Wright-Cates Named UIW Women’s Soccer Coach

first_img“I am excited to welcome Emma and her family to UIW,” Wickstrom said. “Her soccer experience, family values and coaching philosophy will help deliver a top student-athlete experience as we compete for championships in the Southland Conference.” Wright-Cates graduated from CCSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in art, specializing in graphic design. She completed her master’s degree in education at Christian Brothers University in 2007. Wright-Cates is married to Vassar Cates and has two children, Phoebe and Finn. Wright-Cates played at the collegiate level at both Division I Central Connecticut State and Division II Slippery Rock. Throughout her three seasons at CCSU, she helped the Blue Devils to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. A three-year letterwinner with the Blue Devils, Wright-Cates was a first team All-Northeast Conference selection and was named the Central Connecticut Sportswriters Player of the Year after helping CCSU win two NEC titles. Wright-Cates transferred to Slippery Rock for her senior year and earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after helping The Rock to the PSAC West title in 2004. “I am thankful for the help, guidance and support of my family, and also for the positive influence of my coaches and peers. Wright-Cates served as an assistant coach at George Washington from 2012-14 where she worked with recruiting, fundraising, scouting, community service and travel. Under Wright-Cates’ guidance, the Colonials improved from 5-12-1 in 2012 to 12-6-1 in 2014. Before coming to the United States, Wright-Cates played in England’s Women’s Premier League for both the Doncaster Belles and Everton, the latter of which won the premiership title. She was also a member of the National Women’s Football Academy from 1998-2000 and competed in the England National Team U-18 trials in 1998. “First, I would like to thank President Dr. Thomas Evans and his staff for providing me this wonderful opportunity,” Wright-Cates said. “It is an honor to work for the University of the Incarnate Word, whose mission aligns directly with my values. Prior to her time at GW, Wright-Cates spent three years as club director for Fort Worth FC. Within the club, she helped coach the Forth Worth Panthers of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). Wright-Cates’ duties included working with developmental age groups, assisting with competitive teams, fundraising, coordinating and managing spirit wear, producing monthly newsletters and assisting with Fort Worth FC camps and club tournaments. Before joining the Fort Worth FC staff, Wright-Cates served as an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana from 2007-09. She helped the Lions advance to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals in both 2007 and 2008. In addition to her NCAA Division I coaching experience, Wright-Cates also coached at Division II Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, from 2005-07.center_img “There is a tremendous buzz around campus and lots of energy. It is definitely an exciting time to be a part of the Cardinal family. I believe the university and athletic department, along with the added bonus of being located in a fantastic city full of culture and history, will be a huge draw for recruits. “I am very excited to get on campus, meet the student-athletes and start working towards our goals in the classroom, community, Southland Conference and beyond.” SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Emma Wright-Cates has been tabbed as the fifth head coach of the University of the Incarnate Word women’s soccer program, Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Friday. “I would also like to thank Dr. Brian Wickstrom, Mr. Richard Duran, Ms. Angela Lawson and the rest of the search committee for trusting me to continue to propel the women’s soccer program and showing me what it means to be a Cardinal.” A native of Greater Manchester, England, Wright-Cates has had coaching stints with George Washington, Christian Brothers University and fellow Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana. Wright-Cates holds a USSF ‘C’ License and a referee license. She received her National Soccer Coaches Association of America State Level 1 Goalkeeping Diploma in 2007. Wright-Cates briefly stepped away from collegiate athletics prior to the 2014 season and returned to England to help care for her terminally ill father. She returned to the United States in January of 2015 and founded Pass and Move, LLC, a consulting company that trains high school student-athletes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and assists with the process of searching for and preparing for the right college.last_img read more

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APNU/AFC list is dominated by the same squanderers

first_imgDear Editor,It is an honour to be selected as a candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. Over the course of the last eighteen months, I have had the pleasure to work with many of the fellow candidates and work it has been as we have struggled with the obduracy of the Granger Administration. At 52, I am one of the older members of the list, which augurs well for Guyana’s future; the destiny of our country should be driven by youth guided by experience. The balance achieved on the PPP/C list is exquisite.Those of you familiar with my advocacy via the letter columns will know of my fierce passion for honesty, accountability, and transparency in governance. The world has moved to a point where Governments are expected to work in fishbowls and provide unprecedented access to the decision-making process as well as contracts and public expenditure; Guyana under an Irfaan Ali-led Government would see a paradigm shift to openness in all its business. Looking at the team assembled I can assure that capability, competence, intellect and work ethic are well represented. I have no doubt that the PPP/C team can deliver on the policies, plans and projects outlined in our manifesto. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the opposing lists.The APNU/AFC list is dominated by the same people who have squandered the country’s reserves in four and a half years, as they have engaged in their Danse Macabre since the fall on December 21 2018, they have racked up an overdraft of a billion dollars per week; at last count, in November 2019 our overdraft stood at $76 billion, consider it was $69 billion at the end of October! The Granger cabal has no intention of even appearing transparent, following the rule of law or giving a fig about our parliamentary democracy. The procurement process has been odiously bypassed; the ceiling for sole-sourced contracts increased dramatically and contract splitting has become the new order as the treasury has been emptied of reserves and filled with debt notes once again.For we have been here before, the PPP/C inherited a bankrupt, heavily indebted poor country in 1992; 153 per cent of our country’s earnings were used to service debts. Granger has squandered with the hope that ‘oil money’ will be the panacea for all ills caused. I fear even massive oil revenues could not put this nation back on the road to progress if the geriatric, friends and cronies of APNU/AFC that comprise their list are ever allowed to govern again.I urge the public to peruse our team list; it is full of successful people from a myriad of professions, who are fully prepared to do the hard work required in the service of our nation. Pele summed up what is required when he said “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. I reiterate that an Irfaan Ali-led Government would be the embodiment of these sentiments as we work for the love of our nation and its people. Elections are on March 2, 2020.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Gafoors donate homes to less fortunate families

first_imgIn another act of astounding generosity, Sattaur Gafoor and Ameena Gafoor through the Gafoor Foundation, on Saturday donated homes to two less fortunate families. The homes, though not fully completed, were constructed at a cost of $9 million each.Oliver Kerr, a visually impaired father of two, received his first home – a flat, two-bedroom concrete house located in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Kerr had approached Sattaur Gaffor seeking assistance to build a house, as he had nowhere to live with his wife and two young children. Ameena Gafoor explained that her husband, when he heard of the Kerr’s genuine need situation, took on the responsibility of building them a home.“We operate something called the Gafoor Foundation where we help people in need. We try to see those with genuine needs and help them, and we also try to keep children in school. Oliver Kerr, who is blind, approached our company and said that he and his family have nowhere to live. So we thought we would rise to the occasion and fortunately he had this bit of land here. If someone does not have land, we cannot put down a house for them, so fortunately for him he had this bit of land. So the next step was for us to try and get a house erected and this was promised to them before the fire which was just a month ago.”According to Ameena Gafoor: “It took us about three months to build this house so here we are today. The house is somewhat incomplete but soon they will get all the finishing touches but basically they have a house and all the necessary facilities to function until we put all the finishing touches in place. And we are very happy to help the Kerr’s…we have known Oliver for a very long time and know of the circumstances”, she explained.She further revealed that she would be taking the responsibility of furnishing the home. “I am going to help them put in beds and chairs. If they need a stove, we will help them. Also, when the kitchen is complete we will try to help them with a fridge so that the children can grow comfortably. They deserve a decent and comfortable house,” she explained.She further related that the Gafoor Foundation was founded in 1992 when she and her husband returned from overseas, and noticed the need for such an organisation which would assist the underserved and less fortunate.Philipa Kerr expressed her appreciation to the Gafoors for their kindness. She related that it would have been quite difficult for her husband and herself to construct a home, given their circumstances. She recalled the moment when she was told that the Gafoors would be building them a house, telling  Guyana Times that she was at a loss for words. “I am very much happy. I want to thank God for Mr Gafoor and his family who gave us this house that I can enjoy and live comfortably with my family,” she stated.Meanwhile; Bibi Ramjit, 61, an ailing widow, also received her flat concrete house at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara.The woman explained that prior to receiving the home from the Gafoors, she was constantly moving from one relative’s house to the next. Struggling to contain her tears, she expressed thanks to the Gafoor family: “I feel so happy that I own my own home, I must thank them for building my house because if it wasn’t for the Gafoors I wouldn’t ah own my own home.”She related that she bought the land a number of years ago, and had begun constructing the foundation of the building. However; after her husband passed away, she was not in a financial position to continue the house.The contractors of the project expressed pride at being able to play a part in the kind act. They explained that they were very happy to be working for such a generous employer, saying: “we are very proud about what Mr Gafoor is doing for the less fortunate.”last_img read more

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Two multi-million-dollar elevators commissioned at Peter’s Hall overpass

first_imgTwo multi-million-dollar elevators are now operational at the Peter’s Hall overpass, East Bank Demerara (EBD), which were constructed to reduce road fatalities around that heavily trafficked area.One of the newly commissioned elevator lifts at the Peter’s Hall overpass, EBD (DPI photo)This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson who commissioned the elevators on Friday last stated that the other elevators are scheduled to be up and running soon. Focus is being placed on the one at Houston, Greater Georgetown in time for the new academic year.However, five persons from the community were selected to operate the two elevators at Peter’s Hall.The operators will be working a shift system from 6:00h to 14:00h and from 14:00h to 22:00h.The decision to close the lifts at 22:00 hrs. is because there is little visibility of pedestrians after the aforementioned time.The young people will be outfitted with safety vests and radio sets. In the event of an emergency, the operators will be able to connect with their supervisor at the Demerara Habour Bridge Corporation (DHBC).Minister Patterson also charged the young operators to be respectful at all time and to treat the general public inclusive of children courteously.He noted that plans are in place to construct more overpasses in busy areas of the country.“We are working on one in the middle of Agricola. Right in front of the school… The preliminary designs are already out. That is the number one priority in my 2020 budget…we will be installing overpasses on the East Coast. I know four areas are already identified.”Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Jaipaul Sharma who was also present at the commissioning of the Peter’s Hall elevators highlighted the increased safety the overpasses provide, as well as the employment opportunities.“We are giving back to the community. The workers here [at Peter’s Hall] are from the community and from each area that we have an overpass, the young people from the community will be given an opportunity to work at the facilities.”Additionally, Public Infrastructure Engineer, Mark Green, relate that an emergency response system is in place should there be a power failure.The cost for supply and installation of each elevator is said to be $13M with each having a maximum capacity of 400kg or accommodation capacity for about five persons at a time.In April, last, government had announced that it would have been installing elevators at five pedestrian overpasses along the EBD corridor.It was further announced that two elevators each will be installed at five pedestrian overpasses located at the Houston, Eccles, Peter’s Hall, Providence and Diamond villages on the EBD.Since the overpasses have been completed and accessible to the public, there have been and continue to be mixed feelings about the structures.Construction of the pedestrian overpasses had commenced mid-2017.The overpasses were intended not only to reduce the high level of road carnage and enhance public safety, but to also eliminate traffic congestion along the East Bank Road, which is said to be the busiest in the country.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Neville on England, Wilshere and Manchester United

first_imgEngland coach Gary Neville joined Drivetime to discuss a range of topics, including the Three Lions’ impressive 2-0 win in Switzerland on Monday night. The 39-year-old chatted positively about what the future holds for Roy Hodgson’s side and also spoke about his former club, Manchester United, and their hopes for the new season.In a compelling interview, Neville also spoke in depth about Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling’s roles in the England side.last_img

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Captive’s fake suicide ploy to attack guards at Guantanamo Bay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Under these circumstances, it’s hardly surprising that people become desperate and hopeless enough to attempt suicide,” said Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, an attorney for a detainee from Bahrain who has repeatedly tried to kill himself. The most recent turmoil at the detention center perched above the Caribbean on a U.S. Navy base in southeastern Cuba began Thursday morning when a detainee who failed to show up for morning prayers was found unconscious in his cell, Harris said. Tests indicated he had taken an overdose of drugs similar to the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. He was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Early in the afternoon, guards searching the prison for contraband prescription medicine found another detainee “frothing at the mouth” from an overdose of drugs. He was also hospitalized in stable condition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Prisoners with makeshift weapons battled guards trying to save a detainee pretending to commit suicide at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in what military officials said Friday was a coordinated attack that left six prisoners injured. Word of the injuries comes as a U.N. panel pressed the United States to close Guantanamo, saying the indefinite detention of terror suspects violates the ban on torture. “This illustrates to me the dangerous nature of the men we have detained here,” the detention center’s commanding officer, Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris, told reporters in a teleconference, describing Thursday’s attack. The clash, which took place the same day two detainees attempted suicide elsewhere in the camp, was among the most violent incidents reported at the isolated detention center, where the U.S. holds about 460 men suspected of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. Defense lawyers said the suicide attempts reflect increasing despair among detainees, most of whom have been held for more than four years without charges. last_img read more

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HOW DONEGAL ELECTED THE FIRST TV TD – AND HOW WE ALL WANTED BRITISH TV

first_imgTHE Irish Times’ online editor has written a great piece today about our view as a nation of RTE – and its 50 years in business.And Hugh Linehan reminds readers that in 1997 voters in Donegal South West elected a TD who campaigned to keep deflectors so that people could keep seeing the BBC.In this modern age of satellites and Sky (and other boxes of course) it makes for a great read. And you can read it here:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2012/0107/1224309936089.htmlHOW DONEGAL ELECTED THE FIRST TV TD – AND HOW WE ALL WANTED BRITISH TV was last modified: January 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BBCdonegal tvskuSKYlast_img read more

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Nadal looks right at home in Madrid

first_img “It’s exciting I’m sure it will be a great, great atmosphere,” Davenport said of the final. “It presents a bigger challenge and a bigger occasion being in Switzerland, for her. I’m really going to have to concentrate on returning serve.” Miller speaks out American skier Bode Miller, in a conversation with several reporters in Austria, advocated the liberalization of anti-doping rules, calling the enforcement effort hypocritical, ineffective and invasive. “I think people should be able to do what they want to do,” Miller, the reigning World Cup champion, said, in a dissertation that lasted 10 minutes. “There’s all kinds of things that just aren’t equal,” he said, ridiculing the idea of a level playing field. “That’s the whole point of sports. One guy wins and one guy loses. If you want to make it equal, then make everything legal.” He also said that under some conditions, steroids and EPO may be beneficial to an athlete’s health. Gian Franco Kasper, president of the international ski federation, called Miller’s comments “completely ridiculous,” and said Miller might have invited testing upon himself. Lakers notes Kwame Brown did not practice Saturday after suffering a bruised thigh in Friday’s game. He should play in tonight’s exhibition game against Charlotte in San Diego. If not, Brian Cook will start at power forward, coach Phil Jackson said. Tex Winter returned home Saturday after three weeks with the team and won’t return as a consultant for another month or so. European soccer In London, Tottenham held Manchester United to a 1-1 tie in the Premier League while Arsenal missed a bizarre penalty kick in its 1-0 win over Manchester City. In Spain, Samuel Eto’o scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half and FC Barcelona beat second-place Osasuna 3-0 for only its third victory of the Spanish league season. Luca Toni scored three goals and Fiorentina beat lowly Parma 4-1 to join AC Milan in second place in the Italian league. Roque Santa Cruz’s goal and assist helped Bayern Munich take back the Bundesliga lead with a 4-0 win against Duisburg. Defending four-time champion Lyon routed last-place Metz 4-0 in the French first division. Hearts stayed atop the Scottish Premier League with a 2-0 win at Dunfermline, extending its unbeaten run to 11 games. The 19-year-old Spaniard passed injured Roger Federer by winning his ATP-leading 78th match this year. He is chasing his 11th ATP Tour title of the season. Nadal, who came into Madrid after a three-week injury layoff, has not lost a set in four matches. “My knee is hurting a bit,” Nadal said. “I hope it’s nothing. I’m not worried. I’ve only got one match left.” Meanwhile, Ljubicic won his 16th consecutive match all indoors part of a career-high 51 matches this season. Former champion Patty Schnyder eased into the final of the Zurich Open in Switzerland, beating unseeded Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1. Schnyder will play top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Zurich champion, in a repeat of the 2002 final. Schnyder won in three sets. Davenport took less than an hour to beat seventh-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-0, 6-4. center_img Top-seeded Rafael Nadal reached his first Madrid Masters final, edging Robby Ginepri, 7-5, 7-6 (1), on Saturday in Spain. In today’s final, Nadal will play eighth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Argentina’s David Nalbandian. last_img read more

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DONEGAL BOY’S DREAM OF WALKING TAKES A STEP NEARER THANKS TO MAGNIFICENT GAA FANS

first_imgAnne-Marie Doherty and some of her ‘bucket heroes’ outside Croke Park collecting to help Paul walk for the first time.GAA fans put aside their rivalry to help a young Co Donegal boy walk for the first time – by raising almost €7,000 in just one afternoon!Young Killygordon boy Paul Doherty needs more than €60,000 to have a private operation in an American clinic.The five year old has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dreams of one day getting out of the wheelchair he has used all his young life. Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulHe has had physio, occupational therapy, speech therapy, conductive education, Botox injections, three weeks at the Peto Institute in Hungary and all sorts of medicines but to no avail.His devoted mum Anne Marie targeted yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Dublin and the streets around Croke Park to appeal to the good nature of GAA fans to help with the fund-raising.And they responded magnificently by filling the buckets of collectors with €6,964.81 on Sunday afternoon.Delighted Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily her campaign, ‘Mammy I want To Walk’, is well on its way to making her son’s dream a reality. She said “I cannot believe how decent people have been – both Dublin and Donegal fans.“The Dubs were filling the buckets and laughing that before the game that they wouldn’t se us again because we wouldn’t be back down for the final.“When they heard the money was going directly towards helping a little boy to walk, they were just so generous,” she said.Paul has his operation penciled in for March next in America but his mum will have to pay the cash for the operation in advance.The operation is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). And involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg. Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Park, in St. Louis Hospital, Missouri, expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches/walker if he gets the operation.“This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years. The NHS in the UK has just recently decided to trial the operation for 120 children there. By the time the operation is available in Ireland it will be too late for Paul.“We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4-6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme,” added mum Anne-Marie.And the even better news is that Anne-Marie and her ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ team have been given permission to carry out a collection for Paul on the day of the All-Ireland Final on September 21st. “That will be another big day for us and we’re hoping the Donegal fans and the Kerry supporters will give us what they can again to help Paul walk.“Since people heard of our campaign, they have been offering to hold sorts of little raffles and fundraising nights. It has been amazing.“Lots of people including St Eunan’s National School in Laghey who gave us €20.10 are helping us in all sorts of ways.“I know winning GAA matches is a big deal for many people and it’s great to win those games. But I want all the fans to know that they are all winners in my eyes because what they have done for my little boy,” she said.DONEGAL BOY’S DREAM OF WALKING TAKES A STEP NEARER THANKS TO MAGNIFICENT GAA FANS was last modified: September 1st, 2014 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:Croke ParkdonegaldublinfansGAAoperationpaul dohertylast_img read more

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Watch: A big thank you from Little Angels as fundraisers bring in €8,500

first_imgThe student council of Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny have expressed their gratitude to the local community for their support in the build-up to the North West 10K.The school was one of three beneficiaries from this year’s charity walk/run in Letterkenny, which raised €51,000.Little Angels held a number of events before the 10K which have raised a fantastic €8,500. To thank their kind donators and volunteers, the student council issued the below message. School head boy Paul McFadden leads the team, saying: “Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”   Watch: A big thank you from Little Angels as fundraisers bring in €8,500 was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Little angelslast_img read more

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