Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women Secure Historic Win

first_imgFlorence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s team over the weekend grasped a 3-1 win against Old Dominion Cesena USA at the at the John Champe High School.It was team’s first-ever victory since their establishment.According to the club’s match summary, Florence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.The Stars opened the scoring inside the first 25 minutes as Philadelphia Lone Star FC forward Dadson made history by scoring the first-ever goal for the club. The Stars continued to dominate the first half but couldn’t add on to the score line after 45 minutes of action.After the break, the Stars doubled their lead at the hour mark with Dadson completing her brace. Old Dominion Cesena USA pulled one back ten minutes later, but Brianna Banks added her name on the scoresheet off an assist from Dadson to give the Stars a historic 3-1 win.After losing their season opener at OPSA Magic in Maryland on Friday night, the 3-1 win over Old Dominion USA on Saturday’s afternoon propelled the Stars to third on the WPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Colonial Division with a 1-1-0 (W-L-T) record.Florence Dadson, who reacted to her brace after the game said, “Regardless of scoring and giving an assist, credit goes to the whole team for this historic win! It was a team effort and we made history together. I hope we will continue to help build this exceptional team in the beautiful city of Philadelphia.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women head coach Charlie Flowe was delighted with the character shown by the team: “Our first-ever women’s win was truly a collective team effort. Every player who wore the Lone Star jersey contributed to our win. Our players overcame a quick turnaround and left everything on the pitch.“The chemistry we developed over the past few days at training and during our game Friday night enabled us to get much better as a unit on Saturday. We will enjoy this historic first win for a few days, but we have a lot to work to do this week as we prepare for our first two homes games this next weekend.“Also reflecting on this weekend, I want to thank all of our players, our coaching staff, our club, our president Paul Konneh, our fans and our families for all their support. I can’t wait to see you all at our home openers on June 8th and 9th down at the South Philadelphia Super Site.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s home opener is Saturday, June 8 when they welcome CAFC Osprey at 5 p.m. at the South Philadelphia Super Site. The next day, they will host Old Dominion Cesena USA at 4 p.m. at the same venue.sShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Minister roasted for calling Amerindians ‘greedy’

first_imgThe leadership of the National Toshao Council (NTC) used the opportunity on Monday to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister, who suggested that Amerindians are greedy.At the opening of the 11th Annual NTC conference, Chairman of the Council Joel Fredericks criticised Government over an incident which took place in the National Assembly.Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity and expressed disappointment with the Minister’s statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns over the fact that no parliamentarian, from both the Government and Opposition, objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.While touting the need for cohesion and unity, the NTC Chairman lamented that Amerindians are sometimes still treated as third class citizens in Guyana, but he contends that Amerindians deserve respect like every other racial group in the country.The head of the NTC also committed to rebuking any form of racial provocation and propaganda that seeks to damage the image and the identity of the country’s first peoples.“We see a member working for this Administration, openly attacking the Indigenous people’s identity, integrity and history. We advise caution because such uttering drives a deep wedge in a nation,” he added.Although the NTC Chairman did not name the Minister, he was indirectly referring to Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.Scott during a parliamentary sitting in June reportedly said that Amerindians are greedy because they requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial.Scott had also philosophised that sovereignty now belongs to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government (APNU/AFC).The Minister was debating the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) motion to halt the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Several Amerindian leaders and organisations have rejected Government’s decision to establish the CoI into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The NTC had said it views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands and has argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.The organisation said while it support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework.Although Amerindians leaders have met with President David Granger over this issue, the matter is yet to be resolved. No amicable solution has been found between parties.At the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the NTC Conference, a sod turning exercise took place at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where the proposed site for the NTC Secretariat was revealed.Amerindian leaders from across the country will meet for the next several days during the conference to discuss issues facing their communities and talk about the successes they have achieved.The NTC conference opened on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Good Governance – A brighter future for Guyana’s First peoples.”last_img read more

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