Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix

first_imgTNT head coach Nash Racela cited his team’s poor endgame execution as the major reason for its heartbreaking loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night.The KaTropa were up by three with less than two minutes to go but were unable to protect their lead after going 0-of-3 from the field and failing to make defensive stops to finish the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “We talked about execution in the end. On both ends, specifically on defense, we weren’t able to execute in the end,” said Racela after giving his players a long post-game talk inside the Mall of Asia Arena dugout following a 74-72 defeat.“I was asking them what went wrong. I just wanted to hear it from them. We showed them the clips of the last two possessions of Phoenix.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela was pertaining to the instances where the Fuel Masters’ tied the game on a 3-pointer by Matthew Wright with 44.1 ticks left and got the lead for good after a baseline bucket by Doug Kramer with exactly three seconds remaining.With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 4-4, tied with the Fuel Masters in fifth place. Racela, however, doesn’t seem worried with his team’s current position. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “If you study our conferences last year, we were always in the middle of the pack, and we just made a good push toward the playoffs and in the playoffs, so it’s still the same plan,” he said.“Hopefully with what we have now, we can still have a good run towards the playoffs. It will be a tough last three games for us, especially with Gilas coming up. I think we’re going to miss the three guys in at least one game, so it would’ve been nicer if we won today.” Dani Ravena sees mistakes against NU as learning experience AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

2005- THE YEAR THAT WAS…

first_imgWell 2005 is rapidly coming to an end and as Touch offices around Australia send their staff away for a well earned break, I thought it was time to reflect on the happenings of 2005 and the year that was… JANUARY: * The year began with the Youth World Cup, held at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast. Australia sent 6 teams, Under 18’s and Under 20’s in Mens, Womens and Mixed, with all 6 teams making the grand final against New Zealand. The Mixed 18’s defied all odds to reverse their round match losses against the Kiwis and claimed their title, while the Womens 20’s were a class above the NZ side for the whole week. The Mens 18’s, Womens 18’s and Mixed 20’s all went down in tough matches. Unfortunately for the Mens 20’s they lost in a drop off to their Kiwi opponents, in one of the most incredible matches seen in quite some time. All credit must go to the Aussie players, who produced some of the best team Touch ever seen, despite playing with one less player on the field for a majority of the match. FEBRUARY: * February saw Lou Tompkins appointed as National Director of Referees, Cathy Gray re-appointed as High Performance Programs Director. It also saw massive storms hit the NSW Junior State Cup, with the 12,000 spectators, officials and players running for cover from the gale forced winds and lightning. Finally, Touch Football Australia appointed a new Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson who was welcomed into the office and began working with Bill Ker to transition into the role. He began to focus his time on the Unitary Model of Management and everything that would stem from that. MARCH: * The month of March is the NTL. The premiere event on the National calendar, the NTL brings the best players from around Australia together in Open, Under 20’s and Senior divisions. The Sydney Mets defended their 2004 Champion Permit title, winning the Mixed Open, Womens Open, Mens 30’s and Mens 35’s title. South Queensland Sharks weren’t too far behind, winning the Mens Open and Womens 20’s. The boys in the Fishbowl continued to build the tradition of both organisation and humour coming out of the tournament control tower. The event was praised as the best ever NTL, each year the event is gaining more momentum and seeing new initiatives tested. Involvement is constantly on the rise, as is media coverage for the event. APRIL: * The first edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter was launched! It has continued to be a great success, full of stories, information, drills and ideas. TFA announced their National Training Squads, with four Youth World Cup Under 20 representatives (Claire Winchester, Roxy Winder, Justin Mitchell and Andrew Baggio) being named in the squad for the first time. Claire, Roxy and Justin then went on to be selected in the Open sides for the All Nations Championships. MAY: * Ian Stanley was appointed National Performance Analyst and Dennis Coffey was re-appointed as National Coaching Director. The Unitary Model continued to build momentum, with representatives from around Australia meeting to discuss business management principles under the Unitary Model such as Communication, IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy, Operating Rules and Procedures, Customer Service Principles. JUNE: * Chinchilla Touch were one of the stories of the year…having sent one team to the 2004 Qld Junior State Cup, they undertook the AusTouch junior development program, with astounding results…just a few weeks later they were sending 7 sides to the 2005 Junior State Cup, with a large majority of the kids having come from the AusTouch program. It is fantastic to see the growth and development in Chinchilla and highlights the benefits of the AusTouch program! The Unitary Model continued on as delegates from each state and territory gathered in Canberra for the AGM and SGM, to vote on a new constitution that would fundamentally change the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. The vote in favour of the new constitution was unanimous, with all state delegates raising their hands to bring a new direction for Touch and a revolution in management for the sport itself. Colm Maguire was announced as the new Game Development Manager and the TFA Board announced that an advisory committee, audit committee and governance committee would be set up to help with the implementation of the Unitary Model. JULY: * The Australian Open sides were announced for the All Nations Championships, while referee abuse and anti doping were the hot topics of the month. The TFA office was busier than ever with the end of financial year and tax requirements taking up everyone’s time. By far the biggest event of the month however was the farewell for Bill and Gwynne Ker. They officially retired at the start of July and their friends and colleagues partied it up to wish them all the best. Now they’ve been traveling around Australia and spending time with their children and grandchildren. We still miss them and continue to wish them all the best. AUGUST: * The US soldiers in Iraq contacted the TFA office, looking for Touch balls and resources to use overseas. They told a great story of sport in the midst of war, of how they were introduced to the sport by Aussies and had a regular and constantly growing group taking part. Preparation for the National 18’s Championships was almost complete and the office was beginning to overflow with bags, clothing and uniforms for the upcoming All Nations tournament in October. SPETEMBER: * The National 18’s Championships dominated the news, with the Southern Suns ending the recent dominance of QSST and NSWCHS by winning the Mens division. NSWCHS held off QSST in a drop-off for the Womens division, with Nicole Beck’s diving touch down securing the win for the CHS girls. It was a massive month for the Unitary Model, as affiliates around Australia all received information on becoming members of Touch Football Australia. One by one these affiliates began to sign on to be a part of TFA, with the flow rapidly increasing each day. Brisbane Metro Touch and Berserkers Touch in Queensland had the honour of being the first two affiliates to sign on. This was a great step forward for the Unitary Model and a move that will see all who sign on reap the benefits. OCTOBER: * October was a huge month, possibly even the biggest of the year!…It all started with TFA’s Rachel Moyle becoming Rachel Grant, as she married her partner Duncan. The chilly Canberra weather didn’t stop the TFA staff, especially Rachel, having a great day. Colm and Marianne Maguire welcomed another baby girl into their family and affiliates continued to sign on to the TFA’s Unitary Model of Management, including Albert Park, Diamond Valley, Ballarat Roaslie, Joondalup, Southern Touch, Devonport, Gawler, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Thuringowa and Mackay, Hervey Bay and Kawana just to name a few! The Mens and Womens Aussie Under 18’s squads were announced, with the squads set to converge on Runaway Bay next January for a tough training camp. TFA then sent 10 Australian sides, our largest touring party ever, to Christchurch in New Zealand for the All Nations Championships. The tour was the culmination of many months of hard work from TFA staff, especially Maree Curran, and was considered a huge success. With 186 players, team management, medical and tour staff, Maree and the other TFA staff had their work cut out for them organising travel, accommodation, uniforms and all the essentials. The boxes of clothes and gear that filled the building for weeks and was counted, sorted, packed and sent out was enormous. Australia won 7 of the 10 Opens and Senior divisions on offer and clearly came away as the world’s number one Touch Football nation. Here are all the Aussie’s final results from the All Nations Championships: Womens Open: Australia (4) def New Zealand (3) (Drop-off) Mens Open: Australia (8) def New Zealand (4) Mixed Open: New Zealand (9) def Australia (5) Mens 30s division: Australia (12) def Samoa (2) Womens 30s division: Australia (1) def New Zealand (0) Mixed 30’s: New Zealand (4) def New Zealand Maori (1) Mixed 30’s (play-off for 3rd / 4th): Australia (13) def Samoa (4) Mens 35s division: New Zealand (3) def Australia (2) Womens 35s division: Australia (6) def Oceania (3) Mens 40s division: Australia (7) def New Zealand (0) Mens 45s division: Australia (3) def New Zealand (2) NOVEMBER: * The biggest news for November 2005 was the announcement of Azuma as a major partner for TFA. The deal provides not only significant cash support, but support in terms of footwear for national representatives and an avenue for Touch players at all levels of the sport to purchase top quality Touch shoes and runners at reduced prices. Azuma are now the official footwear of Touch Football Australia and both parties are excited about working together in the future. The interest in the shoes has already been huge, with TFA staff kept busy mailing out shoes to customers Australia-wide. At $105 (retails at $219), the specially designed Bexsta Touch shoe is flying off the shelves. Jeremy Sorenson was named as the new Queensland General Manager and Wallsend Touch took out the `Sporting Organisation of the Year’ award at the 2005 Hunter Region Sports awards. They beat clubs such as the Newcastle Knights (NRL), the Hunter Pirates (NBL), the Hunter Jaguars (Netball) and the Newcastle United Jets (Soccer). DECEMBER: * The TFA is madly preparing for the upcoming Australian 18 Years training camp, with the best young players from around Australia gathering in January for some intensive training. NTL has also come rapidly into focus as the event is less than 3 months away! Already, the premiere Australian Touch event is starting to dominate the headlines. The Unitary Model is continuing to move along, with all the affiliates in Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast regions signed up to TFA, Mackay and Thuringowa in North Queensland also signing up and Central Queensland being lead by Bundaberg and Gladstone. By far the best part of December is set to come, as friends and families come together to celebrate Christmas. TFA, the Board of Directors and all of the staff, would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. If you are traveling on the roads, please take it easy, get plenty of rest and be responsible. Have a great break and we’ll see you back here in the New Year! *please note the TFA office will be back in full swing on January 3rd. By Rachel Grantlast_img

Queensland and New South Wales Levelled

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS Queensland and New South Wales have claimed two series each in the earlier Game Two matches of the 2012 State of Origin series at Port Macquarie.The Maroons clinched the men’s 50’s and women’s 30’s divisions, and New South Wales have got the Women’s 20’s and Men’s 45’s in the bag.There were tight matches all round in today’s 9.50am time slot of the State of Origin series.The Men’s 50s match went into a drop-off and it was the fourth time in the series Queensland have won in extra-time.After scoring a double in the first half, Phil Evans scored the match-winner for Queensland to give his team a 6-5 victory.There was only one touchdown in it between the two states in the Women’s 30’s competition.After Queensland won game one in a drop-off, they claimed the second game 2-1.Like she did in game one, Maroons’ Lana Curry scored the winning touchdown.Queensland made it a clean sweep in the 30’s age group with their Men’s team winning the second match 9-8.In another heart-stopping encounter, both teams traded touchdowns but it was Queensland who were able to rejoice as they hit the lead in the final two minutes.But New South Wales got some of their own back by winning the Women’s 20s and Men’s 45’s divisions.Up 3-1 at half-time, New South Wales went to sleep in the second half, allowing Queensland to score two touchdowns.However, a touchdown to Simone Smith got the girls in blue the series win.New South Wales went for the jugular in the second half of the Men’s 45’s as they scored six touchdowns to claim a 8-5 win.Craig Nicholls scoring a double in the match. Queensland levelled the series in the Men’s 40’s with a hard-fought 6-4 win. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksState of Orgin game twolast_img read more

3 days agoBlind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.” last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Cardale Jones In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.last_img

Football Curtis Samuel plays like Percy Harvin

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIf there’s one word to define an Urban Meyer offense, it’s speed. Since being hired at Ohio State in 2012, the Buckeye offense under Meyer has finished the season twice ranked in the top 10. However, through many different players, Meyer has been attempting to reincarnate one of his greatest weapons from his time at the University of Florida.Former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin won two national championships for Meyer, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and was the No. 1 playmaker for Meyer for the better part of two seasons.From Dontre Wilson in 2013, Jalin Marshall in 2014 and Braxton Miller in 2015, Meyer might have finally found his next Percy Harvin in junior H-back Curtis Samuel.And frankly, Samuel might be better. Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that he believes Samuel should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion with his performance through the first four games.“I think it’s a little harder for those positions to get it, in H-back,” Meyer said. “But he’s certainly having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.”The last time Meyer had two players in the Heisman race was with Tebow and Harvin in 2008. In Harvin’s 2007 sophomore campaign, he exploded for 764 yards and six touchdowns rushing, and 858 yards and four touchdowns receiving. The next season, before he declared early for the NFL, Harvin finished with 1,304 total yards and 17 touchdowns.While Samuel has eight games left in the regular season to rack up those numbers, he’s already on pace to surpass Harvin’s junior-year stats.Samuel has 673 total yards and five touchdowns through four games this season, compared to Harvin’s 461 total yards and five touchdowns through his first four games in 2008. To be fair, Samuel has had 18 more touches than Harvin did at this point, but the two are nearly identical in average yards per touch.Harvin was all over the field for Meyer back at Florida, much like Samuel. But unlike Harvin, and Buckeyes in the past Meyer tried to put into the role, Samuel has shown the ability to run between the tackles. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is fairly similar to Tebow in his ability to takeover a game almost at will. Albeit in different styles, Tebow went to Harvin often, just like Barrett’s trust in Samuel.Meyer has always put trust into his quarterbacks and his playmakers, but what makes Samuel even more impressive when comparing him to Harvin is that OSU has a legitimate 1,000-yard running back in redshirt freshman Mike Weber.After the first game against Bowling Green, Weber and Samuel combined for 220 yards rushing, prompting Weber to equate the backfield duo to Lendale White and Reggie Bush, who accounted for an asstounding 3,042 rushing in 2005.At the time, it sounded ridiculous, but could it really happen? Could Weber and Samuel somehow be this good, and could Samuel be in the Heisman Trophy race?Statistically speaking, yes, both of those could happen. However, Harvin, Bush and White all performed at high levels for more than one season. For now, Samuel still has to live up to the expectations of following Braxton Miller and every other player to be named Meyer’s No. 1 playmaker.“I feel like both at receiver and at running back (I’m best utilized),” Samuel said. “I can be at running back and go against a linebacker, which is a mismatch, or I can go to receiver and be against a corner or safety, which I feel is still a mismatch.” read more

Track and Field Kendall Sheffield breaks 60meter record in Ohio States final

In the final meet before the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams placed in the top two spots of 25 different events in the Buckeye Tune Up on Friday at French Field House, highlighted by Kendall Sheffield’s record-breaking sprint. Men’s recapSheffield, the Ohio State football team’s cornerback, broke the Ohio State’s 60-meter dash record and the French Field House record with a time of 6.663. The previous team record held by Jonathan Burrell and was 6.665. “It feels great to break the record,” Sheffield said. That time currently puts him at 24th in the nation. With his goal being one of 16 competitors at the national championships in March, Sheffield will have to trim off 0.03 of his time to earn a bid.Junior Coty Cobb reached the 5.41-meter mark on the pole vault for a personal record and stand as qualifier for nationals with one competition remaining. This was the goal for Cobb heading into this meet, and before he even landed on the pit, he was already celebrating what he had accomplished.“I was trying not to celebrate too hard and get ready for the next jump,” Cobb said.Cobb’s teammate senior Cole Gorski, whose personal best 5.47 meters is currently inside the top 16, had a disappointing day, but still finished second at 5.12 meters.The next jump was at 5.49 meters, or 18 feet, a mark that would’ve placed Cobb inside the top 10 in the nation. The closest he came to jumping that height was on his first attempt, when his body grazed the bar just enough to dislodge it.With one meet remaining before the national indoor championships, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s team has six athletes currently qualified, including top long jump qualifier Zach Bazile.Women’s recapIn throwing, junior Sade Olatoye finished second in weight throw at 22.61 meters. The distance would have broken her previous record she held at the French Field House had it not been already surpassed by Cincinnati’s senior Annette Echikunwoke, who recorded a 24.78-meter throw, the best in the nation so far this year.Olatoye did go on to win shot put with a throw of 16.78 meters.Freshman Anavia Battle continues to lead the Buckeyes’ sprinters, this time winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43. Although she didn’t compete in the 200-meter dash, Ohio State didn’t have any trouble with the event for freshman Syaira Richardson finished first with a time of 24.69. Freshman Brooke Mangas got her first collegiate first place finish in high jump. She won with a jump 1.63 meters. In a rematch at pole vault from last week’s Music City Challenge meet, Cincinnati’s junior Brooke Catherine finished first at 4.11 meters ahead of senior Madison Roberts, who finished second at 4.01. Ohio State sophomore Megan Hoffman finished fourth (3.91).Ohio State heads off to the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend in Geneva, Ohio. read more

Mbappe certain that Neymar will stay

first_imgThere were a lot of rumours saying that Neymar can possibly leave PSG and come back to La Liga to join Real Madrid – but his teammate Kylian Mbappé believes that he will stay no matter what.The Brazilian star joined the French club before the season from Barcelona and he became the most expensive player in the football history – and Mbappé insisted that another transfer is just a “hot air”.The French youngster spoke about Neymar’s situation as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“It’s nothing but hot air.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Neymar sends me messages, gives me the news. I wished him a good World Cup, but not to win it.”“Of course, I have the goal of winning the World Cup. It’s even a dream. If we progress well, we can achieve something.”“I’m not sure that Emery will leave, even if he is at the end of his contract.”“I don’t know if he talks to the club. We’ll see who will replace him if he leaves, but he is not leaving at the moment.”last_img read more

Cambiasso Ramos will have fun with Conte at Real Madrid

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Cambiasso reckons that Sergio Ramos and Antonio Conte will get on along with each other well due to their winning personalitiesCurrent Real manager Julen Lopetegui’s future is now in serious doubt after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.Speculation has only grown over the past 24 hours that Conte is set to replace Lopetegui in the dugout this week.But Ramos refused to even consider Conte after Real’s latest defeat.“You have to gain respect, not impose it”, said the Spaniard.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…But Cambiasso, who made 65 appearances for Real across a two-year spell, doubts there will be any problems between Ramos and Conte at the Santiago Bernabeu.“I think the best players want to have the best managers,” Cambiasso told Sky Italia.“Ramos will have fun with Conte because the only thing that you want after taking five goals from Barcelona is a winner on the bench and both Conte and Ramos are winners.”Real confirmed today that Lopetegui remained in charge for the first-team training session this morning.Cambiasso also played for Inter Milan over the course of his playing career, where he won the Serie A five times and a Champions League crown across a decade-long spell.last_img read more

Work of Jamaica Womens Political Caucus Lauded

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded the work of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for advancing the cause of women in the political landscape.“I commend the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for giving Jamaica 25 years of unrivalled service to the cause of encouraging and facilitating the participation of women in representational politics at the highest level,” she said.Ms. Grange was speaking at the 25th anniversary awards luncheon of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 5.“Your non-partisan organisation has become a regional trendsetter and a brand in providing high-quality leadership training for aspiring female politicians.   The work of the Caucus over the years has contributed immensely to building awareness on the significance of having women strategically placed as pivotal to the decision-making process,” she said.The Minister noted, as well, that the Caucus also plays an important role in promoting a culture of participation.“Your work has served to challenge stereotypical norms of behaviour, structural barriers and standards of performance.   Through advocacy and intensive training, the Caucus has challenged and redefined the prerequisites for women’s entry into the field of representational politics,” Miss Grange added.The Minister noted that this has led to more women becoming involved in political leadership.   Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said while the country has “female political heavyweights” in local politics, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study in 2016 entitled ‘Where are the Women’ shows that only 20 per cent of the island’s Cabinet Ministers and Senators are female.“This is still below the 30 per cent target set in the National Policy for Gender Equality of 2011.   As a Minister and as Member of Parliament, I believe that it is important to reach this target to ensure that women are sitting at the top of political leadership, and so I want to encourage everyone here who has the energy to get involved and strive to get to the top,” she said.The Minister said this is important, as women bring a balanced perspective to developmental issues such as equal pay, domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, sexual harassment at the workplace, corruption, campaign financing, maternity laws, inheritance laws and matters impacting women.In the meantime, seven outstanding women were honoured for their role in advancing the cause of women, through their work in the Caucus.   They are Minister Grange; former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Jeanette Grant Woodham, Evelyn Smart, Hermione McKenzie, Marie Thompson and Merline Daley.Responding, Ms. Grange said she is very happy to have met the criteria to be selected for a special award.“I accept this award with humility as a servant of the people, and I wish the Caucus continued success,” she said. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Samuel Umtiti boost for Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti could return in time from injury to face Atletico Madrid at the end of next monthThe French international has been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad following his €25m arrival from Lyon in 2016.However, Umtiti has been unavailable for Barcelona since September due to a recurring knee injury.Summer recruit Clement Lenglet has filled in for Umtiti at the heart of the Barcelona defence alongside Gerard Pique.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…But Marca reports that Umtiti is recovering well and could be in contention to be named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the trip to Madrid on November 24.It will be the club’s first game back from the next international break and could prove to be a decisive one with both Barcelona and Atletico currently separated by two points in La Liga.Umtiti has made a total of 90 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.The Catalan giants will first face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey tonight with Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez all expected to be rested.last_img read more

COMPASS Youth Center Offers Safe Place For Teens

first_imgThe center is located at Mile 26.5 off the Kenai Spur Highway, in the Nikiski mall right next to M&M Market. It opened its doors in August of 2018.The coffeehouse located at the mission pictured with operators Sullivan and Destiny Jackson Brigham: “Kaladi Brothers donated an espresso machine, a grinder, and a bunch of other various things to help get us going. They are also giving us a really fair deal on coffee to help support the organization.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The COMPASS youth center in Nikiski, provides a safe place for after school drop-in for teenagers. The center offers a variety of programs to help youth develop character, life skills, and direction. Todd Brigham: “The COMPASS is a faith based non-profit. Our mission is to really get our youth, middle and high school, pointed in a good and healthy direction and to help navigate the teenage years.”center_img THE COMPASS partners with various organizations in the community and is entirely run by donations as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The location sat vacant for 18 years and was remodeled with the help of over 800 volunteer hours by individuals in the community.THE PASS is now officially a 501c3 non-profit organizationIn the morning the COMPASS operates a coffeehouse where anyone is welcome to come have a cup of coffee.  100% of all the proceeds from the coffee shop go to support the COMPASS youth center and its various programs. The drop-in center is open weekdays 2:30-6pm, and the coffeehouse is open weekdays 6:30am-1:30pm.last_img read more

Soldotna Library Gifted Donation Of 3100

first_imgThe donation will be spent as follows:$200.00 to purchase new toys for the children’s area.$500.00 to support the Library’s One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten program which enhances pre literacy education at our library.$1,000.00 to support library programs year round.$1,400.00 to be spent on promotional and other materials for the Summer Reading Program 2019. City Manager Stephanie Queen: “We’ve got a really active group of folks there who do a lot of good things that benefit our local library. We are grateful to have the Library Friends support.”  An ordinance to appropriate the donation was approved unanimously at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library received a donation in the amount of $3,100 from the Soldotna Library Friends.center_img In a letter to the council from City Librarian Rachel Nash: “Library staff are very grateful for the hard work and support of the Soldotna Library Friends, and for the contributions of our community donors.” The purpose of the Soldotna Library Friends is to support the mission of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library through fundraising, advocacy and promotion.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya resigns from Rajya Sabha

first_imgVijay Mallya on Monday resigned from the membership of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, according to reports. In a letter from London, where the businessman has been residing after leaving India in the first week of March, he called it quits from being a Rajya Sabha member.”I don’t want my name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud and since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect,” the liquor baron said in his resignation letter, as reported by NDTV.The Parliamentary Ethics Committee was scheduled to meet on Tuesday and was likely to expel the MP from the upper house.An MP for 10 years, Mallya had claimed that there was no change in his net assets during his entire political stint, the Hindustan Times reported.In his first interview to the media since leaving India, the businessman revealed on April 29 that he has no plans to leave the United Kingdom and that he was “in a forced exile.”On April 28, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had written to the high commission of the UK in New Delhi requesting his deportation. Earlier the MEA revoked Mallya’s passport and a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against him after he failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate to join the probe in money-laundering case.Mallya, who first made his foray into politics in early 2000s, was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 as an independent member from his home state of Karnataka with the support of the Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular). In 2010, he was re-elected for a second term, this time with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD(S). His term comes to an end in July 2016.A consortium of 17 lender banks have taken Mallya to the courts for defaulting on loans to the tune of Rs. 7,000 crore with regard to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines alone. His other concerns owe another Rs. 2,000 crore to the banks.last_img read more

Time is running out for Rajib Mir

first_imgIf anyone wants to extend assistance for Rajib, they may deposit funds to:Sayeda Farjana YasminDutch Bangla Bank SWIFT Code : DBBLBDDHA/C # 186-103-00-19648Dutch Bangla Bank Munshiganj Branch, MunshiganjA. T. M Akhtar UddinAccount number: 193.103.46420. Dutch Bangla Bank. Progoti shoroni branch.A. T. M Akhtar Uddin, account number: 20501020207966000, Islami Bank, Local OfficeJannatul Mawa, Account Number: 0752011011239. Rupali Bank, Louhajong branch, Munshigonj.Sayeda Farjana Yasmin, Account Number: 16777, Islami Bank, New Market Branch, Dhaka.Bkash number: 01792 455 828 (Jannat), 01748 725 599 (Jannat), 01711 278 526 (Jannat) , 01818 978 718 (Saiful), 01778 795 827 (Biju), 01969 799 402 (Akidul); 01962 646 110 (Bhuban); 01730 995 333 (Sumon) (all the numbers are of relatives of Rajib)Rocket Number: 01912 678 0457 (Saiful), 01788 795 8297 (Biju), 01676 713 9468 (Bhuban) ; 01969 799 4023 (Akidul) .His Facebook profile picture is with his daughter and so is the cover picture. This is Rajib Mir, former teacher at Chittagong University and Jagannath University, a writer, researcher and an activist in various human rights movements.Rajib has now undergoing treatment for liver cirrhosis in a hospital in Chennai, India. He is is fighting for his life. His 14-month daughter Bibhor is in Bangladesh with his wife Sumona Khan. Bibhor hasn’t seen her father for about two months now, other than over video calls.A former student of Dhaka University’s department of mass communications and journalism, Rajib had a zest for life and living, but now physicians have given him just two months. Every day is one day closer to death. Unless he can undergo surgery for a liver transplant within this time, all efforts to save him will go in vain.Rajib Mir spoke over the telephone on Monday evening. He was physically weak, but spoke with strength of mind, “I have heard that my family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers have come forward to contribute towards my treatment. I want to go back to my daughter. With everyone’s prayers and help, I want to go back home to my country.”Rajib needs only Tk 9 million for his treatment. So far his friends, family and others have managed to collect Tk 4 million. Rajib’s sister Syeda Farjana is with him. He expressed his gratitude towards everyone, but then stopped short. There is still a long way to go.Sister Syeda Farjana Yasmin, deputy general manager of Narayanganj Palli Bidyut Samity, stands by her brother. She is one of the donor’s for his liver transplant. Most of the tests, including the DNA test, have been carried out and the results have been positive. The next step is surgery.Rajib is the eldest child of his parents and their only son. His parents and one of his sisters are staying in a house they have rented near the hospital in Chennai.Rajib Mir’s wife Sumona Khan and their daughter are back home in Bangladesh. Sumona Khan recently had chicken pox. Once she recovers she will go to Chennai with their daughter.Sumona Khan said, Rajib Khan has strength of mind because of the support of so many people. He believes he will recover and return home. Sumona sends pictures of their daughter to him regularly and they communicate through video calls. The daughter is too young to understand all that is going on.Rajib Mir’s last Facebook posting on 9 April is of pictures taken during his daughter’s birthday. His daughter Bibhor’s birthday was on 28 March. He wished his daughter, saying “… may she grow up in the love of trees, birds, flowers, rivers, the sky, the breeze and people.” On 30 March he wrote, “I’m in a storm, I’m not in a storm.”Sumona Khan said Rajib has jaundice for around a month and a half. Everyone thought he would recover with a little rest. But when he wasn’t improving, he was taken to a physician. His abdomen had swollen and he was vomiting blood. He was rushed to Chennai. He and his family have been fighting for his life since then.Sumona Khan has appealed to everyone to come forward to help Rajib, even if for the sake of his daughter.last_img read more

Some Positive Signs For Texas Oil Industry But Far From Full Recovery

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Florian MartinKarr Ingham, petroleum economist with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, presents the 2016 midyear Texas Petro Index at the Houston Petroleum Club.The Texas Petro Index measures the state of oil and gas drillers and producers and is based on several indicators, such as oil price, jobs and number of drilling permits issued.For the 19th straight month, the index has declined.In June, it’s at the lowest it has been since August 2004 and less than half of what it was in December 2014. All indicators are down from a year ago.But Karr Ingham, petroleum economist for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, is carefully optimistic. He says oil prices look much better than when they bottomed out in February. “In response to that, we’ve had a little bit of improvement in the rig count. I think we’ve had just a little bit of improvement in the psychology among the oil community out there,” he says. “Just because $45 oil looks a whole lot better than $22 or $23 oil does.”But Ingham has a warning for oil and gas producers: Don’t make any production decisions based on the potential of the price per barrel continuing to rise.“This has just been a slow, kind of torturous road, where we’ve always hoped and thought that the outcomes are going to come about in a much quicker fashion than it turns out that they have,” he says. “And I think we’re still in the middle of that malaise.”Meanwhile, job losses in the industry have slowed. But Ingham says since the total number of people employed in oil and gas in Texas peaked in December 2014, more than 100,000 jobs have been lost. 00:00 /01:21 Listenlast_img read more

Houston Astros Reflect On World Series Win Their Spirit as a Team

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:18 00:00 /00:16 X Several athletes have turned down invitations to the White House in the past. What if the Astros are invited? Pitcher Lance McCullers has been thinking about that. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4The team has been reflecting on their season, and met with reporters Friday afternoon at Minute Maid park, moments before taking part in the downtown parade in their honor. Outfielder George Springer says first baseman Yuli Gurriel has had a tough time making amends for a gesture perceived as racist earlier in the series. Share Gurriel took off his batting helmet and nodded his head when he faced Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Garvish in game seven of the series, in an apparent effort to make further amends. Members of the Astros have been reflecting on their win. Third baseman Alex Bregman is ready for more. 00:00 /00:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img Listen The Houston School District cancelled Friday classes so that students, staff and their families could attend the parade. Houston officials had to extend the parade route honoring the World Series champions after more fans than expected showed up. X Third baseman Alex Bregman figures he’s in, if the team is asked to Washington. Listen 00:00 /00:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Pope to Meet with US Church Leaders over Clergy Sex Abuse

first_img Share Vatican NewsPope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.A Vatican spokesman says the meeting at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday will include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops’ conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.Separately, Pope Francis is also expected to meet with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled Washington, D.C., archbishop accused of helping to cover up for abusive priests.In a letter to his priests released on Tuesday, Wuerl said he recognized that “a new beginning” may be needed in his church, and he said he will travel to Rome “in the very near future” to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.The church’s handling of clergy sex abuse is also due to be discussed at the meeting Thursday between the pope and U.S. bishops. Cardinal DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington, D.C., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teenage boy.One question is how early Pope Francis was advised of McCarrick’s alleged misconduct and what, if anything, he did in response. The Vatican’s former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.In that letter, Vigano implicated Pope Francis in the McCarrick cover-up and called on him to resign the papacy. Francis has yet to respond to Vigano’s accusations, but the pope’s Council of Cardinals reported this week that the Vatican will soon provide some “clarifications” regarding recent events.The pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation in July and ordered him to remain in “prayer and penance” until the accusations against him could be examined in a canonical trial. The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed.A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican’s attention as early as 2000.Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense pressure to step down since last month, when a Pennsylvania grand jury reported several instances when he, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was told of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision but still gave the men new parish assignments.In the letter sent Tuesday to priests in his archdiocese, Wuerl said it became clear “that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”As is customary for bishops who turn 75, Wuerl had already submitted a formal letter of resignation, but it is up to Pope Francis whether to accept it.The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the uproar over McCarrick’s past conduct amount to the most serious crisis facing the Vatican in years. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church’s “own 9/11” catastrophe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Jamal Bryant Pastor Preacher Purveyor of Peace

first_imgNext week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a  part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.last_img read more