first_img DAY OF JOY Granville FC crowned themselves in glory by winning their first ever Western Confederation Super League title 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sandals Whitehouse at Jarrett Park on Saturday. It ended a trophyless 16-year wait for the Tracey Reid-coached team and gives them a shot at qualifying for the Red Stripe Premier League when the playoffs get under way. Reid become the first female coach to win the Western Confederation Super League title and could break new ground if she qualifies her team for the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season in a month’s time. MAIDEN TITLE “Words cannot explain what I am feeling right now,” said an emotional Reid, after watching her team eke out the win. “I just knew that today would be a day of joy for us; I woke up and felt it that we would win, and although it went to penalties, I was confident that we would have won it,” Reid said. The final was decided by penalties after both teams played out a dour regulation and extra time in which there was hardly a telling shot on target. Granville looked the hungrier of the teams and went about their business, but wayward shooting and the lack of intent in the final third made sure they didn’t score. Sandals Whitehouse were also guilty of not playing to their strength and suffered in the latter part of the match from fatigue, although their best player on the day, Leonard Rankine, a former daCosta Cup star player for The Manning’s School, tried his best to ignite their attack. With the score locked at 0-0 after extra time, it was down to five players from each side to bring home what was essentially a maiden title and it began really well for both, with David Gillard scoring the first spot kick for Granville and Delroy Davis for Sandals Whitehouse. Andrew Allen then made it 2-1 in favour of Granville and Rankine had his penalty well saved by Granville’s goalkeeper. The dreadlocked Jason Rose would score to make it 3-1 Granville. Dervin Campbell netted for Sandals to trim the lead at 3-2 before Granville’s Odane Snow’s rasping kick struck the crossbar. It ended when Orane Warren fired wide of the target to send the Granville players and supporters into wild celebrations. “This is big, not just for the club but Granville, the community. Our focus now is on the Premier League playoffs and, ultimately, when we get there, we hope to represent Montego Bay and the Western Confed well,” Reid said.last_img read more

first_imgMatilda Parker is going back in the trial dock to exonerate herself.Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice has now resolved to schedule the trial of former National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker, after Parker’s legal team requested the court to re-open the case.The lawyers’ concern was for Parker and her former Comptroller, Christiana Pealay, to exonerate themselves against multiple charges, which include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, and theft of property for their alleged roles in the disappearance of US$800,000 from the NPA’s account during their tenure.Parker’s request comes about a year after the Supreme Court mandated Criminal Court ‘C’ to resume jurisdiction, empanel a new jury and start the trial anew.The court agreed to schedule hearing of the matter to Thursday, September 13, but the question that remains is whether the government is ready to pursue the case.The reason being since the High Court ordered the resumption of the case in 2017, up to and including present, authorities of the Ministry of Justice has not demonstrated any seriousness about their willingness to proceed with the prosecution of Parker and Pealay, an attitude which prompted defense lawyers to aski the court to enforce the High Court’s decision by reopening it.Defendant Parker and her former Comptroller, Christiana Pealay, were indicted by state prosecutors for economic sabotage, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation for allegedly awarding a contract worth over US$800,000 to dredge the Greenville Port in Sinoe County to a bogus company.Parker and Pealay went on trial in early 2016, but the case was adjourned after prosecutors alleged that someone had tampered with some of the jurors in the trial, after a letter was reported to have been intercepted by one of the court officers assigned with the jurors at the time of sequestration.By then, Judge Blamo Dixon,  after  investigation, removed the four suspected jurors on the panel mentioned in the letter, but prosecution lawyers, headed by Cllr. Daku Mulbah, now Solicitor General, objected to the ruling, and filed a writ of “certiorari’ against Blamo’s ruling before Justice-in-Chambers at the time, Jamesetta Wolokolie.A writ of Certiorari is most commonly associated with the writ that the Supreme Court issues to review a lower court’s judgment. A case cannot, sua sponte, go on appeal before the Supreme Court; therefore, a party seeking to appeal from a lower court’s decision may file a petition to a higher court for a writ of certiorari.  That writ is the formal order to the lower court to deliver its record of the case for review.Wolokolie then ruled in favor of the government by disbanding the entire jury in the case, but her decision was challenged by the defense counsel headed by Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, who later announced an appeal to the full Bench of the Supreme Court against the judgment.The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of Wolokolie and subsequently ordered the disbandment of the jury, which set the stage for a new trial on charges that Parker allegedly robbed the government of US$837,950.Prosecutors also alleged that the two accused persons, by awarding two sole-sourced contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, (PPCC) to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville, caused the state to lose US$800,000 (the respective price tags of US$500,000 and US$300,000 per contract).Prosecution further alleged that Flomo and his enterprise were contracted to remove wrecks from the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County and to provide security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville.But the state says the contractor, Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, did not have knowledge regarding the contracts and the required services were not rendered to the NPA.State prosecutors initially dropped charges against Flomo, the alleged mastermind of the contract, to testify in their favor, which case was ongoing when the jury tempering accusation interrupted the trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAt nearly 2,100 students, Sierra Vista has a 36-to-1 student to teacher ratio. Sierra Vista Principal Jackie White said the ideal ratio for students to teacher is 25-to-1. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Two low-performing schools in Baldwin Park Unified were awarded millions of dollars as part of a state effort to help struggling schools decrease class size, hire new teachers and improve teacher development opportunities. Geddes Elementary School and Sierra Vista High School were among seven low-performing distict schools eligible, but based on a lottery they were the only two schools to receive funding through the Quality Education Investment Act. The school district is slated to receive receive nearly $17 million over the next seven years – Sierra Vista High received the bulk of the money at $13.1million because it was awarded $1,000 per student. The QEIA money is the result of a settlement of a lawsuit between the state superintendent and the California Teachers Association against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for failing to properly fund Proposition 98 during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 budget years. The proposition guaranteed a minimum level of funding for public schools. “It is a chance to discuss best practices and up-to-date strategies,” said Lynne Kennedy, associate superintendent. She said having the extra money will give the schools the resources to improve English Learner education and after-school programs geared to help struggling students. Teacher development opportunities will also be funded. Training sessions with education experts are viewed as a luxury item on the district’s budget, but teachers view it as a necessity, school officials said. The critical area that Kennedy and the schools’ principals noted was class-size reduction. The QEIA funds will help by hiring new teachers and buying bungalows for classrooms. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Band members said they wanted to star in a horror film after winning last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. – Associated Press Lordi, the mask-clad heavy metal monster band from Finland, is thrashing its way onto the big screen with a horror flick. Band leader Mr. Lordi, whose real name is Tomi Putaansuu, said the English-language fright feature, “Dark Floors,” began shooting this month and is set to premiere in the band’s home country at the end of the year. Mr. Lordi, promoting the flick at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend, didn’t want to give away too many secrets. “Lordi goes to the twilight zone, that is pretty much (what) you can say,” he said. last_img read more

first_img Madger in action for Spain Under-17 1 Liverpool have completed the signing of Spain Under-17 star Madger from Villarreal.A left-footed midfielder, the youngster will link up with the Reds’ Academy and, once international clearance is received, will be free to play for the Under-21 and Under-18 sides.Madger had one year left to run on his deal at the Estadio El Madrigal but was unwilling to agree a new contract, and Villarreal agreed to discuss a deal with the Premier League side, rather than lose the starlet for free next summer.The teenager, who is of African descent, took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his delight at securing the move.He wrote: “So proud to be part of the @LFC club! Now it’s time to keep working hard! Thanks everyone for your messages!”last_img

first_img0Shares0000Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona has increased interest in Ligue 1 abroad © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 5 – The French league (LFP) has reached a “major agreement” with two networks to broadcast Ligue 1 games in Sub-Saharan Africa, it announced Monday, a clear sign of the impact made by the arrival of Neymar.The deal means French-language network Canal+ and Kwese, in English and Portuguese, will show games in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the French League Cup for six seasons from 2018-19 to 2023-24. No financial details were revealed by the LFP or beIN Sports, the network which owns the exclusive international distribution rights for the French league.However, French sports daily L’Equipe said the deal should be worth 33 million euros per year, compared to 13 million euros annually under the existing terms.“This first result encourages us to pursue our defined sales strategy and confirms the growing attractiveness of Ligue 1 thanks to the investment of the clubs to recruit new stars, develop new talent and equip themselves with modern infrastructure,” said LFP director general Didier Quillot.The French league’s income from international rights pales in comparison to the money generated by other leading European nations.The English Premier League brings in 1.3 billion euros a year, while Italy’s Serie A rakes in 371 million euros annually.However, the LFP and beIN Sports are now set to target improved deals in other areas, notably Brazil, as they look to cash in on the presence of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.At the moment, the LFP stands to make a modest 80 million euros annually up to 2024 from international rights.Neymar’s world-record 222 million-euro move to PSG from Barcelona last August, and the Qatar-owned capital club’s big-money move for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, helped drive up interest in the French game at the start of this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool have offered £22m for Real Madrid’s 24-year-old Russia winger Denis Cheryshev. (Sunday People) Having agreed a deal to sign World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, Manchester United will now look to secure Valencia’s 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi. (Daily Star Sunday) However, Schweinsteiger’s impending arrival at Old Trafford will not end manager Louis van Gaal’s pursuit of Southampton’s 25-year-old France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (Manchester Evening News) United are also pursuing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The 24-year-old would be a cheaper option than Napoli’s 27-year-old forward Gonzalo Higuain and Bayern’s 25-year-old forward Thomas Muller. (The Sun) Tottenham Hotspur are preparing an offer for Everton’s £20m-rated midfielder James McCarthy, 24. (Sunday Mirror) But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told manager Mauricio Pochettino the club must sell at least six squad players before making any more major signings. (Sunday Express) Magpies owner Mike Ashley is set to finance another major signing as the club prepare a £13m bid for Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20. (Sunday Express) Bournemouth are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers’ 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin and are set to make a £7.5m bid for Nottingham Forest’s 25-year-old winger Michail Antonio. (Star on Sunday) Arsenal are deciding whether to make a surprise move for £10m-rated Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, who is also wanted by West Bromwich Albion. (Sunday Mirror) Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has rejected an offer to spend next season on loan at his old club Southampton. The 20-year-old joined the Gunners from Saints in the summer of 2014. (The Sun) Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing 26-year-old Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who was one of Chile’s best performers at the World Cup last summer. Arsenal and Manchester City have also scouted the player. (Mail on Sunday) And here are the latest transfer tales…Bad news for Man United as Porto sign Iker Casillas from Real Madrid‘It’s 50/50 whether he stays!’ – Angel Di Maria could leave Manchester United this summer, talkSPORT toldArsenal transfer news: Ozil to Juventus could depend on Paul Pogba, talkSPORT told 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

first_imgIreland’s most spectacular run/walk – the Runegal 10k returns for its third year on Saturday July 14th in Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, starting at 2pm.RUNEGAL 10k or the Horn Head Challenge – has built a reputation for being one of the more difficult but rewarding routes in the country, with the tough hills competing with the astonishing scenery of Horn Head to take your breath away. It has a total ascent of 225 metres to the top of Horn Head giving you spectacular views as you start your descent for a fast final 5 kilometres.The run is officially measured and affiliated by Athletics Ireland and each participant will receive an official race time. The aim of the event is to challenge runners and walkers and give you a change from the usual flat 10k races across the country. As well as that, participants can make a weekend of it and get to visit one of the most picturesque locations in Ireland.Participants can run or walk the route and it’s all in aid of Donegal Hospice, while a welcoming family setting is expected at St. Michael’s GAA club of Dunfanaghy. RUNEGAL 10k starts and finishes at the GAA club with an after party planned for Patsy Dan’s at 7.30pm.Registration for the event is €20 and there are 3 ways you can register: – Online through– In Centra, Dunfanaghy up to 9.30pm on Friday 13th July – just ask any member of staff– On the day there will be registration from 9.30am until 1.30pm at St Michael’s GAA Club, Dunfanaghy.For more information, you can check out the Runegal Facebook page at or can watch a video of the spectacular route at RUNNERS AND WALKERS UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS FOR ‘RUNEGAL’ was last modified: July 9th, 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) Tags:Runegal 10Klast_img read more

first_imgKildrumEvertonConvoyCharlie’s Bar.A late Shane Porter strike proved to be the difference as Kildrum defeated Ballybofey in a close and entertaining Tullyvinney Summer Cup quarter-final.In the other quarter-final matches, Charlie’s Bar had a comprehensive victory over McGee’s Raphoe to book their semi-final place. Everton defeated the Galacticos in a penalty shoot-out, after the two sides couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes of pulsating action.Everton won the shoot-out 4-2 to progress to the last four.While in the last quarter-final clash, a Chris McBride double send Convoy comfortably through to semi-finals.The semi-finals take place tonight with some mouth watering clashes down for decision. First up is the clash between Everton and Convoy which kicks-off at 7.20, which will be followed by the clash between Charlie’s Bar and the hotly fancied Kildrum side at 8.30.If games are level at full-time, there is no extra time, and the game goes straight to penalties.Quarter final results in fullCharlies Bar 4 – 0 McGee’s Raphoe Jason McGrinder (2) Gary McGuigan Joe BreslinKildrum 2 – 1 Ballybofey United Declan Curtis (pen) – Aaron McAuley – Shane PorterEverton 1 – 1 Galacticos – Benny Bonner – Ronan Tourish Everton win 4-2 on penalties– Chris McBride (2)Top goalscorers:Ryan Carlin – Convoy – 5 goals Ronan Tourish – Galacticos – 5Chris McBride – Convoy – 4Blain Curtis – Kildrum – 4Mark Carlin – Galacticos – 3David Shovlin – McGee’s Raphoe – 3TULLYVINNEY SUMMER CUP: LATE PORTER GOAL SENDS KILDRUM THROUGH AS SEMI-FINAL LINE-UP KNOWN was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Charlie’s BarconvoyevertonKildrumnewsSportTullyvinney Summer Cuplast_img read more