Colonels to Play Top-Seed Mississippi State on Saturday

first_imgINTERACTIVE BRACKET   |   PRINTABLE BRACKET (PDF)   |   NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALLTHIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team found out its opponent Monday evening for its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the Colonels will head to Starkville, Mississippi as a No. 16 seed to play No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday in Humphrey Coliseum. For the latest news on Nicholls Women’s Basketball, follow the team on Twitter @Nicholls_WBB.Heading to Starkville?? #SelectionMonday #geauxcolonels #SouthlandStrong— Nicholls WBB ?? (@Nicholls_WBB) March 12, 2018 The game is scheduled to tipoff at 5 p.m. central and will air on ESPN2, as well as ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3 FM. Nicholls earned the automatic berth for the Southland Conference after taking down the 5-, 1-, and 2-seeds in the tournament. The Colonels claimed the first championship in program history with a 69-65 win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday afternoon.center_img For ticket information, call the Nicholls Athletic Ticket Office at 985-448-4790 during regular business hours. Mississippi State (32-1) will host the pod, which consists of No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Oklahoma State, who will play at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

Mourinho urges Sessegnon to ditch shy persona in first start against Bayern

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has told Ryan Sessegnon to stop being a Shy ’un Sessegnon.England Under-21 ace Sess is set to finally make his first Tottenham start at Bayern Munich in the Champions League tonight.3 Ryan Sessegnon is excited to play under the management of Jose MourinhoCredit: ReutersThe left-sided star, 19, has been hampered by a hamstring injury since his £25million summer switch from Fulham.There has always been a lot of talk about the talented teen — but Spurs manager Mourinho wants to hear more from the youngster himself.The Special One spoke to all of his squad individually when he took over from Mauricio Pochettino last month.Sessegnon said: “He just sat me down, told me to be myself, told me to be a bit more vocal because I am quite a quiet player and person in general.“He wants me to show a bit more personality, show a bit more of me, show that I want to play, show that I will fight for my place in the team and a lot of strong words really.“Is that fair? Yeah, definitely, one hundred per cent. I’m someone who needs to be more vocal around the pitch, off the pitch and really want to stamp my ability on this game.“I have to work hard to break through into this team. I think it’s a fair point that he’s made, to be honest.”3Sessegnon admits he was sad to see Poch sacked but is excited to play under his replacement, who tried to buy him three times while in charge at Manchester United.He said: “For me, Pochettino was a big part of me coming to the club.“I knew they had been watching me for a while and to finally get the opportunity to come to the club and play under him was a dream come true.“Then, of course, for him to go suddenly was disappointing because, he was one of the reasons I came to the club.“But that’s part of the game and the new manager has come in and I’m just trying to work and improve under him.“As soon as Spurs appointed him, it was exciting. He’s a big manager in the game, he’s won things and as a young player you can only look to improve yourself under him.“He’s always talking to me, giving me pointers and tips where I can improve.“He’s a manager who wants to win things.”3 Jose Mourinho is set to start Ryan Sessegnon against Bayern MunichCredit: Getty – ContributorMourinho has tipped Sessegnon to be the ‘new’ Ashley Cole, the England left-back he bossed  successfully at Chelsea.Sess said: “It’s flattering to be compared to someone like that, someone who I think is a great player and for someone like the manager to put my name in the same breath as Ashley Cole was big for me.“It does give me a lot of belief and confidence for upcoming games and it makes me want to work  harder to get more.“I definitely had an eye on Ashley Cole when I was  growing up. I was an attacking full-back, very aggressive but can also go forward and supply goals, assists and he was  definitely one of the players that I looked up to.”For now, though, Mourinho reckons his hot prospect is  better suited to midfield.Sessegnon said: “To be fair, I just tried to play where the gaffer tells me, whether it’s forward, whether it’s at the back, I just try to do my best for the team.“I’m still at the point where if the manager wants to play me in either position then I’ll try to do well in both.“I like to play anywhere down the left-hand side. I like to be comfortable, I like to learn and adapt so I can play in both positions.“Attacking down the left- hand side is one of my attributes. I like to show good energy, run with the ball, get the team up the pitch rapidly and that’s a big part of the game.”MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutWith Tottenham’s place in the Champions League last 16 as runners-up in Group B already secured, and unable to overtake leaders Bayern, Sessegnon is unlikely to be only Spurs star making their first start under Mourinho tonight.Sessegnon said: “Champions League nights, big stadium against a big team, it will be exciting for me.“If you’re a young player, these are the games that you want to play in. Hopefully I can contribute and get the win as well.”Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableJose Mourinho reveals he gave up the chance to go to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight to lead Spurs out against Burnleylast_img read more

Government Urged to Teach HIV&AIDS in Schools

first_imgDespite the many challenges faced by advocacy groups championing the rights of people living with HIV, the response remains strong throughout the country with a call from the Lutheran Church in Liberia’s (LCL) HIV and AIDS program Advocacy officer for lessons on HIV and AIDS to be taught from elementary to high school levels in Liberia.According to the LCL HIV and AIDS Program Advocacy officer, Batie Nah, “This move would help the younger generation build the campaign against HIV and AIDS while making them aware of the harmful effect it has on the Liberian society.” Mr. Nah made his assertion over the weekend in an exclusive interview with journalists.He stressed that there was a need for more awareness in schools, offices and communities where there are people living with the virus. “We need more education in every corner of our society to help reduce the spread of HIV in Liberia,” he added.He said if the next generation is sensitized about HIV and AIDS issues, Liberia would reach its goal of a zero infection rate soon; and stigma and discrimination against people living with the virus would reduce.The LCL HIV and AIDS Advocacy and IEC Officer called on the Liberian government to take this move seriously in order to save the country’s younger generation; adding: “Half of our population consists of young people, so we have to move the campaign to another level.”Commenting on the issue of stigma and discrimination, he indicated that Liberia is yet to have a stigma and discrimination free atmosphere, thus causing a lot of problems in the disclosure of HIV positive status.“Most families neglect their relatives and loved ones because of their HIV status, this is making them feel isolated from society,” he disclosed.Nah maintained that most people are not willing to accept their status, thereby causing more harm than good for the national HIV and AIDS in the country.According to him, acceptance of status and adherence to treatment would help reduce the spread of the virus and prolong life span of the infected, noting that this can only happen in a stigma and discrimination free society.He further noted that the rate of stigma and discrimination in rural Liberia is higher than that of Monrovia and its environs; he further stressed that the rural parts of the country are being cut off from more awareness on the issues of stigma and discrimination.Mr. Nah said the LCL HIV and AIDS Program has expanded in order to reach rural dwellers on this epidemic, and is also collaborating with various community-based groups to enhance the awareness campaign.He cautioned Liberians to accept their family members infected with HIV to encourage them and give them hope.The 13th Street stationed Lutheran Church in Liberia HIV and AIDS program was established over eight years ago and provides voluntary testing and counseling for people living with the virus as well as people whose families are infected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wakenaam cattle thief sentenced to 3 years in jail

first_img– still at largeWhen efforts by the Police in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Essequibo Islands) to locate Joseph Sohoye, who escaped lawful custody earlier in June, were in vain, a sentence of three years was handed down to him inWanted: Joseph Sohoyeabsentia.The 37-year-old from Wakenaam Island was before the Court for praedial larceny. He had pleaded not guilty earlier in January to the charge and was on remand when he made good his escape while being transported by Police to his trial.Recently, at the Wakenaam Magistrate’s Court, an ex-parte trial was conducted and Magistrate Sunil Scarce, based on evidence presented, found Sohoye guilty of the offence. He was, therefore, sentenced to three years imprisonment.Police are continuing their search for Sohoye so that he can serve his time. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Sohoye can contact the nearest Police Station.last_img read more

5 bandits killed during shootout with Police

first_img…high-powered weapons recoveredBy Bhisham MohamedFive armed bandits who were allegedly attempting to rob a house at Pattensen, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown were shot dead during a gun battle with the Police in the wee hours of Tuesday.The dead men have been identified as: Timothy St Hill, 38, of Warlock, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown and also of Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara; Andrew Daly, 40, of Westminster, West Bank Demerara; Levi Braithwaite, 31, of North Ruimveldt and also of Albouystown, Georgetown; Ian Forde, and Jermaine Doobay.Well-known criminal St Hill was charged in 2015 for possession of firearm and ammunition, and in 2016 was arraigned for narcotics possession. In 2017, he was slapped with attempted robbery and break-and-enter charges. In 2018, he was charged for setting on fire the Grove-Diamond Police Station while in custody.According to Police, St Hill was instrumental in providing medical supplies, foodstuff and clothing to the notorious Camp Street prison escapees.Levi Braithwaite was arrested in 2017 for armed robbery; while Daly was charged for break-and-enter and larceny in 2017. The Police are yet to confirm whether either Forde or Doobay had brushes with the law.Preliminary reports from the Police detail that at about 03:00h on Tuesday, the five men were attempting to break into a house owned by a Guyanese who resides in Florida. The men had already cut the locks to the gate of the property, located at Lots 8 and 9 Pattensen, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, and had entered the compound. But as they attempted to gain access into the house, the caretaker and his family were alerted, and quickly retreated to a secure room in the house, from where they called 911.At an emergency press conference, Acting Top Cop, David Ramnarine, explained that at the time the 911 call was received, an anti-crime patrol unit in ‘C’ Division was aware that a CID Headquarters plainclothes patrol was in the vicinity of Sophia, and when they contacted them, the two units joined forces and proceeded to the location.“They proceeded rather cautiously, by ensuring that the vehicles were secluded in a particular area… As they arrived at the location, two men were seen in the yard with rifles. Police challenged them, the men opened fire on the Police, and (the Police) returned fire… Both men fell.“A third man who was in the house ran out and was caught in the exchange of gunfire, and he collapsed on the ground. Seconds after, a white motorcar drove up, and two occupants exited and opened fire on the Police. The Police took cover and returned fire. Both males fell,” the acting Police Commissioner explained.He further related that an AK-47 assault rifle and two magazines taped together were found close to the motorcar. In addition, a quantity of live rounds and two rifles were found in close proximity to the two men who were shot in the yard.Also at the scene, three mobile phones, a pair of gloves, a nipper, two crowbars, a hacksaw, four warheads, a pair of slippers, an identification card, tope, bank cards, a membership card to Princess Casino and other items were found. The Police also retrieved 24 spent shells of two different caliber weapons at the scene.The acting Top Cop also related that the front wall of the building was riddled with bullets, and several bullet holes were seen.The shot men were transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.When Guyana Times visited the medical institution, a number of relatives of the dead men were seen in the mortuary area, waiting to get a glimpse of the bodies as they were being transported to the Lyken Funeral Home.The relatives of the dead men accuse the Police of cold-blooded murder. They claim St Hill was seen in the company of a top-ranking officer of the Guyana Police Force on Monday evening.Guyana Times was told that the men were after a safe which contained money in the house at the time of the attempted robbery. Information, however, remains sketchy as to how the men became aware that there was a safe in the house.Pattensen residents recalled being awakened by the sound of gunshots. One man told the media that after hearing gunshots, he immediately contacted 911 to make a report, and was told that the matter was already reported and that ranks were already at the scene.Another man posited that the standoff between the Police and bandits lasted for quite some time, and after the ordeal, they became aware that five bandits were shot and killed.“I living here all meh life, and this never happen. I happy that they catch the bandits, because they (bandits) does only know to jump people house, rob them and kill them,” the man related.The acting Police Commissioner explained that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is in the process of questioning the ranks who were involved in the shooting incident.Meanwhile, he commended the lawmen for their bravery in protecting the citizenry, while noting that their efforts must be recognised, since, during the ordeal, they did not retreat, but rather put up a fight. No Police rank was injured during the shootout with the bandits.last_img read more

Environmental groups challenging B.C. Wolf Cull in court

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — The environmental groups Pacific Wild and the Valhalla Wilderness Society, intend to challenge the legality of the B.C. government’s controversial wolf cull.The multi-year kill program was launched a year ago in the South Peace and South Selkirk regions, with the government arguing it’s an initiative to protect threatened caribou herds.However, Ian McAllister, the Executive Director of Pacific Wild, believes an industry driven motive is behind the program.- Advertisement -He confirmed the environmental groups have filed an application in Provincial Supreme Court for a judicial review, and are now waiting for a court date response.Reports indicate 84 wolves were killed last year in government-sponsored programs in the northeast and southeast regions, and the Ministry of Environment has estimated the overall kill at nearly 500.However, the opposition groups believe it could run much higher than that.Advertisementlast_img read more

How the 16 teams rank ahead of the W Cup’s knockout stages

first_img0Shares0000Luka Modric’s Croatia were the most impressive team of the group stage © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – After 15 days of triumphs, tears and controversy, the World Cup’s group stage drew to a close on Thursday.Here, AFP Sport ranks the 16 teams to have made it through based on their performances in Russia so far. 1. CroatiaThree wins out of three, including a thumping of Argentina, sends Croatia through top of arguably the toughest group in the draw.Fears the corruption scandal would affect the players have not materialised while Nikola Kalinic’s hint of rebellion was swiftly dealt with. Luka Modric has been arguably the player of the tournament so far.2. BelgiumWins over Panama and Tunisia were backed up by a victory over England and even if the latter match was played between two second-string line-ups, Belgium have hardly put a foot wrong.Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are both firing and, after being rested against England, fresh. This team can go far.3. UruguayAlso through with maximum points, Uruguay’s advance through a kind Group A has gone rather unnoticed.Led by the imperious Diego Godin, they are yet to concede a goal in Russia and at the other end, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are up and running. They have three goals between them.4. BrazilNeymar has been accused of diving but he is getting sharper with each game © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVNeymar’s histrionics have proven tedious but the striker is getting sharper with every game.As he has regained fitness, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho have filled the void while the depth of attacking options came up trumps against Costa Rica. Marcelo’s back injury is a concern.5. EnglandA young squad arrived with low expectations but a late win over Tunisia was followed by a storming 6-1 victory over Panama.Defeat to Belgium can be put down to a heavily rotated side and with Harry Kane leading the race for the Golden Boot, England are growing in confidence.6. SwedenFew would have expected Sweden to progress at all let alone finish top of Group F.Only Toni Kroos’ 95th-minute winner spoiled an unbeaten record and Sweden responded with an emphatic win over Mexico.What Sweden have lost in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they appear to have gained in discipline and spirit.7. SpainThey certainly would have taken this position when Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the start of the tournament but Spain have been a mixed bag.In spells they were excellent against Portugal but defensive errors and the worrying form of David de Gea are both big asterisks. There is room for improvement.Where would Portugal be without Cristiano Ronaldo? © AFP / Mladen ANTONOV8. PortugalOn the one hand, Ronaldo has four goals already and as Portugal proved two years ago, he can take a team a long way, particularly with a sound defence behind him.But when Ronaldo missed a penalty against Iran, they drew 1-1. If their star man has an off-day, what else have Portugal got?9. ColombiaHad Carlos Sanchez not been sent off in the third minute of their opening defeat to Japan, Colombia might be among those considered dark horses in the knockout stage.James Rodriguez was superb against Poland but then forced off injured against Senegal. His absence would be a huge blow.10. MexicoA convincing defeat to Sweden has tempered expectations slightly but Mexico showed enough in their opening two games to suggest they can be a real threat.They beat Germany 1-0 but should have scored four or five while Hirving Lozano on the left has been one of the players of the tournament so far.11. FranceThey remain unbeaten but, save Germany, there is no team to have disappointed more.Tactical upheaval and painfully ponderous performances suggest Didier Deschamps is still working out how to make the most of his talented squad. Is Nabil Fekir the answer? Out wide or up front?France have more questions than answers.12. RussiaA blistering start, a strong middle and a discouraging end. After thrilling wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia were dealt something of a reality check by Uruguay.But the hosts have proven their doubters wrong and shown they will be no pushovers, particularly in Moscow, where they play Spain next.13. SwitzerlandControversy and the threat of suspensions could have diverted focus but Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri escaped punishment for their politically charged celebrations against Serbia, and their goals carried Switzerland through.They did just enough but, in truth, not much more.14. DenmarkDenmark held France to a goalless draw and Christian Eriksen is continuing to show himself as one of the finest playmakers in the world. Those are the positives.But there was also a turgid draw against Australia and a win over Peru that might well have been different had their opponents scored a penalty.15. JapanJapan took four points and their only win came against Colombia, who played with 10 men for 87 minutes.They then scraped through ahead of Senegal on fair play points. Perhaps it would be harsh to say Japan were lucky but a shaky defence can only last so long against better opponents.16. ArgentinaArgenina have been shambolic at times – but they still Lionel Messi © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSFour minutes away from going out and seemingly saddled with a coach without authority, Argentina’s progress could hardly have been bumpier.They ran out of ideas against Iceland, were outplayed by Croatia and survived only thanks to a last-gasp win over Nigeria. They are through though, and they still have Lionel Messi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iraq shootings cause more controversy

first_imgIn its statement, Unity Resources said that according to its initial information, the car had approached the convoy “at speed” and failed to stop in response to hand signals and a warning flare. “Finally shots were fired at the vehicle and it stopped,” the company said. The episode’s connection with the U.S. Agency for International Development is one of several parallels to the Sept. 16 shootings, in which the Iraqi government says 17 Iraqis died and 27 were injured. The Sept. 16 episode began when a convoy operated by Blackwater USA, an American private security company hired to protect the aid agency’s officials, entered Nisour Square in central Baghdad and fired several bullets toward a car the guards apparently considered a threat. In Tuesday’s shooting, like the one on Sept. 16, the car drifted forward after the initial burst, prompting guards to unleash a barrage of gunfire. And there were no government officials or policy experts in either of the convoys: The Nisour Square convoy was controlling traffic as part of a larger operation, and the convoy in Karada was on a routine movement that involved only security guards, according to American officials. Although the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has said almost nothing about the Nisour Square episode while an American investigation grinds on, the Iraqi government has said its own investigation concluded that the shootings were an act of “deliberate murder” and called on the Blackwater guards to be prosecuted. Ali Jafar, a traffic policeman posted near the Karada shooting, said he thought the similarities between the two cases were undeniable. “They are killing the people just like what happened in Nisour Square,” Jafar said. “They are butchering the Iraqis.” The new shootings happened at an extremely difficult time for the State Department, which relies heavily on Blackwater to protect its diplomats whenever they work outside the fortified Green Zone. As a result of new restrictions placed on Blackwater after the Nisour Square shootings, the State Department’s numerous programs for rebuilding Iraqi government and technical institutions have been seriously hampered. Embassy officials have vowed to continue their operations even as they increase oversight of Blackwater operations.. Tuesday, the convoy of white SUVs was stopped in the eastbound lane of Karada Street at an intersection with an alley lined with low concrete homes, witnesses said. A man who works at a plumbing shop, who gave his name only as Muhammad, said the Oldsmobile was approaching the convoy from behind. He said he heard no warnings. “They shot from the back door,” he said. “The door opened and they fired.” Two witnesses said they heard a single shot first, which apparently punctured the Oldsmobile’s radiator, spilling coolant onto the street about 50 yards from where the convoy was parked. As the car continued rolling, the guards opened up with a barrage of sustained automatic fire. The car finally came to a stop about 10 yards from the convoy at a point that, three hours later, was marked by blood stains, broken glass and tufts of brown hair. The plumber said the convoy moved out right away, without checking to see what damage had been done or to offer medical help. The Oldsmobile was towed to a nearby police station. The priest and relatives near the scene identified the driver as Maruni Uhanees, 59, and the dead passenger as Jeniva Jalal, 30. As twilight set in, Armenian family members gathered beside the car in a dirt alley outside the police station, staring at the blood and hair on the inside of the windshield. A brother-in-law of the driver, Hrair Vartanian, said Uhanees was the mother of three grown daughters. As he spoke, one of the daughters arrived and looked at the bloodstains, crying softly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Two women died here Tuesday when their white Oldsmobile was riddled by automatic gunfire from private security guards, just weeks after a similar shooting that strained relations between the United States and Iraq. The guards in Tuesday’s shooting were linked to the same United States government agency whose security agents sprayed bullets across a crowded Baghdad square in September, an episode that caused an uproar among Iraqi officials and is still being investigated by the United States. On Tuesday, as many as 40 bullets struck the car, killing the driver and the woman in the front seat on the passenger side. A woman and a boy in the back seat survived, according to witnesses and local police officials in the Karada neighborhood, where the shooting took place on a boulevard lined with appliance stores, tea shops and money changers. American government officials said the guards had been hired to protect financial and policy experts working for an organization under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, a quasi-independent State Department agency that does extensive aid work in Iraq. The organization, RTI International, is in Iraq to carry out what is ultimately a State Department effort to improve local government and democratic institutions. But a Bush administration official said that the State Department bore no responsibility to oversee RTI’s security operations. “AID does not direct the security arrangements of its contractors,” the official said. “These groups are contractually responsible for the safety and security of their employees. That responsibility falls entirely on the contractor.” A priest and relatives near the scene said all of the people in the car were Armenian Christians, who make up a small minority group in Iraq. The Oldsmobile was shot once in the radiator, witnesses said, in front of a plumbing supply store as it approached a convoy of white sport utility vehicles 50 yards away. As the car kept rolling, a barrage of gunfire suddenly tore through the hood, roof and windshield and the passenger side of the vehicle. The guards who were in the convoy work for Unity Resources Group, an Australian-run security firm that has its headquarters in Dubai and is registered in Singapore, according to a statement by the company. Unity Resources was hired by RTI to provide security in Iraq. last_img read more

Creches give SP a taste of Italian Christmas

first_imgThe artworks from the Campania region of Italy, including some by artist Paolo Fattore, will be on display in San Pedro under special arrangements made by Funiciello and her husband, who also offered to pay for the additional insurance on the pieces. The Italian consulate and the chamber of commerce also helped sponsor the visit. “I’m so proud to have them in San Pedro,” said Funiciello, who declined to say how much the traveling exhibit is costing. “I don’t care how much it costs. I wanted them in San Pedro.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Carmela Funiciello still recalls the Christmas celebrations of her youth in Italy. “In Italy, the religious part of Christmas is very important, not the shopping,” said Funiciello, who came to the United States in 1971 when she was 20 years old. “The Nativity scene was an important part of every Christmas, with the father, the mother and the children preparing the scene together on the dining table. “In Italy, every church has a Nativity scene. It was part of our growing up.” Wanting to share the tradition with fellow parishioners in San Pedro, Funiciello has arranged to bring several of the ornate statues to Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in a special display from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We’re such a multicultural community that all of these things tell a story,” said John Fer, ministry director at Mary Star, where there are still weekly Italian, Filipino, Spanish and Croatian Masses. The main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy is the “Presepe,” or Nativity scene or creche. The tradition is said to have originated with St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. In Naples, hundreds of the scenes are erected throughout the city during December. The terra cotta figures, standing 1 to 2 feet tall and reminiscent of the 17th and 18th century Neapolitan styles, feature hand-sewn clothing of silk, lace and other precious fabrics. Masters of the art form begin at a young age and the tradition has been passed down for generations through only a few families. last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters U-8 squad – doing their club proudFour Masters GAA Club NotesFour Masters Under 8’s footballers: The Final Training session took place on Monday 23rd September. A sincere thank-you to all the players and their parents who have put in so much effort and provided so much support over the season from all the coaches.There will be one last footballing event for the young players on Saturday 28th September. This will be an internal tournament for all Four Masters Under 8 boys, including those who only started football training. The Memorial Tournament will be named after Sean Dunnion Sr, who devoted his life to the Four Masters GAA Club. This has been kindly organized by the Dunnion family and will be the first year of the Memorial Tournament.  U21’s: The Under 21 Men’s team had a fantastic win in Ballybofey last Saturday evening against a very spirited Cloughaneely side. The U21 squad are now through to the County Semi Final. A huge well done to the entire squad and to Manager Paddy Muldoon and assistant Manager Eamonn Gorrell. U16’s: The Under 16 squad had a great win against St. Naul’s in a Divisional Final, played in Ardara on Monday 23rd September. Congratulations to all the squad and to Manager Paul O’Gara and assistants, Paul Timoney and Kieran Murphy. Thanks for all the support. Four Masters 0-15. St. Nauls 3-04  Camogie: Well done to the 8 girls from Four Masters (Aine Gillespie, Niamh Doherty, Aine McGroarty, Neasa Gorrell, Leah O’Donnell, Hollie Roper, Sarah Oates and Emer Burke) who were part of the U14 County team who took part in the Cooper U14 All Ireland competition in Dublin, playing against Kerry, Wicklow and Roscommon and took part in the half time parade during the Camogie All Ireland Final in Croke Park. The girls were a credit to the County and their individual clubs. Saturday saw the Finals day for 5/6th class with Letterkenny Gaels beating Burt and St Eunans beating Four Masters. Well done to all teams. This Saturday (28th Sept) sees the first of the Secondary School blitzes to be held in Carndonagh starting at 12.30 promptly. Gaels. v MacCumhaills; Burt v Carn followed by MacCumhaills v Burt and Carn v Gaels. Na Magha and Four Masters have a bye in this round. Under 10’s: The Under 10 footballers will be visiting Ballyshannon this Saturday 28th September to play in their final blitz of the year. This team of young players remain undefeated throughout every game this season. Many of the boys will be moving into the Under 12’s next year and hopefully they will carry this with them. The boys have all played very well and have matured over the past six months, realizing, that when they pull together as a team they are capable of producing great football. It’s been great to see them all developing consistently as team players. Good luck to all the boys. Ladies Football: Four Masters Ladies Minors will face Aodh Ruadh in Ballyshannon on Sunday 29th September. Throw in 12.30pm. The very best of luck to all the players. Four Masters Club Lotto: There was no weekly winner this week. Two lucky dip winner both receive €50 each. They were Four Masters Seniors and Reserves Game: Seniors and Reserves will be playing Kilcar this Sunday in Tirchonaill Park. 1.30pm and 3.00pm throw ins. Best of luck to all the squad.Four Masters U-14 county playersGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U-8s DO THEIR CLUB PROUD was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more