first_imgThe match’s whistle sounds the stadium to a standstillBall in action as eager feet ready to make perfect passesKeen eyes to take in all the moment’s glory no lesserWanting a GOAL to make the day not being worthlessEager legs so robust to tackle and keep the game goingFantastic they label those passes that arouse the crowdEach must make play the game good the fans cheeringOf time given so they must do the best for a day’s smileAs eyes search the ears listen the heart pray the lips shutSalute The GameSwift feet tense minds and unity that keeps them abreastConscious of the how and when the ball must be playedMundane to make out as champions of the amazing gameDesiring a GOAL to make the moment worth fighting forSome will cheer on whilst others will wail the day’s fateKeeping in mind this day’s record to be revered infinitelyNever will it be forgotten even when all is worn and doneThis game that makes the best the worst and vice versaSalute The GameShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Cat out of the bag”! (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The Government has deliberately ignored the existence of the Amerindian Act and in particular, Section VI of the Amerindian Act. This section is dedicated to addressing granting of lands to Amerindian communities, those without land titles, and, also granting of extensions to those requesting additional lands. This is a very important section of the Act as it removed the need for any middle man (such as a Commission) from this process. It is the community/village that will interact directly with the Government and negotiate a mutually agreed settlement. It places the responsibility on the Government, through the Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister to act. It is the Minister with responsibility for Amerindian/Indigenous affairs that is given statutory responsibilities to protect their rights and is empowered to address land claims through the Amerindian Act.The present Minister, Fourth Vice President, Sydney Allicock, MP, can meet with each community applying right now or those which have already applied and negotiated, albeit in consultation with other State agencies, as done in the past. If there are any controversies/difficulties, these can be settled through the process laid out in the Amerindian Act. Any difficulties encountered from time to time have less to do with the Act itself and more to do with situations where land was previously given out for mining and forestry concessions; for example, which now conflict with a given community’s application for land. In short, there is no need for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) or an Indigenous Lands Commission as the Act is adequate and has been used effectively and successfully with regards to Amerindian land rights.One may, therefore, conclude, that it is either that the President has no confidence in his Fourth Vice President and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs to deal with the land issues before him, or the Minister’s authority has been taken away, or, the Minister has chosen to give up his authority.In light of the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry on Lands, actions of the Government towards Amerindian land rights and rights since taking office, expose an objective which is sinister:-* Within two months of taking office, the Government closed down the Amerindian Land Titling Unit at the Office of the President, and terminated all the staff, this was allowed to go on for almost a year. Consequentially, pending demarcations and surveying also ground to a halt. No wonder those communities which applied for land or extensions prior to the 2015 General and Regional Elections are deeply worried, moreso in the light of the Terms of Reference of the CoI.* Funds designated to support the Amerindian Community Development Plans and projects approved under the Norwegian Agreement have been stymied over the last 23 months in violation of the said Agreement.* In July 2015, the Government terminated 1972 Amerindian community service officers, the largest single termination of employees by the State since the early 1980s!* The Hinterland Household Solar Electrification Project which provided solar units to 13,170 households in Amerindian communities has also been halted, while 6000 of these units purchased before the elections have been “redeployed” for use at the Ministry of the Presidency and State House.* The One Laptop Per Family has been dismantled and the allocation of laptops for one hundred ICT hubs in Amerindian communities has also fallen by the wayside.* The principal of “Free Prior and Informed Consent” enshrined in the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been honoured in the breach repeatedly as is the case with the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry on Lands, and, the one-shot meeting recently held on proposed amendments to the Amerindian Act in the capital city instead of in the communities with their elected councils in the regions as was done with the Amerindian Act.With regards to the latter, one may rationally ask the Minister or any Cabinet member what are the amendments the Government wishes to make to the Amerindian Act. What are the deficiencies it wishes to correct? I am confident that other than renaming it the “Indigenous” Act, they will have nothing to contribute.The Amerindian Act stands in the way of a grander design of the Government, and the Commission of Inquiry is its first manoeuvre.The Parliamentary Opposition’s request to the Speaker for an Adjournment Motion on a Definite Matter of Urgent Public Importance to discuss the Commission and to call for its revocation on April 13, 2017 was considered “not urgent” although the Commission had already been appointed on March 10, 2017 with a deadline to report to the President by November, 2017. Again no surprise there, only one of four requests for such adjournment motions have been allowed by the Speaker!The Parliamentary Opposition submitted another motion again calling for the revocation of the Commission of Inquiry on April 25, 2017. Alas, the motion was allowed by the Speaker but stripped of nine clauses and one be its resolved clause! It is listed on the Order paper in its amended version for the May 8 sitting.If the Government’s intentions are not sinister, then why was this Commission set up in such a surreptitious manner? The Government could not be so obtuse or power drunk to think that Guyanese would not recognise that this is an issue of such complexity and so fraught with controversy that it would risk social cohesion and national unity?I hold to my opinion that the Commission of Inquiry on Lands, defined by its Terms of Reference, is a sinister move.I stand in solidarity with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, the National Toshaos Council and the Amerindian non-governmental organisations and communities in calling for the revocation of this Commission.To be silent on this issue is allow the Government unfettered power to continue to reverse democratic gains made over the years, especially with regard to Amerindian land rights. Like those citizens who are making their voices heard on the parking meters in Georgetown, VAT on education goods and services, the closure of sugar estates, on the ban on used tyres, to name the most recent, we must also let our voices be heard in opposition to this Commission of Inquiry.Yours sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MP,PPP/C Chief Whiplast_img read more

Damien reaches 20 wins

first_imgAZUSA – Damien High senior Griffin Ramme scored 24 points to lead the Spartans to a 52-41 win over Bishop Amat at the Southern California Shootout on Saturday at Azusa Pacific. Damien improved to 20-4 and is approaching the single-season school record for wins (22) set back in 1981. Damien got off to a slow start in the first quarter in shooting 2 of 13 from the field, but the game was tied at 8-8. The Spartans ran off 13 consecutive points in the second quarter, in which they sank 9 of 11 shots, and out-scored Bishop Amat 19-2 to lead 27-10 at the half. In the third quarter, Damien had stretched the lead to 21 points at 35-14 before the Lancers (11-12) started to chip away at the deficit. Bishop Amat senior Matt Estrada hit back-to-back 3- pointers to cut the lead to 13, but Damien’s Dominic Tapia hit a layup at the end of the quarter to give the Spartans a 39-24 lead. The Lancers made one final run. They ran off nine points in a row late in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven at 48-41, but Ramme hit a jumper with 1:07 left to help put the game out of reach. “We started off pretty well and played them even, but against a team that’s this good you just can’t take a quarter off,” Bishop Amat coach Brandon Ertle said. “I give a lot of credit to Damien’s defense, but after the second quarter I thought we played them even.” center_img Damien defeated Chino Hills 41-40 on Friday night and with Saturday’s game starting at noon, it had coach Matt Dunn concerned. “I was concerned about us being flat, and we were flat in the first quarter,” Dunn said. “But the kids fought through it and played well.” Dunn had high praise for Ramme, who he called a “self- made player.” “He has really developed into a tremendous player for us. He works a lot on his own and makes big plays,” Dunn said. Bishop Amat center Jordan Salley dropped in 13 points. Austin Napolitano added 12 points for the Spartans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SIGNED UP! Matt Targett pens new long-term deal at Southampton

first_img1 The 21-year-old defender has agreed a five-year deal Southampton academy graduate Matt Targett has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League club.The 21-year-old defender missed the majority of the 2016-17 campaign, in which Saints finished eighth, due to a hamstring injury but has impressed new St Mary’s boss Mauricio Pellegrino in pre-season.“It’s a great way to kick off the season,” said left-back Targett. “I am really happy to sign. I’ve been at the club since I was eight so to extend my time here is only a good thing. Physically I feel good. I think I feel the best I’ve ever felt.“I think the injury has only helped me improve physically and mentally. I have come back from it all and got my fitness back – I am feeling fitter and stronger so it’s all positive at the moment.”last_img read more

DEAL OFF! Brighton pull out of Raphael Dwamena transfer after failed medical

first_img1 Brighton boss Chris Hughton Brighton have pulled out of the transfer of FC Zurich striker Raphael Dwamena after the player failed a club medical.The Seagulls had previously agreed terms with both Dwamena and the Swiss club over the potential deal for the 21-year-old, which would have been subject to a work permit.Dwamena, who was reported to be set to cost around £8million, was ready to join the Premier League club on Monday evening after just seven months at Stadion Letzigrund following his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg in January.A statement from Brighton at the time said: “Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that the club has reached agreement with FC Zurich for the permanent transfer of Ghanaian international, Raphael Dwamena, subject to work permit and international clearance.“The 21-year-old striker has also agreed personal terms with the club and is now awaiting clearance to travel to the UK for his medical.”However, manager Chris Hughton has decided to pull the plug on the deal, although there has been no explanation for the decision, other than a statement which read: “Brighton & Hove Albion have withdrawn from the potential transfer of Raphael Dwamena, after the player failed the club’s medical.“The club would like to wish Raphael the very best for the future, as he returns to FC Zurich.”last_img read more

Champions League and Europa League finalists given huge substitute boost

first_img Getty BOOST Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the Champions League final where both Spurs and Liverpool will be allowed to name 12 substitutes Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Aiming high LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS ready? Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available UEFA have also confirmed managers will again be able to make an additional substitute in extra time on top of the standard number of three.Jurgen Klopp is making sure his team is in the best possible shape for their match with Spurs, taking them out for a training camp in Marbella.They will spend a week in the Spanish resort and it will be familiar surroundings for the Liverpool players, who recently visited Marbella for a mid-season training camp. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target New rules introduced by UEFA for the start of the 2018/19 season mean each team will be allowed to name 12 substitutes on their benches, compared to the previous rounds, in which teams were allowed seven replacements.The same rules will apply to both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29. on target 1 Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS Liverpool and Tottenham will both be allowed 23 players in their squad for the Champions League final on June 1.The two Premier League sides will meet at Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano having both staged miraculous comebacks in their semi-final matches with Barcelona and Ajax respectively. Arsenal, meanwhile, are not happy with their ticket allocation and let UEFA know about it in a strongly worded letter, which brought about a response from the governing body.The cost and difficulty of getting to Azerbaijan mean both London rivals have not sold their allocation and a number could be returned.last_img read more

SPFL Wrap: Winners and losers from the 2015/16 SPFL season

first_imgMark Warburton has enjoyed a fine debut season at Rangers while Robbie Neilson continues to impress at Hearts. Tommy Wright’s CV looks better each year with another great campaign leading St Johnstone to fourth.Goal of the Season – Tom Rogic Rogic’s thunderbolt for Celtic at Rugby Park was powerful and pivotal in equal measure.Game of the campaign – Falkirk 3-2 Hibernian Best Player – Leigh Griffiths The outstanding Premiership player with his goals proving the driving force behind Celtic’s title bid. While some of his team-mates struggled to find consistency, Griffiths continued to develop all aspects of his game and has given Gordon Strachan a real selection dilemma ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.Top manager – Peter HoustonHouston’s work at Falkirk is worthy of high praise even if they don’t ultimately secure promotion to the Premiership. If there were any remaining doubts over the success of the play-offs then this one should put it to bed. This thrilling tie had pretty much everything even before Bob McHugh’s stoppage-time winner.Scottish football at its best.Signing of the season – Kane HemmingsHemmings’ debut season for Dundee was outstanding with 21 league goals and five assists and continues Paul Hartley’s decent transfer record. His partnership with Greg Stewart deservedly led to a PFA Player of the Year nomination and Dundee will do well to keep hold of him this summer.Biggest flop- Stefan JohansenAfter winning Player of the Year last term, Johansen proved to be a major disappointment for the champions this term. The Norwegian failed to net in the league after the opening day of the season and produced a woeful display in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden. Honourable mentions go to Tyler Blackett and Dani Lopez.Change for next season (If you could change one thing what would it be)It would require a tweak in scheduling and we know why clubs wouldn’t go for it but the Premiership Play-Off format should mirror the rest of the SPFL. I’d also like to see the final changed to a single tie. SNS GroupBest Player – Leigh GriffithsGoals, goals, goals. Celtic’s league win was built on the regular scoring of the 25-year-old who enjoyed the best season of his career so far. Imagine for a moment that Griffiths hadn’t been available for Ronny Deila for the second half of the season and the title race could have been very different. Revelled in his key role as first choice in attack and looks set to get better and better.Top manager – Tommy WrightFourth place again for St Johnstone and a third successive top six finish for Wright marks him out as someone who has his team consistently overachieving compared to those with more resources. Every season they look like they may struggle and this time Wright was again a steady influence, guiding the team to outperform others. It was no surprise that Dundee United made a play to land him in October and though he committed to a new deal in Perth he’ll be on the watchlist for other clubs.Goal of the Season – Tom RogicSome goals are great but not important and other goals are important but not great. Rogic’s stunning strike against Kilmarnock on March 19 ticked both boxes. Ronny Deila described it as “a glimpse of magic” and Celtic fans will be hoping the midfielder has plenty more tricks like that up his sleeve.Game of the campaign – Falkirk 3-2 HibernianAberdeen’s win against Celtic at Pittodrie kept thoughts of the title race going before the Dons fell away but yet again the play-offs delivered drama. The first leg at Easter Road left things perfectly balanced and the decisive match didn’t disappoint. Both sides went for it and just as it looked like a winner in normal time, there was a stunning conclusion.Signing of the season – Kane HemmingsPaul Hartley must be grinning from ear to ear every time he sees Kane Hemmings play. Snapped up on a free transfer from Barnsley, Hemmings has banged in over 20 goals, been nominated for Player of the Year, linked brilliantly with former teammate Greg Stewart and been a lively and entertaining addition to the league. If only every signing brought as much value.Biggest flop – Carlton ColeNobody expected Cole to displace Griffiths as the lone striker in Celtic’s preferred formation but it wouldn’t have been hard to envisage him as a different option when change was required, or as a partner for the top scorer in a front two. As it turned out, Cole barely played and when he did he barely contributed. In an already bloated squad the high-profile former EPL striker looks like excess baggage.Change for next season (If you could change one thing what would it be) – Another gameYes, the calendar is already packed but there’s always room for one showpiece game. A “Super Cup” where League and Cup winners meet wouldn’t help at a time in the season where we need our best sides to be concentrating on raising the level of results in Europe. An end of season SPFL select against the national team or a big club side from beyond our borders might be fun and let us celebrate the best players from across the league. SNS GroupBest player – Kieran TierneyThis time last year he had played just 30 minutes of senior football but went on to grab this campaign by the scruff of the neck. He dislodged Emilio Izaguirre from his left-back position, made his international debut and scooped every Young Player of the Year award going. He regularly put in mature, reliable and exciting performances years beyond his level and has proved to be one of the most exciting prospects in our game.Best manager – Peter HoustonThe Falkirk boss has built on last season, when they narrowly missed out on the play-offs, and split Rangers and Hibs, the sides that were expected to challenge for the title. Without having any stand-out superstars in his squad, he’s also managed to form a strong unity throughout the team and a determination to fight until the last kick of the ball.Best goal – Luke Leahy (Falkirk) v Livingston (August 22, 2015)It came in one of the first games of the season but remained a stand out. Just 16 minutes into the match Leahy picked up a long, diagonal pass on the edge of the box by controlling it on his chest. Eight-yards from the byline he smashed home a curling effort with his left foot into the top right corner. The control, precision and acute angle were each outstanding and it contributed to what proved to be a vital three points over the course of the season.Best match – Hamilton Accies 3-4 ICT (December 30, 2015)In torrid winter conditions this match would normally have been unplayable but the controversial artificial turf at New Douglas Park allowed both teams to play out an unpredictable and gripping battle. Inverness took the lead but twice Accies drew level to set up an incredible climax. Greg Tansey put Inverness back in front on 88 minutes but Christian Nade dramatically equalised two minutes later which led to three visiting players arguing with each other. And as if that wasn’t enough Liam Polworth’s strike deep into stoppage time then sealed the points with the last kick of the ball.Best signing – Martyn WaghornBefore being sidelined through injury in February the Geordie striker netted 28 times for the Championship side and set them on their way to title glory. As a natural goalscorer who can convert from the spot, poach within the six-yard box, strike from long range and on many occasions net braces or even hat-tricks, he proved to be the signing every team looks for but often struggles to find. Other stand-outs in this category include Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie, Falkirk’s on-loan keeper Danny Rogers and Dundee’s Kane Hemmings.Worst flop -Mixu PaatelainenThe Dundee United head coach had one job and one job only – save the club from relegation. When he was appointed in October the Tannadice side were just one point adrift at the bottom of the table. He went on to win just five of his 25 league games, saw his side throw away the lead eight times and fail to ever move off the foot of the Premiership. He was never able to settle on a strike force, very rarely handed creative prospect Scott Fraser a run out and never once played Robbie Muirhead when they were desperate for goals. And then there was the signing of Gavin Gunning, persistence in picking him despite his poor performances and failing to man-manage him to the extent the defender ended his United career by picking up the ball and walking off the pitch in a huff.Change for next seasonThere has to be better incentives for fans to go to games when factors such as the Scottish weather and impractical television schedules are putting people off. It should be easier and cheaper to get to games – a discount on public transport with a match ticket and more organised direct buses to grounds that are difficult to access. There should also be a cap on ticket prices or more special offers around financially challenging times such as Christmas and New Year. SNS GroupBest player – Leigh Griffiths, by an absolute mileThe transformation from a potentially wasted talent to an important figure for Celtic was pretty much established by the start of the season. But since then he has completely underlined his worth. His goal return is nothing short of remarkable, and he has become the team’s talisman.Top manager – Peter HoustonTo have taken Falkirk to the point where they are just two games away from a place in the Premiership, in a highly-competitive division, is manager of the year-winning form. He’s managed to keep the momentum going as well after the Scottish Cup final last term, when it’s easy for clubs in the second tier to be flash-in-the-pan. Goal of the season – Tom Rogic for Celtic at Rugby Park Not just for the brilliance of the strike, but the impact it had on the destination of the Premiership title. The league was so perfectly poised, Aberdeen were neck-and-neck and waiting to pounce on the slip up if Celtic didn’t win it. But Rogic scored, Celtic were lifted, and Aberdeen crumbled the same afternoon against Motherwell.Game of the campaign – Falkirk v HibsThe second leg of the Premiership play-off semi final had everything, and it showcased how much drama the competition can create.Signing of the season – Graeme ShinnieTough call between Graeme Shinnie, James Tavernier, Kane Hemmings and Louis Moult. Shinnie edges it. Already an established Premiership-quality player, he has brought so much to the table for Aberdeen, and is arguably the best full-back in the top flight.Biggest flop – Stefan JohansenHe’s completely gone off a cliff this campaign . This was a guy we were saying might go to the English Premier League but he has just completely failed this season.Change for next season (If you could change one thing what would it be) – Just one? To take the broad-brush approach… let’s have the league start to properly promote what an exciting and compelling thing they have. There’s going to be lots of subplots throughout the new campaign. Explore them, talk them up, make them sound exciting. There’s an opportunity for there to be an even-bigger buzz around the game next season than there has for years. Don’t miss the opportunity.last_img read more


first_imgMo Moriarity of Bloomington South High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts said today. Moriarity was nominated and selected for the award after becoming only the 10th coach in Indiana history to win 300 games, as his Panthers won at Terre Haute South 44-0. Coach Moriarity has led Bloomington South to four straight sectional titles. The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 5: Region 4:  Brian Nay – Lafayette Central CatholicRegion 9:  Sean Coultis – Evansville Central Region 5:  Chris Overholt – Delta Region 1:  Richard Good – Calumet New TechRegion 6:  John Hart – Brownsburg This season marks the 20th year the Colts are recognizing outstanding high school football coaches throughout the state.  Each week following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree.All high school head coaches in the state are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on the team, school and community, as well as the team’s performance.  The honorees are selected by a panel of football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.At the conclusion of the high school season, each winning coach will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, as well as a certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Colts general manager Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and youth football commissioner Mike Prior.  What’s more, Anthem will contribute an additional $1,000 to the school’s athletic fund.For more information, visit Region 2:  Todd Stammich – South Bend WashingtonRegion 7:  Jason Simmons – Ben Davis Region 3:  Jason Garrett – Fort Wayne Bishop DwengerRegion 8:  Adam Morris – Hamilton Southeasternlast_img read more

Auburndale softball blanks Northland Lutheran

first_imgFour Apaches have at least two hits in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Hannah Bolder and Marissa Ponshock each went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to help the Auburndale softball team to a 10-0 defeat of Northland Lutheran in a Marawood Conference South Division game Monday at Auburndale High School.Auburndale (6-6, 3-4 Marawood South) scored two runs in each of the first three innings and added four more in the fourth, eventually winning the game via the 10-run rule after 4½ innings.Rachael Bolder tossed a five-inning, five-hit shutout for the Apaches, striking out two. She also had two hits at the plate.Emma Dimick added two hits and two RBIs for Auburndale.Auburndale hosts Pittsville on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 10, Wildcats 0Northland Lutheran 000 00 – 0 5Auburndale 222 4x – 10 14Northland Lutheran statistics not provided.WP: Rachael Bolder.SO: R. Bolder 2. BB: R. Bolder 1.Top hitters: A, Hannah Bolder 3×3, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Marissa Ponshock 3×3, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; R. Bolder 2×3; Emma Dimick 2×3, 2 RBIs.Records: Northland Lutheran 3-6, 2-6 Marawood Conference South Division; Auburndale 6-6, 3-4 Marawood South.last_img read more

Wheelers hosts test drive for youth

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Wheelers Chevrolet GMC has joined forces with Chevrolet and the Chevy Youth Baseball program in an effort to provide new equipment, instruction opportunities, as well as sponsorship dollars for the Columbus Catholic Middle School Athletic Department.The Chevy Youth Baseball Test Drive Fundraising Opportunity is a program by which Wheelers Chevrolet GMC provides $20 on behalf of every customer that takes a test drive in any one of the new Chevrolet vehicles in stock, up to a maximum of $2,000.Visit Wheelers Chevrolet GMC on June 11, from 5-7 p.m., at Steve J Miller Park – Jack Hackman Field, 205 S. Oak Ave., Marshfield, to participate.When visiting the event, please mention you are looking to support Columbus Catholic Middle School Athletic Dept. through the Chevy Youth Baseball test drive fundraising opportunity.last_img read more