Last week ended with a flurry of international sport that was enough to give local sport fans hand problems, switching from radio to television, and from channel to channel in a gallant effort to be a part of success, success of teams that represent us, the people. Every supporter or fan who watches and supports their team wants that team to win. But success requires more backbone than wishbone. The CONCACAF Under -17 Championships, which serve as a qualifier for a place in the World Cup finals at that age level, got under way with Jamaica carrying what I thought was the best prepared set of young men to go into competition. Jackie Walters and Wendell Downswell have both taken us to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. None of them had the luxury of a multi-week training camp. In the build up to the tournament in Panama, Jamaica had the luxury of playing practice games, at home, against the USA, Cuba and Canada. Yet, what transpired on the field in Sunday’s game against the Americans was simply unbelievable. Poor marking Defensive marking was absolutely nonexistent, and the midfielders and the forwards, whenever they gained possession of the ball, inexplicably booted it up field, where Jamaican forwards were ALWAYS outnumbered by American defenders! I am well aware that our team is populated by teenagers, who at times tend to go off on a frolic of their own, but so, too, are our opponents. Could it be that we were outcoached? Our next two games will give us, the fans, a good insight into how the coaching staff of our young Reggae Boyz respond. At home, the 50th Test match played at Sabina Park got underway on Friday. Coincidentally, this test match was also the 50th Test match between the West Indies and Pakistan. There was a genuine and praiseworthy attempt by the marketing arm of the Jamaica Cricket Association to promote the game, but the weather and the quality of the Cameron/Browne XI (otherwise known as the West Indies Test Team) combined to keep seats empty. Most cricket fans witj whom I have contact, have a real and genuine problem with supporting a team of inexperienced triers, when our best cricketers are kept out of the game by spite and ridiculous eligibility rules. It is now obvious that West Indies cricket will continue to struggle until the people of the region the ones whose money and support of the sponsor’s product(s) allow the board members the luxury of international travel and per-diems decide that enough is enough and support their prime ministers in disbanding an organisation that requests independent reviews of their governance, and rejects out of hand EVERY suggestion put forward by those hired and paid to deliver their opinion, which is that the board must go! Jamaica’s team to the World Relays, which concluded last Sunday in the Bahamas, saw a group of men and women, minus many of our best athletes, performing creditably in coming second to the mighty USA in the race for the golden baton. We can say that these relays were a prep for the World Championships in London this August, and so they can be, if our absent stars stay healthy, and the ones who went to the Bahamas continue to improve. But spare a thought for Canadian sprinter De Grasse. What a performance! His run against Justin Gatlin in the final leg of the 4×100 eliminations on Saturday and his third leg in the victorious 4×200 race on Sunday, was just awesome! Please, please, Usain, minimise the partying and train, I beg you. I just couldn’t bear to see you lose your farewell race in London. Finally, the execution of injured race horse King Pharaoh, by two gunshots, and an eventual lethal injection in front of shocked patrons at Easter Monday’s race day at Caymanas Park, has resulted in condemnation from the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) and the head of the Veterinary Board and consultant to the Jamaica Racing Commission, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett. In fact, Dr. Bartlett has been on national radio apologising to fans, punters and stakeholders who witnessed the horrendous event. He has also stated that it is against the rules governing the running of Caymanas Park for horses to be shot on the compound. To date, I have not seen a response from the promoters with regard to this incident that occurred in front of children and adults after the last race on Monday last week. I am however aware that the Racing Commission and the JSPCA have launched investigations.
Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “That’s something which you only figure out in practices or in games. Those are the things not learned overnight.”READ: San Beda sends Gilas Cadets to 0-3 start in Filoil Over its past four games, Gilas has drawn solid games from a myriad of options but it has been Juan Gomez de Liaño who has shone the brightest.On Tuesday, though, the UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year was on UP’s side.Isaac Go, meanwhile, showed glimpses of greatness in Gilas’ 72-63 win over Perpetual but has yet to fully integrate with the squad.READ: Kobe Paras on Gilas Cadets’ Filoil stint: ‘I’m all for this’ With its precarious standing, Gilas must win all its upcoming assignments against National University, University of the East, Emilion Aguinaldo College, and Mapua to progress to the playoffs.Uichico, though, said that he won’t lose sleep if his side fails to make it to the next level as he looks at the bigger picture.“Of course, as much as we want to win and get to the championship, part of the goal of joining Filoil is to try to get to know them also. If we had more practice time which we don’t have the luxury of doing, we could’ve competed better, but it’s just now that I’m finding out our strengths and weaknesses,” he said.“Eventually, by the time where we get to the more important tournaments, we should know those.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Yankees and Red Sox to play in London in 2019 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Uichico acknowledged that their immaturity got the better of them in the end game.“Mature teams or teams who have been together will know how to get away from that situation. But we lost by four points with probably five practice days before entering the tournament, generally I’m OK with that,” he said.READ: Ateneo surprises Gilas cadets in FiloilHe also admitted that he’s still in the process of defining the roles of his ever-changing roster, and he’s taking his time.“Right now, we don’t know who to go to when we need a basket. We just run the offense and see what shot is available to us at that available time, but if we have a go-to guy, it could’ve been easier.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The Gilas cadets, prospects for the “23-for-23” team, dropped to 1-4 in the summer tournament and are in danger of missing the quarterfinals.“We faced three strong teams first. Even now, we were leading but we can’t close the games out, but that’s just part of the growing pains of the young ones playing together and also me learning their strengths and weaknesses,” said the veteran mentor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: UP rallies to shock Gilas Pilipinas in FiloilThe Nationals led by as much as 16 in the third quarter, 50-34, but saw the Fighting Maroons barge into the fourth quarter and steal the win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Head coach Jong Uichico isn’t worried about Gilas’ 1-4 record in Filoil pre-season tournament.Coach Jong Uichico isn’t too worried about Gilas Pilipinas’ position in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup even after the team’s 72-78 defeat to University of the Philippines on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT
Leo Najorda hit clutch baskets as Davao Occidental subdued Laguna, 72-66, on Saturday night to extend its streak even as San Juan got back on track in the MPBL Datu Cup at Marist Gym in Marikina.Najorda, a former Philippine Basketball Association player, buried 27 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds remaining, as the Tigers clawed their way back from 22 points down in the second half to secure their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The former Philippine Christian University guard fired 16 points for the Knights (9-2), who bounced back from a loss to the Rizal Crusaders on Tuesday.The win spoiled a career night for actor Gerald Anderson, who had 11 points for Marikina (4-7). Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eagles soar to UAAP lead; Tigers slay Tams The Tigers also stopped the Heroes’ winning streak at four, while rising to 8-3 for solo second behind Muntinlupa (8-1) in the South division.Laguna fell to 6-5, despite strong performances from Michael Mabulac and Denok Miranda, who missed a jumper that could have given the lead back to the Heroes near the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This win is all about character,” said Davao coach Don Dulay. “Things weren’t going our way, but we wanted to go down fighting.”Later, the Knights took their frustrations out on host Marikina with a 77-65 conquest behind another stellar game from Mike Ayonayon. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Gospel artist turned politician, Kanvee Adams, over the weekend assured her supporters that she will defeat her opponents at the ballot box in the 2017 representative and presidential elections. Adams is contesting against 12 others for the lone Montserrado County District#6 seat currently occupied by two-term Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, who is reportedly contemplating canvassing for votes in Bomi County Electoral District #1.Ms. Adams spoke at a brief, but well organized program her supporters held to officially endorse her to contest shortly after she returned from the U.S. The ceremony was organized by ‘Friends of Kanvee Adams’ in collaboration with community leaders in Kissi Town, GSA Road, outside Monrovia.Mrs. Adams said the people of the district should see her as their hope for real and positive change.Kanvee, as she is widely known, challenged the women of District #6 to consider her as their strength that God set aside to usher in not only a new platform, but productive leadership.“If I succeed or lose, don’t forget that it will reflect on you,” Mrs. Adams told her supporters, with women particularly calling on her to bridge the gap of what she termed as ill-representation at the House of Representatives. She called on them to turn out in their numbers on October 10, 2017, to vote her in.Kanvee promised to craft a Student Loan Bill so that young people graduating from high school will be able to attend universities and pay back after graduation. She said as a Christian, she is not deterred by what people say or do, “for my mission to redeem the residents of the district from poor representation that has brought so much suffering rather than alleviating poverty through policy-driven agenda.”“I am not here to boast of what I have done for anyone or the district, but I am very certain that some of you here can attest to my little contributions to education where I have provided scholarships to deserving students, catering to the old folks and listening to the many cries of less fortunate citizens,” Mrs. Adams said.For his part, the chairman of the ‘Friends of Kanvee Adams,’ Charles B. Weah, extended an open invitation to eligible voters in the district to join Kanvee’s campaign to experience transformation.“We are aware of the many names that are vying to represent us in the House of Representatives, but we are optimistic Kanvee’s impeccable character and her willingness to serve will adjudge her opponents incompetent,” he said.Over 200 persons, including representatives of the Money Exchangers Union and Motorcycle Union, graced the event.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Participants at the Tree Crop Extension Project workshop in SanniquellieThe Ministry of Agriculture has received the amount of US$30 Million from the International Fund for Agriculture Development or IFAD to help raise the standard of cocoa production in Liberia.According to the Deputy Minister for Regional Development, research and extension, Cllr. Sayma Cephus, the money will used specifically in four counties across Liberia, including eight agriculture districts in Nimba.He said the main objective is to help farmers in the area of rehabilitation, so they will be able to increase the production of cocoa in the Liberian Market.Minister Cephus said the MoA is bringing another strategy for the project to be sustainable, if the donors should have left.“We are bringing three key words in the new strategy, including “participation, leadership and ownership”.He said in this way, the tendency of donor funding, which can be mismanaged by farmers, will not be allowed. However, all checks and balances were put in place to ensure that the money is accounted for.He said some of the money will be used to rehabilitate about 267 kilometers of feeder roads to enable marketability of cocoa.Minister Cephus was speaking in Sanniquellie on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the technical workshop, which brought together scores of farmers and farming cooperatives so as to get an insight of the new project.The project under the title: “Tree Crop Extension Project (TCEP)” is held under Program Management Unit of Ministry of Agriculture.The Tree Crop Extension Project (TECP) workshop bannerThe technical workshop designed a clear roadmap for the successful implementation of the various project components and reviewed the project, strategic results framework, M&E plan and annual work plan & budget for one year for each partner.The workshop will introduce the fiduciary aspects, financial management and accounting system, budget monitoring, designated account, assets management, administration loan disbursement, financial reporting and audit and procurement.“Initially we agreed on geographic targeting of districts and communities within Nimba County so as to avoid duplication and overlapping of activities thereby building synergies,” said Emmanuel G. Vah Jr., Project Coordinator.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
To view the Peace Seniors Connect and Care group; CLICK HERETo view the North Peace Seniors Housing Society; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Trick or Treating this year has opened the door to bring smiles and appreciation with a visit to the North Peace Seniors Housing.Thursday, October 31st, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, bring your little ones to the North Peace Seniors Housing at #9816-108th Avenue.- Advertisement -Councillor Becky Grimsrud shares, she had seen a post being shared on facebook suggesting trick-or-treating at nursing homes and loved the idea of connecting our kids with our seniors.Councillor Grimsrud went on to say she was a bit concerned about the public expectation of getting candy from seniors (especially if a lot of kids turned up). Yet, the connection is precious. The concern is many seniors in our community have a tight budget to be buying a lot of Halloween candy.There have been a few people who volunteered to donate candy through the Peace Seniors Connect & Care Facebook group as well as the North Peace Seniors Society has approved the purchase of more candy, so that the seniors are able to enjoy the costumes without worrying about the associated cost, shared Grimsrud.If you are interested in donating candy to the residents to help make the night a success, you can contact Vanessa Seimens-Ford, an Admin on the Peace Seniors Connect and Care group at 250-261-3525 or drop the donations at her home, located at 9103 87th Avenue.Advertisement
Tottenham celebrate Mauricio Pochettino insists fitness won’t be a problem for Tottenham against Arsenal.The short trip to the Emirates on Sunday will be Spurs’ third game in less than a week, but Pochettino has no doubts that his squad can deal with the workload.They have certainly coped well so far, following up Monday’s 3-1 win over with Aston Villa in the Premier League by beating Anderlecht 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.“It’s not because we have a young squad that we run a lot and we now win the games,” Pochettino said.“It’s about the way we’re training. This is our sports science and our medical staff who deserve to have their job recognised.“When you have to push the players every day, it is hard for the players and you can be proud of how they recovered for (the game against Anderlecht).“It is not a miracle. It is hard work from the beginning of the season.”The contest at White Hart Lane looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw when Harry Kane’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Imoh Ezekiel but Dembele came off the bench to score a stunning winner in the 87th minute.Dembele expressed disappointment earlier this year at his lack of game-time at White Hart Lane but the midfielder appears to have won over Pochettino, having started all of Tottenham’s last four matches and scored three times in the process.“If we analyse him last season, part of the season he was injured,” Pochettino said.“I think Dembele from the beginning of this season, every time he was available he had the possibility to play.“Always it’s up to the player. If the player shows he deserves to play, it’s easy for them.“I am very pleased with him. He got injured against Everton and had some problems with his foot but today he was very important for us.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Now meetings of the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District will end promptly at 10 p.m. Melissa Harnett, board president, broke the news like a disclaimer at the start of Thursday’s night’s meeting. She explained, to what can be a raucous bunch of regulars, that it’s too difficult to think clearly past that time after working all day. So whatever business isn’t finished during the regularly scheduled meetings will be continued to another day. It was 10:04 p.m. when their meeting adjourned under this new rule. And it was met with a round of applause. “We traditionally go past the midnight hour, and it’s been a problem for a while,” Harnett said. “We want to hear from everyone, but everyone starts to get loopy, and it becomes a free-for-all.” With one quick glance at an agenda, school board members can predict whether meetings will run into overtime. Boundary changes, diversity issues and athletic teams are among the hot topics that drive residents to attend these meetings, and many board members know in advance to brace for late nights. ACTON – They say meetings can be brutal. Those who serve on school boards know that all too well, especially when the clock strikes midnight and there’s no end in sight to the agenda or the people who want to be heard. Some willingly accept these late nights as part of the job. And some audience members – the few who regularly attend – appear to truly enjoy discussing every detail of every agenda item down to microscopic proportions. But after what has seemed like a tradition for meetings to stretch into the wee hours, one bleary-eyed school board has finally had enough. But sometimes, it’s a mundane issue – such as the height of basketball hoops on the school playground – that can fill a room. Joan MacGregor recalled a late night meeting of the Sulphur Springs School District board when the room was packed with parents, and the discussion was all about the net. She’s now on the board of trustees for College of the Canyons. “I was so discouraged because the meeting before that, we discussed curriculum,” she said. “But everyone came out for the height of basketball hoops on the playground.” Late-nighters were routine a few years ago for the William S. Hart Union High School District’s school board. Although they still happen from time to time, today the meetings end by 10:30 p.m. Back then, though, meetings regularly adjourned around 1 a.m., leaving board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine struggling to catch some sleep before her alarm clock sounded at 4 a.m. for work. On those nights, she sometimes wondered whether she should even bother with sleep. “The bottom line is board members are politicians, and some of them have a lot of hot air and love to hear themselves talk,” she said. Mercado-Fortine said most of the board members have full-time jobs and that on meeting nights, some are putting in 18-hour days. Working that long doesn’t allow for effective decision-making, she said. Overall, board members said there are ways to prevent long meetings, from having a president who stays on topic to limiting the number of items to discuss and closely guarding the three-minute rule for public comment. Still, some things are out of their control. Earthquake aftershocks. Power outages. Celebrities and TV news crews arriving unannounced. The Newhall School District has a 9:30 p.m. rule at board meetings. At that time, the president decides what to finish and what to table to the next meeting, so the night doesn’t drag into day. “We don’t want it to go past 10:30 p.m., because everyone is tired from work,” Shapiro said. News about Acton’s new 10 p.m. rule was a hit with Lesa Lotito. The 43-year-old is a regular at the school board meetings and has grown used to the late nights they involve. “I’ve been here at many late night meetings,” she said. “And that’s how it’s always been.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Jurgen Klopp hailed Emre Can’s “fantastic goal” as Liverpool tightened their grip on a place in the Premier League top four with victory at Watford.In a largely-forgettable affair at Vicarage Road, Can struck an acrobatic overhead kick in first-half stoppage time to seal a 1-0 win.The Reds had seen fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal drop points over the weekend and took advantage.Their victory here was enough to move them four points clear of fifth-placed United, and Klopp enthused over Can’s timely winner.“We scored a fantastic goal,” he said.“I only saw it once but it looked already pretty nice. I turned a little early and didn’t see it hit the back of the net.“It was difficult game, a difficult opponent. We passed a lot, we improved from last week when we didn’t look patient enough, we looked better.”Klopp also revealed German international Can has been playing through the pain barrier.“He is a good boy, a good player and he deserves it,” he added.“We thought we needed him and he tried as good as possible. These problems are sorted and he can build on his performances.”Although his side have the points on the board, Klopp is still taking nothing for granted as he looks to guide the Reds back into the Champions League.“It is not important, if we give it away it means nothing,” he said of their lead.“We have pressure and it means you fight for something that is good. It is positive pressure. We want to stay focused.“We don’t expect for a second it will be easy. If people think we have the three points against Southampton they can not have seen Southampton this season.“We didn’t play perfect tonight and it would have been hard to accept, but we got the three points and that is all that the lads deserved.” The German midfielder helped the Reds strengthen their hold on third place
Ward was found guilty of assault causing harm after he stabbed his brother-in-law.A MAN who stabbed his brother-in-law as he arrived for a memorial Mass has been jailed for ten months.Martin ‘Mattress’ Ward stabbed Michael McDonagh – who is married to his sister – in the grounds of the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny on June 26th, 2012. Letterkenny District Court had heard how Ward, 33, tried to stab Mr McDonagh up to a dozen times through the window of his carMr McDonagh, his wife Ann and their children arrived at the second anniversary mass for Mrs McDonagh’s late brother-in-law Charlie who had drowned.However just seconds after leaving his wife off to the front door of the church, Mr McDonagh was attacked.The father-of-six eventually struggled out of the passenger seat of the Ford Galaxy car and ran to a nearby shop where the shop-owner locked him in a room until the Gardai arrived.Mr McDonagh claimed the issue had arisen following a previous dispute the accused had with his brother John Joe.The victim said he feared for his life saying he still finds it difficult to get over his ordeal.“It’s hard to get asleep at night thinking about someone stabbing you through a window,” he said.Martin Ward, of 45 Ard Na Ri, Letterkenny, claimed he was nowhere near Co Donegal on the day of the alleged stabbing.He claimed he was hunting hares and rabbits with a friend in Thurles where he was living.Today Judge Paul Kelly, who had heard the case, refused a request from defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher for Ward to be dealt with by way of a suspended sentence or community service order.Mr Gallagher said the family dispute had erupted out of a trivial matter over who had bought a pint in a pub several years ago.Garda Inspector David Kelly said he was concerned that Ward would carry out such an attack sparked by a trivial matter.Judge Kelly said the attack had been “vicious and unprovoked” involving “the use of a deadly weapon.”He said only a custodial sentence was appropriate considering “the aggravated circumstances of the attack.”He sentenced Ward to 10 months in prison.The matter has now been referred back to the Circuit Court where Ward was given a one year sentence, suspended for 7 years, in 2008 for a previous assault.MAN WHO STABBED BROTHER-IN-LAW AT CHAPEL IS JAILED was last modified: February 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:attackMARTIN WARDstab