A work in progress – Wolmer’s take nothing for granted in second round

first_imgTechnical director of Wolmer’s Boys Rudolph Speid said that his team is growing in confidence as the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup season progresses. This is after his team’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens in their top-of-the-table clash in Group A at Heroes Circle yesterday.  Wolmer’s, who are last year’s beaten finalist, finished atop the group with 25 points, four ahead Tivoli.  Speid said that he is now very close to finding his best starting eleven, and his players have been improving in training, so he is expecting great things from them for the remainder of the season.   “We started the season with only three players returning from last year, so it was always going to be a work in progress,” said Speid.   “But we actually decided that we were going to prepare the team week in, week out, so today (Monday) as you can see, I think we’re actually close to starting our best team,” Speid said. “We missed a lot of opportunities. If we had scored these, then the scoreline would have been a lot different,” he said.   Speid added: “We are pretty confident going into the next round because we know that we might be playing one of the lesser teams based on our rankings. But as you know, you can’t take anything for granted, so what we are going to do is to ensure that we are more prepared than those teams and we should be okay.”   Akeem Virgo scored the lone goal for Wolmer’s in the 48th minute. Virgo, who missed number of clear opportunities in the first half, arrived at the back post to fire home a powerful volley past Tivoli goalkeeper Khail Simpson.   Tivoli Gardens’ coach Tommy Ricketts said that he was dissatisfied with his team’s efforts.   “Our performance was a bit low because we have a few players that were missing and our performance wasn’t all that perfect,” said Ricketts.   “We are still upbeat going into second round because we just have a few things that we need to get right,” he said.  Yesterday’s results Group A Wolmer’s 1-0 Tivoli Gardens  Group B Bridgeport 3-1 Mona Papine 0-1 Jamaica College Donald Quarrie 0-2 STATHS  Group C Camperdown 2-1 Waterford Hydel 7-1 Meadowbrook Group D Tarrant 3-0 KTHS St Catherine 4-0 Vauxhall Group E Excelsior 9-1 Spanish Town Kingston College 6-0 Greater Portmore  Ardenne 2-0 Norman Manley  Group F Jose Marti 1-4 Holy Trinity Ascot 0-2 Clan Carthy  Group G Jonathan Grant 6-0 Cedar Grove  Charlie Smith 3-2 Eltham Calabar 10-0 Campionlast_img read more

Another valuable crime-fighting strategy

first_imgDear Editor,Carjacking is a scourge that has gripped Guyana in recent years, and those that benefit from this nefarious trade seem determined to win at all cost. At the present moment, their criminal network seems altogether secure; after all, the criminal proceeds are good, vehicles are in abundance and are easy for the taking. You just stake out your victim and violently take away what is the victim’s. It is a lucrative trade for the thieves in that they can either become instant owners of a vehicle or the illegal recipients of a hot sale. In either case, the carjackers are unjustly enriched from criminal enterprise. This practice has gone on for too long, and it is high time to bring it to an end.Recently, the Guyana Police have made some arrests wherein some key figures are now facing charges for this newest form of grand theft. Those busts by lawmen are a welcome respite to many an aggrieved vehicle owner, whose hard-earned investment was so violently taken away from him/her. They can now breathe a sigh of relief that, at least right now, their vehicles — some of them their only means of earning a living — are at least, for the moment, shielded from theft. This is a huge success story.Now, while we can pat ourselves on the shoulders for the inroads made in this carjacking ring, there is still much more ground to cover. For starters, the knowledge we now have suggests a whole new world of racketeering out there, with many twists and turns; and the sooner we can get each opening blocked, the better. Our investigations will now take us right up to the top of the chain, at the licensing office.I speak of those licensing officials, whether at the GRA or the Licensing Office. How did the carjackers get through? How did they get a clean bill of ownership? The legal aspects of certifying the vehicle for road usage must be adhered to. Important information as to how the operator got ownership of the vehicle, whether it was from a dealer or from a previous owner; what is the chassis number, among other things. Those having improper or bogus documentation, or chassis numbers that have been tampered with, must face the full weight of the law.In like manner, those corrupt officials must atone for their illegal transactions. To process stolen vehicles and make them appear to be legal is a crime, and the GPF needs to charge and haul all such officers before the courts. That illegal gateway where carjackers have been creating havoc in society needs to be tightly shut right now.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Bradford beat Villa 3-1 in League Cup

first_imgThe visitors were unable to recover, with late headers from Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh taking Bradford to within sight of Wembley despite Andreas Weimann replying for Villa.“It is half-time, we have another chance to retrieve this and we will see what happens in a fortnight’s time,” Lambert told Sky Sports after the game.“We will be at home, with the crowd behind us, and we will have to do better than we did tonight (Tuesday), that is for sure.” Asked if his side would start the January 22 second leg as favourites despite their two-goal deficit, Lambert replied: “I’m pretty sure we will be, being at home with the crowd behind us, but it is a big game for us now.”Victory over Villa maintained Bradford’s incredible record in this season’s competition, after wins over Wigan Athletic and Arsenal in previous rounds.Bradford, who last appeared in the Premier League in 2001, have played with the threat of administration looming over the club in recent seasons, but their League Cup exploits are thought to have swelled their finances to the tune of £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2 million euros).Manager Phil Parkinson, who has been at the Yorkshire club since August 2011, says the pressure will all be on Villa when the sides reconvene in two weeks.“We had a team that would rise to the occasion and I am so proud of the performance,” he told BBC radio.“We have a great chance now and Villa will have to play exceptionally well to get to Wembley.“There were chances at both ends and some of our attacking play was excellent. I still think Villa will be the favourites in two weeks, but we go there full of confidence and the pressure will be on them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BRADFORD, United Kingdom January 9 – Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says his side must make the most of home advantage if they are to stand any chance of turning around their League Cup semi-final with Bradford City.The Premier League relegation candidates sank to a 3-1 defeat at Bradford on Tuesday as the League Two club moved to within 90 minutes of becoming the first fourth-tier side to reach a League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.Villa started the game strongly but were robbed of their momentum when Nahki Wells put the hosts in front in the 19th minute.last_img read more

Spur fans warn rivals Arsenal on what Wanyama has to offer

first_imgChelsea’s Eden Hazard and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.PHOTO/REUTERS.Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has been quoted saying that he hopes Saints fans understand his decision to join Tottenham.Wanyama, 24, has been one of Southampton’s key players ever since his 2013 move from Celtic, as he adjusted easily to the jump from Scottish football to the Premier League.The Kenyan international impressed with his strength in front of the back four, and his performances appear to have attracted major interest in his signature.Wanyama and Mauricio Pochettino worked together at Southampton, and the prospect of joining up with his former boss will be enticing for the midfielder having played such a key role under the Argentinian.Now, with the deal seemingly drawing ever closer, Wanyama has been asked about the situation, and said that the chance to play in the Champions League was one he simply couldn’t turn down.Wanyama added that he will miss Southampton but hopes the fans will understand his decision to join Tottenham as he appeared to confirm the move, which was tough for him given his love for the Saints.-By HITC SPORT-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Wanyama is known for his tough tackling, and as can be seen above, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has felt the full force.Sanchez has even come a cropper up against Wanyama on more than one occasion…Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESAnother Arsenal star caught the brunt of Wanyama’s physicality when Arsenal met Southampton last December, with the Kenyan clattering into Theo Walcott.Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESThe central midfield ace is well known for his tough tackling and occasional red card, here is a look at a few more of his crunching challenges, with West Ham ace Dimitri Payet and Chelsea star Eden Hazard among those on the receiving end.Southampton’s Victor Wanyama fouls West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and is sent off.PHOTO/REUTERS 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama of Southampton tangles with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Capital One Cup Third Round between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on September 23, 2014 in London, England. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESLONDON, United Kingdom, June 21 – Kenya’s Victor Wanyama is on the verge of completing his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton – and North London rivals Arsenal have already been warned about what the Kenyan has to offer.Wanyama was set to undergo a medical at Tottenham on Monday, ahead of a Sh 1.6 billion (£11 million) switch.last_img read more

Make child responsible for misdeeds

first_imgMany parents of a difficult kid are reluctant to mistrust their child and “to do what is most important – to become more involved and supervise more closely nearly everything the child does,” Samenow writes. If you find out your child has stolen, be clear: Stealing is wrong and totally unacceptable. But avoid lecturing or labeling the child as a thief. When parents take the proper measures, in most cases the stealing stops as the child grows older, the academy says. But if stealing and lying are persistent or accompanied by other problem behaviors or symptoms, consult a health-care professional. Can you help? Here’s another question from a reader who needs help: “My grandson is 31/2, and my granddaughter is 3 months. He isn’t very happy with his new sister. How can we help him adjust?” – A reader in Charleston, S.C. Betsy Flagler is a syndicated writer specializing in family issues. If you have tips, or questions of your own, call the toll-free Child Life hotline any time at 800-827-1092. Or write to Betsy Flagler, P.O. Box 4270, Davidson, NC 28036. E-mail can be sent to P2Ptips@att.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: My best friend’s 8-year-old son tells lies. He has taken money from my house before. I know now not to leave money on the counter when he comes over. My friend has tried to handle it by being stern with him, but it seems to get worse as he gets older. What should my friend do to stop it, and why does he lie and steal? – A mother in Cornelius, N.C. Answer: Many children lie and steal just to do it and get away with it. They find fibs and theft exciting. Firm and clear consequences should follow, says psychologist Stanton Samenow, author of Before It’s Too Late: Why Some Kids Get into Trouble and What Parents Can Do About It (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Some experts and parents say children lie or steal for attention. What they typically get, however, is negative attention after the incident, Samenow says. “Lots of kids, unfortunately, are neglected and crave attention, but they do not lie and steal to get it,” he says. “Lying and stealing are clues to character.” Samenow’s advice: Don’t get trapped in blaming a divorce or trauma or making other excuses. Move out of the denial stage, and make the child responsible for his actions. last_img read more

Billingsley wins numbers game

first_imgBy Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER PHILADELPHIA – Dodgers officials always knew Chad Billingsley had a performance like this in him. Several of them, in fact. Perhaps even a career’s worth. Avoiding the high pitch counts that had been his undoing in so many previous starts since he first arrived in the major leagues some 14 months ago, Billingsley dominated the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, holding the National League’s top scoring team to a run and four hits over seven dominating innings in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory. Billingsley retired the first six batters he faced, gave up a leadoff single to Jayson Werth in the third, then retired the next six batters he faced. His only hiccup came in the sixth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Shane Victorino that led to the Phillies tying the game, 1-1, on Pat Burrell’s two-out double. But the Dodgers quickly reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh, and Billingsley didn’t allow another baserunner. “My command was there,” Billingsley said. “As far as velocity, there really wasn’t too much there. But I spotted it up really well, got my offspeed stuff across and got ahead of hitters. I was able to put guys away when I needed to. I had quick innings, and I made them hit my pitch.” The result was that Billingsley got his first win in exactly one month, since the night he came within one out of a shutout at Houston before giving up a two-run homer to Luke Scott in the ninth inning. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the rebounding Dodgers, who had gotten a similarly stellar outing from Derek Lowe on Tuesday night and managed to take two of three from the potent Phillies, holding them to four runs and 11 hits in those two wins. Streak ends Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton gave up a solo home run to Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the eighth, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. It was the first homer off Broxton in more than a year, ending a streak of 94 games and 962/3 innings. It was the longest such streak by a Dodgers pitcher since the team moved to Los Angeles a half-century ago, but it was only the second-longest active streak in the majors. Oakland’s Chad Bradford entered the day having gone 114 games and 972/3 innings without giving one up. “I never thought about it much,” Broxton said. “I just went out there and pitched my game. Every streak has to come to an end sometime. I’ll just have to start another one. I thought I threw a good pitch. (Iguchi) just popped it up, but this field is kind of short down there, and it just went out.” Iguchi’s blast landed about four rows deep, just inside the right-field foul pole, which is 330 feet from home plate. Pierre OK Broxton’s wasn’t the only streak that ended. Center fielder Juan Pierre was thrown out stealing for the first time in 19 attempts, and to add injury to insult, he also jammed his left pinky diving into the bag. Trainer Stan Conte attended to Pierre, and Pierre stayed in the game. Pierre reached base with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want 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

Almost 20% of Donegal pubs have closed in the past 12 years

first_imgDonegal has seen almost a 20% decrease in the number of pubs opened in the county since 2005 – with 85 pubs closing across a 12-year period. In 2005, the region had 453 pubs opened compared to 2017 when only 368 pubs were opened for business.The figures come as part of wider research released by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) today – highlighting a 17.1% decrease in pubs right across the country. The industry is a major regional employer with Donegal hospitality and drinks businesses enabling 7,443 jobs and generating €168 million in revenue for the local tourism economy.There are 1,477 fewer pubs opened in Ireland last year than in 2005, with rural counties suffering the most significant drop in pubs, which serve as a major source of employment regionally.In contrast, off-licences increased by 11.6%, while wine-only bars and restaurants increased by 3.1% from 2005 to 2017.The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) has called on the Government to better rural drinks businessesCommenting on the findings, Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive Officer, Vintners’ Federation of Ireland and member of DIGI said: “The number of pubs are down 17.1% in the period from 2005 to 2017 which is a worrying statistic. “These pubs are small businesses, mainly in rural Ireland, that provide significant employment and continue to create jobs in local communities.“In Donegal, there are 368 pubs and 7,445 jobs supported by the industry. This demonstrates the scale of employment that this sector creates rurally.“However, the sharp decline in the number of pubs is worrying and is further evidence of the need to monitor the industry and ensure the necessary supports are in place to reverse this trend.“While the Government are committed to assisting small rural businesses to recover during the recession, business owners in the drinks industry were challenged by two increases in alcohol excise tax in Budget 2012 and Budget 2013.  Our punitive alcohol excise tax – the second highest in the EU – slows the growth of these businesses and impacts their day-to-day operations and bottom line.“DIGI is calling on the Government to reduce Ireland’s high rate of excise tax. A reduction in alcohol excise tax will encourage the growth of our drinks and hospitality sector, return money to Irish consumers and make Ireland more competitive internationally.” 90,000 jobs across the country are dependent on the drinks industry alone. The industry purchases over €1.1bn of Irish produce annually, exports goods worth over €1.25bn, and provides over €2.3bn worth of excise and VAT income to the state.Cork, which has the largest number of pubs, saw the most significant decline in the country. In 2017, Cork had 915 pubs – a 25% decrease from 1,221 in 2005.Wicklow, Meath and Dublin saw the smallest decline in publican’s licences. Wicklow pubs dropped from 158 to 157 while Meath was down three pubs from 210 to 207.In 2017, there were 773 pubs registered in Dublin city and county – down only 1.7% from 786 in 2005. However, the number of Dublin pubs in 2017 is 4.3% higher than in 2012 – the lowest year for the number of pubs in Dublin.Almost 20% of Donegal pubs have closed in the past 12 years was last modified: August 24th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Businessnewspubslast_img read more

Memories of Dexheimer sought

first_img Dexheimer had been a morning disc jockey on High Desert Broadcasting’s Radio Station KWJL before his illness. Dexheimer started playing the drums professionally at the age of 18 in Pasadena. After two years in the U.S. Army, he returned briefly to the Lockheed job he’d left behind when he was drafted. After only a few months, he took a layoff and returned to playing music. He amassed a private collection of the music played before, during and after the World War II years, more than 30,000 selections.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Local American Red Cross officials are looking for people’s reminisces about longtime Antelope Valley radio personality Loren Dexheimer for a fundraiser to aid American military personnel. A celebrity locally for his radio shows, as a jazz drummer and as a disc jockey, Dexheimer died in January 2005 at age 70. His widow Jean donated his large collection of vintage movies and music tapes to the Red Cross to benefit its services for military personnel, said Fran Stewart. The videotapes – which include Tom Mix and Roy Rogers vintage westerns – and audio cassette tapes – of big band music, jazz and other genres – are to be sold at a benefit sale March 10 and 11 at the Palmdale Red Cross office. The videotapes and music tapes will be put on display those days, with refreshments and photo collages and information about Dexheimer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In preparation for the event, Red Cross officials are collecting peoples’ memories about him. Red Cross officials said people can write down their reminisces in any format and make them as long or as short as they wish. The first six to make submissions will get prizes, Stewart said. Submissions can be mailed or delivered to the American Red Cross, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale, CA 93550. For more information, call (661) 267-0650. Dexheimer was remembered at a separate event Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Bob Noval and his Big Band Orchestra presented their “Swingin’ Valentine” performance. A portion of the Lancaster concert proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Dexheimer, who had organized a 2001 big-band Valentine’s performance in Lancaster. Dexheimer died after battling throat and tongue cancer for more than two years. His death came a month after he received a lifetime achievement award at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. last_img read more

Gasoline prices inch up for holiday weekend

first_imgGasoline prices continued their downward slide this week – the sixth in a row – but inched up Friday just in time for Fourth of July travel. Despite prices that remain about 20 percent higher than this time last summer, a record number of Americans and Californians plan to travel by land and air this weekend, according to AAA. Officials expect 2.8 million Southern Californians to hit the highways to, among other places, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. “Gas prices suck, but I’ve got to get from point A to point B,” said Mitch Bush, who expects to spend $160 driving his sport-utility vehicle from Reseda to San Luis Obispo, where he will visit family and escape 100-degree heat this weekend. Friday afternoon, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the L.A. area was $3.199 – down 16 cents from a month ago but still up 54 cents from this time last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Increased supply and demand depressed by record-high pump prices had reduced fuel prices recently, said Marie Montgomery, an Auto Club spokeswoman. “However, the last couple of days, there has been a little bit of a U-turn in southern and northern California,” said Montgomery, who on Monday paid $2.99 a gallon for unleaded in Huntington Beach. Many people filling up at an ARCO station on Friday said that gasoline prices were hindering their Fourth of July plans. Able Torres, a Chatsworth truck dispatcher, canceled plans for himself, his wife and four kids to visit family in Arizona. “Gas prices are too high. Gas is too (expletive) high to travel, especially when you have a family,” said Torres, who only pumped 2.9 gallons – costing $9 – into his car Friday because that is all he could afford. “I’m waiting for payday,” he said. Montgomery said it is difficult to predict whether gas prices have hit their lowest point and are now beginning the upward climb that typically runs through the start of the school year. When bleary-eyed travelers refuel for their returns home Tuesday, they could find that prices have shot up again over the weekend. If so, the philosophical Bush expects to either suck it up or soak it up in San Luis Obispo. “What are you going to do? Stay up there?” he asked, rhetorically. “I wish.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818)713-3634160Want 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

Ventura County growers not heavily invested in spinach

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleHe said it was unlikely any of the spinach growers would plant more this year, and that they would probably shift their fields to other vegetables. “They are going to lose this planting, but it is not going to put them out of business,” he said, adding that if the crop is not harvested this week, it probably will be lost. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OXNARD – Although there is no evidence of E. coli contamination in Ventura County spinach, a handful of farmers growing in the Oxnard area stopped harvesting the crop when demand dropped because of the scare, officials said Monday. “None of it is being harvested,” said Earl McPhail, Ventura County’s agricultural commissioner. “We probably have about 200 acres in the ground right now. We don’t know if they will be able to pick any of it. “What people need to understand, our spinach is fine,” he said. “But nobody is ordering any. We are all getting painted by the same paint brush.” McPhail said he could not estimate the current Ventura County spinach crop. In 2005, spinach represented about $8 million, less than 1 percent of the county’s $1.23 billion overall agricultural production. last_img read more