Valdez, Santiago lead PH volleyball nat’l team pool

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Philippine women’s volleyball team at the SEA Games in Singapore. Photo by Raffy LermaAS expected, the biggest names from the sport all made it to the national volleyball 24-player pool led by veterans Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Aby Marano.Putting premium on height, youth and experience, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas also added the rising stars from the collegiate leagues including Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino and La Salle’s Kim Kiana Dy.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Spurs beat Hawks to join Warriors with NBA’s best recordcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LVPI officials led by president Joey Romasanta and vice president Pete Cayco announced the national men’s and women’s pools Tuesday in the PSA Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel.Also making it to the roster are Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili of La Salle, Lourdes Clemente of Perpetual, Denden Lazaro of Cocolife, Geneveve Casugod and Bia General of Generika, Rachel Anne Daquis of Cignal, Maika Ortiz and Dindin Manabat of Foton, Rhea Dimaculangan and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas of Petron;Roselle Baliton and Kath Arado of University of the East, Ria Meneses of University of Santo Tomas, Alyssa Valdez, Elaine Kasilag and Myla Pablo of V-League, Jovelyn Gonzaga of Cignal and Gretchel Soltones of San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrom the pool, the final 12 will be named by first week of May after the members undergo training and road tour across the country.They will be fielded in this year’s Southeast Asian Games, Asian U23 and Asian Seniors. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

‘Getting to Best’: Ellen Chairs Education Roundtable

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday chaired an Education Roundtable Meeting held on the theme, “Getting to Best.” The meeting was in further consultations with stakeholders on how to improve the country’s education sector.The meeting with education stakeholders, according to Executive Mansion release, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium where the President was joined by Education Minister George Werner and the leadership of the Education Ministry, Cabinet Ministers, International Partners, educational authorities of private and public institutions, advocacy education organizations, and student advocacy institutions, among others.During the meeting, President Sirleaf warned that reforming the education sector to “best” is going to be a long road, and not a quick fix. “Whatever we do is going to take years,” she warned, nothing, “Our challenge is to start the process, get the elements of that process right taking into account the recommendations advanced by the participants.” She urged Liberians in the education sector to continue with consultations at different levels – students, teachers, parents-teachers association, among others and further discuss and address some of the many challenges affecting the sector including the ills in schools and how they can be overcome. President Sirleaf then thanked all those who attended the meeting for their insightful participation especially the international partners, who have been there with the MOE authorities providing support and pieces of advice. “I just want to see this spirit continue,” she said, emphasizing that the responsibility of building the country rests on Liberians primarily; but is thankful for the partnership that the country has that has enabled it to go beyond its own resources and capabilities.Earlier, George Werner made a presentation on the topic, “Getting to Best,” and outlined nine priority projects which, he said will lay the foundation for quality learning for children in Liberia over the next two years. He named National Roll-out of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA); Qualified Teachers with the Skills to Improve Learning Outcomes; Supported and Motivated Teachers will Improve Learning Outcomes; and School Infrastructure Meets the Needs of Children.“Others priority projects are schools and for teachers to have the resources to improve learning; improving enrolment and retention; lay the foundation for children’s education with early childhood education; young people to have the necessary skills to secure Jobs through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET); Girls’ Learning Outcomes Improve; and the MOE, and schools are accountable for children’s learning. Minister Werner emphasized that statistics on education in Liberia show that 42 percent of primary school age children are not in school; more than 20 percent of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate; while one-third of young people are not employed, educated or trained.He reiterated that the education system is referred to as a “mess” “because there are not enough safe and quality schools, core literacy and numeracy skills are not taught, over a third of our teachers are not qualified and young children are not prepared for school and start late.”Continuing, he said girls are less likely to enroll, stay in school and graduate, secondary-level education is under resourced, centralized system is unaccountable to schools and students, and young people cannot access market-driven and relevant TVET. “We must act now to stop another generation losing out on an education,” he warned, adding that immediate change is necessary to get to best.Participants proposed a number of suggestions to enhance the MOE in getting to the best. They suggested that ownership and the role of communities are key; the need to strengthen the role of civil society; the need for decentralization, safe school environment, and improved partnership.They also proposed the need for teaching nutrition to students and parents; health of students, as well as guidance and counseling.Other proposals advanced by the participants were the need to curtailing violence (sexual and gender-based); improve resources for education; take concrete actions to address education issues; improve response time in addressing teacher replacement and placing teachers on payroll; ensure accountability and spend resources efficiently; rebrand TVET, focus on after-school programs; establish a national inspectorate board, ensure parental education, build play grounds at all schools, reform the school curriculum; among others.Meanwhile, as part of the commemoration of Liberia’s 168th Flag Day anniversary, President Sirleaf has launched the National Curriculum on Citizenship Education.During the commemoration of the 168th Flag Day anniversary at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion under the theme, “The Flag, Our Identity,” yesterday President Sirleaf stressed that the Curriculum on Citizenship Education is an indispensable tool for enhancing citizens’ education. The Curriculum on Citizenship Education appreciates, but substantially departs from previous initiatives, which have focused on helping students understand the branches of government with emphasis typically focused on the president. This initiative provides the framework for a broader learning experience in the art of citizenship beginning with an understanding of our identities, families, environments and the communities within, which we live, and the organization and functioning of government. It also helps students understand and appreciate the complex patterns of interaction, rights, obligations and duties of citizenship. Organized with incremental levels of complexities, the content will be taught from Grades 1 through Grade 12.As this is the completion of the first phase, President Sirleaf thanked the Governance Commission and the Ministries of Education, and Finance and Development Planning for working together towards its completion and called on them to do what they can to secure the required resources to begin the textbook writing project so that in a year’s time, the teaching of citizen’s education can be strengthened as they commence introducing the new textbooks in all schools.“I hope that by the time of the 2017-2018 school year, Citizenship Education would form an integral part of the curriculum of every school in our country,” she indicated. Touching on the choice of celebrating our ‘Community’, President Sirleaf reflected on the ability of our communities that took ownership and led the process as Liberia battled the Ebola virus disease (EVD). “The ability of our communities to take ownership and lead the process as we battled an unknown enemy—truly manifests an engrained sense of identity, patriotism and commitment to service,” she said, adding, “It is a nationalistic service to people and country that replaces tears with hope and a restored self-esteem population.”She stressed that as a people, we have something to celebrate owing to our unique identity, which must be divorced of politics and pettiness. “It is that identity that positions us to recognize that ‘war-war’ can be replaced by ‘joy-joy’,” she furthered.President Sirleaf indicated that it is our solemn appreciation that “one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all” is not only a manifestation but an inherent embodiment of our identity. That is all the reason why the Flag serves as a constant reminder of a recognition and testimony of who we are as a people and as a nation.Prior to the indoor program, 20 high schools in and around Monrovia participated in the usual drill ceremony. This was a major highlight of the day’s activities that included President Sirleaf, who is Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and the Ministers of Education and Defense that received the Eyes-right salute from students.This year’s 1st place winner and Best Eyes-Right was G. W. Gibson High School; 2nd place and Best Drilled, Cathedral High School; and 3rd place and Best Dressed, St. Theresa’s Convent. They each received a presidential award of US$600, US$400 and US$200, respectively. Each school also got US$150 and a medal for their participation. The Muslim Congress High School was selected as the Most Discipline School.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC failures

first_imgCoalition Governments are commonly defined by politicians’ ability to bring together several political parties, whose ambitions are predominantly to reduce dominance in an aim to achieve the goal of development of a nation.For us here in Guyana, when the Cummingsburg Accord was signed on February 14, 2015, between the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), great promises were made to Guyanese. This, debatably, led to the new coalition Government winning the 2015 elections. Two years later, as Guyanese face bread-and-butter issues, the coalition Government now appears to be divided on frontal matters, which in a greater way affect the livelihood of citizens.In the lead-up to the elections in 2015, AFC, the smaller arm of the coalition, made a number of public promises to the Guyanese public, which portrayed an image of efficiency and leadership. Having joined with APNU and sitting together in decision-making meetings for the nation, the AFC now appears to be divorcing itself from some of those very decisions it made.In its most recent apparent division, the AFC informed some of the protesters who are highlighting the burdens of the decision to impose VAT on education that nine AFC Government Ministers will on Monday meet with them to discuss the best strategies to be employed to reverse the new tax regime.But was AFC not part of the decision-making process that led to the implementation of this burdensome tax on education? If this was always the AFC’s position, why did Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo not make this clear when he met with stakeholders at the National Cultural Centre. As a matter of fact, it was Nagamootoo who announced at that meeting that the burdensome tax would not be removed in 2017, but rather there was a possibility that it would be reviewed in 2018. It was this that led to the stakeholders understandably walking out of the meeting.Now, just about two weeks later, the AFC is trying to convince Guyanese that its position on VAT on education is different from APNU’s. It was the same AFC which sat and voted jointly with APNU for the imposition of this burdensome tax on education during the 2017 Budget debate in the National Assembly.In the parking meter fiasco, the AFC sat futilely and it was only when citizens stood strong against the project that it then publicly denounced that project. However, again the AFC displayed traits of hypocrisy on that issue as it did not support the parking meter motion, which was tabled in the National Assembly by the Opposition.The motion had called for a debate on the transparency of the project, method of procurement involved, terms and conditions of the contract, and the overall lack of consultancy with stakeholders. This is the second time around that the AFC is claiming to be an innocent party divorcing itself from the collective decision by its Government.The implementation of the VAT on education has severe impacts on the lives of citizens and more so the ability to educate our nation and, as such, Guyanese cannot allow the AFC to make this critical issue a political football nor a PR gimmick.The AFC must take responsibility and be held equally accountable for the implementation of this burdensome tax.  The time has come for the AFC to stop using citizens’ real burdens as a PR tool and accept blame for its failures.last_img read more

Jealous lover faces prison for shooting at competitor

first_imgAttorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson managed to secure bail for Jermaine Phillips when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly on Monday, for allegedly discharging a loaded firearm with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm in the direction of Virtual Complainant (VC) Troy Grant.A Police Constable swore to the truth of the information which allegedly occurred at Hardina and Norton Streets, Georgetown on June 11, 2017.The defence lawyer argued that based on his instructions, his client did not know the VC and had no knowledge of the charge which he deemed to be “trumped up” by a vindictive party. Several minutes after bail of $400,000 was granted for the above charge, a shackled Phillips was escorted back to the prisoner’s dock by Police ranks where two other charges were read to him. Magistrate Daly put over the allegation to the defendant which detailed that on July 11, 2017 at Laing Avenue, Georgetown, he was in possession of seventeen .40 rounds of live ammunition and one .40 Glock pistol, while not being the holder of a firearm licence.According to the defendant’s lawyer, Phillips was initially arrested by the Police, along with two other persons in relation to the said matter on July 11. Thompson speculated that “something is amiss” as he questioned the decision of the Police to apprehend three persons if they were sure of his client’s guilt. The gun, according to the lawyer, was found in a bag on the premises in the presence of several persons. “Police did not find the gun on anybody,” he posited.However, the prosecution sought to dispute the defence’s case by maintaining that when Police swooped down on the said residence, the defendant was spotted with the bag around his neck and apprehended as he attempted to escape. The Prosecutor also sought to establish that the two parties are known to each other and the alleged shooting had taken place in June.It is reported that a jealous Phillips fired shots in the direction of Grant, allegedly because he felt threatened that the VC might poach his lover. The court further heard from the prosecution that there was no evidence that anybody else was charged in relation to the last two charges, in response to Thompson’s claim that his client was one of three persons arrested. Bail was denied in relation to the latter charges, and Phillips was ordered to return to court on August 17, 2017.last_img read more

Kenya remains static in latest FIFA rankings

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama takes an effort at goal against Liberia. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9- Kenya’s Harambee Stars has remained at 87th in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday afternoon having not featured in any international friendly match since their 1-0 win over Liberia on November 15, 2016.Stanley Okumbi’s men were on an eight-match unbeaten run and rose from 89th on January 12. In the region, Uganda remained the best placed East African country but has dropped down two places to 75th after their poor performance during the just concluded African Cup of Nations in Gabon.The Cranes who were making a return to AFCON after 39 years picked only one point in a 1-1 draw with Mali, finishing bottom of the group.Rwanda has also dipped, going down seven places to 100th while Ethiopia who will face Kenya in the qualifiers for the 2019 AFCON have risen nine places to 103rd. Tanzania meanwhile have dropped two places to 158th.Continentally, Egypt who reached the final of the AFCON and lost 2-1 to Cameroon are the best placed African country having moved 12 places up to 23rd. African Champions Indomitable Lions are the best movers having progressed into the top three after climbing 29 places to 33rd worldwide.Senegal has also limped into the top three after progressing two spots up to 31st. Tunisia who remained static at 36th and DR Congo who have moved 12 places up to 37th complete the African top five.Ivory Coast, the 2015 African Champions are the worst movers with their poor AFCON display seeing them drop 13 places to 47th.The top five worldwide remains unchanged with Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium retaining their positions.In total, 60 matches counted towards the latest ranking. These included the 2017 AFCON, the 2017 Copa Centroamericana (15 games) and international friendlies (13 games).Honduras (65, plus 10) and El Salvador (114, plus 24) enjoyed substantial gains thanks to their performances at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana held from January 13 to 22.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgWhere: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Monday Health: Caregiver support group What: Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care Center offers a free caregivers support meeting on the third Monday of every month. Research has shown that support groups help people deal with every kind of situations, and that people benefit when they come together to discuss a common concern. We offer a safe and supportive place to come and talk. The support group is open to the community. For more information call (661) 253-0700 When: 7-8 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita Sports: High school golf teams fundraiser. What: The Golden Valley and Saugus High Schools golf teams are holding a golf fundraiser, featuring prizes, awards, the usual fun fare and a day of play on the beautiful TPC Valencia course. For information, contact Tony Moskal at amoskal@hartdistrict.org. When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Tournament Players Club, 26550 N. Heritage View Way, Valencia Tuesday Day Activities: Volcano program at library What: Come learn about volcanos with Richard Wade. For information, call the library at (661) 259-0750. When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall Thursday Day Activities: Puppet show What: This puppet show is for ages 5 or older. Call (661) 251-2720. When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country Friday Nightlife: J.R.’s Comedy Club What: J.R.’s Comedy Club hosts all-star comedy every Friday and Saturday night featuring comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, and “The Tonight Show.” $12 cover with a two-item minimum (special event pricing may differ)or $23.99 for dinner and the show. Call for reservations (661) 259-2291 www.comedyinvalencia.com When: 9 p.m. Where: Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia Nightlife: Jazz and Blues concert series What: Gino Matteo is this week’s performer at the Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series. These events feature great music, food and beverages and activities for the kids. Admission is free. For information, call Barbara Myler at (661) 290-2911. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: Corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway in Valencia Saturday Music: L.A. Opera presentation What: The L.A. Opera will present an end-of-season performance featuring Tammy Jenkins, soprano; Daniel Montenegro, tenor; and Victoria Kirsch, pianist. A reception will follow. For information, call the library at (661) 259-8942. When: 2 p.m. Where: Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday Day Activities: Ranger guided hike What: A park ranger will lead a nature hike through the park the second, third and fourth Sunday of every month. These hikes last approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. For information, call (661) 268-0840. When: 11 a.m. last_img read more

Arsenal captain drops goal scoring hero from his shoulders and breaks his arm!

first_img1 Steve Morrow broke his arm after Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Tuesday 27 October.The 1993 Coca-Cola Cup final is a match better remembered for the celebrations on the pitch, rather than the football.In that year, Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in the finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup, with Steve Morrow the hero in the latter final, scoring the winning goal at Wembley.When the final whistle sounded, Gunners captain Tony Adams attempted to lift the midfielder on to his shoulders, but dropped him to the turf.Having broken his arm, Morrow was rushed to hospital strapped with an oxygen mask as he left the pitch, while his team-mates went up the Wembley steps to collect the cup.He eventually received his winner’s medal ahead of the FA Cup final a month later, with Wednesday defeated again – this time after a replay – when another another unlikely Arsenal hero, Andy Linighan, scored a last minute winner.PREDICTED ARSENAL LINE UP FOR SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY GAMElast_img read more

Romer wants to step down from post

first_imgThe head of the Los Angeles Unified School District has told the school board he wants to leave before his $250,000-a-year contract expires. In a closed meeting several weeks ago, Superintendent Roy Romer told the Board of Education “that he would like them to find his replacement by September or October, but that he would certainly stay until an appropriate replacement is found,” district spokesman Stephanie Brady said. Romer, 77, was hired in 2000 and, in 2004, the school board extended his contract through June 2007. The district did not indicate why Romer wanted to step aside early. However, there has been increasing tension in recent months between Romer and board members. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Romer also has been under increasing pressure from the city, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lobbying hard to take control of the nation’s second-largest school district and City Controller Laura Chick undertaking a management audit of the system. Just last week, Romer announced a $20 million plan designed to reduce the drop-out rate, which district officials estimate at 25 percent but other experts say could be as high as 50 percent. Romer said the ambitious plan – which includes hiring scores of counselors and forcing at-risk students into intervention programs – could start by July if money for the ambitious project is found. Under Romer, the overcrowded district has undertaken a $19.2 billion capital program, building or opening about 160 new campuses and modernizing many others. He also has pushed for completion of the Belmont High School project, a massive downtown school complex. Construction halted after it was found that the land sits atop an earthquake fault and an oil field that contains explosive methane.last_img read more

Transfer updates for Spurs fans on goalkeeper, Barca starlet and £15m midfielder

first_img Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez to provide cover in the goalkeeper role? – Tottenham have already failed with a £3m bid for Lopez, who plays for Espanyol where Mauricio Pochettino played and managed. The Spanish club will reportedly hold out for more money, though, as Tottenham look for back up in the position. 7 DeAndre Yedlin leaving Spurs – America right back Yedlin has flown to Newcastle ahead of a possible move and will reportedly undergo a medical. The 23-year-old is not part of Pochettino’s plans given his options in the full back role. 7 Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s move in doubt – It was thought a £10m deal had been agreed between the clubs, with Clinton Njie going in the opposite direction, but that could be scuppered by a proposed takeover, report the London Evening Standard. Gerard Lopez is the man thought to be in the frame to buy the Marseille and he could put Marcelo Bielsa back in charge who will not want to see the best players leave. Hakan Calhanoglu to bring free-kick expertise to Spurs – scroll through the gallery to see more Tottenham transfer rumours – German news outlet Express carry quotes from the player’s agent Bektas Demirtas confirming Spurs’ interest in 22-year-old Calhanoglu. “It is true that Tottenham have registered their interest with me,” he said. The Turkey international played with Spurs forward Heung-min Son at Bayer Leverkusen where his prowess from set pieces have raised his profile. Tottenham tracking Barcelona starlet Munir El Haddadi – Munir recently signed a contract at Barca tying him to the club until 2019 and is one of the most celebrated young talents at the Camp Nou. He is very skilful, capable of scoring goals and a fee of €15m is said to be enough to convince Barca to sell, allowing him to play more regularly. However, Spurs are said to be unwilling to insert the buy-back clause into any contract, which could complicate things. Everton and Stoke are also keeping an eye on him, while Valencia and Celta Vigo are the Spanish clubs. Hull chasing Ryan Mason – First team chances are limited for Mason with Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama all competing for places in the middle. As a result the 25-year-old is being targeted by Hull who have apparently opened talks regarding a deal for the player. 7 7 7 7 Even though Tottenham got some deals done early, with Vincent Wanyama and Vincent Janssen joining, there are still a few rumours suggesting the chairman and manager are not finished.That’s not really a surprise given Daniel Levy is involved, is it?REVEALED: 23 PLAYERS LIKELY TO MOVE BEFORE THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTSAnyway, scroll through the gallery to see the latest on Tottenham’s transfer targets as well as the players whose careers at White Hart Lane appear to be over. 7 Nabil Bentaleb on his way to Germany? – There are a couple of rumours involving Bentaleb, including one involving a swap with Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The 21-year-old midfielder has also been linked with German side Schalke who could take him on loan initially with a view to buying as manager Pochettino revealed the player wants to leave and the manager has no objections to him going. Tottenham value Bentaleb at £15m, according to the Standard.last_img read more

Who is this surprise Liverpool striker transfer target? Mystery man revealed

first_img1 Ben Brereton celebrates his winner against Aston Villa Jurgen Klopp is eyeing young Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton, say The Sun.It’s said the Reds have been monitoring the 17-year-old for the past six months, as the club’s manager continues his commitment to nourishing promising talent.A £2.5m offer was allegedly tabled last month, and, such has been his rise in the first half of the season, Liverpool could face a battle with Manchester United for his signature.But who exactly is the coveted teenager at the City Ground?We’ve profiled all the details on the player who could soon be heading to one of the Premier League’s elite sides…Date of birth: 18/04/1999Position: StrikerWhat’s his background?Brereton was released by Stoke City in the summer of 2015 and made an immediate impact on Forest’s academy, finishing the 2015/16 campaign as the club’s leading goalscorer for the Under-18s, during which time they claimed the league title.In the first half of this season he scored 17 goals in 21 appearances for the Under-23 team, before being handed his full debut on 31 January 2017, starting in a 2-0 win over Rotherham United. Later that week, on 4 February, he came off the bench to the score his first senior goal for the club, a 92-minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.What type of player is he?More a traditional frontman, powerful, with a natural instinct in front of goal.What does the future hold?It’s very early days in his career, but things are going well for him at Forest. The teenager might, in fact, be better off continuing his development with the Championship outfit. Such is the high regard Brereton is held in, he signed a new contract at the end of last year, though the length of his deal has not been disclosed.last_img read more