Curtain falls on Schenley athletics

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The winner of eight out of 19 varsity boys and girls championships in the City League last year will graduate its 95th and final class next spring. This has come with the 2008 decision to permanently close the now Schenley High School facility at 129 Denniston Ave. in the city’s East End.“It’s been a difficult situation,” Schenley’s principal Sophia Facaros said. SCHENLEY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JASON BELL Currently, there are four different high schools that compile the school’s athletic teams: (Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, University Prep 6-12 at Milliones, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy 6-12, and Pittsburgh Schenley 12).“It’s safe to say that we have at least one kid from all of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods in the mix here,” said Facaros. “It’s gone well though. Everyone just comes and plays for Schenley. It’s a common bond.”Schenley’s director of athletics, Ken Saybel, expressed his uncertainty for the way that things will turn out in the future as the board continues to make changes.“I’m honestly not sure of how everything is going to play out,” Saybel said. “Right now we know that this is the last year for Schenley athletics. As far as who is going to play what and for whom, also, where they’re going to play is not figured out yet and may not be for a while. If everything works out according to plan, we should have an idea by early fall, (for the 2011-12 school year).”Also, according to Saybel, the largest percentage of the current Schenley athletic program are coming from the only two schools that are a part of this who share the same building, Obama and Schenley.“Most every team that we have right now are mostly kids from Obama and Schenley, except for our golf team that is made up mostly from kids who attend Pittsburgh Science and Technology,” Saybel said.One thing that’s proposed but not confirmed is that the Obama kids who now attend the old Reizenstein building with Schenley will move a few minutes away to what is now Peabody High School.“Nothing (additional) is board approved,” said the director of the Pittsburgh Board of Education’s Athletic Department, Mike Gavlik. “We’ll be reviewing the facts and figures throughout the school year. Coaches will submit rosters and we’ll survey the amount of participation and interest, as well as locations, venue sizes, and overall feasibility—all in compliance and cooperation with the PIAA’s (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) and its standards.”“It’s my gut feeling, and I’m unsure, is that Obama will have enough students to independently handle their own athletics,” added Saybel. As far as everyone else who is involved, I’m really not sure.”As for the other two schools, these notions are not so projectable.“We’d like to give UPrep and Sci-Tech the same opportunities that Obama may have, if possible,” said Gavlik. “I stress that none of this is approved by the board, however, there are some thoughts that are being pushed around about how each sport will play out when we get the information that is needed to make these final decisions. It will strictly depend on what is gathered.”“There are many theories and ideas that are floating around about the future of the students that attend here,” said Facaros. “But really, the students have handled the situation as best as they could. It may not happen like that again, we’ve been very lucky. The student-athletes are just interested in exceeding what was accomplished last year when we experienced extreme success. They are focused on going out on top.” Schenley is currently practicing at Milliones School.(Malik Vincent can be reached at read more

Sadio Mane drops an incredible gesture for the ball boy!

first_imgAdvertisement mn23NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrjqkciuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E252plb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1b4zscWould you ever consider trying this?😱67aCan your students do this? 🌚5lp1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool took on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup game and came out on the top in the penalties but something which topped the game was Sadio Mane’s incredible post-game gesture.Advertisement The Senegalese International was the talisman for Liverpool in the game as well by scoring 2 goals clinically. But, after the game Mane passed his shirt onto to the ballboy and gave him a hug. The heartwarming clip of the gesture got viral on twitter garnering 2m+ views.Advertisement “Class to see,” one Twitter user wrote.“Love Mane mate,” a second said.Advertisement “Best part of the night,” another added.While a fourth commented: “Classiest athlete on the planet and it’s not close. How can you not love this guy?”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “It was a very difficult game for both teams. It was all about winning it and we did that in the end.“Nobody in the stadium wanted extra time, it was a killer. I’m not sure about the penalty but who cares now.“We started well then dropped off… we could talk about football but it’s too late now. We had to fight and the boys did tonight.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Marcelo, prophet in his land

first_imgIn white, the second captain today, He has won four Champions, four Leagues, four Club World Cups, four Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and two King’s Cups. Exceeded 500, he is also the second foreigner with the most games in the club’s history. Want to continue in Madrid, with which he has a contract until 2022, and that will allow him to beat the record of 527 appearances of his idol, Roberto Carlos. Marcelo (31 years old) does not lose one gram of idolatry in its cradle, Rio de Janeiro. Sports Balloon this week he proposed to his readers the preparation of the better alignment of the cariocas in this century and the madridista not only appears in eleven, but He is the second most voted player. Blank futureMarcelo, then, is the second footballer with the most support, behind Romario. The madridista, born in Rio, where he usually returns on vacation with his family, It has 58 internationalities and a Confederations Cup with Brazil. He gave his first kicks in the Catete neighborhood. His great adventure began in Fluminense, from where he made the leap to Real Madrid in late 2006. From the opinions of the fans has resulted a 5-2-3 with Julius Caesar (20,828) as a guardian. The defense is formed Rafinha (25,717), Thiago Silva (27,777), Dedé (19,858), Juan (22,565) and Marcelo himself (28,146); organize Juninho Pernambucano (28,101) and Petkovic (23,467); and they put the fantasy Edmundo (22,222), Romario (34,018) and Adriano (23,370). 12last_img read more

Alim Shah back on school uniform voucher list

first_imgThe Alim Shah Stores have been re-added to the list of entities for the school uniform voucher programme just in time as the distribution for the new school terms begins.According to a business representative, the stores’ Regent Street, Georgetown; and Rose Hall, Berbice branches have received official notification from the Education Ministry that it “is pleased to be partnering” with the business in this year’s School Uniform Voucher programme.Alim Shah store on Regent StreetThe letter was signed by Ms Patricia Stephen, Assistant Secretary to the Education Ministry.Alim Shah Stores started to accept school uniform vouchers since last week after being assured by the Ministry’s chief accountant that the business continues to be on the official database despite the advertisements which have appeared in the press in which the business is not listed as being on this year’s programme.The proprietor, Alim Shah, was concerned at the omission and felt that it was reprisal from the Government for the columns that his daughter, Ryhaan Shah, writes for Guyana Times.In an invited comment to this publication, he expressed relief to have received the official notification since both stores had already ordered and started preparing their stock of school pants, shirts, underwear, haversacks, and other items for their back-to-school business.He said that the business has built up a good working relationship with the Education Ministry over the years and he expects that the good relations will continue under the new Administration.Interestingly, when Shah initially raised concerns of being dropped from the programme, the Education Ministry immediately released a statement positing that the business was at fault.The statement explained that the Ministry noted that it publicly advertised for ‘Expressions of Interest’ to participate in the Uniform Voucher programme in 2016 and that the business under the name Alim Shah never indicated any interest in participating in the programme, hence their name would not have been on the published 2016 list.“They subsequently communicated with the Ministry, indicating that they erroneously assumed that since they were on the list in previous years they would have automatically been included,” the statement noted.According to the Ministry, the matter has since been resolved with the entity.Distribution of vouchersMeanwhile, the Ministry is ready to distribute approximately 150,000 uniform vouchers to parents and guardians of children attending public schools in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 10 (Upper Demerara), Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Georgetown, in Region Four.Each voucher is valued $2000 – an increase from $1500 in previous years, and is valid until October 31, 2016.Parents are reminded that vouchers are intended to be used for the purchase of school items only and that all vouchers can be redeemed at participating businesses/suppliers, a list of which has been published in the press and is available at the respective schools and regional departments of education.A valid form of identification is required to uplift the voucher.Every child attending a Government school is entitled to uniform assistance under the National Uniform Programme. On the coastland, the Education Ministry administers the Uniform Voucher Programme while in Hinterland communities, the assistance is administered by the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry.Public schools will be closed for a period of eight weeks from July 11 to September 2, 2016.last_img read more

Norwich star Martin ready to play anywhere in bid for promotion

first_imgNorwich defender and captain Russell Martin has no problem playing in any position for manager Neil Adams and will happily sit on the bench for the good of the team.The Scotland international has watched his side drop to tenth in the Championship table after two consecutive defeats but he says it has nothing to do with where he plays on the pitch.“If the manager picks me at centre-back I play there and if he picks me at right-back I play there,” Martin told the Norwich website.“It will be the same if he picks me to sit on the bench at any point, I will sit there. I will play anywhere I’m asked. He picks the team on merit and picks a team to win the game on any given day.”“I feel comfortable playing in both positions in this league just as I did in the Premier League. I play at centre back internationally and have kept my place in the team for the last 18 months playing against some of the world’s best strikers and thoroughly enjoying it.“I have spoken before about having a preference and seeing CB as somewhere I will end up playing regularly as I feel it will prolong my career at this high level as the demands on a modern day full back get higher and higher.” 1 Russell Martin in action for Norwich last_img read more

Arsenal news: Club rival Liverpool for £85m man and Ramsey to be used in swap deal?

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Emery’s early Arsenal career has been rather positive 4 MONEY Gianluca ManciniEarlier this week it was reported that Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Mancini, the Atalanta defender. The 22-year-old has emerged as a real star since establishing himself in the Serie A club’s starting line-up, and he’s even shown to be just as effective in an opponents’ area as his own – scoring four times in just 11 matches.The Gunners have taken note of Mancini’s performances and, along with Borussia Dortmund, are keeping tabs on him. And they may be rushed into moving for Mancini given the interest in him, which could mean they approach the player when the transfer window reopens in January.Junior FirpoThe 22-year-old Betis star has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a number of months, with their interest in the wing-back renewed earlier this week. The Gunners’ interest in a new left sided defender makes sense given Nacho Monreal, now 32, is still first choice for the position. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury A long-term replacement would be a wise purchase, and Firpo has shown he has the potential to get to the top of the game. He possesses all the traits of a modern day wing-back, with his remarkable tally of four goals in 27 matches proving his attacking talents.However, Arsenal will be forced to shell out almost £44million to sign Firpo, as he has a release clause written in his Betis contract. Nonetheless, talkSPORT told you earlier this month that the Gunners are not put off by such a high asking price.Patrik SchickRoma are expected to loan Schick out during the January window due to his struggles in the Italian capital, and Arsenal want to take advantage. The Czech Republic international was highly-rated during his time with Sampdoria, but he’s failed to hit the back of the net with the same regularity since joining the Giallorossi.This has not turned Arsenal off the 22-year-old, with the Gunners seriously considering moving for Schick when the transfer window reopens to replace Danny Welbeck, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.Various reports have suggested Arsenal could offer Roma a player-plus-cash deal for Schick, with the north Londoners ready to use Aaron Ramsey, the Wales midfielder, as a makeweight.Nicolas Pepe 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Pepe has been prolific in front of goal over the past couple of seasons Firpo hit the headlines when he scored against Barcelona earlier this month In the Premier League the Emirates Stadium club sit just three points off the top four after 12 matches, and they’re currently on a run of 16 games without defeat in all competitions.However, Emery is not entirely happy with his squad and he intends to strengthen it when business gets back under way.But who have Arsenal been linked with signing and what deals could they get over the line in January? have searched around to find all the latest rumours involving the Gunners, and you can read our Arsenal transfer round-up below… Barcelona are rumoured to be ready to cash in on Dembele Arsenal are prepping themselves for a busy January with just over a month to go until the transfer window reopens.The Gunners have been linked with a host of players heading into the new year as manager Unai Emery plots to continue his fine start to life in north London. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News BEST OF Ousmane DembeleWhile Liverpool are reported to be preparing an £85million offer for Dembele, Arsenal also remain in the hunt for the Barcelona forward. The Camp Nou club are believed to be ready to cash in on Dembele, and the Gunners may look to take advantage of their willingness to sell the France international.While the financial outlay to buy Dembele would be huge, the potential of signing him is a rather unique situation. The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in world football, and he remains hot property despite his apparent struggles in Catalonia. 4 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Arsenal fans are hoping to see Emery strengthen the wide attacking positions in January, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced to play out of position on the wing at times this season. As previously mentioned Dembele is one player the Gunners are looking at, while the north Londoners have also been linked with moving for Lille winger Pepe.Pepe enjoyed a great 2017/18 season, scoring 14 goals and creating a further five, and he’s continued his fine form this campaign, already netting eight times and registering seven assists. Able to play anywhere across the front line, Pepe was frequently utilised as a centre-forward last term, but he’s returned to his strongest position in 2018/19 – the right side of the attack.A couple of months ago it was claimed Arsenal are keeping tabs on Pepe ahead of a potential January swoop for the 23-year-old, though they are believed to be rivalled by Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the race to secure the Ivory Coast international’s signature RANKED REPLY 4 no dice ADVICE last_img read more

Israeli soldiers capture top Islamic Jihad figure

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Israeli army said it was conducting an arrest operation in Jenin, but would not give further details. Shooting broke out at several points in the city and 11 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were injured, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. One of the Palestinians was moderately hurt, and the other 10 were slightly wounded, Palestinian doctors said. The Israeli army said the soldiers were also slightly wounded. In a separate operation, two wanted men surrendered after Israeli troops surrounded two houses in the village of Kfar Kalil near Nablus, the army said. Another man was shot, the military said, but his condition was not known. Several Palestinian suspects have been killed recently in army operations in the West Bank to track them down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JENIN, West Bank – A top Islamic Jihad militant surrendered to Israeli soldiers early today, witnesses said, after a daylong siege during which army bulldozers knocked down the four-story house where he was hiding. Dozens of troops surrounded the building in the town of Jenin in the hunt for Iyad Abu Rob. Witnesses said Abu Rob, a senior commander of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank, emerged from the wrecked house after midnight and was taken away by soldiers along with one of his aides. On Wednesday, more than 70 army jeeps and 25 armored personnel carriers entered Jenin, and troops announced a curfew over loudspeakers as part of an arrest raid, residents said. Several armored personnel carriers surrounded the building where Abu Rob was believed to be hiding, and snipers took up positions on nearby roofs. Troops shot and killed a local man who hurled rocks at an army patrol, witnesses and hospital officials said. last_img read more

Tsunami readiness lacks

first_imgTsunami waves generated by a large offshore earthquake would threaten at least 1 million coastal residents in California and inundate the nation’s largest port complex, according to a new report. The bleak study released today found gaps in the state’s readiness to handle a tsunami, including flaws in the existing warning system, lack of evacuation plans by coastal communities, and building codes that don’t take into account tsunami-strength surges. In addition, many residents are unaware of the potential danger of tsunami waves and would not know how to respond to warnings, the report said. “I don’t think we’re ready yet, but we’re getting there,” said Richard McCarthy, executive director of the California Seismic Safety Commission, which issued the report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In the past century, more than 80 tsunamis – mostly minor – have been recorded or observed along the California coastline, which faces tsunami threats from local and distant sources in the Pacific basin. The most deadly tsunami to strike California was in 1964 when 12 people died from massive waves generated by a magnitude-9.2 earthquake in Alaska. The commission – an independent panel that advises the governor, Legislature and local governments – formed a special committee in response to last year’s monster quake and tsunami that killed more than 176,000 people in nearly a dozen Southeast Asian countries. While catastrophic tsunamis rarely strike the West Coast, state officials are acutely aware of the potential for damage and loss of life as a result of booming development along California’s coastline. The report found many Californians are not adequately trained about the risks of a tsunami and recommended creating multi-language fliers and brochures detailing the hazards. About a million people live in low-lying coastal areas that are vulnerable to flooding by a tsunami. Existing building codes call for structures to be erected to withstand severe shaking from an earthquake, but the report revealed that homes and businesses are rarely designed to hold up against tsunami-force surges. A joint program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working on design guidelines for tsunami shelters that could extend to strengthening hospitals and other facilities. The report also found most coastal communities lacked evacuation plans for residents because of funding problems. Crescent City in Northern California and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are among the few places that have an escape route for residents. The state Office of Emergency Services, along with the University of California, have produced inundation maps that show the coastal areas most at risk, but few communities have used the maps to carve out evacuation routes and install signs in case of an emergency exodus. Along with threatening lives and property, a giant tsunami would strike an economic blow to the state, given the vulnerability of its ports, the report said. As much as $60 billion in economic loss is estimated if a tsunami caused a two-month shutdown at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The third busiest port in the world, the docks and terminals at the complex rest only nine feet above seawater level. The fear is that a tsunami wave bigger than that would overtop the wharf, flood the port and cause extensive damage if advance warning was not given, the report found. In June, a tiny tsunami off the far Northern California coast exposed how unready some communities were in dealing with a real threat. Some cities were confused by the differing tsunami warning messages that came from two centers operated by NOAA. The warning eventually expired, but since then federal, state and local officials have met several times to figure out how best to alert communities – an action that won praise from the authors of the report. Meanwhile, scientists are keeping an eye on a 680-mile undersea fault 50 miles off the West Coast known as the Cascadia subduction zone. The fault behaves much like the one that ruptured off the Indonesian island of Sumatra last year and the one that produced the 1964 Alaska temblor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe crew of the Derry Clipper celebrate their homecoming with the city’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson.The Donegal skipper of the victorious Derry “LondonDerry” Doire yacht was given a hero’s welcome when the boat sailed into its home port this morning.The previous day, Sean McCarter, from Buncrana, steered the Derry entry to victory in the 14th race (from New York) of the round the world challenge.Several thousand people lined the quayside on the River Foyle to welcome the Derry Clipper home. The yacht was accompanied by a flotilla of around 20 boats,  including the Lough Swilly Lifeboat from skipper McCarter’s home town.Several thousand cheered and waved as the yacht docked to the sound of fireworks and “Danny Boy” and “The Town I Love So Well,” performed by the combined local church choirs.Buncrana man Sean McCarter, skipper of the Derry Clipper, is welcomed home by city Mayor Brenda Stevenson,Mayor of Derry, Cllr Brenda Stevenson, was on hand to “pop” the champagne and cases of Guinness were “at the ready” for the crew which had been “dry” since leaving New York just over two weeks ago.Speaking before coming ashore, Sean McCarter said he was “overwhelmed” by the welcome. He said: “After almost 40,000 miles it’s unbelievable to be sailing into Derry and even more so in first place.“We have had several boats come out to meet us at six o’clock this morning and the flotilla has been growing ever since.”He added: “We always knew it was going to be something special, but this is more than we expected.”The yacht’s arrival in Derry saw an emotional one for Andrew Taylor, the crew member who fell overboard in the North Pacific.Andrew, who was swept away from the yacht by high winds, was rescued after spending around 90 minutes in the water. His family were on Derry’s quayside yesterday to meet him for the first time since the dramatic incident.He said: “I’m fit and healthy. This is a big moment for me. I have spoken to my family over the phone but I have not seen them for months.”“It certainly has been very emotional day,” he said.“To receive such a great welcome in Derry is amazing, but to have mum and dad here as well makes it all the more special.” HERO’S WELCOME FOR DONEGAL SKIPPER OF VICTORIOUS DERRY CLIPPER was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:buncranaclipperdonegalmccarterseanskipperlast_img read more

Roads Warning: Motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel during heavy snowfall

first_imgDrivers are being warned of dangerous road conditions across Donegal tonight as heavy snow showers blanket the north west.Travel problems have already been reported in Letterkenny and many main routes across Donegal due to snow.Several cars are reported to be in difficulty on Lurgbybrack hill outside Letterkenny tonight. Donegal County Council has warned people to avoid unnecessary journeys tonight. Worst affected routes with snow are said to be Meenaroy, Drumkeen, Barnesmore, the back of Errigal, Pettigo, the N14 Letterkenny to Lifford road and Glentogher. Council gritters were deployed at 6pm and will be out working until midnight.A Status Orange Snow-ice Warning is in place for Donegal until 12noon on Thursday.If you must travel in this weather, the AA Roadwatch remind drivers that it can take up to ten times longer to stop when driving in icy conditions. Slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.If you have school closures, poor road warnings or event cancellations to share, let us know on Roads Warning: Motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel during heavy snowfall was last modified: January 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ROADSsnowlast_img read more