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Arnett Gardens FC ready for CFU Club Championship

first_imgCoach of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Arnett Gardens FC, Jerome Waite, says his team is ready for the challenge in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships in order to move on to the CONCACAF stage.Arnett will depart the island next Sunday for the Dominican Republic where they will participate in Group Four alongside Atletico Pantoja of Dominican Republic, America des Cayes (Haiti) and Notch (Suriname).Waite is already looking forward to the CONCACAF stage, where the club has participated in the past.”Well, first and foremost, we have participated in the CONCACAF round twice, but have not passed the quarter-final stage. Our aim is to win the CFU group stage and qualify for the semi-finals, then be among the top three that will advance to the CONCACAF,” Waite told The Gleaner.”I’m pretty much confident based on our performance in the local Red Stripe Premier League, where the team has done well,” the veteran coach shared.He admitted that he did not know much about the opponents, but he remains optimistic.GIVE THEIR BEST”A lot of the players have not played at this level, but they should give of their best, as doors can be opened for them. We don’t have any info on the teams, but they will know about us, as the Premier League is broadcast in the Caribbean,” he informed.Waite is yet to name his 20-man squad for the tournament, but disclosed that players such as captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Renae Lloyd, Marvin Morgan, Kemal Malcolm, Jason Moore, Vishinul Harris, Dicoy Williams, Ranike Anderson, Damion Hyatt, Peter Harrison, Keneil Hyde will be included.Arnett will play against America des Cayes on March 2, Notch on March 3, and Atletico Pantoja on March 5. All games will be at Estadio OlÌmpico FÈlix S·nchez in Santo Domingo.The 14 teams are divided into four groups, and the winners will advance to the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Montego Bay United, the other Jamaican club that has qualified, will participate in Group Three alongside Central of Trinidad and Tobago and Scholars International of the Cayman Islands.last_img read more

ELC Student Charity Golf Tournament raises close to $5,000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the summer, four grade 10 students from the Energetic Learning Centre held a charity golf tournament fundraiser.As part of a Project-Based Learning Program, Colton Dyck, Jenna Miranda, Timber Wuthrich, and Mackenzie Gordon were able to raise almost $5,000 in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Eastern-Star Children’s Fund.With that money, the Hospital will be able to purchase new equipment for the maternity ward.- Advertisement -ELC Vice-Principal, Lori Coulter, says community-based projects, such as the golf tournament, bring awareness to the students and allows them to discover how they can make an impact in their own neighbourhood.The Golf Tournament included 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a steak dinner. Over 40 golfers and 60 plus dinner guests were in attendance for the event.last_img read more

Uruguay look to stop Ronaldo as Madrid rivalry comes to WC

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo training with the Portugal squad near Moscow this week as they prepare for their World Cup clash with Uruguay © AFP / JUAN MABROMATASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – The man who has marshalled the best defence in the World Cup so far will relish the task of trying to stop his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in Sochi on Saturday.The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last 16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner. It will be a fascinating battle at the Fisht Stadium with Ronaldo, at 33, enjoying his best World Cup but Uruguay the only side to come through the group stage in Russia without conceding a goal.Godin is an expert at keeping clean sheets, as the leader of an Atletico defence that is the most formidable in the European club game — they kept 34 in all competitions last season — and of a Uruguay side that has not conceded a goal in 2018 in six games.Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. That means he has 85 international goals, more than any other male European player in history.In the last two years, he has scored two hat-tricks for Real against Godin’s Atletico, having also emerged victorious in two Madrid derby Champions League finals.– More in their locker –But the rugged and brave Godin, who needed reconstructive dental surgery after having three teeth punched out in an aerial challenge with Valencia’s goalkeeper earlier this year, has succeeded in muzzling Ronaldo on plenty other occasions at club level going back almost a decade.Ronaldo wins a header in front of Godin in last year’s Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Real © AFP / JAVIER SORIANO“Godín is a star. He defends, commands, scores goals, wins titles, and does not miss a game,” said Diego Maradona recently.On Saturday, Gimenez — who scored Uruguay’s late winner against Egypt — is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russia due to injury.Ronaldo, meanwhile, will look to get back among the goals having had a penalty saved in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran. That, and the VAR-awarded late spot-kick for the Iranians, condemned the defending European champions to this tie rather than a meeting with the hosts in Moscow.Portugal surely would have preferred that, for while Uruguay continue to produce tough centre-backs, they are by no means completely reliant on them.This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino. And up front they boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.Suarez might lack the same sharpness of old, but he has still scored twice in Russia. One more and he will equal 1950 World Cup-winner Oscar Miguez’s Uruguayan record of eight goals at the tournament.– Overachievers –“They are a typical South American side,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.Captain Godin celebrates with Edinson Cavani after the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over the hosts Russia © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI“It’s not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals. It has been like that for the whole of 2018. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving international manager. That means he has a very strong relationship with his players.”These two countries with a combined population of 13.5 million have long been overachievers on the international scene — the last decade under Tabarez has seen two-time former winners Uruguay reach one World Cup semi-final and win one Copa America, while Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016.And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.“We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar,” said Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo. “You don’t prepare a match just looking at one player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Rio Ferdinand hails LVG legacy and claims he could save Man United job

first_imgRio Ferdinand says Louis van Gaal will put forward a great argument for keeping his job as Manchester United manager if he leads the club to FA Cup success and Champions League qualification this season.Van Gaal has struggled to win over the Old Trafford faithful since replacing David Moyes in May 2014, with United failing to mount a title challenge in his two years at the helm and the style of football under the Dutchman drawing much criticism.Jose Mourinho is being tipped to take over from Van Gaal at the end of the season, with some reports in the English media suggesting he has already agreed a contract.But, while Ferdinand admits Mourinho’s availability is likely to prove tempting to his old club, he was impressed by United’s display against Everton on Sunday as they booked their spot in the FA Cup final and he reckons Van Gaal could yet make a convincing case to be kept on.“If he wins the FA Cup and United finish in the Champions League [qualification places] he could sit there and say that is progression,” said the former United and England star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Speaking to people at Manchester United in and around the ground and supporters around the country, they are not playing the type of football they are accustomed to seeing at Manchester United. They want to see football that is respectful of their history of the club. It has been a lot of sideways, sideways football. “But I watched the game at the weekend and if that is a sign of things to come, then Louis van Gaal has got a great argument to put forward.”Ferdinand does understand the disgruntlement around United, but he believes Van Gaal also deserves plenty of credit for blooding so many young players during his time in charge.The likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu Mensah have flourished after being given a first-team chance by the former Ajax and Barcelona boss.“This season has been a bit doom and gloom for Manchester United with the way they have played but Louis van Gaal’s legacy if he is going to have one when he leaves is the introduction of all these young boys, with Rashford leading the charge,” said Ferdinand.“It has been great for football and it will be nice for managers around the country to take heed of that. Bringing in young players as he has and getting to the FA Cup final – albeit they are not doing too well in the league – that is a good part of his time and story at Manchester United.”last_img read more


first_imgCllr Ciaran BroganThe chairman of Donegal County Council has appealed to his party’s voters in the Letterkenny Municipal District area to stick with their agreed strategy.Cllr Ciaran Brogan said he is calling on local Fianna Fail supporters to stick to the strategy as agreed by the party team and give their number one vote to Charlie McConalogue and your number two to Pat the Cope Gallagher.He said “We have every chance of winning two seats in the newly redrawn constituency if we adopt this strategy and I would urge all our supporters to come out in huge numbers and help give us those two seats.“The reaction on the doorsteps had been very positive and I’m confident that with the work we have put in, we can return two Fianna Fail TDs.” He said one of the big issues they have been hearing about at every turnaround is health and particularly those patients and their families who are forced to travel down the country for treatment.“As things stand, there are far too many expected to leave Donegal and travel to the likes of Galway and Dublin for treatment that should be available in their home county.“This doesn’t just relate to cancer services but also to other services. We have to fight hard to retain those services in Letterkenny Hospital and Fianna Fail is committed to doing just that.”Jobs are another massive issue and, again, he said Fianna Fail have a commitment in place to bring investment and employment to Donegal and give real hope to those who find themselves out of work. Road infrastructure is another subject that has come up again and again and one particular concern is the work on the Manorcunningham to Lifford road and the link with the A5 dual-carriageway in the North, he added.“This has been something that has been talked about for too long with little sign of progress. But we will push this initiative to its completion and provide an upgraded cross-border route that will benefit everybody and give us a road link that will match the best there is.”He added “Our party’s commitment won’t be found wanting on all these issues and others besides and I would again call on our supporters and indeed those of the electorate who have yet to make their mind up on who to vote for, to place their number one vote beside the name of Charlie McConalogue on the ballot paper and their number two beside that of Pat the Cope Gallagher.“By doing this we can elect two Fianna Fail T.D.’s and, at the same time, ensure that Donegal gets the services that only a long-standing political party can bring.”BROGAN CALLS FOR LETTERKENNY FF VOTERS TO STICK WITH PARTY STRATEGY was last modified: February 25th, 2016 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

Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in midfielder Oriol Romeu

first_img Oriol Romeu [right] in action for Southampton Barcelona have made contact about a move for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu, according to reports in Spain.The holding midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Barca, where he spent the majority of his formative years before moving to Chelsea in 2011.It has been suggested that the Catalan club believe the 25-year-old can become a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets in central midfield.However, there has so far been no official approach for Romeu, who has been one of Southampton’s most consistent performers this season.But, according to Marca, Barca have now been in touch about a potential summer move, although it has been claimed that the contact has not been made directly with Southampton.Romeu only signed a new long-term contract earlier this year so he will not come cheap but that may not put Barca off should they decide he is the man they need this summer. 1last_img read more

Defiant Saddam testifies in first day of murder trial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Iraqis and much of the Arab world watched glitchy television coverage of the proceedings intently, watching Saddam strike a pose reminiscent of the once-ubiquitous television pictures of him sitting at the head of a table surrounded by “yes” men. “Since the fall of the regime, we have been waiting for this trial,” said Aqeel al-Ubaidi, a resident of Dujail. “The trial won’t bring back those who died, but at least it will help put out the fire and anger inside us.” Wednesday’s session, held under tight security, was testy from the start, when the judge asked Saddam to take the stand first. As the courtroom fell silent, Saddam got up from his chair and took the podium, holding a copy of the Quran. He refused to state his name for the record and turned the question back on the presiding judge, Rizgar Mohammed Amin, a Kurd whose identity was revealed to the public only on the day of the trial. “Who are you? I want to know who you are,” Saddam demanded. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A defiant Saddam Hussein quarreled with judges and scuffled with guards at the opening of his long-awaited trial Wednesday, rejecting the tribunal’s right to judge him and insisting he is still the president of Iraq. Sitting inside a white pen with metal bars, Saddam appeared gaunt and frail and his salt-and-pepper beard was unkempt as he pleaded innocent to charges of murder, torture, forced expulsions and illegal detentions. He wore a suit with a white shirt and no tie. Gone were the Homburg hat, the cigar, the shotgun fired from a reviewing stand. So were a few pounds after nearly two years in an American military prison. Still, the swagger and the smirk remained, the bearing of a man accustomed to 23 years of unchallenged power. If convicted, the 68-year-old Saddam and seven of his regime’s henchmen who appeared with him in the hearing could face the death penalty for their role in the 1982 killing of nearly 150 people from the mainly Shiite town of Dujail north of Baghdad after a failed attempt on Saddam’s life. “I do not respond to this so-called court, with all due respect to its people, and I retain my constitutional right as the president of Iraq,” he said, brushing off Amin’s attempts to interrupt him. “Neither do I recognize the body that has designated and authorized you, nor the aggression because all that has been built on false basis is false.” After repeatedly refusing to give his name, Saddam finally sat. Amin read his name for him, calling him the “former president of Iraq.” “I said I’m the president of Iraq,” Saddam snapped back. “I did not say deposed.” Later, Saddam stood, smiling, and exchanged greetings with other defendants during a break in the proceedings. He then asked to step out of the room, but when two guards tried to grab his arms to escort him out, he angrily shook them off. The guards, wearing blue bulletproof vests, tried to grab him again, and Saddam struggled to free himself. Saddam and the guards shoved each other and yelled for about a minute. In the end, he was allowed to walk independently out of the room, with the two guards behind him. The three-hour session ended with Amin announcing an adjournment until Nov. 28. The trial was broadcast on satellite stations with a 20-minute delay. But technical quality was poor, with the sound cutting out frequently and the picture going blank several times. Reporters at the courtroom struggled to follow the proceedings from behind a bulletproof glass partition. The Iraqi government did not explain the 20-minute delay, but one effect could have been to cut out scenes like the scuffle, which did not appear on tape. “My father is brave, a lion, I am proud of him,” said one of Saddam’s daughters, Raghad Saddam Hussein. “He is a man who dedicated his life to serve his country, he was brave in his youth, so how can he be afraid now?” she told the Dubai-based Arabiyah satellite channel from Jordan. Reaction to Saddam’s trial varied in Iraq, where his loyalists, together with hardcore members of his Baath party and feared security services are an important faction of a Sunni-led insurgency wracking Iraq for the past 2 years. In Baghdad, Shiite construction worker Salman Zaboun Shanan sat with his family at home in the Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah, having taken the day off from work to watch the trial. When Saddam appeared on television, his wife spat in disgust. “I hope he is executed, and that anyone who suffered can take a piece of his flesh,” said Shanan, who was jailed during Saddam’s rule, as was his wife, Sabiha Hassan, and several of their sons. But across the Tigris River in the mainly Sunni Arab district of Azamiyah, some were embittered by the trial of Saddam, whose regime was dominated by Sunni Arabs who have now lost their power. “Saddam is the lesser of evils,” said engineer Sahab Awad Maaruf, comparing Saddam to the current Shiite-Kurdish led government. “He’s the only legitimate leader for Iraqis.” 160Want 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

Kevin Modesti: Reverse psychology key in USC’s victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Saturday, amid concern they would come out flat, the Trojans scored on their first five possessions on the way to beating Washington 51-24 at Husky Stadium. It wasn’t a spotless afternoon. The defense allowed Washington its first 10-point opening quarter this season and special teams gave up a 92-yard kickoff return. But the record remains perfect, 7-0 this season, 29 wins in a row. Head coach Pete Carroll began the week by warning the Trojans about the possibility of an emotional slump after the Notre Dame game that ended with Matt Leinart diving and twisting for the winning touchdown from a yard out during the final seconds. The Trojans were 30-point favorites over Washington (now 1-6). “They (coaches) wanted us to look back at the commitment from that game,” flanker Steve Smith said. “Guys were telling everyone that they loved them. They just wanted us to get that feeling back.” Every week, a new psychological pitfall is said to await the Trojans. Every week they find a way to make all of that talk sound silly. SEATTLE — In a psychological reverse play, USC coaches screened a videotape for the players at the team hotel Friday night and showed the Trojans’ locker-room celebration after their victory at Notre Dame. And you thought the Trojans intended to fight off a letdown in Saturday’s game at Washington by forgetting the excitement of South Bend, Ind., as quickly as possible. center_img “We talked about it all week,” Carroll said outside the Trojans locker room late Saturday afternoon. “We wanted to respond to the challenge of playing our style and our philosophy regardless of where, who, when (they were playing), that kind of stuff. And we did that. “Our concentration was great. Our execution was very good.” The Trojans didn’t fumble for the second week in a row. Their only interception was thrown by backup quarterback John David Booty. Their six penalties for 30 yards constituted one of their more obedient efforts of the year. “Our past couple of games have been pretty close, especially the Notre Dame game,” tailback Reggie Bush said. “We definitely felt like this was a game where we could go out and dominate and just get back to executing and playing football like we know how. Playing at our level and not the other team’s.” And so the weekly battle against letdowns and overconfidence goes on. The Trojans host Washington State on Saturday. “We just know (how to stay sharp),” defensive end Frostee Rucker said. “We’ve been doing this for a while, as you can tell.” Kevin Modesti can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want 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

Global food crisis addressed

first_imgStatistics released by the World Bank indicate that food prices have increased by a staggering 83%(Image: World Food Programme) Khanyi MagubaneWorld leaders, starting to feel the pressure from disgruntled poor people, are taking the global increase in food prices and its effects seriously.On 22 April the World Food Program (WFP) hosted a summit on the food crisis in London. Josette Sheeren, the WFP’s executive director, warned that a “silent tsunami” of hunger is sweeping the world’s most desperate nations. She noted that the price of rice has more than doubled in the past five weeks and that China and India are currently facing an increased demand for their produce.British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who co-hosted the talks with Sheeren, said the spiralling prices threaten to plunge millions back into poverty and reverse progress on alleviating poverty in the developing world. “Tackling hunger is a moral challenge to each of us and it is also a threat to the political and economic stability of nations,” Brown said.In New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also voiced his concern over the increase in food prices, calling for both immediate and long-term measures to tackle the crisis. “We need not only short-term emergency measures to meet urgent critical needs and avert starvation in many regions across the world, but also a significant increase in long-term productivity in food grain production,” he said.French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested setting up global partnerships among financial institutions, governments and the private sector to tackle the main reasons behind rising food prices.Scale of the problemRecent statistics released by the World Bank indicate that food prices have increased by a staggering 83% increased by a staggering 83%The organisation says high food prices are threatening recent gains in overcoming poverty and malnutrition, and are likely to persist over the medium-term. “Poor people are suffering daily from the impact of high food prices, especially in urban areas and in low-income countries,” said World Bank Group president Robert Zoellick.According to a World Bank policy document entitled Rising Food Prices: Policy Options and World Bank Response, increases in global wheat prices reached 181% over the 36 months leading up to February 2008, and overall global food prices increased by 83%. Food crop prices are expected to remain high in 2008 and 2009.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also concerned. Head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn recently told French radio that soaring world food prices could have dire consequences, such as toppling governments and even triggering wars. The IMF chief says the problem could also threaten democracies, even in countries where governments have done all they can to help the low-income earning population.South Africa searching for solutionsSouth Africa has not gone untouched by the food crisis. Trade union federation Cosatu recently held a march in Johannesburg to protest against soaring food prices. They called on government to find a lasting solution to the problem.The government and the agricultural industry have also been in discussions to find ways to curb food-price inflation, which in recent months has seen the price of basic foodstuffs increase by 14% in South Africa.Government spokesperson Themba Maseko says the government is developing a strategy to address this challenge. He said the government is confident that the competition authorities, who regulate food prices in different industries, will continue to be vigilant and take strong action to curb negative practices that had also contributed to higher food prices.A researcher from the Institute for Security Studies, David Zounmenou, recently told the Mail & Guardian newspaper that in African countries where unemployment rates are high and social delivery low, an increase in food prices will certainly continue pushing people over the edge. “High food prices can only add fuel to this [unrest] and can be exploited by the opposition or other interest groups to create instability.”Other areas of Africa where violence has flared due to high food prices include Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.Useful linksUN food and agriculture organisationWorld Food ProgramWorld BankInternational Money FundDepartment of AgricultureDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 12, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain dominates the state today after a very “iffy” overnight period, especially up north. This morning we are dealing with a little more ice after the last 12 hours of freezing rain threatening far NW Ohio. Action switches over to all rain quickly this morning by mid-morning, and then the rain continues through the rest of the day. Rain totals today will be from .5”-1”, and we wont rule out an inch and a half in some localized spots for the entire day.  However, near and after sunset tonight, precipitation continues, and we can see a switch back to light, wet snow. This can lead to a coating to 2” with coverage at 70% of the state. The highest totals will be in east central, northeast and north central Ohio, with the biggest in NE OH.  Snow ends as we move through the first half of the day Wednesday. Winds will pick up, though overnight tonight. The map at right shows cumulative rain for today and tonight through tomorrow morning. We expect a mix of clouds and sun tomorrow as the remains of today’s event move off to the east. Winds will subside through the day, but we may still see some wind chill problems, at least early on. While we expect cooler temps, we should end up near normal. Partly sunny skies continue through Thursday. Friday developments are a case study on why it is not smart to really ramp up potentially large winter systems a week in advance. Strong low pressure is still set to move across the state and the eastern corn belt. The low still is on a SW to NE trajectory. However, model runs this most recent time around have seemingly lost all moisture potential. We are not changing our forecast yet still looking at the potential for rain, ice and snow, but track and available moisture remain as the most important variables. We are not going to step out on any of those this morning, but will continue to watch the storm potential. Right now we think that there is potential for at least .25″-.5″ of liquid equivalent precipitation. Windy and colder for Saturday, and then we stay chilly Sunday and Monday. Temps below normal. We should see some sub-zero lows for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th are picking up a little more snow in this morning’s forecast. We see snow developing form midday forward next Tuesday, and it continues through at least midday Wednesday. 2-6” of snow can fall on Tuesday, and Wednesday combined. Snow coverage will be around 80% of the state. For the extended period, partly to mostly sunny skies return for next Thursday through Sunday.  Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.last_img read more