IT’S an outcome few would have imagined at the start of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup season, but one of the competition’s surprise teams, Jonathan Grant High, sensationally moved within a point of qualifying for the semi-finals from Group K, after outclassing former champions Charlie Smith High 2-0 yesterday at Spanish Town Prison Oval, to lead Group K with six points.Now, the Spanish Town-based institution needs a mere draw in their final game against Calabar High to advance.Anelka Grandison sent Jonathan Grant ahead in the 32nd minute with a majestic strike past Charlie’s goalkeeper, Eric Robinson.Tyrone Small put the icing on the cake for Jonathan Grant with another delicate finish, after slipping through Charlie Smith’s defence like a ghost to tap in at the 61st.The goal sent the home supporters into ecstasy, as Jonathan Grant’s 12th man, their supporters, were fully in the game.Jonathan Grant defended deep, blocked goalscoring opportunities and continued their counter-attacking runs, which exposed Charlie Smith’s back line.Charlie Smith ended with 10 players, as captain Shaquille Notice saw straight red for violent conduct.The Jonathan Grant team only just advanced to the quarter-finals ahead of Norman Manley High after equalising in their eight-minute replay of their final preliminary-round match.Their only title in the local schoolboy competitions is a Walker Cup triumph in 1999, but they have toppled two former champions so far.”Good victory; all about preparation, planned preparation, and we executed,” said head coach Oneil Thomas.”We got harder fights from other teams, but we planned and prepared for Charlie Smith. We are on six points and still underdogs, and will take it one game at a time,” stressed Thomas.Meanwhile, former champions Excelsior High School returned to winning ways and maintained their hopes of advancing with a 5-1 drubbing of 2005 champions Calabar High in the 3:00 p.m. feature match, also at Prison Oval.Excelsior’s scoring was led by Voshawn Williams (15th, 48th), Thorne Buchanan (38th, 57th) and Christopher Thorpe (19th). Lenworth Reckford scored Calabar’s consolation.The result leaves Excelsior on three points and second in the group – on goal difference with Charlie Smith – while Calabar are out of the runnings.Excelsior assistant coach Xavier Gilbert credited his team’s scoring.”Jonathan Grant has put themselves in the driver’s seat. They are in a better position than us, so we just have to do what we have to do and hope for the best,” he said.
Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica senior men’s national football team head coach, is yet to receive his salary for the month of November. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said up to Friday, the tactician had not been paid and that the federation was seeking funds to fulfil its obligation. “As it relates to Coach Schäfer’s salary, we have not yet paid Coach Schäfer,” Burrell said bluntly. “This is the first time we have not been able to pay, and such a long time over. He was due on the 25th (November) and we are not seeing the payment in December. “We have not paid him for the month of November and we are concerned. He is not a happy man. He needs to get his funds and we are hoping that this situation will be resolved shortly,” he said. He said the federation has been working around the clock trying to secure the funds needed to compensate Schäfer, but remains confident its calls will be answered. “We are in need of sponsorship support because the financial burden on the federation is extremely heavy. It is a very challenging period for the federation, but we will do our endeavour to make it work,” he added, noting that it has 11 teams to finance, several of which have been travelling for competition recently. OPTIMISTIC FOR SUPPORT “Sponsors we have talked to, many have said that in their new budget year in March, but I am optimistic that closer to the time, we will get some support. We are trying our very best, working around the clock and doing our endeavour best to see the type of support that we are able to garner to help. “But it is a challenging time and we welcome all the help we can get, because when glory comes, it doesn’t come just to the JFF it comes to the entire nation,” he added. Burrell said it was a very active year for national teams, of both genders, at the various age groups and travelling and accommodation for these competitions proved very costly. “I have to be frank. There is no other sport where so many young people are involved at the national level. We had 11 national teams that participated in competitions (this year). Others (sporting bodies) have one or two national teams. We had 11, with some 35 people travelling at each time, as you must have a full team, doctors, physios, equipment people, and that is what makes the difference with these delegations, and the cost of travel and hotel accommodation amounts to millions of dollars,” he explained. “The nation has to realise that our nation’s football is women and men. Not so long ago, we had to abandon the female programme in order to stay alive because of the finances, and that is the last thing I would want to do. Our women deserve an equal chance and we certainly are not looking to cut our women’s programme. Our ladies deserve the opportunity to display their talent the same way our men do,” he said.
Federer moves on, Stephens loses again at Indian Wells “We don’t have the luxury of just taking nights off,” he said. “We’re not where we want to be. We’re not that good yet. So we have to go out there and approach every single game, no matter who we’re playing, like it’s a playoff game. We’re 15 games away, so it’s time to take it serious.”Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter to allow the Rockets to build a huge lead and sail to a 109-93 victory Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe NBA’s leading scorer took a little while to get going a night after sitting out against Dallas with a sore left knee and had just 12 points at halftime.Despite his slow start, the Rockets had a comfortable lead in the third and were still up by 13 after a basket by San Antonio’s Dejounte Murray with about eight minutes left in the quarter. It was then that Harden took over, scoring the next eight points to start a 16-4 run that extended the lead to 82-57 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third and had coach Gregg Popovich calling for a timeout. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) tries to steal the ball from San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 12, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON— After the Houston Rockets easily downed the San Antonio Spurs, James Harden was asked about his team taking care of business against a team missing its top players.The All-Star was quick to point out that despite already clinching a playoff berth, this team has many more goals ahead.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Harden had a 3-pointer and made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to propel that spurt. He didn’t return in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.“We’ve played I don’t know how many games in about eight days or 10 days, but it’s a lot of games it seems like,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And to have the legs to be able to do what they’re doing and put the game away is pretty good.”The Spurs, who were without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, got 14 points each from Bryn Forbes and Derrick White. They lost for the fifth time in six games as they fight for a playoff spot.“Everybody tries to be the best they can be by playoff time and that will be our goal, too,” Popovich said. “(We want) to be in the playoffs and to be as good as we can possibly be no matter what the circumstances are.”San Antonio scored four quick points in the fourth quarter to get within 15. But Houston responded with the next eight points, with the last five from Chris Paul, to make it 99-76 and end Paul’s night with about 8 minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paul, who finished with 18 points and nine assists, wowed the crowd in that stretch, crossing over Forbes before sinking a basket and then knocking down a 3-pointer on Houston’s next trip down the court.The Rockets were up by 10 early in the third quarter before using a 7-3 run, capped by a 3 from Trevor Ariza, to make it 61-47 with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the quarter before the big Harden-fueled run put the game out of reach.TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said before the game that he didn’t have any update on when Kawhi Leonard could return amid recent reports that he could return later this week. Leonard has played just nine games this season because of a quadriceps injury. … Aldridge missed the game because of a sore right knee. … Manu Ginobili got a day off to rest. … Rudy Gay added 13 points. … Tony Parker had 12.Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed his eighth straight game with a sore left hip. D’Antoni said he is doing better but he doesn’t know when he’ll return. … Clint Capela had 13 points and nine rebounds.SUCCESS AGAINST SPURSHouston improved to 3-0 against the Spurs this season with one game left in the series. It’s just the second time since the 1997-98 season that the Rockets have won the season series against San Antonio after going 4-0 against the Spurs in the 2013-14 season.THEY SAID ITD’Antoni, on the energy P.J. Tucker brings to the team: “When you have P.J. Tucker out there, it’s hard not to have energy on the floor. He’s got energy for about four or five guys.”UP NEXTSpurs: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host Clippers on Thursday night. 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The Guyanese Diaspora in the Tri-state New York area will once again be able to celebrate Guyana’s independence in full pomp and splendor. The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) has announced their calendar of events which will take place from June 3–10 in Brooklyn. This year’s event will be themed ‘Celebrate Guyana To the World.’ The annual celebration is the largest independence commemoration outside of Guyana’s shores.The ceremonial honours at the commemorative event will once again feature collaborations between members of the Disciplined Services of Guyana and their Guyanese-American counterparts in the United States Armed Forces. The Committee disclosed that this move is part of their patriotic duty.Director of the Committee, Nevlon Duguid, has disclosed that the New York-based committee had first organised a successful Jubilee celebration which garnered the attendance of over 20,000 Guyanese nationals.Meanwhile, the 2017 celebration attracted over 10,000 nationals. Duguid expressed the hope of attracting even larger numbers of Guyanese for the 2018 celebrations, referencing the great feedback the Committee has received. The Committee’s website has since received over four million hits. He urged the Guyanese population in the Tri-State area to come out and ‘Celebrate Guyana to the world’.This year’s festivities will kick off with the flag-raising ceremony on June 3, the annual Guyana Independence Parade (Mashramani in New York) and the annual Guyanese Unity Concert following on the same day. On June 9 there will be a Guyana Independence Festival and the celebration will culminate with the Independence Cup Soccer Tournament on June 10.The Guyana Independence celebration has become the second largest West Indian celebration in New York, second only to the annual Labour Day parade. Duguid stated that organizsations, businesses, groups, or individuals who are interested in participating in the celebration, placing a truck or float on the parade, or in vending, should contact the Committee as soon as possible.Last year’s Unity Concert was graced with performances by Jamaican Dancehall star Charlie Black; Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo; Adrian Dutchin; Lisa Punch; and various other artistes. They were accompanied by the Queens-based, Guyanese owned Angel’s Caribbean Band. It was hinted that a surprise international artiste will headline this year’s Unity Concert and patrons were urged to get their tickets as early as possible.Tickets will go on sale on May 1.
Bouchard is with the Canadian Cowboys for the European Tour from now until August 13. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 11-year-old Nate Bouchard, of Fort St. John, is currently in Europe with the Canadian Cowboys for the European Tour.Bouchard, a member of the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association, is touring Europe and representing Canada in the Czech Challenge Cup Tournament.Bouchard is travelling to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy in an all-exclusive 12-day hockey tour.- Advertisement -Back in April, Bouchard was seeking sponsorship donations to help with travelling costs and to bring his grandpa with him, who never misses a game.Bouchard’s mother, Anisa Mihailoff, said her son is dedicated to playing hockey and even has aspirations of making it one day to the NHL.“He works out twice a day, minimum, he’s always shooting pucks, and he won’t eat junk food. He’s very dedicated, he wants to be in the NHL one day; he works very hard towards it.”Advertisement
Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, attributed the reduction in violence not only to the increased security presence but also to an apparent decision by the militias and insurgents to lie low for a while. “But make no mistake, we do not believe … that’s going to continue, and we do expect there are going to be some very rough, difficult days ahead,” Fil said. “And this enemy knows how – they understand lethality and they have a thirst for blood like I have never seen anywhere before.” The contrasting outlooks cut across the entire mission, dubbed Operation Law and Order, which seeks to reclaim the streets. Powerful militias and freelance vigilantes have carved Baghdad into fiefdoms and made even daily errands a gamble that could end with a car bombing or gunfire. The Iraqis are eager to show clear progress to boost the leadership of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. U.S. commanders, however, are approaching the neighbor-by-neighbor sweep as a methodical campaign without quick victories – learning from past mistakes of pouring through an area, only to find that militiamen simply went underground and returned after American forces left. “We are just at the beginning stages,” reminded Garver. But evidence of the offensive against militants appeared around the country. Borders to Iran and Syria have been temporarily sealed in attempts to foil suspected supply routes. In Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, U.S. forces are under sharply escalating attacks from Sunni Muslim insurgents – suggesting that some groups have shifted from Baghdad to other areas to sidestep the crackdown in the capital. U.S. military officials said demolition experts destroyed a bomb-making factory they linked to the al-Qaida in Iraq faction in Salman Pak, just southwest of Baghdad. The statement said the workshop contained about 1,000 pounds of explosives. But doubt was cast on another reported blow to al-Qaida in Iraq. The Interior Ministry said leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was wounded and an aide killed Thursday in a clash with Iraqi forces near Balad, north of Baghdad. Garver, the U.S. military spokesman, later said the Pentagon had no information that al-Masri was hit. The al-Masri deputy reported killed, identified as Abu Abdullah al-Majemaai, was detained last week and remains in jail, said an Iraqi army officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – As a military offensive seeks to bring Baghdad from the brink of anarchy, a top Iraqi security officer tried Friday to measure its early stages using the grim logic of a place with daily bloodshed: by counting the bodies arriving at the morgue. A total of 10 corpses were collected off the streets – apparently all victims of the city’s lawless jumble of gang justice and sectarian payback. The daily body tally recently has often been 40 or more, excluding major bombings, said Brig. Gen. Qassim Moussawi. This was the basis for an upbeat message by Moussawi, a spokesman for the joint U.S.-Iraqi security sweep that began this week and has so far faced limited resistance. But his American counterparts remain much more guarded. “I would say that it is way too early to establish any trends,” said Lt. Col. Chris Garver, a U.S. military spokesman. “We’ve just started to focus our operations. We have months to go to see if we are going to succeed or not.”
(213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police Chief William Bratton will join the mayor for a meeting with Salvadoran officials to discuss criminal activity by international gangs. Villaraigosa and Salvadoran President Antonio Saca are slated to discuss business opportunities between the two countries. In Mexico, Villaraigosa is scheduled to visit Mexico City, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Leon and Guanajuato. He is to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon to promote investment and long-term business opportunities and discuss issues such as joint environmental and clean-air initiatives. Los Angeles has more than $293 billion in international trade, making it the 17th largest in commerce in the world. Last year, Villaraigosa traveled for two weeks to Asia and he has said he hopes to visit Europe this year on a similar trade mission. firstname.lastname@example.org Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to meet this week with the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is set to announce Saturday whether it will nominate Los Angeles or Chicago to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Villaraigosa’s office announced on Saturday that the mayor is scheduled to meet with USOC officials the day before their official announcement in Washington, D.C. The mayor has been actively involved with the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, trying to win the designation for a third time. The Mayor’s Office also announced that Villaraigosa will leave May 1 for a nine-day trade mission to El Salvador and Mexico.
However, Chair of the Pool Commission, Arthur Hadland says the wave and the tots’ pool will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time in an effort to “facilitate further detection work.”“We think there’s a leak in there too which we haven’t found yet, so that will have to be attended to sooner than later,” Hadland said.For those who have children taking swimming lessons in the tots’ pool, they’ll be accommodated by staff.- Advertisement -The initial leak was detected in the leisure pool on October 1.The regular winter pool schedule will begin on Saturday November 1, at which point, the temporary pool schedule will no longer be in effect.
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