‘Green Machine’ ruggers off to Barbados

first_img… kick off RAN 15s South Zone title defence tomorrowTHE Green Machine, Guyana’s National rugby team, will depart Guyana today via the Eugene F. Correira International Airport on the first LIAT flight out to the Land of the Flying Fish, where they will face the ‘Bajan’ ruggers tomorrow in their opening game of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s Championship.Set for the Garrison Field, Guyana are the reigning RAN 15s South Zone champions, and, according to head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, the 23-man squad will be heading to Barbados confident of coming out on top.Guyana defeated Barbados 48-17 last year when the Guyanese were on their way to clinching another title, but this time around, Grant-Stuart is prepared for a tougher time against the ‘Bajan’ side.Grant-Stuart told Chronicle Sport that the team is made up of the familiar faces who helped Guyana to become one of the most feared rugby nations in the Caribbean, especially in the shortest format of the game (Sevens).Guyana will then face foes, Trinidad and Tobago, at the National Park Rugby Field on June 10 in a rematch of last year’s South Zone final. The last time the two countries met, Guyana walked away 23-18 winners.The Green Machine are the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15s Championships as well as current RAN 7s Caribbean Champions.Squad: Ryan Gonsalves (captain), Richard Staglon (vice-captain), Avery Corbin, Peabo Hamilton, Ronald Mayers, Godfrey Broomes, Dwayne Schroeder, Sean Phillips, Vallon Adams, Ahmed Isaacs, Rondel McArthur, Jason Tyrell, Allain Crawford, Kevon David, Jamal Angus, Troyton Braithwaite, Patrick King, Joseph Rahaman, Cyon Kitt, Toby David, Osie Mckenzie, Rickford Cummings and Blaise Bailey.last_img read more

Men’s tennis star Josef Dodridge breaks into national ranking

first_imgWith so many sports happening during the fall, it can be easy for fans to overlook the University of Wisconsin tennis program, but Josef Dodgridge is trying to make it impossible.Dodridge, who is a senior entering his final season with the UW, has been working toward reaching the top of the collegiate competition ever since stepping onto Wisconsin soil four years ago. Coming from across the pond, the Brit already had been achieving a lot of success during his secondary years of school.Tennis: Wisconsin men’s, women’s teams prep for Big Ten TournamentBoth tennis programs of the University of Wisconsin will see first day action at their respective conference tournaments, set to Read…Before coming to the UW, Dodridge was one of the top players in England, and was ranked number one for his age category at 16 years old. One of the major reasons why former men’s tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh recruited this young Brit was due to the wealth of talent and knowledge he could bring to the team due to his experiences playing in a more competitive European setting.“[Dodridge] was the number one British player in the 16’s and has always been one of the top players in England,” Emurgh told UW Athletics. “He had tremendous work ethic and is a great competitor with experience in many international tournaments. I am very confident his game will continue to grow and become a difference maker for our program.”During his first season with the Badgers, Dodridge spent much of his time playing in the No.1 singles spot for UW, going 6-6 during his time in that spot. It was during this season that Dodridge was also introduced to his eventual doubles partner Chema Carranza.The two would start the season off well, posting an 8-8 record that season and earning themselves the No.1 position for UW in doubles. By the time their spring season ended, the two would be ranked No.76 nationally, which is really impressive when you consider the fact both people were only in their first season of collegiate hockey.By the time his sophomore season had rolled around, Dodridge was becoming more comfortable with his role on the team and was really starting to make his name known among the American tennis world. During his sophomore year, the unranked Badger would manage to crush the No. 23 Matic Spec of Minnesota, No. 36 Ben Lott of Drake and No. 34 Thomas Colautti from Princeton.Even though he managed to take down some of the best opponents in men’s tennis, it was not enough for Dodridge to earn a ranking himself, and he would end the season with a 10-9 record. He would also spend his first season with a different doubles partner than the one he had before, but he and new partner Lamar Remy would still manage to find a winning grove between the two of them.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin finding success as noisy neighbor of Big TenIn contrast to the usually tame atmosphere of collegiate and professional tennis, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team is set to enter Big Ten play as Read…Dodridge and Remy would spend their first full year together anchoring down the No.1 spot in doubles for Wisconsin and would find relative success with one another. They would end the season with a 14-7 record, which would double the number of wins that Dodridge had earned during his freshman year.Now an upperclassmen and a leader among his team, Dodridge’s junior year would be a crucial one for him as he would not only attempt to replicate the success that he had found during his first two years at Wisconsin, but to also try and go above and beyond that success. It seemed as though Dodridge would find himself in many of the same positions he found himself in during the first two years of his career, entering the season unranked and facing the challenge of having to take on many ranked opponents.Dodridge managed to defeat Konrad Zieba of Northwestern, who was ranked No. 53 during the time of their match. Throughout the season, Dodridge would garner a career high of 24 wins, ending the season with a record of 24-18 overall and spending much of that time as Wisconsins No.1 singles player.Dodridge’s performance would help the team climb to the No. 28 spot overall that season, which would be the the first time that Wisconsin would end their season ranked this highly since 2010, when the Badgers ended their season ranked No. 23 nationally. Dodridge and his former doubles partner Carranza would also be reunited during their junior seasons, earning the No.1 position for men’s doubles at Wisconsin.The duo would start the season off well, but would really begin to impress people during the post season, when they would begin an impressive run in the Big Ten. Eventually the duo would wind up coming in second place in the Big Ten tournament, and would end the season with a final record of 18-11 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play.Now entering his final season, Dodridge has one more chance to shine while here at UW, and he has managed to do something that he has never done in his career up until this point: Become a ranked player. The Oracle ITA preseason poll ranked the young Brit at the No. 93 spot overall, which is a first in his career.Men’s tennis: No. 36 Badgers gain valuable experience playing against nation’s bestThe match started rowdy, full of energy and exciting, but as quickly as those emotions filled members of the Wisconsin Read…Dodridge had been managing to make waves early this season as he has been winning or placing highly at many of the pre-season invitationals that he has attended. During the Harvard Chowder Fest Invitational, Dodridge not only brought home the gold in singles, but he and partner Carranza also brought home the gold in doubles as well.Because of his international ranking, Dodridge has not played a singles match since the Harvard tournament. He has already earned his spot in the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, which means he now has time to focus on finding the same success for him and his partner Carranza in their doubles game.The Badgers have three more invitationals left in their fall season before taking some time off to prepare for the regular season come spring. Wisconsin is currently scheduled to head to Michigan next for the ITA Regional, during which Dodridge will finally be able to compete again in singles as well as doubles.Following Michigan, the Badgers will head to Minnesota for the school’s invitational, followed by the Wake Forest Invitational at the beginning of November. Wisconsin men’s tennis will begin their regular season against DePaul in January and there are great odds that Dodridge will be leading the team in the No.1 singles and doubles spot for that meet.last_img read more

Three longtime Clear Lake city employees take advantage of retirement package

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Three longtime City of Clear Lake employees, including the city’s public works director and finance director, have chosen to participate in an early retirement program recently approved by the City Council. Public works director Joe Weigel, finance director Linda Nelson and police lieutenant Paul Chizek decided to take advantage of the program that assists eligible employees who wished to retire but couldn’t due to health insurance coverage concerns. City Administrator Scott Flory says in his 19 years as city administrator, there have not been two people more meaningful in that time than Weigel and Nelson.   “They’ve had marvelous public service here. Joe’s been here almost 31-and-a-half years I believe, and Linda is pushing nearly 31 years. That kind of public service is really fantastic, so salute them and the careers they’ve had. I think they’ve been exemplary in the work that they’ve done for the community and for our organization, so we’ll have to start the process of course, and it would be difficult to say the least, daunting for sure, to replace all three of these folks.” Flory also commended Chizek for his service to the city’s police department.  “Paul Chizek is going to be retiring towards the end of August after 32 years with the department. That is a significant career in law enforcement, and in particular with one department for sure.” To have been eligible for the program, a full-time employee must have been 56 or older and had no less than 25 years of continuous employment with the city. Employees who are 60 years old would be able to remain on the city’s group health insurance plan under a single policy for up to five years but in no case past 65 years old or when they are eligible for Medicare. Employees who retired before turning 60 years old could apply post-retirement accumulated paid leave conversion credits to help pay their health insurance premiums.last_img read more

MONEY-LENDER JAILED FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THREAT TO KILL MAN WHO OWED €70

first_imgA man who ran a money-lending operation in Donegal has been jailed for a total of two years after threatening to kill a man over a €70 debt.Kluczak outside court in Letetrkenny.Miroslaw Kluczak ran a money-lending business in Letterkenny and collected his debts outside the local post office after people received their social welfare payments. On April 4th, 2013, Kluczak, 39, met Leszek Majewski and his wife outside the post office and demanded his cash.Majewski had borrowed €200 for which he had to pay back €225.The defendant couldn’t pay the remaining €70 of the cash as he had to transfer money back to his 18 year old son in Poland for schoolbooks.Later that morning, Klucsak visited Leszek and his wife Barbar at their home at 20 Celtic Apartments near Domino’s Pizza.The accused pulled a gun from beneath his coat and put it to his head.“He came in looked around and was nervous. He took a gun from inside his jacket – he grabbed me by my jacket and put a gun to my head. He said “Give me the money back or I will kill you.” He was swearing. I told him shoot me and he then put the gun hard into my head .“My wife ran out. He was trying to shake me but then when he realised she was gone and he pushed me on top of the fridge and he ran out,” said the defendant.Ms Majewski ran to a local clothing shop Wisteria and asked the proprietor to call the police saying her husband needed an ambulance and was covered in blood.Garda Darren Carter said he met Barbar in a very frightened state when she called Gardai.“She was in such a state of panic. She was trembling. She was just beckoning us to follow her,” he said.Garda Carter called to the home of the accused and asked about the alleged incident and if he had a weapon.He said the only evidence of any weapon was a cardboard box for a pellet gun.Kluczak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, said it belonged to a friend who had moved to Dublin.He said he did not mix with the Polish community as they drank too much and did not have a good reputation.He said he visited the gym daily and took out adverts in a local Polish contacts website to help his business and that he did not collect welfare benefits.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client had denied that any gun was ever used.He put it to Mr Majewski that himself and his wife drank too much vodka and their apartment was strewn with empty alcohol bottles.The couple completely denied this and Garda Carter said this had not been the situation he found at the couple’s apartment.Barrister for the state, Ms Patricia McLoughlin, described this as a “mean lie” and that it was simply not true.She said the defendants accepted that they owed money but said the evidence was there that they had been threatened.The jury took an hour to reach their decision and found Kluczak guilty of making threats to kill and demanding money with menace.Judge John O’Hagan, addressing Letterkenny Circuit Court, said the accused had terrorised the couple.He sentenced  Klucsak to three years for each charge but suspended the last year and ordered both sentences to run concurrently.MONEY-LENDER JAILED FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THREAT TO KILL MAN WHO OWED €70 was last modified: July 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennymoney lenderPOLISHpost officelast_img read more