WESTERN BUREAU:Rural kingpins St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) stormed back from the brink of elimination to edge Holy Trinity High 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the FLOW Super Cup round of 16 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.STETHS’ leading marksman, Jovoney Brown, struck a brace in the 12th and 85th minutes, respectively, as the Santa Cruz-based school rallied to score two goals late into the action to erase Holy Trinity’s 3-2 lead.Holy Trinity took the lead on three occasions, but were pegged back each time by STETHS. The Kingston-based Holy Trinity took the lead with a Rajhae Welsh goal in the eighth minute.Brown found the equaliser when he rose above the Holy Trinity defenders to flick a header into the far corner. Shortly after, Holy Trinity were again in front when Shemar Farmar scored.Again, STETHS showed character and poise to level things through Demar James, who lobbed Holy Trinity goalkeeper Antonio Millington.With the teams going into the breakeven, STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn said he only told his players to relax, enjoy the game and remain focused.On the 68th minute, Dante Green, Holy Trinity’s second-half substitute, scored the easiest goal of the evening to put his team in the lead again after a goalkeeping error.SUPERIOR STRENGTHThereafter, it was practically all STETHS. They used superior strength and their usual courage to orchestrate a fightback that resulted in goals from Rojay Robinson in the 83rd and Brown in the 85th minutes, respectively, to log the win, which resulted in them sweeping into the quarter-finals.”We never doubted the outcome. Even when we are trailing, I know we have the ability to win games like these,” said Wedderburn.”This is a match that typifies how tough mentally this STETHS team really is, and the guys did everything we asked of them in securing this victory,” he said.Everton Russell, the assistant coach at Holy Trinity, said the loss was a severe blow to his team, especially after holding the lead three times.”The boys are distraught. I think we did enough, but they had some more as you see in the result, but it was a good game. both teams counter-punched with skill, but in the end, there could only be one winner,” conceded Russell.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO firstname.lastname@example.orgThe District’s mayor’s budget proposal includes many provisions that address the concerns of African Americans.Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) held a reporters’ roundtable March 26 at the John A. Wilson Building. The purpose of the roundtable was to brief reporters on her 2019 fiscal year budget.Muriel Bowser is the mayor of the District of Columbia. (AFRO Stock Photo)“I gave the budget to the D.C. Council on March 21 and testified for it on March 23,” Bowser said. “The council will go through their usual 54-day review period in which they will make changes, if any, that they see fit. This year, the council will vote on it at the end of May, which is earlier than usual.”The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors and public safety. One of the key line items in the budget is $300 million for a new, state of the art hospital on the St. Elizabeths East campus in Ward 8.“This new hospital will replace the United Medical Center,” the mayor said in response to a question by the AFRO. The United Medical Center is the District’s only comprehensive medical facility east of the Anacostia River and it has been plagued over the years with financial problems due to the high costs of treating uninsured patients and questionable financial management.Bowser put $6 million for water bill relief for District residents. There has been ongoing controversy about the exorbitant rates that African-American churches and residents are being charged on their water bills that is due to a federal mandate to fix the city’s aging storm water system and has nothing to do with their own water usage.Bowser told the AFRO that she is well-aware of the matter and has sent a letter to DC Water indicating that their rates are unfair to District residents. In the meantime, she said water bill rates will continue to rise and the $6 million will help District churches and residents.“We are proposing some relief,” she said. “The $6 million will be used to help low-income households and others. We are also asking DC Water to match the $6 million in relief and freeze some of the charges on residents’ water bills for three years.”There are only three full-service grocery stores in both Wards 7 and 8 and Bowser’s budget has funded a program to deal with that.“I am aware that developer Jair Lynch is looking to bring a grocer in the Penn Branch shopping center in Ward 7 that could be Fresh Foods and there is an effort to bring Good Foods Market in another part of Ward 7 as well as a grocer in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. That is the purpose of the Neighborhood Fund.”Affordable housing is an issue for many Black District residents and the mayor funded the Housing Production Fund Trust at the level of $100 million. She allocated $1.5 million in capital funds to expand the Model Cities & Congress Heights Senior Wellness Centers in Ward 8 and $12.5 million increase for childcare investments, including an increase in childcare subsidies.D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who has publicly disagreed with Bowser on some issues regarding his ward, praised her budget.“Muriel Bowser answered the call with not all but a lot of great wins for Ward 8,” White said in a message to his constituents urging them to get involved in the budget process. “It’s in the council now so our work is not done.”
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America’s news service Nastoyashcheye Vremya (Current Time), to its offering.Nastoyashcheye Vremya was launched, initially as a news programme aimed at Russian speakers, by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America as a joint venture in partnership with public and private broadcasters and Internet portals in Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine. It offered a 30-minute news and magazine show as a counter voice to Russian state media.Volia will air the channel in all cities where it is present as part of its digital packages.
AINDRIAS O’CATHASAIGHISLAND VOICESISLAND VOICES SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THEMES OF 1916SEACHTAR DEARMADTASEACHTAR NA CASCATower Museum Aindrias O’CathasaighTHE Island Voices lecture series is enjoying a welcome return to the Tower Museum this autumn marking the centenary of 1916 by exploring the social, cultural and political landscape of Ireland a century ago.The third and final instalment will take place next week, Thursday, November 24, focusing on the complex and sometimes contested relationships which exist between language, identity and nationhood.Concluding the series will be historian and political commentator Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh, author of 1916: Seachtar na Cásca and 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta, and scriptwriter of the accompanying TG4 series. He has written extensively on the history, politics and culture of the period.Delivered in both English and Irish, the third talk will focus on the Irish language and the confluences and tensions between the revival of the Irish language, and the fight for national independence in the earlier part of the 20th Century. ShareTweet The political turmoil of those years also brought changes to the language movement itself and the accompanying debates provide neglected but valuable evidence of how Irish opinion was shifting, and how separatists organised to influence it.The earlier lectures in the series gave audiences the opportunity to find out more about the landmark historic events of 1916, including the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, which have shaped our understanding of ourselves and each other.The series is run by Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Council Irish Language Officer, Pól Ó Frighil, encouraged people to come along and find out more about a fascinating era of modern history.“The Island Voices series is always popular and a highlight of Council’s events calendar. “The talks provide an insightful exploration of a variety of themes and this year in particular the focus has been particularly relevant exploring the life-changing events of 1916, which inevitably impacted significantly on our social and cultural evolution.“Anyone who has an interest in local history will certainly enjoy the final talk in the series, which presents the opportunity to hear from yet another respected historian and author.”The talk takes place from 1pm – 2pm in the Tower Museum preceded by lunch at 12.30pm.Places are free and can be booked by contacting the Tower Museum (028) 7137 2411 or emailing email@example.comDue to demand people are advised to book early to secure a spot.ISLAND VOICES SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THEMES OF 1916 was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: