‘It’s just about God’, says JC coach Coley

first_imgHaving pulled off a tactical masterpiece to edge high-riding St George’s College 1-0 and win their third consecutive ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup – the competition’s first three-peat in 48 years – Jamaica College’s (JC) tried and proven coach, Miguel Coley, said their sensational win was his best yet.Donovan Dawkins, who scored a semi-final brace against Denham Town High and who told The Gleaner he was confident he could score in the final, was the JC team’s hero on the evening.He glanced a brilliant header with his back turned to goal in the 88th minute to leave goalkeeper Cyle Elliott and sections of the Sabina Park crowd stunned, none more than the St George’s team, who could not muster an equaliser in the remaining minutes.Saturday’s title-clinching strike took Dawkins to eight goals this season.The Old Hope Road-based institution is now the undisputed kings of Manning Cup by virtue of finishing the tournament unbeaten with two draws, and 27 titles overall.”It’s just about God. It’s been a rough time and testing time and we just have to give Him thanks. We just have to give Him praise, He has always been there for me and this is my gift to Him.”As I say, team work makes the dream work,” said Coley.Clearly overcome with emotions on Saturday, Coley reflected on his team’s 4-0 drubbing by St George’s as the catalyst for this victory.”I just wanna apologise for the 4-0 Super Cup loss. We took our licks and bounced back. It was a tough game, George’s is a fantastic team and we had to counter them with physical play and good man-marking. Team work makes the dream work,” Coley reiterated.JC were 4-0 losers in the Flow Super Cup and lost on penalties in the Walker Cup to Wolmer’s Boys’, who will play St George’s College in that final.JC meanwhile will contest the Olivier Shield final against the rural area daCosta Cup champions, with few betting against the possibility of the Corporate Area titans JC and George’s finishing the season with two trophies apiece.last_img read more

Westlund in Pro/Celebrity Race

first_imgLONG BEACH – When businessman Jerry Westlund was much younger, his parents would drop him off at the gates of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, he’d enjoy the race, and then he’d take the bus home. His mode of transportation at this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Saturday, April 14 will be radically different. “I’m a lifelong Long Beach resident,” Westlund said. “I’ve been going to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for around 30 years and I’ve always wondered how I’d do if I ever got in the Pro/Celebrity Race. … I can’t wait to start training and line up on what is basically my home track.” Westlund will join the rest of the celebrity and professional field for four days of driver’s training conducted by Fast Lane Driving School at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond. One day of pre-event driver’s training and media exposure on Pro/Celebrity Press Day, plus practice and qualifying on Friday, April 13 will lead up to him taking the green flag at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 14 in the 10-lap sprint race over the storied 1.97-mile seaside street course. His winning bid earned him air fare, hotel accommodations, meals and ground transportation, as well as race-week dinners and related press and social activities, including a postrace “Victory Dinner.” Westlund will also receive a custom-made professional driver’s suit, along with shoes, helmet and gloves, and a $5,000 donation from Toyota will be made in his name to “Racing For Kids,” a national program benefiting two children’s hospitals in Southern California. That’s because the 41-year-old nightclub owner will be strapped in behind the wheel of a race-ready Scion tC, dueling with fellow competitors from film, television and sports in the 31st annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, April 13-15. Westlund, who owns 12 adult nightclubs in five states across the U.S., was high bidder in the recent auction on “longbeachgp.com” to win a chance to race on America’s most famed street circuit. His winning bid of $70,500 will go directly to the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach which, since its inception, has contributed more than $2 million to a wide cross-section of charitable organizations throughout the greater Long Beach area. center_img 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

Sunderland starlet pens new long-term contract

first_img Sunderland starlet Jordan Pickford 1 Sunderland prospect Jordan Pickford has penned new contract which will keep him on Wearside until the summer of 2020.The highly-rated 21-year-old goalkeeper signed a new four-year deal in June 2014, but the academy graduate has now committed himself for a further two years after manager Sam Allardyce moved to tie up his future.Allardyce said: “Jordan is an exceptional talent who has already demonstrated that he is comfortable playing at the highest level.“At the tender age of just 21, which is still very young in goalkeeping terms, there is still a lot more potential for development, which is really exciting for us.“It’s always great to see a local lad progress through the academy ranks, especially for our fans, and I am certain that Jordan has a very bright future ahead of him here at Sunderland.”England Under-21 international Pickford, who joined the Black Cats as an eight-year-old, was handed his senior debut in the 3-1 FA Cup third-round defeat at Arsenal on January 9.He retained his place for the Premier League trip to Tottenham a week later after a series of successful loan spells, the last of them at Championship side Preston during the first half of this season.Allardyce has insisted Italian Vito Mannone remains his number one, but was confident enough in Pickford to sell Costel Pantilimon to Watford last week.last_img read more

EMERGENCY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSURE OF PET RESCUE SERVICE

first_imgAn important animal welfare/rescue meeting is to be held in The Station House hotel in Letterkenny on Tuesday 5th of April at 8pm. The meeting is to deal with the fall out of the sudden closure of Donegal Pet Rescue.Two of the group’s founding members, Mickey Forde and Gary Cooney, two of the original founding members of the organisation, have expressed an interest in taking over the organisation again. Topics discussed at the meeting will be:1. The best way to move forward2. Taking names of potential committee members3. Putting a rescue in place again 4. Rolling the structure out so that it covers all areas of Donegal, that way we can have small sub committees in different areas of the county.5. Setting it up in an organised manner as it is a massive undertaking.6. Getting the publics opinion and feed back as they will play a large part of the success of thisventure.7. And last but not least …….discussing how we turn the dream of having our own rescue centre in Donegal into a reality.“All members of the public are welcome as is Vets, Dog Groomers, Boarding kennel owners, Pet shops and all other professional and non professional people who would like to contribute to this very important meeting. “You do not have to be an animal lover to attend this meeting, you may excel in other areas and feel you would like to contribute to this venture,” said a spokesman.Anyone looking for further information on this meeting can contact Mickey on 0872368386EMERGENCY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSURE OF PET RESCUE SERVICE was last modified: March 28th, 2016 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:closureDonegal Pet Rescuemeetinglast_img read more

FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRY, IT’S QPR)

first_imgSHAY GIVEN may be about to join Rangers…..Queen’s Park Rangers.The Lifford man will miss training this morning and tomorrow due to a knee injury but after undergoing a scan he is not believed to be a doubt for the Euro 2012 tournament.But off the field the 36-year-old is being linked with a move to QPR from Aston Villa, according to several media reports in England today, Rangers manager Mark Hughes, who brought Given from Newcastle to Manchester City, is reportedly very keen on bringing the Lifford man to Loftus Road.Shay started his career at Celtic before joining Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle. FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRY, IT’S QPR) was last modified: May 22nd, 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:FORMER CELTIC STAR SHAY GIVEN TO JOIN RANGERS? (DON’T WORRYIT’S QPR)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES

first_imgTooban NS win Indoor Hurling Final:A high standard of hurling was on offer in Burt Hall on Thursday last in the county finals of the indoor hurling. The final pitched two teams from opposite ends of the county together, namely Tooban NS from the Burt area and Derrybeg NS from the Gweedore area. In a keenly contested final, it was the Inishowen school who took the honours and in doing so, they claimed the first piece of silverware on offer at primary schools level in the new school year.   Woodlands NS win Camogie Indoor Final:The girls from Woodlands NS were victorius in the camogie finals that were held along with the hurling finals in Burt last week. The girls from Tooban NS and Woodlands NS qualified from their respective groups to set up a closely fought final, in which the Woodlands girls prevailed to claim the title. They have now qualified for the Indoor Ulster Finals that will be held in February 2013.    Football Competitions:Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.  Mouth Guards:Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it will be compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.  Committee Meeting:The next monthly meeting will be held in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Jan. 9th @ 5pm.  GAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES was last modified: December 10th, 2012 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:GAA schools noteslast_img read more

Thierry Henry makes statement regarding Egypt manager’s job

first_imgHenry had also been linked with replacing Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, however, he released the following statement on Twitter: “Since announcing my decision to leave my full time role in broadcasting to pursue my ambition of becoming a manager, I have subsequently been linked with a number of positions both domestically and internationally.“Contrary to misleading reports people may have read at this moment neither myself nor my advisers have held any discussions with any club or national association. My intention has always been to be patient and I will take my decision in good time.” 2/2 at this moment neither myself nor my advisers have held any discussions with any club or national association. My intention has always been to be patient and I will take my decision in good time.— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 2, 2018In July, he announced he was stepping down from his role as an analyst for Sky Sports, “Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football,” he said.“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long term ambition to become a football manager.“It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.” Henry worked under Roberto Martinez at the World Cup Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has denied reports he is set to take over as manager of Egypt.The 40-year-old worked as assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez during the World Cup and harbours ambitions of his own to one day be the main man in the dugout.center_img 1/2 Since announcing my decision to leave my full time role in broadcasting to pursue my ambition of becoming a manager, I have subsequently been linked with a number of positions both domestically and internationally.Contrary to misleading reports people may have read…— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 2, 2018 1last_img read more

Flores-Cloud Promoted to Associate Head Coach

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University volleyball head coach Darrin McBroom has announced the promotion of Leslie Flores-Cloud to associate head coach.Flores-Cloud is set to begin her fourth season with the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant coach the previous three seasons. In 2015, she helped coach the program to its most wins since 2010 as she and McBroom continue to rebuild the program. “Coach Flores-Cloud is incredibly invested in our program, Drake University and the development of our student-athletes,” McBroom said. “Our student-athletes recognize and respect that investment and she is more than deserving of having a greater influence in our program. She is incredibly organized, focused, task oriented and has the foundation and preparation to continue to advance her career.”Flores-Cloud will continue to serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, a role she has held the past three seasons. In that capacity, she has recruited next season’s four incoming student-athletes and the bulk of the Bulldogs’ nine returnees for the 2016 season.”This a great step for me professionally and my future long-term goal of being a collegiate head coach,” Flores-Cloud said. Prior to joining the Bulldogs’ program, Flores-Cloud was the girls’ volleyball coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. She guided the team to a second place finish in the conference and a spot in the SCIF Olympic league playoffs.She has nine years of combined experience coaching as a head coach or assistant at the club, high school and collegiate level. Prior to Maranatha, she was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern California in 2011 and a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in 2010. During her season at USC, the Trojans advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.Flores also spent two years as an assistant coach at Pasadena City College, which included a successful 2009 season as the team won the South Coast Conference championship.The California native was a two-year All-SCIAC setter at Division III powerhouse the University of La Verne (Calif.). She helped La Verne reach the NCAA Division III national Final Four in three of the four years she was on the squad. Flores was a member of the All-Tournament team at the 2005 Final Four. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner for Temple City High School and in 2002 was an All-CIF setter for Temple City’s CIF championship team.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Franschhoek: new hope for land

first_img21 July 2005Mooiwater farm near the Western Cape village of Franschhoek was once a thriving apple and plum orchard. Now it is the site of a low-cost housing development that’s home to over 1 000 families. To some this is a sign of how political pressure brought to bear by squatters can lead to prime agricultural land being used for settlement. Others have hailed the formal township, and the luxury wine estate that subsided its construction, as an elegant compromise between the rights of land owners and the landless.It has led to a dramatic drop in racial tension in the area, and could become a model for sustainable land reform in South Africa.Former Mooiwater owner Clive Garlic has mixed feelings. “It was a really good place to farm,” he says. “There was plenty of water and the soils were good and well drained.” But he doesn’t regret his decision to accept the council’s offer of R6-million for the land, which by the late 1990s had become some of the most sought-after real estate in the country.“I’m glad I’m out of farming,” said Garlic, who now lives with his family in Franschhoek village. “The best thing I could do was sell it.”Removals and invasionsMooiwater is next to what the apartheid government designated the “coloured” neighbourhood of Groendal, a dumping ground for victims of families forcibly removed from “white” areas in the 1960s.One of the historic houses in the white Franschhoek neighbourhood from which coloured familes were forcibly removed in the 1960s. These houses are now worth millions.Garlic started farming at Mooiwater in 1991. Three years later, in 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections. Many Groendal residents living in backyards shacks and evicted farmworkers decided vacant land was now theirs for the taking. The closest open plot lay directly beneath Garlic’s farm. The new squatter camp posed a serious threat to Garlic’s farm and family.“They stole my fruit, cut my poles and steel wire. I never walked around unarmed and I had to hire private security guards,” he recalled. “We had many confrontations. I have three daughters and they were really scared.”From Vietnam to MooiwaterThe new Mooiwater settlement is a far cry from the raucous crime-infested squatter camp dubbed Vietnam by shack dwellers because it reminded them of the waterlogged jungles they’d seen in war movies. Back then, Vietnam was not a place the casual visitor ventured into unaccompanied.There’s a peaceful ambience in Mooiwater village, where the houses and streets are neatly planned.Today a friendly, orderly atmosphere prevails in Mooiwater. Its neatly laid out streets are lined with electric lighting and filled with kids playing soccer and teenagers chatting while their parents hang out washing. There is no sign of sinister street hoods or drug barons cruising the streets in cars with tinted glass.The quaint, solidly constructed ochre and mustard cottages designed by Dennis Moss, one of the country’s leading architects, are all equipped with flush toilets, running water and electricity. Squatters had the option to get a free basic structure worth R38 000 – R20 000 more than a traditional RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house – or pay extra for a double-storey, extended or semidetached home.Joanna and Davy Sias outside their double-storey house in Mooiwater.In return for title deeds and keys to their new homes, the squatters had to dismantle their shacks and agree not to support illegal squatting or backyarding, pay for services and foreswear crime.Construction of this upmarket township on prime land was partly the result of efforts by the squatters themselves and a group of land claimants who’d been booted out of historic houses in what became the white side of town.Benjamina Paulse is Franschhoek’s last surviving victim of apartheid-era forced removals. Over 40 coloured families were forcibly removed from the town in the 1960s.Both communities were initially eyeing the 100ha municipal commonage that straddles the gentle slopes above an upmarket suburb on the opposite end of the valley. They reasoned that the government owed them land, the commonage belonged to the council, so it should be given to them.The deal is struckUnder pressure from wealthy whites fearing plummeting land values and full-scale land invasions, the council decided to sell off its commonage to Chris Hellinger, owner of neighbouring wine estate Chamonix.The communities managed to interdict the sale, and so began a tussle that ended with the signing of a social accord in 1998, whereby all parties agreed that the commonage could be sold and developed on condition that some of the proceeds went to settling the land claims, provided housing for the squatters and bankrolled black economic empowerment.Funding the construction of Mooiwater had always been beyond the financial means of Franchhoek’s town council. Paying for the land alone would have eaten more than half its R11-million annual operating budget.By selling the commonage for R14-million to a corporate consortium, the council not only unlocked French funding and a loan from the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) but was able to top up national housing department grants and thereby provide far superior accommodation.The deal went further. The consortium – which includes prominent local residents, the V&A Waterfront Company and Pam Golding Properties – is developing the commonage into a luxury wine estate and tourism centre expected to have major empowerment spinoffs, as well as up-market riverside and village residential units.The entire complex was specifically designed by Moss, the Mooiwater architect, to ensure that “the rich man’s house and the poor man’s house are cousins” as a way of reducing crime and diffusing racial and political tensions. A key design feature was replicating the low walls of Cape Dutch architecture and encouraging a shared sense of belonging.“If you surround your house with high walls there is no transparency,” Moss says. “Streets become negative spaces. You can kill there because it’s no longer yours.”Buyers of plots will be able to engage their own architects to design their homes but are bound by Moss’s guidelines, which cover anything from building materials to roof pitch. Security will be provided by a local black-owned company with a control room on the estate and electronic surveillance.“We don’t want to be a gated white community with people living in a quasi-European neverland, but there must be security,” says investor and marketing manager Peter Middleton.“The disparities are greater here than anywhere in the country. If it can work here, it can work anywhere.”The development trustIn return for a slice of disputed but valuable government real estate, the developers agreed to pay a 1% levy on every plot sold and 0.25% for resales. The money goes into a trust to improve the lives of Franschhoek’s poor and fund nature conservation efforts. The trust, chaired by Nelson Mandela Foundation head John Samuel, is controlled by local activist leaders, land claims representatives and environmentalists.Samuel himself has shares in the project, together with another prominent political figure, former US ambassador Franklin Sonn.“I acted as a midwife to make sure the community were adequately consulted and compensated,” Samuel says. “When I took the idea to [former president Nelson] Mandela, he was thrilled.”Sonn, who chairs the consortium, denies this represented a conflict of interest. “The trouble with developers is they’re often only concerned with the bottom line, not with what they leave behind,” he says. “Having a stake gives you the power to make them understand what needs to be done. But in this case I pushed at open doors.”Consortium CEO Willem Steenkamp says shareholders have so far contributed about R20-million in equity and loans and netted another R16-million from land transactions. This has allowed access to a R1-million planning grant and two loans totalling R52-million from the DBSA. Both loans must be repaid at commercial rates.The first will fund bulk infrastructure on the commonage normally paid for by municipalities, such as water reservoirs, link roads and upgrading electricity substations. Steenkamp says the developers are only expected to repay the loan once earning income and can count this as their mandatory developers’ contribution, which is usually about R3-million for a project this size.Furthermore, in terms of a complex written agreement, the developers will be able to claim back about 20% of their expenditure through service charge rebates, and the municipality is obliged to maintain the infrastructure.“In a sense we’re secure bridging finance for the municipality’s capital outlay. It couldn’t finance this operating structure,” says Steenkamp.Weekend farmersAlthough some stands have already been sold, the properties will only be formally marketed early in 2006. The developers hope to generate about R700-million gross within two years once all plots are sold and make a profit of R100-million.Half the buyers are expected to be foreign and the rest to range from Cape peninsula executives to Gauteng pensioners. The most expensive units – an acre surrounded by vineyards going for US$900 000 (about R6-million), excluding construction costs – are designed for wealthy weekend farmers willing to pay for a wine farm ambience without getting their hands dirty.Title deeds will record that the surrounding land must remain zoned for agriculture in perpetuity and cannot be subdivided.The second loan – over R10-million – financed the farm infrastructure, including vineyards. Cultivars being planted on 24 hectares of the total estate include Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay.“The estate has a variety of sites – mountain and valley – with different soil types,” says agricultural developer Dirk le Roux. “We were able to select the optimal site for each cultivar and expect very good wines to be made there.”Planting will be over by the end of spring and the first wines will be bottled within three years. Output is expected to be about six tons a hectare. “We’re going for the top end of the market, so the emphasis will be on quality, not quantity.”It remains to be seen whether wealthy buyers will bite and if real black empowerment will result, but so far the signs are encouraging.“We have every reason to be optimistic that this will be a success,” says Steenkamp.Stephan Hofstatter is a specialist land correspondent, contributing to Independent Newspapers, Business Day and Farmer’s Weekly, among others.Story and photographs strictly copyright Stephan Hofstatter. No reproduction is permitted without prior permission.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Pick n Pay scoops international award

first_imgSouth African retail chain Pick n Pay has won the NRF International Retailer of the Year, a coveted international award given to a firms that achieve a global reputation for excellence and service to the retail industry. The Washington DC-based National Retail Federation (NRF) made the announcement at their annual convention in New York this week, where NRF CEO Tracy Mullin presented the award to Pick n Pay CEO Nick Badminton. SAinfo reporter “Retailers who succeed in carving out a place for themselves in a world where there is so much competition should be commended,” Mullin said in a statement. Unlike many other retail awards, those awarded by the NRF involve a selection process by global industry leaders. Badminton said the award was “an acknowledgement of an incredibly supportive board, management team, and thousands of exceptional employees.”center_img Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Pick n Pay, with 162 supermarkets, 127 family stores and 19 hypermarkets across South Africa, registered turnover of over R23-billion for the year ended August 2008, representing year-on-year growth of 16.4%. It was added to the JSE’s Top 40 Index in December. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing more than 100 organisations in the US and abroad, covering retailers and suppliers from specialty, discount, catalogue, internet, independent, chain, chemist and food stores. 13 January 2009last_img read more