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first_imgThe third season of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup came to the expected dramatic and spectacular end over the weekend. After some initial trepidation by some of the stakeholders of the schoolboy football product, the growth and popularity of this concept of a ‘Champions League’ for schoolboy football has worked wonders and is now being fully embraced across the entire football fraternity. The features injected by the main sponsors, of strategically pitting the best of rural versus the best of urban, and having all the games played on the best available surfaces in the country, as well as presenting a wider fun-filled experience on matchdays have understandably connected and resonated big time with the general public. The ISSA-FLOW Super Cup despite its relatively short existence, is the fastest growing football-related experience in Jamaica. This rapid growth and impact is taking place in the midst of yet another round of painful and heartfelt complaints by the owners and managers of the local Premier League clubs. Untenable, unworkable, impossible, senseless are but some of the many disparaging words being used to describe the situation as exists with the clubs in the nation’s elite league. Just last week, two of the bigger clubs in former national champions Arnett Gardens and city rivals Waterhouse squealed out in tandem about the crippling financial situation gripping the clubs. Both clubs proceeded to trim the size of their squads and to further cut the already meagre pay packages to their players. The problems are even deeper than the clubs’ inability to balance their books. It reportedly takes in the region of $20-30 million dollars per season to finance the running of a Premier League club with the winning prize at the end of the season being between $2 and $3 million. The fact that the Jamaica Football Federation in recent years has basically marginalised the players emerging from the league as it relates to meaningful national senior selection; has had an immeasurably negative effect on the marketability of the players and ultimately the league, which also translates into less and less players gaining the exposure needed to invite significant overseas contracts. There has long been an emerging sense of hopelessness as it concerns to the viability and sustenance of the local Premier League. Lots of hot air is still being emitted re: the implementation of a franchise system as the saviour, which is yet to be translated into any semblance of action. The Red Stripe Premier League is crying out for help but the cries seem to be falling on deaf ears. The league has been relegated to the role of the proverbial ‘worthless big brother’ being overshadowed by the more ambitious and progressive ‘little brothers’ the Manning Cup, the daCosta Cup and now the Super Cup continue to get all the praise and the raise. In that kind of wider context and in a space where there has not been a national senior knock-out competition for several years, a SENIOR SUPER CUP along the conceptual lines of the Flow Super Cup would most certainly give the local Premier League a much-needed shot in the arm. If managed and promoted along the same lines and with the same vigour, commitment and creativity. We do have a distinct tendency in Jamaica to en masse gravitate towards ideas that work. There is no doubt that the Flow Super Sup has worked and continues to work at the schoolboy level. In the absence of alternative inspiration, there is no insurmountable reason why the concept of the Flow Super Cup could not work at the senior elite club level. It is certainly worth a try. Negative effectlast_img read more

first_imgAmb. Cavé (r) presents copy of the signed VPA’s document to Mr. Karnwea.Ambassador Hélène Cavé, head of European Union (EU) delegation to Liberia, said she is impressed with the country’s progress in managing its forest sector.Amb. Cavé made the disclosure at the end of a five-day Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) overseeing the EU-Liberia Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The program was recently held in collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in Monrovia.She said Liberia is high on the list in the forest management program, unlike other Countries where the program is taking place.Amb. Cavé expressed her wish that Liberia’s model can be used in other thematic areas in the forest sector to benefit the country.“Unlike in the past, lots of questions have been addressed in the country’s forest management, which was commendable,” she said.Cavé lauded the working team, which comprises of representatives from government ministries and agencies, members of the civil society organizations, and the private sector for their “perfect example in forest management and sustainability.”FDA  Board Chairman Harrison Karnwea, said Liberia’s forest is governed by the laws for future generation.Karnwea said timbers will be traded in Europe and other Western countries for better money void of illegal transactions.He assured the body that revenue generated from the trade will be shared with those communities in accordance with Liberia’s Forestry Reform Law.He said there is an elaborate benefit-sharing scheme, which ensures that what goes to the community is governed by the committee responsible as proper and independent auditing process. He said by adhering to this, it will bring lots of benefits to the country.Mr. Karnwea  added, “as part of  FDA’s VPA commitments, Liberia is progressing in the implementation of a system to verify the legality of its timber products from forest to point of export, and essential milestones are about to be reached.”The VPA aims to improve forest governance, address illegal logging and promote trade in verified legal timber products.The JIC discussed progress made in implementing the system and improving the capacities of government agencies, the private sector, civil society, and communities.The economic importance of the forest sector for the Liberian economy was another point stressed at the JIC meeting.In separate remarks, some of the stakeholders said the key role held by the chain of custody, and legality assurance systems in support of the commercial sector in reaching its potential.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_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The College of the Canyons Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program was awarded the MESA Center of Excellence award for the 2005-06 academic year for leading the state community college system in the number of transfer students in math-based fields. Of the 29 community college MESA programs in California, the college has the most transfers into four-year institutions. This was the second consecutive MESA award for College of the Canyons. The MESA program is an academic enrichment program for minorities, those from low-income families or other disadvantaged students. College of the Canyons’ MESA Program, established in 2000, has seen 200 students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Graduates have gone on to careers with top employers including Amgen, Second Sight, Cedars Sinai and UCLA. MESA program director Susan Crowther credited the interaction of students with faculty members and the connections they make in the MESA Student Study Center for helping them make their way through college.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have made Raphael Varane their top transfer target for next summer, according to reports in France.The Premier League club were locked in negotiations with Real Madrid during the recent transfer window over David de Gea and Sergio Ramos.Neither of those deals came off, with both players in the end agreeing to extend their contracts with the clubs.However, according to Le 10 Sport, United are not worried about a potential breakdown in the relationship with Real Madrid and hope to sign Varane next summer.Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of the Frenchman and wants the centre-back at the heart of his defence next season.Real Madrid, who signed the 22-year-old for around £7m from Lens in 2011, reportedly have no desire to sell. Raphael Varane 1last_img

first_imgMatsuzaka was still staring into his locker more than an hour after his Game 3 loss, barely moving except to clasp his fingers behind his neck and cup his chin in his left hand. But he was smiling and playing long toss in the outfield during Friday’s workout day. And he has his success on the big stage to fall back on. “Whether or not we had won or lost, immediately following the game is a very important time period for me,” he said. “Although I might have appeared very upset, I wasn’t as upset as everybody thought.” He threw 250 pitches to win a 17-inning game in Japan’s Koshien high school tournament. He played on his country’s Olympic teams in 2000 and 2004. Then in March 2006, he was the MVP of the first World Baseball Classic, a tournament with star pitchers such as Jake Peavy, Carlos Zambrano and Johan Santana. “I can’t make a simple comparison to those other games,” Matsuzaka said, “but I just hope that I can pitch the same way as I did in those other opportunities.” His late-season struggles have him on a short leash should he falter in Game 7. Josh Beckett would likely relieve on short rest – he threw four innings of relief for Florida against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh game of the 2003 NLCS. Beckett had won Game 5 – just as he would do for the Red Sox this year – and came back on two days rest to throw 45 pitches against the Cubs. Pitch imperfect That’s Fausto, as in oust-o. And like one of their supposed aces, the Cleveland Indians could soon be kicked out of the postseason. Maybe they should be. Because the pitiful-playing squad that showed up Saturday night for Game 6 of the AL Championship Series at Fenway Park doesn’t deserve to go anywhere else this October but home. Fausto Carmona, Cleveland’s No. 1A starter, couldn’t get past the third inning and the Indians, once in control of this series, missed their second chance at securing a spot in the World Series with their 12-2 loss Saturday night. Fenway Park and it’s rabid fans closed in on Carmona, and now he and the Indians are in a series as tight as can be. “That was a tough one,” third baseman Casey Blake said. “But I think we’re fine. It’s kind of do or die for both teams. Fortunately, the series isn’t over. What happened out there has to be water off a duck’s back.” The Indians were bad, and then some. Instead of clinching a sixth trip to the Series – and first since 1997 – they looked more like the fictional version of themselves from the film “Major League.” Was that Willie Mays Hayes and Roger Dorn out there? By the third inning, Aaron Laffey was on the mound for Cleveland. Laffey, indeed. The Indians made two errors – on consecutive plays – and Travis Hafner went 0-for-4 and is now batting .130 (3-for-23) with 10 strikeouts, eight in the past three games. The way Hafner’s flailing, you’d think Cleveland’s DH was covered with those infamous midges off Lake Erie. Just like fellow 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia in Game 5, Carmona failed to get the job done, and now the Indians need Jake Westbrook to bail them out in Game 7 or they’ll join that long list of Cleveland sports teams who collapsed with a championship at their fingertips. Rockies’ Cook wants in Aaron Cook pronounced himself ready to return to the Colorado Rockies rotation after pitching a simulated game Saturday. Whether the Rockies decide to add him to their World Series roster is still uncertain. Cook hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Aug. 10, sidelined by a strained muscle in his side, and had mixed results against the Rockies’ regulars. He walked the first two batters he faced and surrendered a home run to Kaz Matsui. Cook, who faced 16 batters and allowed four hits, didn’t see his performance in the simulated game as an audition for the playoff roster. “No, I feel like I’ve done enough to audition,” Cook said. “I was the opening-day starter this year. I’ve been in the organization 12 years now. So, today is just going out there and proving that I’m still healthy.” The Rockies, who successfully reinserted Willy Taveras into the lineup for the NLCS, are contemplating adding Cook to the rotation and bumping rookie Franklin Morales to the bullpen. That would give Manager Clint Hurdle a third left-handed reliever to go with Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Fuentes. The odd man out in all this would be reliever Taylor Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched in the playoffs yet. The Rockies decided against adding Cook to the roster for the last round, a decision that Hurdle called the toughest of his managerial career. Hurdle said the Rockies have to guard against an emotional decision. Cook has been in the organization longer than anybody on the roster except Todd Helton and made a comeback after developing life-threatening blood clots in his lungs during a game against the Cincinnati Reds three years ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m going into (tonight) very excited,” he said through a translator after Boston’s 12-2 win in Game 6 Saturday night. Matsuzaka was a sensation at the start of the season after the Red Sox spent $51,111,111 to acquire his rights from the Seibu Lions, then signed him to a $52 million, six-year contract. But he faded late and lasted just 42/3 innings in each of his two postseason starts: a 6-3 win over the Angels in Game 2 of the AL Division Series and a 4-2 loss in Game 3 against the Indians and Westbrook. “I haven’t seen him come up small in a huge game yet in his career,” Curt Schilling said after getting Saturday night’s win. “I believe, based on his makeup, based on his demeanor tonight, he’s going to do something special.” Westbrook took Cleveland’s only loss as the Indians beat the New York Yankees, 3-1, in the first round. “The momentum will be with both starting pitchers,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “What happened tonight won’t dictate anything tomorrow.” From news services Dice-K never pitched in a game this big. The $103 million pitcher takes the mound for Boston tonight in Game 7 against Cleveland and Jake Westbrook, with the Red Sox trying to cap their comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the AL Championship Series. Daisuke Matsuzaka starred in big games in Japan, even pitched a no-hitter in his national high school championship game. Now he can pitch the Red Sox back into the World Series. last_img read more

first_img They are all part of her business, Ragtime’s Ranch Movie Animal Rentals. Her animals appear in movies, commercials and television shows. Her Web site,, has photos of all the animals. Even though she’s leaving Southern California’s entertainment industry, she hopes to continue finding film and television work for the pets, she said. “There is movie work in every state. … Colorado is where I’m being led to, like a dream come true,” she said. “I’m kind of scared, but excited.” In Colorado, Ragtime will live in a large heated basement during the winter, she said, adding, “I can’t stick him out in the snow.” Her husband, Rich, said he too is looking forward to the move, which should be completed early next month. “It looks like a real nice community,” he said. “It ought to be real nice for us.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Simi Valley will always have a special place in my heart,” Fairchild said while preparing for her move recently. “I love Simi Valley. It’s going to be very, very hard for me to leave.” After a two-year legal battle, a Ventura County judge ruled in 1989 that the Oakbrook Village Homeowners Association’s restrictions prohibiting livestock but permitting household pets in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood were not clear enough to eliminate the keeping of her miniature horse. Having grown sick of Thousand Oaks, which Fairchild called “a horrible, horrible memory,” her life turned more tranquil after she moved to Simi Valley. Before he was shipped Wednesday on a horse trailer to Colorado, the 19-year-old, 29-inch-tall equine had been living in a miniature barn in the backyard and coming inside the Simi Valley house like a pet dog. Fairchild is also taking with her to Colorado her other pets, including Ragtime’s 9-year-old wife, Sassy, several dogs and two cats called toygers, a new breed that resembles small tigers. SIMI VALLEY – Ragtime, the miniature horse that was once the focus of a bitter legal battle with the city of Thousand Oaks, is moving to Colorado with his owner and her menagerie of pets. The court battle with Thousand Oaks and a local homeowners association in the late 1980s generated nationwide publicity. The little horse was eventually featured on a Lassie television episode and in a 1998 film called “The Adventures of Ragtime,” starring Shelly Long. The horse’s owner, Patty Fairchild, found a warmer welcome when she moved to Simi Valley in the early 1990s, and local city officials even proclaimed Ragtime an ambassador of friendship in 1995. Although she hates to leave Simi, Fairchild said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to move to a bigger home in the town of Castle Rock, south of Denver, near her daughter, Aimee, 34, and grandson, Joseph, 6. last_img read more

first_imgMember of Letterkenny Roatary Club with Dr. John Murray head of Little Angels HostelLetterkenny Rotary Club is running a night time 5k race and walk this Thursday in Aid of the Little Angels Hostel and Rotary Charities.The Little angels hostel provides homes for 8 young adults who have no homes for themselves. Most of them have no parents. The hostel provides house parents who look after cooking and funding etc. They are presently running at a massive deficit due to cutbacks and any money raised through the winter wollie warmer is badly needed.The Charities that the Rotary Club support include the shelter box appeal which are at present doing outstanding work in Haiyan. The event will take place at 9.30pm and participants are asked to wrap up warm. Each entrant will be given a High Vis vest and registration will take place in Divers Hyundai Garage from 7pm. Entry fee is €8 ARE YOU READY FOR THE WINTER WOOLY WARMER?! was last modified: November 19th, 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:Letterkenny Rotary ClubWinter Wooly Warmerlast_img read more

first_imgA leading Columban missionary priest and eco-theologian is to take part in a conference in Letterkenny to celebrate UN World Environment Day.Environmental specialist Fr Sean McDonagh is to facilitate the conference at the Regional Cultural Centre on Sunday June 12th.Fr McDonagh began his work on environmental justice in the 1970s while working with the indigenous T’boli people on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and since then he’s attended most of the UN meetings on climate change and protecting biodiversity. It was also during this time that his understanding of environmental issues and the relationship between faith, justice and ecology took hold.He strongly advocates that environmental justice must be a core Catholic activity.Fr. McDonagh is the author of numerous articles and nine books including Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us, Greening the Christian Millennium, Care for the Earth and Dying for Water.He is a consultant to the General Council of the Columban Fathers on ecology and environment and a frequent guest lecturer at the Pacific Institute, Sydney, Australia. He also contributed as a consultant to the writing of Pope Francis’ encyclical document- Laudato si’, (On Care for Our Common Home) the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The the new appeal from Pope Francis called on “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of the planet.UN WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, Regional Cultural Centre, June 12th, 6pm-8pm. ECO-THEOLOGIAN FR SEAN MCDONAGH TO CELEBRATE UN WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AT DONEGAL CONFERENCE was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by John2Share 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_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps FC striker Garbhan Friel has decided to quit the club after struggling to make an impact at Finn Park. Garbhan Friel was signed by James Gallagher in early 2011, but he left when in June after Gallagher was relived of his duties in April that year.Friel then went on to become a prolific striker at Cockhill Celtic. Friel regularly blasted in over twenty goals a season and helped Donal O’Brien’s side to multiple league and cup successes.That form prompted Ollie Horgan to re-sign Friel in January this year.However, Friel has found playing time hard to come by and was mostly used off the bench by Horgan.He only made a couple of starts and failed to find the net for Horgan’s side. The recent signing of Nathan Boyle pushed Friel further down the pecking order and he has decided to leave the club.Friel has been linked with a move back to Cockhill Celtic, but it has also been rumoured a number of clubs in the Irish League are keen to acquire his services.Harps still don’t know if they have a fixture this weekend.They’re scheduled to face UCD on Sunday, but the students are in Europa League action again on Thursday night and whether or not they face Harps depends on what result they get tonight.SOCCER: BLOW FOR FINN HARPS AS GARBHAN FRIEL QUITS was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 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:Finn Harps FCGAAGarbhan FrielnewsSportlast_img read more

first_img11 May 2009The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of the country’s national brand, has launched a major campaign to spark enthusiasm and unite the country and the continent behind the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.Anchoring the campaign are two stunning new television adverts, one inviting Africa to rally behind the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the other celebrating ordinary South Africans as the “champions” who will make the World Cup a success.Video: Vuvuzela, Africa’s callVideo: Team South Africa’s championsThe adverts aim to “drive excitement for a football championship that is going to be colourful, vibrant, intoxicating and alive with a fusion of cultures, dance, song and music,” IMC acting CEO Paul Bannister said in a statement on Monday.Spirit of ubuntuBannister described the campaign as uniquely South African. “It exudes warmth, is inspirational, involving and makes you feel proud. The campaign is about celebration and solidarity, encapsulating the African and South African spirit of ubuntu.”A collaboration between the IMC, South African Tourism and the 2010 Local Organising Committee, the campaign was launched at the annual Indaba travel trade show in Durban on Monday.The partnership seeks to achieve a holistic approach to marketing the World Cup, with a domestic component that celebrates and encourages the active involvement of South Africans in the 2009 and 2010 events.The TV adverts will be complemented by an online campaign – harnessing the IMC’s South Africa portal, the SA Tourism website, social networking and mobile sites – to help South Africans get ready to welcome the world in 2009 and 2010.South Africa: time to be a good hostThe diski danceMonday’s launch at Indaba featured an invitation to South Africans to learn “the diski dance … and to start feeling the excitement that’s growing all over the world for the biggest showcase of capability and hospitality in the history of the country.”Video: Join the World Cup diski dance!Video: How to do the diski danceAt the same time, it emphasised that South Africa will be hosting the World Cup on behalf of the continent.“From the onset, we have said that this World Cup does not belong to South Africa alone, but to all of Africa,” said South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle. “In developing a communication campaign specifically targeting this aspect, and communicating in a manner that is widely appreciated, fun and contagious, we are firmly positioning this event and the host continent as alive and vibrant.”Bannister said it was time for Africans and South Africans to “start to celebrate the 2010 World Cup with passion and enthusiasm. We believe that this campaign will begin to ignite the nation. South Africa is going to generate and have fun.“If we host this event to the very best of our ability and show the world real South African hospitality, the country and the continent will benefit enormously, and the World Cup will be the springboard that it has always promised to be.“Ke nako – it really is time for this continent to celebrate and deliver to the world the spectacular party and celebration it’s been waiting for.”The adverts will flight on various South African television channels from Monday, and launch elsewhere on the continent this week.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more