‘Goodbye Dominic’ – St George’s Football Team Pen Tributes to Late Captain

first_img STUDENTS’ TRIBUTES “I’m sorry I didn’t get to tell you you’re someone I admired a lot and I always wanted to be like you in terms of academics and your playing style. Love you, Dominic Alessandro James,” shared Taffarel Hamilton. There were a few words of regret as well, as some wished for one more opportunity to see him face-to-face. “I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to tell you how much I love you and that I’ll do everything that I can just to see that angelic smile of yours. I’m elated to have met you and that we’ve had so much wonderful moments together,” wrote Alex Marshall. Others tried to console themselves with the fact that Dominic was no longer in pain and that he was in a better place. “Sometimes we all wonder why God takes the most beautiful souls, but do you ever notice when you pick a flower, you pick the most beautiful one? Well that’s you,” signed Jonathan and Matthew Wilson. It is clear that Dominic’s spirit will remain with this team. The hashtag #WEDOITFORDELLY has become a rallying cry for STGC as they continue their search for schoolboy football glory. And the young men gave the assurance that Dominic would never be forgotten. D’Andro Segre said, “His kind-hearted spirit will surely be missed and never forgotten,” while Romario Harding probably summed it up best: “Your spirit will always be with us. We never say DIE!! WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW!” It is amazing that one so young could leave such an indelible mark. The tears have not yet begun to dry after the death of Dominic Alessandro James, the unquestioned leader and captain of the St George’s College (STGC) Manning Cup team. On September 20, mere minutes into STGC’s match against Excelsior High, Dominic collapsed to the turf. Despite being rushed to hospital, it was to be the last time he featured on a football pitch. A promising footballer and bright young man had heard the final whistle. There is an archaic notion that boys aren’t supposed to cry. But there was not a dry eye at the mini-stadium that afternoon as players and officials from both teams openly wept. Since Dominic’s passing, the same young men he led out into battle in light blue and white have been expressing their love for him. Their words, printed in two pages of the Sunday Gleaner of September 25, a day before Dominic’s 19th birthday. The written expressions give real insight into the team, no, the family, of which Dominic was a major part; and perhaps he was its very core. In times of grief, words can prove insufficient to fully describe the emotions. But the team did its best to make sure the world knew how they truly felt. Teammates described ‘Delly Ranks’, as Dominic was affectionately known, as a “role model”, “a loving brother”, “a motivator”, and “a wonderful leader”. In a day and age when young men are accused of shying away from their feelings, several members of the team openly expressed how they loved Dominic. “You’ve been a great friend, brother, and leader. I love you and I miss you,” wrote Damani Harris. Paul Young Jr echoed those sentiments when he penned, “Words cannot truly express how I feel about you. I will always love you, Dominic Alessandro.” Others expressed admiration for how Dominic carried himself.last_img read more

Will take a while to trickle down to ‘man in the street’ – Business…

first_imgMinister of Business, Dominic Gaskin at a press conference on FridayA reduction in Guyana’s underground business has led in part to reduced spending in the local economy but the recent ‘final offer’ of one – ten per cent for public servants will in fact serve to boost spending power of ordinary Guyanese and this, coupled with a bounce back in the national economic performance, will soon lead to greater economic prospects for the nation.These were among the notions raised on Friday by Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, who believes that Government has managed to stabilise the nation’s economic decline and has in fact suggested that the projected growth rate for 2016 will be realised — despite only achieving a two per cent growth rate for the first half of the year.Gaskin was at the time addressing a section of the local media corps during the Alliance for Change’s (AFC) resuscitated bi-weekly press engagements to give party perspectives on national issues.Regional contextAccording to the AFC’s Minister of Business in the coalition Government’s Cabinet Council of Ministers, Guyana’s economic performance also has to be viewed in a global and regional context.He pointed to a recent report from Trinidad and Tobago, whose government has recently warned of a possible retrenchment of public sector employees as a result of that country making unsustainable salary increases.Gaskin said too that the AFC also notes the sliding currency value in Suriname, “and the severe shortages being experienced by our Venezuelan brothers and sisters.”The Business Minister pointed too to contractions in the Brazilian economy and suggested that the, “AFC wishes therefore to commend the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) on the prudent initiatives implemented thus far and the general overall management of the economy in ensuring that Guyana avoids these stresses.”The Business Minister posited on behalf of the AFC that the Guyana economy has gone through a period of consolidation, which he blamed on lowered commodity prices on the international markets along with Government’s efforts to curtail illicit activities such as narcotics trafficking, smuggling and money laundering. “Our party believes that the reduction in the rate of growth has been stabilised and is optimistic that the targeted growth rate of approximately four per cent for the year 2016 will be achieved,” said Gaskin.The AFC’s Business Minister was however unable to concretely correlate the relationship between the reduced spending power of Guyanese and the reduced illicit acts of narcotics trafficking, smuggling and money laundering, and instead pointed to anecdotal evidence.Speaking on the economic downturn, Gaskin said “we do recognise that there has been a slowdown in spending…What we are saying is notwithstanding that there has been economic growth.”He was adamant there has been no decline in the economy—the economy he said, is still growing albeit at a slower rate.Pressed on the fact that the growth that he insists on has not been reflected in the spending power of the ordinary Guyanese and the local business sector, Gaskin sought to cast blame largely on the lower commodity prices and the economic slowdown that started about two years ago.He pointed to declines in the gold and rice prices, bearing in mind that those two sectors are responsible for a large percentage—some 60 per cent—of the nation’s foreign earnings.“That decline began about two years ago, I think it was compounded last year by the period in which there was no budget and therefore very little government spending in capital works and I think we are now on our way out of that decline but it does take a little while to trickle down to the man in the street.”Informal sectorSpeaking on the issue of spending still not rebounding in part because of the reduction of illicit trades, Gaskin said “it is hard to measure the impact of an informal sector; it’s not a documented trade.”He was adamant that there is some evidence to support the notion that there is in fact a large informal sector operating in Guyana, “some in the narco-trade, some in smuggling, many just not registered formally and because of some of the measures that are being implemented where greater compliance is requested all around and there is a lot more scrutiny, there is less spending in those areas.”According to Gaskin, it cannot be accurately documented, “but certainly, if we note overall that there is less spending, if retailers are saying there is less spending and we know that we have a large informal economy, I think it’s logical to conclude that a lot of that reduction in spending is occurring in the informal sector also.”last_img read more

Free & fair elections the hallmark of Caricom – Bahamian PM

first_img… as Regional Head warns corrupt Govt Ministers38th Heads of Government meetingThe strong tradition of free and fair democratic elections that are a hallmark of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) – a sentiment expressed by one of the newest leaders in the Region, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis – was made as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom currently underway in Grenada.Prime Minister Minnis had moments earlier lauded the efforts of Guyana’s President David Granger for his stewardship of the work of the Community during his stint as Chairman – himself facing a backlash in his homeland over the delays in the appointment of the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Heads of State at the opening ceremony of the 38th Heads of Government in GrenadaThe Bahamian Prime Minister told those in attendance at the Grenada Trade Centre that his recent election to office in May last and presence at the Caricom head of Government meeting, “reaffirms the strong tradition of free and fair democratic elections that are a hallmark of Caricom.”The newly elected Prime Minister in his presentation spoke to some of the other challenges facing the region including climate change, a push for renewable energy and tackling non communicable diseases but singled out corruption as one of the more formidable challenges to Governments across the region.Zero toleranceAccording to the Bahamian Prime Minister, “corruption remains a formidable challenge to small and developing countries (in the region).”To this end, Prime Minister Minnis informed the regional leaders that his recently elected Administration has adopted a firm zero tolerance stance on corruption.“We are determined to brutally confront this challenge. In this regard my Government has implemented a policy of zero tolerance for corruption.”According to Prime Minister Minnis, “all Ministers have been told that they would be immediately dismissed if they are found out to be soliciting or accepting payments.”He told the bi-annual gathering “we will implement strong anti-corruption laws and measures.”Prime Minister Minnis did also use his time at the podium to publicly thank President Granger for his tireless chairmanship of Caricom during the past six months.The recently elected Prime Minister did use his time during his inaugural address to lament “Caricom is a community of the people we serve not a club of officials and politicians.”ChallengesAlso addressing the gathering of leaders of the 38th meeting of Caricom Head of Government was Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, who spoke to some of the challenges that still face the Region.He outlined challenges in the health sector such as the treatment of non-communicable diseases which can cost member states as much as five per cent of their entire Gross Domestic Product.He spoke too of crime and security being a regional problem that requires a regional solution.LaRocque used the occasion to laud the progress made with regards regional legislative instruments and expressed optimism that the Regional Leaders will sign on to the Caricom Arrest Warrant Treaty at the ongoing conference.The challenges associated with climate change were also noted by LaRocque and the region as well as other financial challenges posed to the region as a result of blacklisting or the loss of correspondent banks.The Secretary General was optimistic in his outlook that “as daunting as challenges are, none can survive the collective ingenuity of the people of the Caricom.”According to LaRocque, “we have proven that no challenge can daunt us.”The ceremony got underway at the Grenada Trade Centre, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell.Haitian flubThe activity got underway with a roll call of regional leaders after which there were the formal presentations by the Secretary General among others.One glaring hiccup at the opening ceremony however obtained when the newly elected Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, made his presentation in his native tongue French but there was no translation/translators which left the non-French speaking participants at a disadvantage since none could understand his inaugural address to the regional leaders.Following Tuesday’s opening ceremony the Heads of Government will move to the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort for the business sessions on the confab to be wrapped tomorrow at which time a Communique documenting the formal decisions taken by the regional leaders.This year’s 38th Conference of Heads is also expected to include the presentations for approval by the Heads of a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Implementation Plan to address the development of skills for the 21st century Caribbean economy and society.The Heads of Government are also expected to deliberate on outstanding matters related to the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) following the comprehensive review of the CSME’s performance presented to them at the last Inter-Sessional Meeting in February.There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados from August 17-27 under the theme “Asserting our Culture, Celebrating Ourselve”.The work on the commissions on reparations and marijuana is also expected to come under the spotlight.last_img read more

A college solution lacks a problem

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySome would-be college students, though, apparently think college too expensive to afford. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, for example, speaks recklessly of “two Americas” – one for the connected, and one for everybody else. Rhetoric like that makes many people, especially those in lower socio-economic levels, think the cost of college places it out of reach. In a survey released by the American Council on Education in 1998, most Americans overestimated the cost of tuition. But blacks and Latinos were more likely to doubt the availability of financial aid than whites. Blacks were 83 percent more likely than whites – and Latinos 79 percent more likely – to think college was “not affordable.” Besides, government-provided funds for college actually cause an increase in tuition. Economist Thomas Sowell, in Inside American Education, writes, “The specific terms under which the government provides student financial aid virtually guarantees tuition escalation to unaffordable levels. ? The federal formula ? first determines the `expected family contribution,’ based upon family income, assets, number of children, and other measures of ability to pay. Federal aid begins where tuition and other charges exceed this `expected family contribution.’ A private college or university which kept its tuition affordable … could forfeit millions of dollars annually in federal money. For example, if college X can provide a good education at $8,000 a year, while its average student’s family can afford $9,000, then it loses opportunities to receive federal money. By raising its tuition to $12,000, it not only gets an additional $1,000 per student from their families but also an additional $3,000 per student from the government.” So Clinton’s plan to help finance college becomes yet another solution in search of a problem. Clinton’s plan also creates unintended consequences. If people cannot feed, clothe, house and educate their children, should government provide incentives to have babies? Programs like school lunches, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), public housing, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, transportation vouchers, day-care vouchers – all make this statement: Have a child even if you lack the resources to do so. Breed irresponsibly and the government will compel taxpayers to step in. Have they learned nothing from the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, signed into law by President Clinton? Welfare rolls declined 50 percent without an increase in abortion. Able-bodied and able-minded people – faced with time limits and denied increased monies for each new child – got off the couch and went to work. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wants to reward you for having a baby. The plan goes like this. Every baby born receives $5,000 placed in an account. As the money accrues interest, the child can later use the proceeds for a college education or to help finance a home. The cost? Sen. Clinton doesn’t know. Will U.S.-born children of illegal aliens be eligible? No word on that yet. Who pays? Don’t know. Assuming the money is placed in a government security, one can expect this to earn far more money than one earns through Social Security. Yet some of the very same people who support a $5,000 interest-bearing account for children opposed President Bush’s plan for partial privatization of Social Security. Under Bush’s plan, a worker can place some of his or her Social Security payroll taxes in stocks or bonds, allowing an interest rate that exceeds the rate one now gets under Social Security. Today the money mostly vanishes upon the death of the worker. But Bush’s plan allows the worker to bequeath the money to his or her children, allowing funds to be used for things like financing college or purchasing a home or starting a business. Sen. Clinton specifically talks about using the “baby bond” account for college. This assumes that people fail to go for lack of funds. Nonsense. Financing for college remains readily available. More than three out of four college students receive financial aid, at an average annual amount of $9,899 for 2003-04. And 62 percent of students received grants averaging $5,565 in 2003-04. Average annual tuition for a public two-year college is $2,191, and $5,491 for four-year colleges and universities in the 2005-06 academic year. In 1972, George McGovern, arguably the most far-left candidate ever nominated, proposed giving $1,000 to every man, woman and child. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to almost $5,000 today. If at first you don’t succeed ? Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790. His e-mail address is sage@larryelder.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald joins Wigan on two-year deal

first_img1 Shaun MacDonald Wigan have announced the signing of Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald for an undisclosed fee.The 28-year-old Wales international underwent a medical on Friday afternoon before signing a two-year contract with the Championship club. Latics boss Gary Caldwell told the club’s official website: “He is a quality addition to the squad. A terrific pro who understands the way we want to play, a skilful midfielder capable of fitting into our system.“He is a great person too, with a great attitude who has gone through a similar experience at Bournemouth to where we are now, a team coming up from League One to the Championship and playing a certain brand of football.“The fact he has recent international experience with Wales shows just how highly he is rated.”The arrival of MacDonald at the DW Stadium comes a day after Wigan sold midfielder Emyr Huws to Championship rivals Cardiff.last_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: The Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny was buzzing again on Saturday night last with Vogue Williams and her hubby guest Brian McFadden special guest at the newly revamped venue. With SIX rooms and NINE bars spread over two floors the Pulse venue is Letterkenny’s number 1 nightclub.Customers could Rock the night away with the outstanding shaken Edge playing in the Live experience room. Paul R was belting out the tunes in The Club and Paul R playing the best of the hits in The Living room and if dancing wasn’t for you customers could take in the relaxing vibe of the Secret Garden or tuck in to a delicious Pizza from the Pizza shack or go all out for the VIP experience in the Reserve lounge.This Weekend we have Dara K in The Club, The Rockhill ramblers playing in The Live Experience and Paul R in The Living Room.Why not go to our Facebook page Pulse Letterkenny for your chance to win free entry and a bottle of Bubbly.  CELEBRITY COUPLE VOGUE WILLIAMS AND BRIAN MCFADDEN VISIT THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McFaddenEntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Pulse NightclubVogue Willaimslast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Defeats Denver, 5-2

first_img Box Score 5. Finley Hall (DU) def. Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3  Print Friendly Version 2. Ben Wood/Finley Hall (DU) def. Jorge Nunez/Mattia Ros (DEN) 6-3 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis improved to 3-0 in Summit League play as the Bulldogs topped the defending league champions Denver, 5-2, Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs travel to Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. and then squares off against Penn on Saturday to close out the weekend. Drake 5, Denver 2Feb 18, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  The Pioneers managed to get on the board with a victory on court No. 6.Hands pushed Drake’s lead to 3-1 as he earned a straight set win at No. 2, while Clark clinched the Bulldog victory after breaking Nunez for the 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles. Story Links Singles competition The doubles point came down to just a few points with the Bulldogs coming out on top. Ben Wood and Finley Hall defeated Denver’s Jorge Nunez and Mattia Ros 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, while the other two matches went into tiebreakers. The Pioneers took court No. 1, while juniors Tom Hands and Ben Clark edged Denver’s Pedro Fernandez Del Valle and Eric Morris, 7-3 in the tiebreaker to give Drake the ever-important doubles point. 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Eric Morris (DEN) 6-3, 7-6 (7-6) Match Notescenter_img 3. Matt Summers (DEN) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 “The guys came out with high energy and took the doubles point. The doubles point could have gone either way with two matches going into tiebreakers,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski.”It was a very hard fought doubles point and set the tone and got our guys reenergized for singles.” 1. Matt Summers/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 7-6 (7-3) Doubles competition 3. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) def. Pedro F. Del Valle/Eric Morris (DEN) 7-6 (7-3) 1. #120 Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Mattia Ros (DEN) 6-3, 6-2 6. Ignatius Castelino (DEN) def. Freddie Powell (DU) 6-4, 6-2 Drake’s Vinny Gillespie put Drake up 2-0 with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles. Drake 10-4, 3-0 (Summit) 4. Ben Clark (DU) def. Jorge Nunez (DEN) 6-3, 6-4 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,6)last_img read more

Bright Stars visit lowley Ndejje

first_img Tags: bright starsndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premier League Bright Stars are fourth on the logStarTimes Premier LeagueNdejje University vs Bright StarsLuwero @4pmLUWERO – Ndejje University host inform Bright Stars in the Startimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday.It is going to be the first competitive encounter between the two clubs, Ndejje having qualified to the top flight earlier this year.Bright Stars defeated Kirinya SS 4-1 in their previous encounter at Mwererwe while Ndejje University suffered a (4-1) loss to BUL FC at Njeru Techinical Centre.Bright Stars will hope for their 4th victory this season when they go in Luwero having lost one game and drawn two already.For the newcomers they will hope for their third win of the season if they manage to defeat Bright Stars.What the coaches say;Raymond Komakech (Ndejje University).“We are aware of the team we are going to face, so we have trained well.“My boys are not injured so we are healthy and prepared to play and get the three points.“We lost our last encounter, but that is in the past now, so we are going to correct our mistakes and see that we don’t lose at home.Fred Kajoba (Bright Stars).“Our target has always been to win the matches ahead of us, so we believe that we hall get the three points.“I have many players to win every match.Team news.Both clubs have no injured players.Bright Stars will look up to team Captain Nelson Senkatuuka who has 5 goals registered to his name.For Komakech’s side they will look up to goalkeeper Derrick Emukule, Sam Matovu, Noel Nasasira and Francis Onekalit to get a positive result.Bright Stars are currently 4th with 11 points from 6 matches played while Ndejje University are 10th with 6points.Comments last_img read more

Groves to fight for world title

first_imgGeorge Groves will challenge Robert Stieglitz for the WBO super-middleweight title in Germany on 5 May.The fight, which will take place at the Messehalle arena in Erfurt, represents a major step up in class for the unbeaten 24-year-old in only his 15th professional contest.His trainer and manager Adam Booth insisted last year that the Hammersmith prospect was not ready to compete for a world title.Groves has already won the Commonwealth and British titles.However, Stieglitz, 30, is regarded as one of the weaker champions in an extremely strong division, and the Groves camp believe their man can win the belt once held by Chris Eubank and more recently Joe Calzaghe.Russian Stieglitz, who is based in Germany, has a record of 41-2 and had been pencilled in to fight former title holder Mikkel Kessler but was left to consider other options after the Dane opted to move up to light-heavyweight.Groves, once a star of the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Hill, became Commonwealth champion in only his ninth professional bout and last year took the British crown from arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.He ended the year with a second-round stoppage of another former national champion, Paul Smith, at Wembley Arena.Last month he was due to return to Wembley for a rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson, who floored him when they met in 2010.Groves withdrew for medical reasons and it emerged that he was being lined up for a shot at Stieglitz.See also: Groves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Antonio Brown joins Raiders in Alameda with helmet in hand

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. ALAMEDA — The saga involving Antonio Brown and his choice of helmet reached another stage Tuesday as coach Jon Gruden said his marquee receiver wore a helmet and was a full participant in the Raiders’ practice at their East Bay headquarters.Brown was on the field well before 11 a.m. when stretches began. He left the field to briefly enter the team’s fieldhouse, but came back right before the stretching period …last_img