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Is Romeo the missing piece for TNT? Racela says ‘only time can tell’

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Romeo ‘feeling like a rookie again’ as he joins first TNT practiceRomeo won’t be alone in finding his part in the team as Racela looks forward to integrating new guys like Don Trollano and Taha, and even Jericho Cruz who arrived to the team late last conference, in hopes of performing better in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“Again, what’s important for us is to work on things that we need to work on,” he said. “I think the first step is building relationships. We’ve had a lot of changes in the past two to three months, and changing personnel is just the first step. I think the more important step now is really build relationships.”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 Fajardo continues surreal rise as he bags 6th Best Player plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ TNT traded for Romeo, along with Yousef Taha as it sent 2015 top pick Mo Tautuaa along with future picks to GlobalPort in the deal approved on Tuesday.READ: TNT acquires Terrence Romeo in trade with GlobalPort 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 crownBut rather than look at Romeo as a savior of sorts, Racela would like the narrative to be more of the three-time Scoring Champion finding his way to mesh with the squad and help the KaTropa contend once again.“It’s always the team that gives you wins and losses. It’s always the team that gives you championships. As long as we put in the right pieces, it should give us a better chance,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela isn’t putting much pressure on new recruit Terrence Romeo, unwilling to brand the high-scoring guard as the missing piece for TNT.“There’s always a lot of pieces in a puzzle. Every piece is important. You can never say if a puzzle is complete until you get to your main objective. I always believe that only time can tell,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

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Going backwards in order to go forward

first_imgDear Editor,There is hardly a day which goes by in which newspapers do not report an incident of domestic violence (DV) or a matter pertaining to domestic violence. It has been decades since domestic violence has been classified as a type of gender-based violence (GBV).Guyana has signed and ratified a host of international conventions which criminalise, bind and uphold states (current, former or to be) to prevent, protect against, and prosecute crimes of gender-based violence, including domestic violence. Guyana has made gains in this regard, so it was alarming to read of a perpetrator of a crime of domestic violence being told by the court that he has an anger management problem, and should get help for this.I was not present in court, and am relying on print media reports. If these are incorrect, then my sincere apologies are proffered to the Judiciary.The popular belief that DV occurs due to uncontrollable anger is incorrect, because it does not recognise or factor in the gendered nature of intimate partner domestic violence. Physical, sexual, psychological or financial domestic violence, or a combination of some or all, is but the means to exert power and control over the other. Many femicides occur when the abused woman leaves her abusive partner or husband and/or starts/engages in another intimate partner relationship. It is the abuser’s perception of the loss of power and control of that partner — the right of ownership and entitlement to that abused person’s life and body — that leads to murder. ‘If I can’t have you, no one else can’.I hope that continuous training of the Judiciary and Magistracy on gender-based violence, including TIP crimes, is happening, and that the Guyana Prison Service’s anger management training includes sessions on the dynamics of DV, so as to address root causes.Partnerships for Peace, a best practice Caribbean/UN Women programme for DV offenders, utilises 12-17 training modules for achieving attitudinal and behavioural change. There is no quick-fix.Additionally, the discrepancy in sentencing for the crime of femicide (killing of female intimate) seems inconsistent. While most people would agree that domestic violence is everybody’s business and everyone should play their part in its prevention, reduction and elimination, agencies such as the Police have a significant role in investigation and prosecution of domestic violence crimes. Over the past years, an average of about 2 women have died every year at the hands of their partners or husbands, and hundreds of women and some men have been subjected to domestic violence on a daily or regular basis.No one in Guyana believes that domestic violence is on the decrease, most of us agree that it is on the increase. In this context, the comments of the Police Commissioner at the 6 weeks’ training course on Station Management — advising Police against taking persons into custody for ‘behaving bad’ or abusing alcohol — needs to be clarified.Domestic violence is often described as ‘behaving bad’; this can range from threats of violence, physical assault, destruction of property, sexual assault, being put out of the house etc, to murder. On top of this, alcohol and drug abuse go hand in hand with domestic violence and increase the severity of the abuse, sometimes fatally. For the Police not to investigate such reports is disturbingly alarming.The Guyana Police Force’s Domestic Violence Policy states that all reports of domestic violence must be recorded and investigated. The Domestic Violence Act gives the Police wide powers to enter any home where they believe a DVA Protection Order is being breached, or any home or premises where they believe domestic abuse is taking place or has taken place. Police, under the DVA, also have the power to arrest persons without warrants, and are mandated to ensure victims receive medical attention for injuries and are moved to a place safe from harm.In spite of laws, policies, training, projects, marches, billboards, a month dedicated by the UN to the elimination of violence against women, gender bureaus, dedicated Police units and national task force, not being convened, domestic violence continues unabated in Guyana. What is depressing is that when addressing DV & GBV, instead of building on gains, policies, knowledge, programmes, training and expert available Guyanese human resources, we seem to be in a continuous cycle of reinventing the wheel, going backwards in order to go forward.Yours truly,Danuta Radziklast_img read more

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ALJA Urges Liberian Media to Remain Fearless

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas(ALJA) says its attention has been drawn to the recent pronouncement by Attorney General, Counselor Benedict Sannoh, that the Liberian government is to begin prosecuting local journalists and media institutions that engage in what he calls the “deliberate and blatant reporting of falsehood” in Liberia. ALJA says it is deeply troubled by the Attorney General’s warning. The Association, in a press release issued in Monrovia yesterday, said while it does not support ethical transgressions such as blackmailing, fabrications, rumor mongering and the deliberate distortion of facts in the Liberian media, it is however concerned by the unintended consequences the Justice Minister’s statement could have on free speech and press freedom in the country if the reported plan is not reconsidered. ALJA said no matter how well intentioned the pronouncement may seem for ensuring responsible and professional journalism in Liberia, the statement has the probability of being misconstrued and literally taken by overzealous security personnel and some public officials as a license for clamping down on the media and perceived enemies of the Sirleaf regime. The Association said it would remain vigilant in working with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) in condemning and opposing actions that are inimical to the gathering and dissemination of public information by journalists and media institution in Liberia. Meanwhile, ALJA is calling on Liberian journalists to remain fearless and professional in their reporting. ALJA further cautioned the Liberian press to strive in sustaining the Liberian peace and democracy by exercising due diligence in their reporting about happenings in the country, especially when dealing with matters that have national security implications. “Ensure that your stories are accurate and balanced through fact checking and the verification of sources,” the Association advised. ALJA said the Liberian government and the press are not adversaries and they must work in unison for a stable and better Liberia. In a related development, ALJA has welcomed the exhaustive efforts the Liberian government is making in getting to the core of circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of the late former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), Harry Greaves, Jr. The Association said its welcomes the recent arrival in Liberia of two U.S. law enforcement officers for the purpose of assisting local security officers in the ongoing probe of circumstances regarding the disappearance and subsequent death of Mr. Greaves. The remains of Mr. Greaves was reportedly found on the beach behind the fence of the Executive Mansion on January 31, 2016 in Monrovia after his disappearance from the RL Johnson Resort in Kendeja situated on the Roberts International Airport Highway, where he was last seen on Friday, January 29 after his driver dropped him off. ALJA also described as laudable the decision by the Sirleaf government to bring in another U.S. based pathologist for a second opinion, or the performance of another autopsy on the late Greaves’ corpse to determine the cause of death. The Association urged the government to take similar actions in addressing the mysterious deaths of Victoria Zazay, politician Fayiah Gbollie, Dan Orogun, Managing Director of the Guaranty Trust Bank in Liberia, and Atty. Michael Allison who also perished under dubious conditions like the Greaves. ALJA said it is imperative for the Sirleaf government to exercise impartiality in the probe of all suspicious deaths in Liberia because all human lives are precious and valuable regardless of the individual’s gender, race, ethnicity and social status. Meanwhile, ALJA says it is deeply concerned about the security challenges that might develop with the departure of the United Nations Peace Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country after June 2016. The Association said the general lawlessness across the country is a clue that there will be security challenges when UNMIL’s mandate ends before the presidential and legislative elections in 2017. ALJA named the reported rise in ritualistic killings in rural Liberia, mob actions, and senior police officers involvement in armed robbery allegations as some of the challenges. ALJA said given these unfortunate developments unfolding in the country, it is only appropriate that the United Nations Security Council suspends UNMIL’s drawdown at this time until after the 2017 Presidential and General Elections.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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Telecommunications Agency active – minister

first_img…Board yet to be appointed…HP&RC Connectivity Project launchedPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes on Friday signed a Commencement Order formally establishing the National Telecommunications Agency (NTA). She noted that a Board would be later appointed for the entity.The National Telecommunications Agency (NTA), a product of the Telecommunications Act of 2016, will be responsible for spectrum management and licensing of wireless communication service providers.From left: NTA Consultant Andre Griffith, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, and NDMA Chairman Floyd LeviMinister Hughes on Monday noted that the Public Telecommunications Ministry would have spent the last 18-20 months offsetting preparations for the agency.“The objective of establishing the agency now is to give us time to put in place certain administrative arrangements that (are) necessary for the agency to function effectively when the entire act is brought into force. Some of the things the agency needs to put in place are its internal government arrangement — such as financial regulations, human resource policy, rules of procedure of the board. The administrative procedure to facilitate the implementation of the legal provisions for licensing, monitoring, enforcement, and other responsibilities that are specified for the agency in the 2016 Act and in the regulations,” the minister noted.The National Telecommunications Agency would also absorb the functions of the National Frequency Management Unit when fully established, and Minister Hughes noted that the board would have to begin the employees’ transition phase. She added that she does not foresee any retrenching of staffers.Meanwhile, Consultant for the establishing of the Agency, Andre Griffith, noted that the order signed last Friday establishes the agency as a body corporate, and the agency would have begun the preparatory work for the policies. He noted that those polices would have to be assented to by a board, which is yet to be established.“The functions of the agency are to be discharged by a Board, and that Board is authorized to regulate its own procedure. A lot of the preparatory work we have done is subject to the Board’s review, and (members of the board) would want to look at it, refine it, amend it,” he noted.“We have the National Frequency Management Unit which regulates the spectrum, and the Act requires that Unit be dissolved. There are certain provisions for the transferring of the staff to the Telecommunication Agency, and that can only be done by the Board,” Griffith added.HP&RC Connectivity ProjectMinister Hughes also used the opportunity to launch the National Data Management Authority’s Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities’ Connectivity Project, noting that it is designed to bridge the gap between the coast and the hinterland, thus ensuring that citizens in remote communities have access to the same services, facilities and Internet connectivity that exists on the coastland.She noted that it is a vital part of the process of transforming Guyana into a smarter digital nation, with Internet-savvy citizens who can benefit from all of the new technologies.NDMA Chairman Floyd Levi noted that the project commenced on December 1, 2017, but preparations would have already begun prior to the commencement. Levi also stated that the project is expected to run for 5 years, and targets the establishment of 200 ICT Hubs in hinterland, poor and remote communities.Levi explained that the ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the sustainable development of the hinterland, poor and remote communities, while promoting the development of a national green economy. He added that the project focuses on three pillars, namely: policy development, access to ICT and government services, and information and capacity development.The project is funded by the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to a tune of US$17 million.It is anticipated to impact 90 percent of the hinterland, poor and remote communities served, targeting over 580,000 citizens.last_img read more

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GWI says water network archaic

first_img…seeking to replace systemThe Guyana Water Company (GWI) revealed earlier this week that there are plans to collaborate with Government to replace its outdated system in Central Georgetown and other developing areas.This was announced by the Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, who addressed the situation of frequent ruptures in the archaic water system. West-Charles stated that there is the possibility of water pressure being raised during emergencies. However, this causes leaks and blowouts along the larger transmission lines.GWI Managing Director, Richard Van West-Charles (fourth from right) addressing the issue of the country’s outdated water networkWest-Charles noted that in the recent Pike Street inferno, which destroyed four adjacent buildings, attempts were made to raise the pressure. However, the outdated system could not handle the force of the water, which resulted in a rupture of the 16-inch transmission line, which is situated on Church Street.Additionally, sometime ago, there was also a similar problem involving a leak at Vlissengen Road. He noted that this is in light of the fact that the system in Central Georgetown is over 100 years old.Presently, the only solution to the this problem is to repair the ruptures or leaks until there is a complete replacement of the water network that spans across Guyana, but most importantly, Central Georgetown. There is a limited response time given to the staff to fix all leaks, which are reported by concerned citizens.The Managing Director explained, “It takes time and also its costly because it’s an aged network. We are going to be seeing a greater frequency of leaks but we are prepared to arrest them as we find them.”With the company’s aim of improving the production and distribution of its services, this is a project which is on the company’s agenda.“I think it is imperative that GWI and the Government of Guyana, we find a solution with respect to the replacement of this network in Central Georgetown,” he said.GWI has also contacted the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) with respect to the rehabbing and availability of fire hydrants in the varying areas. NDCs who wish to have hydrants in their communities can do so at a fraction of their budgets. However, West-Charles explained that the new mapped out network will cater for hydrants.“In the new towns that we begin to map out, the number of hydrants that are needed, and that collectively we find the resources to address it because it is a security issue,” he highlighted.The East Bank of Demerara is one of the instances where there will also be the need for a strategic and functional system to supply the growing population. It will also be designed so as to relieve neighbouring communities when they experience any challenges accessing water.“On the East Bank, is a good example where as you expand housing, then we have to look at the infrastructure that we have, to support the growth in human development in those areas. It’s something that we are working on, and the issue of redundancy in the system is one of the strategic directions. If a well goes down in one village, the connections from the other villages can support the supply to the different populations,” said West-Charles.So far, funds were allocated from the Government of Guyana through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded programme to target locations from Vlissengen Road to Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The other component will be a phase approach which is estimated to cost approximately US$40 million to fix other priority areas in Georgetown.last_img read more

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Primary school student attacked by classmate

first_imgA routine Friday afternoon quickly became terrifying for a nine-year-old student at Eccles Primary School, East Bank Demerara after she was strangled by her classmate, and left to endure the pain, without any efforts to contact her family.The student, who is said to be among the high flyers of her class, was at the time preparing for an event when she was approached by a male classmate who reportedly removed her ribbon and then went on to strangle the nine-year-old with it. Witnessing the struggle, another child intercepted the attack and managed to release the student from the grip. The nine-year-old is now left nursing a scar across her neck, but had it not been for the intervention of her peer, the vicious attack could have resulted in her death.On Monday a social media post of the child’s injury quickly went viral after an enraged family member of the injured girl took to Facebook to express her grievance over the matter, and more so the way in which it was handled by the school’s administration.The furious young woman, who is the older cousin of the injured student, indicated in her Facebook post that the school failed to inform her family of the incident. However, when the mother arrived at the school at around 15:00h that afternoon, she was greeted by her injured child, who was complaining of severe pain due to the injuries to her neck.It was then that the mother approached the teacher, only to have her complaint brushed off, leaving her with no satisfaction. Nevertheless, the distressed parent persisted with her questions, which reportedly infuriated the teacher, and she threatened to have the parent removed from the school’s compound.The family is yet to be offered an explanation as to what exactly had transpired. However, the school’s administration did promise that the Welfare Department of the Ministry of Education would be notified. Meanwhile, the matter intensified when the relatives of the implicated school boy became involved in the inquiries. Reports are that loved ones of the injured 9-year-old were treated to a series of racial insults. Moreover, the defensive relatives even threatened those representing the battered girl.Meanwhile, the cousin, in her social media outburst, questioned the intentions of the school’s administration in concealing the matter. In doing so, she noted, “Guess she would have had to die for someone at that school to see it fit to call her mother. I wonder what action would they have been able to take had she died, and who would have been responsible then?”Eventually, after much public condemnation, the school’s administration reached out to the family of the now traumatized nine-year-old. In a meeting with the Head Teacher, the child’s parents were reassured that the Welfare Department would address the matter. The implicated child continues to attend school as per normal.When Guyana Times contacted the Welfare Department at the Education Ministry in relation to the attack, this newspaper was informed by officials that they are unaware whether a report was filed. However the officers did indicate that only their superiors will be able to release such information.All the while, hundreds of persons have been sharing and commenting on the Facebook posts, urging relatives to pursue legal action. Moreover, they are calling for the administration of the Eccles Primary School to be investigated as well.last_img read more

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Bill seeks regulations for massage therapists

first_imgThe bill would phase in educational and practice requirements for certification, eliminating the need for cities to create and enforce their own regulations. At least 33 states have uniform codes and governing boards for massage therapy. One thing lacking in the California bill is to define the scope of a therapist’s practice, said Bill Brown, spokesman for the American Massage Therapists Association. “We support statewide regulations, like in the California bill, but it’s not comprehensive enough,” Brown said. “Most states have a regulatory board that can take disciplinary action.” Brown said the old image of massage therapy businesses as fronts for back-room prostitution is mostly a thing of the past as more states take up regulations. “I think we’ve turned the corner on that,” Brown said. “There are obviously some instances, but they’re more and more isolated. “It’s really become a mainstream thing with the growth of spas,” he added. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeff Collier, director of community development in Whittier, said most cities regulate massage therapy businesses because of the “negative connotations” associated with them. He said Whittier has an ordinance mandating that no massages can be given in a business unless under the direction of a physician or a chiropractor. City officials have considered making background checks of therapists a part of the ordinance like Chino Hills has, Collier said. “We’ve talked about it, but never implemented it,” Collier said. “The police support this kind of legislation because they think if you allow massages, they will eventually be the wrong kind of massages.” In Whittier therapists must comply with a permit process, he said. WHITTIER – Although massage therapy has already moved into the mainstream as a key ingredient to support health and “wellness,” worries over inconsistent licensing has prompted state senators to pass a bill aimed at statewide regulation. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that will establish a private, nonprofit entity called the Massage Therapy Organization. Authored by Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, the MTO will create uniform licensing and regulations on the 36,000 massage therapists in the state, officials say. A “patchwork” of regulations fails to protect not only the clients, but the professional massage therapists who don’t want to be subject to those who view the industry as an “entrance into the sex trade,” according to documents supporting the bill. last_img read more

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Ten Football League stars who could make Premier League transfers in the summer

first_img 10 10 10 Oliver Norwood (Reading) – Ex-Manchester United academy midfielder Norwood is now 25 but could finally get a Premier League chance as Bournemouth continue to watch his displays. He’s likely to be at Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland and a couple of impressive performances could see him earn the transfer. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) – Click the right arrow above for more Football League stars who could be about to join Premier League teams… – The 22-year-old Scottish left-back has kept up his form in the Championship after impressing in the Premier League last year. If the Tigers aren’t promoted via the play-offs, you can expect several sides to bid for Robertson. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) – The young French striker saw a deal to join Tottenham fall through as the winter transfer window closed. A £5million deal looked like being completed but Spurs’ unwillingness to loan Dembele back to the Cottagers for the rest of the campaign stopped it from going through. His contract expires in the summer and while he admits he’d love to join Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham and Liverpool are being linked with moves, although they would have to pay a fee set by a tribunal. 10 10 Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) – The left-back has done well for the Whites this year and won a poll to be named the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Player of the Year. Manchester United, Crystal Palace and West Brom have watched Taylor and, entering the final year of his contract, Leeds may consider cashing in, although he wants to play in the Premier League with Leeds. Every year we see players jump up from the Football League to join sides in the top-flight.Clubs, having seen the rise of Leicester City and Tottenham starlet Dele Alli, are now, perhaps more than normal, considering delving into the lower leagues to find a new star.There are plenty of players about in the Championship, and below, who could easily do a job, too.Throughout the current season, Premier League teams have been keeping an eye on these men, but who are the most likely to move on?Click the right arrow above to see ten Football League stars who could seal transfers in the summer… Aden Flint (Bristol City) – Unsurprisingly, the 6ft 6in centre back has drawn interest from West Brom this year with towering displays at the heart of the Robins’ defence. He’s currently on a run of 103 consecutive starts for the club. Six goals this campaign followed an incredible haul of 14 in League One last year, and will certainly keep Tony Pulis interested in signing him this summer. 10 10 10 Jake Cooper (Reading) – West Ham and Stoke are both reportedly keeping tabs on the 21-year-old centre-back, who the Royals value at around £5m. Cooper has revealed he’s trying to keep his head down and ignore positive performance reviews, but they could well lead to a transfer soon enough. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) – The 22-year-old continues to improve and impress in Kent and was named League One Player of the Year this campaign. Dack, who believes he plays in a similar style to Frank Lampard, has scored 15 goals this year across all competitions and Crystal Palace are reportedly monitoring him. Even current boss and ex-Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh reckons he’s destined for the Premier League. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) – Another player off the Elland Road conveyer belt and enter the last year of his current contact is 19-year-old midfielder Cook – The Football League Young Player of the Year. His Lionel Messi-esque dribble from his own half against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the year had fans salivating but will also have drawn suitors, who reportedly include Bournemouth. Leeds can expect a decent fee for the player if he does move on. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) – Last summer, the centre back had plenty of interest from Championship clubs and now Premier League sides may consider bidding for his services. The Gabon international cost £5m and the Bluebirds will want a similar fee given his good performances. 10 10 Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – The 20-year-old started the season by being drafted into an England training session and has continued to star for Wolves throughout the campaign. Whether at right back or centre back, the tall defender, Iorfa has stood out and Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all keen on the player. Kenny Jackett, though, will be doing all he can to convince him to stay at Molineux.last_img read more

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GET DOWN TO NEWTOWN TONIGHT IF YOU THINK YOU’RE THAT SMART!

first_imgAre you really as smart as you think?That’s the question the Central Perk Relay for Life team will be asking tonight in Coyle’s Bar in Newtowncunningham.The quiz starts at 9pm and all proceeds will go to the great Relay for Life charity. See you all there. GET DOWN TO NEWTOWN TONIGHT IF YOU THINK YOU’RE THAT SMART! was last modified: May 16th, 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)last_img read more

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Defense Leads Men’s Basketball To A 59-56 Win

first_img Preview Postgame Notes Story Links Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version vs. Murray State 11/27/2019 – 12:30 PM Next Game: Watch Live Box Score (PDF) Live Stats ESPN 1350 FloHoops ESTERO, Fla. – Forty minutes of defense helped the Drake University men’s basketball team overcome a slow offensive morning to defeat Northeastern, 59-56, Tuesday morning at the Gulf Coast Showcase.Anthony Murphy led Drake’s offense with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three three-pointers while Roman Penn added 15 points and was 6-of-7 on critical free throws. However, as a team, Drake shot 32.2 percent and was 6-of-25 from the three-point arc.”We just had a hard time getting into a flow offensively,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “The good thing was our defense never let down in what was a grind-it-out game.”Drake’s (5-2) defense held Northeastern’s (3-4) Jordan Roland to just 13 points. Roland came into the contest as one of the nation’s top scorers at more than 26 points per game. The Bulldogs also forced 19 turnovers, scoring 20 of their points off Northeastern errors. Drake has now held five opponents to fewer than 60 points this season.”We’re going to have a lot of games in our league that are possession-by-possession games like this,” DeVries said. “We’re going to need guys who step up on both ends of the floor and make plays. I thought we really had that today.”A day after shooting 63 percent from the free-throw line, the Bulldogs converted on 88 percent of their attempts in Tuesday’s win and made 6-of-7 attempts in the final 145 seconds to seal the win. The team also committed just nine turnovers.”Today was much better today in the turnover department,” DeVries said. “And our free throws were ultimately the reason we won the game.”Northeastern extended a halftime lead with a 6-0 spurt early in the second half to take a two-possession lead. The lead swapped hands continually with neither team building more than a one-possession lead during the final 17 minutes of the game.A Penn three-pointer with 3:36 left gave the Bulldogs a lead that the Bulldogs maintained until the final horn. A minute after that three-pointer, D.J. Wilkins connected on two free throws for the final points of an 11-point afternoon. Following a Northeastern basket to trim the margin to one, 55-54, Drake forced a turnover and two misses on NU’s next three trips down the floor to hold off the Huskies. Drake’s defense set the tone early with four straight stops to start the game that the offense turned into an 8-0 lead. NU later used a 7-0 run to take a lead midway through the half and finished the period on a 6-0 run to lead 33-30 at halftime to set up the Bulldogs’ come-from-behind victory.Drake closes competition at the Gulf Coast Showcase Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 12:30 p.m. CST in the fifth-place game. The Bulldogs will face either Weber State or Murray State. last_img read more

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