47 local and overseas players shortlisted for U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers

first_img… We have a very talented pool of players to choose from – Lady Jags head coachHEAD coach of Guyana Women U-20 side, Dr Ivan Joseph, is anticipating an uphill task in naming his final list of 23 players for the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier in the Dominican Republic. Guyana are drawn in Group D, where they were placed alongside Mexico, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) recently announced a list of 47 players, made up of mostly overseas-based players, who are currently being scrutinised on the training pitch. The best-possible squad will be selected to create history and be one of CONCACAF’s representatives July 3 – 23 at the FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama.Dr Joseph related that at his disposal, there’s “a very talented pool of players to choose from and that will make our decision very difficult. However, at the end of the day my primary responsibility is to always select the best possible squad from all players available to me for the final team.”In an earlier interview with Chronicle Sport, the Canada-based coach related that he was “lucky enough to have several of our players playing football in the United States universities and a few in Canadian universities and a few who have been playing year-round with their clubs. On top of that, what we’ve done also is put together several of our top players in an indoor league, so they’ll have a continuity of our system.”Stressing on the difficulty of putting together a squad worthy enough of not only competing at the Championship, but also qualifying, Dr Joseph opined, “I would be lying to you if I said it was an easy task, pulling together a national team that’s from multiple countries, from the diaspora, but the good news is, that we’re all committed to the same thing and trying to get better and get fit.”However, with the absence of any meaningful and continuous female football programme in Guyana, Dr Joseph said, “I’m nervous that our Guyana-based players, who don’t have the same level of playing meaningful games, may be missing a step off of speed, but we’ll do the best with what we can.”A release from the GFF noted that assistant coach Akilah Castello has been conducting training sessions for the Guyana-based players, while head coach Joseph is conducting training sessions in Toronto for all of the internationally based players.The Lady Jags will kick things off on February 23 when they come up against Nicaragua, and will then suit up against Puerto Rico on February 25, before facing Mexico on February 27 in their final Group D game.CONCACAF recently announced that their Council had determined that Costa Rica and Panama, as host countries of the World Cup, will automatically qualify to the World Cup and will no longer participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, meaning that the two remaining slots in the World Cup will be determined via the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.For the group stage of the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, to be played at the Felix Sanchez Stadium and Panamericano Stadium, in Santo Domingo and San Cristobal, respectively, Guyana (top-ranked team in qualifying Group A) and St Kitts and Nevis (top-ranked team in qualifying Group B) will be replacing Costa Rica and Panama for the group stage of the final championship.SHORTLISTED LADY JAGS:Horicia Adams (Foxy Ladies), Tiandi Smith (Fruta Conquerors), Taylor White (Oshawa Kicks OYSL), Stefani Kouzas (Laval FC), Brianne Desa (Durham United FC), Nailah Rowe (Durham United FC), Jade Vyfhuis (Markham SC), Rylee Traicoff (Durham United FC), Makayla Rudder (Unionville SC), Jessica Myers (Durham United FC), Kiana Khedoo (North Mississauga SC), Tori DeNobrega (Durham United FC), Aneesa O’Brien (Durham United FC), Hailey David (Pickering), Audrey Narine (Pickering), Gabriella Salvadore (Erin Mills Eagles), Nyla Oppenheimer (AJAX FC), Sydney Puddicombe (AnB Futbol Academy), Savannah Edwards (Durham United FC) and Serena Mcdonald (Richmond Hill).Asiyah Shakeek (Pickering Green U15), Megan O’Brien (North York Cosmos), Christina Antonopoulos (AnB Futbol Academy), Shanice Alfred (Richmond Hill), Raven Edwards-Dowdall (Senaca College), Nia Collins (Florida Kraze Krush ENCL), Anisa Roberts (Durham United FC), Sonaya O’Neil (North York Cosmos), Jaida Brooks (Durham United FC), Ashaya Doobay (Richmond Hill), Jenea Knight (Durham United FC), Samantha Banfield (United FA OPDL), Mariah Johnson (Pickering Green U15), Rory Scott (Unionville), Inari Moore (Laval FC) and Shacaylah Williams (Unionville).Stefani Kouzas (Laval FC), Jessica Jagdeo (Dixie Girls), Sidney Facey (Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club), Anaya Johnson (Woodbridge Strikers), Alliea Alleyne (Fruta Conquerors), Shamya Daniels (Fruta Conquerors), Amanda McKenize (Fruta Conquerors), Deekola Chester (Fruta Conquerors), Shontel Green (Foxy Ladies), Izannah Rogers (Fruta Conquerors), and Lensey Adolph (Upper Dem FC).last_img read more

‘I saw it as a lesson’: How an alleged human trafficking scheme shaped Kingsley Jonathan’s football career

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2018 at 12:52 am Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu The coaching staff thought they had a superstar in the making. After playing football for just one season at Eastern Alamance (North Carolina) High School, their freshman phenom, Jonathan Kingsley, was named a MaxPreps Freshman All-American and helped lead Eastern Alamance to the state semifinal.Kingsley stood at 6-foot-4 and weighed over 200 pounds. He was believed to be 15 years old and had immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria the year before.“He came in not knowing everyone and just by his actions being a great guy, he drew others,” Eastern Alamance head coach John Kirby said. “His motor ran hard and he always stayed to try to learn.” But over the course of the ensuing months, much of Kingsley’s perceived background proved to be misrepresented. He wasn’t 15 years old. His name was Kingsley Jonathan, not Jonathan Kingsley. His passport showed he should’ve been a junior, and not a freshman in high school. An alleged human trafficking scheme placed Jonathan near the epicenter of a federal government investigation on the opposite side of the world from his home.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMax Freund | Staff PhotographerTwo moves and three years later, Jonathan is a sophomore defensive lineman at No. 20 Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) and ranks third on the Orange with five sacks. He will likely earn his second start this Friday against No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) in the Camping World Bowl due to Alton Robinson’s absence for “personal reasons.” Jonathan, who SU head coach Dino Babers calls one of his favorite players because of his endless motor and cheerful character, has endured an arduous path to reach his position. Yet, through it all, Jonathan mustered the strength to find his way in a foreign land.“Some things I wish didn’t happen, but I always trusted God,” Jonathan said. “I knew it was his plan. That’s what he wanted me to go through, to experience that, so that I could help people coming from Nigeria and be an example. Throughout the whole process I saw it as a lesson. God showed me things that I needed to learn, things that I needed to open my eyes to.”***A gifted student and basketball player, Jonathan’s parents believed he could go much farther in the United States than he could in Nigeria. They obtained a visa, a passport and an I-20 form, he said. Once he arrived in North Carolina, he was met by Aris Hines and Brandi Thomason, who would host Jonathan. The two never had any contact with him or his family before he reached the U.S., Jonathan said, but Hines was the one that had Eastern Alamance send the I-20.Hines and Thomason enrolled Jonathan in the eighth grade that year, where he adjusted to the culture and new way of life in America. He lived with Hines and Thomason as well as several other kids from different countries that the couple hosted. But according to reports, Jonathan’s visa indicated he was supposed to attend Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, where his parents were paying for him to go. But he was on his own in a new world. He did what was asked of him.Jonathan didn’t think anything of it when he walked into his eighth-grade classroom in the fall of 2014 and nearly every kid was much smaller than he was. It was a different place. He didn’t know anyone. The following year, he attended Eastern Alamance and earned a spot on the varsity football roster. He was a “humongous” kid and a gifted athlete. He’d never stepped foot on a field and needed others to put on pads for him, but he adapted quickly, Kirby said. Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHe became one of Eastern Alamance’s best players. He stayed after practice every day to learn more and work on his technique and develop his knowledge of the game. When he went home, after completing his homework, he spent hours on YouTube where he learned the tactics and roles of each position watching NFL players, especially defensively, where Jonathan became a force.“You get to hit people and don’t get yelled at,” Jonathan said. “I love hitting people and I get this kind of adrenaline rush. You can do it and not get yelled at. And then you can do it again and again.”By seasons end, Jonathan was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American and one of the best up-and-coming players in the country. Rivals.com visited Eastern Alamance frequently as did several Division I coaches. During that season, Jonathan said, he moved in with Tim and Tyra Grate, whose son was a teammate of Jonathan.The Grates could not be reached for comment after multiple attempts.At the same time, Hines was out of town for a few months, and when he returned he saw the Grates worked to become Jonathan’s legal guardians. In response, Hines called the schools who faced Eastern Alamance, claiming that the Eagles played an ineligible athlete. Since the Grates had not yet become Jonathan’s legal guardians, his legal guardians’ residency was still home in Nigeria.Eastern Alamance was forced to vacate its wins in both football and basketball, but the blowback from those calls along with the disappearance of three girls also staying with Hines and Thomason opened questions into Hines’ and Thomason’s background. Investigations found Jonathan was just one of a series of foreign students that Hines and Thomason hosted in order to exploit their parents for money, upwards of $27,000 according to initial reports. Police reports indicated both Hines and Thomason were charged with obstruction of justice and obtaining property by false pretense. Throughout the following weeks and months the Department of Homeland Security visited Mebane, as it, along with local investigators, dug deeper into the activities of Hines and Thomason. Some reports suggested that the pair had conducted similar schemes in Oklahoma and West Virginia.Neither Hines nor Thomason could be reached after multiple attempts to contact them.“I was just trying to keep my head down and stick with the people I know I can trust and with the family I’m with now,” Jonathan said. “I just watched it play out.”***Before Jonathan’s senior year, St. Frances (Maryland) head coach Henry Russell and assistant coach Messay Hailemariam heard about Jonathan’s situation, how he’d been taken advantage of, and they wanted to do whatever they could to help. Jonathan’s play on the football field was just an extra bonus they never planned on. “Coach Messay and I were like we’ve got to find a way to help this kid,” Russell said. “He’s in a bad spot and it’s not his fault.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerRussell and Hailemariam reached out to the Grates and arranged a meeting. Shortly after Jonathan enrolled at St. Frances, 328 miles away from Eastern Alamance. Immediately, Jonathan wanted to play football, but he would have to wait. He wasn’t yet eligible to play, and Russell and Hailemariam had to obtain clearance from the federal government to do so.Due to his victimization in what was believed to be a human trafficking scheme, Jonathan was witness to an FBI investigation. Russell and Hailemariam had to work with the Department of Homeland Security just to make sure he could stay in the United States as an ordinary student. Along with that, because of his ineligibility in North Carolina, the two had to obtain clearance from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) if Jonathan wanted to play football, which he terribly desired. Jonathan stayed back after every practice to work with the coaching staff and figure out how to improve. Even if he couldn’t play in St. Frances’ games, he wanted to ensure he could still play in college. Hailemariam, an Ethopian, was a former Division I football player. Following his playing career, he immediately became a coach. He knew the cultural power of the sport.“I told him football would allow him to gauge the new country, acclimate. He had an opportunity for free education … to graduate with a degree debt-free,” Hailemariam said. “I told him to be grateful for that. You’re from Nigeria and have an opportunity few people get. Don’t be complacent.”Those words motivated Jonathan and they still do. He asked for help in his technique and game from his teammates and in turn tutored around a dozen of them. After two months of waiting, Russell received word from the MIAA that Jonathan was eligible. When he informed Jonathan of the decision, Jonathan nearly cried. Russell remembered his smile grew wide, tears formed in his eyes. He remembered Jonathan repeatedly asked if it were true. He became a star outside linebacker, and intercepted a pass in the state final to seal a victory. As a three-star recruit, he gained attention from schools like Syracuse, Tennessee and South Carolina. “Him not knowing football, I was just lost for a second. I was like ‘How could you be this good at a sport that you know nothing about?’ I was confused,” his teammate Gary Brightwell said “I’d ask him every day, are you lying to me? You’re just playing one of those games with me again? For him not to know anything about the sport, he sure do make a lot of plays.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerDespite his success, several collegiate coaches were scared to offer him a scholarship because of his past, Russell said. For someone so focused on being part of a family, Jonathan struggled to find a coach willing to let him be part of one. He finally found that in Dino Babers and his staff at Syracuse.“Coming from everything I’ve been through, that was mainly what I was looking for,” Jonathan said. “They have my back, no matter what happens.”During that senior year, Jonathan and his roommates from St. Frances visited Syracuse for the Orange’s game against South Florida in September of 2016. Following the game, Brightwell said, Jonathan committed on the field.“Not too many people could make it that far being through what he went through,” Brightwell said. “Usually people break, but he just stayed focused the whole way.”***As a sophomore this season, Jonathan has elevated his game. Backing up defensive ends Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman, Jonathan ranks third on the team in sacks behind the two, despite not starting. Few players on the team have a higher motor than Jonathan, Babers said.“He has no governor,” Babers said, referring to the speed regulator on tour busses. “I love him. I absolutely love him.”Due to Robinson’s absence in the Camping World Bowl, Jonathan will likely fill into his role starting alongside Coleman and defensive tackle Chris Slayton, playing on perhaps the biggest stage of his young career.At the same time that this game will happen in Orlando, Florida, Hines and Thomason are living in Texas, away from prison. Charges against the pair were dropped this past July because Jonathan provided “inconsistent statements” and there were “significant problems obtaining pertinent and relevant evidence from federal authorities.”In an interview with WTVD in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hines stated the following in relation to Jonathan.“The parents had signed off on it, it had the Nigerian seal from a notary. And when we went to the school, if they had told us that we needed a court-ordered document, which we didn’t know at the time, we would have went through the courts and got the proper document to enroll the kid.”Hines and Thomason have been linked to dozens of other cases of human trafficking, specifically involving athletes. But inconsistencies let them avoid prison. Jonathan doesn’t have animosity toward them. He doesn’t know where he’d be otherwise.  “They made it possible for me to get over here. That was a big deal,” Jonathan said. “I always wish everybody the best…They have their life, I have my life.”For years Jonathan bounced around, struggling to find his place. He was subject to an FBI investigation and did not know where he’d end up. Now, Jonathan doesn’t have to worry about any of that. He has found his family, and he’s finally home.— Senior Staff Writer Matthew Gutierrez contributed reporting to this story. Commentslast_img read more

Bennett to compete in “Sprinters Championship”

first_imgCarrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett leads his Bora Argon 18 team as they line up in the Belgian sprinters classic Scheldeprijs today.The 204 kilometre race includes seven cobbled sections and features many riders competing in Sundays Paris – Roubaix.Also taking to the start line will be Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins and pre-race favourite Alexander Kristoff of the Katusha squad.last_img

Nenagh denied by Corinthians

first_imgNenagh had to defend for much of the first half and did well to keep Corinthians to one try and one penalty.Derek Corcoran’s 70 metre run to the try line kept Nenagh within touching distance and left the score at 7-10 at half time.Despite another try from Eathon Moloney in the second half, after a super 5 metre scrum, little went Nenagh’s way in this 40 as the visitors scored two tries to win by 20 points to 12.last_img

Liberia to arrive less than 24 hours before Afcon tie

first_imgLiberia appear to have resolved their travel issues ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations match with Nigeria on Saturday, but will only arrive in Calabar on Friday evening.There had been fears earlier that the match may have to be delayed as the flight carrying the Liberian delegation was refused permission to land in Nigeria.Liberia’s squad were due to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday but their aircraft remained stranded in Ghana, where they have been based.A spokesman for the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Henry Flomo, said: “We hope to leave our base at 1530 GMT to join up with the technical delegation, who are flying in from Monrovia.“We will then travel together on a charter flight to Calabar.“We expect to arrive in Calabar very late tonight and hope to have a chance to train on the pitch very early tomorrow morning.” This is hardly ideal preparation for Liberia, with the tie level at 2-2.Flomo’s comments will only further cloud this confusing tale after the president of the LFA, Musa Bility, told the BBC on Thursday: “Unfortunately, as of four o’clock, the aircraft still had not received landing confirmation from the Nigeria airport authority.“We do not know why there has been a delay. Our aircraft people said they could not fly after four o’clock because the airport at Calabar closes early.”Had the flight been granted clearance on Thursday, it is unlikely that the Liberia delegation would have arrived together, as Nigeria were expecting. The squad has been based in Ghana, whilst the technical delegation remained back in Monrovia.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), through their head of international competition, Bola Oyeyode, issued the following statement at lunch-time on Friday: “As of Friday morning, the NFF was still expecting the 125-member Liberian delegation, as against information from the Liberia Football Association that the team would land in Calabar by 7.30pm on Thursday.“We’re still expecting them to advise us on their new arrival time. They got in touch with us on Thursday night to say that they had a problem with the aircraft they wanted to charter and that they would find their way into Nigeria on Friday.“We are still expecting them for the game on Saturday.”last_img read more

The good, the bad and the dirty in the week of boxing: From Vasiliy Lomachenko’s excellence to Jaime Munguia’s lucky escape

first_imgThe Good- Vasiliy Lomachenko continues to amaze. The prevailing thought going into his bout with Anthony Crolla on Friday night was that Lomachenko would make it look rather easy and get the Englishman out of there in short order. Not only did the 31-year-old do what many expected, but he did so with flair when he connected on a beautiful check right hook to send Crolla face-first back across the Atlantic to retain the WBA/WBO lightweight titles. From the outset, Lomachenko (13-1), showed why he is perhaps the best fighter on the planet. While the Ukranian didn’t throw many shots, he established control by cutting off the ring and feinting, which made Crolla mentally tired without Lomachenko landing any power shots. Once he figured out the puzzle at the end of the second round, Lomachenko launched his attack and put the overmatched Crolla out of his misery early in the fourth round. Early Sunday morning, Lomachenko took to Twitter and said he would return to the ring in September. But the question is, who will he face? “Hi-Tech” could add another belt to his collection and face IBF titlist Richard Commey. Lomachenko made it clear after the fight that more than anything else, he wants WBC titleholder Mikey Garcia in order to see who is the best at 135 pounds. Previously, the two have said it’s a battle they want to happen. Unfortunately in boxing these days, promoters can never get along to make the high profile showdowns fans want to see. Hopefully, the trend gets bucked, and we get to see two of the best in the world lock horns. – Claressa Shields marching forward to being the “GWOT”. Saturday’s clash between Shields and Christina Hammer had been described as the most prominent women’s fight of all time. Heading into the contest, boxing pundits felt Hammer would provide Shields with her toughest test to date.However, Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) had other plans in mind and turned it into a rout, winning a lopsided decision on all three judges’ scorecards to become the undisputed women’s middleweight champion. Shields broke through Hammer’s vaunted jab and delivered a sharp jab of her own, which allowed the native of Flint, Mich. to score repeated overhand rights.Beyond getting knocked down for the first time in her career against Hanna Gabriel last June, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has made it look rather easy winning two world titles in two different weight classes and becoming an undisputed champion at 160 pounds. Is she the greatest women’s fighter of all time? The 24-year-old’s on her way there. The only roadblock between her and that accolade is the other women’s boxing undisputed champion: welterweight queen Cecilia Braekhus. When Sporting News brought up the possibility to Braekhus in December, the native of the Netherlands was unsure.”It’s hard to say right now because she is two weight divisions above me and that’s a lot,” Braekhus said to SN. “She’s going to be facing Christina Hammer next year. I think it’s too early to start discussing (but) me and Claressa fighting would be huge.”Now with Hammer out of the way, the only thing standing in the direction of the biggest bout in the history of women’s boxing is Braekhus. Let’s hope it happens because if women’s boxing is going to prosper, big fights need to continue to occur.- Even in defeat, Dennis Hogan comes out the true winner. The 34-year-old from Ireland knew the odds were against him when he took on WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia because the latter is the harder puncher and the fact the bout was taking place in Monterrey, Mexico, the home country of Munguia.Hogan and his team told the DAZN broadcast team during their fighters meeting on Friday if he dominated Munguia, he would get a fair shake from the judges and a decision win if it went the distance.Well, Hogan controlled the action, was the better fighter and yet, Munguia earned a majority decision win. Hogan exemplified great footwork, had a great jab and to the surprise of many, fought on the inside, getting the better of the exchanges. Despite the lack of pop in his punches, Hogan wobbled Munguia with an overhand right at the start of the 11th round. When all the scorecards were read off, you couldn’t help but feel bad for Hogan. He went into enemy territory for his first world title opportunity and fought the fight of his life against a guy who people think is going to be a massive star. This wasn’t a situation where the underdog won a few rounds and gave himself a good showing. This was a case where Hogan had all the chips stacked against him, went into enemy waters and controlled the action and instead of walking out WBO champion, Hogan got a raw deal. A rematch deserves to happen, immediately.The Bad- Manny Pacquiao signs with Rizin. Looking at the news at face value, Pacquiao making a move to the Japanese promotion shouldn’t be any surprise. His rival Floyd Mayweather did it in December, destroyed Tenshin Nasukawa and made around $9 million. As of right now, it is unknown if Pacquiao, who is rumored to be in talks of fighting Keith Thurman on July 13, will fight on the April 21 show. That uncertainty makes the question of why Pacquiao is doing this sadder.This is Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and one of the best boxers of this generation. The mention of Pacquiao’s association with a freak show event should be above the “Pac-Man”. But the lure of what is expected to be a good payday for doing little work looks to be too enticing for someone who still owes the IRS millions of dollars. The Dirty- Jaime Munguia’s gift from the judges. The judging in boxing has always been a hot button issue. Fighters getting favorable decisions in their hometowns or native countries isn’t something new. Prime examples of such actions are when Nikolai Valuev beat Evander Holyfield in a heavyweight title fight in December 2008 in Switzerland when he did absolutely nothing against the long past-his-prime champion, or the draw in the first fight between Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in March 1999, when the Englishman clearly won. The icing on the cake was the 1988 Olympic gold medal match in South Korea when Park Si-Hun received the victory over Roy Jones Jr., where Jones dominated throughout. Another black eye on the sport occurred on Saturday when Jaime Munguia beat Dennis Hogan by majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 115-113) to retain the WBO junior middleweight title at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, which is Munguia’s home country.Just because a fighter competes in his native land shouldn’t automatically give them an advantage. A boxing match is supposed to be about two people fighting to see who is the better fighter — nothing more, nothing less. The world saw a boxing match, and the better competitor lost. Hogan threw the more powerful shots, was the aggressor and controlled the pace. He did all the necessary things to win and still came on the short end of the stick. People will say all three judges were American. Just because they were from the United States doesn’t mean anything. Anytime Munguia threw anything, the crowd roared. Doing so affects how judges score because they were thinking Munguia was connecting on a hard punch when he wasn’t, as Hogan was in no danger throughout. Look at what happened in between the eighth and ninth rounds. Munguia twice asked his corner whether he was winning. Who does that? Not someone who is winning.The look on Munguia’s face after the scores were read told the story. A sigh of relief came over him knowing he got away with one. The 22-year-old knew he received an early birthday present that he didn’t deserve. It’s a travesty these situations are still allowed to happen. A fighter’s fate should be decided by individuals involved in the sport, not by those who are easily influenced by others. It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearlast_img read more

Strongest ever weightlifting field for Pacific Games

first_imgSamoa, Fiji and Nauru will also have Commonwealth medallists on show, as well as New Zealand and Australia, who are competing in the Pacific Games for the first time. American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Guam, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, and Wallis and Futuna are the other competing countries aside from the CNMI and host Papua New Guinea. The General Secretary of the Oceania and Commonwealth Weightlifting Federations, Paul Coffa, says that’s helped to boost the entry numbers. Among the lifters on show will be Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallists Dika Toua and Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea, and David Katoatau from Kiribati. The Pacific Games event in Port Moresby is being held in conjunction with the Oceania Weightlifting Championships for the first time.center_img A 32-member delegation, including 25 athletes, will banner the Northern Marianas’ medal hopes to next month’s XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. “We have 21 countries with about 260 lifters competing. That’s quite a large number really – the biggest entries we’ve ever had in this sport in the pacific – and of course the [fact it is a] Rio qualification event has a lot to do with it, and we expect some excellent results.” The CNMI will be competing in eight of the 28 sports offered in the Pacific Games, namely, athletics, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, golf, sailing, swimming, triathlon, and va’a or outrigger canoe.last_img read more

Oblak: “We are not going to let Liverpool do what he wants”

first_imgWhat would it mean to end the game with the goal to zero? “Each game is important to finish the goal to zero. And tomorrow we would surely be good for the return. Anything can happen and there is a possibility of any result. It is not worth thinking about what can happen but to make a match great, do your best and the result will come. “ Have you studied the trident of Liverpool: Mané, Salah and Firmino? “Yes, we have analyzed everything, but the three are very big players but they are not just them. Everyone who is on the field is incredibly good and in a good shape. I have to worry everyone, not just one. I’m analyzing Liverpool as a team, not just me but the whole team. We play against Liverpool not against a team that has three good individualities. They’re going to be dangerous. “Atleti concedes goals for a stationary ball: “The statistics do not lie. We are thinking that and doing it in the best possible way. I hope that tomorrow does not happen to us, what happened to us in Valencia, to fit the ball. If we are all focused we can do better.” Oblak was the Atlético player in charge of appearing before the media in the previous round of 16 Champions League match between the rojiblancos and Liverpool. The rojiblanco goalkeeper is aware of the power of the reds, but ensures that they will not lower their arms.With Liverpool comes Alisson, best goalkeeper in the world according to the awards: “I have no doubt that Alisson is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. I respect him a lot, but we will do everything to bother him and overcome him.”center_img What would you say to people who favor Liverpool? “I think that a team that in the last year has almost not lost is a favorite. But that does not mean that we lower our arms and let them do what they want. We want to make the best game of the season and get well alive around the corner. to do our best to face a team like Liverpool. “last_img read more

Bandit nabbed in latrine after WCD robbery

first_imgChinese restaurant robberyRanks of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) were able to apprehend two of three bandits who reportedly attacked and robbed the proprietor of the New Hong Kong Restaurant on Tuesday night.One of the men has since confessed to the robbery.Reports are the three men armed with cutlasses invaded the Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara restaurant at about 23:00h on Tuesday.The Chinese proprietor was robbed of an undisclosed sum of cash and cellular phones. Following the robbery, an alarm was raised and Police who responded promptly were able to comb through the area. One of the bandits was found hiding in a latrine with the cutlass.Another suspect has since been apprehended and both men are said to be cooperating with the Police as they continue with their investigations.last_img read more

Jagdeo defends criticisms of Granger’s policies

first_img– says he “enjoys my respect, it’s his policies we are critical of”Given President David Granger’s recent concern about being criticised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and his party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Jagdeo has clarified that the criticisms are targeted at the President’s policies and not him as an individual.Jagdeo stressed that Granger was chair of Cabinet and was responsible for policies in the Government, unlike ceremonial presidents who do not have to account to the electorate. He explained that Granger held executive power and was the final decision-maker in the current Government.President Granger had told a section of the press that former Presidents should not be criticising the current President because they had their time to govern. He also recalled Jagdeo and other Opposition parliamentarians disrupting his speechOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoin Parliament and heckling him.But Jagdeo maintained that Granger’s concerns were unfair because he (the President) has been critical of the PPP as well. “Our president is an executive president and, therefore, has to account for the policies that his Government is pursuing. So, it is not because we hate President Granger as an individual; in fact, as a Guyanese we share common history, common blood, everything else. But we have to point out the deficiencies of his Government,” the Opposition Leader stated.Jagdeo said too that while the President has facilitated discourse with him, particularly to look at constitutional matters, he was more concerned with finding a solution to the issues he had raised with him. “It is what he has done about those issues that are affecting the nation and if he has done nothing about them – although they are affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of our people all across Guyana, then we have to be critical of him,” Jagdeo explained.In listing some of these concerns, the Opposition Leader noted that Guyanese at large have been dissatisfied about a $60 billion increase in taxes on food, water, electricity and machinery for the productive sector. Jagdeo said he has also raised concerns about increased borrowing, citing the $100 billion overdraft at the Bank of Guyana, US$150 million of development borrowing, $30 billion bond for the sugar industry, and the failure to issue titles to Amerindian lands.“So, bringing these things to the attention of the President is not personally disparaging him. The attention that we bring to the public and to him on thesePresident David Grangermatters is to basically ask him to account for his policies,” Jagdeo added, explaining that other issues of concern to Guyanese include the fate of fired sugar workers and those employed in the local bauxite industry. “We have nothing personal against the President, but we have to get answers to these issues. I will be abdicating my responsibility as Leader of the Opposition if I did not raise these issues,” Jagdeo added. Nevertheless, he said he was committed to working with the Guyanese Head of State on any matter of national importance aimed at bringing progress and/or relief to the Guyanese people.“Let me make it quite clear here that President Granger enjoys my respect as would any Guyanese, and he – in spite of our concerns about the last elections – he is the President of this country at this point in time and we must all respect that,” Jagdeo stated.last_img read more