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Suarez ‘champing at the bit’ to be back from bite ban

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first_imgBy Alan BaldwinUruguayan striker Luis Suarez is ‘champing at the bit’ to return for Liverpool this week after the expiry of a 10-match ban for biting, manager Brendan Rodgers said.Suarez is available for Wednesday’s Capital One (League) Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford after being suspended for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.“It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games,” Rodgers told reporters.“How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic. He’s really champing at the bit to help the team,” added the manager.“Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he’s been here.”Rodgers did not confirm Suarez would start although he is expected to partner in-form striker Daniel Sturridge against United.“The two of them will be a very strong partnership. I’m sure Suarez will be ready to be thrown back in,” defender Kolo Toure told the Liverpool Echo.“He has been very difficult to defend against in training. He is a winner. He’s always working hard and fighting. You want those kind of players.”last_img

The time is now to invest in the poor in Guyana

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first_imgBy: Sase Singh; MSc – Finance, ACCAGlobally, the poor is one of the most discriminated groups, often shut out from the resources and opportunities necessary for a fair chance at economic elevation. In Guyana, the situation is even worse — a small, but well-connected, Georgetown-based elite that is closely attached to ruling politicians usually grabs the majority of the nation’s resources, especially those doled out by the state.While social class transcends race, gender, or sexual orientation, protection for those in society at the lowest rungs of the ladder is always lacking. These people at the bottom are always left carrying the heavy end of the stick; because, for years, the poor in Guyana were not given adequate protection. They faced severe inequity in treatment, and it has become a national norm.Take as a case in point how people are treated by the magistracy system on the issue of being caught with a joint of weed. Christopher Gonsalves, a youth from Independence Boulevard in Albouystown, was remanded to prison in October 2018 for his joint of weed; but, on the other hand, five men from Parika were, in September 2018, granted bail for the trafficking of 100 pounds of cocaine. Same system, different outcomes, with the weaker crime securing the harsher penalty.This is Guyana for you, where the poor and the powerless are indeed blatantly discriminated against by the state machinery, including the judiciary.With close to 40 per cent of Guyana living in poverty and another 28 per cent living at the borders of poverty, from paycheck to paycheck, it is imperative that the next Government examine human development initiatives that would have a greater impact at protecting the most vulnerable in society.  The expected outcome is national empowerment for all, so that all boats can rise as the tide rises.Such attention to the very poor can unleash huge pockets of human potential that can feed the economic expansion necessary to transform the nation on the road to becoming the Singapore of the Caribbean. But such schemes require political commitment at the highest levels, unlike what we are observing today, as the most senior of persons occupying the Ministry of the Presidency continue to exhibit strong attitudes of aloofness and indifference to the economic plight of the poor, especially the youths.For any new Government of Guyana to succeed, it must incubate schemes that pay more attention to ensure the most vulnerable stay in school for more years than they are doing now; have better access to good healthcare; are able to consume more nutritional foods more often; have greater access to the job market, and better access to finance as a means of including them in the decision-making process.This means education must be community-driven, and education does not only mean passing CSECs; it means more of our poor emancipating themselves from mental poverty. For example, a reduction in teenagers making babies (children making children). All boys and girls between 15 and 16 should be exposed to sex education classes, for which they should be paid a stipend to attend. Those who are “pregnant-free” between the ages of 15 and 19 and are in school should be given a further financial incentive – direct cash transfers. Studies have found those youths who did not have a child between the mentioned ages were more likely to succeed as adults than those who had a child between 15 and 19 years old.Schools matter, and therefore more attention must be paid to the bottom 25 schools which are doing badly at CSEC. As an emergency programme, those schools must be exposed to a “forensic outcome audit” that would review the entire education process, beginning from the time students arrive to the time they leave in the afternoon, to ascertain the quality of education the students are exposed to, and to take policy actions to get things done. Is the material being taught good enough? And if it is, why are students not absorbing the material? As an addition, more testing should be done more often in those schools. But the big win will be that every child who is getting less than 60 per cent in their subjects will be exposed to a social assistance evaluation done by professional social workers, which means a review of their entire day. Are they safe at home? Are they being allowed to study in conditions suitable to mental growth?Action should be taken to empower those students to be the best they can be. Each of these schools should be the beneficiary of an after-hours school library, which closes at a reasonable time (let us say 7 pm).  Students who cannot study at home should have the right to use these facilities, and also benefit from a free dinner and a free bus ride home.These things need investments, no doubt; but isn’t it better to spend money on our future rather than G$1.5 billion on a parade ground for pageantry purposes?last_img

Ingwe’s early raid disarms Ulinzi

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first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 16- AFC Leopards penultimate fixture against defending champions Ulinzi Stars on Wednesday night could turn out to be the match that sealed the destiny of this year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.Defender Jonas Nahimana rose past a static five Ulinzi defenders to head in the ball to the net with barely one minute and 43 seconds on the clock to condemn the soldiers to defeat and complete the double over the reigning titleholders. The Burundi national’s strike proved to be decisive as Ingwe moved up to fourth position, a placing unimaginable before Dutch septuagenarian Jan Coops took over the reigns at the end of the first leg.For Ulinzi, who trailed leaders Tusker by three points at the start of the match with two games in hand, the chance to overhaul the Brewers is still on – provide they scoop maximum points from third placed Sofapaka and seventh placed Chemelil.Coach Benjamin Nyangweso, who watched in horror as his armoury was raided in such defenceless fashion before being given an enviable lesson in rearguard action was not intent on surrendering the title just yet.“In football you accept the results. We still have two matches and we can win the other matches. This is football, today you wake up and lose a game and that does not mean it will happen tomorrow, I’m not disappointed” he said post-match but the disillusion with the result was evident.His opposite number, Coops was quick to credit his side for sticking stoically to their game plan that saw Ingwe stifle the soldiers for over 88 minutes.“Ulinzi are a strong team that attack but do not like staying with the ball. They attack with players and have the fitness to play in 1-2 combinations and we knew this and were ready for it,” the winning coach told.Having taken to the club that endured a torrid first leg to the lofty heights of fourth, the Dutchman was quick to dispel notions his rapidly improved side could be title contenders next season.“First, let us celebrate what we have achieved this year and then we shall see,” he added.The preceding game in the KPL double header witnessed a five-goal thriller that ended in Sofapaka and Chemelil giving the watching Ulinzi an audition of what to expect in their remaining fixtures.Nyangweso would not have been pleased with the array of attacking finesse that saw Sofapaka edge the match 3-2 but will take some solace with the corresponding defensive frailties that belied the score line.Heritier Luvualu was the first to score in the 21st minutes after frenetic opening exchanges and on 30; Jason Likono took advantage of slack defending to sink the leveller.Sofapaka came firing at the start of the second and two quick-fire strikes inside the opening ten after the breather saw them extend the lead to 3-1 first through a sumptuous Humphrey Mieno free-kick then a John Baraza opportunistic strike followed.With quarter of an hour gone, Milton Kidiga made for a nervous finale when he pulled one back for the cane cutters. The goal inspired Chemelil to attack en masse as Sofapaka sought to hit on the break but somehow, both defences that looked open to concede in each attack they faced held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Suspect in multiple rapes arrested

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first_imgA 46-year-old man linked by DNA to at least nine rapes in Los Angeles and Chicago was behind bars Saturday in lieu of $2.6 million bail, police said. Leon Ellis Jr. of Torrance, who was arrested July 7 in Los Angeles, is suspected of preying on prostitutes and strippers he lured to motels, according to Los Angeles police detectives with the Robbery-Homicide Division’s Special Rape Section. All seven of the Los Angeles area rapes occurred on or near Figueroa Street, where he picked up his victims. He would drive them to another location, where the assaults took place. In three cases, the 6-foot-4-inch, 275-pound suspect told the victims he was a law enforcement officer and he would arrest them if they did not comply with his demands. The crimes started in 1999 and the latest occurred June 23, with police tracking down Ellis after a victim was able to obtain a partial license plate number on the suspect’s vehicle, police said. Detectives identified and tracked the vehicle to a rental-car agency. Ellis was arrested July 7. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony rape charges against Ellis. Bail has been set at $2.6 million. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Six of the rapes occurred in Los Angeles, one in an unincorporated area of the county and two in Chicago. The LAPD is continuing to investigate and has asked anyone with more information about Ellis to call detectives at (213) 485-2921 or (877) 529-3855. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img

Local boy makes good

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! PICO RIVERA – Hey, sports agents out there, remember this name: Jorge Zepeda.He’s only 12 now, but Jorge’s pitching arm and batting skills could someday take him to the Big Leagues. They’ve already earned him a second-place trophy in a national baseball skills competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 14.Jorge’s trip to the nationals began this past spring, when he was one of about 550,000 kids trying out in the Pepsi Pitch Hit & Run’s local challenges. He ended up being among 16 kids competing in the national finals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on July 10, where he took second place in his division.“He got a taste of the dream he has had since he was a little boy to become a major league baseball player,” said his mother Irene Zepeda.To earn second place, Jorge made five of six pitches at a strike-zone target, ran from second base to home plate in 8.1 seconds and smacked a ball 250 feet off a tee.“I was a little nervous at first, but then I remembered all my hard work and put it to work in this nice stadium in this nice city,” Jorge said.Jorge also got to catch balls hit by major leaguers during a home run derby at PNC Park, and he brought home a big trophy.Pico Rivera City Council members will honor him at tonight’s meeting.Jorge entered the Pepsi contest for the first time last year, but he only made it to the second-level sectional competition. This spring he entered again and won at the local level in Pico Rivera. That qualified him for the sectional at Rio Hondo Park in Downey.He won the sectional and went on to a regional competition, which was held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.His took first place in Anaheim and that earned him a trip to last month’s national finals.“It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” said Nicole Bradley, senior manager in public relations for Pepsi-Cola North America.“They all have so much fun that the competition becomes almost secondary.”Jorge’s inspiration comes from his grandfathers, who played professionally in Mexico and Nicaragua. He picked up a bat and ball for the first time at age 4, playing for the Tiny Division of the Rivera Baseball Association.He later played in the junior pee-wees, pee-wees and minors, making it onto all-star teams every year.Now, the Pepsi trophy sits in his bedroom alongside his other baseball prizes.“I love baseball. It’s my life,” said Jorge.debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img

Goal-crazy Raphoe score 10 in demolition of Bangor

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first_imgRaphoe eased past a depleted Bangor team to continue to build this season’s points tally in a completely one-sided affair.Raphoe 10 Bangor 0Four first quarter goals set the tone for the game with Simon Goudie opening the scoring. From Raphoe’s third penalty corner, in the eighth minute, Goudie rifled in a drag flick to the top left of the goal. His first goal since the opening Premier League fixture. The flood gates began to open as Raphoe applied the pressure to the Bangor backline. Lee Stewart popped up with the second with a rare goal, his first since returning in the summer, in the 11th minute. Good running from George Patterson in the 13th minute and neat stick skills from Jonny Long in the 15th minute saw Raphoe cruising by the ‘small break’.  Vincent Devenney who was stepping at coaching for Richard Eaton this week, spoke to the Raphoe men not to let up in the second quarter.Tom Eaton, who was solid and composed in possession throughout, advanced from right back to win Raphoe’s fourth penalty corner. Goudie converted the set piece for his second and 5-0 at half time. After the break, with the home team comfortable, Raphoe’s younger players – West, Eaton, Orr and Wilson – got to express themselves freely on the Premier League stage. Zack West impressed between the midfield and defensive lines. While James Wilson continued in his good vain of form with threatening attacking runs and a high defensive work rate. Tommy Orr was again a constant thorn in the Seasiders’ side and was good value for the couple of goals that he ended the match with.  Orr’s first, Raphoe’s sixth, came from a long through ball to the Raphoe forward. He made his way to the baseline where he sold the Bangor keeper a dummy before rounding him and coolly slotting into the goal.Goudie then completed his hat-trick from another penalty corner this time flicking low with the previous 2 efforts being high. From Raphoe’s next set piece Eaton came forward from the back to hit a pile driver into the bottom left corner. The highlight of the game for the home side was definitely the efficiency of the penalty corner routines with 4 out of 8 converted. Orr added his second before the third quarter was finished with another composed finish when he was released in a one-on-one with the Bangor ‘keeper.  Gavin Lecky wrapped up the scoring after slotting home after a mazy run to record Raphoe’s biggest victory for several seasons. Raphoe will certainly face tougher tasks ahead with David Moore in the Raphoe net never tested and Evan Lyttle and Alan Meehan a bigger attacking presence than their normal defensive expertise. Current Premier League champions visit the Royal and Prior next week for a 14:30 pass back in the final fixture of 2019.Raphoe: D. Moore, T. Eaton, E. Lyttle, S. Goudie, A. Meehan, Z. West, L. Stewart, J. Wilson, G. Lecky, G. Patterson, T. Orr, J. Long. Coach: Vincent Devenney.Goal-crazy Raphoe score 10 in demolition of Bangor was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img

Dunfermline keep unbeaten run going at expense of Ayr

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first_imgDunfermline extended their unbeaten run to seven Championship games with a 2-0 victory over struggling Ayr at Somerset Park.The hosts came close to opening the scoring through Alan Forrest and Paul Cairney in the early exchanges but it was Dunfermline who broke through thanks to Nicky Clark’s 26th-minute effort.Andrew Geggan doubled the visitors’ lead just after the half-hour mark as he fired Kallum Higginbotham’s floated corner home for his fifth goal of the season.Jamie Adams had an attempt saved five minutes after the break, while Gary Harkins, Forrest and Patrick Boyle failed to find the net as Ayr attempted to pull one back and they remain without a league win since October 22.last_img

Universal Orlando News — Week of October 12, 2019

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first_imgOperating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m on non-Halloween Horror Nights days.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesOctober 12 – 18: No showUniversal’s Superstar ParadeOctober 12 – 13: 2:00 p.m.October 14 – 15: 5:00 p.m.October 16 – 18: 2:00 p.m.Dark Arts at Hogwarts CastleOctober 12 – 18: Starting at 7:30 p.m., running every 20 minutesComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.Refurbishments & ClosuresFear Factor Live!: August 5 – November 15 (used for Halloween Horror Nights)Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: September 3 – December 22Me Ship, The Olive: September 3 – December 22Events & FestivalsHalloween Horror Nights is back! Experience houses based on Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more while you run from zombies, vikings, chainsaw maniacs, and Dragula in the streets. TouringPlans has your back with our ultimate guide (Part 1 and Part 2) and Do’s and Don’ts. Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Share This!Only three weeks remain of Halloween. Have you made your way to Halloween Horror Nights yet? Let’s look at this weeks’ schedule and crowd levels to help you prepare for a night of terrors.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weatherlast_img

Spencer’s Ellefson, Auburndale girls 1,600 relay win gold at 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships

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first_imgNoah Zastrow picks up two more medals, Max Johnson takes fourth in shot put for RocketsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLA CROSSE — Spencer senior Johanna Ellefson repeated as the state champion in the Division 3 pole vault, and the Auburndale girls 1,600-meter relay team also earned gold at the second day of the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.The two gold medals were among five state medals won by local athletes Saturday.Ellefson won the girls pole vault by clearing the same height she did in 2016 — 11 feet even — to earn her second state gold medal. Her teammate, freshman Hannah Zastrow, placed ninth in the event with a best of 9 feet 6 inches.Hannah’s brother, Spencer senior Noah Zastrow, earned a pair of medals with top-six finishes. He was fourth in the Division 3 boys long jump with a leap of 20 feet 11¾ inches, and he placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.58 seconds. Those two medals go along with a gold he won Friday by taking first in the pole vault with a vault of 15-4.Noah Zastrow came close to earning a fourth medal at state as he placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 16.21 seconds, just 0.14 of a second behind the sixth-place finisher.The Auburndale girls 1,600 relay team of Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Kali Karl, and Isabelle Hilber led for most of the way to take gold in the event, finishing in 4:04.34, 0.69 of a second ahead of second-place Oshkosh Lourdes.Also picking up a medal was Spencer senior Max Johnson in the Division 3 boys shot put. Johnson, who was ninth at state last year, finished fourth with a throw of 51 feet 9¼ inches. Johnson’s teammate sophomore Logan Zschernitz was eighth in the event with a toss of 49-½, 7¼ inches off a sixth-place finish.Marshfield’s lone two girls state qualifiers competed in the Division 1 long jump on Saturday morning. Junior Meg Bryan finished 20th with a jump of 16 feet 6 inches, and freshman Gracie Holland was 24th with a leap of 15-6. It was the first state meet for both athletes.Spencer also had a pair of girls relay teams run on Saturday, but neither earned a medal.The Rockets’ 800 relay of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Delaney Eichman, and Kaily Northup was eighth in 1:50.09, and the 400 team of Eichman, Northup, Hannah Zastrow, and Ellefson took ninth in 51.94, just 4/10 of a second out of the final medal spot of sixth.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)For more photos from Saturday’s events at the state track meet, courtesy of Don Patterson, click this link.For photos from Friday’s events at the state track meet, courtesy of Don Patterson, click this link.last_img

Shosholoza designer in spotlight

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first_img4 May 2007After three-and-a-half years on the America’s Cup class circuit, South Africa’s Team Shosholoza remains the darling of the international sailing media. But the name increasingly being mentioned in specialist sailing publications is that of Jason Ker, principal designer of the team’s campaign yacht RSA 83.It came as no surprise then that Ker – like most of his Shosholoza teammates an America’s Cup first-timer – has been nominated for the prestigious Seahorse Magazine’s “Sailor of the Month” accolade.“Take a good young IRC designer and put him in charge of a small AC Class design team with an even smaller budget,” the nomination reads. “Offer him two new boats and then switch to a single boat campaign, meaning radical modifications to Boat 1 to stay competitive against teams with 20 times your design budget.“Well, the new kid’s doing pretty well, and tacticians in the top teams are taking care to treat Shosholoza with respect.”As principle designer for Team Shosholoza, Ker assembled and headed up a team of South African and international experts, most of whom were based in South Africa, for the first phase of a design process which started in September 2004. This was soon after the team had returned from the opening Acts of the 32nd America’s Cup in Marseille, France and Valencia, Spain in 2004.RSA 83 was launched a full seven months earlier than the next new boat designed and built to the Version 5 rules for the 32nd America’s Cup. It was intended as an early first boat to give the South African sailors a better chance to compete in 2005 and also to give the design team a good starting point from which to develop further.The hull of RSA 83 was built in a boat yard in Somerset West outside Cape Town and revealed to the South African public on 22 April 2005. The 2007 America’s Cup rules stipulate that the hull of the campaign yacht be built in the team’s home country.The hull was then shipped to Valencia, where the keel and first mast were fitted and the yacht officially launched on 19 May 2005.South Africa chose not to build a second new campaign yacht, based on the excellent performance of RSA 83 and the team’s very tight funds. However, fairly substantial modifications were made to RSA 83 over the 2006/07 European winter to eke out more speed from the boat and ensure that the South Africans’ remained competitive for the Louis Vuitton Cup, which it certainly has done.“The bow has been made much finer, so it goes through waves rather than over them,” Ker said of the changes to RSA 83. “We have added a bowsprit which is designed to enable the spinnaker to be attached as far forward as the rules allow, which would otherwise not have been possible as we’ve made the bow shorter.“The keel fin has had some minor adjustments. There is a new rudder, new bulb, loads of new sail designs, and the mast was new near the end of 2006.“In each case we found a performance gain that was worth the little money we could find to spend on it,” Ker said. “For us that’s a very important criterion. We can’t afford to chase after every tiny improvement we can think of, so we focus on only the best value ones – which are also not necessarily the cheapest.”Ker believes the newly modified RSA 83 is clearly faster than she was before. “The manoeuvrability is also substantially improved, so it has been easier to get good starts.”Shosholoza’s performance in the Louis Vuitton Act 13, and in the Louis Vuitton Cup so far, have certainly confirmed this. By Thursday, the South Africans were lying 7th after four flights of match races.When asked if he would tackle an America’s Cup campaign again, Ker’s reply was hardly surprising: “I would certainly want to do it again, yes, I’m addicted to it.”Ker described Shosholoza’s design team as “a small group of highly intelligent and effective individuals who have worked very well together as a team, improving sails, appendages, rig, hull and structures,” adding that he hoped the nomination by Seahorse would be seen “as recognition of their combined efforts.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img