Whitmore encouraged despite defeat

first_imgReggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said that despite losing 1-0 to the USA, his young team produced what he described as an encouraging performance.The local-based Reggae Boyz returned to the island from Chattanooga, Tennessee, yesterday afternoon following Friday night’s loss. Whitmore told The Gleaner that he is looking forward to getting the players back into training to build on the positives taken from their US assignment.”I think, defensively, we were a bit organised and compact,” he said. “We showed a lot of discipline defensively, but the negative I would take from the game is that there were a lot of individual mistakes. We have a lot to do in terms of marking players, but I think it’s encouraging going forward.”Whitmore said that he was glad for the opportunity to have had the match in Chattanooga because it exposed the local-based players to different conditions.”These are the sort of conditions we want to play in – a positive, good practice game,” he added. “I think, basically, they stood up to it. For me, I think we gave up possession a lot in key areas of the field, and we have to go back and work on the line of marking and how we press, but, overall, I think it was encouraging.”GAME TALKING POINTOne of the talking points from the game was the introduction of Boy’s Town’s Shamar Nicholson and youngster Jourdaine Fletcher of Montego Bay United and Cornwall College, as second-half substitutes.Nicholson is the current Red Stripe Premier League top scorer with 10 goals, and Fletcher had a standout season, winning the daCosta Cup and top scoring with 35 goals before signing for MoBay United, with many fans calling for them to get a chance in the national team.”Both Shamar and Jourdaine came into the game young (and) hungry, but my advice to them is for them to just keep their feet grounded and to be humble. There’s a lot in store for them,” Whitmore said.The Reggae Boyz will next be in action against Honduras on February 16 in Texas. Whitmore said that he had a chance to speak with their coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, ahead of the match.”Honduras is on a high now,” he said. “Nonetheless, we expect a quality game with quality players to come out and display their skills. I spoke with the coach earlier at the airport and he indicated he had some players he wanted to look at to finalise his squad going into the next game as well. It’s going to be an intriguing encounter again.”last_img read more

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Handball Association Clarifies Pressing Issues

first_imgStarted at the campus of University of Liberia, the National Handball Association, NHA, has made a stride that many of his players, mostly students from the various schools are proud of. When Professor J. Mayson Saweler thought of the need to encourage the formation of the sport, he was aware of the challenges ahead.As a professor of physical education, Saweler realized that a healthy body is a happy person, and therefore he went ahead, with support from sports lovers to get the organization off the ground.“I proceeded nonetheless,” Saweler, who is also president of the Liberia National Handball Association, told the Daily Observer last Tuesday in Monrovia, “because I knew there was more that the sport can do for Liberian youths.”That was four years ago. Fast forward it to the year 2014 and after successful handling of the sport’s affairs, several schools in Monsterrado County, Grand Bassa, and Margibi County are part of it.“Liberia is not Monrovia,” Saweler said, “so we decided to take the sport to other counties.” And his administration is considering further expansion, after the successful defeat of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Regular leagues are organized and awareness about discipline has also been encouraged.In the organization’s first ever international assistance, Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee, through the Liberia National Olympic Committee, LNOC, provided sponsorship, along with a foreign expert that took participants through the sport’s fundamentals.“It was that support that moved our sport to another level,” Saweler said. He now pleads for more Liberian government’s support.He said, “We completed Ebola awareness for student athletes in Monrovia and we had hoped to extend it outside Montserrado County,” which could not continue due to lack of material support.Meanwhile, at the end of its successful leagues before the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, “We have six schools to award prizes at a convenient period,” he said.The schools, he said are Sarah Barclay in both male and female categories, (senior high); Melvin Sonnii (junior high) female division and Newport (male).“Slipway won both male and female versions in the elementary division,” he said.He said the six schools would receive a total amount of Ld30, 000.00, along with one set of jersey.One of the major setbacks for handball, he said, was the recent cancellation of both male and female teams to have participated in the Lome, Togo youth tournament.“Despite the disappointment,” Saweler said, “the grant of U$11,400.00 from the International Handball Federation is being spent for the development of handball, with the blessing of the International Handball Federation.”“It was good news for us,” he said. During the preparation for the abortive trip to Togo, the Ministry of Youth and Sports could not honor a budgeted U$16,000.00, since the ministry did not have money for the trip; a source told the Daily Observer.Among other activities, Saweler said his administration has purchased a vehicle for the organization to ease transportation difficulties. Needed support, he said was provided for three students, recently quarantined in West Point, and another is planned for three players in Dolo Town, in Margibi County who are also quarantined as a result of the fight of Ebola.Said head Coach Arthur N. Dormoh, “We are excited about the progress of handball so far because we can now travel to other counties and make deliveries of 100 handballs.”Coach Dormoh has been with handball from its formation. His colleague is (coach) Phillip Mansaray, who handles the male team.President Saweler meanwhile noted his appreciation to the LNOC for providing an office space for the association. “We have a contact point on By-Pass in Monrovia and we thank LNOC and its president Phillibert Browne for their support,” he said.He meanwhile expressed further appreciation to a foreign national who has been financially supportive to the development of handball in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teachers Boycott MOE Test

Hundreds of teachers from the 15 counties have boycotted the Ministry of Education (MOE) newly introduced aptitude test to be administered to the teachers. Some of the teachers have meanwhile described the test as “sham that lacks standard of classification.” Some of the teachers under the leadership of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) over the weekend refused to sit the aptitude test administered by the MOE at the selected venue around Monrovia. According to the teachers, who became aggrieved over the decision to write a test, the MOE did not consult their leaderships across the country as to the relevance of writing a test “that is nonessential to evaluate their services as teachers or their respective qualifications in a specific subject area,” they said.Charles Moulton, who works at the Ellen Mills Scarborough Public School in Monrovia, spoke on behalf of the teachers. He explained that he and his colleagues in consultation with the leadership of the NTAL have already engaged the national Legislature on the matter and hope to get redress ‘very soon.’ In response to the teachers’ claims and the negative reactions surrounding the administering of the test, the Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, Advertus Orea Wright, said claims and speculations by the teachers were “incorrect.”“The intent of this test is not to remove teachers from the classrooms, adding that test is designed by the MOE to identify the weaknesses of teachers and help them to upgrade their teaching skills. If a teacher is discovered weak following the test, we will build his or her skill through refreshers and continuous development programs. We will use those that showed exemplary strength to help those who are weak in the profession,” Mr. Wright opined.This most talked about aptitude test to was to be Saturday administered by the MOE to over 1000 teachers from Monrovia and its environs who were assembled at the William V. S. Tubman High School and the neighboring Joseph Jenkins Roberts United Methodist School in Sinkor.For teachers under the NTAL Nimba County branch, they boycotted the test on grounds that the MOE was surreptitiously scamming on teachers the ministry did not employ, but rather wants to drop a number of them.Larlesseh W. Berdeh, chairman on academic committee at the Sanniquellie Central High School, formerly served the NTAL Nimba Branch as vice president for operations.“The test,” he said, “lacks standard because it is drawn indiscriminately, as opposed to being a well researched aptitude test [to examine] teachers of all categories, including high school graduates, first degree holders, teachers with Master degrees, etc.” He wondered what will happen in the case a high school graduate or an unemployed teacher passed the test and a first degree or a teacher considered more qualified, failed. Meanwhile, the saga continues as the ministry reaffirmed its commitment to administer the test.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more

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Shaw wins another Blizzard race

first_img**SubmittedKevin Shaw won the Goodlow 40 km time trial, Sunday night, with a time of 1:02:13 hours. Les Elliott was second at 1:04:53 and Pat Ferris was 3rd at 1:05:02. Roger St. Jean was 4th at 1:05:13 and George Gamble 5th at 1:06:06.Conditions were windless and warm for this test of the World Masters Challenge course. That race will be happening August 2, the holiday Monday.- Advertisement -Other times were Owen Giebelhaus at 1:12:11, Ken Nix 1:12:15, Jake Elliott 1:12:55, Gord Harris 1:13:01, Ryan Dumaresq 1:14:08 and Melanie Chapple 1:19:30.Thanks to Patricia Ferris for timing!Coming up:-Wednesday MTB race #4 on the Beatton cactus circuit, on the 103 road.-Thursday Baldonnel time trial 7 pm-Sunday is the third annual Terry Stone Memorial time trial in Hudson’s Hope at 11 am from the entrance sign.www.ferrisfastcycles.com Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bullfighter, 14, on respirator after goring

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He was lucky, if you can call somebody who has been gored by a bull lucky,” Romero told The Associated Press. If the 4-inch gash had been one inch closer to the heart, “this surely would have been a catastrophe, where it would have been very difficult to control” the bleeding. MEXICO CITY – A 14-year-old Spanish bullfighter lay connected to a respirator Monday after he was gored in an incident that has raised questions about young bullfighters, who increasingly have become an attraction in Latin America. Jairo Miguel was billed as the youngest bullfighter in the world when he came to Mexico almost two years ago at age 12, apparently to escape Spain’s ban on bullfighters younger than 16. Miguel came an inch from likely death Sunday when a 910-pound bull at the Aguascalientes Monumental Bull Ring rushed him at top speed and lifted him on its horns, appearing to carry him several yards with a horn lodged in his chest. The wound ripped one of the slightly built boy’s lungs in half. “It brushed his aorta and came 2 centimeters from the heart,” said Dr. Luis Romero, the surgeon who operated on Miguel at Aguascalientes’ Guadalupe Clinic. last_img read more

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Alli’s wonder goal v Palace like you’ve never seen it before (video)

first_imgTottenham starlet Dele Alli scored possible the goal of the season in January as he thwacked home an exquisite volley against Crystal Palace.He’s already seen it named Match of the Day’s goal of the month, while it’s now been named the Under Armour goal of the month by Spurs themselves.And to celebrate the incredible strike, which showed the unbelievable potential the young midfielder has, Tottenham have revealed this excellent hand drawn version of the goal courtesy of Rhiannon Brackpool and Lorna Wheele.You can check out the video above…last_img read more

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GOSSIP: Ronaldo latest, United linked with £50m Dier, Conte angry with Chelsea?

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 talkSPORT bring you all the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Despite massive reports to the contrary, Real Madrid have told Spanish press that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has NOT told the club he wishes to leave. (ABC)However, it is also claimed that Ronaldo told his agent, Jorge Mendes, two months ago that he wanted to leave Madrid. (AS)Paris Saint-Germain are touted as early favourites to sign Ronaldo if he does move. The French giants reportedly held secret talks with agent Jorge Mendes hours before the forward helped Real Madrid win the Champions League this season. (Daily Mail)Tottenham have told Manchester United that they will have to spend £50million to sign 23-year-old England midfielder Eric Dier. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is growing frustrated with a lack of early summer signings at Stamford Bridge, but the Premier League champions are NOT prepared to give the Italian boss greater control over their recruitment policy. (The Guardian)However, the Blues have no intention of allowing Conte to leave and will support him in the transfer market, with deals for four players – including Everton’s 23-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku – set to take spending up to £250million this summer. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have had a £55.2m bid for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro rejected. but the Italian club will let the 26-year-old leave if he says he wants a move. (Daily Mail)Manchester City reserve keeper Willy Caballero is likely to be confirmed as the Blues’ first signing of the summer. (Evening Standard)City have reportedly given manager Pep Guardiola £300m for transfers this summer, but are refusing to spend £70m on Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk. (Manchester Evening News)Tottenham are preparing to sell Kevin Wimmer but want £20m for the 24-year-old Austria defender. (The Sun)Man United are being offered the chance to sign AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, after the 18-year-old refused a new contract at the Italian club. (Diario Gol) United are reportedly on the hunt for a new glovesman amid reports Real Madrid target David de Gea has started house hunting in Madrid. (Various)Inter Milan will hold out for £45m from Manchester United for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 28, but the Red Devils’ valuation is closer to £30m. (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal will go back to Lyon with an improved bid of close to £50m for France striker Alexandre Lacazette, having had a £30m offer rejected last summer. (Daily Telegraph)Lyon are in advanced negotiations over a loan deal for Chelsea’s 21-year-old forward Bertrand Traore, who spent last season at Ajax. (Evening Standard)Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 33, is close to leaving Fenerbahce and sealing a move back to Feynoord in his native Netherlands. (FR12.nl)West Ham are interested in signing Middlesbrough’s 21-year-old winger Adama Traore. (Teesside Gazette)Arsenal are set to try to beat Everton to sign 22-year-old AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang, who was on loan at Watford last season. (Hertfordshire Mercury)Swansea remain in talks with Turkish side Galatasaray over the sale of striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who spent last season on loan at French side Marseille. (Wales Online)Birmingham are still waiting to hear if former Chelsea captain John Terry, 36, has accepted their offer of close to £100,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)Hull and Newcastle are both keen to sign Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker Tammy Abraham on loan. (The Sun)La Liga side Malaga could be priced out of a deal for Swansea striker Borja Baston, 24. The Swans hope to recoup a large chunk of the club-record £15.5m fee they paid for the Spaniard last summer. (Wales Online)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs believes Davy Klaassen’s arrival at the club spells the end of Ross Barkley’s Toffees careerFormer Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes it could be a risk for highly-rated Kylian Mbappe to leave Monaco this summer after Anthony Martial’s experiencesSporting Lisbon have rejected Tottenham’s initial offer for star midfielder Adrien Silva, according to reports in PortugalMonaco are prepared to hold on to Manchester City and Liverpool target Benjamin Mendy this summer unless they receive an exceptional offerBayer Leverkusen are poised to make an offer for Montpellier attacking midfielder and Newcastle United target Ryad BoudebouzLigue 1 side Toulouse have emphatically quashed speculation linking Arsenal and Tottenham target Issa Diop with a summer exitReal Madrid are lining up a £26.25m bid for Milan’s prodigious goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – which could come as great news for Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Juventus will offer Manchester United this player to try and re-sign Paul Pogba

first_img There are rumours Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has completely broken down IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer And now the Serie A club could be willing to let £100million-rated Dybala go to try lure United into selling the Frenchman.Dybala, 24, is struggling to keep his place in Max Allegri’s side following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid.Pogba, who won the World Cup with France in the summer, was also heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.But Turin appears to be his preferred destination and a swap-plus-money deal could be something that suits all parties. REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Juventus could offer Manchester United Paulo Dybala in an attempt to land unsettled midfielder Paul Pogba.Pogba, who joined United in August 2016 from Juve, has been linked with a move back to his former club after reportedly falling out with Jose Mourinho. targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Latest Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM RANKED last_img read more

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MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF DONEGAL’S LANDS BEGINS

first_imgA major mapping study of Co Donegal to collect vital scientific information has started.The survey aims to obtain a baseline or “snapshot” of environmental conditions today which will help us manage the environment sustainably into the future.Soil sampling began in Donegal in August this year and will continue throughout the autumn. The geology of Donegal is varied and complex and presents a fascinating topic of study. Donegal’s ancient landscape has been shaped by 2 billion years of dramatic volcanic activity, erosion, sedimentation and glaciation.Donegal County Museum will host a free public information talk on the Tellus Border Project at 1 o’clock on Thursday 22nd September.Tellus Border will help people understand more about Donegal’s geology and natural landscape than ever before.For example, we stand to gain a greater understanding of the problems of radon risk and natural element deficiencies and excesses in agricultural land. Radon is a significant cause of lung cancer in Ireland and identifying areas of high radon is important for protecting public health.In agriculture, natural element deficiencies or excesses can affect agricultural productivity. As part of the geochemical survey soil samples are being taken which allow will us to identify areas where there are high or low concentrations of elements which can affect livestock and crop health. Elements of interest include selenium, copper and iodine, and particularly molybdenum in Donegal.The Tellus Border Project is a continuation of the successful Tellus Project in Northern Ireland which ran from 2004- 2007. As well as a ground-based geochemical survey involving soil, water and sediment sampling, there will be an airborne geophysical survey of the area in autumn this year.An aircraft flying at a low altitude of 60m will measure properties of soil and rocks with geophysical instruments it carries on board. The portion of eastern part of Donegal (east of the Bluestack Mountains) will be flown as part of this phase of the survey.The project has been funded by the INTERREG IVA development programme of the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). For information on the free public information session contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. T 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ieEndsMAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF DONEGAL’S LANDS BEGINS was last modified: September 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Museummapping studylast_img read more

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Still undefeated: Fortuna takes care of Dougherty, claims Logger Classic

first_imgDrew Gillette erupted for 26 points including seven 3-pointers, the Willis brothers combined for 35 points and the still undefeated Fortuna Huskies disposed of the Dougherty Valley Wildcats 84-69 in the championship round of the Logger Classic, Saturday afternoon at Jay Willard Gymnasium.“It’s been a dream start to the season for us,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “I’m happy with the win today, I thought we did a good job of beating their press.”Dougherty’s full-court press had been the downfall of both Arcata and McKinleyville in the tournament’s first two rounds as the Wildcats (6-3) held Arcata to 40 points and McKinleyville, 44.On Saturday, it held the Huskies (11-0) to 48 points — in the first half. Donald Willis came up with 20 points in Saturday’s win and his brother, Bradley Willis, finished with 15 points.Fortuna’s Donald Willis makes a move inside. (Andrew Butler — Times-Standard)Gillette was awarded tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts over the weekend, Donald Willis earned an all-tourney team nod and Jojo McGinnis, who had seven points in Saturday’s win, was awarded the all-attitude trophy for his sportsmanship.Saturday’s tournament championship is the third for the Huskies, who won the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament and the St. Helena Tournament earlier this season.Fortuna will enjoy some time off before heading to Windsor on Dec. 26 for their fourth and final tournament of the preseason. “We push the ball so well that when we get pressed, were always able to find a guy streaking down the court,” Miles said. “Zac Claus, especially, is so great at finding open people when we get pressed that Dougherty’s press, or anyone’s press that we’ve faced so far, hasn’t been much of an issue.”Of course, someone still has to score after advancing the ball past a full-court press look. Gillette, Fortuna’s leading scorer through 11 games this season, did so with efficiency and flair.The senior poured in 18 points in the first half of Saturday’s game including four 3-pointers in a row in the second quarter alone to help along a game-breaking run by his Huskies which saw them outscore the Wildcats 27-10 in the second frame to take a 48-25 lead into halftime and put the game out of reach.“I’m very confident with my shot,” Gillette said. “When I make a few, it sucks the defense in and opens up some lanes for me or for my teammates to jump into and get open. I was feeling it today.”Fortuna’s Drew Gillette gets past a Dougherty defender for an easy layup during Fortuna’s 84-69 Logger Classic Championship win, Saturday afternoon at Jay Willard Gymnasium. (Andrew Butler — Times-Standard)Gillette nearly matched the Wildcats’ first half scoring output by himself. Add in another dominate offensive outing from the Willis brothers, and one can see how the Huskies put away Division-I Dougherty so quickly.last_img read more

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