first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Ryan Keating, through his Progressive Group, has vowed to stay on as title sponsor of the Trelawny FA Under-17 youth football league.This follows Sunday’s thrilling final between Clarks Town and Village United at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.”The plan we have moving forward is to continue our sponsorship with the association, to help develop and unearth good, talented youngsters from this parish,” Keating said.”We really cannot complain about what we witnessed in this our first season as sponsors. There were some obvious glitches, but that was expected. It’s work in progress, and we are happy with the standard of most teams and the discipline of the players,” he added.Village United were crowned champions after tagging Clarks Town 2-1, thanks to a brace from their class striker, Shaquille James.First goalThe youngster fired home his first in the 55th minute, and added his second at the 68th minute after rounding the advancing Clarks Town goalkeeper, who was left to play almost as a sweeper – with his central defenders badly out of position – then walked the ball to the goal line before booting into the empty goal.Clarks Town did celebrate a goal, when Kirk Brown brought them temporarily back into the match with a 66th-minute equaliser at the back-end of a beautiful build-up. But his strike and celebration was short-lived.Village had more to shout about, as their midfielder, Charles Grant, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Tavayne Kerr of beaten semi-finalists Harmony FC, scorer of nine goals, won the Golden Boot award.Dean Ellis, Village United’s head coach, was full of praise for his youngsters.”This is a great way to close out the season. I hope the players learn plenty from their time out in the field. Some of us will not be here next season, but others will remain, and some will come in,” said Ellis.”I hope that we will be strong enough to retain the title when that time comes around, but right now, I am delighted with the achievement,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgTeachers attached to the Unit: From left: Luanna Boyce, Shellon Swaving, and Amin BrittonThe Linden Resource Unit for Special Needs Children has recorded exemplary results at this year’s National Grade 6 Examinations (NGSA). Three students attached to the unit – which was formerly known as a Unit for the Blind— have secured places at Mackenzie High School owing to their outstanding performances.The students are Shallun Walks, who secured 494 marks, MeQuita Sealey with 470, and Ramprakash Totoram who all hail from Wismar Hill Primary School where the unit is located. Walks has been offered a place at one of the country’s most prestigious high schools—President’s College, owing to his performance. The achievements of the students who are considered visually impaired have been welcomed with great satisfaction from both their parents and teachers.A parent of one of the top performers, Caeron Sealey, said the students would have been excellent performers throughout the years despite the challenges.Sealey, who is also a teacher, noted that the students possessed a high level of competence to cope and would have achieved 87 per cent or more in the examination. Sealey shared his belief that once the students receive necessary attention they can propel even further in the future. He noted that the experience working with the students for the first time would have been challenging, yet, encouraging at the same time.“I want to encourage parents, even though they may have a child with a disability. I mean the disability does not really specify the genetic trait as it relates to the intelligence of a child. What the disability does is that it brings challenges but the child would have that genetic trait of intelligence. You just have to find the solutions so as to help the child to cope with the challenges and they can be successful in their examinations,” he noted.Meanwhile, Teacher in Charge of the Unit Shellon Swaving has expressed gratitude to the Women for Special Needs Children Organisation which she noted has played an integral role in assisting with the monitoring of the vision of the students. The organisation collaborates with Optique Vision to provide quality eye glasses for the students.“Every August we take the children to Georgetown to see if their vision is getting better and with that, we have a close tab on what is going on. So we don’t have children wearing the same glasses for a long time for their eyes to get worse and that kind of thing,” Swaving related.“I call up at the schools and once the schools pinpoint the students, we do a list and they would pay for the bus to take us down (to Georgetown). Sometimes we make three trips during the August holiday with different sets of children, sometimes they have to go back for a follow-up,” Swaving explained.Swaving said over the past few years, the majority of students from the unit would have performed well in the examinations but pointed out that one on one teaching would propel the students even further. Presently, there are four teachers and two volunteer teachers at the unit. Apart from Swaving, the other teachers include Luanna Boyce, Jenella Williams, Tiffanique Fiedtkou, Teshawn Rodney and Amin Britton. Two of the teachers are also visually impaired.Swaving has also extended gratitude to the Education Ministry for providing the students with large print for the examination, Regional Education Officer Rabindra Singh and National Centre of Educational Resources Development (NCERD) for special needs intervention amongst others. The unit, which has operated out of the Wismar Hill Primary school for a number of years, was recently rebranded to cater not only to visually impaired children but autistic children and those with Down syndrome amongst others.last_img read more

first_imgTeachers also filed a written argument, agreeing with the findings of the court.Some students say they’re fed up waiting for school to startAs teachers and government negotiators sit on their hands and wait to get back to the bargaining table, students across the province aren’t sitting idly by.Caitie Shaw, 16, from the Okanagan is one of several student organizers in B.C. putting together an effort for students to hold a province-wide sit-in and protest at MLA offices on Wednesday.Advertisement “I feel like I’m suppose to choose a side but really I just want to go back to school, and I don’t care so much about the politics,” Shaw said. “…The main thing that I’m concerned about is getting back to school.”Shaw created a Facebook page for B.C. students and others from around the province pitched the idea to her.“I thought well why don’t we just connect all of these and just start with everyone going to their MLA’s office and sitting-in there; and than seeing if that really doesn’t do anything, maybe going a bit bigger, like Victoria and those kinds of places,” Shaw explained.You can find more information on the sit-in by visiting the Facebook page “BC Students Supporting Our Right to Public Education.”With files from the Canadian Press and CKNWAdvertisement Talks between teachers and government crumbled yet again after the province rejected a proposal that would have tried to stop the job action.Education Minister, Peter Fassbender says he rejected binding arbitration over the weekend, calling it “false hope.”But President of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, Jim Iker says if government agreed, the union would have asked its members to vote on ending the strike.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, there is some insight into what government will be arguing in its October appeal of the teachers ruling handed down by the B.C. Supreme Court earlier this year.The province’s written argument says the court ruling should be dismissed because it robs government of its ability to determine public matters like education policy.The appeal is directed at a ruling that found the province violated teachers’ rights by stripping them of their ability to bargain for class size and support staff levels in 2002.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes Dimitri Payet’s stunning free-kicks this season have put him in the same league as David Beckham.French star Payet has delighted fans with a series of sensational set piece strikes this season, and have scored three  from outside the area in the last month alone.The 29-year-old followed up a 30-yard free-kick at Manchester United in the FA Cup with a carbon copy for France against Russia.And Payet arguably topped the lot with his looping, dipping shot into the opposite corner in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.Beckham made his name as a free-kick specialist with United and England, his most famous effort coming against Greece to fire the Three Lions to the 2002 World Cup.And Hammers boss Bilic feels his £10.7million signing from Marseille is now in the same league as ‘Goldenballs’ himself.“They are both great free-kick takers,” said Bilic. “You can’t say that anyone was better than Beckham at taking free-kicks.“But then again you can say the same thing about Dimitri this season. In no time we can name five or six great ones.“The last one was unbelievable. Then for France at Old Trafford and then against Blackburn and Bournemouth. It all happened in a couple of months.“The tempo he is putting them in is amazing.”Payet is certain to take aim again if given the chance when Arsenal visit Upton Park on Saturday.But Bilic says the midfielder’s only problem now is that every time he steps up to take one he is expected to score – even in training.“A couple of days ago he put the ball down and now everybody – even the groundsman – is expecting every time he shoots to put it in the top corner,” revealed Bilic.“And if it isn’t in the top corner then all of us are quite disappointed.“He is not one of those players who is always practising them for 20 minutes after training, but every time he has a chance in a small break between the exercises he likes to try to bend them.” Payet has wowed fans with his stunning free-kicks this season 1last_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane will keep the captain’s armband for England’s season-ending friendly in France, having worn the armband during Saturday’s World Cup qualifying draw with ScotlandFresh from sharing the spoils with their old foes Scotland, the Three Lions have returned to the country that last year witnessed one of their lowest moments.Bowing out of Euro 2016 to Iceland still sticks in the craw and has seen manager Southgate attempt to bring leadership to a group that was lacking just that in Nice.Kane became the fifth different captain in seven matches in the 2-2 draw at Hampden Park and will lead again in Tuesday’s friendly in France.“I am not committing to a timescale on that,” Southgate said after being asked when a permanent captain would be named.“I think it has been a good experience to develop other leaders.“We’re seeing that not only in terms of responsibility but the way the group are prepared to contribute when we’re discussing games, when we’re reviewing games.“There’s lots of potential leaders in different ways – some are at the forefront, speak first, lead from the front in different ways.“Others more thoughtful, take responsibility on the ball, show leadership in other ways. Everybody’s different.“But I am not in a rush to make that decision.“I think at some point it is probably something we should do – in fact, I am certain it is something we should do – but I think it has been good to devolve the leadership.” Harry Kane will captain England against France 1last_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell says his close friend Sir Cliff Richard should never have been named after a recent sex abuse claim was made against him.Daniel and Majella are raging that their friend’s Cliff name has ben made public amidst sex abuse allegations.Daniel described Cliff as a “really genuine, good person who would do nothing to anybody, least of all a child”.The English singer strongly denies allegations that he was involved in sexually assaulting a boy at a rally by US evangelist Billy Graham in Sheffield in 1985. Daniel said he felt it was “absolutely unfair and unjust” that Cliff’s name was made public before the case had been fully investigated.“In my limited knowledge of the law, I don’t think we should know at this stage who the accused is,” he said.“I think the way it has all been conducted is definitely unfair and not in keeping with the law. It is like there is some kind of witch- hunt,” he said.The Kincasslagh star said steps should be taken to ensure that the name of an accused person was protected until they were charged with an offense. “It’s not the first time this has happened and an individual’s name has been made public before being charged. In some of those cases, the person was later deemed not to have a case to answer. But, by then, the damage was done to the person’s reputation,” he said.“As well as everything else, this also diminishes the legitimate cases of people who have been abused.”Daniel added: “In Cliff’s case, his name should not have been revealed until good investigative work is done to see if there are any grounds for the case to go any further. And I believe that Cliff will not have a case to answer.”Last week Daniel’s wife Majella took to Twitter to defend the singer.Sir Cliff has now been interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating the sex crime claim. DANIEL SAYS PAL CLIFF RICHARD SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN NAMED IN SEX ABUSE CLAIMS was last modified: August 25th, 2014 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:Cliff Richarddaniel o’donnelldonegalsex abuse allegaitonslast_img read more

first_imgRoman Penn will look to continue his streak of full-court consistency, coming away from the weekend’s game with 13 points, seven assists, and three steals. Penn has been a valuable asset for the Bulldogs on both ends of the floor, following his transfer from Siena last year.  Live Stats Drake and Lehigh have met twice before, but not since 1984, with Drake winning both those meetings. ESPN3 Following Thursday’s game, the Bulldogs will head to Estero, Fla. for the Gulf Coast Showcase, a tournament hosting eight teams from around the nation. The tournament tips off for the Bulldogs Nov. 25 against Miami with two games following. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes DES MOINES, Iowa – Following back-to-back decisive victories at home, the Drake University men’s basketball team gears up for its third game in a row at the Knapp Center against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3-2) Thursday, Nov. 21. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on Mediacom MC22, streamed on ESPN3 and on the radio at ESPN 1350. For the Mountain Hawks, junior center James Karnik led in the team’s last game against Misericordia. Karnik saw a strong performance across the board with his second double-double of the season, coming away with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Story Links Buy Tickets The Bulldogs (3-1), who remain undefeated at home, are coming off a convincing 98-53 victory against the Simpson Storm Sunday. The team cruised by early in the game, with a 19-0 run shortly after tipoff. In a career-best performance on multiple fronts, first-year guard Joseph Yesufu led the team in scoring with 16 points and steals with four, padded by six rebounds, three assists and a block. Live Audio last_img read more

first_img Tags: Chelsea FCEden Hazardtop Hazard joined Chelsea at the age of 21. (PHOTO/AGENCY)To my Chelsea friends and family,You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.Now the Clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football. However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost. Those who know me understand it is not me to list what I have won, all I can say is each and every award both as a team and as an individual have been incredible. One day I will be able to sit down over a beer and talk about or laugh with pride about my missed penalty that set up my header to win the league against Palace, or those goals against Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool.The memories are so vivid because of the atmosphere and occasion you create, I hope you always remember them with pride, as I do. Whether it’s on tour in the USA, or at Sunderland on a Tuesday night, in Russia on a Thursday, or of course EVERY game at The Bridge – you’ve always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me – Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, I am only sorry not leave with a defending award amongst my honours!We have many great players and my proudest moments were always as part of the team. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cups, Europa Leagues and Premier Leagues all as a family. Each one so special in its own way and of course the game in Baku a couple of weeks ago is the perfect way to sign off from a long tough season after the World Cup.Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first. I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.I wish each and every one of you the very best my friends.EdenComments last_img read more

first_imgCrescent City >> The Arcata boys and girls basketball teams swept Del Norte for important Big 5 road victories.Arcata boys beat Del Norte in low-scoring affairIt doesn’t always have to be pretty to be effective.Depending on perspective, the Del Norte Warriors and Arcata Tigers either staged a battle for the ages or a battle for the aged in their Big 5 match-up at Thunen Gymnasium in Crescent City Wednesday evening. “I think we may have set the game of basketball back about 50 …last_img read more

first_imgBut airport consultants dispute that claim saying that T1 only has seven gates and often they are all being used with some passengers having to walk across the tarmac to get to their plane. “The Premier, as Tourism Minister as well, needs to urgently call in all parties for a roundtable discussion to seek a resolution that secures the flights for WA,” he said. “It would be disappointing for Perth if we lost this flight on Mr Barnett’s watch.” Qantas’ plans to launch a London to Australia non-stop service appear grounded after Perth Airport all but closed the door on the airline’s hopes to run the prestigious international route on its brand new long-range 787 aircraft.At issue is the airport’s demand that Qantas operate the service from the airport’s international terminal whereas Qantas needs to operate the flight from its domestic facilities to seamlessly hub with other domestic flights connecting passengers to and from cities and towns across Western Australia and Australia. However, Qantas’ need relates to seamlessly transferring passengers off intrastate and interstate flights to the non-stop flight and this can only be done at the domestic terminal. “I would then expect Qantas to move across to the T1 international terminal,” he said. “Securing the western gateway hub through Perth Airport will be a boost to our State and I am optimistic that an agreement will be reached soon.” Qantas insists it will only operate the flights from its domestic terminal facility on the western side of the airport, which require A$25 million of upgrades to handle international flights, including customs facilities. Perth Airport has all but rejected Qantas’ proposal to develop WA into a western hub for non-stop operations to Europe. The service would be, for instance, ideal for Qantas Adelaide and Brisbane passengers who do not currently have a Qantas option to Europe without backtracking via Melbourne or Sydney. Over the weekend, the airport issued a press statement saying that while it supported a direct London flight, it would have to operated from Terminal 1 international on the eastern side of the airport. Yesterday a senior Qantas spokesman said that the airline had long supported the airport’s plan to operations to an expanded T1 “but the simple reality is that it won’t be ready for about another eight years”. Qantas is expected to grow the service from a daily flight to London to add Paris, Frankfurt and possibly Rome services building the annual potential value to WA and Australia to $650 million and 7000 jobs based on government tourism spend figures. Perth Airport’s chief executive Kevin Brown said that it “has offered Qantas a generous multi-million-dollar incentive package’’ to leverage off the existing fit for purpose facilities in Terminal 1 International.’’center_img For many Europeans the big obstacle to travelling Australia is the time and stops required and the proposed non-stop service eliminates both. Studies have shown that a non-stop will grow a route by up to 300 per cent. They point out that the highest priority for the airport is to build a new international satellite terminal – T5 – to accommodate the growth in demand. While the Qantas proposal appears dead Perth Airport added that the airline had submitted additional information to the airport in relation to the proposed new service which it is currently reviewing. The non-stop flight is expected to draw from passengers not only to and from WA but also from the eastern states. The State Premier Mr Barnett repeated his comments of last week that he was prepared to accept an “interim” solution of Qantas operating direct UK/Europe flights from T3/T4 for the next five years.  “The opportunity to create a Western Hub with the Perth-London flight will be here in 18 months, and the only place we can do that in a seamless way that actually makes it viable is the proposal we’ve put to Perth Airport to use our existing domestic terminals for international flights,” the spokesman said. “We’re optimistic that common sense will prevail.” “T1 International has the capacity to accommodate direct services to the UK and Europe, and these services can commence from T1 International at any time,” he said. Typically, the passenger mix will be split equally between Australians and international visitors. State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said he understood it was a commercial matter to be negotiated between Perth Airport and Qantas, but it was also an important issue for the State.last_img read more