‘Messi’s magic befuddles Reno in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgA Man of the Match performance by captain Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh, who dispatched a clinical 79th minute penalty and assisted his team’s opener, led Cavalier Soccer Club’s surge to a 2-0 win over Reno FC at Stadium East yesterday and seventh place in the Red Stripe Premier League.Marsh, who pushed his goalscoring tally to six this season, was menacing from the get-go. He should have scored in the first 10 minutes, but failed to tap in a ball which ran across the face of the Reno goal.Marsh then went on several marauding runs, one which, in the 71st minute, saw him slip by three Reno defenders, dribble into the box and deliver a pass on a silver platter, which substitute Andre Dawson bulleted high and hard into the Reno net to give the homesters the lead.Eight minutes later, Marsh, with the ball at his feet, bedazzled the Reno defence into fouling him as he drove skilfully into the box before being bundled over by defender Miguel Barnaby for a penalty.The attacking midfielder made amends for his early miss, as he stepped up and dispatched his penalty cleverly to the left of goalkeeper Devaughn Hawthorne in the 79th to round out his team’s 2-0 win.Cavalier moved to 27 points, courtesy of seven wins, six draws and eight losses.”We are very happy with the win,” said Rudolph Speid, the club’s coach. “We have been having a very bad 2015, and 2016 is looking very good.”Cavalier are currently on a three-game winning run since the start of the second round.”We went to work and got some firepower and fielded some young players here, only two players in the team were over 25 today,” he stressed, adding that their focus is on Harbour View, their next opponent, and over 40 points for the season.Reno’s coach, Michael Graham, blamed a lack of concentration in defence and injury to a key player for his team’s loss. They are fourth from bottom on 23 points.Yesterday’s ResultsCavalier SC 2 FC Reno 0Waterhouse FC 0 Mo Bay Utd 0Today’s Matches3 p.m.: Boys Town vs Humble Lion at Barbican Stadium3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Tivoli Gardens at Juici Park3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Arnett Gardens at Spanish Town Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Harbour View at UWI Mona Bowllast_img read more

Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss

first_imgBoasting the majors’ highest payroll of $240 million, Los Angeles rolled past Arizona in the NL Division Series and then knocked off the defending champion Cubs in five games in the NL Championship Series to reach their first World Series since 1988.The Dodgers and Astros dueled to a 3-all tie through six thrilling games, with Los Angeles rallying to force the first World Series Game 7 in Dodger Stadium history.But, a few miles from Hollywood, the script got flipped.And it was the Astros celebrating the end of their 55-year title drought on the Dodgers’ field.“It’s too hard to think about what the Astros are getting to do right now,” a dejected Kershaw said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It was a clunker of an ending for baseball’s best team during the regular season.“Like I told the guys, when you put everything, every ounce of your being into something and you come up short, it hurts,” manager Dave Roberts said, “and it’s supposed to hurt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Dodgers won 104 games, boasted an NL-leading six All-Stars and won the NL West for the fifth consecutive year. They won 43 of 50 games over a two-month stretch from June to early August, the best 50-game run in the majors since the 1912 New York Giants.Their lead reached a whopping 21 games on Aug. 23, and they survived an 11-game September skid to coast into October. Mitchell has 28 as Jazz top Trail Blazers in OT Roberts, so quick with his hook all season, left Darvish in to face Series MVP George Springer in the second. Springer blasted a two-run homer — his record-tying fifth of the Series — and Houston extended its lead to 5-0.Brandon Morrow got the last out of the inning before Kershaw came on in the third. The left-handed ace allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two, leaving fans to question why Roberts didn’t start Kershaw on short rest in the first place. Or at least bring in Kershaw to face Springer in the second.“There’s always going to be second-guessing,” Roberts said. “We felt good with Yu starting the game.”Darvish only managed five outs in losing Game 3 at Houston. He’s the second pitcher in World Series history with less than two innings pitched in two starts.“I let my teammates down,” he said through a translator.Darvish took the loss, giving up five runs — four earned — and three hits. He didn’t record a strikeout and walked one.“I know he wanted the baseball. I know he was prepared. I just can’t explain the results,” Roberts said. “I understand it’s Game 7, but I just felt his stuff was good.”Acquired at the July trade deadline, Darvish was best known in the Series for being the target of a racist gesture by Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel during Game 3. On Wednesday, Gurriel tipped his helmet to Darvish before stepping in for his first at-bat of the game.“I just tried not to hit him,” Darvish said. “What happened didn’t affect me at all.”Kenley Jansen appeared earlier than usual, too. The closer, who tied for the NL lead with 41 saves, trotted out in the seventh to face the top of the Astros’ order. He induced a flyout from Springer, struck out Alex Bregman and walked Jose Altuve, who stole second before Carlos Correa popped out to shortstop. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Alex Wood, another starter working in relief, retired six consecutive batters over the eighth and ninth innings.Roberts made 32 pitching changes in the Series, breaking a record set by St. Louis’ Tony La Russa in 2011.With Kershaw pumping his fists and yelling, “Let’s go!” from the dugout, the Dodgers got two runners on with no outs to open the sixth.Andre Ethier, the longest-tenured Dodger, pushed across one run with a pinch-hit single. That allowed the crowd of 54,124, stunned into silence early, a rare moment to cheer.But the Dodgers stranded two more runners and trailed 5-1.Their big bats were silenced, too. Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson were a combined 4 for 22. Bellinger whiffed three times, and his 17 strikeouts were a Series record. He also broke Yankees star Aaron Judge’s freshly set mark with 29 strikeouts this postseason.“This is just a great group of guys,” Kershaw said. “Without getting too emotional, just trying to embrace each other. We all feel the same hurt.”The Dodgers didn’t manage a baserunner over the last three innings, keeping their title drought intact.“I hope we can get to this point again,” Kershaw said, “but it definitely wasn’t easy to get here.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches as the Houston Astros celebrate their win in Game 7 of baseball’s World Series. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APLOS ANGELES — Even Clayton Kershaw couldn’t save the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner pitched four scoreless innings of relief when starter Yu Darvish fell into a five-run hole after 1 2/3 innings Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).But the Dodgers’ offense never put it together. Los Angeles mustered just six hits and stranded 10 runners in a 5-1 loss to Houston that extended its championship drought to 30 years.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Key players’ absence, Tenorio’s struggles too much for Ginebra to hurdle

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Alaska undefeated run in 2018 could be attributed to its relentless approach on both ends of the floor.That was the case again on Sunday in the Aces’ 97-83 win over Barangay Ginebra where they came alive in the second half after a lackluster first two quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska coach Alex Compton, though, isn’t discounting the fact that his team was also fortunate enough to face the Gin Kings, who are shorthanded.Ginebra played without its giant Greg Slaughter, who is averaging 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds, due to a strained hamstring. Joe Devance was also sidelined with a foot injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Honestly, they’re missing two of their number one picks. So it was a tough situation for them. They’re missing a 6-foot-7 vet who knows how to win, and a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon,” said Compton.Sonny Thoss echoed Compton’s sentiments, noting that Slaughter’s absence gave him more room to work and be the fulcrum of the Aces’ offense. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SEA Games: PH’s Biado, Chua hurdle foes in 9-ball doubles opener PLAY LIST 00:42SEA Games: PH’s Biado, Chua hurdle foes in 9-ball doubles opener01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “It definitely helped. He’s a big guy, a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder,” the veteran center said.But Thoss added that Alaska would have played the game the same way even if Ginebra had Slaughter and Devance in tow.Already minus their two key players, the Gin Kings also failed to draw usual numbers from their lead playmaker LA Tenorio, who shot 1-of-13 from the field and wound up with measly five points, three assists, and two rebounds in the loss.“It was a big bonus for us because LA didn’t play well. We were lucky,” Alaska big man Vic Manuel said.With Tenorio firing blanks and the team getting frustrated in the second half, Ginebra suffered its second consecutive setback to fall to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Aces lean on strong third quarter to whip Gin Kings Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

Football Stakeholders Confirm Statutory Committees

first_imgThe assembly of stakeholders, dubbed Congress, which is the supreme governing body of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), have for the first time endorsed seven legal committees which are not subjected to dismissal by its president.The decision was made on Saturday, January 18, 2014 during an Extra-Ordinary Congress of the LFA, with about 50 days to elections.Each member of the committees is serving for four years, and can only be dismissed by a 2/3rd majority votes in Congress.Fifty six out of the 58 delegates accepted the committees and its members in accordance with Chapter 18 of the ‘New LFA Approved Statues,’ styled: “LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE.”The committees include External Audit, Election, Election Appeal, Ethics, Disciplinary, Appeal and Arbitration Board.Chapter 18, Article 30 states, “Congress is the supreme and Legislative Body; the Executive Committee shall be the Executive Body and the General Secretariat of LFA shall be the Administrative Body, and whereas the Disciplinary, Ethics and Appeal Committees shall constitute the Judicial Bodies of the LFA.”“Electoral committee and the Election Appeals Committee shall organize and supervise the election process,” Article 30.5 states.Chairmen of the various committees include: John Davis, External Audit; Malcolm Joseph, Election; Justice Soko Sackor, Election Appeal; Atty. Medina Wesseh, Ethics; Cllr. Izetta S. Wesley, Disciplinary; Cllr. John Kollie, Appeal; Atty. Sarfuah Gray, Abitration.The president of FC BYC, Sekou Konneh alarmed the inclusion of Mamadee Djakete on the Arbitration Committee, who is serving as Deputy Managing Director of the Renaissance Communications Incorporated (RCI) a conglomeration of Truth FM, Real TV and Renaissance Newspaper, owned by LFA president Musa Bility.Sekou Konneh quieted when he was told by the Congress chairman Musa Bility to show his disagreement through his vote.Some changes in the statutes stated that every member of the Executive Committee will be elected by Congress, and every candidate must be proposed by five members (clubs). Before, members of the Executive Committee were elected by their constituents, which were their clubs.The revised statutes have reduced the number of members of the Executive Committee from 18 to 13, which include the president, two vice presidents, the women representative and other nine members of the Executive Committee.According to the New Statutes, all executive members will not be younger than 25 years, and the president and vice presidents will have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s Degree. The other members of the Executive Committee will have a minimum qualification of a high school diploma.“They shall not have found guilty of a criminal offence. They shall have the Liberian nationality and shall have the residency within the territory of Liberia,” the Statutes states.The new statutes categorically emphasized the neutrality of the football house, saying that the LFA is neutral in matters of politics and religion.The statutes said the discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Orange Liberia to Invest US$15M in 2018

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia, Mamadou Coulibaly promises to invest US$15 million in ICT in 2018. The Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia, Mamadou Coulibaly, has said that the company will invest around US$15million in 2018 in strategic ways that will ensure that the telecommunications industry in the country becomes the best in the region.Coulibaly made the assertion yesterday at the official opening of the 2017 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) conference at the Liberian Marketplace in Monrovia. He used the occasion to encourage other large businesses not to focus on the growth and development of their own businesses alone, but also to invest strategically in ways that will ensure the growth of all sectors of the Liberian economy.He said Orange Liberia is a proud sponsor of several events being organized as part of this year’s MSME conference and he is looking forward to collaborations that will grow the sector.“Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises form the foundation for any economy. Without them, it would be difficult for even large businesses like Orange Liberia to be successful. In my home country of Cote d’Ivoire and many other countries around the world, it is the growth of SMEs that led to the creation of a large middle class, which is one of the critical pillars for the creation of jobs and eradication of poverty,” he said.Coulibaly said Orange Liberia recognizes the important roles that these businesses play, adding, “That is why even in our business strategy, we have already developed a line of products and services to support the development and growth of small and medium enterprises.”According to him, the services include “voice, SMS and data packages such as ‘My Digital Pack,’ which answers small businesses and their need to reach out to their customers. The ‘Closed User Group’ (CUG) feature allows businesses to communicate freely with unlimited benefits in a month.”He added: “’Fast Connect,’ a high speed high quality connection to 4G Internet at a very affordable price for small businesses and most importantly for the development of the economy; ‘Orange Money,’ ‘Our Mobile Money Services,’ which allow business to pay their employees’ salaries, their suppliers, and very soon in December, their taxes to LRA. They will also receive payments from their customers.”He said these services are designed to improve the performance of the business sector’s services to customers and also allow sector participants to simplify, secure and accelerate money management cycles, “which is the key of any business development.”He said in 2018, Orange Liberia will lead a digital inclusion in Liberia at each level of Liberian society, stating: “This is why we will reinvest a large part of our profits back into Liberia, including major investments in building new sites so that more people, in the most remote corners of Liberia, will have access to connectivity.”“We are confident that the foundation for growth has been set and it is our hope that Liberia will build on these gains to ensure that in the near future, it will lead to a large and robust middle class,” he added.Frederick B. Norkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, said the concept that the world is a global village has truly become a reality with the evolution of new technologies, and therefore, embracing information communication technology is no longer an option for governments around the world, but a means of staying connected in the 21st century.Post and Telecommunications Minister, Dr. Frederick Norkeh“The wave of change in the ICT age requires adoptability to remain a part of the global village, or lead with innovation and creativity. To date, the government of Liberia through the Posts Ministry has made significant gains in keeping the country connected with the rest of the world by adopting new technologies,” Minister Norkeh said.In 2011, the government through public-private partnerships celebrated the landing of the country’s first fiber-optic cable under the African Coast to Europe initiative, he said.“The deployment of the ACE cable commenced from its landing station on Broad Street to Freeport of Monrovia and ELWA Junction by the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation, which has significantly increased internet usage and reduced the cost of ICT services,” he noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Morocco plays up long-shot 2026 World Cup bid

first_img0Shares0000Moroccan sports officials give a press conference in Casablanca on January 23, 2018, presenting their country’s bid to host the 2026 football World Cup © AFP / FADEL SENNACASABLANCA, Morocco, Jan 23 – Morocco is “fully mobilised” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa”, top sports officials said Tuesday.The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee. “We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed.“Our record is and will be irreproachable.”Morocco’s fifth bid, announced in August, faces fierce competition from a three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.Fouzi Lekjaa, head of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), said he hoped the North African country’s bid would be “a candidacy for the whole continent”.“Between 1930 to 2030 — 100 years — the African continent has only organised the World Cup once,” Lekjaa said, referring to the 2010 tournament in South Africa, which beat a previous bid by Morocco.“It should not remain on the margin.”The committee has enlisted Ivory Coast legend and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba along with Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o to promote its bid.The host will be chosen on June 13, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body.The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but after suspicions over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, sparking a scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some powers and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.Morocco’s bid committee hope to win support from the 53 members of the Confederation of African Football.CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has urged the sport’s bodies across the continent to offer “free and massive support” to the kingdom.The bid committee on Tuesday’s unveiled their leadership team, social media channels and logo: red leaves on a black and white football surrounding a star that symbolises “unity and brilliance”.Responding to a question on human rights, newly added to FIFA’s selection criteria, Elalamy said Morocco had made progress on women’s and family rights.The kingdom was “one of the safest countries in the world”, he added.The committee also played up Morocco’s infrastructure, including a high-speed railway, ports, stadiums and hotel capacity.They did not reveal how much was to be spent on the bid, but said each of the last two bids had cost around $15 million (12 million euros).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PREP-JC ROUNDUP South edges Carson at Home Depot

first_imgLeanne Gutierrez posted a 7-6 (5) victory over Jamee Biadora to highlight her singles sweep, which was important against a Carson team that has strong singles players. “If we didn’t get Leanne’s sweep in singles, we would’ve been in a lot of trouble,” said South coach Frank Gutierrez, who is Leanne’s father. The teams of Chiodo-Suzuki and Evelyn Siu-Stephanie Giles also won tiebreaker sets that pushed South to victory. “I was real proud of the girls; they showed a lot of mental toughness today,” Gutierrez said. “We’ve been working on a lot of mental toughness techniques, and it really showed today.” Carson, a perennial L.A. City Section contender, got strong singles play from Biadora and Cecile Raymundo, each of whom won two of three singles sets. “They’ll roll over a lot of schools with the three singles players they have,” Frank Gutierrez said. For South, it was a much-needed victory after starting the season 1-5 against a backbreaking nonleague schedule. The teams had a nice backdrop, Gutierrez saying they played on the same courts the WTA used during its tour stop in August. “That’s a world-class facility,” Gutierrez said. “They did a great job there, and the kids were really lucky to play in such a facility.” In other nonleague matches … Peninsula 12, CAMS 6: The doubles team of Hana Chang-Brandea Bunnag won both sets it played, including a 7-6 (11) tiebreaker over the doubles team of Maya Parker and Megan Orejana, to help host Peninsula (2-1) take down defending CIF Division V champion CAMS (2-2) despite a sparkling singles sweep by Tiana Takenaga. Erin Coleman-Anna Tatsuno won both singles sets they played, including a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker victory over Parker and Orejana. Parker and Orejana did post a 7-5 win over Connie Zheng and Lindsay Gerber, who won two of three sets for Peninsula. Redondo 16, Culver City 2: Della Taylor lost just one game in sweeping her three singles sets as Redondo (3-0) punished visiting Culver City (0-3). Sister Elle Taylor also swept her three sets. The doubles team of Alix Politanoff and Romy Vargas recorded a sweep of its sets, and Tatiana Steward combined with two partners to sweep her three doubles sets. Girls volleyball Danielle LeNoir had 15 kills and six blocks as Narbonne claimed a 25-19, 25-16, 28-26 victory over visiting King-Drew in the Marine League opener for both teams. Jessica Booth contributed 13 kills and five digs, and Denae Padilla made 16 digs for the Gauchos (1-1). JC women’s soccer El Camino College used a balanced attack to post a 4-1 nonconference victory at Chaffey. Amanda Pech (North Torrance), Stephanie Hall (West Torrance), Iliana Gonzalez (Mary Star) and Jessica Lozano (Carson) scored goals as El Camino handed Chaffey its first loss of the season. Goalkeeper Lauren Humphreys made six saves for El Camino (6-2-1). Chaffey fell to 6-1-1. JC men’s soccer Kenny Garay scored the decisive goal in the 71st minute to lift El Camino to a 2-1 nonconference victory at Chaffey. Garay, who assisted on Leo Flores’ first-half goal, scored off a pass from Hector Gomez to break a 1-1 tie. Goalkeeper Braulio Ceballos made seven saves for El Camino (5-1-2). Chaffey fell to 4-2-1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports South Torrance edged Carson, 10-8, in a nonleague tennis match that came down to the wire Monday at Home Depot Center. The South doubles team of Maggi Chiodo and Yulie Suzuki clinched the match with a 6-2 victory over Angela Patricio and Veronique Vida. South also won three tiebreaker sets that went a long way in helping overcome Carson’s singles dominance. last_img read more

Donors offering scholarships to high school graduates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Starting with the class of 2006, the four-year scholarships will be available to all students who entered the school system in the ninth grade or earlier. The scholarships will cover between 65 percent and 100 percent of tuition and fees. For students at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, such a program would be worth more than $7,000 this school year. Brown would not give any details on the donors or disclose how much money they put up, but said the program was quietly in the works for three or four years. It will run for at least 13 years but may continue well after that, said district spokesman Alex Lee. Brown said she is unaware of any other districtwide scholarship program in the nation. “What a tremendous act of generosity on the part of the donors who made this possible and what a tremendous opportunity for all these children in Kalamazoo public schools who can now go to college and chase their dreams,” Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. Floyd Branson, 39, who has lived in Kalamazoo for about 15 years, said he and his wife have a 4-year-old daughter who will start kindergarten next fall. “It’s going to be a great help,” said Branson, who runs a barbecue stand in town. Kalamazoo is a racially diverse community about 130 miles west of Detroit. The district’s 10,300 students attend 16 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and one alternative high school. About 500 students graduated in 2005 from high school, and about 85 percent of them applied to college, Brown said. The biggest employers in the area are the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and Western Michigan, and the region is trying to attract companies to its new high-tech business park as it shifts away from its past as a paper-manufacturing center. John T. Long III, president and chief executive of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the scholarships will be a drawing card for new businesses. “This certainly gives us a strong weapon in that fight,” he said. Judith I. Bailey, Western Michigan’s president, said the scholarships will transform life in Kalamazoo. “It says to the world we want to be a community that values education,” she said. “We want to have a strong, educated citizenry because those individuals will become, in fact, our next entrepreneurs, our next physicians, our next volunteer core.” The program could also result in higher property values, said Don Grimes, a researcher at the Institute of Labor and Industrial relations at the University of Michigan. “It’s a question of whether people are willing to come in to go to the Kalamazoo schools just for that,” he said. Granholm said she thinks so: “I’ll bet the Kalamazoo system will experience unprecedented growth after this announcement.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KALAMAZOO, Mich. – In one of the biggest and boldest such programs in the nation, an anonymous group of benefactors is offering college scholarships for at least the next 13 years to nearly all of Kalamazoo’s high school graduates. The scholarships will be good at any of Michigan’s public universities or community colleges, and the amounts will depend on how long the student has been in the Kalamazoo school system. Those who enrolled in kindergarten would get a free ride. “This is truly a way for dreams to come true,” city School Superintendent Janice Brown said Friday. Civic leaders were delighted by the program, called The Kalamazoo Promise, and said it could transform this largely middle-class city of 77,000 by attracting businesses and drawing homebuyers with children. last_img read more

One Donegal farmer and his lamb are in for a Late Late night

first_imgIt has been revealed that a Letterkenny farmer and his handsome woolly friend will join the first Late Late Show line-up of the season.Seamus Brown and his star lamb will meet Ryan Tubridy tonight after they made the headlines this summer for the purchase of Ireland’s most expensive lamb.Seamus bought a pedigree Suffolk ram lamb at Ballymena mart in August for more than £13,000 (€15,000). The Suffolk ram lamb was bought for over £13,000 in AugustThis was a record price for the Ballymena Livestock annual Premier Suffolk Show and Sale, but Seamus was delighted with his purchase.Now, the pair will be in the spotlight on RTE One tonight and meet Ryan Tubridy on the famous chat show.It’s only right that the lamb becomes a screen star since his high price tag was all down to his good looks!Mr Brown told the BBC when he bought the lamb that he had all the best qualities: “This guy has it all – nice hair, good character, good top line, good colours, good mouth. I can’t find any faults with him. “He has so much presence he makes a statement when he stands up there.”Ireland’s most expensive lambMr Brown had planned to use the lamb for breeding but it’s sure to be a natural during its stint on the small screen.You’re not shearious?Tubridy was a bit bemused to hear that there would be a lamb in the line-up.“Most expensive lamb?” he exclaimed in a preview video yesterday, but accepted it as part of the usual eclectic line-up.“You see, it is the Late Late Show, you’ll have Henry Shefflin and the most expensive lamb and the biggest pop band in Ireland at the moment, do I need to say anything else?” The Late Late Show returns tonight at 9.35pm on RTE One. The guest list includes top band Picture This, hurling legend Henry Shefflin, outspoken obesity expert Dr. Eva Orsmond and more music from The Waterboys.One Donegal farmer and his lamb are in for a Late Late night was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 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)Tags:The Late Late Showlast_img read more

COP 17 very unpredictable, say activists

first_img29 November 2011COP 17 is the toughest UN Climate Change Conference yet when it comes to predicting the outcome of the two-week event, according to organisations affiliated with Climate Action Network International.At a press briefing on Monday, the Network called for more certainty from this year’s United Nations climate talks, with some nations indicating their reluctance to commit to a second period under the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.Canada, Japan and Russia are determined not to commit to a second period of emission cuts under the protocol unless all major economies – including China and the US – agree to the same legal terms.World food system ‘taking a beating’But action has to come fast because the effects of climate change are devastating the globe. Climate change policy adviser Tim Gore says around a billion people go to bed without food every day, with 239-million people in Africa among that number.The main reason for this is that climate change taking a toll on the food system around the world.In Kenya, there was total crop failure in some areas this year due to unpredictable weather changes. A significant number of livestock have also perished.Gore said that floods in East Asia had resulted in the increase of rice prices, while the food shortage crisis in Afghanistan had seen a rise in wheat prices.He said Sunday’s heavy rains in Durban, which left 10 people dead according to the eThekwini Municipality, were a stark reminder of the seriousness of climate change.Time to rise above national interestsThe World Wide Fund for Nature – one of 700 organisations from 94 countries that make up the network – was represented at the press conference by former Western Cape MEC for Environmental Affairs, Planning and Development Tasneem Essop.Essop said all countries should rise above their national interests and put the planet first. She said South Africa was able to talk and negotiate through the darkest years of its history and won the battle against apartheid – now it was time for the same to happen with all countries in the fight against climate change.The network would like to see the parties building on the progress made during the Cancun talks of 2010 and details for the Green Climate Fund finalised.‘Blind greed, self-interest’Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth International has expressed strong concerns over the agenda of the US and a number of other developed countries.“Durban could be where the greatest crime against humanity is committed,” said Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International. “The blind greed and self-interest of developed countries could literally pass a death sentence on the people of Africa.”The organisation said rather than strengthen the emissions targets, some nations were pushing to scrap the agreed and legally binding targets for developed countries and replace it with a voluntary “pledge and review” approach.However, Bassey believed the delegates were already feeling the pressure from many civil societies who have been demanding climate justice.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more