Pepes to take on Maleos this weekend

first_imgThe event will be a fundraiser to help send the national mixed and men’s netball team to take part in international competitions.At the same time, it will be used to showcase that netball is no longer just a sport played by women.There will be two exhibition matches on the day with the Maleos to take on the All Star Mixed Team followed by the showdown with the Pepes.Tickets can be purchased from Rita Flynn Courts. Prices are K5 for adults, K3 for children under 12 for regular seating. For grand stand seating, it will be K10 for adults and K5 for children under 12.For more information on the event, contact the PNGMMNA at read more

Gayle secures Waterhouse ‘dream job’

first_img Gayle Fact File • CONCACAF C License, July 2018 (pending) • FIFA Advanced Level II Certificate, Jamaica Football Federation, November 2014 • US Soccer National ‘D’ License • IOC Certificate Technical Course – Football Coaches • Head Coach, UWI 2013-2018 • Assistant Coach, UWI 2008-2013 • Head Coach, The Bank of Nova Scotia Business House Team, 2015-Present • Head Coach, ZERO Business House Team (5 side competition), 2010-Present • Assistant Coach, St George’s College Manning Cup (U19), 2007 to Present • Head Coach, St George’s College COLTS (U17), 2007 to Present • Assistant Coach, Waterhouse FC Premier League, 1997-2015 • Head Coach, Waterhouse FC, • U20, U17, U14 U13, 1997-2015 Assistant Coach, Norman High School, 1997-2007 Coaching Experience Former UWI FC head coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle realised his dream, when he penned a three-year deal as head coach of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) heavyweights Waterhouse, last Thursday night. Gayle is all set to replace Donovan Duckie, who left the Drewsland-based outfit for Red Stripe Premier League newcomers Mount Pleasant Football Academy. He will be unveiled as coach this morning at 8. “It was always a dream to be head coach at Waterhouse. But, although my family expressed a bit of concern, I have decided to return to Waterhouse, which is my community and boyhood club. I have a good feeling coming back home and I am overwhelmed to be working with some former colleagues,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.. Bruce Bicknell, chairman of Waterhouse FC confirmed that Gayle is the new head coach of the club’s senior men’s team. He will start working with the team on Monday. “That is correct. He (Gayle) is the new head coach of the club. He was an assistant there and now returns as the coach. As far as I am concerned, Gayle is one of the best coaches. The community loves him, so we decided to bring him back home,” Bicknell said. Gayle, who spent the last 10 years at UWI as assistant coach then head coach, guided them to Major League and Super League titles, as well as promotion to the RSPL. “I left Waterhouse as an assistant coach 10 years ago and went to UWI, where I have grown and gained valuable experience as a coach. I thank UWI for some wonderful years,” Gayle said. “My aim is to bring back the glory days to Waterhouse. I want to change the concept of some people towards the community. I love football and it can be used as a tool,” Gayle further said. Duckie took Waterhouse from the relegation zone to the RSPL final where they were beaten by Portmore last May. Waterhouse won the national title twice in 1998 and 2006.last_img read more

Chile using football to tackle social ills in Jamaica

first_imgThe government of Chile has long been using football to curb some of its social ills, and now, it is extending one of its social-intervention programmes, Fundacion Futbol Mas (Foundation Football Plus), to the borders of Jamaica. The programme was launched on National Play Day, November 20, at the Cockburn Gardens Primary School in Kingston by the Chilean Embassy with the objective of uplifting vulnerable communities through participation in football. The Chilean ambassador to Jamaica, Francisco Bernales, said that he hopes the Jamaican Government will support the programme so that it can be extended across the island. “We, the embassy, have been supporting Cockburn Garden Primary School, and we decided to start there, but we are hoping to extend it to other schools in the country,” Bernales said. “Our prime minister has been promoting healthy living through sports, and we have decided not just to do it there (in Chile), but in other countries as well.” In order to implement the programme, the embassy has invited coach at Foundation Football Plus Vicente Valdelamar to the island. “At the workshop, almost 150 students participated, and we used football to highlight the positive skills they have,” he said. “We chose football because it is a sport which allows one to work as a team to achieve one goal. And the goal here is for everyone participating to improve the communities through their various individual skills.” He said that special emphasis was made to teach the students and the participating adults how to become resilient. “We work to develop resilience in the kids, and also with the adults. We want them to understand that they have positive abilities to make their community better,” Valadelamar said. “We are not trying to develop these children [to be] the best players in the world; we are trying to make them better persons.” According to Valdelamar, Foundation Football Plus is in operation in over eight countries in the world, and it has received nothing but positive results. akino.ming@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Who Wins 2015 Special Intra-Gov’t Tourney?

first_imgAmongst the eight football teams in the 2015 Special Intra-Governmental Tournament, which begins today, there are two favorites– the current champions, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Legislature.The MYS, in the 2014 edition clinched the tournament from amongst over 16 contenders, with former Liberia midfield maestro Kelvin Sebwe providing the inspiration.The employment of Joe Nagbe and George Gebro at the Ministry now will improve the team’s chances.Howbeit, the Legislature –also formidable force – with Africa’s Legend Sen. George Weah, playing as offensive midfielder has Fofi Kamara, Sebastian Mouh amongst others.Today at 9:00am, over 500 public servants from three branches of Government – Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive – are expected to parade from Broad Street’s Sports Commission to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to kick-off the three-day football and kickball tournaments.A brief program will precede events where Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe and Madam Yusador Gaye – the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission, will be amongst other speakers.The GAC’s AG will take the official kick-off at 10:00am.The tournament should have been “celebrating the Kick-out of Ebola in the country,” but the resurgence of the Ebola has caused the tournament to go on without a theme – an unprecedented incident.The cost of the tournament is about US$12,800 – with a budget allocation of about US$10,400 and US$2,400 for totaled registration of the 16 teams.In the opener, the kickball team of NASSCORP meets Ministry of State. The male team of NASSCORP faces the GAC in the first football derby and LIBTELCO will locks horns with the Ministry of Defence.The Judiciary faces the Legislature to climax the day’s games. On Thursday, defending kickball champions of the Ministry of Youth and Sports will play the Legislature, while the Judiciary meets the Forestry Development Authority, and then first winner between NASSCORP and Ministry of State will face the Ministry of Finance and the LBS and the defending football champions Ministry of Youth and Sports will climax the day.At the end of the tournament on Friday, trophies would be given to the first and 2nd winners in each category as well as medals, but individual prizes are yet to be finalized.The reduction of participating teams from 32 to eight teams as well as deletion of the volleyball version are because of budget cut and lack of playing facilities in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Addiction: In the life of a recovering drug addict

first_imgBy Devina SamarooThat started out as nothing but a little high school fun gradually evolved into a major catastrophe that changed his life forever. Mark never thought his life would spiral out of control like it did, he always thought he had self-control and that he could stop whenever he wanted.Meet Mark, 47, a recovering drug addict who lost his job and family because of his gripping addiction to a range of drugs including marijuana, crack cocaine andMarkalcohol.As a teenager, Mark experimented with marijuana because all the “cool kids” were doing it and because it was “all a part of the fun.”“I used to use marijuana to get down with the cool people. I have what we call an addictive personality. For some people, they can use and stop but I wasn’t one of those people. I got hooked. I progressed to crack cocaine for a while. There were periods where I would stop on my own but I couldn’t stay stopped,” Mark began to tell his story.He was sitting in a little office at the Drug Rehab Centre of the Salvation Army in Kingston, Georgetown. This is his second time being enrolled in the drug rehabilitation programme. He completed the programme in 2014 but was overconfident in his recovery process. He wanted his life back right away but when that did not materialise, he relapsed to drugs for comfort.“I didn’t apply what I was taught. I was looking for too much too fast. After coming from a high level and when I came out clean I wanted to start back there, not realising I had to start from the bottom,” he explained with hand gestures.Mark lived in the United States, had a wife and two sons but his illicit lifestyle gotUlrick Thibaudhim deported to Guyana in 2006.In Guyana, Mark decided it was the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf but his plans did not auger well with him.“I went to a Reggae Concert and it just didn’t feel normal so I decided to burn a joint and within a year, I was back to crack cocaine. It just developed and my life became totally unmanageable,” he explained.His hunger for the drugs caused him to irrationally sell everything he owned just to finance the lifestyle he craved.RehabMark realised he needed help and so he got enrolled into the Drug Rehab Programme in 2014.The Drug Rehab Centre in Guyana has been transforming lives since its establishment in 1996.For 2016 alone, nearly 100 addicts were enrolled in the programme.Administrator of the Salvation Army Guyana, Ulrick Thibaud told Guyana Times that the success rate of the rehabilitation programme is about 50 per cent.Thibaud said children from as young as 13 years are enrolled in the programme, in some cases students come from prominent high schools.According to the Administrator, addicts in the younger age range are hooked on marijuana whereas the older ones are into cocaine and alcohol.The programme is very simple: patients participate in counselling, educational forums, spiritual activities and sometimes anger management, with classes hosted by the Men’s Affairs Bureau. It usually lasts for six months but patients are encouraged to stay at the halfway house upon completion of the programme for monitoring purposes but in Mark’s case, he did not.Thibaud explained that the halfway house is a critical peripheral aspect of the programme as it helps officers to intervene if they notice risk factors or if patients exhibit a tendency to revert to drugs.ResistanceFor the most part, patients demonstrate a willingness to get clean and they have the support of family. But there are a number of cases where resistance is high and some patients are neglected by relatives.The Administrator pointed out that resistance is high in the younger age group, where teenagers believe that nothing is odd about their indulgence in drugs.Thibaud highlighted that the media plays an integral role in perpetuating the ideology that drug usage is not harmful and many persons therefore reject the help offered on this basis.last_img read more

Allardyce insists uncertainty over future has NOT affected West Ham squad

first_img West Ham manager Sam Allardyce 1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists the uncertainty surrounding his future has not affected morale within his squad.Allardyce is expected to be sacked at the end of the season with former Hammers defender Slaven Bilic being tipped to replace him.Speaking ahead of what could be his final home game in charge against Everton on Saturday, Allardyce confirmed he has not been in contact with the club’s owners about his future.“There’s no manager news,” he said. “[The talks] were always going to be at the end of the season and they still will happen at the end of the season.“It hasn’t affected the players. Nearly two years ago, when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29. It was a good two weeks after the season finished.“It falls into the same lines this season. We will sit down and negotiate and then the outcome will be made clear to everybody when those negotiations are finished.”last_img read more

Arsenal team news: Predicted XI to face Chelsea in the Premier League

first_imgArsene Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Olivier Giroud ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea.The London clash is live on talkSPORT, as Antonio Conte’s Blues head to the Emirates on Saturday evening.It is the Premier League’s fourth v fifth-placed teams and Chelsea will be looking to bounce back after suffering their first league defeat of the campaign, at home to Liverpool last week.The Gunners, meanwhile, have bounced back well since losing to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on the opening day of the season, going unbeaten in four games with three wins in a row.LIVE on talkSPORT: Arsenal v Chelsea (17.30 KO) – click here for live national radio commentaryTeam newsWenger is expected to recall a host of first-team regulars after making 11 changes for the midweek EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest.Giroud (toe) faces a late fitness test while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined until after the international break and Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are out.So who will start for Arsenal? Click the right arrow, above, to find out in squad number order in a 4-2-3-1 formation… 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) – Click the right arrow, above, to see Arsenal’s predicted XI in squad number order… 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 17. Alex Iwobi (attacking midfield) 11 11 Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) 11 29. Granit Xhaka (holding midfield) 11 14. Theo Walcott (attacking midfield) 7. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 34. Francis Coquelin (holding midfield)last_img read more

Book Vegas tickets from Hope Airport

first_imgBURBANK – It’s Sin City with wings, and it has landed at Bob Hope Airport. A private jet ferrying comedian Carrot Top, feather-clad showgirls and circus acrobats touched down on the tarmac earlier this week to promote the opening of an airport concierge desk for Las Vegas-bound travelers. “That’s was a fun flight,” the comedian said as he filed through the Million Air charter plane terminal with his entourage of entertainers. “They’ll never let us get through the airport like this.” From the booth outside Gate A4 in Terminal A, visitors can book show tickets and restaurant reservations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Vegas has landed at Bob Hope Airport,” said Howard Lefkowitz, president of the city travel site, which will operate the booth. The desk will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Lefkowitz said about 30 similar concierge desks have been deployed in Southern Nevada, and more are planned for airports across the United States in the coming months. “We want to be where the customers want to be met,” he said. “Once they get through security and their vacation begins in their own minds, … they can book tickets.” Lefkowitz said Bob Hope Airport is the fifth- or sixth-largest gateway for Las Vegas visitors, with 15 flights from the airport daily. The visit from Carrot Top – known for his trademark mop of red curls – and acrobats from the Cirque Du Soleil show “Ka” came as the nation’s airports tightened security after authorities in London foiled an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives on U.S.-bound flights. Lefkowitz said it was a diversion from a troubled day – “an opportunity to look at something more festive.” (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Mall’s new 16-screen theater opens doors early for fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A 16-screen stadium-style seating multiplex opens today at the Antelope Valley Mall. Cinemark at Antelope Valley Mall opened its doors Thursday in a preview for civic leaders and a fundraiser for Grace Resource Center, the Lancaster food bank. Operated by Texas-based Cinemark, the same company that operates Antelope Valley’s four other theaters, the new theater is in its own building outside the mall. Cinemark’s 10-screen theater inside the mall was closed and will be replaced with shops.last_img read more

Lee look-alike lucks out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ – Associated Press Looking like Bruce Lee has paid off for Hong Kong actor Chan Kwok-kwan. The actor played a Lee look-alike in the 2001 comedy “Shaolin Soccer” and has now landed the lead role in a new Chinese television series on the late kung fu star, newspapers reported Saturday. Chan got the role because Lee’s wife and daughter, who were consulted on the casting for the series, were impressed by his physical likeness to the late star, the Apple Daily said. Chan said he worked out and learned Jeet Kune Do – or the Way of the Intercepting Fist, a fighting style pioneered by Lee – to show his determination to get the role in the new TV series, the Ming Pao Daily newspaper said. 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