In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Connections, Tuff Gong in Porus U-15 final Central One take George’s Valley Corner League The Manchester Football Awards ceremony for the 2016-17 season will be hosted at the Golf View Hotel on Tuesday, September 5. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Jamaica Football Federation presidential candidate Michael Ricketts is scheduled to make a special presentation. Porus, who won the Manchester Major League; Ricam, who topped the knockout, as well as the Under-17 competition; Los Perfectos, who copped the Division One title; May Day, who triumphed in the Under-15; Stars Academy, winners of the Under-13; and Holmwood Strikers, who secured the Under-20 women’s league, will all be fÍted and given customary cash awards. Henriques upstages rivals in Flaming Hot August shoot fest Old Harbour, Junction/Bull Savannah in National T20 final Defending champions Connection will meet Tuff Gong in the final of the 2017 Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 Football League at the Porus Community Centre. The final game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., but there will be a third-place play-off featuring Sporting Academy and Galaxy. The official presentation will follow the final. In the semi-finals played on Thursday, Tuff Gong prevailed over Sporting, 4-3, on penalties after they were 3-3 at the end of regulation time. The champions had no such worry, edging Galaxy 2-1. Interestingly, both finalists were runners-up in their respective preliminary-round groups. If there were any doubts that Orville Henriques was the best among those who compete week in, week out on the shooting circuit locally, those were dispelled with the manner of his triumph in the Flaming Hot August shoot fest held at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club range in Lincoln. Henriques outclassed a crack field of the best local exponents currently to gain the top spot by 50 points on a gruelling eight-stage format. Henriques beat into second place Greg Henry (90 per cent), Thomas Jones (88 per cent), Lyle Swaby (79) and Paul Dixon (75) in the battle for the top places. He has generally dominated matches here on home turf, but he did not have his own way – at least on the first three stages. In fact, it was Henry and Jones who hogged the spotlight for the first three stages, copping first and second, respectively. Henriques stayed in the hunt ,maintaining third place, before he pounced on Stage Four ahead of a surprise Gary Foster, with Owen Campbell pushing Jones down to fourth. Henriques then got into winning stride, taking the next four stages with Lyle Swaby and Alwin Amore chipping in to keep the previous early leaders further at bay. Lamar Walker scored to give Portmore United a 1-0 win and the title in the final of the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore Under-17 Football League at the Passsagefort field last Sunday. Portmore’s road to the final wasn’t easy as they had to stave off a big challenge from Independence City in the semi-final, where they won 4-1 on penalties after they were locked 2-2 with their opponents after regulation and extra time. Racing reached a rare final after they upset former champs Edgewater 1-0 in the other semi-final. Morgan’s Pass top Clarendon Division Onecenter_img Morgan’s Pass easily won the 2017 Clarendon Division One title after brushing aside Longsville Park in the final game last weekend. Deshawn Campbell was the hero, setting up the win with two first-half goals scored in the 20th and 26th minutes of play. Shannon Hoggart then sealed the win with an easy run-on goal in the 87th minute after Longsville Park committed every player into attack. Despite the loss, Longsville will join the Division One champions in the Major League next year as per qualification rules. The 2017 final of the George’s Valley Corner League turned out to be a one-sided affair as Central One embarrassed Samacan Youths, 6-0, at the deCarteret College ground. Kemar Green, who was later accorded the top goalscorer award, knocked in an amazing five of the six goals. He finished with 21 goals in the competition. For their triumph, Central United pocketed $60,000 and the champions trophy, courtesy of ACK Party Supplies. Samacan collected $40,000 and a trophy. Third- and fourth-place finishers were also attractively rewarded, with Mayor of Mandeville Donovan Mitchell providing sponsorship of $30,000, and Councillor Mario Mitchell making a contribution of $20,000 and a trophy. Green, who was both the top scorer and the MVP of the finals, collected $5,000 for each of the awards. His teammate Jomel Sterling also pocketed the same amount for being adjudged top goalkeeper. Pro Hardware and Generation United, who had title ambitions in the preliminary round, were sent crashing in the quarter-finals of the Top Notch Blocks Summer Football League in Knockpatrick, Mandeville. Pro Hardware, who won five straight games in the preliminaries, lost their first game, going down 4-2 to Madrid, who have now made it to the semi-finals. Generation United, whose foreign import, Philemon Haughton, scored a hat-trick in their final preliminary game, went down without a fight, losing 2-0 to Providence. The semi-finals will be on tomorrow at the Sunset playfield. At 2 p.m., United All Stars take on Madrid, while at 4 p.m., it will be Belair Boys against Providence. Lamar Walker hands Portmore title Favourites tumble in Top Notch Summer League Manchester Awards for September 5 Two-time champions Old Harbour of St Catherine and defending champions St Elizabeth’s Junction/Bull Savannah will meet in tomorrow’s grand final of the SDC National Community T20 Cricket competition at the Noranda Bauxite in Discovery Bay, St Ann. Match time is 2 p.m. Greater Portmore and Heartease of St Thomas will play-off for third place at 10 a.m. In semi-final action, Old Harbour lifted by Ronville Brown (72), made 193-3 and defeated arch-rivals Greater Portmore by 30 runs while Junction/Bull Savannah whipped Heartease by seven wickets. Heartease were restricted to 117 for eight from 20 overs before Junction raced to 120-3 with some five overs to spare.last_img read more

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Return to rational thinking and respect for rule of law

first_imgDear Editor,Let’s play a game. I did not invent it but the parameters and rules have been set by Guyana’s Court of Appeal (2-1). In this game, players add a single word to an Article of the Constitution then make an argument that this is what the framers intended. It seems a simple and innocuous enough premise and should the recent addition of “absolute” be upheld by the Caribbean Court of Justice, we can expect decades of fun and fees for the legal luminaries in the jurisdictions that subscribe to that court.I will take the liberty of going first, as is the prerogative of anyone who frames rules for games;Article 106 (7), notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and hold an elections within three months or such longer period as GECOM or the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by two-thirds of the votes of all elected members of the National Assembly determine and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office after the electionEditor, I expect that change is what President Granger wants and no doubt a Medal of Service will be due my way (I am ineligible for Silk). In fact, I quite expect David Granger to be the ‘man to beat’ at this game, for he has been playing it quite effectively for some time on his own; Granger’s masterpiece in altering Article 161 (2) by addition of“…provided that if the Leader of the Opposition submits or fails to submit a list as provided for, the President shall appoint a person who holds or has held office as a Judge or …”Editor, now that the Court of Appeal let us know the game exists and is viable, I look forward to a future of great uncertainty and never-ending chaos as we play ‘Words with Granger’, to the detriment of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. I would much rather be playing ‘democracy’ and a return to rational thinking and respect for the rule of law.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Woods announces return to golf action in November

first_img0Shares0000Captain’s assistant Tiger Woods of the US Team walks during Friday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 29, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey © Getty/AFP/File / Cliff HawkinsLOS ANGELES, United States, Oct 31 – Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed on Monday.The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season. “I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron.During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.The golf superstar has also battled demons in his private life, and was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving following the May incident.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.The plea deal requires Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours’ community service, and complete “DUI (driving under the influence) school”.Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Clark asks Hydro to give Boon and Meek families lease extension in letter to Horgan

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — In a follow-up letter to BC NDP leader John Horgan, Premier Christy Clark has asked BC Hydro to grant the Boon and Meek families a 15-day lease extension ahead of two tenders for the realignment of Highway 29 that are due to be released in the near future.In her letter yesterday, Clark responded to the NDP leader’s request that the process be halted on the realignment of Highway 29, and that residents living in the Peace River Valley have their leases extended, until a review of the project by the B.C. Utilities Commission is complete. Clark stated that BC Hydro is not sure if the Boons’ and Meeks’ houses are structurally sound enough to be relocated, since Hydro has not had access to the homes. She said that the decisions surrounding the two homes needs to be made soon, but that the uncertainty over the situation resulted in Clark asking BC Hydro to extend the Boons’ and Meeks’ leases until July 15th.Clark added in her letter to Horgan that his intention to have a review of Site C conducted by the B.C. Utilities Commission in just six weeks would not provide for a thorough analysis of the project. She said that according to estimates, a proper review would take up to one year to complete, and that the federal-provincial Joint Review Panel that looked at the dam took longer than that. Clark added that, “If the review of the project takes a full year to complete, it will be past the point of no return.”- Advertisement – A copy of Christy Clark’s letter to NDP leader John Horgan yesterday. A copy of Christy Clark’s letter to NDP leader John Horgan yesterday.last_img read more

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Pay twice for the same old roads? No thanks, Metro

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhat L.A. officials are offering is very different: You’ve already paid to build the road through your taxes, and now they want to charge you extra for the privilege of using it. How this reduces traffic congestion is an utter mystery. But it does bring in more cash to local government coffers, which seems to be the real point. If the problem is that Los Angeles car-pool lanes are being underused, then there are ways to improve the situation without effectively hitting all commuters with a tax hike. Metro could make the HOV lanes open to all drivers, at least at certain key hours or even all the time. Or, for that matter, it could create a special kind of “toll” for solo motorists who want to use the car-pool lane – a sticker like the one hybrid drivers can put on their cars, but one that would carry a hefty price tag. Both those solutions would get more cars in the HOV lanes – and out of the general traffic flow – without imposing a cost on anyone, save a voluntary one for the top beneficiaries. MEMBERS of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board have an ingenious plan for relieving traffic in Los Angeles: You pay for the same roads twice. Really. That’s the upshot of the board’s decision last week to look into turning some of the area’s existing car-pool lanes into toll roads. Now toll roads, which can be found in other Southland counties, are not all bad. Often, they offer a way for cash-strapped governments to create new roadways by passing expenses on to the very users who benefit the most. The key word there is “new” – as in, you pay a toll, you get a new road, thereby reducing traffic congestion for everyone. This plan, however, does just the opposite. Although solo motorists would have to pay more, even car poolers would be required to pay a toll to use the lanes they’ve been using all along – roads that we all have paid for through various taxes over the years. It would be the same service, with more or less the same crummy traffic, only it would cost more. And what would Metro do with all that revenue? Officials are making noises about using it for more mass transit, but as usual, there’s no plan. Whether it’s the proposed city gang tax, or L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge’s suggested parcel tax for congestion relief, local leaders are very good at coming up with new ways to raise money. They’re just not so good at coming up with worthwhile ways to spend it. Give us more, they say, and we promise to do something good with it … unless it all goes into salaries and benefits and perks. With that kind of leadership, commuting in L.A. isn’t going to get any better any time soon – just more expensive.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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Council members request an investigation into police chief

first_imgFive City Council members asked the Police Commission on Thursday to investigate Chief William Bratton after he blasted several councilmen on television for questioning the department’s policy of hiring officers who had experimented with drugs when they were teenagers. Councilmen Bernard Parks, a former police chief, Dennis Zine, a former officer, and Greig Smith, a reserve officer, have criticized the decision to hire six officers who admitted trying drugs in their youth. Parks wants to reinstate a zero-tolerance drug policy, against the wishes of Bratton and other top LAPD officials. In a TV interview this month, Bratton called it a “bogus issue.” “With all due respect to the two city councilmen who are raising this issue, they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about,” Bratton said during the interview. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Calling the chief’s comments “unprofessional and unnecessary,” Parks and Zine, along with council members Jose Huizar, Tony Cardenas and Jan Perry, sent a letter to the Police Commission asking for a personnel investigation. Bratton spokeswoman Mary Grady said Bratton and the council members would have to agree to disagree on the issue of previous drug use by police recruits. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he spoke with Bratton about his comments during their weekly meeting. “I will also be speaking with council members Parks and Zine,” Villaraigosa said. “My hope is that this matter can be resolved as quickly as possible so that we can move forward together taking on the public safety challenges we face as a city.” In their letter to the Police Commission, the council members said Bratton’s outburst might be a disturbing trend. “Since his arrival, he has routinely made public comments that could be described as insensitive or just plain rude.” Such “improper public remarks,” the council members said, could be the cause of a sharp increase in complaints over “improper and discourteous remarks” cited in the department’s annual complaint report. Noting that disciplinary actions against officers have fallen, they asked whether Bratton’s remarks were affecting his ability to discipline LAPD officers for similar behavior. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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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Record 4 in 10 U.S. babies born out of wedlock

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Stephanie Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics, a co-author of the report, said that while California’s numbers are “striking,” there isn’t a simple explanation. She said California’s large Hispanic population – with 45.8 percent of the state’s Hispanic babies born out of wedlock compared with 47.9 percent of Hispanic babies nationwide – likely is a factor. Experts said the overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or are living together without getting married. They said it also reflects the fact that having a child out of wedlock is more acceptable nowadays and not necessarily the source of shame it once was. The increase in births to unwed mothers was seen in all racial groups, but rose most sharply among Hispanics. It was up among all age groups except youngsters ages 10 to 17. ATLANTA – Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday. While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the birth rate among girls ages 10 to 17 actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s. The percentage of out-of-wedlock births also climbed in California – from 34.4 percent in 2004 to 35.7 percent in 2005. But it still trailed the nation, where out-of-wedlock births increased from 35.8 percent in 2004 to 36.8 percent last year. The study estimated that of the 549,626 babies born in the Golden State, 196,216 were out of wedlock. For about 40 percent of the out-of-wedlock babies, a father is believed to be present, a study co-author said. “A lot of people think of teenagers and unmarried mothers synonymously, but they are not driving this,” Ventura said. The government also reported that the rate of births by Caesarean delivery continued to climb last year to a record high, despite efforts by public health authorities to bring down the number. Many experts believe a large number of C-sections are medically unnecessary and done only for the convenience of the mother or her doctor. The government report includes information from 99 percent of U.S. birth certificates filed last year. The information for 2005 is considered preliminary, but officials said it is not expected to change much. About 4.1 million babies were born in the United States last year, up slightly from 2004. More than 1.5 million of those were to unmarried women; that is about 37 percent of the total. In 2004, about 36 percent of births were out of wedlock. Out-of-wedlock births have been rising since the late 1990s. Several factors may be contributing to the trend, said Dr. Yolanda Wimberly, an adolescent-medicine specialist at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine. More women in their 30s and 40s, hearing their biological clocks, are choosing to give birth despite their single status. Younger women are not as worried about being unmarried, either, she added. “I think it’s more acceptable in society” to have a child without getting married, she said. But just because a mother is not married does not mean the father isn’t around, Ventura noted. She cited 2002 statistics that showed about 20 percent of all new mothers under 20 were unmarried but living with the father at the time of the birth. That same was true of about 13 percent of all new mothers ages 20 to 24. According to census figures, the median age at first marriage was 27 for men and 25 for women last year, up from 23 and 20 in 1950. Meanwhile, the number of unmarried-couple households with children has been climbing, hitting more than 1.7 million last year, up from under 200,000 in 1970. Other findings in the report: The birth rate among teenagers declined 2 percent in 2005, continuing a trend from the early 1990s. The rate is now about 40 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19. That is the lowest level in the 65 years for which a consistent series of rates is available. The U.S. teen birth rate is still the highest among industrialized countries. Births to women in their early 20s rose slightly, to 102 births per 1,000 women ages 20 to 24. Births to women in their late 20s – the most productive group in terms of childbirth – were about the same as in the previous year, about 116 per 1,000 women ages 25 to 29. The C-section rate rose to 30.2 percent of all births in 2005, an increase of 1 percentage point from the previous year. The rate has risen by nearly half since 1996. “It is clear that the procedure is being overused,” Tonya Jamois, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, said in a statement. ICAN is a California-based nonprofit organization focused on lowering C-section rates.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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It’s official: Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018

first_imgPope Francis has confirmed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Vatican today that he will come to Ireland.The Pontiff is expected to travel here for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018.Ireland’s Catholic bishops had previously invited Pope Francis to visit for the event, and the Taoiseach met with the Pontiff to show his support of the invitation. It was reported that Pope Francis had given the invitation some “careful consideration”, before confirming his acceptance today.The papal visit will be the first by a sitting Pope in almost 40 years. Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979, as more than 2.5 million people attended events organised in Dublin, Drogheda, Clonmacnoise, Knock, Maynooth, Limerick and Galway.Pope Francis has been an important voice for the young, the poor & disadvantaged – glad he will visit Ireland in 2018 pic.twitter.com/vSn16otMAA— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) November 28, 2016It’s official: Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018 was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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“SHRM as My Constant” – A Professional Society with a Personal Connection

first_imgDallas…a tough place for any Philadelphia native to visit.  Yet given the mission – and company- I had nothing but excitement as I landed at Dallas Fort Worth last Thursday afternoon.  I love any opportunity to meet, listen to, and share solutions with SHRM’s volunteer army- even if it’s in the heart of Cowboys’ country.  SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) is a yearly gathering of SHRM’s most senior volunteers – serving in each of the state councils- rolling up their sleeves- networking, sharing best practices, and preparing for the year to come.  So many of these member-volunteers have already served at so many levels within SHRM’s volunteer network, dedicating years- not hours- to both the HR profession, and our professional society.   Listening to their remarkable stories, and witnessing their enthusiasm shows how their commitment is as strong as ever.   Their passion goes well-beyond HR tools and resources and career development– and for volunteers such as Catharine Mirabile it’s both professional and personal. I met Catharine- who serves as the New Hampshire State Council’s Membership Director- late last summer at the “Tri-State Conference” in Portsmouth, NH, long before the politicians came to town.  Re-connecting with her in Dallas at the RCBM gave me a chance to sit-down and ask one very important question- What makes volunteers so committed?  For Catharine- and so many others- it’s about giving back, about making connections, life-long friends, and keeping them as she’s moved from state to state, job to job.  Through all of those moves, and the changes to the profession, Catharine shared that “SHRM is my constant.”  I was quick to remind her that she- and thousands of other volunteers- have been the constant for SHRM, and they make SHRM what it is- a professional society with a personal connection.As I met with Catherine- and so many other volunteers- I was reminded of the dynamic amongst military families I experienced during my military career.  No matter where you traveled – in the U.S. and abroad- when you meet another service-member or their family you shared this immediate bond, a familiarity, and a sense of family.  That’s how Catherine- and so many of her fellow volunteers’- see their relationship with SHRM, and a large part of the reason they dedicate so much of themselves to SHRM.last_img read more

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Arrests Made in More than Half of 825 ‘Organized Retail Crimes’

first_imgIn North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said their task force focusing on organized retail crime has worked more than 800 cases this year… and made arrests in more than half of them.In many cases, investigators said thieves worked in groups and targeted big box stores where they walk out with thousands of dollars-worth of merchandise. “They use bully techniques, intimidation techniques, and that’s something that I, as a detective, won’t tolerate,” said Detective Anthony Finocchio.“We’ve worked 825 “organized retail crimes” this year involving millions of dollars and made arrests in 425 of them. Finocchio said that intimidation leads to violence, and he’s working with prosecutors to push for tough sentences for suspects in those cases… WSOCTV9 News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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