Veteran local coach Vassell Reynolds has been appointed technical director of Red Stripe Premier League outfit Humble Lion. Reynolds, the current head coach of Wolmer’s Boys, has taken over the reins from Donovan Duckie, who was fired at the end of last season. Linval Wilson will remain as the head coach of the team. Reynolds, who will have overall responsibility for the club’s transfer policy, said he is looking forward to working with everyone in the Humble Lion organisation. “It is my native parish and I have known and coached probably all the players there and so my involvement with them is a seamless one,” said Reynolds. “It is just a matter of getting in there and settling (in) as quickly as possible,” he said. “Every team would have had their own identity, but I am not going there to change that, I am going there to get one of the most experienced teams in the competition to play together,” Reynolds said. Humble Lion are currently fourth in the Red Stripe Premier League standings on 19 points, five behind leaders Montego Bay United. Reynolds added that he will be doing his best to help the Clarendon-based club win this season’s competition. “One of the first things that I have done is to charge the experience players to deliver and to stand up and be counted and to give an account of their performance every week that they go out there and play,” Reynolds noted. Continuing he said: the plan is also for us to solidify our position in the table because we have had one of the best starts since we are in this competition and I hope that we can continue to be consistent on all fronts. Humble Lion’s record currently stands at five wins, four draws and three defeats.
NO DIRECT MEETINGS SUPERPOWER IN SPRINTING In fact, our sources have shared that there were no direct meetings to discuss the 15-point IAAF proposal prior to the Special Congress despite its presence, in full, on the IAAF’s website for several months. JAAA members were only advised of the abstinence after the fact, during a post-Congress briefing session, where members eventually expressed their full support of the decision. Meanwhile, 95 per cent of the member associations voted in support of the IAAF reforms in Monaco, which will take effect in two waves – January 2017 and 2019. Still, the JAAA is underlining its commitment to the fight against doping in sport – which represents a major element of the new package, citing that its decision not to vote has no bearing on this position, while noting that its grouses stemmed from several governance proposals and the actual voting process – which oddly required a yay or nay vote on all 15 points en bloc. “To suggest that we abstained because we didn’t support tighter regulations against drug cheats is simply not true. We have also been criticised for not wanting athletes to have a voice, when the truth is, we are one of the very few federations where a current athlete (in Michael Frater) was accepted as part of our executive,” the release read. “We support any measure that seeks to eradicate doping in sport. We are a superpower in sprinting and we are of the firm belief that our status as the premier country in the sprints would have been established a long time ago if the fight against drugs was as strong worldwide as it is now. We don’t see it as mere coincidence that our prominence as a track and field force is coming at a time when the practice of rigidly fighting against drugs across the globe is as prominent as it is now,” the release continued. Amongst the JAAA gripes is the decision to alter the composition of the council to reflect gender balance. The JAAA contends that this decision was taken by a small group of individuals and needed further discussion at the Congress level. The JAAA also argues that the current age limit of 70 years-old, which was agreed in the 2015 constitution, was removed without any discussion at Congress and also noted their discontent that committees would no longer be elected by Congress but would instead be appointed under the new plan. Other issues raised by the JAAA include term limits. The organisation also argues that the council’s executive board would also be drastically changed without full discussion among member federations. It is against these issues and the fact that they could not vote on individual points that the JAAA says it decided to not cast a vote at all. The IAAF was forced into change on the back of the uncovering of a massive doping and corruption scandal that rocked the international body. Sebastian Coe, who replaced Lamine Diack, who is at the centre of the scandal, as president of the IAAF, has a led a charge to clean up the sport and return its credibility. At the base of that effort is a 15-point plan that included anti-doping, regulation and administrative changes that are hoped will lift the sport. Jamaica’s track and field authority is trying to silence the noise caused by its folding of the arms at a high-level IAAF meeting in Monaco a few weeks ago, but it appears its representatives in the principality – president Dr Warren Blake and general secretary Garth Gayle acted without the approval of their executive. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decided not to vote on amendments to the constitution governing international track and field and is now forced to publicly dismiss suggestions that it does not support the fight against drug cheats – given the heavy anti-doping theme of the overall package. In a release issued late Friday night over Gayle’s signature, the JAAA also denied that its decision not to cast a vote on the 15-point reform package was because of a rejection of the push to add greater voice to athletes. Blake and his administration have come under heavy criticism, and with Jamaican track star Usain Bolt underlining his support for the package, which, among other things, was geared towards greater transparency, more accountability, less presidential power plus gender and term-related issues, it came as a shock to many when it was revealed that the JAAA, which was represented by Blake and Gayle in Monaco, had not voted in support. The Sunday Gleaner has since learned that there was no consultation between Blake, Gayle and the rest of the JAAA executive before the decision was taken to abstain.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—It took Rajon Rondo 20 games in a Pelicans uniform to rewrite franchise record books.As Rondo gains more comfort with his new team—and its unusual lineup featuring two dynamic All-Star big men—his ability to recognize mismatches and put talented scorers in advantageous spots could be exactly what New Orleans needs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Rondo set a franchise record with a career-high 25 assists in just 30 minutes on the court, Anthony Davis had 33 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and the Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 on Wednesday night.“The No. 1 thing is we got the win. And then me, personally, I love passing the ball,” Rondo said. “I’ve been blessed to play with a lot of great players, and what I take pride in is making those guys’ jobs easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 23 points for the Pelicans, who’ve won three straight—all by 14 or more points.Rondo was quick to point out his whole team moved the ball well and shot accurately. The Pelicans had a record 40 assists as a team on 48 total field goals. “That speaks for itself. It wasn’t just me,” Rondo said. “The ball was hopping and we were making plays for one another.”Cousins said Rondo made it look “easy.”The Pelicans “looked like the Harlem Globetrotters at one point,” Cousins added. “It’s fun to play that way.”Davis even credited Rondo, who missed the start of the season with an abdominal injury, for improving team defense.“He’s been getting on me about not blocking shots, so for the last couple games I’ve been trying to just go after everything,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:4420 Sea Games-related incidents so far, says NCRPO03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tatum’s big fourth quarter helps Celtics top Hornets Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Currently sitting on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture, the Pelicans entered their current three-game homestand looking to string together victories against teams that have struggled on the road.They got off to a solid start against Brooklyn, leading by as many as 16 in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 33 in the third.“We just did not have the defensive mentality and defensive discipline to get stops. They are a potent offensive team,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We should have more resiliency, more understanding of the situation. Sure, they are a big team, but you can negate that with your activity. You can negate that by denying passes, by getting deflections.”Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry pulled his starters in the third quarter, only to have to put them back in following a 17-0 Nets run that trimmed New Orleans’ lead to 91-75 heading into the fourth.Caris LeVert scored 22 points, Nik Stauskas added 21, and both were instrumental in Brooklyn’s brief surge. But the Pelicans’ lineup of Davis, Cousins, Holiday, Rondo and E’Twaun Moore, who had 20 points, quickly created separation again and set up a stress-free finish.“When their starters came back in, they kind of punched us in the mouth again. But at least we tried our hardest and made the game respectful,” Stauskas said. “What I have learned in my four years in the league is when you are out there, you have to compete.”The only drama in the latter stages of the fourth quarter was whether Rondo would eclipse franchise and career marks for assists. He broke Chris Paul’s mark with his 22nd assist and set a new personal best with his 25th, then came to the bench to a standing ovation and a congratulatory handshake from Gentry.Rondo is the only active player with 25 assists in a game and among only seven players in NBA history to have done it, the others being Scott Skiles, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Nate McMillan and Isiah Thomas.“It’s definitely an honor to be mentioned with those guys, especially with passing the ball, which I take pride in,” Rondo said “But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates making shots, so I’ve got to give those guys the credit.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Milo Marathon winners get shot at SEA Games national team “If I beat Martin, it would be huge, this is a great position I am in and I am excited for this bout,” added Belingon.Nguyen, who beat Belingon’s Team Lakay stablemate Eduard Folayang for the lightweight title, said he wants Fernandes to watch his match against Belingon to see who should be the rightful contender for the undisputed belt.Belingon and Nguyen have one common denominator, and it’s that both failed to deliver the goods against Fernandes.Nguyen lost to Fernandes in March of 2018 in a close split decision while Belingon tapped out to the champion’s Kimura lock in the first round of their 2016 fight.“Bibiano should watch this fight with a close eye,” said Nguyen who won seven of his last eight fights. “He knows who the rightful challenger is. It’s either me or Kevin, and I will be doing everything in my power to finish this one.”ADVERTISEMENT Thai superstar Shannon Wiratchai (9-2) will also make his Philippine debut in the fight card when he faces the legendary Japanese Shinya Aoki (40-8).Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie (13-7), a member of the iconic Gracie family, will have the farewell match as he battles 42-year-old Yuki Kondo (60-34) of Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Belingon (18-5) has cemented himself as one of the top 65 kg. fighters in the promotion, riding a five-fight win streak since his last loss to undisputed bantamweight champion Fernandes in 2016.Nguyen (11-2), meanwhile, has said it multiple times that he wants to hold three belts all at the same time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe two will square off against each other on July 27 at Mall of Asia Arena in ONE: Reign of Kings.“As one of the top bantamweights in ONE Championship, I am willing to take on all comers, it doesn’t matter to me who is the opponent,” said Belingon. “In fact I am honored to face Martin Nguyen, a two-division World champion.” Photo from ONE ChampionshipKevin Belingon is about to get his due title shot.After becoming ONE Championship’s most dangerous bantamweight not named Bibiano Ferndandes, Belingon will get his chance at the gold when he takes on two-division champion Martin Nguyen for the promotion’s interim 65-kilogram strap.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the International Supporters Group (ISG) are proud to announce that for the first time in the history of female football being played in Guyana, a female footballer has been awarded a scholarship to study at an American university.Natalie Need, Goalkeeper for the senior women’s football team commonly known as the “Lady Jaguars,” began studying at the Graceland University on August 27. Nedd was recruited by the school as part of a programme established by the GFF and ISG to identify and promote national team players for scholarship opportunities in the USA and Canada.GFF President Wayne Forde, in an invited comment, said providing developmental opportunities for footballers to pursue an education and their football ambitions is part of the mandate of the Executive Committee.“My constitutional mandate is to develop football, but my moral calling is to create an environment wherein the beautiful game can enrich the lives of every man, woman, and child. That is the full measure of my service to the football community. The Executive Committee is determined to create scholarship opportunities across the world that will give our players access to world class education, along withNatalie Nedd (second right) sports the Graceland banner in the presence of Assistant Coach of Graceland University, Chelsea Phillips (L); International Team Coordinator Paul Beresford (2nd L) and Head Coach Ozzie Whitesolid professional football development experiences. My best wishes and prayers go out to Natalie. Make us proud,” Ford admonished.“This is a very important first for the women’s programme, and Natalie is a great representative for the programme. We will be following her progress closely,” said Technical Director Ian Greenwood.For his part, Paul Beresford, GFF’s International Team Coordinator, who went to Iowa for Natalie’s signing ceremony and first college match, said this is a start of a long-term process to achieve development within Guyana.“This has been part of the vision of the GFF current leadership and the ISG. The partnership is a strong one that I know will benefit not only the players, but the country; as these players give back to Guyana using the knowledge gained from the education afforded to them through these scholarships. We want to make Guyana a primary destination for college coaches to recruit players from going forward,” Beresford revealed.Head Coach of the “Lady Jaguars,” Dr Ivan Joseph, said having players consistently training and playing is a key strategic element of the national programme.“A strategic priority of the GFF Women’s National Team is for all our players to play and train year-round. We are proud of Natalie for pursuing her dream and her commitment to getting better every day.”In extending congratulations to Nedd, “Lady Jaguars” Assistant Coach, Kevin Sherry, said the exposure to college football would greatly contribute to Nedd’s improved performance.“It is a huge accomplishment and a great reward for all the hard work Natalie has put into her game. Natalie will receive daily training and conditioning which will help her achieve a very high level of performance, which is good for both Natalie and GFF. We wish her well, and hope her success will inspire others to also play in USA and develop their abilities.”Meanwhile, Head Coach of Graceland University, who recruited and signed Nedd to her four-year scholarship andwas instrumental in working through the challenges she faced during the college application process, expressed his thoughts on Natalie’s arrival.“We at Graceland University are excited and proud to partner with the Guyana Football Federation and the International Supporters Group to provide a pathway for Guyanese student/athletes to receive a quality education and a fantastic football experience in the USA. Natalie Need is the first recipient, and she is a fine choice. Natalie ticks all of the boxes we are looking for. She is a quality person with great habits and work ethic. I have no doubt that Natalie will succeed in the classroom and on the pitch. I am grateful for the work that Paul Beresford and the Guyana Football Federation is doing to make this opportunity possible.”Graceland University is located in Iowa, USA, and the team plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Federation is looking forward to welcoming more colleges into the programme, and is looking forward to the impact it will have on Guyanese footballers as well as the country, as these student athletes return to Guyana to repay the investment the federation and the footballing community have made in their education and career.
These final six coaches will now compete in a public vote on futurestars.worldremit.com for the chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools in London – fully sponsored by WorldRemit.Hamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.Together with his friends, Hamisi started the academy over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime.He was involved in the Premier Skills programme, a joint venture between the Premier League and the British Council, which further reinforced his belief that football can make a positive impact on society.If he were to win a coaching session with Arsenal, he would use the opportunity to benefit his local community. He would share the knowledge he gains with others and use it to enrich coaching programs designed to address societal issues.Other Kenyans who did not make the cut are Kariobangi Sharks U17 coach Beldine Odemba, Hamisi Mohamed, Ligi Ndogo’s Iddi Badi, Kevin Oduor Akumu from Kibera, Mutinda Irene Mutindi, Samira Schwarz and Stephen Githinji.The programme was designed to recognise and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local community and has already granted Arsenal replica shirts to over 500 kids whose coaches were shortlisted for the programme by the judging panel.WorldRemit has filmed the finalists during their coaching sessions and the videos will be shown on the Future Stars website, where members of the public can vote for their preferred candidate. Voting on futurestars.worldremit.com will open on 28th September.A key part of the successful coach’s training at Arsenal will focus on how they will use the opportunity to build a lasting legacy in their home country.The finalists have therefore been selected based on the strength of their existing contribution to the community as well as their plans and ability to pass on their new skills on their return home.The six coaches were chosen from a shortlist of 25 individuals who were selected by the judging panel earlier this month. One in six of the 25 shortlisted coaches were women and, as the programme moves into the final selection phase, Tersia Davids from South Africa becomes the one woman amongst the six finalists to face the public vote.“Arsenal has the most successful women’s side in England and is actively involved in encouraging greater participation from females in the game regardless of age. We were very impressed by the work that all these coaches were already doing in their community and the work of the women coaches further emphasizes the positive impact that encouraging more women to get involved in coaching can have,” Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said.Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said:“Our business is all about helping our customers’ financial support for their community to go further. We hope that by shining a spotlight on the way these coaches are using football to benefit their community, we can help their efforts to go even further still.”“The power of sport to bring communities together and create positive social change was one of the key reasons for entering into a partnership with Arsenal. This programme has highlighted just how powerful sport – and our partnership – can be and the immense potential in this area. This is something we are now looking to build on further.” -Final six profile-Adegun Shola John from Lagos, NigeriaCombining his love of football and teaching, Adegun has been a community coach for girls and boys for three years. He is motivated to lead fun training sessions, helping young people unlock their passion for football, avoid social vices and appreciate the value of hard work, friendship and respecting one another.He would use the opportunity to train with Arsenal coaches to build on his football and coaching skills and enrich the programmes that he leads. He would also share his knowledge with other local coaches to improve the standard of training in the community.Ahmed Ali, Hargeisa, SomalilandThe civil war meant that Ahmed’s opportunities to play were constrained and like many other kids, he ended up playing football in the streets and unsafe areas of Hargeisa. After moving away to the UK and coaching, he returned home to increase the opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in football through the Somaliland Football Academy. Through the academy he has developed the Somaliland Level 1 coaching course and they have trained over 120 male and females coaches in the past year.Hamisi Mohamed, from Nairobi, KenyaHamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong. Together with his friends, Hamisi started the academy over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime. He was involved in the Premier Skills programme, a joint venture between the Premier League and the British Council, which further reinforced his belief that football can make a positive impact on society.If he were to win a coaching session with Arsenal, he would use the opportunity to benefit his local community. He would share the knowledge he gains with others and use it to enrich coaching programs designed to address societal issues.Innocents Yeboah-Num, from Abease, Pru West District, GhanaInnocents founded Madonna Sporting Club in Abease in the Pru West District. Passionate about football, he believes that it has the power to lift people out of poverty and is committed to helping children reach their full potential.He has been teaching under 12, under 15 and under 17 teams for the last seven years. If he won a coaching session with Arsenal FC, he would organise training programmes to share his experience with other coaches and enhance community football across the country.Tersia Davids from Cape Town, South AfricaTersia’s love of football developed during her primary school days. She graduated from university with a degree in Sport Conditioning and Personal Training and now coaches at Islamia College in Lansdowne, Cape Town. Her coaching style reflects her passion for the sport and she enjoys creating a fun environment for the children that she trains.She continues to compete as a player for Santos Ladies F.C. and would use the opportunity to train with Arsenal to help her to achieve her long-term goal of setting up an academy to teach girls and boys the foundations of football.Titus Tongesai Sanangurai, Harare, ZimbabweTitus began coaching during his years as a player attached to the 1st Division side of DStv Rangers. Having secured his CAF ‘A;’ coaching licence, he joined the Rangers’ coaching staff and his passion for developing young talent led him to coach the DStv Rangers Junior Team. When the team was disbanded he went on to secure support from Old Mutual for grounds and equipment enabling him to set up his own team, Big Stuff Youth Soccer Team. The academy-style team has grown from 6 to 60 players in 2 years.Having benefited from training from volunteers, Titus says he feels a responsibility to give back. 1 in 4 players at Big Stuff Youth are women and Titus expressed an interest in using the Future Stars experience to highlight the opportunities that exist for female players and to help to create new opportunities for both girls and boys. He believes the experience will help him to open doors to exchange ideas and improve communication at an international level.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy in Ngong, Hamisi Mohamed is the only Kenyan who made the final six shortlist announced by a panel of judges from English Premier League giants Arsenal FC and its official online money transfer partner, WorldRemit in their new Future Stars coaching programme.Hamisi made the cut from across Africa as finalists that also includes Adegun Shola John from Nigeria, Ahmed Ali from Somali, Innocents Yeboah-Num from Ghana, Tersia Davids from South Africa and Titus Tongesai Sanangurai from Zimbabwe.
The Air Force in December announced that the F/A-22 Raptor fighter was ready for combat combat service. The jet was granted initial operational capability. That means testing has indicated its capability for combat, and Air Force personnel are properly trained and equipped to maintain and use it. The first of the combat-ready fighters are with the 27th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Although the fighters are assembled in Georgia, parts of the aircraft are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Palmdale. Hundreds work on the plane in Palmdale and on the test force at Edwards. Lockheed Martin Corp. in November was awarded a $2.9 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce 24 more of the fighters, increasing the planned total to 107. More than 60 have been built so far. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card During a flight test in late 2004, the primary F/A-22 test aircraft went through the jet wake of another aircraft, and the flight-control computers put the aircraft to G-force levels engineers had not anticipated it would reach, he said. The maintenance included taking off the wings and completely removing the weapons bay doors, the rudders and the vertical and horizontal tails, and together with the test force instrumentation crews completely rewiring the airplane, Toth said. The planes were flying again in about eight months. “The (Combined Test Force) essentially took two aircraft and did depot-level maintenance,” he said. “Our maintainers did amazing work to bring two airplanes up to a condition where we could continue flight-test work to be able to give Langley pilots, basically the operators, a full envelope for the aircraft.” The test force also cleared the aircraft to use the AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, performed the first supersonic drop of a joint direct-attack munition from an internal weapons bay and completed handling quality tests for the external fuel tank modifications to the aircraft. The external tank lets a jet fly longer around a combat area in case it is needed by soldiers on the ground to attack an enemy target. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force chief of staff has nominated the F/A-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2005 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and aircraft or spacecraft safety. “Over the past year, the F-22 CTF has done some truly significant things to bring the F/A-22 to initial operational capability at Langley (Air Force Base, Va.),” said Lt. Col. Ray Toth, F/A-22 Combined Test Force and 411th Flight Test Squadron commander. One of the main reasons for the award nomination, Toth said, is the reaction the men and women had to an incident in 2004 that caused the complete dismantling and rebuilding of two F/A-22 test aircraft.
Juventus have opened talks about a deal for Southampton defender Cedric Soares, according to reports in his native Portugal.The 25-year-old has been a revelation since joining the Saints from Sporting Lisbon in 2015, emerging as one of the most consistent full-backs in the Premier League.His form has not gone unnoticed on the continent and Serie A champions Juventus are well aware of Soares’ progress on the south coast of England.Now, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Juve have made contact with Southampton about a summer swoop for the German-born defender.Although the talks are at a very early stage, it is a clear signal of intent for Juve as they attempt to add to their title-winning squad.However, Soares won’t come cheap as his contract doesn’t expire until 2020. 1 Cedric Soares
Chelsea were frustrated in a goalless first half at Villa Park after Nemanja Matic saw what looked like the opener ruled out.The Serbian bundled in at the far post late in the half but Chelsea’s celebrations were cut short as referee Chris Foy chalked it off for handball.The Blues looked the more likely to score, with recalled Brazilians Oscar and Willian both firing narrowly wide.The fit-again Fernando Torres has impressed with his workrate but fired wastefully wide of the near post in his only clear sight of goal.The home side’s best moments have come on the break, with Christian Benteke the focal point.The big Belgian headed wide from Fabian Delph’s teasing cross and also fashioned a firmly struck volley just wide of Petr Cech’s far post.After Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Hull earlier in the day, Chelsea will not be wanting to drop crucial points in the title race.However Jose Mourinho also has one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League second leg at home to Galatasaray and has shuffled his pack, with Samuel Eto’o, Frank Lampard and Andre Schurrle dropping out.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Children’s rights will come under thespotlight during Child Protection Week,and beyond.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) A green ribbon, worn during ChildProtection Week, shows solidarity with the cause of children. MEDIA CONTACTS • Abram PhahlamohlakaDept of Social Development media liaison+27 12 312 7475 RELATED ARTICLES • Non-violence campaign kicks off in SA • SA children taught the game of life • Presidency talks to children • Facelift for KZN children’s hospital • SA families give back on Mandela DaySource: BuaNewsProtecting the nation’s young and most vulnerable will take centre stage come 31 May, as South Africa enters a seven-day show of solidarity with the cause of its children.Child Protection Week will be officially launched by Social Development minister Bathabile Dlamini on that day, and the objective this year is no different to previous years: looking after South Africa’s youngsters.The week-long campaign is an opportunity to raise the profile of children, and to mobilise community action and response to breaches of child protection. There is always the expectation that the week will go further in awakening awareness beyond the seven days.This year’s campaign, which marks 14 years since the launch of Child Protection Week, will take place under the theme Tshwaragano ka bana – Working together to protect children.As part of the launch to be held at Abraham Kriel Childcare centre in Johannesburg, Dlamini will talk about planned activities, as well as the government’s ongoing programmes, including alternative care, social assistance and other measures to address child abuse, neglect and exploitation.Talking to South Africa’s childrenThe highlight of the launch will be the child participation programme, where a panel comprising Dlamini, the Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Member of the Executive Council for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe, and Lulu Xingwana, the minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, will hold a dialogue with children on a range of matters affecting them in their communities.Representatives of NGOs and international development agencies such as Unicef and Save the Children will also take part in the discussion.“Families and communities are the first line of response,” said Dlamini.She added that the aim of Child Protection Week campaign is to strengthen families and communities, and encourage them to play a role in the early identification of children that need support, so that they can speedily be linked with appropriate services provided by government and community based organisations.Other activities to take place during Child Protection Week and beyond include the launch of the Early Childhood Development campaign on 1 June at KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga province; the launch of a children’s services directory in Durban on 2 June; commemoration of the International Day for Families on 3 June in uMthatha, Eastern Cape; and the commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking on 26 June at Sasolburg in the Free State province.Wear the green ribbonThe government and childcare organisations urge South Africans to wear the green ribbon during Child Protection Week to show their support for the rights, care and protection of the child. The green ribbon means:Protection of children;Green signifies life and growth;Nurturing our children will give them hope;Wearing a green ribbon is a token of care and support;Stand up and commit to enforcing children’s rights.