If Messi smiles, Barça also

first_imgLeo Messi: One other sensational efficiency by the Argentine. Barça completed the match in lower than half an hour, and Leo was very responsible of it. He scored two targets, gave one other and was a nuisance for the Cantabrian protection. Third time he will get this season 16 factors. Casquero: He began on the bench, and his entry was decisive to resolve the sport in favor of Getafe. He made the one purpose of the match with a strong shot inside the realm. His third purpose of the season and 14 factors this journey for him.They’ll do extraDiego Forlán: Not way back the Uruguayan chained two days in a row with fairly constructive scores. Nevertheless, final day he didn’t play and this time he has once more obtained a damaging rating of -2. The 40 factors it has up to now don’t justify its worth near the € 12,500,000. Higuaín: One other Argentine who provides the three factors to his staff today because of his double. Profitable at Mestalla just isn’t simple, however Pipita made it doable in a fast-paced second half by which 5 targets had been seen. This time he has managed to do 16 factors. On the quick observe. That is how FC Barcelona overcame their duel towards Racing Santander, which they received 1-Four in a conflict that was already 0-Three in 26 minutes. And is that, when Messi It’s fantastic, this stuff occur. The Argentine scored two targets and distributed an help to turn into the MVP of the day. Piqué and Ibrahimovic they also helped with a purpose every and, within the case of the Swedish, also an help.Mestalla hosted one of many matches of the day, and this didn’t disappoint. Assembly very even and with many targets that Actual Madrid took by 2-Three because of the double of the «Pipita» Higuaín and the definitive each of Garay. Shut, very shut was Actual Valladolid scratching some extent of the Coliseum with a Justo Villar who made many worthwhile stops however Casquero, which entered the second half, ended the visiting resistance giving Getafe a 1-Zero victory.One other of the clashes of the day was the one which confronted Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla. The locals took the win “in extremis” 2-1 with a purpose from the aspect Antonio Lopez within the added time. Also by the minimal, 1-2, Almería received at Malaga’s residence with one other purpose from one aspect: Sunday Schism.A brand new 2-1 left us today within the confrontation between Tenerife and Osasuna. Ricardo Leon ended his nice recreation with each the victory of his staff. Lastly, Mallorca tied for a purpose at Espanyol’s residence. The parrots got here ahead, however Borja Valero He equalized from the penalty spot to be our final member of the Excellent XI of day 13.MVPscenter_img Javi martinez: A fixture within the Athletic Membership scheme and that has performed each minute up to now. The Basque staff received by the minimal at Xerez’s residence, however Javi Martínez didn’t have his finest day and he even missed a penalty (or fairly, Renan stopped him). It’s the first time that he will get -2, however from a participant who exceeds € 8,500,000 extra is predicted. Negredo: The Sevilla striker started in a wonderful manner scoring three targets within the first 5 video games. Nevertheless, he’s going by a very lengthy head-to-door droop that has already lasted eight video games. Second consecutive day that makes -2 and really poor figures of somebody who exceeds the € 7,500,000.last_img read more

English Premier League Reviews

first_imgSAT, JAN 2, 2016ARSENAL 1NEWCASTLE UNITED 0GOAL: ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY 72.Arsenal are now two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a narrow win over troubled Newcastle. A draw looked likely until defender Laurent Koscielny came to the rescue with a close-range winner in the 72nd minute. Newcastle could have come away with at least a point, having been on the front foot for much of the second half.LEICESTER CITY 0AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0GOALS: NONE.Leicester wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League after Riyad Mahrez had a second-half penalty saved against 10-man AFC Bournemouth. Moments after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goal-scoring chance, Artur Boruc denied Mahrez with a two-handed save.MANCHESTER UNITED 2SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS: UNITED: MARTIAL 47; ROONEY 77. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 70.Wayne Rooney’s brilliant winner beat Swansea as Manchester United ended a run of eight games without a win.The goal ensures that Rooney is now second place on the all-time Barclays Premier League goal-scoring lists on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer. After a dour first half, Martial headed United in front, before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s glancing effort set nerves on edge at Old Trafford.Manchester United move up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham.NORWICH CITY 1SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL: NORWICH: TETTEY 76.Alex Tettey’s second-half goal gave Norwich a hard-fought win over 10-man Southampton at Carrow Road. Saints went a man down when Victor Wanyama was sent off, with Norwich scoring just three minutes later. Canaries’ striker Dieumerci Mbokani had missed good chances from close range before the break, while Steven Davis forced the hosts’ Declan Rudd into a good save in the first half.SUNDERLAND 3ASTON VILLA 1GOALS: SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 30; DEFOE 72, 90. VILLA: GIL 63.Sunderland boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom-side Aston Villa. The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net. A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike. Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 19 league matches.WATFORD 1MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS: WATFORD: KOLAROV OG 55. CITY: TOURE 82; AG¸ERO 84.+Late goals from Yaya TourÈ and Sergio Ag¸ero rescued Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Watford in an entertaining finale. Watford went ahead after the break when Aleksandar Kolarov headed Ben Watson’s corner beyond Joe Hart, who had the situation covered, for an own goal. With defeat looming, TourÈ side-foot volleyed Kolarov’s corner into the near post to level. And Ag¸ero headed Bacary Sagna’s fine cross home to secure a rare away win.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2STOKE CITY 1GOALS: WBA: SESSEGNON 60; EVANS 90. STOKE: WALTERS 81.Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches. After a sterile first 60minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot. Stoke created little in the second half, but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross. Almost immediately, the visitors’ Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob, before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.WEST HAM UNITED 2LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: WEST HAM: ANTONIO 10; CARROLL 55.Andy Carroll scored against his former club as West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the table thanks to a first league double over the Reds for 52 years. Michail Antonio beat Nathaniel Clyne to Enner Valencia’s early cross to net the Premier League’s first goal of 2016. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was denied by the bar, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were off the pace throughout. Carroll sealed the points after meeting Mark Noble’s cross.SUN, JAN 3CRYSTAL PALACE 0CHELSEA 3GOALS: CHELSEA: OSCAR 29; WILLIAN 60; COSTA 66.Guus Hiddink maintained his unbeaten record since taking over from sacked Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho as his side extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive dismantling of high-riding Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead when he latched onto Diego Costa’s pass. Willian made it 2-0 with a delightful long-range effort, then turned provider for Costa after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled the cross.EVERTON 1TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: EVERTON: LENNON 22. TOTTENHAM: ALLI 45.Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon netted against his former club, but Deli Alli ensured Spurs extended their unbeaten away sequence to nine games, their best run for 20 years. In a rare Everton attack, Lennon put the home team ahead with a half-volley. Alli then levelled before the break, controlling Toby Alderweireld’s cross-field ball with his chest and finishing low beyond Tim Howard.last_img read more

Koikoi`s Suit

first_imgBack in a small village called Malamai lived Koikoi and Bobo, two best friends among the villagers.Koikoi and Bobo did things in common in tapping palm wine, fishing, farming and most of the cases eating together. If one had killed an animal, he would give a potion to his friend for his family even if the friend was away.At times, they did their farm work together as Kuu, from brushing to that of clearing and fencing. Their friendship was not just limited to that but the two men were traditional healers. Koikoi was the town head traditional healer while Bobo was the head traditional healer of the Clan.The villagers used to admire the two men so much that many people felt that not one of the men could be brave to cheat on his friend due to their hand work and fear of God.The two men were sent to partake in the poro festival in the nearby clan. As the two men arrived in their host village in the clan, Bobo was given a room first while the chief and elders were finding a sleeping place for koikoi. After thirty minutes, Bobo told the people not to worry; he and his friend will stay in the same room. He told the people that he knows that logging business is always a serious problem during such an occasion because others traditional healers are here and many more to come in few days so that laid Koikoi`s logging to rest.The next evening, Koikoi told his friend Bobo that when he is going to bed, he should lock the door for him, Koikoi was sleeping out. Bobo agreed but never ask KoiKoi where or with whom he was going to sleep because they were all men on their own.At about 7:30 p.m. Koikoi walked back for two hours to their village but before reaching his village he spent some time with a friend in a nearby village. At midnight, Koikoi entered Malamai because he did not want people to see him, mainly his wives or even to know that he was there. Koikoi entered the village and walked straight into Bobo`s house and in his room. KoiKoi met his friend Bobo`s second wife, slept there and wrestle with her in bed naked. Early the following morning, Koikoi left so that no one sees him including those in the next village. When Koikoi got back, he met Bobo had just got out of bed and unlock the door to come out. This went on for a period of two weeks and three days before the story change hand.That wonderful evening, Bobo told Koikoi that he was going also somewhere and would be back late, so he should manage things.Koikoi asked Bobo, have you your keys with you? Yes, Bobo answered. Then good bye, if you return and don`t see me, we will meet in the morning as usual, said Koikoi.Bobo didn`t commit but walked out and straight to his village. When Bobo got home, he went around the village and greeted everyone including Koikoi`s family. Koikoi` wives and children were very happy to see Bobo and to get some information about their husband and father’s wellbeing. Bobo told them that his friend Koikoi was well and strong and no problem. In fact we both are sleeping together in the same room. Everyone laughed and then Koikoifirst wife said “two friends one brother”. Bobo turned and went home. When the dusk sat in, Bobo told his second wife to go and sleep in the big house with the other women and children. The woman asked him, why didn`t you send message that you were coming today and secondly, you are asking me out of the room? Bobo smile and said to his second wife if I`m coming to my village and to my house, who should I ask? And I am a traditional healer that travels at my will. The woman murmured while walking out of the room, “let me tell you this is not fair,” she said.Bobo did not care whether fair or not, he took off his cloths but forgot to lock the door and went to bed. As he was between sleep and awake, he heard a sound of the door opening. He pretended to be in deep sleep.Koikoi walked in, took off his short trouser suit and hanged it behind the door, spoke but no response. Hun-hun, Korpo, I`m sorry for coming late today, but is there any food for me? No response. Koikoi went over to the bed and begin to play with Bobo on the bed thinking that`s Korpo.Bobo never shake until Koikoi rub his hand on Bobo`s chin and then wanted to run away then Bobo grabbed his hand but Koikoi fought and escape leaving behind his suit.Koikoi went ‘butt naked’ until he reached the village in between the two towns (Their village and the place of the feast). There, he went and knocked the window, awaken one of his friends and when he entered butt naked, his friend became afraid and confused as to what was going on.Koikoi begged his friend to let him a suit of any kind and to keep it as a top secret for life but refused to explain what had happened. His friend lent him the cloths (a trouser and a shirt) which enable Koikoi to go back.The next morning as Bobo got out of bed, he saw the short trousers` suit and right away he knew the owner. So he remains silent but took the suit and placed it in his bag and took it along. When Bobo got back, he never said anything to Koikoi or anyone else.After two weeks, the Poro feast was over. Quietly and friendly Bobo and Koikoi went home.The following morning Bobo took out Koikoi`s suit from his bag and started walking around the village like a town crier. He was yelling out by saying ‘whose suit is this; whose suit is this?’ If I don`t find the person, I will throw medicine on him and the person will die.” Bobo went around the village till he faced Koikoi`s house. When Koikoi saw Bobo, he ran from the piazza and ran in his room.Bobo walked straight to Koikoi`s house with the same announcement. Koikoi`s wife looked keenly at the suit then when inside the room and called her husband to come and see the suit.Koikoi hesitated but went out sheepishly and greeted his friend. His wife asked of the suit, Koikoi denied that the suit was not his. The lady said to him that the suit was for him. He was so angry that he slaps her and says that she was a lair. My suit got missing since, koikoi said. The woman yell, you lie, I washed this suit just before you people went for your man society feast.Bobo said, no palaver. I am going to throw medicine and the owner of this suit will die. Then Koikoi yelled: ‘noooo! You can do that! Please don`t kill that person.’ The village chief arrived and asked Koikoi is the suit yours? No,Koikoi answered, but we cannot stay here for this man to kill someone. We all know how powerful this great healer is. The chief quiet the conflict at that moment.Two hour later, behind close door, the true story of the suit was discussed. Koikoi and his wife went to the chief with three senior elders demanding that they beg Bobo not to kill him because the suit is legal chatter. Koikoi`s tears ran down……… I must admit that I was caught wrestling naked in bed with Borbor`s wife, and I escaped but I left my suit behind. Chief Massaquoi, I am guilty.Chief Massaquoi, sent for Bobo and his second wife to come at his court. Bobo and his wife hurry to the chief call as the message landed in their ears. Later on, behind close door, the true story of the suit was discussed among the elders including Bobo and Koikoi. The elders including KoiKoi asked for forgiveness from Bobo. Question: If you were in the position of Bobo, will you accept Koikoi`s forgivingness or not?You can kindly email your response to ballahsiafa@gmail.com or text to +231886101019/0775101019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Hospital Foundation Gets $100,000

first_imgMembers of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, NPSCU & Northern Health get a cheque for $100,000 from NPSCU – Photo: Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation took a major step forward today in their campaign for a CT Scanner. North Peace Savings and Credit Union and their Social Responsibility Committee have donated 100 thousand dollars towards the purchase of at CT Scanner. This is the single largest donation the Hospital Foundation has recieved from a locally owned company. So far almost one third of the money need to purchase the CT Scanner has been raised within the community. In total over 400 thousand dollars has been raised with a goal of 1.3 million dollars. The Foundation hopes the Credit Union’s donation will cause other companies to think about making a donation to the CT Scanner Campaign. Currently 20 percent of the people that use the Hospital need a CT Scan and at the moment have to be moved to Dawson Creek. If you would like to make a donation call 250-262-5299.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Local Fight HST campaigner reacts to referendum result

first_imgStedel said he is interested to hear the reaction of the government, and specifically Premier Christy Clark, on what direction they might take following the referendum result.He added the result shows that all of the hard work put in by the many volunteers with the Fight HST campaign did pay off.Attempts were made to contact Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom for his reaction, but he was unable to be reached this afternoon. However, attempts will be made to get his reaction, as well as from other local stakeholders, early next week. Alvin Stedel said the campaign to extinguish the HST was successful mainly because it was an expression of the will of the people.“The petition itself was successful – obviously because the HST is going to be repealed – but it was successful mainly in sending a message to the government that you have to bring the people with you if youre going to bring in legislation,“ said Stedel. “Whether it may be a good idea or not, you have to let the people know what you`re doing and how youre doing it.“He added it’s a positive for consumers that the HST will be coming off many goods and services that were exempt under the PST-GST system.- Advertisement -However, Stedel said it is unfortunate that many businesses will waste time and expense reverting back to the previous tax system.“It`s such a waste of energy and money to have had to go through this process,“ he said. “Sure, you know, the petition won the day, but in the end there`s extra expense that is going to create no wealth.“He said there is no doubt larger local businesses, such as in the oil and gas industry, benefitted from the input tax credits they received under the HST system, but that came at the expense of retail merchants who saw the price of many goods and services go up, driving more customers to their Alberta competitors.Advertisementlast_img

Volunteers needed to help bring history to life

first_imgCalifornia State Parks is looking for actors, history buffs or just plain curious people to bring Antelope Valley’s history to life at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve this season. Just curious about what living history is and who we’re bringing to life? We’re looking for volunteers to dress as general or specific people from our local history while reenacting a historic chore or project at the Poppy Reserve visitor center. You can either talk to visitors as if you are that person and it’s that era, or just talk about your character as your current self. Come to the training to learn more. No commitment is required at the training, but we hope you’ll be excited by this fun opportunity. All levels of experience from nonactors to professionals are welcome, with or without knowledge of local history. Living History training will be from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday at the Mojave Desert Information Center, 43779 15th Street W., Lancaster. We will discuss tips and techniques for living history reenacting, and we’ll have information about some of our local characters and the colorful variety of folks that have crossed this valley during the past two centuries, from miners to farmers to aristocrats. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.last_img read more

Mexican goes modern

first_img“Now it’s more like Mexican with fusion ingredients – and we are doing more fish and steaks. In the last four years, I think people have been changing their tastes. Customers want Mexican influence but more upscale dishes.” Hotter and spicier items are also preferred. “We are now using chipotle, pasilla, habanero, serrano, jalape o and guajillo chiles – no Anaheims, as they are too mild. “I go to Mexico twice a year to research ideas and taste authentic food in Mexico,” says the 25-year company veteran who was born in Sinaloa and grew up eating a lot of seafood. Unlike the Grill, the El Torito restaurant menu features more traditional Mexican fare, while Acapulco restaurants offer California Mexican food. At Frida Mexican Cuisine, a 5-year-old, 75-seat Beverly Hills restaurant, customers can also dine on upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine, including handmade corn tortillas. The fiery spice of chiles and the refreshing tang of lime have always been the tasty back story in Mexican fare. The beans, rice and tortillas have become staples. Now those basics are undergoing a change as they fuse with other foods and flavors to step up the options in Mexican cooking. “The food has changed at El Torito Grill (locations in Sherman Oaks and throughout the Southland) and is now more upscale,” says Roberto “Pepe” Lopez, executive chef of Real Mex Restaurants, who oversees and develops contemporary selections for the Grill menus as well as those of El Torito, Acapulco and Las Brisas. “We experiment (with new creations) the most at the Grill. When we first opened almost two decades ago, more combinations (plates) were on the menu. The wood-fire mesquite grill and tortilla camal are key tools to making fresh menu selections. Most of the recipes used are from Mexico – Southern, Northern and Central regions, including the Yucatan, Sonora, Mexico City, Acapulco, Puebla and more, says Vicente Del Rio, the manager. People confuse Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. “A lot of people think real enchiladas are in red and blue tortillas with yellow cheese,” but that’s more Tex-Mex. “The authentic ones are regular corn tortillas filled with cheese or chicken and a red, green or mole sauce topped with cheese and sour cream.” Trendy now are ceviches – fresh and in lots of combinations with Asian foods, chiles, shrimp, tuna combined with onions, avocado and chile serrano, and prepared with soy sauce, lime and a touch of chipotle chile. “The sauce tastes amazing,” says Del Rio. Also popular are grilled tuna, shrimp or fish tostadas served with chipotle mayonnaise sauce and topped with avocado or guacamole. Tequila martinis with a twist of lime on the rocks are also hip and chic, as are shots of frozen tequila. Food and culture have evolved in this country over the last two decades, says Chicago restaurateur and chef Rick Bayless, co-owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, in his recently released 20th Anniversary Edition of “Authentic Mexican, Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico,” written with his wife, Deann Groen Bayless. Because “Hispanics, the majority of them Mexican, have become the fastest-growing immigrant group in North America,” most non-Hispanic Americans no longer need to travel south of the border to encounter a real taste of Mexico, he adds. For home cooks, once-difficult-to-find ingredients such as chipotle chiles, dark green poblanos, fresh tomatillos, fresh cactus paddles, roasted tomatoes and key limes are now readily available in grocery stores and in a variety of forms (dried, ground, canned, pickled, etc.). Many have gone mainstream and are flavoring other things like barbecue sauces, salad dressings and chutneys, says Bayless. Salsa is now more popular than ketchup, and Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream is one of the company’s best sellers. Some of the trendy new creations in the works that will be added to El Torito Grill restaurant menus today include: AHI TUNA: Covered with cumin and cayenne pepper, then seared (not cooked through), served with a tamarind-chipotle sauce, serrano chile-fennel mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and papaya relish. ENSALADA DE CEVICHE: An appetizer or salad made by marinating raw ahi tuna a couple of hours in a mixture of salt, black pepper, ground-up Peruvian chile (ajei) and shrimp broth. Chopped cucumber and papaya are added, and then it’s topped with habanero red onions (marinated in lime juice and habanero chiles). PICANTE STEAK: Top sirloin steak marinated 2 hours in cayenne pepper, garlic, cilantro, salt and olive oil, then mesquite-grilled. Served with caramelized onions and roasted corn, grilled asparagus, serrano chile-fennel mashed potatoes and a corn cake. SANTA FE TORTE: Although this isn’t new, it’s a popular menu favorite and has been tweaked a little through the years. The stacked 5-inch-diameter round creation is made by layering corn and red chile crepes (made at the restaurant) with a filling mixture of diced cooked chicken breast, red chile sauce, corn, diced pasilla chiles and shredded Jack cheese in between. Topped off with mango-pineapple salsa, it’s served surrounded with red chile and jalapeno sauces. Hungry for more? Adobe Cantina 29100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills (818) 991-3474 A fun outdoor-dining setting with patios, fire pits and fountains. Border Grill 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica (310) 451-1655 Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the Two Hot Tamales, have raised the bar on Mexican cuisine. El Torito Grill 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 907-7172 Innovative, upscale Mexican fusion cuisine. Loter a! Grill Farmers Market at the Grove 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles (323) 930-2211 The Mexican food is heavenly in this bare-bones setting, say fans. Sonora Cafe 180 S. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-1800 It’s been offering innovative Mexican/Southwestern food for years. Tamayo 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., East Los Angeles (323) 260-4700 This attractive restaurant features artwork from the late Rufino Tamayo and delicious food. Frida Mexican Cuisine 236 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 278-7666 Stylish, gourmet Mexican restaurant. La Serenata de Garibaldi 1842 E. First St., L.A., (323) 265-2887; also 1416 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 656-7017 La Serenata Gourmet 10924 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles (310) 441-9667 All three Serenata locations serve delicious Mexican fare – some say it’s fabulous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Beckham team to be known as ‘Inter Miami’

first_img0Shares0000David Beckham’s Miami franchise is due to make its MLS debut in 2020 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Eric EspadaMIAMI, United States, Sep 5 – David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise will be known as Inter Miami, it was confirmed Wednesday.A statement said Beckham’s team, which is due to join the league in 2020, would be officially named Club Internacional de Futbol Miami. The name, which mirrors Serie A giants Inter Milan, was chosen to reflect Miami’s status as a “truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities.”“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” Beckham said.“It’s an honor to announce the new name and crest to our fans,” added Beckham, Miami MLS Owner and President of Football Operations.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Inter Miami’s black and pink club crest features two herons standing back to back set against the backdrop of an eclipse.The club’s motto — “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna” — pays tribute to concepts of freedom, unity, solidarity, inclusiveness, opportunity and good fortune for all, the club said.“Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home,” said Miami MLS Managing Owner Jorge Mas.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Valencia High girl standout in gun sports

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first time Mara Desso picked up a shotgun, at age 12, she amazed her father by breaking 21 out of 25 clay targets. A junior at Valencia High School, Mara has since honed her skills through a scholastic shooting program. At 16, she is one of the top female shooters in her age group in the country. Shooting clay targets with a shotgun is a growing sport at high schools and elementary schools across the country. More than 7,000 students from fifth through 12th grade now take part in trap, skeet and sporting clay activities and competitions in 35 states. And unlike more traditional high school sports, everyone who comes out to shoot makes the team. In clay target shooting sports, no tryouts are required and nobody sits on the bench. Girls shoot alongside boys. “We have everyone from the No. 1 senior academic student down to kids who are struggling academically,” said Brad Harker, shooting coach at Chippewa High in Doylestown, Ohio. “We have some of the top athletes down to those with no athletic ability. I have kids that weigh 80 pounds and kids that weigh almost 300 pounds.” In the second year of Chippewa’s shooting program, Harker has 78 students. “It is the largest club, and that includes all the varsity sports, clubs, bands and everything else,” he says. The Scholastic Clay Target Program was introduced six years ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade group, partnering with national skeet, trap and sporting clay associations. Ninth to 12th graders compete in the program’s senior division; sixth through eighth graders in the junior division; and fifth graders and below in the rookie division. In Tennessee, more than 1,500 students at 100 high schools and middle schools take part in clay target sports, with some offering letters just like in football, basketball and soccer. To benefit from that growth, the state’s four major universities have started their own shooting teams. Coaches and instructors say they have overcome many parents’ and administrators’ concerns about mixing guns and school by emphasizing the sport’s discipline and safety. Safety classes are sometimes held on school grounds, but no guns are brought on school property. All clay-target shooting practices and events take place at nearby trap and skeet facilities. Before shouldering a shotgun, every student must complete a comprehensive firearms safety course, said Lance Rider, shooting coach at McKenzie High School in McKenzie, Tenn. Parents “find our kids are held to a much higher standard than in any other sport they participate in,” Rider says. “We have a zero tolerance on safety violations because we have no second chances.” McKenzie High, a pioneer in shooting sports, has gained national attention for its all-girl championship shooting team. In fact, the Scholastic Clay Target Program reports strong growth among girls: The number of girls ages 12 to 17 taking part in shotgun sports has grown 56 percent over the past five years, said Steve Wagner, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Shooting sports provide an activity for many students who aren’t able to play other school sports, says Gail Miller, a shooting coach at Wood Creek High School in Roseville, Calif. “These high schools have all gotten big and they have budget issues,” he says. “If you look at their sports, the majority of their kids don’t get to participate. There are a lot of kids with nothing to do.” Miller says the program in California started five years ago with five kids and now has 600. “You don’t have to have big muscles, run fast or jump high” to compete in shooting sports, added Karen Dolan, a state program director and shooting instructor for the program in Rochester, N.Y. Coaches say the discipline required by shooting sports, however, builds students’ confidence quickly, and improves their focus and concentration, which carries over to the classroom. Students in Chippewa High School’s program pay $25 to take part, and there are loaner guns provided for those who don’t have a shotgun. “We tell the kids not to rush out and buy a shotgun until their skills are developed,” Harker says. “As instructors, most of us have several shotguns, so we are emptying our gun cabinets out for these kids.” High school shooters compete for scholarships offered by some 30 universities, said Chad Wittenburg, an official with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which has provided grants for high school shooting sports since 2004. Scott Powell’s daughter, Heather, is a senior honor student in the trap-shooting program at Chippewa High. She has decided to attend the University of Montana, her father says, in part because the honors dorms have secure gun rooms, and the university offers shooting sports and Olympic training programs. Like other champions coming out of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, California’s Mara Desso aspires to compete at the highest levels. Asked when she first started thinking about competing in world championship and Olympic shooting events, she answers: “Not too long ago, really. It was after I shot my second hundred straight targets.”last_img read more


first_imgIt was no ice cream sunday at the seaside as the Celts overcame the conditions and Glengad to book a spot in the last 8 of the Ulster Cup.A first half header from Aaron McClafferty appeared to have sent the home side through before a deflected leveller late on.Down to 10 men and against all odds, Eamonn Sheridan showed a touch of real class to twist two defenders inside out before lobbing the keeper from 18 yards for a sublime lead goal in ET. The Brae Sniper then got his sizeable forehead on a corner for a rocket header to seal the win. Excellent performance from all the bhoys on a tough day for a well deserved win.Special mention for debutant Ryan Connolly who excelled in a second half cameo. RATHMULLAN HOOPS BEAT GLENGAD IN EPIC CUP BATTLE was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RATHMULLAN HOOPS BEAT GLENGAD IN EPIC CUP BATTLElast_img read more