Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, told young local footballers yesterday that a good education is a key element to becoming a top professional.The ace goalscorer is in the island as a Heineken ambassador on a three-day Champions League trophy tour.”One of the most important things I tell the players I train is that school is number one, and if they are doing well in school, they can play on my team,” he said.He added that the discipline needed to do well in school is also important to perform well as a young professional player.”It is also something you need later in your professional life, so we put emphasis on doing those things (education and discipline),” he said.Van Nistelrooy said coaches looking to develop young goalscorers should focus on getting movement off the ball right and getting them to know how to make the best use of space.”It’s important to get players aware of spaces to move into. Using video systems where you can sit with the players and go over their movement in games is a great asset in helping me to get them aware of the spaces,” he said.Earlier in the day, the former Old Trafford favourite hosted a football workshop with members of the UWI Rooster team, that won the UWI Heineken five-a-side tournament and Prodigy, who topped the skill challenge at the Indoor Centre on Tuesday. Both captains said getting the opportunity to play with the legend was a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.”When we heard about the five-vs-five competition and that we could meet Van Nistelrooy and view the official Champions League trophy, it was more than enough motivation and we played our hearts out just to see the Manchester United, Real Madrid legend … so it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Alaine Messam, the Rooster captain said.Keen Curtis of Prodigy was overjoyed to be sharing the same field with such a legend of the game.”We went into the skill challenge at Indoor Centre and came out on top. It was a pleasure kicking it with Ruud. We couldn’t find words; it was awesome,” Curtis said.- L.S.
For those who downplay the prevalence (commonness, predominance) of witchcraft in Liberia, let us remind you of a story of what a Sinoe man once told his relatives in Sinoe County, who had asked him to send his 20-year-old daughter to spend time.The man told his relatives, “I will not send my daughter to you to die.” And he did not send his daughter who, now in her late fifties, told this story to a Daily Observer reporter.Her father knew his people too well, and not them only, but other people in various parts of the country whose envy and wickedness have caused many promising young people their lives.There are numerous stories of young men and women who, after having won a scholarship to study abroad, returned to their relatives in the counties to say goodbye. And too many of them never made it back to Monrovia to begin the journey abroad. They remained right there among their own people and died—from what? The exact same thing that Sinoe father feared would have happened to his daughter.Now we will tell you another story of two sisters from one of the interior counties. They took their education very seriously, did very well in school and later became prominent Liberian professionals.They decided to build their mother a modern home with inside bath, toilet and kitchen facilities, a porch to entertain her friends, etc. Their aim was to move her out of the house they (the daughters) had grown up in and grant her some comfort and greater respectability as she grew older.For their own protection, we will not name their county.But the beloved mother, seeing how determined her two daughters were to improve her living standard, asked her daughters a question that totally startled (shocked) them: “Are you ready to bury me?”“What are you talking about, Mother?” the daughters, in total astonishment, asked their mom. Her response was swift. “Even as the house is going up—no, these people won’t wait for me to move in—they will kill me through witchcraft.”“Why, Mother?” the two daughters asked. “Because of envy, my children. You see now how undeveloped this town that we call our city is? That is the reason. Nobody wants to bring real development because of fear—fear of death, because that is what these, our people, will do to those who want to see progress in their lives and that of the community.”“So,” she pleaded with her two daughters, “let me remain in my house until the Lord Himself calls me.”And that is what happened. Several decades later they buried their mom from that same old house. Following the 1980 coup d’état they left the country and have remained abroad.So how, then, are we to build Liberia where envy and hate, underpinned (buttressed, bolstered) by witchcraft, which pervades the national landscape, instill fear and trepidation (nervousness, foreboding) in the hearts, minds and spirits of the people?What is the church’s response to all this? The church, which should be the citadel (stronghold, sanctuary) of education, enlightenment and development in all its aspects, should realize that Liberia, though Africa’s oldest republic, is one of its most backward. This is not only because of bad governance—thanks to our leaders who have consistently FOCUSED not on the people’s business, but on themselves, their families and their close friends, leaving Liberia decade after decade in the doghouse—or in the state of disfavor, dependency, trouble and backwardness.Who remembers Bishop Samuel David Ferguson, Liberia’s first black Episcopal bishop, known as “the Education Bishop?” Yes, it was he who founded and established Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) in Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County, in 1889. He also established Bromley Mission, the over one century old girls school in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County. He built these institutions to bring enlightenment to Liberia.Who remembers the American bishops and educators who established, as far back as 1839, the College of West Africa (CWA) that trained so many generations of Liberian intellectuals and leaders? These American bishops and church leaders also established the Methodist Girls Hostel, which became an educational, social and spiritual sanctuary for hundreds of girls from around the country, and also from Monrovia, to protect them from the masculine wolves seeking to chase and ruin the vulnerable. And where today are the Methodist Girls Hostel and its surroundings? Effectively pushed, hidden, forced in the rear, and its prime frontal spaces leased out to Lebanese for a hotel—The Boulevard Palace—the very antithesis (contrast, opposite) of what the early Methodist leaders envisioned for Liberia’s daughters, future wives, mothers and leaders! And where are the girls’ hostels in any of the counties? Nowhere to be found. Even Bethany at St. John’s Episcopal Mission in Robertsport, Cape Mount, is gone!So, if our churches cannot do something to protect our young girls, our future wives, mothers and leaders, will they, can they protect us from witchcraft?Our churches need to recover that old evangelistic fervor—recapture that “OLD TIME RELIGION” and penetrate the highways, hedges and hinterland to find the lost and “bring them in from the fields of sin,” and into education, enlightenment and modernity. Is there any greater challenge to the churches at this Christmastide? We think not.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
A 27-year-old man was killed in an accident on the Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara, after his car collided into a culvert on Tuesday morning. Nizamudeen Muhammed of Golden Grove was the lone occupant of the car which toppled several times resulting in his death.Details of this story will follow in the March 29, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.
Two of the three have won at California Speedway, the next stop on the Nextel Cup Series schedule. Johnson and Gordon have won the Auto Club 500 while Harvick is a two-time runner-up in the Busch Series. Harvick is a native of Bakersfield while Johnson hails from El Cajon. Gordon was born in Vallejo, but left the state at an early age to pursue his driving career. They are part of a growing list of drivers outside the Southeast, NASCAR’s traditional base. Daytona 500 pole-sitter David Gilliland lived in Riverside and Chino Hills before heading East last year to compete in the Busch Series. Casey Mears, whose family excelled in off-road and open-wheel racing, also is from Bakersfield. Kurt and Kyle Busch cut their teeth racing out of Las Vegas while Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle are from the state of Washington. Boris Said, the road racer trying to get a full-time Nextel Cup ride, is from Carlsbad. Harvick will compete in all three races this weekend. His first Craftsman Truck Series race was in 1997 and resulted in a 20th-place finish. He has competed in two other races at Fontana. In Cup competition, Harvick’s best finish at Fontana is sixth in nine races. He has a pair of second-place finishes in eight Busch starts. Petty Enterprises driver Bobby Labonte and sponsor Cheerios have renewed their season-long Race For Books program. Cheerios and non-profit partner First Book will donate 43 books for every lap that Labonte completes during the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. It’s an opportunity to earn more than 400,000 books for children in need. During the last 10 races of the 2006 season, Labonte earned more than 125,000 books while recording four top-10 finishes during that stretch. Of the two crewmen who were injured during Sunday’s Daytona 500, only one may get the opportunity to work in the Auto Club 500. Jeremy “Gator” Geiter, a crew member on the Chevrolet driven by Mike Wallace, was hit on his left leg and ankle by a Dodge driven by Jaime McMurray. X-rays revealed a sprained ankle, but no broken bones. It’s more serious for Josh Yost, jack man for Jeff Burton’s Chevy. Yost suffered his second serious Achilles’ tendon injury in less than two years. firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 386-3935 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FONTANA – There definitely is a Western flavor in NASCAR Nextel Cup these days. For the third successive year, a driver with California ties has won the season-opening Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick’s win on Sunday by two feet over Mark Martin extended the streak started by Jeff Gordon in 2005 and kept alive in 2006 by teammate Jimmie Johnson. read more
The Voodoo Vintage lounge in Letterkenny is the location of a very fashionable Titanic- catwalk evening from the students of the Fundamental fashion course at LYIT.The event takes place on Friday next, May 15th at 8pm.It promises to b a great night for anyone interested in what the younger generation have to say about fashion. All money raised goes towards the Oncology Bus service at Letterkenny General Hospital.See you there.Full pigtail coverage of the event will also appear on Donegal Daily. A TITANIC EVENING OF FASHION IS PROMISED BY STUDENTS OF LYIT! was last modified: May 10th, 2015 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) read more
There was great scenes on Sunday evening in Donegal Town as Donegal brought back the Anglo Celt cup to the county for the third time in four years.It was an historic day for Donegal, with Declan Bonner’s minor side also winning an Ulster championship for the first time since 2006. It was the first time in the county’s history were both the minors and seniors captured Ulster titles.In the homecoming video above Jim McGuinness speaks candidly about the disappointment of last year and how much the defeat hurt the players.McGuinness said that Sunday’s victory was the sweetest one yet after he and his team had been written off by many pundits after last year’s collapse.Next up for McGuinness and his charges is a meeting against either Meath or Armagh at Croke Park on Saturday the 9th of August. Declan Bonner’s minor side face Roscommon in an All-Ireland quarter final in Sligo on Saturday week.Video courtesy of Jackson Media TV.DDTV: WATCH JIM MCGUINNESS DELIVER ROUSING SPEECH AT HOMECOMING FOR ULSTER CHAMPIONS was last modified: July 23rd, 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) read more
Unbeaten Watford are going for a third Premier League win on the bounce when they host Crystal Palace.It’s been a superb start for the Hornets, who have distracted Brighton and Burnley in their opening two games. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener FOOTBALL LATEST Palace fell to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack When is the team news? gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 🔢 | Today’s #watfordfc line-up!The Hornets are unchanged for the third successive game.#WATCRY pic.twitter.com/zEZulT8DpF— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 26, 2018 smart causal Getty How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Palace began the season with a good win away at Fulham, but were overwhelmed by Liverpool on Monday night.The sides last met here in April, where they played out a drab 0-0 draw.What time is kick-off?The action gets underway at 1.30pm on Sunday, August 26.Watford have only lost of their last ten home games in all competitions and will be hoping for their first three points over Palace since February 2016.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.Our service is widely available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.And you can also listen on our app, which is available from App Store and Google Play. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED possible standings highlights impact 1 Here’s the updated #CPFC 🦅 starting line-up. Sullay Kaikai comes in on the bench. #WATCRY pic.twitter.com/McbI5kbkQO— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 26, 2018 read more
Story Links The Drake University cross country teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they compete at the MVC Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Prior to Saturday’s race, the MVC released the results of its annual pre-championship poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches. Those coaches projected the Drake men’s team to finish seventh while the women’s team was selected eighth. Bradley was the unanimous favorite to take the men’s team title and also the projected favorite in the women’s race. The championship races get underway with the women’s 5k at 10:30 a.m. followed by the men’s 8k at 11:30 a.m. at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. Championship Central Saturday’s MVC Championship will be the first for the bulk of the Bulldogs’ roster. The men’s and women’s team have a combined 10 freshmen on the roster this season as the young teams have gained valuable racing experience throughout the season. Fischer has been the Bulldogs’ top runner in every raced he has started this season and has thrice been named the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week to lead the league in that honor as well. One of Fischer’s mentors, Brogan Austin, was the last Bulldog to win an individual MVC title, doing so in 2011 to become the 11th Bulldog to become an MVC cross country champion. Despite the youth, the Bulldogs’ veterans have enjoyed tremendous success throughout the season. For the women, junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) has led the team in every race this season. Her season-best 5k time of 17:40.57 currently ranks as the ninth-fastest in the Valley this season. Following Saturday’s MVC Championship, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 11. Print Friendly Version Meanwhile, the men’s team boasts one of the favorites to win the individual MVC title in senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.). Last season, Fischer finished as the MVC runner-up, but returns this year with the fastest 8k time to date by a Valley runner by more than 23 seconds with a 23:53.25 finish at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 1. read more
Bretl began her junior season as Drake’s top finisher and the third overall finisher against Creighton to earn MVC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. She finished the 4-kilometer course in 14:17.23 making her time was the fastest 4k time in the Valley over the weekend. Bretl’s time was a more than one-minute improvement over her season-opening 4K time from a year ago. The Bulldogs return to competition Friday with split squads traveling to the Hawkeye Invitational and Oz Memorial. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country programs swept the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week Awards, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, afternoon. Cozine was named the MVC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after finishing second overall and as the top scorer in the Bulldogs’ dual with Creighton. Cozine completed the 6k course in 18:56.78, which was the fastest 6K time in the Valley over the weekend. Matt Cozine and Millie Bretl claimed the honor following last weekend’s season opener at Creighton. read more
The young Donegal actor who plays Rickon Stark in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, says he hopes a threat to close Buncrana’s Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain does not happen.Actor Art ParkinsonThe school currently faces an uncertain future because of a lack of pupils enrolled for next year.Art Parkinson, a fluent Irish speaker, lives in Moville and attends the school. He said that if it were to close it would cause big difficulties for himself and other students.The 13 year old told the Rónán Beo @3 programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta that he believes the school has a future.‘It would really upset me if the school closed, because it’s everything to people here in this area. There is only one Irish-medium secondary school in Inishowen. It would be really difficult for me to change to another school, I’d have to do everything through English. I couldn’t go to Letterkenny – it would be a 2 hour journey there and back every day.’Asked whether getting his schooling through Irish was important to him, he said: ‘It’s really important to me and my family. This is our country, and we have to learn our own language, and if we don’t do that what kind of country are we at all?’Queried on whether his acting work had clashed with schooling, he said that the school had been great about it, and that there had been no problems at all so far.Art also revealed that he is not allowed to watch Game of Thrones, where he plays the youngest son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark.‘I got the part when I was 8, and I’m 13 now. It was a great opportunity. I don’t watch the show, because I’m not allowed because it has an 18s cert. My Mam reads all the scripts before I do them to check the story is ok.’Art’s mother, Movania Parkinson, is also an actor, and has played parts in Coronation Street and Heartbeat, however Art revealed that he was not allowed to watch those either. His brother Padhraig is also an actor. Art said that he hopes to study drama in college and continue his acting career.GAME OF THRONES STAR SAYS HE HOPES LOCAL IRISH SCHOOL REMAINS OPEN was last modified: April 25th, 2015 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:Art ParkinsonbuncranadonegalGame Of ThronesIrish schoolmoville read more