BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer The Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup softball team coaches knew they had something special prior to the start of the competition that features allstar diamond squads from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup teammates (l-r) Brianna Murphy (Mater Dei), Bobbie Boehler (Raritan) and Samantha Strickland (Raritan) hold up the trophy the Jersey Shore girls won for capturing the Carpenter Cup championship at Franklin Roosevelt Park in Philadelphia. The Carpenter Cup is a tri-state competition (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) involving high school underclassmen. This was the second title in four years for the Jersey Shore team, which is made up of players from the Shore Conference. “Even before we played a game we could tell the girls were bonding,” said Aado Kommendant, an assistant coach for the Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup team. “Chemistry comes from winning, but (head coach) Tony Vidola said we had the reverse. We had chemistry before winning.” The Jersey Shore squad (made up of the best non-seniors from the Shore Conference) proved to be special and won the Carpenter Cup championship on June 29 at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in Philadelphia, Pa. The local all-stars defeated another New Jersey team, Olympic Colonial from South Jersey, 2- 1, in the championship game. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Jersey Shore stars scored twice. Brianna Murphy (Mater Dei) singled and stole second. Zoe Otterman (St. John Vianney) bunted Murphy to third and beat the throw to first base. With two out, Cassidy Brzozowski (Howell) walked to load the bases. Erica Falvey (Middletown South) then delivered a two-run single to center for a 2-1 lead. In the top of the seventh, pitcher Sarah Bencivenga (Toms River East) needed just eight pitches to retire Olympic Colonial in order to give Jersey Shore its second Carpenter Cup crown in the last four years. The previous title came in 2007. Jersey Shore marched through the 16-team, double-elimination tournament undefeated at 5-0 and played the minimum number of games needed to win the crown. The all-stars defeated Mercer County, 1-0, in eight innings in their first game. That same day they also beat Burlington County, 8-3. In the third game, Jersey Shore beat SOL American Continental, 8-6, to advance to the winner’s bracket, where they defeated Olympic Colonial, 2-1, in the fourth game. Olympic Colonial fell into the loser’s bracket and eventually advanced to meet Jersey Shore in the championship game. Kommendant said Jersey Shore’s extra-inning win over Mercer County in the first game was critical to the team’s success. Teams do not want to fall into the loser’s bracket after one game because of the number of games that must then be played just to get to the championship game. “That was the key game for us,” he said.A gainst Mercer County, the international tiebreaker softball rules were in effect for the eighth inning, meaning that the inning began with a runner on second base. As the visiting team, Mercer was up in the top of the eighth and advanced its runner to third base with less than two out. A fly ball to right field looked like it might score the run, however, Otterman’s strong arm kept the runner at bay and the game remained scoreless. In the bottom of the eighth, Brzozowski started the inning as the runner at second base. She moved to third on Otterman’s bunt single and scored on an infield single by Linnette Siedler (Jackson Liberty). With pitchers not allowed to throw more than four innings, Jersey Shore went with the rotation of Jordan Weed (Toms River East) starting and Jen Retzer (St. John Vianney) closing. The plan worked for the first four games of the tournament. Because rain pushed back the tournament schedule, neither Weed nor Retzer were able to play in the final due to other commitments, so the coaches turned to Samantha Strickland (Raritan) and Bencivenga for the title game. All they did was combine for a no-hitter. “No one had better pitching than we did,” said Kommendant, in an understatement. Forty-five girls from Shore Conference schools tried out for the Carpenter Cup team and 17 made the squad that went to Philadelphia. The hardest part for the coaches was selecting the final 17 players. From the start, Kommendant said, the girls knew they were playing for more than themselves. “They realized they represented the entire conference, the other girls who had tried out, their high schools and themselves,” he said. The players also had something else going for them: all of them came from winning programs. “These kids are used to winning and playing in big games,” said Kommendant. This was the fourth year that Vidola (the head coach at Wall High School), Kommendant and Brad Hanson have coached the Jersey Shore all-stars and they know what it takes to be successful in the tournament. “The key to the roster in flexibility, having players who are good at multiple positions,” he explained. Brzozowski is an example of what Kommendant was talking about. She played centerfield for Howell High School and second base for the Jersey Shore squad. She recorded the final two outs of the championships game. In addition to Bencivenga, Brzozowski, Falvey, Murphy, Otterman, Retzer, Siedler, Strickland and Weed, the players who made up the 2010 Carpenter Cup championship team from the Jersey Shore were Sydney Canessa (Wall), Sarah Kirk (Manasquan), Sam Marchetti (Wall), Kendall Miller (Manasquan), Bobbi Boehler (Raritan), Lauren Saal (Howell), Kathleen Sharp (Toms River East) and Corey Schwartz (Toms River East). Vidola’s staff included Kommendant (the head coach at Raritan High School), Hanson (assistant coach at Wall), Edward Lowe (the head coach at Brick Township High School) and Joe Mason (assistant coach at Brick Township). The Carpenter Cup is 25 years old this year. It began in 1986 and was named for former Philadelphia Phillies owners Bob and Ruly Carpenter. The event was designed to be a vehicle for the best baseball players in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area. In 2005 the Carpenter Cup expanded to include a softball tournament. The softball teams are made up underclassmen and the competition allows the players to display their talents in front of college scouts.
By Steve Tongue and Ed DoveChelsea re-signed David Luiz and Premier League champions Leicester City broke their transfer record for striker Islam Slimani as Premier League clubs exceeded the one billion pounds barrier when the curtain fell on transfer deadline day.Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere completed an unexpected loan move to Bournemouth, while Tottenham Hotspur pipped Everton to Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko in a deal said to be worth 30 million pounds ($39.41 million).Fees paid by Premier League clubs passed one billion pounds for the first time, according to financial analysts Deloitte.That was inflated by the world record 89 million pounds that Manchester United paid Juventus for France midfielder Paul Pogba earlier in the window. United also got one of the close-season bargains in Zlatan Ibrahimovic who joined as a free agent.The highest fee on deadline day, reported to be about 34 million pounds, was paid by Chelsea for Brazil defender Luiz who had left the London club to join Paris Saint-Germain two years ago for 50 million pounds.Chelsea also completed the signing of Spanish left back Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina for 24 million pounds, making them the Premier League’s biggest spenders on the final day.Leicester were among 13 Premier League clubs to break their club transfer record, paying an initial 30 million euros ($33.47 million) to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Slimani. It was the third time they had set their club record in the window.France midfielder Sissoko appeared set for a move to Everton before Spurs nipped in to sign the player, having earlier completed a deal to bring Olympique de Marseille forward Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to White Hart Lane in a five-year deal.Manchester City, who splashed out millions on players such as England defender John Stones earlier in the widnow, were among the clubs trimming their squads on deadline day.Coach Pep Guardiola allowed England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala to leave on season-long loans.Mario Balotelli ended his miserable spell at Liverpool by joining Nice in a permanent transfer.Another England international, midfielder Wilshere, moved on loan to Bournemouth from Arsenal as he looks to get his career back on track after being plagued by injuries in recent seasons.All last day transfer dealsWALES STRIKER ROBSON KANU JOINS WEST BROMHal Robson-Kanu has joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year contract. The 27-year-old striker, a free agent after leaving Reading at the end of last season, was a standout performers in Wales’s run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.CHELSEA CONFIRM RE-SIGNING OF DAVID LUIZChelsea have re-signed Brazilian defender David Luiz from Paris St Germain on a three-year contract after two years in France.“I’m delighted to return to Chelsea. We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success,” the 29-year-old told the club’s website.STOKE’S JOSELU JOINS DEPORTIVO ON LOANStoke City forward Joselu has joined Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna on loan until the end of the season.SISSOKO CONFIRMS SPURS MOVE ON TWITTERNewcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko said on his Twitter account that he had joined Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract.LAMBERT LEAVES WEST BROM FOR CARDIFFFormer Southampton and Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has joined Cardiff City from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.EVERTON SIGN VALENCIA ON LOAN FROM WEST HAMEverton have signed Ecuador forward Enner Valencia on a season-long loan from West Ham United, with an option to make the deal permanent.EMNES MOVES FROM SWANSEA TO BLACKBURN ON LOANBlackburn Rovers have signed forward Marvin Emnes from Swansea City on loan until January.WATFORD SELL ANYA TO DERBY COUNTYWatford wing back Ikechi Anya has completed a permanent transfer to Derby County.HULL SIGN MBOKANI ON LOAN FROM DYNAMO KIEVHull City have announced the loan signing of forward Dieumerci Mbokani from Dynamo Kiev. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Norwich City.WEST HAM PART WAYS WITH POYETWest Ham United have terminated the contract of midfielder Diego Poyet. The 21-year-old was signed from Charlton Athletic in 2013.LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCE ANOTHER LOAN FOR MARKOVICLiverpool have confirmed that Lazar Markovic will spend the rest of the season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. The 22-year-old Serbia international spent last season on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce.NEWCASTLE SIGN ATSU ON LOAN FROM CHELSEANewcastle United have confirmed the signing of Ghana winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.CHELSEA’S PIAZON JOINS FULHAMBrazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon, 22, has joined English Championship side Fulham from Chelsea on loan until Jan. 15.SUNDERLAND SIGN MAN CITY CENTRE BACK DENAYER ON LOANManchester City have sent 21-year-old central defender Jason Denayer on a season-long loan to Sunderland.BURNLEY LOAN ULVESTAD TO CHARLTONBurnley have loaned midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad to third-tier side Charlton Athletic for the rest of the season.MCGEADY SWAPS EVERTON FOR PRESTON NORTH ENDEverton midfielder Aiden McGeady has joined Preston North End on loan for the remainder of the season.BOURNEMOUTH SIGN WILSHERE ON LOAN FROM ARSENALMidfielder Jack Wilshere has joined Bournemouth from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League clubs said.LEICESTER CONFIRM STRIKER SLIMANI SIGNINGPremier League champions Leicester City have completed the signing of Algeria striker Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.A statement on Sporting’s website said Leicester had paid 30 million euros for the 27-year-old, with an additional five million in add-ons.Hart joins Torino on season-long loanArsenal splash out on Mustafi and PerezArsenal defender Chambers joins Middlesbrough on loanChelsea sign defender Alonso from FiorentinaArsenal’s Gnabry joins Werder BremenHull in double swoop for Mason and KeaneKodjia joins Villa in deal that may set second tier recordChelsea striker Remy joins Palace on season-long loanBarcelona swoop for AlcacerRosicky set for Sparta return – reportsBurnley sign Chelsea striker Bamford on season-long loanREACH LEAVES MIDDLESBROUGH FOR SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAYMiddlesbrough have sold 23-year-old midfielder Adam Reach to Sheffield Wednesday.SWANSEA SEND DEFENDER TABANOU TO GRANADA ON LOANSwansea City have loaned defender Franck Tabanou to Spanish club Granada for the rest of the season. The 27-year joined the Swans from St-Etienne in July 2015, but was loaned back to the French club after making three cup appearances.HULL SIGN MANCHESTER UNITED MIDFIELDER WEIRHull City have signed Manchester United midfielder James Weir on a three-year deal. The 21-year-old has featured once for United, coming on in their 3-2 win over Arsenal in February.WORLD CUP WINNER ARBELOA SIGNS FOR WEST HAMFormer Liverpool defender and World Cup winner Alvaro Arbeloa has joined West Ham United on a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Spaniard was a free agent after his contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid ended in June 2016.LIVERPOOL CUT BALOTELLI LOOSE AS STRIKER JOINS NICEMisfiring Italian striker Mario Balotelli has joined French side Nice on a free transfer, bringing an end to his unhappy stint at Liverpool, who signed him in August 2014 for 16 million pounds.BURNLEY LOAN DEFENDER LAFFERTY TO SHEFFIELD UNITEDBurnley’s Daniel Lafferty will spend the rest of the season in the third tier of English football after moving to Sheffield United on a season-long loan.NYOM LEAVES WATFORD FOR WEST BROMWest Bromwich Albion have signed full-back Allan Nyom from Watford on a four-year deal.BAPTISTE SWAPS MIDDLESBROUGH FOR PRESTON NORTH ENDMiddlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste has joined Preston North End on a season-long loan. The 30-year-old joined Boro in July 2015, but suffered a double leg break 20 minutes after making his debut in a friendly. He made his competitive debut for Boro in the League Cup against Fulham last week.ESPANYOL KEEPER LOPEZ JOINS SPURS ON LOANTottenham Hotspur have signed goalkeeper Pau Lopez on a season-long loan from La Liga side Espanyol. The 21-year-old will offer Spurs additional cover for Hugo Lloris, who is currently injured, and Michel Vorm.LEEDS SIGN MIDFIELDER O’KANE FROM BOURNEMOUTHIreland midfielder Eunan O’Kane has signed a two-year deal with Leeds United. The 26-year-old, who made 16 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth last season, represented Northern Ireland at youth level before switching to Ireland at senior level.SPURS SIGN NKOUDOU FROM MARSEILLE ON FIVE-YEAR DEALTottenham Hotspur and Olympique de Marseille traded players, with midfielder Georges-Kevin Nkoudou moving to London on a five-year deal and Clinton N’Jie joining the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan.CHELSEA AGREE FEE TO SIGN LUIZ FROM PSGChelsea have agreed a fee with Paris Saint-Germain for the return of Brazilian international defender David Luiz, the Premier League club announced.British media put the fee for his return to Stamford Bridge at about 30 million pounds ($39.40 million) as new manager Antonio Conte moves closer to securing the extra cover in central defence he has craved since taking over.RED BULL SALZBURG SIGN WISDOM FROM LIVERPOOLAustrian club Red Bull Salzburg have signed defender Andre Wisdom from Liverpool on a season-long loan.The 23-year-old made 22 appearances for the Premier League club since making his debut in 2012. He spent last season on loan with Norwich City.SUNDERLAND JOIN PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD-BREAKERSSunderland became the 13th Premier League club to set a new spending high for a single player during the transfer window, by splashing 16 million euros on the Gabon international midfielder Didier Ndong from French side Lorient.JUVENTUS SIGN CUADRADO ON THREE-YEAR LOANWinger Juan Cuadrado has completed his return to Juventus on a three-year loan deal from Chelsea.The 28-year-old, who joined Juve on a season-long loan from the Premier League side in August last year, scored four goals in 28 league matches last season to help the Italian club to a Serie A and Coppa Italia double.RANGERS SIGN SENDEROS ON ONE-YEAR DEALGlasgow Rangers have signed Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos on a one-year contract. The former Arsenal and Valencia defender last played for Swiss side Grasshoppers before leaving at the end of last season.BLACKBURN SIGN MULGREW FROM CELTICBlackburn Rovers have signed defender Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic on a three-year deal.MAN CITY’S MANGALA MOVES TO VALENCIA ON LOANManchester City’s 25-year-old France defender Eliaquim Mangala has moved to Valencia on a season-long loan deal.He joined City from Porto in August 2014 but has struggled to establish himself after making 48 Premier League appearances under the club’s former manager Manuel Pellegrini.CHELSEA SIGN DEFENDER ALONSO FROM FIORENTINAChelsea have signed left back Marcos Alonso from Italian top-flight club Fiorentina on a five-year contract.The 25-year-old Spaniard is no stranger to English football, having played for Bolton Wanderers from July 2010 to July 2013. He also spent five months on loan at Sunderland in 2014.GALATASARAY COMPLETE DE JONG SIGNINGGalatasaray have signed midfielder Nigel de Jong from Los Angeles Galaxy on a two-year contract.The 31-year-old featured 18 times in Major League Soccer this season, having moved to the club from AC Milan in January following previous stints with Manchester City, HSV Hamburg and Ajax.STOKE SIGN DUTCH DEFENDER MARTINS INDIStoke City have signed Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi from Porto on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent. The 24-year-old made 23 appearances in the Portuguese league last season to help Porto finish third in the standings.LAZIO SIGN ALBERTO FROM LIVERPOOLLazio have signed midfielder Luis Alberto from Premier League side Liverpool. Alberto, who joined Liverpool from Sevilla in June 2013, spent the last season on loan with La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.BURNLEY SIGN HENDRICK FOR CLUB-RECORD FEEBurnley have broken their transfer record for the second time in the transfer window to sign Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick from second-tier Derby County on a three-year contract.The 24-year-old, who scored twice in 32 Championship appearances for Derby last season, played in all four of Ireland’s games at Euro 2016, helping them reach the last 16.MIDDLESBROUGH SIGN TRAORE FROM VILLAMiddlesbrough have signed winger Adama Traore for an undisclosed fee from second-tier Aston Villa on a four-year contract. Villa confirmed that Boro’s 28-year-old Ghanaian midfielder, Albert Adomah, had moved in the opposite direction.SUNDERLAND SIGN NDONG FROM LORIENTSunderland have signed midfielder Didier Ndong from Lorient on a five-year deal. The 22-year-old made 46 appearances for the French Ligue 1 side since joining them in January.WERDER BREMEN SIGN GNABRY FROM ARSENALWerder Bremen have signed Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry, the German club said. Gnabry joined Arsenal in 2011 but played only 10 league games in five seasons.NASRI JOINS SEVILLA ON LOANSamir Nasri has left Manchester City for Sevilla on a season-long loan. Like goalkeeper Joe Hart, who joined Torino on loan earlier, the former French international midfielder does not feature in new manager Pep Guardiola’s plans.HULL SIGN KEEPER MARSHALL FROM CARDIFFHull City have signed goalkeeper David Marshall from Cardiff City on a three-year contract.BONY COMPLETES LOAN MOVE TO STOKEStoke City have signed striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long loan. Bony, 27, has been a bit-part player at City since signing from Swansea City in January 2015, with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero leading the line at the club.ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SPENDING CROSSES BILLION POUNDS – DELOITTESpending by Premier League teams has already broken last season’s record and has also exceed 1 billion pounds ($1.31 billion) before the close of the transfer window, according to financial analysts Deloitte.The clubs overtook last season’s total summer outlay of 870 million pounds, the report added.STOKE SIGN KEEPER GRANT FROM DERBYStoke City have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant from Derby County in a loan deal that will run until January. Grant has made 186 appearances in all competitions for Derby over the course of two spells.HART JOINS TORINO ON SEASON-LONG LOANTorino have completed the signing of goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City on a season-long loan.The 29-year-old will hope for a fresh start after falling down the pecking order behind Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero under new manager Pep Guardiola.BESIKTAS SIGN SWISS MIDFIELDER INLERBesiktas have signed Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler from Leicester City, the Turkish side have said. The clubs did not reveal the terms of the contract or financial details.
Higgins has engaged Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn in a verbal stoush after heavy criticism of Parker’s recent laboured WBO title defence against Hughie Fury in Manchester.Hearn said Parker’s performance was “very poor” and meant he was a hard sell in the UK now with fans viewing the Kiwi as a “mismatch” against WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.Hearn felt Parker’s effort had also devalued a potential clash with Tony Bellew, should Bellew get past David Haye in their juicy London rematch. Higgins is eager to make 2018 a major money year for his unbeaten champion.Higgins believes Hearn is simply trying to lower the value of a Parker v Joshua unification clash and says he won’t be “low-balled” by the king-pin of the lucrative British scene.If he and Hearn can’t sort out their differences, Higgins is prepared to turn his attention to Tyson Fury and what would be a massive fight in Manchester with the potential to sell out Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United where the Furys are firm fans.It might be a longshot as there are obvious obstacles to overcome, although Fury has stated his intention to return to the ring.Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.Firstly, Fury, a lineal champion of the division, needs to get his British boxing licence back and clear his name of doping allegations from what has been a long and painful two years since he beat Wladimir Klitschko and then slipped into downward spiral.Secondly the big man needs to get fit. He is seriously overweight though is reportedly increasing his training and desire.Higgins sees a Parker versus Tyson Fury fight as hugely marketable and believes he may be able to get a better share of the spoils from the Fury camp than dealing with Hearn in a year where the Kiwi must cash in on his world title status.Duco Events have a good relationship with the Furys after the Manchester experience and Parker has a real affinity with Tyson Fury as was shown when photos emerged of them partying hard post-fight.”Tyson Fury is training and that opens a possibility of Tyson trying to get his WBO belt back off Joseph,” Higgins told Stuff.”Joseph has got the belt Tyson vacated and he beat his cousin Hughie. It’s marketable. It would be a big occasion if they squared off at Old Trafford and could potentially be more lucrative for Joseph Parker than the Joshua fight.”The thing is, on the revenue share, we reckon we could do a better deal with the Furys.”Higgins described Fury’s licence scenario has “a bit of a grey area … but we are hoping that Tyson does come back”.”A guy like that who has come from nothing … from the bottom up … and right to the top and then beat Klitschko, he has got that in him. The British media are vicious and are quick to write someone off.”Look, even in Tyson’s current state of weight, if he called out Anthony Joshua and fought him, it’s still going to generate a hundred million bucks, fat or not fat. The fact is Tyson is still a very marketable, promotable boxer.”A bit of hard work and taking off a bit of weight and he will be back in the frame quickly. So we like to offer him encouragement and support rather than kick a man while he is down as other people seem to like to do.”Meanwhile, Higgins is hoping to finalise Parker’s next opponent for a December fight this week. He is juggling several options to keep the 25-year-old busy. Photo by: REUTERS (Caption: Former champ Tyson Fury wasn’t happy when his cousin Fury was judged to have lost his WBO title challenge to Joseph Parker but might get a chance to avenge that in 2018.Former champ Tyson Fury wasn’t happy when his cousin Fury was judged to have lost his WBO title challenge to Joseph Parker but might get a chance to avenge that in 2018).
Donning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.Images of the women at the stadium have been widely shared on both Persian and English social media.Although there’s no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry.Prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979, women were allowed to attend sporting events.Women have been punished for attending games in the past.In 2014, British-Iranian activist Ghoncheh Ghavami was detained after attempting to watch a men’s volleyball match in Iran.And in March this year 35 women were detained for trying to attend a football match.In February, women were allowed to watch a major basketball game in Tehran – but they had to sit in an area separate to men.For one of the women pictured, it was the third time she had pulled off the trick. In an interview she gave to the moderate newspaper Iran, she explained that each time she had sneaked in she had used a different disguise and make-up.”I Google for different make-up [tutorials] and learn new ways and apply them to go to the stadium,” she said.She told the newspaper she had been stopped by security only once. She encouraged other women to get in touch and offered to train them in disguise techniques.Asked whether she was ever scared of being detained, she replied: “Why should I be scared? We women do not commit any crimes by going to stadiums. The law has not defined women’s presence at stadiums as a crime. They have, of course, detained a few women and they have given a written promise not to go back there again.”The photos from the game were initially shared on the women’s personal social media accounts. Most of the responses they received were encouraging.”Good on you. That takes such bravery,” read one comment.But not everyone was happy. “Why won’t you go and watch a women’s match? Why would you have to go to a men’s stadium?” asked another.Another of the women present was asked by the sports newspaper Khabar Varzeshi how she had avoided the security guards.She said: “We went through the first and second gates in a group, and no-one figured it out. But once we sat in the stands, everyone realised.”They came over and took selfies with us, praising us for going. Another interesting thing is all of those who knew we were women did not shout anything rude throughout the match.”She added a few men had accompanied the group to make sure they were OK.When asked if it had been worth the risk, she replied: “Of course, why not?”Our goal is to keep going until they allow all women to go.”We are doing this to say to the authorities that if they don’t let us in, we will keep going nonetheless, with or without beards.”
…of Mash?The economy continues its inexorable downward slide into the abyss of recession and worse; political acrimony rises in and out of Parliament; crime just won’t go away but becomes qualitatively more dangerous because now even the petty bandits have “big guns”; thousands are facing layoffs; official corruption is exposed every day in the newspapers – but thank God, being Guyanese, we’re maintaining our sporting traditions.After presumably a hard year’s work in 2016, we’ll be Mashing in 2017. Under the theme, “Celebration with dignity, liberty and greater unity”. Your Eyewitness isn’t so sure how much dignity we’ll have, since Mash, of course, will come after the Christmas and New Year “sports” and we would’ve started the year flat broke – or more to the point – in hock to everybody who was willing to listen to our entreaties as to why they should give us credit to “get down” for the “holidays”.But let’s talk a bit more about Mash, shall we, dear readers? This year, Mash – which commemorates our attainment of Republican status – was downplayed so we could “big up” the 50th anniversary of our Independence from Britain. And boy did we “Big it up”!! The Bill for just building the “Jubilee” wooden stadium came out around $1 billion. Yep… that’s right… ONE BILLION! With $300 million sourced from the Lotto Funds on an “emergency” basis!Now “Republic Day” is just gilding the independence Lilly. The only change is we exchanged the “titular President” and an all-powerful Prime Minister with an all-powerful Executive President and a “titular Prime Minister”. And to be frank about it that change to the Executive Presidency was made just to satisfy the megalomaniac ego of Forbes Burnham, who wanted to be Queen! Barbados, for instance, still has a Governor-General representing the Queen as Head of State and isn’t a Republic. And they’ve done quite well, thank you. But of recent there have been rumours of throwing out the Queen!But back to us and our Mash. This is just a poor man’s hand-me-down TT Carnival. If we’re going to bring back the Republican celebration, why don’t we create something uniquely Guyanese? With the emphasis on the word “create”. There are so many Guyanese out there with oh so much talent… why don’t we harness that energy and show the world who we are? Who knows… they may even pay us to come down as tourists.There aren’t many countries in the west who can market a “Chinese” heritage that goes back to 1853, are there? Or Indian?These two BRICS countries just happen to be sending the most tourists into the world today.…of the expertsIt had to happen sooner than later now that it’s confirmed by three wells out of four have struck it rich in the Stabroek field. “Experts” will be coming out of the woodwork to tell us natives how to spend our money. The first one gave a lecture and imagine, he still kept talking after the fella who sold us that Smart City Parking meter deal appeared as a “Guyanese businessman”.You’d think the “oil expert” would’ve recognised a fellow member of the “Sacred Order of Used Car Salesmen” and beat a quick retreat. But then, that just meant you don’t know the species!! Take for instance the pearls of wisdom that dropped from the mouth of the “oil expert” as every one of the dailies dubbed him.We might just develop “Dutch Disease”. Really??!! Too bad that’s already happened with the neglect of agriculture. That we need to build on-shore petroleum processing facilities, really? Why didn’t the Government and opposition think about that?Hey!! There’s no harm in listening, is there. Just be sure to watch for the bill.…of definitionsIt’s not only in the boxing ring “some can run, but can’t hide”. Did you see former president Jagdeo repeatedly jab a hapless Jordan with: “What’d you mean by ‘fiscal space”?? Ouch!!
Dear Editor,I just returned to Guyana in time to join the celebration for our nation’s Jubilee after a busy business trip negotiating for the expanding of the Dynamic flights between New York and Guyana.On my return, I was astonished to learn of the verbal abuse unleashed on me by Mike Correia in the presence of President Granger, senior members of the Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps and the full media corps at the renaming of the Ogle International Airport, primarily because I dared to represent the views of the nine dissatisfied aircraft operators at the Ogle Airport.It is said Mike Correia rules his family business with an iron fist, the same way he attempts to run the airport management and his competitors.It is not unusual to watch him shout Malcolm Chan-a-Sue and Kit Nascimento into silence during board meetings, this being one of the very reasons I deliberately stay away because of the hostility that predominates meetings chaired by him.Mike Correia is not an aviation professional of any sort and his embarrassing attempt at trying to drive a wedge between professional aviators such as Captain Chan-a-Sue, Captain Tony Mecdeci and myself is a cheap shot.It is my hope that even though both of them work for him, that does not spoil the mutually respectful professional relationship we shared over the past four decades.Mike Correia is extremely intolerant of opinions that are opposed to his own, and it is obvious that he is possessed by an extreme sense of false supremacy driven by his family’s money and which had driven him into believing that his family’s money could indeed buy the Ogle Airport (a public utility) and transform it into a department of the CORREIA GROUP.(Just look at the Correia Group website)It is important to note that I represent NATA as its Vice President, (an organisation that represents nine of the 10 local aircraft operators), a responsibility I take very seriously and, therefore, I view Mike Correia’s outrageous outburst as a clear demonstration of the disrespect he harbours personally for all the other nine local operators at Ogle, as well as an opportunity for all the persons who were sitting in the audience to truly, once and for all, see his true arrogant colours.On a personal note, my wife and I are particularly saddened by his public demeaning of the little fortune which we have struggled to consolidate to invest in OAI while we were also struggling to build our company (Roraima Airways), which is a first-generation family company being built from the ground up, while Mike Correia is managing a third-generation company (the Correia Group) built by his grandparents.I think it is important to highlight that the Airport was leased to five aircraft operators with the clear understanding that the Airport would be operated by those operators and in a fair and equitable manner, a far cry from the anti-competitive environment that exists today.Over the past 40 years , while Mike Correia’s father was continuing the building of their family’s gold mining business in preparation to hand it over to him one day on a silver platter, I was serving in the Guyana National Service, planting cotton at Kimbia, singing national songs, while learning to build my country by living and working in harmony with my Guyanese brothers and sisters from all walks of life across Guyana.I was also serving my country as an army officer and military pilot flying dangerous Medivac missions both by day and by night between the mountains of the deep Mazaruni , bringing vital supplies to our Amerindian families living in the most remote areas of our country’s hinterland, all in the interest of contributing to making my country a better place.The fact that Mike Correia ranted and raved in his attempt to belittle me, even suggesting that I am anti-national, in front of His Excellency, Brigadier General David Granger, a man, under whose command I had the honour and privilege of serving for more than a decade is revealing in how far Mike Correia will go to silence the minority shareholders and his competitors at the Ogle Airport.Even as I write this letter , there is another controversy developing at the Airport , where once again Mike Correia is attempting to heist the engineering school away from the Aircraft Owners Association of Guyana (AOAG) , into a private company owned by himself and Malcolm Chan-a-Sue, a company which was registered within the past month.It’s important to note that this School has been part of the AOAG over the past 20 years, even as Mike Correia manipulated the AOAG governance systems, keeping himself as President all during those 20 years, which is unprecedented in the Private Sector.I have been a professional aviator for 40 years and I have never experienced such an acrimonious unhealthy atmosphere that exists today at Ogle.A lot was said and written publicly about the challenges we are facing at Ogle Airport; I would, therefore, close by saying it is my fervent hope that the Government intervenes urgently in a meaningful and even-handed way to halt and reverse the unhealthy and dangerously deteriorating inter-personal relationship between Mike Correia personally and all the other aircraft operators which is not healthy for the Airport nor for Guyana’s aviation industry.Sincerely,Captain Gerry GouveiaCEO, Roraima Airways
– GAWU, Labour Dept to meet company next weekThe Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) has reportedly dismissed yet another employee over the industrial action taken by employees over pay increases.According to information this newspaper gathered, following the dismissal of eight employees on Tuesday, another worker was subsequently laid off which brings to nine workers reportedly sacked by DTL.This latest dismissal comes just days before a scheduled meeting involving DTL, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department.A senior GAWU official told Guyana Times on Thursday that the union is maintaining that the workers must be reinstated with unbroken service. It was explained that the union is demanding that workers, once reinstated, be paid for the days they have been denied employment.One worker explained that the protests at Mabura Hill had eased on Thursday, pending the outcome of next week’s meeting.GAWU General Secretary Seepaul NarineIt was on Monday that workers protested at the company’s headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown. It was after this industrial action that the sight (now nine) DTL employees were reportedly handed pink slips. A move vehemently condemned by GAWU.In fact, the union on Wednesday issued a statement pointing out that this is the first time in history that a private or public entity, has taken such an action despite the country’s labour laws, which prohibits workplaces from dismissing workers for taking industrial action. GAWU had pointed out that DTL’s action is a violation of Section Eight of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.GAWU added that the moves by the company can be seen as another “anti-worker and anti-union act”.According to the union, the company’s high-handed and “ominous act” represents a decision which must be roundly condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese: “It is a clear attempt to intimidate the workers and use extralegal measures to deny workers their just claims for pay increase.”It was earlier this week that calls were being made for the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry to take legal action against DTL over labour violations.GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine, who was present at the protest, had told Guyana Times that the timber company must be prosecuted by government over its continued disrespect for Guyanese employees.“What we believe needs to be done now is the Ministry needs to prosecute them because they are in clear violation of the law and not only violating the law to the detriment of the employees but a flagrant disrespect to the Ministry. I don’t think that the Ministry should continue to accept such a situation,” he stated.Efforts to contact Minister with responsibility for Labour Keith Scott on Thursday proved futile.Negotiations between the union and the company reached a stalemate on 17 November 2015 after the company did not approve any pay rise but offered a Christmas bonus of $5000 to each worker. DTL had informed that its financial state precluded it from offering a pay rise.Following the impasse, the dispute was next subjected to conciliatory services by the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour.
0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 29 – Everton manager David Moyes is bracing for a Manchester United backlash as the Premier League champions attempt to bounce back from their 6-1 derby humiliation against Manchester City.United travel to Goodison Park for Saturday’s early kick-off knowing that anything less than a victory is likely to see league leaders City increase their hefty five-point lead at the top of the table. If it were any club other than Manchester United, Moyes would be delighted to be facing opponents reeling from a six-goal mauling.But Moyes knows that United and Sir Alex Ferguson are rarely more dangerous than when backed into a corner and fully expects to feel the force of his counterpart’s fury on Saturday.“You would normally think ‘Great, they can’t be coming with great confidence. They’ve got to be damaged by that,’” Moyes said referring to United’s 6-1 loss.“But you’re talking about Manchester United and you’re talking about a manager in Sir Alex Ferguson. So we understand totally they will be desperate to get back to winning ways.”Moyes hopes his side can draw on the memory of the corresponding fixture last season, when Everton fought back from 3-1 down to secure a 3-3 draw.“We had a really good game against them last year,” he said. “But when they come off a defeat like the one they’ve just had, you know it’s going to be hard.”Ferguson, who described the derby defeat as his “worst ever result” after more than half a century in football as a player and manager, was reportedly incandescent with his players following the loss.The Scot is planning to dramatically overhaul his starting line-up for the match against Everton, with veterans such as Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all risking being dropped.Instead Ferguson will turn to youngsters such as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and the fit again Tom Cleverley to get United’s campaign back on track.While Ferguson attempts to rework his United side, rivals City have no such concerns as they entertain struggling Wolves just three days after demolishing Mick McCarthy’s side 5-2 at Molineux in the League Cup.City boss Roberto Mancini named a completely new starting line-up against Wolves in midweek, and in all probability will ring the changes once more for what ought to be a straightforward three points.Arsenal meanwhile face the sternest test of their recent run of form when they take on London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in another early kick-off.The Gunners have won seven of their last eight fixtures in all competitions, a run that has propelled them to seventh in the table.Arsenal were lifted in midweek by the return of Thomas Vermaelen in defence for the League Cup win over Bolton, although the Belgian international failed to last the full 90 minutes after picking up a minor calf strain.Vermaelen insisted after the Bolton clash however that he was ready to face Chelsea.“I feel great,” Vermaelen said. “I trained on Monday with the team and I felt good straight away so I felt confident for Tuesday.“It was great to be back and to get time on the pitch. I felt fresh, I’m okay and am available for Saturday.”Chelsea will need to regroup after a bitterly disappointing 1-0 loss to QPR in the west London derby on Sunday that was followed by the spectacle of captain John Terry being dragged into a racism row.Chelsea, who were also hit with an FA charge of failing to control their players, have stood squarely behind Terry since footage emerged of the England captain purportedly hurling racist abuse at QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his team have pulled together and was delighted with the battling 2-1 away win in at Everton on Wednesday in a League Cup tie that went to extra time.“It was important,” he said. “Although the physical effort is immense the emotional benefit you gain from this is tremendous and it helps us to recover for Arsenal and to try to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.”Fixtures:Saturday (1400 GMT unless stated)Chelsea v Arsenal (1145), Everton v Man Utd (1100), Man City v Wolves, Norwich v Blackburn, Sunderland v Aston Villa, Swansea v Bolton, West Brom v Liverpool (1630), Wigan v Fulham.Sunday:Tottenham v QPR (1500).Monday:Stoke v Newcastle (2000).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Antonio Conte insists he is focussed on Chelsea 1 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has rubbished any speculation linking him with a return to Italy and the AC Milan job.The Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of consistent speculation which has refused to die down despite him signing an improved contract.With the Premier League champions already facing a huge battle to retain their crown this season, reports have emerged linking Conte with the job at the San Siro giants.Current Milan boss Vincenzo Montella is currently facing a fightfor his future after a poor start to the season, but Conte has insisted his main focus is on Chelsea.“Milan? Leave it out! We’re trying to stay concentrated because it’s a tough run from here to the end of the season”, Conte told Sky Italia.“I am only concentrated on Chelsea and purely want to do what is best for Chelsea.“If we have this enthusiasm, we can fight to the end.”