20 Jan
2020

Top daCosta Cup marksman looks to make life in the MLS

first_img MISSED OPPORTUNITY “It was a bad-enough injury that required surgery. I really wanted to play in the Olivier Shield final because I wanted to get as close as possible to the 40-goal mark, which I had set (as my target) for the season,” said Kerr. “It was not to be, and I was disappointed, but I am strong, and the team did well, although we did not win,” he added. The 18-year-old striker said his efforts in attack for STETHS have been the highlight of his relatively young football life so far. But his love for the game actually began a lot earlier. Kerr is a past student of the Sir Clifford Campbell Primary School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, and the Mt Grace All-Age School. His journey continued, and he left Mt Grace for Godfrey Stewart High, where played a year in the daCosta Cup, before he was spotted and invited to join the ranks at STETHS by the keen-eyed Wendell Downswell, STETHS’ technical director, in 2014. “It is at STETHS that I truly began to blossom as a striker,” Kerr stated. “With the help of my coaches and teammates, I have become a more lethal striker. I score from anywhere around the box. I am proud of myself. “I know my ability, and my ability is scoring goals. I hope to continue doing so, after moving on from schoolboy football,” said the striker. In spite of his success on the field, Kerr has not lost sight of the ultimate challenge. He said his aim is to gain a scholarship to a university or college in the United States and use that to enhance his football career. “That is my dream. I am trying to sort out a scholarship and to keep playing football, primarily in the US, and kick-start a career from there with one of the MLS teams,” reasoned Kerr. “And if that does not work out, I am looking at becoming a lawyer.” I believe I will be equally good at that,” the STETHS striker said. Western Bureau: With his taste for success ignited and after scoring a competition-high 33 goals for the 2015 daCosta and Ben Francis Cup champions, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Michael Kerr is eyeing a scholarship and, ultimately, a professional contract in the US Major League Soccer or in Europe. Kerr, who is popularly known as ‘Diddy’, told The Gleaner he has learned to appreciate hard work, and has matured both as a footballer and as a person since donning the gold and blue of Santa Cruz-based STETHS. Kerr, who left defenders in his wake, scoring almost at will to fire his team into three finals, missed the final of the Olivier Shield two weeks ago against Jamaica College due to an ankle injury that required surgery. He is now on the mend, but noted that the ill-timed injury he picked up in the daCosta Cup final against Dinthill Technical could not have happened at a most inappropriate time. The striker was chasing 40 goals for the season. SCORING GOALSlast_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

Let freedom reign in our hearts and minds

first_imgDear Editor,Today, August 1, we celebrate 180 years of the abolition of slavery in Guyana. This significant event is better known as the Emancipation, and is widely acknowledged for the celebrations and festivities that surround it. The abolition of slavery came centuries after our ancestors were ripped from their homeland in Africa, brought all those miles across the Atlantic Ocean to this part of the world, sold into a system called slavery, and thereafter worked and lived in the most inhumane conditions there ever were.The achievement of emancipation came after decades of struggle, enduring hardships, privation, demoralisation, torture, and death at the hands of the slave masters. All of their freedoms were taken away. Stripped of their identity, they were removed from the status of a human being to that of an animal. Hence it was with great jubilation that they welcomed the dawn of August 1, 1834.It could be said that it was this sad and dark era of history that influenced the conceptualisation of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, 114 years after Emancipation.Enshrined in this declaration are 30 articles, five (5) of which speak to the right to various forms of freedom. Article 1 – Innate freedom and equality; Article 13 – Right of freedom of movement; Article 18 – Right of freedom of thought and religion; Article 19 – Right of freedom of opinion and expression; and Article 20 – Right of freedom of assembly and association. Of these five rights, Article 19 in particular states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.No one can dispute the fact that these rights were withheld from our ancestors, and it was for these very rights that they fought for on many occasions via uprisings and rebellions against the slave masters. In the early 1920s, it was one of their offsprings, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, who continued the struggle for these rights, which led in later years to the attaining of another right, as is enshrined in Article 20, which states: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.It is this particular right that helped to advance the work of the trade union movement. The attainment of Independence and Republican status over the decades were all achieved by way of struggles in various forms. However, 184 years later, we, the descendants of those noble men and women, are seemingly engaged in another form of struggle. This time around, we are fighting to maintain our democratic freedom at various levels of work and representation.During this period of emancipation, there are many songs that are reflected upon as they point to the many injustices experienced by our ancestors. The most popular is “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, only we can free our minds”. At this point in time in our history, these words hold fast to present day experiences and outcomes. At times it would seem that we are still to remove from our minds the shackles which keep us in a subdued position. Time and again, we are psychologically whipped by present day massas, whose whips are their token positions and authority which are used to “keep us in our place”.It is these present day plantocracy cabal that is guilty of violating our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and opinion by seeking to muzzle us by driving fear using various tactics that do not augur well for our and the nation’s wellbeing.Therefore, it is with much hope and expectation that, as the descendants of our distinguished fore-parents, we strive to emulate their values, hard work, sacrifices and togetherness, which paved the way for their removal from the harsh and inhumane conditions of slavery and into a world where freedom was opportune.As we celebrate Emancipation 2018 with songs, dances and all the festivities relating to this auspicious occasion, let freedom reign in our hearts and minds. Let it become the mantra of nation building, a process that began 184 years ago. Happy Emancipation.Sincerely,Gillian Burton-PersaudMember of Parliamentlast_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Police honor citizens willing to help

first_imgJanice said the guy even stopped, pulled a knife out of his jacket and waved it threateningly at them as they sat in their car watching him. Yeah, it was scary, but they’d do it again, Bianca said Thursday as she and her mom were honored by the command staff of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division and City Councilman Dennis Zine. “I told Bianca, `It’s all right, baby. If he takes another step toward us with that knife, I’ll run him over’ – and I would have,” Janice said. The guy must have seen the look in her eyes because he put his knife away and tried to escape. Police arrested him a block away. All because Bianca and her mom didn’t look the other way. Bianca Rodriguez and her mom, Janice, didn’t have to get involved. They could have looked the other way and kept on walking when they saw a man slash through the roof of a convertible Mustang to steal a cell phone and some other items on the front seat. It wasn’t their car. Why take any chances? But they didn’t look the other way. Janice got on her cell to call 911, and while she and Bianca waited for police to respond, they followed the man as, trying to break in, he smashed a window of another car. “Most people who see something like this close their eyes and walk away, never thinking that they could be the next victim of this guy,” Zine said. “They got involved. They didn’t back away. And for that, we thank them.” Last year in the San Fernando Valley, there were 12,000 reported motor-vehicle break-ins. In the past month alone, there were 237 more, says West Valley Division Capt. John Sherman. “It’s the most prolific crime problem we have in the Valley, and it’s on the rise,” he said. Too many people leave valuables in plain sight in their cars and forget to lock their doors or set their alarms, he added. “We need more citizens to help us catch these car burglars. We don’t want anyone putting themselves in danger and trying to make an arrest, but we do want them to call with license plate numbers and descriptions.” Bianca and her mom did a lot more than that on Dec. 16 on Sherman Way in Reseda when they decided not to close their eyes and walk away. So did Carlos Cardova and Gayle Rymer, who were also honored Thursday. Gayle manages a condo complex in Encino, and Carlos is one of her maintenance men. A few weeks ago, Carlos was taking trash out to the bin when he saw a man walking from car to car in the parking area looking in windows. When Carlos asked him what he was doing, the guy ran to a nearby car, where two other men were waiting. Gayle called 911 and joined Carlos following them in his car. Gayle remained on her cell, giving police the location of the men, and they were arrested a few blocks away. Surveillance tape in the parking area viewed later showed the three men tampering with cars for about 20 minutes. “There’s no doubt that if we don’t become proactive, next time we could be the victim,” Gayle said. “It’ll be our car being broken into. “I’m proud of what Carlos and I did. There are three less guys breaking into cars today.” 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!last_img
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6 Jan
2020

Angry Maradona offers reward over ‘death’ report

first_img0Shares0000Diego Maradona was treated by paramedics after he was taken ill after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jun 28 – Diego Maradona has offered a Sh1 million ($10,000) reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday.The reports, circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent, said the 57-year-old star had been hospitalized and had died of cardiac arrest. “I gave instructions to make public the decision to offer a reward of 300,000 pesos (around $10,000) to anyone who can provide true and accurate information about the author of the audios,” lawyer Matias Morla told Argentina’s Clarin daily from Russia.The Argentine star took ill at the end of the match and had to be helped from his seat.But he denied rumors of ill health the day after, telling reporters: “I’m perfect. I’ve never been better.”Morla said Maradona had suffered “a spike” in blood pressure.“It’s a subject that at one time alarmed him. It’s no secret how he lives through a game. How he lived them as a player is how he lives them as a fan.”According to Morla, Maradona shouldn’t even have been at the stadium for the second half of the game, in which a late goal secured Argentina’s World Cup.“The doctors told him to rest, not to stay for the second half of the Argentina-Nigeria match, but asking that of Maradona is like asking a son not to love his mother.”“For Diego, the team is Dona Tota (his mother), and he will never let her on her own,” he said.The audio messages spread on social media after the match.“Maradona’s sisters heard the news, they could not communicate with me nor with their brother, and one of them suffered a weakness, and the truth is that we cannot let such an outrage go by,” Morla told Clarin.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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20 Dec
2019

D’Angelo Russell’s 52 points not enough in Warriors overtime loss to Timberwolves

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — D’Angelo Russell’s first career 50-point game wasn’t enough to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it came close.After missing three games with a right ankle sprain, Russell returned to a starting lineup missing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and scored 52 points on 19-for-37 shooting, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors’ 125-119 overtime loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota Friday.It was the first 50-point game of Russell’s career and, though he …last_img

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19 Dec
2019

SANParks goes ‘wild about soccer’

first_imgSAinfo reporter DreamFields Project founder John Perlman saw the partnership with SANParks as “a way of changing the social make-up in marginalised communities”. In a statement issued this week, the Dreamfields Project says its three-year partnership with SANParks’ People and Conservation (P&C) unit – dubbed “Wild about Soccer” – is aimed at engaging young people at the level of their passion: football. SANParks CEO David Mabunda has endorsed the project, saying: “The best way to get young people to understand and develop respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live”. Companies and individuals can sponsor a R5 500 DreamBag to a school. It contains 3 soccer balls, 15 pairs of boots and 15 sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. Raising awareness “Wild About Soccer”, he said, was not just about the beautiful game, but was about using sport as means of building knowledge about, and respect for, something worth preserving – our natural heritage. The Dreamfields Project joined forces with SANParks’ P&C unit to bring the “Wild about Soccer” tournaments to these secluded communities, with every tournament within the project providing an opportunity to educate young people about conservation and the environment. Launched in 2006, the Dreamfields Project is a section 21 company that uses soccer as a force for good in township and rural schools. DreamBags Dreamfields will provide DreamBags containing a complete soccer kit to the participating schools for continued development of their learners through the game of soccer.center_img “As a start, we will be handing out DreamBags filled with soccer kits for tournaments in rural communities, but our long-term goal is to help fix up some fields in villages bordering on our parks,” Perlman said. To date, 240 schools and organizations have received DreamBags, while donations and sponsorships are being used to build new soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas. ‘A force for good’ South African National Parks (SANParks) has teamed up with the Dreamfields Project to merge the seemingly separate worlds of conservation and soccer for the benefit of young people living in communities situated around national parks. “We are wild about this project, and wild about our partnership with SANParks.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Starting from Saturday, 6 September, school teams from communities on the borders of the world-renowned Kruger National Park will participate in a series of “Wild about Soccer” tournaments, culminating in a final tournament in Skukuza on 4 October. The DreamBag handover coincides with a DreamEvent, which is a soccer tournament at which the sponsor, community and other supporters come together and enjoy the beautiful game. 5 September 2008last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

JJP expels six members

first_imgThe Jannayak Janta Party on Saturday expelled six of its members, including three who contested the recently held Haryana Assembly poll, for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities and indiscipline. Shashi Bala, Suresh Verma, Badruddin, Baldev, Tuhi Ram Bhardwaj and Gurpal Majra have been expelled, according to a release issued by the JJP. They have also been suspended from the party’s primary membership for six years, it said. JJP State president Nishan Singh said they had worked against the interest of the party.last_img

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28 Nov
2019

Ferrer, Wright join Gilas training

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Also present were Ray Parks, Raymar Jose, Ed Daquioag, Von Pessumal, Fonzo Gotladera, and Almond Vosotros.Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu continued to show up in the sessions, while Mac Belo mingled with his fellow pool members at the sidelines as he showed up in street clothes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas had to make do with only 10 players for Thursday’s evening sessions for the national team’s second practice at Meralco Gym.Kevin Ferrer and Matthew Wright were the new faces to attend the sessions since its resumption on Tuesday, joining seven others who broke a sweat on the hard court.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken D-League: Ebondo shines as CEU stings Zark’s Burgers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

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