SPORT: The Week in Review

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Gumbuya Park turns 35

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Westall sighting remains a mystery

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Kane shows talent on the golf course by shooting first under-par round

first_imgIS there anything Harry Kane can’t do?The Tottenham striker is one of the hottest prospects in world football but he’s also pretty handy on the golf course.3 Harry Kane rolled in an impressive putt to secure his first under-par roundKane had a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders as he lined up a putt to shoot his first ever under par round.He went through his usual step-by-step preparations before coolly slotting the ball in the middle of the hole.The delight on the 25-year-old’s face was plain to see as he fist pumped the air in delight.Kane, who boasts an impressive four handicap, posted a video of the putt to social media alongside the caption: “That feeling when you shoot under par for the first time #UnderPar #OneUnder #Golf.”3 The Spurs striker kept his cool under pressure3 His fist pumped in delight after holing the puttHe was playing at The Grove in Hertfordshire, a luxury hotel and resort where the England players sometimes stay while on international duty.One supporter didn’t appear too impressed and fired back at Kane’s form with the comment: “You’ve been below par all season to be fair.”He has bagged six league goals in 12 matches so far on the back of a season where he bagged 30 in the top flight.Kane is an avid golfer having taken up the sport at the age of 16 and revealed to the Express how a round of golf would fit into his perfect Sunday.He said: “Whenever I can get the time, I’ll go to the course for a game, View this post on Instagram A late run for a place in the Ryder Cup team? ⛳😃😂 @justinprose99 #Golf #Renaissance #scotland A post shared by Harry Kane (@harrykane) on Jul 24, 2018 at 8:22am PDT View this post on Instagram Longest drive 👌🚀⛳🏌️‍♂️ #Golf #Driver A post shared by Harry Kane (@harrykane) on Aug 3, 2018 at 5:33am PDT View this post on Instagram Taking the Tiger line! A great round in the ☀ at Abridge Golf Club ⛳. #Golf #AfternoonOff A post shared by Harry Kane (@harrykane) on Apr 18, 2018 at 10:46am PDTmost read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordHarry Kane beats Jermain Defoe’s record to be Tottenham’s all-time best goalscorer in Europe“It’s probably not the best for my relationship as I don’t actually get many days off.”My perfect Sunday would involve… having an early game of golf, then going for a long walk with my family and my two Labradors.“Then I’d come home, have a barbecue and watch the NFL and the golf.”last_img read more

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Public spectacle…

first_img…or debate?It’s become a US tradition during their election campaign…this “debate” between presidential candidates. As far back as Abraham Lincoln’s election of 1858, he had a famous debate with his Democratic rival Senator Stephen Douglas. But that was when a debate meant an exchange of views on issues.It all changed a century later when JFK took on Republican Richard Nixon in 1960 on TV. In the dawning of the age of advertising and “packaging”, “image” pipped “substance”. After Nixon’s close loss to Kennedy, pundits put it down to his “5 o’clock shadow” on his jowls versus the debonair and young Bostonian’s clean-cut good looks. And since then, the “debate” has just careened further into the cesspool of bad taste.Your Eyewitness is tempted to say it can’t possibly get worse than the first outing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton…that’s how bad it was. But knowing the thinking behind the candidates’ performances on stage, he’s sure they’ll find ways to plunge even further into slime. After all, absolutely no one watching the “debate” is doing so to find out the candidates’ stands on issues – on which they can be supported. No. This was pure theatre – akin to the reality shows that have transfixed America and which, in fact, gave Trump a platform for the run for the presidency.So when you, Dear Reader, ask, “Who won?” remember the contest was just about what image each candidate wanted to “project” for him/herself and foist on the opponent. Hillary Clinton’s challenge is she’s probably the most disliked politician in America. She just comes across as so ambitious, she’ll walk over her mother to gain political leverage. So did she do anything to seem “warmer” during the “debate”.Not really. Her snappy factoids just proved to viewers she was so determined to win at any cost, she took time off from the campaign to “prep” herself by cramming a welter of “facts”. Cold!! And it just reinforced her “winning at all cost” reputation. Her insistence on appearing “presidential” also didn’t do much for her…because once again it made her not connect to the average Jane and Joe out in the streets.Trump? Well, there were some who wondered whether he’d present his recent “kinder, gentler” facade or the original pit bull persona that won him the Republican nomination. Guess he decided to go with what worked as he decided to go all out against Clinton. He turned her command of facts around by showing those “facts” weren’t worth squat in the real world where American lost ground – and jobs.The “debate” convinced no one in the other camp!…by Rip van BulkanAfter Town Clerk Royston King ran roughshod every which way he could over anyone who stood in his way following the Local Government Elections, folks were beginning to wonder who was his Godfather. Had to be someone with a whole lotta clout – since King became a law into himself answerable to no one. If Louis XIV could say “I am the state”, King acted as if he was absolute ruler of Georgetown!But finally the man who appointed him to his position and to whom he supposedly reports – Minister of Local Communities Ronald Bulkan woke up from his Rip van Winkle-like sleep and announced that King was out of line. At least with throwing out the vendors from Bourda Market and not giving the time of the day to Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan. Imagine that!Now let’s see whether King will change his errant ways. Your Eyewitness advises that you don’t hold your breath, Dear Readers.King has been sucking eggs too long! And his Godfather pips Bulkan!…at Demerara BridgeAn irate commuter across the Demerara Harbour Bridge described the arrogant behaviour of a “senior policeman” who insisted he had to be “uber alles”. But why confine the boorishness to Policemen?It’s exhibited everyday by anyone in “position”.last_img read more

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At Middle Income Discussion GC, Stakeholders Emphasize Human Resource Development

first_imgAs the Liberian Government embarks on making the country a middle income nation by 2030, the Governance Commission and some stakeholders are suggesting solid education and skills training for Liberians if the middle income goal is to be achieved.At a policy dialogue conference on the theme, “Reaching the Middle Income Country Goal:  the human Capacity Issues,” the Governance Commission and other stakeholders in their conclusion noted that although abundant natural and human resources exist in the country, it has remained today one of the world’s poorest economies.Quoting statistical data, the groups pointed to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Database, which states that Liberia was placed at 181 out of 184 economies worldwide in 2013.According to a prepared document containing conclusive views of the stakeholders and Governance Commission, lack of effective human capital has consistently served as a major impediment to the growth of Liberia’s economy and its overall output.In their concluding statement, the GC and its partners noted that the cluster of graduates specializing in fields not consistent with workforce requirement projections has rendered the total supply of human resources in the national labor force and its resulting output as fairly inelastic (weak).This translates to a much lower than could be annual growth in Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a result of uneven distribution of skilled and semi-skilled labor in sectors that drive aggregate demand.“In order to reduce the fairly inelastic nature of our yearly labor supply, we must focus on the output of graduates at the upper basic, secondary and tertiary levels and ensure that they are specializing in fields and taking career paths that are most urgently needed and speak to Liberia’s present day workforce requirements,” the statement noted.A change in this situation, the policy dialogue concluding statement says, requires a reexamination of Liberia’s education system in order to fill those current capacity gaps and produce the needed skills consistent with current national needs.“The system must now focus on increasing workforce needs in professional, technical, skilled and semi-skilled categories that are required for nation building, and as such develop strategies that will address capacity gaps from as early as the lower basic education level,” the statement said.In the quest for needed workforce that conforms to realities of the day, the statement noted that Liberia is fortunate and blessed with a favorably youthful population, an optimal contributor to the attainment of national goal (s) if skilled and developed properly.Emphasis on education in Liberia nowadays highlights mostly Science and Technology.  But it has been observed over time that many Liberian students studying at universities, including the state-owned University of Liberia, prioritize Business and Liberal Arts colleges rather than Science.Statistics gathered from the University of Liberia about enrollment in the Science and Technology College and College of Agriculture show that from 2009 to 2013 a total of 619 enrolled in the Agriculture College, 345 studying General Agriculture, 69 in Agronomy and 196 in General Forestry while only 5 were enrolled in Wood Technology.In the Science and Technology College 916 enrolled in Science, 656 in Biology, Chemistry accounted for 50, Mathematics 62, Zoology 38, Physics 17 and Engineering (Civil, Electrical and Mining) 170.The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Toga Mcintosh, Vice President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission.Panelists included the Ministers of Education, Labor, Gender Children and Social Protection, Finance and Development Planning, the president of the Association of Liberian Universities and the Chairman of the National Commission on Higher Education.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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Rapinoe named but Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s Neymar, who cost the French club 222 million euros ($247 million) in 2017, failed to make the 30-man shortlist after a year overshadowed by injury, suspension and controversy for both club and country.Messi has just collected the FIFA Best award, as did Rapinoe, which split from the Ballon D’Or in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Rapinoe dominated the Women’s World Cup, on and off the field, in the summer.She was joint top scorer and was voted player of the tournament as she led the United States to victory in France in July. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The 34-year-old Reign FC playmaker, already a campaigner for LGBT rights and gender equality, made headlines during the tournament by publicly taking on US President Donald Trump.Last year, Norwegian Ada Hegerberg was the first women’s winner.The Lyon forward did not play in the World Cup but is among the 20 nominees as are stars who were present at the competition, such as Australia striker Sam Kerr, England’s Lucy Bronze and France captain Amandine Henry.Virgil Van Dijk, 28, who has had an impressive six months with Liverpool lifting the Champions League, could become a rare defensive winner of the men’s award.Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to win in 2006, and only the fourth since the award began in 1956.ADVERTISEMENT Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Another nominee, Kylian Mbappe, the top goal scorer in Ligue 1 last season, would represent a genuine change of the guard.The Paris Saint-Germain striker is inelgible to defend his Kopa trophy for the best player under 21 last year as he celebrates his 21st birthday on December 20.This year also sees the introduction of the Yashin trophy, named after the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon D’Or, Lev Yashin of the Soviet Union, to give that ignored minority a chance to get their hands on a prize of their own.The award winners will be unveiled on December 2 during a ceremony in Paris after a voting process including journalists from 180 different countries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2019, Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (L) and Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2019, US and Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe pose at the end of The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on September 23, 2019 in Milan. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)While Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the second ever women’s Ballon D’Or, the holder of the men’s award, Luka Modric, and the world’s most expensive player Neymar missed out as France Football unveiled nominees in four categories on Monday.Modric, fresh from guiding Croatia to a World Cup final, broke the 11-year Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi, who are both included, stranglehold on the men’s award last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nike’s groundbreaking Oregon Project wound up in disgrace Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘Gago’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Kenya open with France loss in Dubai 7s

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Sevens lost 24-14 in her opening match at the Dubai 7s.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Kenya Sevens launched their 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series on a losing note following their 24-14 defeat at the hands of France in the opening leg in Dubai Sevens on Friday morning.Kenya under new head coach Innocent Simiyu had a solid start to hold France in the first half where they led 14-5 with Nelson Oyoo opening the scores before Willy Ambaka grounded the second converted try. Simiyu fielded a strong line-up that was led by captain Andrew Amonde, Ambaka, Frank Wanyama, Leonard Mugaisi, Billy Odhiambo, Augustine Lugonzo and Oyoo who was the only player who was not on the Rio Olympics squad.Mugaisi started off Kenya superbly with a lovely kick-off that was won by Ambaka before feeding Amonde who set-up Oyoo for the opening try underneath the post for Lugonzo to convert.Kenya held possession to pin down France on their area and the pressure paid as Lugonzo set up Ambaka with a short pass to go under the post for the second converted try that saw Shujaa lead 14-0.The Frenchmen managed to touch down two quick tries to reduce the deficit to four points after Kenya lost concentration at the back to concede the unconverted tries at the left corner.Things got worse for Kenya in the second half as errors cost them to concede three tries and see France make a comeback to win the game that cemented their dominance over Shujaa.In the second match, Kenya bounced back to beat Japan 17-7 and revive their chances of qualifying to the Main Cup quarters.With Australia having qualified after thrashing France 28-0, Shujaa will have to beat the Australians when the two sides meet at 5:22pm Kenyan time in the last match of Group D.Frank Wanyama touched down first in the must-win game for the Shujaa Sevens but Leon Ellison levelled it up with his first-ever sevens try but second-half scores from Dan Sikuta and William Ambaka give Kenya their first win of the series this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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I am not under pressure to prove, says Muguna

first_img“I know everyone is looking at me and expect me to deliver but I don’t think I am under any pressure to prove anything. Football is the same everywhere. The same way I played at Stima is the same way I will play here at Gor. I know myself and I know what I can do,” Muguna told Capital Sport.Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna in training at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe does not expect to find it easy cracking into head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira’s starting team, but he reckons he can work hard enough to get a nod basing on how he has integrated with his new team mates over the last week of training.“Getting to the starting team is the coach’s work. For me is to get into training, work hard and convince him to give me a place in the team,” the midfielder noted.“So far I have enjoyed training and the coach is a really cool guy. He knows how to communicate with players and his methods are good. I feel quite comfortable at the team and hopefully, I can achieve great things with the club,” he added.The 20-year old is expected to slot into a Gor Mahia midfield that was hugely weakened last year especially after the departure of Khalid Aucho.Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna in training at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis arrival at the club coupled up with that of Rwandese Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has already excited the head coach who is confident the two can form a solid partnership to help the club achieve trophies this season.“Muguna is a good player. He is young and hungry and that is what we want here at Gor. I am happy because he has come to the club because in midfield is where we struggled last season,” Ferreira said on the former Stima midfielder.Meanwhile, Muguna has received an invite from Austria for trials and has an agreement with Gor that he will be allowed to leave. The departure to Europe is dependent on issuance of a visa.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna controls the ball in training under pressure from Meddie Kagere at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13- As he starts his new journey with 15-time Kenyan Premier League(KPL) champions Gor Mahia, reigning player and midfielder of the year Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna says he is under no pressure to prove anything despite a burden of expectation on his shoulders.Muguna had a fairy tale 2016 season after joining Western Stima from Kisumu’s Palos FC and his consistent performances not only earned him two huge accolades in the annual KPL awards, but a contract with Gor as well.last_img read more

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Porter Middle School kids expand notion of community

first_imgHow about a dance, a few of the kids said. How about having a pizza party with it, a few more suggested. They could charge $1 for admission, $1 for a slice of pizza and $1 for a soda, then make more money recycling the cans. There were 400 kids going to summer school. Do the math. They could buy a lot of medical supplies for the villagers of Kambi ya Simba. So, in less than two weeks, with the help of their teachers, the kids pulled it all together, even adding a virtual wall in the multipurpose room so anyone could donate another $1 for a paper brick with their name on it. “This program is supposed to get us ready for middle school, and we’re just doing our community service part right now,” said Angelina Choi, 11, working the pizza line. “It’s so sad how those people live. We’re just trying to help them.” Emily Davenport and Alex Hallstead, both also 11, were gladly taking $1 contributions for paper bricks on the virtual wall. “The villagers never have the money to buy the medicines they need; that’s why a lot of them die from disease,” Emily said. “Maybe so many won’t die now.” The last day of summer school is Aug. 3, and the virtual wall will remain up until then. A local church group visiting Tanzania later in the month will be taking the medicines to the villagers. If you want to add your name to the virtual wall for $1 and help them raise more money to buy medicine, give Custodio a call at (818) 920-2790. The dean of student discipline would love to hear from you. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dean of student discipline at Porter Middle School in Granada Hills stood outside the campus’ multipurpose room Thursday, smiling as she watched more than 200 students enjoy a dance and pizza party. There would be no discipline problems for Laura Lee Custodio to handle. Only kudos to hand out. “Everyone thinks, `Sixth-graders, what can they do?”‘ said the 25-year teacher. “Well, they can do a lot. These kids worked incredibly hard to put all this together.” “All this” was a dance and fundraiser, organized by 11-year-olds who had just graduated from elementary school and weren’t even officially middle school students yet. They’re all incoming sixth-graders enrolled in the Bridge program – a four-week summer session designed to prepare them for middle school and its curriculum, including community service. “One of our goals is to get all our kids involved in community service, and we were reading a book one day about a small, poor village in Tanzania called Kambi ya Simba,” Custodio said. “The story dealt with all aspects of living in the village, including how the people there had to walk more than three kilometers for medicine if they could afford it, which they couldn’t.” The kids took the story to heart. They asked: The villagers were a community, right? Why couldn’t they be their summer school community service project? No reason, the Bridge teachers told them. It was a great idea. But how were they going to help people in an East African village a million miles from Granada Hills with less than two weeks left in summer school? last_img
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