‘Eastern derby’ promises much; Conquerors to go all out for 3 points

first_img… Test of wills in tonight’s STAG Elite double-headerBy Ras WadadaAN explosion of wills is anticipated ahead of today’s GFF-STAG Elite League fixture between Buxton United and Monedderlust FC, set for the Tucville Community Centre ground, asSampson ‘Benniah’ Gilbert Sampson ‘Benniah’ GilbertGuyana’s 6-team top flight football continues.Both sides are making their first appearance for this season two and from the confidence exuded by the coaches in charge, fans are in for a special treat in the ‘Eastern derby’ where Buxton hold a psychological advantage. In the four meetings of the Elite competition the Buxtonians have won twice and lost once while the other game was drawn.Coach Herbert ‘Dan’ McPherson, who was at the helm in all meetings, feels his players are prepared and ready for theHerbert ‘Dan’ McPhersonHerbert ‘Dan’ McPhersoncontest. “We have had satisfactory preparations and we are ready for the game. We are really focused as we need to make an early impact and start on a positive note in this first encounter. We are prepared,” the ‘dreadlocked’ McPherson stressed.The coach added that he will be looking to improve on last year’s poor finishing which cost the team a lot of games and this season he will be calling on Delon Wright and Clevon Barnwell to get it right in the attack.“One of the main problems that cost us in the last season was goal-scoring because we created many scoring opportunities but just didn’t finish them and that is what we have mainly focused on in our preparations. I must say we have looked sharper in training. We have no fear for the opposition since we respect every team in the competition and on game day anything can happen.“We go into every game feeling we can win and we feel we can beat any team in this competition; but while we respect every opposition we play, our aim is to win. Of course we feel we can win the Championship, but our first goal is to finish in the top four and then take it from there,” the Buxton coach claimed in an interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday via the telephone.His opposite, Floyd ‘Running Man’ Cadogan, who is in charge at the Number Five Village team, is equally optimistic of the outcome.“I have always been a competitor and I have learnt that if you want to win you have to prepare and we have been on that road for some weeks now and should give a good account for ourselves. Winning is our first objective, but most important is how we play as a team.“This is a good opportunity to test the chemistry to see how ready we are on the pitch. We have been doing a lot of European methods of training, including tactics, and the players have adapted well, I must admit.“I am confident we will give a good account as the players are dedicating the game to the late president and manager, Kevin Layne. Our plan is to go out and secure the victory and three points,” the former national striker shared with Chronicle Sport.Cadogan also informed that young Atlyn Browne has returned after a brief stint in T&T and will boost the attack alongside the exciting Kevin Cotoye.Double-header kick-off time this afternoon is 18:00hrs.Meanwhile early title contenders, Fruta Conquerors FC, are set to add three more points when they confront a battered Victoria Kings in the night cap to follow.“We are very confident of a victory and securing three more maximum points. We are looking forward to play with the same intensity and even give a better show than the last game. We expect that after a team would have lost so heavily like Victoria did, they would go back to the drawing board and try and put in a better performance.“Although we are confident we are looking forward to play with a level of maturity that would inhibit complacency, and we certainly look forward to a challenge from the Kings.“Until the game is over we wouldn’t be taking anything for granted,” coach Sampson ‘Benniah’ Gilbert expressed to Chronicle Sport.The Conquerors line-up in the opening fixture consisted of mostly U-19 players and according to the coach no changes are expected for today’s starting eleven.Jermaine Junior (2) and Kwame La Fleur (1) who scored in the comfortable 3-0 win against Topp XX will again lead the attack in tandem with playmaker Eon Alleyne.After a baptism of goals in their first Elite match the Kings have made some changes and have been hard at training since the embarrassing 7-1 defeat. Efforts to get coach Gavin ‘Jughead’ Huntley via the phone proved futile, but a reliable source indicated the loss impacted heavily on the village and the players, and coaching staff is now under pressure to improve.It has also been whispered that 41-year-old player/coach Winston Pompey is expected to make a return, along with 21-year-old Akeem Holder who has an appetite for scoring goals. His uncle, Andrew ‘Dumb Boy’ Holder has also been added to the coaching staff.Another defeat for the Kings could very well lead to the first coaching casualty of the season. Kick-off time is scheduled for 20:00hrs.last_img read more

Former USWNT stars Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain join CTE study focusing on women’s soccer

first_imgFormer U.S. national team stars Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain have joined eight other elite players to take part in a new study looking at the long-term effects of head impacts in women’s soccer.Chastain, who is known for her historic winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, appeared on “CBS Good Morning” on Thursday to announce her and Akers’ involvement in the first-ever study focusing specifically on women. Akers recently joined Chastain in pledging to donate her brain posthumously.”I wish I knew this information when I was younger. I headed the ball so much,” she said. “I practiced heading the ball. Had I known, I never would have done that. Heading the ball is risky. It does damage to your brain. Should we take heading out of soccer? I don’t know. That’s why we need research.” Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m not going to the f—ing White House’ Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USWNT vs. France Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe stands by White House comments after President Trump tweets “We can’t just look at one gender and say, ‘OK, we’ve done some studies, this is how it applies to everybody,'” Chastain said. “No, it doesn’t apply to everybody.”Akers, who made 155 appearances for the national team from 1985 to 2000, has admitted she suffers from chronic migraines. The 53-year-old conceded that knowing what she knows now she would not be “heading a million balls like that.” Related News “There’s no way on earth I would do that again,” she said.#EXCLUSIVE : 20 years after their historic #WorldCup win, Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain are in a first-of-its-kind study of high-level female soccer players.Thursday on #CTM , @DrLaPook reports on why they’re now wondering about the potential for a type of brain damage, CTE. pic.twitter.com/34Oylt0bDe— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 26, 2019Akers continued to talk about the importance of this study in a phone interview with ESPN the morning of the current USWNT’s much-anticipated World Cup quarterfinal matchup against France.”This is the first time they’re looking at female soccer players, female brains and it’s important to have this conversation,” Akers said . “This needs to be looked at equally for women and men, and until now, it hasn’t been.”The study will begin later this year at Boston University and will look at former players over the age of 40 who played at least five years of organized soccer with at least two of those years coming after high school and at least one year at the professional level or on a national or Olympic team, ESPN reported.”I had never thought about CTE in the soccer world,” Akers said. “I knew what was said about NFL players, but when I saw that documentary, I saw the connection to soccer. I thought, what are we doing about it? What’s going on around the world? I figured if this was happening to English professional players, then FIFA must be doing studies. There must be studies going on in the U.S. But when I started looking around, I found nothing.”In 2016, Chastain became one of the first professional women athletes to donate her brain to Boston University’s Concussion Legacy Foundation for study upon her death.last_img read more

Selects too hot to handle en route to Kootenay Zone Provincial berth

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWhat a “perfect” weekend for soccer . . . that’s if you’re a member of the Nelson U14 Selects.The Heritage City squad outscored the opposition 12-0 en route to capturing the Kootenay U14 Boy’s Zone Title Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects edged Columbia Valley Titans 2-0 and Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-0 before running away with the title Sunday, blasting Kootenay South 7-nil.The title was Nelson’s to lose after the home side knocked off the 2010 U13 Zone champs from Invermere in the tourney opener.Dunavan Morris-Janzen scored at the 12-minute mark in the tight contest to give Nelson all the goals it would need.Nolan Percival sealed the win with less than 15 minutes left in the second half as the Nelson striker was finally able to get behind the tough Columbia Valley defence.Nelson kept up the heady play in an evening encounter against Kootenay East, scoring early to capture the win.Micah May’s header gave Nelson the early advantage.May scored his second of the game converting a Spencer Szabo ball before splitting Kootenay East’s backline.Percival, with his second in as many games, converted a fine pass from Tucker Anderson to finish the scoring.Saturday’s two wins secured the gold medal for Nelson.However, the Selects were not quite finished filling the net, getting seven past rival Kootenay South.May again with the early marker just 45 seconds into the game got the home side off and running.Szabo scored on a penalty kick three minutes later after May was taken down in the box. May and Johnny Johnson, on a nice follow up, would round out first half scoring. Two more for May in the second half and one from Nolan Percival completed the scoring.The Reps are off to Cranbrook before heading west to Penticton for the B.C Soccer Provincial B Cup July [email protected]last_img read more

Cross Country Resumes Competition at Missouri’s Gans Creek Classic

first_img Meet Informationa The Drake University cross country teams return to competition Friday to race against 10 other teams at the Gans Creek Classic, hosted by the University of Missouri.The Bulldogs lace up their spikes following two weeks of training with the women competing in a 6-kilometer race at 5 p.m., while the men stretch out to race on an 8-kilometer course.Challenging the Bulldogs will be competitors from Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Illinois State, North Florida, SEMO, Saint Louis, SIU, UMKC and UAB.The men’s team travels to the competition ranked 11th in the Midwest region and the Bulldogs have earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors following each of their previous two competitions with Matt Cozine and newcomer Adam Fogg collecting those honors. Story Links Print Friendly Version Live Results last_img read more

Online system to combat ID fraud

first_img18 August 2010 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is working on rolling out an online Identity Document (ID) verification system that is expected to cut down on document fraud in the country. The project will give the South African Social Security Agency, banks, insurers and retailers, among others, real-time access to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) in order to verify the identities of current and prospective clients. Hanis stores South African citizens’ ID numbers, fingerprints and photos. Accessing Hanis will enable these sectors to conduct on-the-spot verification of the fingerprints of clients against the information stored in Hanis. “This will make it difficult for people who have fraudulent IDs to use them,” Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni told a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to Apleni, the system will be up and running by the end of this year. The department signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre in this regard in March. This comes in light of the escalating ID fraud. On Monday, the police arrested three men in connection with 588 fraudulent IDs found hidden in a roof of a house in Eldorado Extension 9 in Johannesburg. The police were looking for a man in connection for attempted murder. When they searched his home, they found the fraudulent IDs hidden in his roof. The man and two others were arrested. Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said their rapid response unit also found two car radios and suspected stolen car parts hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. The Police also confiscated 1.5 kilograms of dagga. “When they searched the house they found the ID books wrapped in plastic in the ceiling. The suspect told us that he bought them from an official at the Department of Home Affairs in Roodepoort. The suspect said he was planning to sell them,” Mariemuthoo said. The police suspect that the man was selling false ID books to people who crossed the South African border illegally. Mariemuthoo said their forensic team would check his mobile phone calls to see if he had communicated with any Home Affairs officials. Welcoming the arrest, Apleni warned officials who were teaming up with criminals that they would face the full might of the law. The department would also conduct its own investigation to find out how the IDs fell into the hands of the suspects. “The arrests once more underline our conviction that working together with our law enforcement agencies, we can make serious inroads in our fight against crime and corruption,” Apleni said. The suspects, who are South African citizens, were due to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa supports the Siyabangena Seminars in KwaMashu

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 21 September – Brand South Africa, through its flagship programme Play Your Part, supports the Siyabangena Seminars that aim to empower young entrepreneurs. The Siyabangena Seminars will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015 in KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, encourage and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The Siyabangena Seminars are an example of how young people are playing their part in their communities by taking responsibility to address issues related to youth development. Brand South Africa stands behind this initiative because it demonstrates active citizenship.Following the successful 2015 launch of the Siyabangena Seminars earlier this year at Soweto Theatre in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, the seminars are now headed to KwaZulu-Natal in KwaMashu.This September, budding entrepreneurs can expect to engage with successful business leaders like Clive Manci, founding CEO of Oteo Investment Holdings and former president of the South African Chamber of Commerce as well as Jabulani Ngcobo entrepreneur and CEO of CashflowPro.Attendees will also engage with  Mpume Langa, Head ABSA Private Bank KZN and Chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association DBN; Brian Mpono, Project Director of 1Source Group; DJ Tira CEO of Afrotainment; Ramsay Daly, Marketing Director of iKhokha.com and many others.The Siyabangens Seminars were founded by two young entrepreneurs, CEO Sbusiso Hlongwane, and Director Sinenhlanhla Mkhize. The Siyabangena Seminars are held in townships and are aimed at empowering young black entrepreneurs by bringing high-end speakers and entrepreneurs into their hometowns.Topics will range from starting your business, marketing your business, building strategic partnerships, how women can conquer male-dominated environments, legal matters, building successful brands and how to persevere in the quest for successful entrepreneurship.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date:Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015Time: 09h00Venue: Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, K-CAP theatre in KwaMashu B SectionCost: R100 per day (pre-sale) and R150 at the door. Students enter free upon presentation of a student card.RSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on [email protected]last_img read more

ENT equipment helps save lives

first_imgPieter Twine (MySchool General Manager), Roxy Mitchell from the Children’s Hospital Trust, patient Tyrone Siljeur and Silva Kuschke, Chief Audiologist at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. (Image: Children’s Hospital Trust)Children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will now have specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) equipment with the help of the Woolworths My School programme.The retailer and hospital celebrated the handover of a R400 000 donation – raised through their 2015 Christmas campaign – to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fund-raising arm of the hospital in Cape Town.The Trust will use the gift to purchase specialist ENT equipment. It will enable the hospital to save the lives of children with life-threatening ailments and test the hearing of hundreds of other children.Much needed gearA high speed otologic drill is among the first pieces of equipment bought with the funds. This highly specialised piece of surgical equipment will be used on children who suffer from cholesteatoma; a disease of the middle-ear that can lead to death when untreated.A specialist microscope used for examination and diagnosis to prevent hearing loss will also benefit the hospital’s out patients. This will assist in more accurate and effective diagnoses, and improved procedures, which, in turn, will help the hospital maintain its high standards of paediatric care.The Christmas campaignThe My School, My Village and My Planet fundraising programmes is one of the biggest in South Africa. It raises essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations by encouraging cardholders to swipe their cards at retail partners. In turn, retailers donate a percentage of the purchase value to the beneficiary of the buyer’s choice.The Woolworths Christmas Giving campaign was supported by international music sensation Pharrell Williams. Woolworths customers donated to the campaign every time they used their linked cards in a store between the 5 November and 25 December 2015.Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said: “Woolworths and My School are such valued supporters of the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.“As benefactors of their annual Christmas Campaign, the Trust has have been able to purchase much-needed ENT equipment to perform life-changing operations and interventions on children who suffer from severe ear disease, ensuring that they regain or do not lose their ability to hear. We want to thank them for their generous donation, as well as all the customers who swiped their cards while shopping. Every little swipe has made a huge difference in a child’s life.”Pieter Twine Woolworth’s manager of Loyalty and My School, said: “We are delighted that our customers were part of this successful campaign to give the gift of hearing to South African children in need.“The funds raised for this was in addition to our normal contributions to customers’ beneficiaries. So, it was an easy way for them, at no extra cost, to participate in the essential, but very expensive upgrade of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s ENT equipment.   The festive season should always be about giving, and it is such a pleasure to help to improve children’s access to specialist medical care.”last_img read more

5 days agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a relief

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a reliefby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli admitted “relief” after their 1-1 draw with Watford.Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.”I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.”We know we have a world-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.” last_img read more

Code of conduct coming for union actors and workers in BC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Melissa Benoist, who plays Kara Danvers/Supergirl, says the recent sexual abuse scandal in her industry is heartbreaking. Earlier this month, Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of Supergirl Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was suspended by Warner Brothers. There have been allegations by 15 women and four men of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment. All three shows are filmed in whole or in part in B.C. HANDOUT / PNG The union representing professional actors in B.C. is looking to improve protections for young performers from sexual harassment.A task force is exploring how to improve safety and reduce barriers to reporting for vulnerable young actors, said Sue Brouse, the union’s director of member services and human resources,“We’re drafting a code of conduct that all of our members would voluntarily sign off on,” she said. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img “We know that students, brand new actors, can be vulnerable when they want an acting career. We know that they can be vulnerable when they’re training with somebody who may be more established.“We’re looking to protect young and emerging performers in teaching settings.”Brouse is with UBCP/ACTRA, the acronym for the Union of B.C. Performers and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. UBCP is an autonomous branch of ACTRA.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Don Amero Sharing his love of music and his love for the

first_imgAPTN InFocus Another holiday season is upon us and what a better way to spread the spirit than through song.Award-winning singer-songwriter, Don Amero performed on APTN In Focus and shared his love of music and his love for the holiday season.Don also talked about being a board member for the North End Family Centre in Winnipeg and how it provides a safe place for families to break the cycle of poverty through programs and services.A charitable organization he promotes at his performances, such as the “Amero Little Christmas”. A family show he’s been doing at the West End Culture Centre annually for the last five years, and incorporating something new each year such as story-telling and comedy.In this show, you’ll hear some of Don’s favorite songs and the meanings behind them. And perhaps get into the holiday spirit, just a little bit more.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more