JC soar – Defending champs through to second round

first_img WINNING GOAL The captain rolled in a superb through ball to Brown, which the player controlled, found space, and caressed home inside the 75th minute, capping off JC’s return to winning ways after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with STATHS. “It’s an amazing feeling to score, coming off an injury. I am happy with my performance. I think I am 60 per cent there. I don’t really have a goal target this season. I just want to score the important goal and help my team win,” the match winner told The Gleaner. JC coach Miguel Coley said he was happy with his team’s effort getting control of the ball and passing it around. “We are still tweaking the team and doing some shifting and changing to see what’s best because in the second round, you have to be on point and everything has to be right,” he stressed. A well-executed 74th-minute strike by forward Ronaldo Brown yesterday sealed a fighting 3-1 win over Eltham High School, securing passage to the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup for reigning Champions Jamaica College. The feisty Group B fixture, which saw four yellow cards issued, was played at the Jamaica College playing field, located on Old Hope Road in Kingston. The home team went ahead via a close-range strike from Malik Howell inside the 12th minute. The early ‘dark blues’ lead was cancelled out 10 minutes later when Akeem Rhooms fired Eltham back into the game. The champions, though not playing at their clinical best, regained the lead in the 31st minute courtesy of a Donovan Dawkins tap-in. The drenched JC surface made ball control and possession hard for both teams, but JC’s pressing and hunger bore fruit when captain Oquin Robinson linked up superbly with Brown.last_img read more

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STETHS reach fifth straight daCosta final

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) hurdled a tricky semi-final matchup at Manchester High yesterday to oust Lennon High 2-1 and book a spot in the final of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup against Cornwall College on Saturday, December 3.The Santa Cruz-based STETHS made sure they took the time to exact some amount of revenge against a Lennon side that pipped them to the Ben Francis Knockout title a week ago.A goal in each half, the first from Tahjae Palmer in the sixth minute and a 78th-minute strike by Nickalous Gayle, fired the defending champions to the win. Ray Campbell was on target for Lennon in the 43rd minute as the teams went into the half-time break at 1-1.It was a predominantly midfield-dominated game, with Lennon’s Kwesi Watts having a good game on the right.Demar James, the STETHS striker was busy, having four shots at goal, but none managed to beat Tyrone Mullings in the Lennon goal. However, when James was brought down 30 yards out, a Rujay Robinson free kick was blocked by Mullings into the path of Palmer, who tucked it away for the opening goal.Lennon found the equaliser when Campbell spotted STETHS goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace off his line and he applied a clinical finish from 30 yards, lobbing the back-pedalling custodian two minutes before the half-time break.After the break, Christopher Randall was within a whisker of scoring a second goal for Lennon, but his header floated over the crossbar off a right-sided free kick.DEFENSIVE SECOND HALFSensing the possibility of the game going into extra time, neither team provided much adventure in the second half. Both were content to sit back and pounce on the counter-attack.On one such counter-attacking move, Gayle was sent clear and his shot gave Mullings no chance. STETHS then held the lead for the final 12 minutes to reach a fifth straight daCosta Cup final.”I cannot complain. Today, we showed the mettle of true champions. It was a given that Lennon would come at us, but once our players played to the plan, it was hard to get the better of us,” said a clearly delighted Wendell Downswell, STETHS’ technical director.”These players are a good bunch, an excellent set of youngsters. Now they can reward themselves by retaining the daCosta Cup title,” he added.In contrast, Lennon’s skipper Fitzroy Cummings and several of his teammates slumped over in tears in the driving rain at the end of the game. He said it was a big loss as he wanted the win to reach the final in what is to be his final chance of lifting rural area’s schoolboy football biggest title.Lennon’s assistant coach Sheldon Lennon labelled the season as successful even though they failed to advance to the final.”Yes, we wanted it really badly, but there can only be one winner, and STETHS had the better of us today although we dominated possession. It was an excellent effort here, but we still have the Ben Francis Cup,” Coach Lennon stated.last_img read more

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Americans shun Castro, but want to restore ties

first_imgWASHINGTON – In nearly equal measure, Americans say they do not like Cuban President Fidel Castro but want the United States to re-establish regular diplomatic relations with the communist island nation after 46 years of estrangement. Less than half of those polled think Cuba will become a democracy after the 80-year-old revolutionary leader dies or permanently steps aside. However, 89 percent in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll say they think Cubans will be better off or about the same when Castro is gone. “It’s probably not very likely in the short term,” Kelly Shanley, 29, of North Haven, Conn., said of prospects for a democratic shift. “I just hope for the citizens of Cuba that it’s something that’s realized in the next few decades.” Castro has appeared to be in failing health for six months and has temporarily shifted power to his younger brother Raul. Rumors have been rampant about his ailments and how long he can survive. Castro got slightly better reviews from younger people – 60 percent of those under 35 had an unfavorable view of Castro while 66 percent of older people felt that way – and younger people were more likely to reserve judgment about him. Among people 18-34, 35 percent said they don’t know enough about Castro to have an opinion, while 24 percent of those 35 and older said that. Even so, a large majority of people – 62 percent – said the United States should re-establish diplomatic ties. The scant contact between the two countries is now handled through Switzerland or via low-level diplomatic offices called interests sections. The U.S. cut off diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961, two years after Castro led an armed revolution that drove out U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Decades-old trade and travel embargoes made it illegal for American businesses to trade in an economy they once dominated, and few Americans have visited Cuba. Although the tropical island 90 miles off Florida was once a vacation playground famed for its nightlife, nearly half of those polled, 46 percent, said they would not be at all interested in vacationing in Cuba. Forty percent of those polled said they would be interested in vacationing there if a long-standing travel ban were lifted.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The poll suggests the Cold War animosity that has defined U.S.-Cuba relations for nearly a half-century may be fading. Cuba’s government had no immediate reaction to the poll. Although U.S. administrations from left to right have called Castro a dictator and a tyrant and have spent millions trying to undermine him, 27 percent of poll respondents said they hadn’t heard enough about Castro to form an opinion. The poll showed 64 percent of respondents had a very or somewhat unfavorable opinion of Castro, the revolutionary leader who has said he will be a Marxist-Leninist until the day he dies. “He hasn’t done much for his country. The country has not progressed,” said Shiraz Damji, 61, of Woodland Hills “It’s still in the ’40s or something like that. Leadership must grow the country and he’s not done that.” last_img read more

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GOP hopefuls storm Iowa

first_imgBut he said he’s “optimistic about our future because I have seen the heart of the American people.” Romney used the event in Iowa to showcase his wife, Ann, and son, Josh, drawing an unspoken contrast with rivals who have had far more complicated personal lives. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said the party must return to its conservative roots, arguing that straying too far from those roots hurt the GOP in the 2006 election. “We went to Washington to change Washington and Washington changed us,” Thompson said. “The Republican Party … needs to get back to big ideas.” Other candidates in Iowa on Saturday were Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Chicago businessman John Cox, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo. Cox said he wants to bring his business background to the campaign, while Brownback and Gilmore highlighted their sharply conservative views in a pitch to religious conservatives. Tancredo talked tough on his centerpiece issue of immigration, saying his rivals aren’t tough enough. “Their answer is amnesty,” Tancredo said. “It’s a slap in the face.” Gilmore took a poke at better known rivals – Giuliani, McCain and Romney – who have been sounding conservative themes. “Trust me, Rudy McRomney is not a conservative,” Gilmore said. Brownback used props, displaying a massive copy of the nation’s tax code and saying “this should be taken behind the barn and killed with a dull ax.” The evening drew more than 1,000 activists who shelled out $75 each to hear the candidates. Party leaders were keeping quiet about just how much money would be raised between the dinner and its accompanying events. “It will be a record,” Iowa Republican Party Chairman Ray Hoffman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DES MOINES, Iowa – Almost all the Republican presidential candidates gravitated toward Iowa on Saturday, wooing voters across the state before giving six-minute pitches to more than 1,000 of the party’s hard-core activists. “Boy, there are a bunch of us,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said of the gathering of nine Republican candidates in Iowa, the state that launches the presidential nominating season. The candidates, from front-runners to lesser-known hopefuls, ended up at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines. Their speeches were compact versions of stump speeches, and largely drew polite applause. Many of the candidates talked tough on the war in Iraq. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Democrats just haven’t learned the lessons from previous terrorist attacks. “I do blame people who don’t get it after Sept. 11,” he said. During a campaign stop earlier in the day, he focused on how he ran his city after the attacks, and not on his moderate views on key social issues like abortion. Arizona Sen. John McCain emphasized his continued support for the war in Iraq. He has conceded that he’s staking his future on the success of the war, but he said there’s too much at risk not to. The terrorists “are evil and they want to destroy everything that America stands for,” McCain said. “We will never surrender and they will surrender.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney agreed that terrorists want to “bring about the collapse of the United States.” last_img read more

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MLA Peace Communities should have negotiated together on Fair Share deal

first_imgThe Peace River North MLA says the terms of the new “Peace River Agreement,” which replaces the area’s “Fair Share Agreement”, are far short of a slam dunk, for any of the jurisdictions involved.Pat Pimm had a front row seat in the negotiations which led to both the Memorandum of Understanding in 2005, and the new twenty year deal, announced at the end of last week, as its replacement.“I think the thing that we have to remember is the agreement is funded to 2035, but there’s actually a clause in the agreement that allows the agreement to virtually be permanent. There’s an opening up clause every eight years. So, in I think its 2023 and 2031, you can open things up for re-negotiation. So if the oil and gas industry is really taking off and the communities are not able to keep up with the infrastructure demand, there’s an opportunity to have that discussion again. So from that perspective, it’s pretty good.”- Advertisement -Sagging oil and gas industry revenues were behind the provincial government push to reopen the 2005 agreement, and it resulted in a three way bargaining table split, among local jurisdictions involved.The local MLA believes the province may have been the chief beneficiary of that split, and more old deal solidarity at the negotiating table may have allowed the local jurisdictions to win more new deal concessions from the province, albeit in a tougher set of talks.  “I think what happened is, if the communities had all stuck together and not agreed to open the agreement, the Province would have had a harder time. I think personally, they (the communities) would have ended up with a little bit of stronger agreement. But that being said, this definitely has its benefits as well because we got 15 more years of total security.”last_img read more

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LBSU basketball teams using computer to hone skilss

first_img “I thought because we were going to play a little bit faster tempo this year that we should do everything that we could to try to cut down on our turnovers,” said LBSU (8-8, 3-2) men’s coach Larry Reynolds, who learned of IntelliGym from the company’s display at the 2004 Men’s Final Four. “I think what it does is it gives the guys an idea of what’s happening around them, and to be conscious of what’s happening on all sides of the floor.I think as we get into league play we’ll see the benefits.” The game itself features 10 blue/gray oval shapes floating around on the screen in discernible patterns. Five of the ovals have light-blue circles that represent the player’s team, with the user-controlled icon surrounded by an extra outline and a missile launcher on one side. Players receive points after each timed level, during which the object is to steal opponents’ energy while preventing the opponents from stealing the team’s energy by colliding with members of the players’ team. The Hook missile is used to shoot at a teammate and transfer player control to that team member, to help escape a nearby opponent. “When we first got it, I was excited, because I thought, ‘Hey, we’re all going to be better decision-makers,” ” 49er freshman guard Mary Has said. “But we didn’t think it was going to be this hard. It’s pretty challenging.” Throughout the game, the icons move at variable speed, simulating quick cuts and spacing found on a basketball court. New missiles are available as the game progresses, including Weaken, which takes energy from the other team, slowing down the defense. “After the first one, for most of us it said that we have to learn to follow directions better,” LBSU senior forward Jayme Connors said. “Because there’s so much going on, and you’ve got to think about, ‘OK, so that’s what the directions said’ while you’re doing it.” At this time, the IntelliGym is only available for basketball, though as more schools decide to use it, ACE may branch out into other sports. In addition, there are recently developed versions for high school basketball players, available on the company’s Web site. “Every sport has a different set of cognitive skills that it uses,” Shoham said. “The research of an exact skill is a long process. So I can give this system to a football player and it will help them . . . to become better basketball players.” For now, the 49ers are happy to join the schools that use the system for basketball. After all, knowing when to pass the Hook or whether to have your power forward set a Weaken pick can be the difference between winning and losing. “Since I’ve been here, an area that I want us to keep developing is mental toughness and decision-making down the stretch,” said third-year LBSU (12-5, 5-0) women’s coach Mary Hegarty, whose team was 2-7 last season in games decided by five or fewer points. “I think, especially after last year, where it was a game of inches, or one play or mistake, this could be something that could eliminate some of those mistakes and be what we need to get over the top.” Matt Zimmerman can be reached at matt.zimmerman@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Time for a quick decision. Better hurry, the defense is ready. Each of your four teammates on the floor is guarded closely. Do you use the Hook to pass the rock, or do you slow another teammate’s defender by setting a hard pick? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “From our perspective, it’s to help with quick decisions and brain training, basically,” 49er senior guard Crystal McCutcheon said after a recent 49er game. “There’s a theory that you can train your brain to do something without actually doing it.” Gilad Shoham would say it’s not just a theory. Shoham is the vice president of basketball operations for ACE — Applied Cognitive Engineering (www.ace4sports.com), the Israel-based company that produces and created the IntelliGym system, which features a technology called “Cognitive Simulation.” “This all started 15 years ago in the Israeli Air Force, the concept that you can train the brain in the same way you train muscles,” Shoham said. “You train your brain, you become stronger in your brain, then you go back to the court and play better, make better decisions, quicker decisions and just execute better.” Based on a system used to train Israeli fighter pilots to make better decisions, the IntelliGym is the result of two years of basketball research in the Israeli professional league. Two years of further development have followed as major men’s basketball programs such as Kentucky, Memphis, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Florida, California and Iowa use the IntelliGym. Due to time constraints, both 49ers teams have only recently had a chance to do regular sessions with the IntelliGym, thanks to the winter break. center_img Or is that a Weaken missile? These are the choices the Long Beach State men’s and women’s basketball teams must make every week, but not necessarily on the court. The 49ers joined more than a dozen other schools this year in training with the ACE IntelliGym System, a computer game meant to improve players’ reaction times to game situations. last_img read more

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DDTV: CHARLIE McCONALOGUE IN BID TO BOOST MALIN HEAD DURING DÁIL DEBATE

first_imgDDTV: Fianna Fáil Deputy for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue raised a Topical Issue in the Dáil calling on the Minister for Transport & Tourism Paschal Donohoe to clarify when a decision will be made on investment plans for Malin Head in light of its strategic importance in the development of the Wild Atlantic Way.Junior Minister Michael Ring responded. Click play to watch the exchange. DDTV: CHARLIE McCONALOGUE IN BID TO BOOST MALIN HEAD DURING DÁIL DEBATE was last modified: November 6th, 2014 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

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Newcastle send young winger on loan to Czech Republic

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS silverware REVEALED Aarons has found chances hard to come by with the Magpies possible standings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Newcastle have sent young winger Rolando Aarons on loan to Slovan Liberec.The 22-year-old, who made his Premier League debut four years ago, started just three Premier League games last term and spent time out on loan at Hellas Verona. highlights smart causal impact 1 And now Newcastle have decided that Aarons could do with another temporary switch with Czech top-flight club Liberec happy to land him for the next six months.Aarons has so far made 22 league appearances, with 18 of those coming in the top flight, with four goals scored in all competitions. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

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DANA’S €47K ELECTION HANGOVER

first_imgDANA Rosemary Scallon’s disastrous Presidential election campaign has left her nursing a massive bill.The singer, who spent much of her campaign in Co Donegal, was the lowest spender of all the election candidates with a final bill of €59,591.She received donations of €12,017 but because she polled so badly she didn’t get any reimbursement from the state. It means she has been left with a €47,500 tab which she must pay herself.Gay Mitchell who came fourth in the race to the Áras, spent €527,152 on his campaign. He didn’t get anything back from the state.The next biggest spender was Independent Mary Davis, who spent €414,041. She received more than €120,000 in donations. She came last and had to pay the balance herself.The winner of the election, now President Michael D Higgins, was the third biggest spender at €359,935 and spent an astonishing €4,114 on clothing for television appearances. He got €121,421 in donations and €200,000 back from the state. Independent Senator David Norris was the next largest spender with €331,974 going on election expenses, a third of this going to pay campaign workers. He also received €17,929 in donations. Mr Norris received no reimbursement from the state.The runner up in the contest, Independent Sean Gallagher, was the fifth largest spender. He spent €323,318 in total and had donations of €28,759. He did reach the required threshold for reimbursement and so received €200,000 from the state.Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness spent the second lowest amount, although he finished third in the election contest. His expenses totalled €302,563. Almost €3,000 of the €27,000 he spent on transport and travel was paid to Morgan Fuels, the company that owned by businessman Hugh Morgan. DANA’S €47K ELECTION HANGOVER was last modified: February 14th, 2012 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:danaelectionexpenseslast_img read more

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Burke, not broken

first_img Clemens came out of the bullpen to boost his team, then Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning, lifting the Astros over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Sunday and into the NL championship series. The Rocket’s rescue also gave him a measure of redemption. Making his first relief appearance since 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, he pitched three dominant innings and atoned for a poor start in Game 2. There were 553 total pitches. Clemens threw the last 44 of Houston’s 299 pitches. “I’m sure proud of the guys,” Clemens said. “It’s been a lot of work for us. How ’bout the kid?” Standing next to Clemens, the 25-year-old Burke was beaming. “I’m just glad I could do my part,” Burke said. “It was draining, mentally draining.” When Burke hit the homer, Clemens was in the dugout tunnel with Craig Biggio, the 39-year-old second baseman who has spent his entire career in Houston. “We were like two tired old men walking out of the tunnel, and then we were like two kids having a good time,” Clemens said. The Astros get a few days to rest. The NLCS starts Wednesday at Busch Stadium. Clemens gave up one hit and struck out four, setting up the first NLCS rematch since Pittsburgh and Atlanta played in 1991-92. Last October, Clemens could not hold an early lead in Game 7, denying the Astros their first World Series appearance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now, Garner’s team gets a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals – the same club Clemens lost to in Game 7 of last year’s NLCS. “I love this, this is why you get off the couch to play this game,” said Clemens, who came out of retirement two years ago to pitch for his hometown club. “I’ve been fortunate to have played in a lot of big games, but it’s still exciting.” The Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth, and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for Game 5. Instead, Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched glove. Then, at 6-all, the Braves and Astros began the real endurance test that wound up lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also occurred in Houston – the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome. center_img HOUSTON – Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. “As the game went longer and longer, Phil (Garner, Astros manager) finally came up to me and said get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,” the 43-year-old ace said. “Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.” last_img read more

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