• Early shopping for Cavalier – Alex Marshall among strikers added to struggling team

    first_imgSt George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall is among four strikers who are expected to add fire to Cavalier’s attack for the remainder of the Red Stripe Premier League football season. Marshall was the most outstanding player in the FLOW-ISSA 2015 Manning, Super Cup, and Walker Cup competitions for the North Street-based institution. He was prolific in front of goal and dazzled with his dribbling skills and passes and led his school to the high-profile Super Cup trophy. Marshall spent three weeks training with United Soccer League club Philadelphia Union in the United States of America and benefited tremendously. The 17-year-old also played in two RSPL games for Cavalier last season. “He has completed the paper work and is awaiting a medical and will not turn out against Boys’ Town this Sunday,” Rudolph Speid, Cavalier’s technical director, told The Gleaner yesterday. Speid also disclosed that Aldaine Grant, Suela McCalla, and Cleon Pryce had been transferred from Portmore to Cavalier. “They (the three strikers) will turn out on Sunday. The players have moved from Portmore and doing well in training,” he added. A fifth striker is on Cavaliers’ radar, but this transfer has not yet been finalised. “Our build-up plays have been good but we missed a lot of chances because we pushed midfielders into strikers’ roles. “We have scored the least amount of goals in the league so far. Now, we have some genuine strikers,” Speid said, beaming. Cavalier are currently in 10th position on 18 points, just above relegation zone in the 12-team RSPL. The club has scored 11 times and conceded 18 goals in 18 games.last_img read more

  • The Wright View | Stop Abusing Our Junior Athletes

    first_img Unanimous votes Every year, November is celebrated as Youth Month, with November 19 being World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The celebrations of these important landmarks have been muted here in Jamaica. Recent occurrences affecting the lives of our children here at home seem to have been the attention grabber that has galvanised ACTION that may have the required effect of altering how we look at the lives of our children. The problem that I have with the term child abuse is that it is used to refer predominantly to sexual abuse. To me, the abuse of a child encompasses more than sexual (or even physical) abuse. Things that we do to our children, or allow them to do, when we know that what they are doing will (at some stage) result in either physical or mental harm is child abuse. It took the death of at least eight children, dating from as far back as 2009 (a footballer), before the authorities began looking at the causes and possible ways of identifying those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the most probable cause of their demise. The move by the organisation in charge of school sports (ISSA) to insist (for now) that participants in school sports will need a Pre-Participation Evaluation Clearance certificate before being allowed to compete is most welcome. Kudos must also be given to Team Jamaica Bickle, a diaspora organisation that has come forward with equipment that should be mandatory at every ISSA-controlled sporting event. This should result in a welcome reduction in cases of SCA in children who show no outward signs of a possible cardiac problem, but who really are disasters waiting to happen. Children who show signs of ‘difficulty’ in responding to the dictates of coaches and trainers in practice or games, claiming that they are tired, can now be examined by trained specialists to determine if they have medical problems that may be the cause of their tiredness. No longer will our children in sports be the subject of abuse by enthusiastic ‘drill sergeant’ coaches. Similarly, the sight of our children doing multiple events at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) will now come to an end, as the controlling body for school sports in Jamaica, ISSA , ruled last Friday that children at Champs will not be allowed to run, jump, and throw themselves into injury mode or overuse syndromes. As can be expected, this has not gone down well with coaches or those who have nightmares thinking that these ‘new’ rules may adversely affect their chances of winning no matter, what happens to the child next year or the year after. Thankfully, the principals that make up ISSA voted unanimously last Friday to (for the first time at last) take the control of Champs out of the hands of past students and coaches and assert their rightful status, as the ones who the Government and parents expect to save the children in their care from abuse. The fact that ISSA had a meeting on December 5 last year, attended by coaches and interested parties where suggestions were solicited in an effort to prevent burn-out and overuse injuries affecting our children, seems to have been lost on some of those protesting the decisions ratified by the principals last Friday. The acceptance of this ‘win-no-matter-what’ culture in school sports has adversely affected the lives of our children, who are not equipped mentally or physically to decide what is best for them. The age of consent exists because it is universally recognised that children NEED help when making decisions that can adversely affect their future. So, when a coach says that so-and-so (a child) wants to do four events that is why he/she is allowed to do them, we now recognise that such a coach is guilty of neglect in the discharge of his duty to the child. Congratulations to ISSA. We are, at last, taking actions to minimise the possible abuse of our children. January 20, 2017, was the Jamaica Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.last_img read more

  • PH bet Torres chokes out Ishige for debut win in ONE

    first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Baniqued caps off fruitful IronKids stint with tightest triumph yetcenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Jomary Torres chokes out here opponent in their atomweight match. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Jomary Torres announced her arrival in the premier MMA promotion in Asia with a dominant victory over Rika Ishige in their  atomweight bout in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The 21-year-old shook off a sluggish first round and leveled Ishige with brutal right hands and eventually ended the fight with a rear-naked choke 1:58 into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Torres is now 2-0 in her professional career, 1-0 in ONE, while Ishige slipped to 2-1.Ishige almost had Torres in the first round when she nearly put the Filipino in an armbar after several takedowns in the opening period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’RELATED VIDEOlast_img read more

  • Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder

    first_imgLATEST STORIES “Tonight the shots just kept falling,” said Young, who had four 3-pointers. “When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling.”Schroder scored 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter. He had the Thunder’s final 11 points of the period, the last six on free throws, for a 100-97 lead.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 ChrissYoung answered with 13 points in the final period as the Hawks enjoyed their second 45-point quarter of the game. The Hawks outscored Oklahoma City 45-30 in the second period and 45-26 in the closing period.The win was especially sweet for Young, the former star for his home-state Oklahoma Sooners. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title That wasn’t enough scoring to match the Hawks, who made 18 of 37 3-pointers. Atlanta set a season scoring high.Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said his team didn’t play winning defense.“What did we score tonight, 126 points?” Donovan asked. “That should be good enough for us to win.”John Collins made 12 of 14 shots from the field and led Atlanta with 26 points. Alex Len had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks were 18 of 37 on 3-pointers.Young opened the final period with a tying 3-pointer. He added a three-point play and another basket as the Hawks regained momentum. A jam by Omari Spellman pushed Atlanta’s lead to 117-107, and another dunk by Spellman pushed the advantage to 121-109.A steal and reverse jam by DeAndre Bembry iced the win.TIP-INSThunder: F Nerlens Noel (concussion protocol) “is doing a little more each day,” Donovan said before the game. … G Alex Abrines (personal reasons) missed his eighth straight game.Hawks: G Jeremy Lin (flu-like symptoms) was not with the team. F Taurean Prince was limited in his second game back while recovering from similar symptoms. … G Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and F Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) did not play. Dedmon may return Saturday against Boston.MORE BLUE TO COME “It feels good,” Young said. “… To get a win against one of the top teams in the league is pretty special for us.”The Thunder are third in the West but have lost three of four. The Hawks have won eight of their last 15 but still rank ahead of only three teams in the Eastern Conference.Paul George said the Thunder were “a little flat.”“These are the games that we have to be ready for, one of those games that we were supposed to roll and that didn’t happen tonight,” George said. “When you play a team like the Hawks, you have to match their energy and we didn’t do that tonight.”Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 31 points and 11 assists. George had 24 points and Jerami Grant added 21.ADVERTISEMENT The Hawks wore new powder blue uniforms with red trim and numbers for the first time. It won’t be the last.“I told our equipment guy, Zac (Walsh) that we have to play in those uniforms for the rest of the month,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.The uniforms were introduced as part of the Hawks’ 50-year celebration in Atlanta.HOMECOMINGSchroder was happy to be traded to a contender but said his time with the Hawks “was special.”The Hawks had a “welcome back” video tribute for Schroder during a first-quarter timeout. Schroder raised his arm to acknowledge the fans. “I appreciated it a lot,” he said.UP NEXTThunder: Host Lakers on Thursday.Hawks: Host Celtics on Saturday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — Just when it seemed Dennis Schroder would enjoy a triumphant return to Atlanta, his successor as the Hawks’ starting point guard had a winning answer.Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to win the showdown of current and past Atlanta point guards, leading the Hawks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 View commentslast_img read more

  • VS Naipaul’s death an incalculable loss

    first_imgDear Editor,VS Naipaul’s scholarship has touched every corner of the globe. Unlike most other writers, his writings covered many subjects. And he wrote courageously, critiquing Third World societies, especially their leaders, for mimicking the developed world that they condemned.I found VS Naipaul very pleasant and engaging in our brief exchanges. I encountered Naipaul in January 2003 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi where we both were staying and attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention organised by the Government of India. Naipaul was a keynote speaker (and an honouree of the Samman Award) of India’s Government. His 30 books and countless stories, essays, commentaries, and interviews touched many societies and subjects. It touched, besides literature, several subjects in the social sciences and humanities like Politics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Fine Arts, among others. And not surprisingly, his writings are used in colleges in several subjects.Some of his books are prescribed for use not only in literature but also in History and other subjects. Most writers tend to focus on only one field of specialisation and one geographic area on which to write. VS Naipaul is perhaps the only writer who has written on virtually every major region or continent and his literary works aptly described life in those societies. His works are used in literature on the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the USA, and the UK for he wrote about all of these societies. And there is perhaps no university in the world, where Naipaul’s works are not read in the field of literature.When I first entered university as a youngster at age 17 to study the medical sciences, it was required to take a humanities course. I opted for Africana Literature; VS Naipaul’s works were required reading. And when I did History in graduate school, my late Professor Arthur Schlesinger (advisor to President Kennedy who approved the plan to overthrow the Dr Cheddi Jagan Government in Guyana in the 1960s) required a couple of Naipaul’s books on the course “The Novel as History”. Prof Schlesinger did the same on the course on “Imperialism”.His writings were also prescribed for secondary schools. When I first became a teacher, my supervisor asked me to teach two classes in English Literature. Naipaul’s “Miguel Street” was a prescribed work.Naipaul’s legacy as a writer and scholar is assured. He is widely regarded as a great writer in the English language. At a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period at Queen’s College (Queens, NY) around 1979, his audience was held in awe of his use of the English language. He spoke brilliantly on writing style and the use of language to describe events and societies. The New York Times reporter, who also interviewed him, described Naipaul as the best writer in the English language.Naipaul’s nearly seven decades of prose (and social science commentaries) is unmatched by writers of his generation. His 30 books, countless essays, dozens of stories, and several commentaries won him international acclaim and fans everywhere. He was a courageous writer and no subject (including practices in several belief systems) was taboo to him. His early writings were simple and comical, but later ones were written in complex prose and considered more serious on issues about society. Although some of the novels may be considered fictional, they described real-life experiences that Naipaul encountered. This helped his writings to be recommended for use in several subjects and to attract millions of readers.He and his wife were also interviewed by the Indian and international media, and he gave several talks in Delhi in addition to the PBD. He subsequently attended another PBD.The world will miss Naipaul’s sharp-tongued, witty commentaries on society. But what he described yesterday about many societies and subjects are still apt today for those societies and the lifestyles he critiqued have not changed much. His death is an incalculable loss for the world for there are few writers of his calibre around.Sincerely,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

  • Prison officers remanded for narco trafficking

    first_imgThe two prison officers who were arrested on the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown with a quantity of marijuana were on Wednesday taken before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs to answer to the offence.The marijuana that was foundThe officers – 22-year-old Cleveland Cross of Graham Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, and 24-year-old Abdul Parmasoo of Corentyne, Berbice – both denied that on May 27, 2018 at the Avenue of the Republic they had in their possession 434 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the prosecution’s case, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels received information about the officers being involved in drug trafficking and made contact with ranks at the Brickdam Police Station. The ranks swooped down on the duo, and Cross was found with a haversack on his back. The haversack was searched, and the marijuana was found.Cross reportedly told ranks that the drug was given to him by Parmasoo.As such, both men were arrested and later charged with trafficking in narcotics.However, in a statement issued by the Prison Director, it was revealed that both of the men collected a parcel from a civilian while on duty at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Cleveland Cross and Abdul ParmasooAs such, Police ranks set up a roadbook and stopped the minibus in which the duo were travelling.A search was carried out by Police and the marijuana was found in a black bag in the possession of a prison officer. The two prison officers were escorted to Brickdam Police Station.According to Samuel’s statement, one of the prison officers reportedly admitted to collecting the item from a civilian to deliver to a prisoner. He claimed that he was paid $20,000 to deliver the parcel.Both men were remanded to prison and were expected to return on June 8, 2018.last_img read more

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  • North Korea more open about nukes

    first_imgTOKYO – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, returning from several days of talks in North Korea, said today that the government in Pyongyang displayed new openness about its nuclear activities and was committed to returning to six-party disarmament talks next month. Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also said the North Koreans wanted to return to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and indicated that they would invite International Atomic Energy Agency officials to Pyongyang, possibly including agency head and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei. “I believe the conditions for negotiations have improved,” Richardson said during a news conference at the Tokyo Foreign Correspondents Club. “The atmosphere is the best I’ve seen.” Richardson said while he was in North Korea he toured the Yongbyon nuclear facility and spoke with the plant’s director. He said the North Koreans were open and cooperative with questions, telling him the reactor was refueled in April and indicating they had reprocessed all the spent fuel into plutonium. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This indicates increasing transparency by the North Koreans,” Richardson said. Richard urged the North Koreans to shut down the reactor while six-party talks continue as a goodwill gesture. The latest round of six-nation nuclear talks ended last month with North Korea committing to abandon its nuclear program, which Pyongyang claims has already yielded a weapon. The next round of talks, which also involve China, Japan, South Korea and Russia, was scheduled for November but no date has been set. Richardson, who has been to North Korea several times before, was invited by the North Koreans in May but postponed his trip when Washington asked him to wait until the completion of the latest round of nuclear talks in Beijing. The governor’s entourage arrived in North Korea on Monday evening and left Thursday. last_img read more

  • Mbarara vs Vipers: Venoms out to close gap on leaders KCCA

    first_img Tags: Baker Kasulembarara city fcNam OumaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc Vipers are currently 7 points behind KCCA FC (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueMbarara City FC vs Vipers SCKakyeka Stadium, MbararaWednesday, 10-04-2019 @4:30pmMBARARA – Vipers are slowly relinquishing the StarTimes Uganda Premier League after a trying season that has seen them punch below their weight.Having been eliminated from both CAF Competitions and the Uganda Cup in the early stages, the Kitende based side are on the brink of ending the season empty handed for the second time in three years.Currently they are seven points behind leaders KCCA FC in the race for the title and with just 5 games to play, it looks likely that KCCA FC who beat Paidha Black Angels 2-0 on Tuesday afternoon, will win it.Vipers have a chance to close in on KCCA when they travel away to Mbarara City on Wednesday.However, this is one of the games that were foreseen as potential banana-skins for the Venoms in the title run in as Mbarara have performed extremely well this campaign.Despite being without victory in any of their last three games, Mbarara sit 4th on the standings with 41 points, 15 behind runaway leaders KCCA.After spending most of last season trying to avoid the drop, the Ankole Lions have seen things fall into place and at one time even believed they could be in the title run in.Team News:Vipers SC.Kenyan tactician Micheal Nam Ouma has named a depleted travelling squad with only four available defenders as Abdul Karim Niyizigimana, Ibrahim Tembo and Halid Lwaliwa are all battling injuries while Yayo Lutimba misses through suspension. Their absence, would likely see Livingstone Mulondo back in the starting lineup to partner Henry Katongole while Ibrahim Kiyemba returns at right back after missing the KCCA match with teenage sensation Aziz Kayondo a sure starter at the left back position. Tito Okello and Bashir Asiku remain suspended by the club while Moses Waiswa has been absent without leave throughout the past three days. Deputy captain Geoffrey Wasswa and goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya are long time absentees as the club medical team continue to monitor their progress though most likely, they might not play any other part during this season.Mbarara City:Livingston Mbabazi will be hoping that Captain Hilary Mukundane and star player Paul Mucurezi, who both missed the 2-1 loss away to SC Villa last week, are fit enough to feature on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Ali Kimera is currently suspended for alleged match-fixing and is unlikely to feature in any of the club’s remaining games of the season.Paul Mucurezi missed the loss to SC Villa last week (file photo)What the coaches are saying:Nam Ouma, Vipers SC head coach.“We have to keep working hard, work harder than before with these few remaining games starting with the game tomorrow (Wednesday).“We need to be consistent in the next matches you never know what may turn out but we won’t change our idea and work.Baker Kasule, Mbarara City assistant head coach.“The last three games have not been easy as we have won none of them but we will not let that put us done.“We take on Vipers on Wednesday and we know how good they are but we will use our qualities to try and take all three points so as we finish as high as possible on the table.Match Facts:This will be the fourth top flight meeting between the two sides eversince Mbarara made their latest return to the top flight in 2017.Vipers have won twice and drew the other game in their past three meetings with Mbarara.In the reverse fixture last season, Vipers defeated Mbarara 1-0 before the two sides drew 1-1 in the first game this season.Going into the game, Mbarara have won only one of their last 7 League games (D3 L3). The only victory in that period was the 2-1 win at home to Paidha at the beginning of last month.At home, they have lost only one of their 13 fixtures this season (W9 D3). The loss was at the hands of Onduparaka (1-2) on February 2nd.For Vipers, the go into the game having lost only one of their last 7 League games (W3 D3). The loss was in the 2-1 defeat away to Ndejje University on 5th March.Away from home, the Venoms the Venoms have won only once in their last 7 visits (D5 L1). The sole victory in that period came at the beginning of February in a 1-0 defeat of Nyamityobora.The other games on Wednesday:-Bul FC vs Kirinya JSS FC-URA FC vs Bright Stars FC-Maroons FC vs Tooro United FCComments last_img read more

  • Elections 2019: Harley, McGowan and Doherty elected on first count in Lifford/Stranorlar

    first_imgMartin Harley, Patrick McGowan and Gary Doherty have all retained their seats in the Lifford/Stranorlar electoral area.Fine’s Gael’s Martin Harley topped the poll with 1,688 votes, followed by Fianna Fail’s Patrick McGowan on 1,606 and Sinn Fein’s Gary Doherty close behind on 1,571.The quota was 1,406 votes. Gerry Crawford on 1,369 votes and Frank McBrearty on 965 also look to be in strong positions to be elected.But it promises to be a dogfight between Liam Doherty and Garvan Connoly for the last seat in this six seater.Elections 2019: Harley, McGowan and Doherty elected on first count in Lifford/Stranorlar was last modified: May 26th, 2019 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)last_img read more