Pembroke Hall to play int’l football tourney

first_imgA group of 13 players and three officials from the Pembroke Hall High School will leave the island this Friday for the 12th Annual Bazooka Soccer College Showcase at the Northwest Complex Apopka, Florida in the United States, from March 4-5. The team is scheduled return on March 7. The full squad of 18 players was not able to make the trip due as seven players and assistant coach Levi Monroe were denied visas. Nevertheless, Matthew Brown, the school’s sports manager is confident they can still win the tournament and claim a few of the many scholarships on offer. “We did have issues with visas. Our assistant coach (Monroe) was turned down and about seven players (as well). Luckily, we had other players with visas, that we could use as substitutes. But some of the student we really wanted to bring, we couldn’t. Also our head coach (Andre Burke) was having a problem, but they called me from the embassy and asked me a few questions about him and then they granted him. “But we are going to win. I can feel it. We are the first (Jamaican) high school going there to play, and we intend to make our name … There will be college coaches from all over the United States. They will come to watch the best players and offer them scholarships on the spot; that’s the main aim,” he said. “Most of the players are grade 11 students and we want to get scholarships for most of them. I have brought teams to Miami Classics and students have received scholarships. That is what we want to do for footballers now, because they haven’t gotten a chance until now,” he added. The team has been preparing since December and Brown hopes they don’t get cold feet and put in a much better display than in the Manning Cup. “They didn’t do too well in the Manning Cup and we decided that we still wanted to try with them. They train everyday and they are looking ready, but I hope they don’t go and get frightened,” he added. CONFIDENT OF VICTORYlast_img read more

ROSE GARDEN QUEEN

first_imgGlimpse her in those striking congress of colorsWatch her stride in that elegant attire of fine fabricsHer never-ending smiles all over the place to spotShe talks and laughs and beckons all within her touchThey call her the Rose garden QueenListen to that delightful lexis that she proudly uttersWatch her dance gleefully in those stylish high shoesIn her smart suits and pretty flowers that adorn her hairShe smiles and laughs and kisses all within her reachThey name her the Rose Garden QueenShe is so strict some purely mumble in silenceShe is just like that and they will just stare all dayShe won’t demur and smirks she will all the timeSo they exclaim the woman is a marvel to beholdAnd they christen her the Rose garden QueenShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WPA urges President to accept Rodney CoI findings

first_imgThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA) is urging that President David Granger accept the Walter RodneyWPA Leader, Dr Rupert RoopnaraineCommission of Inquiry (CoI) report as is it and change his position that the findings are flawed.The party, a member of the seven faction A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), was partly founded by Rodney, a historian and educator, who met his demise some 36 years ago in a bomb blast. The WPA, since Dr Rodney’s death, had been calling for an investigation in to the death of its leader.In its first official statement, since the presentation of final report of the Inquiry, the party said President Granger, who had the benefit of possession of the report, has already registered the “Presidential disaffirmation” of the report; a posture he had taken before even consulting with his coalition partners.“It remains to be seen whether on further consideration he will modify his severely critical position or even it remains immutable, he may help to create an environment accommodating differences so that we can rescue something positive out of it”.Following a leaked circulation of the document, President Granger, when questioned by Guyana Times on the findings, expressed disappointment with the report saying that it was highly flawed. He said the three-member panel, headed by Barbados Queen’s Counsel, Sir Richard Cheltenham, had relied too much on hearsay evidence, particularly from a convict, and had failed to garner the relevant evidence from persons who were really there at the time of the incident. He said Government was going to challenge the findings of the investigation.Throughout the 17-month long CoI, which was also heard by Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, the People’s National Congress had been pointed at as the major player behind Rodney’s death.The Report, stated that given all the relevant facts, events and circumstances set out, Commissioners could do nothing else but establish that William Gregory Smith was not acting alone but had the active and full support, participation and encouragement of, and/or was aided and abetted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF); the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) – both agencies of the State – and the political directorate, including Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, in the killing of Dr Rodney.Rodney, a globally respected political and social activist, died on June 13, 1980, after a walkie-talkie he was examining exploded in his lap.It was the theory of those close to the founding WPA leader that the man he had somewhat come to trust, Smith, a then GDF Sergeant and communication expert, had planted an explosive into the device Rodney was expected to test.It was claimed too that the Government of the day, the PNC and its leader, Burnham, had used Smith to carry out the attack.President Granger is yet to make an official declaration of the findings.“The public should be wary of political opportunism that will flow unrestricted in the reaction to this report and the agenda of spin doctors. The Inquiry could not gather all the facts and could not include all the first-hand experiences of those of us who lived through the period under review”, the party said in its statement.Meanwhile, President Granger, asked about the formal release of the report said that he had no problem in doing so, but was awaiting the official statements from, members of the coalition.He said all members were sent copies of the document and were scheduled to submit their comments Friday. He said the coalition members were given copies of the report and were asked to discuss it with their executives and to submit their comments.last_img read more

Iraq war protest closes S.F. road

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of marchers, angry but energized by a sense of growing support for their cause, closed down a major downtown thoroughfare Sunday in a largely peaceful display of opposition to the Iraq war. “All over the country, people are speaking out. And you had the courage to do it first,” state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, told demonstrators gathered in a city long known as a stronghold of anti-war sentiment. Although some marchers said they had been protesting the war for years, others said they came out on the sunny afternoon to rally against the war for the first time. Gary Fong, 65, of San Ramon, a retired school guidance counselor and former Army intelligence officer, carried a sign calling on President George W. Bush to “listen to America.” “I think the war effort at this point is futile,” said Fong, who marched with his wife, Shirley. “We want to do our part to express to Bush and the government that change needs to be made.” Dozens of police on foot and motorcycle blocked traffic and kept an eye on the crowd, which stretched for blocks through the city’s financial district. No arrests were reported by mid-afternoon Sunday. last_img read more

West Brom sack manager Tony Pulis

first_img0Shares0000West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis on Monday after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table.Pulis has won just two of his past 21 league games following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Chelsea and West Brom sit one place above the relegation zone after an 11-game winless run in all competitions. “These decisions are never taken lightly, but always in the interests of the club,” chairman John Williams said on West Brom’s official website.“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership.“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”Assistant head coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice.Owner Guochuan Lai watched the Chelsea defeat after flying over from China for a pre-arranged trip and is now tasked with finding a new manager, with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes — a former West Brom captain — linked to the post.Pulis, 59, replaced Alan Irvine when the Baggies were a point above the relegation zone in January 2015, eventually leading them to 13th.They finished 14th in 2015-16 and came 10th last season, but failed to win any of their final nine matches.In a statement released by the League Managers Association, which represents managers in England, Pulis defended his record at The Hawthorns.“Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion,” he said.“My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position.“We have achieved this year on year and I am pleased to have played a part in the club’s growth.“Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout the club’s transition of ownership.”Pulis, who boasts a proud record of never being relegated as a manager, has previously been in charge at Crystal Palace.He also had two stints at Stoke City, where he reached the FA Cup final and qualified for Europe during his second spell at the club.The number of top-flight sackings was already at a five-season high even before the Welshman’s exit, with four up to November 20 compared with the next highest mark of three by the same stage in 2015-16.The other managers fired so far this season are Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton) and Slaven Bilic (West Ham United).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mourinho says no problem with Pogba after dropping star

first_imgUnited legend Ryan Giggs, in his column for Skysports.com, said Pogba was best deployed in a more attacking role while former United striker Wayne Rooney suggested he is a “box-to-box” midfielder.“Paul had a very professional behaviour and this week was not different to what Paul is every week,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.“Paul is a good professional, Paul works well, Paul likes to train. I never had one single problem with him regarding his professionalism because he really is a very good trainer, one of the guys who likes to train, enjoys to train.”The Portuguese manager said he had been confused by the speculation over Pogba’s best role in the side.“For me Paul is a midfield player,” said Mourinho. “He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker, so when people say what’s his best position for Paul to play — Paul is a midfield player.“It depends on the tactical system the team plays. You can play with two, with one, play with three. But he will always be a midfield player. It doesn’t matter the tactical system the team plays, Paul is a midfield player.“And as a midfield player, it’s difficult to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul has because Paul has everything.”– Shaw deal –Luke Shaw has played his way into being offered a new Manchester United contractMourinho also confirmed he wants to see full-back Luke Shaw handed a new long-term deal after the England international played his way back into the manager’s favour.It is understood United have already activated a clause in Shaw’s contract to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019 but Mourinho sees him remaining with the club for much longer.“I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality,” he said.“Could he work in my direction? The way I like my players to be not just on the pitch but during the training week? He made a big effort.“He’s been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy. The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”United head to St James’s Park to take on Newcastle on Sunday, with Mourinho never having won a league game on Tyneside in six attempts.“I don’t know why, I think it’s the only stadium in the Premier League where I have not won — also Huddersfield but I only played there once,” he said.“I think it’s difficult, honestly, I’ve always felt beautiful matches but difficult. I like to go there and like the feeling of going to (former manager) Mr (Bobby) Robson’s home.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba has been an integral cog in Manchester United’s machine © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Jose Mourinho says his relationship with Paul Pogba remains rock solid despite having dropped his star midfielder, hitting back at pundits who questioned whether the Frenchman is being used in his best position.Pogba, 24, has been under an intense spotlight since being substituted in Manchester United’s defeat at Tottenham and left out of the starting line-up for last weekend’s home win over Huddersfield.last_img read more

Manchester City boss Pellegrini concerned over Silva injury

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been left to sweat over the severity of David Silva’s injury, revealing he’s unsure about the player’s condition.The midfielder was hit by Cheikhou Kouyate’s swinging elbow in his side’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United.The Spaniard was stricken for nearly ten minutes before being stretchered from the field and there were fears about the player’s state as he was sent to hospital.But his Chilean manager has admitted he hopes he will be fine to feature in the rest of their campaign once he’s been checked over.“David went to the hospital as his cheek is swollen. At the moment we don’t know if it’s broken or not.“A broken bone can be a big injury but we hope he will be ok. At the start we didn’t think it was much but when the doctors said what had happened [we realised]. He also had a problem with his collarbone, although I think in that sense he is now ok.”last_img read more

License plates on strollers can help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Would you want to know if your nanny … spends most of her day blabbing into a cell phone instead of talking to your child? Power shops for hours at a time, while your child sits virtually ignored and unstimulated in her stroller? Showers your child in love, affection and patience?” HowsMyNanny.com asks clients on the Web site. Jill Starishevsky, founder of HowsMyNanny, declined to reveal how many people have signed up, but she said she has members across the country, including many in California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aside from nanny cams and online nannywatch sites, entrepreneurs have come up with a third way for parents to keep tabs on their child-care providers. ReportMyNanny.com, based in Canoga Park, and HowsMyNanny.com, started by a prosecutor and mother in New York, issue mini-license plates that attach to strollers. This makes it easy for people to report good or bad nanny behavior to members. Membership for HowsMyNanny costs $50 per year; ReportMyNanny.com costs $10 a month. Both companies have built-in safeguards to prevent false reports and allow reporters to remain anonymous to the member. With both systems, the person reporting an incident can go to the Web site and the information is e-mailed to the member. Both emphasize they are not out to get a nanny fired and that they want people to send positive alerts as well as negative. last_img read more

CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACK

first_imgGARDAI are investigating yet another attack on pensioners in Co Donegal.Several raiders broke into the home of two brothers in Manorcunningham last night and demanded money.But for once this gang got more than they bargained for as the well-known and respected local farmers fought back – and HIT the raiders with a brush shaft. The thieves left the house empty-handed.“One of the brothers grabbed a brush shaft and started battering the thieves. One of them ran squealing from the house,” said a friend.“Luckily they were able to defend themselves, but for this to happen again in our county is going to frighten people throughout our rural communities. It’s just outrageous.”Yet another attack in the county following at least a dozen raids on pensioners in the past 10 days has left many rural communities across County Donegal. On Saturday night 77-year-old Phyllis McGee was pushed to the ground twice by three masked men who kicked in her front door outside Pettigo. They made off with a small sum of money.Cllr Michael McMahon called for more Garda resources to tackle the raiders.“It’s a disgrace that elderly people in our society are being subjected to this sickening behaviour,” he said.“Communities across Donegal are frightened.”Last week eight homes in Raphoe and Convoy were raided. A widow had her husband’s wedding ring stolen during one incident. And Greta Lilly, 96, was punched in the ribs when her house was raided in Buncrana.No-one has been charged in relation to any of the attacks.CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACK was last modified: January 15th, 2013 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:CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACKmanorcunninghamlast_img read more

Angels waste chances

first_imgSEATTLE — This was supposed to be the friendly portion of the Angels’ schedule. While their American League West rival Oakland Athletics were traveling the East Coast this week battling playoff contenders in Cleveland and Boston, the Angels figured to have an easier time with sub-.500 teams Seattle and Detroit. “There’s nothing I can do on that play,” Cabrera said. “Adrian played it really smart and got the first out then got me in the rundown. “That was the game right there.” Reliever J.J. Putz (6-5) then got Bengie Molina, who drove in the Angels’ lone run in the seventh inning, to ground out to end the inning. Predictably, the Mariners took advantage in the bottom of the ninth. Angels starter Paul Byrd, who pitched a brilliant eight-plus innings, surrendered a bunt single to Jeremy Reed and a broken-bat single to Raul Ibanez to put runners on first and third with no outs. Scot Shields relieved and got Richie Sexson to ground into a bizarre 4-8-3 double play. The Angels used five infielders, with center fielder Maicer Izturis in the infield. Sexson grounded to second baseman Adam Kennedy, who was on the shortstop side of second base. Kennedy flipped to Izturis at second for the force, who then threw to first for the double play. But after Beltre was intentionally walked, Dobbs singled up the middle to bring in Reed with the game-winning run. “Even after we get that double play, and that play finally worked for us, Cabrera said. “It’s a tough loss.” Seattle scored in the third when, with Yuniesky Betancourt on second, Ichiro Suzuki dropped down a bunt to the third-base side. Byrd fielded and threw back against his momentum and over first baseman Darin Erstad allowing Betancourt to score for a 1-0 lead. “If I can field the ball, we still win, said Byrd, who allowed eight hits and just one earned run. The Angels evened the score at 1-1 in the seventh when Vladimir Guerrero, Erstad and Molina strung together consecutive two-out singles to plate the tying run. Oakland lost to the AL wild-card leading Cleveland Indians, 5-2, earlier Tuesday. Fourteen of the Angels’ remaining 18 games are against teams with a record below .500. A four-game trip to Oakland (Sept. 26-29) are the Angels’ lone games against a winning team. — Keven Chavez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at keven.chavez@sgvn.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A sparkling pitching performance from Seattle starter Ryan Franklin, a golden opportunity missed in the ninth inning and a game-winning single by Greg Dobbs were enough to keep the Angels from extending their one-game lead in the West over the Athletics. The Angels had a bases-loaded, no-out situation in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning and came up empty. Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera led off the top of the inning with a hard chopper that glanced off the glove of Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single. Garret Anderson followed by blistering a ground-rule double to right and Vladimir Guerrero was then intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Mariners pitcher George Sherrill replaced Franklin and got Darin Erstad to hit a hard grounder to Beltre. The former Dodgers third baseman stepped on the bag to force Anderson and threw home to catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who tagged out Cabrera for the double play. center_img The Mariners, in last place by as many games as are left in the season, have not exactly followed that script. The Angels lost their second consecutive game to the Mariners, 2-1, on Tuesday in front of 28,813 at Safeco Field. last_img read more