Brilliant Baldwin

first_imgPhoenix Members Golf SocietyWith carts being allowed on fairways we decided not to implement the winter rule of ‘lift clean and place’ for our outing on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  Although the course is still a little wet in places, this turned out to be justified.  There were a few places where the ball picked up a bit of mud, but generally the course is in great shape considering the amount of rainfall we are experiencing at present. Luckily the rain kept away again, albeit sometimes threatening.  Considering the conditions the scoring today was very good with all first four places breaking handicap.  We were playing stroke play for the Trattoria Italiana Restaurant voucher today on the Ocean and Mountain course.Richard Baldwin and Mike Gerrard pose with the staff members at The Relax Bar.Richard Baldwin has been playing some steady golf of late, always being around his handicap of 12.  However today he blitzed the course with a superb net 66 (gross 78).  Some way back with net 69 were Paul Taylor and Frank Hughes, with the scribe claiming fourth spot with a net 71 (other days this would be good enough to win).Near pin prizes were awarded to Richard Baldwin, Joris Goetschalkx & Mike Gerrard.  The rest of the field’s names, who did not win anything, were put into the hat for a lucky draw chance.  The lucky draw prizes are donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar at Ban Amphur, and the recipients were John Bartley, Bill Hewitt, Sergo Volpi & Adriano Reale.Anyone interested in joining in the golf or (sea fishing at weekends), please contact me (Mike) on 087 091 7565 for further information.last_img read more

The FA looking for Alexis: Arsenal & United responsible for missed anti-doping test

first_img Alexis se saltó un control antidoping @albert_masnou Everything started at the beginning of the week when the FA turned up at Arsenal’s training base to subject a number of the club’s playing to the organisation’s anti-doping controls — blood extractions which teams competing in European competitions are often subject to.  Albert Masnou And the FA’s people in London, following protocol, reported back to the organisation’s headquarters that Alexis had not been able to fulfil the anti-doping tests he was scheduled to do.  IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 26/01/2018 at 00:47 CETcenter_img Arsenal and Manchester United are in a mess with Alexis Sanchez. During the negotiations and the transfer an unexpected incident ocurred which could affect both clubs… and the Chilean player. The story has had a bizarre twist.  25/01/2018 The FA were at London Colney, Arsenal’s base. Among those selected for blood testing was Alexis Sanchez, who on Monaday was not present due to the club giving him permission to travel to Manchester to undergo a medical with Jose Mourinho’s side.  The problem is Arsenal had not informed the FA of the player’s journey north, as all clubs should do when a player is not going to be at the training ground on any given day.  Now, both Arsenal and United must argue in front of the FA their reasons for Alexis skipping the anti-doping control. The player should make his debut for his new club this week after completing his move Old Trafford.last_img read more

Nikki Bella rubbishes rumours that she broke up with John Cena for TV ratings

first_imgAdvertisement mwk1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7xxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2ttrctq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cputgWould you ever consider trying this?😱4lCan your students do this? 🌚55y1xpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement Following her attacks on Ronda Rousey this past Monday Night on RAW, Nikki Bella is back in the spotlight but this time off camera. The former two-time Divas Champion has slammed latest accusations that her break up with ex-fiance John Cena was fake and she did it for TV ratings.Nikki and Cena ended their relationship earlier this year in April 2018. The couple had been together for six years and were engaged to be married before the duo decided to officially part ways.Advertisement Nikki responded to the ongoing rumours and said that she had been deeply hurt by these claims and felt like the critics were “literally just knifing it and just churning it”. In her defence, the 34 year old justified that she wasn’t prepared to sacrifice her career and ambitions for a relationship that required one of them to stop working.During her time away from WWE, Bella has had a very prosperous stint as an entrepreneur along with her sister, Brie as the Twins have successfully built up their business and Women’s clothing brand, Birdiebee.Advertisement After dropping their friendship with Ronda Rousey last week, the next stop for the Bella Twins is the first ever all women’s PPV, WWE Evolution. Nikki has landed a one-on-one title opportunity against Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship at the Nassau Coliseum on October 28 in Uniondale, NY.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Galway Club to play at Aviva Stadium

first_imgGalway club An Gaeltacht RFC will get the opportunity to play at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday next 30th April as part of the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival. The Galway side was selected to play at the home of Irish rugby and will be sending a boys Under 10 side to the event, which will see both boys and Under 12 girls teams take part.  The National Festival is being held in the home of Irish Rugby, the Aviva Stadium, for the third time thanks to Aviva’s sponsorship of Mini Rugby.  The 20 clubs from all over the country will be playing against each other in a non-competitive and fun environment.  This gives the players the chance to develop their skills on a pitch that has been graced by some of the world’s greatest rugby players in the past 12 months.  Ireland and Connacht star Robbie Henshaw and Irish women’s international Jenny Murphy will be there on the day to give tips and advice to all the players and coaches in attendance.  Each of the competitors on the day will receive a certificate of participation signed by Irish Internationals Jamie Heaslip, Rory Best and Robbie Henshaw. IRFU & Aviva Mini Rugby Festivals Launch 29/1/2016Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan (Pictured are Irish Internationals Rhys Ruddock, Johnny Sexton, Nathan White and Sophie Spence with Aviva Minis Lucas Perez, Jack Keaveney, Will O’Sullivan and Rebekah Verling)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Falls to Illinois-Chicago in WBI Championship

first_imgOn ending this year and moving on to next…”I think you have to build on it. You obviously don’t get complacent. At the end of every year, I think you evaluate your roster and you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your team and how new players can fit in. You’ve got to continue to grow and get better because the bottom line is we didn’t achieve all of the things we set out to achieve this year and obviously we’ll continue to have very high goals and expectations. The Flames hit a basket with 4:16 to go in the first half and to extend the lead back to eight points up 31-23, but SFA switched its defense and took advantage of the mistakes by the Flames to go on a 10-0 run to close the half and take a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Porsha Roberts led the Ladyjacks with 21 points for her third straight game with 20 or more points. She shot 10-of-18 from the field. Three other Ladyjacks joined her in double digits as Tierany Henderson poured in 13 points, Kali Jerrell added 12 and Taylor Ross had 10 points. “We respect the tradition of Ladyjack basketball, and we want to be the kind of program that adds to that heritage. I really feel like this team in particular has added to the heritage of the program,” Head Coach Brandon Schneider said after the game. Rachel Story led the Flames with 27 points, and Ruvanna Campbell had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Flames shot 51.7 percent in the second half to overcome the halftime deficit and get the win while SFA shot just 35.3 percent in the second stanza. SFA graduates just two players off this year’s team that shared the regular season Southland Conference title and advanced to the title game of the Southland Conference Tournament and the WBI. Six returning players have significant starting experience for the Ladyjacks, and a number of key players will be back for the 2014-15 season. Postgame QuotesHead Coach Brandon SchneiderOn this season…”We respect the tradition of Ladyjack basketball, and we want to be the kind of program that adds to that heritage. I really feel like this team in particular has added to the heritage of the program. I thought on two different occasions this year our team showed a lot of character. The first time, when Brittney Matthew went down with the injury and how we responded and came back and stayed the course and eventually won a conference championship. And then after a disappointing loss in the tournament championship,  I thought we showed a lot of character re-invigorating ourselves and going on to continue to win three more basketball games and play in this title game.” In the first half, UIC dominated the glass by out-rebounding SFA 23-11. Ten offensive rebounds for the Flames resulted in 10 points for UIC. SFA only had three offensive boards in the opening period to add three points. SFA (23-13) trailed early in the first half and each team went on small spurts to claim the lead. UIC (26-9) built its lead up to nine points twice. Then, the Ladyjacks responded when they were down 27-18 with a quick 5-0 run to get back within striking distance then shut the Flames down for the final 4:16 of the half. UIC out-rebounded SFA for the game 43-33 and scored 18 second chance points off 16 offensive boards. Five different players had at least five rebounds for the Flames.center_img Stephen F. Austin Recap In the second, UIC went on a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead and go up 50-44 with 8:30 left in the game. SFA was unable to overcome that deficit, reaching within three points twice and two points another time but could not tie it up or reclaim the lead. Turnovers made the difference in the first half as UIC committed 12 miscues leading to 19 SFA points. The Ladyjacks protected the ball well after some early turnovers, and UIC only had seven points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the contest. This marks the second straight year a Southland Conference team has advanced to the championship game of the WBI with McNeese State losing to Detroit-Mercy last year by 11 points. “I think you have to build on it. You obviously don’t get complacent,” Schneider said of looking toward next season. “At the end of every year, I think you evaluate your roster and you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your team and how new players can fit in. You’ve got to continue to grow and get better because the bottom line is we didn’t achieve all of the things we set out to achieve this year and obviously we’ll continue to have very high goals and expectations.” Illinois-Chicago 73, Stephen F. Austin 64CHICAGO – Stephen F. Austin’s historic postseason run came to an end on Saturday with the Ladyjacks falling to Illinois-Chicago in the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational by the final score of 73-64. By advancing to the title game of the WBI, SFA became the first Ladyjacks team in the program’s history to win three games in a postseason tournament. They could not complete the historic run with another win to claim the Southland Conference’s first postseason tournament victory. On the difference in the game…”I thought we got out-physicaled. Their front line was just a lot more physical than ours and that just doesn’t happen to us a lot. The free-throw disparity is a stat the obvious points to that. Porsha takes 18 shots and we only shoot four free throws as a team. That just speaks to they were more aggressive, and it’s something we have to learn from.”last_img read more

Life’s a beach

first_imgMOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “We didn’t know how to organize, but we just thought we could do it,” says Tan. “The question before was who’s going to organize these tournaments. We found a niche. It’s untapped in the provinces. It’s a clean slate for us to build on and work on.”At the time BVR was starting to take off, former Lady Eagle Gervacio focused on behind-the-scenes work, liaising with players for BVR, as well as presenting the event to possible sponsors.“From our own experiences playing beach volleyball, there were just no year-round tournaments that offered at least good competition or good organization, aside from the Nestea event before,” Tan says. “We’ve gone through so many tournaments, we’ve seen how it’s done. We saw that we could actually set a standard.”But as if organizing the event isn’t enough, the BVR founders also have to prepare themselves for battle on the sand.“If we’re given a chance, personally I would rather train and get better,” Tan says. “But I can’t think of anyone else willing to invest time planning and organizing a tournament once or twice a month.”ADVERTISEMENT But work doesn’t end after the matches. “After the game and you win, you can’t savor the win because you also have to fix the awarding ceremonies and think about the logistics,” says Gervacio.Tan adds: “It always falls into place, though.”Gervacio says they’ve taken a community approach in their efforts to grow BVR. “Everyone that we meet in our events are open and very willing to help,” she says.“We’re open to ideas on how to improve BVR,” says Tan, noting that the circuit has provided “good teams in the provinces with opportunities to play in competitions.”The BVR founders say their ultimate goal is to make the Philippines a hub for beach volleyball in Asia.“We have so many beautiful beaches,” says Tan. “We can host Asian competitions and even a leg of the Swatch Series. This is realistic because it doesn’t require having a Filipino team as one of the tournament entries. We’re hoping to also help build a program for a team that will contend internationally.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the followers of indoor volleyball in the country, the scene must have come as a surprise, considering that they’re used to seeing the six athletes spiking their way to victory on the court. This time, however, they are the ones working behind the scenes to stage Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR), their response to the lack of tournaments in the country.Almost two years after it held its first event—the 2015 Christmas Open at SM Sands By the Bay at Mall of Asia—BVR has grown one of the most anticipated events of the summer for both fans and players of the fast-rising sport in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Outside the room, Dzi Gervacio and Charo Soriano were fixing a standee next to the registration table, while Gretchen Ho, Alexa Micek and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano were chatting with guests waiting for the start of the event’s launch.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Is this what we can expect from the Public Service Training College?

first_imgDear Editor,I invite readers to take a hard look at the long (and naturally very costly) advertisement that appeared in last Sunday’s print media inviting prospective students to enrol with the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service of Guyana. It is my considered view that if this is an example of the level of training and therefore the quality of service we can expect from graduates of the college, then we might as well scrap the idea of having such a college, and so save any further dip into our depleting treasury!The advert is steeped in antiquity. To even say so is to clothe it in undeserving literary garb. Its anachronism depicts an image straight out of the ‘Dickenson era’, when messages and missives were delivered by hand and on horse-back from the senders as widely dispersed as those in the far-flung regions of Guyana, and as envisaged by the author(s) of the advert under review.Just imagine asking applicants of both genders (which is a must in our ‘liberated society’) to ‘buckle-up’, mount their steeds and rush off from Essequibo or Corentyne to hand deliver their applications into a letter box in some obscure building in South Georgetown! And furthermore, in this ‘choke & rob’ age, to risk being relieved of their horse when dismounting to drop off the applications!Aren’t the authors of the advert aware of the facilities of ICT? Don’t they know that traditional letter-writing has long given way to the e-mail?If the Public Service College will be operating in such a backward mode, do we really need it? It is fair to assume that such a college would promote the delivery of empathetic services for the public. Where is there any evidence of ‘empathy’ on the part of the framers of the advert?One can go on to write the ‘proverbial book’ on the deficiencies and irritants of this advert, starting with the many opening questions, some of which are downright silly and rather misleading; but I’d be happy to engage instead in a face-to-face chat, if those concerned are so inclined.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Caricom and criminal deportations

first_imgThe issue of developed countries, more particularly the US, deporting Caribbean nationals to their country of birth without providing much information as to their medical and criminal backgrounds and even more importantly, providing some form of support regarding their smooth integration into their home countries, has always been a concern for regional Governments.Not surprisingly, the matter was raised again, a few days ago, by newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet and St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, who complained bitterly that the practice was having a severe negative impact on the region, especially as it relates to crime and security issues. Prime Ministers Chastanet and Gonsalves also belaboured the point that very little information or help is provided by the US in terms of reintegrating the deportees in their home countries.It is no secret that while some deportees try as much as possible to turn their lives around in their new environment, many of them gravitate towards crime, which in most cases places a huge burden on the State to deal with. For this reason, regional Governments have been lobbying the US authorities to be more understanding as to the tremendous negative impact the practice is having on countries. However, the US officials have resisted the argument that the deportations are to be blamed for the increase in violent crimes in the region.For the record, the US has deported hundreds of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be deported upon release.In an analysis of deportation data for Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, a Caricom study found that almost 30,000 criminal offenders had been deported to those countries between 1990 and 2005.  Over 17,000 had been deported for drug offences; almost 1800 for possession of illegal firearms, and more than 600 for murder.  The US is responsible for more than seventy-five percent of all criminal deportations to the region.It should be noted that security officials in Guyana have routinely placed the blame for some high level crimes on criminal deportees, particularly those that occurred during the 2002 to 2004 crime wave that gripped the nation when the Government was forced to enact the 2002 Amendment to the Crime Prevention Act, which stated that any deportee who poses a threat to public safety can be placed under police surveillance.Additionally deportation has caused devastating socio-psychological effects, not only for deported persons, but for other family members, and in particular their children, the vast majority of whom have been left behind in the US, Canada or other countries, and who have little or no contact with the deported parent.There is no need to elaborate on the challenges that confront countries such as ours when persons who have migrated many years ago are sent back after serving their time in jails overseas. What Caricom Governments need to focus on now is establishing an effective deportee resettlement programme for such persons to cater for their smooth reintegration into the society, so that once again they can become productive and useful citizens.Many would want to believe that most of the persons who are deported are willing to reform their lives, but the absence of an effective and functioning support mechanism makes this process very difficult.The main concerns for regional Governments are to ensure more focus is placed on information and intelligence sharing with respect to criminal deportees, in particular access to complete dossiers on medical and criminal history and consideration of financial and technical assistance to establish re-integration programmes within Caricom Member States.These are reasonable concerns and Caricom representatives should continue to raise them at the relevant forums and lobby their partners for the necessary support in this regard.last_img read more

‘Red Bull, Ferrari may make a play for Hamilton’

first_imgBut with just 12 months left to run on his current contract, his future has yet to be decided.Hamilton is in talks with Mercedes about an extension but Mansell reckons if they don’t wrap that up soon, Red Bull or Ferrari may make a play for the driver.He told Press Association: “I would be very surprised if Lewis did not sign a new deal with Mercedes but if Red Bull or Ferrari were to do something special over the winter by making the jump over Mercedes, and then offer Lewis Hamilton an incredible deal, who knows?.“At the moment however, Lewis has the world at his feet, he is in the best car and at the best team, so why would you want to change it?“Some people in their careers are very privileged to be in a strong position and Lewis is one of those because he can afford to be patient.“When the time is right for him, he will sign on the dotted line.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Nigel Mansell says Red Bull or Ferrari may do “something special” to sign Lewis Hamilton, however, at the end of it all he expects the Brit will remain with Mercedes.Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.last_img read more

Kucinich lays out anti-war strategy

first_imgWHITTIER – A packed and cheering crowd greeted U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Sunday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church as he campaigned on a plan to end the war on Iraq. Kucinich spent the weekend jetting from a large anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., Saturday to events in San Francisco and Los Angeles before addressing the crowd of supporters and peace activists Sunday afternoon in Whittier. Saying the war on Iraq was the most important issue for the 2008 presidential campaign, Kucinich laid out his strategy for troop withdrawal in a 12-point plan that would begin with a U.S. commitment to end the occupation and bring troops home within a three-month period. Critics have said immediate withdrawal would lead to civil war and that the U.S. needs to be present through the transition to Iraqi control. Kucinich said billions of dollars in oil revenues had been given to private corporations to rebuild Iraq – a process that was “riddled with corruption.” “We need to stop privatizing the oil assets. That’s theft,” he said. The congressman has also said the U.S. needs to be willing to “pay for what we bombed” and for reparations to the Iraqi people. Part of Kucinich’s plan calls for a policy of international “truth and reconciliation” between the U.S. and Iraqi people. Kucinich ran for president in 2004 and was elected to his sixth term in the House of Representatives in November. He was born in Cleveland, the eldest of seven children. According to his Web site biography, he and his family lived in 21 different places, “including a couple of cars,” by the time he was 17 years old. Kucinich first gained notoriety when he was elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 at 31 years old – the youngest person to be elected mayor of a major American city. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Kucinich said the U.S. presence is fueling insurgent activity and anti-American sentiments in the region. “We’ve got to let the international community know that we want to get the troops out,” Kucinich said in an interview. “This was an illegal war and there can be no peace until we’re out. We can use existing funds to mobilize and bring them home.” In a surprise appearance, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004, introduced Kucinich and praised him for being the only candidate to vote against the war and against all funding requests. “I support him because he’s the only peace candidate,” said Sheehan, who attracted international attention when she staged a weeks-long vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in August 2005. Key to Kucinich’s plan is the use of the United Nations in developing an international security and peacekeeping force, managing Iraq’s oil assets and helping reconstruct the country – with the U.S. contributing financially. last_img read more