And the Ivorian made the most of the opportunity, tapping the ball between Kevin Omondi’s legs in the 37th minute of the game to hand K’Ogalo their 10th win of the season and retained their unbeaten start to the 2018 campaign.Head coach Dylan Kerr paraded his strongest squad for the tie against the bottom placed Sony but was forced to make a change pre-match with Jacques Tuyisenge being replaced by Guikan after the Rwandese forward picked an injury during warm-up.K’Ogalo utterly dominated the opening half pushing Sony to defend deep. They had their first chance in the 3rd minute when George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s cross from the right landed on Meddie Kagere’s path, but the forward could not put his header low with keeper Kevin Omondi beaten to the ball.Sony rarely threatened Gor and had half a chance in the 12th minute when Kevin Oluoch tried ghis luck with a volley from distance, but it didn’t bother Boniface Oluoch in Gor goal an inch.The reigning champions continued to dominate their ‘small brothers’ and they came close on the quarter hour mark when Humphrey Mieno’s shot from distance went over after the Sony defense blocked an Ernest Wendo effort, the ball falling on Mieno’s path.-Omondi saveTwo minutes later, Kagere forced Sony keeper Omondi to a fine save when he pushed his ferocious shot behind for a corner after Sony had lost the ball cheaply 20 yards out.A moment of individual brilliance from Odhiambo almost gifted Gor the opener when the winger took on a brilliant run on the left cutting into the edge of the box with some good footwork, but his eventual shot evaded the target by a whisker.The pressure finally bore fruit seven minutes to the break when Guikan’s outstretched foot from an Innocent Wafula low cross directed the ball between keeper Omondi’s feet.In the second half Sony were spirited to cut the deficit and they came in with pace, but they could not break up the Gor backline. Once, Derrick Otanga managed to weave his way past his markers on the left, but his cross back into the area was cut out by the Gor defense.Omondi who had been brilliant between the sticks for Sony made a brilliant triple save on the half hour mark, first keeping out Francis Kahata’s freekick before bouncing back to save Kagere and Guikan’s efforts from the rebound.-Blackberry chanceFour minutes later, George Odhiambo had a golden chance to take his side two up when a deep cross from Wafula found him isolated at the back-post but he headed across the face of goal.Sony had another rare chance in the 67th minute when Steve Otieno raced away from his markers on the left before delivering a low cross, but Fredrick Onyango’s attempt to direct it past Oluoch in the Gor goal was ruled offside.The Sony keeper continued with his heroics in goal and in the 71st minute pulled off another brilliant save to keep out Kagere’s effort from an Odhiambo pass before rising to block a rebound from Guikan.Kagere should have sealed the tie with three minutes left when he raced into the box from an Odhiambo pass, but his effort went inches wide after sending Odhiambo the wrong way.–Super Cup Gor will now shift their attention to the SportPesa Super Cup on Sunday where they start their title defense against Zanzibar side Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with Sony Sugar’s Martin Werunga during a Kenyan Premier League match in Kisumu on May 30, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30- Ephraim Guikan scored the lone goal as Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia beat Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday to move six points clear at the top of the standings.Guikan had not been lined up to start the tie but was quickly drafted in after Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge picked up an injury during warm up.
The Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 26th Annual Beat the Odds ceremony on December 1, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien. O’Brien will also serve as the night’s emcee. He will be joined by additional special guests to be announced at a later date.WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:30pm Media Check-in6:30pm Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire BlvdThe Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA was established in 1998 to meet the needs of underserved children in the state of California. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.
(Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Aluki Kotierk)Kent DriscollAPTN National News A controversial change to the way Nunavut handles Inuktitut was likely stopped in its tracks last week, but a message from the Minister of Education has the President of Nunavut’s Inuit worried.“People are celebrating, but I’m always a little more cautious,” says Nunavut Tunngavik President Aluki Kotierk, from her office overlooking Iqaluit’s Four Corners intersection. “We have to wait until the fat lady sings, and I’ve also seen Minister Quassa’s statement.”Bill 37 was a bill in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly that would have changed the territory’s Language and Education Acts, moving back target dates for full Inuit Language instruction in Nunavut’s schools. Right now, 100% Inuktitut instruction is only guaranteed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Bill 37 would have pushed back the target date for 100% Inuktitut instruction to 2030.Last week, regular members of Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly – who act as an opposition in Nunavut’s consensus government – met in private and decided they wouldn’t support Bill 37. In a written statement, Rankin Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok wrote, “Given the overwhelming lack of consensus in support of the bill in such areas as language of instruction, the role of District Education Authorities and increased employment of Inuit teachers, the standing committee is of the view that it should be allowed to fall off the order paper when the current Assembly dissolves later this year.”Typically in Nunavut, that would mean the death of the bill but Education Minister Paul Quassa may not be giving up the fight that easily. He responded to the regular members in his own written statement, “There is a process to follow when a bill is put forward to the Legislative Assembly, and it is very disappointing that standing committee has not provided the public with an opportunity to understand the pros and cons of their decision.”That statement from Quassa has Kotierk worried that the cabinet has not given up on trying to make Bill 37 into law. “For me, it will be when session happens, and then it will be really dead,” said Kotierk. In Nunavut’s consensus government system, the regular members outnumber the members of cabinet. Quassa would have to convince some of them to vote for the bill if it is to pass.Nunavut Tunngavik represents Inuit in Nunavut under the Nunavut Land Claim. Along with Nunavut’s three regional Inuit associations, they filed documents with the assembly to oppose the decision. Kotierk says the decision to fight came from the ground up, and was a long time coming.“I was very excited to see their (the regular members) statement that there was an overwhelming non-consensus, and an overwhelming quantity of submissions. That made me realize how much Inuit are getting comfortable rising their voices and being heard. That’s a good thing for our society to be going through,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s District Education Authorities – school boards with local power, including hiring and firing principals – would lose power under Bill 37. They are locally elected school boards that have hiring and firing power over principals. They filed opposition to the bill, as did some of Nunavut’s best and brightest.“I’ve met with a number of people who have been on the DEA’s in the past and are currently on the DEA’s. The frustration that’s expressed is that they would say things, but they felt like they weren’t being heard. Then I got a message from Nunavut Sivuniksavut saying a number of their students had made submissions,” explained Kotierk.Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a program for Nunavut Inuit students, offering a study of the Nunavut Land Claim as a way to get their academic skills ready for post-secondary education. They’re Ottawa based, Kotierk credits the program for helping give the students a voice.“If you’ve lived outside of Nunavut, you feel a little bit more free to speak up, and you don’t feel so intimidated. But it’s not just that group, I think when people are aware of the issue, then they raise it,” sayd Kotierk. The issue was raised by 40 different groups and people filing statements with the Government of Nunavut in opposition of Bill 37.NTI represents Inuit, the Government of Nunavut represents everyone in the territory. Kotierk wishes the GN would view some simple math the same way she does. 85% of the public governed by that public government are Inuit, it is an Inuit government no matter how you divide it. There is a consistent push and pull between NTI and the Government of Nunavut, and the Language Act debate has highlighted those differences.“I would really like to see, it would be ideal if the public government, the Government of Nunavut, realized that they actually are an Inuit government. If they started taking that perspective, then things would be much different,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly meets again on May 29th, where the territory will learn if Bill 37 is actually dead, or whether the Department of Education is going to bring the discussion to the floor of the assembly. If they do, the regular members of the assembly will have to reveal their positions in public. If not, it will be back to the drawing board for the next government, after October’s election.