Mark Kevin Baker

first_img Mark leaves to cherish his memory his brothers, Harold (Anita), Dwight (Mary) of Port Arthur, TX, Patrick (Mertis) of Pearland, TX; sisters, Eddie Marie (Tommie), Brenda (Lawrence), Barbara, Mary (Ronnie) all of Port Arthur, TX, Cynthia (Melvin), Pamela (Gregory) of Pearland, TX, Sheril (Alex) of Harbor City, CA; sisters-in-law, Earline of Hawthorne, CA, Helen of Alvin, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. March 21, 1963, a special child was born to Charles and Mary Jo Baker in Port Arthur, Texas.Mark was the thirteenth child born to this union. Mark transitioned from this earthly life on January 4, 2021 at Magnolia Manor nursing home in Groves, TX.He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Baker; brothers, James, Charles, John, and Gary; sisters, Patricia and Glenda.center_img Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, a public viewing will be held Saturday, January 09, 2021 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, 2948 Thomas Blvd., Port Arthur, TX.A private funeral service will follow. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery.last_img read more

Former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque names his best XI at the World Cup in Russia

first_img Jesús Malagón 27/06/2018 The inclusion of Busquets doesn’t come as a surprise because del Bosque has always been a fan of the midfielder. At the World Cup in South Africa the now former coach said, if he could be like any footballer, he’d be Busquets. Upd. at 12:30 Del Bosque made his selection during a promotion for football manager game available for mobile phones called ‘Top Eleven’. Maybe more surprisingly there is room for Samuel Umtiti in his team, this despite his gaff in France’s opening match against Australia.  VICENTE DEL BOSQUE’S WORLD CUP XI:  CEST IN SPORT.ES El once ideal de Vicente del Bosque del Mundial de Rusia Vicente del Bosque’s ideal XI at the World Cup in Russia doesn’t have much of a Spanish feel about it. In fact, there’s only room for one Spain player in his entire team and that’s Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.  Manuel Neuer (GER); Kyle Walker (ENG), Thiago Silva (BRA), Samuel Umtiti (FRA), Marcelo (BRA); Luca Modric (CRO), Busquets (SPA), Eden Hazard (BEL); Messi (ARG), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Neymar (BRA)last_img read more

Retribution for the rejected

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT SKIPPER Corrie Wilson couldn’t put it into words and club matriarch Jenny Davis didn’t even try. They…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Saints coaching staff continues to load up on top Jr. A recruits

first_imgEven in these highly unusual times, Selkirk College Saints head coach Dave Hnatiuk has managed to bolster the program’s roster with talented recruits who are eager to start their post-secondary journey.The former assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars, Hnatiuk took the reins of the Selkirk College program last June. Though not optimum timing to sculpt a roster through proper recruiting, the rookie head coach iced a team for the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season that held its own.“There are many challenges when you arrive to a new program as the head coach,” says Hnatiuk.“We had a dressing room full of great young athletes who represented their school very well and adapted to the coaching change in a positive way. Recruiting players for future seasons is essential to the success of any program and has many layers. In preparing for this season, we have been able to carry out a proper process that has resulted in some great commitments.”The latest addition to the Saints’ roster brings with him 122 games of British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) experience with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Jackson Doucet is a speedy forward who is expected to provide an exciting level of offensive production to the Saints in the 2020-2021 season. Originally from Victoria, Doucet scored 13 goals and added 17 assists with the Bulldogs last season.“I chose Selkirk College because after speaking with Coach Hnatiuk multiple times, he gave me a very solid picture of what the program’s goals are both on the ice and off the ice,” says Doucet, who was an assistant captain with the Bulldogs.“Selkirk College gives me the best opportunity to develop as a player and improve in all aspects of the game. I take my education very seriously and this will be a great start for my post-secondary.”Doucet will join other recruits that include goaltender Jake Anthony, defenceman Bekkam Willis and forwards Carson Erhardt, Jacob Elik, Eric Hildebrand and Brad Marshall. All six commitments have solid Junior A resumes and are expected to make immediate impacts on the ice and off.Hnatiuk will continue to speak to student-athletes about joining the Saints, but has put down a solid foundation with the key additions to this point.“Being the only college in a league that consists of four-year universities makes the recruiting process more continuous and absolutely vital to success,” says Hnatiuk.“Our program provides individuals the opportunity to compete at a high level and get an ideal start to their post-secondary education. We take great pride knowing that we have moved many players onto next steps in both their education and their hockey careers.”The opening of the Saints training camp and the start of BCIHL season will be contingent upon Provincial Government guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgJunior Football Championship NorthAt Tuam Stadium, Mountbellew/Moylough V Corofin, 4:45pm, Ref: G Daly Fri 02 Sep Junior Football Championship WestAt Ros Muc, An Fhairche – Clonbur V Renvyle, 6pm, Ref: M Mac Gearailt Minor B Hurling Championship At Killimor, Cappataggle V Meelick-Eyrecourt, 6.30pm, Ref: C Browneprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Minor A Hurling Championship At Kenny Park, Castlegar V Athenry, 6.30pm, Ref: A Mooney Junior C Football Championship NorthAt Milltown, Claregalway V Dunmore MacHales, 7pm, Ref: P KellyAt Glenamaddy, Glenamaddy V Corofin, 7pm, Ref: C Ward Intermediate Football Championship At Tuam Stadium, Monivea-Abbey V Williamstown, 6.30pm, Ref: N Dempsey Minor C Hurling Championship At Craughwell, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Mountbellew/Moylough, 4pm, Ref: M Conway Junior A Football Championship NorthAt Tuam Stadium, Caltra V Athenry, 3pm, Ref: G Guinan Division 1 LeagueAt Cregg, Annaghdown V Mícheál Breathnach, 12:00, Ref: An O Connell Sun 04 Sep Intermediate Football Championship At Pearse Stadium, Oileáin Árann V Kilkerrin-Clonberne, 12:00, Ref: F KinneenAt Pearse Stadium, An Spidéal V Athenry, 6pm, Ref: J Molloy U21 B Hurling Championship At Moycullen, Moycullen V Portumna, 6.45pm, Ref: C Quinlan Junior B Hurling Championship At Duggan Park, Abbeyknockmoy V Pádraig Pearses, 7pm, Ref: J Rosney Minor B Hurling Championship At Loughrea, Craughwell V Tommy Larkins, 4.30pm, Ref: JJ LarkinAt Kinvara, Michael Cusacks V Ballinderreen, 6pm, Ref: J Mc Donagh Division 6 (West) LeagueAt Leitir Móir, Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir V Salthill-Knocknacarra, 6pm, Ref: N Gorham Minor C Hurling Championship At Carnmore, Sylane V Ballinasloe, 11am, Ref: C Quinlan Junior C Hurling Championship At Killimor, Sarsfields V Mullagh, 4pm, Ref: G DonoghueAt Castlegar, Annaghdown V Moycullen, 6pm, Ref: A MooneyAt Carnmore, Rahoon-Newcastle V Turloughmore,6pm, Ref: R Mc Nicholascenter_img Sat 03 Sep Junior A Hurling Championship  At Kenny Park, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Mícheál Breathnach, 1.30pm, Ref: J LundonAt Killimor, Sarsfields V St Thomas, 5:30pm, Ref: D Cunningham Wed 07 Sep Junior A Hurling Championship At Kilbeacanty, Tommy Larkins V Carnmore, 6.45pm, Ref: K Egan Junior A Football Championship WestAt TBC, Na Piarsaigh V St Michael’s, 6pm, Ref: T Faherty Junior B Football Championship NorthAt Menlough, Sarsfields V Killererin, 12i.n, Ref: M Gavin Junior B Hurling Championship At Kenny Park, Ballinasloe V Killimordaly, 3pm, Ref: P Sheehan Minor A Hurling Championship At Loughrea, Liam Mellows V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, 6pm, Ref: Dk Kelly Hurling FixturesFri 02 Sep Junior C1 Hurling Championship At Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V Craughwell, 7pm, Ref: D CunninghamAt Clarinbridge, Clarinbridge V Tuam, 7pm, Ref: R Stankard Sat 03 Sep Intermediate Football Championship At Tuam Stadium, Headford V Glenamaddy, 6.30pm, Ref: K Quinn Intermediate Football RelegationAt Oughterard, Corofin V Clifden, 1:45pm, Ref: P Mac Donncha Sun 04 Sep Minor B Hurling Championship At Duggan Park, Pádraig Pearses V Abbeyknockmoy, ,6.30pm, Ref: J Rosney Junior Football Championship NorthAt Mountbellew, St Gabriel’s V Caherlistrane, 6.30pm, Ref: N Dempsey Tue 06 Sep Senior Hurling League At Mullagh, Mullagh V Castlegar, 8pm, Ref: M Dolan Division 7 (West) LeagueAt Inis Mór, Oileáin Árann V An CheAthrú Rua, 2pm, Ref: C O ConaireAt Tbc, Gaeil na Gaillimhe v Clifden, 6pm. Ref: G Cahill Football Fixtures Division 6 (West) LeagueAt na Forbacha, Barna V An Spidéal, 7pm, Ref: F Kinneenlast_img read more

Galway Beat Kerry In The Championship For The First Time Since 1965

first_imgThis win was Galway’s first over Kerry in the championship since 1965 and their first championship win in Croke Park since 2001. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game, Ollie and Frank spoke about Galway’s win and we also heard from Sean Ban Breathnach and from Galway manager Kevin WalshAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Galway Senior Footballers got their Super 8’s off to a winning start with a 1-13 to 1-10 over Kerry in Croke Park.center_img Here is another chance to hear the commentary of that historic win with Ollie Turner and Frank MorrisAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Kevin Dwyer also spoke to one of the Galway heroes in Sean KellyAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Guyanese Diaspora?

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) announced that it will host its inaugural “Diaspora Engagement Conference” from July 23-28, 2017, under the theme ‘Dreaming Diaspora Engagement, Doing Diaspora Engagement’.More specifically, it claims the Conference would provide the platform to develop a diaspora engagement strategy that would inform the work of the first “Caribbean Diaspora Engagement Centre” which will be launched during the conference.But in that statement, there are several ambiguities that need to be clarified. While the conference claims to be an “inaugural” one, it followed several engagements initiated by the new Vice Chancellor (VC) Ivelaw Griffith that also invoked the ‘diaspora’ theme. One of these was a “Renaissance Weekend” last September in New York City, to which the VC flew up with a large delegation of 13 from UG to represent the “UG Renaissance” in order to “friend and fund raise”.It would appear the idea of a “diaspora engagement” was already in the air since in the UG Magazine “Renaissance”, following the inaugural one, it was reported: “One of the bold objectives of this Renaissance project was to facilitate tangible Diaspora Support Engagement in four critical academic areas: Technology (Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering), Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Medical Technology), Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics), and Law.”On the team’s return, the VC dubbed the trip to the diaspora a “success”, especially as it related to the above mentioned assistance and what it foreshadowed: “The Renaissance weekend in New York has set the stage for considerable financial, human capital and technical assistance to our university by providing structure to Guyanese and other nationals in the diaspora to support critical areas of need.” However, when the financial details were revealed, it turned out that while $2,019,950 was secured through contributions from the diaspora, $4,366,024 was spent on the expenses of the team. There were cries of protests from some staff, especially against the background of an increase in student fees and the presentation of UG’s largest budget ever – $5.2 billion for financial year 2017, of which $3.0 billion was earmarked for recurrent expenditure, versus $2.2 billion for capital works. The main reason for mentioning the previous expensive engagement to stimulate engagement with the diaspora is that the present “inaugural” Conference seems to have completely ignored the achievements mentioned above from the September 2016 engagement, since they relate to the core raison d’etre of UG. The attention of the VC appears to have expanded without consolidating the initial claimed gains: “the Conference will contribute to the development of diaspora policy and a framework to effectively attract direct diaspora investment and engage the diaspora in nation building.” If the “success” of the first foray into “diaspora engagement” is anything to go by, one must be concerned about this expanded initiative with three components – an academic symposium, a business forum and community engagement.This concern is heightened by the further ambiguity about exactly which “diaspora” the organisers have in mind, since the announcement speaks of establishing a “Caribbean Diaspora Engagement Centre”. The word “diaspora” means “to scatter about” and refers to people who leave their homeland and maintain some sort of identification with that homeland when they migrate, voluntarily or as in the paradigmatic Jewish instance, involuntarily to other lands.The question that arises is whether UG and its VC are targeting the “Caribbean diaspora” or the “Guyanese diaspora”. If it is the former, is it the entire Caribbean diaspora as represented, say, by the nations of Caricom, or only the Anglophone Caribbean. And even if it is the latter, is it realistic to expect Jamaicans or Bajans to become part of a group intended to spur “engagement” in, for instance, the “community engagement” component of the Conference. This, the release claimed will, “focus on building relationships with key stakeholders, such as diaspora community leaders, governments and hometown associations.”If we are not clear about our destination how will we ever get there?last_img read more

Neil McCann sacked as Dundee manager, club announces

first_imgNeil McCann has been sacked as Dundee manager, the club has announced. The move comes as the team sits at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership after a string of poor performances.Dundee have lost seven of their eight league games and also suffered home defeats against both Dunfermline and Ayr in the Betfred Cup.A club statement read: “The club can confirm that manager Neil McCann has today left the club. “We have explored alternative options to support the management staff recently but unfortunately these did not come to fruition.“Assistant manager Graham Gartland has been relieved from his role.”McCann, who played for Dundee in the 1990s and again in 2011, had been in the role since June 2017. He initially took charge on an interim basis, steering Dundee away from relegation danger in the final five matches of the 2016-17 season.  The Tayside club finished ninth last term but some summer signings have struggled to make a significant impact this season. McCann’s final game in charge was a 2-1 home defeat by Kilmarnock, the winner coming courtesy of a penalty which cost visiting winger Jordan Jones a two-match ban for diving. Dundee have made no announcement on who will take caretaker charge ahead of their Premiership clash with Livingston on Saturday. Recent Livi manager Kenny Miller is their most experienced player but they also have former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as reserve-team coach and head of their youth academy, while former skipper James McPake is under-18s coach. McCann is the third Premiership boss to lose his job this season following Miller and Alan Stubbs at St Mirren.last_img read more

Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 23

first_imgShare This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. Even though the temperatures have yet to drop in Central Florida, the crowd levels have certainly dropped at Universal! It’s a great week to visit, so let’s see what’s in store.Weekly Crowd LevelThings are looking pretty even and easy at the parks this week. Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportMid-week is looking good, but still warm. Check out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission Looking for a good scare? Head to Universal Studios on Saturday, Sunday, or Friday for Halloween Horror Nights.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing all week. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsThere’s only a few weeks left to enjoy Terminator 2: 3-D before it closes on October 8.Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories is set to reopen on October 1.Craving some yummy and silly fun to start your day? Seats are still available for Superstar Character Breakfast! The breakfast is held on Saturday, Thursday, and Friday from 9-11am at Cafe La Bamba at Universal Studios.Let us know if you are headed out for some fun! See you next week!last_img read more

Barberton glitters with more than just gold

first_imgAuthor, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, wrote the book Jock and the Bushveld in Barberton. The sculpture of Jock stands outside the town hall.(Images: Barberton Community Tourism) Barberton was home to the old Transvaal’s first stock exchange. The Barberton daisy was first discovered here by Robert Jameson in 1889.MEDIA CONTACTS • Astrid ChristiansonMarketing ManagerBarberton Community Tourism+27 13 712 7119Romaana NaidooIt might look unassuming, but the quaint Lowveld town of Barberton, in the foothills of the Makhonjwa Mountains, is a winner in the heritage stakes.Founded in the late 1800s, this town in Mpumalanga’s De Kaap Valley can lay claim to some of the country’s firsts: the first stock exchange in the old Transvaal; the first double-storey building in that province; the first swimming pool in the old Transvaal; and the longest and only cable car that crossed into another country (Swaziland).Barberton is a geological, cultural, ecological and botanical treasure trove well known for its gold-mining history. Fringed by the oldest mountains in the world, which date back 3.5 billion years, the town – some 43km south of Nelspruit – is home to some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet.Barberton Community Tourism marketing manager Astrid Christianson says thousands of scientific papers have been written about the Barberton Greenstone Belt, or the Barberton Mountain Land, which has the best preserved and most easily accessed Archean rocks in the world.Most recently, microscopic fossils of primitive single-cell organisms were found in the area, which indicate the emergence of life occurred a billion years earlier than previously thought.Also known as the “Genesis of Life”, this greenstone belt contains fossils of the earliest life forms on Earth as well as evidence of an ancient meteorite strike.Gold was discovered in the area over 120 years ago, marking the beginning of industrial development in South Africa, and the mines that flourished then are still producing the oldest gold on the planet.Christianson, who describes Barberton as a bowl of crumpled hills dressed in flat-crowned thorn trees and dusted with aloes and daises, says gold laid the foundations of the town.“The valley has scarcely a creek or a cave that has not been panned or peered it into since the Barber brothers made their gold strike back in 1884. Almost every inch has been gone over with a fine tooth comb – or at least a hand shovel – in the hope of instant riches.”Evidence of the early gold rush can be seen at numerous sites, including Bray’s Golden Quarry, which was once a source of a rich ore deposit, and at Rimers Creek, where the Barbers struck gold. Sheba Mine, said to be the oldest operating gold mine in the world, is tucked away in a hillside, while Fairview Mine has the only biox plant in South Africa for the extraction of gold, and still operates a ropeway for conveying ore to the crusher.However, gold is not the town’s only treasure – the area’s botanical riches are a draw card for those seeking green gold. The biodiversity of the Barberton Centre of Endemism is said to be rivalled only by the Cape Floral Kingdom.“Cynics say this is simply because there have been more botanists in this area than elsewhere – and perhaps there is a fragment of truth there – but the botanists came because of the plants. The reason for the rich variety of plants is the area’s exceptional geology,” said Christianson.The Makhonjwa Mountains which surround Barberton – from Jeppe’s Reef to Oshoek and all the hills between, from Shiyalongubo to Queen’s River and Jambila to Songimvelo and Elukwatini – also have important high-rainfall catchments that are protected in terms of several proclaimed nature reserves.“Spend a day exploring the valley on quad bike, mountain bike, horseback or foot, or view it from the air in a microlight or hang-glider, or let it zoom in on you while sky-diving,” says Christianson. “Explore old mine shafts, or hunt for rare butterflies on the bald hill that was once crowned with ephemeral Eureka City, the town that had hardly boomed before it went bust.”The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife, and walking through the town one can catch sight of the elusive Narina trogon, flashes of crimson from the wing of the purple turaco – and even baboons.The cultural history of the region is also significant, encompassing the colonial and apartheid eras, as well as that of the Swazi nation. Today, Barberton is home to many cultural groups that have played a role in shaping the town’s heritage.Christianson says, “On the darker side, Barberton has played a role in three great wars: the Anglo-Boer war and the two World Wars. Barberton Prison, made famous through Bryce Courtenay’s novel The Power of One, housed many a freedom fighter in the apartheid years, among them Helen Hendricks, Dorothy Dlamini, Dorothy Kubheka, Jean Middleton and Esther Barsel.“Esther was later private secretary to Chris Hani and a close friend of Nelson Mandela, who himself was held in the Barberton Prison before being sent to Robben Island.”Heritage walks through the town, which include visits to restored late Victorian residences, offer a peek into life during the 1880s mining boom. The local museum is housed in the renovated Barberton Iron and Steel Foundry building.Adjacent to the museum is the Umjindi Jewellery Project, which trains young people in jewellery design and manufacture. It also has a coffee shop and an interesting collection of arts and crafts.East of the town, on the old wagon road, is world-renowned Outsider artist Nucain Mabuza’s Stone Garden. Author Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock travelled this route and the book Jock of the Bushveld was written in Barberton.A chunky sculpture of Jock, created by Ivan Mitford Barberton – a descendant of the town’s founding brothers – stands outside the town hall.last_img read more