St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Cross Keys High will represent the final stops for the Birmingham City Council cricket team, which is currently touring the country.The tour, a reciprocal legacy programme engagement in response to Birmingham City hosting Jamaica ahead of the 2012 Olympics, will see STETHS and Cross Keys, two of the most consistent high school cricket teams in recent years, completing a six-match schedule.Birmingham City opened with fixtures against an Eastern Jamaica XI at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium last Tuesday, and a game against Western Jamaica XI last Thursday at Treasure Beach Sports Park.TWENTY20 ENCOUNTERSThis was followed by an encounter against a St Ann Masters aggregation yesterday at Ultimate Oval, while today will see the visitors going up against a Central Jamaica XI at Jamalco.The STETHS and Cross Keys affairs, which are slated to be Twenty20 encounters, will also be played at Jamalco on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.”We are pleased to know that a tour of this nature is taking place in Jamaica,” said Fritz Harris, secretary of the Jamaica Cricket Association.”It offers a lot of opportunity for us as an administration to try and forge ties and linkages, while for players it gives them the opportunity to play against overseas county, league and grassroots players.”He added: “We also understand that cricket is just one part of the legacy programme with football, netball, and track and field planned and completed tours being others.The two-week tour, which concludes on Friday, will also see the City Council aggregation paying a visit to the British High Commission’s offices in Kingston on Wednesday.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has applauded Mr. George G. Wisner for his achievements so far, and commended him, most especially, for the publication of his first fiction novel.“Many of us who had the opportunity to work with George know what he brings to a task. We know what he brings to duty, to his responsibility and the kind of commitment that we all look forward to. We know how he applied his time when he went to study, going beyond what was required, going that extra mile not only to obtain two degrees but to write a book,” the Liberian leader indicated.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the assertion at a program marking the formal launch of Mr. Wisner’s novel, When the Heart Decides, at the C. Cecil Dennis Jr. Auditorium last Saturday, December 28.The Liberian leader, who had earlier encouraged some of the students she’s personally sponsoring to attend the program, said it was intended to serve as a motivation and inspiration for them to follow in the footsteps of young people who have already grasped the commitment to serve their country and who have already established themselves in leadership roles. “I hope this will motivate and inspire them to be able to do well in school and go out there and claim it – your leadership role, responsibility and commitment to country,” she stressed.President Sirleaf applauded Wisner for the leadership role when he served as President of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and not only that, but his honesty in the various capacities he served. “Something is missing in too many of our institutions, which is honesty,” President Sirleaf stressed, adding, “George, I applaud you for your honesty, for the example you set, and for whatever you did; whether it was your role in FLY, whether for the campaign, or whether it was working in public service.”She continued, “I never heard anyone say he has been involved in this scandal or that fraudulent act. So let me just say we applaud you for that. This is exemplary, and I hope others will be able to copy your example.” She hoped for God’s continued blessing and that he would continue to motivate and inspire young people of this country to be like him.Earlier, the President of the Stella Maris Polytechnic, Sister Mary Laurene Brown (OSF), who formally launched the book, made the point that Liberians have not developed a reading culture, but hoped that Liberians would do so. She believed that Mr. Wisner has done Liberia proud, and she was impressed with his achievements. “Let us take cue that there are other Liberians who are capable of doing something good,” she stressed.Speaking earlier, the author, Mr. Wisner, recapped his humble beginnings – being raised by a single mother – and reminded the audience that all he does in life is not only to bless his country but to also ensure that the greatest tribute that he can pay is to be a good citizen and to serve, in anything he does, with honor and dignity.He recalled a comment made to him by the Vice President, Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, sometime back: “In life, you go to school, take the lessons, and then take the test; but in life you take the test and learn the lesson.”He said his attempt at capturing the experiences of the war is to ensure that his generation and those after him do not forget its lessons. “I lived all my years here during the war, experienced every faction, and saw the horrors of the war. Only in 12th grade then, I said that there’s something I can do to make a difference,” he said. Because Liberia depends on its young people to move forward, Mr. Wisner admonished them to develop their skills and potential for their future.Mr. Wisner, who served as a campaign coordinator for the Unity Party in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, said that his reason for writing the novel was to ensure that as Liberia moves from war to peace and prosperity, the lessons of the war will not be lost.Why a romantic fiction? The former president of FLY asked, and answered that he wanted his message to have a universal appeal, especially amongst the youth and young adults. He said that the book is one of several ways he intends to contribute to the socio-economic development of his motherland. He observed that although all was not rosy, Liberia is on the right trajectory to full recovery and development. The former junior Liberian foreign minister extolled the country’s leadership for building a foundation on which further progress can be made.Also making remarks, a member of the Federation of the Liberian Community in Australia, Mr. Bobby Whitfield, praised Mr. Wisner for his exemplary skills. He said he first met Wisner in Queensland, where he had gone to speak to Liberians there on the progress the country is making. Following Mr. Wisner’s speech, he instantly became a fan, Mr. Whitfield said.He noted that when Wisner mentioned to him his desire to write a book, and complete his double Masters at one of the top 10 universities in Australia, he was convinced that Wisner could not have been serious. But, he concluded, “When the heart decides, you can do anything.” The book, which is published by Iuniverse in Indiana, in the USA, and marketed by Amazon and Barnes & Noble, is a romance fiction based on the Liberian civil war. It highlights some of the social and political undercurrents of the war, using universal themes such a love, loyalty, and faith.When the Heart Decides is a story of the triumph of love over adversity and of the strength of the heart that seeks love even in the midst of one of the world’s bloodiest civil wars.When Sarah Lawson’s father is rescued from the claws of death by David Saye, a notorious rebel commander, she believes it is simply a miraculous coincidence. It isn’t long, however, before Sarah realizes that behind this extraordinary intervention is David’s wish to lure her into his arms.He is handsome, educated, and generous – all qualities that ignite the fires of her heart. But they are from very different worlds: Sarah is the daughter of a respectable middle-class family, while David has been accused of gruesome atrocities. As the heat of the Liberian civil war casts waves over them all, Sarah faces a three-front battle of her own. Despite her feelings, she must contain David’s advances, preserve her family’s integrity, and prevent her heart from betraying her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With the checkered flag in sight, Martin simply came up short – a mere length of a car hood – in a wild, wreck-filled finish. Harvick beat the sentimental favorite to win NASCAR’s premier race Sunday, six years to the day after Dale Earnhardt was killed on the final lap. Just days after his death, it was Harvick who was hired to replace him, and he rewarded Richard Childress with the car owner’s second Daytona 500 victory – Earnhardt won the other in 1998. After a cheating scandal nearly ruined the Great American Race, it was just the finish NASCAR needed to put racing back in the spotlight. Five teams were busted for breaking the rules during Speedweeks – including two-time winner Michael Waltrip, who broke the NASCAR code by tampering with his fuel before qualifying and humiliated Toyota in its Nextel Cup debut. The scandal put the sport in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and NASCAR ratcheted up its penalty process to prevent its biggest race from turning into a joke. Finishes like this one might fix everything. “Anytime there’s a good race on the racetrack, it helps mend things,” Harvick said. “But I think it’s still going to take a little bit to get over some of the issues that happened.” For at least one night, the talk will be of the victory Martin had in his sight and the way Harvick yanked it from him. Martin, making his 23rd attempt at a 500 win, could see the checkered flag when Harvick barreled along the outside of him. Just as Harvick pushed into the lead, Busch wiggled behind them and bumped into Matt Kenseth to start a melee. Kenseth was spinning and Greg Biffle was, too. Bowyer flipped onto his roof and through the grass, flames shooting through the windshield. But Harvick and Martin continued to race side by side, waiting for NASCAR to call for a caution. When it finally came, Harvick and Martin were at the finish line, and Harvick was just barely ahead. The winning margin was .020 seconds, and NASCAR had to review the tape just to be sure who was going to Victory Lane. Harvick never doubted the outcome. “I got so excited at the end of the race, and I knew we had won,” he said. “I just didn’t realize how excited I was, and I punched the dang mirror out of the car. Just overexcited, I guess. Knocked the mirror right out.” Martin finished second, followed by Jeff Burton, Harvick’s teammate, and Mike Wallace, who raced his way into the 500. Fifth place was rookie David Ragan, the kid who replaced Martin when he left Roush Racing this winter after 19 seasons. Martin left the powerhouse Roush team because he wanted to ease his way into retirement, and he got the opportunity to do it with a partial schedule at Ginn Racing – a second-tier team bought last year by a Florida land developer trying to satisfy his love of NASCAR. The decision was questioned by those who wondered if Bobby Ginn could give the ultra-competitive Martin cars capable of winning. Boy, did he ever. “I haven’t even seen the finish. It is what it is,” Martin said. “We were inches or feet or whatever. We were short. It was so close, but it was second. I let it slip away, slip through my fingers, and I’m fine with that. I am very proud of what this team did for me this weekend.” Martin led 26 laps and was out front when a five-car accident brought racing to a standstill with five laps to go. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – So focused was Mark Martin on hard-charging Kevin Harvick, he had no inkling of the chaos unfolding behind him. With less than a mile to go in the Daytona 500, Kyle Busch’s car was spinning. Clint Bowyer’s was upside down and on fire. Five other cars bumped and banged, careening into one another in a smoke-filled mass of twisted metal. “This had to be the wildest Daytona 500 I’ve ever watched,” Childress said. “I kept my eyes shut there for a little while it was so wild.” It took several moments for NASCAR to declare the winner, finally giving it to Harvick and spoilind sg what would have been the biggest victory of the 48-year-old Martin’s career. “I really wanted to win that thing,” Martin said. “They were going to have to pry it out of my fingers, man.” Harvick did just that, never letting off the gas as he charged from 29th to first in 22 laps. “My go-kart experience over the winter paid off, because I didn’t let off the floor and we just kept hitting things and the wall and bouncing off everything,” Harvick said. “But man, this is the Daytona 500. Can you believe it?”
Still, a small start is a start. City and school officials must keep working to make L.A.’s resources available to all who reside within the school district. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fortunately that is changing slowly. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan to expand agreements with the LAUSD to keep schools open for the public on nights and weekends. Under the proposal, a master joint-use agreement will be developed, and the school board is set to take up a similar proposal soon. Making the campuses more accessible to communities could also have the effect of making residents who do not currently have children in the system take an interest in education-related issues. That would certainly be a plus, considering the low turnouts in recent school board elections. But the progress is only incremental. Currently, the city and school district operate just 30 joint-use sites, and the new plan would create only 17 more. Given the size of the LAUSD, with its more than 600 campuses, and the enormity of its real-estate portfolio, that’s barely a drop in the bucket. Slowly – way too slowly – but surely, Los Angeles city and school leaders are inching toward a common-sense plan that would benefit communities immeasurably: After hours, when schools aren’t being used for instruction, they would be open for countless other uses. Imagine: Playgrounds could be parks. Classrooms could be community meeting rooms. Arts and athletic facilities could enrich cultural and fitness opportunities for everyone. This is, by the way, not just a fantasy, but what the Los Angeles Unified School District promised communities when voters within LAUSD approved billions of dollars in school bonds over recent years. The new campuses, we were told, would be hubs for community life. But bureaucracy has a way of interfering with common sense. District and city officials have squabbled over liability, operation and maintenance costs. Never mind that the people paying the costs – Los Angeles taxpayers – are the same, regardless of whether the bill goes through the LAUSD or City Hall.
A Letterkenny man has revealed how his mother looked outside her window everyday for three years waiting for her missing son to return before she died.James McGlynn, 56, told a coroner’s court today how he has spent the past 30 years trying to unravel the mystery of his missing brother.The unidentified body of Noel McGlynn has rested in an unmarked grave at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Dunfanaghy since it was washed up on rocks nearby on June 26th, 1983. The body was never identified and the missing man’s brother James has spent all that time trying to prove the body was that of his brother Noel.Noel, who was then 26, went missing after leaving his house at Ballaghderg two weeks beforehand.An earlier inquest finally discovered that samples taken from the body had matched the body with the DNA of the McGlynn family through swabs taken from James McGlynn.A further inquest found that Noel McGlynn died as a result of drowning.Retired Garda Bernard Kelly told the court that dental records had been sent to dentists nationwide while a description of the body was also sent out and as far as Interpol.However he said nothing had come back to identify the body.James McGlynn also revealed in court that another brother had identified the body as NOT being that of the men’s missing brother Noel when he went to the mortuary at Letterkenny General Hospital.However he later admitted that he did not identify the body at all because he did not “have the stomach” to see his brother.James McGlynn told the court that his late mother and father Frances and Charles McGlynn had always waited on their son to return but he never did.“My mother never got over it. She always thought Noel was going to come home. She sat in the window looking out for him to return every single day.“They were always waiting on the knock on the door from Gardai but it never came,” he said.The court heard that Noel McGlynn had been a gifted artist but had destroyed all his artworks and books before he went missing.He had been suffering from depression and had been attending the psychiatric services at St Conal’s Hospital in Letterkenny.However in 2012 DNA samples sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom returned a positive match with the McGlynn family.Tributes were paid to Gardai and especially to Dr David Barry for his foresight on preserving the tissue samples to allow for DNA analysis at the time.Coroner John Cannon returned a verdict of death by drowning.He pleaded with Mr James McGlynn to get his life back on track and to seek help after suffering from alcoholism.MAN REVEALS HOW MOTHER WAITED AT WINDOW FOR THREE YEARS FOR HER MISSING SON was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:James McGlynnNoel McGlynn
The best of Saturday Starts Here, and Sunday Starts Here with Tom Rennie and guests.Expect lively reaction to the weekend’s action, plus all the regular features, including “I’ll Chant To Anything” and the weekly pub quiz.
Reported Manchester United target Ivan Perisic 1 Inter Milan have opened talks over a new contract with Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.The winger has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer after impressing in Italy.But United have been struggling to agree a fee for the Croatia international, and talks with Inter have stalled.The Italian side are now looking to seize the initiative and, according to reports in Italy, they will offer Perisic a new contract in the coming days.Despite previously being open to offers, Inter have now performed a U-turn and have opened talks with the 28-year-old and his agent, in the hope he can be persuaded to stay at the San Siro.Inter are reportedly ready to offer Perisic a new deal until June 2022 worth around £70,000-a-week.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his Serie A debut when Juventus play Chievo in the champions’ first game of the new season.All eyes will be on the Italian league when the five-time Ballon d’Or winner takes to the pitch following his £99m transfer. 9. The kitsDue to the sheer quality of players in the league, they had to look the part, too. After all, this is Italy and the kits were not bad, were they? Sampdoria’s is a classic, while Fiorentina had Fila, Nintendo and Gabriel Batistuta. 3. Titans of EuropeIn 1990, Milan won the European Cup, Juventus won the UEFA Cup and Sampdoria took home the Cup Winners Cup. In fact, during the 1990s, Serie A clubs won 13 of the 30 European titles available, with 25 finalists. They were the undisputed kings and basically, the Spanish league now is what the Italian top-flight was back then.4. Milan being really, really, goodArrigo Sacchi’s men began the decade as European champions – their second successive crown – and ended it as Serie A winners.“Sacchi changed Italian football,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “The Italian mentality was to attack with caution. Then all of a sudden there was no more catenaccio, but a four-man defence, with a side that attacked, rather than wait to counter-attack.”He left to take the Italy job in 1991 and under Fabio Capello, Milan won the 1991/92 league without losing a match – going 58 league games unbeaten from May 1991 to March 1993. They counted Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard as players and also thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 Champions League final. As well as the incredibly stylish midfield and attack, here was the back line: Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. How’s that for a defence? 8. Gazza was thereIf we include Football Italia, then Paul Gascoigne needs an entry on his own. His antics, along with the other supreme beings strutting their stuff in Serie A, were a big reason for watching. He joined Lazio in 1992 and although he wasn’t the biggest success, he gained cult status among fans. He only played 47 times for the club before moving to Rangers in 1995. Have a look at his Football Italia outtakes. “In the 80s and 90s we represented the top. Then we lost our way and weren’t capable of investing in infrastructure,” former Milan manager Fabio Capello told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.“With Ronaldo we can attempt to lift our head up. But it’s not enough on its own. We need to have the strength and intelligence to exploit the Ronaldo stimulus and give our game an impulse again.”Do you remember when Serie A was the best? talkSPORT.com does and below are nine reasons why the domestic scene in Italy was once so loved.1. The star-studded namesRonaldo stunned a lot of people when he made the move, but once upon a time it wasn’t uncommon for the world’s best to head to Italy. In 1997 Ronaldo – the original one – swapped Barcelona for Inter. The 1990s saw the best of the best roam Serie A and, in addition to Ronaldo, there was Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, and George Weah, to name just a few.2. Giuseppe SignoriWith Lazio, whom he joined in 1992, Signori was the top-scoring player in Serie A in 1993, 1994 and 1996, but despite being the most prolific goal-getter of the 1990s he never won a major trophy. His 141 strikes put him five goals ahead of Gabriel Batistuta for the decade and when it looked like he was going to be sold to Parma in 1995, outraged fans protested on the streets and Lazio decided against the sale. If you can, then have a look at him taking penalties where he’d take just one step before the inevitable. 9 7. Football ItaliaIt was must watch telly featuring an unforgettable intro. ‘Gooooaalll Lazioooo’ (at least that’s what it sounded like). 5. Zamorano’s shirt numberInter had an envious and very expensive strike force in the late 90s, with Roberto Baggio joining Ronaldo and Ivan Zamorano in 1998, while Christian Vieri signed for £32m a year later. However, when Baggio was given Ronaldo’s no.10 shirt, the great Brazilian was assigned Zamorano’s favoured number nine. Taking exception to this, Zamorano opted for the bizarre choice of 1+8.6. ParmaParma were a force at home and in Europe. They won the Coppa Italia three times (’92, ’99 and ’02), the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1993, lost to Arsenal in the 1994 final and finished as Serie A runners-up in 1997. In addition, they won the UEFA Cup in 1995, beating a Juventus team containing names like Didier Deschamps, Roberto Baggio and Gianluca Vialli, while in 1999 they beat Marseille 3-0 to lift the trophy again. Here is their starting XI prior to that game. Parma won their second UEFA Cup in 1999, four years after first winning the trophy 9 9 9 Fila, Nintendo and Gabriel Batistuta It is hard to select just one Fiorentina number actually, considering the 7up offering in the earlier part of the decade. 9
Proud Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has slammed those who have labeled him as “anti-football.”The Donegal defensive display against Dublin was strongly criticised by members of RTE’s commentary team especially former Kerry player Pat Spillane.Some of the panel even called it the ‘game from hell’ which the Donegal boss totally dismissed. Speaking after today’s game the Glenties man said he made no apologies for how he his team had played in their quest to reach an All-Ireland final.“I am certainly not anti-football. We play a certain way and we set out our stall in a certain way.“This time last year we were trying to win games and get he team winning games and that’s what we have decided to do.“We played that way because we want to get results and I make no apologies for that. “The boys have become competitive again and have put a lot of pride in the county again and people were getting very excite which was nice,” he said.“I would prefer to be competitive and get the result than go down in a blaze of glory that Donegal team have done in the last 19 years and getting nothing out of it,” he addedMcGuinness said his team could have pushed on when they were 6-3 up and won the game and nobody would have said they were “anti-football.”However he gallantly paid tribute to Dublin for hanging in and continuing to push away in search of their win.“That is a team which have been developing for a number of years now and we are only really starting that process. “Dublin came back and to be fair they deserved it in the end. They are very advanced in their conditioning and that came through in the end.“They wore us down in the end,” he admitted.However the Glenties man said this certainly wasn’t the end for this Donegal team.“We will move on and assess the squad and start all over again,” he said. EndsDONEGAL BOSS SLAMS THOSE WHO LABEL HIM ‘ANTI-FOOTBALL’ was last modified: August 29th, 2011 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:donegaldublinJim McGuinnessRTE