Ex-QPR striker signs for Brentford

first_imgFormer QPR striker Antonio German has returned to west London to sign for Brentford.German, 20, has secured an 18-month contract at Griffin Park after impressing during a recent trial.He progressed through the ranks at QPR before making 20 appearances for their first team, scoring three goals.AdChoices广告Since being released by Rangers he has had a spell at Stockport County and recently played for non-League Bromley on a non-contract basis.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Volleyball: Dolgner family affair

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoFor sophomore outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, volleyball is a family affair. Both of her older sisters played at the collegiate level, and now, her younger sister has stepped into her shoes as the left outside hitter at Waupun High School in Waupun, Wis. “She is still trying to catch up to me, which is really cute,” Dolgner said.The family tradition of playing volleyball is what attracted Dolgner to begin playing in fourth grade. She said going to her older sisters’ high school matches and seeing the energy the crowd brought to the game is what made the game exciting and interesting for her.“I loved watching it, loved going to state and loved traveling,” Dolgner said. “I just loved the game.”Dolgner, who led Waupun High School to four consecutive state titles, is long gone from her prep glory days. Last year, Dolgner became the first freshman in Wisconsin history to be named All Big Ten. She also led the team in kills with 461, averaging 4.12 per game.This year, she leads the eighth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team and the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.84 per game. She has stepped up her pace during an eight match double digit kills streak, averaging 5.39 kills per game. Against No. 2 Penn State, Dolgner notched 27 kills. “Brit is an awesome athlete,” co-captain Taylor Reineke said. “She jumps through the roof.”Dolgner came to Wisconsin as one of the highest recruited players in the state. She was a three-time Mizuno All-American and 2005 PrepVolleyball.com player of the year. But she said there was no real external pressure to perform.“It was all for myself because I had high expectations and I wanted to do well,” Dolgner said. “Coming in, I didn’t want to let my team down and let my family down.”As a freshman, Dolgner made 31 starts in 33 matches and played in 112 games. Though she started right away, she had to adapt to the speed of the college game. “The first game I out, against Texas, I was terrified,” Dolgner said. “But I came out, made a couple of digs, and I’m like: ‘I can do this; this isn’t so bad.’”Now more than a year removed from her Badger debut, Dolgner says her goal is to become a well-rounded player; she wants to become a better blocker and get more digs per game, which she said comes with time and watching older teammates.“Taylor [Reineke], Audra [Jeffers] and Jackie [Simpson] are great blockers, and [I have to] just watch their fundamentals and techniques,” Dolgner said.Head coach Pete Waite agrees that she needs to improve on her blocking and defense but says her offensive ability is great.“She finds ways to score in the front row and the back row,” Waite said. “And there have been times this year when she has carried a big load for us.”So far this season, Dolgner is on pace to not only have more blocks this year, but also to have more kills. Halfway through the season, she already has 295 kills and 40 blocks.Dolgner attributes her improvement to the support of her teammates. She said even when she makes errors in games or in practice, her teammates tell her not to worry about it and move on to the next play. According to Waite, she works hard in practice, but is also able to enjoy the game.“Especially match time, she really cranks it up a notch,” he said. “Some players are going hard all the time, but they don’t have another level to take it to. She is able to, and really elevate above the rest.”It is Dolgner’s temperament and attitude toward that game that has made her successful and a great teammate.“She’s just funny and goofy, and she makes you laugh,” Reineke said. “It’s easy to feel comfortable around her. I think that’s important in a teammate.” Dolgner’s personal performance is not only important for the team now, but for the future as well. She is part of a sophomore class, which includes outside hitters Caity DuPont and Katherine Dykstra, that will prove to be the nucleus of the team in years to come.“We are glad they will be around for a while because we will be losing a lot of players out of this senior class,” Waite said. “They will really have to step up next year and lead the team.”They already have shown great promise, as Dolgner, Dykstra and DuPont account for almost half of the team’s 1,102 kills and half of the team’s 220 total blocks. For now, though, Dolgner does not have to worry about taking charge. Instead she can concentrate on being a contributor to the team and, more importantly, tending to family matters like helping her younger sister, Brandi, become yet another star Dolgner on the court.last_img read more

Before the Match against Gibraltar: Seriousness is a Key to Success

first_imgThe national football team of BiH tonight, the 25th of March, will play the fifth round of the Group ‘H’ against the team of Gibraltar.Selector Bazdarevic considers the seriousness as the key to success in this match.“The team is very well coordinated, we have done everything to preserve the seriousness and responsibility, in order to play the way we played the previous match. There are some new players, but I think they know the principle and what we’re looking for from the first day and I think that there will be no problems. The match will be complicated if we do not do what we need to do,” said Bazdarevic.“Gibraltar worked a lot, they most certainly watched our matches and got prepared. It is important for our team to do their job in the best way possible, but we have to be really serious, responsible and though. I do believe that we are a better team, despite the great respect that we have” said Bazdarevic, adding that he appreciates Gibraltar, but that everyone will have to play as if they were the best opponents.Asmir Begovic, the goalkeeper of the team, said that the balance of attack and defense is crucial for the match.“We are entering the match seriously and we need to win. Goal difference is not important now, we will try to play as good and as professional as possible. We have to win, and the result is important later,” said Begovic.“You need to have the right solution and the balance of attack and defense in every match. We have to be smart with the ball, but we cannot be too opened because Gibraltar has its own qualities too. We have to be smart and play with a great discipline and then there will be no problems,” said Begovic.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

DFCU gives Vipers Sh300 million sponsorship boost

first_imgLawrence Mulindwa, the Club’s president said DFCU’s support to Vipers is a win for football in Uganda. He said that they will protect “this marriage” with good discipline and integrity. “I know it is quite risky dealing with football but we will provide you with total quality football and value for money,” Mulindwa said.First formed in 1978 as Bunamwaya FC, it transformed to Vipers FC and has been in Uganda’s Premier football league for the past 10 years.  Since then the club has managed to win two premier League titles in 2010 and 2015. The club employs 250 people currently.Mulindwa (middle) and Sekabembe sign the Vipers-DFCU dealShare on: WhatsApp DFCU’s Sekabembe, flanked by Lawrence Mulindwa, announces the sh300m sponsorship deal with Vipers SC.Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | DFCU bank has joined the list of Vipers’ football club sponsors, handing them a Sh300 million boost for the next two years.Speaking at a press conference at the bank’s headquarters today (Nov.8), William Sekabembe, the bank’s chief of business and executive director said this sponsorship is part of the bank’s corporate social investment aimed at developing talent and the game of football in Uganda.Sekabembe said they chose Vipers Sports Club because of its rich history in terms of winning trophies and producing football stars that have gone out to play for other professional clubs beyond Uganda. He also said that the club scooped the deal because of its support to communities in some parts of Kampala in addition to having a strong management structure.“There is no other better partner we would have chosen other than Vipers,” he said.DFCU joins Roofings, St Mary’s Kitende and  Hima Cement who already sponsor the Bunamwaya based club.last_img read more

Commentary: Keansburg – The Best Kept Secret

first_imgContributed by Cliff Moore |Keansburg has more to celebrate this year than its Centennial. There are over 50 new events planned to take place this year on the beach. The events include festivals, bull riding rodeos, free movies and concerts, beer gardens, food truck events, fireworks, and much more. Gratitude Migration is returning for its third year with an anticipated 3,500 attendees camping on the beach in a three-day festival in July. The NY/NJ Baykeeper will be offering free kayak rides on the Bay in August. Keansburg’s free beach was rebuilt since Sandy and the low waves from the Bay make it perfect for young families. Our Centennial Weekend in October will be three days of concerts, a parade, carnivals, a petting zoo, beer gardens, fireworks and many family-oriented activities throughout the town. Public transportation makes getting to the beach, amusement and water parks inexpensive and convenient.The newly formed Keansburg Business Alliance has reenergized the commercial growth with new restaurants, as well as a Muay Thai Gym and Wrestling Club.The Raritan Bay Brewery will be opening in the Fall of 2017 and the Pier 260 Restaurant is starting construction this month and scheduled to open by the summer of 2018. This $3 million project is a three-story restaurant and roof top bar that will have panoramic views of the Bay and New York skyline. There is currently over $70 million in projects under construction with $50 million on the drawing board. The Borough Council is also providing tax abatements and/or exemptions for the construction of commercial or industrial structures for five years.On July 5, 2016, The New York Post reported “Keansburg, NJ is the No. 1 Bargain Beach Town in the country, according to a report by RealtyTrac.” DrSketchy Asbury Park is spearheading the Keansburg Mural Project where six unique artists will be adding art and beauty by way of murals to Keansburg. The town has passed ordinances for more strict code enforcement to help improve and stimulate visual improvement to some of the Super Storm Sandy-affected areas still recovering.We are open for business and invite you to visit our town and see for yourself the tremendous opportunities and potential offered by our community. See why our once troubled community is becoming the best-kept secret and newest gem in the Bayshore. Subscribe to our blog, TheKeansburgConnection.com for more information, updates and opportunities.Cliff MooreKeansburg Economic Community Development CoordinatorThis Commentary was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Team PNG settles in at Rio2016 Olympic Village

first_imgThe Village welcome is a tradition at the Olympics and provides the opportunity for the Mayor of the Games Village to officially welcome each country to the village and for the flag of the country to be raised at the village.Mayor of the Rio 2016 Village, Brazilian basketball star and Olympic medallist, Janeth Arcain, greeted Team PNG along with the teams from Iceland, Luxembourg, Oman, Sierra Leone and South Sudan in what was the last of the Village welcome ceremonies.Team PNG was pleased to have joined them for the Welcome ceremony, Vice-Minister for Sports, Labi Amaiu, who had earlier spent the day at the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting ahead of the Games.After the raising of the PNG flag and the playing of the National Anthem, Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai presented a gift on behalf of the team to the Mayor. The gift, a decorative carving of the Team PNG logo was custom made in PNG for the occasion. When handing over the gift to the Mayor, Waiwai shared the Team’s pleasure to be in Rio for the Games and the amazing hospitality shown to them in the village. The two also shared a light moment about their love of Basketball and former playing days.Waiwai then wrote a message on behalf of the Team on the Olympic Wall of Truce. The message joining the messages of the other 206 National Olympic Committees participating at the Games.The ceremony centered on a fervent performance from local dancers showcasing the traditions of Brasilian music and dance over its existence, culminating in a contemporary samba street party. Team PNG athlete Toea Wisil was first to join in the celebrations with the performance.Toea had arrived in Rio late the previous night along with coach Alison Fairweather. Also at the ceremony were Ryan Pini, Raymond Ovinou and the Taekwondo athletes, Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman.Samantha and Maxemillion had earlier that morning joined the team after arriving in the village for the first time.Also earlier in the day, Boxer Thadius Katua learned that he will be facing a Russian opponent in the under 60kg division in his bought on Sunday at 11:00am Rio time.Team PNG are now taking part in the Rio2016 Opening Ceremony where Flagbearer Ryan Pini will lead the team as it reveals its walkout uniforms. Picture courtesy of Ryan Pini facebook page: Team PNG ready for the Olympics opening ceremonylast_img read more

SOCU arrest Bartica gold dealer

first_img…guns, ammo unearthed at known associates’ properties during raidTwo employees of alleged fraudster Saddiqui Rasul were on Wednesday taken into Police custody following several raids in Bartica and Georgetown by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the men were taken into custody following the discovery of several illegal firearms and ammunition, documents and a vehicle allegedly belonging to the embattled gold dealer.A source related that the raids were conducted at several locations in Bartica and Georgetown, including Kitty and Prashad Nagar.Agents of the SOCU removing a Jet Ski owned by Rasul (Photo courtesy Royston Drakes)While information remains limited, Guyana Times understands that the raids were conducted in light of the money laundering investigation that was launched against Rasul and his alleged corruption with the Guyana Gold Board.Information reaching this newspaper also revealed that Rasul was also asked to visit the SOCU office. Up to late Wednesday evening, he was being questioned in the company of his attorney.However, a search was also conducted at the house of Rasul’s close associate called “Paper Shorts” in Sandy Babb Street, Georgetown. It is believed that the associate who worked for a well-known convicted drug dealer is now working for Rasul.After several hours of searching, agents of the SOCU removed three CBR motorcycles, a jet ski and a bag containing a quantity of ammunition.It is unclear if the motorcycles had the appropriate documents, but members of the family were invited to the SOCU office for further questioning.Only last week, one black 2013 Hilux belonging to Rasul was seized by SOCU after it was discovered that it bore false number plates. It is believed that the vehicle was imported from Brazil without the necessary paperwork and taxes paid.The authorities are still on the hunt for a second vehicle similar in nature. Only recently, a money laundering investigation was launched into a company with which Rasul is closely associated.It is believed that the company R Mining Inc would have made several transactions with the Guyana Gold Board that have now come under scrutiny. The investigation is being led by SOCU. It was reported that Rasul conducted business with the Gold Board using two companies – R Mining Inc and SSS Minerals Trading Enterprises.SSS Minerals Trading Enterprises is, however, licensed to buy gold from miners and sell to the Gold Board, but based on records at hand, the bulk of the gold sold was from R Mining, which was only supposed to be engaged in mining activities.It is believed that by using R Mining Inc, Rasul was exempted from paying taxes for the months the transactions were done. This is according to sources from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) amounted to some $100 million. It was further reported that during the transaction period (September-November), Rasul’s companies sold 31,790 ounces of gold to the Gold Board, which amounted to $7.67 billion.With this recent revelation, the Natural Resources Ministry has ordered an investigation into the members of the new Board of Directors of the Gold Board.Rasul is believed to have robbed and conned several gold dealers of hundreds of millions of dollars.He presently has several lawsuits hanging over his head from clients that he took money from to purchase gold, but instead, fraudulently converted it to his own use.One of the biggest frauds, however, was in relation to him depositing six cheques between March 21 and 24, 2017 in the amounts of $290 million, $96 million, $138 million, $89 million, $298 million and $45 million.The incident became public three weeks ago and after a few hours, Rasul turned himself in to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in the company of his lawyer. Further, it was reported that the female bank manager colluded with Rasul to change the cheques. He has since been placed on $3 million bail after he was slapped with several fraud charges. It is believed that the woman did not follow protocol stipulated by the Bank before clearing the cheques. She is presently being investigated by the Major Crimes Unit of the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

Boat on fire sinks in Cuyuni River

first_img— Guyanese captain, Venezuelan crew escape injuryEight persons on Friday morning managed to escape from a burning, sinking vessel on the Cuyuni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The 40-foot iron vessel went up in flames as a result of gas emanating from aThe boat engulfed in flameshose that slipped out of a stove aboard the boat.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the boat was at the time travelling along the Cuyuni River, carrying a crew of Venezuelans. Around 06:00h on the morning in question, the cook was about to light the stove when the hose attached to the gas cylinder accidentally slipped out.The Guyanese Captain, 26-year-old Paul Lewis, along with the members of his crew, was forced to jump into the river, leaving behind the engulfed vessel.The occupants of the boat then managed to swim ashore where they sought assistance. No one was injured.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Natural gas decline not a worry for Canadians

first_imgA decline in natural gas supplies does not necessarily mean a lack of natural gas for Canadians.That’s according to the National Energy Board after it conducted a recent energy market assessment, which states that factors surrounding current market conditions are causing a decline in the amount of natural gas production.- Advertisement -The assessment shows over supply in both Canada and the U.S. and the fact that producers are shifting away from natural gas drilling.Part of the reason for the oversupply is an increase in U.S. drilling numbers, creating a surplus of natural gas in both countries and driving down natural gas prices.However, some Canadian companies have begun pursuing other revenue sources, including oil and natural gas liquids.last_img

Man City have no time to brood on Wigan FA Cup shock

first_img0Shares0000Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg pounced on a misjudgement by Kyle Walker and fired in the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster. Guardiola’s team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal — a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.“We’ve got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we’re disappointed,” said City defender John Stones.“We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That’s been cut short now. We’ll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend.”Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.– Delph challenge –Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.“Is a red card, yeah,” said Guardiola.“For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I’m not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.“I just judge my team for the intentions, not the result and today the intentions were good. We tried 10 against 11.”City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City’s 29.However, they had the shot that counted, when Grigg latched onto an error from Walker, who came on after Delph was sent off, before firing past Claudio Bravo 11 minutes from time.“We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost, but football is like this,” added Guardiola.The City boss played down his spat with Cook.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” he said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”Guardiola said he did not see the Aguero incident at the end of the game.“I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more