Spain loses the decisive doubles and stays at the gates of the ATP Cup title

first_imgNadal saved two ‘break’ balls in the fifth game, but did not prevent the seventh from falling from the rival side (5-2). In white, Djokovic closed the first sleeve in his favor and involuntarily gave a touch of attention to the Balearic, who had to climb steps of intensity in search of the comeback.Accustomed to many battles of such caliber, Nadal interpreted it to solve without burden every shift of his own service. Opposite, the Belgrade player did the same until he reached the sixth game, when he lifted five break balls to an already emboldened opponent.Soon after, the tables changed and it was Nadal who prevented Djokovic from breaking with 5-5 and 15-40. A lot of talent was seen by both of them, and the stands were grateful that the set needed a sudden death. The Balkan flopped then, although he recovered the cadence in the blow and devastated especially with his setbacks, initiating the 7-4 in said ‘tie-break’.Baptist opened a fruitless path But before the intense fight between the two best tennis players of the ATP circuit, Roberto Bautista had given Spain his first smile at breakfast time. In a state of grace, the Spaniard showed that his current condition of number 10 is no bluff.Lajovic, with the support of the stands, showed his best version in the inaugural set. He was able to overcome a bad start, where the right-wing blows made by his rival were devastating. Bautista placed 2-0 and 40-0 up, when then his opponent woke up to save a very dangerous ball from the bottom of the track.Despite finally giving up that game (3-0), the Balkan had already entered the job. And he showed it by assigning his subsequent service blank, scoring with difficulty his next serve and breaking in half the Baptist serve (3-3).Having saved two ‘break’ opportunities, Lajovic did not want the first game of the grand final to escape so quickly. He even came out unharmed from a 4-3 down and 30-40 with his duty shift, which maintained equality and led the set to sudden death.However, the Spaniard pressed the accelerator in the twelfth game and took advantage of his first option to break when he was 15-40, to certify 7-5 and start with confidence the second round. And there came the fuel of the Serbian, who was overwhelmed immediately.Bautista aimed his first two shifts at the serve in white, breaking another two of his opponent and thereby achieving a broad 4-0 lead. Desperately, Lajovic connected a pair of accurate drives and consumed a break that extended an exchange of balls with obvious Spanish color.The Castellón de la Plana continued with his versatility and broke again (5-1), consolidating such a situation to put the final 6-1 and track what would be a new success of Spanish tennis. Nadal’s stumble against Djokovic can still be amended with a doubles victory. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and his compatriot Viktor Troicki beat Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño on Sunday 6-3 and 6-4, thus preventing Spain from winning the ATP Cup title, whose final played in Sydney (Australia) vibrated with The Balkan comeback.On the track of the Ken Rosewall Arena, inside the Sydney Olympic Park, Djokovic became the great protagonist. After Roberto Bautista from Castellón had beaten Dusan Lajovic 7-5 and 6-1, Balearic Rafael Nadal could not finish off the job and succumbed 6-2 and 7-6 (4) against a Djokovic for sublime moments.Thus, Nadal was overcome after a duel of quality and that lasted 1 hour and 56 minutes. The balance at that point had been balanced, so the encounter of doubles would serve as a climax. At a press conference, the Manacorense tennis player confirmed his tiredness and caused the duo for the final fight to be the one composed by López and Carreño.Both had beaten Australia’s Chris Guccione and John Peers last Saturday during the semifinals, but this time the ‘movie’ was different. Djokovic persisted in his dizzying game and to top it all dragged his companion Troicki towards his good dynamics.The comeback, thanks to Djokovic The defeat of Lajovic had left the survival of the Serbian team in the hands of Djokovic, who has an added value in his idyll with the tracks ‘aussies’. Their great seasons usually start very early every year, always opting for the Melbourne crown to scare from the first ‘Grand Slam’.So it was hardly surprising that, to begin its journey in this new and novel final, ‘Nole’ broke the first turn of the opposite serve. Almost 10 minutes of play took Manacor to yield 1-0, a set that consolidated the Balkan immediately to take the lead (3-1) and continue to disturb the rest. Djokovic works the comeback after winning Nadal and then in the doublescenter_img Image: Reuterslast_img read more

The Great Controversy, when the ‘miracle man’ won’t play for Lone Star

first_imgIndeed, many of those who knew him were shocked at his incredible ability to talk non-stop for many hours.On Lone Star’s trip to Mauritania to honor an African Nations’ Cup encounter, many of the players, and this was confirmed by Photo-journalist, Mozart Dennis, he spoke non-stop till it was announced that the plane was readying to land at Nouakchott International Airport.Radio Moscow was his nickname, and as a coach he felt he needed a strong arm to control and manage the players.If you guess it, and your mind settled on Coach Walter Pelham, you are right.During his playing days, the lanky defender was a no-nonsense attacker. His fondest memories were the matches he played against the Black Stars of Ghana and even the then Flying Eagles, now Super Eagles of Nigeria.So as President Samuel Kanyon Doe took over the Liberia Football Association as its undisputed chairman, it was national coach Walter Pelham, having assumed the post from ex-Coach, Cameroonian Anthony Kuoh, and assisted by Wilfred Kijani Lardner, who handled the Stars.It was a period of unexpected soccer politics, and Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle’s officials played it to the hilt.We recall the final encounter of the Africa Zone 111 Finals, and with two of Liberia’s super stars in the persons of James Salinsa Debbah and George Oppong Weah in the midst of their soccer revolution, it became clear that they were unbeatable and made for great things.Not forgetting the support from colleagues like midfielder Mark Gibson, striker Dominic Brapoh, (Lucky Shango), Patrick Saar, Pati Rossi, Pietor Kromah, among others, with the clever goalkeeping of Pewou Bestman, the Nation’s Best, Anthony Tokpa and others, the Stars were ready to rumble against the Black Stars of Ghana.Liberian soccer fans knew good soccer when they saw one. Like the former national coach, Josiah N. Johnson would always say, it was in such moments that soccer could speak the language of the turf. However, being as wise as he is, he always reminded himself that the art of soccer is like breaking a piece of biscuit.It normally never breaks where it is not intended, and therefore he always reserved room for disappointment. Now the finals of Zone 111 Tournament were here, and Liberia could not let the trophy slip out of her hands.Team preparation involved many aspects of the game. At some point some players would insist that they need “their thing” to rob on themselves. With soccer’s incredible surprises, there is no wonder that players have always wanted some “divine” help.But then we are confronted with what many knowledgeable supporters of the game describe as “Scientific football.” For where is the scientific part of it when a player would insist he would rob his “thing?”With everything said and done, the time for the finals ticked by the minute and the hour, and it came out that there was a problem with the Lone Star team. The report was not encouraging, for the nation’s celebrated soccer star, James Salinsa Debbah, had announced that he was unfit to play the finals.The report shocked the entire Liberian nation, and team doctors, the best there ever was, got themselves busy, examining the particular leg that the “Miracle Man” had declared was unfit to defend the country’s honor against the raging Black Stars of Ghana. The Black Stars had the indomitable left winger Opoku Nti as its skipper.The president of the Barrolle Sports Association Mr. Alhaji G. V. Kromah, in his fatherly role as President of Barrolle, sympathized with the “Miracle Man,” and Salinsa entrenched his unwillingness to play against the Black Stars. Lo and behold, after careful examination by the best team doctor that ever was, it was announced that James Debbah was as fit as a fiddle, and he had nothing to worry.The relief by that announcement was short lived, but the entire Barrolle leadership could not see eye to eye with the opinion of Lone Star’s team doctor and Coach Pelham.Coach Walter E. Pelham was in a quandary of losing the finals, if the Miracle Man held on to his decision, since the BSA officials were not helping the situation in any case.Walter Pelham saw the emerging development as the end of his career, for he had worked harder with the technical team to reach the finals of the Zone 111, for the first time in the history of Liberian soccer, and sadly everything seemed to burst asunder.As the dew upon the roses warms and melts the morning light, Walter saw his dream of holding on to the trophy, and presenting it to the chief executive fading and escaping, and he knew he would awake to the tears of Liberians who had thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, cheering and hoping for eventual victory.With a heavy heart, George Weah led his friends, minus the Miracle Man, onto the field, with thousands stunned in silence. In the end the Ghanaians made victory certain, and the trophy returned to Accra the city that had held it since the competition was organized.Like wasted hours of youth, Walter E. Pelham never recovered from what he saw as the greatest betrayal of his life. Though he held on as a coach, and won several matches, Pelham was done with the Lone Star. Finally when he left the Lone Star, the mantle fell on the shoulders of Wilfred Lardner and his deputy, Manneh Peters.The two men, with the support from George Weah, Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles), and other professionals, managed, in 1996, to qualify Liberia for her first participation in the African Cup of Nations. Though Pelham was still active and was an executive member of the Liberia Football Association, the fire that burned in his heart for Liberian football had been dimmed.Salinsa’s lack of cooperation angered Mr. Willis D. Knuckles, the former vice chairman of the LFA, that he was forced to pen a scathing response, demanding that, “Salinsa should either shape in or shape out,” of the national team. But like everything James Debbah, many Liberians agreed that he was “bitter sweet,” and sports officials could not swallow him whole, neither could they condone his sometimes erratic behavior, for he was a man gifted with soccer sense that his team mates always needed for the final countdown to victory.As fate would have it, Walter E. Pelham became a casualty of the tragedy that befell then Police Director, Joe Tate, in a plane crash that smothered their remains beyond recognition in 1998.The sad thing was that the new coaches, Lardner and Peters eventually succumbed to their deaths several years later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President gives NA Secondary $1M to enhance STEM programme

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday last donated $1 million to the New Amsterdam Secondary School to improve its science and technology capacity.The Head of State made the donation during a visit which was part of activities in observance of Education Month.President David Granger presents the cheque to the Head Teacher of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, Vanessa Jacobs to assist the school’s STEM programmeThe ancient county, the President said, has played a pivotal role in the development of education in Guyana. He lauded the school for its exceptional performance at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams which recorded a 93.1 per cent pass rate.The school registered 100 per cent passes in Agricultural Science, Resource Management, Food and Nutrition, Industrial Technology, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies and several other subjects.However, the Head of State also added that Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is an economic pacesetter.“Timber, bauxite, rice and sugar and some of the resources in abundance in this region. These commodities have made this region the food basket of the country. More than half of the sugar that Guyana produces comes from East Berbice-Corentyne. Quarter of your rice and the majority of your fish and cattle meat comes from this region. So, your economy has built up over the years but we need to think more of what we can do… outside of Demerara, this is the only region with a university campus.”President Granger explained that the New Amsterdam Multilateral School is one of six multilateral schools which were established to bring into operation a new curriculum.He said the advancement of the science and technology field will produce scientists who are going to propel Guyana’s development.“We need scientists, architects, agronomist, biologists, botanist, chemists, doctors, engineers, environmentalist, hydrologist and physicist. I am a man that puts my money where my mouth is.”On that note, the President announced that he will be giving the school $1 million. President Granger told the students that he has established the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) fund from which the money was taken.The original education system in Guyana, President Granger noted, has been the recipient of tremendous investment.He explained that this year, investment in the education sector moved from 14.8 per cent of the national budget to 17 per cent of the budget which is $52 billion, 15 per cent more than last year.The President said he is not satisfied with only ensuring that every child is in school but he is looking forward to A grade students.“The first A means access – Every child must be able to access primary and secondary schools. The second A is attendance – Every child must attend the school and the stay in school. Studies have established that there is a strong relationship between school attendance, school literacy and numeracy. Giving access and assuring attendance are not enough; we want children to reach a high level of attainment which means that we want children to stay in school so that they can graduate and go to university,” the President added.last_img read more

Cyber Crimes Bill reminiscent of PNC’s National Security Act – Jagdeo

first_imgDisappointment was expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at the fact that despite being categorical about the position of the parliamentary Opposition on the Cyber Crimes Bill, “falsehoods” are still being peddled to convey the impression that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supported the increasingly controversial Bill, which includes a section on sedition.In an interview with Guyana Times, he reasoned that such acts were either reflective of an unwillingness to directly criticise the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government – part of the balancing act employed by some commentators – or an effort to mislead Guyanese.At his Monday (April 30, 2018) news conference, Jagdeo acknowledged that theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoparliamentary Opposition “dropped the ball” in addressing the Cyber Crimes Bill, given the absence of PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) at the meetings of the Select Committee dealing with the Bill.“You can blame us and some of the MPs for not attending the meetings (of the Parliamentary Select Committee) and it would be justified… the PPP, and I speak for the PPP, does not support this inclusion, this undemocratic inclusion, in the cybercrime bill. In fact, we are opposed to it…the fact is that several MPs on our side were members of the Special Select Committee, which met several times to consider the provisions of this Bill, and were absent sometimes. However, their presence alone, being named to that committee, does not elevate to support by the PPP.”The Opposition Leader was categorical in reiterating that the PPP/C was not supportive of the controversial Bill. “This provision has no place in a democratic Guyana, in a free Guyana. In a Guyana where free speech is an important part of our democracy, where freedom of expression is defined and protected by our Constitution, this Bill has no place,” Jagdeo said.After being tabled in the National Assembly on August 4, 2016 – with no hard copy made available to parliamentarians, the Cyber Crimes Bill was sent to a Parliamentary Select Committee. At the February 15, 2018 meeting, the controversial Clause 18 about sedition was fashioned, according to the minutes of the Committee’s report, which also made clear that no PPP/C MP was present for the meeting.Reminiscent of National Security ActAccording to Jagdeo, Clause 18 is reminiscent of the old National Security Act, which was upheld during the Burnham era, but repealed in the late 90s. The Opposition Leader said, “The insertion by the Government of Guyana of (this) provision in the cybercrime bill could mean or could have grave implications for freedom of speech in Guyana. In fact, looking at the provision or that specific provision of the Bill, which was inserted in the Special Select Committee, is reminiscent of the old National Security Act that obtained in the period of undemocratic rule.“….that Act was, specifically, designed to stifle dissent and to take action against individuals who may disagree with the Government of Guyana. It was a repressive tool in the hands of a repressive Government. In Guyana, we have seen a trend towards unilateralism. We have seen a trend where the Government acts with impunity regardless of laws or provisions of our Constitution or in direct contravention of provisions in our Constitution. So, I see this insertion in this new Bill as another tool available to a Government that is becoming increasingly undemocratic in its march towards a dictatorship.”Jagdeo argued that it was for these reasons that Guyanese must fight to ensure that “this retrograde step” to charge people for sedition, an “archaic” offence, is not passed into law. “If you look through quite a few elements of that provision, you will see that they are not so much concerned about people in Guyana or protecting their rights.“The entire cybercrime bill (as envisioned by the former PPP/C Government) was for a purpose, not to protect the Government of Guyana, but to protect our children against child pornography, to protect people against electronic assault on their privacy; it was to protect the people of the country in their business, so that their data or their computers would not be compromised, that cyberspace in Guyana without overregulating, without affecting content of speech, that it would have some rules that people can’t act illegally in harming others. That was the purpose of the Bill.”He added, “They have converted this. By inserting this provision, the purpose and something all Guyanese would agree to, that is, protecting all of us and our children, they have converted it into protection for Government and the Ministers….we already have laws protecting all of our citizens and I would assume that the Prime Minister and the President and Ministers are citizens of Guyana and they too are afforded the same sort of protection that we all enjoy under certain laws against criminal acts. Why do they need a special provision in this Bill to protect the interest of only those categories of people?”The coalition Government has remained silent on these criticisms of Clause 18, particularly the comparison to the National Security Act under the former People’s National Congress (PNC) Government.An about-turnMeanwhile, as was done with the controversial parking meter project, despite having been discussed at Cabinet, where several AFC Members sit, the party’s leader, Raphael Trotman, has now indicated that his AFC parliamentarians, on the Government side, would vote against the increasingly controversial Cyber Crimes Bill, over the inclusion of Clause 18.Trotman’s comments came after the parliamentary Opposition, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sections of the trade union movement, the Guyana Press Association and other civil society groups objected to the Bill over the sedition clause. Like the parking meter project, widespread objections preceded the AFC’s shift in position.Clause 18 states that: “A person commits an offence of sedition if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmits or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation or other thing, that: a) brings or attempts to bring into hatred or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in Guyana.”Disaffection, according to the Bill, includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity. A person who commits the offence under this clause is liable on conviction of indictment to serve five years or as much as life in prison.last_img read more

Ask Dow Jones: “Free File” program at IRS website

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q: Where can I get information for this year about the “Free File” program available online through the Internal Revenue Service? — S.N., Tucson, Ariz. A: The IRS recently posted details on its Web site. Go to the site (, and look for “Check Out Free File.” What’s Free File all about? Many companies are offering free Web-based federal income- tax preparation and electronicfiling services. More than five million people used Free File last year. This year, there’s a major change: The offers apply only to taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less. Last year, several big firms offered freebies with no income limits. Even so, an IRS spokeswoman says that about 93 million taxpayers are eligible this year for the free tax-preparation software and e-filing. That’s about 70% of all filers. This program stems from a pact last year between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of private- sector tax-preparation software companies. Among the companies participating are some of the nation’s best-known software brands, but there are many others, too. Don’t assume all the offers are the same. They’re not. As the IRS points out, individual company offers may be limited to specific income levels, certain states or other factors. For instance, H&R Block’s TaxCut Online is available free only if you are 50 or younger with adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less. The IRS says it has discontinued telephone filing, known as “Telefile.” Officials say many people who used this service in the past may qualify for the new free-filing services.— HURRICANE VICTIMS can get help from a new IRS Publication. See Publication 4492, available on the IRS site. It offers helpful tips for taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. For example, it tells how to claim unreimbursed losses. It also explains new rules on charitable giving.last_img read more


first_imgBen gets his hands on his hamper!Congratulations to Ben McAloon from Letterkenny/Malin who just went and bagged himself one of the most sought after hampers available in Donegal this Christmas. Ben won deluxe hamper from Mavericks barbershop on Lower Main Street in Letterkenny worth over €180, filled with quality hair, beard and shaving products that Mavericks themselves use.Mavericks have a fantastic range of hampers and gift vouchers available to suit every man, just call in store our check out their facebook page Mavericks Traditional Barbershop! Mavericks Traditional Barbershop is walk in only for all treatments including hot towel shaves!No appointments necessary and early opening every Saturday @ 8:30am for your convenience!!”BEN GETS HIS HANDS ON A MAVERICK HAMPER! was last modified: December 18th, 2015 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:donegalHAMPERMaverick Barberswinnerlast_img read more

German Shepherd found in Manorcunningham – can you help us get him home?

first_imgA German Shepherd has been found in Drumoghill, Manorcunningham.He is brown with a black back and face.Majella McHugh explained that the dog was found wandering outside her house yesterday evening, and she is anxious to reunite him with his owner as she is sure someone is missing him very much. If you have any information you can message Donegal Daily’s Facebook page or email [email protected] Shepherd found in Manorcunningham – can you help us get him home? was last modified: August 14th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found doggerman shepherdLost Dogmanorcunninghamlast_img read more


first_imgA Judge has fined a Letterkenny bus operator €750 for having an unfit public vehicle.Letterkenny court.Gardai inspected the bus belonging to Cathal McGettigan and found it had a bald tyre and that its emergency door was jammed. As a result they took it to the local vehicle inspection centre where a total of 29 faults were discovered.Mr McGettigan, of Fair Green, Letterkenny, appeared yesterday at Letterkenny District Court charged with one count of having an unfit vehicle.The incident happened on May 28th, 2013 at Glencar but there were not children on board at the time.The bus was being driven by a man named in court as Liam Molloy.McGettigan had 11 prior convictions including offences for not having insurance and not possession a public vehicle license.Solicitor Niall Sheridan said his client had the vehicle tested the previous month and it had passed the test.In relation to the jammed emergency door, Mr Sheridan added that there was an issue with some children opening the emergency door previously.Judge Paul Kelly asked if the door had been jammed on purpose but he was told there was no proof of this.Judge Kelly said “There is a daily onus on someone bringing children to school to make sure it is safe.“This could have had catastrophic consequnces if something had happened and the emergency door was jammed,” he said.He asked if McGettigan’s company was still transporting children to school and this was confirmed in court by Mr Sheridan.Judge Kelly said he was surprised the penalties for such incident were so modest.JUDGE SLAMS DONEGAL BUS OPERATOR AFTER 29 FAULTS FOUND WITH VEHICLE was last modified: February 17th, 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:bus operatorCathal McGettiganJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgManagement from Green Vehicle have issued a statement saying no car parts will be available from the Green Vehicle recycling facility until later this month – as they ready themselves for a massive auction on Saturday the 14th of June. The reason for this is to give staff enough time to prepare for the massive auction planned later this month.Green Vehicle is one of the most popular recycling facilities for purchasing car parts in Donegal. A large crowd is expected to attend the auction on the 14th of this month for what one of the biggest clearance auctions in Donegal.Green Vehicle have indicated they’ll be selling a large variety of surplus cars, vans, trucks and trailers at the aution.On top of that they’ll also be auctioning off boats, plant machinery, recycling equipment and much more.The auction kicks off on Saturday the 14th of June at 11am from Green Vehicle Recycling, Bonagee, Letterkenny. Viewing available Friday the 13th from 10am toIt’s not to be missed!!   DD NOTICE: NO CAR PARTS FOR SALE FROM GREEN VEHICLE UNTIL AFTER MASSIVE AUCTION was last modified: June 6th, 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:BusinessnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Defeats Adriatic Sea Sirens, 85-66

first_imgStory Links #DogCiao Drake rallied from a 42-41 halftime deficit to defeat the Sea Sirens and improved to 1-1 on the trip. SENIGALLIA, ITALY – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated the Adriatic Sea Sirens, 85-66, Saturday evening in the second game of its 2016 summer trip through Italy. Following the tour of San Marino, the group headed to Senigallia, which is a coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. It is home to a beautiful beach that the group enjoyed for several hours in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, the group had a chance to tour the city square of the Republica of San Marino. We arrived in San Marino Friday evening after a long travel day from Florence. Words can’t describe the beautiful views we had from the square overlooking San Marino and back into Italy. We once again had an excellent guided tour, this time through the square, where our guide covered the history of San Marino. San Marino, a microstate, is surrounded by Italy, is one of the world’s oldest republics and is mountainous.  Print Friendly Version After the beach, the team continued the educational aspect of the trip with a class during their pregame dinner. Led by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen, assistant professor of international business the team had a discussion on communication and leadership. Dr. Kappen then turned the discussion over to program supporter and former chairman of The Principal Financial Group, Larry Zimpleman, who is on the trip. Zimpleman, who earned a bachelor’s degree and masters from Drake, shared his thoughts on effective communication and leadership. The team then had an opportunity to ask Zimpleman questions, which were excellent and the class lasted one hour. Be sure to continue to follow the trip via Instagram and Twitter, @DrakeWBB along with trip central page at and the student-athletes’ Tumblr blog. The Bulldogs play their final game of the trip Monday evening in Costa Masnaga, where it will play the Italian Select team. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. CST). Blog #DogCiao Central Photo Gallery Tomorrow morning, we depart San Marino and travel to Venice for a few hours before heading to Lake Como. The group will spend the remainder of the trip in Lake Como and fly out of Milan Wednesday morning. Senior Lizzy Wendell scored a team-high 22 points while freshmen Brenni Rose and Becca Hittner had 10 and nine points, respectively. Sophomore Nicole Miller also finished with nine points. Senior Caitlin Ingle tallied six points and six assists.last_img read more