first_imgThe offensive onslaught from the Wisconsin women’s hockey team this weekend has built their confidence as they move forward in the season.In two games against Minnesota State, the Badgers scored 16 goals, eight in each game.Wisconsin went 2 for 6 on power plays Friday afternoon, but three of those came at times when the Badgers were already winning 8-0. The two conversions came early in the second period as the Badgers built their lead.“The score went from one to 3-0 in those two power plays. If you’re on our side of the bench, you’re pretty excited about what just happened,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “If you’re on their bench, you’re probably a little bit dejected, so the momentum swung there pretty quickly.”Wisconsin’s offense was also able to diversify its attack with six players scoring Saturday and seven players scoring goals Friday. Ten different players for the Badgers had goals over the series.The depth of the offensive attack will be necessary as the level of competition increases throughout the year.Despite Minnesota State being last in the conference without a victory on the season in the WCHA, Wisconsin’s 8-2 and 8-0 wins still offered proof of how potent their offensive attack can be.A bye weekend last week could have been the factor that allowed the Badger offense to get on track for their massive outbreak this week.With three players gone for the Four Nations Cup the weekend of Oct. 31, it gave younger players time on the ice, which showed during this weekend’s series.“When you have multiple people scoring, you just become more difficult to play against,” Johnson said. “Your one, two, three players may not score on a particular night, so your four, five and six jump in. Like last night, [Annie] Pankowski throws a hat trick at them, and then Syd [McKibbon] tonight. So if you can have balanced scoring, it bodes well. Somebody’s not going to be able to score every night.”Each of the top three lines for the Badgers were able to get points on the board, which shows how deep they are as a team.“I think it’s a huge asset for our team when we can put three lines, or four lines that can get the puck in the net,” McKibbon said. “It’s hard to defend for other teams, and it’s something that’s going to be playing to our advantage later in the year.”Since the Badgers have been able to score, the overall team confidence level is rising. And it’s not just the top lines or starters building their confidence.Johnson also made a switch in goal for the Friday afternoon game, giving junior Jorie Walters just her second start of the year, so the big lead made her job easier. The change at goaltender was strictly to give sophomore Ann-Renée Desbiens rest on short turnaround for the game.Walters was also able to play loosely, which helped her get her second shutout for the season.“You know that not everything is necessarily riding on you,” Walters said. “You can make one little mistake and it’s not going to put you completely behind. You don’t want to make that mistake, but the extra cushion is there.”But when the entire offense is clicking like it was against Minnesota State, the team hopes it can carry the offensive momentum into its future games.“When new people are scoring and everyone is clicking, we get more team confidence, which can roll into next weekend against St. Cloud,” McKibbon said.With the ten players scoring for the Badgers, and even more getting points on assists, the entire team will be better prepared for future games.A series win like this can also boost morale within the team to help them practice harder throughout the week to get better.“The nice thing about this weekend is that everybody got involved and everybody got minutes so everyone can feel good about themselves. We get back to practice Sunday and we will have players who are comfortable and confident,” Johnson said.The confidence they gained from this performance should help them moving forward, as they try to hold onto first place in the WCHA. Wisconsin is eight points ahead of second place Minnesota, but they have also played three more games.The momentum from this series should keep Wisconsin improving and moving in the right direction to become an even more complete team.last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa forward Jordan Ayew has takenn to Instagram to apologise for getting sent off in Tuesday night’s game against West Ham United.The Ghana international was issued with a straight red card in the 16th minute of the match for elbowing Aaron Cresswell.Villa, who are in desperate of points, went on to suffer a 2-0 defeat, their seventh league loss of the seasonOn Wednesday, Ayew apologised for his action on Instagram. He wrote: “Looking back at my impulsive actions last night I sincerely apologise to the supporters of Aston Villa, my teammates, AVFC staff and my coach.”I take full responsibility for my actions and I don’t wish to dwell on my mistake but rather look forward to playing again to prove myself to be true to claret and blue as I have done from the moment I joined AVFC and I do not intend to slow down now.”To my fans and everyone I offended, I ask that you join me in moving on from this unfortunate situation as I continue to focus on my career and the success of the team. We fight till the end. Up The Villa! Jordan.” The Midlands outfit are 10 points from safety.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgThe NFL did not interview Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt or the woman involved in an alleged February altercation in Cleveland at The Metropolitan at the 9, Hunt’s hotel apartment downtown, according to ESPN.The league did not request to speak with Hunt after the incident, though it did reach out to the woman and her friend, but they did not respond, ESPN reports, citing unidentified sources.  Chiefs release RB Kareem Hunt after video surfaces of alleged February altercation “The NFL believes it did everything possible from a legal standpoint. The league could not subpoena the hotel or police for the video of the incident.”The league, however, did have the police report. And Hunt spoke to the Chiefs about the incident. Yet after reviewing the police report and speaking to the Chiefs following their discussions with Hunt, no action was taken, leading up to the video that was released Friday.”And so the NFL’s investigation of Hunt did not include any interviews with the perpetrator himself or the woman who was pushed, shoved and kicked.”The NFL released a statement later Sunday, confirming the “investigation began immediately following the incident in February” and that the league “continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts.” The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday after learning about the video released by TMZ. The footage doesn’t identify the woman, but it is believed to be connected to an individual who came forward after an incident that occurred Feb. 10. Abigail Ottinger, 19, claimed she was “pushed and shoved” during a dispute in Cleveland, alleging to police that Hunt assaulted her around 3:45 a.m. on a Saturday outside his hotel apartment, according to Cleveland.com.Police responded to the scene, but charges were not filed and no arrests were made “because officers say they were unable to determine if a crime had been committed,” according to TMZ.The woman told police in February that the argument started when she refused to hook up with a member of Hunt’s entourage, TMZ reported. Additionally, the NFL said it spoke to “as many witnesses who were there as possible and that they said Hunt was not involved in the incident.” But TMZ released a video Friday showing Kareem shoving and kicking a woman, contradicting what the league said.Per ESPN:  Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgHeinze’s style has a curiosity: keep possession in the Guardiola style and play a nice game. In fact, in its first campaign it was the team with the highest percentage of the ball with an average of 60%. Another of the incentives that Fede Valverde likes so much is the offensive instinct: Heinze bet a lot on the defense of three and in the 70 games, Vélez has scored 89 goals. The system used used to be a 3-4-3. One of the first adventures of the former white footballer on a bench was in 2015 when he coached Godoy Cruz. Subsequently, he transferred to Argentinos Juniors (Maradona’s first club) to finally finish in Vélez and be third in the Argentine Super League behind Boca and River. Currently, he is without a team looking for new challenges. Without a doubt, Valverde will be vital for Zidane facing the final stretch of the championship, especially without the ball: he is the fastest player in Madrid so far this season with 35.1 km / h. A brand with which he beats Vinicius (34.6), Carvajal (34.4), Mendy (34.3) and Bale (34.2).center_img Fede Valverde has been one of the great revelations of the current championship. Madrid only lost two games of the 23 (8%) in which he was a starter, while he was defeated in four of the 16 (25%) in which he started from the bench. The Uruguayan also surprises everyone off the pitch. The midfielder is confined to Madrid, where he is watching the odd game played by Vélez. The Argentine team was trained by Heinze from 2018 until last March when he asked to leave. The Uruguayan admires the working methods of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid, among others. “It is the club that best played soccer thanks to Gabriel”, commented in an Instagram live.last_img read more

first_imgEducation Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh has said that “quality education requires quality schools,” and as such there are urgent needs for government and partners to invest in the construction of more schools across the country.The Education Minister said the improvement of academic infrastructure and introduction of technologies in the school system will help Liberia returns to its pre-war academic status and as well help Liberian students compete with peers in the region and beyond.She spoke recently in Boe Town Morweh District in Rivercess County when she and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Country Director, Sheldon Yett, dedicated a newly constructed seven-classroom primary school in that rural town. The school is known as the Boe Town Public School.The school was constructed by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Liberia. The project was funded by the Government of Japan. The school serves three communities and has an enrolment of 215 students, of which 100 are girls.Prior to its reconstruction, the school was a mud structure unfit for children.In 2010, the Japanese Government joined forces with UNICEF to decrease barriers to education with a US$ 8.6 million grant under which 90 schools in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties would be constructed or renovated with people of Boe Town the latest beneficiaries.The school has not only been transformed into a modern structure, but also equipped with desks, chairs, blackboards and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, including gender separated latrines and a hand pump to guarantee students and teachers access to safe drinking water.”We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with UNICEF to ensure that more schools like this one are built, and most importantly, that within those schools, students gain relevant, appropriate knowledge and skills,” Minister Tarpeh said.“We are calling for quality education in Liberia, but this does not come without quality schools, quality teaching staffs and the requisite teaching materials, and we must strive to ensure that these things are available. This is why we want to be grateful to UNICEF and the Japanese people for this gift,” she said.She called on the community leadership to ensure that the students make use of the facility by constantly going to school. She challenged the community to protect the facility and keep it up to date.She noted that this will ensure UNICEF and Japanese government’s efforts won’t be wasted.Also speaking, Sheldon Yett of UNICEF said Boe Town Public School was a prime candidate for the UNICEF-supported project because of its remoteness. The town is difficult to access, the nearest paved road ends in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. From there it takes two hours to reach Boe Town by car via secondary dirt roads that can be rendered impassable during rainy season.“I am thrilled to be here today to hand over this school to the Boe Town community. But a building alone is not enough to ensure access to education for children. Dedicated teaching staff, sufficient educational materials and sustained support from the government and the community are crucial to any school’s success,” Mr. Yett said.“Today, UNICEF is calling on all of you to maintain this structure and ensure that it serves as an institute of learning,” he continued.Head of the Boe Town Women group, Sarah Bonoe, lauded UNICEF for the initiative and called on the children, especially the young women, to take full advantage of the opportunity.“We are happy that UNICEF has constructed this school here. When we were young some of us never had the opportunity to go to school. I happy that our children will have this beautiful building,” oldma Bonoe said through an interpreter.Meanwhile, despite government’s compulsory primary education legislation, many children remain outside the classroom. Some children lack access to adequate educational facilities; others begin formal schooling late, placing them at higher risk of drop-out. In 2013, over 90 percent of primary school students in the country were over the appropriate age for their grade level.Rivercess is one of Liberia’s most impoverished counties with some of its worst education indicators. Rivercess is tied with River Gee County with the fewest primary schools in the country and scores the lowest on gender parity (roughly 59 percent male students against 41 percent female).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBlack Speech Media Group (BSMG), a leading multimedia producer and distributor of African Music in the United States has released “Carolina” a new single by Liberian Artist DSP.Produced and mixed by D Thompson, the single has elements of Afro‐Beat, with a great influence of Afro‐Zouk, and Afro‐pop. “The song is a combination of some personal experiences and because of the personal nature, I wanted it to represent beats that resonate with me and my upbringing in a culturally diverse society in Liberia,” said DSP.The single can be purchased on iTunes, and fans can also watch the video on YouTube or listen to the song at BSMG’s All Music Hub platform on Sound Cloud. Ernesto Dweh‐Sidi‐Papay‐2 Herbert, aka “DSP”, is an emerging contemporary artist who is at the forefront of the emerging Liberian music industry. Born during Liberia’s political unrest, DSP’s link to his country and culture was from his mother singing to him in her dialect Grebo while they were refugees in the Ivory Coast.After having to resettle to Ghana after a second civil war in Liberia, DSP found refuge in music. Influenced by artists such as NAS, Red Man, Method Man, Jay‐Z and an array of African Artists, DSP found his voice in mixing Western Pop with Afrobeats. Returning to Liberia in 2007 as a young scholar, DSP began pursuing his love for music professionally. After traveling and performing in Ghana, he was sponsored by MTN to release his music on a national scale. To date, he has released several songs including “Monrovia Style” which became popular for its use of Koloqua, a dialect in Liberia. He is currently working with international platforms to release his first full album “The Promise” in 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia on Monday June 29 2015, hired 60 Liberians at its Po-River farm site and 32 at its Ylatwen community farm in Wedabo-Grand Cess Administrative District, totaling 92 employed this week in Grand Kru County. The move by the company is in line with the memorandum of understanding in cooperating social agreement signed with both communities. According to the MOU signed on August 22, 2014, with Po–River community, GVL is to employ approximately 200 community residents.The new employees, expected to start work 1 July 2015, will benefit from first-hand basic training in oil palm and sustainable development as part the company’s career development plans as it advances towards production stage in the southeast. The newly hired are the second batch employed since the palm oil developer started operations in Po-River while Ylatwen community hired marks the first batch of local employed by the company, a press release from GVL said. Earlier, the company recruited 45 local citizens in Po-River community making up a total of 105 in the area since operation began in February 2015.Presenting their letters of employment, GVL Human Resources Officer in Grand Kru County, Victor Kaydor, explained company’s policy and urged the new employees to remain steadfast and focused as they have greater task to perform in developing their communities. He further assured community residents that there will be more employment as land development continues in the area. The newly hired have completed their medical screening and will start work Wednesday July 1, 2015.Followed by Peter Doe-Sumah, GVL Manager for Human Resources, the GVL officials welcomed the new batch of Liberians and cautioned them to take their jobs important and serious. Mr. Doe-Sumah assured the new employees, saying, “GVL is committed to reducing and ending rural poverty in the southeast. This comes along with GVL commitment of providing job opportunities, quality healthcare, education and other basic infrastructure development to directly benefit these communities” said Doe-Sumah.Doe-Sumah explained that, as the Company’s operations expand, and more hectares are developed; more local citizens will be employed in the area. At present, he said, GVL has employed nearly 4,000 Liberians with Grand Kru accounting for more than 1,000. Earlier this year; GVL announced it would employ additional 1,000 Liberians. So far, it has employed over 300 in both Sinoe and Grand Kru following a year of the deadly Ebola ruin in the Country. The company, which has a concession agreement of 65 years, seeks to employ between 35,000 and 40,000 Liberians when fully operational, thereby ensuring a successful investment and meeting communities’ expectations.Currently, GVL has several vacant positions for qualified applicants, preferably Liberian citizens. To date, GVL boasts to be the largest employer in southeastern Liberia, with nearly 4,000 jobs, offering benefits of free housing, medical, education with 50kg unsubsidized monthly rice ration among others, in addition to employees’ wages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOn 9 December 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other stakeholders to support young people in this role. It represents a landmark for the participation of young people involved in transforming conflict, peacebuilding and countering violence.With a larger global youth population than ever before, there is a demographic and democratic imperative to meaningfully involve youth in matters of peace and security, especially considering how conflicts impact on young people’s lives and futures.At UNOY Peacebuilders we have been working intensively since 2012 to lay a path leading to this resolution. We have fostered dialogue between young peacebuilders and policy makers at the international level, bringing young peacebuilders to discuss with representatives at the UN in New York. At the same time, we have been working for the recognition of young people as actors of positive change with civil society partners including Search for Common Ground and World Vision, as well as key institutional partners through the Inter-Agency Working Group on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding.Shifting the conversationThe dominant policy discourse around youth has traditionally viewed young people as threats to global peace and security, or occasionally as vulnerable groups to be protected. In short, either as victims or perpetrators of violence. This is a harmful reduction of the role youth play in conflict and post-conflict settings and that’s why we have been calling for a third point of view – a point of view which sees youth as peacebuilders who deserved to have their efforts recognized and supported. It is this third point of view which is now being recognized by the UN Security Council. The new UN Security Council resolution outlines the duties of parties to armed conflicts to protect young people during conflict and in post-conflict contexts. Importantly, the resolution goes further and also calls on governments to promote youth participation in processes of peacebuilding and peacekeeping at all levels, including peace processes and dispute resolution mechanisms. The resolution calls on Member States to facilitate an enabling environment for youth to prevent violence, and to create policies which support youth socio-economic development and education for peace equipping youth with the ability to engage in political processes. It urges member states to support youth peace efforts in conflict and post-conflict settings, including through the work of UN bodies involved in peacebuilding and development. The resolution also encourages all those involved in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration to ensure that programs are designed to consider the special needs of youth in these processes.Finally, the resolution requests the UN General-Secretary to carry out a study on the impact of conflict on young people, as well as their contributions to peace, and to report to the Security Council on the implementation of the resolution in one year’s time.Not the end of the roadUN Security Council Resolution 2250 is a huge step forward in the right direction, recognizing and supporting young people’s contributions to building peace. However, a UN Security Council resolution is not the end of the road. Young peacebuilders around the world, youth-led and youth-focused organizations must now focus their efforts on ensuring that the resolution gets translated into real policies at regional, national and local levels.UNOY Peacebuilders welcomes the adoption of the declaration as a tool for young people’s empowerment and calls on every young peacebuilder to join us in the next steps. About UNOYUNOY is a global network strengthening sustainable youth-driven peacebuilding. We connect 60 youth peace organizations across 45 countries.Our goal is to create a world where young people have the opportunity and skills to contribute to peace. We work to strengthen youth-led peacebuilding initiatives, facilitate a safe space for dialogue and conflict transformation, develop the organizational capacities of our members and to bring the voices of young people to policy makers on a regional and global level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe current state of the site for the Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra is being considered an embarrassment to not only East Indians but all Guyanese. This is the view of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop.The site was a topic of discussion at the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting on Thursday last.The present state of the monument siteDeRoop posited that the Government has little recognition of immigrants to Guyana. In referring to the site at Palmyra where the base for the monument crumbled while still under construction, the Vice Chairman said he was personally embarrassed at what has transpired. As such, he referred to the fact that the Indian Government found it necessary to commit itself to providing the funds for the project since it seemed that the funds the Guyana Government had made available were all it was willing to put into the project although the project fell through after paying the contractor.The project was initially estimated at $97 million.“To me that is a true reflection of how much this government has recognised the immigrants to this country… A contract of $97 million and almost $80 million was paid …and I can’t see $8 million there and that is the reason why the Ministry of Public Infrastructure cannot find another contractor to go and complete the work,” the Vice Chairman said.Regional Councillor Zamal Hussain related that it seemed as though the Guyana Government was doing nothing to ensure it got back the money already paid.“What is so shocking is that not that the Indian Government will be doing the project now, the whole issue here is what will be done to recuperate the funds that were paid out to the contractor and the Government is telling taxpayers that it is the PPP [People’s Progressive Party] that should be blamed for the design. Every single thing in this country has a [Commission of Inquiry] CoI or it is being rejected. Why is there not an investigation into the project?” Hussain asked.On April 26, 2017, the Indian Arrival Monument base at Palmyra crumbled two days before a three-ton $35 million bronze monument could have been erected on it.The $97 million construction was unveiled by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam Mahalingham in March last year. The bronze monument, which was built in India, arrived in Guyana in May 2016 and was expected to be in place in time for Arrival Day 2017.The six-foot statue depicts six bronze figures – three men, two women and a child – illustrating Indians in their everyday life.Last month, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson led a team, which included two other Government Ministers and a representative of the High Commissioner of India, to the location.Minister Patterson told the media that a soil test showed that the 17-ton statue was too heavy to lay on the swamp-land. The area was formerly used as a cane field while Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said the coalition Government inherited a design from the former PPP/Civic Administration and work commenced based on that plan. He added that the mistake was to assume that that design would have worked.However, DeRoop believes that Minister Patterson was very bold in his actions.“I am surprised that some of our Ministers accompanied the Indian High Commission officials there. They don’t have no pride to see what a mess they have made here and to go with the Indians and to say that the Government of India will now complete this project. If I was Minister Patterson, I would have buried my head in the sand there. He has no pride and then going and speak with the press; he should have been hiding from the press,” DeRoop told the RDC.He also criticised Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, who had given a commitment that the project would have been completed in time for May 5, this year. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament is taking place this weekend, September 22, in Farmington.The Battle of the Peace is a one-day, two-round Professional Disc Golf Association tournament and this year, it will be a PDGA C-tier event.According to Clint Warkentin, of the FSJ Disc Sports Club, players from the clubs of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Grande Prairie come together to compete in this Tournament on a temporary course which is located on neutral grounds.- Advertisement -Warkentin says they set up a temporary course on neutral grounds in order to prevent any team from having a home-field advantage.Also taking part in this year’s Tournament will be 2018 World Champion Disc Golfer, Gregg Barsby during his Peace Region Tour.Additional games in the Tournament will include Ace Pot, Poker Run, and Ring of Fire.Advertisement The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament takes place Sunday, September 22 at the Farmington Fairways.last_img read more