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Connacht Team has been Announced to play Sale Sharks

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Connacht team to play Sale Sharks tomorrow night in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final has been named with Bundee Aki and Jack Carty restored to the starting team. In all, Andy Friend has made 12 changes to the side that beat Benetton last weekend, with only Darragh Leader, Kyle Godwin and James Cannon retained. last_img

Strong finish produces GSAC title for BCC

first_imgJersey Bluesfinish secondin Region XIX Jersey Blues finish second in Region XIX BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Brookdale’s Jessica Roy heads a ball up field, while at left, Brookdale’s Kathryn Lipman beats out a Gloucester defender for the ball during the Jersey Blues’ win on Friday in Middletown. A return trip to the Region XIX Women’s Soccer Tournament wasn’t a gimme for Brookdale Community College. Yet, while the Jersey Blues (with several new faces) absorbed some early-season losses, coach Frank Lawrence always looked at the bigger picture. “My approach to the season is to get to the point that, when we get to the tournament, we’re ready to play,” said Lawrence. That was a project this year with such a huge turnover from 2002. The Jersey Blues had just two players returning, but that didn’t prevent them from playing for the Region title Sunday in Lincroft. Camden, which shared the Garden State Athletic Conference championship with Brookdale this year, edged the Jersey Blues 3-2, scoring twice in the last 13 minutes of the match to snatch the win away from Brookdale, which had taken a 2-1 lead in the second half on a goal by Kerry O’Mara. It is Camden that will go on to the District Championship game on Saturday, with a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III Tournament Final Four at stake. Camden (12-0-1) is ranked ninth in the country, and Brookdale, 10th. Brookdale put itself in position for another run at the Region XIX title by making steady progress throughout the season. The progress was slower at times than Lawrence would have liked, but in the end, the Blues were a championship team. Brookdale shared the Garden State Athletic Conference title with Camden, with both teams finishing the season with identical 4-0-1 records. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in their only meeting of the conference season. BCC’s overall mark for the season was 10-5-2. “It took a little longer than I initially thought,” said Lawrence. “We weren’t consistent with our play. That’s typical of a young team. “It took a while to find the right people and for the team to learn their new positions,” he added. Everything came together for the Jersey Blues on Oct. 18 in their final Garden State Athletic Conference match of the season, with a 7-0 win over Middlesex. The Blues’ defense held Middlesex without a shot on goal and 11 different Blues scored a point. Middletown North grad O’Mara had two goals for BCC, and Marlboro alumnus Jenna Masiello contributed a goal and an assist as the Jersey Blues clinched the GSAC co-championship. Thing began to turn around for Brookdale when 5-foot-10 Tammy Wood, a freshman from South River, became the starting goalie. “She is very athletic and can come up with the big save,” said Lawrence. “She has solidified the way we play defense and given everyone confidence.” Wood closed out the regular season with four straight shutouts. Sweeper Laura North, another Middletown North grad, and Sayreville’s Jessica Roy have been the mainstays on defense. Roy guards the opposition’s toughest player, while North is the link between offense and defense. “Our defense has been strong,” noted Lawrence. “We’ve started to play better offensively. We’re getting everyone involved and we’re finishing our chances.” Sophomores Maria Lombardi (Freehold Township) and Masiello (Marlboro) have been the cornerstones of the 2003 Blues, not just for their play, which has been outstanding, but their leadership as well. “Maria and Jenna have done a great job,” Lawrence remarked. “They have picked up the scoring, like we needed, and they have done a really, really good job of leadership, keeping the chemistry good.” Lombardi was the leading scorer in the GSAC, with 39 points on 14 goals and 11 assists. Masiello was third with 31 on 11 goals and nine assists. Both are among the top 25 scorers in the country. Midfielders O’Mara and Katie Dooling (Marlboro), and forwards Jessica Zito (St. Rose via Howell) and Tara Driscoll (St. John Vianney) have been making an impact on offense also. “We’re well balanced,” said Lawrence. “A different person is stepping up each game.” In the first round of the Region, the Jersey Blues had it gong offensively beating Gloucester, 7-2. Lombardi and O’Mara each netted two goals. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more

Muguruza overpowers Serena to win French Open title

first_imgGarbine Muguruza achieved the rare feat of overpowering Serena Williams to claim her maiden grand slam title with a 7-5 6-4 win over the world number one and defending champion in the French Open final on Saturday.The 22-year-old fourth seed, who lost to Williams in last year’s Wimbledon final, became the first Spaniard to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998.“This is the big tournament in Spain and Rafa (Nadal) is our cbampion,” she said courtside, referring to the nine-times men’s winner who pulled out injured last week.Although her hard-hitting game seems more suited to faster surfaces, Muguruza won 14 consecutive sets en route to the final after losing her opening set of the tournament.A self-confessed anxious player, she managed her emotions on Court Philippe Chatrier, saving six of eight break points against Williams, who had only lost only four of her 26 previous major singles finals.It was Muguruza’s first final on the slow surface and she relied on a powerful first serve and jaw-dropping winners down the line to subdue the American in a battle of will.Muguruza celebrates victoryWilliams, who was gunning for a professional era record 22nd major title, got off to a solid start, winning her first service game to love and putting pressure on her opponent’s serve.In the fourth game, which lasted nine minutes, Muguruza saved a break point with an unreturnable forehand, then a second with an ace.An ugly double fault, however, earned Muguruza the first break of the match, which she consolidated by holding serve in the sixth game with a flat forehand winner down the line to lead 4-2.Williams, 34, stepped into the court and put Muguruza on the back foot, breaking back for 4-4 when Muguruza sent a backhand long.An unreturnable crosscourt forehand gave Muguruza another break. Serving for the set, she showed early nerves in the 12th game before converting her third opportunity with a sizzling backhand winner.A weak Williams backhand put Muguruza up a break in the second, only for the Spaniard to serve consecutive double faults as the American broke back for 1-1.But she unleashed another forehand down the line to regain the advantage and held for 3-1.Williams saved four match points to hold but on Muguruza’s fifth opportunity to seal the contest in the following game she landed a lob on the base line and sank to her knees in apparent disbelief at winning the title.Serena Williams reacts after losing the gameGarbine Muguruzalast_img read more

Pochettino bookmakers’ hot favourite to take over at Man United

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino emerged on Tuesday as hot favourite to succeed Jose Mourinho, sacked as coach of Manchester United.Pochettino has been seen as a long-term target for United because of his preference for attacking football and nurturing young talent, neither of which has been much in evidence at the club since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.With the Portuguese gone, United may make their move for the Spurs boss, who has taken his club to consecutive finishes in the top three but has yet to bring a trophy to North London.The Argentine was offered at odds of 2/1 against – meaning one chance in three – within minutes of United announcing Mourinho’s sacking.Pochettino is closely followed at 4/1 against – or one chance in five – by former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who led the Spanish side to three successive Champions League titles.Former United midfielder Michael Carrick, now a coach at the club, is quoted at 10/1, just behind former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, on 9/1.It may be strange for some United fans to countenance but former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is at 20/1, the same as Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.United said they would appoint a caretaker while conducting a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager. Italian Antonio Conte (12/1) is out of work and previously succeeded Mourinho at Chelsea, going on to win the title.Pochettino would be an expensive capture as he signed a new five-year deal at Spurs this year reportedly worth around 8.5 million pounds.The Tottenham coach also said last week that he was happy at the club and looking forward to leading them into their new stadium next year.last_img read more

The promise of ‘the good life’

first_imgEvery year, October 17 is observed by United Nations’ member countries as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. According to the most recent UN estimates, 1.3 billion people still live in multidimensional poverty; meaning, they are not just poor in terms of income, they are also lacking in health, education, and living standards; and they risk falling behind further when faced with conflict, sickness, unemployment, or natural disasters.The theme for this year’s observances is: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”. This year’s theme is quite fitting, since there is still an extremely huge gap between those who are considered below the poverty line and those who are considered to be above.The UN has noted that, in the 25 years since the first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, human development has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and has increased economic and social opportunities for many more across the world. Yet, while hundreds of millions of people have moved above the poverty line, development has not been able to reach everyone.According to the UN, on average, a child born today in a country with very high human development can expect to live almost 20 years longer, and be in school seven years more than a child born in a country with low human development. These statistics represent lost opportunities for millions.In Guyana, too many of our citizens are still considered living below the poverty line, and many more are still waiting to access the opportunities that would allow them to lift themselves out of poverty.President David Granger had said before that Guyana has enough resources to banish poverty forever. However, after three years of gaining political power, the nation is still waiting to see what concrete plans and programmes would be put in place to address poverty and to create “the good life” for all, which was promised on the campaign trail during the May 2015 polls.Just recently again, during his special address to the National Assembly, the President regurgitated this same promise of providing a “good life” for all Guyanese. He said his vision is to create a good life for all Guyanese based on happy communities, happy households and happy people.According to the President, “The ‘good life’ entails providing every citizen with opportunities to be the best that they can be. The ‘good life’ is about securing sustained economic prosperity, ensuring citizens’ access to quality public services, and promoting social cohesion… eliminating extreme poverty, and removing social, ethnic and geographic inequalities.”All of these promises sound very well to the ordinary man; and we are certain that the President means well. However, one cannot ignore the present realities our country is faced with. The President’s remarks come at a time when there is a pending increase in tolls at the Berbice River Bridge, when sugar workers are facing extremely tough times due to the downsizing of the sugar estates, when bauxite workers are uncertain about their future with the impending closure of Rusal, when miners are complaining that they are being pressured by the authorities, and so on.It should be noted, too, that the economy is performing very poorly, and there is hardly anything being done to create job opportunities or generate wealth in the society.That said, with First Oil expected in 2020, there is some hope that there would be a turnaround of the economy, and citizens would begin to enjoy the many benefits of the emerging oil and gas sector. Given the many concerns being raised with respect to the management of that sector, the President has assured the National Assembly that Government is strategically positioned to manage the oil and gas sector. In fact, he said steps are being taken to ensure that “the revenues which accrue from the sector will not be squandered, but instead will be invested strategically in building human and institutional capacity, addressing our infrastructural deficit, and providing economic security for future generations”.With the promise of oil money, our hope is that the Government, with the involvement of other stakeholders, would intensify their efforts towards eradicating poverty and ensuring that the promise of a ‘good life’ actually becomes a reality, rather than mere political rhetoric.last_img read more

No Cabinet decision on Harmon

first_imgNo decision has been taken as it relates to trimming some of the duties and responsibilities of Minister of State Joseph Harmon after hours of discussion at Cabinet on Tuesday.The Alliance For Change (AFC), the small partner in the coalition Government, has called for Harmon to be stripped of some of the portfolios he holds in light of recent controversy involving the Minister.A Cabinet source told Guyana Times late Tuesday night that the matter came up for discussion, and Minister Harmon was given the opportunity to defend himself before the Cabinet, but no decision has been taken.“Well, I can tell you that Mr Harmon has the chance to sort of defend himself before Cabinet… That’s what happen (Tuesday), I really can’t go into details, but what I know is that Cabinet will now have to examine and analyse the various submissions before any decisions can be taken,” the Cabinet Member stated.Asked whether it was indicated how soon a decision could be taken, the source said: “I won’t be able to say.”On Sunday last, Harmon broke his silence after three weeks of sensationalised articles published by the Kaieteur News in an apparent smear campaign against him. He noted that he was not concerned by the current “organised campaign to damage his reputation” as it would not affect the way in which he performed his duties.In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.President David Granger had described claims of corruption against Harmon and his Government as “outrageous”, and stated that it was difficult for him to accept a blanket criticism of the entire Administration because of one incident.Following a retreat on Sunday, the AFC released a statement in which it called for Harmon’s powers to be trimmed. The AFC had explained that the concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of the Presidential Secretariat in a single person was a matter of concern and the powers should be separated.The statement continued that the “current difficulties which the Government has encountered in the continuing revelations arising out of the appointment of the Advisor on Business Development, and the issues surrounding this, have their roots in the concentration of the powers… The responsibilities of each of the above portfolios are substantial and of critical importance to the smooth operations of the Government and would benefit from separate appointments.”However, the Head of State on Monday told reporters that he did not believe Harmon’s duties and responsibilities were at all too burdensome.“I don’t think that they are so burdensome that he cannot take all three responsibilities. I am standing by the duties which were assigned to him last May and this is what we have been working with for the last 11 months and this is what was explained to the Cabinet retreat in January,” the President said.Moreover, he posited that he was surprised that the AFC now seemed to find fault in the distribution of duties and responsibilities among Cabinet members.“We had a retreat of the Cabinet earlier this year and we put out a very clear statement on the responsibilities of all 14 Ministers and the Ministry of the Presidency. So there is a book and it is stated, and nobody made any objections to the duties which were assigned to the Minister of State then and it would be surprising that after two months, people feel that the duties are being misused or they need to be trimmed,” he explained.Minister Harmon has been one of the most proactive and competent ministers within the APNU/AFC Administration and has been a target of Kaieteur News’ vendetta because of his association with Tiwari, the cousin of Glenn Lall, Publisher of that newspaper.last_img read more

Bandits dressed as Policemen break into sugar worker’s home

first_img−cart off with cash, m in jewelleryA West Berbice man is alleging that Police ranks attached to the Fort Wellington Police Station broke into his home on Monday and carted off with a number of articles, cash and $2 million worth in jewellery.Amzad Hoosain displaying the empty pouch which he claims the jewellery was taken fromThe Blairmont Estate cane harvester, of Cotton Tree Village, in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) says he was not at home when the perpetrators entered his home.According to Amzad Hoosain he had gone to the back of the yard and upon his return, he found that his front door was broken.His father, Saffie Hoosain 76, told this publication that four men dressed in blue shirts and blacks pants walked into the yard situated at Lot 15 Cotton Tree Public Road and asked for Amzad. “I tell them that he not at home and they go upstairs and broke the door.”The senior Hoosain said the men went to the second story where his son lived, taking with them two spades.“But they did not use the spade to break the door; they kick it down and one of the bolt fall out and two dem go in; one stay down here and the other one went up the step. They open up the back door and the veranda door,” he related.Hoosain told Guyana Times that after a while, the men came out of the house taking several items, including two cutlasses.Meanwhile, Amzad said he discovered his door ajar and a pair of footwear missing along with a neck tie, two cutlasses, two files, and jewellery among other items.He said that the matter was reported to the Fort Wellington Police Station and up to Tuesday midday, no one had visited the scene.According to Amzad, he was not aware of the men’s attire and the fact that they were dressed as Policemen until he received the details from his father, after making the report.He explained that the jewellery was in a wardrobe in one of the two bedrooms, in the upper flat of the building. He referred to the jewellery as being ‘old gold’.In tears, Amzad showed this publication three chains; two silver and one gold which he said were not taken.last_img read more

PM urges greater bilateral relations with China

first_imgAs Guyana joins the People’s Republic of China in ushering in their New Year celebrations, acting President and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has expressed hope for continued cooperation with the Government of China, as both countries strive for a greener economy.The Chinese Ambassador Cui Jaianchun and delegation at the New Year celebrations“Our friendship, which started nearly 45 years ago, was born out of a common desire to build a relationship that produced tangible benefits for the people of our two countries,” Nagamootoo recalled during the reception on Wednesday night.He acknowledged China’s significant successes since then, highlighting that Guyana felt honoured to have a friend that has been able to demonstrate how effective international trade and capital flows can be in bringing immeasurable economic success for itself and the international community as a whole.“It serves to remind all of us of our mutual dependence on each other and the common responsibility that we have towards helping to improve the human condition.  The opportunity for economic expansion and human development rests on open trade relations and greater flows of foreign investment and Guyana is pleased to be a part of that system,” he said.Nagamootoo also noted that Guyana was looking forward to being able to continue doing business with China in an atmosphere of mutual respect, in keeping with the aspirations and capacity of both countries.The acting President also expressed gratitude to China for its immense assistance throughout the years, while placing the construction of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in the spotlight, as well as the offer of exchange programmes for Journalists, security personnel and other professionals.“We are grateful for the services of your Medical Brigade, and for assistance to expand and improve Guyana’s public infrastructure, public safety and security, and provide language and cultural support,” Nagamootoo asserted.Moreover, he alluded to similarities between the two countries, highlighting that “like China, [Guyana] seeks a peaceful solution to any controversy and welcome the intention of the Secretary General of the United Nations to ensure the use of a peaceful mechanism to bring the unjust claim to our Essequibo region to an end, once and for all….[and]…Like China, Guyana is a signatory to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and has adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which provides a framework for the realisation of the green economy. “Meanwhile, the Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jaianchun expressed great pleasure in spending his first Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in Guyana and commended the gracious hospitality he and his wife received.He also noted that Guyana was an influential country in the Latin American and Caribbean Region and the Chinese Government placed high importance on the relationship between the two countries.The Ambassador stated that since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972, the friendly cooperative relationship between China and Guyana has been developing constantly and steadily in the manner of mutual respect and support and equal coexistence.“We have witnessed continual visits of all levels, sound progress of economic and trade cooperation and frequent people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The friendship between our two peoples has been deepening day by day,” he said. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Cameroon probe match fixing claims

first_img0Shares0000YAOUNDÉ, July 1- Cameroon football chiefs said they are determined to root out the seven players they termed as ‘bad apples’ implicated in an alleged matchfixing scandal over their World Cup group game with Croatia.“Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s 2014 Fifa World Cup three preliminary games, especially Cameroon versus Croatia, as well of the ‘existence of seven bad apples [in our national team]’ do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration, in line with Fifa’s code of conduct and the ethics of our nation,” the Cameroon federation (FECAFOOT) said in a statement on its website. “We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.”FECAFOOT added that in 55 years they had never before been punished for “match-fixing or any fraud of any kind.”The launching of the investigation by the Ethics Committee followed a report in Germany in which a Singaporean match-fixer correctly forecast that Croatia would win 4-0 and that a player would be sent off in the first-half.Barcelona star Alex Song was dismissed for a bizarre elbow assault to the back of Mario Mandzukic in the 40th minute.Later in the match, left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto aimed a headbutt at team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo leading the ‘Indomitable Lions’ veteran German coach Volker Finke to label their behaviour as unacceptable.Football’s governing body FIFA said it could not comment on an ongoing investigation.“Speaking generally, the integrity of the game is a top priority for FIFA and as such we take any allegations of match manipulation very seriously.”Cameroon’s campaign proved to be an unmitigated disaster from start to finish as the players refused to board their plane for the finals until a problem was resolved over their bonuses.Their one world class player Samuel Eto’s barely played while aside from the Croatia thrashing, the team went down 1-0 to Mexico and 4-1 to hosts Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more