Bourda Market vendor shot dead during robbery

first_imgA cheese and sausage vendor at Bourda Market was on Wednesday evening shot and killed by three armed men who relieved him of his cash, a quantity of jewellery and other valuables.Dead is 45-year-old Troy Ramalho, called “Rasta”, of Albouystown, Georgetown and of Lot 11 North Road, Lacytown, Georgetown.Based on reports, the vendor had already packed up his stall which is located between Alexander and Bourda Streets and was awaiting transportation to take him home.It was during this time he was confronted by three gun-toting bandits who held him at gunpoint and demanded that he hand over cash and other valuables.Speaking with Guyana Times, the dead’s man wife, Precious Ramalho, explainedTroy Ramalho, called “Rasta” in happier timesthat her husband refused to comply with the bandits’ demands and in retaliation, one of the armed men discharged a round hitting the vendor once to his chest.As he fell to the ground, she noted that the other two men relieved her husband of three gold chains that were wrapped around his arm.In addition, the perpetrators took away the man’s cellphone along with three gold rings before making good their escape on foot.“After they come and ask him to hand over his gold and money he started talking up and he took the table that was in front of him and hit one ah dem with it. After that one of them was going away and the one with the gun turn and tell him boy do what you have to do and he took the gun and put it to his heart and pull the trigger,” the wife stated.More so, she related that the incident happened right before the eyes of two on-duty City Constables.“When this thing happened, the market Constable was there but couldn’t do any but to watch the bandits walk out of the market and head towards Camp Street. They couldn’t do anything; they don’t have a gun, all this happen in front of everybody,” the woman recalled.She noted that the father of two would normally say to her “anybody coming to take my things (jewellery) would have to kill me before they get it, me ain’t giving up my things just suh”.The vendor was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage was reviewed and the Police are currently hunting the suspects. It was only a month ago, the Mayor and City Council has revealed that Bourda and Stabroek Markets are havens for criminals and warned Guyanese and foreigners to be extremely careful when traversing the areas.last_img read more

Who’s In Control: Your Brain or You?

first_imgDo you have a self that controls your brain, or is thought a secretion of the brain, as Darwin claimed?  Do you use your brain, or does your brain operate you?  Who is in charge?  These are deep philosophical questions with a long history, that some people prefer to avoid, as in the common joke:What is matter?  Never mind.What is mind?  No matter.The answer is probably not an either-or proposition, because we know that physical changes in the brain, whether by drugs and injury, can have profound affects on the self – if there is one.  But there is also ample evidence that people can affect their physical brains through choice and will – just as a person can order her arm to rise against the pull of gravity.  Some recent findings suggest that opinions of neuroscientists (for a long time those most tending to physicalism) seem to be shifting back to belief in the existence of a determinative self.Memory flexibility:  Rats have brains, too, and while humans may not appreciate being compared to them, we might learn some things from the physical aspects of a rat brain.  For one thing, how the brain stores memory is a lot more complicated than the old computer storage model.  Science Daily reported on work at University of Minnesota that shows that “the phenomenon of memory replay is much more [sic] complex, cognitive process that may help an animal maintain its internal representation of the world, or its cognitive map.”    The hippocampus has long been known to be involved in memory recall.  Rather than just playing back a memory verbatim, the hippocampus provides flexible playback.  “It gives animals the ability to plan novel paths within their environment,” said A. David Redish of the U of Minnesota Medical School.  “This replay process may be an animal’s way of learning how the world is interconnected, so it can plan new routes or paths.”  That almost sounds like the rat is in the driver’s seat, not its brain.  The article spoke plainly about the rat’s “decision-making process.”  The brain was not just playing back a tape recording: “The rats were not just reviewing recent experience to move it to long-term memory,” Science Daily said.  “This is important because brain cognition and the human decision-making process are poorly understood.”  Someone might argue that computers have a decision-making process, too.  Yes—but those processes were programmed by intelligent design.  To claim that animals are capable of decision making while being physical products of evolution would beg the question about physicalism.Multisensory perception:  If physicalists want to say humans are only animals, they can’t say they are less equipped.  PhysOrg posted an interesting story that said psychologists are finding amazing perceptual abilities in humans thought to be mastered by animals alone.  The article begins with examples:Blind mountain bikers use echolocation to hear rocks in the trail.  A connoisseur sniffs out the world’s most expensive cup of coffee.  An artist whose sight disappeared as a young man paints and chooses his colors by touch.    New research in perceptual psychology and brain science is revealing that our senses pick up information about the world that we thought was only available to other species, Lawrence Rosenblum, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, writes in a new book, “See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses” (Norton, 2010), published this month.Rosenblum has amassed many examples of people who have compensated for the loss of one sense by developing heightened sensitivity from the other senses, both singly and in combination.  “Brain-imaging and other tools have enabled researchers in the last decade to discover that the human brain is capable of changing its structure and organization – a process called neuroplasticity – as it is influenced by experience.”  Don’t be down on yourself.  You are highly skilled, Rosenblum says: “We all have an onboard sonar system and a type of absolute pitch; and we all can perceive speech from seeing and even touching faces,” he said.  Those abilities can be brought to sharpness by practice.Forget to remember?  Science Daily delved into the question of why we can remember some things instantly when exposed to a triggering sense, like a smell, but can’t remember other things when we try.  “Science still does not fully understand why” this happens.  Experiments by Kristina Kompus, a Swedish scientist seem to suggest that the instant recall and the slow search-and-retrieval mechanisms are controlled by different regions of the brain.  Her studies “also reveal that our long-term memory is more flexible that was previously believed.  There is not just one single neurological signaling path for reliving old memories but rather several paths that are anatomically separate.”Hormone assist:  PhysOrg added more thought to the story about testosterone (see 12/09/2009).  Subjects involved in a trading game were actually more rational and fair when they did not know they were given testosterone.  Since women given the hormone without knowledge behaved differently than those who knew, the effects of hormones are more complex than previously thought.    This raises questions about the uniqueness of the human mind.  How could such an experiment be done on animals?  How would they know what they were given?  How would they have certain expectations that a hormone would produce a certain kind of behavior?  The authors of an article in Nature noted, “biology seems to exert less control over human behavior [than in other animals].”Self-controlled rehab:  A man in Texas has had difficulties in work because of several traumatic brain injuries, like concussions from falling off a horse when he was young.  He felt discouraged about his prospects for work and living a normal life, PhysOrg said, till he realized at age 42 that he was not a prisoner of his brain injuries.  He heard about “brain plasticity – the concept that the brain can heal and learn at all ages.”  He realized that abilities he thought were gone could be re-learned.  “It was a relief,” he said.  “It helped me regain my self-esteem and self-confidence.  It gave me hope.”  The article then noted, “Neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and change through life, is gaining increased traction in medical circles.”  The author of a book on the subject, Dr. Norman Doidge, calls this “the most important change in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years.” “For the longest time our best and brightest neuroscientists thought of the brain as like a machine, with parts, each performing a single mental function in a single location,” he wrote in an e-mail from the University of Toronto (he also teaches at Columbia University).  “We thought its circuits were genetically hardwired, and formed, and finalized in childhood.”    This meant that doctors assumed they could do little to help those with mental limitations or brain damage, he says — because machines don’t grow new parts.  The new thinking changes that: “It means that many disorders that we thought can’t be treated have to be revisited.”A doctor told of a patient who suffered a massive stroke.  In five weeks he went from coma to paralysis to walking out of the hospital.  “The brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells,” he said.    Dr. Sandra Chapman is founder of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas.  She remarked, “Our brain is one of the most modifiable parts of our whole body.”  Think about that.  It means that intentional thought for the brain might just be as important as exercise for the body.  She advises taking a “neck-up checkup” to find areas needing improvement: such as learning how to focus, learning how to reason, learning how to create.  These skills can be improved with targeted exercises.  For those of us getting older (100% of humans), it also means we don’t have to look ahead to hopeless decline, but can actually maintain or improve mental skills as we age.  “People in their 80s and 90s can do incredible things,” Chapman said.  “They may do them a little bit slower, but they can do them at a much deeper level.”    The article said “It’s possible that the connections that the brain makes may become even more profound with age.”  If so, do they just result in more profound secretions of the brain, or do they provide a self with better tools?The scientific brain:  Some experiments done at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research seem to show that humans are hard-wired to think scientifically.  Our brains are comfortable with predictable outcomes, but strain at unpredictable ones.  PhysOrg said, “This suggests that the brain’s main job, alike [sic] that of a scientist, is to generate hypotheses about what is going on in the outside world.”  Do we all have a little scientist in our head?  “At present the idea of the scientific brain is rapidly spreading through the neuroscience community and provides a novel approach to resolving how the most complex organ of the human body works,” the article ended.Control your cortex:  Scientists can observe brain waves that predict how someone will feel days after a marital spat.  But do the brain waves determine this, or are the waves a product of the spouse’s control?  Science Daily reported on work at Harvard reported in Biological Psychiatry that seemed to show that “brain activity – specifically in the region called the lateral prefrontal cortex – is a far better indicator” than common wisdom about not going to bed angry “of how someone will feel in the days following a fight with his or her partner.”  The more neural activity seen in the lateral prefrontal cortex, the more forgiving the partner was likely to be.  But what does that mean?    Dr. Christine Hooker “also found that those who had more activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex and greater emotional regulation after a fight displayed more cognitive control in laboratory tests, indicating a link between emotion regulation and broader cognitive control skills.”  So while the brain waves might serve as a predictor of those most vulnerable to emotional stress after a fight, it doesn’t mean the subject is a victim of her or his brain waves.  It could mean the opposite – that the moral traits a person has learned can be observed in brain waves, just like the choices one makes in a diet are visible in the waistline.  “Scientists believe that what we are looking at in the scanner has relevance to daily life, but obviously we don’t live our lives in a scanner,” noted Hooker.  Relevance is a commutative property.  She could have said, “Our daily lives have relevance to what we see in the scanner.”Train your brain:  According to Science Daily, we can choose to remodel our brains.  Researchers at the University of Goldsmiths London observed neuroplastic changes as a result of brainwave training.  They “demonstrated that half an hour of voluntary control of brain rhythms is sufficient to induce a lasting shift in cortical excitability and intracortical function.”  The article continued, “Remarkably, these after-effects are comparable in magnitude to those observed following interventions with artificial forms of brain stimulation involving magnetic or electrical pulses.”  It means that painful and risky physical interventions (drugs, electric shock, etc.) could be replaced with a more “natural way” to modulate cerebral plasticity through “inner control of one’s own brain activity”.  The finding has “important implications for future non-pharmacological therapies of the brain and calls for a serious re-examination and stronger backing of research on neurofeedback,” the article said.  Inner control; is that the same thing as self control?Advocates of intelligent design are most often philosophical dualists – those who accept a mental (or spiritual) reality in addition to a physical reality.  It appears these studies and others like them are giving them fodder for their case.  Denyse O’Leary, co-author of The Spiritual Brain, discussed some of these findings in a podcast for ID the Future.  For more news about the brain, see the 02/21/2010 entry.It’s nice to see secular neuroscientists entertaining thoughts again about the actual existence of a self that can control the body.  But there’s a shortcut to tipping the debate in favor of dualism.  Ask them, when they are thinking about the question, who is doing the thinking?  To be consistent in their physicalism, they would have to deny their own selves.  This would be a self-refuting position that would give the dualist interlocutor opportunity to call the debate.  Like Dr. Greg Bahnsen used to taunt his opponent, merely showing up at the debate proved his point.    Each of the stories above makes sense in the light of creation, and only in the light of creation (the top-down approach that assumes intelligent design), on two grounds: (1) the alternative is self-refuting, and (2) our uniform experience shows that decision-making entities (robots, software) are products of a mind.  It may not answer all the mysteries we have about the mind-body problem (e.g., what happens to the self when an aging person shows dementia, the differences between animal and human mental states, the interactions of soul and brain, what happens during sleep, why do we recall things when not concentrating on them, etc.), but it is a self-consistent framework in which to provide useful employment to the little scientist in your head.  Otherwise, what’s the point of the sign over the businessman’s desk? – “THINK.”(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Papwa’ Sewgolum: little known great

first_imgBut for apartheid, South Africa could have had another world-beating golfer at the same time as Gary Player.Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum, a South African of Indian origin, was a self-taught golfer who played the game with a back-handed grip, hands positioned the opposite way to the traditional grip. The unorthodox grip has another name – the Sewsunker grip – named after Sewgolum because he used it with such success.Born in 1930 to a blind mother, Sewgolum came from a modest background. During his early childhood years he did not attend school, and spent much of his time hitting golf balls on the beach with whatever branches he could find that resembled golf clubs.Later, to make ends meet, he became a caddie at the Beachwood Country Club.No ordinary caddieAlthough he was a better golfer than the men for whom he caddied, the racial laws of apartheid South Africa prevented him from demonstrating his prowess – even though, competing in non-white competition, he won the Natal Amateur at the age of 16.Sewgolum was “discovered” by a German, Graham Wulff, who lived in Howick in the Natal Midlands. Wulff was playing a round of golf with some colleagues one day when one of the men asked Sewgolum, who was caddying, which club he should use for an approach to the green. Sewgolum advised him to select either a six or seven iron.The man took his advice, but played a poor shot and took his frustration out on Sewgolum. Sewgolum didn’t take kindly to the abuse; he put the man’s bag down and began to walk away.Wulff called him back. He asked Sewgolum whether he would have used the same iron to reach the green. “Yes,” the caddie replied.He then placed a ball – something the caddies were strictly forbidden to do – and knocked his approach to within half a metre of the pin.‘Papwa’ Sewgolum in his prime (Photo: South African Airways Open)Dutch Open, Natal OpenWulff was impressed. So much so that in 1959 he took Sewgolum overseas to play in the British Open. He was also due to play in Germany, but crossed lines in planning meant he missed out on that opportunity.Wulff then took him to the Netherlands to compete in the 1960 Dutch Open. Sewgolum won the tournament, successfully defended it the following year, became a three-time winner of the title in 1963, and finished as runner-up in 1964.Back in South Africa, Sewgolum was only allowed to compete from 1963. He promptly won the Natal Open, defeating Harold Henning – and becoming the first person of colour to win a professional golf tournament in South Africa.Henning was no slouch – he won more than 50 tournaments in his professional career, including victories in the US and Europe, and teamed up with Gary Player to win the World Cup Invitational in 1965.Beating Gary PlayerAs for Player, he was on a roll in 1965. Besides the World Cup Invitational, he won the US Open Championships to complete golf’s Grand Slam of majors, took his third South African Open and fourth Australian Open, and notched up wins in the World Series, World Matchplay and NTL Challenge Cup.In the 1965 Natal Open, however, Player played second fiddle to Sewgolum.Sewgolum’s second Natal Open victory was overshadowed, however, by the happenings at the prize-giving ceremony afterwards. Rain was pelting down, which prevented the trophy being presented outdoors, as was the usual case, and the ceremonies were moved inside.The laws of the day were that Indian people were not allowed inside the Durban Country Club. An infraction of those laws could have resulted in the club losing its liquor licence.International outcryPhotographs of Sewgolum receiving his Natal Open trophy in the rain – while the club’s white patrons sat in comfort inside – flashed around the world, prompting an international outcry. A number of countries reacted by imposing sports sanctions on South Africa.In 1965, Sewgolum came within a whisker of winning the South African Open, losing out to Retief Waltman by a single shot.However, just when it seemed his career would take off, the apartheid government brought it to an appalling halt. In 1966 the government banned Sewgolum from all local tournaments, and by withdrawing his passport, prevented him from playing abroad – and, in effect, from making a living.Sewgolum died impoverished in 1978, not yet 50 years of age, from a heart attack.Belated recognitionIn 2004, Sewgolum was posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa’s highest honour for achievement in the performing arts and sport.Today, a golf course in Durban is named after him. The Papwa Sewgolum Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole flat woodland course situated in the suburb of Reservoir Hills.In 2005, Wits University Press published Christopher Nicholson’s biography Papwa Sewgolum: From Pariah to Legend.A documentary film about his life, “Papwa: The Lost Dream of a South African Golfing Legend”, had its premiere in August 2005.Unveiling a memorial plaque in honour of Sewgolum earlier in 2005, Durban Country Club chairman Ray Lalouette described the 1965 Natal Open awards ceremony as “an ignominious debacle that must have been the source of much embarassment and humiliation for a fellow human being at a time when he should have been experiencing joy and jubilation.“No matter what the background, or the rules of the land, it must have been an experience that caused hurt and shame for him and his family.“It is therefore fitting and appropriate that I, as the current chairman, take this opportunity on behalf of the members of the Durban Country Club, to apologise to Mrs Suminthra Sewgolum and to Mr Sewgolum’s son, Rajen, and his family for the suffering you have endured as a result of that most unfortunate incident.“We have commissioned this plaque to serve as a permanent reminder to all those (and especially golfers) who walk this way, that ‘Papwa’ Sewgolum was a remarkable man.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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SA remittances help feed Africa

first_imgUgandan artist Samuel Kalule Ssendowooza sells his and others’ work in Cape Town, South Africa, helping support his family back home. (Image: Jeffery Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa is the largest source of remittances sent by migrants back home to countries in the rest of Africa, helping pull families from the brink of poverty and ensure the next generation get an education. There are currently 2-million migrant workers in the country, sending about R6.1-billion to their families across the continent every year. The bulk of the money goes to Southern African Development Community countries.According to the Financial Mail magazine, global recorded remittances to developing countries are expected to have topped US$240-billion in 2007. Money sent by migrant workers back home to their families has been a critical means of financial support for generations.Remittances are recognised as one of the world’s largest poverty reduction efforts – by millions of individuals at a time. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) reports that the flow of foreign currency to developing countries now reaches millions of households. Ifad estimates that, worldwide, 150-million migrants sent $300-billion to their families in 2006.In January 2007, researchers Yao Lu and Donald J Treiman from the University of California’s Centre for Population Research in the US, produced a paper entitled The Effect of Labour Migration and Remittances on Children’s Education among Blacks in South Africa.The paper found that in households where a parent is absent due to migration for work, the remittances received substantially increased the likelihood that children are in school, through three pathways: increased household educational spending, reduced child labour, and mitigation of the negative effect of parental absence due to out-migration.Migrant voicesBut what’s it like to be the sole breadwinner, but so far from home? An online survey of migrants, conducted by the BBC, sheds some light on the global phenomenon of remittances.“Sending money to relatives in Cameroon/Africa is more or less a noble deed and duty for most of us out of Africa,” Cameroonian Levei Babaya, who works in the US, told the BBC. “[T]hose friends and relatives who have received such remittances have for the most part put it to good use. There is no question that there are abuses. There is also no question that some of our relatives consider us bottomless pits.”According to Lawrence Bangura, a Sierra Leonean in Chester, England, his family’s gratitude is what makes migrant work worthwhile. “To me it is an obligation which I have to honour and my happiest moments are when my relatives say thank you to me after receiving what I have sent,” he said.“We have a saying in my tribe, Temne, that God chooses one or two people in a family and gives them all he would have given the entire family. Although some of them, especially my brothers and sisters, do not spend it wisely, I am always happy to send whatever I can afford.”Some see it as a means of not only helping their families, but also their countries. “The money I send home is seen as an investment,” says Faraieverett Magagula, a Zimbabwean working in Pretoria, South Africa. “The money I send to my family in Zimbabwe goes a long way to propping [up] the Zimbabwean economy.”Then there’s the view of “Mecano”, working in Canada: “Of course, that is what Africa’s life is about. ‘A sharing circle’.”Remittances made easyThe R6.1-billion disbursed through Africa in from South Africa is a conservative figure, as up to 60% percent of remittances reach their beneficiaries in informal ways. The official statistics are from money organs that deal in international transfers, and don’t account for money sent with relatives, friends and taxi drivers.High transaction fees are a major reason informal routes are preferred. In Africa, Moneygram and Western Union dominate the market. According to Nikki Spottiswoode, Moneygram’s international director for Africa, the amount charged on transactions depends on the amount of competition in the market. In the US, for instance, there is a flat fee of $10 charged for amounts up to $500 hundred. But Moneygram charges $20 for sending the same amount out of South Africa.Another reason migrants prefer informal routes is that they cannot meet the documentation requirements created by South Africa’s foreign exchange regulations, as well as other financial and immigration laws.As an alternative to the costly traditional money transfer operators, various new means are being developed across the world to reduce costs and improve the speed at which money is transferred between countries.Ikobo, a money-transfer company based in Atlanta, US, has a system in which the beneficiaries back in Africa are given a bank card, which can be used at Visa merchants and ATMs across the world. The migrant simply reloads the money every month using a simple online process, and the money is available immediately.Xoom, a company based in San Francisco, also uses a simple method for international money transfer. A sender can send money worldwide from any internet-enabled computer to friends, family and businesses in over 30 countries. Various methods can be used, including PayPal, major credit cards, or the withdrawal of funds directly from the senders US bank account to fund the money transfer.Useful linksSending Money HomeIkoboMoneygramEldis – developmental policy practice and research companyWestern UnionXoomInternational Fund for Agricultural Developmentlast_img read more

Experimental Facebook Feature Shows Better Friend Suggestions

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web I realized that I did, in fact, want to be connected to quite a few of these people because our social graphs do have quite a bit of overlap and we’ve met in person or online. Some of these recommendations, such as Tara Hunt and Sarah Austin, popped up several times as they were mutual friends of more than one new friend I’d just confirmed. Smart tech! “We are still testing it,” wroteFacebook rep Kathleen Loughlin in an email, “but we’ve found that Facebook is a more valuable experience for people when they are able to find and connect with their friends. While we already have a variety of tools to help people connect, we’ve started experimenting with ways to make these tools even more accessible and easy to use.”We particularly enjoy this feature because it gives a more tangible reason to reach out to a new friend than the easily ignored “mystery people” column on the right side of the screen. Sure, they might have friends in common with me, but which friends? What social groups are they part of that relate to what I’m doing? Making and finding friends this way can require a bit of digging around, for example, realizing that you’ve actually met the person before because you go to the same conferences. So it’s not ideal for at-a-glace suggestions sometimes.What do you think of the new feature? Is it helpful or not for how you use Facebook and how you define or filter your Facebook friends? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.Also, if you’ve got a moment, check out RWW’s Facebook page! We’d love to have you as a fan. Related Posts We’ve just discovered an awesome new feature that Facebook is using to experiment with friend request confirmation pages.When you confirm a new friend, you’ll be presented with four people that friend is connected to – four suggestions for people who might be mutual acquaintances based on your social graph. It’s more useful and more accurate than the current friend/fan suggestion feature, and we actually like it a lot. Check out the screenshots, or try it for yourself the next time someone friend requests you.Here’s a screenshot of what happened for me when I approved a recent string of requests: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight MOST READ “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

AA: Mexico after U.S. youth international

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: Liga MX teen caught up in latest USA vs. Mexico battle? Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 02:11 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonathan Gonzalez Monterrey United States Premier League Newcastle United Hamburger SV Huddersfield Town Monterrey Santos Laguna Liga MX Bundesliga Opinion U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez is a regular starter at the top team in Liga MX and reportedly now has El Tri after his services While most of the gushing for teenage Americans abroad is reserved for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, with a few eyes batted at Schalke’s Weston McKennie, there is another 18-year-old midfielder who is becoming a fixture in his team’s lineup.Only this teenager may not be a lock to be a senior U.S. international if Mexico has any say in the matter.That teenager is Jonathan Gonzalez, who lines up in the central midfield for the team currently top of Liga MX, Monterrey. He has played in eight of the club’s nine games, starting seven of them, as well as starting two Copa MX contests. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The California-born Gonzalez’s performance at a young age may have caught the eyes Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio. The Record reports there are efforts to get Mexico to poach the U.S. youth international, who is eligible to play for El Tri.Having represented the U.S. at a youth level, Gonzalez would need to fill out a one-time switch to represent Mexico. But if offered a call-up, would he jump at the opportunity?Previously, Gonzalez had stated his desire to represent the U.S. at the senior level. In August he told American Soccer Now, “Until this moment, the United States has always guided and been there for me so I feel like I have the need to be with them.“I’d say for now I’d have to stick with the U.S. for all they’ve done for me. My family is supportive in whatever decisions I make so it makes it much easier for me.“International play for me is once in a lifetime opportunities, not everybody gets the chance to play international soccer so I’m very fortunate for everything I’ve been through and hopefully will be going through.”It’s also worth noting Gonzalez could have joined Chivas Guadalajara before Monterrey but declined because of the club’s policy of only allowing Mexico-eligible players suit up for them, which would have locked him out of playing for the U.S.Still, will the U.S. leave that to chance? The stakes of the October games makes it hard to hand out courtesy call-ups, but given that Gonzalez is a regular starter for the team currently top in Liga MX, one can argue he already merits a national team look. And with the potential to lose the teen to the team’s biggest rival, it will be interesting to see if that all adds up for an October call, and appearance to cap-tie, for Gonzalez.YEDLIN MAKES SEASON DEBUTDeAndre Yedlin Maxim Choupo Moting Newcastle Stoke CityOne of the trouble spots for the U.S. during September’s international break was its back line.All of the defenders had their issues at points over the two games, but the struggles of Graham Zusi against Honduras were particularly glaring. It wasn’t a matter of effort — Zusi simply didn’t have the pace to keep up with the opposition wingers — leaving many thinking wistfully of the speedy DeAndre Yedlin.Those thoughts look much closer to becoming a reality for October’s crucial qualifiers after this weekend.Yedlin made his first appearance for Newcastle this season as he went the full 90 minutes in their 2-1 win over Stoke City. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained earlier in the summer.And the fullback explained the situation with the injury after the win, detailing his precaution in not rushing back.“Obviously I injured my hamstring early in preseason, came back for a little bit and injured it again,” Yedlin told Newcastle’s official website. “The thing with a hamstring injury, or any muscular injury in your leg, is that you have to be careful — especially the type of player I am.“It’s a big asset to me. Sometimes, it can be a little bit scary to go out and sprint and jump and do those athletic sorts of things, but I thought I was fine today.“I think the medical staff have done a great job with me, so credit to them for getting me back fit and healthy. I’m looking to push forward from here.”While it’s good to see Yedlin back, he has to work to maintain his place on a resurgent Newcastle side that sits a surprising fourth in the Premier League after five games played.A healthy Yedlin who is starting every week for the Magpies would be a huge addition for the U.S. for its crucial qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad and Tobago in October, especially since the other spots on the back line are very much up in the air due to injuries.KNEE INJURY SIDELINES WOODBobby Wood Hamburg 090817Speaking of injuries, Hamburg striker Bobby Wood missed out on their 2-0 loss on Friday to Hannover. The club said the knee injury was something he picked up while on duty for with the national team, which may have come as a surprise given his goal against Honduras and the fact he went 90 minutes in the first game after the break — a 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig.However, regardless of where the injury was picked up, the big question facing the striker is how quickly he can recover and whether it’s a problem that lingers, as happened to Wood toward the end of last season.Hamburg has a busy slate this week — a Wednesday clash with Borussia Dortmund before a Sunday date with Bayer Leverkusen. If Wood can’t get into either one of those contests, it would be a bad sign with the break coming in a few weeks.With Jordan Morris sidelined with a hamstring injury, Wood being out as well would leave the national team short on proven striker options beyond Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.Given that fact, and his recent success, it’s likely U.S. fans will be checking in on Wood’s status frequently over the next 14 days.WILLIAMS GETS FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE STARTKelechi Iheanacho Danny Williams Leicester HuddersfieldIt’s been a bit of exercise in patience and versatility for Danny Williams at Huddersfield. Joining David Wagner’s side on a free transfer from Reading following their promotion to the Premier League, the midfielder has had to wait for a chance to break into the side.Thus far, Williams was limited to two Premier League substitute appearances, with one coming at right back, though he did get a start in the league cup in August. However, Saturday afforded Williams the chance to get his first league start of the season and he went the full 90 in Huddersfield’s 1-1 home draw with Leicester City.Williams had a nervy moment early in the contest, getting caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho and needing his teammates to bail him out. But he rebounded after that and earned collective praise from Wagner, who hailed the three players who got their first Premier League start in the match.“(The players) were very energetic, played intense, scored a great goal showed a great togetherness, especially with the three new players who made their starting debut today,” Wagner told HtTV after the game. “All of them played well, especially these three players.“So I’m very happy with the performance. The players showed that they are capable of.” Huddersfield has another league cup match and two Premier League contests before the international break, so if Williams can maintain his starting spot, he can make a case as to why he’s deserving of a spot on the U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifiers.Williams is at least on the radar as Bruce Arena said he “would look at him” when asked about him following the draw in Honduras. Being good enough to start and keep his place for a Premier League side would go a long way turning that look into an actual roster spot.SCARY MOMENT FOR ALVARADOCenter back Ventura Alvarado suffered a scary moment Saturday as the defender had to be hospitalized after a concussion.Alvarado was substituted off after the incident and taken to a hospital for observation. While the injury is serious, the defender later confirmed he was out of danger on Twitter, thanking fans for their support as well.Muchas gracias a todos por sus mensajes. Ya me encuentro mejor y con muchas ganas de ayudar al equipo #SinGuerrerosNoHaySantos— Ventura Alvarado (@Ventuzzz) September 18, 2017″Thank you for all your messages,” Alvarado wrote on Twitter. “I’m already better and really wanted to help the team.”U.S. fans probably have not thought of the 25-year-old Alvarado much in the last year and he has found playing time a struggle at Santos Laguna. However, he had gotten a bit more action as of late, starting three of the club’s last five games. In total he’s started six games — three in Liga MX and three in the Copa MX after playing just four times in total for Santos Laguna in last year’s Clausura.Given the heightened awareness to the dangers of concussions, it’s possible Alvarado might be sidelined a while. Hopefully he can recover fully from this injury and keep up his recent push for a bigger role with the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more