Bridgeport Manning Cup contenders

first_imgTen years ago, Bridgeport High School won the Manning Cup with a team captained by Kenardo Forbes and including Theo Brown. Now a stalwart at Waterhouse Football Club, Brown feels his old school has a chance to win the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup this year. Speaking from experience, he says victory for Bridgeport would be well received by the community. According to Brown, the 2016 team has to believe in itself. “They have to believe in their goal, if they want to achieve it and their first goal was to be in the Super Cup,” he asserted. “They achieved that, so basically their next goal is to achieve the Super Cup and to win the Manning Cup,” he said. He recalls how good he felt when Bridgeport beat Excelsior High 3-1 to win the Manning Cup in 2006. “It was a nice bunch of guys,” he reminisced on a unit including Forbes, Theophilus Samuels, Ricardo Martin, Andre Clennon and a young Darren Mattocks. “It was a family, not just a team, so it was easy for us to achieve that goal,” he noted. Anthony Patrick was the coach when Brown and his Bridgeport teammates lifted the Manning Cup in 2006 and Brown credits Patrick for ushering in an era of fine football at the school. Patrick is now coaching St Catherine High School, another team in the second round of the Manning Cup. “He’s a great youth coach,” Brown praised. “You have to look out for him,” he offered as an estimation of how good St Catherine could be. Though Bridgeport lost 0-1 to a prolific Kingston College team in the Walker Cup semi-final earlier this week, Brown thinks the boys following his footsteps at Bridgeport could succeed. He hopes they start well in the second round. “You have to try to win your first two games and make yourself sure of the semi-final,” he instructed. “Bridgeport will meet KC again as the schools are both part of the same second round group. St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Charlie Smith High School are also in that group. This season, coached by Garnet Lawrence, Bridgeport have impressed by winning an ultra competitive Manning Cup preliminary round group G. Lawrence’s players amassed 23 points to finish four clear of Hydel High, who edged St Jago High for second on goal difference. The coordinated team play earned high commendation from Hydel High’s coach, Donovan Duckie. He said: “There’s a quality team, hands down.” To advance to the Walker Cup semi-final, Bridgeport outplayed Denham Town High School 2-0. Brown would be overjoyed if the 2016 Bridgeport squad could win the Manning Cup. “They’re not just playing for themselves,” he explained. “They’re playing for the whole Bridgeport, the whole community. It would be a great achievement, not for me alone, but for a lot of past students.”last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE: Promoting a Culture of Non Violence

first_imgMohandas Gandhi, the Father of Indian Democracy, once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.”In March 2013- , Messengers of Peace- Liberia during an official welcoming ceremony for over 15 women from the Women Peacebuilding Leadership Cohort at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA, launched its Peace Clubs at The First Assembly of God High School, Buchannan Street, Monrovia, Liberia to inspire young Liberians to become peace building leaders.The discussion at that forum focused on “The Importance of Peace Clubs in Liberian Schools and Communities”. We brought together established peace clubs from two schools—Muslim Congress High School and First Assembly of God High School and one community—Matadi Community in Monrovia, together with Mentees from our Coaching and Mentorship Program for Adolescents Girls in Peacebuilding, Caldwell, Liberia.The program, well-attended by the media, both print and electronic and other young women from USA, Kenya, Somalia, Somali-land, Fiji, Pacific, and Solomon Island, discussed the multiplier effects of functional peace clubs in schools and communities. Experiences were shared; friendships made and hope for a peaceful world was reinforced at this event.Since the launch of our peace clubs, we have observed the growth of several other peace clubs by other organizations and we encourage many more to follow in our footsteps. For according to Tom Peters, an American business management guru, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”The ultimate goal of our peace clubs is to unleash the potentials of a generation of young people to create peace. Our program of non violence and peace education is connecting in and out of school youths around the sub-region to promote sustainable peace. Young people in our peace clubs are empowered with the essential pieces of information, knowledge, attitude and skills to be responsible students, citizens and Peacebuilders.It is incumbent on our peace volunteers to maintain the highest standard of behavior. We teach communications skills for collaboration, peer coaching and emotional intelligence (self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management).Basically, our goal is to organize young Liberians and to make them useful to self and others. According to Bill Gates- an American businessmagnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, inventor, present richest man in the world, “As we look ahead into the next century; leaders will be those who empower others”. To date, more than 20 “Peace Clubs” have been formed, by Messengers of Peace-Liberia, in major educational institutions in and around Monrovia. In many of the high schools, the school principals and some of the senior school teachers are dedicating their time and resources to making these clubs vibrant. We have been impressed by the enthusiasm of our youth and of their willingness to take up leadership responsibilities.We are particularly happy and encouraged to read about on-going discussion on the development of a peace curriculum that would be incorporated in the National Educational Curriculum and used for NGOs, professionals and local community leaders. We echo the sentiments of Mr. Saku Dukuly, Director of the Technical Vocational Education Training that “Educating young people, especially students to understand the dilemmas, tradeoffs and potential of conflict resolution, and prevention is a good thing for our people…”Working with young people in Liberia is our top priority and we sincerely hope that the proposed peace curriculum would focus on making education functional, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, human rights and reproduction health. For a holistic approach to peace curriculum development, we need the inputs of youth and youth-based organizations.It is our believe that with a vibrant peace education program in our schools and communities, there could be a change in controlling violence in schools and improving friendly school environment between teachers, and students, parents and teachers and among neighbors. Discipline amongst students and teachers would increase and so would be positive peer culture.Following our just concluded fundraising drive –“The Dollar for Peace Campaign,” we are now vigorously pursuing the next steps of building strong base for our peace clubs program in 30 additional schools in Liberia. Watch this column for progress made through stories from our volunteers as the momentum builds. We address the root causes of conflict around the country. Join us.We conclude with a quote from Peter Drucker, when he said, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” The voices of our volunteer peace messengers will drown out those that preach division and hatred. The world would have to rely on those that speak the language of tolerance and respect.Until next week, Peace, above all, Peace First, Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Final day to register for 1st Annual Black Swan Bombers Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament

first_img$1,000$500Teams are required to field at least seven men and three women in order to play. All Slow Pitch National rules apply.This year’s tournament features a home run derby, concession, beer gardens and 50/50 draws. All funds from the concession and 50/50 will go to Walking with our Sisters.Anyone interested in registering for the tournament can contact Connie Greyeyes at (250)793-1468. Registration can be paid by Etransfering Coral.Hopkins@hotmail.com.The tournament is expected to run August 24th-26th at the Taylor Ball Diamonds.Advertisement Black Swan Bombers Flyer. Photo by Connie Greyeyes. TAYLOR, B.C. – Wednesday is the final day for teams to sign up for the 1st Annual Black Swan Bombers Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament.As of today, approximately eight teams have either paid in full or have agreed to participate.The tournament costs $400 to enter and guarantees at least five games for every team involved. If 18 teams sign up for the tournament than $10,000 in prize money will be handed out. Cash Prizes for the tournament are shown below:- Advertisement -Division A:$3,000$2,000$1,000Division B:$1,500$1,000Division C:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Big Unit could return to mound by April

first_img VIERA, Fla. – Travis Lee may miss the first week of the Washington Nationals’ exhibition season with a strained right oblique. Lee said he injured his side last Friday and resumed swinging a bat on Tuesday. “For sure, early next week, we’ll see,” Lee said Thursday of his projected return. SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Dustin Hermanson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who haven’t yet settled on a closer. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Right-hander Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for 2011. “Everything’s kind of coming along and I’m seeing progress.” Johnson threw 55 pitches, all fastballs, in his session. TUCSON, Ariz. – After a third strong bullpen session Thursday, Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson said he might be ready to make his first regular-season start in April. “I’d still like to think some time in April,” said Johnson, who is coming off back surgery last October. “When, I don’t know, but I’d like to think I’m taking the appropriate steps. center_img “When you have an opportunity to cement a working relationship with a young man like Matt, you definitely have to investigate it and I think both parties are happy that we were able to work it out,” general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement. LAKELAND, Fla. – Gary Sheffield met with a Major League Baseball executive to discuss recent comments by the Detroit slugger on whether he would cooperate with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s investigations into steroids. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ronaldo officially unveiled at Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at the Juventus medical in Turin – ‘I’m different’ he says © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINATURIN, Italy, Jul 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo said that he’s “different” from other players of his age who move to China or Qatar for mega-money deals, during his official unveiling as a Juventus player on Monday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was his usual confident self at a press conference in Turin attended by media from all over the globe, following the announcement last week of his 100 million-euro move from European champions Real Madrid. “I’m different from other players who think their careers are over when they’re my age,” said the 33-year-old Portugal captain.“I want to show that I’m not like the others, I’m different.“Players of my age go to China or Qatar so coming to such an important club at this stage in my career makes me very happy.”Juventus signed the superstar attacker, who signed a four-year deal worth a reported 30 million euros a season, in the hope that he will push them to a coveted Champions League title, the continent’s holy grail.Preparing to make a run at their eighth Serie A title in as many years and winner of four straight domestic doubles, the Old Lady of Italian football have struggled to turn Italian dominance into European trophies.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 but were beaten finalists in 2015 and 2017, bested respectively by Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former club.Ronaldo meanwhile has scored more Champions League’s goals – 120 – than anyone else and won four out of the last five editions with Real Madrid.“We’re going to fight for not just Champions League, but also Serie A and the others trophies,” he said.“I need to work hard because the Champions League is not easily won. I hope I can help.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB!

first_imgThe visiting European teachers pictured with some of the staff and pupils from St. Baithin’s N.S.St. Baithin’s N.S in St Johnston was buzzing with excitement last week as it welcomed 20 teachers from 7 European primary schools to their school as part of the Comenius School Partnership.This initiative is part of the European Commissions Life Long learning Programme and focuses on the first phase of education in Primary and Secondary schools. Schools create partners with other schools throughout Europe to work on projects which are pedagogically relevant and encourage intercultural exchange.European teachers are taught to set dance by Ms. Mc Kenna Clarke and the pupils from 4th and 5th classes.St. Baithin’s N.S. paired up with primary schools in Greece, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark and Spain.The 20 teachers arrived on Tuesday and spent two very enjoyable days visiting the school, sampling the Irish education system in the classrooms and being entertained by the children with irish music and culture. All the pupils interacted with the visiting teachers and also communicated with the European children via Skype over the two days.The teachers were also taught set dancing and left experts in St. Brigid cross making. The project will run over two years with close communication between the pupils and staff of St. Baithin’s N.S. and their linked European primary schools.European teachers learning the art of making St. Brigid crosses at St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston. GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB! was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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:St Baithin’s NSSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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Spurs are worried star has a ‘long-term’ injury, reveals international coach

first_img silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark star Christian Eriksen Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Latest Premier League News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Tottenham Hotspur are concerned Christian Eriksen’s abdominal injury could be a long-term problem, Denmark head coach Age Hareide has revealed.The midfielder will miss his nation’s games with Republic of Ireland and Austria having already missed Spurs’ matches with Huddersfield, Barcelona and Cardiff City. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow REAL DEAL shining Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 1 It was originally called a ‘small injury’ by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, but Hareide believes Eriksen’s domestic side could be without the player for some time.He told Canal9: “Christian has a problem with his abdominal muscle, and Tottenham have reported that it is of long-term nature.“It is doubtful whether we will bring him to Dublin and make him play. I do not think that Tottenham are particularly keen on that.“It has been a long time since he played a match. Against Cardiff, he was also out. It has been over a week and I know that he has known about [the injury] for a while.“Such an injury can be chronic, and it is true that Tottenham are worried.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals tense REVEALED no dice last_img read more

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SKITTLE ALLEY IS BOWLING THEM OVER IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgIt was once a popular pastime for many people in Letterkenny until it was allowed to fall by the wayside like so many others before it.But the famous Skittle Alley at Lower Main Street is enjoying a popular revival.Thanks to a county council-assisted grant and the passion of a few locals, Skittle Alley is bowling them over once again. There are now eight teams competing in the Skittle Alley league on a Saturday evening in the busy town.A milling crowd is the only clue that something a little different is taking place as delivery trucks and people going about their daily business pass by.The crudest way to describe the game is bowling with sticks.Freshly-cut tree branches are stripped of their leaves and smaller and turned into solid tree cuts. They are then thrown the length of skittle alley to knock skittles of their perch at the other end.Local man Richard ‘Dickie’ McGranaghan from The Row remembers playing the game as a young man in the 70s.He’s delighted the pastime has returned and brought a sense of the old town back with it.“It’s great to see it back and people learning how to play skittles again.“I remember passing hours here as a younger man and the craic used to be great. “It’s great to see that we are able to revive those times once again,” he said.Local town councillor Tom Crossan also remembers when skittles was big business in the Cathedral Town.As he marks the scores in the comfort (and safety!!) of his van, Cllr Crossan is part of a legacy not only trying to revive traditions of old, but keen to pass them on to the next generation.An odd wager between teams keeps it interesting. But it’s the social legacy that is the most important aspect of all such pastimes.For those couple of hours, the players at skittle alley can forget their troubles, mortgages, bills and whatever else may be causing them to sleep a little less at night.A simple tradition for simple times.EndsSKITTLE ALLEY IS BOWLING THEM OVER IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 8th, 2011 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:letterkennySkittle Alleylast_img read more

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CALLS FOR UFC TO SIGN UP JOSEPH DUFFY AND SET-UP REMATCH WITH CONOR MCGREGOR

first_imgDuffy delivers the devastating KO to French opponent Julien Boussuge in the opening round of their fight on Saturday night.A leading UFC commentator has claimed the UFC should sign Joseph Duffy and set-up a rematch with Conor McGregor.Duffy is the last opponent to inflict defeat on McGregor who is now one of the biggest names in the UFC, and is the darling of president Dana White.Duffy defeated McGregor with an arm-triangle choke in a stunning opening round stoppage back in 2010. Since returning to MMA in August after a three-year lay-off Duffy has been hugely impressive.He defeated Damien Lapilus in front of a passionate home support at The Helix in Dublin in what was a dream return for the Burtonport fighter.Last Saturday in London, on the Cage Warriors 74 card Duffy delivered a brutal KO inside the opening thirty seconds.A devastating blow with his knee to the face of  French opponent Julien Boussuge ended the fight. The KO has seen MMA fight fans and UFC commentators make claims that the UFC should sign up Duffy.He has a 11-1 record and has another notable scalp in the form of Norman Parke.One thing is for sure, Duffy is back and he isn’t going away this time.Duffy is here to stay and looks like a man on a mission, a man that looks destined to take on the best in the world.CALLS FOR UFC TO SIGN UP JOSEPH DUFFY AND SET-UP REMATCH WITH CONOR MCGREGOR was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Conor McGregorJoseph DuffyMMAnewsRematchSportUFClast_img read more

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Further sadness as second person dies following Malin Head fishing tragedy

first_imgA second person has now died following the capsizing of a boat off Co Donegal this afternoon.A 16-year-old youth, the first person to be rescued off Malin Head Pier, passed away at Altnegelvin Hospital in Derry.He was from Derry but had strong connections with the Inishowen area. His death followed the passing of another man in his mid 60s who died after being taken to Letterkenny University Hospital following the incident.A third man, who is in his 50s and also from Derry, is also in Altnegelvin Hospital where his condition is understood to be stable.All three had been out fishing after leaving Malin Pier around noon.The men had been in the water for a number of hours before their cries for help were heard by people at a nearby cottage around 4pm. A huge search and rescue operation was launched leading to the men’s recovery.Further sadness as second person dies following Malin Head fishing tragedy was last modified: July 19th, 2018 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:donegalMalin Head PierrescueRNLItragedylast_img read more

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