French players united in defeat against Davis Cup overhaul

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? This weekend marked the last time in the 118-year-old competition history that the final was played in a best-of-five matches format and over a three-day weekend. Starting next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.The International Tennis Federation believes this format, with matches played in best-of-three sets, will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule. The French tennis federation supported the reform.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m extremely sorry because of the ITF decision,” doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert said. “It was the last true Davis Cup.”Herbert’s partner, Nicolas Mahut, said he spoke with ITF David Haggerty immediately after the final to express his discontent. “I believe he understood very well what I wanted to say,” said Mahut, without giving details. Lucas Pouille, who was thrashed in straight sets by Marin Cilic on Sunday a year after he wrapped up France’s 10th title, said he would not play in the Davis Cup anymore.“Last year I was crying of joy, this year I was crying because I was sad,” Pouille said. “I’m not going to change my mind about the new format. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to play in the Davis Cup anymore. That was the last time.”The ITF said it expects the new format will help generate more money for tennis development around the world. A $3 billion, 25-year deal has been agreed by the ITF with Kosmos, an investment group founded by the Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.Mahut claimed tennis stakeholders should have come up with better solutions.“There are other means to find money. The Grand Slams tournaments could have given some of their revenues and the Davis Cup would have been saved,” Mahut said. “We needed to find ways to lighten the schedule, we had so many good ideas to save that competition. There were other solutions.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ The French team, from the left, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pierre Hughes Herbert, Nicolas Mahut, Jeremy Chardy , Lucas Pouille and team captain Yannick Noah sing the national anthem before the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 in Lille, northern France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)LILLE, France — French players don’t like the new Davis Cup format and they’re saying it loud and clear.After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. France’s Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah, who oversaw his last Davis Cup match this weekend and will be replaced by Amelie Mauresmo, is also a fervent opponent of the overhaul.“It will never be the same, it’s going to be something else,” said Noah, who guided France to three Davis Cup titles. “I really hope this is not going to be called the Davis Cup. Playing two sets is not the Davis Cup. They are lying. I told (Haggerty) to his face I’m disgusted and upset because this is the way I feel. The Davis Cup was so much for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Man United hires former striker Solskjaer as interim manager Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Volatile star Terrence Romeo has had a tumultuous pro career that reached its low point recently when TNT reportedly wanted him out upon players’ requests.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 26-year-old Romeo has been involved in controversies beginning last March when he and his former coach Pido Jarencio at GlobalPort figured in a heated verbal exchange during a game.He was also among the players suspended by Fiba for his participation in the Gilas Pilipinas and Australia brawl in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in July.READ: Terrence Romeo to San Miguel gets PBA green light Austria said he had a lengthy conversation with Romeo over the phone on Tuesday and one of his early advice to the three-time PBA scoring champion is “just enjoy the game.”“We welcome him with open arms and I told him, ‘you don’t have to do so much here at San Miguel. You have the likes of June Mar, Standhardinger that can also score,’” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil San Miguel has been having a hectic offseason following its surprisingly early exit in the ongoing 2018 Governors’ Cup where it got eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalist Alaska.Apart from Romeo, the Beermen also acquired Paul Zamar and Ronald Tubid from Blackwater and Columbian, respectively.“They are a great addition to the team. On paper, we now have the deepest team with Romeo, Zamar and also Tubid but it remains to be seen until we actually play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Romeo on Wednesday was officially shipped to San Miguel Beer in exchange for third stringers Brian Heruela and David Semerad and a 2021 first round pick.The move to the Beermen, however, not only gives Romeo a breath but more significantly, a golden opportunity to prove his critics wrong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“This is a chance for him to redeem himself,” San Miguel head coach Leo Austria told INQUIRER.net just hours after the PBA approved the deal. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Ebola: Fixing the Fear Factor

first_imgDr. Wilhemina Jallah, Founder and Executive Director of the Hope for Women (HFW) Clinic, was baffled when she called the Daily Observer on Monday in an effort to dispel rumors that she was Ebola-positive. “I can’t see how anyone could have carried such a rumor,” she said, with recollections of the rumor rousing her ire.  “Some people even thought I was dead, but I am healthy and moving around.  As a medical professional, if I feel I have it, I would report, not spread it around.  But the main problem is that this rumor is scaring the families of the nurses who work here.  People are telling the family members of our nurses to stay home for 21 days because they claim our nurses are ‘exposed to Ebola patients’.”As the rumor went viral over the Independence Day weekend and shocked most who heard it, many were caught between feelings of fear and surprise, especially following the death of Dr. Samuel Brisbane, who practiced general medicine for nearly 50 years and succumbed to the Ebola virus.  Then there is the American doctor working with Samaritan’s Purse as head of the ELWA Hospital ebola unit, Kent Brant, who tested positive and is currently in isolation and undergoing treatment. “Dr. Jallah, too?” a woman who subscribes to the HFW Clinic commented in a bewildered tone, but then retorted a defiant “You damn lie!” to the man who conveyed the rumor. The news of many health workers including senior medical personnel working in Liberia who have tested positive for, or become casualties of the Ebola virus, is no doubt alarming to the Liberian public and contributing to widespread fear.  Many patients who would otherwise seek treatment from a health center of any scale, now find themselves wary of professional medical treatment and health workers in Lofa, Montserrado, Bong and Bomi counties where, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the infection rates – in that order – are highest. In Montserrado County, the Redemption Hospital has been overwhelmed with numerous suspected Ebola cases, which include patients, nurses and doctors.  Last week, the hospital was the scene of an angry mob of hundreds of people demanding the body of a pregnant woman who had died there showing symptoms of Ebola. Authorities at the facility were forced to lock themselves in and request police backup.  In Bong County, the Phebe and C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospitals have been abandoned by health workers who say they will not return to work without protective equipment, Daily Observer Bong County correspondent Marcus Malayea reported. Up to Tuesday, July 29, security officers at Dunbar Maternity were seen turning away pregnant women who showed up expecting neonatal care.Also, the government hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County was reported abandoned in the wake of the Ebola-positive diagnosis of the entire family of Mr. Sando Sirleaf, a top healthcare official of that county.  Health workers and patients alike have since abandoned that hospital in fear and for lack of protective gear.  Sirleaf’s son, Sando, Jr., who is also a health worker and heads the Gayah Hill Health Center, tested positive.   Sick, scared, skepticalThis is not good news.  The Daily Observer fielded a question on Facebook about whether anyone in Liberia in need of medical help would seek treatment at any hospital here, given the prevailing situation.  The general consensus was a resounding ‘NO’, because of safety concerns, or who to trust. One respondent aptly said: “When healthcare workers and disease control experts cannot protect themselves, it is not reasonable to expect the public to have confidence in seeking relief from health care facilities.”Another with a dissenting view asked, “If you fell victim to Ebola would you have a choice of hospital?”Rev. John Sumo, Director for Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, believes the fear and skepticism comes from misconceptions about the Ebola virus and how suspected and positive cases should be handled. According to him, if it isn’t the fearsome perception of certain death that keeps suspected ebola patients away, it might also be the stigma behind the very terminology such as ‘isolation’ or ‘quarantine’, used by health workers in their treatment of ebola related cases.  “So we have renamed the isolation areas as ‘treatment units’,” Sumo explains, “because even though we have to contain the ebola cases, they are still getting the proper care from doctors and health workers.”Another major challenge in responding to ebola cases is the burial of infected persons who have expired. “Someone who has died from Ebola must be buried immediately,” Sumo says.  “Yet some families are defiant and make away with the infected corpse and before we can find them, they have washed and dressed it for a traditional burial.  We know that bagging the body goes against our normal way of burying the dead in Liberia, but a traditional burial is also a key way to spread the virus, especially since washing the corpse puts people in contact with the contaminated fluids that come from it.”  And as if that weren’t enough, Sumo agrees one cannot ignore the allegations of ebola infected corpses being stripped of kidneys, hearts and other organs before burial. Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, asserted earlier this week that “people are just afraid” and are “making the wrong decisions by refusing to go to the health facilities.”Granted, but where else should sick people go?Managing the messageThe National Task Force on Ebola set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over the weekend has mandated the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) to create the awareness strategy to educate the public on what Ebola is; the window of opportunity to treat infected patients; and how to prevent contact with the virus altogether.Many Liberians are still poorly informed about the pre-symptom window of opportunity through which an infection can be successfully treated. The general understanding among ordinary people is that, “if you have Ebola, you will die.”   But according to the latest Situation Report (July 28, 2014) released by the Ministry of Health, out of 40 cases that were quarantined in treatment units, 4 have been discharged –a survival rate of 10%, which resonates with established Ebola research data.  And out of 352 cumulative (suspected, probable and confirmed) cases, 95 were actually confirmed Ebola positive.  Therefore, if more suspected and probable cases get tested early enough, the survival rate could increase.  Sadly enough, however, these numbers do not include the countless unreported cases that result in deaths which in turn perpetuate contamination among families and communities.In a meeting with media executives at MICAT on Tuesday, July 29, there was a general consensus from the media to partner with government regarding public awareness toward fighting Ebola.  And though Ministry officials took technical suggestions on the way forward, the challenge is to craft messages that can address the psychological effects of the current public perceptions (and misperceptions) about Ebola. For the messages to be effective, the hospitals and health centers that were shut down or abandoned will have to be sanitized, re-opened re-staffed with doctors and nurses; and replenished with sufficient protective equipment.  These measures would to prove to patients that the Government of Liberia, in all its efforts to address this dreadful Ebola outbreak, means business.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 receives handcrafted wooden Coat of Arms

first_imgPresident David Granger has been presented with a large, hand-made replica of the Coat of Arms of Guyana by overseas-based Guyanese Jonathan and Brenda Locke, a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency said.Jonathan and Brenda Locke (not pictured) presented the President with the veneered Coat of ArmsThe elaborate emblem, made from veneered wood which has undergone a special process to extend its longevity, was handed over by the Lockes during a courtesy call last Friday on the Head of State.President Granger commended the Lockes on their fine creation and encouraged them to explore the local market and the available business opportunities. He also advised them to discuss with the Business Ministry ways in which the skill set can be taught to young people, who are interested in this type of artistic work.A Guyanese by birth, Mr Locke said that the project was a labour of love, which he had worked on during his leisure time over the last eight years. He was impressed by the President’s receptiveness.“My love for Guyana is so strong that I wanted to do something for Guyana.In New York, I made the flag of Guyana out of wood and it now adorns the wall in the Guyana Consulate. The Coat of Arms is more elaborate… I was just dying to get it here and present it, hopefully, to the President,” he remarked.“Having met with the President, I am excited about the future of Guyana. He seemed very open-minded, very realistic about what the situation is and I am totally excited about what is coming for Guyana. It’s more than I could have expected. I expected just thanks for it, but talking about the possibility of meeting with the Minister of Business and teaching the kids how to make fine furniture is way more than I expected.”last_img read more

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Teachers Want Werner Out in 7 Days

first_img“We have observed the consistent and persistent constitutional violations of the education sector by the George K. Werner-led administration. We therefore demand, as defined under Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution, the unconditional and speedy resignation of Minister Werner as of today, September 13, to September 20, 2016, in order to strengthen, upgrade and promote the education sector and usher in educators that will clear the ‘mess’,” a coalition of civil society organizations said in a statement yesterday, read by the secretary-general of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Samuel Johnson. Article 1 of the Constitution says: “All power is inherent in the people through whom all free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require…” It is based on this Article that a consortium of six civil society organizations (COSs), which issued the statement yesterday at a press conference in Monrovia, promised to subsequently embark on a series of actions that will compel Minister Werner to resign his post to pave way for those who will improve the sector. The organizations are the NTAL, Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers’ Association (MCSSTA), and the Concerned Universities Students of the MOE Local Scholarship Program (CUSMOELSP) in collaboration with National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia (NAHWAL), theNational Private Sector Health Workers’ Union of Liberia (NPSHWUL), and the Consolidated Human Rights Advocacy Movement (CHRAM).The demand for Minister Werner’s resignation comes barely a week after schools across the country resumed academic activities for the 2016/2017 school year.In their 16-count resolution, the groups claimed that since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Minister Werner in 2015, his ‘brain-trust leadership’ has constantly and persistently violated the constitutional rights of the teachers, education workers and students at grade schools and vocational institutions.“It is due to these violations and Werner’s unilateral decisions, wherein he singlehandedly negotiated and brought into the country the Private Schools Liberia (PSL), among which is the Bridge International Academies (BIA) that has the record of dismal (murky) performances from where it previously operated schools such as in Kenya, Uganda and the United States of America,” said the leadership of CSOs.Since the MOU between the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the government of Liberia took effect last year, Mr. Werner has always maintained that after more than a decade of civil war, post-conflict stress, and the Ebola health crisis in 2014-2015, Liberia’s children have a right to quality education, which is the responsibility of the government. “Without a radical change in the existing strategy of the government, it is unlikely that a child’s right to quality education will be actualized,” Mr. Werner has often said in reference to the MOU.He said the agreement is the first part of a pilot project to serve up to 120 Liberian public schools, and that it is part of a wider PPPP – the PSL. Schools will be managed with autonomy within existing laws to deliver on improved learning gains to the extent that the MOE and Bridge agreement covers 50 schools.But in the minds of the six civil society organizations, Minister Werner unilaterally decided and brought BIA, which they said is a for-profit schools management company, to implement the PPP before calling the first ever stakeholders meeting in January.For the leadership of the CSOs, this act violated Article 6 of the Liberian Constitution and the Revised Education Laws of August 8, 2011, which guarantees equal access to educational opportunities for all.“Currently, these selected public schools, under the leadership of Minister Werner’s BIA Program privatizing public schools for profit making, have denied many students and teachers their fundamental and constitutional rights to education and employment,” the CSOs said.According to the group, prior to outsourcing the country’s education, Werner did not consult stakeholders, including the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) and the House’s Standing Committee on Education. These bodies, they said, are supposed to approve major concession agreements before they take effect. For these reasons, the CSOs want Werner to resign, adding, “Anything short of Mr. Werner’s peaceful leaving the education sector to go and establish his first aid private clinic, for which he is qualified to do, we will take the appropriate action available to us that will compel the authority to listen to us.”The group promised that their pending action will go nationwide to include all county leaderships and teachers.In a related development, NAHWAL’s embattled president, Joseph Tamba, said if the teachers strike, which would put the students’ education sojourn at risk, health workers would also lay down their working tools in solidarity with the teachers.“Whether someone is from the first family of the presidency or not, all that the parents want is for their children to obtain quality education void of messy programs,” Mr. Tamba added.Since the group’s statement yesterday, various education stakeholders who spoke to the Daily Observer expressed fear for the worst, should the teachers take any action that would be contrary to moving the sector forward.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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Minibus tout freed of rape charge

first_imgCurtis Sulker, called “Red Man”, was on Thursday afternoon acquitted of a rape charge by a 12-member jury.The unanimous not-guilty verdict was returned after two hours of deliberations at the Sexual Offences Court in Demerara. The particulars of charge detailed thatCurtis Sulker shielded his face before he gained his freedomSulker had allegedly engaged in sexual penetration with a 16-year female without her consent on September 7, 2014.Guyana Times understands that the former accused man who reportedly works as a minibus tout was a family friend of the then teenager. The allegations detailed that the man had taken the girl to the Botanical Gardens and carried out the act. However, the jury did not find the evidence pertaining to her story as credible and determined that the defendant was innocent of the alleged crime.Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall announced that he was free to go but Sulker who seemed surprised, sat down on the prisoner’s bench which prompted the Judge to re-state that he was freed. The former accused was represented by Attorney Clyde Forde, while Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial and Natasha Backer presented the State’s case.last_img read more

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Manchester United to bid cash plus player for World Cup finalist

first_img 1 Now an offer could become concrete with reports in Italy suggesting they will offer wantaway full-back Matteo Darmian, valued by them at £20million, and cash for the Croatian.It’s believed the Nerazzurri wanted £53million for the player but his dazzling form in Russia may well have pushed that figure up substantially.Manchester United will, though, be boosted by the knowledge Internazionale are keen on landing Fiorentina starlet Federico Chiesa as a replacement, or even ex-Red Devil Angel di Maria.Perisic starred for Croatia at World Cup 2018, scoring three goals, including one in the final against France, while also claiming one assist. Manchester United are to bid cash plus Matteo Darmian for World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic, according to Tuttosport.The Red Devils have held interest in the Inter Milan winger for some time and were linked with a bid last summer.center_img Croatia star Ivan Persic in action at World Cup 2018. last_img read more

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Everybody plays this game

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Let the Winners soccer team trying to score a goal on the Dragons touch your heart. Let the Rock ‘n’ Rollers lining up across from the Blue Lightning make you feel like you’ve just been invited to something very special. Because you have. The hottest sports ticket in town. The VIPs. Very Important Players. Nanette Hauser knew it wasn’t right. All the parents did. Why did able-bodied kids get to play and have all the fun while the special-needs kids never get invited to the party? Who says that with a little help – maybe an older buddy to hold their hand – a child with Down Syndrome couldn’t be out there on that youth soccer field kicking the ball around and having fun? They even had soccer balls with bells in them now, so why couldn’t the blind kids play, too? They didn’t have to see the ball to kick it. They could hear where it was. So, to their credit, three years ago the parents in AYSO Region 33 reached out to the schools, regional centers and doctors who serve children with special needs and invited those kids to play in their league, too. The first year, 30 kids with special needs showed up – enough to field three teams. The second year, 60 kids showed up. This year, 72 special-needs children are playing on six teams with the help of buddies. Teenagers like Nicole Thompson, a student at Montclair Prep, spends part of her Saturday helping 4-year-old Jorge Lara, a Down syndrome child, wind his way down the field kicking a soccer ball. A few yards away, on a field for the older kids, Eryn Albright, 15, of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, is helping 13-year-old Laura Betancourt, who is blind, run down the field kicking a soccer ball she can’t see, but can hear. Both teenage girls are here as part of their community service projects at school, but the lessons they’ve learned from their VIP special buddies are worth a lot more than any grade or extra credit they will earn at school, they say. Nearby on another field, Matthew Nickel stands on the sideline watching his 6-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who has Down syndrome, hug her teenage buddy, Mayan Ruimy, after scoring a goal. “You have no idea how much this has meant to my daughter,” Matthew says. Being invited to the party with the other kids. “Every morning Kaylee brings me her soccer bag, and I have to tell her not today, honey, soon. Well, today’s the day. Just look at her.” Look at all the VIPs. Every last one of them is smiling, laughing and having the time of their lives. “It’s my son’s third year playing,” Diane Sullada says, watching her 16-year-old Down syndrome child, Jason, wave to her as he warms up with his teammates on the Winners team. Her son never wanted to do much outside the house before, she says. Now he can’t wait to go to Balboa Park every Saturday morning to play with his VIP buddies. “The truth is, if Jason wasn’t here, he’d be at home playing his video games alone right now. And I’d be home with him instead of out here talking with all the other moms in the park. “You don’t know how much this means to so many families,” she said. Finally being invited to the party. Where everybody plays. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com For more information on the VIP soccer program, call (818) 785-2353, or visit www.ayso33.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our motto is ‘Everybody plays,’ but everybody wasn’t playing.” -Nanette Hauser, director of the VIP league for AYSO Region 33 in the San Fernando Valley. No, they weren’t. There was a very important segment of the population – special-needs kids – who were being shut out from playing youth soccer only because no one thought they could. Well, they can, and they are. See for yourself over at Balboa Park in Encino every Saturday morning, where some of the most inspiring sports teams in town are packing them in. Forget the Dodgers, Lakers and Kings. If you like to cheer – I mean really cheer – and leave a sporting event feeling great inside, check out the Red Hot Gophers playing the Balboa Stars. last_img read more

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Three from Softball Earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Honors

first_imgMaddox, Pena and Roemmich and their teammates open the NCAA Tournament against BYU Thursday at 5 p.m. CST in the Eugene, Ore. Regional. The game with the Cougars will be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Roemmich, who holds a 4.00 grade point average in biology, was the 2018 MVC Elite 17 award winner for softball. The Elite 17 is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in a MVC Championship. This year, Roemmich is second on the team in batting average at .355 and leads the team in triples with two, doubles with 12, walks with 24, runs scored with 34, hits with 59 and slugging percentage at .470. Roemmich, who has started every game at shortstop, also hit her first career home run this season and has driven in a career-high 21 runs. Sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), the 2018 MVC Player of the Year and 2018 All-MVC First Team honoree, and 2018 All-MVC First Team selection, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) were selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team while sophomore Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), a 2018 All-MVC First Team member, garnered MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention accolades. These are the first MVC scholar-athlete honors for each of the three Bulldogs. In order to be eligible for MVC Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University softball team, which won the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, had three student-athletes earn MVC Scholar-Athlete honors, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Pena, who holds a 3.87 GPA in elementary education, made 51 starts at third base and is batting .271 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 16 runs scored and is second on the team in RBI with a 29. Earlier this season, Pena was selected MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. She was a 2016 All-MVC Second Team member. Maddox, who owns a 3.32 GPA in environmental science, is batting .322 with four home runs, six doubles and a team-high 30 RBI. She batted .324 with two home runs and 14 RBI against MVC foes. Maddox played in all 53 games with 51 starts at first base.last_img read more

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Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton

first_imgALL ROADS lead to Ramelton this weekend for a feast of brilliant music at the Django Sur Lennon Gypsy Jazz Festival.One of the styles of jazz performed is what has today become known as “gypsy jazz” or gypsy swing.This style of jazz is most often attributed to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli who founded the all strings jazz ensemble, The Quintet du Hot Club de France, in the 1930s in Paris, France. This style is at times also referred to as “jazz manouche”, from the French term meaning “gypsy”. The style’s creation often being attributed to Django, the musical characteristics and the blending of gypsy musical elements with jazz and the fact that it has largely been fellow gypsies (until recently) who have carried and preserved the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt since his death in 1953, makes the term “jazz manouche” one that is quite fitting in describing this genre.With this in mind, a wonderful celebration of this music genre comes to the heritage town of Ramelton this weekend.For more check out Django Sur Lennon on Facebook.Here’s a line-up of what’s ahead: Friday 28th Oct  8pm – 10pm Town HallRomane and guestsSat 29th 11am – 1pm.Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop hosted by Romane.Sat 29th 2 – 4pm Kourosh Kanini and guests… Mystery venue! Bus from Gamble’s square at 1.45pm. Limited to 50 people. Weekend ticket holders get first shout. Advertisement  Sat 29th  5.30 – 7.30pmIrene Ypenburg with The Manouche BandSat 29th 9pm – 11pm Town HallDario Napoli TrioSun 30th 11am – 1pm Town HallGypsy Jazz guitar workshop with Dario NapoliSun 30th 2.30 – 4.30 Advertisement Festival closing gigThere will of course be informal Jazz sessions and performances in various venues around town over the festival weekend! Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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