• ISSA/Grace Headley Cup benefits St Ann schools

    first_imgAfter an approximate 10-year hiatus from the ISSA/Grace Headley Cup schoolboy cricket competitions, young cricketers at Ferncourt High School in Claremont, St Ann, are on the comeback trail, seeking to mark their place in history.Ferncourt’s coach, Demar Sylvester, said that the ISSA/ Grace Headley Cup had provided his students with the opportunity to engage in and gain valuable knowledge about the sport of cricket in spite of dropping out of the competition. Some of the boys, he said, were first-time cricketers who benefited from the experience.”This has provided us with the opportunity to embark on intense training for the next season. I will also personally seek to solicit the assistance and skills from males in the community who are knowledgeable about the game to assist in training the boys,” Sylvester stated.Avid cricketerSylvester, who describes himself as an avid cricketer, wants as many students as possible to benefit from his coaching and knowledge.”There are many of them who are already demonstrating good work and training ethics, overall discipline, and dedication to the sport,” Sylvester said.The school’s captain, Gary Allen, and his teammates, Dwayne Rose and Raheem Whyte, are among those who are always first to show up for training and the last to leave. Seventh-grader Rikone Harris was also singled out as a bright student with much promise for the future.”The passion that these boys exhibit during training helps to personally give me the energy and zeal to continue working with the team. Their skills are improving, and this is noticeable,” said Sylvester.He is hopeful that through their dedication, they will be among the better players in the parish and, by extension, Jamaica, making cricket their profession.”I believe that if they are given the opportunity to play more practice matches, it could develop their conditional reflex to play the appropriate shots for a given delivery,” he reasoned.Coach at Marcus Garvey Technical High Damani Sewell said that his team entered this season’s competition for exposure to prepare themselves for next year.”I took a tactical decision for them to gain first-hand experience, so we expect to see better performances next season as we are on the verge of developing a good programme,” said Sewell.last_img read more

  • Soaring to new heights

    first_img FASTEST TIME BEST JUMP Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody will be looking to continue her march to another Class One girls 100m title after securing her lane in today’s semi-finals with a 11.87 win in the preliminaries. Aneka Brissett (St Jago) has the fastest time heading into the next round after her 11.79 run with Green Island’s Kimone Hines, 11.91; Holmwood’s Kelleisha King, 11.93 and Hydel’s Isheena Belnavis, 11.94 impressing most during the heats. Double sprint champion Kevona Davis (Edwin Allen) stayed on course for a repeat performance at this year’s championships after leading all qualifiers into the 100m semi-finals with a 11.74 clocking in her heat. She was the only athlete to dip below 12 seconds in the preliminary round with this season’s other sub-12 seconds sprinters Krystal Sloley (Campion), who ran 12.08 in yesterday’s heats, Holmwood’s Sashieka Steele (12.11); Hydel’s Gabrielle Matthews (12.16), Edwin Allen’s Shanique Rowe (12.23) and Mount Alvernia’s Soyienne Grenyion (12.58) all safely through to the next round. She arrived at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships hell-bent on getting her name in the history book and that is exactly what Excelsior’s Shantae Foreman managed inside the National Stadium in front of a packed grandstand. Excelsior picked up 15 points in the girls’ Class Three high jump final after Foreman’s record-breaking clearance of 1.79m – a result that helped them to the top of the points standing with one final left to be scored yesterday. Her schoolmate Daniel Hinds finished third after clearing 1.70m, the same height as silver medalist Daniella Anglin, who attends Herbert Morrison. Foreman’s clearance betters the 1.78m mark, which was set in 2014. The Mountain View Avenue-based outfit, were on 30 points, three more than defending champions Edwin Allen (27). St Jago are next best on 24; Hydel 21; Holmwood and Immaculate tied on 17; Wolmer’s 11; Rusea’s 9; Herbert Morrison 7 and Vere Technical 5. “On my second attempt I told myself that I can clear it and I must clear it because I really wanted to break the record and to make my name go down in the record book,” Foreman told The Gleaner. “I am very happy with my performance because this is what I came here for and I did it,” added Foreman – clearly too shy to say much more. The result was hardly a surprise since Foreman came into the championships as the overwhelming favourite being the only girl in her class to clear 1.70m this season. She will next feature in the long jump event, which starts this morning at 10:30. In the Class Four long jump final, St Jago’s Kay-Lagay Clarke was victorious after producing her best jump of her young career (5.33m) to win ahead of Excelsior’s Trecy-Ann Cespedes, 5.32m and Immaculate’s Onanda Lowe, 5.13m, the daughter of former Jamaican footballer Onandi Lowe and sister of current Reggae Boyz defender Damion Lowe. Shanique Masters finished just outside the medals in the Class Two 800m final last year. Now in Class One, the Hydel standout is looking like a clear medal candidate after posting the fastest time going into the final – 2:14.20, ahead of gold medal favourite Chrisanni May (Holmwood), 2:16.65 as well as the Edwin Allen pair of Kara Grant (2:14.73) and Class One bronze medal winner from 2016 Asshanni Robb (2:16.98). Edwin Allen’s Cemore Donald, who logged a qualifiers-leading 2:10.14 in the Class Two 800m prelims, is expected to feature prominently in what will easily be one of the races of the championships. Joining her in the final will be fellow heavyweights Shaquena Foote (Petersfield), 2:14.32; Brittney Campbell (Holmwood), 2:16.14; Charokee Young (Hydel), 2:17.28; with another Holmwood girl Delverna Bromfield, 2:13.97 also securing her spot. Fourteen girls’ finals will be contested on today’s fourth day of competition with the 100m, sprint hurdles, 400m and 1500m among the events on the track featuring all classes.last_img read more

  • Prince Saydee, Sam Kollie Join LISCR FC

    first_imgLISCR FC President Mustapha Raji (middle) welcomes his two new players, Sam Kollie (L) and Prince Saydee (R)(Photo credit: LISCR FC)Double champions LISCR FC have added two additional players, Prince Saydee and Sam Kollie formerly of Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) and FC Fassell respectively to their lineup.The signing of the two players summed up the ‘Shipping Boys’ new signings to ten since the start of the transfer period and increased the team’s number of newly signed attackers and defenders.Forward Saydee and striker Kollie will look to give the ‘Shipping Boys’ more force upfront to defend their double titles in the pending Liberia Football Association new league season. Both players were signed to a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.“We can confirm the signing of striker Sam Kollie and forward Prince Saydee on a three-year deal,” the club wrote on their official Facebook page.Forward Saydee, 22, comes to LISCR from BYC that he joined since 2013. The 22-year-old joined BYC from Liberia’s traditional club Invincible Eleven and scored 23 goals in 47 appearances for the ‘Go Blue Boys.’During his spell at BYC, the young forward was also opportune to several international tryouts due to his impressive performances. He was also called up to the national team in 2013 under the guidance of then-coach Frank Jericho Nagbe in his 22-man squad for the Lone Stars’ match against Uganda.Last season, the forward struggled to put on his scoring boots and his perfectly placed passes with his club and the national team.His new teammate Kollie who had a disappointing season with former club Fassell last season will also be hoping to recover and play his best for his new club.Striker Kollie was among several young players whose ambition of lifting the 1st division title with FC Fassell last season was dashed after the club was found guilty of fielding ineligible players. Kollie last featured against LISCR in the quarter-finals of last season’s FA Cup where he scored the opening goal. He struck from about 23 yards for the opener before LISCR overturned the scores 2-1 and advanced to the semis on 3-2 aggregate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Ramdhanis among W.O.D doubles’ champs

    first_imgThe Badminton fraternity served off a grand Open Doubles competition on Friday, June 22, at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue. It acted as a celebration of World Olympic Day 2018.With a typically good turnout, the competition saw the usual dominators vying for prizes and bragging rights.The opening night of the competition saw action in the Men’s Open Doubles, Ladies Open Round Robin Doubles, and the Men’s Open Consolation Doubles tournaments. In the Ladies Open Round Robin segment, National Ladies Junior Champion Priyanna Ramdhani found herself on the badminton court right after her graduation ceremony, teaming up with Greer Jackson to pummel each pair that dared to oppose them. They eased their way to victories against Christina Kumar & Shivannie Persaud 21-9, 21-8; Jayde DaSilva & Stephanie Sagar 21-14, 21-5; and Ayanna Wickham-Watson & Emily Ramdhani 21-8, 21-7 to cop the title of Ladies Doubles Champions.Meanwhile, Shivannie Persaud & Christina Kumar, whose only defeat came from the champions, went on to beat out Jayde DaSilva & Stephine Sagar 21-13, 21-15; and Ayanna Wickham-Watson and Emily Ramdhani 21-16, 22-20 for the second place spot. Ayanna Wickham-Watson & Emily Ramdhani managed to cop third place, after their win over Jayde DaSilva & Stephanie Sagar 21-3, 21-7.The Men’s Doubles category saw a little more action, as some of the more experienced players took to the courts. In round one, Javid Rahaman & Easa Sanichara defeated Sekhar Mallampati & Mahendra Sharma 21-7, 21-9; Ronald Chang Yuen & Akili Haynes overcame Johann Waldron & Isaac Mallampati 21-10, 21-15; and Marlon Chung & Darrell Carpenay defeated upcoming junior stars Matthew Beharry & Vikash Mootoo 21-6, 21-4.National Champion Narayan Ramdhani joined forces with Jonathan Mangra to defeat veterans Dr. Nicholas Waldron & Gokarn Ramdhani 21-10, 21-8. Luck was later in their favour, as they gained a walkover owing to Javid Rahaman’s ankle injury, which left himself and his partner Easa Sanichara out of the remainder of the competition.In the other semi-final match, Marlon Chung & Darrell Carpenay overpowered Ronald Chang Yuen & Akil Haynes 21-16, 21-15.In an expected turnout, Narayan Ramdhani and Jonathan Mangra beat out Marlon Chung & Darrell Carpenay for the Men’s Doubles championships.Other matches played in the consolation rounds were: Gokarn Ramdhani & Dr. Nicholas Waldron defeating Sekhar Mallampati & Mahendra Sharma 21-14, 21-7; and Johann Waldron & Isaac Mallampati overcoming Matthew Beharry & Vikash Mootoo 21-14, 21-18.Olympic Day is annually celebrated worldwide on June 23rd under the pillars “Move, Learn, Discover”.last_img read more

  • Mourinho in selection dilemma for Spurs semi

    first_imgThat limp surrender had gifted the Premier League title to Manchester City, prompting Mourinho to accuse his players of complacency.In a bid to shake up his under-performing stars and rest key players, the United manager rang the changes against Bournemouth, with Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata among the big names left out of the starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.Paul Pogba kept his place despite mounting speculation Mourinho is ready to sell the out-of-form France midfielder in the close-season.Mourinho’s hardline stance appeared to sting his players into action as Smalling opened the scoring in the first half.Lukaku came off the bench to seal the points in the closing stages as United consolidated second place in the Premier League.Mourinho was impressed with the work done by his new-look side and claimed he would have to think hard before deciding his Cup line-up.“Everything was good, I am happy. Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday,” Mourinho said.“The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick.“I will not play this 11 at Wembley but all of them told me (with their performances) that they want to play and they are ready.“Obviously I will bring back Lukaku, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic.”Pogba was widely criticised for his lacklustre display against Albion — the latest in a long line of disappointing efforts from the former Juventus star since his move to United two seasons ago.That sparked talk that Mourinho has told United to put Pogba up for sale, just days after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had been offered the chance to sign the midfielder by his agent in January.Whether Pogba features at Wembley this weekend will go some way to showing whether he is still part of Mourinho’s long-term plans, but he at least impressed his boss for one night after winning the man of the match award.“I’m not very good on man of the match, I’m not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well,” Mourinho said.“Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.”Mourinho’s side are 14 points clear of fifth placed Chelsea and will be guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League if the Blues fail to beat Burnley on Thursday.“The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place,” Mourinho added.Smalling put United ahead in the 28th minute when he tapped in from Jesse Lingard’s cross despite Bournemouth appeals for offside.Having survived two Bournemouth penalty appeals — including Luke Shaw blocking out Callum Wilson as he tried to finish off a cross — United doubled their lead in the 70th minute.Pogba was slightly more effective after his recent troubles and he created United’s second goal.Breaking up a Bournemouth attack, he galloped clear and picked out Lukaku’s run with a perfectly-weighted pass.Lukaku capped the raid by slotting past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to claim his 27th goal of the season.That clinched United’s sixth win in their last seven league games, but all eyes remained on Pogba.He was substituted soon after and initially headed straight down the tunnel, but was directed to the bench, where he took a seat on the back row like a naughty child at school.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On target: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring their second goal © AFP / Glyn KIRKBOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had given him an FA Cup semi-final selection dilemma after their 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal

    first_imgA new West Donegal company has tapped into tech to offer a brand new perspective on property plans.Imagine walking around a building to check out the design before it’s even built – that’s what Virtual Teic is doing with brand new technology.The Gweedore-based company takes 2D building plans and builds a 3D virtual model for people to see a real representation of their building. Furniture, and kitchens, windows, doors are added for people to see as they ‘walk through’ the rooms. In this way, they can make decisions on changes they would like to make on room sizes, kitchen layouts, doors, windows and walls and interior design.No more of “I wish we had made that window bigger”, or “if that wall should have been moved to another position, we could have had more room”.The 3D design can be viewed either through Virtual Reality hardware (goggles) or a  high-quality render 360° model.  Virtual Teic can also use a drone to take an image of the house location to add an exterior view of the surrounding area and views of the building into the plans.“The response has been amazing and there hasn’t been anyone who has used it that hasn’t been in awe of its capabilities,” said Paul McMahon, Design & Sales at Virtual Teic.Virtual reality is said to be the next wave of technological revolution – and this experience brings a wow factor to building plans.“Most people now get plans and a lot of people can’t visualize real problems like spatial awareness, window and door positions relative to the space in the room or the positioning of important elements from the plans and the design of rooms. All they see are lines on a page, so to have this tool, this service we are offering, is a great device for people who can’t visualise what the house will finally look like,” Paul said.Virtual Teic Gweedore launch. Photo Clive WassonAlthough the technology is high end and relatively expensive, Virtual Teic offer this service at a reasonable cost and their model production time is minimal.It has to be seen to be believed! If you’d like to immerse yourself in a unique new building experience, check out virtualteic.com or call 0892479088 Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:g-teicGweedoreplanningpropertyVirtual Realityvirtual teiclast_img read more

  • Education foundation raises $18,000

    first_imgWHITTIER – The new Lowell Joint Education Foundation may not be the answer to all of the financial woes plaguing the local school district – but it’s certainly a start. Not even a year after it was established, the 30-member group has already raked in $18,000 for the Lowell Joint School District through an Adopt-A-Room program launched to coincide with the district’s centennial celebration this year. Given that school board members approved $1.8 million in cuts just one week ago, the extra funds couldn’t have come at a better time, said interim Superintendent Ronald Randolph. “We view the foundation as a very integral, timely asset to the district,” Randolph said. “They’re a great committee and they’ve been working hard. “Usually, foundations have to take one or two years before they reach their real potential. But we’re hoping that occurs early with this group.” Foundation President Richard Jones said the group came together at the school board’s request after it failed to pass a $95-a-year parcel tax last year to help the district maintain its programs. Its first fundraising effort was the Adopt-A-Room program, which allowed parents or community members to “adopt” a classroom, library or computer room for a starting rate of $100 – about the amount that they would have paid if the parcel tax had passed. “It’s a program where those who want to contribute can do so voluntarily,” Jones said. “A lot of people said they didn’t want a tax, but they voluntarily wanted to be able give back to the schools.” At least two other fundraisers are in the works as well for the foundation, including a celebrity golf tournament featuring mostly retired athletes June 5 in La Habra, and a centennial gala Nov. 4. Jones hopes to raise at least $25,000 with the golf tournament. In the next couple of months, Jones said the foundation will work with the district to establish a funding priority list, focusing on one-time expenditures such as purchasing band instruments or computers. “We’ll keep doing that until we get our legs under us and see how many dollars we can raise on a regular basis,” Jones said. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 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!last_img read more


    first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he has more than a little sense of humour.The singer, who has just turned 50, revealed how he often plays practical jokes on wife Majella and his two step-children.Daniel revealed how his step-daughter had posters of rapper Eminem all over her bedroom. So not to be outdone by the multi-millionaire American pop star, Daniel set about replacing Eminem’s face with pictures of himself put onto his step-daughter’s posters! DANIEL PROVES HE IS THE REAL SLIM SHADY! was last modified: December 17th, 2011 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:daniel o’donnellEminemlast_img read more


    first_imgSARAH COLLINSSHE’S on the scholarship of a lifetime in the Unite States – and all that hard work by Finn Valley’s Sarah Collins is really paying off.She had very significant performance at the University of Winconsin Invitational.She was again the lead Providence finisher in a thrilling 6th position, her time for the 6k on a fast course 19-50 –  a race which had 48  teams and 327 finishers! Always to the fore she went through the line just 5 seconds down on the winner.The Irish junior cross country and track champion runs for Providence College, Rhode Island, where she is on a scholarship.Individual result reads 1. Hollander ,Cal Poly 19-33;2.Saina ,Iowa State 19.35;3.Henry ,Weber State 19.43  :6th Collins Providence College 19-50.Team story was Iowa 109 pts ;Stanford 181; Cornell 264;Providence 265 . Said a delighted Finn Valley AC Patsy McGonagle: “To put in perspective this event is regarded as arguably the most competitive pre ncaa invitational meet so next up is the Big East Championships.“As a freshman, Sarah’s American journey has had a wonderful beginning.” ATHLETICS: STUNNING SARAH’S AMERICAN COLLEGE ADVENTURE was last modified: October 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: STUNNING SARAH’S AMERICAN COLLEGE ADVENTURElast_img read more

  • Inishowen Motors to showcase all-new Kia Stonic this weekend

    first_imgInishowen Motors in Drumkeen, Letterkenny will host a massive 181 new car event this weekend.Running on Saturday 11th from 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12th from 1 – 4pm, the Inishowen Motors Open Weekend will offer customers some great finance offers and deals on new and used cars as well as the first look at the all-new Kia Stonic.Highland Radio will broadcast live from the Drumkeen showroom from 10am – 2pm and there will be a number of special guests including two-time winner of the Donegal International Rally, Manus Kelly, Irish country singer, Johnny McEvoy and celebrity chef Brian McDermott who will be joined by his daughter, Niamh, who recently appeared on RTE’s Today Show. There’ll be fun for all the family with finger food, live cookery demonstrations and great competitions and prizes.Manus and Brian will be at Inishowen Motors open day at their Showroom and Garage in Drumkeen last weekend. Photo Clive WassonInviting people to come to the open weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Seamus McLaughlin of Inishowen Motors, said: “We’re looking forward to another great open weekend here at Inishowen Motors and everyone is welcome to come along. It’s always a great few days where people can meet our team, test drive any of our Kia and Nissan ranges and avail of some brilliant finance offers. The Kia Stonic is attracting a lot of attention as a crossover, that really stands out from the crowd.”Adding to this Seamus said: “The Nissan 181 offer is also getting a lot of people excited and it really is an unbelievable deal. If anyone buys a 181 Nissan, they’ll get a free 191 Nissan. Our open weekend is the perfect time to call in to speak to our sales team and talk about what’s right for them.”Inishowen Motors is also adding excellent value for customers this Christmas. Any customer who pre-orders any new Kia before December 23rd will receive a €500 Supervalu voucher. With a great selection of new Kia models, the Kia 7-year warranty and 0% finance offers, there’s never been a better time to talk to the sales team at Inishowen Motors.For more information on the upcoming Inishowen Motors 181 New Car Event this weekend or to find out more about the all new Kia Stonic, contact the Inishowen Motors’ sales team on 074 91 34567 or visit www.inishowenmotors.ie.Brian will be cooking up some delights for customers this weekend at Inishowen Motors in Drumkeen/Letterkenny.Inishowen Motors to showcase all-new Kia Stonic this weekend was last modified: November 9th, 2017 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:Brian McDermottInishowen MotorsKia StonicManus KellyWeekendlast_img read more