Students travel to D.C. for a semester of work and study

first_imgThe Dornsife Washington, D.C. program sent its first group of students to the nation’s capital to study and intern for the spring semester.After going through an application process that included essay questions, recommendation letters and a formal interview, eighteen students were selected to participate in the program. All students are currently enrolled in three classes called, Espionage and Intelligence, Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy and Managing New Global Challenge. Students can receive up to 4 units from their internship through the program.Jeffrey Fields, USC alumnus and assistant professor of the practice of international relations, is the director of the spring 2015 Washington, D.C. program.Fields first heard about the idea for the program from Steven Lamy, a professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs.“The main idea of this program is to take students interested in politics and policy and bring them to Washington where they can take classes and work, but the idea is to pull all those things together, the academic studies, the work and seeing practical politics come to life,” Fields said.Students are required to participate in an internship which requires 20 to 30 hours of work per week. Though only international relations are currently offered, Fields anticipated offering classes in political science and economics in the future.Every participant will be living together in apartments and will be taking the same three classes, each student has been assigned to a unique internship. Students are interning in many different sectors, ranging from think tanks on Capitol Hill to government agencies.For example, Dan Morgan-Russell, a junior majoring in international relations and global economy, is working as a scholar intern under Diana Negroponte and Paul. D Williams at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.In addition to researching small, individual questions on topics such as the Cold War and Somalia, Morgan-Russell also is able to conduct his own research. Morgan-Russell applied to the program to figure out his plans following graduation.  Through his internship experience with a think tank, he said that he would like to work in the future with a non-governmental organization.“I feel really fortunate to be in the first iteration of this program, and I’m really looking forward to hearing how it continues to grow in the years to come,” Morgan-Russell said. “I really think it’ll be a feather in the cap of the University of Southern California if we continue to nurture this program and give the opportunity to young scholars, like myself, access to the kinds of opportunities you can only find in our nation’s capital.”Meanwhile, Kara Junttila, a sophomore majoring in international relations and political economy, is a research intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center.Junttila helps research associates by conducting background research, drafting grant proposals and coordinating various events. She had the opportunity to write an op-ed with one of the co-founders of the Stimson Center that was published in Roll Call, a newspaper on Capitol Hill. As a result of her time spent in D.C., Junttila plans on staying for the summer to see what’s it like working in the government sector.“It’s such a good experience to get outside of L.A. and to see what there is to do professionally after school and to make sure you like what you’re studying,” Junttila said.Riyana Chakraborty, a sophomore majoring in international relations (global business), is a research assistant at the South Asia Center with the Atlantic Council.Chakraborty performs intern duties such as planning events, but she also does research for acting director Bharath Gopalaswamy. Her current research focuses on Indian space security objectives and policy initiatives.Chakraborty explained that her favorite part of the program is having the opportunity to listen to the guest lecturers who come in to talk to students. “Every single class is a class you can take at USC, but when you take it here, the professors are constantly bringing in outside speakers who are experts in their field here in D.C.,” Chakraborty said. “The material we’re learning comes to life when they come to speak to us and when they tell us about what it’s really like to be here, and that’s something that’s very different from sitting in a classroom in L.A.”Correction: A previous version of this story stated the students are enrolled in one class and are able to receive 16 units through their internship. They are actually enrolled in three classes and able to receive 4 units through their internship. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

USC takes down Stanford in convincing fashion

first_imgUSC coach Kevin O’Neill waited almost two years to break the streak, but as the old adage goes, all streaks are made to be broken.The Trojans (15-12, 7-7), who hadn’t beaten back-to-back road opponents since former coach Tim Floyd’s squad defeated the Oregon schools on Jan. 24 and Jan. 26 2008, took down the Stanford Cardinal 69-53 on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion, completing their two-game sweep of the Bay Area schools.Coupled with Thursday night’s win over California 78-75, USC snapped their eight-game streak of road futility with the help of junior forward Nikola Vucevic’s double-double (19 points and 14 rebounds) and a rare burst of offensive consistency from senior Alex Stepheson, who scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.For the second straight night, USC played hard for the entire 40 minutes on the defensive end, limiting Stanford (13-13, 6-9) to 33 percent shooting and 17 percent from beyond the three-point arc.After trailing 12-8 four minutes into the first half, the Trojans went on a 22-4 run over a nine-minute span and led at halftime 40-31.Stanford’s junior forward Josh Owens, who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, cut the gap to seven with a quick basket to the start the second half, but a 10-0 run sparked by a Stepheson dunk and Vucevic three-point shot pushed the lead up to 17, and the Trojans never looked back.For the second straight game, senior guard Donte Smith started in place of freshman guard Maurice Jones.The move paid off Saturday night too, as Smith and Jones provided scoring balance for USC’s offense, scoring 13 and 10 respectively.In a losing effort, the Cardinal were led by Owens and freshman forward Josh Huestis’ play off the bench. Huestis put in a career-high 11 points in 19 minutes of action.The win for USC not only ended their woes away from home, but put them in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with Oregon, while Stanford dropped to eighth in the conference.While dreams of dancing in March are still long shots for both teams, the top six teams from the conference get a bye in the first round of next month’s conference tournament at Staples Center.USC returns home next week to face No. 13 Arizona (23-4, 12-2) at the Galen Center.After their thrilling 87-86 win over Washington on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats sit alone atop the conference heading into their 7:30 p.m. contest with the Trojans on Thursday night.last_img read more

Greek OPAP focuses on ‘future generations’ through legacy Athens Marathon sponsorship

first_img StumbleUpon Submit OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Greek lottery and betting operator OPAP has outlined its social responsibility and fundraising initiatives, acting as the lead sponsor of the 36th ‘Athens Authentic Marathon’ (11 November 2018).Continuing its Athens Marathon legacy sponsorship, OPAP states that its underlining corporate vision is to ‘enhance Greek communities for the benefit of future generations’.Updating its stakeholders, OPAP governance has outlined three Greek youth orientated social responsibility directives that its marathon sponsorship will fund: ‘Children Hospitals’, ‘Sports Academies’ and ‘OPAP Forward’ programs.The Greek gambling firm will continue its ‘Hospital Renovation Projects’, with a dedicated commitment to redeveloping the Aghia Sofia and Panagioti children’s hospitals.Furthermore, OPAP governance will continue its direct support for Greek youth sports academies, seeking to fund 125 youth sports directives which support +10,000 young Athletes and 450 coaches.Finally, in 2018, the Greek lottery and betting operator launched its ‘OPAP Forward’ program, seeking to tackle Greece’s high youth unemployment head-on as one of Greece’s biggest corporations.Working alongside non-profit organisation and employment charity Endeavour, OPAP seeks to create a network of support for Greek SME businesses recruiting and developing the nation’s young talent.Supporting its social responsibility drive, last week OPAP launched its new TV campaign ‘I need your phone’ featuring Greek pop-star Sakis Rouvas promoting OPAP’s Athens Marathon fundraising app, which will allow Greek audiences to directly contribute to its initiatives Share Related Articles SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Ghanaian born former US soccer star Freddy Adu fighting to save career

first_imgOne Friday evening late last month, after the rain had come and gone, Freddy Adu drove his black Cadillac sedan into a parking lot in the Locust Point neighborhood of South Baltimore. He walked to a field where some 13-year-old boys in red and white jerseys were kicking around a soccer ball. “There’s Freddy,” one of them said. “Hey, Freddy!”Soon Adu was leading them through a drill. Each would take a turn sending him a pass and then sprinting off to the right. With a single deft touch, Adu would redirect the ball to their feet. “In front of you,” Adu said. “Not too far. Run at it full speed, Kevin! Run at it, and then shoot.”Although he hasn’t played for a top-tier team anywhere in seven years, Adu remains one of the most famous soccer players in America. Fans everywhere know his name. If you aren’t a fan of the sport, he might be the only American soccer player you do know.Adu was the phenom who would save American soccer from irrelevance. At 14, in 2004, he started playing for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. He starred in a commercial for Pepsi’s Sierra Mist brand with Pele, who compared Adu to Mozart. He signed a Nike deal. He did a “Got Milk?” ad. He was on the cover of a cereal box, and the cover of Time magazine. In 2006, he trained briefly with Manchester United, then the world’s most important club. All of that was years ago, but he’s still recognized in airports.“It wasn’t like people forgot about him,” says Tommy Olsen, who played with Adu last summer on the Las Vegas Lights of the second-tier United Soccer League Championship. “Everyone still knows who he is.”Adu in action for Las Vegas LightsAs a player, though, Adu’s career didn’t work out as everyone expected. He was supposed to be the next Pele. Instead he became a vagabond, traveling the world in search of a team where maybe he could thrive. In the 13 years since leaving D.C. United, he has played for 13 other teams. Two of them, Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake, were in MLS. Two more were big European clubs: Portugal’s storied Benfica and France’s AS Monaco. Mostly, they were in places you’d end up if you had nowhere else to go.Adu played for Aris in Greece and Rizespor in Turkey. He played one game for a Serbian team. He played in Finland for KUPS and, after that, for its developmental affiliate. He went to Brazil for two games. He played in the minor league NASL for Tampa Bay. He had unsuccessful trials with Blackpool in England and Stabaek in Norway, with AZ Alkmaar in Holland and MLS’ Portland Timbers. He flew to Poland to sign a contract only to learn that he’d been brought in without the manager’s consent. He tries not to talk about those years in which he was floating from team to team, leaving each under a shadow of disappointment. “You have to have amnesia,” he said. “Otherwise, you’ll torture yourself.”He ended up in Las Vegas for the 2018 season as a last resort. It was a chance to resurrect his career at 28. That didn’t work out, either. “The fans would chant his name, ‘Freddy! Freddy!’” said someone affiliated with that team’s management. “Then they’d see him play, and they wouldn’t chant anymore.”Adu wanted to return to Las Vegas this year, especially after Eric Wynalda, the former U.S. national player and Fox commentator, was hired to manage. Wynalda turned him down.“The reason that Freddy’s not here now, there are six or seven guys getting their first chance or their second chance,” Wynalda said. “He’s on his fourth or fifth. It’s their turn, not his.”Wynalda, too, had hoped Adu’s career would have turned out differently. “He’s a lot better than what we think he is,” he said. “There’s a lot more to him. But we never saw it.”Adu was sitting at home in suburban Washington this past November when two friends persuaded him to help their youth club, Next Level Soccer. The plan was that he would come to workouts through the winter and teach the kids how to shoot. It’s June now, and he’s still driving nearly an hour each way to practice sessions near Baltimore, two and three times a week. For the first time in years, he says, soccer is fun.“This is literally grassroots,” he said, sitting on the bench during a break in the practice. “None of that other stuff. Just the good parts of the game.”Still, Adu wants to be clear. “Until,” he said. “That’s how I’ve been thinking about this.” In two days, he would turn 30. “I’m still plenty young. I’m not ready to give it up. Things haven’t gone the way that I would have wanted them to, obviously. But I love the sport too much to say I’m ready to give it up.” He still gets inquiries on Facebook, and occasionally through his agent, about his availability.“I’d like to stay in the States,” Adu said. “I’ve been to some obscure places in my career. I’m not sure if I want to keep doing that. I’d like to play, but I’m hoping that it’s here.”As he talked, players from Next Level’s under-14 team lined up to kick a ball on a diagonal toward an undersized net some 30 yards away. Most of them looked scrawny. It is hard to fathom, even after all these years, but when Adu was exactly their age, he was starting his pro career. Now he walked over to give them instruction. Strike the ball this way, he said, not like that. Several of the boys were able to get shots close to the goal. One bounced a shot off the near post, but most of them continued to miss by several feet.Adu stepped up to demonstrate. He sent a kick on an arc. For a moment, the ball shone against the darkening sky. Then it curved into the net. Adu threw his hands into the air. He did a dance, shuffling his feet. “Golazo!” he shouted. “Go-la-zo!”Adu coaching Next Level Soccer youth teamWhat went wrong for Freddy Adu? Arnold Tarzy thinks he knows.Tarzy is the Maryland insurance agent who discovered the 8-year-old Adu playing with older kids in a neighborhood league. Only a few months before, Adu’s family had won the right to emigrate from Ghana in a green-card lottery. Tarzy, who hadn’t played competitive soccer beyond junior high school and started coaching only a few years earlier, became a mentor for Adu, leading him step by step.In October 1999, the United States Soccer Federation staged a loosely organized youth game on the practice field at American University in Washington. The ostensible purpose was to identify emerging talent for Project 2010, a quixotic effort meant to result in a World Cup victory within a generation. But maybe it was just to see Adu, who at 10 already had made a name as a phenom.Tarzy was at the game, watching with Bob Jenkins, a USSF staff coach at the time. It had become clear to Tarzy that Adu scored goals simply because he was better than everyone around him. If he had the ball and a defender, or even three of them, to elude, he was almost impossible to stop. But when he didn’t have the ball, he stood around and waited for someone to pass it to him.Nobody wanted Adu to succeed more than Tarzy. Still, he couldn’t shake the feeling that Adu’s efforts were almost exclusively confined to taking the ball and putting it in the net. He turned to Jenkins. “It doesn’t bother you that he doesn’t work that hard on the field?” he asked.Jenkins shook his head. “He’s only working as hard as he has to.”Jenkins was referring to the game unfolding in front of them, but Tarzy was on to something. “It’s a matter of habits,” he says now. “He never had the work rate. He never had to. Things always came easy.”That would be Adu’s undoing. Against better competition, he foundered. He scored 15 goals in 16 games for the U.S. under-17 national team, and 16 more in 33 games for the under-20s. “He was unbelievable,” said Sammy Ochoa, who played with him at the under-20 World Cup in 2006. “He was great. Skillful. Quick. At that time, there was nobody like him.” But in 17 appearances for the senior national team from 2006 to 2011, Adu only scored twice.His club career ran a similar course. There were 11 goals to celebrate for D.C. United from 2004 to 2006. But since then, Adu has scored a total of 17 times. That’s 17 goals over the past 13 years, playing across various levels in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. As a kid, he’d get that many goals in a weekend.Adu was an attacking midfielder and occasionally a winger, not a striker. “I’m more quick than fast,” he said. But he considered himself a finisher, not a creator. When he wasn’t scoring, he wasn’t doing much of anything. “He saw himself as the luxury player, the skill player,” Wynalda said. “‘Give me the ball and I’ll make something happen.’ ‘OK, I screwed up, give it to me again.’ ‘OK, again. Just keep giving it to me.’ And eventually it’s like, ‘You know what? I’m going to give it to some other guy.’”Everywhere he went, Adu was his usual easygoing self. He made friends, not enemies. But that sense of entitlement undermined him in locker room after locker room. Since 2006, only two of the 13 teams he played for brought Adu back for a second season. “I think people still see me as that spoiled 14-year-old who came into the league,” Adu says now. “And I did not do myself any favors.”It wasn’t all his fault. American soccer was still seeking its first international star. Adu happened to be anointed. At the same time, the idea of a 14-year-old playing in a top league against adults captured the imagination of the broader public. “Everyone told him, ‘You’re great. You’re amazing. You got it,’” Wynalda said. Adu signed a $1 million deal with Nike. His D.C. United contract paid him $500,000 more.“He was touted before it was deserved, and before he was ready to handle it,” said Jason Kreis, who was Adu’s teammate and then his manager at Real Salt Lake in 2007, and now coaches the U.S. U-23 team. “He couldn’t cope with it. He believed what he was reading. He believed he was worth all the money he was being paid.”Adu spent two weeks on trial at Man UnitedAdu left Salt Lake in 2007 after Benfica recruited him. But he wasn’t yet good enough to play at Europe’s highest level, so he was loaned out to AS Monaco, which wanted him mostly because his fame had spread. He barely played there, either. That fall, he went to Portugal to find stability. He landed at Belenenses, which was in the midst of relegation and the hiring and firing of 10 different managers over three years. Finding a place for the young American was the least of the club’s problems.“Maybe sometimes I should have picked a team that was not so quote-unquote glamorous so I could get better as a player,” he said. “Rather than going for the glamour and never getting to play.”He had another stint in MLS, two full seasons in Philadelphia. Then he drifted to and from five teams in four countries. He hadn’t played in a year when Las Vegas made contact. “This is my last shot,” he told Olsen. “I’m going to do it.”The Lights play in a minor league baseball park a few miles from the Strip. Pitcher’s mounds remain along the sidelines. It’s Las Vegas but feels more like Albuquerque. Under the guidance of Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, the former Mexican League manager known as “Chelis,” last year’s team employed a pressing, high-energy style. Adu was at least 10 pounds overweight when he signed, and that’s being gracious. He was supposed to use the prolonged scrimmages during practice sessions to work himself into game fitness. Instead, he’d wait to receive passes that almost never came. Still, he showed flashes of brilliance, enough of them so that a one-month trial became a full season.“A normal player might touch the ball 50 times during one of those scrimmages,” said Isidro Sanchez, Chelis’ son, who coached the club when his father was suspended for eight games after an altercation with a fan, and then again after Chelis gave up and returned to Mexico. “Freddy would take the ball two times. Literally two times. But those two times!”By the end, Sanchez believed that Adu was finished as a player. “He was a body without a soul,” Sanchez said. “Without spirit, without hunger. You’d see him walking, he had no energy. He said, ‘I want to return to MLS. I want to do it.’ But he walked like an old man. Like an ancient body.”Early on, when Adu had been in Las Vegas for only a few weeks, the Lights played a friendly against D.C. United. Adu was still on a temporary contract, but Chelis decided to start him against his former MLS team. In the 89th minute, with the Lights losing 3-2, he received a long throw-in. Suddenly, 15 years melted away. He directed a volley toward the goal from 20 yards that sailed over the bar by maybe 2 inches. When you consider the excitement it generated, its potential for glory and its ultimate fruitlessness, it might as well be a metaphor for his career.The day of the 2018-19 Champions League final on June 1 was the last day of Freddy Adu’s 20s. Only a few years ago, it seemed likely that by now he would have appeared in a final, the sport’s biggest stage outside the World Cup. “It was one of my goals,” he said. “I’m sure there are kids who grow up wanting to play in the MLS Cup. I had bigger dreams.”At Benfica, he dressed as one of seven potential substitutes for group-stage matches against Celtic, AC Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk. He didn’t get into any of the games, yet those remain among the best memories of his soccer career. He was 18. Everything still seemed possible. But he never came close to the Champions League again.By the time Adu arrived in Laurel, Maryland, the second half was already starting. Next Level had fallen behind 2-0. Adu watched for a while. Then he walked over to the coach, Rafik Kechrid, who was crouched in front of his team’s bench. “My two cents,” Adu said. Put Kevin back in the game, he advised, but on the wing. Move Diego, the fastest player, up top. Get Ollie outside so he could have some space.Kechrid made the changes. Next Level scored. Then scored again. And here’s the strange part: Watching from the sideline, Adu almost felt like he was scoring those goals himself. “Wow, that feels really good,” he said. “Because you’re the one putting them in the positions to succeed. And you’re proud. It’s like, ‘I helped them to get there. I helped them to do that.’”Over the past few months, something else has become clear. Kevin, Ollie and Diego are helping him, too. Because now that he’s coaching, Adu is able to see the game like a coach. When he looks back on how he played over the past 15 years, he understands why his career unfolded the way it did. He says that he wishes he could call up all the coaches he played for over the years, one time zone to the next, and apologize to them.“I saw my game in a certain way,” he said. “They saw it as, ‘You can give so much more to the team.’ And I wasn’t doing that.” He shook his head, thinking about the years he lost, wearing uniform after uniform but often barely playing at all. “My 20s,” he said. “The prime of my career.”14 year old Adu became the youngest player to sign with the MLS in 2004Adu believes that several of the players at Next Level have significant potential. He knows now, though, that potential only sets the starting line. “Growing up, I was always the best player,” he said. “Guys who were way below me at the time, you’d say right now had better careers than I did.”If he’d had a Freddy Adu working with him, an elite-level player there to explain what it meant to succeed, he would have developed a different attitude. “So when I see a kid who’s really talented, clearly above the rest, and he’s just coasting, trying to get away with his talent, I say, ‘No, no, no. That can’t happen! You can’t let that happen! They will surpass you.’ Because I was that kid.”Ask anyone who played with Adu in Las Vegas and they’ll tell you he’s through. Adu doesn’t believe it. In the coming months, he’s determined to get in shape. He will drop from 162 pounds to his playing weight of 150. “The best that I ever played,” he said, as though he was only just realizing it, “was when I was the fittest. Most of my problems in Las Vegas was that I never got fit.”In recent years, he has spurned any offer that sounded suspiciously like he was being used to sell tickets or generate publicity. He refused all interviews for the same reason. “It had to be about soccer,” he said. “About what I could do on the field.” Now he knows that he can’t be as choosy. If the time has come to trade on his name as a way to get back on the field, if that’s the card he needs to play to pull on a uniform again, well, he’d be foolish to rule that out. “I’d be more open to that than I would have been before,” he said. Because he still has more to prove. He can’t have his career end this way.He vows that the next time, his last last chance, will be different. “I know that for a fact,” he says.Credit: Source: ESPNlast_img read more

Bechem United partners Authentic Sports Consortium

first_imgNewly promoted Premier League side Bechem United Sporting Club has partnered Kumasi-based sports Consortium, Authentic Sports as its official partners come next season.The Executive Director of the Sports Consortium, Listowell Yesu Bukarson outlined the numerous benefits his consortium will provide for the league contenders.“My outfit will provide the following services such as Public Relations, target publicity, crisis management, profile building,image projection, seeking of sponsorships and other professional services to the premier league returnees.” he saidThe Manager Director of Bechem United SC, Kingsley Owusu Achiaw in a meeting with management of Authentic Sports last Sunday at Bechem,inspected facilities of the club which included the playing pitch and the team ‘s camp base with its new partners.The official partnership was signed and sealed between the club’s CEO Osei Bonsu and the consortium’s Director Yesu Bukarson in the offices of Authentic Sports on Wednesday.The consortium also has former chairman of Kotoko Geogido’s daughter Mevelyn Nana Adusei Poku as its General Manager who also witnessed the signing.last_img read more

Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Jordan Ayew is “a star in the making”

first_imgAyew reportedly refused competing offers in favour of Villa because of manager Tim Sherwood, who he adores.The youngest member of the Ayew football dynasty, the Black Star signed for the Villa Park outfit last month from French side Lorient in an £8 million deal to become the fifth Ghanaian player to join England’s top flight this season. “Jordan can play a number of positions. He can play on the left side of the attack or as a number nine. He’s got good pace, strength and his all-round game is what we’re looking for.”He’s a good age with a very good pedigree. A lot of clubs were looking to take him but he decided that his future lied here and we think we’ve got a star in the making there.” Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has tipped new signing Jordan Ayew to become a star. According to Sherwood, the claret and blue have “got a star in the making” on their hands with Jordan.In an interview with the club’s television network, AVTV, he praised the 23-year old for his strengths and hoped that Jordan can use the opportunity to develop.center_img At Lorient, he scored 12 goals and he is expected to fill the gap left behind following Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool.Jordan is likely to feature in Villa’s season opener against compatriot Christian Atsu’s Bournemouth.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Max Earl Bretches, former Wellington athletic director, 78: Sept. 10, 1935 – Aug. 18, 2014

first_imgMax BretchesMax Earl Bretches, age 78, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, surrounded by his loving family.Max was born on September 10, 1935 in McPherson to Stanley Bretches and Alice (Anderson) Bretches.Max graduated from McPherson High School in 1953 and from Wichita University in 1957 where he was the football tri-captain.  His picture appeared in the 1957 Sports Illustrated issue. His first teaching position started in Anthony  in 1957.  He taught there for three years and from there went to Emporia State for a year to get his Masters Degree.He started teaching at Wellington in 1961 and served as the Athletic Director at Wellington High School for 32 years.  Highlights of his career at Wellington High School include head track coach and head golf coach.  In 1974 he was on a special KSHSAA Committee to discuss ideas on changing the State High School Football Play-off System from the point system to District Playoffs.  The District Playoffs started the following season.After retiring in 1995 he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Alma and Zelma.Survivors include his two children, Craig Bretches and his wife Carna of Wichita, KS and Shari Bretches of Andover, KS; one brother, Galen Bretches of McPherson, KS; three grandchildren, Halie, Tanner, and Morgan; and one great granddaughter, Skylar.A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Frank Funeral Home on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a special tribute to Max at 10:30 a.m.A memorial has been established with the Max Bretches USD 353 Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at read more

Walker Cup man Orrin tops Order of Merit

first_img Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) experienced many golfing highlights over the past season including being a member the GB&I Walker Cup team. So much so that he rounded off the year, as well as his amateur career, by topping the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit for 2013.A year ago, Orrin (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) was celebrating winning the Boys Order of Merit. Now the 19 year old England international has completed a superb double by racing away with the men’s merit award.He topped the list with 122,056 points, almost 15,000 more than his England and Walker Cup team-mate Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), while two more Walker Cup man, Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) with 105,215 points was third and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire) fourth with 103,648 points.“I’m pleased to have won the men’s Order of Merit and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship,” said Orrin. “It is not an easy thing to win as there are a lot of good players out there. But it does indicate that you have enjoyed a successful year.“Getting selected for the Walker Cup was massive but I didn’t play as well as I would have liked. However, it has been the highlight of my career so far and something you don’t forget. That also underlined how good a year you’ve had but after that I felt it was the right time to turn professional.“I shall never forget my time as an amateur and how much I owe England Golf.”The bulk of Orrin’s points, over 38,000, were gained from his reaching the Amateur Championship semi-finals, while a semi-final place in the English Amateur secured another 23,000 points.A runner-up spot in the St Andrews Links Trophy earned him more than 26,000, while victory in the Lagonda Trophy, one of his two titles, brought a further 20,000 points.Shinkwin, 20, earned 30,000 points with victory in the English Amateur at Frilford Heath and 20,000 for winning the Hampshire Salver. Almost the same amount was chalked up for his runners-up place in the Scottish Open Stroke Play, while he also reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship and was fourth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, both of which added to his tally.Porteous, 23, enjoyed a superb summer, winning the Amateur Championship, which earned him 50,000 points, a further 30,000 for winning the Scottish Open Stroke Play and over 24,000 as runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke Play.Fourth placed Smith, 21, gained most of his points from his victory in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby. 20 Nov 2013 Walker Cup man Orrin tops Order of Merit last_img read more

Simmons, Pollard fail in IPL opener

first_imgWest Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard both failed as reigning champions Mumbai Indians slumped to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening game of the new Indian Premier League season yesterday.Opting to bat first, Mumbai showed plenty rust in stumbling to 121 for eight off their 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium, but Supergiants experienced no such glitches, racing to their target in the 15th over.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries and put on 78 for the first wicket with South African Faf du Plessis, who made 34 from 33 balls.Englishman Kevin Pietersen chipped in with an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls.Earlier, Simmons managed just eight at the top of the order, while Pollard scored just one at number six, as Mumbai’s batting collapsed.Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls batting at number eight, while middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu chipped in with 22.Simmons, a member of the West Indies T20 World Cup winning squad last week, looked to be finding his touch when he clobbered pacer RP Singh for a straight six in the third over.last_img read more

More Water Shortages Hit Monrovia

first_imgFor the fifth time in less than three months, users of pipe-borne water connected to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) lines must once again contend with the inconvenience of water shortages in Monrovia and its environs.During a weekend tour of some densely populated areas of Monrovia, hundreds of people were seen desperately searching for water.Officials of the LWSC are yet to provide any explanation as to why the people of Monrovia continue to encounter hardships in securing safe drinking water even when they are paying for it.The management of the LWSC has said on many occasions that pipe-borne water has been restored to several parts of greater Monrovia and its environs. In spite of these claims, access to water still remains an issue in these same areas.LWCS’s customers continue to argue that the provision of the water on a sustained basis cannot be over-emphasized.Despite many assurances from the LWSC’s managers and engineers that they are ready to meet consumers’ needs, the water corporation’s customers and other Liberians continue to experience water shortages on a regular basis.The affected residents told the Daily Observer that their hardship has continued with no practical solution from the LWSC’s management in sight.“As the Rainy Season is here, we need a reliable water source, so we can avoid water-borne diseases,” one business owner pleaded.As a result of the recurrent water shortages, the presence of wheelbarrow water carriers to various homes and businesses is on the rise again. In some cases, not all of these water carriers have access to the LWSC’s various water pumps.This creates a situation where people are forced to use water from unhygienic sources due to their desperate need.The water carriers often expose the water to unhealthy elements as they transport the water from its source to their customers across the city center.In encounters with some private water carriers during the weekend, they pointed out that getting safe drinking water from the LWSC’s hand pumps is a huge challenge due to the long distances of some of their locations in and around the city.One water carrier, Milton Bear Sackie of Slipway, said some of the kiosks containing these pumps are situated in crime-prone communities.He said going to these areas often poses a threat to their safety.Another water carrier, Mary B. Norton, told the Daily Observer the situations at the various kiosks could be described as a ‘real nightmare,’ owing to the number of carriers that turn out daily in search of safe drinking water.She said upgrading of the LWSC’s pipelines is critical to the provision of pipe-borne water to the people of Monrovia and other communities outside of the nation’s capital.During the weekend tour, several isolated communities in Duala, Brewerville and Waterside sounded urgent appeals to the LWSC management to establish water pumps in their areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more