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‘Don’t take us lightly!’ – XLCR buoyed after spoiling St Catherine’s party

first_img – Excelsior 2 – 1 St. Catherine – Campion 0 – 6 Jamaica College – Cumberland 0 – 1 STATHS – St George’s College 3 – 0 Papine – Kingston College 2 – 0 Calabar – Tivoli 0 – 1 Innswood Yesterday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Results: Anthony Patrick, coach of St Catherine High School’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup team, knew a bevy of schools would be gunning for their heads because of their strong start to the competition and as such made adjustments defensively to stave off the attacks. However, Excelsior High School breached their back-line twice to end their dream start to season yesterday after a 2-1 win at their Courtney Walsh Oval home on Mountain View Avenue. St Catherine came into the contest unblemished, having scored 36 goals without conceding. Their record thrust them into spotlight as one of the schools that could make a deep run in the competition this year, but Patrick believes his side needs to plug the holes in their defence in order for that to happen. “We have to make some adjustments defensively. We knew all season that we were having some problems defensively and we tried to correct it, but we have to do better,” Patrick said. “We have two centre-backs who are six footers and they made some five footers get around them today.” He continued: “We knew Excelsior were going to come like this. The first game we beat them 2-0 at home. We got a little bit carried away today (yesterday) but we still have a lot of confidence and when you look at the changes that we made today you could see the difference.” Rohan Beadle put Excelsior in front in the 35th minute when he struck the ball over the head of the St Catherine custodian, who was caught off his line and when Damorney Hutchinson headed home in the 62nd minute to double their lead, it sent students and supporters the Mountain View-based institution into delirium. John-Christoff Pringle threatened a comeback for St Catherine in the 73rd minute, when he fired home a rebound, but Excelsior’s constant press suggested that it would be hard for them to get back. Patrick, who led Bridgeport High School to Manning Cup titles in 2001 and 2006, believes his side still has what it takes to go all the way. “We know that we have the team to go all the way and as I said, once we make the adjustments then we should be tough to beat,” Patrick said. Excelsior’s coach, Daniel Riley, said the victory should serve as a warning to those who are not taking his team’s title hunt seriously. “We are going after it so if you don’t want to take us serious we will just continue to score and beat teams,” Riley said. The result means that both teams are locked on 18 points but St Catherine lead the group on goal difference. Adjustments neededlast_img read more

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President Granger’s cook-up Republic

first_imgWe’vealways had a problem with crime in Guyana, but the situation has become untenable under the Coalition.We have a President who defends that the mother of all crimes is narcotics, when in fact it is poverty and social disparities that engender crime, including narco-trade. At the same time, President Granger has cultivated the image of being a criminal-lover by releasing almost one hundred prisoners to date, without ensuring that proper rehabilitation measures were implemented to guarantee their successful reintegration in society. It is therefore unsurprising that quite a few of the same pardoned criminals went right back to re-engaging in illicit activities, some of which they were previously condemned.At the same time, we have a Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who, albeit being forced to dwell in Granger’s shade, was handed a diminished portfolio which is a now but a mere shadow of what the Home Affairs Ministry used to be. But even with his reduced responsibilities, Ramjattan has to date been incapable of fighting crime, much less containing it.The alarming crime rate is intrinsically tied to several factors, notwithstanding the President’s notorious leniency towards criminals. Socioeconomic issues, such as chronic unemployment, the current economic stagnation, the lack of private investments, inaccessibility to higher learning for young people, or decent jobs for young professionals, etc, all engender poverty, which in turn contributes to the increase in crime.Perhaps it is the President’s laissez-faire attitude and the Public Security Ministry’s incompetence in cracking down on crime, that have invested criminals with a sense of immunity from law and order, resulting in their reinforced brazen attacks on Guyanese from all backgrounds combined. But if we can be certain of one thing, it is that Guyanese are fed-up of the Government’s inaptitude in proposing a durable, long-term strategy to fight crime and its root cause. The recent gunning down of young man in Albouystown has resulted in the people of the neighbourhood in question, to demand that President Granger “step-up” to put a muzzle on crime.But in all appearance their call has gone unanswered and President Granger continues to show reticence in holding the much awaited press conference he owes to the Guyanese people. One might rightfully venture that the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is afraid to acknowledge his cumulated failures to people, but also, that he has no regard for democratic principles such as transparency and accountability.Today, however, I join my voice to those of thousands of my frustrated country-women and men, and ask President Granger to come out and face us, the people of Guyana. President Granger must tell us what he has done so far to secure the future of Guyana’s youth, to lift us out of poverty and by extent, break the vicious cycle of crime.Why is it that contrary to his campaign promises, President Granger claims that it is not the Government’s responsibility to provide jobs for young people? Why will the President and his administration not take responsibility for the thousands of jobs lost in both the private and public sectors since 2015? Is it not the Government’s responsibility to create sustainable policies which stimulate economic growth and job creation? Is this President Granger’s definition of a socially inclusive and cohesive society?Why is cook-up rice, plantain chips and cassava chips the President’s best employment strategy on his Public Interest show? When should we expect real solutions to Guyana’s problems on the Public Interest show? Where is President Granger’s long-promised crime-fighting strategy and what are all those military-trained advisors who were hired, doing to contain and reduce crime?If President Granger cannot be a man of his words and live up to his own promises, then perhaps he should stop wasting time and hard-earned tax-dollars on his weekly propaganda dubbed Public Interest, and focus the country’s resources on tackling poverty and crime.President Granger and his administration have done little to prove their worth so far. Instead, they are draining the energy out of Guyana and sucking the marrow out of our people.last_img read more

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Bankers, Entrepreneurs Train on Agribusiness Lending

first_imgLiberia-Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) has trained more than 20 bankers and 45 local entrepreneurs including farmers on the process of agribusiness lending in Monrovia.The weeklong-exercise was intended to increase banking staffers’ knowledge and broaden their understanding of agribusiness lending, proper client appraisals, deal structuring and loan processing, as well as requirements for borrowers.It was organized by IBEX and facilitated by United States-based Volunteer Executive (VE), Allyn Lamb. All nine commercial banks in Liberia were represented by their risk managers and relationship and credit officers.Topics covered included Business Plans, Agricultural Risk Management, Understanding the Market Opportunities, Value Chain Financing, Basic Farm Record Keeping, Risk Rating, Evaluating Loan Requests, and Problem Solving.IBEX Chief of Party (COP) Watchen Bruce, who spoke at the opening, said Liberia’s agriculture sector is a potential source of employment for it people but is yet to experience any significant growth in the country.She further said that commercial banks are not willing to finance the sector and their low level of involvement is partly responsible for the prevailing situation in the country.Banks seem reluctant to lend to smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, because they consider agriculture a high-risk sector, she said. However, Madam Bruce said there are ongoing efforts to improve the situation for Liberians. She recalled that the newly signed agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Afriland First Bank, aimed at increasing agricultural lending through an enhanced relationship and capacity, will help provide working capital for operations, inputs, or equipment to smallholder farmers. Archie Hanky, staff of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment’s Credit Appraisal and Development Lending Department, observed that agribusiness lending is new to Liberia and banks do not want to risk lending to clients involved in agriculture.Mr. Usurf Barh, Credit Manager of Afriland First Bank, said smallholder farmers play a significant role in the Liberian economy.He therefore called on fellow bankers to give farmers the opportunity and increased access to credit to ensure growth and expansion of their businesses.Mai Cole, Risk Analyst at United Bank for Africa, described the training as insightful. “The new knowledge and skills acquired from this training would now enable me to properly appraise agricultural SMEs,” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Swansea say Bony’s City move not complete

first_imgThe Ivorian federation announced on its website: “The attacker Wilfried Bony has just signed for Manchester City this Wednesday.”But in a message on their official Twitter page, Swansea wrote: “Wilfried Bony has NOT yet completed his move to @MCFC. Once completed, we will confirm via official channels — not the Ivory Coast FA!”The message was retweeted by Manchester City’s official Twitter account.The two clubs are in talks over a move for Bony, with British media reports claiming English champions City have agreed to pay a transfer fee of up to £28 million  for him.Bony, 26, is currently on international duty with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.The dreadlocked centre-forward joined Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 for a club-record fee of £12 million.He was the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals and has scored nine times in 22 appearances this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, January 14 – Swansea City on Wednesday denied a claim by the Ivory Coast Football Federation that striker Wilfried Bony’s move to their Premier League rivals Manchester City had been completed.last_img read more

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PSG target Strurridge for leaving Ibrahimovic

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9. PHOTO/AFP.Paris Saint-Germain are targeting a £45million move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.A delegation from the Parisian club are due in London to attend England’s clash with Holland at Wembley on Tuesday. Sturridge is set to play some part in the prestigious friendly following his recall to the international set-up.PSG boss Laurent Blanc will be in the market for a new centre forward in the summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani set to leave.And Sturridge is one of the stellar names on PSG’s wanted list. Sportsmail revealed earlier this year that Sturridge is open to leaving Anfield in the summer.But with three years still on his deal, it will take a hefty sum to lure him away from Merseyside. Much will depend on whether PSG can rid themselves of Cavani and his £215,000-a-week wages.Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will be in the market for a new centre-forward and could move for Cavani, paving the way for Sturridge’s move to Paris.PSG certainly have the financial firepower to secure a move for Sturridge ahead of the new season.-Daily Mail- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Research shines spotlight on an unsung L.A. pioneer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “In all of the literature I’ve seen on early L.A., no one talks about him, yet he was one of the pillars of the tiny 19th-century African-American community.” As part of Black History Month, Colman will present her findings today during a lecture at Moorpark College. Besides teaching history, she is a historian for the National Park Service. There’s no question Ballard remained bound by the shackles of prejudice after he moved West. “We can assume without a doubt that he faced intense racism,” Colman said. “There was institutional racism against blacks in California during the 1850s, and the state had a law that said blacks could not homestead in California.” But by the 1860s, the prohibition had ended. Ballard was allowed to homestead in the Santa Monica Mountains. Colman found in her research that he helped establish the First AME Church in Los Angeles, yet died with little record or recognition for his contributions. It was an astute eye that uncovered his story. Colman found a 1900 Census for Calabasas and came across Ballard’s name, along with an “N” for Negro designating his race. She also found a book published by J.H. Russell, who was a boy when he met Ballard around 1900. Ballard’s story as pieced together by Colman and Russell’s accounts in his book, “Heads and Tails and Odds and Ends,” helps illustrate the struggles of the 19th-century black community in the Los Angeles area. “I began researching the Ballards and over time I realized that I had stumbled upon true pioneers in Los Angeles history,” she said. After his wife died, Ballard and his daughter, Alice, put roots down in what became known as the Seminole Hot Springs area of the Santa Monica range, near what is now Mulholland Highway and Kanan Road. Historians and officials at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles say the church was officially founded in the early 1870s by Bridget “Biddy” Mason and her son-in-law, Charles Owens, at a site Mason purchased at 331 S. Spring St. for $250. The Rev. Brenda Lamothe of First AME, the oldest African-American church in Los Angeles, said she was unfamiliar with Ballard’s connection, but that Mason was a slave when she came to California from Mississippi and Utah with a Mormon family. But Colman said Ballard is listed in real estate records with Owens and others who helped found First AME. “He was part of a core group of African-Americans who fought for getting a school opened for black children and getting the AME Church set up,” she said. Ranford Hopkins, another Moorpark College history professor who has researched blacks in Los Angeles, said Colman’s work on Ballard is groundbreaking and will help change the image of African-American pioneers. “This is all new, but what is new is not that it happened, but where it happened,” he said. “That is what is so significant about professor Colman’s work.” Ballard was listed in an 1860 Census as a teamster, Colman said, and Russell wrote that he was known throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where he used to drive a team of mules. He was known to be a wealthy man at one time and was extremely strong – easily able to lift a 100-pound sack of barley with one arm, according to Russell’s book. “He made a good living, that’s for sure,” Colman said. “He had an Indian servant living with the family and lived in the downtown area, around Temple and Spring, and later moved toward Washington.” In 1880, Ballard chose for his homestead a rugged part of the mountains that includes what became the Seminole Hot Springs Resort. The springs were likely his reason for stopping there, Colman said. The area is near the site of Holy Family Catholic Church, the old Lake Enchanto Resort and Peter Strauss Ranch, now part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Homesteading for Ballard involved building a sprawling makeshift house and raising crops. The Ballards were always willing to help their neighbors, and Ballard’s second wife was known as a great cook, wrote Russell, who loved to stop by their home and eat her biscuits with wild grapes preserved in honey. But when Ballard’s wife died, his daughter married, leaving him alone. As successful as he had been in Los Angeles, he grew old and wound up with a meager existence before dying in 1905. “They talked about how he was basically living off rabbits he could hunt,” Colman said. One of Ballard’s friends was John Fredericks, the district attorney of Los Angeles, who recommended that he move back to the city, where the county government could take care of him. Russell wrote that the last time he saw Ballard, he brought him some food and told him, “You are liable to starve to death here sometime.” “The Lord will take care of me,” Ballard responded, telling Russell he wanted to die and be buried in the mountains. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com IF YOU GO Patricia Colman’s talk on John Ballard will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, in the television studio in the Communications Building at the west end of campus. The event is free. Parking is $1. Seating is limited, but Colman’s lecture will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://video.moorparkcollege.edu. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – More than a decade before the Civil War bloodied the South, a former slave from Kentucky made his way to Southern California, eventually settling in the isolation and rugged beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. John Ballard was among the region’s pioneers, homesteading 300 acres after the war near what is now Westlake Village. But California’s third-graders won’t find Ballard – the area’s first African-American settler – in their textbooks as they wade through California history. Patricia Colman, a history professor at Moorpark College who came across Ballard’s story and delved into his life, wants to change that. “Yes, L.A. was founded and built upon the backs of men like Pico, Keller, Banning … but also on the back of John Ballard,” Colman said. “I think he deserves to have his story told and credit given. last_img read more

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Tour features health center for women at A.V. Hospital

first_imgLANCASTER – The public got to tour Antelope Valley Hospital’s new women’s health and obstetrics center, expected to open soon. The $24.3 million Women and Infants Pavilion will feature 39 postpartum beds, a 21-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 22 newborn beds, 19 labor and delivery rooms, nine antepartum beds and 12 triage rooms. The facility is located in a separate building south of the main hospital, which is the only one with a maternity ward in the Antelope Valley and handles about 5,000 births a year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Cheering up

first_imgThe wooden helicopters, cars and trucks children received were made by inmates at Pitchess. Female inmates at another location made the stuffed dolls. The Optimist Club also gave the children hundreds of boxed toys and factory-made dolls donated by business owners and residents. “Why is this event special?” asked Dee Gadbury, secretary-treasurer of the Santa Clarita Valley/Newhall Optimist Club. “The fact that we can come up here and give toys to kids … it makes us feel good.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Sunday was just like any visitor day at Pitchess Detention Center – inmates clutching a phone, speaking with sons, daughters, wives and parents on the other side of a thick, glass wall. The difference was that when the children took a bus back to the visitor shelter on the outskirts of the jail complex, Santa Claus was waiting with presents and a smile. Santa gave away hundreds of gifts, including wooden toys and stuffed dolls the inmates had made, in an annual event organized by the Santa Clarita Valley/Newhall Optimist Club. “There’s no question that the children are the victims, the secondary victims, of their parents’ crimes,” Sheriff Lee Baca said. “And I’m a very big believer that good parenting is necessary, so we definitely want the inmates to know that their children matter.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeJenny Galindo, 8, received dolls and a candy cane after visiting her father. Her grandparents said she looked forward to the visit, and Jenny was happy to hear a promise from her dad. “When he comes back from the jail, he’s going to take me to the pool,” she said. Santa Claus, who was portrayed for the first part of the day by certified hypnotist Mike Holt, gave presents to a 1-year-old, young teens and every child in between. Desiree Peralta, 19, of Palmdale pushed her daughter, Delise Villa, in a stroller after visiting her fiance in the jail. After seeing her dad, Delise received a couple of dolls from Santa. “I think it’s really good that they’re doing something like this for the kids,” Peralta said. “Most of these kids, their dad’s in jail. When Christmas comes, they won’t be with them. It’s hard for the kids.” last_img read more

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Liverpool announce record pre-tax profit for 2017/18

first_img REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Leicester held the previous record, which has now been beaten by Liverpool Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to the Champions League final, but they were beaten by Real Madrid Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE MONEY no dice BEST OF 3 Liverpool have announced a record-breaking £125million profit before tax for 2017/18 – despite spending £190million on new players.The Anfield club have broken the existing record, which was set by Leicester (£92.5million before tax) the season after they won that most miraculous of Premier League titles and played Champions League football.Overall, the Reds‘ financial figures for the year ending May 2018 show a rise of £85million on the previous 12 months, a year in which they had no European football.center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender last January shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Turnover increased during the last period by £90million to £455million, with all three revenue streams rising: media increasing by £66million to £220million, commercial up by £17million to £154million and match revenue increasing by £7million to £81million.That level of matchday revenue is close to Liverpool’s absolute limit given the constraints of Anfield’s 54,000 capacity and without further development of the Anfield Road End, a decision on which has yet to be made by FSG.It was boosted by the extra games in the Champions League and while the club’s involvement in the Premier League title race this year cannot generate any extra income from additional matches, it will make them a more attractive proposition on a commercial front. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 And while it is understood the club is keen to capitalise on their success on the pitch, most of their current commercial sponsorships are tied into long-term deals.“Financial results do fluctuate depending on player trading costs and timing of payments but what’s clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure,” said chief financial officer Andy Hughes.“Since the reporting period, which is now nearly 12 months old, we have continued reinvesting in the playing squad from those areas of growth.“We’re making solid progress right across the club. Costs in football continue to rise year on year and it’s important we constantly review and manage our operating costs to ensure we’re in the right shape for future success.“With the continued support of our ownership group, performance on the pitch and maintaining our priority of reinvesting back into the squad, we remain focused towards fulfilling all our football ambitions.” Since the end of the reporting period club owners Fenway Sports Group have spent more money on players with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson – briefly the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at £65million – coming in at a cost of £165million but those deals will be reflected in the current year’s figures.Not all the investment has gone on players, however, with the club’s £50million redevelopment of the academy at Kirkby incorporating a new first-team training base.That will be complete for the start of the 2020/21 season, meaning the biggest financial hit will be felt in the current financial year. Much of that was due to increased revenue both on and off the pitch from a run to the Champions League final in Kiev, where they were beaten by Real Madrid.The financial statements show £137million came into the club from player transfers – the largest chunk being Philippe Coutinho’s January sale to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £142million – during the accounting period.All was reinvested, plus more, as the club significantly strengthened their squad with the signings of Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrew Robertson, Dominic Solanke and Virgil Van Dijk, the latter arriving as the world’s most expensive defender at £75million. huge blow RANKED last_img read more

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Connacht FBD League Fixtures 2017

first_imgRound 322nd  January 2pm Round 18th JanuaryVenueReferee/LinesmenTime Third Level Colleges have first call on the First 3 Players from a County. SligoGalway MayoNUIG 2pm 2pm SligoLeitrim MayoSligo IT 2pm LeitrimGMIT FBD INSURANCE LEAGUE 2017 NUIGRoscommon Format for deciding League & Round Robin Format Section B. GalwayGMIT RoscommonMayo Round 18th JanuaryVenueReferee/LinesmenTime 2pmcenter_img 2pm   Final;29th  January Section A. Top Team in each section qualifies for Final. 30 Min/half Round 215th January SligoGMIT Round 215th January LeitrimGalway 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm Round 322nd January 2pm RoscommonSligo IT 2pm 2pm In accordance with Rial 6.20 & 6.36 T.O 2016 Sligo ItNUIGlast_img read more

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