ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Jamaica remained winless in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship after twice squandering leads to plunge to a 3-2 defeat to Costa Rica.Playing at the Grenada National Stadium on Sunday, Jamaica led 1-0 on 22 minutes and 2-1 at the 34th, but could not hang on to their advantage. They did appear on course for a share of the points before Maria Paula Salas struck in stoppage time to crush their hopes.The points were Costa Rica’s first of the tournament and they now sit third, while Jamaica remain rooted at the bottom of Group B.In the other game, the United States edged Mexico 1-0 go on top with six points from their two outings.Looking to atone for their heavy 8-1 defeat to the US on Friday, Jamaica started positively when Ebony Clarke capitalised on a defensive error to put the Caribbean side ahead in the 22nd minute.Del Campo penaltyThe Central American unit drew level from the penalty spot in the 29th minute through Valeria Del Campo, after Erin Mikalsen brought down Gloriana Villalobos in the box.However, Jamaica once again restored their lead when Tarania Clarke scored with a firm right-footed volley in the 34th minute, after being teed up by Ebony Clarke.Up 2-1 at half-time, Jamaica suffered a major setback when Alyssa Julien was sent off in the 70th minute, but their hopes of a maiden win in the competition remained, when they still led with 14 minutes left.Things fell apart, though when Merilyn Alvarado headed in the equaliser in the 76th minute and Salas then found the nets at the death to hand Costa Rica a dramatic victory.
Disrespectful response He responded in a manner that was disrespectful to his president, “the owner fe de yard” who ultimately decides who gets paid and who does not. So in a true “Trump-like” manner Darren Bravo is instantly dismissed and sent home from the touring team. But, I am yet to see any attempt by our President to correct his erroneous statement or to apologise for his unfortunate and incorrect categorising of Mr. Bravo’s previous contract. So, another one bites the dust. One by one, the better players of cricket in the West Indies are sidelined for perceived ‘insubordination’ and the team is filled with untried and unproven players who are too scared to voice (or tweet) any opinion about conditions under which they are forced to play. The result, defeat after defeat and a relentless and continuous slide down the International rankings, with elimination from the really important ICC competitions. So it’s on to the Tri-Nation series in Zimbabwe, minus our best spinner, Sunil Narine, who has withdrawn from the tour ‘for personal reasons’. Where will it end? When will West Indian fans, whose hard- earned dollars support this WIBC Board and their sponsors, have the guts to say to our president No mas, No more, please, please, leave us and give West Indies cricket a chance to be relevant. With a lot of cricket being played around the world, it is usual to expect that the game would be prominent in global sport news. The English are locked in an interesting tussle with India, Australia is battling South Africa and the West Indies are due to play in a triangular series with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. As an added bonus, West Indian women’s team play against India, knowing that one win in three games would see the team automatically qualifying for a place in the ICC World Cup, scheduled for England next year. For the West Indian cricket fan, however, as usual, the only news is bad news. Our ladies suffered another batting meltdown to lose the second straight game to India, putting more pressure on themselves (and us fans) before game three tomorrow, desperately needing a win. The men of the West Indies cricket team, coming off a rare win in a Test match, albeit in a dead series against Pakistan, are looking (once again) to turn the corner in their quest to resume relevance in World cricket. But along comes another “controversy”. Having their overtures to Kraigg Braithwaite and Marlon Samuels rebuffed, the board was asked to explain the offering of a “C” contract to their second best player in the past year, Darren Bravo. Rushing into a television studio to answer this and other questions was the president of the WICB, Dave Cameron. That decision, to have the President attempting to explain the actions of a Board constantly under fire from the majority of the regional fans proved to be a costly mistake. The president of the WICB doesn’t have a good history of outing fires and soothing the ire of players. Ever since he was ignored at a cricket function in South Africa by players, who he apparently felt owed him a debt of gratitude for their improved earnings in world cricket, our President has consistently shown us how thin-skinned he really is. He has no problem in making disparaging tweets etc against West Indian players, but if anyone dares to respond in kind – sanction! In that interview last week, our president explained that Darren Bravo could not expect to keep his ‘A’ contract if his average keeps falling in the previous twelve month period, as there would be no incentive for an ‘A’-contract player to improve his on-field statistics. That sounded reasonable, but a quick fact check revealed that our president did not state the facts. Darren Bravo was (factually) the second best West Indian batsman in the twelve-month period under review by the Board. Second, Mr. Bravo NEVER had an A contract. Third, Darren Bravoa test team veteran was offered a ‘C’ contract similar in terms to one offered a newcomer to the team, and fourth, Marlon Samuels, a player with a demonstrable inferior average in the twelve month period used by the Board to calculate contract values was offered a ‘B’ contract. Darren Bravo, a West Indian career cricketer, who gave up playing the shorter form of the game to improve his statistics in the longer and purer form of cricket, felt hurt and insulted.
Re: “City feels real estate price pain” (April 21): The price tag of the Figueroa Plaza five years ago was $92 million and the city officials passed on it. Now they are considering buying it for $219 million. Councilman Tony Cardenas at the time opposed the purchase and is still not convinced. It makes sense to me to purchase the building now since we already pay $8.7 million a year to lease about half of the towers to city employees. As Reginald Jones-Sawyer, director of asset management for the city’s Department of General Services, said, adding private tenants’ leases would cover much of the city’s debt payment. Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district contains the towers, backed evaluating a possible purchase. Keep evaluating and they will hike the price up again. – Marianne Castro Lawson – Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Still paying the price Re: “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): After approximately six months and over $350,000 of public funds, I read that the “core mission” is to focus on instruction. Wow! I would have thought that is what education was in the first place? Education, isn’t it all about instruction and learning? Every past analysis of the Los Angeles Unified School District education system tells us it is broke. After many years under Romer, it is still busted. Billions of extra bond dollars and taxes, our kids are still paying the price for LAUSD’s failures. I wonder how many books that $350,000 paid to auditors and consultants would have placed in those failing classrooms? Just one more example of “That massive central bureaucracy (that) is keeping dollars out of the classroom and stopping any real reform effort.” – William Conroy Northridge Thinking big Re: “LAX risks losing its high profile if it can’t get modernization off ground” (April 23): The problem with the Los Angeles International Airport is not LAX but L.A. No one in this city wants to get anything done – how long did it take just to run a bus down Victory Boulevard. If the mayor is serious in fulfilling his airport “vision,” he will scrap all plans to do anything to LAX and he will work to pass a $500 billion bond ASAP to fund a high-speed rail line out to the desert and simultaneously construct an air facility that will be serviceable for the next 100 years. If you doubt this solution, you only need fly in to New Tokyo Narita airport, jump on the NEX and you arrive at Tokyo Station in under 90 minutes. What a pleasure. L.A. have has got to stop thinking small and start thinking big. – Gary Morris Oak Park Reviewing councils Re: “Neighborhood council crisis” (April 23): In the article on public confidence in the neighborhood council system, you quote researcher Fernando Guerra as saying, “(the) survey data provides new evidence for a citywide need to re-examine the neighborhood councils’ roles – and need for being.” It is therefore troubling that that your article fails to note that such an examination is currently under way. The Neighborhood Council Review Commission is a 29-member citizen commission appointed by the mayor and the City Council to undertake a 15-month study of the efficacy of the neighborhood council system and to make recommendations for its future. The creation of the commission was a requirement of the revised city charter adopted by voters in 1999. The NCRC will issue its preliminary recommendations for changes to the neighborhood council system on June 19, after which it will hold a series of seven public hearings all over the city to receive feedback on those recommendations. – Jason Lyon Vice Chair, Neighborhood Council Review Commission Iraq funding bill Re: “Charges traded on Iraq bill” (April 25): President George W. Bush threatens to veto the Iraq funding bill because of Congress’ restrictions. If he does veto it, funding for current operations will begin to run out. If Congress refuses to pass another, unrestricted funding bill, how bad is that? Our military will have to use its remaining funding to secure a safe withdrawal from Iraq. Of course, Bush will blame the Democrats for “losing” Iraq, and the Democrats will take credit for extracting us from a quagmire. Meanwhile, there will be no more killing on account of American occupation. Looks like a win-win situation to me. – Bruce Joffe Piedmont Keep Gonzales Re: “Gonzales must go” (Our Opinions, April 23): I disagree with your editorial. I watched the Senate hearings grilling Gonzales last week. Almost each time Gonzales said “I don’t recall,” he followed by “This is what I do recall” and attempted to be precise. I thought he gave a credible performance before Congress. Then I heard the senators’ remarks and the media reports and thought that I had watched a different hearing. Most people in a very busy business environment know that everyone recalls situations sometimes very differently. When you have a lot on your schedule every day, after time it may be difficult to reconstruct the events and timeline precisely. Yes, loyalty is a virtue, and President Bush should keep Gonzales as AG. – Gloria Simms Winnetka Get serious or get out Fighting Iran one insurgent at a time in Iraq is not going to win this war. We fought China and Russia in Vietnam and look what happened … . Until George Bush and the American public come to terms with this, this war against terror will never end. We need to either get serious or get out. – Laurien DuTremble Northridge Grass-roots democracy Re: “Neighborhood council crisis” (April 23): In 2002, when the neighborhood council whose boundaries I live within was formed, we were idealists. In 2002, those forming these councils worked together for the benefit of the community. Now that the city departments listen to us and our councilman sends developers to us first, we know we have made a difference. To say 43 percent think the councils improve the responsiveness of City Hall when, in 2002, 68 percent hoped for improvement is not the same thing. The survey says approval has dropped from 71 percent to 51 percent. But that does not explain that in September of 2002 there were 43 councils formed and now in 2007 there are 89 councils certified. This shows twice as many people are involved, which indicates strong support for the idea of this form of grass-roots democracy. – Mary Anna Kienholz Granada Hills God-given right I urge Congress to oppose renewal of the assault weapons ban, HR 1022. The Second Amendment states that the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This means Congress shall make no law that infringes on this God-given right. Congress allowed the 1994 ban to expire in 2004 for multiple reasons, including the fact that federal, state and local law enforcement agency studies showed that guns affected by the ban had been used in only a tiny percentage of crimes, before and after the ban was imposed. – Robert W. Van de Walle Granada Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Granada Hills Comparison shop Re: “City feels real estate price pain” (April 21): How can the City Council considering buying property for the outrageous amount of $219 million when their budget is already maxed to the hilt? Well, they can always put a new bond on the ballot and let those hard-working, tax-paying individuals foot the bill – of course let’s not forget to add that this overpriced property is being purchased “for the good of the children.” Find a different building in a less expensive area. Homebuyers have to do that all the time.
Stoke City remain keen on signing West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, chairman Peter Coates has told talkSPORT.The forward, once linked with a switch to Tottenham Hotspur, has been the subject of bids from the Potters worth £16million and £20million, according to reportsAnd Coates has revealed they do still want to land the 22-year-old striker.“We’re after that elusive striker everyone is looking for,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Players like to see new faces and the club moving on. Although it might affect their position, they still want to feel you’re improving.“[Saido Berahino] is on our list. We would like to do something. We’re in the hands of the player and West Bromwich Albion at the minute and we’re working away on it.“We would like to take him if a deal can be done.”Meanwhile, Coates has assuaged supporters’ fears surrounding the future of Austria international Marko Arnautovic, who was reportedly wanted by Everton.He said: “He [Arnautovic] is an exceptional talent and he was our leading goalscorer last season so we’re naturally keen to keep him and we think that will happen.”
PALMDALE – A recreation center that can double as an emergency shelter during a disaster will be the next major component of Palmdale’s “Vision for the Future” parks development plan. Palmdale will spend about $150,000 to finalize a design at Marie Kerr Park for the recreation enter, expected to cost about $6 million. The design work will be performed by Charles Walton Associates, the Glendale firm that designed the “vision” parks projects – the Marie Kerr Park expansion and the new east side Oasis Park. “Now we want to follow up and put in the rec center,” Mayor Jim Ledford said. “This is something we promised to the west side.” 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 The city does not have money for construction at this point, but the plan is to have it funded in the upcoming 2006-07 budget, said Tim Hughes, the city’s deputy public works director. “It’ll take four to five months to complete the design, which puts it right in line to go to bid after the new budget is passed,” Hughes said. A design for the west side recreation center was largely completed at one point, but modifications are required because of changes in state law regarding access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency. City officials have also opted to make the center capable of serving as an emergency shelter or as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. That change means the design must incorporate stiffer building code requirements. “It can be used as an emergency shelter. Hopefully, it’ll never have to be one,” said Councilman Mike Dispenza. The city now uses a training room in the administration building as the emergency operations center. The recreation center will be similar to its sister building that opened in October at Oasis Park, at Avenue S and 40th Street East. That 16,800-square-foot recreation center contains a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court or two smaller courts, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. The center is part of the city’s $43 million plan to create two “superparks,” the new Oasis Park on the east side and the expanded Marie Kerr Park one west side. The park construction is largely funded through an assessment approved by property owners in 2002. The city has completed much of the plan already, including a water park at the east side facility that will open in May and the new amphitheater at Marie Kerr. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Substitute Tom Rogic’s sensational injury-time winner gave Celtic a 2-1 William Hill Scottish Cup final success over Aberdeen and clinched a historic treble for the Hoops.In an open and thrilling encounter at Hampden Park, winger Jonny Hayes volleyed the Dons into the lead in the ninth minute only for Parkhead midfielder Stuart Armstrong to level two minutes later.Celtic grew stronger as the second half went on and in the first minute of three added on by referee Bobby Madden, Rogic – on in the first half for Kieran Tierney – fired in a close-range drive to ensure that Brendan Rodgers’ side completed the whole domestic season unbeaten with the club’s first treble since 2001.It was the Dons’ sixth defeat of the season to Celtic but they more than played their part in a compelling match, only to find again that the Parkhead club this season are irresistible.Rodgers, who joined the club last summer, becomes the third Parkhead boss to do the clean sweep following Jock Stein, twice, and Martin O’Neill.It was a fitting achievement in the week that Celtic celebrated 50 years since becoming the first British club to win the European Cup.As excitement levels grew around Parkhead in the build-up to the final, Rodgers revealed that Moussa Dembele had recovered from the hamstring injury that had kept him out for a month.In the event, the 20-year-old French striker started on the bench with Leigh Griffiths leading the line.For his part, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes had raised eyebrows earlier in the week by stripping outward-bound midfielder Ryan Jack of the captaincy, with Graeme Shinnie leading the team out.Jack, though, was given a starting berth for the showpiece finale which was preceded by a minute’s silence in tribute to those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.The heavy burst of rain before the game slickened the surface and helped in a frantic start to the match.The Pittodrie men drew first blood when Niall McGinn’s corner to the back post found Hayes, who had escaped Griffiths, and his low volley flew into the net with Celtic defender Tierney unable to keep it out.However, the Hoops fought back immediately and two minutes later Armstrong took a Callum McGregor pass outside the box and fired a low drive past Dons keeper Joe Lewis.Midway through the first half, Tierney required lengthy treatment for a facial injury after a challenge by Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley near the touchline – it looked as if an arm was used – and had to be replaced by Rogic with McGregor dropping to left-back.The change disrupted Celtic and as Aberdeen rallied, Hoops keeper Craig Gordon saved efforts from McGinn, Jack and Stockley.But Celtic should have taken the lead deep into five minutes added for Tierney’s injury when Griffiths fired in a cross from the left but Scott Sinclair knocked over from just a few yards out.The second half also started at pace as Griffiths’ deflected shot on the break missed the far post by inches before Lewis blocked a Sinclair shot on the turn from close range.At the other end, Hayes robbed McGregor on the touchline to drive through on goal but his pass to McLean was behind the midfielder and a great chance was lost.Lewis parried an angled drive from Armstrong just after the hour mark and then Aberdeen escaped when a Patrick Roberts drive from 20 yards came off the outside of the post.Back came the rain, cascading again but failing to dampen the growing excitement and tension.Gordon produced a wonderful save at full stretch, pushing Shinnie’s 25-yard drive past the post, the Hoops defending the corner.As play raced to and fro, Lewis made crucial saves from Griffiths and then Sinclair.Aberdeen were visibly tiring and the champions began to swarm around their box and in added time Rogic sealed the win, and the treble, with an angled drive after dancing into the Dons box and the green and white half of the stadium exploded in joy. 1 Brendan Rodgers has guided Celtic to an unbeaten domestic treble
Donegal Links ClassicThe biggest and one of the most eagerly awaited golfing events in the North West is upon us. The Donegal Links Classic which is staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Rosapenna and Portsalon golf courses. The Donegal Links Classic is scheduled to run over three days 26th 27th & 28th May 2014 and this year has attracted one of the largest entries to-date. The event will be staged at two course per day and Portsalon dates are Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the North West golfing calendar year. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing. EventsOn Saturday 24th there is an open competition, Sunday 25th a members competition. Due to the Donegal Links Classic event the normal Wednesday open is cancelled. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com. Members should note that on Saturday 31st May the tee is reserved for a golf classic and on Sunday June 1st The first tee is reserved for the GUI Junior Cup qualifier and on Saturday 14th June for a golf classic. The Carlisle BoysIt’s that time of the year when Paddy Delap hosts the Carlisle challenge. The Carlisle golfing group have been regular visitors to the North West and the organiser Paddy Delap has arranged various events for the Carlisle golfing group. The event arranged for the group at Portsalon golf course will be a four ball better ball and if you are interested in a day’s golf and fun then you should contact the Portsalon Clubhouse on 0749159459 to register your place on this yearly event.Open WeekOne of the eagerly awaited golfing events in the Northwest the Portsalon golf club open week is scheduled to tee off on Saturday 28th June and conclude on Sunday 6th July.Full details will be published on this golfing festival.ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open was Jimmy Mc Carron (22) 41 points, runner up John Mc Ginley (20) 39 points 3rd Ray Kennedy (26) 39 points. The CSS was 37 points. On Saturday there was a special scramble competition to mark the first competition from the new first tee box. The winners were Tony Kingston,Kevin Boyce and Charlie Hickland, runners up Hugh Mc Ginley, Barry Kenney, Sam Faulkner. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Sam Faulkner (11) 41 points, runner up Kevin Mc Fadden (20) 40 points, gross Eamon Mc Dermott (4) 35 points 3rd Michael Mc Fadden (22) 39 points. The CSS was 37 points.Team News It was another big week for the Portsalon teams, the Donegal League team travelled to Rosapenna for their first leg match. The result saw the Portsalon team return with one match to Rosapenna four matches. The return leg is due to be played this week at Portsalon. In the mixed foursomes qualifying competition staged at Letterkenny golf club the Portsalon team failed to qualify.Protect Your Course.Replacing divots is no more than good golf etiquette. So we should all think of our fellow golfers and replace our divots. In addition all members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round and replace the divot with either the mixture or the actual divot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a divot bag and assist with the course maintenance. If you forget to collect your divot bag at the first tee there is another chance to do so on the second tee. We can all play a part.Locker Rooms Over the past few months a number of golfers are leaving their clubs and trollies in the locker room. Members should note that the locker rooms do not provide a secure lock up facilities for clubs or trollies and these should be removed. The club will not be responsible for any items stolen from the locker room.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that 6 inch placing on fairways only has been introduced a bit earlier than usual in order to allow the green staff carry out repairs to some of the fairways.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS – PORTSALON LOOKS FORWARD TO DONEGAL LINKS CLASSIC was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:golfPortsalon
A toddler has been killed in a tragic accident in Letterkenny.The little boy was struck by a car.The little boy, who was just 22 months old, was playing in the Bomany area at Creeve Glebe just before 7pm when he was struck by a van last night.It is understood the toddler was struck by the van in his driveway. The area has been sealed of and a full forensic examination is taking place.The name of the little boy or any further details of the tragedy have not yet been released by Gardai.Gardai remained at the scene of the tragedy this morning. BREAKING NEWS: TODDLER KILLED IN TRAGIC VAN ACCIDENT was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)
So when the Warriors lost the NBA’s best shooter (Stephen Curry, left groin), the league’s best defender (Draymond Green, right foot) and a … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors’ star is expected to score, no matter who plays with him. So Kevin Durant always stays ready.The Warriors’ reserve is expected to run the offense, no matter how erratic his minutes have become. So Quinn Cook always stays ready, too.
The injuries sidelining Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are not only disappointing for their fans, it’s also upsetting for NBA executives and players who’ve been waiting to get revenge on their long-time tormentors.An explosive Bleacher Report story Friday detailed how many NBA folks despised both Curry and Green for what they perceived as excessive showboating during the Warriors’ five-year dynasty. Those around the league are happy to see Golden State struggle, but they’d …