Wolmer’s eke out narrow win

first_imgNot yet at the brisk, skilful attacking level of prior seasons, Vassell Reynolds’ new-look Wolmer’s Boys’ managed to eke out a 1-0 win at home against St Jago High in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup schoolboy season-opener yesterday at Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Heroes’ Circle.Alphanso Gooden scored the all-important goal in minute 54 to give Wolmer’s all three points.Though the winners maintained about five players from last year’s team, they showed they were clearly missing the tip of their attacking pyramid, in power-forward Jaheel Hyde, who, in previous seasons, led their scoring charge.Hyde, who is the World Junior 110-metre hurdles champion, was also a Manning Cup star, but quit football for athletics.Violent conductIndiscipline surfaced in the game, which saw a player each ejected from both teams for violent conduct, while two St Jago players were ruled out of their starting line-up due to ineligible identification cards.St Jago missed their best chance of the game to level at the 71st minute when they got an indirect free kick inside the box, but Shaqon Bryan hit the ball straight into the wall.”Overall, I am pretty satisfied; 75 per cent of football is the mental aspect, and it’s something that we have been working on,” said Reynolds. “We got the ball a lot of times and, instead of passing, we kept holding on to the ball and encouraged injuries onto ourselves.”Reynolds added: “We achieved a clean sheet here today (yesterday), and it’s a work in progress. We just need to keep the ball game as simple as possible.”St Jago’s coach, Glen Laing, was satisfied with his team’s fight.”I just embrace this one. We were undermanned because of registration, but I’m not making any excuses. The game was as close as it could be. We will get a better team out there next game and I know we can beat Wolmer’s when we meet them again at Prison Oval,” he remarked of their return-leg meeting.last_img read more

Conte’s system suits me – Fabregas

first_imgAfter enduring a difficult start under new boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he now feels he is settling into the Italian’s system at Stamford Bridge.The Spain international seemed to be on the fringes of the Chelsea squad for much of the early season, with Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante dominating minutes in the middle of the Chelsea midfield, but Fabregas has started two of the past three fixtures in recent weeks.The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has made the most of his opportunities, scoring the winner against Sunderland on Wednesday.”People forget it’s only the second time in my life, in my whole career, I’ve played this system,” Fabregas said. “My teammates have played a lot more than me. Against Manchester City [in early December], it was a big test because it was the first game. I’m getting used to it. I feel very comfortable.”I have a lot of players in front of me, so I can pick passes between the lines. they run into space and I have protection behind me. I’m really enjoying it, and I think it suits me a lot.””People say I cannot defend, but I recovered the ball, went forward, and scored [against Sunderland],” Fabregas added. “I know what I can do, but the problem is I haven’t had minutes, and if you don’t play, you can’t show what you can do.””In football nowadays, people forget very quickly who you are, what you’ve done and what you can do. Hopefully, now I can have a run of games to keep my fitness up and show what I can do.”Chelsea’s midweek win was their 10th on the trot, and Fabregas believes his team has a good shot at winning the Premier League title.”We can compete. I’ve seen many times teams winning titles Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea where these 1-0 victories are so important. Hopefully, we can keep it up.”last_img read more

Without Bernadeth Pons, new era begins for FEU Lady Tamaraws

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Robert Bolick explodes for 26 in debut, leads NorthPort to rout of Blackwater “Of course we’ve moved on and we can’t rely on just one player to carry us because teamwork is really important for us,” said Pascua in Filipino during the team’s practice Wednesday at FEU.Pascua said captain Jerrili Malabanan and other veterans such as Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o can take the leadership mantle for the coming season.The fun-loving mentor is also looking forward to rookie Lycha Ebon to make an immediate impact for the team since she’s playing the same outside hitter position that Pons once played with the Lady Tamaraws.“We have veterans like Jer, Kyle, and Heather, then there’s also Ebon and all of those guys were once leaders in high school,” said Pascua. “Ebon just has to go through a little adjustment with the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s a new area for Far Eastern University as it enters the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without leader Bernadeth Pons.Pons bid goodbye to the team after Season 80 where she led the Lady Tamaraws to a runner-up finish, the highest FEU has placed in the tournament since winning the title in Season 70.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “The heart of Ebon is just different from the other rookies and you can see that she’s really a leader.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The absence of Pons is an obvious blow to the Lady Tamaraws, who have relied on their talisman for the better part of two years, but head coach George Pascua said his squad has slowly moved on from it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia PLAY LIST 03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

AmCham, ACCA sign MoU for accountancy training in oil sector

first_imgThe American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana (AmCham) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have inked a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing capacity building and training for interested accountants across the Private Sector.At a simple ceremony at the Marriott Hotel on Monday, officials of both organisations finalised the agreement and shared some of the prospects that were expected in time for the forthcoming oil industry.Head of ACCA Caribbean, Shelly Ann Mohammed explained that the agreement was aimed at developing the skills of accountants in Guyana to take them through the changing economy.“It is our hope that through this formalised partnership, we will be able to work together in the coming years to further develop the accounting profession inACCA Caribbean Head Shelly Ann Mohammed and AmCham Guyana President Zulfikar Ally signing the MoU agreementGuyana as well as to collaborate on training and initiatives to equip local finance professionals with skills to thrive in a rapidly-changing professional environment,” stated Mohammed.The ACCA is known for its contributions in developing this profession over the past 30 years in several countries around the world.The ACCA official highlighted some of the goals for the company in Guyana, stating “our core values are aligned to the needs of the employers in all sectors and we show that through our range of qualifications. We prepare accountants for business. ACCA is committed to helping growth in Guyana by partnering with all stakeholders to think ahead to connect markets and communities and to use our global range to support the profession to flourish and grow.”In his remarks, AmCham Guyana President Zulfikar Ally gave a highlight of some of the areas that will be targeted during these training courses and emphasised that this programme was open to all stakeholders.“We’re focusing on training and development of accountants within the business community. It would not only be just for AmCham members, but any business who are interested in learning from the collaboration we have with ACCA. We will focus on areas of anti-money laundering, new accounting practices, leadership, global recognition, ethics in accounting and governance.”Oil industry preparationsDuring this engagement, several persons spoke on the sidelines about the oil prospects in Guyana and developing a strong local content framework for the country’s protection. Mohammed pointed out that building a strong accounting background was essential and would reduce the country’s dependence on foreign accountants.“I think it will be very important to build the finance department of those oil and gas companies, because they’re going to need strong auditing, strong accounting background and some might be global companies so the standards are going to be in alignment with global recognition … Part of building local content is important – not just to utilise the foreign accountants but to make sure we build capacity in Guyana,” she said.She insisted that they were looking at feedback from the training to identify how impactful the sessions would be on preparations for the oil sector.“Our companies in Guyana are really going to need this capacity building, especially because of the oil and gas development that is happening. Over the next few days, we hope that we can see the impact of the training and capacity building that we do.”AmCham President Ally noted that Guyana could also learn from ACCA Caribbean, since Trinidad and Tobago had vast experience in both oil and natural gas.“It is very significant because in Guyana, we don’t have that capacity as yet. Oil and gas is very new to us. We’re hoping to collaborate with them and benefit from them, given the experience that they have already to help our members and the Private Sector.”last_img read more

PNCR elects Volda Lawrence as first female chairperson

first_imgAnnette Ferguson – Vice Chair Dr George Norton – 2nd Vice Chairman Loud cheers erupted in the wee hours of Monday morning at Congress Place, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, as longstanding party member Volda Lawrence was officially declared Chairperson of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), creating history in the party as the first woman to hold the post.After a late start due to power outage, voting got underway about 11:00h on Sunday – the final day of the PNCR’s 20th Biennial Delegates Congress – and concluded around 19:30h. Thereafter, the tallying process commenced and according to some members, even senior party executives, it was a gruelling process.At about 01:00h on Monday, the votes were tabulated and Lawrence emerged victorious in front of former Chairman, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams; and bypassing fellow contender, Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Lawrence, who is the Public Health Minister, secured 346 votes; while Harmon got 287, and Williams secured 183 votes.The newly elected chairperson told the media that the result was not a surprise to her since she was expecting to be victorious. In her first address as PNCR Chairperson, she said she brings “heart for the people” as she pledged to work with the party.“I pledge to walk the walk and to talk the talk to ensure that we remain in Government… I also pledge to work with our leader and leaders to ensure that we address the needs of our people and we all work together in unity,” she asserted.Lawrence further committed to the party’s Leader, President David Granger, who was re-elected after his position was unopposed, to use women power to support his Government’s policies.“To our leader, I will walk side by side with you and I will bring the women with me and we will carry you,” she said.Sunday’s election was a historic one within the PNCR since not only was a female chairperson elected for the first time but the party’s also voted for a female Vice Chairperson in Junior Public Infrastructure Minister, Annette Ferguson, who secured 260 votes while Dr George Norton was elected the 2nd Vice Chairman with 242 votes.Notably, Norton was not at the Congress when the results were announced.Ferguson told reporters that she was grateful for the win. “From the time I was encouraged to enter [the race] I knew I would win… And to double today’s victory, it’s my birthday so I want to first of all thank God,” she posited.Meanwhile, President Granger said the election of these two women to the top positions of the party is a reflection of his and Government’s commitment to gender equality. This, he noted, is evident to the fact he appointed for the first time female Senior Counsels and this year’s national awardees were dominated by females.The PNCR Leader, in his charge to the newly elected members, reminded them that while they are party members, they are also members of Government and therefore have a duty towards the country first.“I mention the holding of high office in party and in Government because in the final analysis its Guyana that counts,” he added.The Head of State further stated that while the three Ministers were contending for the party’s chairmanship post as rivals, they are colleagues in his Cabinet and thus understand their duty to build a better country.“There are no victors, there are not victims… At the end of the day, we are one party and we are all working towards a common goal,” the President told those who braved through the long night, urging them to remain faithful to the party over the next two years and beyond as they work to lead Guyana to the promise land.In addition to these newly elected members, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan was re-elected as the party’s Treasurer, as his position was unopposed.Meanwhile, the votes for the Central Executive Committee will be tallied later today.last_img read more

Halfway River rodeo beginning tomorrow

first_imgThe Halfway River rodeo is being held this weekend with the event getting underway tomorrow at 1 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend and there will be a beer garden on site.A number of events will be taking place including breakaway roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and calf roping to name a few.There will be a free pancake breakfast at the hall from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., and those taking part in the rodeo will be competing for cash prizes as the rodeo will be paying for the top five places.- Advertisement -The rodeo grounds are located off of Mile 95 of the Alaska Highway, and 34 kilometres west on 117 Road.last_img read more

Matsuzaka `as advertised’

first_img“He’s as advertised,” Farrell said. “He really is.” Matsuzaka threw batting practice for the first time with Boston on Saturday and was very sharp. Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling took the mound before him but might as well have been anonymous rookies. FORT MYERS, Fla. – Photographers jammed the left-field line from home plate to third base. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw the first pitch of his first batting practice. Then he threw 43 more – fastballs, curves, sliders and changeups. When the Japanese star was done, Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell gave him a positive review. Everyone was waiting for the Matsuzaka show. Manager Terry Francona has seen as much scrutiny of a batting practice session, if not more, when he managed a star from another sport at Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox system in 1994. “Remember, I had Michael Jordan,” Francona said, “and this guy can’t dunk.” That’s of no concern to the Red Sox, who love Matsuzaka’s ability to throw six pitches effectively with great control and movement. The four minor leaguers who stepped in against him attested to that, even though Matsuzaka or catcher Jason Varitek told them what pitch was coming. center_img “The guy’s got good stuff. It’s not a myth. It’s not a tall tale,” Bobby Scales said. “The changeup was really good. It seems like it never gets to you and it just kind of floats.” Matsuzaka is scheduled to throw 50 pitches in batting practice on Monday, then make his first exhibition game appearance Friday night against Boston College. TAMPA, Fla. – Carl Pavano’s 13th pitch in batting practice was an unlucky one. The New York Yankees pitcher was hit on the bottom of his left foot by a liner off the bat of infielder Alberto Gonzalez during his second session. Pavano is experiencing some foot stiffness, but the team doesn’t believe the injury is serious. After one warm-up toss, the right-hander threw 27 more pitches to complete his workout. “It feels good, it’s just stiff,” Pavano said. “It’s not the first time I’ve been hit down there. It just takes time to get it worked out. I don’t expect it to be hindering or anything.” PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will have arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow next week and push back his potential return to June or later. Lowe said the procedure will take place Thursday or Friday in Los Angeles. The right-hander was promoted from Double-A last summer and set a club record by beginning his major-league career with 172/3 scoreless innings. TUCSON, Ariz. – The Colorado Rockies signed veteran Steve Finley to a minor-league contract. Finely, 42 next month, is a non-roster invitee at the club’s spring training camp. He has played 18 major-league seasons. He hit .246 last year with the San Francisco Giants, including six home runs and 40 RBIs. 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

Under-pressure Mourinho defends Martial move after Hammer blow

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho will face more scrutiny after another damaging defeat © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 29 – Jose Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead Alexis Sanchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games — their worst start to a domestic campaign in nearly 30 years.United have 10 points from seven league games, the last time they started worse was in 1989/90, in the old First Division, though they also collected just 10 points in the first seven games of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign. This latest reverse added to the pressure on under-fire manager Mourinho. “For many months people are asking for Martial,” Mourinho told BT Sport about his choice of attackers. “This week it was time to agree and to say let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.”United, who kicked off eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool, were behind as early as the fifth minute at the London Stadium, when Anderson opened the scoring for West Ham.And they were 2-0 down before half-time when Andriy Yarmalenko’s shot from inside the box deflected off Victor Lindelof for an own-goal.Barely 60 seconds after midfielder Paul Pogba — whose stand-off with Mourinho during a training session earlier this week featured heavily on social media — was substituted, United cut the deficit through Marcus Rashford’s 71st-minute goal.But hopes this might spark a major recovery by the visitors were soon dashed when Marko Arnautovic — who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan — restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead three minutes later.– ‘Killed our mentality’ –Mourinho said West Ham’s first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been “aggressive” enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers’ second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautovic’s strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.“We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot,” Mourinho said when asked about the Lindelof own-goal. An offside goal and an own goal.”The Portuguese boss added: “The third goal killed our mentality because the referee did not see the foul before.”Nevertheless, Mourinho insisted: “I have no complaints with the players’ attitude. You have always to try, that’s my nature as a football professional.”However, former United defender Rio Ferdinand accused Mourinho’s men of a lack of effort and said questions remained over the former Chelsea manager’s future at Old Trafford.“As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort,” said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.“I didn’t see that today,” added the former England centre-half, who began his career at West Ham.And a concerned Ferdinand insisted: “There are some big decisions to be made at United now. There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done. There has to be something said.”Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.Arnautovic was in no doubt the Hammers had earned their victory. “We have to do our job and we did it excellently, and that is why we deserved to win,” he said.As for Mourinho, Arnautovic added: “I have nothing to say. I look at my team, whatever the other team is doing is not our stuff.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five reasons Tottenham fans should be excited for the 2016/17 season

first_img 4. Victor Wanyama gives depth in midfield – Mauricio Pochettino has signed a familiar face and it could be great for the Lilywhites. If Kenyan star Wanyama is able to reduce his red card count and focus on the form that saw him average 3.1 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game – both better than Eric Dier’s tallies last year – he could be a real hit in north London. His passing is occasionally lamented but it’s actually better than you might think, with an 82.4 per cent success rate. Compared to Tottenham stars who made more than 10 Premier League starts last year, he would sit fourth, behind Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier. He will give Spurs incredible depth in an important position on the pitch, after Nabil Bentaleb looked uncomfortable while deputising last year. 5 5. Euro 2016 stars will have a point to prove – Click the right arrow above to see why else Tottenham supporters should be excited… – After being harshly branded bottlers at the end of last season, Tottenham Hotspur’s international stars then had a pretty mixed tournament in France. Some players like Kyle Walker and Eric Dier starred, while Dele Alli and Harry Kane flattered to deceive. Hugo Lloris returns with a disappointing loss in the final on his mind, Toby Alderweireld also had frustration with Belgium. These guys will now be raring to go and if master motivator Mauricio Pochettino can harness this then we could see Spurs at full tilt at the start of the campaign, which didn’t happen last year. Tottenham didn’t really get going until December, having drawn eight and won six of their first 15 matches. If they hit their peak quickly it’s going to be an incredible campaign. 5 The new Premier League season is now a month away as Tottenham kick off their campaign on Saturday, August 13 away at Everton.After a disappointing end to the season, which saw them lose 5-1 to relegated Newcastle United when they had been challenging Leicester City for the title, Spurs will have a point to prove.Mauricio Pochettino’s men go into the campaign knowing it’s their last ever at White Hart Lane as they prepare to move to a new home and they will want to go out with a bang.So why should Tottenham Hotspur supporters be excited about the 2016/17 season? Click the right arrow above to find out… 2. A fit and firing Mousa Dembele will be back after four games – A moment of madness from Mousa Dembele saw him prod a finger into Diego Costa’s eye in the infamous battle of Stamford Bridge at the end of last season. Banned for the first four games of the new campaign, it will be tough without the brilliant Belgian, whose resurgence has been magnificent to watch at White Hart Lane. But, given the midfield maestro, who combines brute force and grace like no other in the Premier League, hasn’t had the best luck with injuries over the last two season an extended rest after Euro 2016 could see him fully fit and a force to be reckoned with when he returns to first-team action. 5 5 5 3. A striker who can compete with Harry Kane has been signed – Spurs actually handled having one out-and-out striker quite well last season. Heung-Min Son was nominally Harry Kane’s replacement and did okay, until they came up against Borussia Dortmund. In the Europa League quarter-final clashes, Son and Tottenham looked toothless and it was only an error which allowed the South Korean star to score in the match at White Hart Lane. Now, though, Spurs have got Dutch striker Vincent Janssen in their ranks. A player who is two-footed, has a knack of getting in good positions and can also create, Tottenham have done a good bit of business here, even if the goals don’t flow straight away. He’ll ease the burden on Kane, and could become a hero if he helps them towards another Premier League title challenge. 1. Champions League nights at Wembley – It’s sad there will be no more glory, glory nights at White Hart Lane, but fans will feel this is going to be the start of something special. Back in the European competition for the first time since 2010/11, Spurs know they can mix it with the big boys. They will face at least one title winning team so we could see Mauricio Pochettino’s men face Barcelona, Juventus, or Bayern Munich, amongst others, in front of 90,000 supporters in north west London. It will be a huge test for players but it’s going to be an exciting one for sure. The only downside will be the queue down Wembley Way for the station at full time.last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: GARDAÍ say they are reviewing a case where a Donegal man who failed a breath test had the case against him dropped.Assistant Commissioner with the National Traffic Bureau John Twomey said he didn’t believe the case would have “any impact on further such cases”. He said the decision was being reviewed at senior level, but that no changes to procedure were envisaged.However the man involved in the case – reported on Donegal Daily – will NOT face new charges.His case has already been struck out and cannot be re-entered.Sean McKeown had his case struck out after the DPP decided it would not pursue the case against him.McKeown, 40, of Abbey Park, Manorcunningham was stopped by Gardai on November 13, 2011 and admitted to drinking and then subsequently failed a breath test.However solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn had argued that the case should be struck out because it was illegal.He said the Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) checkpoint was unlawful because the document authorising it had listed three different townlands.The solicitor quoted legislation saying “An authorisation shall be in writing and shall specify the date on which and the public place in which the checkpoint is to be established.”He told Judge Kelly: “It is clear that once an officer above the rank of inspector has signed authorisation for a MAT checkpoint that it must only specify one public place and one only.“The law does not allow for multiple choices for gardai below that rank and in this case that is precisely what the authorisation allowed for.The case had been put back until yesterday to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to review the case.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that the DPP had advised to withdraw the case.Solicitor MacLochlainn told Judge Paul Kelly previously that he had already had a similar case struck out.It is now feared that hundreds of similar cases due to come before the courts since the 2004 Road Traffic Act could also be challenged.It is now understood that Gardai name one specific location and not multiple locations for MAT checkpoints.DDTV: GARDAI TO REVIEW DONEGAL DRINK DRIVE CASE – BUT MAN CAN’T BE CHARGED AGAIN was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: GARDAI TO REVIEW DONEGAL DRINK DRIVE CASE – BUT MAN CAN’T BE CHARGED AGAINlast_img read more