RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs Norwich City Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 4PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome struggling Norwich City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. The Red Devils are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions but are still fifth in the Premier League table and will fancy their chances of overcoming the Canaries this weekend. It has been a case of one step forward, two steps back for United this season, and it is difficult to imagine that pattern of results and performances changing between now and the summer. Back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Burnley in their final two Premier League matches of 2019 would have seen the 20-time English champions arrive at Arsenal on New Year’s Day full of confidence. The performance at the Emirates Stadium was disappointing, though, as they suffered a 2-0 loss. Since then, they have drawn 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup in addition to suffering a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. The Red Devils were well beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford and face a huge task to turn the tie around on January 29. When considering that United have only won eight of their 21 Premier League matches this season, it is a surprise that they are in a top-four race. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are fifth in the table as things stand, though, just five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who have suffered seven league defeats this term. United are only four points above 10th-placed Arsenal, though, and could easily slide down the table with a couple of poor results. It would be a huge surprise if they fail to return to winning ways this weekend but breaking down sides that they are expected to beat has been a real issue. The Red Devils have only suffered one Premier League defeat at Old Trafford this season, though, and that came back in August against Crystal Palace. That said, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton have all left the Theatre of Dreams with something to show for their efforts this term. At the time of writing, no new players have arrived at the club this month despite their injury problems. The absence of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have hurt them badly, while key centre-back Harry Maguire is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hip problem, leaving the team short in defence. There have been plenty of positives this season, though, with Marcus Rashford enjoying the finest campaign of his career. The England international has 17 goals in 29 appearances at club level this term and will surely be considered by Norwich to be the home side’s biggest threat this afternoon. Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have also been impressive in the final third, but the lack of a provider from the number 10 spot has been a problem, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira all failing to convince in that area of the field during the 2019-20 campaign. It does appear that Solskjaer will be given time to make his mark regardless of what happens this season but anything other than a victory this weekend would lead to more discontent among the supporters. Norwich have lost their last two Premier League games against United, including a 3-1 defeat in the reverse match at Carrow Road earlier this season. That said, the Canaries famously recorded a 2-1 victory when they travelled to Old Trafford during the 2015-16 campaign. Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored the goals on that occasion, and it would be some story if the visitors could find a way of picking up all three points this afternoon. Daniel Farke’s side have only won three Premier League matches all season, though, collecting just 14 points in total to leave themselves bottom of the table heading into the next set of fixtures. Worryingly, they are now five points off 19th-placed Watford and sit seven points from Aston Villa in 17th. As it stands, last season’s Championship winners are the favourite to finish bottom of the pile, particularly when considering that they have not been victorious in the league since beating Everton on November 23. Norwich have overcome Manchester City this season, though, in addition to holding both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. All three of those results came at Carrow Road, however, and their away form has been disappointing. The Canaries will enter this match off the back of successive league draws with Tottenham and Crystal Palace, though, while they also recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup last Saturday. Farke’s side will not be the favourites to triumph this weekend, but they have a huge game at home to fellow strugglers Bournemouth on January 18 and sooner or later wins will have to arrive. The basement side is sweating on leading scorer Teemu Pukki’s fitness ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, meanwhile, and whether the in-form striker is available is likely to have a huge impact on the team’s confidence. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams, Matic, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Vrancic, Tettey, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Idah.Tags: Daniel FarkeEPLManchester UnitedNorwich CityOle Gunnar Solskjaer
“If Bournemouth let a player of his calibre go, after just being promoted to the Premier League, they would put a massive price on his head. If they were tempted to sell him it would be for a big number.” The club also confirmed on Thursday that Umbro will produce their kit from next season onwards after signing a five-year deal with the sportswear manufacturer. Adidas currently produces all of the Hammers’ official kits but the change will take place ahead of the club’s final season at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign. Press Association Sport understands the new Umbro deal is twice the size of their technical partnership with Adidas, which was announced in 2013. With a move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was pleased to seal a new partnership. “As we approach two historic seasons for West Ham United, we are delighted once again to team up with Umbro,” she told the club’s official website. “(They are) a company which – like West Ham – is steeped in the heritage of English football but also a fast-growing global brand with an exciting future ahead. “It is especially fitting that – during our final season at the Boleyn Ground – our players and fans will wear a brand synonymous with one of the finest moments in West Ham’s rich history: England’s 1966 World Cup triumph.” The 60-year-old’s position as manager at Upton Park has come under increased scrutiny as he nears the end of the his current deal, with the likes of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and departing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp linked to the job. Allardyce has been at West Ham since he guided them back into the Premier League in the 2011/12 campaign and has easily kept them in the top flight since. Sam Allardyce has refuted claims he has opened contract talks with West Ham’s owners but insists he is preparing for next season as normal. Press Association Recent form has seen the Hammers slip into the bottom half of the table despite a positive start that left them in the hunt for European qualification. The club move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Allardyce will be the man chosen to lead them there, although he is planning for next season as if he is to be at the helm. “No, there’s no truth in that,” he said when asked about reports he had opened contract negotiations. “What my future will be will be when we decide to sit down at West Ham and talk through our situation. Outside of that, at this moment, nothing else interests me. “We are doing all the pre-season work. Martin (Glover), our head of recruitment, is looking to pull a list together with all the people that we work with. “If and when we decide what is happening with some of the players…as always sort myself out, the most important thing, then we move forward with that.” One player who does not appear to be on Allardyce’s radar is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, the 23-year-old who has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the all-but promoted Cherries. “I think he would probably be too expensive,” Allardyce said when asked if Wilson would be a target.
ELLSWORTH — Both the Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy boys’ tennis teams are still undefeated this season.This week, Ellsworth (6-0) beat John Bapst (0-6) on Thursday and won at Presque Isle (4-1) on Friday. Ellsworth is ranked third in the Class B standings behind Waterville (8-1) and Camden (7-1).GSA (8-0) beat Deer Isle-Stonington (1-7) on Wednesday and Tuesday and Orono (4-2) on Friday. GSA is ranked first in the Class C standings, with Piscataquis (4-1) trailing in second and Orono in third.TuesdayThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA 5, DI-S 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Matt Duddy 8-0; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Paul Zoephel 8-1; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Cameron Wendell 8-1; Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens beat Justin Eaton-Cody Eaton 8-3; Peter Wu-Ben Politte (GSA) beat Marvin Merritt-Devon Emrick 8-2.SaturdayOrono 5, Sumner 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Ryan Wells 8-0, Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Sam Sheppard 8-4, Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Ben Blood 8-4; Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Alex Fergusson-Schylar Cyr 8-4, Ben Politte-Peter Wu (GSA) beat Greg Dimoulas-Branden 8-0.FridayEllsworth 4, Presque Isle 1Singles: Evan Toothaker (E) beat Chase Norton 8-0; Alec Toothaker (E) beat Byron Winslow 8-4; Chris Carroll (PI) beat Adil Khan 8-5. Doubles: Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney (E) beat Denny Young-Alex Brewer 8-2; Kyla Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Colin Daigle-Jordan Bonville 8-5.GSA 5, Orono 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Ryan Wells 8-0; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Sam Sheppard 8-4; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Ben Blood 8-4. Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Alex Fergusson-Schylar Cyr 8-4; Ben Politte-Peter Wu (GSA) beat Greg Dimoulas-Branden 8-0.ThursdayEllsworth 3, John Bapst 2Singles: Evan Toothaker (E) beat Paul Branch 8-6; Alec Toothaker (E) beat Mike Dunning 8-6; Moritz Finkbeiner (JB) def Adil Khan 8-3. Doubles: Charlie Hanscom-David Carmack (JB) beat Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney 8-6; Kyle Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Max Ouyang-Brandon Norris 8-2.MDI 3, Hermon 2Singles: Luke Horton (MDI) beat Alex Marsh 8-2; Eric Byers (H) beat Kaleb Payson 8-5; Mat Allen (H) beat Teddy Geary 8-4; Doubles: Hunter Strauch-Drake Janes (MDI) beat Ben Phair-Kyle Byers 8-1; Henry Helmke-Jimmy Carroll (MDI) beat Bryce Taylor-Jared DesJardins 8-1; Exhibition: Avery LaValle-Hayden Goodwin (MDI) beat Phair-DesJardins 4-2WA 3, Sumner 2Singles: Ben Somes (WA) beat Seamus Russet 9-7, Ruben Popper (WA) beatMike Allen 8-3, Only Wei (WA) by forfeit; Doubles: Noah Goldfarb-Matt Lamoureux (S) beat Eric Smith-Joey Moore 9-8 (8-6), Sam Tracy-Will Quinn (S) beat Will Somes-Joey Moore (8-6).WednesdayGSA 5, DI-S 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Matt Duddy 8-1; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Paul Zoephel 8-4; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Camereron Wendell 8-3. Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Marvin Merritt-Devon Brantley 8-2; Ben Politte-Aiden Byrne (GSA) beat Brantly Emrick-Brendan Penfold 8-1.MDI 5, Old Town 0Singles: Luke Horton beat Nikko Knapp 8-1, Kaleb Payson beat Alex Ross 8-4, Teddy Geary beat Zach Libby 8-5; Doubles: Hamish Stevenson-Hunter Strauch beat Joe Bricker-Josh Cross 9-7; Drake Janes-Jimmy Carroll beat Mike Baker-Brad Westura 8-6; Exhibition: Henry Helmke-Hayden Goodwin (MDI) beat Nick Furo-Taeyun Park 4-1.
NYEEM Young’s 33-ball 55, aided by significant contributions from Bhaskar Yadram, Emmanuel Stewart and Kirstan Kallicharan helped West Indies chase 279 as they beat Ireland by four wickets with 10 balls remaining in Lincoln.(Scores): West Indies U-19s 281 for 6 (Young 55*, Royal 3-59) beat Ireland U-19s 278 for 8 (Tector 69, Neville 2-52) by four wickets.Batting first, Ireland’s Mark Donegan and captain Harry Tector held the top-order together, making scores of 38 and 69 respectively, but it was Neil Rock at No. 6, who steered Ireland towards a 270-plus score with 91 off 101 balls.West Indies started their chase with a substantial opening partnership of 75 between Yadram (52 off 48 balls) and Kimani Melius, before Morgan Topping removed the former in the 13th over. West Indies then slipped to 103 for 3 before Stewart and Kallicharan added 62 runs for the fourth wicket, the partnership broken by a run-out.When Kallicharan fell to Tector for 46 in the 39th over, West Indies still needed 85 to win. But Young made his way to the crease and finished the chase within the next 10 overs, slamming eight fours and a six during his half-century. (ESPN Cricinfo)
This winter break, several USC students will travel to Africa with a team of 40 people to take part in “Steps over Swaziland.”SOS is a campaign intended to bring relief and awareness to Swaziland, a small country in Africa that has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS.According to Abhirukt Sapru, a sophomore majoring in business administration who will be taking part in the trip, statistics predict that by the year 2020, the AIDS epidemic could be responsible for the death of Swaziland’s adult population.“A lot of the funds and resources are going to much bigger countries with problems of less magnitude,” Sapru said. “What we hope that SOS will do is draw people’s attention to Swaziland and actually help people understand the real dire problems that are going on there.”One World Futbol Project collaborated with FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit organization co-founded by USC students Garrett Weiss and his brother, Kyle, to organize SOS.The organization fundraises to build soccer fields in impoverished communities. The One World Futbol Project joined FUNDaFIELD to provide highly durable — if not entirely indestructible — soccer balls to complement the fields, Garrett Weiss said.“We’ll be going to about five [community centers] and holding soccer tournaments there, doing clothing exchanges — that kind of thing for the orphanages — as well as giving out AIDS awareness information the entire time and lots of AIDS prevention resources,” said Garrett Weiss, a sophomore majoring in business administration.The USC students on the FUNDaFIELD team will be dribbling one of One World’s soccer balls across Swaziland — a journey that is approximately 130 miles.They will run about 10 to 15 miles each day and deliver the One World soccer balls, jerseys and HIV/AIDS resources at community centers for orphans along the way, Weiss said.FUNDaFIELD plans to construct a field at El Shaddai orphanage, the last stop on their trip.To some, the idea of devoting funds to developing soccer fields and distributing balls might seem to detract resources from solving the severe problems at hand, such as HIV/AIDS, said Tim Jahnigen, inventor of the One World Futbol.However, both FUNDaFIELD and the One World Futbol project acknowledge the significance soccer has on children in poverty, Jahnigen said.“Play and sports reinforce community and conflict resolution and all kinds of things,” Jahnigen said.Jahnigen said he was inspired to create a lasting soccer ball for the One World Futbol Project after watching a documentary about the children in Darfur refugee camps who resorted to playing soccer with balls made of trash. Although many relief efforts have been put in place to help these children, the soccer balls provided don’t last long before they are punctured or otherwise destroyed, he said.“Our vision is to support the work of organizations like FUNDaFIELD,” Jahnigen said. “If you can provide a ball that doesn’t go flat into an environment that is incredibly poor but full of children, it allows the children to play to their hearts’ content instead of until the ball is destroyed.”One World hopes to distribute one million balls to poor communities across the globe within three years, Jahnigen said. So far, around 15,000 balls have been provided through donations and their “buy one, give one” commercial program.“When I had the idea for the ball, it was only meant for children in harsh environments and the idea of making money off of it or making a business out of it was the last thing on my mind. It was just really thinking about children, their needs,” Jahnigen said. “That part of the story has always been the major driving force behind the project.”For SOS, Jahnigen said he hopes to be able to provide between 500 to 1,000 balls for the FUNDaFIELD team to deliver to Swaziland.“We’re all ecstatic, we’re all really looking forward to it,” Sapru said. “We all just can’t wait.”Weiss said he is also enthusiastic for the upcoming SOS trip.“Once you go to Africa, you are able to realize the effects of your work and you’re able to see what else needs to be done,” Weiss said. “When you go, you just get so excited to do more and I’m hoping that’s what comes out of this for everyone else on the trip.”
Syracuse goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino is out indefinitely, assistant director of SU athletic communications, Susan Mehringer said.The junior was a passenger in a two-car accident early Sunday morning near Thornden Park. Costantino was taken to the hospital after complaining of facial pain.In a post from her Twitter account on Sunday evening, Costantino said: “…Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers I’m doing well…”The specifics of Costantino’s injury were not disclosed, but she will miss the Orange’s game at Villanova on Friday afternoon. Costantino is being evaluated day-to-day, Mehringer said. After the game against the Wildcats, Syracuse travels to Rutgers to play the Scarlet Knights on Sunday.Costantino began the season as SU’s starting goalie, splitting time with sophomore Kelsey Richardson. But after the Orange’s loss to Florida on March 2, Richardson has started each of the four games since, and played all 60 minutes in Syracuse’s 13-12 loss at Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThroughout the season, the Orange coaching staff has had the luxury of a two-goalie system, with the option to make mid-game substitutions to throw off opponents. Third-string goalie Shannon Byrne is available and will be used if necessary, head coach Gary Gait said, but this is a chance for Richardson to prove herself.“We lose that ability to make an adjustment,” Gait said Wednesday. “This is an opportunity for Kelsey to step up and maybe use this as a confidence builder. We’ll get to see what she does this weekend.” Comments Published on April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Third-string goalie Byrne growing under tutelage of Richardson, CostantinoFour Syracuse lacrosse players involved in car crash Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Will Johnston thought he was the worst athlete in the family.His older sister, Paige, boasted 11 state titles in track and cross-country. His younger sister, Marie, was all-state for Virginia in cross-country as a freshman. His youngest sister, Kari, earned all-state honors as a high school senior.After high school, the three sisters had offers to play their respective sports at Division I schools while Will had to walk on to his top choice, Virginia Tech.“It kind of pushed me to go harder,” he said. “There was definitely competition.”Though Paige graduated from Arkansas, Marie and Kari joined Will this year at their parents’ alma mater. Marie, a sophomore, joined the VT cross-country and track teams after spending her freshman year at Wake Forest. Kari is a freshman on the Virginia Tech soccer team and Will passed up other college offers to walk on for the Hokies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a senior, he’s earned a scholarship and averages 3.1 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and behind the arc. He’s started the last six games for Virginia Tech (9-12, 1-7 Atlantic Coast), which faces Syracuse (14-7, 5-3) in the Carrier Dome at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.“I don’t know a lot of (Marie’s) reasoning but I know Tech kind of felt like home to her and for Kari, it was kind of the same,” Johnston said.Now that his sisters are there with him, Virginia Tech feels exactly like home for Will.He can go to dinner and church with his sisters on a weekly basis. He can work out with them and vent to them after a tough game. To top it off, their parents can make one trip to see all three of them.“It’s unreal,” Kari said about having her siblings at school with her. “I can always turn to them for advice or if I’m having a bad day.”During the school year, the siblings don’t have much time to work out together. But last summer, Kari would join her brother in an empty gym to shoot hoops.When they were younger, the separation in skill wasn’t as great. Will remembers playing basketball at his house with his sisters and when he lost, he would get mad. The loser of any game in the Johnston backyard would often end up hurling the ball away in frustration.Every summer, the extended Johnston family would go to the beach together and the kids took part in a partner race. Marie said the year she and Will were teamed up, they won.Now on different teams, each sibling works to support the others.“Normally when you see a friend and you’re just walking to class or something, they don’t really come to you,” Marie said, “but my sister was having a tough day and she came to me and we hugged and talked. I think it’s really special to be able to do that any given day.”The past few weeks were tough for Will as the Hokies basketball team endured a seven-game losing streak capped off by a three-point loss to then-No. 2 Virginia. After the game, his sisters picked him up with a string of text messages.They told him to stay positive and keep working hard, that the wins would come. Other times they’ll send him motivational quotes that help him get through a tough practice.When they get together for weekly dinners on Sunday nights, the family just hangs out. Sometimes they sit in silence and eat; other times they try to make each other laugh.Ironically, the three athletes get together to talk about anything other than sports.“We’re really close and that’s helped us with our respective sports because we can all talk to each other and help each other out,” Will said. “I think each of us doing a sport has really helped the others.” Comments Published on February 3, 2015 at 12:10 am
A single centimeter made all the difference for USC Track and Field two weekends ago in Nampa, Idaho.Competing among the best in the nation, junior Alitta Boyd was USC’s sole representative at the NCAA Division-I Indoor Championships on March 9 and 10.Weathering the storm · Senior Melissa Minderler took first place in the javelin at the Northdridge Invitational, despite tough weather. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationBefore entering the meet, she had previously placed in long jump at Division I competitions such as the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and Texas A&M Invitational. Boyd jumped 6.18 meters, missing the cutoff for the finals by a centimeter.She was moved out of position by the University of Central Florida’s Sonnisha Williams, who clinched the spot at finals with a 6.19 meter jump during flight two. The men’s team did not compete indoors, and the women’s team was unable to qualify in other events. Robbed of a last stab at victory, the USC Trojans did not walk away with any championship wins at the NCAA finals.The indoor season might be over and done, but USC is still preparing for outdoors. Last weekend USC competed at the Northridge Invitational, but field conditions did not look favorable and USC pulled out for the majority of the meet.“The conditions were terrible, and the weather didn’t hold up,” USC coach Ron Allice said. “Outside of the hammer competition on Friday the majority of the team did not compete.”Though most of the Trojans track and field squad did not participate in last weekend’s meet, USC still managed to secure a win. Senior captain Marissa Minderler finished first in women’s javelin throw with a final distance of 40.98 meters. Minderler previously finished third at the Ben Brown Invitational at Long Beach State.Bad weather conditions might have prevented the Trojans from competing at full strength during last weekend’s meet, but they continue to prepare for the upcoming Trojan Invitational, taking place at USC’s Loker Stadium. The Trojans will not only be defending their home turf but will also be proving themselves against stiff competition from top-25 teams for the first time in the outdoor season.“This is the best track meet outside of the major conference meets,” Allice said of the Trojan Invitational. “Outside of those, there is no meet in the country that is bringing in the quality of teams that the Trojan Invitational does.” Opponents include Oregon, who won the NCAA Women’s Indoor Championship, as well as Texas A&M, who will be defending the men’s national title for the third year in a row.
GroceriesWhen shopping for groceries residents are urged to focus on non-perishable items. Since electricity could be lost during the storms and for days following it is important to avoid foods that requires refrigeration.It’s recommended that residents purchase bottled water; canned and dry goods including corn beef, tuna, sausages, soups, bread, biscuits, crackers, cookies, jellies, peanut butter, juices, powdered drink mix, chips, sauces. South Florida residents urged to prepareOfficials in South Florida are urging all residents to make preparation for the arrival of Irma notwithstanding its exact landfall target is still unknown. Residents are also urged not to wait until the storm is too close to be prepared. It has not been unusual for stores and supermarkets to run out of supplies as a storm approaches. MedicationResidents on medication should ensure they fill their prescriptions before the storm hits. They should have medication to last for up to two weeks. PetrolMotorists should ensure they fill the tanks of their vehicles with petrol prior to the storm. It will be difficult for gas stations to pump petrol if they lose electricity. Other suppliesOther recommended supplies included oil fueled lanterns, kerosene oil, batteries to fit flashlights, and battery powered radios and TVs, paper plates and cups, paper towels, garbage bags; plywood and tarpaulins in case one’s roof is damaged during the storm. Storm not turning as expectedWhile forecasters expected the storm to turn more to the north after passing through the Eastern Caribbean, Monday evening’s forecast did not reflect that turns, showing the storm taking a more western path towards Florida.With the proposed trajectory of the storm pointing towards South Florida on Monday, people took advantage of the holiday to visit supermarkets like Publix and Winn-Dixie to stock up on bottled water, and other supplies.At Home Depot stores in South-West Miami, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, shoppers were purchasing plywood which is usually used to protect windows during a hurricane. Both a USA and an European hurricane forecast model are converging to indicate Hurricane Irma could impact South Florida as early as Friday this week. The trajectory of the storm prompted Florida Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency for the entire state.On Monday evening the storm was forecast to pass through northwestern Caribbean, impacting Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba. The forecasted Hurricane cone expanded some 145 miles and forecast has the storm impacting areas of South Florida by Friday. However, the exact area where the storm could impact is still too early to confirm. CashResidents should also draw sufficient cash to last for a number of days, as banks could be closed for an indefinite period, and without electricity, ATMs will be useless.
In an awe inspiring story of giving back to society, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, a former student of the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) and currently the Director of Sports of the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana Legon has fulfilled a long desire of making a significant contribution to his alma mater with the official commissioning of a sports court named after him (Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court) at Keta, Volta region on Friday, 22nd March, 2019.A 1983 graduate of KETASCO, Dr. Bitugu is the current Chairman of The International Scientific Network for Sport for Development and Peace. He has served and continues to serve in various international roles as an academic (University of Innsbruck, Applied University of Kufstein, University of Krems an der Donau, all in Austria). He also worked and continues to work as an expert and consultant for the UN, Africa Union, the Commonwealth, UEFA, FIFA, European Union, the Austrian Government, the Government of Ghana and selected African and European NGOs and institutions.A role model for sports and education, especially for the youth, Dr. Bella has had a passion to come back to his roots and give back to the society that helped shape his early beginnings. This was a crowning moment of years of hard work and perseverance.The multipurpose court is first of its kind in Ghana for a second cycle institution in terms of size, purpose and funding worth an estimated GH 167,000. Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court was constructed with funds from the Austrian Ministry of Sports, supported by the 1976 KETASCO Year Group, businessman and philanthropist Dr. Dan Mckorley (Macdan), Brigadier-General Dr. Chris Agbeka, Dr. Saviour Badohu and other individuals from the 76 and 83 Old Student Unions, among others. Welcoming dignitaries, chiefs, students and staff of the school, the headmaster of Keta Secondary School Mr. Charles Agbakey expressed his gratitude to all who had contributed to the success of the project. “I want to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Bella and all other contributors who made sure that this project did not stall,” he said. The project coordinator Rev. Herbert Nuworkpor, could not hide his elation at the completion of the project having spent much time and energy on it. He declared, at long last the battle has ended!!!!”At long last the battle is over and Ketasco has overcome an infrastructural deficit. The project was made much bigger than originally projected which meant more funds were required. At the official commissioning ceremony, it was revealed to the admiration of all that the court had been named after Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu.Dr. Bitugu played a pioneering role in the construction of the court, directly and indirectly, sourcing for the necessary funding for the project. It was announced that the Ministry of Sports Austria had contributed about 80 per cent of the total cost of the project while some groups and individuals had also made some contributions whose names are acknowledged on the official plaque in front of the court.Dr. Bella rolled back the years and told the gathering about his early beginnings at Keta.“I was once here at Ketasco. In house 1, Quao House…Sports is supposed to bring people together and create a holistic and well-fashioned person for tolerance, understanding, time management, focus and perseverance,…qualities hardly taught in the classroom” he said to wild applause from the student body. He continued, “Ketasco has made me who I am today. I started by contributing in various forms to the school including books, internet, sports kits etc. I think we should give back to where we came from. I want to say thank you to my juniors and seniors, teachers and everyone.”“I am here to tell you that the court is ready to be used. I am very happy and this journey was a very long journey. This was a struggle. I see this as another favour from our God. Please note also that schools around as well as the community also have the right to use the court. The school management should design a procedure for outsiders to have easy access to the court.”Spurred on by their latest infrastructural addition, some students of KETASCO took to the court to showcase their skills in a special handball contest.Dr. Bitugu urged them to “Become the champions of basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, tennis and allow others from outside to use the court so Keta becomes a base to showcase Development through Sports… And he had a special message to the Austrian Ministry of Sports with whose support the project materialized.“I want to thank the Austrian Ministry of Sports, the Austrian Government and VIDC, Vienna and all the people involved in getting us here,” he said.The Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court is well equipped to host the major indoor events such as basketball, handball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis among others.The entire South Zone Schools and Colleges Sports Association and Volta Region stand to benefit from the use of the facility. It appears the commissioning of the facility has come at the right time to solve a major infrastructural deficit and hundreds if not thousands of school children would benefit from the use of the Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court well into the near future. —