We must remember, however, that the situation surrounding Messi has calmed down in the last few days. Ancelotti was brief, but did speak about the Barça star. “All players with quality can play in any team,” the Madrid boss said about the possibility of Messi signing for his current club’s eternal enemy. 21/11/2014 CET Upd. at 19:48 Not least, so that they could ask the Italian coach about the Lionel Messi situation, whose future has been in the spotlight after his interview with Olé. Luis Enrique also spoke about the issue on Friday; he didn’t seem like a manager set to lose his best player. Sport EN In Madrid they awaited Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference to preview the clash between Eibar and Real Madrid with a lot of excitement. Both his father, Jorge Messi, and Javier Mascherano have quelled the rumourts that the Barça No. 10 may one day flee his Catalan nest for another European power house.
EFE It’s good news for the Italian coach, who not so long ago was without a number of regulars due to injuries and suspensions. Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez will be especially fresh for the match at the Vicente Calderon as both missed the weekend’s game through suspension. Iker Casillas, Keylor Navas, Pacheco; Carvajal, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Coentrao; Khedira, Kroos, Illarramendi, Lucas Silva, Modric, Isco, James; Bale, Jesé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Hernandez. Gareth Bale, who missed the win over Eibar at the weekend, has recovered in time. The players will meet at Madrid’s training ground on Monday night at 20:15, where they will spend the next 24 hours before the game. CEST Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira have both been included in the squad as well. They will take part in a light training session on Tuesday morning. 13/04/2015 Bale’s return from a muscle injury is the major talking point, though, with the Welshman likely to start alongside Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here is the list of players called up by Ancelotti: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been able to call up his whole squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. Upd. at 17:37 Karim Benzema, meanwhile, should start after resting against Eibar.
CEST Pavard’s goal stuck out as he powered a Lucas Hernandez cross back across goal and into the top corner of Argentina’s net. His strike brought France level in the game against Argentina, 2-2, and his country would later go on to win the match 4-3 and eventually lift the World Cup. Àlex Artigas IN SPORT.ES The World Cup in Russia delighted fans around the globe as 169 goals were scored across 64 matches. Some of the strikes were of the highest quality but one stood out from the crowd: Benjamin Pavard’s rocket from outside the box against Argentina has been voted as the best goal of the tournament by fans. El misil de Pavard, mejor gol del Mundial de Rusia 2018 Upd. at 19:39 25/07/2018 Juan Fernando Quintero’s freekick for Colombia against Japan and Luka Modric’s long range strike, also against Argentina, didn’t quite have the same quality as Pavard’s effort. The young and talented right back won the poll in which over three million people casted their vote.
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The public will decide on the expansion of the aquatic centre fitness facilities that will cost $1.5 million at referendum this year, but local business owners want the community to have more information about the true impact of this cost before the vote. The vision to expand the fitness centre that operates under the Grand Forks Recreation Commission has been in the works for 11 years. The first proposal went before council in 2000 with a price tag of only $240,000 but was rejected. In 2010 the commission put it back on the table with new drawings and cost estimates. In April they recommended to the board of the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary that the project proceed to referendum. Brian Johnson, owner of Flexus Body Systems, questioned the decision to proceed with the expansion at the aquatic centre. Johnson noted that financial reports on the aquatic centre show losses every year. The aquatic centre announced in March that it will be closed for six weeks this fall in order to manage their budgets. “Usually if one wants to expand a business it’s because they’re busting at the seams,” said Johnson. “Is it really worth the cost of going to referendum for this decision? If the centre is already running at a deficit, to expand into another 3000 square foot facility, it’s going to be an ongoing cost. You take a losing situation – it might not be the best investment for the future.” Johnson said there needs to be more information provided to the public about the actual costs of the facility and the construction and consideration given to how $1.5 million could be better used in other recreation options around the community. “With a non-profit organization like the aquatic centre, conflict (can happen) with businesses in Grand Forks who form the tax base. We were never approached to see if we had concerns. We’ve been in competition before,” Johnson added noting the lack of community input on the project. The existing facility is 600 square feet full of equipment, accessible only by crossing the pool deck which limits access to staff availability. “We have a maximum capacity of maybe eight to 10 people on a good day,” explained Mackey. “We’ve been running classes of close to 20 – 25 people in that space for a number of years. A lot of the initiative for this project has come from our user groups who have expressed concern.” Mackey said that people have had to be turned away from classes because of the restrictions on the space. The new design can hold up to 50 people in the fitness centre and another 50 in the studio a total of just under 3000 square feet. Mackey said cost estimates as of November 2010 totalled upwards of $1.5 million. The new facility would see 32 additional hours a week of operation for the fitness facility using 46 staff hours per week. One of the spin offs would be freeing over 2000 sq ft of activity rooms in the arena that potentially could be used as a youth centre for the community, explained Mackey. The building will include environmentally friendly designs using no fossil fuels and will see a net zero increase to carbon footprint of facility. “There’s always the question about how it’s going to impact the private sector. The private sector is demand driven, whereas the public sector is need driven. GF Rec does not compete with Flexus, Curves or Jazzercise. We offer services to all socio-economic and demographic sectors. We do not duplicate services with them,” Mackey commented. Grand Forks council accepted the presentation made by Mackey at their Jun. 27 meeting, and made a motion at their Jul. 18 meeting to support the referendum on the expansion question at the upcoming elections in November.
“There was one short hill in particular where you had to really dig in . . .. I forgot how much pressure it puts on my shoulders and wrists to drive into my bike,” Archdekin explained.“By the time I got to the top of the hill and back up to speed each time (two-lap bike course) my arms were numb and I was conscious of the fact that they could give out and I could bail.”“I never did though,” Archdekin said.Two triathlons in two weeks miles apart is enough for now, said Archdekin.He has a few weeks to rehab before jumping into Kootenay Lake at the Cyswog’n’ Fun August 5 in Nelson.“Even though I love road tripping, driving hurts my body so badly, so it’ll be nice to be at home for one,” he said.“The last time I raced here was in 2009 which was three days from getting off of crutches after that goat whipped my (butt).”Archdekin will be just one of many local racers competing in the 30th annual Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon.The race, with a course distance of 1.5-kilometer Olympic swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run, goes Sunday August 5 at 8 a.m. from Lakeside Park in Nelson.The short distance, the sprint race, is 500-meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.Registration deadline is Friday, August 3.Participants can pre-register online athttps://eventsonline.ca/events/cyswog/ Horrible headaches, fogginess, more sleeplessness, seeing spots, quick second long blackout-y-type things, squinting eyes because of how much pain generated through my skull, parts of my head are also numb . . . and this is happening during the race.Despite experiencing all these aches and pains, Nelson’s Steve Archdekin still managed to finish the Peachland Triathlon coming across the finish line in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and change.“It’s hard to explain, but is nothing new and has been going on from a few days before race and is still going on,” Archdekin said about the 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and five km run Peachland race Sunday in the Okanagan.“Having my head off the vertical plane makes everything even worse,” Archdekin adds.“The bike is horrible for that. It’s bad enough on my neck on the best of days, but when my neck is doing this it is an absolute killer to be on my bike.”Despite suffering from a rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints — Archdekin continues to seek out his first love, competing in triathlons.He started the season out in Christina Lake before heading to Calgary earlier this month where he finished in a time of two hours, 15 minutes — which just happened to be 25 minutes better than Christina.Back to Peachland, Archdekin persevered during the swim, coming out of the water second to last.During the cycle he reeled in a bunch of competitors who got the upper hand during the run.
According to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts.GM Brenda Sell and GM Melanie Wyatt of the UCDKA headed the exam.Siminoff, head of the Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School in Nelson and Crescent Valley, also had an opportunity to compete as the USCDKA held its National Championships.”There were schools from all over the USA and just a hand full from Canada,” Siminoff explained.”In this division I competed in continuous free spar and came out with gold,” he added.This is an exciting time for Siminoff and his KCMA School. The Nelson-based training facility is moving to a new location near the Nelson Airport beside Nelson Home Building Centre.Siminoff has also been instrumental in founding a local-based Martial Arts For Justice chapter in the area.”Martial Arts For Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting “all” martial artists for the cause of justice,” Siminoff said, adding the cause has grown ten-fold since starting out.More information can be found on Siminoff’s Facebook Page. Crescent Valley’s Dean Siminoff joined an elite company after the local martial arts expert tested, and passed, his Sixth Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.Siminoff achieved the feat during United States Chung Do Kwan Association (USCDKA) recently in Florida.”Florida was fantastic,” Siminoff said.”I tested alongside three other Masters and even though any testing is very intense and hard work there is extreme feeling of accomplishment when it is finished.”
The Teck Kootenay Zone Race at Nelson’s Whitewater Resort, has come and gone, but the excitement is yet to wind down for all those involved. More than 115 skiers and their families traveled from Lake Louise, Kimberly, Fernie, Rossland and Golden to test their skills in four races spread across two days.Saturday and Sunday both dawned clear and cold, with perfect bluebird skies and firm chalk on Bonanza — a classic Whitewater groomer easily visible from the base lodge. The slalom track started gently on a sunny bench before taking a hairpin left turn into the shadows and plunging straight down to valley bottom. A combination of gates, stubbies, and panels challenged 117 skiers through four races, bringing U12, U14, U16, and Masters level athletes together for a weekend of sportsmanship, competition, and big fun. Behind the scenes, a small army of tireless volunteers worked ten hour shifts to solve problems, support the racers, and keep everyone safe.Saturday night featured a kids’ awards banquet and volunteer appreciation event at The Hume Hotel in downtown Nelson. Sunday afternoon saw athletes take to a snowy podium at the Whitewater base area, where they were wreathed in medals and ribbons by the legendary Bobby Swan — who along with Leigh Brousson competed in the Masters category. Whitewater posted impressive results, with top ten finishes across all categories.The Whitewater Ski Team wishes to thank the many dedicated coaches, volunteers, ski patrol, and Whitewater Ski Resort for the truly unbelievable level of support they continue to show our young athletes.
Mazars are again sponsoring the very popular Pro-Am event at Oughterard Golf Course on the 29th July 2016.Eugene McMahon, Partner, Mazars has laid down the challenge to the professionals to match or beat the new course record of 63 set by the exciting young amateur member, Devin Morley.Eugene said “I cannot see any professional getting close to it, but the challenge is there to be met!”He continues, “This vent has gathered tremendous momentum since its very successful inauguration. It brings professional golfers together with amateur golfers so there’s a great opportunity to learn from the best or perhaps try and beat them!”For those interested in taking part each group of three costs € 300 and each group will then be assigned a professional golfer.If you haven’t already booked your group, Eugene advises “contact Oughterard Golf Club on 091-552131 as places are already filling up fast.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pictured at the recent launch of the event was L to R: Joe Donnelly, Captain,Eugene McMahon, Partner, Mazars, Barbara Buckley, President and Derek McNamara, Resident Professional.
Details of the coming weekend’s Lough Ree Hotel and Spa Senior and Duanes Daybreak Intermediate Camogie Championship fixtures have been announced. The Senior Quarter finals will be played on Saturday next in Tynagh as a double header with Killimor taking on Oranmore/Maree at 3.30 followed by Ardrahan and Eyrecourt at 5pm. The Intermediate Semi-Finals will be held on Sunday as a double header in Killimor. Carnmore will take on Ahascragh/Caltra at 11am followed by Mountbellew/Moylough and Cappataggle at 12.30. The Junior A Semi-finals will be played this weekend with St Colmans taking on Shamrocks on Friday at a venue and time to be confirmed and Kiltormer and Cois Farraige in Craughwell on Sunday at 11am.The County Junior B Final is fixed for Sunday in Loughrea with St Dominics facing Liam Mellows at 6.30 and the Junior C Final between Kilconieron and Portumna is provisionally scheduled for Friday with a time and venue to be confirmed.The action gets underway on Thursday with the Under 13 Division One and Two Finals. Athenry take on Davitts in Division One and Kinvara face Turloughmorein Division Two. Venues and Times to be confirmed.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
GCH – County U13 Relays winners Kelsey Wall, Ava McKeon, Leana NicDhonncha and Isabella Burke Limerick MarathonCiaran Faherty, a recent GCH signing, took a fantastic second place in the Limerick half marathon last Sunday, clocking an excellent 68.30. GCH had two women finish in the top 10 of the Ladies half with Clare Rowe and Neasa De Burca performing well on the day. In the 6 miles’ race,Galway native Tara Whyte of Clonliffe took sixth place, and Jimmy Ward of GCH broke the magic three-hour barrier for the first time in the marathon, running a superb 2.57, a just reward for a very intensive training regime over the last year.West of Ireland Mini MarathonWinner Laura Shaughnessy, DSD AC, and Galway , at the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. Photo Credit Tomás GreallyGalway athlete Laura Shaughnessy, of DSD AC, won the 8th Annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon last Sunday, clocking 35.41 for a clear victory over the 10km course.FixturesGalway Sports Partnership 10k Labane , Ardrahan hosts the annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k, which will be held next Sunday May 7th at 12 noonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email World Masters GamesThe multi-talented Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC came home with a superb three gold medals at the World Masters Games held recently in Auckland New Zealand, claiming victories in the over 55 High Jump, Shot Putt and placed 4th in the Discus competition. Galway 5km Series Galway 5km Series leg one winner Sarah Collins of GCH – Picture Credit John O’ConnorConor Dolan took a commanding victory at the first leg of the 2017 Galway 5km Series in Ballybrit Racecourse on Tuesday last. Dolan clocked 16.33 for the win, ahead of talented Craughwell AC youngster Ben Ryan, in 16.51, and third placer Paddy O’Toole of Westport AC in 16.55. First lady home was Sarah Collins of GCH in 18.30, with Deirdre Brophy of Athenry AC second and Caitriona Cahalan third. There were 747 finishers, a record for the series.Galway 5km Series leg one winner Conor Dolan of GCH – Picture Credit John O’ConnorGalway County Track and Field ChampionshipsBen Garrard and Gavin Cooney, Craughwell ACGalway U19 and Senior 800m Champions 2017Day One of the 2017 Galway County Track and Field Championships were held Saturday last in Dangan, at NUIG Sports grounds. The event featured county championships for all ages from U13 to U19, at Juvenile level, while at senior level, all distances on the track up to 1500m and all field events were held. The Senior track events over 1500 metres were among the highlights of a packed programme, and the men’s race saw a GCH one two with Jim Phelan showing a blistering turn of pace in the home straight to pip Eamon Hornibrook after a thrilling race. Phelan also took the 200m Senior title, Siobhan Egan took on the 1500m distance for the first time after her recent marathon team victory last October, and stormed to victory in the Ladies event in 5.08, with Sinead Gaffney of Craughwell second and Jean O’Connor of GCH third. At 800m, Ben Garrard of Craughwell won the U18/19 race, while his clubmate Gavin Cooney claimed the senior crown. Sinead Gaffney took ladies senior 800 gold, with Jean O’Connor taking the Masters title. Majella Loftus of GCH took a double victory, winning both the senior ladies 100m, and 200m, while Cillin Greene of GCH took the senior men’s 100m easily. Over 400m, there were wins for Shane Canavan and Nicole King both of GCH at senior level. Shane O’Rourke of Tuam AC won the 110 hurdles, with Ryan McNelis of Athenry AC claiming the 400m hurdles crown.In the Senior field events, multi eventer Michael Breathnach of GCH won Shot Putt, Weight throw, Discus and Javelin gold, with Barry Rafferty and Rory O’Connor of Tuam taking masters golds in the Shot and WFD, O’Connor also took gold in the M50 Discus and Javelin and Keith Horan of SGAC won the Masters Javelin.Brendan Staunton of GCH took Senior gold in the Hammer, Shane O Rourke won the High Jump and Long Jump for Tuam AC, Bryan Brennan of South Galway claimed Masters Long jump victory, Justin Lane of Tuam AC won the Triple Jump and Masters Discus and Hammer O35. In the women’s field events, Peggy Higgins of Corofin AC claimed Ladies High Jump, Triple Jump, Long Jump, and all the throws golds in a clean sweep of the Masters titles.At Juvenile level, there were huge numbers participating and one of the finest performances of the day came in the U13 Girls category, via a triple gold medal winning effort for Ava McKeon of GCH, who took victory over 80m hurdles, and in the 80m sprint and 600m. The U13 Girls High Jump went to Siofra Davis of Craughwell with her clubmate taking Javelin gold Aoibhe Fahy, while Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea AC won Long Jump gold. Caitlin Griffin of Loughrea won the Shot putt. In the U13 Boys Evan Hallinan of Craughwell took both High Jump and Long Jump gold, while Liam Shaw of Athenry AC also doubled up, and won Shot Putt and Javelin gold. On the track, there were victories for Evan Hallinan of Craughwell AC, who won his third gold of the day over hurdles, Ross Cosgrove of Tuam AC in the 80m, and Andrew Horan of South Galway AC in the 600m.At U14 level Emma Moore of GCH secured triple gold in an amazing performance, winning the 80m sprint, the 200m and clocking the fastest 800m of any ladies on the day, a time of 2.29. Isabelle Moynihan of Tuam AC won the sprint hurdles and Roisin Geaney of South Galway AC won the 1500m title and the walk. In the Boys, Conor Hoade of Craughwell Ac won the hurdles, while Luke Dahler of GCH took the 80m and 200m sprint double and Darragh Jennings won the 800m event. Oisin Keane of East Galway AC won 1500m gold after an exciting battle with Ross McGuinness of Craughwell AC. In the U14 Girls field events, the High Jump title went to Saoirse Pearse of Craughwell AC, and there were other Craughwell wins via Rebecca Lynch, in Javelin, in Discus via Olivia Koman and Hammer via Hannah Hynes, with Nicole Quirke of GCH winning the Long Jump and Ella Rafferty of Tuam AC claiming Shot Putt gold. At U14 Boys level Lukas Schukat won both the High Jump and Long Jump titles for Craughwell, the Shot Putt was won by Rian Kearney and there was another Craughwell double win in Javelin and Hammer from Liam McDonagh, while Eoghan Jennings won the DiscusIn the U15 events, Aoibheann Farrell of Loughrea won the sprint hurdles, and later took Long Jump gold, and Ellie Cronin of Craughwell AC took the 250m hurdles title. Other winners were Eimear Rowe GCH, who claimed 800m gold, Ava Finn of Craughwell in the 200m, Chloe Farragher of Craughwell won the 100m, and Joanna Healy of GCH took the 1500 title with a fast last lap finish. Corrib AC’s Maeve Ford won the 2k Walk and the Shot Putt. In the U15 Girls field section, the High Jump title was won by Ellie Cronin of Craughwell, and her clubmates also were victorious- in the Javelin first place went to Lauren Mc Nally, and Annie de Hora claimed a superb double gold via Hammer and Discus wins. In the U15 Boys Paschal Walsh of Craughwell did the double winning both High and Long Jumps, as did his clubmate Conor Trehy, in winning the Triple Jump and Javelin, while Cian Davis King of Corrib AC won the ShotIn the U15 Boys races, Craughwell’s Jack Fitzgerald won the 75m hurdles, and his team mate James Furey won the long hurdles gold. Paschal Walsh of Craughwell won the 100m, Lughaigh Morgan, Craughwell claimed 200m gold and Sean Cotter of Craughwell AC took a double win with 800m and 1500m gold, completing a clean sweep for Craughwell on the track in the U15 Boys events. In the field, Jack Mannion of Tuam AC won High jump goldAt U16/17 level Aoibhe Deeley took two golds home, winning the sprint hurdles and 100m for Athenry AC, as did Soren O’Toole of GCH, taking the 200m gold and 250m hurdles title, while Laoise Geraghty of GCH impressed with another double, with wins in the 400m and 800m. Craughwell’s Ciara Sheppard won the 1500m race. In the Field Mieke Kroening of Tuam won the JavelinIn the field at U16/17 Craughwell had wins in the Long Jump via Leanagh Gilligan, the Triple Jump from Eva Whyte, and in the Shot Putt by the throwing phenomenon, Chloe Casey. In the U16/U17 Boys, the High Jump was won by Ryan Gallagher of Craughwell AC, the Triple and Long Jump titles went to Conor Leahy of Loughrea AC, and Eoghan Jennings of GCH won the Javelin and Discus throwsIn the Boys track U16/17 events, Samuel Ukaga of Loughrea won the 100m hurdles, Ryan Gallagher of Craughwell took the 250m hurdles, and Robert McDonnell of GCH claimed a super 100m and 200m double, in the sprints. Joseph Maddison of South Galway claimed the 800m title, while Finbarr McFadden of Craughwell AC took 1500m victory in the distance events.At U18/19 level, GCH’s Aoife Sheehy won the 400m hurdles, and 400m flat, Lydia Doyle of GCH took 100m gold and sprint hurdles glory, her GCH clubmate Laura Nally took the 200m, and Aoife Greene of Ballinasloe and District AC won the 800mIn the U18/19 Boys events, Athenry’s Ryan McNelis won the 100m hurdles and Shot Putt, Diego Brule of GCH took 400m hurdles victory, Jack Dempsey of GCH was a clear winner of 100m title, Darren Costello also GCH took 200m gold, 400m, while Ben Garrard of Craughwell was most impressive as he claimed both the 400m and 800m goldsIn the U18/U19 Girls field events, Laura Cunningham of Craughwell AC took a hat trick of individual Galway titles in the jumps, winning the High jump, Long jump and Triple jump; with clubmate Aoife Walsh close on her heels with silver in each of the same 3 events. In the U18/19 Boys the High Jump title went to Craughwell international athlete Jerry Keary and Daniel Callanan Forde won in the Long JumpThe always exciting relays saw wins for city club GCH in the U13 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U16 Girls and U17 girls Craughwell claimed in in the U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Girls, and U18/19 Girls and BoysDay two of the 2017 Championships takes place this weekend, on Sunday May 7th from 10 am, and will feature competition for U8 to U12 age groups.Craughwell AC athletes Aoife Walsh who won triple silver and Laura Cunningham who claimed triple gold in the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the Galway Track & Field 2017
The Galway Ladies Senior Football Team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland Quarter Final with Cork has been named The Galway Team isDEARBHLA GOWER (Corofin)FABIENNE COONEY (Claregalway)EMER FLAHERTY (Tuam/Cortoon) (C)SHAUNA HYNES (Milltown)AINE SEOIGHE (Corofin)BARBARA HANNON (Dunmore McHales)SINEAD BURKE (Ballyboden St. Enda’s)LISA GANNON (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)CAITRIONA CORMICAN (St. Gabriel’s)OLIVIA DIVILLY (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)MAIREAD SEOIGHE (Clonbur)AINE McDONAGH (Moycullen)TRACEY LEONARD (Corofin)SARAH CONNEALLY (Dunmore McHales)MEGAN GLYNN (Claregalway) There are two changes from the team that beat Mayo in the Connacht Final. Shauna Hynes replaces Noelle Connolly in defence while Megan Glynn replaces Roisin Leonard in the forwards. Both Connolly and Leonard are out injured. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
20 June 2018; Brian Concannon of Galway in action against Michael Cody of Kilkenny during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Kilkenny and Galway at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile The team is captained by Fintan Burke.The team in full is:1. Eanna Murphy ( Tommy Larkins)2. Ian O’Shea (Athenry)3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)4. Shane Bannon ( Clarinbridge)5. Fintan Burke ( St.Thomas’)6. Mark Hughes ( Liam Mellows)7. Jack Grealish (Gort)8. Thomas Monaghan ( Craughwell)9. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)10. Brian Concannon ( Killimordaly)11. Cian Salmon (Clarinbridge)12. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)13. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)14. Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)15. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway Under 21 team to play Wexford in Wednesday evening’s Leinster final has been named. There is one change to the side from that which beat Kilkenny in the semi-final with Cian Salmon replacing Jack Canning.
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Streets of Galway 8K is now into the final three weeks before the big race itself on the 11th of August. Brian Bruton, Tara White and David Glynn joined John on Over The Line on Friday night.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/STREETS%20OF%20GALWAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Entries are still open but are limited…Enter HERE Entries are almost full for the event that begins at 7pm with runners, walkers and joggers coming to Galway from all over the country.
The tournament will see Basketball Ireland Super League teams including Maree, Moycullen, Templeogue, Belfast Star and Griffith College Swords Thunder go head-to-head for top honours, setting the scene nicely for the tip off of the 2018/19 season the following weekend. The action gets underway at 10am with Local sides Maree and Moycullen locking horns and runs throughout the day with further games on Sunday morning before the final at 3pm. The schedule is below:Saturday, September 22nd, 2018:Maree v Moycullen, 10amTempleogue v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 11.30amBelfast Star v Moycullen, 1pmTempleogue v Maree, 2.30pmGriffith College Swords Thunder v Belfast Star, 4pmMoycullen v Templeogue, 5.30pmMaree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 7pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Belfast Star v Templeogue, 10amGriffith College Swords Thunder v Moycullen, 11.30amMaree v Belfast Star, 1pmFINAL, 3pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The second annual Donie Greene Memorial Tournament will take place at Calascantius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd.
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In establishing the gold standard in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) over the last few years, the success of Selkirk College Saints program can be attributed to a work ethic that mirrors the region the team calls home.As the Saints get set to embark on the 2018-2019 season, a trio of recruits will help continue the theme of steadfastness as it looks towards a return to the championship final. Former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) standouts Edward Lindsey, Dylan Heppler and Tayden Woods will attend Selkirk College starting in September.“It’s rare that our team is outworked in a game,” says Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven. “Along with bringing tremendous offensive upside, we are excited to have these three players join our team because they have proven over the course of their junior careers that determination and grit are vital parts of the way they play.”Lindsey wrapped up a five-year stint with the hometown Castlegar Rebels by being named the most valuable player in the Neil Murdoch Division in the 2017-2018 season. Raised in Castlegar, Lindsey played a total of 215 games with the Rebels where he averaged almost a point a game. The talented forward led the Rebels in scoring last season with 75 points which put him fourth overall in the KIJHL“I chose Selkirk College because of the wide variety of courses offered to help advance myself academically and after being able to witness the success of the Saints in the past years,” says Lindsey, who is enroled in the School of University Arts & Sciences. “I will bring an offensive game to the team, with a hard work ethic and a drive to bring the Saints back on top of the BCIHL.” Heppler is originally from Taber, Alberta and played three seasons for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks where he helped the team to a stellar championship run in 2017. Like Lindsey, Heppler led his team in scoring last season with 54 points while also contributing significantly in the defensive zone.“Having played junior just up the road in Beaver Valley, I was already familiar with the Saints program and have nothing but praise for the college,” says Heppler, who will take the Millwright/Machinist Program at Nelson’s Silver King Campus. “I will bring an element of speed and some offensive upside to my new team. I pride myself on having a hard work ethic and have the drive to win a championship.”Woods arrived to the West Kootenay from Calgary where he played the 2015-2016 season with the Castlegar Rebels. On his way to being named the Neil Murdoch Division’s rookie-of-the-year that season, Woods notched an impressive 74 points to lead his team in scoring and finish fourth overall in the league. He then moved on to play two full seasons of Junior A hockey in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.“Selkirk College’s hockey team has a rich history of winning championships and being a successful program,” says Woods, who has chosen to study in the Business Administration Program. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to begin my education in Castlegar, a place where I’m very comfortable and is like a second home to me. I know that coach Heaven can continue to develop me as a player and he has made me feel very wanted by the program.”The Saints were denied their fifth BCIHL title last March when the Trinity Western University Spartans defeated the local squad in the championship final. The Saints finished the 2017-2018 regular season in second place with an 18-5-0-2 record.“As local hockey fans already know from having watched these three players in junior, our team just became that much more energized both offensively and defensively,” says Heaven. “All three players are proven leaders who will fit in perfectly with the group we already have in the dressing room. We are pleased they decided to join our program where they can develop both academically and athletically over the course of the season.”The Saints begin training camp at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex in September.
After retiring from the NHL, Sutter purchased the Red Deer Rebels in 1999 and has been the owner/president ever since. Other than a five-year break to coach in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames between 2007 and 2012, Sutter has also been the Rebels head coach. In that time he has brought the central Alberta city a Memorial Cup in 2001 and also coached Canada’s World Junior Team to a pair of gold medals in 2005 and 2006.“It’s awesome, they preach professionalism right off the start,” Postmus says of the organization that also includes Brent’s son Merrick and his nephew Shaun. “Brent has put me in, has shown me the ropes and introduced me to some pretty well known people in the hockey community. I’m just trying to soak it all in and learn every day. I really cherish this opportunity and it is an important start in the hockey world.”Postmus is no stranger to organizations that strive for excellence in a family-like setting. He grew up in Fruitvale and after midget started playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks. One of the most storied Junior B teams in Western Canada, Postmus was part of a juggernaut squad that won the league title in 2012 under the guidance of head coach Terry Jones.“That was a pretty special team,” Postmus says about his hometown club. “Terry Jones is the greatest coach I ever had, hands-down. He preaches on-ice performance, but he wants to develop good people. I feel like a lot of what shaped my personality and who I am today is growing up in hockey schools with him as a young kid and then getting a chance to play for Beaver Valley. It was unbelievable. I owe a lot of my success and where I am today to Terry, he helped me grow as a person. He puts people in positions to succeed.”From junior, Postmus joined the Selkirk College Saints in the 2013-2014 season where he fit into a line-up fresh off its first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title. A key member of the Saints’ blueline, Postmus helped the team to three more championships as part of an incredible four-in-a-row run of provincial titles between 2013 and 2016.“I have those three rings in my room and everyday I see them and think ‘wow.’ What we accomplished during those years was pretty special,” Postmus says. “Both [former Saints coaches] Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin did such a great job of recruiting guys that brought excellence not only on the ice, but off the ice as well.”After graduating from the Business Administration Program at Selkirk College, Postmus transferred to Red Deer College where he played two seasons for the school’s hockey team while working on completing his Business Degree.Now well on his way to a career in the sport he loves so much, Postmus looks back to his time at Selkirk College as pivotal in his current success.“I’m grateful to [Selkirk College Athletics Coordinator] Kim Verigin, Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin who took me in right away and put me in a leadership role,” he says. “Through that I was able to have some experiences that I might have not gotten as a young guy. I really cherish the time I spent at Selkirk College, I wouldn’t be here today if not for that time.” For his first off-ice hockey job, Selkirk College alumnus Arie Postmus could not have landed a better boss to show him the ropes.This past summer, the former Selkirk College Saints defenceman secured a position with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels as the team’s Hockey Operations Administrator that includes a focus on player education and wellness. His boss is Brent Sutter, one of the most decorated men in professional and junior hockey, and member of the legendary family of hockey brothers who grew up on a farm in Viking, Alberta.“I have always wanted to work for a hockey team and stay involved in the sport, it’s my true passion,” says Postmus, who suited up with the Saints between 2013 and 2016. “I have been playing hockey since I was four and it’s just a part of me. I didn’t think this opportunity would come along so soon and there is no better person to start your hockey career than with Brent.”His role with the Rebels is dynamic and providing Postmus with a hands-on education about how an organization operates on a daily basis. Postmus looks after the logistics of road trips like hotels, meals, ice times and schedules, along with helping the coaching staff with analysis during games. The 27-year-old is also charged with working with younger players to ensure their education and life outside the rink is on track for success.His duties with the team are under the guidance of Sutter, the fourth of the famous family of six to play in the NHL and the most successful of his clan. Brent Sutter won three Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and was a member of three Canada Cup championship teams during a feisty professional playing career lasted between 1980 and 1998.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN will fight Manchester United and Barcelona for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports.The 29-year-old’s future is uncertain – talks have stalled about a new contract to extend his stay at White Hart Lane.4 Toby Alderweireld is wanted by Paris Saint-GermainCredit: Getty Images – GettyHis current deal has a one-year extension option, which is set be activated at the end of next season and would see him contracted to 2020.However, it also features a £25million release clause that could be activated in the summer of 2019, as long as a transfer was completed at least 14 days before the window shuts.Tottenham may have to listen to bids in the region of £40m for the defender at the end of this season, which has put some of Europe’s elite on red alert.United and Barcelona have been following Alderwiereld’s situation for months, but the moneybags French outfit could financially blow the pair out of the water, according to the Telegraph.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfie4 PSG boss Unai Emery is expected to be chopped this summer but his replacement could land Toby AlderweireldCredit: EPA4 Could Toby Alderweireld be on his way to Old Trafford?Credit: Getty – Contributor4 Mauricio Pochettino could allow Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose to leave this summerCredit: Getty Images – GettyPSG boss Unai Emery looks to be on borrowed time in the French capital after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid.And whoever takes over will have a huge transfer kitty to improve the squad to make another tilt at the Champions League next season.ZAH MAN Tottenham eyeing £40m swoop for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summerPSGfancy their chances of bagging Alderweireld as they have developed a good working relationship with Spurs over the last year with Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura moving to North London.Spurs chief Daniel Levy will hope to spark a bidding war for the defender who been struggling with a hamstring injury since the FA Cup win against Rochdale last month.Levy will only move on players at the request of manager Mauricio Pochettino, as was the case last summer with right-back Kyle Walker who joined Manchester City.United are also keen on Danny Rose who is expected to be allowed to leave in the summer.But it will be a huge ask for Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward to deliver the England left-back and Alderweireld in the same transfer window.How to win £1MILLION with Sun SixSUN SIX is the new predictor game where you can win £1million – just by correctly picking the results of six games.Here is how to get your mitts on the million:Make your picks – predict the scores from these six gamesEnter your details – quickly sign up to Sun Bets so we can contact youScore £1m – Watch the scores roll in and you can win £1mTop pundits IAN WRIGHT and DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM have made their picks for this week if you need a steer.And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend’s football here.Swansea 0-3 Tottenham: Christian Eriksen double sends Spurs into FA Cup semi-finals
TOTTENHAM would have to pay a club-record £48million for Matthijs de Ligt.Mauricio Pochettino is lining up Ajax’s Dutch star, 18, to replace Toby Alderweireld next season.3 Spurs have been told they would have to pay a club-record £48m Matthijs de LigtCredit: REUTERSBut he will have to break the bank to land the highly-rated defender, who is also wanted by Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.Asked about his future, De Ligt said: “Am I ready for a different experience? Maybe, yes. I don’t know.”If Spurs fail to land him they could move for Newcastle skipper and former England Under-21 star Jamaal Lascelles, 24.De Ligt, who turns 19 this summer, was developed through the famous Ajax academy.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 00:54Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -00:54 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreenPremier League clubs including Tottenham and Manchester United chase Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt – here is why…most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game3 Ajax will not sell the higly-rated defender cheapCredit: Getty – ContributorHe has represented the Dutch national team at all levels, making his first-team debut in March last year in a defeat to Bulgaria.De Ligt did, in fact, feature at Spurs’ temporary home last season, playing a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley.Belgian centre-half Alderweireld, 29, is wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG, who are all willing to pay £40m for him.He featured only 21 times last season for Pochettino’s team as his future at the club grew more uncertain.3 He featured for the Netherlands at Wembley in March in a 1-0 defeat to EnglandCredit: AFP or licensors
IT’S brawl over.Arsenal are top dogs again, snapping and snarling their way to supremacy in north London with this crazy victory.15 The Gunners pulled off a heroic comeback to secure three points against their rivalsCredit: AFP or licensorsThey put four past Tottenham, putting their bitter rivals back in their place with an aggressive, physical, powerful performance.Spurs played their part in that too, down to 10 men for the final five minutes after Jan Vertonghen was sent off.This was old-fashioned and very English, with eight yellows shared between these two warring sides, plus the red for Vertonghen.Both defences took the afternoon off.Tottenham fan arrested at The Emirates after a banana skin was thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in derby defeat to Arsenal15 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled out an impressive celebration after his first strikeCredit: Getty Images – Getty 15 Lucas Torreira scored Arsenal’s fourth goal to complete the comebackCredit: Getty Images – Getty15 Alexandre Lacazette scored after he replaced Alex IwobiCredit: ReutersPierre Emerick Aubameyang scored goals one and two for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira finising Spurs off.Somewhere in between all that, Eric Dier had made it 1-1 and Harry Kane made it 2-1 from the spot before Arsenal came back into it.This was powerkeg stuff, with passions running high between these two north London clubs.It was a crazy, chaotic game.BRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordGREAT SCENERonnie Whelan celebrates with grandson as Liverpool lift Premier League trophy15 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring after 10 minutes at the EmiratesCredit: Reuters15 Eric Dier scored from the spot before chaos erupted on the sidelinesCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Emirates, finally, was raucous, with Arsenal supporters leaping up on to railings to celebrate Emerick-Aubameyang’s 56th minute leveller.Defeat was not an option for Arsenal.To lose to Tottenham, to be beaten in their own backyard by Poch’s team, would have been too much for some.Not quite poisonous enough for a fly-by at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but there a few groans into the soy lattes this morning.Unai Emery talks about Aaron Ramsey’s contribution in Arsenal’s derby win over Tottenham15 England captain Harry Kane scored from the spot to make it 2-1Credit: AFP or licensorsThis game was running on caffeine, speeding along after Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s opening goal.Emery’s players were high on energy and enthusiasm, tearing in to these Tottenham players and taking the time away from them.Spurs could not handle the pace, conceding a soft penalty just 10 minutes in when Vertonghen handballed at a corner under pressure from Shkodran Mustafi.Aubameyang scored from the spot, giving Spurs fans the bird by celebrating wildly in front of them.15 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a stunner to level the scoring in the 56th minuteCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdBeyond that, it was difficult for celebrity ref Mike Dean to keep order.He lives for days like this.Spurs stirred, with Saed Kolasinac pinching the ball off Christian Eriksen’s toes on the edge of the area.Poch’s players were starting to show.They got their goal after half an hour, equalising after that liability Sokratis chopped Son out wide.Eriksen, brilliant against Chelsea and impressive against Inter when he leaped off the bench, engineered the goal.Halsey: Don’t blame Dean for Son penaltyBy MARK HALSEYMIKE DEAN should not be blamed for giving Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min a penalty.Arsenal defender Rob Holding went to ground inside the penalty box — and when you do that, you run the risk of conceding a spot-kick. In real time it looked a penalty.People should not criticise Mike, they should be criticising Holding.The difficult aspect of the incident for Mike was just how much contact was there from Holding on Son? I don’t think there was any. But it’s a decision that has divided opinion.It will be interesting to see if there is any retrospective disciplinary action.This sort of case seems exactly why the FA set up the panel to review incidents of successful deception of a match official.Eric Dier celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans when he scored, copying what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did. I don’t think either player has done anything wrong.I felt Dele Alli and Stephan Lichtsteiner inflamed the situation, not Dier. The pair of them should have been cautioned.But I expect both clubs to be charged by the FA for failing to control their players.Jan Vertonghen was sent off for two cautions, the second on Alexandre Lacazette.He could easily have been sent off for the challenge — which was late and made with excessive force on Lacazette’s ankle.And Vertonghen is lucky he will only serve one game for two cautions as opposed to three games for serious foul play.Vertonghen was booked after handling for Arsenal’s penalty. The spot-kick was enough and Mike could have avoided the caution on top.15 Gunners boss Unai Emery was an animated figure on the sidelineCredit: ReutersINTERACTIVE STATS – CLICK on the categories to find out how the teams faredINTERACTIVE LINE-UPS – CLICK on a player’s number below to see their stats15 Chaos erupted after Eric Dier celebrated alongside the Arsenal subsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdHis free-kick was met by Eric Dier at the near post and his clever run was rewarded with the Spurs equaliser.Beyond that it was bedlam.Dier silenced the Arsenal fans, ordering them to keep schtum by pressing his finger to his lips as he ran towards the corner flag.It led to some chaotic scenes, with both benches sprinting down the touchline to control their warring players.The truce lasted four minutes.Tottenham scored again, taking the lead when Son went down under the challenge of Rob Holding. It was as soft as they come.15 Harry Kane scored to give Tottenham the lead before half-timeCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdKane readied himself, taking his time before planting his penalty kick beyond Bernd Leno.Arsenal were losing it, with Mustafi taking chunks out of Kane and Son in separate challenges. He earned his booking.So did Granit Xhaka, shown a yellow card for whacking Dele at the start of the second half.When they regained composure, Arsenal took control.Aubameyang got his second of the game, with Lloris just admiring his effort from the edge of the area 56 minutes in.Bellerin played a delightful ball through Tottenham’s defence for Ramsey to square into the path of their main man.15 Tottenham were reduced to ten men when Jan Vertonghen saw redCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was a quality finish.The momentum was with Arsenal, with their fans demanding a winner against their big rivals.Mustafi had an effort cleaed off the line and then Torreira’s follow up flew over the crossbar.Arsenal were up for this.They took the lead again after 74 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette beat Lloris with a left-footed effort.Emery had sent him on with Ramsey at the break, a bold move that could easily have backfired.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrate with Arsenal teammates after derby win over Tottenham15 Alexandre Lacazette’s strike took a deflection before it curled into the corner of the cutCredit: ReutersInstead it went their way.Juan Foyth’s failure to clear on the halfway line was ready by Ramsey and he pinged it out to Lacazette.The Arsenal forward wrong-footed Tottenham’s defence before beating Lloris off his left foot.Arsenal were not finished.They got another when Aubameyang’s good work was rewarded with Torreira’s goal to finish off this dery.Spurs lost it, with Vertonghen sent off for a second booking five minutes from time when he nobbled Lacazette.15 The Gabon international stole the show for the GunnersCredit: ReutersThis was Arsenal’s day, a throwback to the days when nobody pushed them around inside their own home.Close your eyes for a moment and listen to the animated Arsenal fans, you half expected to see Patrick Vieira and that crowd out there.Instead the new breed are taking shape under the guidance of their new coach.Finally, Arsenal have a bit of fight about them.15 Lucas Torreira scored in the 77th minute to make it 4-2Credit: ReutersFeatureNAKED TRUTHThe most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions in sport, including Venus WilliamsBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosLEADING BY EXAMPLEBrian O’Driscoll feels ‘too guilty’ not to wear face mask when shoppingFOND FAREWELLShane Lowry shares moving snap as he says goodbye to daughter Iris at airportVideoMAC IN ATTACKMcGregor shows off football skills as UFC star proves he’s no one-trick ponyHIGH LIFEConor McGregor’s coach says his life looks terrible as he parties on French coastExclusiveONE OF A KINDBarry Hearn has never ‘met a more perfect person than Katie Taylor’FALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweet
Week 18 News & Notes (PDF) B. Tie Between Three or More Teams.1. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and the tied teams all played two games against one another, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie shall be compared until a seeding advantage is gained. Thursday Lineup: There are six Southland Conference games on Thursday. In addition to the Central Arkansas game at Northwestern State and the Southeastern Louisiana game at Sam Houston, the focus for almost every turns to tournament seeding. McNeese State, which became the seventh team to qualify for the tournament after last Saturday’s overtime win over Abilene Christian, visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team that moved into second place in the conference standings. Oral Roberts finds itself tied for fourth with Northwestern State and visits Stephen F. Austin on Thursday. Nicholls, which is currently fifth, is at Houston Baptist and New Orleans visits Lamar. Countdown to Katy: The countdown in on for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the seventh consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2014 tournament will be the 15th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston in 2007 before moving to Katy in 2008. UCA’s Miles is League’s Scoring Leader: Central Arkansas senior LaQuentin Miles leads the Southland Conference in scoring for the second consecutive week after finally reaching the league’s minimum that a student-athlete play at least two-thirds of the team’s games to qualify. Miles is averaging 22.9 points per game overall in 19 games this season after regaining eligibility in mid-December. He still has not met the NCAA’s minimum of 75 percent. Oral Roberts senior Shawn Glover had led the league for most of the season. He is now averaging 21.7 points per game through 29 games this season. That figure ranks 11th in NCAA Division I. UIW’s Denzel Livingston is the league leader in conference play, averaging 23.0 points per game in the Cardinals’ abbreviated conference schedule in their first Division I season. Glover has scored 20 points 21 times this season, including 13 of his last 15 games. Livingston has 16 20-point efforts, while Miles has 14. There have been 17 30-point games in the Southland this year, including three by Northwestern State sophomore Jalan West. Last week, McNeese State senior Ledrick Eackles scored 31 points against UIW on Thursday and followed with 35 points vs. Abilene Christian on Saturday. Livingston went for 36 Feb. 8 in a win over Houston Baptist. That matched Stephen F. Austin senior Desmond Haymon 36 points against Cal State Northridge as the top offensive outburst in the league this season. FRISCO, Texas – With less than one week remaining until the start of the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, all but one of the tournament’s eight spots has been determined. It will come down to either Southeastern Louisiana or Central Arkansas. The Lions (6-10) have a one-game lead on the Bears (5-11) with two games to play. Southeastern visits Sam Houston State on Thursday before closing the regular season at Lamar on Saturday. UCA has road games at Northwestern State on Thursday and league champion Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The 8-19 Bears have won their last two games, beating Sam Houston State and Lamar, last week to remain in contention for a tournament berth the final week of the season. Southeastern has dipped to 11-16 overall after losing its last three games, falling last week to the two teams still ahead of Central Arkansas. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10. Tie-breaker Procedure. All ties shall be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom, in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions higher or lower in the standings that are also tied, these higher or lower tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purposes of comparison. • Clinched the conference regular-season championship for the second consecutive season.• Will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament and receive a bye into the semifinals. SFA’s first game will be Friday, March 14.• Has won a Southland record 24 consecutive games with its last lost Nov. 23. It’s current streak ranks second behind Wichita State’s 31-game run.• Has won a league record 21 consecutive conference games dating back to the 2012-13 season.• Has won 31 consecutive home games, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Lumberjacks’ current home streak ranks second to Duke and Florida, who each boast 32-game home-court win streaks.• Has won 12 straight road games, which is tied with Wichita State for the Division I leads. SFA won all nine of its Southland road games this season. It’s 14 road wins this season are the most by any Division I team.• Became the first Southland school to win 27 regular-season games in the league’s 51-year history.• Is only the third Southland team to ever reach 27 wins in a season, joining the 1984-85 Louisiana Tech Sweet 16 team, led by Karl Malone, which finished 29-3. Last year’s SFA team finished 27-5.• Has a chance to become the Southland’s first men’s basketball team to win 30 games.• Is 54-7 during the last two seasons. 3. If three (3) or more teams remain tied for a position, regardless of the number of games played against the other tied teams, any won-loss advantage in the combined pool of tied teams shall be used as a seeding tie-breaker. This shall continue through the order of final standings if necessary. 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team(s), regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the higher seed. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. [5/13] Central Arkansas’ Miles Named Player of the Week: Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Miles has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in helping to lead the Bears to wins over Sam Houston State and Lamar last week. The senior from Jacksonville, Ark. had a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds in win over Lamar on Senior Day, and had 23 points and 12 rebounds in upset second-place Sam Houston. Miles shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 vs. Lamar. He also was made both 3-point shots and connected on 17 of 28 free throws, while averaging 34.5 minutes with no fouls. This is the second time this season Miles has been honored as player of the week. Twenty-Win Teams: The Southland Conference could have at least three 20-game winners for the third consecutive season. At 27-2, SFA has recorded 20 wins or more for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. UIW won its 20th game last Saturday at Nicholls (69-67) to reach the mark in its first season in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State is 19-9 and looking for its first 20-win campaign since 2009-10 when it claimed its last league title and finished 25-8 overall. The Bearkats close the regular season with home games against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. Stephen F. Austin Repeats as Champion: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team claimed the outright Southland Conference championship last Thursday when sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 28 points in an emphatic 103-63 victory at New Orleans. SFA entered the night with a three-game lead over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State, and with the win over UNO and Sam Houston’s 80-71 loss at UCA on the same night, the Lumberjacks claimed their second consecutive outright conference championship and first under first-year coach Brad Underwood. SFA scored 100 points for the first time since they did so against Howard Payne in 2010 and the first against a league opponent since dropping 110 against Texas-Arlington in the 1994-95 season. The title is SFA’s fourth title. The Lumberjacks shared the 2008 title with Lamar before claiming their first of now three outright titles in 2009. Impact of Ineligible Teams. Abilene Christian, UIW and New Orleans are not eligible for the 2014 Southland Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Should an ineligible team(s) finish in a position that would normally qualify for the tournament; the ineligible team(s) will be replaced by the next eligible team(s) in order of the final standings, or if necessary, as determined by the tie-breaking system. However, when breaking ties, the order of the final standings shall be kept intact, including where the ineligible team(s) is positioned following the final games. If applicable, results against the ineligible team(s) count in the tie-breaking system that determines seeding. Results against New Orleans are factored in all necessary seeding tie-breakers. Results against ACU and UIW will be factored in tie-breakers A.(4.) and/or B.(4.), listed below, if necessary. 3. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the other tied team, regardless of the number of games played, shall receive the higher seed. A. Tie Between Two Teams.1. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a head-to-head win-loss advantage after two games against one another, that team receives the higher seed. SFA Enjoying Historic Season: The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in the Southland Conference with two league games remaining. SFA plays host to Oral Roberts on Thursday before closing the regular-season Saturday against Central Arkansas. Notes on SFA’s season: 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team, regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the seeding advantage. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Chasing Perfection: Stephen F. Austin is trying to become the first Southland Conference team to finish with a unblemished conference record since Arkansas State finished 4-0 in 1973-74. There have been only four teams to finish with a perfect league record in the previous 50 seasons of the league. Joining Arkansas State on that list are: Louisiana Tech (8-0 in 1971-72), Arkansas State (8-0 in 1966-67) and Abilene Christian (8-0 in 1965-66). SFA became the first Southland school to go perfect in its first 16 conference games. Schools have been close to undefeated conference season recently including Texas-Arlington, which was 15-1 and won its first 15 conference games before falling to Texas-San Antonio in the regular-season finale. The 1997-98 Nicholls (15-1) team won its first 14 league games before falling to Louisiana-Monroe in its next-to-last game. Northwestern State finished 15-1 in 2006, but lost its fourth conference game. Nicholls was 17-1 in 1994-95, but lost its fifth game. ULM (17-1) won its final 16 league games in 1992-93 after suffering a loss to North Texas in its second league contest. McNeese State’s Guidry Leads Southland in Rebounding: McNeese State junior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. He is coming off an 10-rebound effort against Abilene Christian last week and has seven games with at least 10 rebounds. He had a stretch of four games with double-figure rebounding totals, including a season-high 14 against Nicholls. UIW’s Ian Markolf has the top single-game total in the Southland this season with 19 rebounds against Central Arkansas Jan. 16. 5. In the event a three-way or more tie-breaker is reduced to two remaining tied teams, the tiebreaker reverts to the two-way system. [5/13] Lumberjacks Close Regular Season on ESPN3: ESPN3 will broadcast the Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday. The men’s game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., CT. David Saltzman and Van Chancellor will have the call for the network. ESPN3 coverage of the Southland this season includes 12 doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. ESPN3 will carry both men’s and both women’s semifinal games of next week’s conference tournament in Katy. Demons Top Southland, Second in Nation in Scoring: Northwestern State is the top scoring team in the Southland Conference, averaging 85.7 points per game. That figure ranks second in Division I behind Virginia Military, which is scoring 88.5 points per game. The Demons have scored 2,313 points in 27 games this season. BYU (85.0), Iona (84.0) and Iowa (83.6) round out the top five. Southland in the NCAA Rankings: SFA’s 93.1 win percentage ranks second (behind unbeaten Wichita State) and its 13.7 scoring margin ranks ninth … Oral Roberts senior guard/forward Shawn Glover is ranked fourth in the NCAA with 241 total field goals, 11th with 474 field goal attempts and 10th with 630 points … the Lumberjacks’ 5.7 turnover margin ranks fourth while the Demons rank 25th with 3.0 margin … Northwestern State freshman guard Zeek Woodley ranks fifth in the nation with his 62.0 field-goal percentage … Demon sophomore Jalan West ranks fifth nationally with 2.7 steals per game … Northwestern State ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 9.1 per game … Central Arkansas is 15th (8.6) … Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior John Jordan ranks eighth with 252 free-throw tries and ranks 20th with 173 makes … Northwestern State’s West ranks eighth with 6.6 assists per game … SFA is outscoring opponents by 13.7 points per game, which ranks ninth in Division I … SFA (16.4) ranks 10th and the Demons (16.4) 11th in assists per game … SFA’s 475 total assists rank 17th … the Lumberjacks rank 23rd nationally in scoring defense (62.3) … Sam Houston State ranks 17th nationally with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage. Seven Teams Already In Tournament: Seven teams have already qualified for the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament March 12-15 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. There were already six teams in the tournament’s eight-team field entering play last week, including Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Northwestern State and Nicholls. Of the 11 eligible teams, Houston Baptist and Lamar have already been eliminated from contention, while transitioning teams Abilene Christian and UIW are not eligible for the tournament until 2018. New Orleans is also ineligible for the postseason based on its NCAA APR penalty. UCA to Tab Pennell as Coach: Central Arkansas will host a news conference on Friday to announce Russ Pennell as its new head men’s basketball coach. Pennell, who played at UCA from 1982-84, was interim coach at Arizona in 2008-09 and head coach at Grand Canyon University from 2009-2013. He most recently coached the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Pennell, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., has an extensive background as a collegiate assistant coach, at Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Arizona. Pennell, 53, will replace UCA interim coach Clarence Finley, who stepped in for Corliss Williamson last August when he left to be an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Southland Conference Tie-Breaker Policy…Tournament Seeding. Tournament seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular season winning percentage in Conference competition. A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used. 2. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and if the teams combined to split their regular season games against one another, or if they played an uneven number of games against one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the next highest-positioned team(s) they all played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Perfect in Conference Play: Stephen F. Austin is one of just three Division I teams that have yet to lose a conference game. Joining the Lumberjacks on the list are Wichita State (31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and Florida (28-2, 17-0 Southeastern). The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in Southland games. 2. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and if the teams split their regular season games, or if they only played one game against each other, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the highest positioned team(s) they both played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. In the Polls: Stephen F. Austin remains No. 2 for the second consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 behind Wichita State (31-0). It is the highest ever ranking in the poll by the Lumberjacks, who sat at No. 3 for three consecutive weeks behind the Shockers and Gonzaga (25-6), which holds on to the No. 3 spot. North Dakota State (23-6) and Harvard (24-4) round out the top five. For the seventh consecutive week, SFA is also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks are receiving nine votes in the coaches’ poll and 38 votes in this week’s Associated Press Poll, which is No. 29. C. Unbreakable Ties. In the event a tie for seeding cannot be broken using game results, the team(s) involved in the tie rated best in The RPI Report by Collegiate Basketball News in effect on Sunday morning following the final games of the regular-season schedule shall be named the higher seed(s). If a tie for seeding still exists after evaluating the Collegiate Basketball News power rating, a drawing for seed position(s) shall be held by the commissioner. [2/04]
“I am thrilled to be named the head volleyball coach for the University of Central Arkansas,” said Jones. “The rich tradition of success the UCA program has is something I look forward to continuing. I was extremely impressed with each athletics staff member and coach I had the opportunity to meet. It is very evident, from the longest-tenured coach to the most recent hire, that UCA is a place that you want to be a part of and that certainly resonates with the student-athletes as well.” Jones was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer for Florida as a senior in 1998, and helped lead the Gators to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that causes temporary paralysis, in the middle of her college career, Jones returned to the court and earned the NCAA’s Honda Inspiration Award in 1999. She was also awarded the Springfield Women’s Intersport Courage Award in 2008 and the MVC Most Courageous Award in 2012. Jones, who has spent the previous 13 seasons at Missouri State, looks to continue the success that the Sugar Bears have experienced in the past. Since arriving at Missouri State in 2002, she has helped guide the Bears to seven NCAA Tournaments and 20 or more victories in 12 of 13 seasons. During her time in Springfield, Missouri State compiled a record of 291-132 (.690), including a mark of 184-60 (.754) against league opponents. Under Jones’ guidance, the Bears finished as one of the top two teams in the MVC in either the regular season or MVC Tournament all but four times. After beginning her coaching career as a student-assistant at the University of Florida, Jones joined the staff at Illinois State, helping the Redbirds to 36 wins over two seasons, including second-place finishes in the regular season and the Missouri Valley Tournament during her first season. Jones continued, saying, “With the vision and direction of President Courtway and Dr. Teague, the UCA athletic department is headed in an incredible direction for present and future greatness. UCA is a special place and I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and administrators. I cannot thank Dr. Teague and Natalie Shock enough for this tremendous opportunity.”Central Arkansas Athletics will host a reception and press conference to welcome Coach Jones on Thursday afternoon in the Skyboxes located on the fifth floor of Bear Hall. CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague has announced the hiring of Jeni Jones as the ninth head coach in the history of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Volleyball. “As with all of our coaching hires, we want to find great men and women to lead our student-athletes, and Jeni Jones certainly fits this characteristic,” said Teague. “Coach Jones is a solid person who knows collegiate volleyball very well. From her days competing at the highest level at Florida, to her role at the great program of Missouri State, Coach Jones understands what it means to be a collegiate athlete and what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court.” “We are very fortunate that Jeni Jones has accepted our head volleyball coaching position,” said Teague. “She has a great grasp on all aspects of a program, and she will ensure that our volleyball team members will be the best they can be in all aspects of life. I am very confident in entrusting the Sugar Bear Volleyball Program to Coach Jones. She will be a great addition to the UCA family and will mentor our young women to greatness. We are all proud to call Coach Jones a Sugar Bear.”
BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer A 6-8-2 season has Brookdale Community College’s men’s soccer coach Mike Costa fired up for next year. Costa, who was hired for the job just before the season began, noted that he had to return to the Lincroft campus next year to make up for ’06. Any thoughts that it might have been a one-year stint to help the Blues out were erased. “I have to do it now,” he said. “I’ve got to do something about this. “It was an introduction to Murphy’s Law, whatever could go wrong does go wrong,” he added. “It was frustrating.” Injuries hit the team early (midfielder Joe Shan before the season even started) and often. The Blues lost their keeper early in the season and had to turn to a field player for the rest of the campaign. Costa found himself still holding tryouts during the season, yet his team remained competitive. It was a decided disadvantage in one-goal games that left the Blues one game short of the Region XIX tournament. “We lost a lot of one-goal games,” Costa said. “We had a tendency to not come back when we fell behind.” Those close one-goal games were a positive indication that the talent-level cupboard at Brookdale is hardly barren. “The kids worked hard and they have great athletic skills,” said Costa, who turned Jackson Memorial into a Shore Conference and state power when he was coaching high school. “There were certain shortcomings that we couldn’t overcome.” Among them, Costa observed were the lack of enough physical players and a strong center halfback. It was a midfielder Helder Andrade (Ocean Township), who was BCC’s best all-around player. “He was our top player all year by far and one of the best in Region,” said Costa. Christian Pozo (Neptune) and Tomas Cholula (Colts Neck) led the Blues in scoring with nine goals each and Mike Baur (Colts Neck), chipped in with seven. Cholula was felled by the team’s injury jinx late in the season. “In a lot of games we had the better of the play,” Costa remarked. “We didn’t score when we needed it.” As an example, Costa pointed to one week in the season where the team lost three straight games -1-0, 1-0 and 2-1. A goal here or there in any of those games could have turned the season around and put them in the playoffs. When the goal-tending position became open, it was Pablo Penagos who was the forward that moved from the field to keeper. “He did a pretty good job,” said Costa. “It was a lot to ask of him.” Penagos did record three shutouts. Costa will spend the off-season building toward 2007. He a good core of freshmen that he can build next year’s squad around. Perhaps most importantly, it will be his team and it will have a full preseason camp with their coach before the season opener. “Next year will be a little easier,” he said. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
SEAN BRADY Middletown High School North’s Kim Ridolfi competes in the high jump during the Monmouth County Relays held at Matawan Regional High School on May 2.
The Monmouth University women’s basketball team bounced back from a first round loss to defeat Binghamton University, 60-51, on Dec. 31 in the consolation game of the second annual Hawk Holiday Classic presented by Staybridge Suites of Eatontown. The Hawks improve to 9-3 on the season while the Bearcats fell to 6-6 with the loss.American University won the Classic, defeating Brown University in the final, 56-47, at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) in West Long Branch.The third-place win marked a milestone for Monmouth head coach Stephanie V. Gaitley, who recorded her 450th triumph as a Division I head coach. Gaitley, in her 25th season as a head coach and her third at Monmouth, is now 450-263 overall and 43-30 with the Hawks.“Winning a lot of games means you’re getting old and you have had a lot of good players,” said Gaitley in a press release. “I want to thank all of our current players and all my former players and assistants for being part of this milestone. You’re only as good as those you surround yourself with.”The Hawks were paced against the Bearcats by Alysha Womack’s (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) 19 points and seven rebounds. She connected on 8 of 14 field goals, including 3 for 6 from three-point range. Junior Alexis Canady (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, recorded 14 points and five assists, while Erin Rooney (Christchurch, New Zealand/Marian College) contributed 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.Monmouth, which led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, held a 29-18 lead at the half. The Hawks converted 7 of 16 three-pointers in the first half en route to hitting 10 of 25 (40 percent) for the game.The Hawks forced 21 BU turnovers, converting them into 15 points, and out-rebounded their visitors from upstate New York 42-35. Gabby Singer (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) contributed eight points (2 of 5 three-pointers) off the bench for the Hawks, who wrapped up nonconference play with the win. Binghamton was led by all-tournament team member Viive Rebane, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Holmes and Jasbriell Swain added 12 points apiece for the Bearcats, who shot 34.7 percent for the contest.In the loss to Brown from the Ivy League on Dec. 30, the Hawks trailed by 17 points with 15:59 remaining in the contest and staged a furious rally. However, they could never catch the Bears, and fell, 75-71. Womack led all scorers with 21 while Canady and Abby Martin (Maplewood/Columbia High School) each had 18.American University outscored Brown 40- 28 in the second half to erase a 19-16 halftime deficit and win the championship. Liz Leer scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds forAmerican, and Ebony Edward added 13.American, 9-4 on the season, defeated Binghamton, 58-32, in its first-round game.Starting for Brown University at guard is former Colts Neck High School great Lauren Clarke. The freshman netted 11 points in the win overMonmouth and had nine in the final.Clarke is leading theBears (4-9) in scoring (10.8 points per game) and in three-pointers (25).Monmouth will host Quinnipiac in a Northeast Conference game tomorrow in a noon matinee at the MAC. Sacred Heart will make a call inWest Long Branch for another NEC tilt onMonday at 7 p.m.TheHawkswill hit the road for four games before hosting Long Island University on Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m.
BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Above: New Jersey Lions head coach Paul Castillo, who played football for Middletown North High School, talks to his players during a practice at its home field at St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, on Jan. 21. The Lions, a semipro football team out of Old Bridge, are seeking to be featured in NFL Films’ “Hard Knocks.” Below: Snow and freezing temperatures didn’t keep the Lions from practicing in preparation for their Jan. 29 game at SJV against another semipro team, the Irish of the Five Star Football League, in a game to be covered by NFL Films. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff The NFL isn’t the only football league still playing outside in subfreezing temperatures. Some 60 players from the New Jersey semipro football team New Jersey Lions, based in Old Bridge, will have their exhibition game against the New Jersey Irish in chilling temperatures covered by NFL Films for a special program on semipro football around the country, to be aired on its “Hard Knocks” program.The Pride Bowl will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. John Vianney High School’s all-weather field in Holmdel. It pits the Lions of the Big Northeast Football Federation against the Irish of the Five Star Football League and will be taped for highlights. Lions coach and owner Paul Castillo and some of the Lions players will have microphones recording them during the game to give viewers a feel of what’s going on.Film crews were at St. John Vianney on Jan. 21 recording footage of practice and interviewing players. General admission is $7 for the game, and children under 10 will be admitted free of charge. Some proceeds from the game will benefit the Valerie Center Children’s Cancer Hospital in Long Branch.The date and time for the airing of the NFL Films program have yet to be determined.“Most of these guys played in college, and they still have the dream. They play for the love of the game,” said Castillo. “NFL Films wanted do to something on NFL teams, and looked around and heard about [semipro teams], came to two or three of our practices and liked what they had seen.”His team was 10-2 during the season in its second year in the conference, losing in the second round of the North Division playoffs to the Jersey Wolves, 28-22, in overtime. The Lions’only other loss was to the Central Pennsylvania Piranhas, 26-20. The season runs through the summer into November, but the Lions and Irish agreed to play an exhibition game in the frigid January weather.“Theweather is not that bad. You just dress in layers, although it’s better to play without all of that in the warmer weather,” said quarterback Matt Mariano, a former star at East Brunswick High School who went on to play at Delaware Valley College and is one of the players being mic’d up for this game. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not many players actually in the NFLhave a chance to be a part of an NFL Films production. Who knows what can happen from here?”Mariano is working his way back into playing shape after he was medically cleared in December after a shoulder separation suffered early in the season.“When I was done with college, I thought I was done with football,” he said. “One guy I played high school football with told me about this team, which is not far.”But games are played along the East Coast, and for any game that’s about two hours away or less, players need to figure out their own way to get there. For a few games of longer distances, they charter a bus. After three seasons, the Lions moved from the Regional American Football League, where they averaged 48 points a game in an unbeaten regular season and gave up 6.3 points per game, second best in the league. Last year they finished 14-1, beating the 2007 RAFL and national champion Prince William (Va.) Monarchs, 30-13. In the second round, the Lions beat the New Jersey Wolves, 15-12, with a 105-yard interception return for the game-winning touchdown before the season ended in a 22-21 loss to the Virginia Kings.This season, they scored 36.6 points and allowed 6.7 per outing, second best in their new league in both areas.Most of the players on this team were college players who could not hang up the cleats for good. Just about all of them have professional careers.“This is not for everybody,” said Lions middle linebacker Jeff Castillo, the coach’s brother and a co-owner of the team. “Some look to semipro football as a joke, but not us. We’re in a class with a few other teams that take this seriously. We’re trying to change the face of semipro football, and my brother and his staff of 16 coaches put in so much time to this. It’s their lives. It’s what they talk about away from the field.”Jeff Castillo, an ironworker for New Jersey Local 45, is a former star middle linebacker for Middletown North’s state championship team in 1996. He said he became a co-owner first and then decided to get back on the field. “I wasn’t ready to stop playing yet,” he said. Strong-side linebacker Paul Keator, one of many Jersey Shore-area players, lives in Toms River after a stellar career at Middletown South as a running back. He was recruited by University of New Haven coach Tony Sparano, now head coach with the Miami Dolphins, and left after a year when Sparano also exited. He spent a brief time at Rowan University in 2003 and then left to start his own paving business.“I feel this is better than college,” Keator said. “The time everyone is putting into it, they feel like it’s real football. It’s getting bigger and younger with more guys fresh out of college who feel this is their chance to maybe get noticed by a team [in the NFL].”And with a potentially large audience who may be watching them on their television sets, this is the chance for many of them to live their dream — at least for one showing.For more information, go to njlionsfootball.com or Facebook.com/newjersey lions.
By Patrick JohnstonFIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has dismissed accusations of human rights abuses during his time as Bahrain Football Association head as nasty lies, in comments to the BBC on Tuesday.Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), submitted his papers on Monday to stand in FIFA’s February 26 election to decide upon a new leader of the world governing body, engulfed in a corruption crisis.But Salman’s declaration came amid an outcry from human rights groups who say that he, as head of the Bahrain Football Association and member of Bahrain’s royal family, had local football players arrested, detained, abused, tortured and publicly humiliated during democracy protests in February 2011.Bahrain was swept by protests during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in which the Shi’ite majority demanded political reforms from the Sunni Muslim ruling family.Salman faced the same accusations prior to his election as AFC president in 2013. He reiterated his previous position on Tuesday that he was innocent.“These are false, nasty lies that have been repeated again and again in the past and the present,” he told BBC Sport, accusing some people of having an “agenda” in making the allegations.“I cannot deny something that I haven’t done,” he said. “It’s not just damaging me, it’s damaging the people and the country.”The Bahraini, who is closely allied with Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in international sports politics and a key figure in the Olympic movement, is one of eight candidates to head FIFA.The 49-year-old Manchester United supporter initially backed Sepp Blatter before throwing his support behind UEFA President Michel Platini to succeed him as FIFA president. Both were suspended for 90 days this month pending a full investigation by FIFA’s Ethics Committee. Both deny any wrongdoing.Salman, expected to be able to call upon the bulk of support among the 47 members in the Asian confederation, said he was the man to fix FIFA, which has been reeling since May when the United States indicted several FIFA officials for bribery, money laundering and wire fraud.Swiss authorities are also investigating the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.“With the support I’m going to get, we’re going to turn it around very quick,” Salman said.
The peak remains tantalisingly close for Serena Williams but negotiating the final incline to a record-equalling 22nd grand slam singles title is proving the trickiest of all.American veteran Williams gets another chance to match Steffi Graf’s professional era benchmark at Wimbledon when the championships start next week, having proved uncharacteristically vulnerable when it matters.Had it not been for defeat by Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final and Garbine Muguruza at the same stage in Paris, 34-year-old Williams would have already passed Graf and would be set to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.Instead, it has all become a bit of a struggle.Add in her US Open semi-final defeat by Roberta Vinci last year when a calendar slam seemed in her pocket, there are doubts about her finishing skills — and her nerve.“Something is holding her back, and it could be nerves,” 18-times grand slam champion Chris Evert said.“Especially against Kerber and against Muguruza, she wasn’t able to dig herself out of the hole like she has in past years.“She’s been famous for finding that next gear, that next level, when she’s down.”Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe tips Williams to win a seventh All England Club crown, but says self-imposed pressure could be mounting.“It’s not easy to try to do what she’s doing, to make history at this stage,” he said.“There’s not that many people that wouldn’t pick her here. If she’s playing well, she’ll win the tournament.”Of the challengers, they come in two distinct categories.The power hitters such as Spain’s Muguruza, twice champion Petra Kvitova, former world number one and rising American Madison Keys. Sadly Victoria Azarenka withdrew with injury.Then there are the scramblers like world number three Agnieszka Radwanska, Kerber and Simona Halep.World number two Muguruza pushed her hard in last year’s final and overpowered her in the French Open final with a fearless display of attacking tennis.Whether or not the 22-year-old can make the quick switch from clay to grass and deal with the new-found expectation is questionable though, according to Evert.“I’m curious to see how she does that,” the American, who will be commentating for ESPN, said in a phone conference.On her day Kvitova can be unplayable, especially on grass, although the Czech, winner in 2011 and 2014, is still prone to puzzling off-days and she played down her chances after losing to Johanna Konta at Eastbourne.“I’m not personally seeing chances, unfortunately. I will be very happy if I can show up in the second week,” Kvitova, who will be seeded 10th, said.Keys, seeded ninth, reached the quarter-finals last year and warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the Birmingham title on grass. She also won the Eastbourne title in 2014.Evert believes the 21-year-old is now ready to mount a serious Wimbledon challenge.“This girl can play on grass. Her serve I think matches Serena’s,” Evert said. “I think she’s going to win some majors. I don’t have any doubt in my mind.”
Roger Federer continued his recent mastery of Rafa Nadal when he beat his great rival 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set on the Crandon Park hardcourt for his fourth consecutive victory over the Spaniard.Nadal still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, due entirely to his superiority on clay, but Federer now leads 10-9 on hardcourt.Federer improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and Paribas Open in straight sets over Stan Wawrinka.His only loss was at the hands of Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai.
With a lunch-time kickoff, both clubs under Chinese ownership and only a place in the much-maligned Europa League to play for, Saturday’s Milan derby will be like none of the previous 217 fixtures between the old rivals.Whether it heralds a brave new dawn for fallen giants Inter Milan and AC Milan, or yet more seasons of transition and uncertainty, remains to be seen.The game at San Siro will take place less than 48 hours after Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi finalised his sale of AC Milan to a Chinese-led consortium on Thursday for 740 million euros ($788 million).It means both clubs are now under Chinese ownership, after retail giant Suning Commerce Group’s purchase of Inter last June.For the first time ever, the fixture will be played at 12.30 p.m. local time, a move likely to appeal to Asian viewers, but widely criticised by local fans on social media.It will also feature two teams who have become sad shadows of their former selves.The Derby Della Madonnina used to be one of the world’s great fixtures and a centrepiece of the Serie A season but the indifferent form of both teams in the last few years has stripped it of its gloss.Recently, with neither side in the Champions League or the running for the Serie A title, it has struggled to be billed as the top match of the weekend, let alone of the season.Milan go into the match in sixth spot with 57 points, with Inter one place and two points below.Both teams appear to be out of the running for a top three finish, which would earn a place in the Champions League next season, and are instead aiming for fourth to sixth places, which would take them into the second-string Europa League.It is hardly a great prize but seven-times European champions AC Milan have not even managed to do that in the last three seasons after finishing eighth, ninth and seventh.“I want to go into Europe, regardless of what Inter do,” said AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella.Inter Milan have qualified for the Europa League in three of the last five seasons but, embarrassingly, have failed to get beyond the round of 16 and were eliminated in the group stage this season.Inter’s experience since the Suning takeover has been anything but plain sailing.Coach Roberto Mancini resigned two weeks before the start of the season and his replacement, Frank de Boer, was fired after just 85 days following a miserable start.Replacement Stefano Pioli oversaw an improvement, including a run of eight successive wins, but is back under pressure after a 2-1 home defeat by Sampdoria and Sunday’s loss to humble Crotone.“There’s been a decline and it wasn’t expected,” Pioli said. “It’s important to learn from hard lessons like these and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The 21-year-old from Central – Kairuku and Malalaua in Gulf province is just new on the international scene, but is slowly making her mark.Ovia started playing netball at the age of six and growing up said she looked up to Pepes veteran, Kilala Owen.Her first taste of playing at an international level was at the Mission Foods Nations Cup 2016 last month in Singapore where Ovia got to play alongside Owen.Ovia, who plays goal keeper or goal defence, was thrown into the deep end in the Pepes first match of the Nations Cup against Canada. But she was up to the challenge and helped guide her country home to a 73-30 win.After the Nations Cup, Ovia was automatically selected into the U21 PNG side that took part in the Oceania Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand at the end of September.“It was nerve wrecking for me in the first few games but this eventually subsided.“It was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot as a defender about how to better work around the shooters and keep them from scoring,” said Ovia.The eldest of five children, Ovia was asked who has had the biggest influence in her life.She responded saying it is her mother Michelle Ovia.“My mother always reminds me, ‘no pain, no gain’ and to apply this to sports and to life as well,” said Ovia.Outside of netball, Ovia is a first year student at the Port Moresby Business College studying Business Management.“It was a hassle at first but I’ve learnt how to balance both sports and school. But I think education should always come first. It’s a priority,” said Ovia.With her eyes now set on making the PNG team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Ovia had this advice to give to youths.“There are lot of sacrifices to make if you want to achieve something, but if it’s your heart’s desire, then pursue it with everything you have,” said Ovia.Photo credit: Netball Singapore
Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur on Friday.Melbourne’s heatwave had relented by the time the Nadal walked on Margaret Court Arena, but the Spaniard was on fire as he battered the 28th seed into submission.The sole blemish was a dropped service game early in the second set but it only briefly slowed his charge.Nadal finished the job in one hour 50 minutes to reach the last 16 here for the 11th time where he will face Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.
England will adopt an aggressive approach to their World Cup fixtures and tackle the tournament “head on” as Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad hopes to make its mark in Russia, captain Harry Kane has said.The 24-year-old Tottenham striker hopes that an inexperienced squad will be motivated by the biggest stage, on which the national team has repeatedly disappointed since lifting the trophy in 1966.“The aim is to be aggressive and brave in possession,” Kane told British media. “We want to take this tournament head on.“There will be tough moments, and ups and downs. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it’s about playing attacking football.“We are aiming to win the first game, then to target the second, and take that attitude to the World Cup.”Kane, who scored 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions last season, will also be hoping to find the net for the first time at a major tournament.He struggled for form during England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.“Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer,” Kane added.England face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.
Netherlands scored twice in the last five minutes to recover from two goals down and earn a 2-2 draw against relegated Germany in the Nations League on Monday to secure a spot in next year’s finals ahead of world champions France.Virgil van Dijk struck a close-range volley in stoppage time to equalise for the visitors after Quincy Promes had cut the deficit in the 85th minute with the Germans having led through early goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane.Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal had already qualified for the four-team finals in June.The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, are in last place in League A Group 1 behind France, who just missed out the finals, and the table-topping Dutch.Monday’s Nations League Results:Andorra0Latvia0Georgia2Kazakhstan1Germany2Netherlands2Bulgaria1Slovenia1Cyprus0Norway2Liechtenstein2Armenia2Macedonia4Gibraltar0Czech Rep1Slovakia0Denmark0R. of Ireland0
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the appointment of France’s Stephanie Frappart as the first woman to referee a major UEFA competition final as a “historic moment”.Frappart will take charge of the Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea on Wednesday, and she vowed to prove female officials are just as effective as their male counterparts.Asked for his verdict on the decision, Klopp gave it a resounding thumbs-up.“Finally – it’s time. I’m happy to be a part of this historic moment. It’s a smart decision to have women referee a very, very important game. It’s the first time, but I hope it’s not the last,” said the German, who guided Liverpool to their sixth European Cup title last season.“Obviously we’re not smart enough to make all the smart decisions, but this is a smart decision.“I’m really sure we will try to not make the game any more difficult than it will be (for the officials). I will show my best face if possible, otherwise my mum would be angry,” he joked.Frappart, 35, will be assisted by her French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill.The trio have worked together at bigger matches – they were in charge of this year’s Women’s World Cup final in France – but there is no doubt they will be under intense focus at Istanbul’s Vodafone Park.Asked if she was afraid of being “double criticised” for any mistakes made, Frappart said it was time for female referees to show they are as good as the men.“We have to prove ourselves technically and physically that we are the same as the men. We are not afraid about wrong decisions. We are ready,” she told a news conference.Frappart, who in April became the first female referee in France’s Ligue 1, also dismissed the idea that it was more difficult to officiate a men’s game.“I think there is not a lot of difference because football is the same. It’s the same rules so I will do the same as the women’s game,” she added.Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he was pleased to be part of a moment in history.“I think the game has come on a long way in many ways, in terms of the women’s World Cup which we all watched this summer, in terms of how much respect the game’s getting, how many people are watching it and the interest in the game,” he said.“I think we were very slow everywhere on this and now we are trying to make strides, and there’s still a long way to go but in terms of tomorrow I think it’s a huge moment.“Its a historical moment that is one more step in the right direction.”The Super Cup is an annual match played between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final last season while Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final.Fourth official and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir supported the trio, saying: “They are brave, they have courage, they don’t hesitate to give unpopular decisions – you will see tomorrow.”UEFA said separately that it had also invited to the game two Italian women referees, Annalisa Moccia and Giulia Nicastro, who had experienced sexist behaviour at recent domestic matches.“We strongly condemn any form of sexist, discriminatory, derogatory or abusive conduct towards female referees,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in a statement.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool while goalkeeper David De Gea faces a scan and is a major injury doubt.Pogba has been battling an ankle problem and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the 26-year-old has suffered a setback in his recovery.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”De Gea was forced off in Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday night and Solskjaer admits he is also likely to miss the Liverpool clash at Old Trafford.“I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things,” Solskjaer added.The PA news agency understands De Gea is set to undergo a scan on a suspected groin injury.United sit 12th and are 15 points adrift of fierce rivals and league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.Solskjaer was battling a lengthy injury list before the international break and De Gea’s issue further adds to those problems.But the Norwegian is hopeful Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial may be fit to play some role at Old Trafford.“I can’t tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen,” he added.“But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last the training this week and be available for selection. If it’s for half a game or 30 minutes I don’t know but let’s see where they’re at.”Midfielder Juan Mata believes United can kickstart their season with victory over their arch-rivals.Writing in his blog on the club’s website, Spaniard Mata said: “On Sunday we have a great chance to change the dynamic and we are all very motivated to take the win.“We are United, we are playing at home and we will give everything to be able to take the victory that our fans deserve in such a special game.”Mata said of De Gea’s injury: “The bad news from that game was that David wasn’t able to finish the match due to an injury problem after making some great saves. I hope that it won’t be anything major and he can be back with us soon.”
Some clarity on how football leagues in Europe plan to complete seasons that have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic is expected this week but there is likely to be a mixed bag of solutions with countries tugging in different directions.Meetings set for the next few days will study how to resume the suspended campaigns, even though it will be difficult to come up with a definitive roadmap while the continent remains in the grip of the fast-spreading virus.UEFA will discuss this season’s Champions League on Wednesday while the Premier League will hold a conference call on Friday with suggestions they are considering re-starting the season in early May to avoid losing broadcast revenue.One option on the table is resuming the season behind close doors in order to finish by July 12, thereby avoiding millions of pounds of penalties in their television contracts.They will also want to settle promotion and relegation issues to avoid potential legal battles, like the one threatened by non-league clubs whose season has already been curtailed.In Italy, which has been in lockdown for over three weeks and has a COVID-19 death toll approaching 12,000, there is growing sentiment that the season should be abandoned.“Let’s think about health now, we’ll talk about football later,” Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso said.German clubs were meeting in Frankfurt on Tuesday with several stark options on the table.The German football league (DFL) will hear proposals to resume the Bundesliga in either mid-may or mid-June and finish the season in late July.It has also been suggested by some clubs that a 16-day tournament be organised, with several matches each day and clubs playing every two days in order to complete the 82 remaining matches by June 30, including the German Cup semi-finals and final.“We should definitely end this season. For reasons of fairness but also to limit the economic damage,” said Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.UNDER PRESSUREBut the prospect of La Liga clubs in Spain playing every second day was a non-starter for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.“The scenario we are looking at now is to play a game or two before June 30 so we can end the season in July or August. We have no problems in doing that,” he said on Tuesday.“What we don’t want is to play games behind closed doors or every 48 hours.”Ligue 1 in France is also under pressure to return after broadcaster Canal Plus said it would not pay the next instalment of their contract after the suspension of matches.Dutch clubs are awaiting an announcement on Tuesday of a possible extension of the ban on gatherings past June 1.In Belgium, the league’s leadership will meet on Thursday after a call from the majority of first and second division clubs to call off the rest of the 2019-20 campaign.FIFA plans to allow player contracts that end on June 30 to be extended until the season is completed.Wednesday’s UEFA video conference will involve the general secretaries of its 55 member associations but is unlikely to make any firm decisions, insiders said.Instead it will offer various scenarios, including the possibility of completing the Champions League in July and August.No matter what is discussed or agreed this week, the only thing that remains clear is that the situation will remain fluid for the foreseeable weeks ahead.
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 DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards In swatting aside the 34-year-old, in their first meeting since 1998, Serena, 35, stayed on track for a seventh Australian title which would take her past Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major wins.She has refused to talk about the possibility of finally surpassing the German, but now has a golden chance of further cementing her place in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWinning the title would also mean the world number one ranking would be hers again, after Angelique Kerber snatched deposed her late last year.Only Venus stands in the way after the elder Williams rolled back the years to beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town It ensured another chapter in their eventful family history as they meet for their ninth Grand Slam final on Saturday, eight years after the last. Serena holds a 6-2 advantage.“I didn’t watch (Venus). Obviously I was really proud, she’s an inspiration, my big sister,” said Serena. “She’s my world, my life, she means everything to me. I couldn’t be happier for us both to be in the final. It’s the biggest dream come true for us.”She also paid tribute to Lucic-Baroni, a former teenage prodigy when the Williams sisters were emerging in the 1990s before her career was derailed by personal problems.“Mirjana is an inspiration, she deserves all the credit today. To get this far, after everything she has gone through, that just inspires me.”ADVERTISEMENT – One-way traffic –Despite her serve not being up to scratch in Melbourne until now, Williams has so many other weapons in her armoury that her opponents have been unable to cope.Lucic-Baroni was no different.Her left thigh was again heavily strapped and the problem put her at an immediate disadvantage, restricting her movement against a player known for her pounding forehand winners.They both held serve comfortably to shake off any early nerves but Williams was looking sharp, capitalising on an unforced error to get the first break and go 2-1 ahead.She consolidated her lead by holding serve again, and a Lucic-Baroni double fault handed her a 4-1 lead.It was one-way traffic as the second seed asserted her authority, unloading some powerful groundstrokes to unsettle the Croat and easily take the first set in 25 minutes.The pair were playing each other for the first time since Wimbledon 19 years ago, a match the American won. Since then their careers have taken very different turns.While Williams went on to win 22 Grand Slams, the Croat dropped out of top-level tennis for most of the 2003-2010 period after fleeing an abusive and controlling father and suffering money and injury problems.Her return to the big time in Melbourne has been the feel-good story of the tournament, winning her legions of new fans with her emotional progression to her first Grand Slam semi-final since Wimbledon in 1999. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But it was only ever going to come to an end against the dominant Williams, who after seeing Venus make the final was never going to throw away the chance to meet her once again.The second set went the way of the first, with Williams crushing Lucic-Baroni’s serve to again break in the third game.She was broken again in game five as her magnificent run drew to a close and Williams moved into her 29th Grand Slam final. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings’ dream came true.The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose fairytale tournament was finally ended in a crushing 6-2, 6-1 defeat in just 50 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Age-defying Venus ends major final drought Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
All-Star but no superstarThe 58-year-old’s latest statement is not the first time he threw shade at the former UCLA Bruin. During last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the Thunder and the Mavericks, Cuban boldy proclaimed that the do-it-all point guard was not a superstar.Mark Cuban says Kevin Durant is the Thunder’s only superstar. What about Russell Westbrook? “He’s an All-Star but not a superstar.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 25, 2016 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES MOST READ Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NBA: Curry, Thompson lead Warriors over Knicks The 28-year-old Westbrook, meanwhile, is on the midst of his best season as a professional, and is widely believed by fans and pundits alike as the front runner for the MVP race, alongside Harden, James and Kahwi Leonard. Khristian Ibarrola/JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once again fired shots against Russell Westbrook, claiming the OKC superstar is not an MVP candidate this season. APWith unearthly averages of 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game this season, many believe that Russell Westbrook is a shoe-in for the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this year.But if Mark Cuban is to be asked, the MVP award front runners are James Harden and LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Despite being on track as the first player in 55 years to average a triple double, and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to its current 7th place in the Western Conference, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner says he doesn’t believe Westbrook is a legitimate MVP candidate.Mark Cuban says MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James. Where is Russell Westbrook in that mix? “He’s not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 6, 2017Just moments after Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters he’s in awe of the OKC superstar’s spectacular season, Cuban once again ignited the fire between the two with his controversial comments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Speaking during Cleveland’s shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against Indiana on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas’s situation. “My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life,” James told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Had to be a tough situation for him, just going out and playing a game and obviously who cares about the game? That’s so silly to even think about basketball when something like that tragic happens.“He obviously is a strong-willed guy. I got to know him the last couple years. It’s unfortunate something like that has happened at a time like this. Obviously our world is kind of revolved around basketball, but like I said, who cares about basketball when something like that happens?” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics during the final seconds second half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 29, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 124-118. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a car crash at the weekend.Thomas fought through tears to score 33 points in Boston’s opening playoff defeat to Chicago on Sunday, just a day after his sister Chyna’s death.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town James said Thomas’s performance under the circumstances was “unbelievable.”“It’s a sick feeling. I don’t have any siblings, but I have some very, very close people in my life and I can only imagine how that would take your heart away,” James said. “Especially at a time like this. He was unbelievable in the game, too, by the way.”Meanwhile, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday he expects Thomas to remain with the team for Tuesday’s Game 2 in the series before returning to be with his family in the Seattle area.“His plan, as of right now — and, again, subject to him changing if he wants — is that he’ll be here (Tuesday) night and then will go either after the game (Tuesday) night or Wednesday morning,” Stevens said.“He’s trying his best to compartmentalize when he’s here to work on what he needs to work on, but I’m sure that’s difficult,” Stevens added. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “This is going to be a very crucial event as it serves as the basis of our coaches in choosing the 18 members of the team who would be sent to foreign training next month in Japan and probably in Korea,” said Peter Cayco during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel.Cayco, the acting president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., said national coaches Sammy Acaylar of the men’s squad and Francis Vicente of the women’s would delegate the chores to their assistant coaches during the exhibition matches for them to focus on the performances of their players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAmong the stars expected to suit up are Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Rachel Daquis, Kim Dy, Kim Fajardo, Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo and Grethcel Soltones.“This is our way to present the team to the public. They are no longer carrying their university or club teams, they’re now representing our country,” said Cayco. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ FEU and UST need a surprise Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Members of the men’s and women’s national volleyball pool fight for their slots to the final squads for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur—and they will do it via an exhibition match.The event is dubbed “Clash of Heroes” and it will be held on April 28 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments
As much as he’d like to squeak in a short training, there’s nothing Austria can do now but to bank on the sheer talent and familiarity of his wards as they try to give a youthful national team side all that it could handle.“I think with their talents, we can compete in tomorrow’s game because I believe that these players want to help Gilas by playing seriously,” he said. “I’m just trying to communicate with the players and I want to preserve their energy. Then maybe tomorrow, we’ll go to the venue early and tackle our gameplan.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGilas pool members Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, and Japeth Aguilar will be with the Luzon All-Stars, together with former national team campaigners Paul Lee, LA Tenorio, Ranidel de Ocampo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Caguioa, and Jay Washington.Alex Cabagnot and Stanley Pringle complete the stars from up north. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Despite the lack of preparations of his star-studded squad, Austria said that the Luzon All-Stars are coming to the Quezon Convention Center with one goal in mind.“We want to win,” he said. “I want to give the players the freedom to expose their talents because that’s what’s All-Star is all about. At the same time, it’s the only way we could help Gilas in their preparation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palaro’s fastest man wins another gold 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 LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach Leo Austria poses with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and their wives during the 2017 PBA All-Star Week in Lucena. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Despite having a loaded Luzon All-Stars roster, coach Leo Austria’s side is taking on Gilas Pilipinas without any formal practice sessions.“Since the other day, I’m trying to have a schedule of practice but the players are too busy and there’s a lot in their schedule, especially with the outreach programs and their rehearsal for the dance number because they really want to please the crowd,” he bared on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments
LATEST STORIES The video images came from dash-cam footage that Jupiter police released Wednesday night, and they show Woods with little capacity to stand still without swaying, repeat simple instruction or put one foot in front of the other.The footage came from his arrest Monday in the dark of early morning when Jupiter police noticed his Mercedes parked on the side of a six-lane road, part of it in the road and part of it in the bicycle lane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundREAD: Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involved Police found the Woods sound asleep behind the wheel, according to an incident report. The engine was running, the brake lights were on and the right turn signal was blinking. Police also released photos of his car that showed both tires flat with minor damage around the bumpers. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle When the officer asks Woods where he had been, the 14-time major champion says, “LA.” He says he was headed down to Orange County.The 1 hour, 39-minute video starts with the Jupiter police approaching Woods’ car and ends with the cruiser pulling into the Palm Beach County jail, with Woods in handcuffs behind his back and sitting in the back seat.READ: Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of drunk drivingWoods told the officers he had not been drinking, and two breath tests at the jail registered a 0.0. Woods issued a statement nearly 10 hours after he was released from jail on Monday that alcohol was not involved.“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” Woods said in his statement. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April JUPITER, Fla.— His speech slow and slurred, Tiger Woods couldn’t follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead He told police he was taking prescription medicine. When asked what kind, his answer was redacted from the video tape. The arrest affidavit listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking.READ: Column: Woods may have stumbled onto his Kryptonite Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County court.The video brings to life the troubling images contained in an incident report from the four Jupiter police officers who were at the scene.His speech is slurred from his first words. When the officer points out that Woods shoe is untied, Woods places his right foot on the front of the police car and starts to fiddle with the laces.“It’s your other shoe that’s untied,” the officer says as Woods unties the laces.READ: Tiger Woods counts it a success that he’s playing golf again “Now that one is, too,” the officer adds.When Woods is unable to tie the left shoe, the officer tells him he can take them off. Woods then tells the officer he doesn’t remember what happened or being asleep in his car when police approached.The field sobriety test was a failure from the start. MOST READ Woods struggled to simply put his feet together. When he did, he leaned forward after losing his balance.He couldn’t follow a red light the officer moved from side to side. When asked to walk a straight line by going heel-to-toe nine times, Woods staggered from the starting position. He never connected heel-to-toe. He often strayed outside the white line and occasionally lost his balance.Woods couldn’t raise one leg 6 inches off the round.On his third try of understanding the alphabet instructions, he made it from A to Z.The next instruction from the officer was to place his hands behind his back as they cuffed him and told him he was being arrested.Woods, who had his fourth back surgery in three years on April 20, has not played since Feb. 2 in Dubai when he withdrew after the first round because of back spasms. The surgery means he is out for the rest of the PGA Tour season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Screen Grab from SCP Auctions websiteBefore Michael Jordan set the world ablaze with his signature line of Air Jordans, the G.O.A.T. actually wore Converse sneakers on the hardwood.An old pair worn by his “Airness” during the 1984 Olympic gold-medal-winning game against Spain has fetched for a whopping $190,373 (over P9 million). ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jordan scored 20 points in the 96-65 win over Spain on August 10, 1984 and officially signed with the Chicago Bulls the following month. His deal with Nike came in October.This is not the first time Jordan’s game-worn shoes sold for a ridiculous amount, as the sneakers he wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA finals sold for $104,765 (over P5 million) in 2013. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ The game-used sneakers was signed by Jordan and was given to a then 11-year-old ball boy, who just happened to be the son of retired NBA player Gail Goodridge.The bid, which opened at $10,000 (almost P500,000), quickly rose to become the highest price on record for a pair of game-used sneakers, according to SCP auctions and relayed by ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundScreen Grab from SCP Auctions website“The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia,” Dan Imler, SCP vice president was quoted as saying in the report.Aside from bearing the legend’s handwriting, the shoes also featured some orthotic inserts and is considered the last Converse pair Jordan wore as an amateur. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Banal keeps Flying V unbeaten in D-League View comments
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Accuracy is more important than speed, has become the mantra in Russia.Neither were in evidence Sunday in Sochi as Cameroon defender Ernest Mabouka eventually left the field around three minutes after his boot connected with Emre Can of Germany.Mabouka’s teammate Sebastien Siani had sarcastically applauded the referee when he was wrongly sent from the field. Eventually Siani’s slate was wiped clean and he completed the match.Still, the image of a top referee being openly disrespected will not please FIFA.Roldan arrived at the Confederations Cup trying to rebuild a reputation that was damaged at the 2014 World Cup. There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals. FIFA did not pick him for another refereeing duty in Brazil.To further damage Roldan’s standing, Germany coach Joachim Loew said neither he nor Can believed the tackle merited even a yellow card.“I didn’t have the impression that it was a mean foul with the intent to hurt the opponent. It was not intentional,” Loew said through a translator at the post-match news conference.Loew, whose Germany team will defend its World Cup title next year, still thinks video review can benefit the game — with one condition.“I think it can be fine-tuned over time so that decisions can be made more quickly,” the German coach said. “That would be great.” Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Wangs stuns Racal, improves to 3-2 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Portugal had most to complain about one week ago when a potential opening goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico was ruled out by an offside judged in an earlier phase of play.FIFA stressed last week that all decisions proved ultimately correct, and the controversies were simply inevitable overreactions as world football gets used to a new system being put to its highest-profile tests.Indeed, FIFA President Gianni Infantino felt confident to proclaim video review was “the future of football” and still on track to be approved by the guardians of the game’s laws before the 2018 World Cup.Human error by Roldan seemed the biggest problem Sunday though it added to the perception that video review is capable of causing as much controversy as it solves.FIFA has certainly pulled back from its prediction last year that game-changing decisions — goals scored, penalty kicks awarded, red cards, mistaken identity — could be reviewed and resolved in as few as six seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Wilmar Roldan sent off a Cameroon defender more than three minutes after a high tackle on a German opponent and only after his own case of mistaken identity.The Colombian official arrived at what was arguably the correct decision following two visits to the touchline to consult video replays and first showing only a yellow card, then a red card, to the wrong Cameroon player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I think everyone is confused, including me,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said of referee Roldan after a 3-1 loss in Sochi that eliminated his team. “He and he alone can explain what happened there in that moment.”Cameroon was also involved in two video decisions last Sunday, when possible Chile goals were reviewed for offside rulings. The first goal was disallowed, the second counted in Chile’s 2-0 victory. 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cameroon players protest against referee Wilmar Roldan during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)SOCHI, Russia — FIFA’s new video review system is bringing turmoil to the Confederations Cup, with technology designed to deliver quick, clear decisions agitating players and leaving coaches and fans confused.Perhaps even worse for FIFA, the latest controversy on Sunday — exactly one week after four goal reviews in that day’s two matches — made one of the world’s highest-rated referees look hesitant and wrong.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A dream fulfilled for Christian View comments
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LSU title parade draws massive crowds LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Round 6: Pacquiao gets cut on his head after headbutt Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, lands a left, to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APManny Pacquiao now the one to start the action, hitting Jeff Horn with a couple of head shots.Pacquiao looking more mobile now compared to the first rounds, but Horn kicks up the aggressiveness.ADVERTISEMENT Horn connects with the uppercut and immediately shifts to his left.Another cut on Pacquiao, this time above his left eye.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’Horn, literally, is smelling blood.This is the first time in so many years that Pacquiao has bled this much. View comments
Defending champions Melbourne CC and Westmoreland CA hold the upper hand in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup semi-final clashes against Kingston and Jamaica Defence Force respectively heading into today’s second and final day. Led by centuries from Jamaica Scorpions opener, Guyanese-born Trevon Griffith, and former national youth batsman Tarique White, Melbourne, after winning the toss, posted a challenging 415 for eight declared at Chedwin Park. The Brandon King-led Kingston, in reply, closed nine for two. The competition’s leading run-scorer, Garth Garvey, made three. Newly-drafted Scorpions four-day opener Steven Taylor, 81, and Andre McCarthy, 24, also got among the runs for Melbourne against fast bowler Marquino Mindley, two for 46, Derval Green two for 59 and left-arm spinner, Fabian Allen, two for 81. Meanwhile, over at Sabina Park, Westmoreland made a modest 213 after being sent in and at close of play had JDF reeling at 139 for six. Former national under-19 representatives Thavi Spencer, Shahid Crooks and Javoy Spence made 30, 27 and 24, respectively. for Westmoreland. The JDF’s leg-spinner Garland Palmer, took five for 53, and Shamari Brown, four for 48. Recent Guyana Jaguars four-day draftee, off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, three for 44, has so far taken most wickets for Westmoreland.
Western Bureau: St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) qualified for the second round of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup competition with a 1-0 victory over Magotty yesterday at the STETHS Sports Complex. They continued their strong performance in rural schoolboy football, and Principal Keith Wellington believes their investment in the programme – most recently the installation of floodlights at the sports complex – is key to their successful performances. “I think you can only do well if you have the requisite resources, as well as the facility that enhances your skill, and we think that if we are going to continue to do well, we need to improve on what we have from year to year. This is just another step in ensuring that what is available to our student-athletes help to enhance their ability to do well,” Wellington said. STETHS’ head coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn told The Gleaner in a pregame interview that even though the three points are important, they are focused on getting in good overall team performances going into the next round. Their defence lead by Clifton Woodbine certainly showed their mettle in the game as they held a one-goal lead from the 27th minute to the end of the game. Damani Henderson scored the lone goal of the contest, outsmarting Maggotty’s goalkeeper by heading the ball around him before going on to kick the ball in the empty net. Today’s Games: PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE Renario Downswell, assistant coach of STETHS said they have been working on the defence going into the next round and expressed he was pleased with their backline’s performance. There were question marks over their offence by fans after a 1-0 win over the team they gave 8-0 in their opening match. Downswell, who is happy for the three points, explained that they didn’t start their usual 11 as they wanted to take a look at some of their other players going into the second round. “The defence is one of the things we are actually working on going into the Inter-Zone because if you don’t give up a goal, you stand more [of a] chance of winning,” said Downswell “We have to take into consideration the second round coming up, so we wanted to take a look at the players and evaluate them so we just put them out there to give us a good performance and then take it from there. Munro College 1-0 Lacovia High Steer Town 1-0 Ocho Rios Edwin Allen 0-1 Lennon High Newell 0-2 B.B. Coke Petersfield 1-0 Grange Hill Little London 2-2 Manning’s Godfrey Stewart 3-0 Black River Irwin 0-5 St James Green Pond 1-5 Cornwall College Other Results Troy High vs Spalding Knox College vs Christiana Alston vs Holmwood Muschett vs Spot Valley Cedric Titus vs William Knibb Holland vs Herbert Morrison Maldon vs Anchovy St Mary High vs Iona High Brimmervale vs Oracabessa St Mary Tech vs Carron Hall High McGrath vs Guy’s Hill Dinthill vs Bog Walk Ewarton vs Charlemont
…the water boyWe live in interesting times. And your Eyewitness isn’t even thinking of all those interesting Haitians trying to blend in with the locals; their giveaway, however, is their being quite religious folks who just have to practise their “Voudou” — which we call “Voodoo”, and which some folks are VERY leery about, and have reported them to Khemraj Ramjattan, who’s supposed to be in charge of Public Security, but not Immigration, of which he was stripped!No, that’s grist for another mill. What your Eyewitness wants to talk about is the Opposition Leader’s telling it like it is about Moses Nagamootoo.Seems the PNC government’s been peddling a canard to the international community that the PPP doesn’t want to negotiate with them on several nettlesome matters. Now, everyone in Guyana — and their uncle — knows the reason for the PPP not sitting across the table from the PNC. And it ain’t that they don’t like Moses Nagamootoo, whom the PNC selected as their lead negotiator. Heck, back in the day, Jagdeo negotiated with Desmond Hoyte – and there was no love lost between them!! And Jagdeo was then just cutting his (presidential) teeth!!!Mouth open and story jump out when Jagdeo recently revealed he got a call from US former President Jimmy Carter – who, of course, brought back free and fair elections to Guyana in 1992. The stillborn negotiations had nothing to do with Nagamootoo being disliked, abhorred, scorned, loathed, detested, despised, or abhorred by the PPP. Of course, folks in the PPP feel that way about Nagamootoo – take your pick!! Who wouldn’t?? In fact, that’s the one thing that unites both PPP factions right now!!Jagdeo revealed that, in essence, they wouldn’t waste their time negotiating with a fella who’s been so neutered by the PNC he can’t even negotiate an appointment to see President Granger in six months!! About his own neutering!! But Nagamootoo should understand these things – the water boy in cricket just passes on messages from the captain, he has absolutely no authority to answer questions from the fellas in the middle!! To change the analogy, as a man who’s tippled in rumshops from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek, Nagamootoo knows that “lil bottle and big bottle don’t be on the same shelf”!!If the truth be told, his erstwhile comrades in the PPP are actually quite embarrassed about his treatment at the hands of the PNC. And they’re even more embarrassed at how he’s been forced to become a sycophantic, “toothless poodle” (in the words of Cheddi Jagan) to a party he cussed out for 50 years! At his age, accepting being just a columnist for the Chronicle!!Ah… how low has the mighty (in his mind!!) fallen!!…the military build-upThe economy might be sputtering because of the novice the PNC placed to head Finance. Agriculture might be ruined because of the nonentity the AFC (?) is represented by at the helm. Oil might be gifted away because of the “Man from Nassau’s” perfidy. But if one thing’s growing quite nicely, thank you, it’s the Disciplined Forces!!Recruitment for the GDF is up…recruitment for the GPF is up…the Cadet Corps (which gave us Brigadier Granger!) is up and running, and we’re even getting photographs of newly-recruited Prison Service Officers in the papers!! And now we’ve just been told that 1608 persons have already been inducted into People’s Militia!! Imagine that!! And 2020’s still two years away!! What’s the connection, you ask, dear reader? Well cast your mind back to the good ole days of PNC-run elections, if you can. Or read up on it, if you can’t.The Disciplined Forces are an integral aspect of elections under the PNC.Think why the largest number of People’s Militia are in Region Six!!…Spewed gasAs your Eyewitness has said again and again, and again….this fella Patterson is full of that stuff; and of course gas, which is its precursor!He’s spinning tales about gas-fired generators, but hasn’t tied down Exxon to providing any gas as yet!!
As he appointed the new Commissioner of Police, President David Granger declared, “The Police Force has to be reformed, and you can’t build a new house with old wood. You have to select new materials; people with a new vision; people with a new commitment to break from the old bad habits and to return to the principles of good policing.”It would appear he forgot to mention – or deliberately chose not to mention – that a new house also needs a new plan, or else the old house would simply be recreated with all its defects, since form affects function so profoundly.Such a new plan was crafted back in 2003-04 by a Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC) on which then Brigadier (retd) David Granger sat, and which held extensive hearings from a wide cross-section of the Guyanese populace. The hearings were conducted during the heat of the crime wave, during which the 2002 Prison Outbreak Five held off the Guyana Police Force and the Army from their redoubt in Buxton. One of their main targets was policemen, and before the gang was defeated, more policemen had been murdered than in any other period of the history of the GPF.David Granger, when discussing “Police reform”, has — for good reason — referred many times to the DFC Report, which had been laid in Parliament in 2004 but only finally approved in 2010; since, of the 164 recommendations, 71 concerned the GPF. But he has studiously avoided the one that addressed the vexed issue of “ethnic imbalance”, which had been brought up even before Guyana received independence from Britain. In 1965, the year David Granger entered the armed forces as a 2nd Lieutenant, an ICJ Commission (invited by the British as a condition for awarding Guyana Independence) suggested a programme of accelerated recruitment of Indians into the Police and Armed Force until their numbers were roughly in proportion to those in the population. Nothing came of that recommendation.During the hearings on constitutional changes in 1999 – precipitated by PNC riots in the streets after 1997 — one of the constitutional recommendations unanimously adopted in 2000 was for the President to establish a commission to investigate and recommend resolving the ethnic imbalance in the Disciplined Forces. During the aforementioned “troubles” — as since labelled by Granger — intriguingly, it was the Opposition PNC under Robert Corbin that called upon the PPP Government to establish the Disciplined Forces Commission. ROAR supported that call.On the matter of ethnic representativeness, the DFC declared: “The Commission…is of the view that the allaying of ethnic security fears which stem from the predominance of Afro-Guyanese presence in the GPF must be addressed…but to ensure, in so doing, that no similar insecurity fears are caused in the Afro-Guyanese community.”More specifically, it recommended: “It should be an aim (of the GPF) to achieve a Force representative of the ethnic diversity of the nation without employing a quota system.” To achieve this, ethnically-diverse recruitment teams should be employed as openly and extensively as possible. The report also suggested that a study be conducted on how to address the ethnic make-up imperative.While in Opposition, both the PNC – including the one led by David Granger — and the AFC trenchantly criticised the PPP for burying the DFC Report for seven years in Committee. In 2010, when it was finally passed (unanimously) by the house, AFC leader Trotman said dramatically, “We shudder to think that if it took seven years to consider the recommendations, how many centuries will it take to implement them?”When as an MP I made my submission to the DFC in 2003, I remember David Granger asking whether I favoured a fixed quota in the recruitment of Indians to rectify the imbalance in the armed forces. Using the terminology made popular by the US Supreme Court in that country’s affirmative action programme, I told him I preferred “targets rather than quotas”. Especially with the armed forces, one must insist its members are “fit and proper” to perform their duties.Today, I once again remind David Granger, who is now President of Guyana, to insist that targets be established for Indian Guyanese in those armed forces, and teams fan out to sensitise the community about the importance of serving their country in these institutions.Much is rightly being done by the Government for African Guyanese to enter businesses, as we have long also advocated.
In Guyana, several people have their own brands of Trumpism. Trumpism is the exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and, frankly, outright lies pushed by unprincipled showmen parading as economic czars. Minister Jordan, last week, in a response to an October 9 editorial in Stabroek News displayed his flair for Trumpism. He disgraced himself and heaped further disgust by the citizens for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) which, day by day, is becoming more a Government of the few, by the few and for the few.One of the main speaking points of the President and his Ministers is that all the things wrong in Guyana is the fault of someone else, other than the Government. In their best Shaggy mode – “it wasn’t me”. In addition to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Jordan, like all of his colleagues in the APNU/AFC Cabinet, cast blame and castigated the Private Sector, Stabroek News and the media generally for the failures of APNU/AFC. He claimed that the PPP ruined the economy and that the Private Sector and the media, represented by the Stabroek News, is shielding the PPP and sabotaging progress by APNU/AFC on behalf of the PPP. But Jordan also claimed that the country’s economy and social welfare of its people have never been better.The fact is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since 2015 to present has been spiralling downwards, compared to the GDP between 2006 and 2015. The PPP left an economy that was stable and robust, APNU/AFC is squandering that trajectory since 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, the economy grew about five per cent, with growth nine years in a row, one of the better-performing economies in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Americas. Since 2015, however, GDP has stagnated. Last year, Jordan projected 3.9 per cent growth and only achieved 2.1 per cent, just about half of what APNU/AFC had predicted. Jordan’s Trumpism boasts that “Guyana is increasingly seen as a stable, well-managed country with bright prospects for sustainable development”. By whom? The truth dispels Jordan’s claims.Jordan admits that non-performing loans (NPL) has dramatically increased, but then ingeniously blamed the PPP for the worsening NPL. In 2014, NPL was seven per cent of all loans and at the end of 2017, it was more than 13 per cent of all loans. Since 2014, banks have lost more than $7.1 billion in NPL by businesses and more than $3.1 billion in household loans. People are simply no longer able to repay their loans. NPL is the major reason why the commercial banks have seen the return on their equity (profits) dramatically falling from 22.3 per cent in 2014 to a miserly 2.9 per cent in 2017. So why were people paying back their loans under the PPP and not able to do so now?It is because their ability to spend has reduced significantly. The talk is “business slow bad”. Spending by businesses and the public (private consumption) has fallen by almost $200 billion since the end of 2014. In 2015, private consumption fell by $79 billion, in 2016 by $85 billion and the latest measure indicates that it fell by $32 billion in 2017. People are spending about $30,000 per month less, in each household. In part, this is because of the 200 new or increased taxes. Each citizen has paid more than $64,000 in additional taxes between 2015 and 2017. The Guyana Revenue Authority and APNU/AFC have boasted they are collecting record amount of revenues, confirming that people’s ability for spending have been eroded by increased taxes.This dismal picture is only the beginning of the story. Private loans (business and household) have virtually grounded to a halt, with decreased manufacturing loans leading the way. In the meanwhile, Government is borrowing more, Government public investment spending (infrastructure and the social sector) is like the Burnham years, dependent on loans from overseas and local banks again. Increased tax collection, squeezing blood from the Guyanese people and businesses, are totally consumed by the increased interest on debt to overseas and local banks. While the national debt is increasing, the GDP is faltering and the ratio of debt to GDP is again reaching unsustainable heights. The PPP had reduced it from over 950 per cent of GDP to less than 45 per cent and now it is approaching the unsustainable mark of 60 per cent again.They are borrowing more, taxing people more, but the deficit (spending more than they have) is increasing by $9.3 billion in 2015, $34 billion in 2017 and will be more than $43 billion in 2018. As part of this picture, revenues from Government-owned businesses have moved from a surplus of $8 billion in 2015 to a loss of almost $23 billion in 2018. In the meanwhile, more than 10,000 people have lost their jobs. Jordan’s Trumpism really stinks.
Last Saturday at Farm, East Bank Essequibo, a man was hacked to death, reportedly in the presence of his seven-year-old son. A few years ago, in Number 77 Village, Corentyne, two teenagers witnessed the gruesome act of their mother being chopped to death by their father. On June 1 this year, many saw the horrific accident in which a seven-year-old child was crushed to death by a truck at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Those three incidents have in common ensuing trauma for those who witnessed them and serve as a microcosm of such scenarios in society. More specifically, over time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many women were brutally killed.Unfortunately, this continues despite awareness efforts. There is also the much-touted training of law enforcement officers, who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem appears much larger as reflected in the news, as many cases go unreported. This speaks to the reality being underestimated.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abuse victim to not seek the intervention of the law. Among them are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the absence of confidence in law enforcement precipitated from the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.That said, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults. Those ghastly images, especially when life was snuffed out, are not only lasting but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that it is erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated thereby aiding to better shape lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms, not just for cases of domestic violence but other scenarios, including accidents.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for all to know the extent of what is available and offered. While expectations would be for what obtains in the developed nations, realistically, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities, and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorising, the high rate made news internationally prompting a local call for suicide to be made a national priority given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives. It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide, but effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary, and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in accurately quoting figures, based on extensive research if available on the number of people lost, injured, disfigured or scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration for declaring domestic violence a national priority. This is an apolitical issue, and is not confined to any one group thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. Its mitigation has to uncompromisingly be immediate, holistic, effective, and sustained.
Dear Editor,The social, economic and political situation has been steadily deteriorating since the PNC-led APNU regime took power. Almost all sections of the population have been complaining bitterly about the rapid decline in economic activities and the fall in standards of social services.Moreover, there has been noticeable decline in our politics, as the regime has reverted to the use of old, undemocratic methods that the PNC used while in government up to 1992.The atmosphere of great freedom that existed under the PPP/C Administration has almost disappeared. More and more people are expressing fear of the loss of freedom, and a feeling of trepidation is gripping the population. Even some of the civilian members of this regime caution some of their friends to be careful how they speak on the phone.The institution that was established to fight organized crime – the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – is now being used to harass political opponents of the regime. The arrest of former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, has been the most recent in a long list of political and racial witch-hunting.The sharp deterioration is so glaring that it is impossible to deny. As a result, the defenders of the regime, government spokespersons, have changed their tactics.While being forced to admit that things are tough due to the regime’s poor performance – like the rampant corruption taking place, etc – the apologists are now saying, “Yes, this is true, but it was worse under the PPP/C Government”.This is a desperate attempt to manipulate the views and distort our most recent history.On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Adam Harris spoke about corruption. To prove his point, he alluded to the more than forty forensic audits done, and went on to say about how it unearthed mammoth corruption.No massive corruption was found. Indeed, the audits have actually exposed the APNU and AFC’s lies and their exaggeration of massive corruption. It is that embarrassment that is now fuelling the regime’s attack by using the arms of the state and their propaganda machine to attack the officials of the PPP/C Government.As an example, let me point out that they sensationally made public via the media that former Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, Omar Shariff, had billions in the bank. Yet the worst they could do was charge his wife with the frivolous offence of not submitting several documents to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Harris also spoke about crime, and pointed out that the rate is falling. Well, that is very debatable. Most people on the Corentyne and West Demerara feel that crime is escalating.Harris, in pointing to the crime wave that occurred in 2002, studiously avoided to say that the criminal gangs were given direct support by the PNC/APNU leaders, and several others in the AFC. Indeed, it was only those leaders of the PNC/APNU who could have moved freely in Buxton after the 2002 jail break, when five murderers were politically protected by the PNC/APNU clique. We must not forget that one of the candidates on the PNC/R list for 2001 elections had joined the gang as well.How can we forget that PNC helped to organize the funerals of those criminals?In one case, they even draped the coffin with the Guyana flag – a clear act of desecration of our national flag.To prove the direct links with the PNC/APNU, let me refer you to the infamous conversation between Winston Felix, then Commissioner of Police and now Minister of Citizenship, and Basil Williams, now Attorney General, immediately after the ‘Fine Man’ gang had killed eight persons on the East Bank of Demerara and created terror in the Agricola/Eccles area. In the exposed conversation, Williams was thanking Felix for diverting attention from the PNC, which is a clear indication of the political links. No one can now harbour any doubt about the political links to criminal gangs.It should also be noted that while the PNC (now APNU) gave full support to the gangs, they were at the same time merciless in their attacks on the police. When Leon Fraser was brutally murdered, they wore red and were rejoicing at his funeral.Harris also tried to belittle and distort the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, a PPP/C-initiated project. In so doing, he is hiding the fact that this regime has changed what was a turn-key project to facilitate the contractor.Now we will get an inferior product than what was originally contracted for.Maybe a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is needed to find out why a turn-key contract was broken to facilitate the contractor, and not the country.It is not just sad, but downright dangerous for such distortions to be taking place. This behaviour will accelerate the drift towards authoritarian rule. And the Kaieteur News will eventually regret this dangerous role that they are playing.Already we see the Police Force being de-professionalized and being used as a political tool of the APNU. We are also witnessing attempts to undermine the independence of the Judiciary, as the regime constantly attacks the courts.There has not been a word said in the Kaieteur News about all the innocent public servants who have been dismissed only because of their race. Instead, the Government media and the Kaieteur News are being used to pursue personal vendettas — throw mud at people; provide no proof of corruption and wrong-doings. In the process, they are destroying lives, but they seem to get a maniacal delight in committing these nasty acts.This behaviour, while in the immediate and short runs may give the authors and owners some satisfaction, in the long run, it would do us no good. It is facilitating the abuse of power and fuelling massive corruption, which — under this regime as it was in an earlier PNC regime — is becoming a way of life.We know where this is heading. We have seen it all before. It is history repeating itself. It spells a falling economy, dwindling social services, and a growing dictatorship with fear as a tool of rule. This is my view. What is yours?Sincerely,Donald Ramotar
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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK— Dwyane Wade was hurting, sitting on the training table trying to get enough treatment to get him on the floor one last time.A couple hours later, he looked like a guy capable of playing well beyond what was the final night of his career.ADVERTISEMENT But that was secondary to a final chance to celebrate Wade, the three-time NBA champion who was ending his 16th and final NBA season.He was loudly cheered from the moment he emerged alone from the tunnel for pregame layups. Fans — egged on at one point by Paul and Anthony — chanted “We want Wade! We want Wade!” when he was on the bench, even though the 37-year-old guard had played a season-high 35 minutes Tuesday and coach Erik Spoelstra warned before the game that it probably wouldn’t be that way again.But there was no keeping Wade down for long. It took him a little bit to get going, as Jarrett Allen added Wade to the list of stars whose shots he’s blocked this season — a list that included James.“I loved seeing CP and Melo over there getting the crowd going to get Dwyane back in there and Dwyane comes from the old-school NBA,” Spoelstra said. “That was pre-load management, so we were not load managing him tonight and I was not talking to my sports scientist whether he could go, even though I walked in and saw him on that training table an hour before the game and he did not look fit to go, at all. But he’s cut from a different cloth.”The Heat hoped the final game would matter, but the Nets and Orlando Magic had clinched spots over the weekend to leave only one spot left coming into the last week. Miami was eliminated from contention for it despite its victory Tuesday.“For me, I’m happy with this season,” Wade said. “Unfortunately for our organization and our team we weren’t able to put ourselves in a position to win enough games to be in the playoffs, but for what I wanted for this season, I’m happy to say that I completed that.”TIP-INSHeat: Haslem finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Wade passed Elgin Baylor (23,149 points) to move into 29th place on the NBA’s career list. He finished with 23,165.Nets: Starters Joe Harris (toe) and DeMarre Carroll (right wrist) sat out, though Atkinson said they would be ready for the playoff opener. … Shabazz Napier scored 20 points off the bench.THE LAST JERSEY LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Wade has been exchanging jerseys with players after games this season, but there was one missing. Anthony, who helped persuade Wade to return this season, didn’t play long this season before parting ways with Houston, so Wade gave his final one to him.“I didn’t get an opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him,” Wade said. “That was a missing piece out of this whole season, so everything worked out great for him being here, for me having an opportunity to give him my jersey.”___UP NEXTHeat: The offseason.Nets: A first-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Wade had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his last NBA game, which the Brooklyn Nets won by beating the Miami Heat 113-94 on Wednesday night to finish 42-40 and clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.With close friends LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony leading the cheers from their courtside seats, Wade had his fifth career triple-double in three quarters. He fittingly secured it with a pass to Udonis Haslem, his teammate of 15 years who plays sparingly now and made his only start of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I was like, I don’t know why, but everybody feels like now you’ve got to go out and score 60 in your last game because Kobe did it,” Wade said, wearing a sparkling gold jacket and gold sneakers. “So hopefully I took the bar all the way back down and say let’s go get a triple-double, that’s easier.”A night after scoring 30 points in his final game in Miami, Wade showed one more time that he’s walking away with his skills intact. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining. Then it was time for a lengthy postgame celebration on the court with teammates and friends.“The man went out with a triple-double. Don’t let that go unnoticed. He had a triple-double,” All-Star D’Angelo Russell said. “He is a guy that paved the way for a lot of us. He’s been with that franchise for that long period of time. He’s Mr. Miami.”Russell had 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Nets, who will face the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers beginning this weekend in their first postseason appearance since 2015, one that seemed unlikely when they were 8-18 in December. But they went 34-22 from there for their first winning record since going 44-38 in 2013-14 — when they were knocked out by Wade’s Heat in the second round.“Special night,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Pretty amazing season so far.”The game mattered only to the Nets, who quickly ended any fears of finishing seventh and having to face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments
MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Celtics pull away in Game 3, close in on sweep of Pacers ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Damian Lillard scored 32 points, but he had just three in the fourth quarter after scoring 25 in the third. C.J. McCollum had 21 and Enes Kanter added 19.Oklahoma City closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lillard was held to four points on 2 -or-6 shooting and the Trail Blazers shot 37.5% in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGeorge hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw in the opening minutes of the second half to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 55-43. Westbrook backed down Lillard, hit a bank shot and was fouled. Westbrook brought out his “rock the baby” celebration, then made the free throw to put Oklahoma City up by 15.Lillard scored 23 points the rest of the quarter to help cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-82 at the end of the period. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 89 early in the fourth. Oklahoma City regained control, with Westbrook’s jumper with just over two minutes remaining putting the Thunder up 10. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates with Paul George (13) after a basket during the second half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.Paul George added 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will host Game 4 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Full strength NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Kyle Lowry has 15 points, Pascal Siakam has 14 and the Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 60-52 at halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.All five Raptors starters have at least eight points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao LATEST STORIES Only one Warriors starter has scored that many. That would be Stephen Curry, who leads everybody with 25 points. That ties his playoff career first-half high, and is the most he’s ever had in a single half of a finals game.The Raptors led by as many as 14. Lowry has three fouls, picking up his third with a half-minute remaining in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKlay Thompson is out, and Kevin Durant is missing yet again for Golden State. Stephen Curry has more than tried to pick up the scoring slack, and he has 17 points on 6 for 11 shooting so far. The 11 shots are the most he’s ever taken in a single quarter of a finals game.With Thompson sidelined with a strained hamstring, the Warriors used their 10th different starting lineup of the playoffs. That’s the most that any team has ever used in a single postseason, at least since such things started being tracked in 1971. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Leonard is playing at Oracle for the first time since the game in May 2017 when Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got a foot in his landing space and caused Leonard to turn his ankle.That knocked him out of that season’s West finals with San Antonio, and the Warriors went on to win the NBA title.Wednesday night’s winner will take a 2-1 lead in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Making things worse for Pasig was they figured in two confrontations that resulted to Statham being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Joshua Munzon with a technical foul.Fired up, the duo of Statham and Munzon carried Pasig on their backs. Despite Miezis heating up from distance, Munzon used his speed to slash through the lane and slowly chip into the Riga lead.Munzon had seven points to pace Pasig.A dunk by Čavars sent Riga to just two points away from sealing the game but Munzon countered with a deuce. A layup by Lasmanis, however, sent Riga at match point with 3:08 left.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Pasig was sent into an early exit after going winless in Pool C. The Philippine side also dropped its first game, 21-14, against Belgium’s Antwerp earlier in the day.But despite the pair of setbacks, they gave their highly-touted opponents a run for their money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTaylor Statham and Dylan Ababou gave Pasig a strong start with a 4-0 spurt.The battle-tested Latvians though, showed patience as the troika of Nauris Miezis, Kārlis Lasmanis, and Agnis Čavars scored nine unanswered points to put the Doha Masters winners on top. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Ababou and Nikola Pavlovic continued to fight on, cutting the lead to just three. However, Statham was slapped with a technical foul for not properly inbounding the ball that led to a game-sealing free throw by Lasmanis.Statham and Ababou had five and four points, respectively.Pasig Chooks-to-Go have now lost their last four Challenger games dating back to Kunshan back in May.Just like in Doha that saw Riga come out on top 15-21, Čavars and Miezis proved to be the bane for Pasig, scoring eight and seven points respectively.The scores:Riga 21 – Čavars 8, Miezis 7, Lasmanis 4, Krumins 2.Pasig 17 – Munzon 7, Statham 5, Ababou 4, Pavlovic 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Merlion Cup: PH U-22 side falls to Singapore CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Things got heated between Pasig Chooks-to-Go and Latvian club Riga Ghetto in their second meeting in a span of two months, The emotions though, got the best of Pasig as it succumbed to the world No. 3 squad, 17-21 with 2:06 left in the game, to bow out of the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger early Saturday morning (Manila time) in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao
Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Platini’s winning penalty shot in the final against Liverpool is largely forgotten, overshadowed by the death of 39 people — mostly Juventus fans — in a crush at the start of the game at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.He was the top scorer in the Italian league for three consecutive seasons, an astonishing feat for a midfielder, before retiring in 1987 at just 32.INTERNATIONAL CAREERFor the French national team, Platini’s finest hour came at the European Championship in 1984, when the country won its first major international soccer title.He scored a tournament-high nine goals in five matches, a haul that included two hat tricks, and was the heartbeat of a famous midfield that also comprised Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez.Platini was awarded the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s footballer of the year. He also won the award in 1983 and 1985.One of his biggest regrets was never winning the World Cup with France, which lost semifinals against West Germany in 1982 and 1986. He scored 41 goals in 72 games for France.COACHINGPlatini’s sole coaching stint was with France’s national team, and it didn’t go well.He took charge in 1988, and the team failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1990, despite having the talents of Jean-Pierre Papin and a young Eric Cantona. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested Tuesday June 18, 2019 over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona.Repeatedly voted Europe’s best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his unruly mop of hair and his often grumpy demeanor in his later years went on to become European soccer’s able top administrator as president of the UEFA.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The latest investigation centers on Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar as 2022 World Cup host. Blatter has accused Platini of backing out of a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to support the United State’ bid to be the host country.Platini changed his mind after meeting then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence in Paris with Qatar’s crown prince, now emir.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ___CLUB CAREERBorn in 1955 into a family of Italian immigrants living in northeastern France, Platini played the first 10 years of his professional career in his native country, first for nearby Nancy (1972-79) and then for Saint-Etienne (1979-82), with whom he won the French league title in 1981.He later joined the Italian giant Juventus, where he became a global star in the iconic black-and-white jersey between 1982 and 1987.With his graceful technique, peerless passing, pinpoint set-pieces and unhurried style of play, Platini led Juventus to two Italian league titles, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984 and the European Cup in 1985.ADVERTISEMENT Athletics, aquatics facilities for PH’s 2019 Sea Games hosting finished by August Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Now his lofty reputation in the so-called beautiful game has been tainted by corruption scandals.Banned from the sport four years ago for financial misconduct, the 63-year-old Platini was questioned by police Tuesday as part of an unconnected corruption probe into the vote that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini denied any wrongdoing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt is just the latest in a torrent of scandals that have brought down dozens of soccer officials, particularly from world governing body FIFA, in recent years.“Of all those that have been either arrested, indicted etc, Michel Platini is the saddest and most depressing,” former England captain Gary Lineker tweeted. “He was a footballer, one of us.” Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN After France was eliminated from the European Championship in 1992 in the first round, Platini stepped down.He would enjoy more success with the national team as an administrator.ADMINISTRATORHis first big off-the-field role was as joint president of the organizing committee for the 1998 World Cup, which was held in France and became a nation-affirming success. France’s multicultural team won the biggest prize in soccer for the first time.Platini then became part of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, first as a member of its executive committee and then as its leader after defeating incumbent Lennart Johansson in a presidential vote in 2007. He was the first former player to become UEFA president.While overseeing the continued growth of the behemoth that was the Champions League — formerly the European Cup — Platini tried to curb spending and opposed the introduction of technology in soccer. Under his watch, from 2007 to 2015, more teams were added to the European Championship, and a minimum 10-game ban for racist abuse by players was introduced.DOWNFALLWhile organizing the 1998 World Cup, Platini worked closely with FIFA’s CEO-like top administrator, Sepp Blatter. He helped Blatter become FIFA president in an eve-of-tournament election dogged by claims of vote-buying by other campaign supporters.Platini served as Blatter’s adviser from 1998 to 2002, and those ties that bound the mentor and his protege would bring them both down in 2015 .In 2011, Blatter signed off paying Platini $2 million, a salary Blatter had no authority to approve. cq?) Swiss authorities opened a criminal investigation, and FIFA’s ethics committee banned them both, just as Platini seemed to be about to achieve his ambition of succeeding Blatter as president. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing
United Nation Women (UN Women) yesterday donated a vehicle to the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection under the joint program on accelerating progress.The program gears toward the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.At the turnover ceremony in the office of Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative to Liberia, Awa Ndiaye Seck, said the UN Women remains committed in working with the ministry to ensure that the joint program secures rural women’s livelihood and rights in the context of sustainable development.She explained that the need for technical assistance and logistical support is highly prioritized for UN Women as a lead UN agency in collaboration with the participating UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).In the next three years, she said the joint program will focus on strengthening rural women’s economic rights and livelihood with support for government efforts in addressing the socio-economic impact of the deadly Ebola virus on women and girls in targeted counties, including Montserrado. She said that the UN Women is grateful to the people and the Government of Norway for the initial financial support to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women. She added that government’s monitoring of the joint program in collaboration with civil society is crucial for a successful implementation of the exercise.Earlier, Gender Minister Cassell said her ministry remains strategically positioned in responding to the needs of rural women and girls.“The (JP RWEE) comes at a time when our country has been gravely affected by the Ebola virus disease. It is expected that this JP will effectively support current national efforts in responding to the socio-economic impact of the EVD on rural women and girls,” she explained. Madam Cassell reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment for strong monitoring and supervision of JP’s activities.The joint program is being simultaneously implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda where it is expected to generate synergies that will capitalize on more lasting and wider scale improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rachel Dolezal is, after this week, a symbol to many African Americans of the separation of blackness from black people; to me, she is an example of how American society simultaneously devalues the individuality of black women and us as a community to the point that the performance of black womanhood is preferred over the people. If blackness can simply be worn or performed, then every white woman with a weave and a cause, every white girl with a snap and a little attitude, can supplant the lived experiences of what it is to become a black woman: the journey of discrimination, the camaraderie of sisterhood, discovering the deep sense of responsibility and weight of the world, and ultimately finding the inner strength and acceptance that can only be built through struggle.Rachel Dolezal may have perfected her performance of black womanhood, and she may be connected to black communities and feel an affinity with the styles and cultural innovations of black people. But the black identity cannot be put on like a pair of shoes. Our external differences from the white majority might be how others categorize us as black, but it’s the thread of our diverse lived experiences that make us black women.Dolezal’s specious claims to black ancestry and faux black identity could not have been sustained and she would not have been able to pass if black womanhood were seen and understood as more than skin – or weave – deep. Wearing black womanhood was apparently even enough for Dolezal’s “fellow” black leaders in Spokane, Washington, who turned a blind eye to what the wider world now recognizes as her all-but laughable claims of racial identity, whether out of fear of rocking the boat or plain Northwestern niceness. Her charade could have only been maintained in a town (and within a society) with simplistic, stereotypical conceptions of blackness – that blackness is a shade on the range on olive to dark chocolate, a set of idioms delivered in a cadence from which American English derives its slang, and any number of bodily characteristics or mannerisms familiar across the globe, among others. And yet, while black Americans have long embraced a diverse array of lineages as kin, simply looking the part and faking the rest doesn’t cut it. I was born in the middle of Spokane’s first (and only) black mayor’s tenure: a celebrated leader who black people worked hard to elect, and example of “acceptable” black leadership, Mayor Jim Chase once told the local paper that he “never knew much discrimination in Spokane.” While that was perhaps true for him, it was not my family’s experience, nor the experience of the black people who lived through segregation through the 1970s in Spokane. Though segregation was no longer enshrined in law in the 1980s when I was growing up, black folks still lived almost exclusively on the east side of town and in the historical neighborhoods built for railroad laborers. My Midwestern white mother and black Puerto Rican father had moved to Spokane for college and defied the unspoken segregation by starting their family in a working class north side neighborhood away from the black enclave, but hoping for the best. My father left the picture shortly after I was born and my mother navigated the discrimination we faced in school and throughout town – I became familiar with the meaning of “nigger” quite early in life.But when I was 14, I gave up the relaxers and transitioned into rocking my natural kinky-ish afro. It instilled a new kind of confidence in me: I could not hang my head and wear this beautiful crown. My mother had not raised me to be an invisible, go-along-to-get-along gal, and, though I still harbored jealousy of my white peers with their incessant hair flipping, I decided to stand out instead of try and fail to fit in. I wore bright, creative clothing; I embraced my love of dance, of song, of sports, of speaking truthfully about race with little care for whether people attributed any of it to my blackness or to me. To be able to get to a place where I could be myself, I felt powerful: I wanted to do and be everything and, as I learned more about the history of the Atlantic slave trade, African Diaspora, and white privilege, I wanted to tell these white people about themselves.In Spokane in general, I rarely saw black men coupled with black women; more than a few men in our small black community had white wives and girlfriends, while the black women always seemed to be single. Naive, I imagined that, on the tightly-knit east side, there were churches full of black women who were coupled with and loved by black men. But on the streets of Spokane, in the public spaces at festivals, in restaurants, and wherever else I looked, black and white men alike were always more interested in white women than women who looked like me; what I took from those years were that black women were far from desirable partners.To be a black young woman in Spokane was, for me, to be rejected, isolated and left to find my own way. Becoming the black woman I am today was not about learning a performance, it was not about certain clothing or my hair texture; it came from first being a black girl, from the trauma of rejection and isolation and its transformation into a kind of self-taught solitary pride, from learning to preserve my own sense of true self.Dolezal managed to put on an identity – that of a black woman – in a way that renders invisible the experiences that actually forged for us our identities as black women. She presented to the world the trappings of black womanhood without the burden of having to have lived them for most of her life. She represented us and gained status in both black and white communities as one of us, even though she could have worn her whiteness and talked to white people about their racism – something sorely needed in a town like Spokane.Had she really understood the history of black women in America, Dolezal would have recognized that she is perpetuating a fetish for black women’s bodies that devalues actual black women while celebrating our parts when attached to the right (white) form. But she was not alone in this act of playing black and benefiting from it. Since black womanhood is apparently all in the look, our society would rather have white, former Disney pop stars twerk, talentless celebrities with enlarged backsides and their equally talentless siblings with swollen lips than celebrate the black woman’s form with the person who carries it. Black women learn that we are not desirable, that we are invisible, and yet we are imitated by the world’s Dolezals and in our popular culture. Little black girls like me could never have passed for white – and would’ve been ridiculed if we tried – but anyone with the right accessories can now seemingly claim to be black women when it suits them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
View comments China in line to host 2021 Club World Cup “AS Roma would like to apologise to Ronaldo Vieira for the racist boos he was subjected to,” Roma tweeted. “Roma does not tolerate racism of any kind and the club will support the authorities in identifying and subsequently banning any individuals found guilty of racially abusing the midfielder.”The match ended 0-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES The referee and Vieira walked off the field together at the interval but no announcement was made inside the stadium.“Football has a responsibility to punish and educate the idiots in the stadium today,” Vieira said on Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Offensive chants have also been aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique and Miralem Pjanic in Serie A this season.Vieira, who was born in Guinea Bissau and is black, plays for England’s Under-21 squad. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sampdoria’s Ronaldo Vieira, left, and Roma’s Jordan Veretout vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Roma at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)ROME — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season.Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the game at Sampdoria’s Luigi Ferraris stadium and let Vieira know about it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust ‘People evacuated on their own’ ‘Gago’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Monique Del Carmen lit up early from the field, scoring seven first quarter points to help NU to a 25-8 start to take control from the get go.“So happy with everything,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino. “I didn’t imagine we will have six tiles in six years with no losses. We are so happy for the schools and the players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4UST tried to fight back in the fourth and got to as close as eight points, 46-38, but NU brandished its might with an 18-2 run to take a 64-40 lead and put the game beyond reach with 4:35 to play.The graduating Del Carmen finished with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Finals MVP plum while center Rhena Itesi had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Neymar returns as PSG warms up for Madrid by beating Lille MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Forward Kelli Hayes will also graduate NU and she tallied nine points, three boards, two assists, and two steals.Kaye Pingol also had 15 points with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals, but wasn’t able to finish the game after hurting her right shoulder.The Bulldogs dedicated the title to power forward Jack Animam, who is still in Auckland, New Zealand, after suffering an orbital fracture on her right eye.Tantoy Ferrer led the Growling Tigresses with 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals while Season MVP Grace Irebu put up 11 points and 10 boards.Ruby Portillo, Lon Rivera, Kikay Gandalla, Shen Callanga, Carolina Sangalang, Karla Manuel, and Josalyn Casiano all played their final game for UST.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees NU Lady Bulldogs are champions once more. UAAP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—National University captured title no. six after stringing an incredible winning streak of 96 games.The Lady Bulldogs capped off another perfect season with a sweep of University of Santo Tomas, clinching the crown with a 66-54 victory in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Mariano “Nonong” Araneta promised improvements in running the affairs of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) as well as more corporate support for youth tournaments, following his reelection as the country’s top football official on Friday during the 16th PFF Congress in Manila.Araneta, who ran unopposed in 2011 and 2015, survived a challenging campaign period and beat Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) president Ricky Yanson, 23-12, for the post.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ Another key to Araneta’s reelection was the support of three Philippines Football League (PFL) clubs in Ceres-Negros FC, Kaya-Iloilo and Stallion Laguna, which were able to secure voting rights after their membership to the PFF was approved earlier during the Congress.“I’m happy that most of the members here believe in my ability as they trusted me for another four-year term,” said Araneta, who also sits in the Fifa executive committee as well as the AFC finance committee.Araneta said his four-year plan for the federation will include more infrastructure with the impending completion of the National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal PLAY LIST 01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee As Games open, CDM exhorts country to back PH athletes Immediately extending his hand in reconciliation to Yanson, Araneta had lamented what he termed as “vicious attacks” on his character in the lead up to the elections.But Araneta said his final term will be better than ever as he plans to see through key projects that will boost the development of the game in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Rest assured, we will do better and we will move on as one,” Araneta said. “I enjoin everyone to unite for the good of Philippine football. I am extending my hand to my opponent so we can bring football further in the country.”Araneta reportedly had huge support from the vote-rich Mindanao bloc, led by his running mate M’lang Cotabato mayor Joselito Piñol, who was also reelected as vice president. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 6-foot-8 Tautuaa led the Filipinos in scoring with seven points while also protecting the paint.Gilas started slow as it trailed Malaysia, 5-8, early before responding with a 13-1 blast to take total control of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Chris Newsome sealed the Philippines’ fifth victory with a lefty layup off a nifty crossover.The Nationals showed no letup despite already clinching a semifinals slot after going 4-0 in day one of the competitions. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday LATEST STORIES Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 21-13 drubbing of Malaysia in 3×3 basketball of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mo Tautuaa caused major problems for the Malaysians with his sheer size and strength.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist SEA Games: Filipinos score gold, silver medals in men’s downhill ‘People evacuated on their own’
On July 12, 2019, the CCJ announced the consequential orders, which supplemented their decisions issued on June 18, 2019. What is clear is that the Court has deemed that the vote of no-confidence was properly passed on December 21, 2018, in the National Assembly, and that the clock on Article 106 restarted on June 18, 2019.What does this mean? The CCJ stated in clause 8 of their consequential orders that “the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President, after this defeat is on a different footing from that which existed prior to the vote of no-confidence”. The CCJ then went on in this same clause to endorse the position of a Canadian constitutional expert who stated that the “Government continues in office as a caretaker government or an interim government until the next elections ensue and a President is appointed”. However, the CCJ clarified this statement by offering in the same clause that it is “this caretaker or interim role that explains the three (3) months deadline” for the holding of fresh elections.The CCJ further elucidated that by convention, the caretaker or interim government is expected to behave with “restraint in the exercise of its legal authority”. That is no accident. As the AFC Sunday Column did point out, there is a constitutional convention obligating the Government to exercise “restraint” in the making of significant appointments, major policy decisions and entering into major contracts or undertakings while it is functioning in a caretaker/interim role.Though the scope of the convention may be disputed, the weight of historical precedent, and the spirit and intent of the Constitution, all suggest that it applies to how this interim/caretaker Government operates. In this essay, I want to consider the caretaker convention and what it has to say about Mr David Granger’s actions since the issuance of the consequential orders. My central aim is not to assess the constitutionality of his actions specifically, that I leave to the constitutional lawyers. However, I plan to use this piece as a springboard to reflect on the caretaker convention and its application after these three months have expired on September 18, 2019.Constitutional conventions, as defined by Marshall and Moodie, are “rules of constitutional behaviour which are considered to be binding by and upon those who operate the Constitution”. As this definition suggests, conventions are distinct from the ordinary “law of the constitution”. Therefore, while reading the letter of the Constitution, constitutional lawyers and advisors must pay attention to the conventions in order to grasp the full intent of the written law. It is simply not possible to grasp any constitutional system of arrangements within the British Commonwealth of Nations (a system that Guyana is anchored to) by looking to the written law in isolation, a grave mistake that Team Granger continues to make.As Ginsburg told us, “written constitutions serve a valuable coordination function”. But as we have seen over the last six months, they leave a great deal unsaid. Left to their own devices, most written constitutions of the world do not say enough and that is why the framework on their interpretation has always included the historical evolution of the written law. In this time of a caretaker/interim government in Guyana, the minimum expectation is that Mr Granger will act within clear boundaries that do not classify his operations as business as usual. He must demonstrate the integrity to incorporate the principle by which we as a people operate and do all within his powers not to compromise the intent of the December 2018 vote. Thus, as a principled start, the onus is on him to swiftly conclude the appointment of the GECOM Chairman. That is a one-day affair.In the exercise of this restraint associated with a caretaker / interim government, the worst thing any caretaker President can do is impose himself on the nation after September 18, 2019, without the two-thirds endorsement from the National Assembly. The centres of power, like civil society and the army, must let him know the constitutional parameters within which his caretaker / interim Government exists, in compliance with the global norms.In the current dispensation, the life of this caretaker/interim Government comes to an end on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019, and in its place, we would be having an illegitimate government, unless there are free and fair elections. An illegitimate government does not have the power to make any appointments, any policy decisions, and enter into any contracts on behalf of the people of Guyana.The law will empower any new government to surcharge any public official especially Permanent Secretaries, Regional Executive Officers or any other Accounting Officers for any expenses incurred during the life of an illegitimate government. It is from this perspective that I must also forewarn every domestic and international investor who chooses to sign any contracts with this caretaker/ interim Government to understand the risks. A new administration can very well deem all signed contracts with this caretaker / interim Government as illegal and unenforceable. It is hoped that good sense will prevail.
Dear Editor,Over the past two decades the Government – both past and present – has been taking active steps to recognise and preserve the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana.The passage of the Amerindian Act 2006, the land titling process and community development plans are all examples of the Administrations’ quest to recognise and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana as well as to ensure that resources are made available to the Amerindian as the first peoples of this land.The APNU/AFC Administration not withstanding its slow pace of implementation of the land titling process has good intentions of seeing it through. As we are about to celebrate our 50th Independence anniversary – a time when all Guyanese are happy and proud, a time of reflection and a time to celebrate, the indigenous peoples’ rights are being trampled upon, being marginalised, stifled and suppressed by the operations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) local office.I wish to draw attention to resources that were supposed to be made available to indigenous peoples through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) – approximately US0,000. Over two years have elapsed since the signing of the agreement and the IDB is still sorting out implementation modalities.This delay and withholding of benefits to the Amerindian peoples of this country, I am afraid, is unacceptable to Guyana’s indigenous peoples and more so in breach of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) of which Guyana is a signatory. I am, therefore, appealing to the United Nations’ human rights bodies to investigate this clear breach of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana by the IDB by withholding and delaying benefits due to us by way of REDD+ preparation activities.My fellow Amerindians, there is no independence celebration for us. The IDB still thinks of us as being primitive people not worthy of priority while they enjoy the good life (air conditioned office and highly paid salaries), we are being made to beg for the next meal for our own survival.My fellow Amerindians, let us join forces together in unity. If the IDB cannot give us what is due for us, they must go. We cannot and must not tolerate injustice and suppression of our rights. United Nations (UN) and the Government of Guyana (GOG), please do something about this, since as Amerindians we want our independence. Best wishes to President Granger and the people of Guyana on our 50th Independence anniversary.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaud
Dear Editor,The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), now under the astute leadership of Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum and the Investigative team must be complimented for the crime solving strategy which has so far been very successful. What is needed now is a more proactive approach to minimise the commission of crime. This can only be made possible by effective, well-trained intelligence unit capable of: Infiltrating criminal gangs; recruiting and managing informants; and having undercover agents operating in every Police division who are not known to the Police in the division and who use the cover of barbershops, bars, newspaper vendors, insurance salesmen, fishermen, beggars, prostitutes and establishment of a store that buys items with the aim of recovering stolen items.The major responsibilities of the unit should be to elicit, process and supply information on criminal matters, advise the Police on issues involving strategic decisions and advise them on issues relevant to tactical decisions. The Intel Unit should also endeavour to expand and reorganise the unit’s base on crime so that it can be manipulated in a variety of ways. First and foremost this will mean the setting up of functional files on businesses, city sectors, travel patterns of known hoodlums and cross-referencing them to existing biographic files.Employ such specialists as economist, accountants, attorneys and even system analysts. An improvement in analytic potential is not something easily measurable, particularly in a field such as organised crime. Intel agents should not be recruited from among serving ranks, but from the civilian population.I recommend that the present Government be approached with the aim of having the MOSAD, the world’s finest intelligence agency to train Intel operatives.The modus operandi of the criminal underworld is to outfox and outgun the Police with the aim of causing terror and possibly destabilising the new Government who they see as a threat to their existence.Intel suggests that the criminal underworld has successfully infiltrated the lower echelon of the law enforcement agencies and through our borders, has managed to smuggle in high powered rifles from Venezuela unchallenged. It is also common knowledge that the criminal underworld has in their ranks highly trained former members of the GDF Special Forces, Intel and Police ranks, which makes the current situation reasonable and warrants urgent and decisive action in order to eliminate this imminent threat.Yours respectfully,Allan Robert Gates
Dear Editor,Numerous residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are frustrated and disappointed with the performance of the NIS in the Region. After working for decades, during which they contributed to the scheme, they are disillusioned and grieving due to the fact that they are not being paid a due pension by NIS, as expected.NIS is a mandatory insurance scheme for employees that collect contributions until a worker is qualified to receive benefits, usually after 60. However, while some get their due benefits, others experience a nightmare through no fault of theirs. In most cases, it is due to bungling and improper/inaccurate record keeping by NIS. Many retired persons are being taken advantage of and are helpless when it comes to getting redress. Officers at NIS know this and they just give these people a run around—form regional NIS office to Georgetown headquarters, and back over and over. Some think that they will die before any justice is served. Many complaints have been received from short-changed retirees who cannot afford a lawyer to represent them. A few will suffice here as examples:A widow from Anna Regina (name and documents supplied) worked continuously for 21 years as a security guard and made over 926 NIS contributions. However, she was given a grant of 6,868 for only 386 contributions in March 2011. This was because 540 contributions were not located by NIS. Subsequently, when NIS discovered the 540 additional contributions she was offered another grant.This procedure was wrong and should be redressed. One cannot be given two separate grants for over 750 contributions because NIS could not find a part of the contributions.Instead of two separate grants the contributions of 386 and 540 (926 in total) should be combined and she should be given a monthly pension by NIS. NIS refused to combine the contributions and the matter is in the hands of a top lawyer.Another person worked for over 20 years at Guyana Rice Board (GRB), all the time contributing to NIS, and has been given a pittance, a one-time grant of 8. He was told by an NIS inspector to get two persons who can testify that he worked for that time. This is hearsay evidence that NIS wants, but ignores Records of Service from past employers, saying that they have to further investigate.There are others who receive grants of 00 and similar amounts, people who have worked over 15 years and contributed to the scheme. When they object, they are told to take the grant, which tantamount to acceptance, then appeal.In my own case they have contributions for before I started to work, when I was in high school and after I stopped contributing in 2015. In between the contributions fluctuate drastically, even though I taught full-time over the years.The NIS needs to be better equipped. At the Anna Regina Branch, people are sent back to make copies of documents because they do not have a photocopier which costs less than ,000.So, one wonders, where are the contributions going?NIS also needs to be revamped and upgraded with new transformational leaders with best practices. This nightmare does not exist in other countries where employees contribute to Social Security. People need to be better served by NIS and received what is due to them, without hassle, in their golden years when they deserve a good quality of life and peace of mind.Regards,Karan Chand
Dear Editor,The cultivation of sugar in Guyana commenced between the 1630 and 1658 under the Dutch rule. The Africans arrived here in the 1700s. Hence, it would have been the Amerindians and later the lower class of Europeans who would have worked on these plantations. After the abolition of slavery in 1834, labour was sought by way of the immigration system, with the arrival of the Portuguese and later from the East Indians who arrived in 1838 who worked under the system of indentureship. The Chinese arrived in 1853 after the suspension of the Indian immigration system.Guyana’s unique ethnic composition is one that we brag about. Hence it is noteworthy that our country’s first official product saw the participation of every ethnic group.All six races played a pivotal role the establishment, cultivation, expansion and sustenance of Guyana’s sugar industry over the centuries. Three hundred and fifty-nine years later, the industry has acquired the track record of positive growth and unparallel contribution to the economy with a decline only on two occasions, the first being in 1980s with a revival after 1992 and again in 2005 after the flood. However, recent events have revealed that the Government is somewhat unaware of these facts or they are vehemently bent on throwing out the baby with the bath water.Social Studies teach us from an early age that sugar is one of the five natural resources of Guyana and then there is the local expression that “sugar is king.”What we have not been taught is that because of the blood, sweat, tears and suffering of our foreparents, sugar by way of its contribution to our economy for 359 years “Have made us free.”Yet today, as we witness and experience the rapid decline of our country’s economy, there are those who are unashamedly refusing to recognise the first official product and the oldest and largest single economic sector in Guyana.The Government talk of “Greening the economy” but it is hell bent on discarding the industry that can be a major contributor to this initiative by way of by products which are used in the production of food, beverages, confectionery, medicines, paper and ethanol gas. The Government complained of having to bail out the sugar industry in a manner that makes it seem as a burden on the economy yet it willing to provide subsidy to other areas.Calypsonian “Red Plastic Bag” in his calypso “Sugar Made Us Free” urged that “we need to stop and consider the consequences that we will suffer later.” The closure of the industry will have a ripple effect on individuals and the economy. Bias and visionless thinking will result in workers being placed on the breadline and the disruption of family and community life.What sins have the workers in this aged old industry committed? Can it be that they are being made to suffer unduly based on the premise that the workforce is made largely of Indo-Guyanese, that they are ardent supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), that they are represented by the Unions GAWU and NAACIE which are air marked as affiliates of the PPP or that they were the first sector that was organised by the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, Founder of the PPP.If this is so, then it is a violation of their rights as is stated under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Act Convention No 87 and United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Article 19-23 – Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise.The latest vendetta is the late payment of wages and salaries to sugar workers which was overdue by two weeks without any explanation. This is a violation of ILO’s Convention, 1949 (No 95)The final chapter on the story of sugar in Guyana is about to end on a sad note and the APNU/AFC Administration has designed its tombstone which reads “Here Rests The Sugar Industry of Guyana, 1630’s – 2017. May Its Soul Rest In Peace.”Sincerely,Gillian BurtonPersaud MP
Dear Editor,I have observed what seems to be a change of uniform of constables attached to the City Constabulary of Georgetown, from their traditional dark blue uniforms to light blue tops and dark bottoms. These persons moving around the markets and around the city with these new outfits look more like security guards than Policemen.I would like to know if the Georgetown City Constabulary has changed its uniform just like that, without properly sensitising the public. Police departments all over the world are very strongly traditional, and they want their officers to look like Police officers. In other words, what the public associates with “Police officer”.Most people can identify a Police officer by the official Police uniform. When citizens on a busy street are in need of help, they scan the crowds of pedestrians looking for the distinctive uniform of a Police officer. Drivers who come to an intersection occupied by a person in a Police uniform usually willingly submit to that person’s hand directions. Criminals usually curb their unlawful behaviours when they spot a uniformed Police officer in the area. Many parents teach their children to respect and trust a person in Police uniform. How can the Council just whimsically change the uniforms of their Constables like that?Everyone knows that their uniforms were made of cheap polyester, and were poorly tailored, resulting in their wearers being hot and uncomfortable, and that they faded and turned purple after being laundered a few times, but that does not give them the right to just arbitrarily change them? They just needed to purchase high quality and properly tailored apparel.The traditional dark blue crisp uniforms of the City Constabulary conveyed power and authority. Even the slightest alterations to the style of this uniform will change how citizens will perceive these constables. The City Constabulary uniform is a tradition as old as the Constabulary itself, patterned after the London Metropolitan Police, who developed the first standard Police apparel.These first Police officers, the famous “Bobbies” of London, were issued a dark blue, paramilitary-style uniform. The colour blue was chosen to distinguish the Police from the British military, who wore red and white uniforms at the time.Darker colours may have been preferred for their ease in cleaning and their ability to help conceal the wearer in tactical situations. Dark colours help cover up stains and keep the officer from being easily spotted by lawbreakers, especially at night.Is this change of uniform another hare-brained idea by City Hall officials?With thanks,Riley Matthews
Dear Editor,I was utterly bemused at the statements made by David Patterson at the AFC’s Candidates Expo at their headquarters at the Kitty Railway Embankment, Georgetown. He clearly extolled the ‘accomplishments’ of the Coalition Government in the Public Telecommunications Ministry and the Public Infrastructure Ministry as belonging solely to the AFC Ministers, but failed to recount the dismal failures.In his uncharacteristic vitriolic and egocentric speech, he said, “People complaining that the AFC ministers are going into regions and saying that the community projects that Government done, we are claiming (them) as our contribution.Any road I build, you tell them is David Patterson from AFC build it, and we have to walk the walk. We are too modest to take our credit.”I wish to draw Patterson’s attention to the fact that, on more than one occasion, it was highlighted at the RDC meeting that an AFC Executive member is going around promising residents in various communities the installation of street lights, building and repairing of roads, and taking credit for the works done by the RDC.This is to garner votes at the upcoming LGE. I must remind him also that residents were asked to place their signatures to request these infrastructures, which were later used to support the AFC candidates on the backers’ form.Moreover, I want to ask him to also take full credit for the numerous instances of reported cases of corruption and substandard works on ‘his roads’. The East Bank Berbice Road is a prime example.This road’s foundation is in constant digging, refilling and re-digging, and each time the expensive road filling stuff is removed it is transported by the MoPI lorry to fill the yards of AFC members.Please check opposite the Albion Police Station, your executive member has his yard filled with the stuff and the yard of the other AFC TV star in Canje. This faulty area is from Edinburgh to Glasgow Village.In addition to this, the MoPI is using a defective asphalt spreader, which was purchased to do this East Bank Road, which is leaving more waves on the road than the nearby Berbice River.This road should have been done at a cost of $1.2 billion, according to the engineering design of the IDB, but it is now clear that this design was not followed, and, from all indications, this allocation will not be enough to bring that road to completion, since the corruption is galloping in all directions.Can the Minister say what sums have already been spent, and when this project will be completed? This Minister should also take full credit for the breach of the Procurement Act in the award of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge Project study. He illegally gave contractors $148 million dollars to do that study.The Minister of Public Security could not have bragged about his achievements in that sector, so he directed his full focus on the PPP. He went further than what he said on a TV station in Berbice. He advised his gathering of AFC candidates that if they are ‘harassed’ by the PPP members, they should call him on his cell phone and he would get the Police to deal with them. It seems that this minister is now in charge of the operations of the GPF, and not only the formulation of policies.Should this minister then not give each and every citizen his personal number, so that they can call him when their homes and businesses are pillaged by bandits? Already, in four days of this week, Berbice has been assaulted by four daring and brutal robberies. In addition, should he not also call on the GPF to investigate the numerous instances of electoral fraud perpetrated by his Party?The ‘Champion’ of the sugar workers and the subject minister also failed to take credit for the AFC’s handiwork in the sugar industry and the corruption and retrogression of the rice industry. The Panama rice fiasco is threatening that lucrative market.We are now importing rice to keep our foreign markets alive. The drastic reduction of the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was spared the agony of being mentioned at this ‘fit and proppa’ gathering.Lastly, Patterson’s advice to his membership should be heeded with some concern. He vehemently told his membership, “If war break, defend yourself at all times.I don’t believe in turning the next cheek”. Is this his version of ‘slow fyah mo fyah’? Is this the speech of a responsible minister of Government, a campaign manager and the general secretary of his party?The AFC’s ghost sure knows how to scare. The AFC’s campaign is so ‘fit and proppa’ that they have now withdrawn from contesting over 10 NDC areas!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Dear Editor,By any major measure, APNU has been a failure. Here are a few instances:1. Drained disposable income of the populace by extracting a 50 per cent increase in taxation over the 2015 to 2018 period. The implementation of over 200 tax measures has seen annual tax revenue at $200 billion in 2018, vs $135 billion in 2014, a whopping 65 billion increase on the backs of the populace. Small wonder the average man is feeling the squeeze.2. Stifled and scared-away investment. With almost four years since the coalition came to power, not a single major private or public investment project has materialised. Instead, the APNU is simply reaping the benefits of investment projects and financing arranged by the PPP Government. From Exxon to the Cheddi Jagan airport, to the new gold mines, manganese mines, bauxite mines – all of these were arranged by the PPP. All new investment has stalled due to the bureaucracy and ineptitude of this APNU/AFC Government. Had APNU not scuttled the Amaila Falls project, a total of US$850 million would have been invested in Guyana and 165 Megawatts of power would have been available this year into the grid at 10 cents per kilowatts. Instead, the country faces blackouts. Nationalisation of the Berbice Bridge is yet another example and, of course, the derailing of the speciality hospital by awarding the contract to a client of an AFC Government Minister.3. Abandoned, ignored of reneged on every major promise made in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Instead of inclusionary policies, measures to improve prosperity, good governance, improving accountability and transparency and zero corruption, the APNU/AFC has ignored each of these. Their performance has been the exact opposite. No wonder the populace is fed-up.4. Draining of foreign reserves and gold reserves by over US$400 million and incurring an overdraft with the Central Bank (illegal) of over US$250 million. As if increased taxation was not enough.5. The populace has lost confidence. Just look at the Local Government Elections (LGE) results. A whopping landslide win for PPP with 61 per cent of the votes vs 34 per cent for APNU and 4 per cent for the AFC.6. Loss of no-confidence vote in Parliament following Charrandas Singh voting with the Opposition in protest of closing the sugar estates and ignoring the plight of the sugar workers.The evidence of the abysmal failure of APNU/AFC is clear. The Parliament and the public have lost confidence in the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Elections must be held in accordance with the Constitution. Elections must be held now.Sincerely,A Grant
Dear Editor,It breaks my heart to know that paedophilia, trafficking and other child sex offences have become a scourge and industry in Guyana and around the world. In Guyana, we have seen many instances where mothers are prostituting their own underage children, where fathers are sexually molesting their own daughters, and in some cases, even their own sons. I recall a case, in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where a Corporal from the Guyana Defence Force, molested his two-year-old stepson. Some stepfathers are also known to take advantage of their stepchildren. Girls are being threatened that if they “tell anyone, they will be killed along with their mother”. There are even many uncles who are involved in paedophile activities with their nieces and nephews. Children are being sold every day on the dark web around the world to some of the most prominent people in society.Victims of this kind of abuse usually undergo a series of psychological damage and destruction as they age. Poor self-esteem, eating disorders, intense fear, horror, helplessness and depression are just some of the many issues our youths are bombarded with. Higher incidences of suicidal attempts, dysfunctional relationships, violence and self-destructive behaviours are becoming even more apparent in these victims.It is evident that we are in a drastic situation when it comes to paedophilia and child sex abuse, and, therefore, we need drastic action. I am, therefore, supporting chemical castration for good – that is not reversible. If we don’t have the facilities for chemical castration, then we do surgical castration, where there will be no pain or chopping of the organ.Chemical castration is a method used to suppress sexual urges. It is already available to some sex offenders, both in prisons and communities worldwide, except Guyana as far as I know. Countries such as Poland, Australia, India, Indonesia and a host of other countries have already implemented this system. A May 2016 issue of The New York Times, reported that a number of US States already use chemical castration, as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending. In June 2019, Will Stewart of The Mirror reported that officials in Ukraine approved the law for the use of chemical castration on convicted paedophiles and rapists.Unlike Indonesia, where chemical castration is a non-optional punishment, Guyana should impose it as an alternative to life imprisonment or the death penalty. The opportunity of going through counselling and guidance may be given to paedophiles and rapists, with the understanding that they will be castrated.It has been found by many countries that have already implemented this system that imprisonment and behavioural therapy are not particularly effective, as offenders usually repeat their crimes when released into society. Chemical castration is championed as an effective tool for achieving this. Therefore, I plead with our Government to implement this system so that we can save our youths. Help us save our children.Sincerely,Roshan Khan
Fifty-six per cent of youths in Guyana who are sexually active have contracted a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) at some point in their lives, a Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) study revealed, stating that over a quarter are not using condoms.The study “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A snapshot of sexual knowledge, attitudes, and practices among Guyanese youths age 14-25” examined the sexual activities of youths in eight Administrative Regions, with 44 per cent of the respondents from Region Four.The majority of the youths who contributed to the study were still attending school while a third was out-of- school youths. The report was completed by Sherlina Nageer, of the Ministry of Public Health and commissioned by the GRPA.The report indicated that most youths conflated sexually transmitted diseases with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), meaning that most of their knowledge about sexually transmitted infections centred around HIV only and they were generally unaware of the other STIs.It stated that while 69 per cent of sexually active youths did report using condoms during their sexual encounter, a distressing 29 per cent were not using condoms while having sex. A fifth of these youths, the report added, said their reason for not using condoms was because they and/or their partner did not have any.On the other hand a quarter of those who were not using condoms said that was because they “trusted their partner and/or were in a committed relationship” while six per cent said they did not like it.More than half of these youths, 51 per cent, reported not using birth controls with only 15 per cent revealed knowledge of the specific birth control methods.“Worries about cancer and other side-effects and believing that it was ‘wrong’ and a sin were also cited as reasons for not using birth control,” the study revealed, adding that 36 per cent of these youths have either been pregnant or had gotten someone pregnant.The study expounded that most of the youths are learning about sex from the internet or their peers. Thus, the study recommended that a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights education be implemented in all public schools in Guyana.“Youths need and want more information about sex and related topics. There is a clear need for additional unbiased and non-judgmental sources of information about sex, sexual health, and wellness for the young people of Guyana,” the report stated, adding that the educational sector, predominantly, remains an under-exploited avenue for providing such crucial information.Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud had outlined that there is a need to re-examine the National HIV/AIDS campaign since there is a growing number of new HIV cases, particularly in youths.Dr Persaud stated that statistics explained that it is mostly the younger population that has been engaging in unprotected sexual activities, declaring that nearly 60% of youths begin having sex at an early age, while most of them have little to no knowledge on how HIV/AIDS is contracted or know how to protect themselves.
…in light of public servants wage standoffThe establishment of an industrial court to hear matters on workers’ grievances and other labour issues is necessary, Attorney Nigel Hughes told Guyana Times in a recent interview.Similar views were expressed by Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who also made the call during an interview with this newspaper.Attorney Nigel HughesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallBoth Attorneys pointed out that there were many cases of ongoing grievances and work-related issues plaguing employees, who sometimes received no justice. The most recent is the deadlock between the Government and the Guyana Public Servants Union (GPSU), who had proposed a “living wage” for workers.Hughes stated that it would be good to have the specialised court established because cases would be dealt with in a timely manner with little to no backlog. However, he proposed that before the court was built, the Administration needed to bring the existing judicial institutions up to an acceptable level, whereby there was no backlog of cases.Also, he said it was important for the Administration to consider if the country had the capacity to build another court.“Although adding another layer to the system is good, it might create more frustration for us,” he said.The People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) had circulated a letter to the media, requesting the coalition Government and the Opposition to move to Parliament to establish an Industrial Court, with the status of the High Court, to hear and determine disputes relating to employment and labour relations.The Union stated that it was pushing the parties for consent since both of them, in power and on the campaign trail, as well as at Labour Day rallies and marches, promised the working class and their trade unions a good and strong labour sector.In the letter, the Union stated, “Due to the number of unsolved and unsettled cases, lack of enforcement of existing labour laws, failure of Guyana signing on to more international labour laws and International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Maritime Organisation labour conventions/laws and lack of addressing ongoing grievances and general work-related issues affecting the working class, the People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) strongly believes that the way to address these matters and to establish a strong, effective and improved labour sector in Guyana, and also to address workers, their trade unions, and their general grievances in a timely manner, thus the Government of Guyana needs to urgently establish an Industrial Court.”Currently, labour matters are handled by the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department and, in some cases, these matters would be taken to the High Court – under the previous Administration, there was a dedicated Labour Ministry.Nandlall stated that an Industrial Court would prevent this from occurring, since in some cases, employees would not have the money to hire a lawyer to represent them. He said that an established court would have specialised lawyers and judges to deliver a better quality of justice in a faster manner.“The concept of a specialised court to deal with these matters is a good one,” he opined, recalling that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, specialised courts were established to deal with particular issues which would have otherwise fallen into the hands of the High Court or the Magistrates’ Courts.He stated that the formation of such an institution would have its advantages, particularly in the hearing of cases immediately rather than having to join the “long backlog of unrelated cases”.However, he indicated that the establishment of an Industrial Court would be dependent on whether there were a significant number of disputes to engage a tribunal.Presently, the Government and the GPSU are at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.
The body of a Corentyne man was on Thursday afternoon found in a trench at Topu, a village in close proximity to Albion.The dead man has been identified as Mohan Ball, 49, of Lot 74 Hampshire South, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). This publication understands that several villagers witnessed the alleged murder.The dead man’s sister, Raywattie Fraser, explained that a little boy claimed to have seen what happened: “The lil bai come and say a ‘Rocky’ and ‘Andy’ kill Uncle Ball and throw him in the trench.” She further explained that she rushed to the scene with her husband after receiving the information.“When we go the street was full with people, me husband go across at the trench and check he, and say he dead and come back”.The body bore several marks of violence on it. Fraser described the marks as being large ‘black and blue’ spots, and there were also spots of what appeared to be blood. The sister claimed he could not swim. A piece of wood was also seen a short distance from the body.Villagers say the man was seen earlier in the day drinking with two villagers and that the three were later seen fighting.One of the two suspects was allegedly seen in wet clothes in the vicinity of where the body was found. The suspect was riding a bicycle at the time.Some villagers referred to the deceased as a ’junkie’. His sister did not have a photograph of him and could not locate one.“All he get is he clothes, he never deh to take pictures. He lives here and there, he does stay with people in the village, who he a work with,” his sister said.He was considered a funny person. “He always like make joke, he na like fight and suh, he never deh in problem,” the grieving sister said.Police are investigating and up to press time, no arrest had been made. (Andrew Carmichael)
Guyana on Sunday joined the rest of the world in observing World Leprosy Day.To raise awareness, a talk to formally launch a month of activities was held at the Palms Geriatric Home on Brickdam.Delivering the feature address at the launch was Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings. Dr Cummings noted that the stigma attached to the disease forced infected persons to isolate themselves and not seek the available medical treatment, which was free of cost in Guyana.“We must be responsible citizens and do whatever we can to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with leprosy,” Minister Cummings stated.Several trainees were coached in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with leprosy. Also, the Minister noted that the Public Health Ministry was for the first time able to visit Regions One (Barima-Waini); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) to follow up, monitor and evaluate the competence of the trainees who were dealing with leprosy, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.Minister Cummings stated that “the Ministry of Public Health, through its infectious disease programme, will continue to work tirelessly to improve and ensure the reduction of the prevalence of leprosy in Guyana through coordinated efforts of health promotions, surveillance and prompt access to treatment.”Minister Cummings also stressed that there was great need for peer counsellors within the leprosy programme at the Ministry. She pointed out that currently measures were being put in place to recruit peer counsellors. This is being done through a collaborative effort with the Social Protection Ministry. “Peer counsellors we believe will provide essential assistance in the area of patient follow-up to ensure patient remain on treatment and do not become defaulters,” the Minister explained.Country Representative from the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr William Adu-Krow said that his organisation was pleased to have supported the Public Health Ministry last year on its Leprosy Control Programme.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, addressing stakeholders at the launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric HomePAHO/WHO representative, Dr William Adu-Krow at the launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric HomeHe said, “This year 2017, we are committed to continue our support to the Ministry of Public Health in its efforts towards achieving the ultimate goal of leprosy elimination at the national level in Guyana.”Leprosy control has improved significantly throughout the world owing to national and sub-national campaigns in endemic countries. Integration of basic leprosy services and inter-general health services has made diagnosis and treatment of the disease more accessible.In 2002, leprosy was thought to have been eliminated. This was due to the disease detection being fewer than 1 case per 10,000 persons. In 2014, none of the endemic 122 countries had recorded more than 1 case per 10,000 persons. However, in 2016, Guyana diagnosed 52 new cases, with Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) being deemed the most affected region.The Public Health Ministry throughout the month of February will be conducting a number of awareness exercises across the country. The exercises include visits and educational talks at both primary and secondary schools, with 10 schools on the East Bank targeted. There will also be an awareness booth set up at the Giftland Mall on February 18 and 19, followed by a health walk on Brickdam on February 25.Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. The disease has been around since ancient times, often surrounded by terrifying, negative stigmas and tales of leprosy patients being shunned as outcasts. However, the disease is completely curable. Persons with the disease are urged to seek early treatment as this can prevent disfiguring disability related to the advanced stages of leprosy.
– to newly-constructed Lusignan holding facilityThe acting Director of Prisons, Mr Gladwin Samuels, on Monday gave the media an update on the new accommodation arrangements for prisoners relocated from the Georgetown Prisons to the Lusignan Prisons following events that transpiredActing Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, at the new holding facility on Mondayat the Georgetown Prisons on July 9 last. He was speaking specifically in relation to the availability of the newly tarmacked holding area at the Lusignan Prison Complex. This new facility will ease the present situation of congestion at that penitentiary, brought on after hundreds of inmates from the Camp Street Prison had been relocated there following a fire — deliberately set on July 9 – that had reduced the Georgetown facility to rubble. Those transferees were forced to live under atrocious conditions at the Lusignan penitentiary, and their irate and frustrated relatives had decried the conditions under which they were being held at the Lusignan penitentiary. On Monday, Samuels announced measures which could alleviate the untenable conditions obtaining at the Lusignan Prisons. He explained that most of the prisoners evacuated from Camp Street are still being housed at Lusignan, and that the holding area would house 450 prisoners.“After many days of hard work, we have finally come to a stage where this new holding area can be occupied. Our intention today (Monday) is to sanitise those prisoners in the walled area, as described by the minister, who will be transferred to this area (tarmac),” Samuels detailed.He explained that the Guyana Prison Service would seek alternative arrangements to house the remaining prisoners; and assured that the tarmacked area, which has three sheds, will offer more security and improved sleeping conditions. “When they’re relocated here, the sleeping arrangements will be much enhanced from what they have right now. We purchased mattresses and other sleeping materials during the period, (and those) will be issued to them,” he highlighted. He added that the area would allow for a “more controlled environment”, in that it would segregate prisoners and facilitate a smooth process for court appearances, which were disrupted after the inferno.He also said the Prison Service recognises the concerns of relatives who want to see their incarcerated loved ones, but disclosed that family visits would recommence at a later date.Family members were incensed principally because their relatives were staying in a pasture, an area meant for animals. One day after the fire, work commenced on the holding area, but several angry prisoners, upset at staying in unfavourable conditions in the walled area, had attempted to torch sections of the Lusignan facility.On Monday also, reports surfaced that teenage inmate Allan Basdeo had been stabbed by two fellow prisoners at Lusignan. Samuels has, however, indicated that the new holding sections would be able to better cater to the needs of prisoners classified as vulnerable.“It is our hope that this [facility] will provide a better environment, especially for those prisoners who are deemed to be a bit more vulnerable than those hardcore offenders who have, in various ways, taken advantage of those prisoners,” Samuels pointed out. He, however, clarified that despite the use of the words “taken advantage of”, there were no reports of any sexual assault having been committed in the walled area, which was cramped with hundreds of inmates. Following the transfer of prisoners from Georgetown to Lusignan, the conditions at Lusignan were condemned by both inmates and their family members, who lamented that prisoners had been sleeping under tents, and were exposed to the elements. In March 2016, a fire at the Camp Street Prisons had claimed the lives of 17 inmates. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Seventy-five students were the recipients of back-to-school hampers on Saturday, when the Give Another Chance Foundation (GACF) in collaboration with V Net, Island Style, Atlantic Mining Inc and Cerulean Inc gave back to the community.Recipients pose with their back-to-school gear at the Island Style Café, Brickdam, Georgetown on SaturdayTop performers at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment and exceptional performers at various levels from JE Burhnam Primary, Sophia Primary, Paradise Primary, Ketley Primary School and Hopetown Primary school among others in the Georgetown area received backpacks, tablets and laptops to facilitate learning during the new school year.In addition, students from St Rose’s High School, Bishops High, Christ Church, and Brickdam Secondary School were among the recipients of these hampers while one third-year student of the University of Guyana was awarded a cash token.“Your life has a value, your education is even more valuable and for the greater future… education is very, very important,” a representative of the Foundation urged.As such, the Foundation saw it most fitting to start with those who are in the second stage of their education; from primary to secondary education.The GACF was established to provide basic comforts and financial aid leading to the development and improving the lives of children throughout Guyana. Over the past seven years, the trustees and members of the Foundation have continuously strived to motivate and support children from less fortunate circumstances.
Parking meter sagaThe Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has further delayed discussions of the Parking Meter Project. At the Council’s statutory meeting late Monday afternoon, Councillors heard that September 7 is the new date when the matter will be discussed. The announcement was disclosed by Mayor Patricia Chase Green, who told Councillors that come next week Thursday; they must be fully prepared to discuss the project.Mayor Patricia Chase-GreenThe Parking Meter Project attracted much controversy since its introduction in May 2016. However, it was when it officially rolled out in the latter part of January 2017, that citizens formed large protests where hundreds of people from various cross-sections of society gathered in front of City Hall for several weeks, calling for a rescinding of the parking meter contract. These sustained protests resulted in Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan ordering that the paid parking initiative be suspended and a committee be formed to have the contract revised.At Monday’s meeting, the Mayor clarified that it was the elected Council which agreed to suspend the project. At the last meeting held on August 17, 2017, recommendations were compiled by the Parking Meter Negotiation Committee, headed by Councillor Malcom Ferreira, where it was suggested that the Council could discontinue the metered parking system with Smart City Solutions (SCS). Other recommendations had included continuing the metered parking system in accordance to law – relating to a legal and transparent process as outlined in Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, and to continue the metered parking system independently or await the outcome of pending court proceedings on the subject matter.Other concerns in the report included the transparency of the process, whether due diligence was observed – especially since the Legal Advisor of the Council indicated that he was not a part of the initial process of the formation of the contract; the termination clause; the dispute resolution/jurisdiction since the contract in its present state calls for arbitration to be conducted in a foreign court, the seize and sell clause, harsh penalties and booting.Other issues that the Committee had noted highlighted that the contract include rates for residential parking, rates for commercial parking, group rates for taxis and minibuses, the revenue split of 80-20 per cent – with SCS holding majority – duration of the contract, tax concessions, monopoly on parking and location of meters. Additionally, transfer of time on cards, impact on income, parking spaces for parking not in good conditions, size of parking space, wages, exemptions, traffic congestion in city, car park issues, attitude of SCS staff, economic report, designated areas for schools/differently abled, distance of parking meters from spaces, placement of meters, and the fact that the main partner was a foreign company were all matters that received attention. According to the report, the Council can choose to continue the Metered Parking System with Smart City Solutions. However, to move forward under that option, the Committee must be mandated to renegotiate on Council’s behalf so as to address and resolve all of the points/findings listed in this report [concerns].The original parking meter contract, which has to date not been publicly released, has a duration of 20 years, upon which the Council has the option to renew. Furthermore, it obligates parkers to pay $200 per hour of parking. Failure to do so will result in the respective vehicle being clamped, or possibly seized.
In Paramakatoi, Kato…millions of dollars unaccounted forState auditors who embarked on an investigation targeting the National School Feeding Programme have bared major “spending” inconsistencies plaguing the programme in two remote villages in Region Eight during the period 2016/2017. Millions of dollars continue to be injected into the initiative ($1.3 billion and $1.9 billion in the years 2016 and 2017 respectively) which was implemented in the ten administrative regions following its relaunch in 2010 by former Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo.Notwithstanding the original aim of the programme, coordinators in the cited region have reportedly been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them.Particular scrutiny into the expenditures for each meal revealed outrageous costs attached to same, raising further queries as to whether right procurement procedures were adhered to in the contract-awarding stage, among other issues.According to media reports, funds allocated to the feeding programme for newly constructed Kato Secondary School was diverted to the other areas and utilised as such.The state auditors report was recently handed over to the Administration but it is yet unclear whether auditors have recommended further investigations by police, and even the preferring of criminal charges.The present Administration has vowed a zero tolerance for non-performance and corruption against public servants. In fact, former Region Eight Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rafel Downes was sacked earlier this year following issues surrounding overpayment of salaries and deductions. (Paula Gomes)
A man who threatened to kill a woman after finding out that the child he thought he fathered with her turned out not to be his, was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Augustus Liken admitted to Magistrate Leron Daly that he used threatening language towards Kewana Barker on October 12, 2017 in Georgetown.According to the man, the Virtual Complainant (VC) bore a child who he thought he fathered.However, only recently was the truth revealed to him which caused him to become enraged.As such, he and the VC were involved in a bitter argument and he threatened to kill her. The matter was reported to the Police and the accused was charged.Magistrate Daly fined him ,000 or a default of two weeks imprisonment.
Attack on teacherInvestigators are still questioning the four suspects taken into custody for the gruesome murder of 22-year-old Kescia Branche, who was found exactly one week ago in a battered and unconscious state.Dead: Kescia BrancheOn Friday, detectives arrested an “associate” of the young woman. “The deceased was in contact with a male on several occasions via cellphone in the early hours of that morning. This person has been identified and is in custody assisting investigators,” Police said in a statement on Friday.Guyana Times understands that upon examining the cellular phone of the deceased, detectives came across the number, and as such, tracked down and arrested the associate.Investigators also hauled in Branche’s former partner, the father of her son, for questioning on Thursday. He, too, remains in custody.Even as these two civilians are being questioned, the two Police Constables with whom the young woman was seen leaving a city night club also remain under close arrest.Additionally, two other ranks are being questioned after phone records show they were in constant contact with one of the Constables after he left the night club in company of the now dead young woman.Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination conducted on Friday morning revealed that Branche died as a result of brain haemorrhage and blunt trauma to the head.The unconscious Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown last Sunday sometime around 05:00h.She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she remained in an unconscious state hooked up to life support machines until last Tuesday, when she succumbed to her injuries at some time around 17:00h.Branche, who had resided in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday, November 4, 2017, when she left for a night out with her friends. The Police are seeking the public’s assistance to determine what may have transpired that resulted in the inhumane beating the young woman received.
0Shares0000SAN FRANCISCO, USA, June 15- Tiger Woods made his best start to a US Open in a decade on Thursday, firing a one-under 69 on San Francisco’s brutal Olympic Club course to send out a stark warning to the rest of the field.That early morning broadside put the 36-year-old former world No.1 into equal second place, three strokes behind surprise first round leader, 27-year-old US qualifier Michael Thompson. The confident manner Woods opened the tournament will boost his hopes of winning a record-equalling fourth US Open title on Sunday, four years after he won the last of his 14 majors at nearby Pebble Beach.“I had a good game plan going in and I executed all the way through and ended up with a score under par. Which was nice,” Woods said.“I felt very pleased with every facet of my game and I stayed very patient out there.”Level with Woods on 69 was 2001 USPGA champion David Toms, a veteran of 45 who has won just one tournament in the last six years as he battled a succession of injuries, US outsider Nick Watney and former European No.1 Justin Rose of England.There then followed an international mix of players on level-par 70 — 17-year-old US amateur Beau Hossler, US qualifier Jason Bohn, J.B. Park of South Korea, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Alistair Presnell of Australia.But it was a crushing day for two of the top American hopes – Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson – who were in the day’s glamour grouping alongside Woods.Five-time US Open runner-up Mickelson struggled badly, losing a ball in the gnarled Monterey Cypress trees with his opening drive and never really settling into his game after that as he limped along to a six-over 76.Masters champion Bubba Watson fared even worse as he sprayed the ball off the tee with his distinctive pink driver en route to a horrendous 78.English hopes were left bruised and battered also as world No 1 Luke Donald had a day to forget with nine bogeys in a demoralising 79 that will once again raise question-marks over whether he can one day win a major title.Countryman and playing partner Lee Westwood battled back from a poor start for a creditable 73, while the third member of the afternoon’s top grouping — defending champion Rory McIlroy — also struggled.The 23-year-old Ulsterman produced none of the fireworks we saw from him last year at Congressional in Washington as he stumbled along to a 77 and a battle on his hands just to make the cut.With only a few groupings left out on the course, only five players had managed to complete their rounds under par, testimony to the toughness of the rolling par-70 Lake Course, which is hosting the US Open for the fifth time.Woods was coming off a win in his last tournament, The Memorial, but has struggled for consistency of late, best illustrated by a tie for 40th in the Masters in April – the worst performance of his professional career in the year’s first major.But, starting from the ninth hole, he was immediately into his stride splitting the first four fairways as he opened with five straight pars.A bogey on the 14th was cancelled by a birdie on the par-five 17th where he holed from four feet as he went out in level par 36.Woods then stayed steady through the Lake Course’s feared opening six holes highlighted by back-to-back bidies at the fourth and fifth — where he sunk putts from 10 feet and then 30 feet.He dropped one though at the next after failing to get up and down from a bunker having pushed his approach shot, and parred his way in from there.The unheralded Thompson, a runner-up in the US Amateur Championship here in 2007, had seven birdies against three bogeys in his round of 66.“This is one of my favorite golf courses. So I’ve got good feelings coming in here. I just got the putter hot today,” he said.Toms said that on such a demanding course, total concentration was the key.“You really just have to concentrate, give it your all on every shot and never give in to the golf course because it will punish you if your attitude is not good, if your concentration is not good,” he said.Watney owed his presence so high up the leaderboard to an albatross two on the par-five 17th – just the third double-eagle in US Open history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000The US confirms the first eight members of the Ryder Cup team to play Europe in September but four places are still up for grabs and Tiger Woods could still be selectedPARAMUS, United States, Aug 21 – Tiger Woods is aiming to cement his claim to a place in the USA’s Ryder Cup team as he prepares for this week’s Northern Trust Open in New Jersey.The former world number one said Tuesday securing a place in Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup squad had been one of his goals at the start of his comeback season after nearly two years out with injury. Woods heads into this week’s opening leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series after a thrilling diplay at the PGA Championship, where he came up just short to finish second.Woods is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table but must wait until September 5 to learn whether he has earned one of captain Furyk’s wildcard selections.Either way, Woods is assured to travel to France as one of Furyk’s vice-captains.The 14-time major winner however is determined to travel as a player.“I want to be picked and I want to be part of the team,” said Woods on Tuesday.“The interesting role here is that I’m a vice captain, so we’re talking about myself in the third person a lot. So, that’s one of the more interesting conversations we were having.“We were having a lot of fun with it but yeah I’m one of the guys on the short list and sometimes I’ve got to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”Asked by an AFP reporter if he dreamed of playing on the USA team he replied: “Yes, I do.”“I started at the very beginning of the year, I told Jim I wanted to be a part of the team, not just as a vice captain but as a player. I’m very close to making that happen.– ‘A long year’ –Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion, has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and hasn’t won any event since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational“It’s been a long year and one that was one of my goals was to make that team, because to be part of that team, you’ve got to be one of the 12 best players and I’m kind of trending towards that.”Though foremost on Woods’ mind is committing himself to all four ‘Play-Off’ events including being among the leading 30 and thus qualify for the FedEx Cup deciding Tour Championship that commences on September 20th in Atlanta.“I’m playing the first three right now and that should get me into Atlanta and on the back side is obviously The Ryder Cup,” said Woods who is currently ranked 20th on the FedEx Cup standings.“That is a lot of golf and as I was explaining to you guys back in Akron, it’s about pacing myself and making sure I don’t practice too much, don’t overdo it, and make sure my training schedule goes well.“That’s one of the hard things this year is trying to find the right balance, and as the summer has gone on, I’ve gotten better and felt better, and this is a pretty important stretch.”Woods meanwhile reflected on his failure to make more birdies in his PGA Championship performance.“It was exciting to make a run but I lost by two at the end,” Woods said. “I did make a push on Sunday which was nice.“I shot a low round but it just wasn’t enough, on a golf course that soft, we needed to make a few more birdies.”Woods will contest the opening two rounds of this week’s tournament in the company of Australia’s Marc Leishman and current European No.1 Tommy Fleetwood.Strangely, the trio were grouped together earlier this year for the first two days of the Masters but with Woods struggling with scores of 73 and 75.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 31 – Kenya 7s squad returns Tuesday from their tours of Japan and Hong Kong with only the Shield to show from the latter as once again the Main Cup dream proved to be a barrier too far.Despite the dross, vice-captain Collins Injera, marked a personal milestone in Hong Kong when he cemented his position as the third all time leading try scorer in the World Series when he notched his 183rd career touch down. Paul Treu’s side ended their Hong Kong 7s charge with three points in what ranks as his worst performance since he took charge of the squad following a 17-10 victory over Portugal on Sunday.Scotland beat Shujaa 26-12 in the Bowl quarters to force the South African to line-up his charges for the Shield competition for the first time this season.A 10-7 loss to Wales and 43-5 mauling to defending champions Fiji in Pool A on Saturday was enough to end Kenya’s dream of making it a fifth Cup quarters this season.Speaking to Capital Sport from Hong Kong, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) boss, Mwangi Muthee said the team would fire next season when the players get more used to Treu’s methods.However, the highest paid coach in the country is yet to lead the team to the Main Cup semis this season with the Scotland and London legs left to complete the HSBC World Series.“His mission is to build a team for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and that is well on track and we expect the side to do well next season. This one was a learning process for Treu and the team,” Muthee enthused.Against Portugal, Oscar Ouma opened the scores after breaking through the backs tackle to stretch his hands and pound the ball down over the try line.Vice captain Collins Injera who provided, the opener was rewarded for his industrious work soon after beating the Portugese defence to scrum down for his 182nd World Series career try.However, Portugal hit back on the stroke of half-time as Duarte Moreira ignited the burners and sprinted up field for a solo try as Kenya led 10-5 at the interval.On resumption Injera powered a tackle on the half-way line in the fourth minute for his 183rd try, consolidating his place in third on the all-time leading scorers’ list.A late burst from Aderito Estevez reduced the deficit to seven but it was not enough as Injera accurately booted the ball into touch on the hooter to seal Kenya’s 17-10 victory and the Shield.In the semis, Spain broke the deadlock after racking up 14 passes on their way to the opening try through Pablo Fontes that Francisco Hernandez converted for a 7-0 lead.Injera could have levelled after touching down but he went ahead to miss his conversion as they trailed 7-5 to the break.It took substitute Daniel Sikuta to liven up Kenya’s chances of progressing to the finals when he ran outside to skip over a Spanish tackle to put his side in front as Injera this time round made sure his kick went through the post to advance to the final with a 12-7 score line.In the Bowl last four, Scotland kicked-off with a try that saw Mark Bennett finish off after three-pass move to cross the line for Scott Wight to convert before Oscar Ayodi sprinted through on the left flank to pull one back as Injera missed the kick.Bennett notched his brace to extend the lead before Scott Riddell intercepted from a Kenyan missed tackle to give Scotland 19-5 lead at the breather.Injera recorded his 180th career try as Kenya showed their class but speedster Andrew Turnbull broke Treu dreams of a fifth Cup last four to finish with a fine move and send Scotland to the semis with an emphatic 26-12 victory.After seven HSBC Sevens World Series rounds, Kenya has dropped to ninth on the log with 60 points ahead of the closing legs in May at Glasgow and London 7s.Series defending champions New Zealand were crowned Main Cup winners after defeating England 26-7 while South Africa beat Wales 19-14 to lift the Plate as Scotland settled for Bowl after a 31-5 victory over France.All Blacks are back at the log summit with 136 points; seven ahead of Treu’s former employers, Blitzbokke who are second while Tokyo 7s champions Fiji are third with 112 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Head coach Charles Cardovillis has said the changes are testament enough of his side’s ambition after missing out on the Main Cup in the season opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa last weekend, finishing the leg fifth.“We are in it to win it and the players we have sent out to do duty tells the story. They bring in loads of experience and firepower and it is good to have them in the team. We looked at some of the weaknesses we had in Mombasa and we strengthened,” Cardovillis noted.“We had some problems with our half-line which was missing a bit of firepower and the players who are coming in will give us that plus a bit of dynamism,” the tactician further explained.Kabras RFC in action at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKabras are in what on paper looks like an easy pool with Mombasa surprise package Mean Machine, Strathmore and newly promoted Makueni RFC.He is however, cautious on his approach and has warned his players to take each game with the same measure of seriousness, his target being a minimum of the Main Cup semis.“We saw what machine did last week and it shows you that you can’t take any team for granted. The pool is very unpredictable and everyone there can show up and surprise,” the former Kenya Harlequin director of rugby added.The coach is pleased with how his team has performed so far, acknowledging they played attractive rugby in the opening leg except for a few gremlins.He has urged his players to ensure they perform well on game ones, something he says let them down in Mombasa.“How we start each day is very important. Our first games in Mombasa on both days were not good. If we can be able to wake up well and get straight into it, then we have a good chance,” the coach offered.Kabras who have never won the circuit begin their campaign against Makueni before taking on Strathmore and Mean Machine later in the day.Kabras Sugar team for Kabeberi:Brian Tanga, Habil Malika, Dan Sikuta, Brian Juma, Johnston Mung’au, David Amboso, Timothy Mmasi, Felix Ayange, Philip Wokorach, Fabian Olando, Jacob Okumba, Dominic Osino, Aluda Beda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kabras Sugar head coach Charles Cardovillis.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Kabras Sugar has made a statement of intent ahead of the Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend by throwing into the fray three experienced faces.National team players Dan Sikuta and Felix Tanga make the cut with Sikuta having been with the team in Mombasa while Fabian Olando returns to action for the first time after missing a whole calendar year with injury.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, August 29 – Arsene Wenger has vowed to end Arsenal’s miserable start to the season by splashing the cash in the aftermath of his side’s humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United.Wenger saw his makeshift team put to the sword as a Wayne Rooney-inspired United inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in Arsenal’s history at Old Trafford on Sunday. The woeful Gunners conceded eight goals for the first time since 1896 in a craven capitulation that served to highlight Wenger’s need to bolster a side that has been ravaged by injuries, suspensions and departures since the start of the season.Arsenal have failed to win any of their first three Premier League matches, losing to United and Liverpool, in a disastrous start which has confirmed the worst fears of Gunners fans.However, Wenger, who insists he has no intention of resigning, has money to spend and is poised to act by signing Monaco’s South Korean striker Park Chu-Young, with more deals in the pipeline before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday.“We are working hard to sign players. If we find the right players, we sign them. We have the money to sign them if they strengthen our team,” Wenger said.“We have 20 people to work on that. We have as well plenty of players out at the moment.“At the moment we have not found the solutions to our problems. It’s difficult to find excuses after a game like that, but wages-wise of course we are behind the other teams.“We are close to signing a striker, but we still look for a defender or a midfielder as well.“I have to make the right decision for the club and I will continue to that.“The defeat at Manchester United was under special circumstances given the amount of players we had out. But we have played just three games. I think you should give me more time to say I have completely done it wrong.”Wenger hasn’t been helped by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but even he will have been surprised by the gulf in class that threatens to separate them from their rivals at the top of the table.However, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, backed his old foe to come through the toughest spell of his 15-year Arsenal reign.“I think the criticism is unfair. I think the job he has done for Arsenal over the years, by keeping his philosophy, has given the team some fantastic players,” Ferguson said.“He has sold well which has always helped the Arsenal coffers. Maybe people forget that. He deserves respect.“But we live in a terrible, cynical world now and when you lose a few games the judge is out and you see managers going early in the season many, many times over the past few seasons – unfairly. But it keeps on happening.”While Wenger contemplates a dispiriting start, United head into international break at the top of the Premier League, just ahead of neighbours Manchester City.Arsenal had no anwer to Ferguson’s side as Rooney claimed a hat-trick, Ashley Young scored twice while goals from Nani, Ji Sung-Park and Danny Welbeck completed the rout.It was a day Rooney won’t forget in a hurry. After scoring two free-kicks and a penalty to complete his treble, the England striker has now netted 152 Premier League goals for United.“I was aware of the statistics before the game and many of my milestones have come against Arsenal,” Rooney said.“My first ever goal for Everton was against them and so was my first Premier League goal for Manchester United and now the 150th has come against them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Goals from Pepe – with a superb header – and Helder Postiga, with his 20th goal for his country, had given the Portuguese a perfect start.However, a series of terrible misses by their star player Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to prove very costly until Varela stepped up to save them just three minutes after coming on.The win puts Portugal level on points with Denmark, who beat the Dutch in their opening game, while Germany top the table and take on Holland later on Wednesday.The Danes had the first chance in the fifth minute as the ball deflected to highly-rated youngster Christian Eriksen inside the area but Pepe did well to block his goalbound shot.The Portuguese managed to put very little together in the opening 20 minutes save once when Ronaldo drifted in from the wing into the centre and played the ball to Raul Meireles.Meireles found the Real Madrid star – just five goals in 15 tournament matches – in space but he produced a woeful shot and tried to blame the pitch as he looked ruefully down at it afterwards.However, he was not found wanting when he delivered his corner in the 24th minute as Pepe came steaming in to head home, the ball flying in over Danish midfielder William Kvist’s head at the near post.Ronaldo appeared to take heart out of that and he was unfortunate to see an on-target freekick take a deflection off a Danish defender in the 32nd minute.But he did not have to wait long for his side to double their lead.His former Manchester United team-mate Nani was the creator, passing the ball into the box where Postiga got a yard on his marker Simon Kjaer and put the ball away with a sharp finish.The Danes, though, got themselves back in the match four minutes before half-time as a smart header across the goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli found Bendtner unmarked and he made no mistake with a close range header to make it five successive games with the Portuguese that he has found the net.Ronaldo, though, should have restored the two goal advantage soon after the start of the second-half as put clear he was one on one with Danish ‘keeper Stephan Andersen, but the latter blocked his shot with his legs.The Danes still found plenty of fight with Kvist going close with a rasping shot.Bendtner was in lively form and worked himself some space in the 72nd minute to set himself up nicely but he sent his shot well wide of the goal.Ronaldo’s woes in front of goal continued as Nani’s superb through ball found him in acres of space and from about eight yards out and with just Andersen to beat he put it wide – provoking jeers and whistles in the stands.That miss looked to have been extremely costly as Bendtner rose superbly to head home Lars Jacobsen’s excellent cross from the right.However, the drama was not over as Fabio Coentrao hared down the left flank and crossed into the box. Varela swung at the ball with his left foot and miskicked but showing remarkable composure connected with his favoured right foot and lashed home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LVIV, Ukraine, June 13 – Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 in a thrilling Euro 2012 Group B clash here on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.A stunning goal by substitute Silvestre Varela three minutes from time saw the 2004 finalists take the points after they had let slip a 2-0 lead as Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner drew the Danes level with two headers.
“The coach was selected from the list of applicants who had applied for the vacant post and after consultations he was picked due to his impressive credentials and track record and will be unveiled next week on August 28 after introducing him to our major stakeholders in football as well the ministry of sports and sponsors,” the communiqué added.SuperSport.com reported Frenchman Henri Michel was the man set to take over the job vacated by Francis Kimanzi in May from the final shortlist of four who included Adel Amrouche, Tom Saintfiet and former France coach Raymond Domenech.“Those are just unconfirmed reports and we did not want to announce the successful candidate until he established when he was due to travel to the country so that we send his ticket,” John Kariuki, the FKF media officer told Capital Sport on inquiry.Michel, a former French footballer, reportedly got the nod for his long-standing experience in managing African sides having led Ivory Coast (2006), Tunisia (2002) and Morocco (1998) to the World Cup.He was also instrumental in the preparations of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea before falling out with the country’s federation chiefs over the sides’ final team selection.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, August 21- The new Harambee Stars foreign coach will be unveiled on Tuesday week, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced.“FKF in its efforts of ensuring that Harambee Stars regains its glory as one of the top teams in the world has finally enlisted a professional coach who will take over our national team soon,” a statement signed by federation chairman, Sam Nyamweya said Tuesday.
In a statement signed by chief executive, Jack Oguda, the league management body affirmed they would not tow the line a day after FKF ‘promoted’ Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC to their proposed expanded 18-team KPL “as per recommendation of the FKF/KPL technical committee.”“The federation National Executive Committee (NEC), which made the decision to increase the number of teams to 18, was not properly constituted as the members of Division One and KPL representatives have never been invited to the meetings as required by the Constitution and has on several occasions made decisions outside the Judicial Process contrary to its own Constitution,” Oguda writing on behalf of the KPL Executive Committee stressed.“On Friday November 14, 2014 the KPL Governing Council met and opposed the 18-Team League and reconfirmed that the 2015 Season will be a 16-Team League.“The sporting integrity dictates that the relegation and promotion is decided at the beginning of the season by all participating clubs and the relegation and promotion is bottom two clubs are relegated and the top two in the lower division promoted,” he added.Federation president, Sam Nyamweya, is quoted in a local daily Tuesday saying “The committee did not want to interfere with the relegation process that is why Nairobi City Stars have to go down,” having earlier announced the Nairobi Kawangware based side that finished 14th last season would stay up.KPL now deny such a meeting took place explaining their reasons to resist an expanded top flight starting with the call to their FKF rivals to remedy the plummeting form of national team Harambee Stars.“Harambee Stars requires more time for friendly matches and for FIFA/CAF competitions in order to increase our FIFA Ranking and this cannot happen with expanding the league and the congestion of fixtures.“The health of our players is also put into consideration whereby if the League is congested there is an increase in injuries and very few clubs have insurance medical cover to take care of the medical, recuperation and rehabilitation of the injured players which also affects and undermines the performance of the National teams,” Oguda’s statement underscored.“In 2008 when the League assisted the Federation in running the National Team Harambee Stars the team managed to get to the best position ever in the FIFA Ranking of No.68 and the clubs had to sacrifice their grants that year. It is unfortunate that right now our National Team is at No.116 indicating that we are moving backwards.”-Misappropriation claims-Responding to claims KPL were misappropriating money that would be better channelled to clubs, Oguda charged in a thinly veiled barb at the federation.“The Kenyan Premier League is a Private Limited Company and is transparent and accountable and the audited financial statements of the Kenyan Premier League can be found on the KPL website www.kpl.co.ke. Despite being Private Limited Company and have published the audited financial statements, the Law requires all public entities such as the Federation to publish their audited financial statements to its members and public.”The league management body also distanced itself in allegations published by FKF in a newspaper advert on Monday asserting the 18-team league was agreed upon by the two bodies stating; “The Draft Strategic Plan was presented by a consultant and was commented on by delegates but was not “adopted” as falsely claimed.“The members agreed that all branches must also adopt the format of the draft Strategic Plan presented and resolved that a final Strategic Plan would be discussed at a later date to be adopted by the members.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 25- The gloves have finally come off and a full-fledged battle for local football supremacy is on the cards after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) declared it will not accept an 18-team competition next season.Tuesday’s announcement is indication all efforts to amicably resolve the simmering impasse with their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that has moved to constitute their line-up for next season’s domestic top-flight with two extra teams have failed.