TFA thrust geared towards Premier League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Linnel McLean, President of the Trelawny Football Association, said he is anticipating a great season of football in his parish, following Sunday’s final of the President’s Cup, which Coopers Pen won in convincing fashion – 4-2 over Harmony FC – at the Elleston Wakeland Centre.”Of course the most important result we hope for at the end of this season of football in Trelawny is for our clubs to feature significantly in the Confederation’s Super League and of course stake a claim for a spot in the Premier League,” McLean said.”That would be the greatest of all coming out of this pending season,” he reiterated.The parish has not produced a Premier League club since the high-flying act of Village United, which ended in relegation at the end of the 2011-12 season.With the likes of Clarks Town (Trelawny Major League champions) gaining promotion to the Western Confederation Super League and with Coopers Pen, Duanvale and Baca Star also in the mix, McLean is hopeful.”These clubs are on an upward trend over the last couple of seasons and all indications are that this will continue. It can only augur well for the football in this parish as we try to improve all aspects of the game here,” noted McLean, “that they get all available support to grow and become better.”Two of the most critical areas for such development are in the areas of quality of playing surfaces and the number of young players coming through the ranks.The long-serving president believes that once these areas are addressed, it would make it easier for clubs to begin challenging the other dominant parishes for spots in the bigger, more lucrative leagues.Part of the plan, according to McLean, is to drive derbies and rivalries to its maximum, in order to stimulate interest and garner much needed sponsorship.”It’s on these platforms that we must build. Trelawny football is not the worst of the western parishes, neither do we boast of being the best, because we have some ways to go on that note. But I think we can get there,” reasoned McLean.On Sunday, McLean presented the winning team, Coopers Pen, with the President’s Cup, the symbol of the opening of the football season in Trelawny.The win was made possible thanks to a double strike from Christopher Noble in the 22nd and 31st minutes, plus goals from Shaunavan McKenzie, who netted the opener in the sixth and Andre Palmer, who scored in the 79th minute.Shaquelle Reid and Ricardo Reid (no relations) scored for Harmony, which ended with 10 players after O’Shane Stewart was shown a red card.last_img read more

Ugandan Female Drug Convict, 24, ‘Dying in Prison’

first_imgCredible reports gathered by the Daily Observer say a Ugandan woman, Shirat Nalwadda, who was sentenced to 4 years in jail to be served in her homeland, is “slowly dying,” after she was transferred  from the Monrovia Central Prison to a cell in Bomi County.It is not clear what is causing her ill-heath, but the source said her health had deteriorated to the extent that she does not eat anymore.She was found guilty in early 2014 and sentenced to jail in her homeland, Uganda, by then Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Blamo Dixon on the commission of the crimes of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs in Liberia.In that ruling, Judge Dixon declared that “The defendant is hereby adjudged guilty of the said crime, and she is hereby further sentenced to imprisonment for the period of four consecutive years with immediate effect. The defendant is also hereby ordered to be deported from Liberia through diplomatic channels to serve her sentence in the Republic of Uganda.”That order was intended for the Liberian government to immediately deport her to serve her prison term in her country.  But a source told the Daily Observer, “Unfortunately the Liberian government has failed to honor the decision of its own court, something which many consider as a “bad precedent,” between two separate and equal branches of government.”When her defense attorney was contacted yesterday, he could neither confirm nor deny the report but instead admitted that since she was transferred from Monrovia to the Bomi cell, the outbreak of the Ebola virus caused the Liberian government to send all female prisoners to Bomi, while male inmates remained in Monrovia.  He had never visited her since then, he admitted.“If her condition is deteriorating I believe it, because I was the only one who used to visit her at Monrovia Central Prison and also take food to her there,” Atty. Elisha T. Forekeyoh stated.“She does not eat rice as we do in Liberia.  The only foods that she eats are spaghetti, plantain, banana, tomato and fruits and whenever she needed food she would usually call me.”Shirat Nalwadda, 24, a native of Uganda, was arrested at the Roberts International Airport on November 30, 2013 with 1.2 kilograms of heroin found in her luggage which the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) put at a street value of US $30,000, an equivalent of LD2,400,000.She was charged with unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs and subsequently indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on December 11, 2013. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We are building a title winning Mathare-Kim

first_img“To win the title you have to be realistic. You need a team with quality and balance. In my team now I have the quality but I have still not managed to get a balanced team like I would want, but with time I will,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.Mathare United defender Johnstone Omurwa joins Kevin Kimani in celebration after scoring the opener against Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “You have to build something to be successful. We don’t want to win it by luck. We have to build something and we have to look better than every other team in all departments. Like I always said, we are another force in the league and you can see we are better than even the teams with more points than us.”Kimanzi has had a consistent side over the last two seasons and has only been making minor twitches and he believes if kept together, this squad can be a title winning outfit just like the one he featured in as a player in the late 1990’s when Mathare won their only league title.With eight games remaining on their end, Mathare are fifth in the standings with 40 points, a massive 18 behind leaders Gor Mahia and the only way they can hunt for the title is if Gor lose six games and they win all their remaining ties.The Slum Boys could have made the difference smaller on Sunday but they played to a 2-2 draw with Mathare United in Machakos.Sofapaka FC striker John Avire shields the ball against Mathare United’s Andrew Juma during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi was incensed with the result, but not because his players played badly but due to what he termed as injustices from the referee who he claimed denied them two clear penalties.“If we had a better official we would have controlled the game and benefited from our hard work. We always play good football and the players showed good behavior on and off the ball. But good football must be governed with good rules. I don’t know whether the ref omitted some rules when it came to our side because I thought we should have had two or three penalties,” the tactician offered.Mathare will look to climb back to the top three on May Day when they tackle relegation fighting Zoo Kericho at the Kasarani Stadium.Victory here will push them well within reach of the top three, a position that Kimanzi believes they can finish in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi reacts during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has ruled out his side’s strength to vie for the Kenyan Premier League title this season, but he believes he is building a side that will challenge for top honors in the near future.Mathare started the season strong but have faded away in the second half of the campaign, something that Kimanzi has attributed to lack of proper balance in his squad.last_img read more

Does ousted L.A. official want job back or something for the road?

first_imgIf Jeff is looking for a cash-out, history tells us she’ll probably get one. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLORIA Jeff, the recently fired head of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, learned something important in her 18 months in that post: City Hall is terribly afraid of getting sued. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fired Jeff in late September. The City Charter gives him every right to fire and hire department heads if he doesn’t like the job they are doing. Still, shortly afterward, Jeff hired well-known L.A. lawyer Gloria Allred to fight for her job. Whether she really wants it back or a payout for the road is an honest question. After all, there is precedent for the latter. Former L.A. Animal Services chief Guerdon Stuckey only had to do a little agitating after being dumped from his job to be handed a questionable $50,000 consulting gig. last_img read more

CONFIRMED! West Ham sign Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang

first_img Pedro Obiang 1 West Ham United have completed the signing of midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old Spaniard, capped at Under-21 level, has penned a four-year deal to become Slaven Bilic’s first signing at Upton Park.“I’m very happy to have signed,” he said. “We have been talking about this for a long time and now I’ve finally got the chance to come here.  “I went on holiday after the season had finished and I was looking forward to receiving that call to tell me where and when to sign for this club!“I’m very excited to play in the Premier League. It’s a style of football that will help me to progress as a player and as a person, so it will be very good.”Obiang made his competitive debut for Sampdoria aged 18 in 2010 after leaving Atletico Madrid’s academy to make the move to Italy.He went on to become a key player for the Serie A club and made 34 league appearances last season, helping them securing a Europa League spot.last_img read more

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance! Man United MUST appoint Mourinho, says Andy Gray

first_imgManchester United have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appoint Jose Mourinho as their manager – and should take it, Andy Gray has told talkSPORT.United are reportedly giving serious consideration to dispensing with Louis van Gaal and appointing Mourinho as his replacement after a run of six games without a win.The Portuguese was axed by Chelsea after a disastrous run of results amid rumours of a fall-out with senior players, but Gray believes he would be the best candidate to take on the Old Trafford job.“I see Mourinho as the only one of the top three or four managers in the world available,” said the former Scotland star and expert pundit, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You look at the really top names and Ancelotti has gone [to Bayern Munich], Pep Guardiola looks set for Manchester City. Would anyone else be big enough come in? I don’t see anybody.“The fact that Jose is available has probably rushed them into doing something. I think if Jose was still at Chelsea then Van Gaal would would get little bit more time to sort it out but this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get Mourinho, at the right time, into Manchester United.“I think there is every chance it could happen. Louis is overseeing a club and a side that are not playing with a smile on their faces. I don’t get the impression the players are enjoying it, I know the fans aren’t enjoying watching it, and there is one of the best coaches in world football sitting on his backside, twiddling his thumbs right now.“Why wouldn’t one of the biggest clubs in the world be interested in one of the best managers in the world?”last_img read more

2 planes make emergency landings at LAX

first_imgThe most serious wildlife strike at LAX occurred Aug. 27, 2000, when a sea gull flew into the engine of a KLM jumbo jet bound for Amsterdam. Several pieces of the jetliner’s engine plummeted into Dockweiler Beach, but no injuries were reported and the pilot managed to safely land the plane. LAX officials declined Wednesday to say how many wildlife strikes were reported at the airport this year. LAX has tried to reduce wildlife hazards by retaining a full-time USDA biologist since 1998. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners agreed in September to hire a second biologist to develop additional measures aimed at keeping birds from striking airplanes taking off at LA/Ontario International, LA/Palmdale and Van Nuys airports, which are owned by the same agency that operates LAX. Under the terms of the $611,000, three-year contract with the USDA, one biologist works full-time at LAX, while the second biologist divides up time at the three other airports. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Emergency landings were reported for two flights at Los Angeles International Airport during the busy holiday week, officials said Wednesday. A Hawaii-bound flight circled back to LAX on Christmas Day after the pilot reported a cracked windshield, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. United Airlines Flight 69 was in the air for about 30 minutes when the pilot declared an emergency on the Boeing 757 aircraft and returned to Los Angeles around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gregor said. No injuries were reported, and the passengers took another plane to the island of Kauai. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSeparately, Sky West Flight 3950 struck a bird shortly after taking off from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport on Monday morning, forcing the pilot to divert the flight from its course to Salt Lake City and make an emergency landing at LAX, according to Gregor. The bird apparently damaged the Canadair CRJ-200 model aircraft’s Pitot tube, which is used to determine the plane’s air speed, Gregor said. The plane landed at LAX around 7:15 a.m. Monday, about an hour after it departed from Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported. U.S. pilots reported more than 66,000 so-called wildlife strikes with birds, deer and other animals at the nation’s airports from January 1990 to December 2005, according to the latest available data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The FAA estimates collisions between aircraft and animals cost the aviation industry about $500 million annually in damage. last_img read more

SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD

first_imgKarl Lacey – caught on camera with his new boots in All SportsDONEGAL GAA star Karl Lacey has dumped his white boots – for a pair in green and gold.But fans of the Four Masters player needn’t worry too much.It’s only his wellies which will be changing colour. We’ve been assured that Karl will NOT be wearing wellies against Tyrone in Ballybofey this Sunday!Sources close to the man who took this picture in All Sports in Donegal Town insisted: “Karl tried on the big size fours; but they were too big!” SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLDlast_img read more

Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short In Men’s Basketball’s 79-69 Loss To Indiana State

first_imgStory Links at UNI 1/9/2016 – 7:00 PM Box Score (PDF) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa — A second-half rally and a career-high 13 points from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) wasn’t enough to overcome a 22-point deficit as the Indiana State men’s basketball defeated Drake, 79-69, Wednesday evening at the Knapp Center. Drake (5-10, 0-3 MVC) was led offensively by Rivers and Jacob Enevold (Lunderskov, Denmark) , who recorded his second double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 13 points, followed by Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) and Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) with 11 each. Freshmen Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) also recorded a career-high seven rebounds to help the Bulldogs outrebound the Sycamores, 42-36. Indiana State (8-7, 2-1 MVC) was led by DeVonte Brown’s career-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Brown, who recorded 19 first-half points, also tallied eight rebounds and was followed by Brenton Scott with 14 points and Everett Clemons’ seven rebounds.Minutes into the game, Indiana State went on a 6-0 run later followed by a 9-0 run to put the Sycamores up, 21-9. Drake later forced an Indiana State scoring drought that lasted 3:02 to pull within seven points, but ISU added seven-points and later extended its lead to 37-19 lead over the Bulldogs. A three-pointer from Brown going into halftime put the Sycamores up 46-26 as the team shot 53.1 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the arc in the opening half.  The Bulldogs converted on just 33.3 percent of their first-half attempts and an uncharacteristically low 25 percent from the arc.”You can’t spot a team 20 points and expect to be able to come back from that,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “We made a good effort in the second half but it’s how you start games and halves. They [Indiana State] scored on their first six possessions and you just can’t do those kind of things. We’ve got to be able to get stops and trust each other.” Drake rebounded in the second half and assembled an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Abrahamson that began with strong shooting by Rivers and four rebounds by McGlynn to pull within four points, 56-52, with 10 minutes left in the game. “We definitely felt the momentum changing,” Rivers said. “When we cut it to four, the conversation was pretty excited and positive. It felt like we had momentum and it was just a couple stops we’ve got to get down the stretch.” Drake continued to put pressure on the second half by shooting 53.8 percent in the half but could not generate enough stops as ISU extended its lead back to 11 points, 68-57, with 5:28 left. Enevold answered with six-straight points to preserve Drake’s comeback hopes until a pair of ISU free throws in the final minute extended their lead to the final 79-69 tally.The Bulldogs travel next to face UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Jan. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST with the game broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and Panthers Sports Network affiliates. Print Friendly Version Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Previewlast_img read more

FINN HARPS PHYSIO RECALLS THE DAY WHEN THE BIG MAN FROM DONEGAL SET IT UP

first_imgFinn Harps physio Mickey McGlynn has today been reminiscing about the moment twenty-five years ago today when Packie Bonner saved THAT penalty which paved the way for Ireland to make the last eight of the World Cup in Italy. The crucial penalty save Bonner made from Daniel Timofte has been played over and over again down through the years and is regarded as one of the most iconic moments in Irish sport. When George Hamilton ushered those famous words, “The nation hold its breath” and David O’Leary duly slotted his penalty home which set-up a dream quarter-final with Italy the country went into meltdown.Today, all across the country people have been reliving that moment and sharing their memories of where they were that day when Packie made that save.One man that was there that glorious June day in Genoa was well-known Finn Harps physio Mickey McGlynn.McGlynn was behind the goals where Packie saved the penalty and today recalled the euphoria within the stadium in those ‘magical’ couple of minutes. McGlynn told Donegal Daily, “For everybody both at home and over at the World Cup in Italy it was just an incredible time.“I had travelled to Genoa on my own but just before kick-off, I bumped into two neighbours from Milford.“To be there to witness what happened first hand was something I’ll never forget.“The sheer joy and euphoria amongst the fans inside that stadium was electric and was truly something special.“Obviously with Packie making the save and being from Donegal it only added to the pride you felt.“You could see how much it meant to people inside the ground and for those at home. “Even twenty-five years later when you reflect back on it you see how much pride and joy people still have when they look back.“A special time that will never be forgotten by those who had the privilege to witness it.FINN HARPS PHYSIO RECALLS THE DAY WHEN THE BIG MAN FROM DONEGAL SET IT UP was last modified: June 25th, 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:Italia ’90Mickey McGlynnnewsPackie BonnersoccerSportlast_img read more