Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder

first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Wade’s return to Heat has a neat perk: A different uniform Thunder: Raymond Felton had seven points, five rebounds and three assists as he took Westbrook’s place in the starting lineup. Patrick Patterson, who replaced Anthony, was scoreless in 26 minutes. Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines each scored eight points.Lakers: G Lonzo Ball (left knee) missed his 12th straight game.CLEARING THE DECKSWith Thomas and Frye on expiring contracts, the Lakers now have a path to add two marquee players in free agency this summer or in 2019. Their fans made it clear who they would like to see join the team, giving George a loud ovation when he was introduced.Kuzma declined to say if he tried to sell George on joining the Lakers during the game.“I don’t think we need any more fines,” Kuzma said with a laugh, referencing the $50,000 tampering fine the Lakers received for Magic Johnson’s praise of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.NO TIME FOR I.T. DEPARTMENTWalton was so caught up in preparing for the Thunder that he had yet to begin figuring out how Thomas might fit in with the surging young roster. Walton hadn’t even spoken to Thomas, as the two traded voicemails in an attempt to reach one another.“If there was no game today, then, yeah, most of today would have been spent watching film on him and calling people that I know around the league that may either have played with him or coached him and coming up with game plans,” Walton said.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.Lakers: Open a three-game trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, passes the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, center, and center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers spent the morning giving themselves the financial flexibility to sign two free agents to max deals. When the day was over, a win by their largest margin this season showed they have more to sell than cap space.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 for the Lakers, who won their fourth straight. Los Angeles is 12-4 in its last 16 games, including eight in a row at home.“We have a core of guys that if we all stick together and grow can be really special,” Kuzma said. “If we can add two more players to that, then I don’t know what can happen.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLakers coach Luke Walton wasn’t sure how the team would respond after the Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick earlier in the day.After a slow start, Walton got his answer. The Lakers closed the first quarter on a 22-8 run and turned an 11-point deficit into a lead they would not relinquish at 30-27 on a three-point play by Randle with 3.8 seconds left. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I didn’t know how long it would take, but the energy before the game was already much better. I was curious to see how long it would take and if our guys would be able to perform after two of their teammates got traded away and, obviously, they did a nice job,” Walton said.After knocking off the Thunder 108-104 in Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Lakers breezed to a lead as large as 27 points in the fourth quarter. Rookie Josh Hart had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.Paul George scored 29 points for the Thunder, who played without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony as each was hampered by a sprained ankle. Steven Adams had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Thunder lost for the fifth time in six games.George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three 3-pointers. He had 22 points at the break, making 8 of 14 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the 3-point line, while the rest of the Oklahoma City lineup shot 27 percent (10 of 37).“With as difficult as it was to put the ball in the basket, we kept trying to battle and fight defensively and did some good things,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “We just didn’t make enough shots at the end of the day to make it competitive.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

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Incentives amounting to millions ‘should fuel athletes’ drive’

first_img“That’s why we feel that the POC should teach them, give them financial advice to use their money. To improve themselves further, save for their future, help their families.”“Like [in the case of] Margie (Didal), this is her way out of poverty,” Vargas said.Vargas, who took over from long-time head Peping Cojuangco less than a year ago, wants to channel the support from the private sector in a different way.“They (athletes) need the support while training, not after,” Vargas said as he appealed to benefactors to support sports with gold medal potentials.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments The POC added P500,000 and P300,000 while the Siklab Foundation pledged P500,000 and P250,000.Vargas admits, however, that the windfall may not be the same in the 2022 Asian Games, slated in Hangzhou in Zhejiang, China.“Mahihirapan tayo (We’ll have a hard time), because these are pledges from the private sector. It’s not permanent,” Vargas told the Inquirer.Vargas also feels that the P6-million reward could work both ways: Either it pushes the athletes to strive for more or impede their development as they are already financially stable.“I hope not,” Vargas said when asked if the cash incentives could lessen the drive of an athlete.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines celebrate at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAJAKARTA—The 18th Asian Games came to a close with Filipino women winning four gold medals and becoming multimillionaires in the process.Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas wants the bonanza to remain or be increased.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Yuka Saso, a 17-year-old golfer, ended the Games as the richest athlete from among the 272-strong Philippine contingent, bagging a total of P8 million—P6 million for the individual gold medal and another P2 million as her share for the team championship—while weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarder Margielyn Didal pocketed P6 million each.Golfers Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Pagdanganan are to receive P2 million each as part of the golf team’s purse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The POC and the Philippine Sports Commission will each give P2 million, Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation of Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy another P1 million and Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee pledged another P1 million for the gold medalists.The law also mandates the government, through the PSC, to give P1 million to silver medalists and P400,000 to bronze achievers. Lariba’s farewell fight Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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Ginebra routs NLEX, sets up semis duel vs Magnolia

first_imgView comments Ginebra had five players in double figures led by Japeth Aguilar’s efficient 18-point outing. Aguilar went 8-of-11 from the field and had 10 rebounds and a block.Justin Brownlee recorded his second straight triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists just two nights after posting 31 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in a 112-93 rout of TNT.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 ChrissGreg Slaughter added 16 points and seven rebounds while Sol Mercado and Jeff Chan chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.It was a memorable night for Chan after he became the latest member of the PBA’s 5,000 points club. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra showed why they’re the defending champion and No. 1 team heading into the playoffs after ripping NLEX, 111-75, to advance to the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Tuesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings flexed their muscles, overpowering the Road Warriors especially in the fourth quarter where they scored 35 points and allowed only 13.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Aaron Fuller was the lone Road Warrior in double digits with 25 points that went with 12 rebounds.With the win, Ginebra set up a best-of-five semifinals showdown with fierce rival Magnolia, which eliminated Blackwater earlier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Robinson says Perez deserved to play in Game 1: ‘CJ did not do anything wrong’ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Folayang, Team Lakay visit Senate

first_imgIt has been a memorable 2018 for Team Lakay with five of its warriors winning their respective belts this year.The latest and perhaps the sweetest of all victories was when Folayang regained the ONE lightweight crown after dominating Singapore’s Amir Khan before a hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena almost two weeks ago. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Renowned members of the famed Team Lakay have been everywhere these days.Just a day after ONE world champions Eduard Folayang (lightweight), Kevin Belingon (bantamweight), Geje Eustaquio (flyweight), Joshua Pacio (strawweight). Brave Combat Federation champion Stephen Loman and their coach Mark Sangiao were honored with a “Champions Parade” in Baguio City, they made their way to Manila and paid the Philippine Senate a visit.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee to Philippine team is ‘one option,’ says Guiao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Folayang documented Team Lakay’s trip with a post on his Instagram account. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Transformational and visionary leaders are needed for a better Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,What did Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Berners-Lee (the Internet), Larry Page (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Elon Musk (Tesla) all have in common? Uncompromising vision, a passion to change the world, a willingness to take risks, and exceptional business acumen.Such transformational and visionary leaders have the ability to view life, work, strategies, products and services in a way that very few others can; and with a deep sense of purpose and commitment. They rise above tribalism and ego, and use their talents for the betterment of all. In doing so, they inspire their team members to think outside the box for a better life and a better world for everyone, and not just for members of their own tribe.The key characteristic of such leadership is the willingness to take bold, risk-based actions that aren’t in the mainstream.There are some good souls in Guyana who can meet the above criteria, rise above party politics, tribalism, ego, and personal enrichment, and use their talents for the betterment of all Guyanese. The problem is that the current environment does not support this thinking, and is rather hostile to such budding leaders, thus stifling creativity and innovation.Were such local leaders to emerge, they must have a profound knowledge of the Guyanese multicultural landscape, business environment, economy, position within the geopolitical and geo-economic orbit, geography of the land, the country’s narrative history, its profile, and its rich and varied resources. Fusing this background with an awareness of an encroaching digital world — where digitisation in almost everything we do will be transformative — will ensure a better Guyana for everyone, and not just for a few.Microsoft has been an integral part of social change and world affairs that impacted cultures, communities, and governments around the world. Over four decades ago, its founders — Bill Gates and Paul Allen — set the ambitious goal of putting a PC on every desk and in every home; a goal now largely realised. Though the PC market declined after the laptops’ and smartphones’ advent, the existence of these “modern mobile PCs” is a testimony to the company’s impact on the world and on personal computing. Can you think of a computer without MS-Office and its suite of applications?The Internet, the world’s library at our fingertips, has been widely available in the West only since the late 1990s, but its impact on how we live our daily lives is incalculable. Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Web in the early 1990s.Google, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Bin, is the leading search engine and artificial intelligence outfit. It’s certainly true that we now have instant access to information in a way we’ve never had before. However, nothing has impacted our online lives to the same level as Google has; whether using our PC, laptop, mobile phone or tablet.Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, could have sat on his PayPal fortune and never been heard from again; but he wanted to change the world for better, and so we have Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX, and even his plans for colonising Mars.Jeff Bezos’s Amazon, the giant e-commerce site, is remaking the retail industry in its own image and leading the charge in artificial intelligence. Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook from campus experiment to a social network of unprecedented scale and size, with a mission to connect the whole world.When the late Steve Jobs announced the release of the first generation iPhone in 2007, he said it was like having “your life in your pocket”, but the smartphone has ever since truly taken on a life of its own. Today, smartphones don’t just connect to the Web, their applications enable their use for any type of activity, such as sports, cooking, purchasing goods, organising, travelling, finding your soul mate, and money management.History tends to focus on the builders, the deciders, the leaders: in education, health care, science, business, the arts, as well as politics; because they are the men and women whose contributions have shaped the destiny of their nations.In fact, “transformational leadership” – leadership that makes a significant difference in the life of a nation – recognises that political capital is acquired to be spent in great causes for one’s country. Presidents and prime ministers are not chosen to seek popularity; they are chosen to provide leadership. There are times when voters must be told not what they want to hear, but what they have to know.Leaders must have vision, and they must find the courage to fight for the policies that will give that vision life. Leaders must govern, not for easy headlines in a few days, but for better countries in 10 years. They must recognise that the workhorses of the digital revolution — computers, the Internet, and artificial intelligence — backed by electrical power and big data, are widely available to all.In today’s era of globalisation and rapid technological advances, transformational and visionary leaders must be willing to continually learn, unlearn, and relearn to really impact change. True leaders are those who lead by serving others. Amidst the complex global, social, economic, political and technological landscapes in which they operate, they are persistently and conscientiously pursuing their goals with a single-minded purpose that is geared for the betterment of humanity.Respectfully,Lal BalkaranIIA-Guyana Founder,and Past IIA-TorontoPresidentlalbalkaran@rogers.comlast_img read more

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DTL dismisses protesting workers

first_img— Union condemns action, other protests to followFollowing the impasse of negotiations between Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) and Guyana AgriculturalA section of the protesting workers on Mondayand General Workers Union (GAWU) over a pay rise dispute that has led to protests, eight workers attached to DTL were on Tuesday dismissed, a move which has been condemned by the Union.According to GAWU, the decision the company has taken, prompted the majority of the DTL workforce at its Mabura Hill, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) operations to engage in industrial action on Wednesday.GAWU through a media release noted that after the workers took part in protesting outside DTL’s Head Office on Monday, with some other employees, eight workers of the DTL, who are members of GAWU, were on Tuesday handed dismissal letters.“Our Union recalls this is the first time in history that an entity, private or public, has taken such a decision of such an incredulous nature,” the Union noted, adding that it can be seen as “yet another anti-worker and anti-Union act” that is a “flagrant violation of Section 8 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act” which prohibits the dismissal of workers for their participation in industrial action.According to the Union, the company’s high-handed and “ominous act” represents a decision which must be roundly condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese. “It is a clear attempt to intimidate the workers and use extra-legal measures to deny workers their just claims for pay increase. GAWU calls on the Government and more so, the Ministry of Social Protection, to ensure that the Company observes the laws, conventions and norms of our country and that the dismissed workers are reinstated in their jobs forthwith,” the Union explained.It was earlier this week that calls were being made for the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry to take legal actions against DTL over the labour violations.Disgruntled workers along with its Union representative staged a picketing exercise on Monday outside of the company’s headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown, in an attempt to compel management to adhere to their demands for pay increases.GAWU General Secretary, Seepaul Narine, who was present at the protest, told Guyana Times that the timber company must be prosecuted by Government over its continued disrespect to Guyanese employees.“What we believe needs to be done now is the Ministry needs to prosecute them because they are in clear violation of the law and not only violating the law to the detriment of the employees but a flagrant disrespect to the Ministry. I don’t think that the Ministry should continue to accept such a situation,” he had stated.A handful of workers had journeyed from Mabura Hill in Region 10 to call on the DTL company to engage with its Union to conclude its 2015 pay increase negotiations and commence talks for 2016.The workers called for the removal of the company’s General Manager Martin Ting whom they said has done absolutely nothing to protect the interest of employees. They are calling on the company to return to the bargaining table and favourably resolve the matter. They also expressed that they were committed to continue protest actions until their demands are met and concerns addressed.GAWU had noted that though a few meetings were held, the company remains unwilling to divulge its financial statements for scrutiny by stakeholders.Bilateral negotiations between the Union and the company reached a stalemate on November 17, 2015 after the company did not approve any pay rise but offered a Christmas bonus of $5000 to each worker. DTL informed that its financial state precluded it from offering a pay rise. Following the impasse, the dispute was next subjected to conciliatory services by the Social Protection Ministry, through the Department of Labour.last_img read more

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St. Ignatius man allegedly drowns while taking bath

first_imgThe body of an unemployed man was on Tuesday pulled from the Takutu River, Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) after he was suspected to have drowned.Dead is 40-year-old Anael Spencer of St Ignatius Village. His body was discovered by his cousin, Flavius Thomas about 06:00h.Guyana Times was told that Spencer would normally suffer from seizures and was a heavy drinker of alcohol.This publication understands that even though Spencer would be under the influence, he still would go to the river to take a bath any given day.About 02:00h on Tuesday, he returned home and retired to bed. He was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.His cousin told Police that when he woke up about 06:00h, he did not see Spencer and as such, figured that he had gone to the river.Thomas also ventured out to the river to take a bath; upon arriving at the bathing location, he saw his cousin’s clothing on the river bank, but no signs of him.An alarm was raised, and a search was conducted during which the now dead man’s body was found. There were no visible marks of violence. A post-mortem is expected to be conducted shortly.last_img read more

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Ooko’s fine skills inches Capital FM closer to Neymar Jr’s title

first_imgThe winner of the Nationals will earn a ticket to fly the Kenyan flag in the global showpiece to be staged in Brazil after the 2018 FIFA World Cup with superstar Neymar Jr set to grace the showdown.Capital FM’s Kristian Malumbe happy moments. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBI“The players showed a character of a champion and I really thank my team-mates for the effort they have put. Being a tough tournament, we upped our game when we reached the knock-out stage and we executed it well,” captain of the day Kristian Malumbe said after the match.Pooled in Group D, Capital FM outsmart the rest of the teams to emerge the top after winning 8 and drawing 2 in the 10 matches they played out of 42 teams that registered.The team that was skippered by Malumbe opened their campaign with a bang, demolishing MIK FC from Kibera 5-0 where Malumbe led by example by netting a brace to set the stage for Vincent Otieno, Shuyaib Shabir and Kaysha Shakava who scored a goal piece.Capital FM’s talisman Solomon Okeyo with Jeff Ooko and Vincent Otieno. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIThe second match against Junior Kings ended in a 1-1 draw despite Capital FM taking an early lead through goal wizard Solomon Okeyo after the opponents restored parity.However, the Best Mix of Music recovered swiftly to thrash German Team A 3-0 thanks to goals from Malumbe, Otieno and talisman Solomon Okeyo.Capital FM won the fourth match 1-0 courtesy of Okeyo’s breath taking goal that he scored from a tight corner-kick before the team was held to a goalless draw in their final preliminary match against Cabin Crew.-Knock-out round-Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko shooting towards goal. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIIn the round of 16, Capital FM braved a tough match to eliminate Kakamega FC on sudden death with credit going to Ooko who scored with just one touch in one-on-one to reach quarters.In the quarters, they romped into a 4-0 victory against Young Boys from Kibera, with Okeyo netting a brace while Ooko and Shabir netting once each to complete the rout and storm into the semi finals.In the last four, Capital re-enegized their tempo to outdo Kibera based The Reds 2-0 with Ooko converting a penalty before Okeyo found the second with a clinical finish after leaving a defender for dead before calmly smashing the ball into the net.The decider against Liberty was not easy either as Capital FM had to fight it out despite scoring an early goal from Okeyo’s head flick. This is after Liberty found their footing following a lapse of concentration from Capital FM’s Shakava who miscued a long ball that went straight into the net.Capital FM’s Solomon Okeyo anticipating for the ball. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIBoth sides fluffed chances that could have killed the game before the regular time but none could find the target forcing the match to head into sudden death.Just as he did in the round of 16, Ooko stepped up and he did not disappoint as he took the Liberty player one-on-one that lasted for two minutes when he turned to head towards goal for the winner.The tournament is of different format compared to other five-asides where at the Neymar Jr’s tournament it comprises of five players but with no goalkeeper and for every goal scored, the opposing team loses a player. The game is 10 minutes long.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko (right) taking on a player from Liberty Academy. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBINAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – The Capital FM Football team inched closer to lifting the Neymar Jr’s tournament after mercurial Jeff Ooko produced a man of the match performance to see the Best Mix of Music edge out Liberty Academy on sudden death in one of the Nairobi finals hosted at the University of Nairobi Ground on Friday.Capital FM, the Kenyan masters of the 5-aside football, will now face the winner of the second Nairobi final set to be played on Saturday at the Camp Toyoyo Ground, with the victor in this clash earning a ticket to represent Nairobi in the grand National Finale scheduled to be hosted at KICC on May 26.last_img read more

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Pre-K academy preps children

first_imgThose who don’t register their children by that time will have to wait until the school offices open again in mid-August, and their kindergartners may be able to participate in the academy only if room is available. As such, parents are urged to register their children as soon as possible. “This is a unique intervention opportunity for us,” Maya said. “We felt it would be a magnificent opportunity to provide to our community, for the cost of bringing our teachers in for 10 days prior to the start of the school year. “We are looking at it as a new experience for us, and we’ll wait to see how it evolves,” Maya added. For more information about the program, contact your local elementary school or the district at (562) 868-8241. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – With very few Little Lake City School District students coming into kindergarten with preschool experience, the beginning of every fall semester inevitably focuses on socialization and behavioral skills rather than academics, officials say. But that probably will change this fall with the implementation of a new Pre-Kindergarten Academy, which will be offered free to incoming kindergartners at all school sites in the two weeks before regular school begins. Assistant Superintendent Martha Maya said the academy has three goals: to introduce students to the daily kindergarten routine, to introduce the standards of school behavior, and to assess each child’s academic areas of strength or weakness. By doing so, Maya said, both students and teachers will be able to make adjustments, assess students and address any behavioral issues before the school year gets under way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It may only be for two weeks, but some of the children who come into kindergarten now still aren’t ready for school,” said Orr Elementary School kindergarten teacher Margaret Gomez. “Some have attachment issues because it’s a different setting for them,” Gomez added. “We end up spending a lot of time showing them how to line up, how to sit on the carpet, that kind of thing. “But if we had kids coming in who already had all that information, it would be much easier to start the school year and focus on academics rather than socialization.” The academy is scheduled to begin Aug. 21, running from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 31, Maya said. The fall semester begins Sept. 6. Parents will receive information about the academy when they register their children for kindergarten before June 30, which is the last day elementary school offices are open before the summer break. last_img read more

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FEARS EXPRESSED OVER FUTURE OF GLENTIES GARDA STATION

first_imgResidents in Glenties are concerned that there may be plans to downgrade or even close the local Garda station.A meeting held in the town last night heard concerns about a possible proposal to remove the District Headquarters status from Glenties.Local TD Pearse Doherty said he is very concerned by the speculation. He said “There is speculation that a Report by the Garda Commissioner, due to be presented to the Minister for Justice in the near future, may contain a proposal to remove the District Headquarters status from Glenties Garda Station.“It is speculated that the proposal may split the Glenties Garda District in two with the Headquarters for the region to be divided between Milford and Ballyshannon.There is currently approximately 30 to 40 staff based in Glenties Garda Station, which is the District Headquarters for much of rural west Donegal.A proposal such as this would have a considerable impact on the region with a significant number of full–time jobs to leave the area. The Sinn Fein Deputy also said such a plan would badly affect responce times to any serious criminal incidents in West Donegal.“I have spoken with members of the Glenties Community Action Group on Monday, and they are highly concerned that such a proposal may be under consideration for the town. They feel that it would have huge consequences for the safety and the economy of the region.“I am angry, that once again, the Government is contemplating a proposal which goes to the heart of rural Ireland.“This area of west Donegal is yet again in fear that another decision will be made in Dublin, to cut a vital service, without a thought to the impact on the Community. When will it stop?” he asked.He added that he was now calling on the Garda Commissioner to clarify the proposals in relation to the Glenties Garda Station. “In writing his report, I would also ask him to fully consider the impact of removing the District Headquarters from Glenties, particularly in terms of providing an adequate Garda service to this region.”FEARS EXPRESSED OVER FUTURE OF GLENTIES GARDA STATION was last modified: June 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenties Garda stationPearse Doherty TDresidentslast_img read more

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