Hubert Lawrence | A victory over grief

first_img2016 has seen its fair share of big sporting moments. For Jamaicans. The Olympic sprint doubles by Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson probably top the charts with the twin triumphs by the West Indies at the World Twenty20 World Cup being the biggest accomplishments early in the year. Ranking right up there is a victory over grief. Just days after their son Dominic James collapsed during a Manning Cup game, his parents – David and Denese – came to watch last Friday’s match between St George’s College, which their son captained at the time of his death and Greater Portmore High School. To make their intent clear, they came wearing shirts their son wore during his time representing St George’s. It would have been easier to stay away but the James’ came forward to inspire their son’s team-mates. They wore light blue but their courage and dignity is an example for every Jamaican. I don’t know how many of us could do that. I know I couldn’t. In some ways, it’s even more of a shot in the arm than those famous triumphs by Bolt, Thompson and the West Indies. It is said that sport builds character. It tests character too and not just for those on the field of play. The West Indies’ double T20 triumphs showed that regional cricket, in the shortest form of that venerable game, had the potential to be the best in the world. In Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics, Bolt, Thompson and Omar McLeod showed our world class prowess in athletics. Last week Friday, James’ parents showed that there are times when Jamaicans are ‘tallawah’ off the field of play as well. It won’t be easy for Mr and Mrs James to get over the loss of their only son. Their memories will be bittersweet. Even though they too played on bravely, the St George’s Manning Cup players will need time to mend. Thankfully, all affected parties, led by James’ parents and their son’s team-mates, have faced the tragedy bravely. Together, they made Friday, September 23 one of the biggest days ever in sport. • Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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As road to Final 4 gets tougher, Knights confident of chances

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s like David and Goliath,” compared Rey Nambatac, whose side will be underdog going into the tiff.The 23-year-old guard acknowledges the tall task Letran at hand, but he’s confident that the Knights can pull off the upset.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’ll go through the eye of the needle again. But it’s a good thing that we’re used in this situation. It has happened to us numerous times before in my five years here and we’ll go through it again. But these hardships make our journey special if we can get through it,” he said.The Knights were on a receiving end of an 81-74 loss to the Red Lions in their first round clash, but with stakes at an all-time high, Nambatac believes that his side is more than just motivated. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PVL: Arellano blanks Adamson, closes in on bronze Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran may have the inside track for the last Final Four spot in NCAA Season 93, but the path to the playoffs remains rocky as ever.And the Knights’ first stumbling block is no less than fierce rival San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “San Beda is a tough team, but everything is possible if we believe on each other,” he said. “Even though how strong the opponent is, we’ll play as a team and we’ll believe that we can beat them.”With Letran carrying an 8-8 card, all its hoping for is a sweep of its remaining games against San Beda and St. Benilde to clinch the last Final Four spot.A loss in one of its games, however, opens the possibility of a playoff between San Sebastian or Arellano if they all end the eliminations carrying identical 9-9 records.But coach Jeff Napa remains positive that the Knights will be able to achieve their set goals.“We’ll just make some adjustments. We’re confident and we still believe that since we built this team, we can go a long way,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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NU assistant Ildefonso tries to be coach first to sons Dave, Shaun

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ildefonso said he had to first forget about that he is Dave and Shaun’s father and act as the two players’ unrelenting coach.“Actually, that was a really hard situation for me because I had to show to my sons that I’m their coach and I will treat them like regular players,” said Ildefonso in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“My tendencies as a father should not be displayed while I’m working and coach Jamike (Jarin) and I talked about this that I won’t allow my sons to call me dad inside the court.”What made Ildefonso’s stern coaching difficult was that his sons were the best performers for the Bulldogs. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award 4 surgeries later, del Potro meets Djokovic in US Open final For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Dave had a team-high 19 points with seven rebounds for the Bulldogs while Shaun had 10 points, all in the third quarter, and 11 boards.Ildefonso said he only turned back to being Dave and Shaun’s doting father when the buzzer sounded and he knew that he could finally leave his responsibilities as his sons’ coach.“After the game, I hugged them because as a father you want your sons to excel,” said Ildefonso. “My wife and I prayed that both will come out of the game injury-free and that’s what happened and at the same time we won.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES NU assistant coach Danny Ildefonso gives instructions to son and Bulldogs forward Shaun Ildefonso in a game against UST in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin VardeleonDanny Ildefonso is a man who faced great adversities in a basketball court, but none prepared him for what unfolded before his eyes at the start of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.The eight-time PBA champion and two-time MVP watched as his sons Dave and Shaun help National University to a close 75-70 win over University of Santo Tomas while also serving as the Bulldogs’ first assistant coach.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Ellen Departs for Johannesburg to Attend Mandela Funeral Services

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson SirelafPresident Ellen Johnson has departed the country for South Africa’s commercial capital, Johannesburg, to attend the state Memorial Service of the first black President of South Africa and global icon, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5th, in his 95th year.The Liberian leader is expected to join over 60 other heads of state and government and millions of sympathizers for the State Memorial Service of the late Apartheid icon, which will be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.President Mandela, who led the struggle against South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime, was jailed for 27 years, and emerged from prison to become South Africa’s first democratically elected President in 1994, stepping down after serving a single term.                                                                                           On Wednesday, December 11, there will be the Lying-in-State for the official viewing of the mortal remains of the late Madiba, at the Union Buildings, in the capital, Pretoria.The State Funeral will take place on Sunday, December 15, at Madiba’s ancestral village of Qunu, Eastern Cape, a 14-hour drive from Pretoria, to which the 80 to 100 heads of State expected are not obliged to attend as the village does not have the necessary facilities to accommodate everyone and their entourage.Because of their many years of promoting human rights and democracy, both Dr. Amos Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission, and Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, a prominent Liberian politician, have been invited to play roles in commemorating the home-going of the former South African President.Dr. Sawyer accompanied the President to South Africa, while Dr. Tipoteh will work, on the ground, with South Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, to organize activities commemorating Mandela’s life.Dr. Tipoteh had accompanied the President to South Africa for Madiba’s 90th birthday celebration. Also on hand will be Liberia’s Ambassador to South Africa, Cllr. Lois Brutus.President Sirleaf returns home on Friday, December 13. While she is away, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara Konneh, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Meanwhile, a memorial service in honor of the late South African head of state will be held today at the Centennial pavilion in Monrovia.The South African Embassy near Monrovia released the official state memorial protocol for the  fallen icon and hero on Sunday December 8, 2013.Mr. Mandela, the founding President of South Africans’ inclusive democratic nation, departed the world at around 20:50 GMT on the 5th of December. He was 95.The South African Embassy said a memorial service will be held in honor of Mr. Mandela, at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Broad Street on Tuesday, December 10, beginning at some point between 1:00 p.m. and 2: 00.p.m.The South Africans further announced that, at their Embassy opposite Sophie’s in Congo Town, the Book of Condolence has also been opened for Mr. Mandela, who President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described as a “towering and inspiring world leader whose moral authority was unsurpassed.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President Sirleaf Pays Tearful Tribute to Willis Knuckles

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined hundreds of friends, family and colleagues who gathered in Careysburg Saturday morning to lay to rest the remains of the late Willis DeFrancis Knuckles, Jr.President Sirleaf began her eulogy in the form of a Letter: “Dear Willis…”A deeply saddened President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in her tearful tribute, described the late Knuckles as an awesome strategist who, she said,  immensely, committedly and honestly contributed to her successes in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections.She said he was introduced to her as a ‘rising star’; and as a non-partisan, he began to effect his strategies and organizational skills during presidential campaigns.She asserted that she saw it fitting for Willis to be part of her first cabinet team as Minister of Publics Works and later as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, but characteristically coined his departure from her government as “untimely,” adding that “He held no bitterness.”The President recalled that although Knuckles went into the private sector as a business man, “he always dropped by my house to spice my day with his wise counsel.”Madam Sirleaf, in a painful narration, said her last meeting with Willis Knuckles was at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, where he was in uncontrollable tears, coupled with the lamentations of family members.She indicated that that an emotional heartbreak forced her to leave the hospital in tears.President Sirleaf told the thousand-odd funeral-goers that Willis’ tears at the hospital sent a message that he would no longer be with us.  This prediction to his death  brought tears in the eyes of many in the Seys United Methodist Church in Careysburg.“I had never seen him cry before; and so I believed that was a message that I would not see him again,” the President said.Sorrowfully, for about three minutes, the President left the podium and held on to the casket bearing Mr. Knuckles’ mortal remains and grieved before the mourners, which spared another tearful moment.Some Christians and Muslims who were in the Church argued that if the President had the power of resurrection, or had direct access to God, she would have either resurrected Willis, or prostrated before God as she did at the casket.The President made a remark she had never before revealed publicly: that Willis Knuckles was the person upon whom she depended to organize the transfer of Liberia’s capital city from Monrovia, Montserrado County, to Zekepa in Nimba County.Others who also paid tributes included Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, who read the Official Gazette on behalf of the Liberian Government as Dean of the Cabinet; the City Corporation of Careysburg, the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia and Sinkor, Alpha Oldtimers and Crowd 21.Others included the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Monrovia Christian Church, the Mount Galilee Baptist Church (Careysburg), First Presbyterian Chruch (Careyburg), Seys United Methodist Church and the family.In his funeral discourse, Seys Senior Pastor Sampson W. Nyanti told the audience that death is inevitable, and that after death is judgment for hell or heaven. Rev. Nyanti said there are three things that sends one to heaven: Knowing, Believing and Living the Word God.Prior to Mr. Knuckles’ employment in the Unity Party’s led government, specially between, 1969-1993, he served as Liaison Officer and Special Protocol Attache, planning for and executing important events such as State Visits, Conferences and Inaugurations and serving as a Liaison to foreign dignitaries, including Heads of State.At the State Department, he served as Secretary to Secretary of State J. Rudolph Grimes and was later appointed by the late President Tubman as a member of Liberian delegations to several Ministerial and Summit meetings of Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  He also attended the Summit of Heads of State of the Non-Aligned Movement in Lusaka, Zambia.Mr. Knuckles also served as Administrative Assistant to the late Vice President James E. Greene, until his death in 1977. President William R. Tolbert in 1979 appointed Mr. Knuckles Assistant Minister for Sports in the Ministry of Labor, Youth and Sports, during the tenure of Minister Estrada J. Bernard. Following his successful organization of a six-nation tournament won by Liberia, Knucles was elevated to the position of Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, the assignment he held until his resignation in June 1980.The late Knuckles served as Managing Editor at the Daily Observer from 1982-1984 as well as a correspondent for the BBC’s Focus on Africa Program.Willis was a strong believer in the family and the Church. He was a lifelong Methodist, spearheaded and organized record fundraising drives on two occasions for the rebuilding of the Church.He served as Secretary General and Vice Chairman of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) from 1972-1975 and from 1984-1986.In 1988, he organized and served as managing director of the Sports World, which was forced to close down in 1990  at the onset of the civil war. Again, in 1992, he established a wholly owned private business entity, which provided a vital link between Liberians at home and their relatives in the US, West Africa and other part of the world.The distinguished statesman  died Monday, July 28, 2014 at the hour of 12:30 am in Accra, Ghana after a brief illness.He was born June 29, 1946 in the City of Careysburg, Montserrado County unto the Union of  Mr. Willis D.  Knuckles, Sr. and Mrs. Ethel Dunbar Knuckles, the second of 15 children. He was predeceased by two brothers, George and Winston.He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hawa Evelyn Knuckles; three children, Hawa-Ellen Knuckles, Willis D. Knuckles, III (Marie), and Ethel V. Knuckles; his mother, Mrs. Ethel Dunbar Wah; 12 brothers and sisters, Mrs. Bushin Wilson, Gabriel, Raymond, Marie Forko, William, Benedict, Pitman, Emma Burl Sea, Ethel Coomber, Estella, Mawolo and Robert; two grandchildren: Somod Willis and Nala Miriam; and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad.The Liberian Official Gazette described the late Knuckles as: Patriot, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Devout Christian and Dedicated Public Servant.Mr. Knuckles was buried at the Knuckles’ Cemetery opposite his house in Careysburg.President Ellen Johnson-Sireaf led the Cabinet to the burial, which marked the first time for President Sirleaf to attend both funeral and burial ceremonies, since her reelection in 2011.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ellen Wants Textbooks on Citizens’ Education

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated the Ministries of Education (MOE) and Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to work with the Governance Commission to prepare the needed textbooks in line with the published Curriculum of Citizen’s Education of Liberia.The Curriculum for Citizen’s Education is an academic tool prepared by the Governance Commission (GC) along with other stakeholders including the Ministry of Education and some experts.The President’s mandate was contained in her statement during the 168th celebration of National Flag Day at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.Stressing the need for the circulation of the textbooks, President Sirleaf expressed hope that the expected books will be out by 2017 for use in various schools in the Republic.She said as the new curriculum for citizen’s education has been prepared and presented by Governance Commission’s Chairperson, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, it is imperative that books containing detailed information about Liberia be available in schools to help transform Liberians’ behavior and attitudes in consonance with the curriculum.She also added that as government embarks on the development of textbooks in line with the curriculum for citizen education, there is a need to train teachers that will present lessons.She commended the Governance Commission and stakeholders involved in the development of the curriculum for citizen education and emphasized that textbooks to be published be different from previous ones.President Sirleaf underscored the need to enshrine applicable human rights in the new books to allow Liberian students understand their rights and responsibilities to their country and government.In her Flag Day message, President Sirleaf said the day should remind all Liberians about their duties to their country to develop the spirit of patriotism and unity.She said the flag is Liberia’s identity which depicts spirit of oneness, and should be divorced of politics to be celebrated with one goal of national unity.Speaking earlier, Mrs. Elizabeth Mulbah of the Governance Commission said the completion of the curriculum for citizens’ education is the first in the roadmap leading to national reconciliation under Vision 2030.The curriculum for citizens’ education, according to Mrs. Mulbah took into consideration the rewriting of Liberia’s history and development of textbooks that will contain information about Liberia in line with activities prescribed in said curriculum.She said the curriculum contains syllabi reflecting understanding of Liberian identities, families, governance amongst others.The keynote speaker of the day, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, spoke on “Patriotism” and defined it in simple terms as respect for one’s nation and remembering those who contributed to national development.He also stressed that patriotism reflects sense of national identity and willingness to promote one’s culture.Describing the flag and relating it to its makers, Dr. Isaac said the seven women who made it demonstrated patriotism to their native country, stressing that patriotism must rely on visionary people who see what others do not see.He said respecting and hoisting the flag shows love for our country and every Liberian should be proud of hoisting the flag.“The flag should remain the national emblem and pride of our country,” he noted.Dr. Isaac said history about the flag should be told to Liberian children and parents should attach importance to it to their children since it represents the pride of the nation.Meanwhile, August 24 of every year is celebrated as National Flag Day and the Ministry of Education usually organizes a program, bringing together schools to carry on both outdoor and indoor activities commemorating the day.The 2014 Flag Day celebration was suspended due to the Ebola outbreak which claimed over 4,000 lives in the country.This year’s celebration brought over 10 schools together and four of them were recognized for their outputs.G.W. Gibson High School took the first place in “eyes-right” competition during the street parade; Cathedral High School recognized for best drill; St. Theresa Convent came third for being the most well dressed school; and Muslim Congress took the place of well disciplined school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The City Council Wednesday extended Police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez’s contract for another five years. “He’s done a great job for the city and has tremendous community support,” said Randy Narramore, interim city administrator. Couso-Vasquez said he wanted to retire as police chief for Montebello. Elks Lodge hosts fish fry today There will be signed detours in place to direct thru traffic around road closures. All businesses will have access to their buildings if needed. The following roads will be closed: Pioneer Boulevard between Los Nietos Road and Jersey Avenue; Pioneer Boulevard between Telegraph Road and Florence Avenue; Florence Avenue between Pioneer Boulevard; Studebaker Road and Orr and Day Road between Pioneer Boulevard and Florence Avenue and Telegraph Road between Norwalk Boulevard and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. The following offramps will be closed: The northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway offramp; the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway Telegraph Road east offramp and the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Telegraph Road offramp. For more information, call (562) 868-0511. Founders’ Day slated for Saturday WHITTIER – The city’s annual Founders’ Day will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Park, 6532 Friends Ave. A parade from City Hall to Central Park will begin the festivities at 9:30 a.m. There also will be performances from youth groups and exhibits from the Native American, Mexican and Quaker groups who resided in the Whittier area more than 100 years ago. Demonstrations and crafts from the era of Whittier’s founding explore daily life, culture and customs. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Elks Lodge The Whittier Elks Lodge #1258, located at 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The breakfast buffet will include eggs, bacon, sausage and omelettes and waffles made to order plus fresh fruit and pastry. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, call (562) 696-7117. Bluebird Gallery to host reception WHITTIER – The Bluebird Art Gallery will host an opening reception for expressionistic and figurative artists Yolanda Gonzalez and Oscar Sanabria from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 6747 Bright Ave. Yolanda Gonzalez is a Pasadena-born artist whose work has shown in numerous countries around the world. Oscar Sanabria presents a collection of paintings that are characterized by a haunting and ethereal quality, which is largely due to his literal and metaphorical use of water in his work. Daily gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (562) 696-9493. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge #1258, located at 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a shrimp and fish fry today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge #1258, located at 13620 Whittier Blvd. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call (562) 696-7117. Parade to force offramp closures SANTA FE SPRINGS – There will be several road and freeway offramp closures Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. because of the city’s 50th Anniversary Parade. last_img read more

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NLC students graduate in the South Peace

first_imgStudents in 35 different programs offered at the three campuses were honoured through the conferral of certificates and diplomas. Credentials were presented by NLC President Laurie Rancourt, Board of Governors chair Karen Simpson, deans of instruction and program instructors. Dana Hall, an Applied Business Technology student at the Dawson Creek Campus, was voted Valedictorian by her fellow students. The 23-year-old Revelstoke resident talked about the importance of overcoming her fears to pursue post-secondary education.“To move on your own where you don’t know anyone, except your own family, is frightening,” Hall said. “The 10 months I have spent at Northern Lights College have been an adventure. I have been able to harmonize being a full time student and almost working full time.”- Advertisement -The key was reducing her self-doubt, and she encouraged each person in attendance to work hard at achieving his or her goals.“Fear is a mindset. Fear is normal, but it is irrational,” Hall said. “We have the ability to overcome any obstacle that may come our way. Don’t let fear hold you back.”NLC hosts three Convocation ceremonies each year. Other Convocation ceremonies are scheduled for Fort Nelson (June 18) and Fort St. John (June 21).Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gor are 90pc champions now, admits Mwalala

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala gives instructions to his players at half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex on August 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Gor Mahia’s closest opponents on the Kenyan Premier League log Bandari have more or less given up on what seems to be an impossible chase, catching up with the runaway leaders with the season now taking the home stretch.Gor’s 3-1 win over Kakamega Homeboyz on Monday afternoon in Kisumu widened their gap to 14 points and with just three wins, Dylan Kerr’s men will be crowned champions of the Kenyan top tier for the 17th tie in their history. Bandari boss Bernard Mwalala has said it would be practically impossible to catch up with Gor and they will be shifting their attention to maintaining a second or third spot finish.“At this moment, Gor Mahia are 90pc champions because they have created a huge gap between us and them. For us now, the focus is on ensuring we finish in a good position, at least third spot,” the tactician, formerly with Nzoia Sugar said.Mwalala has brought a new lease of life at bandari with the Mombasa based club turning the tide and have won their last four matches on the trot, including breaking Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run to push to second spot.Mwalala, who is unbeaten since joining Bandari, says he is pleased at how the team has adapted quickly to his methods and is already looking at making the team a force to reckon with in the Kenyan Premier League.“When I took charge, I came in with some new ideas and I am impress with how quickly the players grasped and adapted to them. They have taken the changes positively and the results speak for themselves,” the tactician offered.-Tusker slowed, but undeterredTusker FC head coach Robert Matano shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari FC at the Ruaraka Complex on August 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFrom their weekend 1-0 win over Tusker FC, Bandari retained their hold on second spot, three ahead of AFC Leopards who registered a 4-2 win over Nakumatt FC in Machakos.The 4-2 victory was a third consecutive for Ingwe as they look to press for a top two finish.Meanwhile, Tusker’s rise was stemmed after the loss to Bandari which saw them drop a spot to seventh from sixth. Despite the loss which head coach Robert Matano attributed to poor officiating, the tactician believes they will finish the season stronger.“The team was in a bad position when I came in here but now, we have managed to steady the ship and things are looking good. I am happy with how we are playing and if we continue like this I am certain we will finish the season in a good position,” Matano offered.Meanwhile, Mathare United put to bed a run of eight winless matches with a hard earned 2-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks in the Slum Derby, a result that saw them move to sixth and get their plans of finishing in the top three on track.-Mathare back on trackMathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi watches from the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMathare are seven points off the top three but head coach Francis Kimanzi believes with the new found rhythm, they can put their season back on track after struggling in the second leg.Elsewhere, Sofapaka’s hope of giving Gor a chase to the last day of the season were hugely punctured when they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of relegation fighting Vihiga United in Narok.While the result was crushing to Sofapaka’s ambition, it was a huge boost for Vihiga who moved three points clear of the relegation zone, but still sit at the precarious play-off slot.But, it seems it will be a huge fight to get off that slot as 15th placed Chemelil are a point above them and have two matches at hand.The battle for automatic relegation also got intense with Wazito FC beating Thika United 3-1 at their backyard to keep their survival hopes alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY U13s GET THEIR SEASON UNDERWAY

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesU13sThe U13s will resume training again this Friday evening. Sessions will be on the training pitch at Driminaught from 6pm until 7.30. All players requested to attend have been sent a text. All players are asked to ensure they bring gumshields to training as well as water and €2. Any other messages for players will be sent by text-message. Hurling ticketsAnybody interested in a ticket for the All-Ireland hurling final should contact club secretary by email on aislingmcdaid@hotmail.comWell done JohnAll done to John Lapsley whose name was drawn out to present the club’s Under 12 team at a skills day at Croke Park. John and dad Paul were also given a tour of the stadium and had a great time. Well done lads. Under 10s blitzThe boys and girls have been invited to attend a blitz at malin club. It is on this Saturday the 23rd of August. A bus will be leaving the clubhouse at 9.15am. Please pack a gum shield , bottle of water, a change of clothing and a towel and a packed lunch . The cost of the bus will be one euro and we hope to return between 4 and 4.30 pm. Please text your availability to Lee on 0869056117 , by Thursday at 1 pm. Please keep an eye on Facebook incase there is a change of plan.BingoBingo continues in the hall every Wednesday night at 9pm. All players are welcome.Letter for younger club members #GAAyouth Forum – Saturday 24th October 2015A Chara,Páirc an Chrócaigh‘Your Voice, Your Lifestyle, Your GAA’Croke ParkGAAI am contacting you on behalf of the National Youth Committee to inform you about the #GAAyouthBaile Átha Cliath 3 Dublin 3Forum which will be held on Saturday 24th October in Croke Park (10.30 – 16.30). The Forum is openGuthán +353 1 836 3222 Telephone +353 1 836 3222 Faics +353 1 836 5075 Fax +353 1 836 5075to male and female club players in two age groups: 12 – 16 and 17 – 21.www.gaa.ie www.gaa.ieThe theme for the 2015 #GAAyouth Forum is ‘Your Voice, Your Lifestyle, Your GAA’ and the focus of the day will be on: Healthy Lifestyle – the do’s and don’ts Practical tips to improve your Game – debunking the mythsDelegates attending the Forum will be provided with an opportunity to: Keep a ‘Lifestyle Diary’ Learn how to improve their lifestyle through proper Diet & Nutrition Practical tips to improve their game in the Croke Park Warm-Up Rooms Discuss how young people can influence changes in relation to Player Welfare in the GAAWorkshops on the day are being developed by experts in the field including Brendan Egan (Sport Scientist/Sligo Footballer), Cathal Cregg (Connacht GAA S&C Advisor/Roscommon Footballer) and Michael Fennelly (S&C Lecturer/Kilkenny Hurler).The Forum is being run in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) with the support of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and An Cumann Camógaíochta.200 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in two age groups: 12 – 16 and 17 – 21. The online application forms will be available on www.gaa.ie/youth-zone. There are two ways to apply:• Online Application by an Individual: A young player can complete an individual application form online and identify an adult in their Club who endorses their application.• Online Application by a Club: A Club can complete an application form to nominate a young player/s from the Club to attend the Forum (max. 2 players, ages 12 – 21).The Application Process will open on Friday 7th August and will close on Friday 2nd October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 9th October.We are asking you to circulate this information to clubs, contacts and young players in your County and to advise them of this exciting opportunity to travel to Croke Park and participate in the #GAAyouth Forum 2015.For further information please see www.gaa.ie/youth-zone or contact Caoimhe Ní Néill (caoimhe.nineill@gaa.ie; 01 865 8622)Le meas,Brian CarrollChairperson, GAA Youth Committee.GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY U13s GET THEIR SEASON UNDERWAY was last modified: August 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGLENSWLLYlast_img read more

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