Robbie finds heaven at 47

first_imgT3rd Thierry Danzas (25) 38ptsT3rd Alain Hefner (15) 38ptsGuys that have been coming here for years say this is the best condition that they have ever seen Green Valley.  The weather is just about perfect these days so golf in Pattaya is at its’ best right now.Our two Frenchmen, Thierry and Alain had to share a podium spot with 38 points on the card.  A slimmed down Peter Thomas carded 39 points on the day and has received an ice cream ban from Capt. Phil for the rest of the year.It seems Steve Coghlan either runs hot or cold and will shoot 24 points or, as today, 42 points.  Today was his day and dropped several good putts for an easy win over the rest of the field.Our visiting friend from the Czech Republic, Eva Solcova, claimed the near pin.Tuesday, Dec. 12, Pattavia (yellow tees) – Stableford1st Robbie Taylor (15) 47pts2nd Alan McKendry (12) 42pts3rd Blake Hanna (18) 40ptsWe played from the forward tees this morning and judging from the scores, maybe we were too kind.  This is one of our favourite golf courses in Pattaya and while the greens can often be cruel, you will have a great day of golf out here.Today was all Robbie Taylor and the Gods of Golf were on his side as his playing partners watched him sink everything.  It was one of those days (why don’t I get them anymore?) for Mr. Taylor and it is obvious he could do no wrong.Thursday, Dec. 14, Parichat Links (yellow tees) – 1-Man Scr1st Josef Birchberger (15) 46ptsT2nd Kerry Smith (17) 44ptsT2nd Sean Hastings (18) 44ptsOk, those are all great scores but first look at the fine print.  This was a one-man scramble out there today, hence the big numbers.  Josef finally got in the money after playing with us for a few years and his 46 only needed 4 Mulligans, so a great round for Josef.  Kerry and Sean also done good out there and 44 points was a pretty good result also. Franjo took our Caddy Smile near pin today.With this format, it is just a fun day of golf doing something different.  You get one Mulligan every hole and can use it on the tee, approach, green or anywhere.  Once you declare, then that is the ball in play.  Try it sometime and enjoy the luxury of getting to hit that terrible shot over again.  This scramble works great at Parichat.Friday, Dec. 15, Mt. Shadow (blue tees) – Stableford1st Mark Wood (8) 36pts2nd Kenny Aihara (7) 35pts3rd Nate Welchert (15) 31ptsSeemed a bit dodgy playing off the blue tees here at first, but when it measures out to just 6,300 yards, it was the correct distance.  The course was in good condition and everyone experienced a great day out.Our buddy Nate came down from Korat where he is working with the Royal Thai Air Force and had a jump on a weekend getaway.  31 points for Mr. Welchert got third place today.  We finally got Kenny away from watching the NFL and his Patriots for a day of golf and 35 was good enough for second.  Mark Wood was the story of the day and won it all with 36 as well as getting the near pin for a well-earned victory. Blake Hanna, Robbie Taylor and Alan McKendry.The Golf Club reviewMonday, Dec. 11, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Steve Coghlan (36) 42pts2nd Peter Thomas (22) 39ptslast_img read more

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Visitors to throng farm world

first_imgMORE than 50,000 visitors to the 2011 Lardner Park Farm World will be seeing the Department of Primary Industries (DPI)…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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OWN A PIECE OF HORSERACING HISTORY & ASSIST AN AMAZING CHARITY!

first_imgWHERE: The auction will take place at The Clayton Hotel onWHEN: Thursday August 3rd (Ladies Day on race week)Auction at7.30pm Sharp.All proceeds of the auction will go directly to Dogs for the Disabled.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email WHAT: Charity AuctionIn advance of HoundDog Dog Grooming’s annual Charity HoundDog Ball which will be held in the Salthill Hotel on 24th September 2017  – Keane Mahony Smith are delighted to preside over the auction of legendary jockey A.P. McCoy’s signed Jodphurs.The jodhpurs are framed and signed by A.P. McCoy. Included in the frame are pictures from the race and the race card. This is a must for any horse racing enthusiast. A. P. McCoy crossed the winning post first to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 on “Synchronised”.  HoundDog Dog Grooming is offering you the opportunity to own a piece of history and support a fantastic charity – Dogs for the Disabled. Legendary Jockey A. P. McCoy’s Jodphurs are up for Auction on Ladies Day at the Clayton Hotel! WHO: The auction will be presided over by Shelagh McGann, Keane Mahony Smith Auctioneers, who were established in Galway in 1967 – celebrating 40 years of business this year.  Shelagh has had a long affiliation with the Galway Races.  Her grandfather was a lifetime racing enthusiasist.  Along with his love for the Galway races, Shelagh’s father provides a sanctuary for retired racehorses. www.kmsgalway.comHoundDog Dog Grooming Galway opened their doors at No. 3 Raven’s Terrace in 2015 and have been providing expert grooms at competitive prices.  They also offer dogfood, toys, treats and accessories.  Owners Ruth Shortt and James Kennedy take their Social Corporate Responsibility very seriously and are committed to raising money for a different charity annually.  Dogs for the Disabled are 2017’s chosen charity. www.hounddog.ieDogs for the Disabled is a unique charity founded in 2007 to improve the lives of children and adults living with physical disabilities in Ireland. They are comprised mainly of volunteers and receive no government funding to provide their service.  www.dogsfordisabled.ieGriffin Solutions International (GSI), Training & Development provide bespoke Customer Experience Evaluation and Training Solutions to the Hospitality,  Retail and Service Sectors. Equally committed to Corporate Social Responsibility they have joined HoundDog to provide their exceptional PR and Event Management skills.  Established in Galway by Lisa Chalfa in 2014, Griffin Solutions boasts an extensive client list in Ireland, the USA and are currently due to enter the UK market in the latter part of this year.   www.griffinsolutionsint.comlast_img read more

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McNeese State Names Hardin to Lead Softball Program

first_imgLAKE CHARLES, La. – Joanna Hardin, a key element in the sustained success of the McNeese Cowgirl softball program that has won back-to-back Southland Conference championships, has been named the squad’s new head coach Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill announced on Thursday.Hardin replaces Mike Smith who accepted a similar job at the University of Mississippi.Hardin, a native of Fullerton, Calif., has spearheaded the Cowgirl pitching staff the last two seasons, both of which led the Southland in numerous team and individual pitching statistical categories as well as ranking high among the NCAA leaders.In addition, the Cowgirls broke or tied a total of 23 school or conference records in 2014.“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to take the reins of the Cowgirls’ softball program,” said Hardin. “I am grateful that (McNeese President) Dr. Philip Williams, Mr. Hemphill, Ms. Bridget Martin and the McNeese administration and staff believe in me and my abilities to lead this program.”“We’re excited to have Joanna as our new head coach of our softball program,” said Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill. “She has done a tremendous job the past two years and has worked extremely hard in sustaining the success of the program. There’s no doubt with the skills, enthusiasm and work ethic she brings each and every day, the winning tradition and excitement for the program will continue.”Hardin joined the McNeese staff in 2013 and guided the pitchers to a Top 10 national ranking and No. 1 spot in the Southland in team ERA with a 1.79 mark.  That squad also led the league in opponent batting average (.220), saves (6), hits allowed (294), runs allowed (122), earned runs allowed (91), walks allowed (53) and extra-base hits allowed (63).Individually, Hardin helped develop the league’s top pitcher in Megan Bond, who topped the conference in ERA (1.27), opponent batting average (.200), and saves (3).The success continued in 2014 as the Cowgirls won a school record 41 games en route to their second straight league title.Sophomore starting pitcher Jamie Allred, the 2014 SLC Pitcher of the Year, set a new school record with 27 victories as well as throwing 10 shutouts in the season. Her exceptional play helped boast the Cowgirls to a league No. 1 ranking in 12 team categories including ERA (1.86), strikeouts (324) and hits allowed (293), just to name a few.Hardin will keep James Landreneau on her staff. Landreneau was a key component of McNeese’s success on offense this season as the Cowgirls set new single-season records with runs scored (298) and on-base percentage (.366) while tying records in triples (13) and hit-by-pitches (33).In addition to the team success on offense, Cowgirl senior Alanna DiVittorio broke a combined nine school and conference records in the season including season records in runs scored, walks and stolen bases as well as career records in runs scored and walks.DiVittorio, the league’s player and hitter of the year, also became just the second McNeese softball player to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors when she was voted onto the second team.Hardin will inherit a talented squad for her inaugural season as head coach as the Cowgirls will return a total of six players that were named to the all-conference squad, including Allred on the mound.”We have tremendous young women in our program,” said Hardin. “The goals and expectations will remain the same as they have been – to be champions on and off the field.  I’m ready to get to work!Hardin began her coaching career as the head coach at Whittier Christian High School, in La Habra, Calif., from 2005-07 and helped guide the Heralds to an Olympic League Championship Title in 2006.From 2007-09, Hardin served as assistant coach at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) where she oversaw the pitching staff, conducted camps and clinics, and organized daily practices. In her two years at Liberty, the team finished the 2008 and 2009 season as the Big South Conference Tournament Runners-up. Under her tutelage, Tiffani Smith (2011 graduate), was selected to the All-Big South Conference First Team as a sophomore year, the first Flame to receive such honor since 2001.After earning her Master’s Degree from Liberty University, Hardin started and coached a successful 12U/14U travel team, The Virginia Titans, in 2009. In 2010, while coaching the Titans, she served as head coach at Jefferson Forest High School where she led the Lady Cavaliers to the 2012 Seminole District Tournament Championship, a Virginia High School League Region III runner-up finish, and advancing the Lady Cavs to the VHSL State quarterfinals.In 2010, while coaching club and high school softball, Hardin opened and managed an indoor softball training facility in Virginia called “The Compound” where she worked primarily as a pitching and hitting instructor.last_img read more

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Love breaks 400 hurdles record, advances to outdoor track MOC

first_imgBY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Matawan Regional High School’s Justin Love will have a very busy day in his final high school track and field competition on June 5 before embarking on a college career at Cornell University to study engineering.Love won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 53.97, smashing a record that stood for 33 years, and advanced in three other events individually to move on to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC). He’ll return for that meet to South Plainfield High School after a rousing performance that led the Huskies to the Group II outdoor title. It was the first-ever outdoor title for Matawan, which also won its first-ever Group II indoors title earlier this year.Love was also second in the triple jump (45-1 1/2) and the 110 hurdles (14.82), as well as third in the high jump at 6-4. Love qualified for the 2012 MOC in the high jump, finishing seventh at 6-6.Jake Lopez advanced to the MOC in the two sprint events. He was second in the 100 dash in a personal best time of 10.83 and fifth in the 200 in 22.23.“I feel good. I’ve been training really hard for weeks for the sectionals and groups meets and the Shore Conference,” Love said. “I’m shocked, especially by the intermediate hurdles. I never thought I’d get under 54 [seconds]. At the beginning of the season, I never would have expected this. Practicing a lot paid off.”As a team, Matawan led throughout the opening day on May 31 and through most of the second day on June 1 until the late stages of the meet, but it had enough at the end to regain the lead from Sterling High School by a slim 101-98 final margin. The Huskies won despite losing solid 800-meter runner Matt Natoli, who pulled a muscle in his chest during warm-ups, for the opening day. “It was a total team effort of kids stepping up to do what they had to do. Having Justin Love is a great asset, but he was only one part of it,” said Matawan assistant coach Mike Walsh, who coaches hurdles, pole vault and triple jump. “Matawan has always been known for its track and field program, but this year has to go down with the best that Matawan has ever had with the indoor and outdoor group titles.”The inspiration coming from another contributor to the run for the title was senior John Alston, who left the team late in April and was highly doubtful to return.At that time, Alston was diagnosed with a hole in his lung that either would call for surgery to remove part of the lung, or for medication to help shrink the hole and heal it. He opted for the medication and had two stays in Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia — one stay for two days, and one for eight days.A week before state sectionals, Alston was medically cleared to compete, but he was limited in the events he could enter. The 400-meter high hurdles was too physically demanding, so he stuck to the long jump and the 110-meter hurdles.A new NJSIAA rule allows only the student athletes from the teams that finished first or second in the state sectionals to figure in the team scoring.Although he did not qualify overall individually for the MOC, Alston’s finishes were able to figure in the team scoring because some ahead of him were not from schools among the top sectional finishers. By displacement, Alston finished third in the long jump and fourth in the high hurdles. “This blows my mind, being able to come back and score points to help the team win a championship,” Alston said. “It feels great to be part of the greatest year ever for Matawan [boys] track and field.”Alston will not return to the MOC, where he was 20th in the long jump at 20-9 last year. But he’s not complaining.“I thought it was a good performance after being sick for so long,” Alston said. “Once they told me I could come back, I was ecstatic. I was bedridden for so long and thought I was done for the season, and being able to come back to help the team like this to win a championship is better than anything individually. I had to push myself twice as hard to get back. I don’t mind [not making the MOC]. I got the championship I was waiting for. The rest of my team can do what they need to do at the MOC, and I’ll be there rooting for them.”Alston’s contribution also had an impact on the team emotionally.“He’s a big part of the team, so to have him back boosted our intensity,” said Lopez, who advanced in the 100 under challenging circumstances. He had won the 100 finals initially and then had to go back afterward for a restart because of a computer glitch in the timing. “All that hard work at practice paid off.”Teammates and coaches were happy for Alston. “You can’t say enough about John Alston, not only as an athlete but as a person,” Walsh said. “He dealt well with his adversity and bounced back to do what he needed to do and be a true leader that the guys on the team look up to.”Love also had personal challenges in the group meet. After winning the 110 hurdles, he had to report immediately for the triple jump and compete without time for a warm-up.“It was really pretty hard, but I was able to put it all together,” Love said. “When that happens, you just try to stay positive and think about what you’re doing at that moment. I just put in a little more effort and the same amount of speed, but [I] took seven steps instead of eight.”Love said he spent more time at practices on the high jump last week, and his approach steps and mechanics were very good.Also helping in the team points was Samad Thomas, who placed ninth in the discus (137-7) but moved up to second place for the team scoring. Pole vaulter Matt Isaacson was frustrated with his 12th-place finish (12-0), but nine pole vaulters ahead of him were not part of the team scoring. Christian Eschert moved up from 14th to sixth after displacement in the shot put (47-1 1/4).As for Matawan’s girls, Nicole Macco qualified for the MOC with a third-place measure of 10-6 in the pole vault, and Gaynelle Boham returned to the MOC in the triple jump with a fifth-place measure of 35-6. She finished eighth in the triple jump at last year’s MOC at 37-10 1/4.last_img read more

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Top six Cyprus teams fighting for spots in Europe

first_imgThe second phase of the championship gets under way this weekend with the top six teams gunning for the championship and the lucrative European places. The teams that finished in places 7 to 12 have only one goal and that is avoid finishing in the bottom two places, a position that will lead them to the second division.With 30 points still to be won in this phase a lot of things can change in both groups.However the teams that finished in the top three positions, Apoel, Apollon and AEL have an almost unassailable advantage over their rivals for the championship as they go into the playoffs with a ten, eight and six point cushion respectively over fourth placed AEK.AEK are eight points ahead of Omonia and Nea Salamina, the two remaining teams in the championship group.In the relegation scrap, bottom placed Ermis Aradippou seem set for a return to the second division as they trail their nearest rivals, Alki and Enosis by seven points. Pafos FC are not out of the woods yet as they are just one point above the two, while Anorthosis, the top team in the relegation group, should have few problems in maintaining their first division status, even though this is no consolation for a team that had set high targets for this season.Apoel kick off their defence of the championship with a trip to the Ammochostos stadium to face Nea Salamina who have gone off the boil in the past few weeks and only managed to hang onto sixth place thanks to Anorthosis’ nine point deduction due to the Uzoho incident.However, having secured the top six finish, and realistically unable to finish in a European slot, Nea Salamina will play with no pressure and their sole objective will be to play attacking and entertaining football to please their fans.Their coach Savvas Poursaitides will be unable to call upon Tiago, Christophorou and Correia, but their defensive stalwart Roman Golobart should be fit enough to start the game.Despite clawing back to the top of the table following their defeat of Apollon, Apoel need to improve especially in the final third of the field.A lot will depend on whether the two players that were so instrumental to their revival in the latter part of 2018, Natel and Al Taamari, regain their sparkle and incisiveness.The Apoel coach, Paolo Tramezzani will be without the suspended Souza and the injured Boy Waterman while Emilio Nsue’s contract was terminated due to disciplinary reasons and will not play again for the champions.Second placed Apollon entertain Omonia in Limassol and will be favourites to start off the playoffs with a win despite missing 5 players due to suspensions or injuries.Omonia have shown considerable improvement in their last few games and will be no pushovers. Yiannis Anastasiou, the Omonia coach, is finally seeing his side play as a team, each player working hard for each other.However recent results are not in their favour having defeated Apollon just twice in twenty league and cup games.It is perhaps AEK’s most crucial game in the playoffs against AEL, as a win for the Larnaca side will allow them to move to within three points of their opponents, giving them a realistic chance of third place.They suffered a blow on Friday when it was announced that their experienced midfielder Acoran,will be out for a lengthy period of time through injury.Ermis Aradippou will begin their survival battle against the strongest team in the group, Anorthosis, but it remains to be seen if the Famagusta team will field their expensively assembled foreign players or give Cypriot youngsters a chance to make the starting eleven.Pafos FC will need to put their disappointing cup exit last Wednesday behind them and start picking up points to steer well clear of the relegation zone, beginning on Sunday against Alki.A high scoring game is expected in Paphos as both sides like to play open and attacking football, making them vulnerable at the back.Saturday: AEK v AEL (5.00), Apollon v Omonia (6.00), Salamina v Apoel (6.30)Sunday:Pafos FC v Alki (4.00), Ermis v Anorthosis (4.00)Enosis v Doxa Katokopias will be played on Monday at 19.00last_img read more

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Player eligibility discussion advanced – Browne

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has hinted that the process to amend the controversial eligibility rule was at an advanced stage.Speaking to Massy United Insurances Line & Length TV Show here, Browne said the process was currently being discussed at the West Indies cricket committee level and from there would go on to the full board.”There’s some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule,” said the former West Indies wicketkeeper.”It is with the West Indies cricket committee and then that will go to the board, and, see what happens from there.”But I think it is important that we understand that our domestic cricket is key and players coming out of our domestic cricket, and showing they can go to the international level and perform, is important.”Yes, we have to look at it, but we have to be mindful that we have to develop our product, we have to develop our tournament. We have to develop it to a stage where we have a very good standard of regional cricket.”The eligibility rule requires players to make themselves available for domestic tournaments in order to qualify for selection to the West Indies side in the various formats.However, this has proved a sore point for marquee players over the years, as it has required them to forego lucrative contracts in foreign leagues to return home.Only recently, veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels was ruled ineligible for the one-day side because he played only two games of the Regional Super50 before heading to Pakistan to take up a T20 contract.Last March, newly appointed Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said the rule was in definite need of review.last_img read more

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The CSEC Examinations cap

first_imgIt’s been quite sometime since my last article, mainly due to the fact that I have been preoccupied with my own CXC examinations. It is seems suitable then, that I should mark my return with yet another piece (hopefully the last one) on examinations. While I am aware that this proposal has not come quietly (there has been great debate on both social media and print media), it is something I feel strongly about, and as such I am compelled to share my thoughts. Since I have already done a column about “extra-curricular activities versus extra subjects”, I’m going try my best not to repeat what I have already written.That being said, I feel like this subject cap is flawed on multiple levels. It is proposed as a solution to the problem of students writing “too many” subjects. However, is this phenomenon a problem? What are the reasons that we can give to justify it being a problem? Is it that those students who write more than 10 subjects are performing unsatisfactorily? To me, the major concern is that those students who write more than 10 subjects do not have the time to pursue much else than studies. However, is there any research to actually back up this belief? Because personally, the students that I know who have written more than 10 subjects are far more than just academically inclined. They are volunteers, youth leaders, athletes, models, musicians, artists, writers, photographers, and dancers (and these are just the ones that I know from Queen’s College). However, let us assume that this belief is true; that each student, or at least the vast majority of students who write more than 10 subjects do nothing else but study. Is it of our concern? Is it truly a problem? It seems to me how one chooses to spend one’s time (provided it does not cause harm to ourselves and others), is a personal choice. And yes, it can be said that choosing to write a lot of subjects can cause stress which is harmful to one’s self, however, that individual has the ability to control that stress, by opting to write fewer subjects, or by reducing other stress inducing activities in their life. At the end of the day the number of subjects one chooses to write is a personal decision.Is it fair to take away that personal choice based on the assumptions that students are not rounded? And will taking away that choice result in students becoming more rounded? Are there facilities in place, which encourage students to take up sports or join clubs? Are students interested in developing other areas of their lives? This is the issue. In my experience, many of my colleagues do not see the value in volunteering or in pursuing an extracurricular activity, such as a sport or an art form. Perhaps we need to give students reasons for why they should pursue extracurricular activities. It seems to me that people believe that children aren’t pursuing any activities because they simply do not have the time, whereas, to me, it is because they do not see why they should. They do not see the benefits for doing so, and perhaps we need to place more emphasis on explaining these benefits to children and encouraging them to take up these activities. People should not be rounded because they are mandated to be, but because they are genuinely interested in the things that they are doing.Finally, is it fair to say that 10 subjects it the cap for senior high schools, but six is the cap for junior high schools? This assumes that since a student is in a junior school their abilities are far lower than that of a student in a senior school, and that they cannot possibly manage to do more than six subjects. There is already tension amongst schools, where some students look down upon those in “lower” schools. This decision will only add to the strife. Additionally, it will increase the pressure placed on students sitting examinations in Grade Six, as the difference of a few marks could result in them being able to write six CSEC subjects or 10.There is so much more that can be said about this topic, for example the reasons for which students have been opting to write many subjects, or whether these multiple subjects are really preparing students for the world of work or higher education, but I feel no matter which way you look at it, a subject cap is not the answer to the problem of students being one dimensional.last_img read more

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Norte Dame Cathedral vs our historical sites

first_imgOn Monday, April 15, 2019, the world watch in shock as the 850-year-old Cathedral of Norte Dame in Paris, France, became engulfed in flames. While much of the historic and iconic structure was destroyed in the fire, valiant efforts led to the saving of precious artworks and most venerated relic. Reports suggest that aside from precious artworks, a nail from the cross of Jesus Christ and what is believed to be the Crown of Thorns, were housed within its walls.The people of France are deeply affected as they mourn what is being described as its “Lady” and the soul of their country. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, who was on the scene, was quoted as saying, “Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations. This history is ours. And it burns”.The Cathedral has come to epitomise France and the French people feel a sense of connection to it as many around the world, whether they were Christians or not, including the millions of tourists with cherished memories. Even in the face of its destruction, it remains a towering beacon of unbridled pride.Macron wasted no time in announcing that the Cathedral will be rebuilt. Citing that it’s probably part of the French destiny, he said a national donation scheme which will extend beyond the borders of France, will be started. That swift announcement speaks to the tremendous value that is attached to the Cathedral by the people of France and what they know it means to millions of others across the world.France is not the only country that is cognizant of the value of its historic buildings. Many countries have enshrined the protection of these edifices with parts of towns and cities being safeguarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO). The Norte Dame Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Such sites offer a glimpse into the past and serve, in some instances, as a reservoir or as pivotal focal points to understand, not just history, but the cultural journey over time. It also identifies with the individual countries. Guyana is not devoid of such buildings that are of immense historical value. Sadly, some have been destroyed and not rebuilt while others, even though a bit more fortunate, need much care.Cognizant of the need to help preserve these historical sites, the Government established the National Trust of Guyana in 1972. It has expended much efforts over the years however, gauging from the appearance of some of the buildings, resources may be a suggested constraint. It is tasked with preserving national monuments and buildings it has declared as part of its overall responsibilities.Its powers, however, were brought into question when State House, which is categorised as a national monument on its website, was painted in green after the current Government took office. Green is the colour of the A Partnership for National Unity, the dominant party in the coalition Government.Since May 2015, a number of public buildings and bridges were repainted to reflect that party colour in what seems an exercise for it to be imposed. The Office of the President was also not spared. Many objected, especially to the repainting of State House, however their cries fell on Government’s deaf ears.The basic understanding that generally governs heritage sites globally is that any refurbishing cannot alter the appearance as agreed for preservation. This does not in any way prevent restoration work; work which Sate House has undergone when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in government. Whatever was done then to keep the building intact, seemingly confirmed to the guiding protocols.That said, questions were raised as to whether the National Trust was consulted on painting State House green. It remains unclear if it was and if so, why it may have agreed. As it is, the appearance of this national monument was altered thereby deliberately interrupting its historical aesthetics which is considered a direct contradiction of the policies of preservation. This can be easily interpreted as devaluing its historical worth and even desecration seemingly just for political gratification.It clearly sends the wrong message to the current and coming generations. If only those responsible could have been aware as to what State House, built in 1823, and other historical sites mean to Guyanese, as President Macron is for France. What makes this Government’s actions even more baffling to the point being worry, is that the Head of State is a historian who needs no lecture on the value of our historical sites.The value of the Norte Dame Cathedral to the French people over the many centuries, transcended political boundaries. It is part of what made France, France. Similarly, here, there are sites that make Guyana, Guyana. All it takes is for more awareness be brought and for them to be respected.What happened to State House smacks of disrespect to both its historical value and the National Trust; a stark contrast to what currently plays out in France even as the Norte Dame Cathedral stands in ruins.last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney wants another trip to MLS playoffs before going home

first_imgFrancis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees After winning just nine matches and finishing outside of the playoffs in 2017, United was sparked by Rooney’s addition midway through the 2018 season — as well as the opening of Audi Field — and wound up fourth in the East. The team’s playoff run was short, however, as United was eliminated on penalties after a 2-all draw with the Columbus Crew in the knockout round.Currently NYCFC sits atop the East as the season winds down. Major League Soccer went to single-elimination playoff rounds this year and expanded the postseason to include 14 teams, seven from each conference. The all-knockout postseason replaces the two-legged format for the conference semifinals and finals that the league started using in 2003.“I think we know we’re not the best football team in the league, we like to try to make games a bit scruffy at times and work hard and dig in and try and make the three points,” Rooney said. “That’s how we’ve won most of our games this season, so we all need to work together to do that. It will be tough, of course, but if we do that we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”United coach Ben Olsen said it’s hard to understate Rooney’s contributions to the team. Rooney leads United with 11 goals and seven assists this season. He had 12 goals last season.“Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,” Olsen said. “He continues to be a big piece of this. He’s been a joy to manage so far and we’re looking forward to the little time we have left with him.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The team is already building toward a future without Rooney. This week, Union announced the return of midfielder Yamil Asad for the 2020 season. Asad played for United in 2018 on loan from a first-division club in his native Argentina, and he had nine goals, including the team’s first goal in the opening game at Audi Field.Rooney’s new job will present different challenges for the 33-year-old. Derby has been out of the Premier League since 2008 and lost a playoff final in May to return to the top division. His former England teammate, Frank Lampard, was in charge of Derby last season before moving to manage Chelsea.Rooney said he’s relished his chance to play in MLS. He’s been getting cheers on the road for the past couple of weeks since he announced his move.“I’ve always enjoyed playing football, whether that’s in England or over here. I love the game. I love playing so my enjoyment for the game hasn’t changed from obviously the moment I got here to now. It’s what I do,” he said. “I know I love playing football and until my body tells me I can’t, I’ll keep doing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney reacts after putting a shot over top of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs stateside. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home to England, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs.The longtime Manchester United and English national team striker is in the final regular-season stretch with D.C. United, which is 12-10-9 this season for fifth in the Eastern Conference. There are three games to go, including Sunday’s match at home against the Sounders.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ NCAA: Nzeusseu shines as Lyceum piles on St. Benilde’s woes LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals PLAY LIST 02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals00:50Trending Articles02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna “I know mathematically it doesn’t put us in a playoff spot just yet, but I think we have to lose every game and the teams outside the playoff spots have to win every game, and if that happens then we don’t deserve to be in it,” Rooney said.Rooney is playing out the season with United before the next stop in his storied career: he’s taking over second-tier Championship team Derby County as a player-coach in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4His return to England will end an MLS stint that began in June 2018 when he agreed to a deal with United worth a reported $13 million.Rooney left Manchester United after 13 seasons in 2017 and spent a year with Everton, where he started his career. He is the all-time top scorer for England (53) and Manchester United (253). He scored 208 goals in Premier League play, second only to Alan Shearer’s 260. View commentslast_img read more

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