Aside from the festivities, Lacson honored Negrense centenarians. He called “the true Negrense treasures” as they serve as “a bridge between the past and the future.” The governor also led the distribution of the cash benefits to the 33 centenarians. Each beneficiary received P100,000. He also recalled how the revolution was won through the use of fake arms and cannons, which he said “still amazes both the storyteller and the listener.” Lacsoncalled Cinco de Noviembre “the island’s story” and pointed out its uniquenessin terms of war as it was won with a bluff. Also present for the event were Board Members Agustin Ernesto Bascon, Manuel Frederick Ko, Victor Javellana, Jeffrey Tubola, and Sixto Guanzon; provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz; along with members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, civil society organizations, and non-government organizations./PN “Today,we remember the patriotism, bravery, courage, grit, and extraordinary strategyof General Juan Araneta and General Aniceto Lacson in leading thousands ofNegrenses in this most historic bloodless revolt to freedom,” Lacson saidduring his speech yesterday morning. BACOLODCity – Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson of Negros Occidental led this year’sCinco de Noviembre observance at the Capitol Park and Lagoon in this city. “Inevery nation, there is a story to tell and, in the Philippines, since it’s anarchipelago, every island has its own story too,” Lacson said. Photo courtesy of Brown Eagle Facebook
FORMER US U19 cricketer Randall Wilson proved his outstanding batting prowess after back-to-back impressive knocks for the Phoenix Stars Cricket Club on Saturday in the New York National Cricket League.The Guyanese born cricketer slammed an even century and 31 from 30 balls, which propelled his side to a win and a loss in the 25-over competition at Baisley Pond Park.The matches were Wilson’s first for the club this season.Phoenix Stars, made up mainly of overseas-based Guyanese, are fifth in Group B, having won four of their seven games.MOMENTUMWilson, who left Guyana in 2009 after a short stint at the Demerara Cricket Club, said that his morning knock of 31 helped him to score his ton in the afternoon.“Felt great about it because we played an early morning game where I had a great start, but didn’t capitalize, so I took that momentum into the second game and just basically continued where I left off; just this time I was a bit smarter and more patient and yeah made the ton.”In the opening game against Everest/ACS, the eventual winners batted first and scored 213-7 in their allotted overs with Deveshwari Prashad hitting 59. Samuel Raghubir was the pick of the Phoenix Stars bowlers with 3-18 from five overs. In reply, the right-handed Wilson attempted to bat himself in, but he had little support. His 31 (five fours), was the highest score in the chase as the middle and lower order collapsed, which left the side all out for 81 in 21.4 overs.In their second clash against fellow Group B side New York Nepali CC (currently seven on the points table), Phoenix Stars batted first and led by opener Wilson were able to push their score to 213-5.The 24-year-old (25 on Tuesday), who spanked eight fours and six sixes, scored his 100 from 64 balls.On the field, Raghubir was again deadly with his off-spin bowling. The 31-year-old took 5-21 from five overs to help restrict the Nepali side to 83-all out in 18 overs.Support came from F. Azeez and Rameez Mohamed, who picked up two wickets each.
Tears mixed with smiles, sadness blended in with gladness – those were the mixed emotions everyone associated with the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer program felt on Sunday afternoon at the end of an historic season.True, the Hornets had lost, 1-0, to Monroe-Woodbury in the state Class AA championship game at SUNY-Cortland, and there was plenty of disappointment in not capturing the last and most important prize.But there was also plenty of good feelings, too. Never before had an F-M girls soccer team made it this far, and the mere fact that it did was something to celebrate, now and in the future. Once in Cortland, F-M’s character revealed itself again in a tense, competitive state semifinal Saturday against Long Island powerhouse Massapequa, where it took the best shot of the Chiefs and answered well, claiming a 2-1 victory.Having won six previous state championships, Massapequa had far more good history at this level, but F-M didn’t blink, getting on the board less than six minutes into the game thanks to an impressive goal by eighth-grader Morgan Goodman, who took a pass from Lauren Clark and drilled a left-footed shot into the net.The Chiefs tied it 1-1 in the 16th minute on Gianna Savella’s goal, and would possess the ball for long stretches, testing F-M’s defense. Laura Bonomo, Haley Ingram, Alora MIller, Ryann Dauksza and the rest of the back line held up well, and Ingram even made a save in goal early in the second half when Sydney Mahr briefly let the game.With the issue still in doubt in the 59th minute, F-M pulled off a decisive play with some great footwork from Hannah Knych, who took the ball off the end line and crossed to the middle, where Clark, whose four goals had carried the Hornets past Bethlehem, put home the go-ahead goal.To hang on from there, F-M needed a big save from Mahr with 10:20 left and more strong defense, and now found itself in new territory for the championship game, a place that Monroe-Woodbury knew well, having won it all in 2018.The Crusaders, off its own 2-1 state semifinal win over Clarence, were technically sound and, throughout the first half of the state final, had the majority of the possession. M-W nearly scored late in the first half, but had a chance off a corner kick careen off the crossbar.Despite a counterattacking approach, F-M still earned a fair share of corner kicks and free kicks, yet could not do much with them against the Crusaders, Anna Hartzheim having a free kick in the waning seconds of the first half go right to goalie Angela Fini.Ultimately, the game turned on a sequence of events that began in the 51st minute when Goodman found herself wide-open with a point-blank chance to put F-M in front, only to have Fini save it.Seconds later, Goodman left the game with an injury on a play F-M thought was a foul that merited a penalty kick. Nothing was called, and on the other end a turnover gave M-W the ball, Katherine Mullins passing it to the middle, where Josephine Sorce pushed a shot past Mahr.In the remaining 25-plus minutes, F-M had plenty of runs, yet kept getting turned back, and as time wound down it played the same possession game it had earlier, locking up back-to-back state titles.Having finished its best season in program history 19-2, F-M will perhaps rue the missed chances in the final game, but not forget just how much was accomplished.“Looking at the whole picture, it was a phenomenal season,” said Ostrander. “These girls made history.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story “I couldn’t ask for a better group of young women,” said head coach Brent Ostrander. “They’re so competitive and so dedicated to this program, and right to the end we gave it our all.”Indeed, without that heart and spirit, there was no way the Hornets could have made it anywhere near this point. It had shown itself through a tough regular-season slate where F-M went 15-1, and continued to grow through a run to a second consecutive Section III title.And that resolve had allowed the Hornets to rally from an overtime deficit to edge Bethlehem in the AA regional final, avenging a 2018 defeat to the Eagles in this same round and bringing F-M to the state final four. Tags: F-Mgirls soccer
After dropping two straight, the schedule certainly isn’t lightening up for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team as it travels to State College, Pa., Thursday night to face the No. 18/21 Penn State Nittany Lions.Monday saw Wisconsin fall to No. 10/11 Ohio State in Columbus, in a game that remained competitive for much of the second half, largely due to the Badgers’ hot shooting from beyond the arc. Although UW emerged with another loss, the performance against one of the conference’s most talented squads left the Badgers with a renewed confidence in their shot.Despite their impressive shooting – including sinking a school record 12 three-pointers – turnovers mauled any chance at a comeback.“Our shooting is good; we just have to shore up some other areas – don’t turn the ball over, and understand our defensive assignments,” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “That’s what’s hurting us right now, people just not recognizing who’s doing what on who; that takes a lot of concentration.”Handing the ball over to the Buckeyes 22 times was UW’s highest turnover total since Dec. 23, and players and coaches alike said the turnovers were of a different variety than those that plagued the team earlier this year. At the start of the season, the adjustment to Kelsey’s fast-paced offensive system led to mistakes that offered the opponent extra possessions, but the turnovers at the Value City Arena came as a result of sloppy ball-handling and miscommunication.When Wisconsin last shared the court with Penn State, the Nittany Lions routed the Badgers by 33 points as they shot better than 52 percent from the field and knocked in 36.4 percent of their shots from three-point land. As UW looks for redemption on the road, it understands victory can’t come without slowing down PSU’s talented backcourt.“Last time we played them, they really got a lot of whatever they wanted off the dribble and they were able to create shots for each other as a guard group,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “We have improved in the one-on-one containment a little bit, so hopefully that comes through in play.”A trio of guards power the Nittany Lions’ attack, with young sophomore Maggie Lucas leading the team with 19.6 points per game. A sharpshooter who sinks 45.2 percent of her shots from the floor and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, Lucas is the foundation of Penn State’s dangerous offense.The Nittany Lions proved in their first game against Wisconsin that if their offense can push the ball down the floor, it can quickly take over the game.“We got to stop them in transition first of all. They run, they get that ball out quick, and they are gone,” Kelsey said. “If you’re not back and matched up, they’re going to score. The three-point line, they’ll spot up, or they’ll run the post right to the block … so that’s half the battle right there.”Although PSU’s guards often grab the headlines, the Nittany Lions also boast a serious post presence in junior forward Nikki Greene. Grabbing a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game and also scoring 9.7 points per, Greene poses a serious challenge for a Badger squad that is still without its top post player, Anya Covington.Covington, who has missed two straight games due to an illness, has put the pressure on fellow forwards Ashley Thomas and Cassie Rochel to prove they can help fill the senior’s strong defensive presence and consistent scoring. In its recent loss to Ohio State, Wisconsin’s shooting kept the Cardinal and White in the game, but an inside-out game will be essential to picking up a victory against the No. 3 squad in the Big Ten.As the Badgers continue to play through a stretch that includes matchups with three ranked teams in four games, all on the road, players point out the schedule would be even more difficult earlier in the year. While pleased with the progress it has made, Wisconsin understands it needs the ‘W’ to regain momentum.“I’m glad we face these teams at the end, because I think we’ve come a long way from where we have been in the beginning of the season,” Rochel said. “Anything that we faced in the beginning, I think we’ve really come a long way since then. We’re a different team now and we continue to get better and better.”
Cringe comedy, it seems, is still in vogue.MORE: How does iRacing work?”I got really hot and I sweat a lot,” DiBenedetto said to the camera before letting out an awkward chuckle.Post race recap. I do not feel very intimidating currently but you guys can still sense my rage pic.twitter.com/I8uK1lMNrr— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 19, 2020DiBenedetto had some fun with his DQ after completing 112 laps. Matt DiBenedetto is one misbehaved giraffe.The NASCAR driver inexplicably decided to don a full animal onesie Sunday afternoon in the iRacing Pro Series before getting booted from the event for intentionally ramming into Ryan Preece. He also recorded a bizarre video while still wearing the costume. Payback! @mattdracing has been parked after this incident with @RyanPreece_. pic.twitter.com/2lrKE6xu3O— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) April 19, 2020.@RyanPreece_ cut down on me, spun out due to it, then wrecked me intentionally for his screw up. Send me his damn address I’m ready to throw down 😂 pic.twitter.com/k5Gx5LJw58— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 19, 2020Matt Disqualifidetto— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) April 19, 2020William Byron won the race at virtual Richmond. Timmy Hill finished second and Parker Kligerman came in third.Results from #ProInvitationalSeries race at virtual Richmond: pic.twitter.com/8Wu4h1dGhF— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 19, 2020The iRacing Series has had strong early returns for NASCAR during the coronavirus pandemic, but has taken black eyes in recent weeks, most notably from Kyle Larson’s use of the N-word while on a live stream last weekend. Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing as a result of the incident. He also lost his main sponsors.The next official iRacing event is scheduled for April 26, at virtual Talladega.
Deputy Public Works Minister Claude Langley has disclosed that government is scouting for money for the maintenance of the Gbarnga to Voinjama road in Lofa County.Mr. Langley told a recent news conference that the road, which is currently in good shape despite the rainy season, needs to be maintained.The road was rehabilitated by Westwood Corporation, a Liberian firm.The Gbarnga to Voinjama Highway, according to several officials who recently traveled to Lofa with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is so far the best in rural Liberia.The road is better for the first time in the last four years, since the celebration of Liberia’s Independence in Lofa County in 2010.Some independent journalists who travelled with President Johnson-Sirleaf to Lofa recently, said motorbikes (pen-pen), taxis and buses are currently engaged in serious transportation business because of the good condition of the road.Some residents of the county told our reporter that since the civil conflict, this is the first time Lofa has experienced low transport fares. This, they noted, is because of the good road network in the county.Mr. Pewu Kollie, a resident of Zorzor, said prior to the rehabilitation of the road, commuters used to pay about L$4,500 per trip, “but now we are paying about L$3,000 from Voinjama to Monrovia.He described the drop in the transport fare as a great financial relief for the people of Lofa County and said “We want to thank the company for doing such a wonderful job.”“My brother, some companies will take the money and do a bad job, to the detriment of locals who have to face great difficulty traveling on bad roads, especially during the rainy season,” he said.Also speaking, Tenneh Baysah, a business woman in Voinjama, said “We used to travel with water, buckets, cook spoons and pots for cooking because we would spend more than a day on this road. But today it takes a few hours, not days or a week from Monrovia to Voinjama.”“Goods, especially vegetables and other perishable commodities, are no longer getting rotten as before due to the number of days we would spend on the road, businesswoman Baysah said.According to our reporter, instead of days or a week, it now takes a maximum of five hours from Voinjama to Gbarnga, depending on the type of vehicle.The volume of traffic along the route has increased significantly, thus boosting economic activities and reducing prices, our reporter said.However, Deputy Minister Langley has given the assurance that government will attract funding to keep the road intact.He attributed the deplorable road network in other parts of the country, especially in the southeast, to the lack of maintenance.According to him, the Ministry of Public Works lacks the necessary equipment to maintain roads across the country and was looking for funding to ensure that roads built or rehabilitated by contractors remain intact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)