Arnett aims at top two

first_imgCoach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, says that his team’s immediate plan is to finish in the top two at the completion of the third and final preliminary stage of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Following an exciting 3-2 victory against Harbour View on Sunday night at The Compound, Waite is confident that despite the team currently in sixth place, they can finish in the top two. Striker Newton Sterling pushed his tally to eight goals with a double strike, while Leon Strickland scored the other goal. Harbour View scored through Kemar Bennett and an own goal by Arnett’s defender Dicoy Williams. The win pushed Arnett to 41 points, just six behind leaders the University of the West Indies, before their game against Tivoli Gardens on Monday night. “The objective is to reach the top two, we are not too far away from the leaders, so with seven games remaining, the team is aiming for the top,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday. “We are the form team of the round with three wins and a draw from four games. It is a chemistry that is picking up at the right time heading into the championship play-offs. However, there is no room for complacency,” he warned. Since, Omarley Francis replaced Damian Hyatt between the sticks, the giant goalkeeper has grown in confidence and made several wonderful saves against Harbour View. “He (Francis) is here for a reason and performing well in goal for the team,” Waite said about his new number one goalkeeper. Another player who has not been seen a lot for Arnett this season is former national midfielder Renae Lloyd. “Renae Lloyd is on the outside looking in, so he will have to continue working hard to get back in the team,” Waite explained. The former four-time national champions have played 26 games this season – with 12 wins, five drawn encounters and nine losses. They have scored 36 times and conceded 32 goals. Arnett will next play against reigning champions Montego Bay United tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.last_img read more

In the Midst of Criticism, A Look at the LMA Success Story

first_imgWith just under ten days to go for the third edition of the Liberia Music Awards many have begun to criticize the awards saying that it is offered based on partiality. But these criticisms generally become harsher and more publicized once the winners are announced. As usual the criticism is stronger when an underground, local or U.S based artist wins more than one category.For example, during the second edition of the LMA, headliners like Quincy B, who received three nominations, lost all. His loss, along with other issues, brought serious criticisms against the LMA’s stance on transparency. The continued increase in criticisms from all angles at the time, including the artists themselves, forced Joseph Junior Teah, LMA Country Representative, to hit back.In that interview with LIB Life last year, Teah said if the LMA were to start releasing the online and text message voting results from Liberia, it would shock fans to know that the people causing all the noise are the ones who never voted and did little or no awareness.“It is time that Liberian musicians stop the blame game and awake to the realities of life. These artists should be happy and grateful that we have started something good that is recognizing their talents and giving them more exposure,” said Teah.Meanwhile, despite all the criticisms leveled against the LMA, it has however made significant strides, with the integral part of that success story being an increase in its categories and new nominees. Another success story would be that since its launch two years ago, LMA has been able to send out invitations to local artists to attend the event, like it did during the award’s first edition that saw David Mell, Shadow, Benevee, J.D. Donzo, Bernice Blackie and others travelling to the U.S. on their invitation.Although the entire delegation of Liberian artists that was due to perform at the second edition of awards was denied visas by the Consular Section of the US Embassy in Monrovia, the LMA was still able to send out invitation again this year to some artists. The only hold up is that these artists have to successfully pass their interviews at the US Embassy in Monrovia.Still on the success story front, LMA became the first and only organization among the many organizations that give awards to Liberian artists to allow fans back home the opportunity to vote via SMS (text message), as well as online.Still running after two years, the voting platform enables the entire country to openly participate in the process, and it helps to give exposure here in Liberia to Liberian artists who are not based in the country. This platform initiative is part of LMA’s core process of making sure that the awards are giving out on a more transparent basis.The LMA has continued to foster a sense of unity, excellence and tolerance of diversity within the music industry, which they considered as an essential part in ensuring artists continue to thrive for greatness. Another success is attributed to the way the LMA publicly celebrates each winner’s achievements, even in the midst of criticism, by making sure that all the winners receive their awards. That is amazing!Last year the LMA was able give 30 awards to both first and second edition award winners who were unable to attend the ceremony in United States of America due to technical and logistical reasons. They received their awards here in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GoL Urged to Reduce 69% Pretrial Detainees

first_imgThe UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Waldemar Very, yesterday disclosed that as of April this year, 69 percent of the total prison population are pre-trial detainees, and efforts must be applied to reduce that figure.He said if a sustainable strategy for the reduction of this number is not put in place, the security and peace of Liberia will be at risk, “even with the forthcoming elections and the possibility of an increase in the prison population.”He made the statement during the opening of a three day retreat of the judicial branch of government in Gbarnga, Bong County.The retreat was held under the theme “Strengthening the Rule of law Through Enhanced Judicial Performance.”He told the gathering to use the occasion to reflect on key issues relating to judicial performance, especially on the critical role of contributing to peace during the October presidential and legislative elections.“And also how to take national resolution forward for the effective function of the criminal justice system,” he added.He emphasized that the judiciary must ensure that the elections are free and fair because it is critical to the maintenance of peace and security in the country.He said Liberians are expecting a fair and timely application of the rule of law to all cases of electoral disputes whether it is the conduct of candidates or political parties, or the conduct of the National Elections Commission.“I urge all members of the Judiciary to appreciate your role in ensuring ongoing peace in Liberia. I encourage you to use this time for deliberations to fully identify challenges, and learn from each other and international best practices about how to address them,” he said.The DSRSG explained that progress has been made in some significant areas, especially recent decisions taken to suspend erring judges and lawyers that will strengthen public confidence in the judicial system.Vrey, however, emphasized that much needs to be done and hoped that the retreat will provide the platform for the judiciary to assess progress and commit to clear and defined actions to be taken with a timetable for implementation, which he believes will truly enhance judicial performance.“It is important to understand that an effective criminal justice system is even more essential in this year of change for Liberia,” he noted.Supporting the DSRSG’s statement that 69 percent of inmates are pretrial detainees, Justice Minister Fredrick Cherue said, “It is a fact because every day people are committing crimes like armed robbery, rape, murder, and we do not have the capacity to cope with this alarming situation.”Cherue emphasized that the number of pretrial detainees far exceeds the number of convicted prisoners.“This is the Liberia we have and the crimes are getting higher every day. If you free five persons today, another ten persons will commit similar crimes tomorrow,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Waldemar Very, UNMIL DSRSG for Political and Rule of Law – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bran leads La Habra to 4-3 win

first_imgThe Highlanders, who also received goals from Bryan Aanderud and Jacob Baron, improved to 25-5-1 and will face either top-seeded Santa Ana or South Hills in the quarterfinals on Friday. Diamond Ranch, which received two goals and an assist from Alfonso Ayala, finished 12-3-5. “We’re just glad we won,” La Habra coach Stephen Aanderud said. “It’s so difficult to win (in the playoffs). They were a better team than I thought they were. “They controlled the first half, but in the second half we put pressure on them.” Still, the Highlanders managed to cling to a 3-2 advantage at halftime. Bran was a major reason after scoring twice in the first 19 minutes. La Habra caught an early break when Diamond Ranch goalie Jeremy Musser was called for holding La Habra’s Greg Francis as both players fought for the ball in the penalty area. LA HABRA – The CIF-Southern Section boys soccer playoffs are supposed to be grind-it-out defensive struggles as teams do whatever it takes to survive. The exception came Wednesday afternoon as La Habra High School, getting two goals from junior forward Edgar Bran, scored a 4-3 victory over visiting Diamond Ranch in a Division III second-round game. center_img Bran then out-guessed Musser and easily beat him on the ensuing penalty kick for a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. But Diamond Ranch, which held a 13-8 advantage in shots, rallied to tie the score in the 14th minute when La Habra goalie Kyle Fowler misplayed the ball and gave Ayala an easy tap-in. But Bran struck again five minutes later by scoring on a throw-in from Jonathan Prieto for a 2-1 lead in the 19th minute. “It was just a perfect throw-in,” Bran said. “I jumped up, headed the ball in and the next thing I know the ball is in the goal.” Diamond Ranch’s Simon Dewhurst, getting a perfect crossing pass from Ayala, then made it 2-2 in the 26th minute. The Highlanders pushed the lead to 4-2 after Aanderud scored in the 38th minute and Baron followed in the 41st. “We didn’t learn from our mistakes (in the first half),” Diamond Ranch coach Raymundo Ramirez said. “The first couple of goals came from throw-ins and set pieces (free kicks), and obviously the fourth came off a set piece as well. We didn’t do a good job of learning.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 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

Mall plan features outdoor spaces

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Along with an array of shops and eateries in the planned expansion of Westfield Valencia Town Center, folks will be wooed to sit a spell and socialize in outdoor living rooms. With a comfortable seating area warmed by a fire pit, the mall is envisioned as a homespun city center. “Since incorporation, the goal for this area has been to develop a regional mall,” said Aimee Schwimmer, the Santa Clarita city planner overseeing the improvements. “It’s happening with this project.” Plans before the city Planning Commission on Tuesday call for Santa Clarita’s sole regional shopping mall to grow to 1.3million square feet with the addition of about 30 new high-end shops and 10 restaurants. Macy’s would expand by one-third. Borrowing on the popularity of open-air shopping promenades such as Town Center Drive, the remodel features outdoor plazas, outside seating at restaurants, a children’s plaza, and even a cluster of lounge chairs grouped around a fire pit. The aim is to attract weekday workers looking for a change of pace and families looking for a new place to congregate with friends. Leafy plantings, a pavilion featuring a manmade pond, and permanent kiosks dotting the plaza would entice shoppers to venture into the fresh air. The demand for services has grown substantially since the mall’s last renovation, the expansion of the food court in 2001. The food court would remain as is, as would Sears and J.C. Penney. The addition would be built over the existing parking lot, with two multilevel parking garages on the periphery. Future additions might include offices, condominiums, senior housing and live-work units. Australian-based Westfield owns the mall in partnership with LNR Property, of which The Newhall Land and Farming Company is a subsidiary. Westfield recently completed a 600,000-square-foot enlargement of its Topanga Plaza mall, for a total of 1.6million square feet. Once the Valencia expansion is approved, it could be built and occupied by 2010, Schwimmer said. (661) 257-5255 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


first_imgTragic Jimmy Guichard just hours before he died.A Donegal mum who lost her only son to so-called legal highs has demanded the British Government ban such substances immediately.Jimmy Guichard was just 20 years old when he died after taking a legal high after moving temporarily to London to look after his ill father.Before that, Jimmy was a healthy young man who was known as a talented hurler with St Eunan’s in Letterkenny. But his tragic mum Karen was forced to take a horrific decision and turn off Jimmy’s life support machine.Now since his death in October, 2013, Karen and her family have campaigned tirelessly to have such ‘legal high’ drugs banned in Britain.However, the British Government have again stalled doing the issue after refusing to implement a complete ban on the drugs.Karen said if the British Government followed the example of the Irish Government six years ago, then her son would still be alive today. Now Karen has started an on line campaign and has vowed not to stop until Britain also bans the psycho-active substances.She recalled the day she had to make the most difficult decision in her lifetime.“On the 3rd of October 2013 I made a decision that no parent should have to make. I had to switch of the life support machine that was keeping my only son alive, Jimmy was 20 years old, he was fit and healthy, unfortunately he smoked a Psycho-active substance, a synthetic cannabis, as he was unaware of the dangers.“This caused him to have a massive heart attack, he was revived and taken to hospital. It was then that his brain began to swell and bleed, the swelling crushed his brain stem leaving him brain dead on a machine. The first place Jimmy laid was in my arms and at 11.20 pm on the 3rd of October 2013 it was those same arms that he died in,” said KarenBut Karen and her family have spent the past two and half years trying to honour Jimmy’s memory. And she said she is not going to stop until Britain and other countries ban such drugs.“Myself and my daughters could have quite easily just fallen apart with grief but instead of that we fought. We fought in Jimmy’s name and Jimmy’s memory to get the same laws implemented over in the UK that we have had in Ireland since 2010.“The end of our battle was in sight, (I call it a battle because we may be winning the battle on these products but we have a long way to go before the war is won) only to have this pulled away from us with an indefinite delay.“I call for the British Government to act and implement this ban so that other parents do not feel the pain that I am living with, my sons death was a meaningless tragedy he became a statistic. My son was and is worth more that that, bring this ban in to honour his memory by saving others.” TRAGIC DONEGAL MUM DEMANDS BRITISH GOVERNMENT BANS DRUGS WHICH KILLED SON was last modified: March 31st, 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:banBRITISH GOVERNMENTdonegaldrugsJIMMY GUICHARDlast_img read more


first_imgThe Rosapenna Golf Club Senior team of Enda Kennedy, Donal Boyle, Marty McDermott, Frank Casey Jnr & Con Boyce have reached the Ulster Semi Final of the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in the 112 years of the competition. The team travelled to Murvagh (Donegal G.C) last Sunday to face the leading qualifiers Royal Portrush and put in an extremely impressive performance to win 5-0 (19 holes) in the morning match.In the other morning match Ballybofey/S G.C beat Rathmore G.C 4-1 to set up an all Donegal Ulster quarter final after lunch.During a very tight match there was never much in any of the games and Rosapenna came out on top winning the first, third and fourth matches to advance to the Ulster Semi Final which is due to be played in Portstewart Golf Club on Sunday the 19th of August.This is the first time Rosapenna has reached the Ulster semi finals having reached the quarter finals just once before four years ago. There was only one other qualifying venue (from four) holding matchplay rounds on Sunday the 10th and that was Moyola Park G.C where the home team beat Galgorm Castle 4-1 to also make the Ulster semi finals.The other two venues, Malone G.C & Tandragee G.C will hold the matchplay rounds on Sunday the 24th of June where after the draw for the semi finals will be made. At Malone G.C Belvoir Park play Dunmurray and Clandeboye play Shandon Park. At Trandragee G.C Lurgan play Banbridge and Tandragee play Warrenpoint.PHOTO:Rosapenna Senior Cup TeamL-R:Frank Casey Jnr (Player & Team Captain), Marty McDermott,Enda Kennedy, Con Boyce & Donal Boyle. GOLF: ROSAPENNA REACH SENIOR CUP ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more


first_imgWELL DONE: Congrats to our under-age player Jack Doherty (CLG Iorras & Cloontagh N.S) who won the Donegal GAA Primary Schools Skills competition in Ballybofey last Friday. He is the County Champion after competing against players from most clubs in the County. Also, well done to Nathan Logue from Carndonagh who came third. So a great evening for the Club, Parish & Inishowen.CLUB MEETING: There will be a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. All welcome.MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win June 12th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 1, 6, 17 & 18. €15 winners: Nathan Toland, Corvish, Carndonagh, Jonny Mc Laughlin, Isle of Doagh, Kathleen Doherty, Cloontagh, Jimmy Toland, Mindoran and Ciaran Dowds, Burt. Jackpot next week €1,660. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and all who support this weekly lotto. SENIOR & RESERVES: Mixed results for both teams against Milford on Sunday, Seniors beat Milford by 1-16 to 1-12. A great display all round and two more points secured. Reserve match Urris 3-08 Milford 3-15. Next fixture both teams away to to N. Colmcille (Newton) on Saturday evening at 6.00pm & 7.30pm. Training continues for both teams on Tuesday & Thursday nights.LADIES FOOTBALL: Ladies are down to play Dungloe at home on Sunday at 12.00 noon.LADIES REFEREE COURSE: Anyone interested in next round of referees course for Ladies Gaelic Football to be held on June 23rd please let David Hession know on 0860538537 asap. TICKETS FOR DONEGAL V ANTRIM MATCH: All tickets orders can be picked up at the clubhouse from 7.30pm on Thursday night.Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp: in Straid from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July. Please contact John Friel on 0860523550 for further details and to book a place.UNDER-AGE FIXTURES: U10 teams away to Carndonagh on Tuesday night at 6.30pm in next round of the Go Games. Bus leaving Straid at 5.45Pm. U12 boys & girls home to Carndonagh on Tuesday night at 6.30pm. U10 girls home to Burt at 11-00am on Saturday. Good luck to all teams and their coaches. As fixtures can change for various reasons please check our Facebook page for daily updates.U14 GIRLS: Well done to the girls on reaching the County semi final. Date and times to be confirmed.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off at all Under-age training/matches.CLUB JACKETS: Embroidered and printed jackets for CLG IORRAS now available, to order please contact Donal Kelly on 0876461707 for more details. Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: URRIS’ JACK DOHERTY SKILLS UP was last modified: June 16th, 2014 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:donegalUrris GAA club noteslast_img read more

Playhouse announces new season

first_imgNEWHALL – The Repertory East Playhouse has announced its 2006 season. Starting the season will be the comedy, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a three-man show that performs all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in about 97 minutes. “The Complete Works” will run Jan. 13 to Feb. 18. It will be directed by Michael Davies and will star Doug Stuart, Bill Quinn and Jason Goldberg. The musical for the 2006 season will be the critically acclaimed Broadway hit “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ long-running musical comedy revue is about everything people secretly think about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but are afraid to admit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I Love You” will be directed by George Cummings and will run March 10 through April 16. The next show will be Marc Camoletti’s farce, “Don’t Dress For Dinner.” A story full of twists and turns of fate, “Don’t Dress” will be directed by theater manager Jason Goldberg, who also directed this season’s mystery, “The Mousetrap.” It will run May 12 through June 17. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound,” two one-act comedies written by Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard, respectively, will be performed in tandem. They will be directed by Barbara Huntington, who also directed this season’s “The Odd Couple,” and will run July 28 through Sept. 2. The 2001 winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony award, “Proof,” written by David Auburn, will make its debut on the Rep stage Sept. 22 through Oct. 28, 2006. Rep artistic director Ovington Michael Owston will direct. Wrapping up the 2006 season will be “The Santaland Diaries,” written by David Sedaris, and “Season’s Greetings,” written by Joe Mantello. These two one-man shows will run simultaneously Nov. 17 through Dec. 23, 2006. Taking place during the summer months will be the Rep’s youth program, Project Footlights, designed to further the education and professional training of young theater artists. The class is open to 14- to 18-year-olds and will run June 19 through July 14, with performances on July 14-16. Tickets to plays at the Rep are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Tickets to musicals are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Season tickets are $90, or $75 for students and seniors. Sponsorships are also available ranging from $100 to $1,000. For information, call (661) 288-0000 or visit 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