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Sam Houston State Sweep Women’s Track and Field Weekly Honors
Honorable Mention: Myah Antwi, UIW. Women’s Track Athlete of the Week – Danielle Demas, Sam Houston StateDemas earned her first outdoor award this season after placing seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at the Longhorn Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The sophomore from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek H.S.), ran a season-best time of 13.36 seconds to move into second in the conference heading into the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 9-11 in Conway, Ark. Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Ashley Jenkins, Sam Houston StateJenkins, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas (Hillcrest H.S.), picked up her first outdoor weekly award this season after placing second in the hammer throw at the Longhorn Invitational. Her toss of 199 feet, 9 inches ranks first in the conference and 22nd nationally heading into the conference outdoor championships. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State swept the weekly track and field awards with sophomores Danielle Demas and Ashley Jenkins being named the Southland Conference Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Honorable Mention: Emma Jewell, UIW. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.
Minoga: Hunters will always be in my heart
PNG internationals Rhyse Martin and willie Minoga will be meeting their opponents at the National Football Stadium on Sunday in round six of the Intrust Super Cup competition.We asked Minoga how is he feeling to come back home and play in the different colours and this is what he had to say: “Training is all good and I am happy to come back to Port Moresby and play, it’s like coming back home. My heart is with the Hunters, my brothers, I’ts only that I’ll be in different colours but otherwise everything is good. They are my brothers so I will give my best game to my brothers,” the Blackhawk enforcer said.With the Pacifc Test coming up in May 7, Minoga is one of the current Kumuls, so when asked about playing for the Kumuls Minoga said: “Yeah the Test match is just around the corner but I know the Kumuls will doing great under Michael Marum so we know we will be alright.””I just want to say thanks to friends, families and all the supporters who will come and watch the game on Sunday and I know many people will be their to support both teams.”
Messi returns but Argentina lose 3-1 to Venezuela
Argentina’s Lionel Messi returned to international duty for the first time since the World Cup on Friday but it was a disappointing night for the forward as his side lost 3-1 to Venezuela in a friendly match in Madrid.Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not his night as Venezuela put three past their more illustrious rivals for the first time with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina’s consolation.Messi took a sabbatical after his country’s early departure from last year’s finals in Russia but he returned with a clean shaven new look to captain the side in the all-South American affair at Atletico Madrid’s Metropolitano stadium.Venezuela had only beaten Argentina once in 23 previous encounters, but they got the perfect start after five minutes when Rondon brought down a long pass inside the box and crashed a shot past keeper Franco Armani.Rondon should have made it two with a header in the 40th but the second goal was only moments away as Murillo took advantage of a quick free kick to scamper to the edge of the box and curl a lovely right-foot shot into the far corner of the net.Lautaro Martinez finished off a superb counter attack to pull Argentina back into the game after 59 minutes but their hopes were short lived and Venezuela’s Josef Martinez made it 3-1 from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining.“In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes,” said Lautaro Martinez. “In the second half we did well and moved the ball about but they got that penalty. We need to keep improving.”Argentina face Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday, while Venezuela’s next face Catalonia in Girona on Monday
Azkals keep semis bid alive with draw vs Indonesia
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the second time in the match that the Azkals equalized after Misagh Bahadoran also put them on level terms with an opportunistic strike off a Stephan Schrock free kick in the 31st minute.Fachruddin Aryanto gave Indonesia the lead with a header from close range off a free kick from Stefano Lilipaly in the seventh minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe draw puts the Azkals in second spot with two points heading into the final match day, but the result also keeps Indonesia and Singapore alive for that last semifinal spot from the group. The hosts were held to a scoreless draw by Singapore last Saturday.The Philippines face Thailand at PSS on Friday, while Indonesia and Singapore clash at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Both games will kick off simultaneously at 8 p.m. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports AFF Suzuki Cup game between Philippines and Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan – Phil Younghusband scored a late yet precious goal as the Philippines salvaged a 2-2 draw against a spirited Indonesian side to keep its semifinal bid alive in the AFF Suzuki Cup at Philippine Sports Stadium.The Azkals skipper curled home a free kick from 25 yards out in the 81st minute to cancel out Boas Salossa’s strike early in the second half and give the hosts a glimmer of hope to survive from Group A.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes A win by the Azkals over the Thais – a feat that has never been done in the 20-year history of the tournament – should end complications and secure them a place in the next round for the fourth straight edition of the competition.But a draw against the Thais means the winner of the Indonesia-Singapore clash will make the semifinals. A draw for both games will send the Azkals to the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Gary Payton sees self in Avery Bradley, Tony Allen PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town
Gun recovered in North Road drain, man nabbed with pistol
Ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch on Wednesday recovered a shotgun in a drain along North Road, Georgetown.According to information, the ranks got a tip and went to the area where they found the muddy weapon.The Police have launched an investigation into the incident, but no one has yet been arrested.Meanwhile, in a separate incident, one man was taken into custody after he was found with an unlicensed firearm while walking along Main Street, Georgetown, on Thursday.Based on reports, about 09:30h a Police mobile unit intercepted the suspect, who was seen acting in a suspicious manner and conducted a search on his person whereby a .22 pistol was found concealed in his pants.He was questioned and could not present a firearm licence.He is expected to be charged shortly.
…in sugar beltWith the closure of four of the last seven estates in the sugar belt, THAT belt has certainly been tightened!! It’s the passing of not only an era but of an age. Can you imagine a Guyana without sugar? You’d have to exclude the entire coastland, which was only “humanised” by slave labour to facilitate sugar with thousands of miles of canals!But the belts for the 7000 workers who were let go after the shutdown HAVE literally had to be tightened – for three Christmases in the case of Wales and two for the others. Was it a special dig at sugar workers that made the PNC drop the guillotine just before Christmas? For the longest while, this was the happiest periods in sugar workers’ homes – think why “masquerade” evolved at this time!It wasn’t necessarily because they were devout Christians – but because of the more mundane reason that it was at this time the crop was “over” and they could amuse themselves.Later, sugar workers received their “back pay” or “once-for-all” and later profit sharing at this time. The ensuing payout enabled workers to do their “Christmas shopping” for new clothes; buy some pieces of furniture and most importantly have a grand Christmas get together with family and friends. Rum would flow liberally, and the tables would be laden with food: it was the one time when sugar workers could live “like the massa”.Those days have now ground to a halt – especially on the closed estates. Sure, some sugar workers will try to give their families a good time. But they know the ‘severance pay” which they received is fast dwindling – and the more responsible of them will cut back drastically. With no jobs provided for them to move into, the PNC Government is forcing sugar workers to repeat the history of the newly freed slaves to scrounge for themselves to subsist.But the days of squatting on Crown land is over – so where will the fired sugar workers try to cultivate vegetables and other cash crops?? Unlike the time of Bookers, they can’t even go onto the sugar lands to scrounge for fish in the “swamp” that was created from fields under fallow. It’s like when the old planters forbid the freed slaves from using the “provision grounds”.This Christmas on the sugar estates, then, will not be a merry one. It’ll be a time for doom and gloom – with which the rain and dark skies will be in harmony. The Government blithely talked about “diversifying” the closed estates to private buyers.But even that talk has been shushed. So what? It’s only sugar workers lives at stake!…and the rainsYes…the December rains are here and your Eyewitness had wondered before how will the excess water flow off the fields onto the frontlands and into the seas on those estates that were closed. Most folks outside the sugar belt don’t appreciate what a service the sugar estates provided by keeping the drainage canals free from the lush tropical vegetation and sedimentation that blocks them up in months, if left unattended.With those backlands now abandoned, a new great flood of Noah could’ve been in the offing!! Well, after looking closely at the budget allocations, responsibility for drainage in those areas have now been allocated to the NDIA. Now this will cost the Government almost as much as the “subsidy” which they refused to extend to sugar – as recommended by their own CoI!! You may say this is ‘penny wise and pound foolish” – but if you think as to who sugar workers are, you’ll understand.The White Paper on the closure as presented to Parliament explicitly stated they were “PPP supporters”.So implicitly, “Bun dem”!!…and separation of Church and StateYour Eyewitness noticed the slew of activity by State institutions celebrating Christmas with a vengeance. While he enjoys the bonhomie as much as everyone else, haven’t we supposed to have constitutionally separated Church and State?
Desperate times demand desperate measures
Dear Editor,The present situation in Guyana is of much concern to Guyanese, more so to the PPP/C former government officials, the party support base, and respected persons who criticised the APNU/AFC coalition government. The disrespecting and humiliation of two distinguish gentlemen, Dr Ashni Singh and Mr Winston Brassington, who served their country with distinction, is clear evidence that the Government is losing support, and as such is showing signs of desperation by using methods to appease and cling on to its supporters, who are very much upset about its FAILURE in Government after three years. This situation reminds me of an article in the Washington Post News by Lewis Simons, dated October 4th 1977, title, “Indira Gandhi arrested in India”. It is a true reflection of what is transpiring presently in Guyana. The arrest was described as a political one by Indira Gandhi because trips and political meetings by Gandhi were receiving enthusiastic turnouts in various parts of India. The Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, ordered her arrest, thinking that he would have satisfied widespread plaudits. But unfortunately, Prime Minister Desai lost the next elections to Indira Gandhi. This is actually happening presently. Cde Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP are getting favourable responses in every corner of Guyana, and as such, can be faced with more victimisation to create fear among supporters as efforts are made to try to derail a sure victory for the PPP. These incidents are not about corruption, they are a clear sign of political discrimination against the PPP, hoping that this will enable APNU/AFC to win the majority in the General Election in 2020.The PPP is strong enough to withstand any amount of political pressure and fear from APNU/AFC. Don’t allow this disease of political victimisation to silence us, because democracy will surely die in this darkness.Yours sincerely,Zamal Hussain
Alleged execution plot thwarted by Police
―3 in custodyA Police constable in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) intercepted a car carrying three men, and later discovered a gun and a stolen motorcycle. Three men are now in police custody, one of them a recently released prison inmate. During interrogation, the men reportedly revealed that they were on their way to execute a Corentyne businessman. Reports are that one of the men, who was on a motorcycle, was seen acting in a suspicious manner while the constable was returning to the Whim Police Station. This prompted the constable to follow the motorcyclist as the cyclist drove behind a car. The policeman suspected that something was amiss because the motorcyclist was keeping up with the car but was not attempting to overtake it.At Albion, the motorcyclist attempted to make a U-turn but collided with the car and fell toThe stolen motocycle the ground. After a brief conversation between the motorcyclist and the car driver, the cyclist hopped into the car and they sped away.Upon seeing this, the lawman called for backup but continued pursuing the vehicle, which turned into Anamayah Street at Williamsburg then stopped. As the Policeman approached, the driver threw what appeared to be a gun into a nearby trench and attempted to flee, but by then Police backup had arrived and gave pursuit. A .38 revolver was eventually retrieved from the trench.Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam told the media that the gun was loaded with four rounds. He said it was also discovered that the motorcycle, which had a false number plate, had been stolen from someone living at Reliance, East Canje on March 5.“After questioning the (main) suspect, he told us that they had a plan and they were supposed to go and execute it at Rose Hall (Town), where they were supposed to go and (execute someone and conduct a robbery).” The Commander said his understanding is that a Jamaican had hatched the plan, alleging that the targeted businessman had owed him some money and he had arranged the execution of the businessman.On receipt of that information, two other persons, including the owner of the firearm, wereThe gun that was recoveredarrested. It is believed that they were all participants in the plot to kill the businessman.“I understand that the Jamaican has left the country, so we are now making checks to see if that is so, and to track his movements in and out of the country,” the Commanderrevealed. The Police have since contacted the businessman, a boutique operator at Rose Hall Town.Amsterdam said that the Policeman who gave in to his suspicion and followed the men is likely to be promoted the next time around. He noted that a life has been saved, a firearm has been taken off the streets, and a stolen motorcycle has been recovered.
Nasri bullet inspires City’s passage at Roma
The goal left Roma requiring two goals to qualify for the knock-out phase, but after the Serie A side spurned a series of late chances, City rubbed salt into their wounds in the 86th minute when Zabaleta swept Nasri’s low delivery past De Sanctis for his first Champions League goal.City’s win left Manuel Pellegrini’s men second in Group E behind already-qualified Bayern Munich, with Roma finishing third to drop into the Europa League.Needing just a win to go through, Roma made their victory intentions clear from the start, with Gervinho, Jose Holebas and then Radja Nainggolan all being given space deep on the left to create half-chances that tested City’s resolve in the opening minutes.It was a sluggish start for City, and the English champions went on to create only a few half-chances as the half wore on.An Edin Dzeko header from a cross on the left was high and wide but on 16 minutes a probing run by Nasri allowed Jesus Navas to fire a delivery from the right that went begging.Roma countered and Nainggolan sent Adem Ljajic through but the Serbian’s drive from distance was off target.– Powerful poke –City’s best chance of the half fell to James Milner after 20 minutes but De Sanctis was down low quickly to block the midfielder’s shot from the left.Again, Roma went on the counter but after a 40-metre run Gervinho’s low, angled drive was tipped to safety by Joe Hart at his far post.An alert Hart then easily collected a powerful poke by Maicon after the Brazilian had muscled his way through the City midfield.Moments later, a defence-splitting pass from Navas sent Milner through only for De Sanctis to come out quickly to close down the angle.Roma had claims for a penalty waved away on the stroke of half-time when Gervinho tumbled under pressure in the box after a well-worked move with Francesco Totti, Miralem Pjanic and Ljajic.City looked a lot brighter after the restart with Roma pegged in for the opening 10 minutes until some slick play by Gervinho down the right had the Giallorossi fans out of their seats.Pjanic then forced Hart into a two-handed block with an effort from 20 metres out, but minutes later City were in front.Nasri took possession over 25 metres out and as Seydou Keita backed off, the Frenchman fired an angled drive past De Sanctis and into the net in off the near post.Minutes later Nainggolan unleashed a piercing shot while caught in among City bodies but Hart blocked with a two-handed save.A great build-up by Roma on 67 mnutes saw Ljajic turn Zabaleta inside out on the left but the Serbian somehow fired over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.Twice in succession Roma spurned the chance to level, Kostas Manolas’s header powering off a beaten Hart’s post from a corner and then Mattia Destro’s effort from Pjanic’s corner being blocked at the back post moments later.Those misses proved costly, and as the final whistle approached concentration levels lapsed.Nasri held the ball up well and after a feint in front of Holebas sent Zabaleta through to beat De Sanctis from close range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, December 11- A Samir Nasri bullet and a late goal by Pablo Zabaleta saw Manchester City into the last 16 of the Champions League after a stunning 2-0 win over Roma at a packed Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.City, requiring at least a score-draw to go through to the knock-out phase, were dominated for large periods of the match but Nasri turned the game around on the hour when he fired an unstoppable shot past Morgan De Sanctis from 25 metres.