Black armbands, moments of silence to mark Ramsay’s passing

first_imgWestern Bureau:Though hard hit by the untimely death of 17-year-old Spot Valley High School shooting guard Saymar Ramsay, the ISSA-run Western Conference High School Basketball Championship will go on, said Deon Williams, vice-president of the Western Basketball Association.However, teams will observe a minute of silence before the start of each day’s play with players and officials to wear black armbands in a show of respect, stated Williams, who is also part of the Western Basketball Referee’s Group.”The suspension of the league was brought up during talks since Saymar’s unfortunate passing, however, we think it’s fitting and right that we honour his memory by completing the season,” said Williams.SOLIDARITY”With that said, we will be mandating that a minute of silence be observed before tip-off at each match for the rest of the season. In addition, players and officials will be wearing black armbands, as we show solidarity with his school and his family,” he noted.Ramsay’s family, the basketball fraternity and the Spot Valley High School were plunged into mourning when he died at hospital of a suspected heartattack on Friday, a mere hour after contesting an Under-19 basketball game against Cornwall College.On Monday, he was remembered as an outstanding student whose willingness to help others was one of his best attribute.It was the second death of a student athlete in just about a month. In October, St George’s College Manning Cup team captain Dominic James also died at hospital after collapsing on the field.Their deaths have prompted the powerful Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) to announce mandatory medical screening for student athletes, beginning next year.A pair of rescheduled matches are set for Thursday, with home team Herbert Morrison Technical taking on Holland High in the U-16 category, before Muschett High battle Herbert Morrison in the U-19 contest.last_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Cohesion key to San Beda’s 2nd win

first_imgShallow lineup a ‘big factor’ in Lyceum’s loss “We played on a different level today, what we did as a team we didn’t rely on just one,” said Racraquin Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We played as a whole today, instead of being individualistic.”Although Nieza Viray took the bulk of the scoring load for San Beda with 20, other members of the team had solid contributions to push them to a 2-0 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRacraquin finished with 13 points while Pham Garcia and Sattriani Espiritu had eight and six points, respectively.She said they had to be more aggressive against the Lady Altas instead of playing with the same pace in its five setter win over  Lady Heavy Bombers, 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 15-9. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “I told my teammates ‘guys we have to be more aggressive in whatever we will do today, be it on offense or defense,’” said Racraquin. “We have to fight because this is our pride here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda managed to take things to another level in its hard-fought win over University of Perpetual Help thanks to a more cohesive performance.Unlike in its opening game against Jose Rizal U in NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, the Lady Red Spikers fended off the Lady Altas, 28-26, 25-18, 29-27, by not relying on just one player, said skipper Cesca Racraquin.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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US$70M Funding Secured for Lofa Road

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance & Development Planning has secured more than US$70 million as initial funding for the Gbarnga-Mendikorma Highway project, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan has disclosed.For that development, citizens of Lofa County, through their Superintendent, Paramount Chiefs and lawmakers, have expressed their gratitude to the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the visiting Saudi and Kuwaiti team, who have gone to appraise the project. Lofa County Superintendent, George Dunor, told government officials and the visiting delegation that every Lofa citizen was happy to receive the guests who had come to do the road assessment. He stated that citizens have yearned for many years for the pavement of the main road leading to the county. He and others spoke Friday, September 4, at the Joseph Franklin Walker (St Paul River) Bridge where the delegation had gathered with the citizens.As the Lofaians’ tradition dictates, Supt. Dunor and others presented white kola nuts, a white chicken and a sheep to the visiting Kuwaitis and Saudis. The road, he said is very important because Lofa used to be referred to as the nation’s ‘bread basket’. This is no longer the case due to the very deplorable condition of the road as farmers and marketers are not able to transport their products to the larger markets. Also speaking, the Chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Representative Moses Kollie, said when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf campaigned for her second term, they told the voters in Lofa County that they should vote for her as she would work hard for the pavement of the road. Representative Mariama Fofana added, “When this road is paved, it is going to have a major impact on the lives of everyone, especially ordinary Lofa citizens.”The 280-km road begins in Gbarnga, Bong County and ends in Mendikorma, Lofa County.Representing the officials of Bong County, including their lawmakers, Supt. Selena Polson Mappy said good road network has been a very huge challenge for this government. She told the visitors: “Your coming here today has raised the hopes of our people. You are coming to bring relief to us.”For his part, Public Works Minister W. Gyude Moore reiterated that to connect all the counties’ capitals with two-lane paved roads, the government will need US$2.2 billion.Because the Liberian government doesn’t have that amount of money, according to Min. Moore, at the onset of the regime, they decided to only pave three major roads that will connect the entire country. He disclosed that, at the moment, the government is doing the road from Fish Town in River Gee County to Harper, Maryland County as part of the Tappita to Harper road project. He further stated that by September 2016, the Monrovia to Ganta road will be done, adding: “It makes sense now to begin the Gbarnga to Mendikorma road.”Min. Moore, whose agency will be tasked with implementing the project, further stated that the presence of the investors was to continue a process, including the first feasibility study that was done of the same road. “Now they have come to do an assessment and discuss the technical details with us. When that part of the process is finished, we will do the best that we can, keeping within our own rules and their lending organizations to execute the road project on time.”The Minister, however, stressed: “But the people of Lofa can be assured that this road, from Gbarnga to Mendikorma, will be paved.”Earlier, Min. Moore praised Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, whom the people of Lofa refer to as their “Big Uncle,” for his involvement in the project. According to him, the Vice President, who was set to make the trip had to change at the 11th hour, due to a call by President Sirleaf for him (VP) to attend a very important meeting.The investors’ team leaders, Dr. Hisham Gaafar, Project Manager, Kuwaiti Fund and Mr. Mourad Bouaouina, OFID, spoke of their happiness for the warm gesture the people of Lofa showed them when they arrived at the bridge, which forms the boundary between Lofa and Bong.Specifically, Dr. Gaafar said they were glad to provide assistance and the road will provide ease to get to all the health and other important facilities along it. Also speaking, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said when he was Minister of Finance; he made several trips to Kuwait to discuss the cancellation of debts to initiate discussions with Kuwait Fund for Development for the pavement of the road. He, too, lauded the efforts of theVice President for his (VP’s) push for the project. The Foreign Minister also thanked Finance and Development Minister Amara Konneh for exerting all efforts at getting the project on track. “We are here today, because the Ministry of Finance under his leadership, has managed to put together a consortium of lenders, who have committed some of the money. It’s a huge sum of money that will be needed for phases one and two,” he stated. He urged both Bong and Lofa citizens to cooperate with implementers when the project starts as properties directly in the work way would have be demolished, destroyed or uprooted. Last May, Vice President Boakai disclosed that pavement of the road would begin next dry season and stated that the feasibility studies on the road have long been done and that its funding was provided by Kuwait. He further stated that the entire road project will cost the Liberian government more than US$300 million. “That’s not money we have lying anywhere around here. But from the last discussion we had, it has become a priority road. So the President, Finance and Public Works Ministers and the Deputy Minister in the Office of the President who is responsible for coordinating all these kinds of projects, and I decided that come this dry season, we are going to make sure that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road starts,” the VP stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kitty woman charged for assault

first_imgA David Street, Kitty, Georgetown woman found herself on Wednesday before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for assaulting a male.Samantha Davis stood before Magistrate Azore and denied that on October 28, 2018, at David Street, Kitty, she unlawfully assaulted Keith Joseph.Police Prosecutor Warren Thornhill made no objections to bail being granted.Davis, of Lot 81 David Street, was released on $10,000 bail. The case will continue on November 23, 2018.last_img

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Govt, Opposition should unite to create economic plan for Guyana – Hinds

first_img… says Guyana’s economy not in good state… calls for Ministry of Economic PlanningPolitical Activist, Dr David Hinds on Friday stated that Guyana’s ailing economy is caused by division among the people.In an interview with Guyana Times, Hinds shelved claims that Guyana’s economy is in a good state and peddled the need for the institution of a Ministry of Economic Planning and the development of a national economic plan.“Our economic problems stem from the fact that we have a divided nation and so therefore we do not have a common economic strategy,” he stated, asserting that when a group has power, it is likely to be less interested in including its opposition while those outside of power would be less interested in participating in a national endeavour.“I think that our political divisions have contributed tremendously to our economic problems,” he said and urged both the Government and the Opposition to converse about the economic progression of the country.“Both the Government and the Opposition should sit down and come up with a National Development Plan for Guyana. A National DevelopmentPlan should not be developed by one party or one set of parties. The [People’s Progressive Party] PPP represents half of this country and the coalition represents the other half.”“If they can find a mechanism where together they can come up with a plan then that would be the ideal thing, rather than one calling on the other to come up with a plan,” he added, noting that the parties should pool their visions for the economy and develop “something that represent and reflects the nation”.“Both parties would have their vision of which direction they would want to see the economy heading but when you join together the vision is larger.”Dr Hinds stated that while more emphasis should be placed on economic development, he is not of the opinion that the Business Ministry is the “place for that kind of thing or the Ministry of Finance”.He explained that those ministries would have their own agendas and given the magnitude of economic development, a need for its own ministry is much needed. “We need a Ministry of Economic Planning and even if not a ministry, there should be a prominent section that deals with economic planning,” Hinds reiterated.Citing Guyana’s relationship to the Caribbean and a rapidly changing world, Dr Hinds stated that the country would constantly need to implement novel economic strategies.“You can make a plan now and then something happens in Europe and you would have to adjust. So given the nature of our economies, we would constantly have to adjust to things that are happening in the wider world.”Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran recently said the answer to the country’s economic woes could be found if a Ministry of Economic Development and Planning is established.Goolsarran – who is a transparency advocate – said economic planning was a prerequisite for any country’s development and given Guyana’s economic status, it made sense for the country to have a Ministry of Economics.“I don’t see the need for a Ministry of Social Cohesion, or why we should have separated Ministries for Business and Tourism.The question is why a Ministry of Economics was left out by this new Cabinet?” he asked.Although he was aware that the Finance Ministry had some responsibility for economics, Goolsarran stated that the Finance Minister’s portfolio was already weighty and the country’s economics would require more attention.He also emphasised the need for an economic plan to take the country forward. “Guyana urgently needs an economic plan, especially in our current economic situation.”Goolsarran had scolded the coalition Government for its denial of the current ailing state of the country’s economy. He said a three per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product did not mean that all was well with the economy.“The Government is in denial that the economy is slowing down, but it is evident,” he stated.Goolsarran indicated that 40 per cent of the youths are unemployed, there was evidence of under-employment, businesses were struggling and there was also the existence of parallel economies.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had affirmed, however, that the economy was in good shape by presenting statistics and explanations in support of the Government’s defence. He had cited the commendation of the International Monetary Fund on Guyana’s economic growth, which is projected to be four per cent this year.Jordan also contended that the IMF report should not be doubted or challenged, since it was already established that the body was neutral.The last National Development Plan was developed over a decade ago but was never implemented.last_img read more

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Repko hurts leg, chance to gain spot

first_imgVERO BEACH, Fla. – The Dodgers got another injury scare Saturday when Jason Repko, slated to be the club’s fourth outfielder, strained his right groin making a diving catch in a split-squad game against Florida in Jupiter. Repko returned immediately to Dodgertown where he received treatment and a prognosis that initially was favorable. “It’s not nearly as bad as I thought,” Repko said. “It’s not high, so that’s a positive. It’s in the middle of the quad. We’ll know a little more (today), once it kind of settles down a little bit, and go from there.” The Dodgers won that game 5-2, but lost to the rest of the Marlins, 8-5, at Holman Stadium. Repko went 2 for 5 with two doubles in the game, raising his spring average to .333. The injury occurred when Paul Hoover hit a fly ball into the gap and Repko went racing after it. Repko made a spectacular diving catch, but that wasn’t the cause of the injury. He actually felt something in his leg a couple of steps before he went airborne. “It tightened up,” he said. “It wasn’t so much a dive as I just kind of fell.” Repko is day to day and cautiously optimistic. His spot on the opening-day roster is basically a lock if he is healthy, and there doesn’t seem to be an opening for any of the outfielders trying to make the club out of spring training. But a prolonged injury to Repko could open that door for someone. One possible beneficiary would be non-roster veteran Larry Bigbie, although he seemed to come back to earth by going 0 for 4 without hitting a ball out of the infield in the home loss to the Marlins. That left his average at a still-impressive .391, but Bigbie is 4 for 18 since hitting safely in his first five at-bats. center_img Final chapter? Rudy Seanez retired the Marlins in order in the eighth inning of the home game, all on ground balls. The non-roster right-hander now has set down 12 of the 13 batters he has faced this spring. But his chance of making the club falls well short of a guarantee and probably hinges on the Dodgers trading another veteran reliever before the end of camp. Seanez made his big-league debut back in 1989. He now says he is “99.99 percent sure,” he will retire if he doesn’t make the club. “I won’t say never,” Seanez said. “But it would have to be an awfully, awfully good situation for me and my family to say I would play. I love to compete, and I still love the pitching. But there comes a time when you have to leave. I hope I get to stay for a while longer. But I could go the whole spring without giving up a run, and they still might tell me, ‘Sorry, this is the situation and the direction we want to go.’ “ Seanez, 38, said he is too old to pitch in Triple-A. He also said he doesn’t want to take a Triple-A roster spot and thus force another deserving pitcher to go to Double-A. Bunt doubleJuan Pierre said he was just trying to get on base when he bunted down the third-base line in the third inning of the home game. The ball skipped past third baseman Joe Dillon, hit the bag and caromed into foul territory, allowing the speedy Rafael Furcal to leg out a rare bunt double. Dodgers manager Grady Little said Pierre was trying to do exactly what he did. “That wasn’t an accidental play,” Little said. Whatever it was, it got Pierre into scoring position with two outs and the middle of the order coming up behind him. And while the second spot in the order is going to be somewhat unfamiliar to the longtime leadoff hitter, Pierre’s speed clearly adds a new dimension to a role that traditionally has gone to guys who can hit-and-run and sacrifice. “Sometimes, you create on the fly, but I wasn’t trying to do that,” Pierre said. “I wish I could take credit … but it was just the luck of the draw.” 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

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FA Cup round-up: Yeovil earn Man United third round tie with victory over Accrington

first_img Simon Gillett opens the scoring for Yeovil against Accrington 1 League One outfit Yeovil secured an FA Cup third round meeting with Manchester United with a 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley in their second round replay at Huish Park.The Glovers left it late against the League Two opponents, with Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore scoring a goal apiece in the final ten minutes.Yeovil will now host the 11-time winners in the televised game on Sunday, 4 January.Elsewhere, Tranmere Rovers will face Premier League side Swansea City in the third round after coming from behind to beat Oxford United at Prenton Park.The visitors opened the scoring in the first-half through Alfie Potter’s header, but Kayode Odejayi pulled Rovers level moments before the break and Max Power’s angled strike 15 minutes from time sealed the hosts’ progression.Rochdale will host Nottingham Forest in the next stage as Matt Done’s hat-trick helped seal a 4-1 win over Aldershot.Dan Fitchett pulled one back in the second-half to make it 3-1, but former Aldershot striker Peter Vincenti put the result to bed with a close-range finish just two minutes later.Barnsley forward Dale Jennings notched a neat brace in a 3-0 win over Chester FC to end non-league outfit’s remarkable run in the competition.Kane Hemmings opened the scoring before the former Bayern Munich II youngster struck twice to book a third round tie with Middlesbrough.Meanwhile, Luton Town will play Cambridge United in the third round after both sides enjoyed 1-0 wins in their respective replays, the Hatters seeing off Bury and the U’s beating Mansfield thanks to Sullay Kaikai’s early effort.last_img read more

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Sterling hailed as one of world’s best by Kompany

first_imgThere was an offside debate over Sterling’s first goal and his second was a tap-in but his third highlighted his skill as he weaved into the area, cut back and fired past Ben Foster.“It’s incredible because his first year at City was tough, and then from the moment Pep (Guardiola) came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength,” said City captain Kompany.“For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player.”Sterling’s strikes shifted what had been a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour. As in their two previous games, the score was 0-0 at half-time and City, despite dominating possession, needed to work hard for openings.“These kind of games are much trickier than what people can see from the outside,” said Kompany, who has featured in City’s past five games.“It’s mentally demanding because it puts you to sleep that you have so much possession and are bouncing against the same wall.”City boss Pep Guardiola was more measured in his praise for Sterling, 24, who has now scored 20 goals for club and country this season.“He scored three goals, we’re delighted, but he can do better,” said Guardiola. “The first half was not the best performance from him, but it’s good when not playing at the top level to be consistent and score the three goals.”Guardiola hailed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as an “incredible player in all senses” but again expressed concern over the German’s contract situation.The 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter under Guardiola and has just one season remaining on his present deal.Guardiola said: “I would prefer him to stay but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too. If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling as one of the best players in the world after his 13-minute hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Watford.The victory at the Etihad on Saturday took the defending champions four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but Jurgen Klopp’s men closed the gap to a single point on Sunday.last_img read more

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Miedema makes history as Netherlands clinch last 16 berth at World Cup

first_imgThe Netherlands have won two out of two in Group E and their place in the knockout rounds is therefore secure before they take on Canada in Reims next week.Miedema’s double means the 22-year-old forward already has 60 international goals, making her the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands women’s side.“I am 22 years old and I hope I have a nice career in front of me. I have no idea where this will end, but as long as I continue playing at his level I hope to keep adding more goals,” said the Arsenal star.Sarina Wiegman’s team were helped by a huge Dutch support which turned the Stade du Hainaut into a sea of orange, with around 15,000 fans expected in the northern French town which lies only a two-hour drive across Belgium from the southern Netherlands.“The fact that the match was played in Valenciennes which is very close to Holland, I think that put us at a disadvantage,” said Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa, insisting that gave the Dutch a “psychological” edge.Those Dutch supporters saw their team take the lead in the 41st minute through a fine goal, with exciting winger Shanice van de Sanden playing a one-two with Jackie Groenen before crossing for Miedema to head home.The lead lasted only two minutes, though, with Aboudi Onguene latching onto a long ball forward and rounding goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal to score.However, the Dutch restored their lead within three minutes of the second half starting, with the Indomitable Lionesses failing to deal with a well-worked free-kick and the ball falling for defender Bloodworth — who plays with Miedema at Arsenal — to convert.Substitute Lineth Beerensteyn then played in Miedema to run through and blast in their third late on.Canada can also clinch qualification for the last 16 with a win over New Zealand later in Grenoble.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Netherlands are through to the last 16 of the women’s World Cup after their 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Valenciennes © AFP / Philippe HUGUENValenciennes, France, Jun 15 – Vivianne Miedema became her country’s all-time record goal-scorer with a brace as the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 on Saturday to secure a place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup.Miedema’s goals came either side of a close-range Dominique Bloodworth strike for the European champions in Valenciennes, with Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene netting for Cameroon.last_img read more

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WATCH: The best of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema – Can Man City stop them?

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema – will they be too much for Manchester City?Real Madrid travel to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, where the Blues host the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.It’s the furthest Man City have ever gone in Europe’s premier competition – but does their journey, and Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes for a glorious exit, end here?Real’s BBC strike force [Bale, Benzema, Cristiano] have netted over 90 goals between them this season.Sure, Ronaldo MAY not be fit in time for the Etihad clash, but the Portugal superstar is likely to be back for the return leg at the Bernabeu, where he will certainly do some damage.Do City have what it takes to stop them?Check out what they’re up against in the video above [cue the cheesy YouTube compilation music!] and have your say in the comments below…last_img read more

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