St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season

first_imgLocalNews St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season by: – April 16, 2012 Tweet Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Kelvar DarrouxSome of the communities which are prone to be affected by severe floodings are making early preparations ahead of the 2012 hurricane season.The St Joseph, Mero and Layou communities which are known to receive severe damage during storms are tackling the issue before the rainy season commences in June.Parliamentary representative for these villages Kevler Darroux is reporting that dredging works are still ongoing on the Layou River.He said government is in the process of finalizing a loan from the Central Development Bank to fix roads and infrastructure which were damaged last year as a result of serious flooding.“The necessary signage has already been set to indicate that some areas are flood zones. We continue to place tremendous emphasis on that and when the hurricane season comes, we will be intensifying our approach. We want to also ensure that the loss of land property is minimal,” he said.Darroux also reported that the government recently concluded a walkthrough with the Public Works Corporation to see how best the operation could commence.He said there will be the creation of serious employment for the people of St Joseph once the project has started.“We expect to see at least 30-40 persons employed on that project. We are talking about 700 meter of works to be undertaken,” he added.He said this is government testament to ensure that they respond to the needs of people, especially after a disaster.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ruddy nearing return for Norwich

first_img The 26-year-old has not featured for the Canaries since the draw at Everton on November 24 after needing surgery on a torn muscle. Ruddy played all of the 2-0 Barclays U21 Development League defeat at Newcastle on Monday night, and will now be expected to come into contention for a first-team return over the run-in as Chris Hughton’s men target top-flight survival. Goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to step up his rehabilitation from a thigh injury after completing 90 minutes of Norwich’s Under-21s match at Newcastle. Writing on his official Twitter account, Ruddy said: “Good to get the 90 minutes, leg held up ok.” While Ruddy is not expected to be rushed back, the imminent return of the England international will be welcome news for Hughton. Understudy Mark Bunn limped off early in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea after he picked up a groin problem on his first match back after suspension, meaning third-choice Lee Camp could again be between the posts for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. Norwich are 14th, but just four points above Wigan, who have a match in hand. Despite this weekend’s trip to Emirates Stadium expected to offer little other than a sound beating, Hughton’s men still have enough time to put a safe distance between themselves and the battle for survival – with key games against Reading, Stoke and Aston Villa next on their fixture list. Winger Elliott Bennett is confident the results will come, telling the Eastern Daily Press: “We have just got to keep plugging away and picking up points where we can. “If we draw six of the next six then that would put us on 41 points – that would probably be enough. It is all about Premier League survival, not about how many wins you get in a season. For this football club it is about staying in the Premier League and then building on that for next season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Postpone Matches After Cyclone Fani Alert

first_imgKolkata: As a safety measure, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said it would postpone its local matches between May 3-6 owing to Cyclone Fani which is set to travel across West Bengal starting early on Saturday.”This is to inform all concerned that cricket matches of this association scheduled to be held from May 3 and 6 are hereby postponed owing to cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ as forecasted by the Metrological department, Kolkata.The revised dates of such postponed matches would be intimated in due course,” a statement from the CAB read.The matches include Under-18 club level matches, first and second division championship playoff games, knockout matches of One Day Tournament,’women’s T20 semi-finals and university matches.”Safety of the players is paramount. Taking that into consideration and also to ensure there are no logistical difficulties faced by them, we have decided to put on hold the matches at moment,” CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya told IANS.”Since May 6 is an election day here in West Bengal, we would again resume matches from May 7,” he added.With less than 24 hours left for Cyclone Fani to make landfall in neighbouring Odisha coast, the West Bengal government and civic bodies worked on war footing to cope with the storm set to travel across the state starting early Saturday.The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation are bracing for a severely stormy weekend. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

NFF Begins Fresh Scout for Foreign Technical Adviser for Eagles

first_imgGives Technical Committee one week to recommend new coach for NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeSmarting from the embarrassment caused the country by Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday ordered its Technical Committee to recommend another top foreign coach to step into the vacant Super Eagles job within the next one week.Le Guen snubbed the Eagles job because he was not willing to accept NFF’s conditions that include his coming to stay in Nigeria, accept back-up staff made up of indigenous coaches in addition to being given a target. Rising from its meeting in Abuja wednesday, the executive committee of the NFF approved the appointment of Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles chief coach, Bitrus Bewarang as technical director and Nduka Ugbade as Goden Eaglets assistant coach as recommended by the Chris Green led technical committee.According to the communiqué of the meeting signed by Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, the search for a new technical adviser for the senior national team needs prompt action given the matches ahead for the Super Eagles in the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia whose qualifiers begin in October.“Executive Committee instructed the Technical and Development Sub–Committee to, within the next seven (7) days, recommend a candidate for the post of Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles,” read the communiqué in part.“It noted that the refusal of Mr. Paul Le Guen, earlier recommended by the Sub-Committee, to accept to be given targets as well as unwillingness to live in Nigeria, made his candidature unacceptable to the Board.“Committee also disapproved of Mr. Le Guen’s desire to come to the job with two assistants, which would make Nigerian coaches redundant.“The Committee noted that it was the desire to show transparency that made the Technical and Development Sub-Committee to make public its recommendation in the first place.”The statement added: “The Committee further resolved that any candidate that would be so recommended by the Technical and Development Sub-Committee must have accepted to be handed targets and must also be willing to live in Nigeria.“In addition, such a candidate must agree to undergo other internal evaluation.”The Executive Committee also approved that henceforth, only the Head Coaches of the various national teams will be on monthly salary, while assistant coaches will receive only bonuses and allowances.“The assistant coaches presently in the NFF’s employ have been given till the end of this year to secure substantive employment elsewhere, as the federation deals squarely with its financial constraints,” concludes the communiqué.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Brown: Defense, depth of 2011-12 Orange can’t be matched

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img There are two main differences between this year’s Syracuse basketball team and any other team in SU history.After the regular-season finale Saturday, Brandon Triche summed up what makes this team special and did it in order of importance.‘Our defense is on point,’ he said. ‘That’s all that matters right now. … You’ve got to be able to play defense. And we’ve got guys who can put the ball in the basket. Whether it’s first half or second half, we’re going to get it going. We have five or six guys that can do that.’There you have it. Defense and depth. Those are the keys that have allowed Syracuse to do things on the court this year that the school has never done before.It set program records for best start (20-0) and most regular-season wins (30) and didn’t lose in the Carrier Dome for the first time since the 2002-03 national championship season. The individual accolades include three All-Big East selections, the conference’s defensive player of the year in Fab Melo and the league’s best sixth man in Dion Waiters. And Saturday, it tied the Big East record with 17 wins in league play, something only one other team has done in the 33-year history of the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I know 17 wins in the Big East is really great,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘It’s really great because going on the road in this conference is not easy. To go on the road and almost win every game and continue to win every game at home, what coach and what team wouldn’t want to be in the position we’re in right now?’Simply put, the only reason this team won’t go down in history as the best Syracuse team ever is if it falls short of a national title. In that case, the default goes to the 2002-03 squad that owns the program’s only national championship.But even without a national title, a handful of other teams could lay claim to the title of Syracuse’s best ever. One of the more intriguing groups in the mix is the unit from the 2009-10 season.That year, it lost to eventual runner-up Butler in the Sweet 16. It’s not a stretch to say SU could have knocked off Kansas State and Michigan State just as the Bulldogs did to reach the championship had Arinze Onuaku not suffered a knee injury in the Big East tournament. And from there, it would have been a one-game playoff with Duke.Still, this year’s Orange is better thanks to those two areas that separate it from every other Syracuse team in history. And it starts with the defense.‘Defense wins games for you,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We’re in the top two in the league in almost all defensive categories. … You look at all the categories, we’re right there.’But the stat most indicative of just how good this team’s 2-3 zone is, is the fact that no Syracuse team in the past 60 years has ever allowed fewer points per game (60.2).The 1950-51 SU squad held opponents to 59.2 points per game. But that was more than 60 years ago. The mascot was still a Saltine Warrior, and there was no shot clock, no 3-point line and no Boeheim.The team from 2009-10 was solid defensively. The national championship team was, too. But this year’s team is special.‘We know we’re able to pressure guys,’ senior Kris Joseph said after SU’s second game of the year. ‘We have the athleticism and length to do it. And we’re going to continue to do it.’And SU has done it all season.That dominant defense has been aided by the second aspect that separates this team from the rest. Boeheim has said all year this is probably the deepest team he has had at Syracuse. That depth eliminates the need for a clear-cut star, although the aforementioned individual accolades for this team show that there might be a couple on the team anyway.In addition, constantly having fresh legs allows the Orange to play with defensive intensity every game.‘That helps,’ Joseph said. ‘We’re used to going seven, maybe eight guys deep. This year, there’s no denying that we have 10 guys that can really play.’With that depth, its defense and a 30-1 record, this Syracuse squad already has taken its place in the SU record books. With a national championship, it will go down as the best team in program history.But even without a title, it should be at the forefront of that conversation for years to come.Zach Brown is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at zjbrown@syr.edu or on Twitter at @zjbrown13.last_img read more

Men’s golf drops in ranks on third day

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team finished up action at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., on Tuesday with a disappointing third round that left it in fourth place.Leading stroke · Sophomore T.J. Vogel led the entire field on Tuesday with a season-best 6-under-par 66, but it was not enough to prevent the Trojans from sliding from second place to fourth overall in the U.S. Collegiate Championship. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Despite a stellar first two rounds and a season-best performance by sophomore T.J. Vogel, the Trojans were unable to hold on to their second-place position. USC fired a 12-over-par 300 to put its total at a 3-over-par 867 (288,279,300), just one stroke behind third-place Texas A&M. Home team Georgia Tech won with a 28-under-par 836 (271,285,280).Vogel led the Trojans on Tuesday, posting the best score of any golfer in round three with a 6–under-par 66. Hitting six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle, Vogel placed second overall in a field of 78, totaling 7-under-par 209 (74, 69, 66). Vogel steadily improved from a rough first round to take the top spot for the Trojans.“I’m excited in the way I played [Tuesday] and how I finished,” Vogel said. “Second place is a good finish considering where I started in the tournament, so I’m excited about that.”Second for the Trojans was junior Steve Lim, who grabbed sixth place with a 3-under-par 213. Lim shot a 3-over-par 75 in round three, with three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. In the first two rounds, Lim hit consecutive 3-under-par 69s and sat in second place.Next for the Trojans was freshman Jeffrey Kang. Kang finished the tournament in a tie for 33rd place at 7-over-par-223 (69, 76, 78). Kang’s third round was his worst, where he hit a 6-over-par 78, with eight bogeys and two birdies. Kang was in second place in the individual scoring after round one but couldn’t manage to hold on to his spot.Fourth for USC was freshman Ramsey Sahyoun, making his debut for the team. Sahyoun finished in a tie for 53rd place with an 11-over-par 227. Sahyoun hit a 9-over-par 81 in round three, following a 3-under-par 69 in round two and a 5-over-par 77 in round one. Sahyoun had three bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and just one birdie in a tough round that dropped him from 23rd place to 53rd.Rounding out the Trojan squad was sophomore Sam Smith, who dropped from 33rd to tie for 62nd after round three. Smith finished with a 14-over-par 230 following a 10-over-par 82 in the final round of play. Smith’s best round was his second, where he hit an even-par 72. In his first round, Smith hit for a 4-over-par 76.Despite a tough third round, the Trojans are looking more promising with each tournament. This was their third, and they have steadily improved with each showing.The team remains optimistic about future events,“In Ohio we started a little slow and finished in the middle of the pack, but in this tournament we came out strong and played well the first two days and we were right in second place,” Vogel said. “We’re young, and we had to play in the final group, which is a lot of pressure, and we’re only going to gain experience from this. Hopefully next tournament we’ll be able to take that experience and we’ll be able to come through better.”USC gets its next shot at the Gilford Collegiate Championship, UCLA’s home tournament, on  Nov. 8-10.last_img read more

Osimhen Fires Hat-trick in Tune up Match

first_imgVictor Osimhen yesterday scored a hat-trick in Flying Eagles’ 5-0 defeat of Kano-based Dabo Babes FC 5-0 in yet another test match.The FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner was the man-of –the-match at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja as his first half hat –trick drew applause from an appreciable crowd that included Nigeria U-23 team Coach Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles captain Mutiu Adepoju, one-ime Super Eagles Assistant Coach Bitrus Bewarang and NFF assistant director (Technical) Siji Lagunju, also a former Nigeria international.Spectators were still exchanging pleasantries on arrival at the venue, when Wolfsburg striker Osimhen set the game alive with his first minute strike. That goal came in just 25 seconds of play.He added a second in the 25th minute after some good work from the flanks by Samuel Chukwueze.Chukwueze, bronze boot winner at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and who will be penning a deal with English Premier League side, Arsenal in the coming days also had his name on the scorers’ sheet, combining well with Osimhen to slot the ball beyond a bemused Dabo Babes goalkeeper for the third goal of the match.Just when it looked like the Flying Eagles needed a breather after some exhausting early minutes display, Victor Osimhen came up with the fourth goal in the 43rd minute to complete his hat trick and make it a comfortable lead before Chukwudi Agor completed the rout in the 47th minute, running onto a through pass from Orji Okonkwo to fire home a long range shot which drew applause from the spectators. In the second half, Flying Eagles gaffer Emmanuel Amuneke brought in some of the untested legs and rested his key men as he became conscious of the task ahead. The half produced little in form of excitement, as the Nigeria U-20 played safe to avoid unwanted injuries.The match was the second in a series of friendly games lined up by Coach Emmanuel Amuneke for his wards as they intensify preparation for next month’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture with Burundi.The process started with 30 players invited to the team’s Serob Legacy Hotel camp in Wuye. They were joined on arrival by over sixty other players at a routine screening exercise that lasted over two weeks after which the number was pruned down to 45, to allow the coaches concentrate more on individual abilities and group work.Head Coach Amuneke plans to play more friendly games against NPFL clubsides, with the hope that he can still identify some more league players within the age bracket to further fortify his team ahead of the first leg against Burundi on May 22 in Bujumbura.The winner of the two-legged tie will qualify for the final round of the U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying series in July this year.Eight teams will participate in the finals of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia next year, and it is from there that Africa’s four representatives to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic would emerge.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Chris Watts: Horse Racing’s biggest hurdle in tackling corruption

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Submit SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Speaking at the ESSA Sports Betting Integrity Conference at Lord’s cricket ground yesterday, Chris Watts head of integrity assurance at the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) outlined what he identified as the ‘biggest threat’ to eradicating corruption from the sport.The former anti-corruption manager for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was speaking on the opening panel at the event, analysing what are the best practice models to tackle match-fixing and sporting corruption. He was particularly wary of betting industries in foreign markets that don’t fall under the purview of UK regulators.Watts said: “One of the biggest threats which I can see coming down the track in the next ten years, is betting operators located offshore, who are offering markets on sporting events within our jurisdiction. They’re either not licensed or are only partially licensed, they’re not regulated or are only lightly regulated, so they’re not licensed or regulated to the extent that we are used to within the UK under the Gambling Commission.“It makes it hugely problematic for us to have vision into those markets, to see what’s going on, and understand the threat and the risk to UK sport, that’s something that we know is happening with horse racing, so how do we get that visibility if we can’t get see the betting patterns how do we understand what’s going on? And how do we understand what the risk is, in order to take some action against it?”Watts, who joined the ECB after spending thirty years with the Metropolitan Police Service, then went onto point out how the BHA is ‘addressing and tackling’ the issue. Watts added: “One way we can address and tackle it is through education. In horse racing we have started an education programme; it’s in the early stages and it’s going to be a huge challenge to deliver an education awareness programme across the whole of horse racing.“We are talking here about upwards of around 600 licensed jockeys, around about 600 trainers and the same number of racing yards, this is going to be a huge project, it’s something that we’ve just started on now and we’re planning and scheduling it with a view to delivering it over a two year programme.” Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Alpena High School students set expectations for the year during culture week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Today marks the first day back to school. Students are getting equipped to take on the year with an unconventional concept, making their own rules. Principal of Alpena High School, Tom Berriman says,“”When we were in school, you walk in the first day, [and you’re told] the rules. Well that was top down implementation. They’re telling you what to do. They’re telling you how to respond.”Alpena High School is changing that concept, welcoming students back with a program called culture week. Berriman says,“We don’t want to talk to the kids, we want to talk with the kids. And while we have rules and we have expectations, we want the students to have a voice as well, as to what they believe as well, so then if they violate one of those expectations, they’ve had a say in the creation of it.”Staff at the high school took time over the summer to establish a guide for goals and consequences students should expect of themselves by using school pride as a baseline.“We want to center everything around ‘What is a Wildcat?’ How does a Wildcat behave? A Wildcat has respect, is responsible, has integrity and has grit. And so these are kind of the four things that we’ve centered as the centerpiece of our culture, so that when we say to a student, ‘Are you acting like a Wildcat? are you being a Wildcat?’ they understand what we’re saying.”Berriman says he hopes to carry plans made during culture week into the rest of the school year to produce citizens who will make a difference in the world.“It just kind of goes a long way to producing the type of graduate that when we give them their diploma at the end of their four years, we feel confident that they can go into the work force and be productive members of society.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, culture week, expectations, SchoolContinue ReadingPrevious Gladwin angler caught with over 1,400 panfishNext Truck destroyed after fire engulfs it early Tuesday morninglast_img read more

Gyan backs CAF for sticking to AFCON schedule

first_imgBlack Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has lauded the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for their decision to go ahead with the Afican Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015 tournament despite fears over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.Morocco have pulled out of hosting the tournament after fears of the Ebola virus that has taken over some African countries.CAF have subsequently banned Morocco from participating in the tournament and are currently searching for a new host country for a tournament set to kick off on January 17.Gyan, in contrast to the position held by many African players and football administrators to postpone or cancel the tournament, believes the decision by CAF to go ahead with the tournament is in the right direction.“This is the time we need to support and see how to control the disease [Ebola]. If our brothers and neighbours are having this problem, this is the time we need to support them and not to neglect them.“For me, I think the African Cup should proceed, it has to be played whether in Morocco or anywhere. I heard stories about cancelling the tournament and I don’t think it is a good thing to cancel the tournament”. He said the apporirate thing to do is to support the countries that have been affected by the disease and prevent it from spreading even more than it already has.last_img read more