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Kootenay shines in Seattle rain, impresses college scouts

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in Vancouver.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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St Catherine, Westmoreland clash in JTA T20 final

first_imgThe strong batting prowess of teachers from the parish of St Catherine will be on display against the defending champions Westmoreland in the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA)/Errol Miller Twenty20 cricket final at the Ultimate Jerk Centre, Discovery Bay, St. Ann today at 1 p.m.Both teams emerged winners after the semi-finals played at the same venue on April 1.St Catherine defeated Portland by ten wickets in their semi-final. Batting first, Portland made 52 all out and St Catherine replied with 55 without loss.In the second semi-final, Westmoreland defeated St Andrew by five runs. Westmoreland made 132 for five before dismissing St Andrew for 127.The winners of this year’s competition will receive the Errol Miller trophy.Special prizes will be presented to the player who scores the most runs and the player who takes the most wickets in the final.last_img read more

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Team Debbah Scores High in Philosophy of Football before Appointments

first_imgAfter all is said and done, it came to one thing: give the former stars a chance to prove themselves. And for three weeks, Team Debbah went through rigorous coaching seminar recently held in Monrovia.Among the participants were the Miracle Man, James Salinsa Debbah, Joe Nagbe, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe, Christopher Wreh Oliver Makor, and the legend himself, George Manneh Weah.“It was an incredible experience as these former soccer stars sat through the seminar day after day,” said an eye-witness. The coaches were CAF Elite instructors, Henry Browne and Francis Tamba, assisted by former national Coach J. Kaetu Smith.Among the subjects discussed included the philosophy of coaching or how to turn an ordinary player into a quality footballer. “This was important because a coach must understand how to mold and impart quality knowledge into unsung players,” said an official who was at the program for all the twenty one days.With James Debbah in the lead, the coaches asked many questions and they got answers. It was an interactive discussion as the former soccer stars posed many questions and the elite coaches provided them the required answers.The would-be coaches, in their illustrations, identified certain situations that happened when they were actively playing abroad.“It was a shocking experience as the former super stars who played across Europe examined the information given them,” said another eye-witness.A member of the coaching staff told the Daily Observer yesterday, “We were impressed that these former super stars were brainstorming and drawing up their own conclusions.” He said by allowing them to manage the various national teams as coaches does not mean that all is well with Liberian football.“At least we have begun the process and only time will show us how right our decision is,” he said, “we now have people handling the national teams who have had firsthand experience playing abroad under varied coaches and they are bringing those experiences to help those young players that they would be developing.”That the newly appointed coaches demonstrated rigid determination for a better soccer program in Liberia was the fact that they were able to, during the early interviews conducted by the technical department of the LFA, convince officials why they are the best to lead the change that Liberian football needs presently.“It will be unfair to declare that there will be absolute success to lour football program because we have former players as coaches,” one of the Elite coaches told the Daily Observer, “what we’re doing is we are moving in the right direction with people who can and are able to transform their experiences into our players for a better performance.”The Daily Observer learned that the transformation of former soccer stars into firs class coaches is a process, being developed by the LFA to ensure that there is a pool of players to help the national effort.“The LFA is impressed by the commitment of those appointed,” an official said, “and we hope the general soccer public will support the process to use former players who are able to deal with local and professional players when it is necessary.”The general deportment of the participants, their interactive involvement and the effective manner they provided answers to why they are capable for the job, convinced the LFA that the exercise is worthy.“We are satisfied that all the participating coaches understood the philosophy of the game,” an Elite coach said. “That is fundamental in successful coaching.”The process now continues on December 4, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium at 9a.m. with practical application of the knowledge so far gained.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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AG blames staff for losing case

first_imgJudicial Review Act– denies flouting Chief Justice’s orderHinting that an approach to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over the Judicial Review Act case he lost was considered, Attorney General Basil Williams is distancing himself from suggestions that he was involved in flouting a court order.Attorney General Basil WilliamsAt a press conference on Monday, the Attorney General was asked about the case, which saw his predecessor Anil Nandlall filing contempt of court proceedings against him when he issued a different commencement order to the one ordered by Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George. And he pointed his finger at his leave taking staff.The gazetted order bringing the Judicial Review Act into force“That is a mix up. What happened really was that the law officer who was dealing with the matter went on leave,” he explained. “Then the other one who was dealing with it subsequently went on maternity leave. So there was a little mix up… there was an interim stay granted when the applicant Nandlall gave an undertaking. And that was not brought to the attention of me or the chief parliamentary counsel.”“When Justice of Appeal Rafik Khan, as he then was, gave his judgement, we got the order on the [August] 14th. Court of Appeal sent the order on 14th August and I signed the order on the 15th August. And it was published on the [August] 16th. But because the knowledge of an interim stay was not known, the advice from the parliamentary division was that since July 31 had passed, then you had to use within a reasonable time.”Williams further reiterated his view that the executive had the right to determine when to operationalise the Act. Williams went on to make it clear that approaches to the CCJ were at one point on the table.“We believe, as we said in our case, that because of the separation of powers, the decision to operationalise is really the decision of the executives. And really and truly, it should not be within the purview of the Judiciary to tell the executive to operationalise an Act.”“The Chief Justice did not agree. She ruled. We appealed it. We applied for a stay. Even after Justice of Appeal made his decision, we also appealed. And we asked for a stay too, so the matter could be ventilated before the CCJ. It is our right to use up the hierarchical system that is our justice system. But at no point did we refuse to implement the CJ order.”After court battles and much criticism, Government had finally brought the Judicial Review Act – which will allow members of the public to seek redress for court judgements and decisions by public officials – into force.An order signed by Attorney General Basil Williams was gazetted recently, revoking a previous January 2019 commencement order. According to the new order, the Act took effect from July 31, 2018.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George had ordered the AG to enforce the Judicial Review Act by July 31, 2018. At the time, she was ruling on a legal action brought against the State by Nandlall.Nandlall subsequently approached the courts to file contempt proceedings against his successor. The former AG had contended that the delay to bring the Act into force was in violation of the Chief Justice’s ruling.last_img read more

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Sports Wire: Mosley eyes future after big victory

first_img“I want to keep myself in shape and maybe fight again in June,” Mosley said. “I am going to keep myself in shape and tuned up.” Mosley moved back to 147 pounds for the first time in nearly five years, promising he would be faster and better than before. He delivered on those promises by consistently beating an opponent 10 years younger to the punch and winning a lopsided 12-round decision. Mosley also showed he still has some sock at 147 by knocking Collazo down with a right hand late in the 11th round. “It feels good to be a welterweight again,” Mosley said. The win gave Mosley what the WBC said was an interim title that he will collect when Mayweather goes through with his May 5 fight against Oscar De La Hoya at 154 pounds. What Mosley did Saturday night was turn back the clock with a win over Luis Collazo in Las Vegas that was impressive for several reasons. In doing so he also staked a claim as the second-best welterweight in the world behind Mayweather. Not a bad night’s work for a fighter who seems to be coming into his second prime at an age, 35, when most others are long gone from the sport. Shane Mosley looked so good that even Floyd Mayweather Jr. paid him some grudging respect. “He’s pretty good at what he does,” Mayweather said. center_img Skiing milestone Sweden’s Anja Paerson captured the downhill at the world championships in Are, Sweden, becoming the first skier to win gold medals in all five disciplines in the worlds. Lindsey Kildow of the United States won the silver. Paerson also won the super-G and combined titles this week. The Swede won the gold in the giant slalom at the last two worlds and one in the slalom in 2001. She raced down the WM Strecke course in 1 minute, 26.89 seconds. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the men’s downhill gold medal. Defending champion Bode Miller was unable to hold an early lead and finished seventh. Sven Kramer broke his own 10,000-meter world record and made it a Dutch double at the World Allround Speedskating Championships, winning the men’s overall title in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Kramer won the 10,000 in 12 minutes, 49.88 seconds, cutting 1.72 off the record he set last March in Calgary. Steven Holcomb of the U.S. and teammates Pavle Jovanovic, Steve Mesler and Brock Kreitzburg won a four-man bobsled World Cup race in Cesana, Italy. Action demanded A state politician demanded a crackdown Sunday after 42 people were injured when police and security officers clashed with 800 hooligans following a soccer match in Germany. The fans of FC Lokomotive Leipzig attacked 300 police officers after FC Erzgebirge Aue II beat their team 3-0 on Saturday. Police said 36 officers and six fans were injured, while 21 police vehicles were vandalized. Germany has seen a surge in stadium violence since hosting the largely peaceful World Cup. Several of the worst incidents, including the one on Saturday, have occurred in the state of Saxony, in economically depressed East Germany. Saxony interior minister Albrecht Buttolo demanded strong action from the German government. “It’s not enough for me when those responsible try to distance themselves from events like this,” Buttolo said. “I won’t allow a situation like Italy to take place in and around Saxony stadiums.” A police officer was killed when fans rioted at a Feb. 2 match in Italy, leaving 100 people injured. Top league resumes Inter Milan won its 15th consecutive game in the Italian league by stopping Chievo Verona 2-0 in a stadium without fans, and Ronaldo made his debut in AC Milan’s victory. The country’s top league resumed Sunday, more than a week after all professional soccer in Italy was suspended because of fan violence. The Inter Milan-Chievo Verona game was one of four in Serie A played in an empty stadium. The stadiums had failed to meet new security standards put in place after the death of a police officer in rioting at the Catania-Palermo game Feb. 2. Ronaldo, wearing a No. 99 jersey, came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute for his first appearance for Milan since joining from Real Madrid last week. Milan beat Livorno 2-1. Tourney delayed The start of a WTA Tour event in Bangalore, India was delayed a day because of a planned strike in the area aimed at shutting down public services and private businesses. The Ericsson International will begin Tuesday. 160Want 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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Roddick heats up Pacific Life with win

first_imgGuillermo Canas, who a day earlier upset Roger Federer to end the Swiss star’s winning streak at 41 matches, was ousted by Carlos Moya in the third round. Moya beat Canas 6-4, 6-4. Janko Tipsarevic, who had defeated Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday, also lost his third-round match. David Ferrer eliminated him 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4 in their night match, running his record to 5-0 against his fellow Spaniard. Roddick said having Federer, who has won the tournament the past three years, eliminated is both a plus and a minus. “I want to beat Roger. Obviously, it helps out everybody, it takes the toughest player out of the draw,” Roddick said. “But at the same time, I’m going to have to figure it out one of these times anyway. INDIAN WELLS – Andy Roddick served 18 aces, one clocked at 147 mph, on his way to a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Olivier Rochus in the third round of the Pacific Life Open on Monday. Roddick overcame 33 unforced errors with his strong serve and well-placed forehands. Rochus made 12 fewer unforced errors than his American opponent, but did not have a single ace. “You can’t sit back and hope that he loses because that’s not going to happen a lot.” Roddick is off to a 16-3 start in 2007, but looking for his first title of the year. Each of his three defeats came at the hands of the eventual tournament champion, including a loss to Federer in the Australian Open semifinals, a semifinal loss to Andy Murray at San Jose, and a runner-up finish to Tommy Haas at Memphis. Roddick also won both his matches in the United States’ 4-1 victory last month over the Czech Republic in the first round of Davis Cup play. Blake, asked what went wrong in his match against Benneteau, said, “Everything.” “I didn’t serve very well, I didn’t return very well, I could have played better on big points,” Blake said. “I couldn’t get a lot of momentum going, couldn’t find my rhythm. Just one of those days.” On the women’s side, second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated another Russian, Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 7-6 (4). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img No. 3 Roddick finished the match on a sweltering afternoon in the desert with a crosscourt forehand winner that the Belgian couldn’t reach. Roddick thrust his fist into the air briefly in triumph, then used his shirt to wipe the sweat soaking his face. Julien Benneteau of France bounced another highly ranked American, No. 6 James Blake, out of the tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory in their third-round match. Blake had trouble keeping the ball in play, committing 41 unforced errors to Benneteau’s 18. last_img read more

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Up The League – Saturday, March 21

first_imgGeoff Peters discusses all the top Football League news and looks ahead to his weekend’s action on the latest Up The League show.On today’s show, former Wolves star Steve Froggatt looks at the race for promotion in the Championship, Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford is in confident mood ahead of the crunch clash with Bournemouth, while Walsall boss Dean Smith joins Geoff ahead of their trip to Wembley to face League One leaders Bristol City in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.last_img read more

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Wonka factory gets special rewrite

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Singing about Oompa-Loompas on stage would be nerve-wracking enough for most children, but the students who performed Thursday in Saticoy Elementary’s School’s production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” face the additional challenge of being hearing-impaired. The fourth- and fifth-graders in the oral-deafand hard-of-hearing program use hearing aids or cochlear implants and have vocabulary levels ranging from ages 2 to 9. Nevertheless, they mastered songs, dances and pages of dialogue for the 45-minute musical they wrote themselves. “It was quite a challenge for them,” teacher Debbie Lutz said. “It pushes them and gets them to use more sophisticated vocabulary and language. “And it gives them a positive feeling about themselves, because they have such a sense of accomplishment and success.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The class read the Roald Dahl novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” then wrote their own script and transformed it into a musical, with help from Lutz, first-grade teacher Dana Mangieri and teaching assistant Ruth Cohen. Jose Ramirez, a special education aide who played an oversized Oompa-Loompa to great comic effect, said some Saticoy students who had previously teased their hearing-impaired classmates treated them with respect after viewing the play. The young thespians said they loved the funny story of Charlie Bucket, played by 11-year-old Kevin Avalos, who travels to the wonderous chocolate factory with four naughty children. Mark Rivera, 10, of Van Nuys donned a natty purple jacket and black top hat for his role of Willie Wonka, while Rodolfo Rodelo added a padded tummy to portray the gluttonous Augustus Gloop. Melissa Martinez, 12, relished her character of spoiled brat Veruca Salt, because “I don’t do that at home.” Brian Rivas, 10, of Panorama City played Mike Teavee, the television-addicted boy, while Cairo Hernandez played Grandpa Joe, and Oscar Moreno was the narrator. Several hearing-impaired students from the first grade wore paper-plate hats with green yarn hair and white plastic trash bags for overalls as they portrayed the Oompa-Loompas, Wonka’s helpers. The actors have been performing the show this week for parents and their classmates, who laughed and applauded at a recent performance, particularly when 11-year-old Vanessa Aparicio’s gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde was transformed into a giant blueberry – a large blue ball with a huge photo of Vanessa’s face taped to it. Despite their newfound stardom, most of the children said they had other professions in mind. Except Enrique Martin del Campo, 12, who played Charlie’s father, and now wants to be a singer or an action movie star, “like Vin Diesel” when he grows up. (818) 713-3663160Want 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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first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 23.01.12The AGM takes place this Sunday in the Clubhouse at 1:30pm sharp. All members welcome. A list of nominee’s and motions will be sent by e-mail later this week. Details of new Officer Board in next week’s notes from the new PRO.The new website is now live and you can visit it at We will host the Donegal v Laois NFL Div. 1 game in O’Donnell Park on Sunday, Feb. 12th. A meeting will be held shortly to discuss arrangements.The Club will be taking part in a Family Fortunes competition in Arena 7 in a few weeks time. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Paul McGovern asap.We are holding Strictly Come Dancing again this year. The Dancers are in place and have begun their training. It will take place in early March, more details next week.Girls Football Training in the Convent Gym has begun again on Wednesday’s  at 6pm for U-12, U-10 and U-8 girls and from 7pm for U-14 Girls. Trainning for U-16 girls has recommenced & takes place every Friday from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Clubhouse. New players are especially welcome.Hurling training resumes in the Aura (Wednesday 25th for U-10’s) and the LYIT this week. The Hurling/Camogie Academies resume on Friday 27th.Congratulations to Ray Durack on his appointment as Donegal Hurling Manager for 2012.Eamon O’Boyle is running Circuit Training in the Aura on Monday nights for all adult members. Cost is €2. The sessions focus on core muscle stability.For details on upcoming Coaching courses, contact Jim Clarke on 086-3131550. The Annual Ulster Coaching Conference takes place in Cookstown this Saturday, January 28th and costs just €18 per person. Contact Jim if you are interested in travelling. There were 6 winners in this week’s Lotto Draw that matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. The numbers are 1-6-8-11. Patrick McGowan, Dromore; Paul Russell, Killyclug (both card); M. Price, c/o Adrian; Alan Moore, Lurgybrack; Michael Crossan, Orchard Bar and Ciaran Larkin, Oaklands Lismonaghan (all Adrian).We extend our sympathies to the Tyrell family on their recent bereavements.GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more