Allderdice makes shocking turn-around

first_imgby Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier When it comes to the City League, until recently, nobody has looked in Allderdice’s direction to be the big winner. Perry owned the league for much of the ’90s and most of the last decade. Brashear took over and ran the show with back-to-back titles in ’07 and ’08. Even Schenley, who hadn’t won a title in 50 years, broke their championship drought in 2009. But now it’s the Dragons, who are looking to avenge their “non-winning” ways of late, as they’d lost every game for the two seasons prior to this one. If you ask Allderdice’s coach, Jerry Haslett, he’s not afraid to voice his views on his team’s recent success.“I’m not surprised, in fact, I never am,” Haslett said. “The guys worked hard all year last season. They’d worked hard all summer. Actually, they saw each other from 6-8:30 p.m. every day since June 24 when we started at the Riverview Passing League.”Passing leagues are organized instructional clinics for players and teams to receive information on the specifics of the game. “They taught our kids how to play some defense, how to drop in pass coverage, and, most importantly, how to have camaraderie with one another and to play as a team,” Haslett said.At the season’s halfway point, Allderdice is currently sitting at the top of the league standings with Perry at 4-1, overall, and 4-0 in the city.“Winning this year has been amazing,” said Allderdice senior quarterback Mike Pfleger. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. There have been several things that have made us better. One has been that our defense has played amazing. They don’t give up many points at all. Coach has an amazing defensive scheme. He understands every player’s strength and that each player can dominate in each part of the game.”Their offense has made many improvements and progressions, as well, with the emergence of a couple of their skill players. Sophomore running back Patrick Ferguson, dating back to last season, has been one of the league’s most feared runners. “Last week against Westinghouse, I was able to pass for more than 180 yards because their defense kept keying in on Patrick,” Pfleger said.One of Pfleger’s favorite targets, Dominic Gardner, is also one of the reasons they had so much success in that game. “Most of our passing plays are designed for Dominic because of his tremendous skills,” Pfleger added.Allderdice’s next opponent will be Perry at Cupples Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Their defensive captain, Jared Davis, believes there’s no reason to be alarmed by a Commodores team that has been picked by many to win it all in the city this season.“It doesn’t make me nervous,” Davis said. “We’re all competing for the same thing, the city championship. Hopefully we play together and get done what we hope to and get a win. We’ll run behind our sophomore running back (Ferguson) and pass behind our senior quarterback (Pfleger). We’ll come ready.”Ferguson is also confident that they will come out victorious against the feared Commodores. “We’re ready for the challenge,” Ferguson said. “My job is to gain as many yards as I can to give my team a better chance to put points on the board. I’m aware of that responsibility and I’m ready to get out there and get it done.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Love and Marriage, Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |Though much of the hoopla surrounding the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has mercifully passed, Melissa Ziobro, Monmouth University professor, reminded a Tinton Falls audience that the recent British matrimonial event was just the latest in a tradition of across-the-pond “romances” between members of the European royalty and American brides.Ziobro regaled 25 very interested women seniors (and two brave men) on May 21 with stories of “American Women and Royal Marriages.” The Harry/Meghan Wedding was certainly spectacular, but the joining together of Old and New World couples was not as uncommon as we might think.Ziobro is a specialist professor of public history in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and frequently writes and lectures on women’s issues. During this recent presentation, Ziobro admitted: “There are important issues and there are interesting issues. This most recent royal wedding falls into the latter, but it has increased attention to the Gilded Age phenomena of what were called ‘American Dollar Princesses.’ ” Ziobro noted that the TV series “Downton Abbey” sparked her to examine arranged marriages which began in the late 19th century. She laughed recalling how the subject caught her attention. “I was watching ‘Downton Abbey,’ and like any good historian I can’t watch TV and enjoy myself, I have to start researching things, like who Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham was modeled after.” Though he was studying to be a physician on Long Island when he met Ms. Hazard, her father’s success no doubt made her more attractive to von Auersperg. After years of creditors chasing down the von Auerspergs, Florence finally had enough and divorced the prince in 1915.This article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. “By some counts there may have been as many as 500 of these marriages between American women of ‘new money’ who were betrothed to the relatively impoverished European aristocracy,” said Ziobro. Their motivations included trading “cash for class.” After the American Civil War, many of the daughters of the newly wealthy saw titled European nobility as a way to attain duchess, or even princess status.In Europe, the landed gentry needed to find income to replace their disappearing earnings from centuries-old agricultural endeavors. Their expensive to maintain manor houses were becoming increasingly unsustainable as well. Enter American money. Although British nobility were the top choice for most young women seeking these marriages, they also married Germans, Austrians and Italians. Ziobro soon discovered that some New Jersey women were among the many “American Dollar Princesses.”Sixteen-year-old Florence Ellsworth Hazard of Shrewsbury around the time of her marriage to Prince Franz von Auersperg of Austria in 1899.American newspapers often ran lists of American heiresses marrying noblemen, including the amount of money the young women “took out of the country” with them, often half a million dollars or more. Of particular interest to The Two River Times readers, and probably surprising to most, is the story of Miss Florence Hazard of Shrewsbury, daughter of the owner of the world-famous Hazard Ketchup Factory, E. C. Hazard. Florence was only 16 years old when she married Prince Franz von Auersperg of Austria in June 1899. She was looking to improve her station in life, and incidentally her fiancé’s. Sixty-plus years before Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel to wed Prince Harry, older Americans still remember when movie star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Both appear to be true love matches, not exchanges of hard currency for titles. Harry does not lack for resources. Von Auersperg was part of a noble family and had enjoyed a spirited, which is to say wanton, youth according to contemporary accounts at the time of the wedding. One paper noted: “The engagement is hailed by court and aristocratic circles with gratification, as the Prince seemed to have hopelessly wrecked his life by fast living and gambling before he left Vienna three years ago.”last_img read more

Wildcats roll out red carpet for Female Midget AAA Hockey tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Wildcats play host to the first Super Weekend of the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey season beginning today at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.Wildcats open the five-team round robin tournament at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena against Vancouver Fusion.The teams split a two-game series last week in Nelson. The Cats, thanks to a strong third period, edged Vancouver 5-4 in the opener. The Fusion came back in game two to win 5-1.The tournament begins today at 10:45 a.m. in the Civic Centre Arena with Prince George Cougars meeting the Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay plays Okanagan Rockets at 8 a.m. Saturday in the NDCC Arena before battling Prince George Cougars at 2 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.Kootenay concludes the tournament Sunday with a game at 10:45 p.m. against Fraser Valley Phantom.
Ice cooled by CougarsThe Prince George Cougars pulled off a road sweep against the Kootenay Ice in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action in Castlegar.The Cougars scored three first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory during game one. Derek Georgopoulos of Cranbrook and Joren Johnson of Nelson scored for the Ice.In game two the Ice once again exploded in the first period, this time scoring four times to dump Kootenay 6-1. Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored the lone goal in the second period for Kootenay.Kootenay takes to the road to meet the South Island Thunderbirds Saturday in Victoria. South Island is 3-3-4 on the season, good enough for fifth in the 11-team league. The 2-5-1 Ice are [email protected]last_img read more

Report: 49ers hire Joe Woods to oversee pass defense

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Joe Woods, most recently the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, is reportedly joining the 49ers defensive staff.Woods will serve as the 49ers defense’s passing game coordinator while Robert Saleh returns for his third season as defensive coordinator under coach Kyle Shanahan, NFL Network’s Mike Garfolo reported Tuesday.Woods presumably fills the void created by secondary coach Jeff Hafley’s departure earlier this month to serve as co-coordinator of Ohio State’s defense.The …last_img read more

Is the SABC promoting social cohesion?

first_imgThe SABC’s role in promoting social cohesion and non-racialism was explored at a seminar in Johannesburg.Bessie Tugwana, acting chief operating officer at the SABC, speaks at a seminar exploring the public broadcaster’s role. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was there to serve its people, said the acting chief operating officer, Bessie Tugwana. This was one of the messages that came out of a seminar on the SABC’s Role in Promoting Social Cohesion.The event was hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Alongside Tugwana, other panellists included Emeritus Professor Pieter Fourie, a research fellow in the department of communication science at the University of South Africa, and Dr Caryn Abrahams from the Wits School of Governance.Sound policyFourie opened the discussion by commending the Broadcasting Act of the 1990s. “These policies were state of the art, especially coming out of apartheid,” he said.The seminar took place in Johannesburg on 29 August.If the SABC would stick to its policy, said Fourie, there should not be any problems. He described the current issues facing the broadcaster as systematic and structural, referring to the SABC’s financial situation and leadership crisis.But he said the broadcaster was doing a good job of promoting non-racialism and upholding journalistic professionalism. “I can still tune in to a news bulletin every night on TV, and radio shows.”Fourie: As a user of the SABC despite issues, still doing good. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017However, the SABC needed to justify its privileged position and adapt to a new media environment, he said. “Network communication is about interactivity, and it plays a bigger role. The SABC needs to take that into consideration.”In agreementAbrahams agreed that the broadcaster helped to build a cohesive society and promote a national identity.– @carynabe says SABC does create a sense of social cohesion, based on govt definition of social cohesion. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017“The SABC has done well in terms of language inclusion,” she said, using the example of Takalane Sesame.– @carynabe – in terms of programming, esp language inclusion, SABC does quite well. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Showing the audience an SABC advertisement from the 1990s, where the script was flipped between black and white people in South Africa, she said the SABC provided South Africans with a platform to discuss race.See the ad:Tugwana admitted that the SABC was not where it wanted to be, but pointed out that public broadcasting was essential. “[It] has to be the eyes and ears of the nation. Public broadcasting has to reflect what is, and not change it. That is the challenge.”South Africa’s democracy still needed to be nurtured because it was so young. “Therein lies the role of the public broadcaster.”Responding to Fourie’s comment about the new media environment, she said the organisation was looking into how it could enhance what was already done, even in the social media space.The SABC was also about promoting languages, she said, picking up on comments from Abrahams.“We see languages being eroded, but a language is an integral part of your being. When you lose it, you lose your essence.“When you talk in your language, you are more confident and you are free to engage in dialogue.”Accountability and credibilityTugwana said the public broadcaster had a calling, a unique role, but agreed that it had lost credibility. “We started to rebuild it through engagement. The SABC is currently engaging the nation on the review of its editorial policies.“We at the SABC need to earn the respect of the nation.”Tugwana – we (SABC) need to go back to people to ask them what they want to hear and see. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Europe’s big 5 in talks with Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Europe’s big 5 in talks with Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey is in talks with five of Europe’s biggest clubs about a move away from Arsenal, it has been claimed.BBC Sport says starting from January 1, the opening of the transfer window, Ramsey is able to negotiate and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides.The Welshman is considering moves to PSG, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Bayern Munich.Over the past week speculation over Ramsey’s future destination has stepped up, with Juventus being the current most likely club to acquire his services. The 28-year-old is reportedly ‘increasingly tempted’ by a move to Turin and the Italian champions. last_img read more

21 days ago​Robertson wants ‘complete performance’ from Liverpool against Leicester

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson wants ‘complete performance’ from Liverpool against Leicesterby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Andy Robertson wants to see his side give the perfect performance at the weekend.The Reds are facing off against high flying an in form Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.And Robertson believes that the Reds, who have a 100 percent record in the league so far, need to prove their title credentials against a tough opponent.He also spoke about their recent 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.Robertson told reporters: “At three-nil up and you think you are going to be comfortable but we started probably doing things we shouldn’t have done, we let them back into the game and they are a good team. That’s why that happened.”Then when we went to 3-3 and to show the character we did was important. But we need to sort out that 50-minute period when we weren’t good enough.”We have had a lot of away games but so far, so good but we need to get better and that is the pressure we put on ourselves.”We have got results but today could have been different, Saturday could have been different so we need to look at that and we need to play better.”But when you don’t play well it is important to get results and that’s what we have done. We were very good first half but we need a complete performance and we need that on Saturday.” last_img read more

Energy and metals weigh on TSX as Wall St pulls back loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell moderately Thursday, as Wall Street pulled back from the record highs it set the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.23 points to 16,284.47, as the base metals, gold and energy sectors lost ground.Shares of Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) were down $1.29, or 6.77 per cent, to $17.77, following Wednesday’s announcement that operations aboard its SeaRose FPSO vessel off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast was ordered suspended by the federal-provincial regulator because of a close call with an iceberg last March.Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was up two cents, or 0.03 per cent, to $59.84 after the Calgary-based company said Thursday that it has confirmed enough commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline thanks in part to a commitment from the Alberta government.South of the border, U.S. stocks were also slightly lower, with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) losing 3.1 per cent and Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) falling 2.9 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.84 points to 26,017.81. The S&P 500 index inched down 4.53 points to 2,798.03 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.23 points to 7,296.05.“Yesterday was a big day, you can’t go up every day,” Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto, said of the modest North American stock movements.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its slide Thursday after losing ground on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement that it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.That saw investors grapple with uncertainty after the central bank said it would be cautious about future rate hikes due to unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The currency closed at an average trading value of 80.35 cents US, down 0.13 of a U.S. cent, on Thursday.“The loonie to me looks expensive here because based on our belief of the Canadian economy, the optimistic views about how many rate increases are going to be coming in Canada ain’t going to be happening. You might get one more this year, or you might be done,” said Levine.A stronger-than-expected jobs report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month had in part played into economists widely-held expectations that a rate hike would be announced Wednesday — but Levine said he thinks the jobs numbers “were overstated and will get revised, and things are not going to look as wonderful as it seemed.”In commodities, the March crude contract gave back three cents to US$63.89 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down four cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell US$12.00 to US$1,327.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Canada does not treat us right says Trump as he threatens new

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some as-yet-undefined international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.The U.S. president made the remarks at the White House on Monday while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S.He mentioned one directly to America’s north.”Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” Trump said.”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”It’s unclear what he was referring to. In the past, he has complained about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.Meanwhile, the White House downplayed the tax threat Monday and various U.S. media outlets said there was nothing imminent.Trump did promise more clarity on a new tax. More details could be coming this week, he suggested.”We are going to charge countries outside of our country — countries that take advantage of the United States,” Trump said. ”Some of them are so-called allies but they are not allies on trade. … So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax and you’ll be hearing about that during the week and the coming months.”It’s unclear what type of tax he’s referring to. Earlier this year, the administration dropped the idea of a border-adjustment tax in its since-passed fiscal reform, because of widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.The confusion was compounded by several factors:—In the U.S., Congress sets tax rates — not the president. And the Congress, which just completed a major tax reform, has shown little inclination to hike taxes.—Tariff rates, meanwhile, are negotiated at the WTO.—The idea wasn’t even mentioned in the White House’s 2018 budget proposal — which was released Monday.The most specific clue Trump offered involved motorycles.He complained that the U.S. brings in products tariff-free and other countries sometimes charge more than 50 per cent tariffs on the same product: ”Harley-Davidson. They’re treated very unfairly in various countries. You know the countries I’m talking about,” Trump said. ”So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax.”Those motorcycle tariffs are highest in Asia — they don’t exist in North America.Several trade experts contacted Monday confessed to some confusion about what the president was threatening. Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute said the only action he could think of might violate international trade law.It involves a rarely used retaliatory measure from a 1974 U.S. trade law.”Could be anything, but nothing he could do, while remaining true to the trade rules,” Ikenson said.”Presumably, he could invoke Section 301 (of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act) and threaten to impose taxes to mitigate, countervail, reverse foreign practices that he finds unfair. (That) could pass muster with U.S. law, but not WTO rules.”last_img read more