JFF mourns death of team doctor

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has expressed regret and has offered condolences to the family of former youth Reggae Boyz team doctor, Martin Garwood, who was found murdered in his Barbican, St Andrew home yesterday.”This is somebody who worked with both our youth teams (Under 17 and Under 23),” JFF director of operations, PR and events, Mrs Janice Rose-Brown, told The Gleaner yesterday.”He was professional. This is something we sincerely regret and express condolences to all his loved ones,” she added.Rose-Brown noted that JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell, was travelling overseas at the time and had not yet been notified at the time of writing.Rose-Brown said the last time Garwood had worked with any of the national teams was sometime in 2015. Records show that he travelled with the young Reggae Girlz to a tournament in Guyana in July 2015.”We have a cadre of doctors that are rotated upon availability,” she explained.Dr Winston Davidson, who described himself as a colleague of Garwood, told The Gleaner that he found him to be a very community-minded person.”He was an excellent doctor and a very diligent person and very civic-minded person,” he said.”He had the reputation of being a very competent and sound doctor and caring of his patients,” Davidson noted.Garwood, who was a recipient of a 2004 scholarship from the Jamaica Association of Northern California, was a general practitioner who worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.”We discussed cases together. As a public health specialist he took interest in communicable diseases and was a very good doctor and very good practitioner. He participated in a lot of continuing medical education and post graduate training and he was interested in family medicine and family,” Davidson added.last_img read more

Donaire: If I can land my best punches, I can stop Zolani Tete

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FILE – Nonito Donaire of the Philippines and Jessie Magdaleno exchange punches during their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPNonito Donaire Jr. likes his chances against Zolani Tete, the South African WBO bantamweight champion, in the World Boxing Super Series semifinal.Donaire, who is also defending his WBA (super) bantamweight crown, sees Tete’s style as an ideal fit for his.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Tete’s a very skillful boxer, but my style’s made for his, power-wise,” Donaire told boxingscene.com. “There are a lot of ways to dissect and neutralize his style so my power’s at full force. If I can land my best punches, I believe I can stop him.”Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs), who turns 36 on Friday, earned a four-round stoppage over Ryan Burnett in the quarterfinal two weeks ago to win the WBA belt after the Irish fighter suffered a back injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 30-year-old Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Mikhail Aloyan last month in Russia. He hasn’t lost since 2012, winning his past 12 fights.Donaire, however, is confident he has the tools to reign again in his return to the 118-pound division after spending time as a super bantamweight and featherweight where he also won titles. Comeback falls short for ‘sluggish’ Meralco Bolts in Game 2 losscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “My main focus is to advance through the next stage and win this tournament. My power is tremendous,” said Donaire.“With that and my ability to come in aggressively, smothering a lot of punches, I don’t doubt that I can’t stop anyone. I’m a dangerous puncher in this division.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Public apology to student

first_imgDear Editor,Diversity in education and the creation of educational opportunities for students from diverse cultural backgrounds constitutes the bedrock of Mae’s Schools.As an educational institution, we are defined by the belief that a multiplicity of ideas and beliefs, cultures and cultural values enrich the learning experience of our students.We hold deeply the view that respect for and celebration of the several cultures which make up our country creates a diverse, dynamic environment for our students.On the day of May 25, 2018 there was a most unfortunate and deeply regrettable incident at our school. We recognise that this event created trauma for the student, his family and the community.We deeply regret the incident, and offer our most sincere and profound apologies to the student and his family for the hurt and pain which he suffered as a result.We recognise also that various aspects of the event have been mischaracterised and misrepresented in the media.It was not our intention to hurt, disrespect or degrade such an important part of the beautiful cultural mosaic which constitutes Guyana.Our primary focus and concern was, and remains, that the unintentional hurt and pain caused by this event be addressed in a manner which not only repairs any damage caused, but reconfirms our commitment to cultural diversity and its importance in the dynamic educational environment at Mae’s.We have engaged and will continue to engage those institutions in our society which are dedicated to protecting and promoting Indigenous culture as an integral part of our educational experience.We will continue to strive to provide increased educational opportunities to students from all cultures in an environment of creative dynamic learning, underpinned by discipline and rules.Sincerely,Stacey FrenchMae’s SchoolsDirectorlast_img read more

“We’re leaving no stones unturned” – E Division Commander

first_imgKwakwani midwife’s murderE Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Linden Lord has indicated that Police were leaving no stones unturned in finding the perpetrator/s in the recent killing of Kwakwani midwife Paulette Wade.Lord noted that investigators have checked all leads, which resulted in the questioning of several persons in connection with the murder.“We had five persons in custody since last Monday, some on Tuesday and those that were arrested on Monday we questioned them thoroughly. Nothing substantial from them, so they’re actually on bail to report to the station there at Kwakwani every morning,” the Divisional Commander said.He noted on Friday that while some of those individuals were on bail, two were still being grilled by Police. Wade’s husband, who works in the interior and was not present at the time of the killing, was also expected to be questioned by Police.“The other two, we continue to question … We have a team in Kwakwani right now doing some more work. We intend to question the husband of the deceased to see if he has any knowledge as to what actually went on … we’re not giving up. We’re leaving no stone unturned,” Lord noted.An autopsy conducted on the body of Wade, who was found dead in her Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River home by her six-year-old daughter, revealed the woman was strangled to death.Wade, a 37-year-old nurse/midwife attached to the Kwakwani Hospital, died between 21:00h on October 25 and 06:30h on October 26 at her residence. According to information from the Police, the report gave the cause of death “as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation compounded by blunt trauma to the head”.The woman reportedly went to bed with her six-year-old daughter on Thursday night and was found dead by the child on Friday morning. The child reportedly found her mother lying motionless on the floor in the bedroom. She called out to her mother, who did not respond, so she opened the back door and went to her nine-year-old friend, who lives in the next street and told her what she saw.They then went over the road to the hospital compound and told the security guard, who then informed staff at the hospital. The Police were then notified, and nurses and a doctor went over to the home and pronounced Wade dead.Investigators reportedly found Wade’s body lying face down on a concrete floor clad in pink night clothes. According to information reaching Guyana Times, the woman had small bruises on her elbow and blood was on her mouth. No signs of forced entry were visible at the house, nor did it appeared ransacked.The Divisional Commander is encouraging anyone with information to contact him or any Police Officer, noting that all information would be treated with confidence.last_img read more

Mayor says anti-idling bylaw may be considered

first_imgMayor Bruce Lantz says an anti-idling bylaw is on the radar in Fort St. John.On Moose FM’s Issues and Answers this morning, Mayor Lantz said staff is currently researching the facts behind an anti-idling bylaw, and says there is a suprising amount of information to go through.The Mayor says the idea did come up in council last June, and the city will probably have to look at it again soon. But, he says, like with the Edmonton bylaw, no policy here is going force residents to keep their cars turned off when the temperature is below -10. – Advertisement – [asset|aid=786|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9be27a3040ab56a4a2a3d754eb733676-Lantz-idling-1_1_Pub.mp3] As far as enforcement goes, he says he’s not sure how it would be best done. Certainly, the mayor is concerned about adding more difficult-to-enforce bylaws to already stretched RCMP members, but he says enforcement done on a by-complaint basis, like in Edmonton, is an option. [asset|aid=787|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9be27a3040ab56a4a2a3d754eb733676-Lantz-idling-2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Edmonton’s Inews reports the Edmonton bylaw would only apply when the temperature is above -10, and would call for a $250 fine, for vehicles idling for more than three minutes.To see some of the comments made by Fort St. John residents, about such a bylaw, click here: http://www.energeticcity.ca/should-city-fsj-create-anti-idling-ban-one-proposed-edmontonlast_img read more

Province’s fire centre issues updates on wildfires

first_imgThe largest one is the Beatton Airport Road fire, which is an estimated 5,500 hectares in size. He said that it was his understanding that crews were on the ground fighting this fire, and that they require a different tactical approach.“We’re going to have to be looking at options out there for what we can do to stem its growth and make sure that we’re protecting values out there,” he said.Fires of that size, you need to do planned ignition operations — i.e., fighting fire with fire. It also depends on the terrain in the area, the fuel it’s burning, and fire breaks.Skrepnek said the likely cause was winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour, and the highs of 28 degrees.Advertisement “Things have become a lot more seasonal since then, the weather has been much more favourable today and to a much less degree yesterday as well,” he said. The wind is still concerning, he said, but not as much as it was on Monday.Chris Duffy, executive director of Emergency Management BC, confirmed that at least one home have been lost in these fires, including one in Kelly Lake and an unspecific structure near the Alberta border.No evacuation orders are in place at this time, but five evacuation alerts are in place — in Charlie Lake, Baldonnel, South Taylor Hill, Beatton Airport Road, and Hudson’s Hope. In total, it’s estimated about 450 homes are at risk in these evacuation alerts. KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Province’s Chief Fire Officer says more resources are on their way to the Peace region to help out amidst the fires.Kevin Skrepnek says over 200 personnel are either on the ground or in coordination centres in the Peace region.“We are bringing additional resources into the area,” he said. “We’ve been bringing them in from elsewhere in the province.”- Advertisement -He says there have been 143 fires to date throughout B.C., most human caused. Skrepnek says it’s not unusual to see so many human-caused fires, since lightning is so rare this time of year — but the number is certainly above average.In the conference call on Wednesday, it was confirmed that there have been 20 new fires since yesterday in B.C., with 14 of those are fires over 100 hectares in northeastern B.C.An air tanker fleet has been brought online early, with one group being fire-ready by this afternoon in Fort St. John. Another group will be active in Prince George and a last group in Williams Lake by next week.Advertisementlast_img read more

US fans show appetite for European stars

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona fans got to see Brazilian star Neymar score the winner against Manchester United in what could turn out to be one of his last matches for the Catalan team if a much-touted move to PSG comes to fruition © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALLANDOVER, United States, Jul 29 – Having paid nearly Sh51,000 ($500) for a ticket to watch his team in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona, Manchester United fan Vikrom Ahuja could hardly contain his excitement.“It’s a lifetime opportunity because you’re not going to see this kind of opposition in the US,” said Ahuja as he savored the prospect of seeing Jose Mourinho’s side take on the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at a stadium in the suburbs of Washington. “I don’t support a local team because the way they play, it doesn’t excite me, it doesn’t get me out of my seat.”Domestic soccer has long struggled to draw big crowds in the United States, even though ticket prices often are significantly cheaper than for sports such as baseball or American football.But huge attendance figures at a series of friendly matches involving the biggest teams in European football have underlined a decided American interest in the game — as long as the quality is top-notch.Tickets for Saturday night’s match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the 65,000-seat Hard Rock stadium have been selling for nearly $1,000 on the black market.A match between Real and Manchester City drew a crowd of more than 90,000 in Los Angeles earlier in the week, while upwards of 82,000 fans watched Barcelona take on Italian giants Juventus just outside New York last weekend.For years, Europe’s top clubs tended to head to Asia in the close season in a bid to grow their fan base, but the United States appears to be increasingly the number one choice.Other teams to have toured the States this year include Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Tottenham — some them competing in the grandly titled International Champions Cup.– Star signings –The matches give US-based fans a chance to watch their team’s newest stars even before they make their debuts back home, such as United’s new record signing of Romelu Lukaku.Barcelona fans meanwhile got to see Brazilian star Neymar score the winner in what could turn out to be one of his last matches for the Catalan team if a much-touted move to PSG comes to fruition.Eric Wesner, part of the 82,000-strong crowd at a stadium which is normally home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, said he had no regrets about paying $200 for a seat even if the venue is a good two-hour drive north of the capital.“I paid 200 bucks after fees when I usually pay $30-$40 for DC United,” he said in reference to the local MLS franchise which plays in the center of Washington and which gets average crowds of around 16,000 per match.“It’s interesting because there are a lot of stars, and the level is much higher than the MLS.”Back in the 1970s, US fans did have the chance to watch the game’s biggest names on a regular basis when the likes of Pele and George Best played in the now defunct North American Soccer League.The MLS has managed to attract some big names in the autumn of their career such as France’s Thierry Henry and England’s Frank Lampard but struggles to compete with the likes of China and even India when it comes to wages.But Laurent Dubois of North Carolina’s Duke University, who has written a book which demystifies the game for Americans, was not surprised crowds had flocked to the pre-season friendlies“Soccer is of course overshadowed in the media by American football, basketball, and baseball and yet I think probably more people play soccer in this country than any other sport,” Dubois told AFP.Dubois was confident that it is only a matter of time for the MLS to build up its fan base and for those fans to go to see their hometown heroes, not just save up to watch foreign stars.“There will be a problem for a while that many in the US will feel like the best soccer is being played elsewhere, and they would rather watch Chelsea or Barcelona than an MLS team.“But the fan cultures for local teams will keep growing I think.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bandari’s Wambani named February’s best

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani poses with his trophy after being named the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the monthMOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 7- Free scoring Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani has been named as the February Sportpesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Month. Having scored three crucial league goals that won the coastal outfit six points, the 18-year old won the coveted 49 inch LG television set as well as Sh150,000 in cash shared in a ratio of 2:1 with his Bandari compatriots. A season opening brace against a fancied Sofapaka on Match day one and a solo effort against newbies Wazito FC has propped Wambani among the most influential players in the league so far.Wambani was drawn alongside compatriot Farouk Shikalo, Mathare United’s Crispin Oduor and Meddie Kagere in the final shortlist.Shikalo stepped into the big boots of retired Wilson Obungu and kept four clean sheets goalkeeping for Bandari while the influential Oduor and Kagere scored crucial goals for their teams.Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani receives the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the monthThe Bandari teenage star however, found favour among the football scribes who gave him 18 points.Oduor who’s goal against Sofapaka ranks as the best witnessed so far finished a close second with 16 points while Kagere was a further 2 points down at third place.Other than the four players who made the final cut Mathare’s Francis Omondi and injured Gor Mahia right back Wellington Ochieng were among the nominees.Wambani threw the gauntlet down upon receiving his first recognition for his football heroics, vowing to help his club vie for silverware this year.Bandari are 6th on the log thanks to Wambani’s contributions but the midfielder playing his second top-flight season believes more is yet to come from him.Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani poses with Sportpesa and LG representatives as he receives the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month“I’m glad I got off well this season and my prayer and hope is that I get even better because I believe there is more I can show. This award is humbling to me as I did not expect it even though I knew I did well in February.”“It’s an inspiration and my focus is more vivid now. I know I can get to the top and realize my dream of emulating Victor Wanyama and making it big in Europe.” The teenage midfielder saidBandari Coach Ken Odhiambo lauded Wambani and the entire squad for the fine start to the season. The tactician is focus on bettering the coastal outfit’s performance following an underwhelming 2017.“We strengthened with a view of challenging for the title and os far I’m impressed with what the boys have done. Besides the loss to Gor Mahia we have managed to get points from traditionally tough opponents and it’s even better when we do not concede goals. I believe we have the capacity to vie for silverware and probably return to the continental stage.” The former City Stars coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tony Pulis on his epic charity challenge and West Brom’s tough run-in

first_imgTony Pulis joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday.The West Brom boss discussed his upcoming challenge for charity, which will see the 57-year-old take to the water to row 450 miles from Tower Bridge in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.He also reflected on his side’s season so far and looked ahead to their challenging run-in, as the Baggies prepare to face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the next month.last_img

Pedestrian laws really not funny

first_imgBut the truth is that in fatal traffic accidents involving a motorist and a pedestrian, the ped is usually at fault. And if you ignore simple traffic rules, you are probably going to get hurt or even killed. The traffic officer who issued her a citation probably saved Coyle’s life, as well as the lives of other people due to media attention to this problem. Next time she approaches this intersection on that four-lane road – with cars going 45 mph – she will pay attention to the signs. For all those who see this story in the media: Hopefully, people will think twice before they walk out into the streets of L.A. against a “don’t walk” sign. My only regret is that all those people who have been injured or killed by cars in Los Angeles don’t get this amount of attention. At the LAPD, we have a saying about our motorcycle traffic officers: “As a motor officer, it is not if you are going down, but when.” Most traffic officers I know have had their own personal brushes with death and serious injury because a motorist, a pedestrian or even people parking cars don’t pay attention to the rules of the road. These officers know all too well how important our traffic laws are to keep people safe and alive out on our streets and highways. Most of them have the scars to prove it. John Smith is a senior lead officer with the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I have read the Mayvis Coyle story. I have listened to the silly remarks. I saw Channel 5 in Los Angeles make fun of the motor officer who ticketed her after she crossed the street. I saw the cartoon in the Daily News that made fun of all of the Los Angeles Police Department after ticketing of the 82-year-old pedestrian for “walking too slow.” I have read the nasty comments written by people from all over the U.S. After all these years, I am still amazed that there are so many public safety “experts” out in the world; yet the LAPD still can’t find enough people to fill all its vacancies for police officers. As a senior lead officer with the LAPD, I meet with community groups every month. More than you will ever know, I am asked: “What is LAPD doing about the people who race down my street?” “What is the LAPD doing about the people who run across the street in front of cars?” These questions and complaints are common. In Los Angeles, we have people who ignore traffic lights, crosswalks, speed limits and just about every traffic law in the vehicle code. That is why we have traffic officers. The laws are clear. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFor the most part, “peds,” as we call them, have the right of way, but as my dad always says, “The other guy has the car.” The vehicle code places certain restrictions on peds, and the law asks that they obey common-sense rules – so they don’t get themselves killed. When people, regardless of age, ignore these simple rules, the chance of someone getting hurt or killed is real. Such is too often the case. A traffic collision the week before on that same street hurt someone. All those who blame the officer for being too harsh with Coyle or who want to blame the mean old LAPD for having no soul should ask themselves: What if it was my mother (father, grandmother, or child) hit by a car and killed? What if you lived on that street and lived in fear of people who ignore speed limits and traffic laws? You would probably complain to someone like me and demand action, not words. For those who argue, “Well, go get the cars”: We’re already doing that. In Los Angeles, LAPD officers frequently conduct stings on some of our more problematic streets. Officers may dress like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or even in street clothes, and yet we still issue lots of traffic citations. last_img read more