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South girls playing like an elite team early on

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Middletown High School South field hockey team is off to a fine 5-2-1 start under new coach Sarah Boyce. The Eagles have used a ball control attack and solid defense, led by goalie Kelly Harris, to stymie opponents. “Our girls move the ball very well and our fast break has been outstanding,” Boyce said. “We’ve dominated just about every game from a shots-on-goal perspective; we’re not scoring quite as much as I’d like, but the girls are getting the chances.” Thus far, Melanie Oliveri is Middletown South’s top scorer with seven goals, while Carly Dempsey has a pair of goals to go along with four assists. Midfielders Amy Knudsen, Brittany Murray and Laura Boudreau, a junior, are solid two-way performers who augment the offense. Defensively, the Eagles have been solid in front of Harris, who has recorded five shutouts. Samantha Levinson, Samantha Rohlander and junior Rachel Clabby are the backs, with sophomore Beth McLaughlin playing sweeper. Boyce also noted that her team has plenty of depth. Alyssa Guderian, juniors Lisa Bennett and Brianna Marzigliano and sophomore Carroll Lindsey provide support up front, with Renee Yuen and junior Renee D’Amore backing up the middle. Junior Melanie Miller and sophomore Sara Howard are the reserve fullbacks. While Boyce noted that her team is in good shape (so far) to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs, several games remain, including the possibility of make-up games, before the Oct. 22 cut-off. Teams must be at .500 or above at the end of play that day to qualify for the tourney. “I think our team is a bit underrated,” she said. “We really have a lot of talent here. I think we’ll surprise some people in the tournaments.” Boyce, who served as junior varsity mentor last season, assumed the helm after former coach Bill LaFalce left to accept an administrative post at Middletown High School North. A Seton Hall grad, Boyce played field hockey under the tutelage of Sal Principe in Keyport. She teaches science at Middletown South.last_img read more

Wimbledon order of play on Wednesday

first_imgWimbledon order of play for the men’s singles quarter-finals on Wednesday. Prefix denotes seeding. All times GMT. CENTRE COURT (1200)3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 9-Marin Cilic (Croatia)12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) v 2-Andy Murray (Britain) COURT ONE (1200)28-Sam Querrey (U.S.) v 6-Milos Raonic (Canada)10-Tomas Berdych (Czech Rep) v 32-Lucas Pouille (France)last_img

Celtic win unprecedented ‘double treble’ with cup final success

first_imgCELTIC cruised to a record-breaking second successive domestic treble on Saturday as they beat Motherwell 2-0 to win the Scottish Cup final.First-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham were enough to earn the runaway Scottish Premiership champions a third trophy of the season, repeating last year’s treble – unprecedented in Scottish soccer.Motherwell hit the woodwork in the second half as they staged a spirited rally, but as in the League Cup final in November, Celtic triumphed against the same side by the same score.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has steered the Glasgow side to his sixth domestic trophy in two seasons in charge.last_img

Being a (hyphenated) Guyanese

first_imgIn his remarks last week at the dedication of the Indian Arrival Monument, President Granger emphasised that “the nation is multicultural”, and that “little attention was paid by those who brought us together (as) to how these various groups with different cultures would coexist cohesively. It is the challenge of the present generation to overcome those differences and to continue to construct a cohesive country.”But he ignored the insight of MG Smith, who pointed out that if the different cultural segments were ‘differentially incorporated’ into the power relations of their societies, this fact would inevitably precipitate conflict as groups struggle to achieve “equality”. As citizens of a Guyana state that promises equality, our lived experiences inevitably determine how we feel about the attainment (or not) of that egalitarian promise. These experiences, after all, are filtered through our cultural lenses, and it should not surprise any that if our several groups (defined cultural) are differentially incorporated into the power structure, political consciousness would cleave along cultural (read ethnic) lines. Whither, therefore, the cohesiveness?After decades of focusing on an economistic notion of equality, there is still not an appreciation of the need for cultural equality also. So much for the politics of ‘identity’ and ‘recognition’ in Guyana.There are some who posited that if we had (or have) economic equality among the various ethnic groups, our troubles would be over. I’d like to vehemently disagree. “Man does not live by bread alone”; there are many other “goods” we compete over, include cultural self-worth, even as we always measure our “deprivation” relatively.An indicia of the ‘power relations’ is who gets to define what is the “national culture” to which all groups have to genuflect? And it is the differential incorporation of the various cultural groups in this equation that our policies on “multiculturalism” have to address.But “multiculturalism demands that society presents a full range of prospects, membership, and respect to all its members, regardless of cultural and religious differences; while also creatively accommodating them in a fashion that is both morally persuasive and practically effective for the majority of society.” Can Granger honestly say this is the case in Guyana today for Indian Guyanese?It’s positive the “Ministry of Culture” has been jettisoned. The name itself – CULTURE – suggests pushing a singular, monolithic, overarching “culture” as a stalking horse for assimilation through the back door. We suggest our motto be changed to “Unity in Diversity through Equality in Diversity”. One definition of ‘multiculturalism’ suggests that it is “a systematic and comprehensive response to cultural and ethnic diversity with educational, linguistic, economic and social components and specific institutional mechanisms”. This suggests areas in which we initially pursue equality.Now, we want to stress that we certainly are not emphasising any ‘separatist ideal’ in which each group lives in hermetically sealed enclaves. We are suggesting that the ‘equal treatment in culture’ imperative, if implemented and becomes real, would eliminate the barriers of hauteur and exclusion that set off inevitable reactions of resistance. We believe that when we deal with each other as equals, there would be the inevitable cross-cultural fertilisation (in all directions) and not one-way; that is, seen as top down.With the state out of ‘culture’, the Government should focus on promoting a feeling of “Guyaneseness” among our people through the conscious construction of a democratic state – the creation of conditions wherein we are all treated as one, equally, by the state.Equality of opportunity; human rights, encouragement of diversities, due process; justice and fair play and rule of law may seem dry compared to the warmth of the blood ties of “nation”, but they can engender the unity of public purpose and the recognition of individual worth, wherein we can be proud of our common citizenship. Citizenship of Guyana has to become something that has concrete meaning to all of us. It is not under the present discriminatory policies of the coalition Government against Indian Guyanese, and this has been the greatest failure of the coalition Government.If we were all treated equally by the state, our ethnicities would be defined outside our “Guyaneseness”, and to be African-Guyanese or Indian-Guyanese would not be contradictory in any sense. The first part of our identity would be specific, while the latter would be universalistic. The “national” will now be a space where ethnically imagined communities can live and share.To be “Guyanese” would be to share moral precepts – norms, values and attitudes – rather than shared cultural experience and practice.last_img read more

San Beda shuts down Kent Salado in 2nd half, beats Arellano

first_imgDeandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Smallest team’ Lyceum comes up big to open NCAA Season 95 Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay “Our mantra is really defense first rather than offense. defense wins us championships so hopefully we continue to play defense every game and achieve our goal in defending our crown,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.The Lions’ defense was tested in the first half by the returning Kent Salado, who was a one-man show for the Chiefs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSan Beda responded in the last two quarters where it held the guard to just five points after scoring 13 in the first half. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Beda clamped down on defense in the second half to beat Arellano University, 59-46, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Donald Tankoua posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while James Canlas and Evan Nelle combined for 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Red Lions, who are gunning for a fourth straight title.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

The PNC/APNU fear of Jagdeo

first_imgDear Editor,Without a doubt, the greatest obstacle to an APNU/AFC re-election bid in 2020 is the man who now holds the strategic positions of Leader of the Opposition and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Mr Bharrat Jagdeo!Now that the Guyana Court of Appeal has cleared the way for his re-election, the PNC/APNU fear of Jagdeo is justified; and for good reasons. That is why this ruling will soon be challenged in the nation’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice.Although the PPP/C has not made a decision as to who the presidential candidate will be, the thought of running against this political maestro must be nerve-racking for the coalition leadership.For many years while in opposition, the APNU/AFC cleverly executed a long, sustained campaign of destroying the character and credibility of the People’s Progressive Party by painting the Party and its leadership as corrupt and racist.The questions remain: Was the PPP/C Administration corrupt? And is the former President and now Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, a racist? Who else is more qualified to answer these questions than someone who had, for a long time, been a major critic of both the PPP/C and Bharrat Jagdeo?You see, years ago, while living in New York, I was a known critic of the Jagdeo Administration, writing regular letters to the press demanding transparency and accountability. But back then I had allowed myself to be influenced by all the negative news coming out of Guyana from the independent press, and the daily criticism of the Jagdeo-led PPP government by Mark Benschop on his Internet radio, a medium popular among Guyanese in the diaspora.Over the years since, I’ve tried to right a wrong and to recognise and support the PPP/C for good governance; for rescuing Guyana from economic disaster caused by the policies of the then Minister of Finance in the PNC Government, Carl Greenidge; and for improving the quality of life of every Guyanese, more so those living in opposition strongholds like Linden and Buxton, and our Amerindian brothers and sisters who have long been neglected by the PNC regime.I had good reasons to justify my apologies to former President Bharrat Jagdeo for the harm I’ve caused to his credibility and character. For without knowing the facts, I had committed an injustice by judging him too harshly.As a PPP/C Member of Parliament, I am living proof that the man holds no grudge, and is committed to work with anyone who genuinely holds the national interest at heart. Knowing Mr Bharrat Jagdeo as I do now, the conditions under which he was able to transform a bankrupt Guyana into a thriving economy while dealing with an obstructionist, non-cooperative PNC parliamentary Opposition has strengthened my resolve and confidence in his leadership, his love of country, and his desire to improve the quality of life of all Guyanese, regardless of race or ethnicity.And despite the many accusations made against him by his enemies, I can honestly and unequivocally say that Bharrat Jagdeo is not racist. The APNU/AFC will be convinced of this after the 2020 elections results are announced.The attack on Jagdeo’s character is a deliberate, sustained effort to undermine the PPP by discrediting the Leader of the Party.Sincerely,Harry Gill, MP(PPP/C)last_img read more

Marriott Casino, Entertainment Complex still on hold – Harper

first_imgThere has been no firm decision taken as yet to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.This was confirmed by Beverly Harper, the Chairperson of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), which owns Marriott Guyana.The AHI chairperson was at the time debunking reports in sections of the local media to the effect that AHI has made a decision to go ahead with the outfitting of the Casino.Harper told  Guyana Times  that AHI would certainly like to have the Casino and Entertainment Complex outfitted before any sale of the property could be made since it would be the more economical option.The AHI chairperson further indicated to this newspaper that at present, the company is in receipt of proposals and is in fact open to receiving proposals to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex.However, she explained that any such proposal would have to meet the Marriott International’s requirement, adding that it certainly could not be any competing interests such as existing hoteliers.According to Harper, the shell/building for the Casino and Entertainment Complex is completed and is the building adjacent to the current hotel operations.She explained that the building had been constructed as part of Phase I of the construction of the facility—a project that had been undertaken by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.Recent media reports have been fuelled by an advertisement appearing in the local dailies indicating that AHI was ready to embark on Phase II of the operation, which includes the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex but the advertisement being referred to is essentially for an available position of Accountant.Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran had cautioned against proceeding with the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex.His recommendation had come in an audit he had undertaken of AHI, given the lack of market intelligence on the operations of casinos among other considerations.In the report, Goolsarran said: “The Entertainment Complex is too risky a venture for the Government to undertake.”He had also recommended that Government should proceed with haste to advertise for the sale of the hotel, bearing in mind that the Management Agreement with Marriott International is for 30 years, renewable for another 10 years.That Agreement, he observed, does provide for the sale of the hotel to a reputable individual or firm so that it can roll-over to the new owners.He suggested that Government alternatively retain majority interest in the hotel and offer 49% of shares to the public and institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.last_img read more

Small businesses need to prepare for oil – Gaskin

first_imgBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin told small business owners that they needed not to wait on oil, rather they have to prepare their businesses to provide services in order to capitalise on the benefits of the oil and gas sector.“Everyone is talking about local content and the need for Guyanese to be involved in the opportunities that this new industry will create. As a Government, we cannot afford to wait for oil, we have to prepare for oil, and businesses, whether big or small, must also prepare themselves for oil and the impact of oil,” he said.The Minister made the comments at the Small Business Development Finance Trust Inc (SBDF) Annual General Meeting on Monday at the Regency Hotel.Gaskin said that small and micro enterprises were a key component of the economy and needed much attention from all stakeholders.Business MinisterDominic GaskinThe Chairman’s report highlighted a further decline in vending which affected the SBDF’s performance. However, the Minister said that the decline should serve as a catalyst to rethink and reinvent the services offered.“I think there has been an ease in spending, and we have to accept that for whatever reason people aren’t spending as they used to; that doesn’t mean that people are not spending, it means that they are spending in other ways, so these situations are a chance to rethink, to refocus, and do things a little differently,” he advised.Gaskin encouraged the business owners to know the needs of the market and to supply services based on those needs. Additionally, he urged them to consider the foreign markets, since the local market is small and would not be able to satisfy their production rate.SBDF Managing Director Manjula Brijmohan called for private and public partnerships to ensure the success of small entrepreneurs. She added that the small businesses needed much attention and there must be a strategic development plan to ensure their success.“The local businesses must grow faster for there to be development. Local business must provide jobs and skills necessary to raise income and living standards to help rid of poverty. It requires strong local support and access to financial aid,” Brijmohan said.SBDF is an agriculture-dominated financial institution, and is committed to moving fresh farm produce and transforming the waste into small-scale industrial products for export and local markets.Brijmohan said that everything affected investments and the Government must assist in ensuring that there was a level playing field to facilitate those investments. She added that infrastructure and strategic support from the Government could not be overemphasised and called for better practices to ensure small businesses survive.“We all need our voices to be heard and our partners to get in the playing ground and come and play the game of moving upward. We are tired of talking poverty. Guyana has no need to be called a poverty-ridden country; you have so much resource, you have little bit of people and yet you can’t use it? So catch yourself and get on,” she expressed.The SBDF also awarded its outstanding clients at the function.last_img read more

Some flights cancelled to and from Fort St. John

first_imgThose planning to travel by air today should call the airport or check online for the status of their flight. At 8:00 this morning there was just over 19 centimetres of snow on the ground at the Airport.- Advertisement –last_img

Katterega header mills Leopards three points off Sony

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards youngster Jack Bruno takes on Sony Sugar’s midfielder Fredrick Onyango. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, July 23- Allan Katterega rose to head in after three minutes as AFC Leopards held on a late surge in the second half to beat Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.The Sugar millers had a positive response in the second half especially after going down early, throwing in as much as they received in the second half but they could not hit the bull’s eye with Leopards’ keeper Ian Otieno ensuring his side picked up maximum points. Leopards had a perfect start, getting into the lead after just two minutes of action, Katterega getting to the end of a corner from Bernard Mang’oli. The speedy Ugandan winger had broken through on the left after a quickly executed counter with Justine Omary stretching in to poke the ball off for the corner that bore the goal.For a side that hasn’t lost a match in the second leg, it was a show of confidence by Ingwe.Head coach Ivan Minnaert had handed a first team debut to the club’s under-19 striker Kevin Bruno in place of Mungai Kiongera who did not pass a late medical test, while Kepha Aswani started from the bench.Eugene Ambulwa was also benched with another new signing, Joshua Mawira, signed from Nairobi City Stars starting in defense alongside Jackson Saleh.Ingwe’s perfect start to the match was almost put off by Sony, but luckily, Mawira managed to stretch and tap the ball out for a corner after Massoud Juma had raced to try and intercept Edwin Wafula’s back pass to his keeper Ian Otieno in the ninth minute.AFC Leopards winger John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu skips over Sony Sugar defender Justine Omary. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYAJohn ‘Softie’ Ndirangu who has been impressive since joining Leopards from second tier side Nakuru All Stars in June forced Sony keeper Timothy Odhiambo to a fine save in the 18th minute.The Kenya under-20 shot stopper leapt to his right to palm the ball away with Ndirangu attempting to place the ball at the far post after stealing the ball from Omary and breaking into the box.New boy Bruno had an effort go just over three minutes later after stretching to pick out and long ball from Ndirangu and hitting it first time.Sony threatened again, this time Justine Monda volleying into the side netting a flicked ball from Fredrick ‘Uche’ Onyango as the sugar millers attempted to drag back into the game.Omary had an opportunity with a free header in the 32nd minute but he couldn’t get a connection well after sneaking behind the defense to pick out a corner from Monda.The millers picked up the second half in the same momentum they had finished the first half with as they pushed Leopards hard for an equalizer and a probable winner.Five minutes after the restart, Ian Otieno was forced into a superb save to deny Victor Ademba who had been put through by Amos Asembeka on the right.Three minutes later, Ingwe were rescued by the crossbar after Valen Mahero pulled a scorcher from 30 yards out leaving Otieno beaten. That proved to be the former Nzoia Sugar man’s last kick of the game as he was pulled out for Boniface Muchiri.Ingwe suffered a setback on the hour mark with dependable defender Jackson Saleh being forced out injured after landing awkwardly on his knee, his place taken by Eugene Ambulwa.Sony continued to pile the pressure and Onyango should have done better in the 63rd minute with a lone header which he bounced straight to Otieno from a Massoud Juma cross.The former Bandari man had proved to be a handful for the Leopards defense with his speed and fancy footwork but all the work he put in was not enough to give Sony a much needed equalizer.Muchiri had efforts twice from set pieces saved by Otieno as the Salim Babu coached side threw all their arsenal at the hosts.Babu then brought on Jeremiah Wanjala for Asembeka and the former Muhoroni striker tested Otieno late on, but the keeper came out tops again picking up the shot with ease.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more