Whitmore happy with Gold Cup draw

first_imgShayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer Theodore Whitmore remains optimistic about the Reggae Boyz chances to advance from the CONCACAF Gold Cup first round, noting his charges will give their all in Group C of the upcoming tournament. The tournament’s 14th renewal will see last year’s beaten finalists, Jamaica, open their campaign July 9 against minnows Curacao at the Qualcomm stadium, in San Diego, California. In what is expected to be two testy encounters, the Jamaicans will lock horns with reigning champions Mexico on July 13 at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado (USA), before wrapping up the group stage against El Salvador at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on July 16. “With the draw, yes definitely (happy). As I said before, it doesn’t really matter, we have to play someone, the teams must be doing something to be here,” Whitmore told members of the media, following Tuesday’s draw at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. “We don’t want to take anybody lightly because they must have been doing something to be here in the tournament.” Whitmore underlined that the plan is to get his players up and running for the crucial games. Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell tipped his coach to get the job done, in what he described as a “fairly good draw.” “It’s in coach Whitmore’s hands, I think he has embarked on a new role, on a new initiative, it’s been paying dividends and we will continue to support him; full stop,” said Burrell.last_img read more

Venezuelan slapped with 2-year suspended sentence, fined $50,000 for having spent gun shells

first_imgIvon MarquesA Venezuelan national, who claimed that he made jewellery with ammunition, was on Thursday slapped with a two-year suspended sentence and fined $50,000 by Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-one-year-old Ivon Marques plead guilty to the charge which alleged that on July 6, 2019 at Black Water Landing, North West District (NWD), he had two spent 9mm shells in his possession.The defendant, in his address to the Court, stated that “I came to look for a better life and I make jewellery with those”.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that on the day in question, ranks of the Mabaruma Police Station, acting on information received, went to Black Water Landing, where they made contact with the defendant and identified themselves.The Police then asked to conduct a search on his person but nothing was found.However, a further search was carried out on a haversack that the defendant was carrying, when the two spent shells were found.The defendant was told of the allegations and cautioned by the ranks when he reportedly admitted that the spent shells belonged to him.The ranks then asked the defendant if he was a licenced firearm holder, in which he denied. He was then arrested and escorted to Georgetown.The Prosecutor further indicated to the Court that the defendant had no legal status in Guyana when checks were made.The Magistrate, upon her ruling, also instructed the Police to escort Marques to the nearest port of exit at the nearest possible date.last_img read more

Peace Motocross Association holds Moto Race in Fort St John on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The second round of the 2019 Peace Motocross Association’s series was held at the Fort St. John Motocross Track on Saturday, May 25.A variety of classes, from four-year-olds to 40 plus, took part in Saturday’s event.Adam Haycock, President of the Fort St. John Motocross Track, says the event went well as none of the participants suffered any injuries and it was enjoyed by all in attendance.- Advertisement -“It went awesome, like really well. We were done on time, I think by 5:00, and there was no ambulance ride or major injuries. I think the track was good and I think everyone had fun. It was a great weekend.”The Saturday event was then followed by ‘Sunday-Funday’ on Sunday.The next race in the PMA’s series will be the MRC National on June 1 and 2 in Calgary.Advertisement Results from the Fort St. John race can be found here.last_img read more

Batshuayi brace gets Chelsea back on track

first_imgThe Italian appeared set for another difficult afternoon when Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra overturned Pedro’s glorious opening goal for the hosts.But Batshuayi, on for Alvaro Morata, kickstarted the comeback in the 71st minute before completing the win with a second in the fifth minute of added time after Cesar Azpilicueta had restored Chelsea’s lead.A difficult week would have got a lot worse for Conte had Chelsea suffered a third successive league defeat for the first time since the final months of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge two years ago.Pedro’s 12th-minute effort provided the perfect start for the champions, although Watford were convinced the opportunity should never arisen.Referee Jon Moss awarded a corner after the ball appeared to go out off the foot of Eden Hazard.Hazard collected a short corner from Cesc Fabregas and pulled the ball back into the path of Pedro, who whipped in a curling, right-foot shot that clanged into the net off Heurelho Gomes’s right-hand post.Chelsea should have doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Morata’s cross sent Fabregas clear with only Gomes to beat, but he managed only to chip the ball into the keeper’s arms.Watford were fortunate to escape, but having survived, they began to gain a foothold in the game.– Richarlison miss –Confirmation Conte’s side had lost their grip came in the second minute of first-half injury time when Doucoure fired home with a first-time shot after David Luiz failed to clear Jose Holebas’s long throw.The equaliser shifted the mood inside the stadium and there were sounds of dissent from the home supporters as the two teams left the pitch.The opening moments of the second half suggested worse was to come, with Richarlison somehow managing to steer Kiko Femenia’s excellent low cross wide from just six yards out.Fortunately for the highly rated Brazilian, he atoned quickly by teeing up Pereyra for a goal that put Marco Silva’s men ahead.Tiemoue Bakayoko had been a doubt before the game and the Chelsea midfielder, poor throughout, was slow to react when he was dispossessed by Pereyra in the middle of the pitch.The Watford midfielder pressed forward and when the ball found its way to Richarlison wide on the left via Troy Deeney, the Brazilian picked out the unmarked Pereyra, who finished impressively from 12 yards.Had Richarlison not missed a second clear chance –- this time a free header from five yards out –- the game might have been over.Desperate to inject fresh energy into his side, Conte introduced Batshuayi for Morata and the decision was rewarded when the Belgium striker headed home from Pedro’s 71st-minute cross.The match could have gone either way, with Watford’s Christian Kasabele guilty of missing two free headers.But it was Azpilicueta who delivered the telling blow, heading home Willian’s cross in the 87th minute to ease the pressure around Stamford Bridge, before Batshuayi wrapped things up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi (right) celebrates after scoring his second goal in the 4-2 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge on October 21, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Michy Batshuayi stepped off the bench to inspire Chelsea’s fightback as Antonio Conte’s side eased the pressure on their manager with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday.Conte’s position has come under scrutiny after back-to-back Premier League defeats and claims of player unrest over his training methods.last_img read more

Sadio Mane: shy youngster to global star

first_imgThe 26-year-old’s first appearance at a World Cup comes just three weeks after he scored in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, ultimately in a losing cause.Back in 2009, in Mbour, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Dakar, a local talent scout first spotted the boy from the southern region of Senegal, known for its farming.Mane had come to the capital to compete in the “navetanes”, the district championships, and he was quickly directed towards Generation Foot, a club in Dakar always on the lookout for new talent.Jules Boucher shows a picture of Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane © AFP / SEYLLOUOne man who remembers Mane well is Abdou Diatta, Generation Foot’s veteran scout.First impressions, however, were not encouraging.“Personally, I didn’t think he’d make it with us because he was too shy. It was as if he didn’t want to play,” remembered Diatta.But Mane did not take long to make his mark.“When I saw his touch on the ball I said to myself, ‘this guy is really a good player’,” said Diatta.– ‘High class’ –After two days of trials Diatta said to Jules Boucher, the coach at the time: “This one, we’ll take him straight away.”For Boucher, 15 minutes was all it took to be convinced that this “nice and well-educated” youngster had something special to offer.“I saw in him qualities of a high-class player, in his speed, his ability to dribble, his intensity and movement,” recalled Boucher.“Here was a boy who was always hungry,” added the former player, who also highlighted Mane’s “steely mentality”.But despite his evident skill, Diatta remembers being troubled by Mane’s reluctance to mingle, his preference to train alone rather than with his teammates.Sadio Mane scores Liverpool’s goal in the Champions League final © AFP / Paul ELLIS“One day I went to him and said ‘Sadio, you’re a footballer. When you’re here, put yourself in the group, with the group, together, all the team’.”“I told him that ‘if you continue to be shy like this you risk ending up going back home to Casamance, because football’s like that. You have to be part of the team’.”The advice was taken on board. After just one week Mane was chatting away to his teammates and was even “more of a talker than the others”.Deployed in attack, as he is at Liverpool as part of Jurgen Klopp’s speedy forward line alongside Egypt star Mohamed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino, Mane excelled and helped earn the club promotion to the second division in 2010-2011.But his days in the Senegal league were numbered as he was soon on the move to French side Metz, who had links with Generation Foot.His relentless rise slowed on his arrival in Europe, with precious little playing time, before his career took off again after his transfer to Salzburg, and his participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games.According to Generation Foot president Mady Toure, there was a specific reason behind Mane’s initial problems at Metz.“When he arrived at Metz he was hiding an injury (groin) because he wanted to succeed so much,” said Toure.Despite his spectacular progress, Mane has never forgotten his roots, sending 300 Liverpool shirts to his home village of Bambali for fans to wear during the Champions League final.“He is a very grateful boy, he called me up, and asks after my family,” said Boucher.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal forward Sadio Mane takes part in a training session in Kaluga, Russia © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGODAKAR, Senegal, Jun 17 – When shy youngster Sadio Mane turned up in Dakar far from his home town, nobody imagined that one day he would become a globally renowned forward for Senegal and Liverpool.But from humble origins he has scaled the heights and on Tuesday the lightning-quick player will have a nation behind him as he leads Senegal’s attack in their World Cup opener against Poland.last_img read more


first_imgTHE DIGITAL SWITCHOVER IN DONEGAL – ALL EXPLAINED IN ONE EVENING was last modified: September 19th, 2012 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


first_imgA Donegal woman has lost her a High Court action challenging the ban on assisted suicide.Marie Fleming, 58, who is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis wants the right to end her life without fear her family or partner will be prosecuted should they assist her.The three judge court described the mother of two as the most remarkable witness. They said her courage in adversity is humbling and inspiring before explaining why they would not overturn the ban on assisted suicide.The court says it cannot agree that the current legislation from 1993 amounts to a disproportionate interference with Marie Fleming’s constitutional right to personal autonomy in medical matters.President Nicholas Kearns said if the court could tailor-make a solution for her needs alone it would but it must have regard to ample evidence suggesting a relaxation of the ban would be inimical to the public interest in protecting the most vulnerable members of society who may avail of this option to avoid being a burden to others.She’s also lost her bid to have the DPP give guidelines on when it would prosecute in such cases.Ms Fleming, who was accompanied to court by her partner Tommy Curran, is expected to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.DONEGAL WOMAN LOSES BID TO HAVE ASSISTED SUICIDE was last modified: January 10th, 2013 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:ASSISTED SUICIDEMARIE FLEMINGlast_img read more

Marcus Rashford has mixed feelings about VAR

first_imgMarcus Rashford believes the use of video assistant referees will be great for the game once the issues that threatened to derail England’s World Cup opener are ironed out.The Three Lions kicked off a major tournament with a victory for the first time since 2006 on Monday thanks to Harry Kane‘s last-gasp header against Tunisia. Kane was under the close attention of Tunisia from corners The 2-1 win sets England up well ahead of Sunday’s Group G clash against Panama, when Gareth Southgate’s men will be hoping for better officiating from those on the ground and watching from afar.Aggrieved at the penalty awarded against Kyle Walker by referee Wilmar Roldan, that equaliser was compounded by the VAR’s lack of action when Kane was twice bundled to the deck in the box.Southgate felt his side were wrongly denied penalties on Monday and Rashford hopes for quick improvements to a system the forward welcomes.“The idea of bringing it into the game is spot on,” he said.“It will improve with time because there are some decisions – like the ones you said – where they have to at least check whether or not it’s a penalty. “That’s down to them to decide but at least they should check those. I’m sure it’s something they can improve on.“We’ve not talked about last night specifically, but we’ve had conversations about it previously.“It’s a tough one because I think it’s something that the game definitely needed. As with everything it needs improving and I think it will improve in time.”Three officials from FIFA gave a presentation to the England players and staff last Wednesday, but there are clearly still issues that need clearing up. 2 Rashford wants clarity with VAR 2last_img read more


first_imgManchester United have contacted close rivals Manchester City to make discreet enquiries into the availability of second choice goalkeeper Shay Given, it is being claimed this weekend.Several British sports websites say the move happened after the David De Gea deal may not go through with the Spaniard preferring to stay in Spain.The 20 year old stopper had recently suggested that he would not mind staying with Atletico Madrid – and and also previously claimed that he would notify the media once the U21′s European Championship is over. There is concern at Old Trafford that he will remain at Atletico and the board have therefore asked about Given.The 35 year old Irishman has been at Manchester City since 2009 but has been playing second fiddle to current England number one Joe Hart.Speculation has been high regarding an exit for Shay Given who almost left the club in January to find more first team action and numerous Premiership clubs have been monitoring his situation.The latest club to be linked with the Lifford man is Aston Villa. One site reports: “Whether Manchester City would be prepared to sell the keeper to their rivals is another matter, they realise that Given is too good a player to be left on the bench and should Given ask to move on, they may just grant him his wish, regardless of which team it might be.”According to other reports Aston Villa are interested in Shay.The Daily Mail claims new Villa manager Alex McLeish is eyeing the Republic of Ireland keeper.Former Villa No 1 Brad Friedel recently left to join Tottenham and McLeish is now hunting in earnest for a replacement.However, while the Scot may see Given as a perfect successor, City’s asking price may prove an insurmountable hurdle for the former Birmingham boss. Celtic and West Bromwich Albion are also believed to be interested.SHOCK AS MAN UNITED TRY TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN FROM MAN CITY! was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Liffordman united bid for shay givenlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Free jewelry-making class at adult school LA MIRADA — A free creative jewelry-making class is taking place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 45 of the La Mirada Adult School, 15320 Alondra Blvd. Teacher Linda Gibbs demonstrates easy techniques to create jewelry accessories, including ribbon embroidery. She specializes in showing students how to recycle old jewelry items into new fashion art. Students are encouraged to bring their items — buttons, beads, charms, old earrings, necklaces — to the class. A supply list of class items will be provided. For more information, call the school at (714) 827-6488. INDUSTRY — A man and a woman died today when the 1996 Mazda four-door they were in crashed into a building in the city of Industry, authorities said. The accident at Valley Boulevard and Turnbull Canyon Road was reported at 12:44 a.m., and both people died at the scene, said Sgt. William Cassidy of the sheriff’s Industry station. It was unclear who was driving, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the coroner’s office. The allegedly speeding car apparently hit a berm and went airborne, crossing railroad tracks and crashing into the building, she said. The names of the dead, both 45, were withheld pending notification of their next of kin, MacWillie said. Symphony Guild to preview concert WHITTIER — The Rio Hondo Symphony Guild will hold a free concert preview at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at the First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia St. in Whittier. Marvin Newmann, music director at the First United Methodist Church of Whittier will speak about the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5” and “Petrouchka” by Stravinsky. The public is welcomed to attend. For more information, call (562) 695-5431. Strokes, memory loss topic of free lecture LA MIRADA — The Alzheimer’s Association will discuss the relationship between strokes and memory loss during a free lecture at 10 a.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160. Theater to present ‘Dial M for Murder’ WHITTIER — The Whittier Community Theatre will present Frederick Knott’s mystery thriller, “Dial M for Murder,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4. The theater is located at 7630 S. Washington Ave. in Whittier. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and juniors under 18 years old. For reservations or more information, call (562) 693-1105 or visit Chamber to host LA MIRADA — The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will host a school board candidates’ forum for the Norwalk/La Mirada School District and Cerritos College at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the La Mirada Golf Course, 15501 E. Alicante Rd. La Mirada. Tickets cost $10 for Chamber members. To RSVP or for more information, call (562) 902-1970.@Briefs HED: Grand opening set for La Mirada Chamber LA MIRADA — The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening celebration of the Chamber’s new office from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 3, 11900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada. Lunch will be served. To RSVP or for more information, call the Chamber office at (562) 902-1970. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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