Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte marries mother of his infant son

first_imgAccording to the marriage license obtained by TMZ Sports, Lochte’s father, Steven, was a witness.Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, and Reid appear to be holding off on a honeymoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe is scheduled to be in Austin, Texas, on Saturday to sign autographs at a swim meet, while Reid tweeted Thursday that she was on her way back to their California home with Caiden.The couple got engaged in October 2016, not long after Lochte created an international scandal when he falsely claimed that he and three other U.S. swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. He was suspended for 10 months by USA Swimming. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Davis returns, leads Pelicans past Blazers, 119-113 FILE – USA’s Ryan Lochte competes in a Men’s 200m Individual Medley heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Odd AndersenGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has wed the mother of his 7-month-old son.Lochte and former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid were married by a judge Tuesday in Gainesville, Florida, where Lochte attended college. Their son, Caiden, was born last June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

No more limit on lending of PBA players to Gilas, says new commissioner

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe dream of having an unlimited PBA player cap for Gilas Pilipinas is finally a reality with the appointment of new commissioner Willie Marcial.The congenial executive shared that the Board of Governors has already approved his proposal of taking out the limiting clause between the league and the national team program.ADVERTISEMENT “I told everyone before that we will pitch that proposal to the Board and we weren’t denied,” he shared on Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time as the league’s new chief.“It was the Board who said that whoever player coach Chot Reyes wanted, he can get them as long as there won’t be any schedule of games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMarcial made true on his earlier pronouncements of abolishing the two-per-team clause.RELATED: OIC Marcial reaffirms PBA’s commitment to Gilas program Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In the previous agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) forged in 2016, all 12 teams were required to lend at least one veteran and a member of the cadet pool drafted in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to the national team pool.Since the start of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, only three teams, namely TNT (Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy), NLEX (Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, and Fonzo Gotladera), and Rain or Shine (Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Mike Tolomia) have exceeded that cap and willingly allowed their players to don the national tri-colors.That, however, is no longer the case as Marcial and the rest of the Board are giving Reyes the free rein to pick the best possible players for the Philippine team for the upcoming international competitions.“On the PBA’s side, that’s what we’ll do,” said Marcial.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kerber positive after narrow semifinal loss to Halep OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.Musa, Nigeria’s all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before. His two previous goals came at the 2014 tournament in Brazil in a group match against the two-time champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s possible I’m going to score another two goals,” the 25-year-old Musa said.On Friday, Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates with at the end of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift.Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes for the match, and they worked.As well as starting with Musa, he opted to play captain John Obi Mikel in a more defensive role in midfield. His presence helped to shore up the defense against Iceland’s two-man forward line.Rohr had come under pressure on the eve of the match to play Obi Mikel as a shield in front of the defense, the position he has played for much of his career, including at Chelsea. Rohr also played midfielder Victor Moses more defensively, too.“If you change something you have to explain why,” Rohr said, “and they have to do it with conviction and motivation.”GROUP DYNAMICSCroatia can be joined by any of the other three teams in Group D in the round of 16.Iceland can qualify if it beats Croatia in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday in a match that takes place at the same time as the game between Nigeria and Argentina.“We have to focus on the last game because that’s more important than today’s win,” Musa said.ICELAND STILL HOPEFULIceland has met Croatia several times in recent years, including in World Cup qualifying. “We often say we are like a married a couple trying to get a divorce, but we always meet up again,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. “We know Croatia. We know what kind of game it is going to be.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Nigeria nearly doubled its lead on several occasions, but Musa made it happen in the 75th minute. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.“I think the control made it more perfect for me,” said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Leicester and play for CSKA Moscow.Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been against Argentina when it earned a surprise 1-1 draw.Still, the European champion quarterfinalists had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.KEY TO SUCCESSADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial One-man show View commentslast_img read more

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated with the colors of the French national flag and by fireworks set off by French soccer fans celebrating France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. The inscription in French reads : Proud to be blue (French) . (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Revelers celebrated the moment.“We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Soccer fans celebrate in the fan zone after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.“We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.People celebrate on the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Paris. France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 . (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.“All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.”But, he added, it must be built on.“What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?”That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.center_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’French soccer fans react as they watch a live broadcast on a big screen of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged.Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

GMSA President advocates realistic taxation systems

first_img… says manufacturing sector’s survival at stakeAs Guyana’s economy continues to record dismal performances in various sectors, the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA) is calling on Government to put a more realistic system of taxation in place, since what currently obtains threatens the very survival of the manufacturing industry.A section of the gathering at the business luncheon on FridayThe local manufacturing representative body is also calling for an immediate revision of the import taxes applicable to some of its input commodities since the prevailing circumstances threaten the closure of several industries.This alarm was sounded by the recently elected President of GMSA Eon Caesar as he, on Friday, addressed a business confab hosted by the umbrella body at the Pegasus Hotel.Among those in attendance for the Business Luncheon was United States Ambassador to Guyana Perry Hollaway, members of the political opposition, inclusive of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Irfaan Ali, Gail Teixeira and Bishop Juan Edghill, among others.Other business entrepreneurs in attendance included Private Sector Commission executive members Eddie Boyer, Ramesh Persaud and Gerry Gouveia, along with others.The GMSA president, in an impassioned plea, said that in order for the Guyana economy to realise the projected growth rate for 2016 set at 4 per cent, “is up to all of us,” private sector and Government.According to Caesar, achieving the 4 per cent projected growth rate will require the necessary injection of resources across the various sectors.He made it clear in no uncertain terms that the taxation issues need to be addressed urgently, since the “survival of the manufacturing industry is at stake.”Caesar said that the situation has been made even more critical since Guyana’s products are already not competitive on the international market as a result of its high cost of production, particularly as a result of the high cost of electricity.According to Caesar, a 40 per cent import duty will only serve to cripple the manufacturing sector. This import duty can potentially kill off small industries that have been pioneered by indigenous peoples in addition to established commodities, such as the production of margarine and ketchup locally.This, he said, is as a result of the skyrocketing cost of production locally.He lamented too, the imposition of the Common External Tariff (CET) imposed on imports.GMSA, he said, will continue to ramp up its efforts for a more realistic taxation system to be put in place.According to Caesar, “this is the harsh reality…we all share a responsibility for moving this nation forward.”He said that it is with this in mind that the GMSA is looking to play a greater role in the formulation and implantation of policies that will have a direct impact on the manufacturing sector.GMSA executive Mark Bender in welcoming participants to the business forum, observed that this is the second such confab to be had this year.He explained that the first such was held in June and was addressed by the Minister of Business, representing the Government of Guyana, hence the invitation which was extended to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.At the last forum, Bender recalled that the Business Minister had presented to the business leaders, Government’s broad outline of the performance of the economy and had also laid out some of the plans and proposals scheduled for implementation by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government.last_img read more

Govt gets 1st situation analysis on children, women

first_imgSocial Protection Minister Volda Lawrence receiving a copy of the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women report from UNICEF Country Representative Marianne FlachA section of the gathering at the handing-over ceremonyThe United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday handed over the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women, highlighting vulnerable groups and what can be done to strengthen them with critical data gathered.The analysis was conducted by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Guyana, and the report was handed over to Government at the Herdmanston Lodge, Queenstown.Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, UNICEF’s Country Representative, Marianne Flach said the analysis gathered data on vulnerable groups of women and children, and helped to place emphasis on critical areas.Flach, whose tour in Guyana will be ending soon, added too that the data gathered would also ensure that adequate resources were allocated in all sectors particularly in the realisation of children’s rights.“Sufficient, equitable and efficient investment in children is crucial for the realisation of children’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights… Before, our concern was quantity – how much we spend on children and on what – now, our concern is also quality – how the money is spent and to what extend it produces results for children,” the UNICEF representative stated, as she pledged the organisation’s commitment to Guyana’s effort.Meanwhile, First Lady Sandra Granger, in delivering brief remarks, pointed out that in this age of technology, Guyana could not afford to lag behind in the compilation and dissemination of critical data such as that contained in the analysis.“This Situation Analysis is a welcomed resource since it will provide researchers, policy-makers and interested observers with information on the status of women and children in Guyana. It will provide the information needed to assess the progress which has been made and recognise the challenges we face,” the First Lady noted.She continued that the data would also reveal how well Guyana was doing as well as identify the areas in which such progress has been made.“It indicates also the areas in which we need to improve and hopefully guide our actions as we seek to address the burning issues that tear at the fabric of our society,” Mrs Granger added.On the other hand, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence recognised that the Situation Analysis paved the way for comprehensive actions to be taken to address the many struggles that Guyanese woman and children face.“We can now act with more precision. We have an overall vivid picture of the situation as it is presented in each category. With this information and demographics outlined therein, we have directives that can give us and guide us to those areas that need to be emphasised in order to make significant inroad,” she remarked.To this end, the Social Protection Minister posited that a multi-sectoral approach is needed to achieve this. “The information in this document must be shared, disseminated and used by all stakeholders in collaboration with each sector to stand out the ills that arrive in our society,” she noted.Moreover, Lawrence went on to say that the report came at an opportune time as the Social Protection Ministry was in the process of shaping strategies to address the social issues affecting women and children in Guyana.“The Ministry of Social Protection recently initiated a multi-sectoral, high-level policy dialogue, organised in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in an effort to advance programming for adolescents and youth. This document…will be critical for mapping the strategies for enhancing the well-being of our children and women as it focuses on the possible causes of the problems along with an assessment of the data, [the] bottlenecks and barriers that have been surmounted,” Minister Lawrence said.Copies of the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women were handed over to the First lady and Social Protection Minister.last_img read more

EPAG-ECD Trainees Showcase Competence

first_imgDeafening applause from the audience filled the Love Center Ministries Church on the Old Road last Friday as graduates from the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG), impressed their trainers, families and well-wishers by relaying what they learned from their seven-month training.The girls, 60 in number, were recruited for the teacher’s aide and care-giving training last year following a thorough screening.During Friday’s graduation ceremony, the trainees took turns in sharing their experiences and demonstrating how prepared they are to contend for the job market.The guests and trainers were not only impressed because the trainees are girls, but also by their use of grammar and how politely they conducted themselves on stage.Dressed in green and black uniforms, the girls explained and dramatized the roles of teacher’s aide and caregiver in simple but Standard English, which moved the guests to give the graduates resounding rounds of applause.The guest speaker, Ms. Florence Allen-Jones, Assistant Education Minister for Early Childhood Education, said EPAG is a successful program that has impacted the lives of girls and women in Liberia. “As we can see here today, development of girls and women means well for a country, and it should be a priority for government’s partners,” she said.Apart from Liberia, other countries including Nepal, Rwanda, Jordan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Laos and Haiti, have benefited from the program, according to Mrs. Jones.She praised the trainees for devoting time to undergo the tough, seven-month training, adding that all the stakeholders, including the trainees, are feeling the rewards of the effort.Meanwhile Mrs. Jones has cautioned the graduates to shun vices with negative effects, and to remain loyal and patriotic enough to pass on positive attitudes that contribute to nation building.Montserrado County District #10 Representative Julius F. Berrian said to enlighten girls is like a blind man who finally gained his sight.Berrian cautioned the graduates not to be creators of problems, but to be problem solvers instead.He also noted that there will come a time when Liberia will experience donor fatigue, and in order to prepare for such eventuality, there is a need for government to take ownership of the program by allotting a budget to sustain it.He said the program is essential because it helps to reduce social problems in the society.A Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection representative emphasized the need for training girls and women to improve society and to bridge the gap of inequality between male and female.Sceane Abdul-Baki then extended gratitude to EPAG on behalf of Minister Julia Duncan Cassell for training the 60 girls.The EPAG and Early Childhood Development program are implemented by the Child Assistance Program (CAP) and funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).Ministries of Education and Gender, Children and Social Protection are also collaborating partners.CAP’s Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth B. Blama said 56 of the 60 girls have been assigned in various schools for internship, while the remaining four are operating their own businesses.The EPAG pilot project began in September 2009, with the first and second rounds ending in December 2012. These phases were funded by the Nike Foundation and the Government of Denmark. It targeted 2,500 adolescent girls and young women in Montserrado and Margibi counties.Round three was held from June 2013 to July 2014 and was funded by SIDA and implemented in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties, targeting 1,000 girls.This fourth round began in February 2016 and ended in January 2017. It consisted of six components including Business Development Skills; EPAG Boys Pilot; Early Childhood Development Job Skills Pilot; Development of EPAG alumni system and activities; Village Savings and Loans Association Pilot; and EPAG Round Four Quantitative and Qualitative Research.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Okumu, Joash to start in defense vs DRC

first_imgOkumu came on as a second half substitute for Mohammed while Joash was an unused sub.“We will manage against DR Congo with a new central defense. It is a good opportunity for them to show me their quality and a new answer. I don’t like to move my defense a lot but now I don’t have a choice,” Migne said.“It will be an opportunity to see the behavior of Okumu at the high level maybe because it is easier coming on as a second half substitute. He will start against DR Congo and also for Joash. He already showed that he can play at this level and we will see if he is ready to compete now and to come back. I am waiting for an answer,” Migne added.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gives instruction to players during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We lost Mandela which is bad for us and bad for him also because he is a key player and a leader in the team but we cannot give up. We have to find a solution.”Stars will test themselves against a tougher opponent under the Madrid sun with the 7pm (8pm EAT) kick off at the Estadio de Santa Ana, but most important for Migne will be to keep his side fit and avoid injuries.“We will try to win of course but the most important will be to avoid injuries before AFCON. Congo will be a good opponent because they are strong and one of the favorites to compete for the Cup. It will be a good match to prepare and learn ahead of Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania,” the tactician stated.“I want to develop some good mentality in the team. We lost it in the first half against Madagascar because we were not far to lose at half time. We came back in the second half but what I want is to play on the same level the whole game. Football is not one half,” Migne noted.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shows his dribbling skills during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We need to try and avoid conceding goals and keep our confidence. It is important before Algeria,” added the Frenchman.Also top in the coach’s priority is improving the strike force, something he says he has been working on hard in training over the past few days.“We need to work on set pieces and creating more chances. I try not to be conceding goals but that is not to mean I am defensive. It is not in my team or tactics to park the bus but we need to be compact as a team from the back to the front,” Migne noted.Stars have had a difficulty scoring goals, with the only high scoring tie in the qualifiers being the 3-0 victory at home against Ethiopia. The 1-0 win over Ghana at home was via an own goal while the away trip in Ethiopia was a 0-0 result and the one in Accra a 0-1 defeat with a late goal.Stars have been hard at work at their training base in Marcoussis, on the outskirts of Paris for the last two weeks now and the tactician says he is pleased with what he has achieved with the team, only lamenting that the weather was not near perfect.“I am really happy because we have a possibility to work in a good condition with up to three sessions a day. But, we are only surprised because usually in June the weather is better and it was not very good at times. But we will have a chance of acclimatization when we go to Madrid because it is hotter and also because we go to Egypt early,” Migne noted.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne speaks tactical points to his players during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe coach carried with him a 27-man squad but on Tuesday reduced it to 23, two of the exits necessitated by injury while two did not meet his threshold.“I had to make a choice because at the end of the day we had to remain with 23 for the AFCON. That means you have to cancel some smiles, some good behavior in the camp and sometimes you just need to find a good balance in the team,”“We had a long reflection with the staff. It was bad for us when Mandela got injured. Some players like Bernard (Ochieng) are now in the team because usually, he was to be among the four to go back home but now he has a chance to be in the AFCON,” Migne explained.The tactician has also praised the attitude of youngster John Avire in the team after he made through into the squad having impressed him in training and the friendly against Madagascar.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes instructions to midfielder Eric Johannah during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“He is on the way to learn and it is important for the future of Kenya to have him with us, stay with us during the camp and learn. He is happy to be here and happy to be second after Olunga. He is ready to compete and he has shown something interesting and that is exactly what I want,” Migne stated.The striker is second on Migne’s priority list after Michael Olunga and he believes he will offer a good solution and alternative for the team at the Cup of Nations.Migne has meanwhile asked the fans to stand behind the team as they prepare for their first AFCON in 15 years, especially after rising up from a first round defeat to Sierra Leone in the qualifiers.“I am surprised since when I came to Kenya one year ago and it’s a real dream for me, a real dream for us and I don’t want to wake up from this dream. I want to continue dreaming. I don’t want to wake up from the dream, otherwise it will be a nightmare,”“My dream for Kenya is our dream as a team and a dream for all the stakeholders. I ask the fans to continue supporting us,” the coach opined.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Paris, France-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne walks into training during a session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, Jun 14 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has revealed that youngster Joseph Okumu and Gor Mahia defensive stalwart Joash Onyango will man the central defense during Saturday’s friendly match against DR Congo in Madrid, Spain.Migne has been forced to make alterations from the first friendly against Madagascar with Brian Mandela ruled out after picking a knee injury in training on Monday while his partner Musa Mohammed will be rested for precaution as he is recovering from a thigh strain.last_img read more

Higuain winner beats Inter to put Juventus top of Serie A

first_img0Shares0000Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner against Inter Milan © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMILAN, Italy, Oct 7 – Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner as Juventus inflicted a first Serie A defeat of the season on Inter Milan with a 2-1 victory which sent the defending champions top on Sunday.Substitute Higuain slotted home on 80 minutes after fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala had opened the scoring in the fourth minute at the San Siro. Another Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez pulled Inter Milan level from the spot on 18 minutes, but coach Antonio Conte lost in his first meeting against his former club since leaving Juve to take over the Italy national team in 2014.Juventus moved one point ahead of Inter after seven games as they target a ninth consecutive title, and first under Maurizo Sarri.“Overtaking at the top is insignificant right now,” said former Chelsea boss Sarri.“The important things is that we showed a performance of character and personality against a strong team in a high-tension environment. We deserved to win.”Sarri started with Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.Higuain — who also scored in Juventus’s 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen during the week — began on the bench.The champions got off to a blistering start with Miralem Pjanic setting up Dybala who took Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.Ronaldo rattled the crossbar and then had a goal ruled out when Dybala was in an offside position.Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte coached Juventus to the first three of their run of eight consecutive titles. © AFP / Marco BertorelloBut Inter got back on level terms when Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt handled the ball, with Lautaro drilling past Wojciech Szczesny.The hosts were hit with Stefano Sensi going off injured with Sarri making a double substitution after an hour bringing on in-form Higuain and Rodrigo Bentacur.Ronaldo and Bentancur combined to send Higuain through for the winner, with Szczesny doing well to deny Matias Vecino as Inter desperately pushed forward for an equaliser.“Juve showed their heavy artillery,” said Conte, who coached the Turin giants to the first three of their current run of eight consecutive titles.“Congratulations to them, we’ll roll up our sleeves now,” added Conte whose side lost their midweek Champions League game to Barcelona 2-1.– Napoli held –Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta celebrated moving back to the newly-named Gewiss Stadium with a 3-1 win over promoted Lecce that keeps the Bergamo side third on 16 points.But Serie A runners-up Napoli are now six points behind Juventus in fourth following a goalless draw at Torino.“We want to fight for the Scudetto, but our ranking makes us cry a little,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.Roma are fifth, a point behind Napoli, with their match against Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico finishing 1-1 after Nikola Kalinic’s last-gasp goal for the hosts was disallowed.“Sick and tired of this crap costing us games. Too many times already this year,” said Roma owner Jim Pallotta on Twitter.Joao Pedro’s early penalty after a Gianluca Mancini handball was cancelled out by Luca Ceppitelli’s own goal before half-time.But what looked like a winner from Kalinic was disallowed without a VAR review for a foul on Fabio Pisacane which saw the Cagliari defender stretchered off.Roma were furious with coach Paulo Fonseca and his deputy both banished from the sideline before the final whistle.Roma stay a point ahead of city rivals Lazio, who drew 2-2 at Bologna with Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile getting both goals for the visitors, to bring his tally to seven goals in as many games.Lazio’s Joaquin Correa missed a chance for the winner when he sent a penalty kick over the bar two minutes from time.Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic — a former Lazio player — was back on the bench after undergoing a second round of chemotherapy to treat his leukaemia.Both teams finished with 10 men after Lazio’s Lucas Leiva was sent off on the hour mark with Bologna’s Gary Medel following nine minutes later.In Tuscany, Nikola Milenkovic nodded in the only goal after 72 minutes to give Fiorentina their third consecutive win as Udinese fell to their fourth defeat in seven games.Fiorentina are eighth with Udinese a point above the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boost for Arsenal! Star winger set to face West Ham?

first_img1 Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be back in contention for this weekend’s match with West Ham.Manager Arsene Wenger says the midfielder has a hamstring problem, but depending on the grading of the injury he might be available for the Gunners’ next match on Saturday.The Ox was instrumental in his side’s win over Manchester United on Monday and Wenger will be keen to have him ready for this weekend’s clash at the Emirates.“Chamberlain has a hamstring strain,” Wenger revealed.“The only thing we don’t know is how bad it is because usually the scans are only done 48 hours after the accident.” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last_img read more