Follow The Trace | Can The Tail Wag The Dog?

first_img ISSA, that is the principals, in acting in the best interest of the youngsters under their tutelage, are well within their right to err on the side of caution in doing all within their powers to protect the long-term interest of the young student athletes. Another chink in the coach’s armour is their failure to demonstrate how these proposed changes will negatively affect the development and progress of the young athletes. The more genuine and credible concern is the rush in finalising the implementation of these changes just weeks before Champs 2017, since the preparation of the athletes are well in advance for this coming season, and it would have been much more reasonable to implement these changes for Champs 2018. However, even then ISSA, as principals have absolutely no obligation to anyone except their students, no coach, no coaching body, no expert or analyst, not even the president of the local governing body, the JAAAs. They, the principals and ISSA, are well within their right, and are indeed correct to push for these changes, and push for them now. Indeed, on the complete contrary, the Jamaican male athletes who have made the upward leap into international stardom have been predominantly athletes who were NOT the big Champs stars. Conversely, the list of mega Boys Champs stars who have fallen by the wayside is conspicuously long and winding, going back several years. What the coaches have failed to do is to provide a plausible explanation for that worrying trend, and indeed offer any semblance of proof that physical and psychological overwork and burnout have not been major contributing factors to so many outstanding Jamaican youngsters failing to make that logical transition. These coaches seem to be caught up in their own false sense of importance and have lost sight of the fact that ISSA is comprised of school principals, with their main responsibility being the welfare of the students who participate in high school amateur sports. These coaches, for the most part, are professionals who get paid based on the performance of their charges at Champs and elsewhere. The motives and perspectives of ISSA, and the coaches, are completely different. The coaches are in no credible position to make the defining call on this issue, since they are effectively the ones being accused of overworking the athletes. INT’L STARDOM The pronouncement by the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competitions director, George Forbes, to the effect that the tail is trying to wag the dog, and that the high school principals are not hired by the track and field coaches, but instead coaches are hired by principals, is poignantly appropriate and smacks profound wisdom. This assertion by Forbes aptly sums up the situation regarding the feeble and splintered resistance to proposed changes to the competition rules to the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. The ISSA point man is absolutely right, especially in a context where the motivation for the hasty implementation for these rule changes appears to be the protection of the young athletes from overwork. The dissenting voices are struggling to make a credible case. Implicit in this attempted pushback is that ISSA has no proof that athletes are being overworked. They continue to argue that until ISSA can present empirical data and hard evidence to prove that athletes are being overworked, then the governing body ought not to make not make these changes. What the coaches are failing to accept, however, is that the overwhelming reality is that for several years now, the vast majority of outstanding Boys Champs stars have failed to make the successful transition into the senior ranks. ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTIONlast_img read more


PBA Finals: Balkman, Devance nearly come to blows at halftime

first_imgThe heated duel between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra spilled into the tunnel of Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newly-minted Best Import Justin Brownlee is leading the way for the Kings with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, four rebounds and six assists.Greg Slaughter has 17 points while LA Tenorio and Devance have 12 apiece for Ginebra, which is shooting 67 percent from the field.Balkman has 14 points and eight rebounds for the Beermen, who are in dire need of production from June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter.Fajardo, who earned his seventh Best Player of the Conference before tipoff, only has four points and two rebounds as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT Things got chippy just as the players were heading into their respective dugouts shortly after the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the first half.Beermen import Renaldo Balkman shoved Gin Kings forward Joe Devance in the back as the two were on their way to their locker rooms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Fortunately, security and other players quickly stepped in, keeping the incident from escalating.Ginebra, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven finals series, is up big, 67-52, at the half. NCAA: Lyceum outshines Perpetual Help to go 6-0 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more


PPP willing to negotiate outside the courts − Rohee

first_imgTied municipality, NDCsThe People’s Progressive Party/C (PPP/C) said Monday it was willing to meet with the A Partnership forPPP General Secretary Clement RoheeNational Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government half-way and hold negotiations outside the courts, to have the deadlock on a Mayor for the Municipality of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) and chairpersons for the five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) matters ongoing on the tied Local Authority Area (LAA), settled.General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee said the opposition has decided on this course after the interest of the people was taken into consideration.Speaking to journalists, Rohee said his party recognize the plights of residents in these tied LAAs, and the absence of functional councils since the March 18, 2016 elections are causing.Another factor is the failure of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) to timely manage its constitutional responsibilities of ensuring by-elections that statutorily are due in areas that have tied LAAs, Rohee said.“Equally important was the decision by the Granger Government, to impose and execute their solution, instead of negotiating,” he said, adding that this position is being maintained despite the ministerial appointment is in contravention of the laws of Guyana.Rohee said the government has already rejected the PPP/C’s proposal for a rotation of the Mayorship in the case of the Mabaruma Municipality or the Chairmanship of the five NDCs and instead, imposed its own office bearers.He said despite this, the PPP/C is again open to negotiations to iron out an amicable solution including a sharing of the position of principal office bearers in the tied LAA’s.“The party, in the interest of those persons is signaling its willingness to re-engage in negotiation with Government to have a resolution”.According to Rohee, his party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had met with Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally on the issue.Further contact was made with Ally recently to set up a date for the re-engagement, however, Ally has indicated that she will not be available until after June 11.He said rather than wait on the court, the party thought it could resolve this issue because it is the people who are affected.The PPP/C had moved to the courts to stop Communities Minister Bulkan from illegally appointing a Mayor for the Town of Mabaruma as well as the Chairpersons in five Local Authority Areas in which the PPP/C and the APNU/AFC had the same number of seats after LGE.Bulkan had appointed Kervin Crawford as Chairman of the Gibraltar-Fyrish NDC; Audrey Thomas as Chairman of the Industry-Plaisance NDC; Peter Livingstone as Chairman of the Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen NDC; Carol Nurse as Chairman of the Woodlands-Bel Air NDC; Gershon Clarke as Chairman of the Woodlands-Farm NDC and Rupert Henry Smith as Mayor of Mabaruma.However, the Court quashed these appointments and ruled in favour of the PPP/C on the grounds that they were contrary to and in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02.Justice Diana Insanally said the decision “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultravires, null, void and of no legal effect”.And although the High Court had ordered that a date be set to host by-elections in the tied local authority areas, this is yet to be done.PPP Chief Whip Teixeira had expressed concerns that the Guyana Elections Commission and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government continued to disregard the rule of law.Furthermore, she chided GECOM for abdicating its constitutional responsibilities of ensuring each local authority area has its leadership installed.“GECOM must be reminded that the elections process of the March 18 Local Government Elections is at this point incomplete until the by-elections of the tied local authority areas are concluded,” she stated, noting that GECOM has a constitutional right to ensure these elections are held.Earlier this month, GECOM said regarding the election of a Mayor for Mabaruma, Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, states that, “the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied Candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”As it relates to the five NDCs, GECOM said Section 28(6) of the Local Government Act, Chapter 28:02 provides that, if there is no election of Chairman on account of an equality of votes cast by the councillors present, “the overseer shall immediately fix a day within the last 10 days of the year for the election” by the registered voters, for the election of a Chairman from the councillors receiving the equal votes.”In both instances, GECOM said it was still awaiting the notification for the date of the elections.last_img read more


Guyana’s first major roundabout 50% complete

first_img–  some road closures necessary to complete projectThe Carifesta Avenue/Vlissengen Road Roundabout Project is halfway done and the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has advised that some temporary road closures will be necessary to complete the project. This will result in some inconvenience to motorists and road users and the Ministry is asking the public to exercise patience and to use alternative routes from Wednesday, August 23. “Weather permitting, the traffic disruption will last for just three weeks,” the Department of Public Information (DPI) advised.An overhead shot of the Carifesta Avenue, Rupert Craig Highway and Vlissengen Road junctionIt said traffic will be diverted through Alexander Street and MPI Maintenance Engineer, Sherod Parkinson is urging road users “to take precautions as they use Alexander Street, David Street and Barr Street to access lower Georgetown.”Parkinson also explained that the contractors need to connect the newly installed pumps at the Kitty Pump Station where a major sinkhole had developed several months ago. This has since been filled in prior to the commencement of the roundabout project.Parkinson also disclosed that the first and second phases of the project are completed. The third phase will see works on the Sandal Place section extending to the centre of the carriageway.Once the third phase of the project is completed, the final phase of connecting all the roads – Carifesta Avenue, Seawall Road, Rupert Craig Highway and Vlissengen Road will begin. This $127.1 million road improvement project is due to be completed by year-end and will allow for a smoother and unhindered flow of traffic at the busy intersection.The roundabout will reduce waiting and stoppage time for motorists heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road and the Kitty Public Roads.last_img read more


Rowling’s Christian critics miss the mark

first_imgTHERE are some Christian factions that love to criticize J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. References to witchcraft, paganism, curses and hexes make the books easy targets for the defenders of righteousness. It turns out these factions of Christianity miss their mark. Instead of focusing on how things like witchcraft and paganism are anti-Christian themes, they should have been criticizing Rowling’s interpretation of life after death. During her book tour visit to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, a reporter asked Rowling to explain the last time she wrote about Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore dies in the sixth book, but meets Harry in limbo, somewhere between life and death, near the end of “The Deathly Hallows.” Before leaving Harry, Dumbledore is seen crying in grief and shame as he says good-bye and returns to being dead, while Harry goes on living. The reporter wanted to know if Dumbledore spends eternity crying and in pain. Rowling said no, that Dumbledore has a wonderful afterlife, despite the mistakes he made during his life. Then Rowling proceeded to explain her thoughts on the afterlife. “On any given moment, if you asked me (if) I believe in life after death, I think if you polled me regularly through the week, I think I would come down on the side of yes – that I do believe in life after death,” Rowling said. “It’s something that I wrestle with a lot. It preoccupies me a lot, and I think that’s very obvious within the books.” This is what Rowling’s Christian critics should really be angry about. For Rowling, the afterlife is more than a promise. It exists. Without Christ. She has created a world where the dead walk among the living, where the afterlife is for everyone; and in some regards it’s a better place than the living world. Death is not that horrible of an option. For many Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as savior is the only path to an afterlife. Those who don’t are lost, sent to hell, or purgatory, or someplace other than heaven. Rowling doesn’t need Christ. Not in her wizard world. Not in her afterlife. Not anywhere near Harry Potter. That is the reason Christians should be upset with Rowling – not because her child characters perform spells and curses and delve into witchcraft, but because they do not need Christ to have an afterlife. None of us do, in Rowling’s views. In the world of Harry Potter, dying is not something that needs to be feared. Those who are afraid of dying become corrupted, misguided, lost and alone. Dumbledore is the best example of what happens to Rowling’s characters who embrace the thought of an afterlife. They take chances. They challenge authority. Most importantly, they aren’t afraid to fail. Dumbledore turns out to be a failure in many ways, but it doesn’t affect his place in the afterlife. He may have regrets, but he would not trade his afterlife for a chance to return among the living. Harry gets to make that choice – to be dead or alive. In that sense, he is much luckier than any of us will ever be. That moment when Harry gets to decide if he wants to live or die best illustrates Rowling’s struggle with the concept of life after death. “The truth is that, like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes that my faith will return,” Rowling said. “It’s something I struggle with a lot.” Tim Haddock writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, www.insidesocal.com/harrypotter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Harley enters wary China

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We really hope that we can ride through the border like anywhere else, like in the States or Canada, or Europe,” said Ma. “So that we can just plan a weekend trip, three days and two nights in China. That is really the best for a Hong Kong rider.” For years, iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, Inc. has pushed hard to find ways to sell its motorcycles in China. Now, the Milwaukee-based company says it plans to announce before summer that it will open its first retail outlet in the country since at least World War II. “Mao said that a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step,” said Timothy Hoelter, Harley-Davidson’s vice president of government affairs. “I guess we’re taking some baby steps already.” The company says there are still major hurdles – some 170 Chinese cities limit or ban motorcycle use or ownership, largely because they are viewed as underpowered, cheap, polluting machines that clog traffic and endanger others. “We are not encouraging motorcycle use,” said Huang, who only gave her surname, a spokeswoman for the police force’s Shanghai Public Security Policy Consultation Office. Motorcycles have been banned from almost all the main streets in Shanghai, Huang said, and the city stopped accepting motorcycle registrations in 2002. After China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, import restrictions, quotas and tariffs dropped substantially against foreign motorcycle manufacturers, but municipal traffic ordinances have remained, Hoelter said. “The problem is although we can now sell our motorcycles in China, the Chinese can’t use them, at least if you live in an urban area,” he said. Foreign manufacturing advocates say the policy, while somewhat justified by safety concerns, has created an unfair barrier to access. Harley-Davidson estimates small Chinese manufacturers build some 17 million motorcycles a year – most for domestic consumption – but most are small and used in rural areas, so they evade many of the restrictions on Harley-style heavyweight bikes. Other bikes such as 1950s-era Chang Jiang 750, which are still used by the Chinese government, are considered three-wheelers because of a sidecar, Hoelter said. In contrast, BMW, which entered the Chinese motorcycle market in April 2003, said it sold only 70 bikes on the mainland last year. The main barriers the German company has faced are riding bans in big cities and motorways, high customs duties, poor insurance coverage and the huge gap between legally sold and illegally imported motorcycles, said Stefanie Lowenstein, spokeswoman for the BMW Group. Liu Xintong, secretary-general of China Motorcycle Industry Association, said the result is that pent-up demand for large motorcycles is going unfulfilled. “Motorcycle riding fans are still eager to get top machines like Harley-Davidsons,” he said. “But the government policy seems not motorcycle-friendly at all.” Alan Tonelson, a research fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council, said all U.S. manufacturers still face a “very formidable array” of barriers to gaining access to the Chinese market. “U.S. government attempts to reduce, much less eliminate, these trade barriers, has been woefully ineffective,” he said. For now, Harley-Davidson is going to drive around them. The company’s managing director for China, Dave Foley, said the company has selected a dealer and that before summer, “more specific communication will be forthcoming.” He declined to say where it would be, but noted the Beijing area had the highest concentration of riders of imported heavyweight motorcycles in the country. Motorcycles may not be operated within Beijing’s Third Ring Road, a 30-mile highway that encircles the city, so Hoelter said a likely dealer location would be outside the city core. But the company will have to sell its products, which can exceed $20,000 retail, in a country where most Chinese make around $1,000 a year. “The potential is enormous but it’s up to us to really develop that leisure-oriented market,” Foley said. The company said it was too early to forecast sales, but estimated there were more than 1,000 heavyweight motorcycle riders in China, most of whom acquired their bikes through unofficial channels. Analyst Timothy Conder of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. said it may be slow-going but Harley-Davidson should eventually win out. “What they’re selling is Americana. I think they should do well,” he said. Chen Lexing, a 37-year-old real estate worker in Guangzhou, said he and his group of Harley riders leave the city before dawn on weekend outings in Guangdong Province. They can’t obtain license plates in the city of Guangzhou because their bikes are some five times the allowed engine size of 250cc. Chen said he worries that Guangzhou will ban motorcycles altogether next year, but is hopeful at news that Harley is making inroads. “I hope Harley-Davidson moves into China, sells more motorcycles and works with the government so that more roads and places will open up to motorcycle riders,” he said. Hoelter said the road into China will be a long one. “China is certainly today from the market-access perspective, our most daunting challenge,” he said. “It’s going to be a long-term effort, it will no doubt be a multifaceted effort and we’re going to have to be patient.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILWAUKEE – For Ray Ma, freedom on the open road means riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle behind two police cars through the Chinese countryside. The 53-year-old Hong Kong dental surgeon and members of his 35-bike riding group had to pay 10,000 Hong Kong dollars ($1,290) per bike in escort and paperwork fees last fall to make their trip to Guilin City a reality. “We have to follow the rules in the place where they have the rules,” Ma said. “And I regard that as free.” But Ma said he yearns for the day when he can escape the cramped city for the Chinese mainland without the hassle. last_img read more


Sol Campbell a future Tottenham manager? Arsenal legend tipped for shock role

first_img Most Popular Football Stories BEST OF scrap revealed The Silkmen are currently bottom of League Two, meaning relegation will send them crashing out of the Football League and into the National League.But Ince believes the struggling side will get a boost from being managed by the Premier League winner.“The lads will be buzzing, once they see Sol is in there, they’ll be buzzing,” he added.“The training will probably go up 20 per cent and hopefully that goes into the performances on Saturday afternoons. The former England international was helping out with coaching the Under-21 team recently Campbell captained Spurs before his move to Arsenal 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Spurs fans turned on the 44-year-old for leaving White Hart Lane Sol Campbell has amazingly been backed to become Tottenham Hotspur boss one day by former England teammate Paul Ince.The former England defender has taken on his first managerial role in League Two, having being appointed as Macclesfield Town boss on an 18-month contract. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Campbell began his career at Tottenham, before infamously joining fierce rivals Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001.As a result, the defender was subjected to torrents of abuse from Spurs fans over the years whenever he returned to White Hart Lane.However, former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince – Campbell’s ex-England teammate – believes the 44-year-old will get a crack at managing his former side in the future.“Who knows, in years to come he might be managing Tottenham, fingers crossed,” he said on Sky Sports.“But I wish him all the best.” latest SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “Just be yourself, don’t try and be someone that you’re not. Just be yourself. Sol will be fine, he’s got a good football brain.“It’s unfortunate he’s had to go to the bottom team in League Two to do that.“But he’ll be fine, he’s good his foot in the door. Hopefully he will be successful.”last_img read more


ISLAND ROAD CRASH VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL

first_imgA WOMAN injured in a traffic accident on Aranmore Island has been airlifted to hospital.The woman received a back injury in the incident.The Sligo Search and Rescue helicopter – Sligo 118 – was called in and the woman was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where she has been treated for her injuries. Aranmore Lifeboat crews and local medical staff tended to the woman on Sunday before being transferred to the chopper for the flight to Letterkenny.On Saturday the Sligo 118 was also deployed to transfer a seriously ill child from Letterkenny General Hospital to the children’s hospital at Crumlin, Dublin. ISLAND ROAD CRASH VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Arranmore IslandISLAND ROAD CRASH VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITALrtalast_img read more


Climate changes protested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Chanting and blowing whistles, the marchers denounced Blair and Bush for their perceived environmental failings. Some held banners depicting Bush as “Wanted – for crimes against the planet” and advising “Ditch Blair, not Kyoto.” Canadian Inuit traveled to Montreal from the isolated Arctic north to join the protest there. Indian leader Jose Kusugak told The Associated Press that he brought along hunters, trappers and elders to reassure them that people from the south were not indifferent to their plight. “It was important to show there are a lot of people in the world who care,” he said. Canada’s Environment Minister Stephane Dion, who is presiding over the 10-day U.N. Climate Change Conference in Montreal, also took part in the march and said final negotiations next week involving some 120 environment ministers and other government leaders would be crucial to improving the Kyoto agreement. Bush has been widely criticized for pulling out of the treaty, which binds industrialized nations to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The United States – which spews out nearly 25 percent of the world’s carbon emissions – was the target of many demonstrators Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTREAL – Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities worldwide Saturday to demand urgent action on global warming as delegates continued their work at an international climate change conference to review and update the Kyoto Protocol. Police said about 7,000 people marched in downtown Montreal, some dressed up as polar bears. Five environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the Climate Crisis Coalition, delivered a petition signed by 600,000 Americans to the U.S. consulate in Montreal urging President Bush and Congress to help slow global warming. “We’re worried about climate change, about ways of life in the Canadian Arctic disappearing,” said Sarah Binder of Montreal’s Urban Ecology Center. Organizers said 10,000 people marched through London, passing Prime Minister Tony Blair’s home on Downing Street, where they delivered a letter demanding the government reaffirm its commitment to Kyoto with legally binding targets on emissions reductions. last_img read more


Vipers overcome Police to remain second

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruBasani Safidan sserunkumaJuma Balinyapolice fcRahmat SsenfukaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguevipers sc Dan Sserunkuma (left) celebrates his openner against Police on Tuesday. (Vipers Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Police FC 1-2 Vipers SC StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Tuesday, 23-04-2019LUGOGO – Vipers SC remained second on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League following a 2-1 win away to Police FC.The Venoms who went into the game knowing only a win could probably save their title defence scored through Dan Sserunkuma and Rahmat Ssenfuka.Police who looked below per throughout the entire 90 minutes scored late in the game thanks to Safi Basani.Unlike in most of their home game, Police started slowly on Tuesday and were made to pay on 14 minutes as Vipers took the lead.After some good interplay in the middle, Vipers day’s captain Brian Nkuubi released Innocent Wafula on the right and the winger played in a low cross for Dan Sserunkuma who expertly converted into the net for 1-0.Police looked to be growing into the game but would go into halftime trailing to the Sserunkuma goal.League top scorer Juma Balinya who had struggled to find any spaces in the Vipers area, tried his luck from distance on 54 minutes but his effort sailed over the bar.Four minutes later, for Cop. Rahmat Ssenfuka doubled Vipers lead.The holding midfielder made a late run into the box to connect neatly with a Duncan Sseninde cut-back and strike past Davis Mutebi and in process put Vipers 2-0 up.Sseninde (right) protects the ball as Police’s Paul Wila closes in on Tuesday.Police who have scored the second most goals in the League this season would not go down easily as they pulled a goal back with 26 minutes to play.Basani Safi and Johnson Odong enjoyed good interplay on the right with the later playing in the former, through on goal. Odong struck the ball first time, beating Venoms’ goalkeeper Derrick Ochan at the near post.In response, Vipers made a change that saw Sserunkuma withdrawn and replaced with Brian Kalumba.As the game neared it’s close, Nkuubi got a chance to score Vipers’ third but his effort from inside the area sailed over Mutebi’s cross-bar.Police’s best chance to draw level came three minutes from time as Basani beat the Vipers’ offside trap but could not control his intended cross, sending the ball over with Balinya and Odong waiting to tap-in into the net.In the end, Abdalla Mubiru’s side would succumb to a second defeat in their last 12 games, leaving them 9th on the standings with 37 points from 28 games.With KCCA FC drawing away to Nyamityobra, Vipers relinquished their league crown as they are now 7 points behind the Kasasiros with just two games to play. Vipers now have 53 points as compared to KCCA’s 60.Vipers are now 7 points behind leaders KCCA FC with just two games to play.The other games played on Tuesday:-Ndejje University FC 1-1 KCCA FC-Maroons FC 0-1 SC Villa-Nyamityobora FC 0-3 Tooro United FCWednesday’s fixtures:-URA FC vs Mbarara City FC-Express FC vs Kirinya JSS FC-Bul FC vs Bright Stars FC-Paidha Black Angels vs Onduparaka FCComments last_img read more