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Saints begin march into BCIHL season

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first_img“It’s important that Selkirk College provides an opportunity for those who play in our region to pursue both a post-secondary education and hockey at a higher level,” says Kim Verigin, Selkirk College’s Athletics & Recreation Coordinator. “Brent has done a fantastic job of recruiting players who not only make our team better, but are familiar with the Selkirk College communities.”Another key addition to the team this year is assistant coach Garrett Turner who has arrived from Red Deer College where he was the assistant on a team that featured former Saints’ defenceman Arie Postmus. He will join Heaven and assistant coach Justin Kanigan behind the bench.The Saints training camp is currently underway with the first game action taking place on Vancouver Island on September 21 and 22 when the team will play the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University, the latter featuring five former Saints who are continuing their education at the Nanaimo post-secondary.The Saints open the regular season at home against rival Simon Fraser University on October 5 and 6 at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre. The first semester schedule features eight home games that ends in early-December with a pair of contests against Vancouver Island University at the Beaver Valley Arena in Fruitvale (December 1) and the Nelson & District Community Complex (November 30).“Though we’re based in Castlegar, Selkirk College is a regional post-secondary and the Saints are a regional hockey team,” says Verigin. “With so many ties to both Nelson and Beaver Valley, it’s a great opportunity to bring this calibre of hockey to those communities. That weekend is going to be one of the highlights of our schedule this season.”As the Saints prepare for the upcoming campaign, they will take a break from the rink on September 16 for the Fifth Annual Selkirk College Saints Golf Tournament. With an assist to title sponsor Kootenay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the scramble tournament is played at the Castlegar Golf Club and includes a fantastic meal, prizes and silent auction.“Community support for our team is vital and this golf tournament has become a terrific annual event that draws more than 100 players of all abilities,” says Heaven. “It’s a great day to unwind, have some fun and raise money to help our student athletes compete in the upcoming season.”You can find out more information about the golf tournament and register your team at selkirk.ca/saints or by calling the Castlegar Golf Club (250.365.5006). The student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints are settling into their classes and ramping up their energy on the ice as the team prepares for the 2018-2019 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.With a roster that includes half veterans and half rookies, this season’s edition of the Saints is loaded with both potential and faces that local hockey fans will recognize.“There’s always a lot of energy at this time of the season because players are excited to get back on the ice and get to know their new teammates,” says Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven. “We have a great balance on the team this season and once the guys get settled, I’m confident we’ll have a very competitive team.”Over the past six seasons, the Saints have been a BCIHL powerhouse. The Castlegar-based team won four straight league championships between 2013 and 2016 and last season settled for second after Trinity Western University captured its first BCIHL title.With the addition of six former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) players in the off-season, the Saints’ roster of 25 athletes now includes more than half with regional hockey ties to teams like the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Castlegar Rebels, Nelson Leafs and Creston Valley Thunder Cats.last_img read more

NEW LOOK FOOTBALL QUARTER-FINALS READY FOR TAKE-OFF

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first_imgKerry, who are the only county to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since their introduction in 2001, have won 15, lost two and drawn one of 18. The defeats were against Donegal in 2012 and Down in 2010 while they drew with Dublin in 2001 before winning the replay.Galway have won one, lost seven and drawn one of their nine All-Ireland quarter-finals.Kerry and Galway have met 21 times in the championship, with the Kingdom leading 12-6, with three draws.Galway’s last championship win over Kerry was in the 1965 All-Ireland final. The counties have met seven times since then, with Kerry winning six while the 2000 All-Ireland final was drawn.Galway beat Kerry (1-14 to 0-14) in Tralee last February in the Allianz Football League. KILDARE v MONAGHAN They meet in the championship for the first time since 2014 when Monaghan won a Round 4 qualifier by 2-16 to 2-14 (after extra-time) in Croke Park.RESULTS SO FAR KildareCarlow 2-14 Kildare 1-10 (Leinster quarter-final)Kildare 2-22 Derry 2-14 (Qualifiers Round 1)Kildare 1-16 Longford 1-13 (Qualifiers Round 2)Kildare 0-21 Mayo 0-19 (Qualifiers Round 3)Kildare 3-20 Fermanagh 0-18 (Qualifiers Round 4)TOP SCORERS N Flynn………..1-24 (11f, 1’45’)D Flynn………..3-8P Cribbin………0-12K Feely…………0-9 (5f) The four provincial champions play each other next weekend with Round 4 qualifiers also meeting in Groups 1 and 2.The line-up is as follows:SATURDAY Group 2:Roscommon v Tyrone, Croke Park, 5pmDonegal v Dublin, Croke Park, 7pmSUNDAY Group 1:Kildare v Monaghan, Croke Park, 2pmGalway v Kerry, Croke Park, 4pm DonegalDonegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15 (Ulster preliminary round)Donegal 2-16 Derry 0-16 (Ulster quarter-final)Donegal 2-22 Down 1-12 (Ulster semi-final)Donegal 2-18 Fermanagh 0-12 (Ulster final)TOP SCORERS P McBrearty………..0-19 (6f)M Murphy…………..0-17 (9f 1’45’)R McHugh……………2-6J Brennan……………1-7PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES This will be the seventh championship clash between the counties, the most recent being in the 2016 All-Ireland quarter-final. Dublin have won three of the previous six meetings to Donegal’s two while there was one draw.2016: Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)2014: Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)2011: Dublin 0-8 Donegal 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)2002: Dublin 1-14 Donegal 0-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)2002: Dublin 2-8 Donegal 0-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final)1992: Donegal 0-18 Dublin 0-14 (All-Ireland final)Dublin have played 19 quarter-finals, winning 11, drawing three and losing five. Their last defeat at this stage was against Kerry in 2009.Donegal have played 12 quarter-finals, winning four, drawing two and losing six.Donegal were the last county to beat Dublin in the championship, winning by 3-14 to 0-16 in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final.Dublin beat Donegal (0-20 to 0-15) in Croke Park in the Allianz Football League last February. LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS 2017: Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 ((All-Ireland quarter-final)2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland final) Replay LEINSTER May 12: First round: Laois 2-21 Wexford 1-18 (aet), Innovate Wexford Park.May 13: First round: Carlow 2-17 Louth 0-12; Wicklow 1-20 Offaly 1-15 (aet) Both in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.May 26/27: Quarter-finals: Laois 4-13 Westmeath 1-12, Tullamore; Carlow 2-14 Kildare 1-10, Tullamore; Dublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11; Longford 0-16 Meath 0-14, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.June 10: Semi-finals: Laois 0-12 Carlow 0-8; Dublin 2-25 Longford 0-12. Both in Croke Park.June 24: Final: Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10, Croke Park. FinalSeptember 2: All-Ireland finalprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email MUNSTER May 19: Quarter-finals: Clare 1-23 Limerick 0-14, Gaelic Grounds; Tipperary 0-20 Water-ford 0-9, Semple Stadium.May 26: Semi-final: Cork 1-17 Tipperary 0-9, Semple Stadium.June 3: Kerry 0-32 Clare 0-10, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.June 23: Final: Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4, Pairc Ui Chaoimh. ROSCOMMON v TYRONE They meet in the championship for only the fourth time, with Tyrone having won the previ-ous three, all of which were All-Ireland qualifiers.RESULTS SO FAR RoscommonRoscommon 0-24 Leitrim 0-10 (Connacht semi-final)Galway 0-16 Roscommon 2-6 (Connacht final)Roscommon 2-22 Armagh 1-19 (Round 4 qualifier)TOP SCORERS D Murtagh…..0-16 (8f)C Murtagh…..1-9 (3f)E Smith……….2-3C Cregg……….0-7 GALWAY v KERRY They meet at this stage for a second successive year, with Kerry having won by 1-18 to 0-13 last year. It was Kerry’s fourth quarter-final success over Galway, having also won in 2002-2008-2014.RESULTS SO FAR GalwayGalway 1-12 Mayo 0-12 (Connacht quarter-final)Galway 4-24 Sligo 1-12 (Connacht semi-final)Galway 0-16 Roscommon 2-6 (Connacht final)TOP SCORERS S Walsh………0-16 (7f)D Comer………2-6I Burke……….1-5S Kelly………..1-4 Quarter Finals July 14: Phase 1:Group 2: Dublin v Donegal; Roscommon v Tyrone (Both in Croke Park)July 15: Phase 1:Group 1: Galway v Kerry; Kildare v Monaghan (Both in Croke Park)July 21/22: Phase 2:Group 1: Kildare v Galway; Monaghan v Kerry;Group 2: Tyrone v Dublin; Roscommon v Donegal.August 4/5: Phase 3:Group 1: Kerry v Kildare; Galway v Monaghan.Group 2: Donegal v Tyrone; Dublin v Roscommon. KerryKerry 0-32 Clare 0-10 (Munster semi-final)Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4 (Munster final)TOP SCORERS P Geaney…………..2-12 (1f)S O’Shea…………….0-11 (5f, 1’45)J O’Donoghue…….0-7 (3f)S O’Brien…………..1-3 MonaghanMonaghan 1-18 Tyrone 1-16 (Ulster quarter-final)Fermanagh 1-8 Monaghan 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)Monaghan 5-21 Waterford 0-9 (Qualifiers Round 2)Monaghan 1-19 Leitrim 0-9 (Qualifiers Round 3)Monaghan 0-19 Laois 1-11 (Qualifiers Round 4)TOP SCORERS C McManus…………..1-22 (1f5, 1-0pen)C McCarthy……………1-8 (2f)R Beggan………………..0-10 (6f, 4 ‘45s’)J McCarron…………….0-9 (6f)LAST FIVE PREVIOUS MEETINGS 2014: Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14 aet (Round 4 Qualifier)2010: Kildare 1-15 Monaghan 1-11 (Round 4 qualifier)1930: Monaghan 1-6 Kildare 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)1929: Kildare 0-9 Monaghan 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)1927: Monaghan 1-7 Kildare 0-2 (All-Ireland semi-final)The counties met in this year’s Allianz League (Div 1) series when Monaghan won by 1-10 to 0-12 in Newbridge in early February.Monaghan are seeking their first win in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, having lost in all five previous attempts.Kildare have won one and lost five of their previous six quarter-finals,. Their only success was against Meath in 2010 DUBLIN v DONEGAL They meet in the quarter-final for the second time in three seasons, with Dublin having won in 2016 by 1-15 to 1-10.RESULTS SO FAR DublinDublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11 (Leinster quarter-final)Dublin 2-25 Longford 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10 (Leinster final)TOP SCORERS D Rock………..2-16 (12f, 1’45’)C Kilkenny……2-15B Fenton………1-9C O’Callaghan..1-7 Semi-Finals August 11: All-Ireland semi-final.August 12: All-Ireland semi-final. It’s an exciting time in the GAA football All-Ireland championships as the new-look format for the quarter-finals is launched next weekend, with two games on Saturday and Sunday. TyroneMonaghan 1-18 Tyrone 1-16 (Ulster quarter-final)Tyrone 2-14 Meath 0-19 (aet) (Round 1 qualifier)Tyrone 3-14 Carlow 1-10 (Round 2 qualifier)Tyrone 0-18 Cavan 1-12 (Round 3 qualifier)Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13 (Round 4 qualifier)TOP SCORERS C McAliskey………2-26 (17f)N Sludden………….1-9P Harte………………1-5 (1-0pen, 3f)F Burns………………0-8R O’Neill…………….1-5 (1f)C McShane………….0-8PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS 2013: Tyrone 0-12 Roscommon 1-7 (Qualifier Round 2)2012: Tyrone 1-16 Roscommon 0-8 (Qualifier Round 2)2011: Tyrone 3-19 Roscommon 1-14 (Round 4 Qualifier)Tyrone have played previously played 13 quarter-finals, winning six, losing six and drawing one.Roscommon have played five quarter-finals, losing four and drawing one.Mickey Harte will be leading Tyrone into the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the 14th time. They won six, lost six and drew one of the previous 13.Roscommon’s last win over Tyrone in a competitive game was in the 2003 Allianz League, a year in which the Ulster men went on to win League and All-Ireland titles. ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIPS June 9/10: Qualifiers – Round 1: Kildare 2-22 Derry 2-14, Owenbeg; Tyrone 2-14 Meath 0-19 (aet), Navan; Louth 2-26 London 1-19, McGovern Park, Ruislip; Mayo 5-19 Limerick 3-7, Gaelic Grounds; Armagh 3-16 Westmeath 1-11, Mullingar; Waterford 3-14 Wexford 1-18, Innovate Wexford Park; Cavan 2-16 Wicklow 1-5, Joule Park Aughrim; Offaly 2-20 Antrim 1-15, Bord na Mona O’Connor Park.June 23/24: Qualifiers – Round 2: Mayo 1-19 Tipperary 1-11, Semple Stadium; Tyrone 3-14 Carlow 1-10, Netwatch Cullen Park; Monaghan 5-20 Waterford 0-9, Dungarvan; Armagh 1-19 Sligo 1-13, Markievicz Park; Kildare 1-16 Longford 1-13. Glennon Brothers Pearse Park; Leitrim 0-25 Louth 1-12 Carrick-on-Shannon; Cavan 1-14 Down 0-15, Brewster Park; Clare 1-19 Offaly 2-14, Tullamore.June 30: Qualifiers Round 3: Kildare 0-21 Mayo 0-19, Newbridge; Tyrone 0-18 Cavan 1-12, Enniskillen; Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15, Athletic Grounds; Monaghan 1-19 Leitrim 0-9, Carrick-on-Shannon.July 7/8: Qualifiers Round 4: Kildare 3-20 Fermanagh 0-18, Pairc Tailteann; Monaghan 0-19 Laois 1-11, Pairc Tailteann; Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13, Portlaoise; Roscommon 2-22 Armagh 1-19, Portlaoise. ULSTER May 13: Preliminary Round: Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15, Ballybofey.May 19: Quarter-final: Fermanagh 0-12 Armagh 0-7, Enniskillen.May 20: Quarter-final: Monaghan 1-18 Tyrone 1-16, Omagh.May 26: Quarter-final: Down 1-18 Antrim 0-14, Newry.May 27: Quarter-final: Donegal 2-16 Derry 0-16, Celtic Park.June 3: Semi-final: Fermanagh 1-8 Monaghan, 0-10, OmaghJune 10: Semi-final: Donegal 2-22 Down 1-12June 24: Final: Donegal 2-18 Fermanagh 0-12, Clones The next round will be on the weekend after next, with the concluding round taking place on the first weekend in August. The breakdown between the four provinces is as follows: Ulster 3 (Donegal, Monaghan, Tyrone); Connacht 2 (Galway, Roscommon); Leinster 2 (Dublin, Kildare), Munster 1 (Kerry) 2018 GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIPS CONNACHT May 6: Quarter-finals: Leitrim 0-19 New York 1-15 (aet), Gaelic Park; Sligo 1-21 London 1-11, McGovern Park, Ruislip.May 13: Quarter-final: Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12, Elverys Mac Hale Park.May 26: Semi-final: Roscommon 0-24 Leitrim 0-10, Carrick-on-Shannon.June 3: Semi-final: Galway 4-24 Sligo 1-12, Pearse StadiumJune 17: Final: Galway 0-16 Roscommon 2-6, Dr. Hyde Parklast_img read more

Variety of fish making appearances locally

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first_img Ron NuzzoloFish On Fishing remains solid, producing plenty of weakfish in the Raritan Bay. Sandworms and peanut bunker are choice baits. On the Staten Island side, schools of peanut bunker are keeping plenty of small bluefish in the bay – enough to wear you out. On the Jersey side, there’s still good fluke fishing reported from Keansburg to the Sandy Hook Channel. Doormats in the 5- to 10-pound-plus range are still being picked in the deep waters off Ambrose Channel. The bigger the bait, the bigger the fluke. That’s what Capt. Mike Silva of Hoboken tells me. Capt. Mike also caught a 28-inch weakfish on a fluke rig with a live killie. Capt. Bob of Sandy Hook Charters had a three-man Half Day Charter – the Jenkins family of Weehawken. They fished the last of the incoming and first part of the outgoing. The boys limited on fluke to 5 pounds, most in the 2-pound range. They totaled 24 keepers, 38 throwbacks and many sea robbins. The bite continues to be strong in the ocean (32-50 feet of water). Again, gulp swimming minnow/killie combo was deadly. The big fluke was caught on a smelt with a bucktail. Capt. Allen on Reel Class Charters from Point Pleasant had a great day with crew Juicebox Bob, George “Dubya” Push and Bruce Stone aboard for the marathon trip. First spot was slow to start, but they picked a few shorts and one keeper fluke followed by a keeper sea bass. The next spot they lost a bunch of bucktails, but put about 10 nice keepers in the box, as well as a few nice ling and sea bass. Capt. Allen also worked a big wreck just south of where he started, and fished the debris and rubble on the down tide side, and it was on a good steady pick of mostly keeper fluke, along with some real nice sea bass as well. Truly a great day with a great crew. Capt. Allen ended up with 26 fluke in the box and two dozen sea bass, and three nice ling, as well as a few taylor blues. Capt. Allen can be reached for private charters at www.reelclassfishing.com or (201)248-5281. First mate Brett, aboard Captain Dave of Atlantic Highlands, reported a group of longshoremen, headed by Scott Ryan, come once a year to fish on the Capt. Dave, and with fluke fishing on the slow side, they wanted some action. A return to the bluefish area, which was productive a few days before, rewarded these guys with nonstop fishing. Again, there were so many fish that the crew of the Capt. Dave had a hard time keeping up with these anglers. Most blues were in the 10-pound range. They were able to cut the day a bit short and return to the dock early with a great catch filling the coolers. Moving down south a bit, the Shrewsbury rocks are still producing great fishing. Capt. Sea Robin on the Scotty P, along with Wayne Smith of Middletown, tells me that there are large schools of bunker in shore with big blues, and bass feeding steadily on them. Wayne and Capt. Sea Robin did well with three nice keeper bass up to 36 inches and releasing a 4-foot Brown shark, cutting through the pods of bunker along with a few gator blues. My good friend Capt. Ed from NJSaltwaterfisherman.com had some time and covered some serious ground trolling. Bonito are being reported all along the Barnegat Ridge and plenty of trolling boat traffic to go with it. Capt. Ed trolled up some bonito, and also at the Manasquan Ridge he decided to play around near an area of bunker – tons of bluefish that you could even snag with a weighted treble hook. A small Hopkins lure and he had all the cocktail blues you could ever want to catch. From there Capt. Ed decided to go to Oley’s and troll toward the Barnegat Ridge, where he picked up a nice 30-pound football bluefin tuna to end a perfect day on calm waters. Get ready, the bluefin tunas are coming into our area, according to reports out of NJSaltwaterfisherman.com. Ron Nuzzolo Fish On last_img read more

APOEL move above Bordeaux after 2-1 win

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first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovCypriot champions APOEL defeated French side Bordeaux 2-1 in the fourth round of Europa’s Group F on Thursday night at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium, with Nektarios Alexandrou scoring after only 13 minutes to open the proceedings.Alexandrou connected with Mario Sergio’s free kick to send the ball blazing past keeper Cedric Carrasso, setting the tone for what proved to be an eventful encounter, seeing both teams scoring and being reduced to ten men.Ludovic Sane levelled the score two minutes into the first-half injury time, then each side relinquished a player just after the interval, when Croatian forward Mario Budimir and Landry N’Guemo were both sent off.Thereafter, Nuno Morais set up the final score in the 55th minute, helping his team climb to third place in Group F with four points, three points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv who arrive next in the Cypriot capital.Morais made a good run from midfield and exchanged passes with Constantinos Charalambides, to calmly slot the ball home, after a lucky deflection off Sane.APOEL thereafter kept up the pressure, but Carrasso made some brilliant saves to save his team from embarrassment.Elsewhere in Group F, Maccabi beat group leaders Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 in Israel and they now trail the German side by only two points, while Bordeaux are rock bottom after the APOEL defeat with three points overall.last_img read more

King’s message and method

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first_imgTomorrow the US will be observing “Martin Luther King Day”, the birthday of the great fighter for equality of treatment and opportunity for Americans of African Descent. This year’s commemoration will be especially significant, coming as it does at a time of a re-evaluation of the progress in race relations that was thought to have ensued in the wake of Dr King’s life work. What is clear is that privilege and power always seek to defend itself against the incursions of those that would insist on the inalienable right of all human beings to live in dignity, which is impossible in the face of gross inequalities.Power and privilege will constantly find ways to re-inscribe their insidious relations of domination and submission in the institutions of society and it behoves those seeking a just world and the “good life” to always be vigilant and ready to struggle. Martin Luther King was a student in college, but was already deeply troubled by the unequal treatment meted out to African Americans by the power structure, controlled by White America. Determined to do something about this injustice, he was struck by the message of non-violent struggle or “Satyagraha” utilised by Mahatma Gandhi in his fight in India against the British between 1915 to 1948.“Satya” means “truth” and “graha” means “force”, and it proposes an active “truth-force” that is deployed against the forces of oppression. “Non-violent resistance does resist,” Dr King wrote. “It is not a method of stagnant passivity. While the non-violent resister is passive in the sense that he is not physically aggressive toward his opponent, his mind and emotions are always active, constantly seeking to persuade his opponent that he is wrong. The method is passive physically, but strongly active spiritually. It is not passive non-resistance to evil; it is active non-violent resistance to evil.”It is of more than passing interest that Gandhi invented Satyagraha in South Africa, where he spent 20 years until he returned to India in 1915. In South Africa, he was assailed by the institutionalised racism that manifested itself most egregiously in segregation between the races in transportation and housing. As an Indian professional – he was a lawyer by profession – the South African authorities treated him identically to the indentured Indians who had been brought to work on the sugar plantations and coal mines. His “wake-up call” came when he was kicked off a train to make way for a white South African, even though he had purchased a first-class ticket. Dr King and African Americans such as Rosa parks would confront an analogous situation in the American South.While it might not be explicitly acknowledged, modern struggles against inequality, such as the “Occupy Movements”, all take their inspiration from the example of Dr King, and by extension, Mahatma Gandhi. Satyagraha contra-poses its methodology to the way of violence that is still the dominant reaction to those that defend privilege and power. Satyagraha is very sensitive to means and ends.“Non-violence does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win friendship and understanding,” King said. “The non-violent resister must often express his protest through non-cooperation or boycotts, but he realises that these are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent… The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.”Dr King summarised his methodology of non-violent resistance in six steps. One begins by becoming thoroughly informed about the injustice, and then educating others about it. Teaching is through action rather than words, and in this way, one transforms oneself. Negotiations are then opened up with opponents, using win-win scenarios and only if unsuccessful, direct action such as sit-ins, marches, petitions etc, are launched. Finally, as Nelson Mandela demonstrated in South Africa, one attempts to reconcile with our opponents since ultimately, we have to live together and build our nation together.last_img read more

Cummingsburg Accord – A recipe for disaster!

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first_imgDear Editor,The chaos that we now face in the coalition Government is largely as a result of the lack of performance of AFC Ministers and their appointed party hacks –- who are totally incompetent and useless to the people of Guyana.Anyone who studies closely the contributions of AFC Ministers, the Prime Minister and their other personnel will conclude that they have brought utter chaos and disaster to the first coalition Government, after the “colonial fix “ (PNC-UF) by the British to get rid of Stalinist Jagan and the PPP.Apart from the mishandling of the crime situation –- by the designated Minister – there is the recent case where Moses Nagamootoo, in his capacity as Acting President, at the time, desperately tried to take over the united trade unions’ march on May Day. This writer was a witness to this act of petty dictatorship and shamelessness!I have never seen such a level of stupidity by a person who was – at the time – acting as the President of Guyana, following the departure of David Granger, abroad. This display of arrogance is enough to tell the Guyanese people about the type of party (AFC) and leadership we are dealing with. The President, David Granger, will never think of doing such a thing. Nagamootoo’s performance has brought the institution of Prime Minister into disrepute. It was an utter disgrace to see such “low -level” tactics.The unity achieved on May Day between the two trade union blocs – the Guyana Trades Union Congress ((TUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana ( FITUG), began seven years ago between the officials of GAWU and officials of the TUC. The discussion was initiated by this writer (Jinnah Rahman), when he invited the veteran PPP and GAWU educationalist – Navin Chandarpaul, and Norris Witter, who was at the time Acting General Secretary of the TUC, for talks with hope of uniting the workers of Guyana.Mr Nagamootoo and his cohorts had no interest in the unity of the working class in Guyana. He played no role in any mass movement in Guyana. He has always been a rank opportunist. A top source in the PPP said that Mr Nagamootoo was a correspondent with the Novista Press Agency, a Russian news outfit. The source claimed that he should have paid a part of the money to the PPP. No one knows if he did.The APNU must break out from the shackles of this so-called “Cummingsburg Accord” and place competent people to run these important ministries and in other positions. No longer must we allow these “power hunger” lunatics to bind us to a useless piece of document that is likely to spell huge disaster for our country. The AFC did not contribute to winning seats at the last Local Government Elections. The Accord must be renegotiated to coincide with the daily deficit of the AFC.AFC Ministers have been looking to make a “quick buck”, since they are convinced that this will be their last chance in Government. One Minister has made it clear when he told friends: “I want to make as much as I can and run”.In agriculture, we have had the biggest failure in the history of the country. The appointment of Noel Holder – who admitted that he knows nothing about the rice industry and sugar. Hein turn appointed officials to the Rice Board, who are equally bankrupt of ideas and incapable of carrying out the Manifesto promises on the rice industry. This is all the doing of the AFC – since it has been given the Ministry of Agriculture – for political reasons – under the Cummingsburg Accord.The Tourism and Telecommunications Ministry under Cathy Hughes has not done better. She has failed miserably to do the very basics. The road signs in and around the city are not visible or don’t exist, roads are bad, and many streets are not properly lit or have no lights at nights. Public places, bars, and restaurants are unhygienic, unsafe and many of them do not meet the required standard – as set out in law. The Sanitary Inspectors are reportedly bribed or pay scant regard to the health and safety regulations.Those of us who made the ultimate sacrifices to place the coalition in power – now demand the highest standards all around, open and regular consultation and accountability from all elected and appointed officials of this Government. We cannot go back to the Jagdeo-PPP to better things. The PPP has brought Guyana to its knees!The Guyanese people – here and abroad – deserve better governance. Our President, who campaigned for a better life for all Guyanese, must act swiftly against all the defaulters of our Manifesto Commitment, before it is too late.Sincerely,Jinnah Rahmanlast_img read more

169th Independence Day Activities Commence Today

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first_imgThe Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Steering Committee on Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary has released the Calendar of Events to mark the observance.According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s anniversary will be celebrated in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, under the theme: “Consolidating Progress towards Transformation”.Liberia’s only medical doctor who is also a renowned biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and political activist at the same time, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, has been selected as this year’s National Orator.Dr. Nyan, who hails from Killepo-Towroken, River Gee County, holds a degree in human medicine from the Humboldt-Universität-University zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany. He completed his post- doctoral fellowships at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in the United States of America. Trained in infectious disease research, Dr. Nyan has over a decade of experience working in public health systems in pathogen diagnostics and the development of affordable diagnostic tests for underprivileged communities.As a career accomplishment, Dr. Nyan recently invented a rapid multiplex quantitative diagnostic test that can detect pathogens such as Ebola, HIV, Zika, Plasmodum (Malaria), Yellow Fever virus, Dengue viris, Hepatitis B, C, and E, and West Nile virus, just to name a few.Activities begin today, Thursday, July 21, with the Golden Image Awards and Dinner which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall.On Friday, July 22, the Muslim community will host a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer at the Jacob Town Central Mosque, Paynesville at 12:00 noon; while an Investiture Ceremony takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.; followed by a Reception for the Honorees hosted by the President of Liberia in the Foyer of the Ministry.On Saturday, July 23, there will be the turning over and dedication of projects in Monrovia and Paynesville, Montserrado County as well as Sinje, Grand Cape Mounty County. At 5:00 p.m., a Football Match featuring the Government of Liberia verses Civil Society takes place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.On Sunday, July 24, at 11:00 a.m., a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service will be held at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street, Monrovia.This will be followed by Street Soccer matches involving Zogos and Don Bosco Boys on Carey Street at 1:30 p.m.The Liberia Community Health Assistants Program will be launched in Marshall City, Margibi County; while the Buchanan Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation and Expansion Project will be dedicated in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.On Monday, July 25, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to tour and dedicate projects in Montserrado and Margibi Counties; at 4:00 p.m., there will be an Interactive Youth Dialogue at the University of Liberia Auditorium on Capitol Hill.On Tuesday, July 26, Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary programs begin at 6:00 a.m. with the hoisting of the National Flag.At 7:45 a.m. the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and President of the Republic of Liberia will arrive and review the AFL troops at the Barclay Training Center. This will be followed by Honors to the National Colors.Official ceremonies in observance of the 169th Independence Anniversary will take place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.Independence Anniversary activities continue on Wednesday, July 27, with the Launch of the Tourism Trade Strategy at the Monrovia City Hall at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a Children’s Socialization Day with the President at 12:00 noon.On Saturday, July 30, the President will continue her tour and dedication of various projects in Bomi and Gbarpolu counties which will climax this year’s Independence Anniversary celebrations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Newcastle legend expects tough test against Sunderland

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first_imgNewcastle legend John Anderson has told talkSPORT that he expect Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby to be a tight game.After back-to-back defeats in the capital, Alan Pardew’s men will look to get back to winnings ways against their fierce rivals Sunderland at St James’ Park.But, with a mounting injury list, Anderson believes the Mapgies will find it difficult to see off Gus Poyet’s side. “This was always going to be a tough month for us, and it started so well, beating Chelsea – the only team to do so this season. But we took a heavy beating at Arsenal last weekend and again at Spurs, and you know what Sunderland are going to do, they are going to target the young keeper early on,” he said.“I think it is down to other people to protect him, although there is only so much you can do, but I think it is going to be tight on Sunday, because Sunderland just can’t score goals, they’ve drawn ten games this season – eight of which were 0-0.“So they find goals hard to come by, and it is about how we approach the game. Do we become a little bit cautious and not throw too many men forward? I think derby games are so hard to predict. They always seem to throw up the unexpected. But think this weekend’s game will be very tight.”last_img read more

Ex-prosecutor gets jail for actions in Duke case

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first_imgReading his decision from the bench minutes after the end of two days of testimony, Smith said Nifong “willfully made false statements” in September when he insisted he had given the defense all results from a critical DNA test. Smith found that Nifong had provided the defense with a DNA testing report that he knew to be incomplete. The omitted data contained test results showing that DNA of multiple men, none of whom were lacrosse players, was on the accuser. When Nifong reports to jail at 9 a.m. Friday, it will end the criminal case that began when a woman told police she was raped at a March 2006 party thrown by Duke’s lacrosse team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DURHAM, N.C. – The prosecutor who led the now-discredited rape case against three Duke University lacrosse players was held in criminal contempt of court Friday for lying to a judge when pursuing charges against the athletes. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Mike Nifong to one day in jail. The former Durham County district attorney, who was already stripped of his law license and resigned from office, had faced as many as 30 days. “If what I impose with regard to Mr. Nifong would make things better or different for what’s already happened, I don’t know what it would be or how I could do it,” Smith said. Nifong showed no visible reaction when Smith handed down the sentence, and he left the courtroom with his wife, Cy Gurney. last_img read more

Man City 3-1 Barcelona: Gundogan double caps historic Champions League victory

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first_img3 Ilkay Gundogan: The German midfielder puts City back on level terms 3 The quality of football being played at the Etihad was well worthy of Europe’s top competition and Gundogan doubled his tally to make it three for City on 74 minutes.De Bruyne put through substitute Navas on the right, who squared the ball which struck Aguero on the arm before falling to the feet of the Germany international, who fired into the back of the net.Messi and co. tried to create late chances, but the Etihad crowd roared City on to victory, just 13 days after losing 4-0 in the Catalan capital. Ilkay Gundogan scored his fourth goal in two games to help Manchester City to a famous 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the Etihad.The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund put a torrid summer behind him when he added to Saturday’s double – v West Brom – to help Pep Guardiola’s men get revenge for the heavy defeat two weeks ago at Camp Nou.It was not plain sailing for the Premier League leaders, who had to come behind after Lionel Messi scored his 16th goal in 14 games against English opposition. The Argentinian star, who also took his Champions League tally to 90 goals, opened the scoring for Luis Enrique’s side on 21 minutes, completing a fine counter by the Catalan giants.Germany international Gundogan, who missed Euro 2016 due to a knee injury, put the hosts back on level terms before half-time. Kevin De Bruyne put them ahead shortly after the interval before Gundogan made it three to round off an impressive performance.It leaves City on seven points in Group C after four games, while Barca stay top on nine points as Celtic drew with Borussia Monchengladbach in the group’s other game.City had to prepare for the visit of the LaLiga champions without Claudio Bravo, who was sent off last time out against his former club, as Willy Caballero deputised. The visitors, meanwhile, were without Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba at the back and captain Andres Iniesta in midfield.The home side were appealing for a penalty inside 11 minutes, when Raheem Sterling attempted to skip past Samuel Umtiti in the box and he was harshly booked by referee Viktor Kassai for diving. And the visitors took the lead ten minutes later with a dangerous, pacey counter.After Sergio Aguero saw his shot blocked at one end, Barca burst down the other, with Neymar carrying the ball into the City end and coming in from the left flank. He found Messi on the edge of the box, who took a touch, got the ball out of his feet and neatly dispatched on his 100th Champions League start. It was nearly two within minutes when Neymar forced Caballero into making a fine save at his near post, while John Stones soon made a vital block to prevent Andre Gomes’ shot and the pressure stayed on with Suarez eventually glancing wide.City were back on level terms on 39 minutes when their high pressing forced the Barcelona defence into making an error. Sterling was put through on the right-hand side of the box and he unselfishly squared the ball to Gundogan, who finished past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The half-time whistle came too soon as the home side had momentum, Fernandinho firing another chance just past the post.Guardiola’s men started the second half as they finished the first and Sterling should have put them ahead, but his first touch let him down, taking him away from goal.That second goal came on 50 minutes when David Silva was fouled on the edge of the box. De Bruyne stepped up and Ter Stegen was wrong-footed and should have done better as the ball slipped past his fingertips.Buoyed by their goal, De Bruyne’s next set piece nearly found the stretching Nicolas Otamendi at the far post as it looked like City were wasting chances.But they lucky not to concede on 65 minutes when Stones’ error saw Suarez nutmeg Otamendi on the edge of the box before sliding the ball through to Gomes, who should have scored, instead striking the bar. 3last_img read more