Govt slammed for failure to protect whistleblowers

first_imgThe coalition Government sought the passage of the Protected Disclosures Bill 2017 in the National Assembly on Thursday, but was confronted head on with its treatment of a whistleblower last year, who was transferred after revealing the alleged drug abuse of a coalition councillor.When granted the floor, Opposition Parliamentarian Harry Gill made specific references to the incident involving a Berbice nurse who had blown the whistle onSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandCouncillor Carol Joseph. In the wake of her disclosure, the nurse reportedly was subsequently transferred.“This bill could have easily been named after a young APNU/AFC supporter whose whole family voted last elections for change,” Gill said. “This is a story of a whistleblower who was suspended, harassed, intimidated, victimized, and transferred against her will; and made to suffer intrigue against her in terms of life and professional career,” he said.“Her only crime was that she saw an injustice, the abuse of a dangerous drug by an addicted public official, and, out of concern and the public interest, thought she was doing the patriotic thing by reporting the abuse to the relevant authority,” Gill explained.He pointed out that this all falls under the definition of detrimental action, and is prohibited by the bill under clause 21. He acknowledged that while the Bill was notOpposition MP Harry Gilloperationalised as yet, this should not prevent the ministry from investigating the matter.But the parliamentarian noted that despite the matter having been continuously ventilated in the public domain and a probe of the doctors involved having been done by the Medical Council, the Public Health Ministry has failed to launch an official investigation into the issue.The parliamentary Opposition’s continued references to the incident, and reports that complaints were made to the Public Health Ministry but nothing was done, prompted the relevant Minister, Volda Lawrence, to interject under Standing Order 40. She denied knowledge of any reports reaching her.Lawrence demanded that Gill withdraw his reference to her failure to act on the allegations, a moved backed up by Speaker of the National Assembly. In spite of the Opposition side objecting to the request, Gill was forced to withdraw his statement.VictimisationSherlyn Marks, the nurse in question, was initially attached to a West Coast Berbice hospital. She was transferred with immediate effect during the last week in April last year after she had made complaints against former APNU/AFC Councillor Carol Joseph. She claimed that the former councillor had been going to the hospital for an excessive daily dose of the painkiller pethidine.  The nurse has accused the regional administration of targeting her.Nurse Marks, who said she filed complaints twice last year, claimed she refused to administer the 100 ml dose to Joseph, who would turn up daily to receive it. She said she received a letter of transfer from the Regional Office after being scolded for going to the media with her complaints. Some two days later, Joseph reportedly resigned from her post and the party.Persons and organisations, including the Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated, have been critical of the incident and the potential repercussions for transparency and accountability. TIGI had referred to the case by noting that Marks was bludgeoned into oblivion; or worse, “for exposing the abuse of power.”TIGI had also noted that the failure to act by the administration in the region was amplified and encouraged by the absence of a functional Integrity Commission to which Marks could have complained.The first bit of retaliation was the transferring of Marks to another facility without her having requested it, the TIGI pointed out. It added that Marks’s move to address the matter publicly after two attempts to urge the responsible officers to act appears to have embarrassed people of power who had condoned Joseph’s actions.Calling the transfer a pathetic response, TIGI had noted that the transfer was done without consideration of any hardships or other changes in Marks’s circumstances. The group noted that the nurse was therefore treated like an expendable pawn for going public.TIGI had affirmed that it does not support breaking the law, but had added that when abuse of power is done with impunity while persons making disclosures are made to feel the consequence, it is mere lip service for those in authority to proclaim support for whistle-blowers.last_img read more

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Guyanese urged to stand up, fight for democracy

first_img…as Ballot Box Martyrs rememberedPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) member Gail Teixeira is calling on all Guyanese to continue the fight for free and fair elections. She made the charge during an event in remembrance of the Ballot Box Martyrs, Bholanauth Parmanand and Jagan Ramessar, who were shot dead by members of the Guyana Defence Force outside of the polling station at Number 63 Village, Corentyne on the evening of July 16, 1973, when general elections were held.A relative places a wreath on the grave of the Ballot Box Martyrs Bholanauth Parmanand and Jagan Ramessar, who were shot dead by members of the Guyana Defence Force in 1973In 1973, the army (GDF) was used by the Forbes Burnham regime against the people of Guyana country, Teixeira said. She noted that it was the first time that the army had been used against the people, and she said many soldiers today would not want to see that happen again in our country.She said Guyanese must use occasions like Tuesday’s ceremony to not only go through the motions, but to reaffirm and recommit “ourselves as Guyanese to stand up and fight for democracy, the fair elections.”Reflecting on the gains made over the years, she said Guyanese must use occasions like the anniversary of the Ballot Box Martyrs to recommit themselves to fight for what is right.“It is not just the generations of the 1970s; it is not the generation of the 80s and 90s, but it is our generation; the young people here. We are faced again as a country with a constitutional crisis looming in our country,” Teixeira posited.She recalled that the coalition Government assumed office after getting 4,526 more votes than the PPP, which was less than one percent of the total votes in 2015. However, the following year, in 2016, at Local Government Elections, the PPP obtained 30,000 more votes that the Coalition; and last year that gap had risen to 47,000.The change came about as a result of the hardships many Guyanese have been forced to endure, she charged. Among the hardships, she said, are new taxes, some of which have seen an increase in the cost for construction materials and equipment.Members of the Disciplined Services, she noted, collect a month’s salary as a Christmas bonus; however, the Coalition gave them each $50,000 as a bonus across the board in its first year in office, and nothing in the following years, while public servants still await their 20 percent wage increase as promised by the Coalition on the campaign trail.She called on all to demand that respect be accorded the Constitution and the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).“We must remember that when we went to Surujbally, as the Chairman of GECOM, and asked for a recount of 20 ballot boxes where we found that the Statements of Poll and the registration by the Returning Officer were different, Surujbally promised, and nothing happened; and the next thing you knew, Grainger was being sworn in as President at Parliament Building. We must make sure that this time we are very vigilant and make sure that every vote counts,” she declared.It was explained that Parmanand, 45, and Jagan Ramessar, 17, were shot dead while demanding that PPP votes be counted at the place of poll, or a party agent be allowed to accompany the ballot boxes to wherever the military personnel were taking them.Regional Chairman David Armogan, at the wreath-laying ceremony, said the PPP will not sit idly by and let democracy be trampled upon, or allow the efforts of the two martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice to be eroded.“On that day, two young men who went to cast their votes decided that their votes must be counted, and that is how democracy works; your vote must be counted.“Unfortunately, instead of agreeing to their desires, they were met with a hail of bullets. The very clouds that came upon this land and ensure that democracy did not reveal are threatening us once again; but, comrades, we want the dictators to know this time is not long time,” he declared.Executive Secretary of the PPP, Zulfikar Mustapha, explained that the Ballot Box Martyrs and many others had made sacrifices for Guyana, to ensure that democracy prevails.A monument has been erected at Number 63 Village in memory of Bholanauth Parmanand and Jagan Ramessar.Ramessar’s eldest brother, Tiyraj, who was 20 at the time of the incident, recalled that at the time of the shooting, authorities had tried to keep it silent.He said that when his brother did not return home that evening, family members went in search of him. Having received information about the shooting, they went to the Skeldon Hospital and inquired, but he was not there. The search for the missing teenager bore no fruit that day; however, the following day, they went to the Number 51 Police Station and made a report.The Police did not provide any information to them. However, one officer suggested that they check with the New Amsterdam Hospital. It was there that they were able to identify the body, he said.last_img read more

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I feel more loved in Tanzania, admits Kagere

first_imgThey sing his praises whenever he touches the ball or goes out to warm up and Kagere, nicknamed ‘Pacman’ during his stint in Kenya has repaid their confidence by scoring vital goals.He scored two of the three goals as they beat Musa Mohammed’s Nkana to book a ticket to the group stages of the CAF Champions League.On Tuesday evening scored the lone goal as they picked a vital 1-0 win over Egyptian giants Al Ahly in their third group match at the National Stadium, or what they fondly refer to as ‘Kwa Mchina’.Capital Sports sat with the experienced Rwandese international in Dar es Salaam and he has admitted, contrary to his spell at Gor where they nicknamed him ‘Luanda Magere’, he feels more loved in the streets of Dar.Q. Simba fans are evidently in love with you. Do you feel more loved here than you did in Kenya?Former Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere pulled down the green and white of K’Ogalo and is now shining in the bright red of Tanzania’s Simba SC. Here he is in action during the SportPesa Super Cup in Dar es Salaam.Kagere: The fans here have a lot of passion and even if you do something small, they will always remember that. Here is not like Nairobi where I used to move freely in the streets and no one stops me. In Dar, if I am going to town for a 10 minute errand, it can take two or three hours. The fans really show they appreciate you and you really feel loved.Once you deliver in football the rest is left to the fans. If you do what they want you are their friend.They appreciate when you do wrong, they show disappointment but appreciate more of the good things. They look at your good side more and don’t pin out the bad side much.Q. Has that helped you settle into life in Dar es Salaam?At first when I came here, they were a bit skeptical because of the history they have had with players coming from Kenya. They said that most players come from Nairobi with a good reputation but fade out when they get here.I took it as a challenge because once you know that your friends went somewhere and things did not work out, you need to understand why and learn from them. I am a foreign player and I can’t be playing like a local. I have to work extra hard.I have worked hard and proved them wrong. I always want to be on the winning side and that has pushed me to work hard and their support has been great.Life is all about coping with the situation. As a player, I take myself as a tourist whereby if you get a chance to play somewhere you take it. Life here is okay I am used to it now. It’s fun playing for the big clubs. The exciting part is when the team is winning.Simba SC forward Meddie Kagere has won the title twice with Gor Mahia and is looking to bring the good luck in to his new club. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluQ: You have had a successful start to life here. But one thing didn’t work out, you chance of winning a third consecutive SportPesa Cup trophy didn’t materialize. Has that dampened your start to life in Simba?Meddie: It was painful not to win, but life has to go on. There was so much around our campaign because we had a Cup to play in Zanzibar, we had the league to play and then we had the Champions League matches. It was difficult for us to maintain one squad because the coach had to do a lot of rotation.Winning the SportPesa Cup would have been good because we would have the chance of playing an English Premier League side. But I have already achieved that though I didn’t travel to the UK, but all is okay. There will always be a next time.Q: You helped the team qualify for the group stages of the Champions League with two goals against Nkana. How was that feeling at a fully packed stadium?Meddie: It was great. It was a target that I had and seeing it fulfilled was brilliant. The team has not been at that stage for 15 years and achieving that was something hugeWhen I came in, my first target was the season opening Charity Cup. I wanted a medal in Tanzania. The second was the Champions League group stages because at Gor we never got to that level. That’s in the bag. The other thing I want now is the league title.What next now is personal; I want to score more goals, win individual trophies like the top scorer in both champions league and local league that will also help the club win more games, I always want to challenge myself, today if I score two I want to score more tomorrow.Q. Then there is this issue of your exit from Gor Mahia. You have been accused of ‘running away’ from the club when they thought you were signing a new contract. What really happened?Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere has ditched Gor for Simba SCKagere: People thought I ran away from the club. I didn’t.Football is a job. It is not a fantasy or some thing we are playing for fun. You have to leave something to dedicate your life to football. I have my family to take care of and I have my own life to put in a good place. I thin forward. I don’t look at the present.If your contract is finished, you are a free player. If I was under contract then it would have been different. If you are really interested in a player, you don’t have to wait until the contract runs out then you start negotiating. You start the conversation early.You realize that you need a player when it’s too late and he has already made up his mind. As a player, I can’t go to the office and say ‘add me a contract’. That’s underestimating myself. I want the office to see my capability and say ‘we love you and we want you to renew your contract’ then we talk.Q. So no one talked to you when they knew your contract was almost running out?Meddie: We played the SportPesa Cup, they knew my contract was almost done. The teams I am playing against are asking about my contract situation and I informed them. The office asked me if I am talking to them but I said no. That’s my secret.If you are clever, this player is performing and you here he is wanted by big teams, what do you do? You capture him, not unless you are not interested.Gor is a good team and I had a good time there. But sometimes they feel like players can always be replaced because all players want to play for Gor. But they don’t put in mind you can never have the same Meddie in the team.Q. Did all that happened at the end spoil what would have been a beautiful ending for you and Gor?Rwandese forward Meddie Kagere lifting the SportPesa Premier League trophy when Gor Mahia was crowned 2015 unbeaten champions. PHOTO/FileMeddie: Of course it wasn’t right.After that some people in the office started saying they helped me get back. As a matter of fact they didn’t help me. They saw my capabilities and decided to take me back again. They had a player three months before me, but still decided to pay a ticket for me to travel from Rwanda to sign the same contract they had rejected the first time.I was to go to Zamalek, but I couldn’t because the window closed just before I got my visa. I went back home and I could have signed for many clubs. APR, Rayon, AS Kigali they all wanted me to sign so bad. Even a two-month contract. But I was not ready to play at home because I knew what I wanted.Q: At your age, you are still going strong, playing like a 22-year old. What’s the secret?Agge doesn’t matter; what matters is what you do in the pitch. When I left Gor, they said I am too old I can’t play. When I came here, Azam and Yanga wanted me so bad and they didn’t care about the age. They know the work I put on the field and that is what is important for them.I am there because I know how to keep myself; that’s what keeps me in football. Sometimes I tell the young players they will leave start coaching and I will still be playing.I might be playing until I am 70 years old! As long as I know how to keep myself.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere pulled down the green and white of K’Ogalo and is now shining in the bright red of Tanzania’s Simba SCNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – Former Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere has proved an instant hit at his new club, Tanzanian giants Simba SC. He moved for free from Gor, but the Ugandan born-Rwandese international has proved to be a worthy buy for the Dar es Salaam based club, and the fans have not shied away from showing their love for him.last_img read more

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Arsenal and Liverpool target’s agent claims Juventus can’t afford him

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan The agent of Arsenal and Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted his client would fit in perfectly at Juventus – but they could not afford him.The Italian champions are on the hunt for an attacking midfielder this summer and having already been linked with the German duo of Mario Gotze and Julian Draxler.But they have now reportedly switched their attention to Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mkhitaryan, who has previously attracted interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.The 26-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, has responded to the talk of a move to Turin by confessing his client would adapt well to life in Italy – but Serie A clubs may struggle to meet his asking price.“He would definitely suit Juve and should be playing in a top 10 club,” Raiola told Sport Mediaset.“He could bring something extra to the Serie A, but I don’t know whether Serie A can afford him.”last_img read more

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UTLA steps into LAUSD reform battle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Opening another front in the battle for control of the LAUSD, a coalition of nonprofit groups led by the teachers union is set todaycq to unveil its own vision for reforming the 727,000-student school district an attempt to pre-empt the mayor’s own announcement about the district in his State of the City speech Tuesday. The proposal calls for an expanded board of education of about 11 full-time members earning reasonable pay, lowering class size and increasing teachers’ accountability in training faculty and creating curricula. Some elements of the plan echo the ideas proposed by the mayor in a draft plan he floated to members of the community, including decentralizing the district and seeking more education funding from the state. The goal: a radical reform of the second-largest school district in the nation, UTLA President A.J. Duffy said. “We want to change the way the district does business, we want to change the way the education is delivered to students in the L.A. community and we’ve worked to create this community coalition of partnerships so that together we can do a broad range of reforms that are not just education-centered,” Duffy said. “We’re interested in working with business interests, the city and community groups to bring back things like affordable housing and health care.” “I know people would like to say we’d like to one-up the mayor, but it would be unfortunate if people focused on the timing aspect rather than the content of the reform program we will be presenting to the Los Angeles community,” Duffy said. Parts of the plan such as allowing teachers to modify the curriculum will be handled with the district through negotiations, while others call for concerted actions through legislation, Duffy said. The idea of giving teachers the power through their union to develop and assess curricula has shades of an unsuccessful 2002 bill by Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg that was pushed by the California Teachers Association. That bill would have granted teachers unions unprecedented power by making curriculum issues part of the labor negotiations process. District officials said they believed some of the ideas could be worked out, but they disagreed with others, including giving more local control at school sites, particularly over the curriculum. Board President Marlene Canter said she continues to be very much in favor of a managed standards-based curriculum, believing that is the source of students’ fast-improving test scores. “I’ve always believed that the strength of our relationship between the union and the district is one of the biggest levers for change. I don’t agree with everything in their vision, but that’s how relationships and conversations go,” Canter said. “While there is more room for teacher input on curriculum, I don’t believe it should be teacher-driven. As a board, we’ll look at all ideas. I’m just happy the city is engaged in discussing education.” For example, the plan proposes a waiver program that would allow schools to have the same freedoms charter schools receive to stem the tide of students defecting to the independent public schools. The issue has been a sticking point in recent months, particularly with Woodland Hills’ Parkman Middle School, because the district has been hesitant to give school sites more autonomy, while the union has been pushing the waiver program. But both the Los Angeles Unified School District and union officials agree the next step is to begin meaningful conversations to implement the plan. Board member Jon Lauritzen said many of the ideas in the UTLA-led plan are concepts the district is interested in implementing. “Most of the things that were in there looked like things that we’ve been supporting all along, like more local control, particularly at the school site level, and I think that it will be discussed,” Lauritzen said. “Some of the issues they’re raising are things we’re already working on, like trying to develop a program that would allow the schools greater independence, particularly in the area of managing their budgets, and we’ll do it in a public process.” The union worked with community-based organizations including the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, the Central American Resource Center, InnerCity Struggle and Community Coalition to develop their plan. Marvin Andrade, director of programs for the nonprofit community-based group CARECEN, said their plan can be implemented immediately. “Our call to action for equity and excellence in L.A. public schools has nothing to do with the mayor’s plan and it is not an alternative to the mayor’s plan. We are aware that even if what the mayor is proposing was decided tomorrow, it would take a very long time to be implemented and it’s very complex,” Andrade said. “In the meantime, there’s a lot that needs to be done. We’re talking about governance and funding, and I think our vision addresses the needs that have to be worked on now.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722last_img read more

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DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY TO HOST THREE-DAY EASTER FUN CAMP

first_imgFOOTBALL: Donegal-Soccer-Academy are hosting a three Day Easter ‘Fun’ Camp at the AURA Leisure Centre.The three day camp will take place from Tuesday 29th March until Thursday March 31st. Donegal Soccer Academy is run by Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh and he is assisted by Coleraine FC midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins.McHugh told Donegal Daily, ““After a Successful 1st year, this is an opportunity for our Academy to invite new members, along with our current members and sample what our Academy is all about ““I’d advise parents to register as soon as they can, as the numbers are filling up fast”Register your Childs Name + DOB  –  via email: DonegalSoccerAcademy@gmail.com VENUE: Aura LetterkennyWhen: 29/30/31st of March.TIME: 10 – 2 DailyPrice: €35For Who: Boys and Girls aged between 5-14yrsWhat to Bring: Lunch / Water Bottle / footwear for astro Learn new skillsLearn to be part of a teamCrossbar ChallengeMini World CupFoot GolfPenalty King and QueenPlayer of the Day/WeekMedals and Certificates for all childrenLoads more games, individual prizes and team prizes up for grabs.DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY TO HOST THREE-DAY EASTER FUN CAMP was last modified: March 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Soccer AcademyEASTER CAMPKevin McHughnewsSportlast_img read more

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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso signs new contract until 2023

first_img Marcos Alonso has signed a new deal with Chelsea Alonso has made a name for himself as one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League, having scored 15 goals and made 11 assists in 92 appearances for Chelsea.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.“In the past two seasons he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.” Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract, the Premier League club have announced.The 27-year-old Spain international has penned a deal which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2023. 2 Left-back Alonso, who previously had spells in English football with Bolton and Sunderland, joined the Blues in the summer of 2016 from Fiorentina.He has lifted the Premier League title and FA Cup in a Chelsea shirt and tying down his future is a big boost for the club.“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” said the Spaniard.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.” Alonso celebrates scoring against Arsenal in Chelsea’s victorious London derby in August 2last_img read more

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EVERYBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMY – WATCH IT AGAIN

first_imgHERE’S the official video again from ‘Everybody Plays For Jimmy’ – with Alma Kavanagh, sister of star midfielder Rory – playing the lead role as Granny!It’s a great song, and a fantastic video.And we’ve been asked to show it again on All-Ireland weekend.Full credits below – click to play, and share via our facebook and twitter feeds. Produced by Brighdín Carr – songwriter, video choreography and music arrangement.Asst. Producer and performance – Alma KavanaghAudio Production – Brian McDaid and Percy Robinson studios.Titles, Post Production and edited by – pmcmedias/Marty CurranCamera – Willow Park Wedding Videos, Clive Wasson, James KerriganBlue Ribbon Arts’ Parents and children for singing.Noel Sweeney, Trevor Loughrey, Brighdín Carr and Alma Kavanaghsinging and castScoil Chaitríona, Ballyshannon : Parents Staff and Children singingFinesse Gymnastic Club: Lisa, Linda, Meganne and girls – Clive WassonMulroy College – Leaving Cert students, Principal Fiona Temple and choreographer Nicola McBrideDonegal Ladies and Team development squad – coaches and girls from all clubs in DonegalLetterkenny Gaels and St Eunan’s children, players, supporters and parentsVoodoo – Staff and ManagementBarney’s Boat – The McDaid, Dorrian and Temple families and friends, Crievesmith Stephen Maguire PhotographyGeneral Public – for sending in photographs and dvdsHuge Thanks to Enda, Ben and Caela….  EVERYBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMY – WATCH IT AGAIN was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Has Two Earn MVC Academic Awards

first_imgPrint Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two Drake University student-athletes earned a spot on the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first team, the league office announced on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Redshirt seniors Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) and Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) are both pursuing their Masters of Business of Administration and hold a 3.84 and 3.85 cumulative GPA, respectively.Enna scored five goals this season, which was good for second on the team. He was third on the team for assists with three. He was named to the All-MVC Second Team and the MVC All-Tournament Team after scoring the game winning goal in the 105th minute of the tournament quarterfinals against Valparaiso. He earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award on Nov. 4 and garnered All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors in 2016.Ciszewski played in all 17 matches, scored one goal and garnered 2 assists on the season. He has tallied three goals over his career including a game winner against Southern Illinois in the 2015 MVC Tournament Championship game. last_img read more

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Half-time: Fulham 0 Tottenham 0 – chances at both ends in pulsating derby

first_imgDimitar Berbatov, restored to the starting line-up by Rene Meulensteen, had two first-half chances to give Fulham a dream start to the new manager’s reign.During a lively opening at Craven Cottage, Jermain Defoe, in the Tottenham starting line-up for only the second time this season, had an early shot from the edge of the penalty area well saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.Spurs then had to withstand a spell of pressure and their former striker Berbatov, keen to move in January according to his agent, mis-controlled after being put through by Alex Kacaniklic, enabling keeper Hugo Lloris to gather the ball.Berbatov’s inclusion was one of seven changes made by Meulensteen.In came the likes of Giorgos Karagounis, who had a stinging shot saved by Lloris, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos, while John Arne Riise – an outcast under sacked boss Martin Jol – was given his first start since August.The new-look team have started well and another opportunity fell to Berbatov when he was found by Pajtim Kasami’s cross, but he was denied at point-blank range by Lloris’ fine save.Fulham, who lost five matches in a row prior to Jol’s departure, again went close to scoring when an unchallenged Dejagah headed over from Karagounis’ left-wing corner.But Spurs remained a threat on the counter attack, with Paulinho and Erik Lamela both missing the target after being teed up by Defoe.Lamela then forced an excellent stop from Stekelenburg, who pushed over his 25-yard drive.Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Karagounis, Parker, Kasami, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Berbatov.Subs: Sidwell, Ruiz, Stockdale, Duff, Taarabt, Zverotic, Boateng.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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