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Southland Gives Back: UIW

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word athletic department and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently took time out of their busy schedules to collect canned goods as part in the annual Southland Gives Back community service project.“I am really appreciative of our student-athletes and all of the hard work they put in to serve our surrounding community,” Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom said. “Community service is an excellent way to increase exposure of UIW Athletics, while also helping to develop our student-athletes at citizens. I am proud of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for leading the way in meeting the mission of the University of the Incarnate Word, and for helping to set UIW Athletics apart as a premier institution within the Southland Conference.”Cardinals from all 23 sports came together to participate in the third annual Cardinal Canned Food Drive. Donations of canned goods were collected for the San Antonio Food Bank, which strives to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy. The San Antonio Food Bank has quickly grown to serve 58,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas. For the most up-to-date information on UIW Athletics visit uiwcardinals.com. Be sure to follow UIW Athletics on Twitter @UIWAthletics and like UIW Athletics on Facebook at UIW Athletics.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. “Every year this event is a great way for UIW’s student-athletes to come together and give back to the community that we love,” SAAC President Karina Velez said. “As student-athletes, we understand the importance of nutrition. We are happy to contribute to the San Antonio Food Bank and help them reach their goals of ending hunger. Our next event is our annual Cardinal Crates initiative, where we will deliver school supplies, donated by UIW student-athletes, to Hidden Cove Elementary.”center_img This year, UIW Athletics collected nearly 1,000 pounds of canned goods for the local community. Those goods will be distributed to more than 530 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout the region.last_img read more

PNG wins host rights to World Cup league matches for 2017

first_imgPhoto: PHOTOSPORT The PNG government first signalled its interest in hosting World Cup matches two years ago, with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand offering their support.Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, says, after hosting a successful Pacific Games, Port Moresby has a host of new facilities ready and waiting to be used at the highest level.”Over the last six months the World Cup team and NRL have done their due diligence and come to PNG: had a look at our hotels, medical facilities, infrastructure, stadiums and all the rest to give a recommendation as to whether we’re able to host such an event so today is a bit of history for Papua New Guinea”.Justin Tkatchenko says Sir Hubert Murray Stadium can hold 20,000 fans and will likely be the first pick for possible venues, with Lloyd Robson Oval and Sir John Guise Stadium also options.Papua New Guinea will only be hosting the Kumuls pool games, with other matches in the group to be played in Australia.last_img read more

Hazard will be operated on Thursday

first_imgThis type of solution is not new at Real Madrid. For example, Higuain already went to the United States, specifically to Chicago. The Argentinean operated there with Dr. Richard G. Fessler of a hernia in the back. Before, Van Nistelrooy He visited Colorado to solve his knee injury with Dr. Steadman, who operated on María José Rienda. Hazard will be next to cross the puddle. Eden Hazard will be operated on the fissure in the right distal fibula who suffered in the match against Levante on February 22. The club and the player have already made the decision and the Belgian will go through the operating room this week. The intervention, in this way, It will take place Thursday in Dallas.The news, advanced by the journalist Edu Pidal in Onda Cero, was confirmed by the club to this newspaper. Madrid, however, prefers not to provide details about the operation at the moment. The withdrawal period will be two to three months, which makes it difficult for Hazard to play again this season with the Madrid shirt. For the Belgian even Eurocopa is in danger, Although Roberto Martínez, who was in the Classic at the Bernabéu, is confident that the strategy taken will come later.last_img read more

Russell set for season opener

first_imgThe 2017 track and field season will step up a notch this weekend with the staging of the Youngster Goldsmith meet inside the National Stadium. Fans are in for a treat with hurdlers taking the spotlight in what will be a sneak preview of the upcoming ISSA-Grace-Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Champ-ionships. This is the only development meet where there will be heats and finals for the sprint hurdlers, and based on the competition so far, there will be some fierce clashes among both sexes this season. Calabar’s outstanding hurdler De’Jour Russell will make his season debut in Class One, competing in the 110m hurdles. Despite competing in the class for the first time, he should not have any trouble negotiating the 99.0 centimetres barrier as competing for the first time in Poland at the World U-20 Championships last year where he raced to a world-leading junior time of 13.20 seconds when winning his semi-finals. TIGHT FOR TOP SPOTS It will be tight for the other top spots, as his former teammate Alex Robinson, who now attends Wolmer’s Boys, showed excellent form last Saturday at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet, where he won in a personal best 13.88 seconds. Kingston College duo of Wayne Pinnock and Davion Williams are unbeaten so far this season and will be hoping to continue their dominance in Class Two. However, they will have the Jamaica College duo of Trezequet James and Tarijmaar Miller to contend with. The girls Class Two 100m hurdles is worth going miles to see as Holmwood Technical’s Shanette Allison and Vere’s Britany Anderson will be involved in a titanic clash. Both are in impressive form and the winner could likely go 13.2 here. Despite not showing her usual good form as yet, Deznay Freeman of Manchester High, the 2016 Champs Class Two champion, cannot be counted out and could spoil the party. Vere’s Amoi Brown threw down the gauntlet in Class One last Saturday at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet after stopping the clock at 13.78 seconds. However, she will have the likes of Wolmer’s Janeek Brown, along with the Edwin Allen duo of Gabrielle McDonald and Khamoy Farqhuarson and the seasoned campaigner Nicolle Foster of Holmwood to contend with.last_img read more

Likuena (Crocodiles) in Town against Lone Star

first_imgA 25-man team delegation of the Lesotho national football team, dubbed Likuena (The Crocodiles) arrived in the country yesterday afternoon to face the national team Lone Star on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah, who headed the protocol team, said the team is lodged at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point.The Lesotho delegation is comprised of 20 players, including goalkeepers Likano Mphuthi, Kananelo Makhooane and Mohau Kuenane.The defenders are Sepiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi, Thabo Masualle, Basia Makepe, Tlali Maile, and Bokang Mothoana.Midfielders: Mabuti Potloane, Tšoanelo Koetle, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Motlalepula Mofolo, Makara Ntaitsane, Tšepo Seturumane, Bushy Moletsane, Phafa Tšosane, Khoto Sesinyi and twin strikers Thapelo Tale and Tšepo Lekhooana.The winner of the tie will proceed to a tie against either Comoros or Kenya in the second knockout phase on July 18-20 and August 1-3.Interim Coach Thomas Kojo’s Lone Star will have support from five international players four of which were officially called.The players are Captain Anthony Laffor, former CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Sekou Jabateh, who is on loan to Greek club PAOK Salonika, defensive midfielder Alseny ‘Ocha-cha’ Keita, plying his trade in the lower division in France for Jean D’arch Drancy, potent striker Chris Jones, from Germany.Some of the locals include Teah Dennis, Isaac Popu, Prince Jatoh, Soto Roberts, Myers Garlo and Nathaniel Sherman.Meanwhile, LFA President Musa Bility has expressed frustration over the Liberian government’s careless attitude toward the national teams.Bility said on Wednesday on a local radio that Liberians should not blame the FA but the government if Lone Star failed because of the government lack of financial supports to the teams.He said up to yesterday there was a dime from the government as its support to the team against Lesotho.His comments come in the wake of mounting concerns in the public as to why the LFA didn’t invite top scorers Francis Grand Pa Doe and Dioh Williams among others.Bility indicated that though the technical staff had recommended for more professionals, the LFA was constrained to cut the number to four because of financial constraints.He said officials of the LFA are going into their personal coffers to underwrite the teams’ expenses. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Liberian Legislators Lack Moral Standards”

first_imgFormer Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpan has sternly branded Liberian legislators as people “lacking moral standards and character.”Mrs. Kpan, in a live talk show on a local station in Monrovia on Monday, described the recent fist fights among members of the House of Representatives as one incident that clearly manifests the lack of morals and civility among members of the 53rd Legislature.She asserted that she was incarcerated for defiance and forced to resign, but the same group of officials who accused her of defiance now sit at the table in the first branch of government and engage in fist fights.“The legislators are untouchable.  They put me in prison and forced me to resign. They said if I didn’t resign they would not work with the President.  Liberia could not be held hostage for my sake and so I agreed to resign, but these are the same people sitting at the table physically fighting one another.  They lack moral standards. They only have charisma but lack character,” Madam Kpan contended.She also emphasized that Liberian lawmakers seek not to pass bills that will have a positive impact on the electorate that elected them, but rather pass concession agreements at “4G” speed for their personal benefit.The former Montserrado Superintendent challenged any lawmaker, whether male or those female members seeking 30% representation, to face her with contempt charges on the public statements she has made.When the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Isaac Wreh was contacted, he challenged former Superintendent Kpan to cite any instance that taints the Legislature of not possessing moral standing.He said the National Legislature is doing its work in line with the Constitution and has a good moral standing.Grace Kpan, following her defeat in the Montserrado 2009 by-election, was appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Superintendent of Montserrado County.In 2013 a financial crisis sprang up between former Superintendent Kpan and the House of Representatives, leading her to expose the “You eat, I eat” recording on Representative Edward Forh.Representative Forh at the time admitted conversing with the former Superintendent about dividing some portion of the Montserrado County Development Fund for personal use, but described the conversation as a “foolish joke.”The House, upon hearing the recording, vowed to investigate the incident, but there has been no report or conclusion since that pronouncement.Madam Kpan was ordered jailed for her defiance to comply with the House’s order to pay a fine, but former City Mayor Mary Broh and other women went to her rescue at the Monrovia Central Prison and took her away.This incident led the House of Representatives to pass a vote of no confidence in her and Mary Broh, and both were asked to resign or the House would not work with President Sirleaf if the two officials maintained their positions.That is when Mary Broh was removed as Mayor of Monrovia.  She was later appointed Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP supporters protest outside Parliament as debate begins

first_img2017 BudgetA mixture of executives and grass-root supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) protested the National Assembly on Monday, hoping to soften the heart of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to either fully withdraw, or extract the “draconian” measures in the 2017 Budget, which they say will see a doomsday for all.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo interacting with protesters outside the National Assembly on MondayThe protest, one of many to follow, is seemingly the only other option remaining for the PPP, as the party has very little influence in Parliament, with Government having a one seat majority.Executive Secretary Zulficar Mustapha, who led the demonstration, said the protest will continue, with spontaneous actions across the country. He said he hopes the public demonstration will send a message to Government, for it to change its decision.He said the 2017 Budget has affected every Guyanese, from every race and political affiliation. According to him, the APNU/AFC in its Manifesto, had promised a reduction in VAT to 12 per cent, but has now instead reduced the tax by two per cent and added it on to the utilities. He said VAT this year will increase incredibly.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the atmosphere at the beginning of the debates had already suggested that Government will not budge from its position and measures. He said many of these things are not yet seen until the respective utility bills with the VAT are given.A mixture of executives and grass-root supporters outside the National Assembly“It is bad economics, many of the measures in the Budget are not in keeping with the goals of the Government, “the good life for all, keeping cost of living down, and boosting the economy. There are more than 15 measures in the Budget that are harmful to economic growth and the country as a whole,” Jagdeo said.According to the Opposition Leader when combined with what occurred earlier this year with the 2016 Budget, that financial plan had increased over 140 taxes and this new budget over 50. This one he said is a bit more profound because it has tackled core taxes in a single year. This has happened while there is nothing to stimulate the economy in a $250 billion budget. “It is unbelievable”, Jagdeo said.Speaking also at the protest, PPP executive Dr Vindhya Persaud said the new budget taxes will cause severe burden on especially the poor: “You think of the taxation that has been levied on the people, it is 57 new taxes and we also look on the new taxes on electricity and water.”According to Persaud, Government’s talk about a green economy is not being realised in its proposed 2017 financial plan.“How can you tell a pensioner at home, who has gotten just $800 on their pension that they have to pay VAT on their electricity and water – essential things that people use every day – how can you tell the housewife who is already struggling to budget that what was once zero rated is now tax exempted and that cost from the manufacturer is now going to be passed on to her at home and that cost of living is going to rise?” the Parliamentarian asked.She said these things are more than hurtful since taxes will also be imposed on education and health, and they will all impact persons in every single way: “When you look at the social sector and we look at the budget, there’s nothing there for the single parent, for women just a few lines on Child Protection Agency and if you look the CPA,… there is a dearth of professionals to provide counselling services. The measures are draconian and people should speak out against it.”Persaud said there are a lot of measures in the budget that will also essentially shut down a lot of small businesses: “Even the business community is squealing. If you’re going to squeeze the business community effectively people are going to be knocked off and the cost to manufacturers is going to rack up. The reality is people are struggling to make ends meet and when this budget is going to tell you that life is going to be that much harder, then who it is going to be for?”She related that the PPP at this point can do nothing since Government has the majority in Parliament.“We can only call for it, point out the logic of the need to withdraw the budget, because I would think that they would want the same objective we want that is, a growing Guyana, a more enhancing people enjoying benefits. So we can only do that, but they have arrogantly used their one-seat majority, saying this is our time now, and it is a silly thing that they have done to pass legislations that are harmful to people.”last_img read more

Destination BC highlights High on Ice Festival

first_imgDestination British Columbia has featured the High on Ice Winter Festival on its website and youtube channel with a video that beautifully showcases the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual High on Ice Winter Festival in Fort St. John is being shown on a popular travel website that promotes tourism in British Columbia. The festival’s theme this year will feature the BC Winter Games with sculptors carving large ice blocks into figures to represent the different sports played during the Winter Games, with the games following the festival from February 20 – 23rd, 2020. – Advertisement -High on Ice is the Annual Winter Festival that is held in Fort St. John. This year the event will take place from February 14th to the 17th, 2020. Ryan Harvey, Communications Director for the City of Fort St. John shares, the City belongs to a Northern BC Marketing Co-op through Destination BC. The video was funded by Destination BC, for use by the City and other tourism organizations to further enhance tourism in the north. To view the website; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Gor skipper Mohammed ‘open to new opportunities’

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, KENYA, Dec 20- The just concluded season marked eight years since Musa Mohammed joined Gor Mahia FC and with four Kenyan Premier League titles under his belt, the soft spoken defender says he might consider taking up a new challenge.His contract runs out at the end of the month and speaking to Capital Sport, the skipper says he is open to new challenges in the event he does not extend his stay with the record 16-time champions. “We have been talking with the club though we have not reached an agreement of any sort. It has been a great time here; winning four KPL titles is not a mean feat and I feel I have done well. I am open to a new challenge because that is the mark of growth in life,” the skipper said.Harambee Stars skipper Musa Mohammed vies for the ball with Libya’s Tubal Moahmed. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMohammed said he has received concrete offers from two top local clubs while Capital Sport has also learnt a few clubs in the Zambian top tier have been enquiring of his services.“To be honest it is something that I have been thinking about and with all the opportunities on my table, I will make a firm decision before the end of the festive period,” the defender further stated.Mohammed has not only done well this year with his club but also skippered the national team to the CECAFA Senior Challenge title where they beat Zanzibar 3-2 on post-match penalties.“It was a very tough tournament, perhaps the toughest we have played in and that made the victory even sweeter. The fans were behind us and we couldn’t let them down. It was a great way to end a tough season,” the defender further stated.He however ended his 2017 on a good footing, after being named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) defender of the year, beating teammate Godfrey Walusimbi and Posta Rangers’ Jockins Atudo.Gor’s Musa Mohammed receiving the defender of the year award from Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMohammed was a constant figure in the Gor Mahia backline that conceded only 22 goals in 34 matches, a number matched only by Posta Rangers.“It was a huge honor getting that award and it was all down to hard work. I have always ensured that I do my best in every game and this award really pushes me to do better next year if I will still be in the KPL or from wherever I will be,” Mohammed further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spanish league players arrested over alleged match fixing

first_img0Shares0000Soccer ballsMADRID, Spain, May 28 – A number of first and second division players have been arrested in Spain over suspicions of forming a criminal organisation dedicated to match fixing, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday.A spokeswoman for the Spanish police confirmed that there was an open investigation though did not give any details. Additional reports in El Periodico state several footballers have been arrested in the operation, including former Real Madrid player Raul Bravo, Real Valladolid’s Borja Fernandez, Getafe’s Samuel Saiz Alonso, Deportivo de La Coruna’s Inigo Lopez Montana and Carlos Aranda, who is now retired, but formerly played for Osasuna and Levante among others.Agustin Lasaosa, president of Huesca, and Juan Carlos Galindo Lanuza, who is head of the medical services of the same club, have also been arrested.According to the reports, all detainees are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, corruption and money laundering.This investigation is in regards to alleged match fixing in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.Police are currently searching the offices of Huesca, who got relegated to Segunda Division at the end of the season. They gained promotion to La Liga in 2017/18 season.They are also searching Borja Fernandez’s home in Valladolid.Ramos and Perez argued after Madrid’s Champions League defeat to Ajax in March, with Ramos reportedly telling Perez the team’s failings were down to a failure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.Perez claimed on Tuesday that Ramos had been offered a move to China but said he had blocked the defender’s departure.“We met in my office and he told me he had a very good offer from a Chinese team but a rule there means they cannot pay for the transfer,” Perez said.“It was no more than that, it was a conversation that has no interest. It is impossible for Real Madrid to let their captain go for free. I told him it’s impossible, nothing more.”Perez was also asked about the possibility of Madrid signing Kylian Mbappe or Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.“I have not spoken with Zinedine Zidane about either Mbappe or Neymar,” said Perez, insisting he wants to maintain a good relationship with PSG. “If we want a player of PSG, we will call the club’s president.”Gareth Bale’s future remains uncertain but Perez said “we have not received any offers for any players of Real Madrid”.He also condemned the recent criticism of players like Bale, that has come from Madrid’s fans and sections of the Spanish press.“We have made it seem like winning the Champions League is normal and it isn’t. We have deceived people,” said Perez.“Some of these players have been insulted, they have been whistled, players who are going to go into the history of the club. It’s not right.”-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more