What are we waiting for?

first_imgDear Editor,The recent debate on the No-Confidence vote in the National Assembly highlights how fractured we have become as a people. For years we were the first to say that “is only election time we have problem, but other than that we alright.” But is this actually true today? Recent discussions, video interactions, and especially social media (the place where everyone is an expert at everything) have highlighted these – frankly – nasty attitudes of some of our peoples.This is a wealthy nation. Look at the geological map and you will see that we are blessed with a lot, and we have no need to beg for anything. Yet, increasingly, we are getting poorer with our morality and civility.We are by no means the most troubled spot in Caricom in terms of our politics and our diversity and ethnic relations, but we have failed to capitalise on the decency of our common sense to iron out the creases in the national fabric.Our sister state of Jamaica is known for political divisions which often affects individual towns through ‘gully politics’. The reports of this political confrontation at the local level is numerous as is the violence that can accompany it. Yet despite the intense personal rivalry of the JLP and PNP which often goes back generations, Jamaica consistently sees the peaceful transfer of power between the two parties after elections.Take a look at the swearing in of a new Jamaican Prime Minister and you will see gathered; the outgoing Prime Minister and all of the living predecessors regardless of political affiliation. This at the bare minimum displays a respect for the system of Government, the Constitution and more importantly the will of all the people. When was the last time this minute act of symbolism was present in our country?Trinidad and Tobago is possibly the Caricom state that closest resembles our diversity and recent colonial history. The pages of Trinidad and Tobago’s history contains the evidence of political agitation and the current disagreements between the PNM and the UNC often mirrors our own. Yet like Jamaica, in recent history Trinidad and Tobago have seen peaceful transfer of power from one political group to another and back again.What is our problem? Are we so engrossed with political differences that we can no longer be civil as the bare minimum? We go overseas and deck our halls with our nationalism but at home we are ashamed of it, we disown it. How can we be part of a country when we see ourselves and our identities distinct from it?We have forgotten that ours is a history of struggle, hard work, determination, and dynamism. The illustrious history of our culture is carried on the shoulders of all our peoples. Each group has contributed something to make this piece of land home. Today our ancestors must surely be ashamed of some of us and the hate we have for each other.As a person in their 20’s I can say a part of this problem is the complacency of people my age. We need to spend time understanding our history – all of it – and how our constitutional systems work. You cannot change the system if you don’t know the system. The youth have to show that the old people saying “stay out of big people business” has no place today in our society.Today we see people arguing among each other. We lack respect for each other. We judge each other by trivialities. We see each other as the enemy while our enemies circle us like vultures enjoying the self-destructive show we are carrying on.We expect PPP/C, AFC, APNU, PNC, WPA, JFAP, and WXYZ to set our houses in order and we let political affiliation become a part of our core identity. Over 50 years independent, our mentality towards each other remains colonial and divisive.The third stanza of our national anthem says:Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,We’re born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,And ours is the glory their eyes did not see,One land of six peoples, united and free.We have a lot to be proud of, if only we recognise it all. No one is going to fix our house and our problems. That task falls to all of us. We have a lush agricultural land, massive potential in water, gold and mineral wealth, the endurance to strive and make our country better and the zeal and dynamism to see that it is a success. What are we waiting for?Regards,V Hemsworthlast_img read more

England’s FA sought to limit black players

first_imgIn the book, Onuora says that former Birmingham City striker Richie Moran, who became an anti-racism campaigner, spoke to Taylor at an event held by Watford, then managed by Taylor, during the 1999-2000 season.Moran is quoted as saying: “Graham Taylor came up to me and said: ‘Look, I’m going to tell you something … I’m never going to admit it, I will be sued for libel.’“He said: ‘When I was manager of England I was called in by two members of the FA, who I won’t name …’ I volunteered two names.“He said: ‘I’m not prepared to say, but I was told in no uncertain terms not to pick too many black players for the national side.’”Responding to the claims in an interview with BBC radio, Taylor, now 70, said: “It has taken me by complete surprise because I cannot remember anything about it at all.“Certainly never during my time at the Football Association I had no FA people coming up to me and telling me which team to pick and to pick less black players. I would have remembered that.”There is no suggestion that Taylor, who selected several black players during his time as England manager, acquiesced with the request.He told The Guardian: “That is not me trying to evade it — and it also doesn’t mean I didn’t say it — but if anyone looks at my record with club and country, it would be obvious to everyone anyway that I didn’t follow what was apparently said. If anyone looks at my record, I could never be accused of blocking the way for any black player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 7- Two officials from the Football Association told former England manager Graham Taylor to limit the number of black players in his squad, a new book has claimed.Taylor, who managed England from 1990 to 1993, has denied the claim, made in ‘Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers’, written by Emy Onuora, the brother of former professional footballer Iffy Onuora.last_img read more

Congress may lift L.A. subway curbs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREMeanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday called the repeal “long overdue” and said she will work to have it put to a Senate vote as soon as possible. With only three weeks left in the legislative session, however, it remains unclear if the bill can be signed into law this year. Building the so-called subway to the sea has emerged as one of Villaraigosa’s top transit priorities. The mayor said Monday he met with Waxman last week during a lobbying trip to Washington and he expects the bill will be successful when it comes before Congress. The decades-old plan essentially withered when a methane explosion in 1985 raised serious concerns about safety, and Waxman pushed through legislation banning the use of federal funds for tunneling projects in the Fairfax area. He reversed his position in 2005 after a five-member panel of experts issued a report declaring that advancements in construction technology now made tunneling safe. Cost, however, remains a major issue for some members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who also sit on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Construction on the subway is projected to last 15 years and cost about $300 million per mile, totaling $3.9 billion. Adjusted for inflation, the final cost would be about $4.8 billion. “The future of commuter rail is not underground,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “It’s too expensive and it’s too disruptive to our communities.” Arguing that Waxman’s bill will take crucial federal dollars away from other projects – connecting San Bernardino and Ventura counties, for example – Bell said Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and L.A. should find a way to fund a subway on their own. The almost 90 other cities and 134 unincorporated communities that would be affected by the subway, he said, “have no interest in a drain to the sea.” Waxman said he also is mindful of the cost but maintained the subway is necessary to relieve traffic congestion along the heavily traveled corridor. “I know it is a very high priority for Mayor Villaraigosa. It is an essential part of the plan he has to alleviate traffic problems,” Waxman said. “I don’t want a bill that was passed 20 years ago to stand in the way.” MTA spokesman Mark Littman said the board this summer approved hiring planning staff to examine the possibility of a Red Line extension. But no votes on actually funding the subway work will come until next year, he said. While MTA officials have given no estimate on how many people would ride the subway, Littman projected it would become one of the region’s most popular lines. “Based on our bus experience, we know we’ll carry a lot of people out there,” he said. While supporters of the Red Line extension also are banking on getting money from the state infrastructure bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot, Littman said the ability to obtain matching funds from Washington is crucial. The federal government chipped in about $2 billion for the original Red Line work – nearly half the cost of that project, he said. “Lifting this prohibition would be a major boost to the project,” he said. lisa.friedman@dailynews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – After 20 years, Congress is about to declare it safe for Los Angeles to build a subway to the sea. A bill by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, set for a House vote Wednesday, would repeal a two-decades-old ban that Waxman himself authored prohibiting the use of federal dollars to tunnel through the Wilshire corridor. The measure’s passage would pave the way for Washington to help fund Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s almost $5 billion transit vision of a 15-mile Metro Red Line extension from Wilshire Center to the Pacific Ocean. “This is good news,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district is divided by Wilshire Boulevard. “If it is approved and signed by the president, it would resurrect the option of using federal funds. We will be able to talk credibly about extending the Red Line for the first time in 20 years.” Waxman’s bill has the strong support of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and is expected to easily pass the House. last_img read more

Bundoran turn the tide on Termon with last gasp win

first_imgAn Alan Russell point in the third minute of injury time saw Bundoran pip Termon in the opening fixture Group D of the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal SFC, writes Alan FoleyTermon           0-11 Bundoran           0-12Following a match of fine margins, the Seasiders have taken a huge step towards a last eight berth for the second year in succession by virtue of their narrow success – and they can also tip their caps to goalkeeper Conor Carty, who made a one-on-one save to deny substitute Anthony Grant a goal that would’ve put Termon two in front in injury time. Although Enda McCormick levelled the scores at 0-11 apiece from the resultant 45, it was Russell who would have the last word as he scored what proved to be the decisive point as he turned.The excellence of McCormick was the main reason that Termon went in at half-time a point to the good, 0-7 to 0-6 in front with their wing-forward having kicked five points – three of which came from play. He would score nine in all.However, with Bundoran having faced into the wind in that first half, their manager Niall Dunne wouldn’t have been overly disappointed with a one-point deficit. Michael McEniff popped over their last score of that period and might’ve added a goal right on the stroke of half-time only to drive inches wide of Michael Boyle’s goal from a pass by Timmy Govorov.It was McCormick’s brace that opened the scoring for Termon, although Alan Russell and then Govorov levelled it for the visitors by the eighth minute. Two more Termon scores – through Caolan McDaid and Shaun O’Donnell restored a two-point cushion at 0-4 to 0-2 for the hosts. Govorov was in fine form, managing to kick two more points and when Gary Clancy was on the mark on 18 minutes, Bundoran, at 0-5 to 0-4, were in front for the first time. The lead was flittering over and back and it was McCormick’s fifth that meant Termon were in front at the break.Termon, who face Malin away next weekend, would have seen a chance of a quarter-final on the horizon prior to their matchday three outing against Division 1 chapions Kilcar. Daire McDaid was a key absentee today with a hamstring injury sustained at training on Thursday evening and Shane Doherty was suspended following his dismissal against Four Masters last season.Bundoran were without Ciaran McCaughey – a sizable facet at centre-field – and knew to gain a victory on the road would’ve been looking to Jamie Brennan, who was held scoreless in the first half by Oisin Cassidy.Three points at the start of the second half settled Bundoran and established a 0-9 to 0-7 lead, with Clancy scoring twice and Jamie Brennan registering on 36 minutes.Termon still carried a threat but their inability to score a goal would prove costly. The closest they came was when Aidan Sweeney, on receipt of a give-and-go with Steve McElwaine, got in on 39 minutes and having rounded Carty seemed certain to score only for Paul Murphy to make a massively important block on the line. At the other end, Bundoran almost fashioned a goal when Russell and Jamie Brennan linked up but the latter’s pass across Termon goalkeeper Boyle’s square was intercepted in the nick of time by Barry Gallagher to preserve a 0-9 to 0-7 lead.Paul Brennan, the locals would’ve felt, might’ve been lucky to stay on their field after a late challenge on Sweeney with match referee Seamus McGonagle opting for yellow.Two more McCormick points made tied it up at 0-9 each with 10 to go and although Russell put Bundoran ahead again, McCormick equalled things again.McEniff, some three minutes from time, punched Bundoran 0-11 to 0-10 ahead, but there was still a chapter to be written in injury time. Termon:Michael Boyle; Oisin Cassidy, Caolan Gallagher, Nathan McElwaine; Barry Gallagher, Kevin McDaid, Steve McElwaine; Johnny McCafferty, Aiden Sweeney; Ryan McFadden, Christy Connaghan (0-1), Enda McCormick (0-9, 3fs, 2 ’45’); Caolan McDaid (0-1), Ricky Gallagher, Sean ‘The Decent’ O’Donnell. Subs: James McSharry for McCafferty (42), Anthony Grant for Connaghan (56), Dan Connaghan for O’Donnell (58).Bundoran:Conor Carty; Matthew Duffy, Paul Murphy, Adam Gallagher; Johnny Boyle, Shane McGowan, Oisin Walsh; Cian McEniff, Niall Carr; Timmy Govorov (0-3), Paul Brennan, Alan Russell (0-3); Gary Clancy (0-3, 1f), Jamie Brennan (0-1), Michael McEniff (0-2). Sub: Tommy Hourihane for Carr (56).Referee:Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh).Bundoran turn the tide on Termon with last gasp win was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCbundoranTermonlast_img read more

Woman details alleged abuse of her as girl

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – The girl began visiting her church pastor with questions about her eternal salvation. The counseling sessions would last more than an hour after Sunday church and would end with the pastor offering to hug the crying girl. “He would sit on a chair in the corner of the room and have me sit on his lap with my thighs around him,” the young woman, now 18, testified Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court. For the following five years ending in August, Joseph Gary Torres, 46, gradually increased their contact until sodomy and oral copulation were common, she testified during the first day of Torres’ preliminary hearing. “I was always afraid to say no because I thought he would think I don’t trust him and that he wasn’t my friend anymore,” she said. “You don’t know if the lap-sitting hug happened before you were 14 – right?” Burk asked. The young woman sat blankly for about 10 seconds until Giss interjected. “At any time before you were 14, were you touched in a manner that you now believe was inappropriate, had sexual overtones?” Giss said. “I don’t remember what happened, how much happened. I was 14,” the witness responded. “In your opinion,” Giss continued, “were you touched three or more times inappropriately before you were 14?” “I don’t think so,” she said. The sisters were home-schooled and were not taught about sex. “I didn’t know what a penis was,” the older sister, a bespectacled young woman with long brown hair pulled in a ponytail, testified. She trusted Torres, not just as a pastor but as a friend. He warned her that guys would try to deceive her into sleeping with them, she said, and her goal was to remain a virgin – to preserve that gift for her husband. She believed she had remained sexually pure, she testified, because she and Torres never had intercourse, and he told her anal sex and oral sex didn’t count. The reason for the sex acts, Torres told her, was to help “lower his blood pressure.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The former pastor of Iglesia Bautista Reforma in Sunland has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of child molestation, including continuous sexual abuse, oral copulation and sodomy. The hearing will continue Thursday with testimony from the opening witness’ younger sister, who told police Torres began abusing her last year when she was 14. When the hearing ends, Judge Harvey Giss will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 34 years in prison. Torres, a father of three, was relieved of his pastoral duties at the Reformed Baptist church shortly before his arrest because of the discovery of an affair he was having with an adult woman and accusations of stealing money from his church. His wife has left him. Lewd acts on a child under 14 account for 16 years of Torres’ possible sentence, and during cross-examination, defense attorney Kristine M. Burk tried to establish that the witness wasn’t sure if any sexual contact occurred before she was 14. last_img read more

Rugby Wrap: Glasgow’s win not enough, Edinburgh slip to exit Europe

first_imgRussell and full-back Stuart Hogg, who combined well for the home side’s only try, are Scotland’s key attacking players and much like Jonny Sexton in Ireland or Leigh Halfpenny in Wales, both will automatically start for the national team if fit, regardless of their form.Maul worriesRacing managed a solitary try on the evening, courtesy of prop Cedate Gomes Sa from yet another driving maul close to the Glasgow line. The Warriors have now conceded six tries in recent weeks from this particular tactic, and until Gregor Townsend and his coaches find a way to stop it at source, and legally, opposition teams will continue to hurt his side with it.Townsend proud“There were a couple of tactical things we had to address at half time, such as kicking the ball too much”, Townsend reflected at full time. “We had to have patience and I thought the players really upped their intensity in the second half”, he continued, having given the likes of Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Alex Allen and James Malcolm a taste of European success in the latter stages.Launch pad for success Despite the game being effectively a dead rubber for both sides, Glasgow Warriors can use this impressive win as a catalyst to jump-start their title defence as they hope to welcome back the likes of Peter Horne, Mike Blair, Henry Pyrgos and Josh Strauss among others in the coming weeks.Their European ambitions may have been extinguished again for yet another season, but despite currently sitting outside the top seven in the Pro 12, Townsend’s men know that with two games in hand over the likes of Edinburgh, Ulster and Connacht, they can set their sights on another top four finish come May, having re-discovered that winning feeling.With all pools staging simultaneous final round matches, there was plenty of drama around Europe, not least in Pool 1 where Ulster hammered Oyonnax 56-3 at Kingspan Stadium.That crushing win came just as Saracens were seeing off four-times champions Toulouse with a second-string side in a 17-28 away win, sealing top seeding in the process.Pool 2 also had plenty of late drama as Exeter Chiefs sealed a first-ever Champions Cup quarter-final place by beating Ospreys 33-17 at Sandy Park. Paired with Clermont Auvergne’s shock 28-37 home defeat to Bordeaux-Begles, it ended both French sides’ interest in the competition.Scarlets suffered another defeat in a 10-22 home loss to Northampton Saints who joined Racing 92 in qualifying from Pool 3, whilst in Pool 4 Stade Francias defeated Leicester Tigers 36-21 in a result that ensured their quarter final meeting in April. Munster, as expected, ended their European campaign with a 5-28 away win at struggling Treviso.In Pool 5 Wasps secured home advantage in the last eight with an emphatic 51-10 thumping of former champions Leinster on Saturday, whilst current champions Toulon’s fortuitous 14-19 win at Bath secured their quarter final berth.Quarter finals – to be played on 8/9/10 AprilSaracens v Northampton SaintsWasps v Exeter ChiefsRacing 92 v ToulonLeicester Tigers v Stade FrancaisAlan Solomon’s side failed to progress. SNS GroupGrenoble 34-23 EdinburghWith 10 minutes left to play at Stade des Alpes on Saturday night, it looked as though Edinburgh had sealed a place in the quarter finals, as they led their Pool 5 rivals until South African star Gio Aplon’s late double took the contest away from them and a place in the last eight of the competition as a result.Blown opportunityAlan Solomons’ side had led 13-17 at the break thanks to early tries from flanker John Hardie, winger Will Helu, but their French opponents had stayed in touch through Jonathan Wisniewski’s boot and a 30th minute try of their own through hooker Arnaud Heguy.Edinburgh can only really have themselves to blame for their failure to qualify from Pool 5 which was hardly the most challenging of Challenge Cup pools, due to their sloppiness and failure to capitalise on early dominance.Positives for Vern CotterFrom a Scottish point of view, there were positive performances from Hardie, centre Matt Scott and scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne who contributed 13 points from the kicking tee on the night, but Edinburgh will be kicking themselves for allowing this game to be decided by their own errors, going from a winning and qualifying position, to a defeat and being knocked out of the competition thanks to results elsewhere.London Irish’s 7-31 win away to Agen meant that they overtook Edinburgh in Pool 5 thanks to their head-to-head, and progress from the pool at the Scots’ expense.Challenge Cup WrapConnacht registered a routine 47-5 win over Enisei-STM on Saturday to clinch top spot in Pool 1 as Newcastle Falcons beat Brive 27-23 in the pool’s other match.In Pool 2 Sale Sharks earned themselves a quarter final place with an impressive home win over Newport Gwent Dragons whilst Castres defeated Top 14 rivals Pau 24-7 in the pool’s dead rubber.Cardiff Blues ended their mixed Challenge Cup campaign with a big 74-6 win over Calvisano, whilst Montpellier defeated a weakened Harlequins 42-9 at the Altrad Stadium to join the English side in qualifying from Pool 3.Gloucester also joined them in the last eight thanks to a hard-fought 11-14 win in Zebre to clinch Pool 4 as La Rochelle defeated Worcester 35-11 in the pool’s final match.Quarter final line up – to be played on 7/8/9/10th April:Sale Sharks v MontpellierGloucester v Newport Gwent DragonsHarlequins v London IrishGrenoble v Connacht Having elected to omit the likes of Dan Carter, Juan Imhoff and Mike Phillips from their squad, Racing 92 knew that this was a game where they could afford to blood some fringe players. The French side had already qualified as Pool 3 winners, but hadn’t banked on facing a fired-up Glasgow pack who had been posted missing in action these last few weeks.Led by the superb Leone Nakawara, captain Jonny Gray and recalled James Eddie, the Warriors eight consistently made dents in Racing’s lauded defence and would have been further than 3-0 ahead at half time, had it not been for winger Taqele Naiyaravoro spilling a pin-point Finn Russell cross-kick yards from the line just before the interval.Superb second halfThe Warriors however, were far better in the second half with stand-off Russell dictating play with measure and confidence that has been lacking in recent weeks, which will be a major boost to Scotland coach Vern Cotter’s plans for the next few weeks. In the final round of European pool matches, Glasgow Warriors welcomed star-studded Racing 92 to unfamiliar Rugby Park looking to end their disappointing campaign on a high, whilst Edinburgh had their sights on a Challenge Cup quarter- final place as they travelled to Grenoble for a winner-takes-all clash, writes Finlay Morrison.Glasgow Warriors 22-5 Racing 92Having endured a month to forget, the near 10,000 fans that made the unfamiliar trip to Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park on Saturday night finally had something to cheer about as the Warriors made a long-overdue return to winning ways, and showed glimpses of their best rugby of the season against the Parisians.Rested Racing starslast_img read more

Paul Hartley: I expect Dundee to maintain level reached at Hamilton

first_imgDundee manger Paul Hartley says his side deserved their win but warned it will count for nothing if they lack fight in their coming games.The Dark Blues ended their winless run at New Douglas Park, claiming a 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies with Paul McGowan’s goal proving the difference.Hartley pointed out how he now expects Dundee to reach these levels from now until the end of the season.“That’s the minimum we expect from them now, the players know that, they’re a great bunch of players to work with – they’re honest, and just haven’t had the results,” he said. “That was a different Dundee and we’re going to be looking for that between now and the end of the season. We have to fight for every result. We might not always win, but as long as I see on the pitch what I saw there I’ll be happy.“I’m delighted for the players – we deserved that, we fought, we stuck together and I’m pleased for the group.“We had a good week, in terms of speaking, and some good stuff on the training pitch. We were all honest with each other, said we’re going to fix it together, and we’re going to fight every week, and every day in training – I don’t mean punches, but to fight together and show a real desire and attitude.“That was a different Dundee team, a team that wanted it, the attitude was great, and all over the pitch, in every department, we deserved that.”last_img read more

ESB ease concerns on overnight blackout fear following Letterkenny power outage

first_imgTHE ESB are working on restoring power to homes in the Ard Na Rí area of Letterkenny.Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry McMonagle has been in contact with ESB staff, who have said that ‘some of the power’ has been restored to ‘some of the homes’.While the ESB had initially indicated that the blackout would continue overnight, the ESB are now hopeful of restoring power within the next ‘few hours’. “They are trying to locate the faults on site,” Councillor McMonagle said.Around 400 homes have also been hit by a power outage in Inishowen, with the ESB saying they will have power back on around 8 o’clock this evening.An ESB spokesperson said: “We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair a fault and will restore power as quickly as possible.”  ESB ease concerns on overnight blackout fear following Letterkenny power outage was last modified: January 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Councillor Gerry McMonagleESBgerry mcmonagleletterkennylast_img read more

SA’s one-two in 400m hurdles

first_img23 March 2006South Africa claimed a one-two in the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday, with LJ van Zyl and Alwyn Myburgh finishing in the gold and silver medal positions.Van Zyl was the slowest man out of the blocks, but came back strongly to run a Games record of 48.05 seconds, overhauling his compatriot down the straight.Myburgh, who finished seventh in the Athens Olympics, ran a season’s best 48.23 to comfortably secure silver ahead of Jamaica’s Kemel Thompson, who finished in 48.65.Another South African, Ter de Villiers, finished seventh.Following in Hestrie’s footstepsSouth Africa’s successes in field events continued as 19-year-old Anika Smith followed in the footsteps of Hestrie Cloete by winning the women’s high jump.Smith equalled her personal best of 1.91 metres to finish three centimetres clear of Wales’ Julie Crane. Third place went to Karen Beautle of Jamaica.Back on the track, sprinter Geraldine Pillay added a bronze medal in the 200 metres to the silver medal she won in the 100 metres.Running in lane eight, Pillay ran superbly to claim third behind the Jamaican duo of Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell in a time of 22.92 seconds.Shooting silversSouth Africa’s shooting team won two more medals, both of them silver.Esmari van Reenen was squeezed out of first place by India’s Anuia Jung in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone. She finished on 670 points to the 670.7 of Jung.Byron Swanton, whose sister Diane won gold in the women’s trap, finished second in the men’s double trap.India’s Olympic silver medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore successfully defended the title he won four years ago in Manchester, while William Chetcuti of Malta won bronze. Former Olympic champion Russell Mark of Australia had to settle for fourth.Chauke in flyweight finalSouth Africa is assured of at least two more medals, both of them in the boxing ring.Jackson Chauke reached the flyweight final when he beat Uganda’s Martin Mubiri on points on Thursday. He faces England’s Don Broadhurst, who eliminated Jitender Kumar of India, for the gold medal.Welterweight Bongani Mwelase, who won gold at the 2005 Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Glasgow, stopped Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba in the second round of their quarterfinal contest to reach the semi-finals. Both losing semi-finalists win bronze medals.last_img read more

AIFF must play bigger role for Indian football’s progress, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain and Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) co-owner Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has to play a bigger role in taking the game forward in the country.Though the Indian Super League (ISL) took the country by storm in its first season, the national team (ranked 141) went down 1-2 against Guam, ranked 33 places below them in the rankings, in their 2018 World Cup qualifying round group match last month.”Success of any sport nationally, internationally depends on infrastructure of the entire system, ISL is for two months and it is slowly improving the infrastructure but I believe that the AIFF has to play a bigger role if football in India has to go forward,” Ganguly told reporters here after unveiling ATK’s jersey for the second season.The former left-hand batsman, who incidentally also has his birthday on Wednesday, was greeted with the “Happy Birthday” song upon his arrival.”ISL needs AIFF’s support, it cannot be the other way round. Like in cricket the BCCI supports the IPL and BCCI is the body which runs cricket in India and sees the domestic structure too,” he said.Ganguly also believes the standard of football in the country has not improved at all in the last few years.”I think the AIFF has to play an important role, the time here is very difficult, ISL has just happened but the overall standard has not improved for the last few years but we have to try and build infrastructure,” he said.advertisementGanguly added the league provides a great platform for the players.”ISL only started last year and it is a great platform for the Indian players and us to be a part of it,” he said.The 43-year-old also welcomed the transformation from artificial turf to natural grass at the Salt Lake stadium stating it will be an advantage for ATK, who will play their home matches there. ATK will conduct their pre-season training at the newly-laid ground in August, he said.”It will be an advantage, we had a lot of injuries last year so I believe it will be easier to play on it this time,” he said.last_img read more