by Malik VincentLast year, Pittsburgh Schiller (6-8) moved past east side foe Sterrett in the semifinals to move on and win the city title.Sterrett was determined to avenge that, this year.“This was an important win for our guys because they’re who scratched us out of the playoffs last year,” Sterrett coach Orlando Bellisario said. “It was huge for the guys who were seventh graders last year and who are eighth graders now. It was a great way for them to end their middle school days and move on to the next level.” 2012 BOYS CHAMPS—The Sterrett Cougars show off their trophy after winning the City League Middle School Championship with a 46-30 win over Schiller Jan. 26 at Allderdice. They were led by Ramon Creighton, who was one of those guys who saw the loss last year. He scored a game-high 22 points in their 46-30 victory over Schiller Jan 26.“I can’t say enough about the game that Ramon had,” Bellisario added. “He really showed us how he can be a leader. It was a very impressive showing from him.”Sterrett was led, defensively, by first-year eight grader Martaz Arrington who had 8 steals.Also a first-year player, Rashawn Edmonds—who transferred to Sterrett after Pittsburgh Lincoln closed at the end of last school year—was a big presence on the boards with a team-high 9 rebounds.“It was amazing how the first-year guys that we have stepped up in a huge way,” coach said.” “They have been one of the key components to the success of this season.This was the first opportunity for the Sterrett student body to see their home team. Sterrett‘s principal Sarah Sumpter said that there’s “not enough seating capacity in their gymnasium.” So, students are not allowed to attend the games unless accompanied by a parent.That was certainly not the case at Allderdice in the title match.“We supplied transportation for all the students and teachers who were interested in attending,” Sumpter said. “There was tons of excitement from the kids when they found out that we were going to get them there. The participation from them ended up being great, we filled our entire side of the gym at Allderdice.”When the win came, according to Sumpter, there was an overwhelming feeling of joy amongst the kids.“It just added to the feeling when we knew they would win,” she said. “The kids made posters and flyers and wore stickers on their faces to support their team. It turned out to be a tremendous experience for our student body.”(Malik Vincent can be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @malikvincent.)
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—By now even those of you that live under that proverbial rock have tuned into the No. 1 sports talk show in Western PA, “Soul Take—Champions Live” starring yours truly and Kevin Cameron. Well, Kev tried in vain to get me and two elite tennis players, Joe Washington and Carmen Filloy, that the supreme Serena should not play in the doubles match with Andy Murray but rather save her game to make the historic move to catch Margaret Court to become the greatest of all-time. But nooooo, Ms. Williams would have it her way, thus the loss to Simona Halep. But that’s not the worst of it. Now we have to listen to “Captain” Cameron being right for now and forever. Help me Lord, help me!:09—Just so you’re reminded that what I really know about tennis you can write in the palm of your racquet hand, here’s this… Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in a historic, first-time ever, 5-hour, 5-set tiebreaker match to win the Men’s Singles Championship at Wimbledon on Sunday. Whew!:08—Here we go, Steelers, here we go! And go they will, straight to the Super Bowl! Yeah, I said it! And the Black and Gold lace ‘em up when they report to training camp on Thursday, July 25 for the 54th straight year at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. The first practice open to the public will be Friday, the 26th. Pittsburgh, let’s do this. Right here…Right now!:07—Hello, hello, hello…speak up, I can’t hear you. Who? Oh, listen and listen good! Le’Veon and Antonio don’t live here no more!!!:06—Look, I like the Pirates as much as the next guy. A little here, a little there. And, of course, you gotta love the wings at the park. But it looks like we’re heading down that road again. I know you’ve been caught up in the great hitting before the All-Star Game. But I told you coming out of training camp what has always been a staple in baseball. Great pitching beats great hitting every day of the week. And – we – don’t – have – the – pitching. But no worries, I’ll keep the wings.:05—Speaking of baseball—and I was—I told you I didn’t think Josh Bell could deliver at the Home Run Derby. That thing is a different thing. If you know what I mean.:04—Oh, one more baseball thing…a shoutout and blessings to the legendary flame thrower Bob Gibson. He’s fighting pancreatic cancer. If the St. Louis great fights cancer the way he did opposing hitters he’ll win hands down.:03—USA Women’s Championship Soccer team. It’s all been said but know this—you’re bad, you’re bold, you’re beautiful and they better pay you your well-deserved money! Period. End of story. C’mon, women!!!:02—If you saw the ESPYs you know this already. If you didn’t you can only try to understand what I am going to tell you. The Pat Tillman Award for Service was given to a woman that lost a leg in Iraq and went on to climb Mt. Everest among many other unbelievable things, Kirstie Ennis. And the Jimmy V. Award went to a man, Rob Mendez, born without arms or legs. His only desire in life since he couldn’t play was to coach. After years of trying to get a job, his first season as the Head Coach of the J.V. football team at Prospect High School in San Jose, Calif., saw his team go 8-2 last year and his kids will run through a brick wall for him. So – you – better – not – ever – complain – about – anything – else- mannnn!!!:01—As always, in closing, gather yourself, your family, your friends and vote Donald Trump out of office. It’s truly a matter of life and death!:00—GAME OVER.
EDMONTON, Canada, (CMC):Jamaican Dane Nelson laid down the marker on the opening day of the new season at Northlands Park, riding four winners to dominate the nine-race programme here Friday.The 31-year-old captured race three with 6-1 chance Harbor Gold, race four with 3-1 bet Onestaratatime, race eight with favourite Eustacia, before closing out the day with a strong victory aboard 14-1 outsider Doc.Former champion, Barbadian Quincy Welch, shared some of the headlines with a double, raising the curtain on the day’s action with victory aboard 2-1 bet Macho North and following up with success in race six with favourite Geaux Claire.
MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gilas cadet Troy Rike protects Australia’s Chris Goulding from the mobbing fans during the brawl at Philippine Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Basketball Association will appeal any sanction by Fiba on Gilas Pilipinas players if it involves their stint in the professional league, commissioner Willie Marcial said Thursday.“We will wait for Fiba’s decision,” Marcial told reporters after meeting members of the team that came to blows with Australia during their World Cup Qualifying match at Philippine Arena Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The statement was signed by SBP president Al Panlilio and BA counter part Ned Coten.Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas were ejected from the game on disqualifying fouls while four Aussies were also tossed after the melee, which was triggered by a blind-side elbow from Daniel Kickert to Roger Pogoy.Late Wednesday night, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao came to Gilas Pilipinas’ defense and blasted Kickert for the attack, which he described as potentially fatal.“Kickert started it all and he didn’t even apologize. All he said was it’s regrettable and all he said was it was unfortunate,” Guiao told reporters after the Road Warriors’ loss to the Magnolia Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena. “He almost killed somebody and he did not apologize.”Guiao said the Aussies, who flew to the country on the heels of a stunning defeat to Japan, came to the Philippines “looking for trouble.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding England’s Stones calls Colombia ‘dirtiest team’ he’s faced LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “If the players are suspended from Fiba tournaments, we will abide by that decision,” Marcial added. “But if they are suspended even in the PBA, we will appeal.”The PBA has deferred action on the erring players until after the Fiba decision comes out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Earlier in the day, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia came up with a joint statement expressing regret over the brawl, which happened in the third period of what was officially logged as an 89-53 win by the Aussies when the Filipinos did not have anymore players to continue on.“We deeply regret the events that took place during the game,” the statement read. “The actions displayed have no place on any basketball court. We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.” View comments
Hamid Latiff also called “Crapo” of Cane Grove, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, who reportedly stabbed his reputed wife’s brother to death outside a wedding house in 2013 has been freed of murder.Hamid LatiffIn dramatic scenes outside the High Court on Thursday, Latiff leaped to freedom after he was cleared of the November 8, 2013 murder of Mulchand Murilall, 16.Murilall was reportedly defending his sister Bhagmattie “Vashtie” Murilall against Latif with whom she shared a relationship. Latiff’s acquittal for the fatal stabbing followed a unanimous decision by a 12-member mixed jury after a one hour deliberation on Thursday afternoon.Mulchand MurilallThe jury foreman told the court that his team collectively found the defendant not guilty on the charge of murder. On a possibility of the lesser count of manslaughter, the jury was also unanimous in their decision that the accused was not guilty of the indictable crime.After the decision was handed down, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow encouraged the former murder-accused to use the opportunity to avoid trouble, pointing out that sometimes, “trouble comes and finds you”.After being freed, Latiff brushed past his relatives and with great exuberance swiftly proceeded to his waiting car after two years of incarceration for the capital offence.Throughout the week-long trial, a number of discrepancies were found in several witness’ statements. The court took particular note of the lack of credibility in the testimony of Latiff’s reputed wife Vashtie, who attempted to cover up the fact that she shared a relationship and a child with a police officer who was present at her brother’s murder scene.In the summation of tendered evidence in the trial at Thursday morning session, Justice Barlow also stressed the lack of credibility when Vashtie claimed that her relationship with the officer only began in December 2015 when in fact, the police officer had fathered her son over a year ago.During the trial, Vashtie told the court that the child’s birth was never registered but medical records proved otherwise. Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Bernard De Santos, the woman denied that she had formed a relationship with the officer while she was still with Latiff.The witness had also admitted that she did not see the stabbing of her brother as she was some distance away, hearing tassa drums. However, Bhagmattie “Vashtie” Murilall did claim that she heard someone in the distance say “ow” on that fateful night.It was also revealed that the officer, with whom Vashtie has shared a relationship, was the first police rank to arrive on the scene after her brother had met his demise. However the jury had to consider the fact White (father of the said child) also “covered up” the relationship with Vashtie as well as the existence of their child.The jurors also considered that while White did not actually conduct investigations of the crime, he preserved the evidence until the police detectives had arrived on the scene.The testimony of Safraz Hussein who was said to be a valid witness also had credibility issues as he withheld the fact that he was using “ganja” on the night he witnessed the stabbing. Hussein who was 18 at that time testified that he actually saw when the deceased teenager was stabbed. However jurors had to consider that in the lower court, he had told the presiding Magistrate that he only smoked cigarettes.Before the jurors were allowed to deliberate, Defence Counsel De Santos reminded the court that his client “did not admit to anything” nor was he bearing any responsibly for Murrilall’s stabbing. This was premised on the unsworn statement that Latiff gave when he had taken the stand. The defendant claimed that he was attacked with “a paling stave affixed with nails” but however declined claiming self-defence. Despite this, Latiif had testified that it was another witness, Rajesh “Alligator Man” Liloutie who had inflicted injures the teenager suffered after “the boy jumped between” the two of them (Latiff and Liloutie).Justice Barlow had reminded the jurors that they would have not been making a determination on whether or not “Alligator Man” caused the boy’s death but that they should focus on the facts surrounding the accused. Latiff had also alleged that it was Liloutie who threw the young man overboard.However the court learnt that police never investigated that version of events. Rather, the investigators placed prime emphasis on the version that “Crapo” stabbed the boy.Meanwhile Liloutie had earlier testified that he had seen the former murder-accused “shove something” in the deceased’s body after which Latiff had thrown him overboard. The court had however heard that “Alligator Man” had not seen what “Crapo” had shoved into the murdered man’s body.The 12 jurors who freed “Crapo” were told that the pathologist did not find water in the victim’s body.In 2013, it was reported that an argument had ensued between Latiff and Murilall which led to the young man being fatally stabbed to his chest and under his left arm.Sometime after the stabbing, Latiff was nabbed by Police at Springlands while allegedly trying to escape to neighbouring Suriname.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia (CAM) has concluded plans that will ensure the reopening of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, which has since the Ebola outbreak been closed. St. Joseph will resume the provision of normal health services to the general public later this month, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has disclosed.Archbishop Zeigler, who led a high level CAM delegation on Tuesday, met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office, and informed her that the reopening is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an Executive Mansion statement said.Other members of the delegation were the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabba; CAM’s Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Charles Boyce; Dean of the Mother Pattern College of Health Science, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Rev. Sister Barbara Brillant; member of the Catholic Church Ebola Taskforce, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods.Others were Acting Administrator of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Bernard Isah Benda; and member of the Coordinating Taskforce for the Re-opening of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Jose Maria Viadero.As a result of the severity of the Ebola outbreak and its severe toll on the facility, St. Joseph’s shut its gates in late July. This was right after the controversial case of Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American businessman who became globally known when he took the virus to Nigeria after being infected when he took his infected sister to St. Joseph’s for treatment. After she died of Ebola, he flew to Nigeria, sparking the outbreak there. He also died of the virus in Nigeria.The original closure of St. Joseph’s was supposed to last a month. The Medical Director of the hospital, Samuel Bowman, 72, said the idea was for the facility to regroup and the wards disinfected. This was supposed to have been done by the Health Ministry, but to no avail. So the hospital had to turn away pregnant women, children with broken arms, and patients with diarrhea and malaria whom the hospital had routinely treated over the years.Speaking with President Sirleaf about the planned reopening, Archbishop Zeigler indicated that activities at the hospital will initially focus on the Maternal Ward, to be followed by the Pediatric Ward and subsequently the General Ward. He said 14 of the 18 Catholic-run health institutions across the country had been open throughout the crisis.Archbishop Zeigler reflected on the tragedy in August and September that led to the loss of nine members of the hospital’s staff, including four missionaries, among them a Spanish priest, Father Miguel Pajares, who contracted the virus and later died in a Madrid hospital, where he and five other staff had been evacuated, “The church was completely devastated and indeed felt the weight of the death toll inflicted on it by the Ebola virus in August and September,” he said, adding, “It certainly was not easy and we will always remember our dedicated healthcare workers and missionaries who died serving humanity.We thank God for the strength to have endured and overcome.”He informed President Sirleaf that the church looks forward to assistance from the Government of Liberia, especially for the healthcare workers who will provide services at the hospital.”The Catholic prelate thanked President Sirleaf and her Government for finally taking control of the further spread of the disease with the support of the Liberian people and international partners. He also warned against blowing-up the success in the Ebola fight thus far with complacency, as such attitude could reverse the gains and lead the country back to the terrible experience of the last few months.Rev. Brillant, who is also head of the Catholic Church Taskforce on Ebola, briefed President Sirleaf about the Church’s Ebola campaign and the steps taken thus far towards the resumption of operations at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. “Operations at the hospital will include care centers, triaging facilities and the regular hospital activities to ensure the safety of workers and patients as we commence operations later this month,”President Sirleaf described the decision of the Catholic Church to re-open St. Joseph as the happiest news of the week for the Church, government and the country as a whole, while at the same time commending the Church for its commitment to Liberians.She expressed sympathy and sorrow for the losses sustained by the hospital and promised to work with the government’s health team and partners to look into what can be done for healthcare workers who will be assigned at the hospital as it reopens.“The hazard pay introduced during the fight against Ebola was time bound for six months initially, but we can look into what can be done with Ebola still around. We must find a way to meet the needs of those who take the risk to provide healthcare services during this Ebola crisis,” President Sirleaf said. She promised to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Ebola where the matter will be fully discussed.She said government is pleased with the progress in the fight so far due to the efforts of all. She noted that government was trying now to shift attention to upgrading the regular healthcare facilities and provide adequate training for healthcare workers across the country.President Sirleaf also informed Archbishop Zeigler and his delegation that in partnership with the Clinton Health Initiative, Government is developing a 10-year plan to upgrade the health system with strong infection control mechanisms for future disease outbreaks and health crises.Founded in the 1960s, St. Joseph’s touts itself as the oldest continuously operating hospital in the country. It stayed open throughout the brutal regimes and rebel wars of the 1990s.The hospital over the years has been run by the Brothers of St. John of God, who have since returned to Liberia and will continue to run the hospital.The 140-bed facility, during the heat of the Ebola crisis, had only a handful of the full-body protective suits which have become the standard for treating Ebola patients. As a result of the limited number of PPEs the hospital staff had to use them “sparingly.”The medical director of the facility, Samuel Bowman, 72, upon the closure of the facility, said that St. Joseph’s wasn’t even supposed to treat Ebola patients, but some ended up on its wards. “In the process, our hospital director became infected by one of the patients, and he subsequently died. And those who had direct contact with him got infected.”Some of the medical practitioners inffected at the time were, a brother, two sisters, two staff nurses, the social worker and a laboratory technician.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he does not have to splash the cash to bring success to White Hart Lane.Spurs chose not to buy any senior players during the January transfer window despite concerns surrounding the club’s reliance on Harry Kane up front.Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million but the money was not reinvested as Pochettino continues to place faith in youth and squad harmony ahead of big-money signings.Tottenham’s net spend stands at around -£6m during Pochettino’s four transfer windows in charge, with expensive arrivals like Heung Son-min and Toby Alderweireld offset by the sale of fringe players like Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue.Pochettino said on Thursday Spurs fans should expect a “tough period” as the club saves money for the new stadium opening in 2018-19, but the Argentine believes success can still be achieved on a budget.“We grow up in this financial world and my quote is always, ‘Football is not an ordinary business’. That is very important,” Pochettino said.“You can spend a lot of money and create a big team and win everything.“But sometimes you can maybe not spend too much money and buy cleverly and by mixing the pieces you can build a big team too.“For me, this is the most important thing – to be clever and try to discover the best way to get success.”He added: “If you get success, you are shown to be right. If not, the people kill you. You are always going to take decisions against the normal way that everybody is thinking.”Spurs host Watford on Saturday, sitting third in the table on the back of five consecutive victories in all competitions.Leicester’s remarkable season has kept the spotlight away from Spurs but Pochettino’s men remain in the race at the top, sitting two points behind Manchester City and only five back of the Foxes.“In my experience it is better to show than speak,” Pochettino said.“In football when you speak too much only you can wait for the worst.”Watford will present a tough challenge this weekend, as proven by the reverse fixture in December when only a late Son goal snatched a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.The defeat began a four-match losing run for the Hornets but Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have picked up in recent weeks, beating Newcastle and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup before holding Chelsea to a goalless draw on Wednesday.“They played very well against a good team like Chelsea,” Pochettino said.“I was at the game and you can see they are a very good team with good players.“Quique Sanchez Flores is a great manager and it will be good to meet him on Saturday.“We need to be focused because they are a very tough team and we expect a very difficult game.”