Western Bureau: Four football titles will be on offer for rural high schools next season, but none more important than the highly coveted daCosta Cup, the undisputed symbol of rural schoolboys football supremacy. Aaron Lawrence, coach of many-time winners Rusea’s High, has his eyes focused on the 2015 daCosta Cup crown. Rusea’s last won the daCosta Cup title in 2011 before being supplanted by St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) as the dominant force in rural area football, and with defending champions Clarendon College set to be inspired further by the return of experienced coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis it shows the difficult road ahead for the former winners. Unperturbed, Lawrence, who is serving only in his second season in charge of the former ten-time champions, told The Gleaner of his optimism heading into the long arduous season. “Pre-season is ongoing and we like what we are seeing so far. I think the team has grown from last year and we are expecting a good run this year,” said Lawrence. “Where we may end up I cannot say, but we have our target and like every other school, we are in it to win it,” he added. Rusea’s are among a handful of schools sporting real pedigree in line to claim the title, and this year is really no different. The core of last year’s team is still present with a few additions, Lawrence said, noting his expectation is for greatness this year, putting behind them the disappointment of falling short last time around. He said the programme is geared towards driving the team no less than the semi-final round and to be in among the favourites also for the Ben Francis KO crown. Doing so will prove no easy task for Rusea’s. However, Lawrence said with the prospects he has at his disposal in the attacking third of the field and with a very good defensive backline, including his sure-handed goalkeepers, the school’s supporters will have a lot to cheer about. “We are a championship school. We thrive on competition and will raise our game and level each match. The heritage here is massive and Rusea’s High will be one of the schools to watch this year,” Lawrence reasoned. “I know the supporters are looking forward to a great start and even moreso to a great ending to the season. We hope to deliver something special for them this year,” he said. Rusea’s High School has won 10 daCosta Cup, four Ben Francis and six Olivier Shield titles. – daCosta Cup titles (10): 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990,1992, 1993, 2002,2010 and 2011. – Ben Francis K.O. titles (Four): 1985, 1987, 1992 and 1996. – Olivier Shield (Six): 1985, 1989, 1990 (shared), 1992, 1993 (shared) and 2002.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ LATEST STORIES Berchelt set the tone early in the 12-round clash at the Los Angeles Forum as he dropped Miura late in the first round and rocked him with a hard punch in the fifth round that snapped the challenger’s head back.Down on points heading into the sixth round, Miura went looking for the knockout and it didn’t seem like a bad strategy for the Japanese dynamo who had 24 career knockouts coming into the bout.But Berchelt’s defence was too strong and his plan to land a mixture of head and body shots allowed him to score ample points with the judges.Miura took the fight to Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round as the Mexican appeared to tire, pawing at him instead of landing solid blows like earlier in the bout.Berchelt also had to deal the non-stop attack of Miura, who wouldn’t yield an inch, despite taking a massive amount of punishment to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (L) of Mexico connects with a left against Takashi Miura of Japan in round three of their title fight, July 15, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckMiguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defence of his super featherweight belt.Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round and it showed on the lopsided scorecards but the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.ADVERTISEMENT Berchelt wobbled Miura in the eighth with a left hook but he couldn’t finish him off.Miura showed he has a steel chin and still had an opportunity to win the fight heading into the 11th round but only if he could score a knockout against Berchelt, who was in excellent condition. Asked if he was interested in a fight with the top fighter in the division, Vasyl Lomachenko, Berchelt said yes.“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I am ready to fight the best,” he said.On the undercard, champion Jezreel Corrales got the majority decision over Robinson Castellanos after the WBA super featherweight world title fight was stopped 31 seconds into the 10th round because of an accidental head butt. Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes.“But I was always the better fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt who won the title with an 11th round upset victory over Francisco Vargas in January.Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title which he held for more than two years before losing to Vargas in 2015. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Parking meter fiascoThe New Building Society Limited (NBS) has been successful in its bid to have two by-laws governing the controversial parking meter project rolled out by the Mayor and City Councillors of Georgetown quashed in the High Court.On Friday, Justice Naresh Harnanan ruled that the procedure used to bring intoCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkaneffect the by-laws was breached, resulting in them being invalid.The case, filed in February by the NBS, sought to challenge the legality of the city’s metered parking by-laws. On January 23, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the by-laws that were approved at the December 13, 2016 Statutory Meeting of the Council.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NBS, Anil Kishun, noted in an affidavit that the approval granted was unlawful “in that it was done in breach of the Municipal and District Councils Act” and is therefore “null and void and of no legal effect.”He outlined that the notice of intention to apply for the approval of the minister in regard to any by-law must be published in the Official Gazette not less than 14 days before the application is made.Kishun, in his affidavit, stated that this was not done, and that the provisions ofNew Building SocietySection 305 of the Act were not followed, and the minister’s approval was granted unlawfully, unreasonably, without or in excess of jurisdiction, and in breach of the statute.“The approval of the by-laws has put into operation a Parking Meter System which restrains and prevents our employees and customers from gaining access to our establishment without incurring large fees, which in some cases are prohibitive, or being guilty of a criminal offence which attracts a prison term upon summary conviction,” the affidavit stated.This ruling comes after a new committee was formed to renegotiate the contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS), and was at a point of inking a new agreement. Under the proposal, persons would be entitled to pay $100 per hour and could park in any space, as opposed to the initial system where they paid for space andCity Halltime.The new committee is being chaired by Councillor Akeem Peter and consists of Councillors Noelle Chow-Chee (VC), Oscar Clark, Jameel Rasul, James Samuels, Heston Bostwick and Ivor Henry.The Mayor mandated that two members of the public also sit on the committee, and Civil Engineer Owen Godfrey Edwards and Accountant Robin Hunte were selected.The new committee, according to the draft TORs, would be tasked with engaging Smart City Solution with a view to renegotiating the terms of the agreement entered into between the parties, and more specifically to seek to take into account the concerns raised and addressed in the reports of the Special Committee in relation to costs, fines, enforcement, profit-sharing, areas, times and other factors identified in relation to the project, and any other relevant actions as the committee may, in its discretion, determine, or as may be suggested by the general council. Upon completion of the negotiation period, the new committee would have to prepare a report and present it to Council at a meeting called for that purpose, setting out the proposals and/or agreements arrived at.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc. on May 13, 2016 for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown.
The Huskies started the season off on the right foot with a win over the Slave Lake Wolves.The final score was 7-2 for the Huskies with Aaron Dendys getting two goals. Other Huskies that scored included Jesse Disher, Chris Sperling, Robbie Sidhu, Kole Norris and Jr. Apsassin.The Huskies will face the Slave Lake Wolves Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the North Peace Arena. – Advertisement –
The teacher was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by a special victims unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Genis said. Several fifth-grade students showed scratches and bruises they said they received from the teacher. Many said they were instructed by other teachers to run laps around the campus. But they said they did nothing to provoke the attack. Parents of the youngsters involved were outraged. They gathered outside the front of Meller School after classes were dismissed Thursday afternoon. They said they were particularly upset that school officials did not notify them of the incident until several hours after it took place. Fifth-grader Lauren Lopez, 10, said she and about 11 other classmates received bruises and scratches when the teacher “just started tripping and kicking kids.” She pointed to a large red mark on her upper right arm and said the teacher had slapped her there. PICO RIVERA – A first-grade teacher at Meller Elementary School in Pico Rivera was placed on administrative leave Thursday after she allegedly kicked and hit several students during a physical education class, officials said. The incident was touched off at about 10 a.m., when some fifth-grade students began running laps through a P.E. activity the teacher was conducting with her first-grade class, El Rancho Unified School District officials said. The teacher, whom district officials declined to identify, became “highly upset,” Superintendent Norbert Genis said, and started “striking at some of the kids running through her class.” He said several students received scratches, bruises and other injuries he described as minor. Fifth-grader Christina Garcia, 10, said the teacher kicked her. She walked with a slight limp to meet her parents in front of the school. Other students said the teacher, who has worked at Meller for several years, often blew her whistle at students but had never acted out violently before. “I’ve never seen her get mad,” said Conrad Garcia, Christina Garcia’s father. “She is kind of strict when she’s out here with the kids, when they’re running around. But they’re kids. “I guess there’s always a first for everything,” he added. Students also said the teacher encouraged her first-grade students to fight with the fifth-graders. Immediately following the incident, the fifth-grade students notified their teacher, who then informed Meller Principal Cynthia Alvarez. The fifth-graders were called into the principal’s office and questioned. “They questioned the kids without us being here. They took pictures without us being here,” said Priscilla Garcia, Christina’s mother. Alvarez sent a letter home with students in which she said that school counselors and psychologists will be on campus today to speak with students who may have been affected by the incident. She also called Meller’s entire staff of teachers and administrators into an emergency, after- school meeting. She was not available for comment, school officials said. “I’m upset that they had to go through that,” said Priscilla Garcia. “This is a supposed to be a teacher – someone to look up to.” Other parents also were struggling to understand why the incident happened. “They’re here to teach,” said parent Phillip Lopez. “You don’t lay hands on kids.” “Maybe she’s stressed out and she lost it,” said parent Sally Edwards. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3024, 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
While there is room for improvement in the Brown Act, Terry Francke, open government law expert, said that SB 964 is a step in the right direction to ensure that government stays open. “I think \ are a fairly widespread practice, and it is something that just makes a mockery of holding public meetings,” said Francke, who wrote the major revisions to the Brown Act in 1994. The Brown Act, adopted by the Legislature in 1953, requires meetings of local government legislative bodies to be “open and public” to safeguard the public’s right to access and participate in government. The act was amended in 2006, after the Wolfe v. City of Fremont court decision that found that meetings between a city manager and individual city council members for the purpose of discussing a policy issue does not violate the Brown Act, so long as a decision is not reached by the majority. But the problem with that ruling, Francke said, is that it is difficult to enforce. “Serial meetings are not a problem so long as the process doesn’t result in the members of the council coming up with a secret agreement,” Francke said. “Whether you can prove it is the problem.” Romero is proposing the bill because of alleged closed-door meetings within Los Angeles County. Opponents of the bill, however, say that it is too restrictive. “The measure, if approved, would prohibit staff from having communications with all the council members unless it is a public meeting,” said Oliver Chi, deputy city manager for Rosemead, whose council voted 4-1 to oppose the bill. The League of California Cities opposed SB 964, stating that it would significantly limit the ability of city officials to communicate with city councils outside an open and public meeting. League representatives said it will continue to oppose legislation that unnecessarily complicates the ability of a local governing board to properly communicate and function on behalf of their citizens. The bill also suggested that all public documents be made available for free. The Senate hearing was postponed until May 9. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A proposed state Senate bill that will further limit private meetings between staff members and elected officials could do more harm than good, some local city managers said. Senate Bill 964, proposed by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, will amend the open government legislation, the Ralph M. Brown Act, to prohibit any closed-door serial communications between staff and a council members. A serial meeting is a chain of communications that involve a majority of the body’s members, although not necessarily at the same time. As the Brown Act is written now, serial communications are permitted so long as they don’t result in a collective agreement on an issue. “We believe this bill will resolve some transparency concerns in the government,” said Romero spokesman Russell Lopez. The proposed bill would prevent meetings even if a majority of council members had a question on an issue if the information is not on the agenda. Area city managers, however, say that this could have a chilling effect on routine communication between staff and council members. “We are not trying to create a hidden government,” said Monterey Park City Manager Chris Jeffers, “but there is some information that you need to transmit to council members.” Vijah Singhal, CEO for Baldwin Park, said he thinks the bill will “isolate” council members from the staff.
0Shares0000Kevin De Bruyne’s goal was the difference between the teams at half-time. Photo/DMLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 18 -Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City overcame defensive problems to reach another landmark with a 2-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side made it 11 wins from 12 matches to equal the record start to their 2011-12 title triumph under Roberto Mancini. Even the loss of John Stones to injury and an unsettling return to action for Vincent Kompany could not stop them sweeping aside Leicester with goals either side of half-time from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.City finished the game with two defenders — Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala — who have just eight appearances between them this season at the heart of their back four.But it did not deter them in the slightest as they brought Leicester’s six-match unbeaten run to an end at the King Power Stadium.Kompany could have been sent off in the second minute for a last-man foul on Jamie Vardy, but even after losing Stones to an apparent hamstring injury later in the first half, City made their dominance count.One change had been forced upon Guardiola by Nicolas Otamendi’s suspension, but he also left Sergio Aguero on the bench after his health scare while on international duty with Argentina.Otamendi’s absence opened the door for Kompany’s return after an 11-week absence with a calf strain, but his comeback could have been over before it had begun.City’s skipper scythed down Vardy as he burst through the middle, leaving referee Graham Scott with a big call to make.He chose to issue a yellow card and television replays showed Vardy was not clean through and Stones was in close proximity.Though the leaders dominated the early possession, Leicester were able to deal with any threat and looked typically menacing on the counter-attack.– Silva supplies spark –Kasper Schmeichel was called upon to make his first save of note in the 20th minute when Leroy Sane picked out David Silva, whose first-time shot was tipped over the bar at full stretch.There was another anxious moment for the home side when the dangerous Sane whipped a teasing cross into the danger area from the left and the diving Raheem Sterling was only inches from getting his head to it.Stones went down clutching his hamstring as he attempted to put the brakes on when chasing back in the 28th minute.With Mangala introduced into a much-changed defence, Claude Puel’s Leicester sensed an opportunity to put their opponents under pressure.Mangala’s first contribution was hardly convincing, but Guardiola’s men recovered their composure to finish the first half on a high note.Silva was the instigator of a move that unlocked the Leicester defence and left Jesus with the simplest of tap-ins when the Spaniard squared it to him on the edge of the six-yard box.Leicester must have known it was not going to be their afternoon when, within seconds of going close to an equaliser, they found themselves two goals down in the 49th minute.The post was still rattling at one end from Harry Maguire’s shot when De Bruyne fired a stunning left-foot shot into the top-left corner, leaving Schmeichel grasping at thin air.The visitors seemed in a hurry to wrap up the three points as first Jesus and then Sane went close to adding a third.There was a warning sign for City when Kyle Walker had to produce an acrobatic goal-line clearance to keep out Vardy’s header after a Wilfred Ndidi shot had been deflected into the striker’s path, but Guardiola’s men closed out a comfortable win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Cyclists and wheelchair users can pass through the barriers at Burnley’s Turf Moor, meant to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks, which can be dropped in under 30 seconds to enable access for the emergency services © AFP/File / Ian MacNicolLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 21 – Burnley became the first Premier League club to install security barriers to protect fans from Nice-style terrorist attacks at the weekend.The barriers, which were used outside Turf Moor for Burnley’s 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, were installed in order to prevent terrorists from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the stadium. “A series of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers will be installed ahead of and immediately after the match,” Burnley said in a statement ahead of the win.Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes shot Burnley to seventh in the Premier League on Saturday, level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal, and with crowds flocking to Turf Moor the club used the barriers to safeguard security around the ground.“These barriers are in place to halt any vehicles from entering Harry Potts Way (which runs alongside Turf Moor) and protect pedestrians as they make their way into and out of the stadium.”Cyclists and wheelchair users can pass through the barriers, which can be dropped in under 30 seconds to enable access for the emergency services.There have been numerous incidents where vehicles have been used for fatal attacks during the past few years, including in Nice, London and Barcelona.Eighty-six people were killed when a 19-tonne cargo truck rammed through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city Nice in July 2016.Thirteen people were killed when a van drove into a crowd on Barcelona’s famous La Rambla street in August, and a similar attack in the London Bridge area of London in June led to eight deaths.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Gunners extended their winning run to eight matches and lead Sporting Lisbon on goal difference at the top of Group E, after the Portuguese side snatched a 2-1 win in Ukraine with two late goals against Vorskla Poltava.Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not make the trip to Azerbaijan due to diplomatic tensions between the country and his homeland.Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic ahead after just two minutes in Austria, but a brace from Munas Dabbur and a goal from Japanese forward Takumi Minamino gave Salzburg a second win in two Group B matches.Celtic lost James Forrest to a straight red card after he upended Andreas Ulmer in the area, with Dabbur converting the resulting penalty to condemn Brendan Rodgers’ side.Seven-time European champions AC Milan recovered from a goal down at home to Olympiakos to claim a 3-1 victory in Group F, as Patrick Cutrone scored twice either side of a Gonzalo Higuain effort.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are in action at home to Rapid Vienna in the later round of games, while Chelsea host Hungarian outfit Vidi at Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A trio of firsts: Matteo Guendouzi was one of three players to score their maiden Arsenal goal on Thursday© AFP Alexander NEMENOVPARIS, France, Oct 4 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Azeri champions Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday, while Celtic slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Red Bull Salzburg.Sokratis bundled in a Nacho Monreal header on four minutes in Baku, with Arsenal academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe and French youngster Matteo Guendouzi also scoring their first goals for the club.
0Shares0000First Lady Margaret Kenyatta looks on as World Marathoner Mr. Eliud Kipchoge registers for the Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2020 at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge joined First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in launching the 2020 edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday.Kipchoge, still basking in the glory of becoming the first man to run a marathon under two hours even joined the First Lady for a light jog around the State House gardens alongside his wife Grace Sugut and the First Lady’s trainer Douglas Wakihuri. Meanwhile, while restating her commitment to continue advocating for initiatives aimed at improving provision of quality healthcare to women and children, the First Lady announced the expansion of the Beyond Zero medical scholarship programme from the current 100 to 200 beneficiaries next year.She said the funds raised through the marathon will be deployed to refurbish health facilities as well as kick-start the process of setting up a specialized Beyond Zero referral health facility.“Through the funds raised we will continue to be responsive to the needs of communities by rebuilding or refurbishing and equipping specialized health units to serve communities in marginalized areas,” the First Lady said.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta registers as the first participant and gets her Bib No. for the Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2020 at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO/PSCUAt the launch, the First Lady expressed concerns about the increasing cancer cases and new adolescent HIV infections in the country.She urged Kenyans and well-wishers to continue supporting efforts aimed at enhancing the delivery of health services in the country including the Beyond Zero initiative.“Our work is not finished. The worrying trend of increased cancer hurts our families, hurts our communities, hurts our nation. In addition, increase of new adolescent HIV infections threatens to disrupt Kenya’s opportunity to reap from our demographic dividend from a youthful generation,” the First Lady said.The race has been scheduled for March 8, 2020.0Shares0000(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)