Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned his players not to let discipline become an issue if they want to stay in the team. He said: “I try not to put it on a different level to anything, not because I want to give it more or less importance because we need to keep improving. “We need to keep getting better. We need plenty of things, we need to do better for longer periods during the game, not only 45 minutes. “It’s another game, another important test against a very good team, so use it as another step forward. It’s quite important. “I know if you put in the balance would you prefer to win on Sunday… That’s too easy. “I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, I don’t know what is going to happen on Sunday. First things first – let’s play tomorrow and try to win tomorrow.” Press Association The Black Cats will head into Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Southampton with midfielder Lee Cattermole and full-back Andrea Dossena frustrated bystanders as they each begin three-match bans. Both men were sent off within minutes of each other in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Hull which left the club still deep in trouble, and they will not be available again until Sunderland travel to Aston Villa on the final day of this month. Poyet’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio’s attempts to enforce his brand of discipline off the pitch proved hugely unpopular during his brief, but ill-fated reign, and the Uruguayan is more concerned with the behaviour of his players on the field of play. He said: “For me, it was a surprise. I need to analyse from the moment I came here, it was all right. I’m not saying it was perfect, but it was not bad. “Now so many things happened in this game that I’m trying to take it as a one-off. Of course, we need to talk about it and sort it out – it shouldn’t happen again. “But we are human beings, the players on the pitch, and they are the ones who need to control themselves. “We can talk and talk and bring in whoever you like, psychologists, psychiatrists or whatever, but then the one on the pitch is the player and the one who makes the tackle or the reaction is the player. “If they learn, great; if they don’t, then they are going to have a problem to play in the team because they are going to be more out than in.” The double suspension will force Poyet into a reshuffle for the Saints’ visit to Wearside, while keeper Keiren Westwood is rated at only 50-50 as he attempts to shake off the after-effects of his collision with Tigers’ defender Paul McShane at the weekend. However, while the cup may not be the Black Cats’ main priority this season, the manager is hoping the game can help to forge a level of consistency ahead of Sunday’s daunting clash with Manchester City.
WINDIES batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has encouraged the team to continue taking a disciplined approach against English County team Essex following day one of the three-day first-class match at the County Ground on Tuesday.Brathwaite crafted a careful 61 from 155 balls, his 37th half-century at first-class level, in a knock that included a total of eight boundaries. The West Indies then pushed on by steady scores from Roston Chase (81) and Jermaine Blackwood (59) pushed the score to 309 for eight off 89.4 overs. Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 28 at the close of play with Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins left to bat.“The key playing in England is patience,” Brathwaite said of the knock.“I think as a team it was a good start to the tour. Tomorrow we just need to come and bat and put on as much runs as possible and when we do bowl we should stick to our discipline and just have a good game,” he added.“We just have to keep learning and keep getting accustomed to the conditions and we should be good for the tour.”The West Indies are using the match in preparation for the upcoming tour of England which gets under way on August 17 and features three Test matches and five One Day Internationals.
— Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.— Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the Giants have worked out a two-year extension with third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, who comes in after Aldrick Rosas after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSTodd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in MemphisUNDATED (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead through three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. — Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk share second.— Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend.TENNIS-KYRIOS-US OPENKyrgios won’t play US OpenSYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19. Associated Press — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Clippers in a 126-103 pounding of the Pelicans. Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 24 points to help the Clippers bounce back from a two-point loss to the Lakers on Thursday night in their first game of the restart. — T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 53 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) added 15 in the Pacers’ 127-121 victory over the 76ers. Warren was 20 of 29 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 41 points and 21 rebounds for the Sixers, who couldn’t hang on after turning a 10-point deficit late in the first half into a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.MLB-NEWSCardinals-Brewers postponed again Miguel Sanó hit a pair of round-trippers and Eddie Rosario provided the Twins’ third solo homer of the night in a 3-0 win over the Indians. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked six innings in his Minnesota home debut. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.Carlos Carrasco gave up the solo homers and three other hits over six innings for Cleveland.Also on Saturday’s big league schedule:— Gio Urshela’s (ur-SHEH’-luhz) grand slam put the Yankees ahead 5-0 in the second inning of a 5-2 win against the Red Sox. Aaron Judge put the Yanks ahead in the first by homering for the fourth straight game. Nick Nelson worked three hitless innings of relief to get his first major league victory. — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) and Ronald Acuna Jr. each homered as the Braves beat the Mets for the fourth straight time, 7-1. Ozuna and Acuna each had two hits and two RBIs for Atlanta, which has scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series. Touki Toussaint worked four shutout innings as the starter in a combined six-hitter. Update on the latest sports In other NFL news:— Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Chargers. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall. The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago.— Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.— Browns tight end David Njoku has pulled back his trade demand. Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent ask the Browns to deal him to another team.— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net.Captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. Game 2 is Monday night.Elsewhere on the first day of the Stanley Cup playoffs:— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Rangers, 3-2. Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal. Martin Necas (NAY’-chas) gave the Canes a 3-1 lead by taking a one-time that glanced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and got past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:09 remaining. — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.— Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season.— Nationals reliever Will Harris has been put on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Orioles for a player to be named. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. — Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 27 saves and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) notched the game-winning goal in the second period of the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) put New York ahead to stay 12 minutes into the contest. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored 23 seconds into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 26 shots while looking sharp for Florida.— Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before the Oilers-Blackhawks game in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance.NBA-SCHEDULEHeat top Nuggets 125-105LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position. August 1, 2020 — The White Sox have placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits on Friday before leaving in the seventh inning with a sore hip.— Angels Mike Trout center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The three-time AL MVP left the Angels on Thursday and was placed on the paternity list, which allows players to stay away from their teams for three days. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he believes Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but the team won’t rush him.MLB-SCHEDULETwins homer 3 times to beat IndiansUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are back to flashing the power that allowed them to slam a major league-record 307 home runs last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSRookie Kubalik sets record as Hawks stun OilersUNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken their Stanley Cup Playoffs opener on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik (KOO’-bah-leek). — The Reds and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, creating the first seven-inning doubleheader in big league history on Sunday. Major League Baseball announced earlier in the week that twinbill games would be reduced from the traditional nine innings.NFL-NEWSBrees says he’ll stand for anthemUNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.Brees said in a conference call that he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.” Todd started the third round of the WCG event with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. Byeong Hun An of South Korea is second and Rickie Fowler is two strokes off the lead. In other golf news:— Troy Merritt made two late birdies to take a four-point lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day. Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo are tied for second. — There’s a three-way tie for the lead through three rounds of the LPGA Drive One Championship. Danielle Kang bogeyed three straight holes on the back nine in a 1-over 73 that dropped her into a tie with Celine Boutier and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. They were at 5-under 139 in the LPGA Tour’s first event since the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 16. Meanwhile, the Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation.At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.MLB says the Phillies are slated to resume play on Monday against the Yankees in New York, one day before the Marlins take on the Orioles in Baltimore.In other MLB news: Kyrgios said in an Instagram post that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam.F1-BRITISH GPHamilton takes pole position for British GPSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position. He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone, England, circuit where he has won a record six times. He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter.Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military. All the coaches and players around him kneeled. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.”Elsewhere in the NBA: UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus has postponed the entire weekend series between the Cardinals and Brewers in Milwaukee.A person familiar with the situation says the decision comes after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.MLB issued a statement saying the Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park. The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday.
… Barbados, Windwards secure victoriesAFTER their humiliating defeat in round two of Cricket West Indies (CWI) ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Under-19 tournament, Guyana bounced back to whip the Leeward Islands by 119 runs in the third round on Thursday at the Cumberland ground.Opener Sachin Singh top-scored with 51 and Kevlon Anderson got 42 as Guyana got up to 176 all out in the 50th over after choosing to bat first.Uri Smith picked up five for 19 while Elroy Francis finished with three for 21.In reply, Anderson (3-18) and Qumar Torrington (3-18) grabbed three wickets apiece as Leewards folded meekly for 57 in the 28th over.Meanwhile, Barbados easily disposed of Jamaica to remain unbeaten and on top of the standings but Trinidad and Tobago suffered their first defeat at the hands of Windward Islands.Playing at the Arnos Vale Stadium, Barbados overhauled a target of 133 to get home in the 28th over and win by five wickets, with Nyeem Young anchoring the run chase with an unbeaten 42 off 35 balls.He struck five fours and a six, posting 58 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Kevin Wickham who stroked a run-a-ball unbeaten 22.Antonio Morris had carved out 25 in a 42-run, fourth-wicket partnership with Demetrius Richards (17). This pulled Barbados around from 17 for three in the sixth over.Earlier, Jamaica got 43 from Michael Thompson and 41 from Matthew Comerie as they were dismissed for 132 off 38 overs.The pair put on 82 for the ninth wicket, a stand that averted a total collapse for Jamaica after the innings lay in strife at 31 for eight in the 17th over.Seamer Matthew Forde was the leading bowler with four for 15.T&T, meanwhile, failed in their pursuit of 204 and crashed to a 69-run defeat at Park Hill.Leonardo Francis (21) and Mbeki Joseph (16) gave T&T a decent start by putting on 39 for the first wicket and when six wickets tumbled for 39 runs, joint top-scorers Rivaldo Ramlogan and Ronaldo Forester (22) added 33 for the seventh wicket.However, off-spinner Malakai Xavier snared five for 26 and fast bowler Tijourn Pope, three for 27, to wreck the lower order.Opting to bat first earlier, unbeaten Windwards got half-centuries from West Indies Under-19 batting star Kimani Melius (59) and Teddy Bishop (53) as they marched to 203 for seven off their 50 overs.Melius hit 10 fours and two sixes off 60 balls, posting 45 for the first wicket with Jaheil Walters (6) and a further 34 for the second wicket with Bishop.When two wickets fell for seven runs in the space of eight deliveries, Bishop struck three fours and two sixes off 106 balls in a 56-run fourth-wicket stand with Tahj Tavernier (26) to revive the innings.
The 19th edition of GOtv Boxing Night (GOtv Boxing Night 19) will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday, 14 July.This was announced by FlyKite Promotions, organisers of the event, at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be headlined by the international welterweight challenge duel between Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde of Nigeria and Daniel Lartey of Ghana.The event will also feature six domestic bouts potentially explosive bouts, one of which will see Tope “Berinja” Agboola face reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph in a national challenge duel. Also in action will be current West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who takes on Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu. The event will equally see former ABU featherweight title champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, return to action when he faces Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje in a national challenge contest. Another featherweight challenge clash will see Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo square up to Tope “TP Rock” Musa.In the light welterweight division, Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola will face Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu, while Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla will take on Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sport channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Gaming technology platform and services supplier, Nektan, has reported “record growth and revenues” for its B2B division in its trading update for the third quarter of its financial year ending 30 June 2019 (Q3 FY19).In the trading update, Nektan has reported that its current growth trajectory remains on track to break-even for the financial year, detailing that the Executive Board expects trading to improve in the next financial quarter.Nektan has attributed its Q3 growth to its expansion efforts and content aggregation agreements. Having signed new deals with leading studios Leander and Rock Salt, the group has reported a 5.9 per cent growth in revenues for the financial quarter.Lucy Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said: “Q3 has been another record quarter of growth for our rapidly emerging B2B business. We continue to see strong demand for our award-winning casino technology as evidenced by the signing of 7 significant B2B partners during Q3 FY19. “Having achieved EBITDA break-even in H1 of this financial year, a key achievement for Nektan, we remain on track to be break-even in FY19. As reported in our interim results announcement on 25 March 2019, whilst the headline revenue figures are slightly down on Q2, our growing portfolio of partners means that we do not expect a repeat of what was a quiet period by historical standards.“Developments on the sale of our majority stake in the US division Respin are progressing and we expect to conclude this shortly and before 30 April 2019. This transaction will mean us maintaining a material stake in the emerging US market while removing the cash burn of this business..”Nektan is awaiting the finalisation of the proposed sale of the majority shareholding of Nektan’s US subsidiary, Respin. The group is expected to enter into a binding contract for the sale ahead of 30 April 2019.Its B2C division has struggled in Q3 FY19 after experiencing a decline in KPIs. This occurred as a result of a changing regulatory landscape surrounding player marketing and verifications and a delay in the granting of the Company’s Swedish operator licence. Related Articles
With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals.In the first close game of the series, James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win. Jayson Tatum scored 24 for Boston, who were looking to return to the NBA finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points and Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy. It’s not the one they want.The finals begin on Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night.James had to do it without Kevin Love, Cleveland’s only other All-Star, who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds the star of James’ starless supporting cast.The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established themselves as the team of the future in the East. But the present still belongs to James. And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.
FILE PHOTO: Nkurunziza playing footballNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Two Burundi officials have been arrested after their town’s football team allegedly “roughed up” President Pierre Nkurunziza who was playing during a match with his personal team, legal sources and witnesses said Friday.A legal source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the administrator of the northern town of Kiremba as well as his deputy, who is in charge of sport, had been charged with “conspiracy against the president” on Thursday.It all started when the Kiremba team played a match earlier this month against Nkurunziza’s Allelua FC team, which includes the president.Several town residents told AFP that the administrator Cyriaque Nkezabahizi and his deputy Michel Mutama had recruited players among Congolese refugees living in a camp in the town.“These Congolese obviously didn’t know President Nkurunziza because they roughed him up during the match, attacking each time he had the ball and making him fall several times while the Burundian players were careful not to get too close to him,” one witness said.Nkurunziza, who is a “born-again” evangelical, spends at least half of every week travelling with his team Allelua FC and his choir “Komeza gusenga” which means “pray non-stop” in the local kirundi language. He also participates in community development projects, in which he can be seen lugging around rocks or mixing cement.The 54-year-old president, a former sport professor at the University of Burundi, continues to practice swimming and cycling and plays up to three football matches a week.He built a 9,000-seat stadium in his home town and dozens others across the country.Critics say he is allowed to score several “bogus” goals during each match, with no player daring to seriously take him on.In power since 2005, Nkurunziza is leading a push for a referendum in May on changes to the constitution that would allow him to run in elections in 2020.Share on: WhatsApp
By Jay Cook |Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley is contemplating a re-election run later this year but may do so without an ‘R’ next to his name for the first time since his days in Red Bank.Curley did not receive Republican support to run on this year’s party line for the Monmouth County Freeholder seat he currently holds, a decision made during the county’s Republican committee convention at iPlay America in Freehold last Saturday. Republicans instead tapped Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, a two-term elected official, for the nomination.Curley said he was not even introduced as a possible candidate at the convention. And in the wake, Curley told The Two River Times, “I’m looking at my options, looking also at a potential independent run.” Curley, who currently sits as a Republican on the Freeholder board, said he would also have to look at his financial sources.County GOP chairman Shaun Golden, who also serves in an elected office as Monmouth County Sheriff, sent a letter to Republicans in December asking them not to support Curley in the upcoming election. Curley was censured by the Freeholder board in December after a report by a retired Superior Court judge allegedly found he sexually harassed county employees through “salacious and vulgar statements,” a resolution of the censure read.But Curley has vowed to stand his ground and support the same principles he always has.“I never played into the so-called ‘Club Monmouth’ and I don’t answer to political bosses. I vote my conscience,” he said. “That’s the way I’ve always been, even when I was a councilman in Red Bank and obviously as a freeholder.”“Club Monmouth” was the moniker given to Republicans in the wake of the Operation Bid Rig investigation where federal authorities investigated rampant political patronage between businessmen and elected officials over the past decade.Early in his political career Curley ran as a Democrat in Red Bank before switching to the Republican party in the early-2000s.Middletown and Hazlet RepresentedAfter state Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) left the Freeholder board last month to take her position in Trenton, the GOP also elected one of their own to fill her vacancy – former Middletown mayor and committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger.Scharfenberger, a 14-year elected official in Middletown, stepped down from the township’s governing body on Saturday after he was unanimously picked and subsequently sworn in to the Freeholder board.“I’m at a point now where it was probably now or never,” Scharfenberger told The Two River Times. “With the chance to serve on the county board, I can still do a lot of good things for Middletown, but also do things on a regional level, too.”Because he is filling a vacated seat, Scharfenberger’s term ends after 2018. He said he and Kiley would be running mates for the 2018 freeholder election. The Two River Times reported last month that Scharfenberger and Kiley would be the GOP’s odds-on favorites for the 2018 election.After being elected for the first time in 2004, Scharfenberger served as mayor six times and deputy mayor twice, he said. He currently works for the state as director for the Office of Planning Advocacy and is executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center, as well as being an anthropology professor at Monmouth University.Scharfenberger said some specific achievements stand out during his tenure in Middletown. Most notably, overseeing the opening of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s second freestanding outpatient center in New Jersey; moving township dispatch calls to county supervision last year; and the preservation of both the Chris’ Marina property along the Swimming River and the Coe Property in the Chapel Hill section of town – both of which are now dedicated open space.“I’m hoping to have the same success I had in Middletown at the county level,” he said, while adding he’s confident in the current committee moving forward.Kiley, his running mate this year, is viewed as a rising star in the local Republican party. A two-term elected official, she is currently Hazlet’s deputy mayor and served as mayor in 2017. If she wins the election, Kiley said she would be the first Hazlet representative on the Freeholder board.“Hazlet is my first priority, and just being at the county just increases my ability to help my own town,” she said.“I’ve always said I will do whatever is best for my town and my party,” she added.Kiley oversaw a zero percent tax increase over the past two years in Hazlet and also touted the opening of a township Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office for veterans’ services in Town Hall.The DemocratsWhile their convention isn’t until March 3, Monmouth County Democrats are starting to game plan for 2018. Holmdel resident and frequent Democratic candidate Lawrence Luttrell confirmed to The Two River Times that he intends to run for the Freeholder board this year.Luttrell ran unsuccessfully for freeholder in 2013 and 2014, and also lost a bid for township committee in Holmdel last year.During his previous county campaigns, Luttrell said he pushed for selling the two county-owned nursing homes. That eventually happened in 2016, but he alleged taxpayers didn’t see that $32 million price tag return to them.“You have people struggling to pay their taxes and you have to choose between buying food or paying your taxes,” Luttrell said this week.Luttrell said he is unaware of who will be his potential running mate, which will be determined in March.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By The Nelson Daily SportsJoel Stewart is starting to pay dividends for the Nelson Leafs.The second goal of the game by the former Spokane Brave proved to be the winner as Nelson edged the Columbia Valley Rockies 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday in Invermere.Stewart connected with Colon Schell and Marcus Dahl to power Nelson to the come from behind victory. The Leafs trailed 3-1 at one stage of the contest after the Rockies scored three times in a 152 seconds span.Dustin Johnson and Dahl also scored for the Leafs. Marcus Beesley stopped 27 shots to record the victory in goal.The win was the first during a three-game road swing into the Eddie Mountain Division.The Leafs opened the weekend by getting trashed 7-1 by the high-powered Fernie Ghostriders Friday.After Johnson scored in the first period to close the gap to 2-1, the Riders scored five consecutive power play goals — one in the second and four in the third period.Cale Wright had a goal and two assists while Josh Garneau checked in with four points, including a pair of goals, to pace the Riders. Scott Morriseau, Connor Morgan, Mark Strachan and Alex Milton also scored for Fernie.Fraser Abdaliah had an easy time in the Fernie nets, facing only 19 shots.The Leafs then ventured to Golden Saturday. But the result was just as bad as Tyler Fairall scored at the 2:39 mark of the second overtime period to lift the Rockets to a 5-4 win.Nelson, leading 2-1 after one period, watched as the Rockets scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead with seven minutes remaining in the contest.However, Cody Abbey and Dahl, with his second of the contest, scored late in the frame to force overtime. Johnson scored the other goal for the Leafs.Beesley took the loss in goal after relieving Nelson starter Darren Hogg.OVERTIME: Joel Stewart, with seven points in five games, is doing his best to help Leaf fans forget that the team’s leading scorer Gavin Currie is out of the lineup due to injury. Currie remains on the shelf after being injured December 31. . . .Dustin Johnson, a 67-point man last year for Merritt of the B.C. Hockey League, has seven points in five games for Nelson. . . . The Leafs, 20-16-0-2, have now lost twice this season in overtime. The first loss came December 12 against Grand Forks. . . .Next home game is Wednesday at the NDCC against Grand Forks.firstname.lastname@example.org