , the Sixers set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 on Tuesday night in the penultimate game of the regular season.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 crownCoach Brett Brown marveled at the accomplishment.“It’s not like we’re a young club,” he said. “We are an old club, with a tremendous amount of culture and a tremendous amount of history. Taking that type of momentum into the playoffs, it’s important. It doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly lets you feel like you’ve been doing the right things. The team has been fantastic.” Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ He leads the team in scoring (22.9 points per game) and rebounding (11.0).“The strength of this team is so deep,” Robert Covington said. “We’re doing it without Joel, so imagine once we get the head honcho back. He’s definitely going to be ecstatic. There wasn’t really much of a drop-off. We just played a little bit differently. We’ll be glad once he gets back. We just have to hold it down until he gets back.”The Sixers showed off their depth against the Hawks — including a couple of guys who began the season in Atlanta. Ersan Ilyasova scored 26 points off the bench. Marco Belinelli added 20. Together, they hit nine 3-pointers.JJ Redick led the way with 28 points, knocking down 6 of 9 beyond the arc . That allowed Philadelphia to extend its winning streak even on a day when rookie star Ben Simmons missed the morning shootaround because of a stomach bug, and looked a bit out of sorts during the game. He did finish with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before fouling out in the closing seconds.Simmons can’t wait for the regular-season finale against the Bucks, a possible preview of the opening-round playoff series.“It’s going to be a packed house against a great team in the East,” he said. “I think the way we’re playing right now, we have a little momentum.”That’s a bit of an understatement.For a few hours, at least, the Sixers could savor something this team has never done.Win 15 games in a row.“I think it’s very significant,” Redick said, “if you look at the history of the franchise.” View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry questionable for Game 1

first_imgFILE – This March 6, 2018 file photo shows Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday, April 23, that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is impatient and eager to get back in a game for the Golden State Warriors, yet he knows it’s not worth risking re-injuring his left knee by pushing his return too soon.The two-time MVP on Friday went through his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury but coach Steve Kerr wasn’t ready to proclaim Curry a go for Saturday night — that might not be decided until after the morning shootaround. Kerr listed Curry’s status as questionable for a second straight day ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments There was still no date for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, though Curry was hoping if he couldn’t play Saturday that the game would be at least Tuesday — not Monday — to give him a better chance.He nearly feels like himself again, moving the way he’s used to during a game. Curry isn’t sure what kind of minutes to expect initially when he does return but figures he will discuss that with Kerr ahead of time.“I’m getting there,” he said. “My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain with doing things I’ve been doing.”Curry wore compression leggings Friday to protect his sprained knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23. It was bad luck given that’s the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.He was happy to not need a brace he tried out Thursday. The Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the first-round series with a 99-91 win Tuesday night and Curry wants to make sure he doesn’t disrupt any flow or momentum with the team on a roll.ADVERTISEMENT “The priority for us is to be the best team we can be,” he said. “When I’m 100 percent healthy and doing what I need to do I obviously try to lead that charge but right now the conversations become how can you manage those minutes and still be productive and still have a cohesive lineup and flow to the game and all that type of stuff. That’s what Coach has to think through.”Curry said he wasn’t trying to persuade Kerr or Lane to let him play Saturday.“There’s no real politicking at all, it’s not that serious. It’s a matter of how you feel, can you do this, can you do that and check off all the boxes along the way,” he said. “Once I get through all those checkpoints and have confidence in myself and my body I’ll be out there, whether that’s tomorrow night or Monday or Tuesday, whenever Game 2 is, that’s the process that I’m all too familiar with.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “Still to be determined,” Curry said. “They come up with those snazzy words for a reason — doubtful, questionable, probable. I’ve learned a lot about what those words mean this year. Just trying to work my way up, do what I need to do, do whatever Chelsea (Lane) and the rest of the athletic training staff and coach needs to see to get me back out there. That’s the only thing I can really focus on right now. It is good to be back actually playing basketball and doing basketball things.”Curry, Kerr and Lane spoke in depth after Friday’s scrimmage, which wasn’t visible to media members with a curtain blocking one court at team headquarters.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 crownOn Thursday, Curry resumed full practice with contact but Kerr wanted to see how Curry responded after consecutive intense days of on-court work before he and the training staff decided when to let Curry return.“A big part of this is how he turns up tomorrow after a night’s rest,” Kerr said. “It’s the first time he’s scrimmaged in six weeks, five weeks, whatever it is. It’s not as simple as he feels good, throw him out there. It’s more about give him a few days, see how he responds from there.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injurylast_img read more

Jeron Teng recovers from stab wounds, time frame for hardcourt return ‘uncertain’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The Teng family is bent on filing charges against the suspects.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Last June 3, I suffered from multiple stabs wounds and deep lacerations which could have been fatal,” Teng wrote. “As of present I am now recovering at home and being closely monitored by my family and doctors.”A photo of him being treated by doctors with fresh blood stains seen on the sheets of the hospital bed was also posted on his Twitter account.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 First of all, I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters for all the prayers. Last June 3, I suffered from multiple stabs wounds and deep lacerations which could have been fatal. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/mpRRpi9xTV— Jeron Teng (@jeronteng) June 8, 2018center_img Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska cager Jeron Teng is now resting at home after enduring three deep stab wounds following a brawl outside a bar in Bonifacio Global City last Sunday, but because of the severity of his injury, the time frame for his return to the hard court is still “uncertain.”In his tweet, Teng thanked his family and supporters who have all shown love to him throughout this ordeal.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Kevin Durant wins back-to-back Finals MVP MOST READ Teng, who is on his rookie year in the PBA, is expected to miss a chunk if not the entire Aces’ campaign in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup. The night of the stabbing, Teng was fresh off Alaska’s 109-103 win over GlobalPort.“The time that I’m going to be back inside the court is still uncertain. For now, I am focusing on my recovery with the help of my family and friends. Thank you Lord,” he added.According to reports, Teng, along with his former La Salle teammates, figured in a brawl that resulted in the stabbing incident. Teng’s older brother Jeric, who plays for GlobalPort, said in interviews that Jeron and his companions were just picked on.Two suspects identified as Edmar Lacanlale and Willard Basili were arrested by the Taguig Police while Teng and Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center for treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Painters tie series

first_imgImport Reggie Johnson and James Yap delivered the crucial jumpers at the crunch in a whirlwind finish that saw the Ginebra offensive machine conking out in the end.Yap again summoned his Most Valuable Player form, pumping in 18 points capped by a long triple with less than a minute left that practically foiled the Gin Kings’ bid to gain a commanding 2-0 lead.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’“Everybody has written us off. Now it’s 1-1 and we have time to regroup,” said Johnson, highly efficient throughout with his team-high 25 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists.“We’re a confident bunch. We’re down 0-1 at the start, but we didn’t panic,” added the burly Rain or Shine enforcer. View comments MOST READ Game 3 is on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer will aim to sweep Alaska on Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.SMB coach Leo Austria is already looking at the Finals, which he said would be against sister team Ginebra.“It will be a good series against Ginebra because they are the hottest team in the league right now,” Austria said.The six-time PBA champion coach has picked up enough confidence to declare the Beermen’s passage to the championship after taking a 2-0 lead on Monday following a come-from-behind 105-94 win.Austria also observed the upgrade Ginebra made with the acquisition of gunner Jeff Chan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t count out Rain or Shine yet.The Elasto Painters sent this message on Thursday night, gutting out a come-from-behind 109-100 win to level their best-of-five semifinal clash with fan-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Picking up the pieces Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Electing to take it from afar instead of piercing the Rain or Shine defense in the middle, successive misses by Joe De Vance, Jeff Chan and Justin Brownlee from the arc accelerated their defeat to the disappointment of the pro-Ginebra crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“All I can say is we played great defense in the last three minutes of the game,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.While the spotlight trained on Johnson and Yap for that awesome finishing kick, Garcia credited Rey Nambatac for a masterful job off the bench.The rookie from Letran buried back-to-back three-pointers midway in the fourth that ignited the Elasto Painters’ end-game onslaught.“He (Nambatac) provided the spark and changed the complexion of the game while James and Reggie hit those big shots,” Garcia said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Asian Games: Something for everybody – even contract bridge

first_imgTop Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Esports will also get a look as a demonstration sport, and jet ski is on the scheduleThe games, which open Saturday and run through Sept. 2, also showcase sports climbing and skateboarding, two events being added to the schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And — get ready for this — there’s competition in contract bridge, which should attract a slightly older demographic than gymnastics or swimming. The oldest card player is reported to be 81.“We have really worked hard to prepare this,” Eris Herryanto, the secretary general of the local organizing committee, told The Associated Press. “I think we are ready.” Columbian import Wright on PBA debut: ‘I could’ve been better’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jakarta has had less than the normal amount of time to prepare. It was selected four years ago after Vietnam, the original host, pulled out because of financial problems. There are sure to be problems as Indonesia tries to show it could hold even larger events. But there’s also gratitude from the Olympic Council of Asia — which oversees sports in the region — for stepping in.Jakarta is famous for some of the world’s worst traffic jams, with a river of swerving motorbikes trying to beat the congestion. Getting athletes to venues on time is sure to be challenging. Some schools along transportation routes have been closed, and the city is also using an odd-even license plate scheme to reduce traffic.But no one is being asked to stay home. Just the opposite.“We are asking that people come to see the Asian Games, but please come to see them using public transportation,” Herryanto said, calling this a chance to change habits and a possible “legacy” of the quadrennial event.Security will be heavy. Organizers say 100,000 police and military will be on guard with another 100,000 in reserve.ADVERTISEMENT Indonesia is certainly large enough to think of itself as an Olympic country. With 260 million people, it’s the world’s fourth-most populous nation after China, India and the United States. It’s comprised of about 13,500 islands — the government says 922 are permanently occupied — that stretch about 5,100 kilometers (3,200 miles), which is greater than the distance from east to west in the continental United States.Despite its quirky qualities, the Asian Games are also a serious proving ground for powerful teams from China, Japan and South Korea, and a chance for smaller nations to win medals that are out of reach at the Olympics.Forty-five nations are entered from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.Singapore, one of the smallest nations, has one of the biggest names in swimmer Joseph Schooling, an Olympic gold medalist who defeated Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.China has the largest delegation with 845 athletes. But it’s a young team. It includes only 214 who have been in previous Olympics or Asian Games, and only 19 Olympic gold medalists. The most famous is three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Sun Yang.South Korea and Japan are not far behind.South Korea has 807 athletes, a number that includes 38 North Korean athletes. The Koreas are entering several combined teams, following up on a combined team in women’s hockey at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Japan has traveled with 768 athletes, which is more than double the size of the team it sent to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. That reflects the size of the Asian Games, and Japan’s push to win 30 gold medals in two years in Tokyo. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Combined Koreas Ro Suk Yong, left, and Taiwan’s Hsile Bao jump for ball possession during their women’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA, Indonesia — For size, the Asian Games are enormous. They feature about 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics.For diversity, they offer many sports that are unseen at the Olympics but native to Asia. How about the Indian sport of kabaddi, or kurash, a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan, or pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art?ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Playoff bonus race heats up

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And that could change when the Fuel Masters battle San Miguel Beer in a Petron Saturday Special Game slated in Panabo, where Phoenix can tab the top ranking with a win in the 5 p.m. contest.Phoenix can clinch the top spot with a victory while a defeat opens the possibility of a five-team tie at 8-3, which will necessitate the quotient—and even knockout games—to determine which two teams will own twice-to-beat advantages in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT stayed in the hunt for that 8-3 record when it notched its sixth win in nine games earlier in the day, crushing Alaska, 92-78.“Our worry is our [own] game,” TNT coach Bong Ravena said after catching the Beermen at 6-3. “Our target is to win our remaining [two] games and then we’ll see.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying TNT’s Yousef Taha stretches for a layup. —PBA IMAGESRain or Shine’s veterans hit the free throws that made the difference inside the final 7.6 seconds and keyed an 88-85 victory over Meralco on Friday night that gave the Elasto Painters at least a tie for the second quarterfinal bonus in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The Painters blew several double-digit leads in the third quarter and needed three free throws from Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga in the dying seconds to pull out the win and rise to 8-3, with only Phoenix Pulse having a better record going into the homestretch of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Norwood broke the game’s last tie at 85 with a split, before Belga went 2-for-4 in the next two Rain or Shine offensives that doomed the Bolts to their sixth loss in nine games.Meralco needs a sweep of its remaining two games to have a shot at a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot.Alaska, meanwhile, needs a sweep of its remaining games for a complication-free entry to the quarterfinals after taking its fifth loss in eight games.Ravena knows that victories in their last two games could set them up for a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege.“What’s important right now is [for us] to win our last two games,” he said after RR Pogoy scattered 24 points in just over 20 minutes at Cuneta Astrodome for their fourth straight win. “We know we have a chance, but we first have to win our last two [games].”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Freddie Roach likes Spence for Pacquiao Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Maintaining Minster Tah Undermines the Law

first_imgCllr. Tiawon Gongloe on Tuesday, January 28, expressed concerns that the decision made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to maintain Cllr. Christiana P. Tah as Justice Minister and Attorney General could undermine the rule of law in the country.“Since the High Court’s suspension of Minister Tah, the President should have acted immediately by declaring that coinciding with the judgment the Minister is hereby suspended,” Cllr. Gongloe suggested.“If that had been done maybe her suspension would have been for a shorter period,” Cllr. Gongloe added.Minster Tah, who is Dean of the Supreme Court, was suspended on January 10 by that High Court from practicing law in the country for six months.She was suspended after the High Court held her in contempt for her role played in releasing FrontPage Africa Managing Editor Rodney Sieh, on “compassionate leave” from detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.  According to the leading human rights activist, the Court’s action was to defend the integrity of the rule of law.“If somebody in authority acts in clear violation of the rule of law, then the High Court is under obligation to take strong action.”“If the Supreme Court can take such an action against the Minister of Justice, then it is protecting the independence of the Court,” Cllr. Gongloe maintained.“In my mind the honorable thing for Minister Tah to do is resign; because the law is the source of the Ministry and if you are Attorney General, you are the nation’s head lawyer,” the rights activist explained.“And if that is taken away from you what can you do as a Minster of Justice?” he wondered.“She is not truly Minister of Justice in my opinion,” said Cllr. Gongloe, “because the functions of that Ministry is to prosecute and defend all actions against the government and to give it general counsel.”“You are to review and authenticate all contracts and give opinions about what the law is to the executive; and to monitor the action of the executive to make sure it is in compliance with the law.”He continued “The only Minister under the law who disagrees with the President on the basis of the law and keeps his/her job is the Minister of Justice.  No other minister can do that and maintain their position.”Commenting further on President Sirleaf’s reluctance to suspend Minister Tah, Cllr. Gongloe maintained that “People— especially those holding high office in government— would have said since the President acted, we will be careful with the High Court.”But, according to the leading human rights activist, President Sirleaf has chosen to remain silent on the issue.“If the President does not obey the High Court’s ruling who you think in the other two branches of government will do that?” Cllr. Gongloe wondered, “It means gradually the court will become irrelevant.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Don’t Lose Hope in the Fight against Ebola’

first_imgAs the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country.  What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr.  Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county.   Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bong Massacre Survivors Get US$11,000 Resource Center

first_imgA groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a US$11,000 Peace Palava Resource Center (PPRC) in Kpolokpala Town, Bong County, has been launched.The PPRC’s initiative is been implemented under the auspices of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with generous donations from support partners around the world.The main person behind the construction of the resource center in Bong County is Ambassador Beverly Goll Yekeson.Regrettably, Kpolokpala Town is the notorious venue where the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) allegedly massacred more than 500 Liberian citizens in 1994.LPC was one of the warring factions in Liberia’s 15-year civil war.Speaking at the groundbreaking recently in the Bong town, Nimba County lawmaker Ricks Y. Toweh urged all Liberians irrespective of political and socio-economic backgrounds to cultivate the virtue of forgiveness.Lawmaker Toweh also urged everyone, including the massacre survivors that they should “swallow” the bitterness of the past and embrace the cardinal virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation.“Consider and accept the PPRC project as symbol that would end the tears from eyes and minds for the overall development, growth and progress of Kpolokpala Town in Bong County,” Rep. Toweh admonished the survivors.He also explained that UPF Ambassador Yekeson, support partners and team of workers have come through the grace God to assist the citizens and residents of Kpolokpala to move on with their lives in peace, harmony, forgiveness and reconciliation.In recognition of the PPRC’s vitality to residents of the town, he donated five bundles of zinc as an initial contribution and promised to support the completion of the project in Kpolokpala Town.In remarks, survivors Reverend John K. Kennedy and Joseph Katama narrated the gruesome murder of their kinsmen, including women and children at the hands of the LPC fighters during the 1994 famous Gbarnga fall.“We took all the bodies of those who were killed that fateful morning, with machetes and axes to the bush. This flat rock is where our brothers and sisters were murdered in 1994 by the LPC fighters; it is the symbol of their graves,” Kennedy and Katama narrated.For her part, survivor Betty Katama, with tears rolling down her cheeks pointed out that her 14-year-old daughter was among the more than 500 persons murdered during the onslaught of the LPC forces on Kpolokpala Town in Bong County.“I personally want the leaders of LPC to appear before us and openly apologize and seek our total forgiveness and reconciliation,” Madam Katama pleaded.Earlier two elders and town chief of Kpolokpala welcomed Amb. Beverly Yekeson and co-workers and pledged to work and cooperate in the implementation of the peace palava resource center.The town’s elders extended thanks and appreciation to Mr. Yekeson and team for thinking about them during these critical times in the country.“We will ever remember and cherish this gesture of this peace symbol that will serve as fond memories in our hearts and minds,” citizens and residents said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police, NSA Directors Defy Criminal Court to Release 2 Men

first_imgThe Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) have refused to turn over two men allegedly being held in their custody.IG Chris Massaquoi and NSA Director Fomba Sirleaf say that they have already transferred Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County despite numerous orders from the Court to turn the prisoners over to Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Sanoe and Cruwu are believed to have been arrested based on diamond smuggling allegations.They were arrested on October 21, by joint security assigned in Gbarpolu County. State security is yet to account for the prisoners.Besides, their families are yet to have access to them.At last Friday’s hearing on the government’s request, Judge Johannes Zogbah Zlahn of Criminal Court ‘A’ denied the appeal seeking for the two men to be transferred from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County.After denying the request, the Criminal Court Judge immediately issued a compulsory writ of “Habeas Corpus” against them. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody.It is also a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment.The LNP and NSA directors are expected to appear before the court today, to give reason, why they should not be held in contempt of court for their failure to produce the men.Enforcing the court’s decision, Judge Zlahn declared that “LNP is under an obligation to have produced the living bodies of the prisoners to this court as demanded by the writ of habeas corpus.”He further declared that the “alleged transfer of the prisoners from Montserrado County to Gbarpolu County by the LNP, after they were served with a writ of habeas corpus was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.”Judge Zlahn continued the “compulsory writ of habeas corpus served on the LNP, the NSA and the Minister of Justice shall remain in full force,” adding “This court demand the respondents to produce the living bodies of the prisoners into their custody to the sheriff.”Concluding, the Criminal Court Judge ordered that, “Their failure to comply with this ruling, the court shall issue an arrest warrant against them.”Prior to the Court’s decision, one of the state lawyers, Atty. David Woah said, “As a matter of law, this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a compulsory writ of habeas corpus.” Atty. Woah argued “that a habeas corpus for the said plaintiffs must and should be filed in Gbarpolu County, the 15th Judicial Circuit, which is presided over by a Circuit Judge.”In a counter argument, the Heritage Partners and Associates that is representing the two men, insisted that the “state lawyer over jurisdiction does not hold water in the instant case.”They added that “because the court has jurisdiction over writs of habeas corpus and, as such the issuance of the writ against the defendants is proper and legal.”They further argued that there is no evidence to establish that their clients have been transferred to Gbarpolu County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Putu Mining Pumps US$3M to Support 2015 Social Programs

first_imgPutu Iron Ore Mining (PIOM) on Monday disclosed that it has contributed about US$3 million into government coffers, as part of its annual responsibility to implement social programs in three counties in the Southeastern part of the country beginning 2015.The chief executive officer (CEO) of PIOM, Christian Messurenko, named Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and RiverGee as the counties that would benefit from his company’s annual social responsibility to government.“In September 2014, PIOM’s annual social contribution in the amount of US$3 million was paid into government coffers through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Messurenko further disclosed.Explaining further about his company’s settlement of its financial obligation with government, Messurenko disclosed that “We can confirm payment of all our financial obligations to government for fiscal year 2014/2015 in the tune of US$5 million and we look forward to resuming full activity within the new year of 2015.”He made the disclosure on Monday, when he presented an Earth Lab equipment valued as US$50,000 to the  mining, engineering and geology departments of the University of Liberia (UL) in a short presentation ceremony held at the university’s Fendell Campus, outside of Monrovia.Presenting the lab, the PIOM boss added that it was in fulfillment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by his company and the university in 2013, to support mining, engineering and geology studies at the university.He said, procurement and installation of the earth lab is fully funded by his company.“Putu has consistently demonstrated commitment to honoring its corporate social responsibility and all other obligations under the MOU,” he emphasized.Commenting further on his company’s contribution in the country’s education sector, Messurenko noted that they also contributed an amount of US$200,000 into a General Education Fund as was provided for in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) also singed between his company and the government.“This education fund which is launched today,” he added” will be used to provide scholarship  and vocational training to students from the South East Counties of Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee, in order to equip them with marketable skills in the areas of construction and to prepare them for careers in mining, engineering and geology.”Messurenko assured his company’s commitment to carry out mining project in Liberia, admitting “We have been experiencing difficulties since we obtained our mining license from government in July 2014.”He made specific reference to the escalation of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“While the company was about to begin its construction phase of its project, we were faced with the prevailing health situation, which has caused some of our major foreign contractors to suspend their activities,” he stated. “As a consequence,” he continued, “the company has been constrained to slow down its operations and as a result, we would regrettably begin reducing staff from November through December 2014.“We want to use the opportunity to assure government and its international partners that we will continue to remain with you people combat the deadly virus,” he said, promising his company’s commitment in the Ebola virus fight.He added that they have demonstrated, over the past months, by providing material and financial support to the Ebola Task Force in Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties respectively.“We have equally supported the efforts of Medicines Sans Frontieres by providing five (5) mobile offices for use at the ELWA medical facility,” he said.He continued, “We want to reassure partners that the constructions phase of the project, which was to have started in 2014 to 2017, we are anticipating starting next year.”Receiving the equipment on behalf of the university, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL lauded the company for the assistance that would help to improve leaning activities especially for engineering students in his university.Commenting on the scholarship assistance, Dr. Dennis said that only deserving students would benefit from it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mixed Martial Artist Campaigns to Knockout Ebola

first_imgUnited States based Liberian mixed martial artist Dwight Jaytee Joseph has identified with the plight of Liberians by setting up a fund raising website: www.knockoutebola.comThere is a medley of news, insightful pieces of information, pictorials and animation on the Ebola response in Liberia to be gleaned on the site. Its mission is to raise funds for awareness to fight the Ebola.Joseph said funds and donations are being made through the website while the proceeds are automatically directed to the accounts of Samaritan Purse, an American humanitarian outfit working in Liberia.“Like most people, I wanted to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. So I talked to my sponsors and got them on board to help me start this Knockout Ebola campaign,” he said.The site has a link for donations and in addition to that as a celebrity of no mean stature in the entertainment industry and he has produced specially designed Knockout Ebola T- shirts with is image imprinted on it for sale online.The site is widely visited because of the mixed martial art champion’s fan base.Making a case for Liberia on the site he said: “Liberia has a significantly higher amount of cases and a higher death toll due to this crisis. This virus can have up to a 90% fatality rate. In August, a state of emergency was imposed, closing most of its borders, putting restrictions on public gatherings and implementing a curfew. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks the healthcare system we have here in the United States to deal with the spread of this virus…”Even as there is current declining level of the virus in Liberia Dwight Joseph’s gesture, is a cog in a wheel of efforts to roll back Ebola.It may be recalled that Dwight Joseph was treated to a heroic welcome when he visited Liberia early this year. The unassuming Dwight Joseph was quoted as saying he came to share the glory of professional exploit with compatriots and formally presented a won belt to Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.He told newsmen that showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as he participated in competitions, donning the country’s flag, a press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must root out corruption in order to save the AFC

first_imgDear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of NCN Berbice branch manager is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption of the AFC and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, during which she was paid her full salary with all benefits. Now she is back on the job, despite evidence surfacing during the investigations to warrant her dismissal.According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, the NCN manager instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log entries’. The reason for her reinstatement would have been because of her ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC minister who is in charge of NCN. The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking minister to reinstate her.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists Dr David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was done at the behest of this high ranking AFC minister. In a letter to the press, Hinds stated that, “a Senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’ columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columnists”. He added that “the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector”. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board ‘rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same senior minister gave instructions to reinstate the NCN manager and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters; since, apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is its promotion of corruption and its dictatorial tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life’, and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC.At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future, and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohanlast_img read more

The MoE dealt with the matter professionally

first_imgDear Editor,Recently we have seen the education sector coming under increased scrutiny with a number of unfortunate incidents involving both students and a teacher. Editor, I also noticed that on Sunday, December 1, 2019, in the four daily newspapers, the Ministry of Education published two notices. One dealt with the fight involving a male and female student and the other addressed an altercation between a teacher and a parent.Editor, the MoE’s statements are both instructive and informative. As an educator and a parent, let me say that I believe the Ministry dealt with both matters appropriately. Reading the contributions in relation to these issues on social and contemporary media, it is clear that although some of us mean well with our contributions, like the MoE’s statement points out, we have not placed the matter in its right context.Editor, and here is where I will give a few reasons why I believe the Education Ministry dealt with the matter properly. Firstly, we must understand that in the case of the incident involving the male and female student, the Ministry is constrained by what it can say. This is due to the fact that these are minors they are dealing with and so the children’s privacy and that of their families cannot be compromised.Analysing the language the Ministry used in its statements, one gets the impression that there is a whole lot more going on that meets the eye in the case of the fight between the two students, but obviously, the Ministry cannot state those. The Richard Ishmael Secondary School matter is a clear case of bullying, also abuse and other concerns. But the Ministry of Education is not allowed to take sides. As a responsible body, it has to listen to both sides and then make a determination as it identifies the causes and effects of the issue.So while some sections of society may wish to see quick action against one of the parties, the MoE has to ensure it follows due process and be guided by what is outlined in the school policy regarding these matters.The Ministry has taken a similar approach with the Winfer Gardens Primary incident involving the parent and teacher. The Ministry in no uncertain term branded the actions of the parent as criminal and rightfully so in my view. But as citizens, we should be aware that if a matter is engaging the attention of the police there is only so much that can be said on the issue or one runs the risk of prejudicing the police investigations.Finally, Editor, this nation has a responsibility to our school children and young people. We have to play our parts in ensuring that these children, who are the future of tomorrow, inculcate good values, attitudes, morals etc. This cannot be the work of the MoE alone, these children spend quite a lot of time in the home so the home has to play its role. The family cannot abdicate its duties and then expect the Ministry of Education to fix a problem that those in the home helped to create. We have to continue to speak to our children.Editor, it begs the question, what message is that parent sending to those children? Children model behaviours from their parents, is that the type of behaviour that mother wants her children to embrace and showcase? I firmly believe that the parent should publicly apologise to this nation and more importantly to her children.Yours truly,Leon Persaudlast_img read more

Granger resurrected constitutionally dead National Assembly and dissolved it

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger resurrected the constitutionally dead (since September 18, 2019) National Assembly, and dissolved it. How can the dead Assembly be dissolved? This is another move to claim constitutional legitimacy, notwithstanding the blatant violation of the Constitution, and the rule of law by this caretaker Granger Government.The incumbent APNU/AFC Government came into office since 2015 with a promise of the good life, and to do better than its predecessor, the PPP/C, and to wipe out what it claimed to be much corruption under that regime. The parties in Government must defend and establish their record of promises of their manifestos achievements, as a Government, for all the people of Guyana. On the campaign trail, each speaker of the APNU/AFC is called upon, among other matters, to defend and justify to the population the following:-* All the contracts in relations to emerging oil and gas sector;* All the contracts on land “give away” during its caretakership since September 18, 2019;* The decision to abandon the Amaila Falls, and usher in another period of “blackouts” reminiscent of the 1970 and 1980 period of PNC rule;* Defend the abandonment of the Speciality Hospital which would have been equipped to provide the relevant medical services and care. It is recalled that senior politicians of the Government, at taxpayers’ expense, chose to seek medical attention in New York and Cuba, and to cover the cost for accompanying persons;* The rental of the “drug bond” in South Georgetown for exorbitant and excessive rental to a known party supporter of a “wind power” of proposal.* The modification of the original contract and design for a new CJIA (airport) with eight gates instead of four, and at substantial additional cost. Forensic audit needed.* The excessive cost for the D’Urban Park stadium facilities through a thorough forensic audit.* The cost incurred for the proposal of a new Demerara Harbour Bridge with no positive outcome.* Public money deposited in a Minister’s private bank account.* The financial management of the University of Guyana under the stewardship of VC Ivelaw Griffith, by forensic audit.* The state of drainage and irrigation in the country,* The state of the city of Georgetown under PNC control and management, continuously for more than fifty years.* Deteriorating public security and health services.* The massive bureaucracy with a bloated number of political advisers.* The non-implementation of the recommendations of its own Commission of Inquiry into the public service.* The declining state of agricultural industries.* The non-implementation of the recommendations of its own Commission of Inquiry into the sugar industry.* The closure of four sugar estates and putting some 7000 workers on the bread line, and negatively impacting the lives of family members and economies of small businesses around these closed estates.And the list goes on.With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Jubilee babies delivered at GPH

first_img–ANSA McAL gifted “Bundles of Joy” hampersBy Ramona LuthiBabies are hope of new beginnings for parents. With their coos, squeals, giggles and wails these bundles of joyNew mother Natalia Francis with Brand Representaive Joel Lee, Nurse Tamella Heywood, Sister Prescott and Nurse Charmine Pearsonbrightens any room with their presence. All expectant parents want the birth of a healthy, happy baby but to those 12 mothers who had their babies arrive on the historic day of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence, it was beyond a special moment.According to Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Mitzy Campbell, 12 beautiful babies were delivered within the 24-hour time span of the country’s Independence Day anniversary, noting they were an equal share of six boys and six girls. Meanwhile, as part of their contribution to the 50th Independence Jubilee Anniversary to the new mothers, Ansa McAl Trading Limited distributed “Bundle of Joy” hampers and congratulations expressed by brand representative Joel Lee.last_img read more

Police hunt other suspects in KN grenade attack

first_imgAlthough six persons remain in custody for hurling a grenade at a vehicle belonging to Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, the Police are tracking several others in relation to the incident which occurred last Saturday evening.Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessamy told Guyana Times that investigators were up to late Wednesday evening interrogating those who were arrested on Tuesday evening at several locations. They were arrested following the discovery of the motorcar that was allegedly used by the perpetrators.The car that was allegedly used by the perpetrators during the grenade attackJessamy added that the Police are working on several leads but cannot divulge any information with respect to the investigation. He further stated that before the Police institute charges against the men, there needs to be sufficient evidence, hence, an early court appearance might not be possible.The acting Crime Chief added that investigators are yet to verify whether or not the motorcar that was found abandoned was the one actually used in the commissioning of the crime.Guyana Times understands that the men in custody are from the Sophia area including the driver, who claimed that he was hijacked but after further interrogation, he told investigators that the car was lent to a friend.Initially, the driver claimed that he was driving along Albert Street, Alberttown when two men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside him, pulled out a weapon and ordered him to stop the vehicle. Without hesitation, he told ranks that he complied.Based on information gathered from the driver, the others were taken into police custody. On Saturday night, as Kaieteur News held its first night of wake to pay respect to the late Assistant Editor, Dale Andrews who passed away on Friday, the live grenade was hurled at Lall’s vehicle.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed it was shattering glass. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right front tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off while bomb experts deactivate the device. They noted it was a miracle that the live grenade did not explode. On Monday, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the grenade was detonated at the seawalls and that it was too early to determine the motive for the attack.This attack was condemned by several groups including the Government, the Opposition, the Guyana Public Service Union, the Private Sector Commission and several other news outfits. In addition, they have all called for a speeding investigation into the incident, referring to the attack as domestic terrorism.last_img read more

Amerindians feel discriminated against, neglected by Govt – NTC Vice Chairman

first_imgVice Chairman of the National Toshao Council Lenox Shuman said that the Indigenous peoples areA section of National Toshaos Conference on Wednesdaycontinuously being faced with discrimination and neglect, and called on the Government to urgently address the situation.He stated that Indigenous people have the right to be protected by the State, noting that there are indications of letdown.“Under Article 149, it states that the State has an obligation to protect the Indigenous Peoples and their cultural way of life. If any Government truly looks at Indigenous peoples and how the article applies…they would see that we are still not being taught in our own language,” he emphasised.He opined that Guyana has to move from a “paternalistic model” that currently exists into something that gives the Indigenous peoples more autonomy.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has lambasted the government for what it said is its blatant neglect of the Indigenous peoples of Guyana.The party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had stated that while the PPP/C Government cannot boast of reducing poverty to zero during its tenure, it was able to do appreciably enough to advance the lives of persons living in the hinterland.She declared when the Party left office in 2015, there was water; lights; and every village had a nursery and primary school.She said the PPP would be willing to fully support any venture the Government would take to improve the lives of Amerindians.However, Member of Parliament and former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai said since the coalition government took office 2015, there has been little progress in the lives of Amerindians, particularly for the youth.She spoke of the termination and cessation of several beneficial projects for Indigenous students and questioned the reason behind government’s move to do this.Her comments come on the heels of probes from the media on whether the PPP was pleased with the way it left the Indigenous peoples before the elections, and if it should be criticising the current Administration for its move to distribute shoes to Amerindian students.However, she contended that the Indigenous people did not escape the discrimination and “witch-hunting” after Government took office.“We could point to the dismantling of the land titling unit and the dismissal of the Project Coordinator, Associate, and the CDP Project Coordinator… We saw the discrimination against the youth, the dismantling of the Young Entrepreneurship Programme which was replaced with a less effective programme, HEYS.”Shuman stated that land titling programme is a vital step toward Indigenous peoples’ development: “If we cannot get land then we cannot get security. We have to remember that these people existed for centuries. According to international laws we are the owners of these lands yet the State fails to recognise the land titling programme even though it is drafted within the legal framework of Guyana (and) needs to be addressed in how we define ownership.”He further indicated that the law needs to be re-examined in how they define ownership.The Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) Project seeks to enable Amerindians to secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development. It is expected that titling of communities will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base, enabling improved long-term planning for their future development.Shuman also stated that the Toshaos and councillors are given a meagre stipend of $30,000 to look after the affairs of their communities. However, he stated that the money is small and does not help in assisting them to provide for their families. He explained that their post requires spending sometimes all day tending to the affairs of the communities, leaving them with no time to provide for their families.Thus he stated that the ministry cannot demand accountability if the leaders are suffering. “If you cannot pay someone anything just having them volunteer all the time then what kind of accountability do you expect from them. They could simply walk away the job.”He stated that many councillors would quit their jobs because they want to “go and earn for their families.” Therefore the discrimination and neglect of the people are one of the reasons why the Amerindians are eagerly anticipating the revision of the Act:“That is why we are looking forward to the revision of the Amerindian Act as a very vital part of addressing Indigenous people’s rights and moving forward if we cannot address it then we would see the continuous destruction of Amerindians and eventually lead to extinction. We are being dispossessed of our lands and eventually it would be our culture.”last_img read more

CDC Team Commends RIA Ebola Response Measures

first_imgThe Management of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) has received commendation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team, which has been helping to build the airport’s capacity in response to the Ebola situation.The team comprising, Dr. Douglas H. Esposito, a Medical Epidemiologist and Vanessa C. Jew, an Epidemiology Quarantine Public Health Officer of the CDC pointed out that the Management of RIA has embraced every effort aimed at keeping the airport safe in the on-going fight against the Ebola Virus Disease and as such, this was commendable.They said the various safety measures currently in place including a regular temperature check for employees and primary and secondary screening procedure which are mandatory for passengers are ways the airport has complied to recommendations of health experts on the control and prevention of Ebola.These remarks were made during the presentation of certificates to 11 staff of the Roberts International Airport following a training series on measures to combat Ebola.Those certified are: Abraham T. Simmons, General Manager, Robert F. Morris, Deputy General Manager-Administration and Regina Ajavon-Benson, Human Resource Manager while nurses who received certificates include Kou Slawon, Diana Dahn, Patience Collins and Loleyah Kollie. Others are Hawa Morris, Bendu Kekeh, Christine Kollie and Dorothy Naplica all of the RIA.The training covered key areas including the usage of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Implementation of Primary and Secondary Exit Screening and the complementation of the Ebola Recognize, Isolate, Notify, Give, Support (RING) Model Training.In response to the commendation and certification, RIA General Manager Abraham T. Simmons said the airport welcomes the training as it strives to stop the Ebola virus from spreading to the entity. He said the airport since the outbreak has gone great lengths with the institution of several safety measures on Ebola as recommended by health experts.He added that RIA will use the training acquired from the CDC to maximize its potential to contain and stop the spread of the disease. Mr. Simmons then commended the CDC for the continuous capacity strengthening initiatives to keep the airport safe for travel. RIA has remained robust in the fight against Ebola since the outbreak and has extended its outreach to nearby communities while at the same time funding sensitization messages on community radio stations around the airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Kru Youth Commend Mary Broh for Successful July 26th

first_imgThe Forpoh Youth Development Association in Liberia (FOYDAL) Inc, of Grand Kru County has commended Madam Mary T. Broh for her excellent work that ensured the successful co-hosting of the 2015 national independence celebration in the county.A press release signed by its president Hanson T. Doe said, “We are satisfied and deeply appreciate Madam Mary T. Broh, for her excellent work which introduced the success story for the Independence Day Celebration in the southeastern region especially in Grand Kru County.”FOYDAL said development initiatives completed in the wake of the 2015 celebrations have brought a measure of relief to the people of Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties.The organization commented on the abortive 2014 preparation for the country’s independence in which several projects could not be completed due to unfavorable official position in the county.In 2014, there were countless meetings held in Monrovia amongst Grand Kru County citizens and from these meetings, a technical committee was set up, which Mr. Francis F. Wreh was appointed as technical chairman and Mr. James Torh as co-chairman, the release said.FOYDAL also recounted the lack of transparency in financial management that went on in the county that ensured that the 2014 celebration in the two counties was cancelled.The longtime preparation, which later resulted in the cancellation of the 2014 celebration through a communication addressed to the President of Liberia by the both counties’ legislatures, was blamed on bad road condition.While regretting the events that made the 2014 attempt unrealized, FOYDAL expressed gratitude to Madam Mary Broh and her corps of officers for an exceptional role carried in Grand Kru and Sinoe that ensured a measure of progress that has delighted citizens of the two counties.FOYPAL called on the government to ensure the proper use of funds to the county to complete projects, including a youth center, 150 bedroom guest house, a mini sports stadium, the chief compound and other important areas in the district.The organization commended Madam Broh for the completion of the Barclayville City Hall and other projects that were dedicated, including the Presidential Palace and the Court House.FOYDAL called on Grand Kru Superintendent Elizabeth Dempster to lead a campaign to ensure that better infrastructures are created for the benefit of the people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MOJ Ordered to Return Defendant’s Passport

first_imgAfter several days’ deliberations, Judge Yussif Kaba of the Civil Law Court, Temple of Justice, on Wednesday described the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) action not to return Prasie Lawal’s passport to him as a “grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens.”“The court, this time would not consider itself to be a party to said unjust action,” the Civil Law Court Judge declared in his ruling on the writ of Habeas Corpus filed against the MOJ by Lawal’s counsel Arthur Johnson.Judge Kaba further declared that “the act of the MOJ and agencies operating thereof, by depriving this man of his freedom of movement, without due process of law, constitutes a grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed all citizens. Therefore, this court considers same as illegal and unwarranted.”Lawal, General Manager of Paelet Construction Company, had his passport seized immediately after he was released on June 28, in connection with the charge of assassination attempt on the life of Samuel Cooper, General Manager of Westwood Construction Company.Lawal was arrested June 25 and subsequently detained for two days at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and was later released following but his passport was held by the LNP.Judge Kaba ordered the MOJ to turn over said passport to the Sheriff of the court, for onward transmission to Mr. Lawal within 24 hours.According to Judge Kaba, Liberia has undergone tremendous turmoil that grew out of people being deprived of their rights, liberty and arbitrary arrests and must therefore learn to live within the confines of the law.He said the deprivation of Lawal’s right to travel constitutes a restrain of his liberty, which no institution of government has the right to do.Government lawyers argued that they were unable to produce the passport because the document was with the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, who has been out of the country.Based on that excuse, Judge Kaba said, “What is of relevance here is whether or not the MOJ has adopted the proper procedures in law to ensure that those who commit crimes in the country are brought before the law and are accorded the due process rights as provided for by the Constitution.”Prior to his ruling, Lawal’s lead defense counsel, Arthur Johnson complained to the court that on June 25, his client, who is a citizen of Liberia, was arrested by the LNP and detained for two days.He alleged that his client was later turned over to him but unfortunately, there has been no action by the police to have his traveling documents returned to him, in spite of the many communications they have written to the police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Sendolo, Comptroller Escape Detention

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday in a packed Monrovia City courtroom when a swift intervention by the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, prevented Henry Sambullah, Comptroller at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), from spending a night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison. Mr. Sambullah and Minister Patrick Sendolo were both ordered by the court to appear before it yesterday to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service” from a complaint filed against them by Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, Manager of Pan African Travel Agency.In her complaint, Madam Wolokollie alleged that in March 2013, Minister Sendolo obtained her agency’s services to provide him and others airline tickets to the tune of US$7,268 – to allow them to attend a conference in Guinea – which the Ministry has not paid up to present.But when Sambullah arrived in court yesterday, he did not come along with Minister Sendolo as was requested by the court’s document, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer.Upon entering the courtroom, Sambullah was immediately placed on a bench with other accused individuals, some of whom were identified as “hardcore criminals.”Dressed in a blue long sleeved shirt, Mr. Sambullah sat on the bench for over two hours as officers awaited a directive from Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take Sambullah to jail, though the crime qualifies for bail.The most surprising event unfolded when Sambullah noticed that there was no lawyer in the courtroom to plead on his behalf as he sat on the prisoners’ bench.“Does the Ministry have an in-house legal team like other government agencies? I don’t think so,” a judicial expert was heard rhetorically asking after Sambullah was left alone in the courtroom.Being a senior official of the Ministry, maybe Sambullah did not expect to be treated in the manner he was. He, however, chose to fight his own battle by making calls from the bench.One of those calls attracted the attention of Cllr. Daku, who intervened for Sambullah to be allowed to leave the bench to complete the call.Routinely, if a person remains on the bench without a lawyer to file his bond for an offence that qualifies for bail, that individual is sent to jail until he/she can make bail.Later, Cllr. Mulbah, Sambullah and Madam Wolokollie were seen leaving the courtroom for what appeared to be a closed door discussion with Magistrate Peabody.Following the closed door discussion, the Daily Observer reliably learnt that Cllr. Mulbah promised to repay the US$7,268 by Friday.“Cllr. Mulbah pleaded with Madam Wolokollie to wait until Friday to repay the money and he vowed that he was not prepared to commit government to any legal expenses of such nature,” a source quoted Cllr. Mulbah to have said at the closed door discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mineke Graduates Laud Organization

first_imgStudents who graduated from the Mineke Foundation over the weekend have lauded the organization for initiating career development programs, including soap and pastry making – with emphasis on business management – that will shape their lives for the better.The students said Mineke has proven to care about women’s empowerment, and they are grateful for their help.“In the time of our struggle, you were a real friend that came to our aid. You stood by us in the time of difficulty and came to our aid when we needed you most,” the graduates said in a joint statement.“We promise to utilize the skills acquired to help us become decision makers in the economy.” The 75 graduates, who were predominantly women, pleaded with the organization to extend its services across the Gardnersville Township to help empower more women.“We know that the organization is having some financial difficulties, but extending its services to grassroots women, who do not have the opportunity to build their economic sustainability, will be of great help,” they said.The graduates completed two programs, three months for soap making and nine months for pastry, aimed at building their capacities for economic participation.The founder of Mineke Foundation, Tonia Dabwe, challenged the women to apply their acquired skills to help their families and the society at large.“We want you to serve as the light for upcoming students and wish you the best in your future endeavors, Dabwe said to the students.She revealed that the graduates were between the ages of 18 and 68, adding that those who never attended school before received theory verbally. These students, she said, aced their exams.Dabwe said that the organization has embarked on soliciting assistance from individuals, businesses and local and international organizations to fund its agriculture projects.“We have planned to reintroduce the agriculture program for our next set of students, but we are fighting to get funding for that project,” she added.The Mineke Foundation was established in 2009 for the socioeconomic development of Dabwe Town and other communities in Liberia.The foundation’s activities include vocational training, entrepreneurship training and business support, kids clubs established to provide after-school activities for children, and a women’s club, which addresses issues of gender based violence, women’s rights and health among 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

In Dimeh: A ‘Creek of Life’

first_imgDimeh, twenty minutes away from Duala, Monrovia, is small, but big in its own right. One can walk through the town in about fifteen minutes. However, a tour of the same town, through the lenses of history, cultural heritage and age-old tradition, could take the better part of two hours. No doubt, the town has fought hard to maintain its claim to fame over they years, in spite of not being officially recognized by any statutory power (i.e. Government of Liberia) as a ‘cultural destination’. Gradually, the town leadership, its people and friends of the town are working to ensure that Dimeh becomes a model of what a cultural destination should be. When you hear about Dimeh, usually in the same sentence one would hear the name, Bai T. Moore, Liberia’s late-great literary icon, who wrote many novels, the most famous of them, “Murder in the Cassava Patch. And then one might hear the name, Peter Ballah, another great practitioner ofLiberian culture, an actor, comedian and a protégé of the late Moore. Both are buried side by side, in majestically designed tombs atop a hill on the side of the town. But that is not all; there are certain amazing aspects of the town that render it somehow enchanted, which many do not know. One of them is a creek ‘that gives life,’ we are told. The creek and its secret go far back to when the town was founded more than a century ago (1898 or thereabout) and its ancestors built a strong tie with the creek. From the story narrated to LIB Life by Dimeh Town Chief Ansumana Varney and Jenneh Rogers, Chairlady of the Women of the town, the shallow, clear-water creek not only provides water for drinking and other domestic use, it posses a natural, aesthetic serenity. But what many do not know about the creek is the supernatural effect it is said to have in the town. It is believed that the creek answers prayers for people who want children, as well as many other heart-strung desires when the prayer is offered, without any ritual sacrifice. “Women from this town and other people from different areas visit the creek when they cannot give birth. It is our tradition and has been working for us from the days of our ancestors. You do not need to make any ritual sacrifice, but just offer a prayer,” Ma Jenneh Rogers said.Narrating her personal experience, Ma Jenneh, who is also a niece of the late Bai T. Moore, noted that when she got married it was difficult for her to give birth, but her parents took her to the creek and offered prayers she was able to conceive. “My first child I had was from the creek and she is now living abroad. My daughter now works as a doctor and I’m very grateful to the creek,” she said.LIB Life asked Ma Jenneh if there was another side to the creek apart from giving life and granting the heart’s desires. Her reply was a very encouraging, “Yes, there is!” “This one may be hard to believe but it happened for real. When the Charles Taylor war drove us from this town, we ran away into the bush and left our property. The spirit came from the creek and drove the rebels from the town. “After the town had been cleared, there was a medicine man who came from Buutuo, Nimba County and met a boy alone in the town and asked the boy to inform the townspeople to return.“I was the first to return. That day, I met the medicine man and he told me that it was our ancestors had chased the rebels away and wanted us to return. “Before I returned to the bush to inform the others, I visited the creek and offered some prayer asking that the spirit should stop coming to town because we are coming back. Before I could take my leave, I drank the water, washed my face and bathed my grandson, who is now in England,” she added emphatically.Another side to this account is that no one is allowed to fish in the creek and even when washing, if a soap slips and falls between a split rock, nobody should dare put their hands in there to retrieve it.Joining us, Ansumana Varney, Town Chief of Dimeh, said it is the elderly people’s responsibility to take any one who wishes to go there and offer a word of prayer to the creek and the prayer will be answered, although “not immediately.”Moreover there is a rule: No one is allowed to place a baby on his or her back to carry it to the creek; otherwise, when that individual returns to the town the child will not live.Interestingly, as LIB Life moved about the creek, Town Chief Varney said if a man wishes to offer a prayer he will have to wash his face four times; for women, it is three times. “But remember it during the washing of the face that the prayer is offered.”“From the day we were born, we have been going by this tradition and no one can challenge it. It is very true,” Chief Varney added.According to him, during festivals there are special times for people to go to the creek to offer prayers. “However, when the women go to offer prayers, the men are not allowed there,” and vice versa. “If you challenge it, it will be your end.“I have seen it,” elder Varney said. “There was time when the women were in session and a few men from the town went to see, but they did not live after they returned.”Dimeh is a tiny town probably with 250 inhabitants, no store, a two-room school building and a women’s social and business club.Despite the perennial dry season in Liberia, the creek remains clean and clear and never runs dry. And no matter how blazing the sun is in the surrounding area, the creek remains cool.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PCC, LNP Officers Accused of Random Seizure of Petty Traders’ Goods

first_imgSeveral street vendors have accused officers of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned at the ELWA Junction of arbitrarily seizing their goods, causing them to lose thousands of Liberian dollars every day. In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, a young street seller explained that three PCC and four LNP officers stopped him while he was on his way home with his wheelbarrow filled with goods.The total value of the goods in the wheelbarrow was about L$53,000. The items included women’s body sprays, pampers, soaps of all kinds, and other toiletries, said the seller.He said it was around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, when the seven officers rushed on him to seize his wheelbarrow.“They came with a pickup truck and forcibly took my wheelbarrow, put it in the truck and took it away,” the young man said. He explained that as it is usually the case, he headed to the Paynesville City Hall with the hope that he could retrieve his wheelbarrow and the goods.“When I went there I only saw the empty wheelbarrow and no one there could give account of what happened to my goods,” the man, who identified himself only as Eric, said.He said since the incident he has been going to the PCC headquarters for his goods to no avail and no one has told him anything about what happened to his goods.Eric said the situation has rendered him penniless and he is now helping friends to sell their goods to get “something” for his daily bread. He said he dropped out of school in the 8th grade and has been managing funds at his disposal doing petty trading.“Now I only depend on friends to survive,” Eric said. He is meanwhile calling on PCC and LNP authorities to ensure that years of efforts are not wasted simply because the officers are instructed to seize goods from street sellers.Eric told this newspaper that he wants Paynesville City Mayor Ceyvette Gibson to ensure that PCC and LNP officers stop harassing ordinary Liberians who are simply working for themselves through petty trading.He said at times PCC officers pepper spray marketers while chasing them to seize their goods. Meanwhile, when contacted a PCC officer at the Paynvesville City Hall refused to discuss the incident involving Eric, saying it was a job he and his colleagues have to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tribute to the Late Commissioner of West Point Township: 1982-2017

first_imgThe late Sampson Jeh Nyan – Advertisement – By Samuel G. Dweh Gone too soon!Ay, Sampson!Friday, April 28, 2017 will always be indelible in my heart and in my memory for a situation I never wished for.Jeh Nyan (being your native Wedabo name), the fallen Commissioner of the Township of West Point.The youngest male commissioner of the ‘Key’ (a characteristic name for West Point) since the creation of the community in the 1960s!Highly educated product of the Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County! Your educational records—BSc in Economics at the University of Liberia and Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Accounting at the University of Liberia (2016-2017)—has nullified some persons’ claim that Wedabo people can’t perform with academic distinction.And your top posts at EcoBank (Liberia), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demystified people’s opinion that educated Wedabo people do not go above ‘Office Assistant’ position in organizations established by other people.Your appointment as the Commissioner of the Township of West Point by President Ellen Sirleaf in 2015 (replacing Madam Miatta Flowers) is a testament that Wedabo people in the ruling party are not restricted to “document dispatching” for the party.Sampson, I was told death passed through ‘Cold’ (Pneumonia) you contracted in China where you were on a three-month study of the Great Wall of China. Is that true? Is it natural cold or diabolical cold?I know our community too well on the diabolical cold—the type of chill from one of the witches or wizards that were plenty in our good community—and still are. Why is it that God—the Giver and Respecter of life—spared and showed mercy to these kinds of persons by saving them from hunger, cholera or armed persons’ weapons that sniffed out the lives of thousands during the civil war?God will tell me or any of your other living friends one day—not in the distant future—what kind of ‘cold’ death crept through to reach you.My childhood friend Sampson! I imagine our growing up together in the Township of West Point in the late 80s—playing marble or football in the ‘gika’-controlled sand. Our playground was on ‘Battle Field’ (West Point’s only sports pitch then) opposite the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School. Or in front of Bible Way Church, which elementary school I graduated from.During the marble or football contests we sometimes fought—which is common with kids. But, minutes later, we would soon forget the altercation and begin ‘stiming’ or ‘rolling,’ and start defending each other against another person picking a fight with you or me.My kinsman (Wedabo ethnic group) Sampson! I remember us always speaking our dialect (Wedabo) to each other whenever we met in our office in the West Point Township Hall. Speaking the dialect connected us to our ancestral home (Wedabo Chiefdom)—far away from Monrovia and Montserrado County. Many of your office staff members or your visitors listening to us ‘ringing’ Wedabo would often marvel at our ‘ancestral-home-going’ through the vernacular.Sampson, couldn’t you overpower death for at least a year so that you and I complete our common project—transformation of minds of West Point’s youth against social vices? What we planned was to turn the young people’s mind from terrifying survival methods (robberies) to honourable methods (using their God-given talents).This is the project we discussed at the launch of my Liberian educational problems-and-solutions fictional book, titled Grade Sin, in West Point on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The photo I used for this tribute is you making Welcome Remarks at the launch of Grade Sin. The photo is to remind you about your interest in any of my intellectual projects aimed at drawing the attention of outsiders who often proclaim, “Nothing good can come from West Point.”Sampson, majority of these currently-bad youth used to love you and often expressed their willingness to change. This love was shown in their release to you the mobile phone of the book launch program’s Master of Ceremony (Ms. Ade Kekula) that was snatched on the launching day. You went to their hideout in the community to get the phone.Sampson, another project you and I talked about is to carry out educational projects in our part of Grand Kru County, which is the most educationally disadvantaged place for the Government of Liberia’s education programs to the entire Grand Kru County. You suggested we should start first with free writing and reading materials to the Wedabo settlement.But, you’re gone!Please be with me on my search for your physical replacement for these two projects: West Point’s Attitudinal Change and Wedabo Education Revival.Sampson, I was told you would be buried on the 13th day of May (Saturday). I will be there to bid you safe journey to the great beyond.Farewell, my brother. May He who giveth and taketh accept you in His abode.Sampson, will we meet again?About the author: Samuel G. Dweh, author (of fiction and non-fiction), is an indigene of ‘educationally backward’ Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County; a product of ‘demonized’ West Point Township in Montserrado County; and a member of Liberia’s two national writers’ groups—Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW). He can be reached via: +231 886 618 906/ +231 776 583 266 E-mail: samuelosophy@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Youth Transforms Plastic Waste to Floor Tiles

first_imgSamples of Walee’s tiles made from plastic waste, on display in SanniquellieYoung entrepreneur exploring the answer to plastic wasteA young Liberian entrepreneur involved in transforming the waste plastic product into tiles has appealed to the general public for assistance to enable him effectively exercise his skill in his trade.Williamson S. Walee told the Daily Observer that he has the required skills to turn waste plastic products into floor tiles with any design one could think of.Williamson S Walee, the young entrepreneur“We are producing pavement out of waste plastic materials,” Young Walee said.As to how he acquired the skill, Walee said it was a Cameroonian who taught him. The Cameroonian (not named) is said to have visited Liberia last year as a guest of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Saniquellie, Nimba County.Some of the plastic waste materials used for producing the tiles“This idea is very strange in the country because it has taught us to remove waste plastics from the streets by keeping the environment clean,” Walee said.Showing samples of his self-made tiles, he said, “We just need support, because we are able to produce any quantity the public would want.”Walee-made tiles have been used in some residential homes in Sanniquellie, and are found to be durable, a resident said.Although he did not say exactly what kind of assistance he would want, Walee needs support that would empower him to create jobs and also clean the environment of waste plastic products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman alleges beating at hands of ex-husband

first_imgAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) woman was over the weekend allegedly severely beaten by her ex-husband and his common-law wife when she turned up at their home to collect their children. Following the allegation, a report was made to the Police and the couple, along with the ex-wife, appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, all charged with assault. They were each released on $10,000 bail.Reports are 32-year-old Sally Khan went to pick up her children aged 5 and 11 from their father at his Peters Hall, EBD home.After the mother of two arrived, an argument ensued which resulted in a scuffle between herself and her ex-husband.She alleged that the man tied her to a chair and he, along with his common-law wife, beat her.The case is expected to continue on January 17.last_img read more

Economist calls for Jordan’s resignation

first_imgBungled sugar estates’ write-off“Imagine coming into an inheritance of a profitable business. This business is the umbrella corporation for a range of successful companies. When you took over this umbrella corporation, you decided you didn’t like a bunch of employees from one of the larger companies under your control, so you fire them and decide to sell out the company. You then realise that you made a bad decision despite everyone’s warnings that it was a bad decision from the beginning. You now have to borrow money to get back to some semblance of square one.”Economic Advisor to the Opposition, Peter Ramsaroop on Wednesday said that this was the predicament Government now found itself in as a result of the asinine decision-making that was embarked on by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who, he noted, has clearly misled the President into thinking he was the man for the job.Ramsaroop gave what he called a layman’s breakdown of the dangerous developments taking place at the highest levels of Government – decisions that will leave countless Guyanese in debt.He was at the time speaking to the most recent pronouncement by Minister Jordan that Government would now have to borrow $15 billion to reopen the Skeldon and Enmore Sugar Factories that were fully functional at the time the coalition took office.Ramsaroop spoke to Guyana Times following the protests by sugar workers at the closed Wales Estate and sought to again warn of the coming financial crisis that the Administration has set the nation on course for.According to Ramsaroop, while the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) did have its problems, it earned much-needed foreign currency for the country in addition to providing jobs for thousands of Guyanese – sugar workers on whom untold thousands depend for their livelihoods.“Jordan’s financial card tricks as he calls them have real consequences for real people….the Minister cannot be making blunder after blunder only to come change them subsequently to be forgiven.”The economist, in speaking to the mismanagement of the industry at a macro level, questioned, “How is it the Minister only realised after shutting the factories down that it would be more profitable to sell them as working facilities?”Ramsaroop added: “Recall the Minister had introduced VAT on education, thinking that was a bright idea and he had to backpedal on that; recall the Minister had increased the taxes for miners, he had to backpedal on that too.”He said for each year the coalition has been in office and sought to tinker with a complex taxation system it has backfired, but the real consequences were lost on those in high office.“I am honestly wondering now if we can survive to 2020 as a viable economy…Billions of foreign currency earnings will be lost with the closure of the factories, not to mention the societal and other economic pressures that are still to be brought to the fore as the impact begins to sink in.“This is February…people are going to celebrate this week a festival after hard work, but for thousands of sugar workers, while Minister [George] Norton and his acolytes palance on the front pages with skimpily clad models, sugar workers are now coming to grips with the fact that the part payment of a severance will soon be used up and the reality of another paycheque not forthcoming will eventually begin to boil even more uncontrollably.”According to Ramsaroop, “had President Granger heeded the advice of those that had been in office and do the right thing in ensuring there was a continuity of fiscal policies that had been yielding fruits, Guyana’s economy would not have been faltering as it is now because of the ill-advised and downright illogical policies that are being presented by the Finance Minister.”He told this publication that the Finance Minister should do the honourable thing and resign or the President should quickly dismiss him.last_img read more

Eyewitness surfaces, gives different account of Kingston Seawall shooting

first_imgBy Bisham MohammedMore than two weeks after three suspected bandits were shot and killed along the Kingston Seawall, an eyewitness has come forward accusing the Police of murder.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, is holding out that he witnessed the alleged murder of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah and Errol Adams.Not taking any chances, the young man contacted prominent attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes and sought advice; and during a press conference on Monday, the revelations were made.The eyewitness, in a written statement, claimed that as he was on the roof, he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motorcar.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited, and walked towards the parked black car.“In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than ten minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Hughes told media operatives at his office.Lyte, in the statement, posited that the roads leading to the seawalls were all blocked to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting.“Perhaps the most disturbing to me was that this was not just a group of Police officers who appeared to be involved, but this had to have some coordination; because if the seawall road was blocked prior to the eruption of the gunfire, prior to the car being stopped and one of the occupants exiting the car, then it seems to have required (a) lot more coordination …”.During interrogation at the press conference, the eyewitness claimed that on the day in question he saw the Police, the bodies were lying on the ground and someone was standing over one of the men.“About 15 minutes after, camera people show up on the scene; Police show up on the scene, lock down everything; and after then was that…the silver car was the Police car… the car from behind, start opening fire”, Lyte alleged.He also alleged that the occupants of the black car first exited their vehicle, and there was no exchange of gunfire. He also stated that there were no other vehicles on the seawall at the time of the shooting.Hughes, however, questioned the rationale behind someone withdrawing $9.2 million from a bank and wanting to go to the seawall, while pointing out that the facts that were obtained from Lyte seems highly likely that the men were executed.In light of the sudden disclosures, Hughes noted that his client is deeply concerned for his safety, especially considering that Guyana does not have the best history when it comes to witness protection.Nonetheless, he noted that one of the reasons why the press conference was held before taking the eyewitness to the Police was because he wanted what Lyte had to say out in the public. “So you don’t get the Police version of what he is alleged to have said to the Police… Clearly, there are people whose interests are going to be threatened by what he has to say,” Hughes predicted.Hughes stated that he had also spoken to the two other men who were working at the site with Lyte at the time, but refused to comment on the findings, which he promised will be release in due course.The relatives of Dextroy Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara are calling for justice. They, too, feel their brother was murdered, and have urged that the Police officers who pulled the trigger be charged with murder.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left the Scotia Bank on Robb Street, Georgetown.The Police claimed that in the vicinity of the seawalls, the men in the black Toyota car opened fired on them, and in retaliation they returned fire, fatally wounding the men. The post mortem revealed that the men were shot between six and ten times, a revelation that comes as a shock to many.In fact, a private firm is being contracted to review the autopsy reports and to determine what really took place on the day in question. It was also reported that the Police vehicle bore two gunshot holes to the front windscreen but there were none on the vehicle that was used by the alleged bandits, thus leaving unanswered the question: was there indeed a shootout?Nevertheless, the Police commissioner in the past week, has thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.Meanwhile, the Police, in a release on Monday, confirmed that Devon Lyte visited the Criminal Investigations Department in the company of lawyer Nigel Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams.He was asked to return today (Tuesday) to be interview by senior detectives.last_img read more

NA prisoners graduate from anger management course

first_imgThirty-three inmates of the New Amsterdam Prison were on Thursday recognised after successfully completing a three-month anger management and re-entry programme.Among those who completed the course is a woman who was recently sentenced to a 98-year-jail term for poisoning her two children.Participants were chosen based on their age and length of their prison term, and the programme was conducted by Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services.Among those who graced the stage all decked out in their gowns were high profile and special watch inmates. Both remand and convicted prisoners, including the recently sentenced mother who poisoned her children, were given opportunity to participate in the programme, which focused on imparting skills to prepare inmates to reintegrate into society capable of dealing with issues which would confront them, so that they would not have to be placed in such a facility again.Officer-in-charge of the New Amsterdam Prisons, Superintendent Deoraj Gyandat, explained that the programme included such areas as self-worth, how to deal with emotions, and conflict resolution. He noted that although this is only the second batch graduating from the course, he has seen a change in the prison population.“I can see the impact it is having on the location. I can say (that), for this year, we have not had any major incidents at the New Amsterdam Prisons.”Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services, Wil Campbell, said there were noticeable changes in the attitudes of those who participated in the twelve-week programme. He noted that males and females were accommodated in separate sessions because some of the issues relating to male anger are different from those relating to female anger.In reflecting on the anger management programme, one inmate, Randy Mars, urged parents to spend more time with their male children.Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day murder accused Mandy Sukhdeo said the programme allowed her to identify and be in touch with her emotions. According to the dentist, after completing the programme, she no longer considers herself an outcast.“A lot of people see us as outcasts, lawbreakers, and say we have no future and are no-good elements in society. I have learnt a lot being in prison. I am from Parika, and many nights I would sit at my bed and I would cry and I will ask, ‘Lord, why me?’ But today I no longer have to ask ‘Lord, why me?’, rather I have the answer to my question.“From being in this programme, it has given me the power and the analytical skills to focus on what it is that I want, and not what persons might think of me. Ladies and gentlemen, I tell you it is time to stand up for yourself,” she told the graduation class, while urging all to be ambassadors of peace.“If there is peace, then we can conquer any situation. I stand as an inmate of this institution, and now I am not ashamed to say that I am an inmate of this institution…”Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services, Wil Campbell, said the programme which he taught would have posed many challenges did not seek any difficulties. He noted that the inmates were all happy and willing to participate in the anger management programme.According to him, there were noticeable changes in the attitudes of those who participated in the twelve-week programme.In the past, anger management programmes have been conducted in the prisons over the years. However, Campbell feels this one is different. “I think that ours is a bit different, in that we used a therapy approach rather that  teaching approach; so what we help the participations do is to understand themselves, understand the source of their anger, and thereby learn how to deal with it,” Campbell told <>.“Because it is not just about giving information about anger and how to deal with it, but helping them understand their own unique situation, their own circumstances, and to learn techniques that they can use that are specifically adapted to the individual.”The programme was part of two pilot skills training programmes being undertaken by the Guyana Prison Service. The other was a similar program held for inmates of the Timehri Prison.Meanwhile, a similar graduation took place at the Timehri Prison on Wednesday.During the three-month programme, participants were helped to understand the nature of anger, and to appreciate that it is something normal and okay to be angry. “We looked at some of the causes of anger, things like communication blocks, irrational thinking, the feeling that you must get respect from everyone, and this whole idea that respect must be earned or demanded. We also looked at the importance of forgiveness,” Campbell said.He noted that many persons are angry because they are holding on to past hurts, and as a result their anger is misdirected to random people, or others who are not the real source of the anger.“So we taught them how to let go of past hurts, how to forgive, and also how to apologize and how to accept apologies,” Campbell explained.According to Campbell, who is also a Psychologist and University of Guyana lecturer in Psychology, next year, it is being hoped that the programme will be run again and be extended to other facilities.last_img read more

Police granted permission to further detain CPG member

first_imgSoesdyke fatal stabbingSeveral days after 15-year-old Ricardo Singh of Diamond, East Bank Demerara was fatally stabbed at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, a member of a community policing group, who was arrested in connection with the murder, remains in custody.Based on reports received, the 72-hour detention period has elapsed, but the Police were granted court approval to further detain the young rural constable (RC). Guyana Times understands that the teen’s friend, who had also been taken into custody, has been released as Police continue their investigations.Information reaching this publication revealed that on the night of the fatal stabbing, the rural constable was reportedly seen using excessive force on the now dead teen after the teen had resisted arrest. Guyana Times was told that the young man had had an altercation with another young man at a wedding house in Soesdyke, EBD, and the Police were consequently summoned.It is unclear whether the deceased young man was wounded during the scuffle at the wedding house or during his arrest by the rural constable who is now in PoliceDead: Ricardo Singhcustody.When contacted, ‘A’ Division Commander, Leslie James, confirmed that investigations into the teen’s murder are continuing, while noting that, before charges are instituted, the Police have to make sure that the matter had been properly investigated. The deceased teenager, who also used to be referred to as “Cardo”, of Lot 63 Avenues A & B, Diamond New Housing Scheme, EBD, was stabbed several times, including once to his abdomen.The former Diamond Secondary School student and his friends had left their respective homes on Sunday last with the intention of “taking a lime” at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway Junction, but had instead gone to the wedding house, which was close by.The initial report is that, while there, a gang of men allegedly attempted to relieve one of the teen’s friends of his gold chain and cash, and the deceased teen intervened. His friend whom he was helping reportedly ran away, leaving him behind.The deceased young man, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday last, was subsequently found in a nearby trench with his intestines protruding. He was picked up and taken to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Conversely, it was reported that the young man had been misbehaving at the wedding house and the Police were called in to intervene. However, at the time, members of the Community Policing Group (CPG) were patrolling the area, and they reportedly arrested the young man. He was placed in the back of their motor vehicle, and as it took off for the Timehri Police Station, he reportedly jumped out, but instead of stopping to check on the young man, the vehicle sped away.It is expected that the teen would be cremated on Sunday.last_img read more

Essequibo Chamber calls for Govt to desilt Pomeroon River

first_img…says this will facilitate more tradeThe Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) is calling on Government to desilt the Pomeroon River; one of the deepest rivers in the Caribbean, to accommodate trade.ECCI PresidentSuean SeewnarayanAccording to the Chamber President, Suean Seewnarayan, due to the heavy siltation of the Pomeroon River mouth, large vessels cannot enter nor leave port and this is adding to the cost the regions bears for importation and exportation of goods.Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is mainly an agricultural region which has the potential to produce enough food for local and export markets. However, according to the Chamber, farmers need to have the necessary infrastructure and security in place before investing.Additionally, the Chamber President noted that the garbage piled up and congestion at Charity needs to be addressed in the commercial zone as this will be a hazard for development.Charity was one of the main ports on the Essequibo Coast and is ideal for big ships due to the depths of the Pomeroon River, but the heavy siltation of the river mouth has impeded larger ships from traversing the channel, resulting in the entire waterfront being left to deteriorate further.According to a resident living in the area, he can remember the days when the steamer used to come to the Pomeroon and residents used the service to transport all their produce to markets in Georgetown. Presently, the coconut industry is doing well and the Pomeroon can be the gateway once again to the Caribbean and the rest of the world if the river mouth is dredged and the waterfront rehabilitated, the resident said.With the coming of the Pomeroon Oil Mill Inc, which is the brainchild of businessman Alfro Alphonso, it will significantly assist the struggling industry, which has seen farmers giving up, owing to the lack of markets.The oil mill which sits on the Pomeroon River was designed to use the river as a gateway for export markets, but due to the siltation of the river mouth, the mill will have to do all its exporting through Georgetown which is time consuming and costly.The only means to transport goods for local and export markets out of the region is by ferry service, which is some distance away from Charity. This therefore adds to transportation cost.last_img read more