Here’s where to find the SEC Network on your TV

first_img(AP) (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports)(USA TODAY Sports)The SEC Network will get the 2014 college football season underway tonight when it airs Texas A&M and South Carolina at 6:00 PM ET.This is great news for everyone because football is finally back and everyone loves football. The problem of course is that the SEC Network is brand spanking new and you’ve probably never watched it before today.What Channel is the SEC Network?AT&T U-Verse1607 (HD), 607 (SD)Verizon FiOS575 (HD), 75 (SD)CenturyLink1607 (HD), 607 (SD)Time Warner384 (HD/SD)DirecTV611 (HD/SD)Dish Network408 (HD/SD), 404 (Hopper)What to watch for todayOf course you will be keeping an eye on the action on the field between No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina – since whoever loses this game basically ends their season before it starts.In addition to a high stakes matchup, it is the first chance many of us will get to see what life after Johnny Manziel is like for Texas A&M. Just writing that feels boring. Hopefully it isn’t boring. It’ll probably be a little boring.Hey, at least Jadeveon Clowney will be there for South Carolina – oh, never mind. This is going to be the night of the little brother. Sophomore Kenny Hill will  have to step up in place of Johnny Football, and redshirt Sophomore Darius English will assume the Clowney role for the Gamecocks.(USA TODAY Sports)(USA TODAY Sports)But let’s all be honest for a moment, this is Tim Tebow’s moment and everything else is secondary. Tebow is the star of the SEC Network, and the moment his chiseled chin comes across your television screen, his NFL career is effectively over. Give the moment whatever emotion you feel it deserves. (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (Getty) (USA TODAY Sports (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports (Getty) (AP) (AP) (AP) (USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sportslast_img read more

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New Forum Policy on “Megathreads”

first_img 4,436 It won’t produce clutter.  If nobody cares that a minor league team totally overhauls its look then it’ll naturally fall off the first page.  It could get crazy if there were threads for NCAA teams since nowadays they have like 20 unis each and change every year, but I think people are smart enough to only make a separate thread for something really significant. Members LMU Sports Logo News Forums Home Sign in to follow this   Location:Oconomowoc, WI 22,644 Posted March 1, 2018 511 posts Prev 17,997 Quote Next Page 1 of 2   Posted July 30, 2017 I think that it’s a great idea to limit speculation to the mega thread, but personally I’m less happy about some of the restrictions on individual threads.   If a team unveils a new anniversary logo to be worn for an entire year, that seems worthy of a new thread.  Many of us avoid the megathreads because they get so unwieldy, and some good stuff will otherwise be lost.  We’re piloting a new forum policy where “big four” sports teams that are unveiling a significant logo/uniform change and/or seen had a significant logo/uniform change leaked will see forum discussion split off from the league’s “megathread” into individual threads. I’ve gone ahead and done this with the Pacers unveiling yesterday, splitting that discussion into its own thread. 17,997 Share on other sites Super Sports Fan Posted July 30, 2017 Share this post EddieJ1984 0 Link to post Posted April 7, 2018 This is good.  While there was always a rule that individual threads could be made, too often jerkoffs would get on people for doing it and post links to a post on page 1,224 of the megathread. Share on other sites We don’t necessarily need individual threads when teams are making small tweaks, especially when it relates to the Adidas -> Nike move the NBA is making this offseason; the slightly different Thunder shorts don’t require a split from the megathread. Additionally, let’s keep all speculation to the so-called “megathread.” An individual thread should be created for each team either… Link to post Share this post 16,001 12,787 posts 4,436 Share this post 2,192 22,644 Share this post Branching off of Glenn, the bot was created by Chris without our influence or request so we’re still trying to figure out how to best handle posts that duplicate what’s already being discussed. Link to post Link to post Gothamite Share this post 1,393 2,414 An expansion team’s unveiling, like the Vegas Golden Knights last month Link to post The motivation, largely, is that “megathreads” are particularly vulnerable to potential discussion getting trapped and looked over, and can be particularly difficult to navigate when they grow significantly in 24 hours, as they often do when a team unveils a new set. When the Pacers unveil a new uniform, that discussion shouldn’t be swallowing up news about the Trail Blazers’ new threads, for example. And you’re right, news and discussion like that shouldn’t have been buried in a 300+ page megathread.   22,644 Bruhammydude five boroughs, one City. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. 46,550 posts Posted March 1, 2018 Do you has the five bucks? 9,904 Link to post 1 Quote Members 22,644 Share on other sites Link to post I’ll play devil’s advocate. If RealSkills had offered an opinion instead of just saying ‘tell me all what you think’, it would have been worthy of its own thread. Since it was just an invitation to offer an opinion, it didn’t need its own thread. 13,464 posts five boroughs, one City. 17,997 Link to post Share on other sites Share this post Members 22,644 I like this.  There were a couple times when a uniform overhaul would be announced and some backseat mod would jump in on post #3 and say it should be in the 300-page megathread.   Pinning general threads is always a safe bet, since inevitably some will want megathreads, others will want specific threads, and honestly since this is a uni/logo design forum, even incremental changes kind of merit their own threads (unless there’s already a team-specific thread in place).   BBTV I’ll play devil’s advocate. If RealSkills had offered an opinion instead of just saying ‘tell me all what you think’, it would have been worthy of its own thread. Since it was just an invitation to offer an opinion, it didn’t need its own thread. Sec19Row53 Soccer kit news should remain in the megathread; creating individual threads for kits would bog the forum down significantly, which is the danger of this policy. However, if a major club or an MLS team has unveiled a new crest, it should have its own thread. You were entirely correct to start a new thread, based on the criteria laid out.  The policy appears to be applied in an arbitrary fashion. SportsLogos.Net 2 22,644 Followers 1 Members Either way, I applaud the mods.  Please take the previous sentence into consideration next time you get a butthurt complaint from someone about one of my posts. 4,436 53,283 posts five boroughs, one City. Share on other sites 0 Posted December 31, 2017 26,933 posts Share this post Go To Topic Listing Location:Indiana 1,555 Gothamite Prev 22,644 Link to post 3,260 All Activity Resident CRJ stan 4,760 posts crashcarson15 Quote 4 minutes ago, Gothamite said: Hey everyone. Members crashcarson15 Link to post Bruhammydude Quote Resident CRJ stan ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL. EddieJ1984 21,915 posts BBTV 0 53,283 posts Here’s another example of why I think the solo-thread limitations are too strict; under these guidelines this thread, created this morning, shouldn’t exist.  It’s a new logo for a new team, so that makes sense.  But it’s not a major league, so according to that it should be limited to the megathread.  But it’s a good topic, and really seems worthy of discussion. TBF, I don’t expect those guidelines to pertain to minor league teams, and see no issue with that having its own thread. It’s more a set of guidelines to draw discussion out of megathreads for the topics the board cares most about, rather than to restrict other discussion to a megathread. We can evolve these as time goes on, too, based on what the community thinks is most important; to me, anniversary logos are little more than footnotes, but if others feel differently, we can and should change the criteria. Link to post 22,644 Gothamite   Only 75 emoji are allowed. Link to post Gothamite Gothamite Share this post So how come this thread on the NBA “city uniforms” event was shut down and everyone told to use the 300+ page megathread instead?   CS85 21,915 posts Moderators five boroughs, one City. 2,414 Forums Home Posted August 2, 2017 0 14,934 posts On 12/30/2017 at 6:28 PM, Gothamite said: 1 Share this post 53,283 posts Quote Quote Join the conversation (formerly, briefly CherryMX) Gothamite Quote 7,146 At the same time, I know there are members that prefer the idea of a “megathread,” so I’m trying to split the difference a little here, too. Sec19Row53 If you have questions or concerns about why a thread was merged or not, or any other questions in general, feel free to PM or tag me, or post in the Ask A Moderator thread. Those will be easier to find and address than questions left in large, very active threads. 17,997 I’m keeping this thread open to field questions and feedback from the forum, so please do let me know if you have any questions! Posted July 30, 2017 A team makes minor tweaks to its uniform, like the Columbus Blue Jackets last month. Share this post HedleyLamarr 3,260 Quote Share on other sites oldschoolvikings Share on other sites OnWis97 Members 2,414 Moderators Posted July 31, 2017 Link to post crashcarson15 Quote Gothamite Posted July 30, 2017 Sports Logos 1,555 2,192 Hopefully the participants can understand this.  If so, it’s a good balance.  Hopefully when the Yankees announce they are removing their pinstripes, nobody will say “uh, we have an MLB thread.”  But the general thread obviously is a good place for a team adding a memorial patch, the inconsistencies of how players wear pants/socks, “Natinals” jerseys, and the like.  The policy is roughly how I’d like these things to go Share on other sites Sign in to follow this   Location:Champaign, IL 53,283 posts 614 2,192 7,146 officeglenn All Activity 9,904 Quote 31,105 posts Share this post CS85 22,644center_img 17,997 Initialisms Suck Quote Posted April 6, 2018 BBTV 1,393 2,414 53,283 posts five boroughs, one City. Haha, that was my bad, i just didn’t want it to get lost in the sea of comments 22,644 Location:Minnesota Members Gothamite Share on other sites Reply to this topic… 22,644 Sports Logo News five boroughs, one City. 1 53,283 posts Posted August 1, 2017 HedleyLamarr 9,904 Link to post Thank you for this!  0 2 Share on other sites Members ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead Share this post 22,644 1,393 oldschoolvikings Location:Right here I’ll set out some examples of how we’d implement the new policy, and hopefully they make good sense. 9 I remember the pre-megathread days and it was fine. Posted April 7, 2018 So how come this thread on the NBA “city uniforms” event was shut down and everyone told to use the 300+ page megathread instead?   6 crashcarson15 Quote Share this post Share this post Share this post If you don’t mind my asking, was there a concern that we had too many threads?  I thought we had a pretty good balance already; every change made it into a megathread, and some also got their own.  If the change was too minor or the conversation uninspiring, it quickly dropped to the back pages and was forgotten.   Was that deemed insufficient? 614 Posted March 1, 2018 18,878 posts officeglenn Members 614 Share this post When a team is keeping its logo suite the same, but unveiling a new uniform design, like the Minnesota Wild last month 0 Share on other sites Posted July 29, 2017 You were entirely correct to start a new thread, based on the criteria laid out.  The policy appears to be applied in an arbitrary fashion. Posted August 6, 2017 22,644 Quote 0 Quote 1,555 1 ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor Share on other sites 0 Quote Share on other sites 22,644 A team introduces a new tertiary or anniversary mark. Link to post 1 hour ago, RealSkillsAbraham said: 22,644 Quote Quote Share this post Victoria Concordia Crescit It should always be Christmas in New Jersey 0 Share on other sites Members Gothamite 2,414 Submit Reply We do not need an individual thread in instances like… Members You can post now and register later. 0 Share this post Also branching off what Glenn said if you have a question or concern please direct it to us.  Us missing a buried post that a few people clicked “like” on does not constitute us “intentionally avoiding” a subject. Thug Life five boroughs, one City. Next Posted July 30, 2017 0 Sports Logos This new policy seems really arbitrary.  Recommended Posts Share this post Moderators New Forum Policy on “Megathreads” Share on other sites On the date of the expected logo or uniform unveiling 0 Link to post Members 22,644 Posted March 2, 2018 2 hours ago, Sec19Row53 said: Page 1 of 2   Isn’t every thread an invitation to offer an opinion?  Not all first posts are great, but the threads themselves can grow from there. 16,001 Gothamite ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead Link to post Share on other sites 22,644 16,001 53,283 posts This policy predates the SL.Net bot, so it has resulted in some unforeseen/unintended consequences that have come to the fore recently. The mods have taken note, however, and have been discussing it. Gothamite 17,997 3,260 Location:Indiana Initialisms Suck I think it’s reasonable to request some clarification on this policy.  The way it was written (and intended), minor changes like the Marlins ditching their orange tops, or the Braves adding a one-day patch for MLK wouldn’t be things that anyone should start a new topic for, and would be either merged with the megathread or just killed.  Now with the SL.Net bot, we’re getting not only threads that a regular member wouldn’t be allowed to start, but also the occasional dupe – literal dupes because there’s already a thread, and other dupes because the new thread was already being discussed in the appropriate megathread. By crashcarson15, July 29, 2017 in Sports Logo News 3 Quote 46,550 posts 4,331 posts Posted July 30, 2017 0 2 Moderators 4 OnWis97 Share this post SportsLogos.Net When a credible image of the logo or uniform has leaked Location:Ashburton Grove Posted July 30, 2017 Members Megathreads have their purpose.  Discussing league-wide changes, like BP cap material, promotions like the stupid little league thing, manufacturer changes, rumors, etc.  But it’s so difficult to critique and have a discussion about a uniform when another one is unveiled the same day and there’s two separate conversations going on right on the same page of a megathread. Haha, that was my bad, i just didn’t want it to get lost in the sea of comments 22,644 Desktop Tablet Phone Share on other sites Link to post This announcement only directly pertains to the major four American/Canadian sports leagues: MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL. I feel like this is a necessary change, and honestly I’d let it go even further. It’s not a democracy, so why not have it both ways? 7,146 BBTV Here’s another example of why I think the solo-thread limitations are too strict; under these guidelines this thread, created this morning, shouldn’t exist.  Members Share on other sites When a team is introducing a new logo, like the Minnesota Timberwolves did a couple months ago 22,644 Location:Torrance, California 22,644 Gothamite Link to post This new policy seems really arbitrary.  2,414 Gothamite Link to post Share on other sites Gothamite Quote Followers 1 LMU That policy isn’t new, though, is it?  What’s new is fewer separate threads, not more.  New Forum Policy on “Megathreads” Which sorta doesn’t make sense since it relates to 2018, but it is certainly too early to make a MLB 2018 thread. I’m all for anything that might help to put an end to the amateur mod jumping down someone’s throat for opening a new thread with the obligatory “already being discussed HERE!” post. Quote For the most part, we feel the megathread policy is a good policy and should continue forward. That means that we will have to be more diligent about merging NewsBot-started threads into the megathreads where we feel it’s warranted. Of course, we’ll be dealing with these threads on a case-by-case basis, so in some cases, we may leave the NewsBot-started thread up on its own. That will have to be left up to the discretion of the moderator(s).  I’m not anti-bot, and I’m for whatever drives traffic to the mothership and helps pay for this place that we all come to for free, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for some clarification and it seems to be a subject that is intentionally being avoided, though several members have either asked the same or endorsed other’s questions. A team’s jersey is transferring to a new cut or manufacturer, but largely keeping the design the same, like the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s a new logo for a new team, so that makes sense.  But it’s not a major league, so according to that it should be limited to the megathread.  But it’s a good topic, and really seems worthy of discussion. 22,644 I think individual threads tend to be better, like the 2018 Mlb All Star Game logo deserved it’s own thread, but instead its talked about in the MLB 2017 thread. Insert image from URL × Location:detroit We would want an individual thread in instances like… And you’re right, news and discussion like that shouldn’t have been buried in a 300+ page megathread.   Any possibility that the actual logo/uniform/etc change can be linked onto the opening post, too? Share on other sites Members Reply to this topic Members You need data to know what everyone thinks 11 hours ago, Gothamite said: New Forum Policy on “Megathreads”last_img read more

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Man City ‘interested’ in Japan U20 international – Player expected to…

first_imgEarlier this year, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who explained how Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the teenager, who currently plays for FC Tokyo.Nikkan Sports in Japan now brings the latest update about the former Barcelona academy player, who is expected to make a switch to Europe.It is claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side and Real Madrid are ‘interested’ in the youngster.Embed from Getty ImagesHe turned 18 on June 4th and now there is no obstacle for him to sign a contract with any European club.With the prospect of the Japanese attacker expected to leave FC Tokyo, Los Blancos and the English domestic treble winners have already indicated about their intention to sign the player.As of now, it looks like Kubo will not return to Barca and this is also reported by Mundo Deportivo. It looks like the battle is between Real Madrid and City for his services.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoPerfect-Dating.comThousands of successful men are looking for women in Tung ChungPerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo FIFA sanction forced Japanese forward Takefusa Kubo to return to his homeland after spending four years at Barcelona’s famous academy La Masia between 2011 and 2015.last_img read more

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Former Olympic champ Jenny Thompson takes on new opponent

first_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Jenny Thompson still loves speed.Only now, she performs in an operating room rather than the pool.One of America’s greatest Olympic swimmers, Thompson is on the front line of the fight against coronavirus as an anesthesiologist at the VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina.“I like things that happen fast,” she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “In the operating room, things happen fast.”Thompson competed in four Olympics,Health care.The Massachusetts native chose anesthesiogy because it fit the persona of a swimmer who specialized in shorter races.“I loved the acute nature of helping patients during surgery,” Thompson said. “As a sprinter, I really appreciated the fast changes you see in physiology. You’re giving drugs and seeing immediate results.”After working in a private practice in Maine for seven years, she moved to Charleston in 2018 along with her husband and their two young sons, now 4 and 7.The coronavirus outbreak added a whole new element to her job.“When I saw it coming our way, I had a lot of fear about being protected,” the 47-year-old Thompson conceded. “Once we had adequate PPE (personal protective equipment), I felt like I was ready.”The virus has yet to have a major impact in South Carolina, which has recorded about 6,500 cases and less than 300 deaths. The VA hospital in Charleston has dealt with only one serious case of Covid-19, according to Thompson, and a handful of other patients who were stricken milder symptoms.But aging veterans are an especially vulnerable group. Thompson knows the numbers could get worse, especially with South Carolina joining a growing list of states that are taking steps to reopen even as the death toll in the United States climbs toward 70,000.A mandatory “work-or-home” order was lifted Monday by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who also eased other restrictions on daily life.“The end is not anywhere in sight. I know we will see more patients,” Thompson said. “We’re prepared and we’re ready.”She has mixed feelings about lifting restrictions that have helped curb the spread of the highly infectious virus, but have sent the economy into a record-setting plunge.“I’m worried there’s going to be another surge of cases,” Thompson said. “I also think it’s a delicate balance of what people can handle, and what the economy can handle. Unemployment is the worst it’s been in history, but people need to be accountable for their actions.”This past weekend, there were scenes around the country of people gathering in large numbers, many of them not wearing masks or staying the recommended 6 feet apart. Some headed to the beach. Others congregated in city parks. There were even reports of people lining up at an Atlanta mall to purchase a newly released Air Jordan sneaker from Nike.That is troubling to health-care workers such as Thompson.“We have to take social distancing seriously,” she said, “We have to wear masks. We have to stay 6 feet apart. We can’t have parties. We need social responsibility. I know we need to open up, but we need to do it smartly, based on data. We can’t just have a date in mind to do it. We need to do it only when it’s appropriate for that region based on the data.”Thompson looks back fondly on her athletic career. She was one of America’s greatest relay swimmers, capturing 10 of her 12 Olympic medals while teaming with others. She is tied with fellow swimmers Dara Torres and Natalie Coughlin for the most overall medals by an American woman. Only Michael Phelps has won more.“For a long time, I was so immersed in my medical training and starting a new career and having a new family, I didn’t think about it too much,” Thompson said. “But as time goes on, and people are still talking about what I did, it’s becoming more clear that it was a really special career. I’m just so grateful for all the people around me who helped me.”Swimming, it turned out, merely prepared her for a higher calling.Thomson still has the fierce competitiveness that served her so well in the pool. Only now, she’s taking on a far more daunting opponent.“Through my swimming career, I learned mental toughness and how to deal with adverse situations,” she said. “I’ve tried to extend the mental toughness to those around me. This is the ultimate challenge that any of us has ever faced.“But I’ve always thrived on challenges.” WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 5th May, 2020 11:35 IST Last Updated: 5th May, 2020 11:35 IST Former Olympic Champ Jenny Thompson Takes On New Opponent Jenny Thompson still loves speed. COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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A feast of fashion

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM A FLOCK of fashionable racegoers meant judges had their work cut out at the 2015 Pakenham Cup…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Pitching, defense have Matawan vying for title

first_imgBY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent A close divisional race has developed in the Shore Conference’s Class A Central, as six teams were within one game of first place at the start of the week.Matawan Regional’s baseball team helped its cause on Monday, defeating rival Raritan, 12-4. The Huskies (12-4, 7-4) had a critical match-up with St. John Vianney (7-6, 7-4) on Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies and Lancers were tied for first place, and the winner of Tuesday’s game would clinch at least a share of the A Central Division title.The Huskies defeated St. John Vianney, 4-3, back on April 7.“Our fate is in our own hands,” Matawan head coach John Kaye said. “It has been a very competitive division. There is a lot of parity in the division this year. On any given day, one team can beat the other.”Senior lefthander Vinny Manzella is part of a Matawan pitching staff that Kaye credited with keeping the team competitive each game. Manzella tossed two consecutive complete games against Shore Regional and Raritan.“Our strength is pitching and defense. With pitching and defense, we can play with anybody. We have done a good job holding on to two- and three-run leads,” Kaye said. “In order to be successful this time of year, you need to be able to throw quality pitchers every day.”For the Huskies, pitching and defense have remained strengths all season, but Kaye lauded the team’s offensive depth as well.“There is not a real hole in the lineup,” he said.Senior Ken Santamauro (second base), who leads the Shore Conference in stolen bases, is the sparkplug atop Matawan’s lineup.“When he gets on, things happen,” Kaye said. “He has been the key to our offense.”That offense showed its true potential against Raritan on Monday. Junior Nick Fulop (outfield), who also serves as the team’s closer, was 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBIs. Senior Joe Uricouli (outfield) had five hits in five plate appearances, driving in two runs and stealing three bases.“When the lineup is top-heavy, you only have so many innings to score. Having offensive depth has helped us a lot. We are able to move guys around and go with the hot hand,” Kaye said.“We are a well-rounded group, and we should get a decent seed in the Shore Conference and state tournaments. With the pitching we have lined up, we should do well,” he added.last_img read more

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Founder of Fatima Cottage Needs Help to Catch an Alleged Rapist

first_imgMother Young, the founder of Fatima Cottage in Dixeville, has fallen into what her children say is depression. She lost all 95 of her orphans (children) housed at the cottage a month ago after one of her staff members was accused of raping a teenage girl living at the cottage.The cottage said they were taken away by the Ministry of Gender and Development after one of the orphans, a disabled teen, alleged that she was raped and impregnated. Mother Young was days away from turning 92 when a bus came to her yard and swept her children away. “The government didn’t have any order to come and take away our children the way they did unknown to mother Young. They acted as if they were giving candy to the children and placed them into a Save the Children bus and took them away. A man holding a single sheet of paper ordering Fatima Cottage closed threatened that if we refused to hand over the children, they would break down the structure. All the while, mother Young was inside her bedroom, they didn’t even inform her,” stated mother Young’s daughter Teta Young.A source working with the Gender Ministry said all the children have been taken to safe homes, while those who have their parents were reunited with them.“We do not tolerate rape. Dennis Togba needs to turn himself in for what he allegedly did to one of their children. Besides the rape case, the cottage is in very poor condition and we have reason to believe that the cottage is dangerous for the development of the children, so we temporarily shut it down,” stated our source.Mother Young’s grief was brought on by an accusation against one of her staff members, Rev. Dennis Togba, of raping a disabled teenage girl, who became pregnant. Mother Young’s son, Charles Young, 60, was also implicated and has allegedly been in Central Prison for months awaiting the arrest of Rev. Togba.“We had a meeting with the victim and the two men working at the cottage. In front of us, the teen admitted that she was forced to call Charles’ name but it was Rev. Togba who raped and impregnated her. She made us to understand that he did it on more than one occasion,” added Teta.“My brother was arrested because they said he would be detained until Rev. Togba turns himself in,” she said.According to a matron who has been working for Mother Young since 1991, Rev. Togba has worked at the Cottage for more than 15 years and never have they had such an allegation made against their orphanage.“He has spent the past 15 years of his life under Mother Young’s care. He even got married in her hand and had children. A respectful man and also the spokesperson for our cottage, Rev. Togba has put our cottage in a predicament that we can’t get out of unless he turns himself in and proves that he is innocent,” she explained.Fatima Cottage has been operating since the 1970s. According to Teta Young, it was during Mother Young’s visit to London in the 70’s that she realized that she wanted to establish a child care center. Mother Young has devoted her time, love and undivided attention in making sure that thousands of children found a home in her home, narrated Teta.“When no one else had the thought of helping children, Mother Young did. She is the best of every mission, orphanage and cottage in Africa. She needs to be honored and taking away 45 boys and 50 girls from the Fatima Cottage is not the right way. She has helped the government take in children when there was no where else to take them, using her own money and resources. Now that she is aging, this is the thank you the government is giving her,” Teta lamented.Staff at the cottage said most of the children taken away have been with the mission for more than 10 years and are given leave when they reach college level, to find life outside of the cottage.When asked if any of the girls prior to the alleged victim have gotten raped or impregnated at the cottage, Teta, who grew up in the cottage and once worked as a matron and choir director said it has never happened.“I’ve been in the cottage all my life and it has never happened. When the little girl cried on her stomach the day we found out, she confided in Mother Young. It’s alleged that someone gave my brother money to help the teen abort until they could investigate Rev. Togba and because of that, the police are saying my brother tampered with evidence,” Teta disclosed.Meanwhile, Rev. Togba has been on the run and is reportedly communicating with his family. His family insists they do not know his whereabouts, but friends close to him say he could be hiding in his home where he grew up.“He spent some time in Grand Gedeh in one of our cottages there, so if we are going to find him, we need to also check in Grandcess,” added a member of his household.Teta is appealing to all of those who have been positively impacted by Mother Young’s generosity to reach out and help save the cottage. Due to lack of finances, the cottage lacks proper living conditions including ceiling boards, beds, water, and electricity. She claims that if their children are to be returned to the cottage, all of these things must first be fixed.“We need help to save Mother Young’s dream before it’s too late. She is 92 years old and we wouldn’t want to see her go without seeing her children again. Mother Young is a godly woman and the government was too fast in taking the children without investigating. A lot of missions were born out of Fatima. The other missions are children of our cottage and never once was any one of our children abused. It needs to be investigated because Mother Young was not treated fine,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No to Ramjattan’s 3rd term

first_imgDear Editor,The leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan continues to justify that the AFC constitution is silent about a third term and therefore it’s his democratic right that a Third Term “ought” to be bestrode upon him at the National Conference; however, this argument can be extended further because the Alliance For Change falls under the Friendly Society Act under the Constitution of Guyana, where there is no provision for Third Terms.Ramjattan has done a splendid job as leader for the Alliance For Change, so I remind him that his contribution was outstanding, but it’s time for others to contribute towards the development of the party and the mentality that without Ramjattan, AFC would be dead. That will never happen because there are other leaders who are also capable and who could take the party into the future.As it relates to the Rotation Principle, most successful governments with democratic principles remove its leaders after two terms, that is the norm Worldwide except for the countries with dictators who refused to move and misused their countries’ constitution to remain continually and, my friend, you are not Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the Zimbabwean Dictator for life, so let the harmony of the Party continue and brotherhood as we host a successful National Conference.Yours truly,Pradeep Bachalast_img read more

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