All is not well at FC Reno

first_imgWestern Bureau:Following their narrow escape from relegation in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League, FC Reno head coach Michael Graham fired some stinging criticism at the attitude of club officials, which he says is the reason for the former champions yearly struggle to maintain a presence in the nation’s top league.Graham told The Gleaner, after his team’s 2-1 to UWI FC on Sunday, that the plan to return to being a force in local football circles and to once again battle for the title must never begin with the coach or the players.”That conversation must begin with the club’s executive. That winning mentality must start with those at the top and filter down to the coaches and the players,” he said.Reno struggleFC Reno have been in a state of flux over the past five seasons, creating a situation where they are either relegated from the league or struggling to avoid the drop, something they have successfully managed twice in successive seasons.But for Graham and Wendell Downswell, the club’s technical director, not much will change come next season if matters having to do with the club’s well-being are not addressed in the boardroom.”How can a club survive when there are no serious plans on how to do so? This is the current state of affairs at FC Reno. If it weren’t for Mr Downswell and I, we would all be thinking about the lower leagues, if any, at the moment,” stated Graham.He said acquisition of gears boots and ball, among other needed pieces of equipment necessary for the club to carry out training and match-day necessities, are all being sourced by him and Downswell, noting that they receive no help from those who hold “positions” in the club.”Yet these are some of our fiercest critics when the team fails to win. The fact is, unless issues at the executive level are fixed, the club is doomed to failure,” Graham said.”This is a case in which it shows how a club should not be managed,” added Graham.FC Reno were the first club to win three Premier League titles, the last of which came in the 1995 season during a period of dominance. They also won titles in 1990 and again in 1991.The Westmoreland-based club are also winners of three national knockout titles, Winning the now named Flow Champions Cup in 2014. But since then, they have endured two seasons of utter chaos, resulting in near relegation.last_img read more

Gang wake sleeping couple during afternoon robbery

first_imgGardai are investigating a burglary in Letterkenny while the couple was asleep in the house.Three men, all dressed in black, broke into the house at Hawthorn Heights at 5.50pm on Friday afternoon last.The residents had been having a nap as they had been up late the previous night. The gang entered the house by an open window but woke the couple.The couple came across two men dressed in black in the hallway of the house and the gang fled through a back patio door.A third man, also dressed in black, was outside the house.The gang are believed to have fled empty-handed and on foot. Garda Charlene Anderson said although nothing was taken in the raid, the couple were left shaken by their ordeal.“It’s a huge trauma for someone. That sense of security is removed and you no longer feel that sense of security again,” she said.She appealed to people to keep windows and doors locked even when they are in the house.Gang wake sleeping couple during afternoon robbery was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:GardaiHawthorn Heightsletterkennyrobberylast_img read more

Raiders’ wide receivers may be most improved position group in NFL

first_imgALAMEDA — The Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock makeover of the Raiders is virtually complete, and even the most severe critic would concede the talent has been upgraded considerably.It remains to be seen whether getting younger and faster will mean going from four wins to six or seven or perhaps even playoff contention with something above .500.With full-squad voluntary organized team activity (OTA) underway this week and media access on Tuesday, a look at which position groups improved the most from …last_img

Ramon Laureano honored as AL Player of the Week

first_imgHOUSTON — In the hours following the announcement of Ramon Laureano’s American League Player of the Week honor, Laureano took a light snooze in the A’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. A major series against Oakland’s toughest division foe was afoot, and no award would interrupt his unorthodox intense zen.“It’s cool,” Laureano said a while later of the award. “I enjoyed it for one minute because Bob told me to, but got to keep moving on. Today’s a new series, very important.”That’s typical …last_img

Thanks to those who make farming look simple, even when its not

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few years ago my uncle got a new farm truck. He searched long and hard for a new model with as few electronic gadgets and gizmos as possible. No power seats, windows or locks, or AC. The truck has standard transmission and certainly no heated seats or heated steering wheels. He even has to turn the knob on the radio for goodness sakes. Why would anyone purposely subject themselves to such personal calamity?The answer: all that fancy stuff breaks, and it can’t be fixed in the farm shop. Power windows, for example, are very convenient until they happen to go out when you are trying to pay at a drive-through window in a torrential downpour. Then they are frustrating, unpleasant and expensive to fix (speaking from personal experience).As I get older I continue to gain more appreciation for non-fancy, basic stuff that really works the way it is supposed to. In my years I have had all too much experience with home improvement projects where you end up working on the dysfunctional tool used for the project rather than the project itself.So, when I find something really works the way it is supposed to, I find it very satisfying. I couldn’t help but feel this way as I strolled the winter pastures with Pete Conkle on his grazing operation nestled amid the rolling hills of Columbiana County, his roll of poly tape in hand. He is this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Steward Award winner.Throughout the history of agriculture, mankind has fought (and lost) many battles trying to force square pegs of food production into the round holes Mother Nature provides. One thing I truly enjoy about my job is getting to work with many farmers who have found ways to make the specifics of their situation work in relative harmony with the realities of maintaining a viable agricultural operation.Now, Pete, I am sure, would be the first to tell you that plenty goes wrong on the farm on a regular basis and that some days it definitely may not seem like things are working the way they are supposed to, because they aren’t. But, at the same time, it is hard to argue with the simple pleasure (based on years of hard work and management) of watching cows rush into fresh, new winter pasture and begin luxuriously feasting after Pete sections off a new area. When you watch it, it is clear that things are working the way they are supposed to. God grows grass, animals eat it, and man manages it all in way that produces food — appealing simplicity.Of course, anyone who knows anything about intensive grazing knows that the reality of doing this is anything but simple. Last month the Ohio Forages and Grassland Council (OFGC) held their Annual Conference at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the program covered topics including research into the value of irrigating pasture, the benefits of reduced lignin alfalfa in increasing digestibility and the use of nitrogen inhibitors in pasture.All of the components of the program were to help attendees piece together a plan for better managing their pastures in the future.“Every day you have to manage it. A lot of people I work with want me to give them a cookie cutter method to do it this way and you’ll be good for this year. Every day you have to think about when you should turn them into a new pasture, when you should take them out of the old pastures. The problem we have in the spring is that we have more forages than livestock, and then in the summer we have the opposite — we have too much livestock and not enough forage. We have to take the extremes out of this equation. We can do that with management,” said Gary Wilson from Hancock County, with the OFGC. “You have to think through that because it involves your resources, different species, your soil type and many other factors. It takes planning and every day you have to think about what you want to do.”When gizmos and technology get frustratingly complex, especially when they decide to not work, something simple like mankind harnessing the combination of plants and animals to produce food is very refreshing. This, I believe, is true whether you are a farmer, a consumer, or an ag journalist.But, at the end of the day, achieving such simplicity is not so simple, and I appreciate the folks who understand that, but make it look simple anyway.last_img read more

Does that Make Cents? Ways to Help Kids and Teens Learn about Money

first_imgBy: Carol Church & David L. Sexton, Jr.PhotoSpin [Boy in a Suit with Red Piggy Bank by Olga Kriger]As parents and those who work with parents know, it can sometimes feel like there’s an overwhelming amount of information to convey to kids before they grow up. They need to know how to have a healthy relationship…how to run a household…how to treat others…how to hold a job…and, oh yes, how to manage money! This last one is, of course, very important, but for many parents, it can be easy to forget, avoid, or put off.Of course, there’s no substitute for the power of setting a good example and talking regularly to children and teens about money-related topics. From an early age, parents should help their kids learn about things like savings and budgeting. That’s why it is so important to ensure that communication lines between you are your children are open and strong. Bryant and Levin (2003) provide tips for parents to open up communication with their kids, specifically about personal finances. One of their suggestions is to avoid engaging in lectures, and instead try to give your kids a “hands on” role in the family finances. In other words, rather than vaguely trying to explain to kids the ins and outs of personal finance, try to engage them by using your own as an example and involving kids in the management process. This gives them the opportunity to learn practically and understand that these particular lessons will be useful in the future.Bryant and Levin also suggest trying to be transparent about finances so your kids can learn early on just how expensive it is to live! In addition to supporting openness in your relationship with your kids and modeling the importance of managing money properly, this will also likely lead to more respect from your kids as they realize how hard you work just to do basic things like putting food on the table. Finally, the next step would be to get them involved in managing their own money! For instance, you can start by having kids designate some of their allowance to saving, some to spending, and some to giving away. And at the store, they can help parent’s comparison shop and think about what makes a bargain. Of course, topics like debt and interest should be brought up, preferably with real-life examples and stories.But for those parents who may feel like they need some more help bringing home these lessons, there are lots of great learning tools out there. And what do kids love? Okay, we all know the answer to that. Apps and the Internet! Read on for a list of useful, educational, and just plain fun sites, tools, and apps for parents and educators who want to help children and teens grow up to be money-smart.Websites Farm Blitz– In another fun web-based game from the same creators, “farmers” try to keep their crops thriving while also watching out for the havoc debt can wreak and learning about the magic of compound interest. Addictive for any age. Motion Math: Pizza– While this app is perhaps somewhat more about math than money, it offers your child a hint of what it’s like to run a business. Kids have to decide which “pizza suppliers” offer the best deals and what prices to set for their pies. StarBanks Adventure– In this app from T. Rowe Price, kids learn about basic financial concepts like diversification, smart spending, inflation, and rate of return while adventuring through an alien world. HowtheMarketWorks– This free stock market simulation site has a vast wealth of resources for kids (and their parents!) who want to learn what it might be like to invest in the stock market. The site allows anyone to set up a virtual “portfolio” and track it in real time, complete with short sales, margin trading…you name it.   They also hold contests and give out prizes! Celebrity Calamity– In this web-based game, kids help animated “celebrities” with poor money management skills get back on their financial feet. Focused especially on wise credit card use! Moneytopia– This very meaty game is not for young  kids, and it’s no Candy Crush. The interface is also dated. However, if you’d like to walk a teen or young adult through a simulation that looks quite a bit like real life on your own, it doesn’t stint on detail or reality. Games Piggybot– Ever had a child ask to borrow money when you were out, then forgotten to get it back? PiggyBot is a simple allowance management tool that helps families keep track of when allowance is earned, distributed, and spent. The app also helps kids set goals—a key part of learning to manage money.center_img BizKids– Know any budding entrepreneurs? This site features tons of info for kids and teens with an interest in starting their own business, as well as clips from a fun show about kids in business. Bankaroo– Billing itself as a “virtual bank for kids,” this multi-platform tool offers another option for parents and kids who want to manage allowances, goals, and expenses across a family. TheMint– This large and comprehensive site covers everything from fun games for young kids and “What Kind of Spender Are You?” quizzes (what teen doesn’t love a quiz?) to meatier tools like a Power of 72 calculator. Though kids may not be motivated to use it on their own, it’s a great jumping-off place for parents who want to explain or illustrate a specific point, such as the power of compound interest and the basics of credit cards. Money Management Tools Allowance and Chores Bot– This app also allows you to keep track of kids’ allowances, but has additional functionality for allowing kids to earn money for various chores and to get chore reminders. This app connects “work” with “money” in an intuitive way. Hit the Road: A Financial Adventure– In this game, kids play the role of friends traveling cross-country who have to budget for food, gas, and other unexpected events, while being tempted to spend. Aimed at younger kids, but probably quite relevant to teens and college students…. Enjoy trying and using these financial learning tools!ReferencesBryant, J., & Levin, M. (2003). Talking to your kids About Money. Black Enterprise, 33(8), 88.last_img read more

Russel Westbrook explodes for 40 as Thunder pull away to beat Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Suns: Host Denver on Saturday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening T.J. Warren scored 19 and Deandre Ayton 16 for Phoenix, which had won five of its previous seven games after opening the season 4-24.“That’s a very winnable game for us,” Booker said. “We just let it slip. That team’s been together a long time. They know what it takes to close out games. We’re still learning.”The Thunder swept the four-game season series from the Suns.Schroder scored 10, including a pair of 3s, in what proved to be the decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run that put Oklahoma City ahead 102-88 with 6:09 to play. Westbrook capped the outburst with a 3 and pretty much took over the game from there.“In the first half, my shot wasn’t falling and everybody else stepped up doing a great job,” Schroder said. “In the second half, everybody gave me confidence, told me to keep shooting and I did and in the fourth quarter I kept it going, shot every shot I could get and it went in.”ADVERTISEMENT The Suns’ reserves were the main contributors in a 16-4 second-quarter run.Nader converted a three-point play then scored again inside to put the Thunder up 43-35 with 10:02 left in the first half.But Josh Jackson sank a 19-footer, followed by a 3-pointer, to ignite the surge. Booker also hit a 3-pointer and Mikal Bridges scored from the baseline to put the Suns ahead 51-47 with 5:22 to go. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with Oklahoma City leading 58-57 at the break.Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half to lead 63-55 and was up 82-77 after Warren’s 3-pointer, but Raymond Felton’s steal and layup cut it to 82-79. The Suns led 84-81 entering the fourth.“We can be pleased with the three quarters that we played and how we played, how we competed,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said, “but unfortunately it’s a 48-minute game.”TIP-INSThunder: Terrance Ferguson left the game due to stomach illness in the first quarter. Alex Abrines missed his second straight game due to stomach illness. … Oklahoma City has not lost three in a row since starting the season 0-4. … Thunder have beaten Phoenix six straight times. … George had started all 33 games this season. … Schroder made 3 of 12 shots in the first three quarters, 5 of 6 in the fourth. … Oklahoma City moved into second in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Denver.Suns: The Suns opened a season-long, seven-game home stand after a 3-2 road trip. … Booker missed his first six shots and was 1-for-7 shooting in the first quarter but with six assists. … Phoenix had won more games in the last seven than it had in the previous 28. … Kelly Oubre Jr. was 2 of 8 shooting, 0 of 4 on 3s, for four points in his home debut for the Suns.UP NEXTThunder: At Dallas on Sunday. Lou Williams’ 36 sends Clippers past Lakers in first clash of year Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game’s final 6 ½ minutes, Schroder scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid despite the absence of Paul George, who missed his first game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Abdel Nader scored a career-high 18 for the Thunder.When the game was on the line, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, “We defended really well, we rebounded really well and we took care of the basketball and were able to score points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDevin Booker had 25 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had a three-point lead after three quarters but were outscored 37-18 in the fourth.“We lean on defense all season,” Westbrook said, “and it’s important that we constantly keep leaning on that to win games.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — For three quarters on Friday night, the improving Phoenix Suns gave Oklahoma City everything it could handle.Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder took over from there, and the Thunder rolled to a 118-102 victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more