Match Play offers unique test two weeks before Masters

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – So it doesn’t sound like Adam Scott was glued to his television watching the two-hour selection show for this week’s WGC-Dell Match Play. He barely noticed his draw. “I don’t think it really matters who’s in your group here,” he said Tuesday. “Every match is going to be tough, and I feel like I’ve got the ability to beat anyone in this field, so that’s why I think I didn’t have a reaction to my group.” Scott might be the hottest player in the world, with two wins and a runner-up in his last four starts, but he certainly has a score to settle in this event. Heading into Wednesday’s first-round bout with Thomas Pieters, Scott has lost six consecutive WGC matches dating to 2010. Last year, he went 0-3 in the round-robin format, which is odd, because he was a formidable match-play opponent early in his career, reaching the third round three of the four years he played at La Costa (2002-05). “Once I left La Costa, I think my game left, as well,” he said with a smile. “I’d like to turn it around because I don’t really want to get a beatdown this week and go home Friday.” WGC-Dell Match Play: Full coverage | Bracket Much like World Cup soccer, players will face each of the other three members in their group during pool play, with the top point earner advancing to the single-elimination knockout stage on the weekend. Opinions on the move away from the traditional bracket to a round-robin format remain divided. Some prefer this setup because they are guaranteed three days on-site instead of possibly getting bounced after only a few hours. In theory, this system is fairer and rewards those who are playing the best, rather than the guy who simply catches fire at the right time. And no one will argue with a few extra reps with the Masters now only two weeks away. Others contend that pool play robs the event of its drama and intrigue, especially early. Match play is so compelling because of its win-or-go-home ethos, but the sense of urgency is removed when a loss on Wednesday or Thursday doesn’t necessarily doom a player’s chances. “It can’t hurt your confidence coming here,” Jason Day said, “but it can definitely give you confidence the longer you stay around this week.” This year’s edition of the Match Play features two new wrinkles. The most obvious is the move to Austin Country Club, an arrangement that will run through at least 2019. The Pete Dye design is a strategic track that forces players to position their shots, a task that will be made even more difficult with wind gusts expected up to 30 mph during pool play. The back nine, in particular, should produce plenty of pyrotechnics. The second is a tweak to the scoring. None of the round-robin matches will go extra holes, with each player receiving a half point if the match is tied after regulation. This should help cut down on the number of lame-duck matches Friday, but there still will be a few meaningless matches between players with 0-2 records. That’s the scenario that led Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez to go nose-to-nose last year; a few players felt as though they were trotted out and embarrassed, and emotions can run high when only pride and a few FedEx Cup points are at stake. The event’s new position on the schedule only heightens the anticipation for what is already one of the most fun weeks of the year. Just 11 days before the start of Masters week, the Match Play provides one final tuneup for players like Scott, Day and Rory McIlroy. Not that a few of them need it. Scott and Day already appear to be in peak form, having combined for three wins during the Florida swing, but the Match Play might be just what McIlroy needs at the moment. The defending champion has a stellar record in head-to-head play, boasting an 18-6 record in this event while going 2-0-1 in Ryder Cup singles. But he is coming off an uneven trip through the Sunshine State, with a missed cut (Honda), a blown 54-hole lead (Doral) and a six-double performance (Bay Hill) in the past four weeks. He blamed a poor attitude for his inconsistent play, and the temporary move to 18-hole match play could help put him in the proper frame of mind – after all, one blowup hole won’t cost him this week. “I just need to beat the person that’s in front of me,” he said. For others, the Match Play will serve as an audition of sorts. Young Americans Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Smylie Kaufman and Brooks Koepka all have ambitions of playing on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and they can be sure captain Davis Love III will be watching with keen interest. On the European side, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Thomas Pieters hope to follow Danny Willett’s lead and use the WGC as a springboard for a huge season. “You get to see the guys’ games under pressure in a different kind of way,” Willett said. “We all know that anybody out there, the top 64, can win. They’re in this because they’re a great golfer. All that stands in the way each day is one person at a time.” Assuming, of course, that they even bother to notice their opponent.last_img read more

News / A chief supply chain officer’s salary may be high, but it’s money well spent, says GT Nexus

first_img By Gavin van Marle 16/02/2016 © Gajus Less than a quarter of US manufacturers are operating with a chief supply chain officer (CSCO), a new survey from supply chain technology provider GT Nexus has revealed.Just 24% of the 250 respondents to the survey have a CSCO in their organisations. Another 32% reported they employed someone to be responsible for their supply chain, but these executives were below management board level.While a further 2% said although their organisations did not have an equivalent role, there were plans to introduce one, 41% said they did not have a supply chain officer or plans to create the role.“This very behind-the-scenes finesse is what makes a company win or lose when it comes to supply chain, and this is driven by having someone in place to oversee it and having a networked approach,” said GT Nexus.center_img “If you’re still not convinced supply chain is a critical and strategic domain that’s churning out new heads of companies, take a look at who runs Apple and Walmart – hint: they got their start in supply chain.”While it is true that current Apple chief executive Tim Cook and previous Walmart chief executive Mike Duke began their careers in supply chain departments, for many companies appointing a chief supply chain officer may be easier said than done – especially given that many management boards rarely understand much about their supply chains, other than what they cost.According to the GT Nexus survey, 41% of respondents said their number-one supply chain priority was to reduce costs, which may not go hand-in-hand with increasing HR budgets to hire a chief supply chain officer – wages can vary considerably of course, but the sums are not inconsiderable. According to salary.com, the average wage for a C-level supply chain officer is $230,000 a year, while glassdoor.com cites an annual salary of $250,000 for the EMEA supply chain director for British-American Tobacco.GT Nexus argues that, in the long-term, companies would be better off investing in senior staff rather than focusing purely on cost levels. Vice-president of corporate marketing Greg Kefer said: “It’s clear in the report that manufacturers expect to face major supply chain challenges in 2016 stemming from external factors beyond their control.“The data suggests their execution roadmap may be misguided, being focused more on cost cutting, for example, than more mission-critical things like having a senior supply chain leader in place.“76% of respondents said they currently operate without a chief supply chain officer. With almost half of manufacturers reporting a disruption that impacted business in the past 12 months, this gap in strategic direction to address broader supply chain agility is a concern,” he added.last_img read more

Board OKs 9-1-1 requests

first_imgThe township contracts with Fenton and Fenton Township fire departments, which charge the more than $1,100 flat rate per run. Supervisor Andrew Schmidt, Clerk Hod Morton, Trustee Lynn Thompson and Trustee Bob Byerly voted to support the change. The township already had lowered what it bills residents for a fire department EMS run to $300, instead of the higher rate. The Tyrone Township Board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to allow Livingston County 911 dispatchers to honor a caller’s request for ambulance service only. Earlier in the year when the issue was first discussed, Miles questioned the change, saying giving a caller the power of who responds might not be a good idea.But Morton, who already had implemented the change earlier this month before he realized a board vote was needed, noted Thursday that several other communities have the same policies, including Hartland Township, Deerfield Township, and Brighton. Treasurer David Kurtz and Trustees Brian Miles and Steve Nagy voted against the new policy. The hot-button issue is tied to the high cost of fire calls, which can cost residents more than $1,100 per run and has drawn many complaints.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel to Join Josh Groban on New Concert Tour & More

first_imgYay!! I’ve been excited to tell everyone! I love you @joshgroban. I’m honored to join you. We’ve done some great things together but this is going to top it all. https://t.co/Mu7OllKy3j— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) February 16, 2018 Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. to Promote New Book on TourHamilton original Leslie Odom Jr. will be spreading the word about his new book on an upcoming tour. The Tony winner will appear in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Memphis and L.A., promoting his tome Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better and Never Stop Learning. The inspirational book will offer guidance and encouragement for readers who are on the cusp of something big. The Tony winner’s book has an on-sale date set for March 27. For full details on book tour dates, times and locations, click here.David Rabe’s Starry Play Good for Otto Extended by Off-Broadway’s New GroupGood for Otto, a New York premiere play by David Rabe, has received an extension ahead of its first performance. The new work, which begins previews tonight and officially opens on March 8, will now run at the Pershing Square Signature Center through April 8. Scott Elliott directs the play that stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Good for Otto centers on Dr. Michaels (Harris), his colleague Evangeline (Madigan) and their clinic as it teeters between breakdown and survival. The play also features Rhea Perlman, F. Murray Abraham, Rileigh McDonald, Michael Rabe, Maulik Pancholy, Kate Buddeke, Laura Esterman, Nancy Giles, Lily Gladstone, Charlotte Hope, Kenny Mellman and Mark Linn-Baker.Guiding Light Star Robert Newman Joins Off-Broadway’s Perfect CrimeEmmy nominee and off-Broadway alum Robert Newman joins the long-running off-Broadway whodunit Perfect Crime tonight. He takes on the role of Inspector James Ascher in the hit play at the Theater Center’s Anne L. Bernstein Theater. Newman succeeds Richard Shoberg in the role. Written by Warren Manzi and directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, Perfect Crime tells the story of Margaret Thorne Brent, a Connecticut psychiatrist and potential cold-blooded killer who may have committed “the perfect crime.” When her wealthy husband, W. Harrison Brent, turns up dead, she gets caught in the middle of a terrifying game of cat and mouse with her deranged patient, Lionel McAuley, and Inspector Ascher, the handsome but duplicitous investigator assigned to the case. The cast of Perfect Crime also includes Catherine Russell as Margaret Brent, David Butler as W. Harrison Brent, Patrick Noonan as Lionel McAuley and Patrick Robustelli as David Breuer. Star Files Josh Groban & Idina Menzel(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel to Join Josh Groban on New Concert TourThis is news to be excited for! Wicked Tony winner and upcoming Skintight star Idina Menzel will team up with Tony nominee Josh Groban on his new concert tour. The concerts will appear across the U.S., in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, L.A., Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York, with dates and locations to be announced. Groban and Menzel first shared a stage in a London concert production of the musical Chess. For more information on Groban’s tour, click here.center_img View Comments Josh Groban Idina Menzellast_img read more

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns Sept. 30-Dec. 31

first_imgPrescribed burns are planned at the Valles Caldera to reduce fuels loads and improve forest resilience. Courtesy photoVCNP News:JEMEZ SPRINGS — The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to initiate prescribed fires in the southwest corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve later this fall to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems.The prescribed burns, planned Sept. 30 to Dec. 31, include 361 acres in the Southwest Banco Bonito area, directly adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 30, and 154 acres in Cajete Meadow, about 3 miles northeast of Jemez Falls Campground.A final decision on whether to proceed with a specific prescribed burn will depend on multiple conditions, including the national wildland fire preparedness level and resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather. The NPS also will take a risk-informed approach to managing prescribed fire during the COVID-19 pandemic.Prescribed fire is part of a science-based framework for managing ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests in the preserve to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and allow low-intensity fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.The NPS manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.All fire updates will be posted on the preserve’s website, Twitter @VallesCaldera, Facebook page and New Mexico Fire Information website. Smoke-sensitive individuals may also be added to the preserve’s notification system by contacting [email protected] or 575-829-4100, option 3.last_img read more

Venus Williams showcases fashion line, tennis at Garden

first_imgThe EleVen by Venus collection will be worn by ball girls and ushers at the BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.“(We) have the opportunity to outfit everyone, and it’s just a win-win,” Williams said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.Showdown founder Jerry Solomon and Williams decided to showcase her active wear, featuring berry colors and classic black and white. Vince Camuto sportswear will outfit the male staffers at the 10th anniversary of the event on World Tennis Day.“We have always been more than a night of tennis,” Solomon said.At the Garden, Williams will play French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in an exhibition with a team tennis format of “The Americas vs The World.”She’ll join Juan Martin del Potro in doubles against Muguruza and Kei Nishikori. Andy Roddick faces Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock takes on Nick Kyrgios.FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams reacts after missing a shot against sister Serena during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Here are some things to know about Williams, who frequently travels with her gray Havanese dog Harold, enjoys singing karaoke and looks forward to the French Open, where she’ll extend her record as all-time leader in Grand Slam appearances to 74.OFF COURTWilliams has a busy life off the court, working toward her master’s degree in interior architecture for her VStarr Interiors company and as part-owner of the Miami Dolphins with her sister Serena.She relaunched EleVen in 2012 after dealing with distribution issues during the recession. Paragon Sports in New York, which hosted the fashion show, and other stores and tennis clubs will sell her line of tennis, yoga and active throughout the year.“I’m fully on the case, my hands are all involved in design,” said Williams, who earned a degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “That’s what makes obviously EleVen very EleVen, it has my point of view.”She says the tricky part is coming up with a new selection of hues.“It feels like you’ve used every color already,” she said, laughing. “Let’s try to find a color that people like to wear that we haven’t used already.”VETERAN SMARTSWilliams needed all the savvy of a 36-year-old veteran to reach the Australian Open final in January, competing for the title for the first time in 14 years. She lost to Serena, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner seems to especially savor those moments.“It was great, I played against a lot of players who were very worthy of being in that final two,” Venus said. “So I was pretty delighted to be there.”Now ranked No. 13, she’ll play this week at Indian Wells, California, followed by the Miami Open near her backyard of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.She’s experienced the roller coast of fatigue with Sjogren’s Syndrome, diagnosed in 2011. After the Australian Open, she lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open and acknowledged she wasn’t feeling her best.RIGHT COACHAll the while, she’s maintained a steady decade-plus coaching relationship with Dave Witt.“I think we have very similar temperaments, we’re very laid back,” Williams said. “If it’s working, don’t fix it.”She says her game has evolved since turning pro at 14 in 1994.“You have to improve to be competitive,” Williams said. “I think my mental game has improved the most, trying to be stronger mentally and physically. Just a lot more time in the gym increasingly is crucial.”SOCIAL VOICEWilliams has 1.66 million followers on Twitter, which features a photo of Harold, posts on keeping girls in sports and her cover story on entrepreneurship in Inc. magazine.Williams helped bring equal prize money to the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007, urging Wimbledon to finally give athletes of both genders the same paycheck.She’s also an investor in Ellevest, which helps women with investment strategies.Williams recently joined the #StandUp movement, saying in a video on Twitter: “I’m standing up against inequality and I am standing up for constant positive change, embetterment and for love in this world.”AIMING FOR 40?Williams has talked about possibly playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when she’d be 40. Billie Jean King played until 40 and Martina Navratilova won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title at 49.She attributes her longevity to “lots of prayer” and passion for the game.“You have to love it, it’s a lot of work,” Williams said. “If you feel like you have more to give, the heart is in it, that makes it pretty easy to get out there and pay the price.”___Online: https://elevenbyvenuswilliams.com/,The EleVen by Venus collection will be worn by ball girls and ushers at the BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.“(We) have the opportunity to outfit everyone, and it’s just a win-win,” Williams said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.Showdown founder Jerry Solomon and Williams decided to showcase her active wear, featuring berry colors and classic black and white. Vince Camuto sportswear will outfit the male staffers at the 10th anniversary of the event on World Tennis Day.“We have always been more than a night of tennis,” Solomon said.At the Garden, Williams will play French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in an exhibition with a team tennis format of “The Americas vs The World.”She’ll join Juan Martin del Potro in doubles against Muguruza and Kei Nishikori. Andy Roddick faces Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock takes on Nick Kyrgios.FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams reacts after missing a shot against sister Serena during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Here are some things to know about Williams, who frequently travels with her gray Havanese dog Harold, enjoys singing karaoke and looks forward to the French Open, where she’ll extend her record as all-time leader in Grand Slam appearances to 74.OFF COURTWilliams has a busy life off the court, working toward her master’s degree in interior architecture for her VStarr Interiors company and as part-owner of the Miami Dolphins with her sister Serena.She relaunched EleVen in 2012 after dealing with distribution issues during the recession. Paragon Sports in New York, which hosted the fashion show, and other stores and tennis clubs will sell her line of tennis, yoga and active throughout the year.“I’m fully on the case, my hands are all involved in design,” said Williams, who earned a degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “That’s what makes obviously EleVen very EleVen, it has my point of view.”She says the tricky part is coming up with a new selection of hues.“It feels like you’ve used every color already,” she said, laughing. “Let’s try to find a color that people like to wear that we haven’t used already.”VETERAN SMARTSWilliams needed all the savvy of a 36-year-old veteran to reach the Australian Open final in January, competing for the title for the first time in 14 years. She lost to Serena, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner seems to especially savor those moments.“It was great, I played against a lot of players who were very worthy of being in that final two,” Venus said. “So I was pretty delighted to be there.”Now ranked No. 13, she’ll play this week at Indian Wells, California, followed by the Miami Open near her backyard of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.She’s experienced the roller coast of fatigue with Sjogren’s Syndrome, diagnosed in 2011. After the Australian Open, she lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open and acknowledged she wasn’t feeling her best.RIGHT COACHAll the while, she’s maintained a steady decade-plus coaching relationship with Dave Witt.“I think we have very similar temperaments, we’re very laid back,” Williams said. “If it’s working, don’t fix it.”She says her game has evolved since turning pro at 14 in 1994.“You have to improve to be competitive,” Williams said. “I think my mental game has improved the most, trying to be stronger mentally and physically. Just a lot more time in the gym increasingly is crucial.”SOCIAL VOICEWilliams has 1.66 million followers on Twitter, which features a photo of Harold, posts on keeping girls in sports and her cover story on entrepreneurship in Inc. magazine.Williams helped bring equal prize money to the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007, urging Wimbledon to finally give athletes of both genders the same paycheck.She’s also an investor in Ellevest, which helps women with investment strategies.Williams recently joined the #StandUp movement, saying in a video on Twitter: “I’m standing up against inequality and I am standing up for constant positive change, embetterment and for love in this world.”AIMING FOR 40?Williams has talked about possibly playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when she’d be 40. Billie Jean King played until 40 and Martina Navratilova won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title at 49.She attributes her longevity to “lots of prayer” and passion for the game.“You have to love it, it’s a lot of work,” Williams said. “If you feel like you have more to give, the heart is in it, that makes it pretty easy to get out there and pay the price.”___Online: https://elevenbyvenuswilliams.com/ In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams answers a question at a press conference following her loss to sister Serena in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams chatted with fans and autographed balls at a low-key fashion show on Sunday, highlighting her spring tennis clothing line.last_img read more

John McCain mourned by Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona sports community

first_imgHe had a strong connection to Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals. McCain attended Cardinals games and made an appearance at training camp before the 2017 season. Fitzgerald became friends with the senator, penning a tribute to him last Christmas and visiting him this year.“Arizona, the United States and the rest of the world will not be the same without the voice of Senator John McCain,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. “We are heartbroken by his passing, but know that the character, courage and conviction that he demonstrated throughout his life will endure forever.” In this Aug. 24, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is seen on the giant replay screen during a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins at Chase Field in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) McCain died Saturday after battling brain cancer and the Arizona sports community mourned him across the Valley of the Sun. He was 81.Before his cancer diagnosis last year, McCain was a regular at Arizona sporting events.“Rest in peace to an American hero, statesman, servant of the people, and dear friend,” Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald posted on Twitter. “Godspeed Senator McCain. My prayers for Cindy and the beautiful McCain family.”Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reaches out to make a catch during an NFL football practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) McCain also attended Phoenix Suns games, even donning an orange shirt with wife Cindy to join the rest of the fans. He also narrated the video for the Suns’ 50-year anniversary.“John McCain was an American hero, an American icon and a friend,” the Suns said. “As we collectively mourn his passing, we also celebrate his unparalleled leadership and dedication to service. Additionally, his courage, perseverance and ability to overcome adversity, in every aspect of his life, will continue to inspire us all.”McCain also was a supporter of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, Arizona State and University of Arizona athletics.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportscenter_img He was a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan, attending the expansion draft in 1997 and the World Series in 2001, when his team took down the mighty New York Yankees. McCain even attended spring training workouts.Diamondbacks fans gave a standing ovation when McCain’s image was shown on the video board Saturday night during the team’s game against the Seattle Mariners.“John McCain has always been a member of the D-backs’ family and was one of this team’s biggest fans since day one,” Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said. “He was in attendance at the expansion draft, the World Series and countless other games, remaining a fan through thick and thin. I am honored to consider him a friend and we will miss seeing his smiling face in the stands and our heartfelt thoughts go out to his entire family.”McCain was an avid supporter of the Arizona Coyotes and worked to keep the hockey team in the Valley after the former owner filed for bankruptcy. The Coyotes honored McCain with a bobblehead at a military appreciation night in 2011 and the senator dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game against the Montreal Canadiens.“The entire Coyotes organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator John McCain,” the team said. “Senator McCain was a great American hero and patriot who dedicated his life and career to public service. Senator McCain was a maverick who fought for what he believed in and represented the very best ideals of the United States senate. He was a courageous leader who served Arizona and the United States with pride.” PHOENIX (AP) — The sight of John McCain sitting in the stands at Chase Field became so commonplace few people seemed to even notice. The senator from Arizona would get handshakes and take pictures with fans, but he was there just to be one of them, cheering on the home team.last_img read more

Both Galway teams win again in Celtic Challenge

first_imgCeltic Challenge U17 Hurling Tournament Galway North 3-18 South East Clare 1-16Galway North recorded their third win in a row in the Celtic Challenge U17 in Gort on Wednesday. A hat trick of goals from Barry Callanan and eleven points from Conor Fahey did much to set Galway North on their way, as did a spirited first half performance into the wind at the end of which they trailed by just two points.Sean Bleahene and Conor Newell shot the opening two points of the game for the Galway men, but South East Clare soon settled. Rian Considine, James McMahon with a goal, Diarmuid Ryan and Killian McDermott all hit the target to leave the Clare side 1-3 to 0-2 ahead on 7 minutes.Clare were beginning to dominate, but on 13 minutes Sean Bleahene fed Barry Callinan and the full forward found the net to give Galway North a real lift. By the end of the opening quarter South East Clare had built a 1-7 to 1-4 lead, but crucially Galway North outscored their opponents by 0-4 to 0-3 before the break with Conor Fahey shooting 3 of those points.Owen O’Hara with 2 frees and a delightful Rian Considine sideline cut accounted for the South East Clare scores though an interval lead of 1-10 to 1-8 looked scant from their perspective and so it proved in the early stages of the second half. By the 40th minute North Galway had built a 2-12 to 1-9 lead – Sean Coleman fed Barry Callanan for his second goal with Callanan, Conor Newell and Karl Conneely all adding good points.South East Clare to their credit and despite being set up defensively had the margin back to manageable proportions – 2-13 to 1-13 – on 48 minutes thanks to 2 Diarmuid Ryan frees and a neat Conor McMahon score.  But North Galway finished strongly and 4 Conor Fahey frees allied to a Pierce McDonagh score had the winners five ahead with time up before in the final play of the game a strong run by Martin Cullen finished when a pass to Barry Callanan and Callanan duly shot his hat trick goal to wrap up a 3-18 to 1-16 winGalway North: Ronan McDonagh (Turloughmore) Cillian Mannion (Ballygar) Darragh Daly (Athenry) Sean Lyons (Turloughmore) Cian O’Toole (Annaghdown) Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh) 0-1 free  Jason Walsh (Annaghdown) Sylvester Zwierczyk (Ballygar) Martin Cullen (Athenry) Karl Conneely (Turloughmore) 0-1 Ger Flahive (Mountbellew-Moylough) Conor Fahey (Padraig Pearses) 0-11, 0-9 frees , Cathal Cooley (Abbeyknockmoy) Daniel Loftus (Turloughmore), Conor Newell (Sylane) 0-2 Pierce McDonagh (Ballygar) 0-1 Darren Collins (Athenry)  Darragh Glynn (Ahascragh-Fohenagh) Diarmuid Conway (Annaghdown) Cian Higgins (Sylane) Sean Keating (Mountbellew-Moylough) Colm Flaherty (Abbeyknockmoy) Sean Coleman (Athenry) Barry Callanan (Turloughmore) 3-2Galway City & West 3-21 Roscommon 2-6Galway City & West recorded their second win in the competition with a dominant display against Roscommon in Athenry last night.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

The time has come to set up an Afro-Guyanese bank

first_imgA bank is the life blood of a community. Moreover, a bank that caters to its community in ways that cares and respects the indigenousness of that community becomes more than a centre of finance.It is no secret that the afro-Guyanese approach to finance and banking is infused with a sense of upbringing that is ethnically different from the other citizen groups. There is nothing racist about setting up an afro-Guyanese bank to lend more money to small businesses, potential homeowners and others to reinvest back into the community they know and love. It is time the debate shift to financial empowerment for afro-Guyanese ie economic self-awareness.Let me be clear an afro-Guyanese bank will serve all people of Guyana, but its mission is to empower afro-Guyanese economically by underwriting loans with the added understanding of its primary customers. Moreover, it is in the interest of afro-Guyanese to support such an entity as an investment into building their future by cyclically compounding wealth.What “form” should such a bank take to accomplish its primary mission? For starters it should have its headquarters in a predominantly afro-Guyanese locale, for instance Hopetown in West Berbice.Next, there should be a marketing campaign with emphasis on the unique services and products offered to its primary customers. Products such as loans structured to clients with special atomisation and terms that are reflective of income streams such those drive from operation of minibuses and taxis, seasonal and contractual labour arrangements.For example, 30-year mortgages, reverse mortgages, asset back lending including, inventory of market stalls, gold and other precious metals. Other forms of lending should include non-traditional guarantees such as churches, savings clubs, farming clubs, pension accounts, contract awards, and insurance awards and annuities.This idea is not new and if implemented will serve as another symbol of pride for the afro-Guyanese community.Yours sincerely,Keith Bernardlast_img read more

Football Talk: Bartley’s Callachan dig, Spurs eye Tierney

first_imgNot content with taking derby day spoils on the park, Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley took to Twitter post-match to ensure everyone was aware of who enjoyed Edinburgh’s bragging rights.The Englishman tweeted: “Who is this Ross they talk of, I’m guessing he was injured today?! #WeRunThisCity” after Hibs’ 1-0 win in response to pre-match jibes from Hearts fans predicting Ross Callachan would prevail in the midfield battle for superiority.Earlier, Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty had informed the Twittersphere just how happy he was to be on the right side of the Edinburgh derby but was left with egg on his face after suffering defeat.Elsewhere, reports claim Tottenham Hotspur sent one of their top European scouts to Celtic’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich to cast an eye over Kieran Tierney’s development.  Maurichio Pochettino apparently sees the 20-year-old left back as a long-term replacement for Danny Rose, who is expected to leave Spurs next summer.Rangers laid bare their frustrations with the SFA’s offer of a two-game ban for Bruno Alves in a strongly worded statement last night. Never shy of a soundbite, Chris Sutton hit out at the Ibrox club during coverage of the Edinburgh derby, claiming the statement was “embarrassing” and “devoid of credibility”.Elsewhere, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blamed the ball for his side’s inability to beat the Wolves keeper over a 120 minutes of League Cup action.last_img read more