CRANES: Desabre looks for winning end to CHAN tourney

first_imgCranes in action against Nambia earlier. They take on Ivory Coast today and a win will earn them an extra $25,000.FT: Uganda  ??  0 Ivory Coast ??  0Prize Money Winners – $1.25mRunners-up – 700,000Semifinalists – 400,000Quarter-finalists – 300,000Third in the Group – 200,000Fourth in the Group – 175,000Marrakech, Morocco | THE INDEPENDENT |  New Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre continues his hunt for his first win as Cranes coach when  the TOTAL CHAN 2018 championship group stages conclude on Monday night.Uganda has managed a single goal in their two group games and will look eagerly to return to action of striker Muhammed Shaban who has been injured. The KCCA forward had missed the previous match against Namibia due to an ankle sprain and is expected to at least make the bench.Derrick Nsibambi will again lead the attack, with the hope that Shaban can come in to strengthen the team in the second half.Desabre urged his players to conclude their campaign with a win. “Our target is now to finish third in the group. We want the maximum points against Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.The coach, who has coached in Ivory Coast before, said his local knowledge will come useful in the Monday clash. “I know the league in Cote d’Ivoire because I was there for two years. I know some of the players. We didn’t qualify for the quarter finals because of some weaknesses but I will ask my players to continue playing good football.”Uganda Cranes will play in their final group B match against Ivory Coast, having lost 3-1 to Zambia and 1-0 to Nambia to fall out of the running for a place in the knockout stage.“The game against Cote D’Ivoire is not a friendly match. We are demanding the same positive energy from the players like in the earlier two games at CHAN 2018 as we finish up the group games on Monday,” he told his players after training.STARTING LINE UP 19-Watenga Isma (GK), 14-Nicholas Wadada, 8-Madoi Aggrey, 5-Mujuzi, 4- Muwanga (Capt), 21-Taddeo, 23-Milton Karisa, 3-Muleme Isaac, 11-Derrick Nsibambi, 15-Sadam Juma,17-KyambaddeSTANDINGSZambia 2 2 0 0 5 1 6 – qualifiedNamibia 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 – qualifiedUganda 2 0 0 2 1 4 0Ivory Coast 2 0 0 2 0 3 0#TotalCHAN2018 Tweets Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Black sports agents strike out with Black athletes

first_imgJAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—Let me make a “pitch” (pun intended) for Black sports agents. Watching the NBA playoffs and finals was more than an exercise in pulling for my favorite teams; it was also a very frustrating experience for me because I tend to look at most things from an economic perspective.While Black athletes dominate football and basketball, and have a major presence in baseball, relatively few of them hire Black attorneys, accountants, and agents, thereby, putting as much as 5 percent of their contract amount into someone else’s economy.For years now, we have seen this intriguing phenomenon. In 1995, Black Enterprise magazine ran an article titled “MVPs,” that shed light on this subject R. David Ware, noted for negotiating the largest non-quarterback (Barry Sanders) contract in the NFL, voiced his frustration about the situation this way: “It is so disheartening that so few African-Americans are given the opportunity to represent African-American players… they wear Kente cloth and talk about pride in their heritage, but when it comes to business affairs, they don’t use African-American lawyers, agents, or accountants.”You would think African-American college graduates would know better. But, in my opinion, they lack a consciousness that would have them act otherwise, and many have virtually no knowledge, or interest for that matter, in Black business history and the role they play in this nation’s economic system. They are noted more for their shoe, soft drink, and fast food commercials, rather than their commitments to conscious capitalism. They have become fashion icons instead of paragons of Black empowerment. My suggestion to one of my students who played basketball at the University of Cincinnati was to develop a relationship with a fellow student who was majoring in finance, law, or business, and hire that person as an agent when he turned professional.Let me pause here and say, I am not using a broad brush to paint all Black athletes (and entertainers). I know many of them are doing very positive things when it comes to supporting African-American business persons and causes. In addition, far be it from me to dictate to anyone how to spend their money. So, please, as you read this, just take it as a recommendation for economic empowerment for Black people.last_img read more

About Town

first_imgTINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.‪WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’‬ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit www.monmouthcares.org.Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit www.oceanpartnership.org.* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.‬Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at www.wgirlscoastalnj.tumblr.com.last_img read more

Ajit Pawar’s move resembles uncle Sharad Pawar’s political coup 41 years ago

first_imgNCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years. Incidentally, this time he is trying to forge a similar alliance in the State by joining hands with the Congress and the Shiv Sena. Mr. Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister on November 23, only to be snubbed by Mr. Sharad Pawar who said the decision to support the BJP was his nephew’s personal one. Mr. Sharad Pawar’s decision in 1978 to establish his own party and run it for a decade earned him the unofficial title of “strongman” in political circles. Mr. Pawar wrote in his book, On My Terms, that the poll reverses in the 1977 post-Emergency anti-Indira wave shocked many in the State and the country. V.N. Gadgil lost on a Congress ticket in Baramati, the home turf of the Pawars.In January 1978, Indira Gandhi split the Congress, forming Congress (Indira) to take on the parent organisation Congress (S), headed by Sardar Swarn Singh, in the State elections. Mr. Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress(S), and in the Assembly polls held a month later, the party won 69 seats against 65 of the Congress (I). The Janata Party won 99 seats. However, no party got a full majority.The two Congress factions got together to form a government headed by Vasantdada Patil from the Congress(S) and with Nashikrao Tirpude from Congress (I) as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, the bickering between them continued, and Mr. Sharad Pawar decided to quit. His relations with Janata Party president Chandrashekar helped him a great deal. “You will have to play a key role in this,” Mr. Chandrashekar told Mr. Pawar. He then started seeking support of the MLAs. Sushilkumar Shinde and others sent their resignations to the Chief Minister. Mr. Sharad Pawar walked out with 38 MLAs to form a new government and became the youngest Chief Minister of the State at the age of 38.The new government was a rainbow coalition of the Janta Party, Peasants Workers Party (PWP) and other smaller parties, senior journalist Anant Bagaitkar said.When Mr. Sharad Pawar resigned, the Assembly session was on. “Even while the House was discussing supplementary demands, the government was reduced to a minority, following which Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil submitted his resignation,” Mr. Sharad Pawar writes in his book. However, with the return of Gandhi to power in 1980, his government was dismissed.Political analyst Suhas Palshikar said, in a profile on the Maratha strongman titled A chapter named Pawar in a Marathi magazine, writes that Mr. Sharad Pawar led the party for over a decade and returned to the parent party under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi. “Because he decided to establish his own party and ran it a for decade, (it) helped him earn the image of a strongman.”last_img read more

2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football will be one of 41 sports on offer at the eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November. The Masters Games will run from Saturday, 3 November through to Sunday, 11 November 2012 with the Touch Football part of the event to be played from Wednesday, 7 November to Saturday, 10 November. 15 divisions will be on offer for the Touch Football part of the event, with four Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+), seven Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+) and four Mixed divisions (W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+). The Pan Pacific Masters Games is a celebration of masters’ sport with both fierce and friendly competition and a jam-packed entertainment program at the Games Village at the end of each day. For more information regarding the Touch Football component at the 2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please click on the link below: http://www.mastersgames.com.au/default.asp?PageID=13124Related LinksPan Pacific Gameslast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions! pic.twitter.com/F6h7BF4dYb— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

JPS and NWC to Continue Restoration Activities on the Weekend

first_imgThe island’s two major utility companies, the National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), will be continuing restoration activities over the weekend, in an effort to return water and electricity to customers, affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Vice President of the NWC, David Geddes, told JIS News today (Oct. 26), that  approximately 55 per cent ofproduction capacity is back in operation, about 150 water supply systems are still out of service. “The most critically affected areas without piped water supply (are) sections of Mona, Liguanea, Papine and other sections of St. Andrew and that is because of the absence of electrical power to transfer water from Mona to the Hope filter plant. Meanwhile, Communications Manager at JPS, Winsome Callum, said that the power company is nearing total restoration for all north and south-western parishes, but still faces difficulties in the eastern parishes. “Those would be St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann on the north-eastern end of the island because these four parishes lost total power supply as a result of damage to the transmission system. They expect that restoration activities will continue into the weekend,” she told JIS News. JPS continues to ask its customers for patience as it works to restore electricity to all parishes within the shortest time possible. By Vaughn Davis, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Imperial Tobacco shocked by Health Canadas proposed package regulations

first_imgOTTAWA – Imperial Tobacco says Health Canada’s proposed plain packaging regulations for cigarettes are confusing and warns it may have to go to court if changes aren’t made.Eric Gagnon, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco Canada, says his organization is “shocked and confused” by the proposed regulations.“There’s a number of provisions that are basically impossible to comply with,” Gagnon said Monday.Health Canada published its draft regulations last week and opened a 75-day consultation period for people to provide written submissions on its proposed changes to cigarette packages, which aim to make them drab, unattractive and unappealing to youth.The proposed measures would also restrict how brand names are displayed and would require all tobacco packages to be the same colour.“We still cannot understand how this government can justify legalizing marijuana while imposing such extreme measures on tobacco products. We feel that the discrepancy is really astonishing,” said Gagnon.One of the regulations Gagnon is taking issue with is a proposal to axe flip-top packaging and return to old-school “slide-and-shell” packs — a change that would take at least two years because of a need to build new machines to retool for a new format.Meanwhile, he said, Health Canada is asking tobacco companies to comply with the new regulations six months after they come into force, a deadline he called “impossible.”According to Health Canada, requiring every pack of cigarettes to have the same shape, size and opening could minimize their appeal to young people. Young adults in Australia, for instance, found wider packs similar to the Canadian slide-and-shell design less appealing than the flip-top version, the agency says.Gagnon said Imperial Tobacco will raise its concerns during the consultation period and hopes they’re considered — otherwise it may have to go to court.“Going to court with the government is never something that we want to do or something we take easily, but if we don’t get heard I think it’s one of the options that we will have to consider.”Peter Luongo, managing director of Rothmans Benson & Hedges, said he’s meeting with officials from the Tobacco Control branch of Health Canada on Tuesday to tell them their timeline is “unrealistic.”Luongo said there are not enough machines to make the new design and to support the market, so the timeline is “extremely tight, if not impossible.”But his company’s primary concern is that Health Canada is prepared to insist plain packaging be applied to all tobacco products.“The packaging will be the same and there are other provisions … that prohibit us from properly communicating the health differences between the products.”Luongo said his organization would like to see anyone who uses nicotine switch to options that are less risky than cigarettes, such as so-called heat-not-burn products.“We would like to get to a smoke-free future in Canada as quickly as possible and we’re just hopeful the regulations will support that vision.”Meanwhile, the proposed regulations have health organizations cheering the federal government.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society, called the changes “the best in the world.”The consultations will run until Sept. 6, 2018.last_img read more