BiH names squad for the 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Greece

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) national football team selector Mehmed Bazdarevic has released a list of players for the upcoming qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Russia.The opponent of the BiH’s national football team will be the national team of Greece, and the match will be played on June 9 at the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica, a city some 70 km northwest from the capital of BiH, Sarajevo.Here is the list of players on whom Bazdarevic is to count:Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Ibrahim Sehic and Kenan Piric.Defenders: Ermin Bicakcic, Ognjen Vranjes, Edin Cocalic, Toni Sunjic, Ervin Zukanovic, Dario Dumic, Samir Memisevic and Daniel Pavlovic.Midfielders: Muhamed Besic, Haris Medunjanin, Senad Lulic, Miralem Pjanic, Sanjin Prcic, Mato Jajalo, Gojko Cimirot, Rade Krunic, Edin Visca, Avdija Vrsajevic, Danijel Milicevic and Miroslav Stevanovic.Forwards: Vedad Ibisevic, Rijad Bajic, Armin Hodzic, Kenan Kodro and Edin Dzeko.Bazdarevic counts on 31 players, including three goalkeepers. To recall, the result of the first meeting between these two selections in Piraeus was 1: 1.last_img read more

Lily May stages a victory march to U16 title

first_img28 Jul 2016 Lily May stages a victory march to U16 title Girl international Lily May Humphreys staged a victory march today, winning the English U16 girls’ open championship by six shots at The Nottinghamshire. Humphreys (image © Leaderboard Photography) was nine-under par for the 72-holes, signing off with today with rounds of two-under 70 and 71. She adds this to the English U14 title which she won last year. Afterwards the 14-year-old from Channels in Essex revealed: “I just really like winning, once I think I can win I’m determined to do it and really disappointed if I don’t.” She also confessed to being slightly disappointed because she hadn’t achieved one of her championship goals of getting to double figures under par! “I was three-over par for the last six holes. I’d played really well before that but just had this mad half hour. “But I also wanted to finish all my rounds under par and I did that, so that’s good,” said Humphreys who scored 70, 68, 70, 71. The 72-hole championship developed into a title tussle between Humphreys and her England team-mate Amelia Williamson, who was the runner-up on three-under par. Williamson, from Royal Cromer, was the first round leader with her opening 68.  Humphreys then moved two shots ahead after the second round and didn’t let go. The players were still two shots apart after the third round, but in the final round Humphreys got off to a quick start, reaching the turn in four-under par while Williamson was two-over. Williamson, 16, narrowed the gap on the back nine, but by then Humphreys was too far ahead to be caught. Her verdict on the week: “I kept the ball in play most of the time and my holing out was good. I took my chances out there to make a lot of birdies and I tried to keep as many bogeys as possible off my card. I did a fairly good job of that.” Third place was taken by Anna Zanusso of Italy on level par. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Baker’s ready to hit the golfing high notes

first_img Jess Baker is a key performer in more ways than one.On the course, the talented 17-year-old is an integral part of the girls’ squad for 2020.Off the course, Baker is an accomplished pianist and could have emulated her older brother Cameron and opted for a career in music.However, Baker has closed the lid on her piano for now to open up a world of opportunities on the golf course.And after building up her experience levels in 2019, the Gosforth Park Ladies’ member is happy to put her music on the backburner to concentrate on hitting the right notes with England and planning a move to college in Florida.“I only seriously took up golf aged 10 or 11, as I did a lot of music when I was younger,” admitted the plus three handicapper.“I actually got my Grade 8 piano last year and that’s me signed off with music. Grade 8 is the highest level you can reach.“Balancing school, golf and music was tough so I’ve had to make a choice. I just want to concentrate on my golf.“My whole family is very musical. My brother Cameron plays piano too he wants to be a music therapist.“But my dad’s side is also very sporty and that has worked out for me.“To be honest, I keep the piano stuff under wraps – I haven’t really told the other girls, so they won’t be aware!”What Baker’s team-mates are acutely aware of, however, is her prowess on the golf course.The last 12 months proved to be a crucial learning curve as she graduated from girls’ events to playing in a number of the women’s championships.And more than that, she acquitted herself very well as was shown when reaching the semi-finals of the English Women’s Amateur where she lost out to England colleague Lily May Humphreys.Baker added: “2019 was different in that I played in a lot of women’s events. That was not previously on my agenda.“In a lot of the tournaments I was able to play consistently and produce good scores. I felt like I free-flowed a lot of the time.“I was able to travel a lot with my parents and also with the England teams and that was also a lot of fun.“Playing in the women’s events really brought me on because I was able to gauge where I stood by comparing girls’ and women’s golf.“College in America will be another jump in 2020 and then we’ll see what happens next.“It’s all learning experiences every time I tee it up.”Another important event for Baker in 2019 was her recovery in the English Girls’ Open Amateur held at Gog Magog Golf Club.This event not only showed her skills, but also a degree of mental toughness which is as much a part of a golfer’s weaponry as a razor-sharp short game.After a disappointing opening two rounds of 81 and 72, Baker was struggling to make the top 100.After two brilliant rounds of 66 on the final day’s play, she hoisted herself into third place just one shot back from Caitlyn Whitehead in second and two adrift of winner Marie Bechtold.“I just made the cut and was something like 99th and then ended up finishing third,” revealed Baker.“That was really exciting. But it was frustrating too – I wish I’d played better in the early rounds!”Baker admits that she is inspired by watching England Golf graduates Bronte Law, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall performing on a world stage.But she also owes a debt of gratitude to parents Steve and Louise for their support and others who kept her chin up when sticking with golf was difficult.“I was the only girl at my club – that was tough,” added the teenager.“To maintain motivation was difficult so the England regional squads were massive in changing that.“There were also a lot of volunteers at Gosforth Park Ladies’ Club and mentors who were able to support me, though.“I received a lot of encouragement from them and that kept me going and my parents have been brilliant taking me all over the country for my golf.”In August, Baker will pack her bags for the University of Central Florida where she will study psychology.Understandably, she’s excited about what 2020 has in store.“I’ll be 20 minutes from Disneyland – the weather, golf and the whole package of life in America is amazing. You can’t really turn it down,” said Baker with a smile.“Before all that there are big events for me as an individual and hopefully with England.“The European and the Home Internationals will be massive. It’s all so exciting.“To represent your country is mind-blowing when you think about it.“We’re all there as a team and it’s not individual. We all pull for each other and bounce off each other.” 13 Jan 2020 Baker’s ready to hit the golfing high notes Tags: England Girl’s, England teams, Northumberlandlast_img read more

Men’s netball comp into round 3

first_imgThe Round 2 matches ended well however the association has urged participating teams to be in uniform today as Round 3 kicks off this afternoon at the Ritta Flynn stadium.The current Standing of the teams after round 2 have been updated and there have been some team / grade changes based on the first two weeks competition to make sure all teams have a competitive competition and in the correct grade as the points Ladders reflects.However, for this afternoon games will see:PREMIER MIXED6.20PM CRT 1 MARI PASIFIKA vs KAMUNA7.00PM CRT 1 MONA vs API7.40PM CRT 1 VEUPUNAMA 1 vs BB KINGSSOCIAL MIXED A 6.20PM CRT 1 VEUPUNAMA 2 vs LASI 17.00PM CRT 1 NSL vs BSP 27.40PM CRT 1 RIPA RALA vs PNGFP8.20PM CRT 1 BSP 1 vs MATRIXSOCIAL MIXED B6.20PM CRT 3 INT’L SOS vs HHL / CPL7.00PM CRT 3 PNG CONSTRUCTION vs LASI 27.40PM CRT 3 AURA NETTERS vs PNG HARDWARE8.20PM CRT 2 APVG vs GRAFITTIlast_img read more

Guyana achieves target in diagnosing HIV affected persons

first_imgUsing a new initiative, the Public Health Ministry last year managed to achieve a global objective of diagnosing 90 per cent of the population living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).This was revealed on Friday by the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, who was at the time speaking at the ‘close out’ ceremony of the Advancing Partnerships and Communities (APC) Project which was launched back in 2014.According to Lawrence, “With the generation of community-level data, targeted testing was conducted using mobile outreaches and collaborating with Private Sector organisations, some 29 of them and faith-based organisations, also another 29. This new strategy of index texting in Guyana improved the overall testing yield, shifting the first 90 from 86 per cent at the end of 2017 to 93 per cent [in 2018]”.She explained that the initiative also resulted in an increased number of persons being treated as well, which means that the country is moving towards achieving another 90-90-90 goal. This goal aims at diagnosing 90 per cent of all HIV positive persons, providing antiretroviral therapy for 90 per cent of those diagnosed, and achieving viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated by 2020.Meanwhile, Chief of Party for the Project, Lisa Thompson explained the objective behind the five-year programme.Initially, the project was introduced in eight of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions.Thompson pointed out that the programme was aimed at improving the service delivery and unit costs while strengthening the relationship between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the subject Ministry among several others.The strategies were specifically tailored to meet the needs of the population and to ensure the activities were implemented where people were living, working and even playing, which means taking services to the populace rather than having them visit offices for checkups and tests.She was keen to note that more than 30,000 HIV tests were conducted during this period, 424 of the results showed positive.In addition, over 70 training sessions were conducted geared towards educating health personnel and others on effective communication with HIV positive persons. She said they were also schooled on how to teach patients to take care of themselves, health-wise and physically, while listing a few achievements of the APC project.New app for HIV educationAt the same event, Minister Lawrence announced that the Telecommunications Ministry is working alongside the Public Health Ministry to develop a web application which will better inform persons on HIV.According to the Minister, “The APC in collaboration with the Ministry and the Ministry of [Public] Telecommunications began working on an app that would provide information to the general public on HIV and common STIs [Sexually Transmitted Diseases] and where persons can access services should they require the same”.HIV in GuyanaIn August last year, it was revealed that Guyana recorded an increase in the number of HIV cases, with some 961 cases being confirmed.Statistics showed that over the past three years, HIV cases have been increasing rapidly. Some 705 were recorded in 2015 and 855 in 2016.Region Four has since earned the title of the region that is most populated with HIV affected persons due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017.So far, no figures have been released in relation to confirmed HIV cases for 2018.APC Projectlast_img read more

Bluey Day Results

first_img184 thousand dollars is the latest running total from the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, on Saturday’s Bluey Day fundraiser.However, the total doesn’t include the results of associated fundraisers at Sobeys, M&M Meats and Quiznos.Thus, officials are confident they’ll top their 200 thousand dollar target, by the end of the week, if not earlier.- Advertisement -The tenth annual event had its most ambitious goal to date, as the foundation continues to raise funds for the purchase of a CT scanner.Its overall target is one point three million dollars of the total equipment cost, which would eliminate the need, for patients requiring a scan, to travel to Dawson Creek, or further.last_img

GPL pussyfooting around power sharing agreement with Giftland

first_img– as blackouts continue to plague East CoastDespite constant power outages and the dire need for additional power in the grid, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) seems less than willing to take up the offer from private company Giftland Mall to supply excess power to the grid.Giftland Mall owner Roy BeepatThis was revealed in a statement from Giftland Mall on Tuesday, in which it revealed that after months of talk, GPL is no closer to concluding a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the mall.According to Giftland, it has been receiving numerous complaints and questions as to why there are still occasional power outages. It noted that a few months ago, persons who thought the PPA was about to be signed with GPL had also been congratulating them.“We wish to state that no PPA has been signed to date and this will explain why power cuts continue when there is lack of required power generating capacity,” the company, which is owned by businessman Roy Beepat, said.“The last information reaching us was that GPL require justification as to why they should buy from us, apparently cheaper cost, no liability or commitment and readily available power supply to make up the deficiency are not sufficient reasons.”Giftland noted in its statement that they have been in discussions with GPL for approximately three years, so that the embattled State company could purchase power from them. Giftland also insisted that contrary to reports, they can supply the required power at whatever timeslots are required.“We stand by our statement that a dedicated 3 MW is available and we can supply up to 4.5MW as required. We are not sure what further justification is required to show why this can withstand any scrutiny.”Persons continue to be plagued by power outages“Our prices are competitive and better than power supplied by GPL diesel generators, the supply is available without any expenditure to GPL without commitment for long-term supplies. We look forward to some response as to why this Agreement cannot be concluded,” the company said.The Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) had reported in June of this year that GPL and Giftland had concluded a Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of five megawatts of power and that all that was waiting was the ratification by the new GPL Board.At the time, former Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Chairman turned GPL Chair Rawle Lucas, along with Reggie Bagwandin, Kirk Hollingsworth, Morsha Johnson-Francis and Tara Singh, Gillian Pollard, Guyana Energy Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Mahender Sharma and Private Sector Commission representative Komal Ramnauth, were appointed as GPL’s new Board of Directors.The new Board came at a time when GPL’s service has been heavily criticised by citizens. This is because of regular power outages, maintenance work and announcements that there are issues with the interconnected system. These issues still continue.Since 2016, Giftland Mall had offered to sell Government its excess electricity but this was rejected. At a press conference in June, GPL CEO Albert Gordon had explained that buying power from an independent power producer (IPP) is a complicated issue which includes negotiating pricing and legal matters.To this end, he noted that GPL had enlisted the help of the Public Infrastructure Ministry to iron out these issues. Besides Giftland, there were also some talks with Banks DIH to purchase power.While GPL is looking to increase the capacity on the interconnected grid with the purchase of fuel oil power from private firms, the company is also catering to have natural gas integrated into its system to produce electricity.In fact, Gordon had mentioned that they were seeking an agreement for the purchase of power from the Hope Wind Farm project, which is expected to come on stream by next year, generating between 10 to 16 megawatts of power.Months after taking office in 2015, Government had announced that it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach on the East Coast of Demerara. While not as stable as hydropower, wind energy generated by turbines is a form of renewable energy.All these energy woes might very well have been avoided had the Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP) that was initiated under the previous Administration been pursued by the new Government.The AFHP would have assisted GPL in getting adequate electricity supply. In fact, the Norway-funded project, when completed, would have provided 165 megawatts to the national grid, thus providing cheaper and more reliable power to citizens and businesses.last_img read more

Home Depot may shed supply arm

first_imgBlake said the company wants to concentrate more on its retail business. The company said it would “evaluate strategic alternatives” that could also include an initial public offering of the supply business. Home Depot did not say how much it could fetch for HD Supply, but some analysts valued it at between $5 billion and $7.5 billion. Analysts had mixed reactions. “While we had long been advocates of the HD Supply business, the market never seemed to warm up to the strategy, viewing it more as a lower margin, lower return distraction from retail,” David Strasser, an analyst with Banc of America Securities, said in a research note. Strasser said Home Depot’s stock should react positively to the news. “This tells us new CEO Frank Blake is focused on value, and taking a fresh look at every aspect of the business,” Strasser wrote. But Mark Rowen, an analyst with Prudential Equity Group, said in a research note of his own that without HD Supply as a growth vehicle, investors could soon start to focus more intensely on Home Depot’s core retail segment, which he believes is close to reaching store saturation in the U.S. “We believe that Home Depot will continue to struggle with the effects of a difficult housing market in the near term, as well as intense competition from archrival Lowe’s longer term,” Rowen wrote. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The announcement followed a decision earlier this month by Home Depot to give a seat on its board to an investment group that wants Home Depot to consider, among other things, a leveraged buyout of the entire company as a way to generate shareholder value. The group, Relational Investors LLC, had threatened a proxy fight over the home-improvement company’s strategic direction, part of an undercurrent that led to Nardelli’s resignation in early January after six years at the helm of the company. Frank Blake, who replaced Nardelli as CEO, said Monday’s announcement regarding Home Depot Supply was part of a strategic review the company conducted in November. Nardelli had said repeatedly that he believed the company’s strategy under his watch did not need changing. Home Depot said it may sell or spin off its wholesale distribution arm, Home Depot Supply, and has retained the investment firm Lehman Brothers as its financial adviser to assist in this process. ATLANTA – The Home Depot Inc.’s former chief executive, Bob Nardelli, was a master of staying on message and strategy. A month after he resigned, the world’s largest home improvement store chain is showing it wants a change in direction. The Atlanta-based company said Monday it will consider shedding its division serving contractors, home builders and other business customers. Nardelli had trumpeted Home Depot Supply as a growth business for the company. Home Depot shares rose on the news. Some analysts said the decision to possibly sell Home Depot Supply could benefit the company by allowing it to focus on generating value for shareholders, while others suggested it could put the onus back on the company’s retail side, where it faces tough competition from Lowe’s. last_img read more

Matthews looks forward to knowing his neighbors

first_imgTo make such a play in an Angels uniform, Matthews isn’t worried so much about getting used to the dimensions of Angel Stadium. There are other more pressing concerns. “It’s important to know the places you play in but it’s probably more important to know your own pitching staff and to know your two corner outfielders,” Matthews said about being a Gold Glove caliber center fielder. “We have scouting reports on all the hitters that come up but I have to have an idea of the velocity our pitcher has and the scouting report on a specific hitter. “The field comes into play but not as much as knowing your pitchers and the scouting reports of the different hitters and knowing your corner outfielders.” That would mean that playing with Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero this spring will be paramount, but manager Mike Scioscia isn’t going to overwork his veteran corner outfielders. In his third year as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, it certainly helped Matthews that he knew his own ballpark well. Matthews raced back to the center field wall and leaped against the padding while putting his right hand on top of the wall for support. While propping his body well above the yellow stripe, Matthews made the catch with his back to home plate. He then spun around, landing on the warning track with the ball held aloft. TEMPE, Ariz. – “The Catch” will no doubt follow Gary Matthews Jr. forever. But what nobody saw was the preparation it took to create a mere 10 seconds of highlight material. Matthews said there was much more that went into his July 1 catch of drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just a guy who got a good jump. center_img “They’ve already acclimated themselves in some drills and what they’ve done with defensive work,” Scioscia said. “The amount of playing time they’ll get during the spring will be fine for understanding range and positioning. Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” Said Matthews: “Every spring training is big in order to get your timing down but there will be a little bit more to this spring and playing with Garret and Vlady. They have their own thing. I heard they don’t like to play a whole lot during spring training but we’ll go out and make plays. That’s what we do.” Matthews’ presence is expected to help the Angels cut down on the 23 outfield errors they made last season. “There were some breakdowns and part of it was getting an understanding of range in center with (Chone Figgins) really being inexperienced to Vlad’s knees starting to bother him a little bit toward the latter portion of the year, which affected his range,” Scioscia said. PITCHING ROTATION John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start the Cactus League opener Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. The schedule gives an inside peek at the regular-season rotation, something Scioscia has refused to disclose. If Lackey starts on Opening Day, as expected, it appears as if he will be followed by Escobar and then Santana. Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver would assume the final two spots of the rotation. With Weaver behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis, it is likely he would take the No. 5 spot in the rotation to give him more recovery time. COLON UPDATE Bartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground would put him on schedule for throwing at least live batting practice or pitching in a simulated game before spring training ends. His return, though, still would be some time in May at the earliest and more likely June. “I think it’s unlikely that he pitches in a Cactus League game but it wouldn’t surprise me; there is a possibility,” Scioscia said. “He might be at the early end of his stepping up where he leaves the rehab scene and now he’s getting ready for the season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Out-of-favour Newcastle midfielder to be handed route back to France

first_img1 Lille and Montpellier are vying to take Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid back to France.The 22-year-old, who arrived on Tyneside from Lens in 2011, made 13 Premier League appearances for the Toon last season.He had previously spent time on loan at St Johnstone and Panathinaikos having struggled to break into the Magpies’ first team.The Algerian’s future at St James’ Park remains unclear with him now entering the final year of his contract.And now, according to L’Equipe, Lille and Montpellier are keen on signing him and have already made contact with Newcastle about a summer deal. Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid last_img