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Futsal Association makes pitch for Club registration

first_imgGIVEN the current interest in Futsal locally, the Guyana Futsal Association (GFA) is stepping up its registration of clubs all across Guyana.The GFA is a registered affiliate association of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), which was established to exclusively spearhead the professional development and administration of Futsal in Guyana.A release from the Futsal Association which is headed by Linden businessman Kenrick Noel states that registered clubs have the privilege/benefit from becoming familiarised with Futsal as a discipline of the Global Football industry.The clubs will receive technical assistance from the GFA as well as engaging in tournaments and competitions organised and approved by the Association and will also attend training workshops, retreats and other educational activities.“Since Guyana is yet to seriously acknowledge Sports, and in particular football, as an instrument for Social Cohesion and Economic Development, the GFA is optimistic that this registration exercise would pave the way for clubs, sponsors, and other stakeholders to become motivated towards elevating Futsal locally to new heights,” the release stated.Interested individuals, club owners and executives can contact any of the GFA’s executives; president Noel (687-4680), first vice-president Mark Young (621-1313), secretary Rawle Adams (623-3323) and treasurer Aubrey Major Jr. (691-5460).last_img read more

After 25 years, David Brody is retiring as Wellington band instructor

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — David Brody is retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year, after 25 years as the Wellington school district band instructor.Brody made his announcement last week to his band students.“There are various reasons why I am retiring,” Brody said. “Some are personal, some are dealing with policies of the school district.”He acknowledges the possibility of the Wellington school board doing away with the retirement plan as one of the reason for retiring from USD 353. “The thing I will miss the most is the kids,” Brody said. “I have taught some really terrific kids. Super people, some who I still keep in contact with long after they graduate.”Originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., Brody, graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1978. He was a classical guitarist looking for a band instructing job.“My first job offer was in Brewster, Kansas (located next to Goodland, Kans. by the Colorado border),” Brody said. “I can honestly say, I have never regretted moving to Kansas once.”After five years at Brewster, he would move to Stafford schools, where he would teach for five more years.In 1988, he was hired to come to Wellington.Since that point, Brody has been the band instructor from fifth grade to senior high.But come May 6, he will hold his last WHS and WMS band concert. He also has the band contests ahead.For Brody it’s been a busy life, preparing the marching band during the fall, getting the bands ready for concerts and taking them to contests where he has garnered several “1”s over the years – the highest honor a band judge can bestow on a band program.Brody has also lasted through nearly a complete teaching staff and administrative turnover. Since 1988, only Mike Wilmoth and John Gifford are still at the school that he has been teaching. “The kids have changed over the years,” Brody said about the difference of teaching band in 1988 and now. “Today there are so much more demands on them whether it is scholastically or with sports.“People seem to forget that I have the same group of kids as what the coaches have. There is a lot of demand on a students time.”Brody said the highlight of his career came in 1999 when the WHS band performed in front of the Kansas Music Educators in Wichita.Brody said he will continue to teach at Wichita State University which he has been doing on the side. He is also looking to teach elsewhere. He also plans to stay in Wellington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (23) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 389 weeks ago It will be very hard for the district to replace him. He does the work of 2 if not 3 teachers. My junior daughter is very sad to see him go. Thanks Mr Brody for all you’ve done for our kids. You will be greatly missed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Kacie · 389 weeks ago Best of luck, Mr. Brody! You have changed a lot of lives and attitudes. Thanks for starting my mornings right at 7am Jazz Band. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Small · 389 weeks ago Best of luck in your future endeavors, Mr. Brody! You inspired me a so many others during your years at WHS and are a real class act. It was great having had you as a music instructor and friend over the years! Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down band geek · 389 weeks ago Congratulations and best of luck Mr. Brody. I have fond memories of being your student and continue to share them with my own children. You are so dedicated to your students. It will be very difficult to replace you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down fomer band geek · 389 weeks ago my husband had you as his band teacher and all three of my boys now too. Glad you taught my children to read music and build character. Music teachers are the least respected for all they do. I want to thank you for being so loyal to Wellington even when sports seem to be the only thing important. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down aging band nerd · 389 weeks ago I feel compelled to temporarily interrupt the Mr. Brody lovefest. I grew up in Texas and was in concert and marching band in the late 80’s. Marching band in the community I grew up in was a big deal, and in some cases we overshadowed the the football program. It was something we took a great deal of pride in. I have lived in Wellington for the past ten years. In the last few, I don’t see the same pride and dedication in the band students. Make no mistake, I do not blame the students. I believe Mr. Brody shoulders the responsibility for this. It is like the saying “Garbage in, garbage out”. In football season we have a band that barely shows up before the game (in one case this past year they didn’t even do that), they can’t successfully play the National Anthem, they can’t march, they play the same songs year after year, and they leave at halftime. Part of a band’s job is to provide support to the football team. You can’t really do that if you are not there for half of the game. My wife and I go to other schools in the area and see bands that play and play well. Some even play songs from the last decade. Wellington still plays songs from the 80’s. I know part of it there is probably not money every year in the budget for new music. I don’t think it is too much to ask to sprinkle in a new song every five years or so. I know my comments are coming off a bit harsh and that is not my intention. As stated before, I know he is doing the job of two or three people. I just think maybe he has been “mailing it in” the last several years. One thing I think is telling is retention. Less than half of the students he started with as fifth graders are band members as high schoolers. Why is that? Again, I think the blame rests with the band teacher. I’m sure Mr. Brody is a great person. I am not disputing that. I think his passion for teaching has left and it is someone else’s turn at the baton. It will be a daunting task, as I think it will take years to get the Wellington band back to where they should and can be. Report Reply 2 replies · active 389 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Just Saying… · 389 weeks ago Mr. Brody is a great teacher working with a diminished budget available to the arts in the community. I went from high school band there to college marching band. The difference was extreme; but after interacting with my peers in college band I learned that the emphasis on marching/concert band varies from state to state. Also, I discovered that Wellington was not putting in as much money towards marching bands as other high schools in the country. So I think Mr. Brody has done a wonderful job with what was provided to him. And I think that what he does has definitely helped the children of our community learn to love and respect music. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down aging band nerd · 389 weeks ago Like I said before, I’m sure Mr. Brody is a likable guy. I don’t know the man. Let’s not confuse “likable guy” with someone having a passion for teaching. As a citizen of this town and a supporter of Wellington athletics and activities, I do not see Mr. Brody’s passion for teaching. We’re talking about a man that gets paid a sizable supplemental contract for “marching band” (if you don’t believe me, look it up). We don’t have a marching band in Wellington. We have a band that walks on the field, plays three songs, and leaves at halftime. That is not a marching band. Take Clearwater for example. Clearwater is a town similar to Wellington in make-up, enrollment, and finances. My wife and I went to a basketball game there last month. We were blown away by the pep band. They had full instrumentation and were so loud that the stands across the gym vibrated. Oh, and guess what? They could play the National Anthem. It is embarrassing to be at a Wellington event; the band cannot play the song without the trumpets giving up during the fanfare or someone cracking a note. They also didn’t leave after the tip off and after the start of the third quarter. They were there the whole game. As for the above comment about it being too cold to move your fingers. Really?!?! The coldest game this year was maybe 50 degrees. You didn’t exactly make strong arguments to support your case. When I was in band, we marched in a three hour long parade (in wool uniforms) in the 90 degree heat in the morning and then performed in marching band contest that evening. Sorry, but I don’t have much sympathy for you. I just think bringing in some fresh blood will do everyone involved some good. I didn’t mean to upset anyone with my comments. I just felt like I needed to share my opinion. That is all it is – my opinion. Report Reply 4 replies · active 380 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down A Band Director · 389 weeks ago I would like to address Aging Band Nerd’s interruption of the Mr. Brody love fest. First, you grew up in Texas where marching band is HUGE!!! Kansas is working to get there with awesome bands like Buhler-Go Eric!, Goodard-Go Marla!, & Derby-Go Adam!, just to name a few. (All by the way have more than one director-I think Buhler has four). Second, I know you want to blame Mr. Brody for where the band is today and not blame the students, but the students (some, not all) are to blame! As a band director I’ve had bands that put forth the effort and band that could care less. I’ve had students walk in the room and ask if we had to play that day, or if they could do their homework instead. Really?!!! It’s band that’s what we do! I’ve also had herds of kids quit (just like Mr. Brody) and set out to find the reason why. Responses included: the coach wants me to take weight lifting and this is the only time I can do it, the FFA class I have to take is opposite band, you won’t let me do my homework during band, you wouldn’t let me sit by my boyfriend on the band trip, I don’t like the drum major you picked, I don’t like marching band, I don’t want to sit with the band during football/basketball games, I even had one student tell me she would be in band if she didn’t have to play her instrument!!! My band marches and plays pep band for the football and basketball games. You talk about how we are suppose to be there every game to support the teams but unfortunately the teams never “support” the band. Never has a team shown up to one of my concerts to support or thank us for supporting them. I did however have a coach e-mail me and thank me and the band for being at a game-I almost fell out of my chair! As for the music-every song you hear cost an average of $50.00! Some are higher! PER SONG!!! Now take into account that he has HS Marching Band, 8th grade marching band, HS concert band, 8th grade concert band, 7th grade band, 6th grade band and jazz band. If Wellington doesn’t have a decent budget for the program your not going to hear a lot of new songs! When I was in college my professor was telling us students that the four (yes four) band directors in Goddard were excited that they got their $42,000.00 band budget passed!!! I’m pretty sure Mr. Brody’s budget is about $41,000.00 less! And that was 12 years ago! The National Anthem is tough for a young band-and if there is not enough money for a new one… My kids all had Mr. Brody as a band director and they LOVED him! Each one of them ask me if they could quit band at one time or another. I told them they could quit after they graduated! PARENTS need to step up and help support the program! It floors me when parents spend $500.00 to $1000.00 + dollars on an instrument and then just let their kids quit! I remember when one of my kids was in 8th grade. She had League Honor Band one Saturday, the Arkalalah Parade the next and District Honor Band the Saturday after that. I remember thinking “does this man work 6 days a week all year long?!” Those three Saturdays in a row were with activities for 8th grade band only! Also the SCHOOL and COMMUNITY needs to support the band. I have a friend whose son is in sports. When he ask his son why his grade were not where they sould be his son’s response was ” nobody cares about my grades, they just care about the sports.” How sad. If Wellington wants a band like Buhler or Maize, or Goddard, etc. there must be TWO directors not one! Wellington is too big for one director and Mr. Brody should be given band director saint hood for the job he did! Also the band needs to be given the financial support that is needed and have support from the SCHOOL, the PARENTS, and the COMMUNITY! Why would students want to put forth the effort if they believe that all anyone cares about is sports? (Don’t get me wrong, I love sports-there just needs to be a better balance). Plus having HS band every other day and having to leave class 15 minutes early so you can be at the Middle school to teach there doesn’t make the HS band better! So…being a band director is a high stress and at times a thankless job. We do the best we can with what we are given and hope we make a difference in a students’ life. Mr. Brody you Rock! Have an awesome retirement! P.S. Aging Band Nerd-have you ever had a brass instrument frozen to your lips? Report Reply 1 reply · active 380 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down aging band nerd · 389 weeks ago You bring up several good points, a band director. Some of which I hadn’t thought of. I do know several people employed with the district and I do know that the district allots little or no money for things like that or computers or equipment or library books. The district and the community has a one track mind, so to speak. They support football and basketball, and that is about it. It is sad that everyone in the community cares about athletics and not academics. Wellington had a team make it to the state Scholars’ Bowl tournament (which was also held here in Wellington). Almost no one from the community bothered to show up and support our students. Students these days have many more things that compete for their time. I work with and manage high school kids where I work. There are some days where it is like herding cats. I do appreciate that we have been able to keep the dialogue civil. I like that we have been able to debate without resorting to name-calling. As for my mouth freezing to a brass instrument – I do not recall a time, but there were several occasions where I was holding a baritone while sitting in metal bleachers in a thunderstorm. Thank you for the insight, a band director. Report Reply 1 reply · active 388 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi looks dejjected after losing the Copa America 2019 Group B match to Colombia at Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador, BrazilSalvador, Brazil | AFP |  Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.“We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.“In the second half we had our chances.”One of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.“We didn’t want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.“In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up,” said Messi, the Argentina captain.“Whenever you lose it’s hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay.”Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.“We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period,” he said. – Controlling Messi –Colombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.“I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well,” said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side’s collective effort.“Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization,” said Queiroz.And he praised his team for “controlling Messi a bit,” noting that “we’re always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him.”Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.“In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us — that’s how football goes, there are different stages in matches,” said Scaloni.Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.“We’re still a long way from where we want to go,” warned Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Deputies Shoot Man After Exchange of Gunfire Near Rehab Center

first_imgBroward Sheriff’s deputies reportedly shot a man following a tense situation on Friday.The incident occurred in a parking lot near Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center, at 2675 N. Andrews Ave., following an exchange of gunfire with the deputies at around 2:30 p.m.According to the report, the BSO’s Crime Suppression Team from the Deerfield Beach district was attempting to detain an armed male in reference to a narcotics investigation. Two deputies ended up firing their weapons.Oakland Park Fire Rescue spokesman David Rafter said the man had “gunshot wounds to chest.”According to Miami television station WPLG, cellphone video taken from inside the rehabilitation center shows four officers surrounding a silver car with their guns drawn. In addition, overhead video showed the car’s windshield riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes.The wounded man, whose condition is available, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. No deputies were injured in the shooting.Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.The two deputies who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative assignment pending further investigation.Veda Coleman Wright, Public Information Officer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, says that no one inside the rehabilitation center was ever in any danger, and detectives are not looking for any other suspects.last_img read more

England’s girls to play off for title

first_img6 Aug 2015 England’s girls to play off for title Meanwhile, England’s defence of the Boys’ Home Internationals ended in disappointment after the team was beaten by Scotland 9½ – 5½ in the title clash at Conwy, Wales.The teams couldn’t be separated after the foursomes which finished level at 2½ – 2½, but the singles went Scotland’s way.England captain Derek Hughes said: “Scotland were very good and deserving winners. They didn’t give us an inch today. At one stage it looked like we were going to do well in the foursomes but they came back at us.“We didn’t give it away, they took it away. I feel sorry for the boys because they did their best, it just didn’t work out this week.” England will play Ireland tomorrow in a ‘winner takes all’ finale to the Girls’ Home Internationals at Lanark in Scotland.A win tomorrow will give England (pictured) a record eighth consecutive win in this championship and their 13th win in 15 years. If Ireland win it will be their first success in this event.Today, England beat Scotland 5½ – 3½ for their second win in this series, while Ireland defeated Wales 7-2 to maintain their winning record.England started well, with a 2-1 win in the foursomes, before adding 3½ points from the singles.last_img read more

Pearl Brown Bull Pledges Support for Urey

first_imgSupport for Benoni Urey’s quest for the presidency has begun rising with several prominent personalities joining the struggle.Mr. Urey, former commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs in the government of former President Charles Taylor, announced his intent to stand in the race to replace President Sirleaf after her tenure expires in 2017.Since that pronouncement was made, there have been mixed reactions from the Liberian public. Some have expressed support for his bid, while others believe Urey is similar to his former employer, Charles Taylor, and as such electing him (Urey) would mean “a return to the regime of Charles Taylor.”The latest of Urey’s supporters is constitutional lawyer, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull. In her assertion on a local radio talk show Wednesday, April 9, in Monrovia, Counselor Bull declared her support for Urey, stating that Urey seems to be the right person for the job.Her statement was made in reactio to a recent war of words between Mr. Urey and a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah.Urey had earlier criticized Madam Sirleaf for leaving the country without addressing the problem of the Ebola Virus affecting Liberia.Reacting to said comment, Presidential Press Secretary Piah was quick to condemn Mr. Urey’s accusation that she does not have the country at heart.“Mr. Urey’s comments reflect a serious lack of governance [experience], political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a political nobody, who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous,” Piah said. “Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.”If this statement came from just anybody,” Piah continued, we would not have been surprised at all; but coming from a man who says he has his eyes on the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.”Urey angrily reacted to Piah and the President: “When substantial issues are raised against the presidency, they unleash their dogs to come after you.” Based on these exchanges, Cllr. Bull asserted that the responses from the President’s office are immature and unnecessary.“Judging from comments made by these people the President has around her,” Cllr. Bull said, “Makes me strongly support Mr. Urey for the presidency.”“I never wanted to do so before, but the people the President has around her have forced me to support Mr. Urey,” she asserted.Cllr. Bull is a signatory to the 1986 Liberian Constitution and a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Though she may not be as well known or influential as many politicians in the country, such a statement from a ‘seasoned’ lawyer could serve as a political plus for Mr. Urey’s ambition for the presidency, a political analyst told the Daily Observer.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India in England: Suresh Raina to replace Ambati Rayudu for ODI series

first_imgSuresh Raina will replace Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series in England.Rayudu was dropped from the Indian squad after failing the Yo-Yo Test in Bengaluru on Friday. Ironically, both Raina and Rayudu played for Chennai Super Kings this summer.Rayudu forced his way back into the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. Raina, meanwhile, had returned to the Indian team for the T20I series in South Africa and has since been solid and impressive.Rayudu is now the third big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before this, Mohamed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad. Shami was replaced by Navdeep Saini in the team but he didn’t get to plat as the hosts dismissed the visitors within two days by an innings and 262 runs to win the match.Barring the former Mumbai Indians batsman, there were no more surprises in the test. Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the test in the first batch.Kohli did not look in any discomfort while taking the advanced beep test as he matched Dhoni step-for-step along with Bhuvneshwar, Kedar Jadhav and Raina.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester United’s top-four hopes over after draw at Huddersfield

first_imgManchester United’s hopes of a Premier League top-four finish were ended after they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday took them third, five points clear of United, who failed to take the race for Champions League qualification to the final day, as they trail Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by four points with just one game left.Looking for a first win in five in all competitions, United made a fast start, and took the lead in just the eighth minute through Scott McTominay.Huddersfield, who had managed just nine goals from open play prior to Sunday’s match, grew into the contest and almost levelled through Karlan Grant, before Paul Pogba headed against the crossbar three minutes before the break.Alexis Sanchez, making his first United start since March 2, was replaced early in the second half, before Isaac Mbenza’s first-ever Premier League goal got the hosts level on the hour mark.Pogba again hit the crossbar late on as United looked for a winner, but Huddersfield held on for just their fifth Premier League point from the last 72 available, with United having won just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions.Also Read | Champions League: Liverpool’s Firmino out of Barcelona visit, Salah at riskAlso Read | It was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire: Liverpool coach Juergen KloppAlso Seelast_img read more