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No place like home, says Flemmings

first_imgPrior to the start of the Red Stripe Premier League season, rumours surfaced that former Jamaica College star and Tivoli Gardens player Junior Flemmings would be turning out in the colours of beaten semi-finalists Waterhouse this season. The young forward has now admitted that he nearly made the move to Drewsland, but after serious consideration, he decided not to, and thought it better to spend his last days, before taking up a scholarship with New Mexico University in January, at his home-town club. “I am currently at Tivoli Gardens, where I will play from now until December, when I will take up a scholarship in the US. So I am just making sure I continue playing football, stay fit and try to stay injury free,” he said. “There’s nothing that feels greater than representing your home town. It was in my thoughts (going to Waterhouse), but I reflected on my future and remembered that this is where it all started for me, and how it would look very ungrateful on me if I turn my back on Tivoli Gardens now, especially with all that is happening with other players leaving and such. But I made a decision; I will stay at Tivoli until I am ready to leave the league,” he told The Gleaner. The Tivoli starlet only returned to the island last week, but is looking to play his first game against Humble Lion tomorrow. But Flemmings has had two seasons of top-flight football, and he feels, with all that experience, he can make a solid impact before his departure. “I was overseas doing some training and trying to get accustomed to the climate and the environment, so when I actually go there (university), it won’t be nothing new,”explained.. “But between now and December, I am trying to score at least eight goals, whether in the Premier League, the FLOW Cup or the Jackie Bell. That is my target. “It’s not easy, after just finishing playing schoolboy football and trying to transfer everything over into the Premier League, where you play against much older and more experienced guys. “I think we have a shot at the title, and we are going for it. On Sunday, I hope to play against Humble Lion for my first game, and I would love to score in my first game at home,” he added.last_img read more

Coach Laing: It was easy for Jago

first_imgCoach of St Jago High Glen Laing said he had expected a bit more from St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) after his team dismissed their daCosta Cup rivals 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup at the National Stadium yesterday.”I thought they would have put up a little more fight, but we can’t complain about who comes and how they play. We have to just score goals and win matches,” Laing stressed.”People have been saying that urban schools are ahead of the rural schools, and our performance proved that,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.He added that they knew where STETHS were weak and exploited that area throughout the match.DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS”We knew they had defensive problems and we decided to use three persons up front, and it paid off beautifully,” Laing said.Ace forward Ryan Smart led with a superb brace to bring his tally to nine goals in all competitions so far.He converted from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, after Kirk Samuda was bundled over inside the box, and polished off his brace in the second half with a clever 56th minute strike.At the other end, most of the STETHS attacks failed to trouble a very organised St Jago defence. When the STETHS forwards found space for shots at goal, they were denied by goalkeeper Akeem Chambers of St Jago, who had a very good game.STETHS’ assistant coach Renorio Downswell said his midfielders just didn’t turn up yesterday.”The guys didn’t turn up to play. We came here and were a bit lethargic and that cost us. We just didn’t play our game,” he stressed.last_img read more

Magic Castle, land for sale

first_imgGlover restored the home and its sprawling Japanese garden and pagoda, and his son later turned the main mansion into a restaurant, Ulloa said. Glover also bought a nearby mansion that resembles a French chateau, and it became the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. The structure also is home of the Magic Castle Hotel and a restaurant that features magic shows. “The business is doing well,” Ulloa said. “If someone sees the property for how well it’s doing, we’re confident we’ll stay in place for a long time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A famous piece of Hollywood is up for sale. The owners of the Magic Castle and the Japanese mansion that houses the Yamashiro restaurant are looking for someone interested in acquiring the landmarks and the surrounding 10-acre hilltop property. The buyer would get a valuable piece of land located just above Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other tourist attractions. Part of the property can be developed, but the buyer must preserve the nearly century-old Magic Castle and Yamashiro because they are designated historic landmarks, said Andy Ulloa, a part owner of the property. “We’re looking for a buyer who will make sure the integrity of the property remains,” Ulloa said. He said other owners of the property, including descendants of developer Thomas O. Glover, decided to sell it after more than 60 years of ownership. “There’s no asking price; the owners want to see what kind of offers will come their way,” he said. Glover bought Yamashiro in 1948 for $150,000 when the mansion – originally built to resemble a mountaintop palace near Kyoto, Japan – fell into disrepair, Ulloa said. The ornate structure and its distinct Japanese architecture had been vandalized during World War II when anti-Japanese sentiment was high. last_img read more

Saudi Arabia appoint Renard as coach

first_img0Shares0000Herve Renard has taken over as Saudi Arabia coach © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANORIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jul 29 – Herve Renard, who resigned as Morocco coach following the team’s surprise elimination at the African Cup of Nations, said on Monday he was taking over Saudi Arabia’s national team.“Happy to start a new adventure in Saudi Arabia on a new continent,” the 50-year-old Frenchman tweeted. He led Zambia to a surprise African Cup of Nations title in 2012 and has also coached the national teams of Angola, Ivory Coast and Morocco in Africa, as well as clubs in France, England, Algeria and Vietnam.The Saudi Football Federation confirmed the appointment, with its boss Yasser Almisehal saying “the choice was made on a great name, capable of bringing something extra to Saudi football”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham snap up Spanish starlet following impressive trial

first_imgWest Ham have reportedly snapped up teenage goalkeeper Pablo Vazquez following a successful trial period.The 17-year-old spent a month at the club’s training base and has done enough to earn himself a first professional contract.He has now returned to Spain to complete the season with local Seville club AD Nervion and will join up with the Hammers at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.According to Estadio Deportivo, the youngster made a big impression on West Ham’s coaches during his time in east London – where he sought the support of compatriot Adrian.The Hammers’ number one is expected to help Vazquez settle to life in London when he arrives next summer. Slaven Bilic 1last_img read more

Council approvals ‘set stage’ for NFL

first_img“It’s very simple,” Parks said. “If there is no football stadium here, the money will not be spent.” In addition to the Coliseum, a group from Anaheim is trying to win NFL approval. If the owners decide on Los Angeles, the plans call for construction within the confines of the historic structure, preserving the peristyle entrance and the sightlines of the existing stadium. Initial drawings call for a canopy above the Coliseum and creating a 67,000-seat facility with 200 luxury suites and 20,000 club seats. Seating could be expanded to 80,000 to accommodate USC games. The NFL has agreed to pay the entire cost of rebuilding the stadium – now estimated at $800 million. “I think that what you will see is the owners will set aside several million dollars to look at our plans – they want to make sure the $800 million they are looking to invest here is justified – and then we can expect to see more visits by NFL officials to look at our site,” said Pat Lynch, general manager of the Coliseum. “What’s important about today’s action by the City Council is that it shows the NFL that the city did what it promised in setting the stage for them to make a decision.” The NFL still has not decided on what team might play in a stadium, expected to be open in 2010, and whether it would be an existing franchise or an expansion team. “That is not our decision,” Parks said. “From the start, we said we are not in the football business. That’s up to the NFL. We are in the business of getting a stadium that could accommodate professional football.” Councilwoman Jan Perry said she sees the effort to bring the NFL back to the Coliseum as an economic investment in South Los Angeles to further the boom that is taking place along the Figueroa Corridor. “People keep asking me when are we coming to South Los Angeles,” Perry said. “They see all this building going on downtown and at the northern end and wonder when will those opportunities come to this area. This is one of the keys to that.” Parks and Perry also said there are no plans to remove any of the homes in the area and the CRA plans call for 30 percent of all the money it gets to be spent on adding to the housing stock in the area. Despite the council’s quick action Friday, the vote almost never happened when not enough members were present. Councilman Greig Smith, who had been scheduled to have the day off, came in to provide the needed 12th vote – the number needed to approve ordinances connected with the football package. Afterward, an enthusiastic Parks hugged and kissed Smith on the cheek. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nearly four years after launching an improbable quest to persuade the National Football League to return to Los Angeles, the City Council on Friday approved a series of final efforts designed to show team owners that the city is prepared to close a deal. Without debate, the council voted 12-0 to approve an environmental impact report for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a development agreement, a sign-off on historical protections for the stadium, and a cooperative agreement that will set aside $25 million in future Community Redevelopment Agency funds for improvements around the area. “I don’t think anyone would have believed, when we started more than three and a half years ago, that we would have gone from nowhere to now being the main city on the agenda,” Councilman Bernard Parks said after the speedy council vote. The approvals cleared up all details in a city plan that Parks and a city delegation will tout in Denver next week as NFL owners are scheduled to meet to decide what they will do next about putting a team in the Los Angeles area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The council’s action today was one more important step in our community’s effort to bring back professional football,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has supported the plan since its inception and earlier this month traveled to Dallas with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to talk with a committee of owners about the area’s desire to have an NFL team. The council’s approval Friday was the latest for the plans, which have sailed through several city and Coliseum Commission meetings with little opposition. Still, some have recently raised questions about whether the plans – and the speed at which they have been approved – are in the best interests of all concerned. Some criticism of the use of CRA money also has emerged, but Parks insisted the city is standing by its pledge not to use tax dollars on the project. “From Day One we had certain principles that we have not wavered from,” Parks said. “… we wanted professional football back in Los Angeles, that it should be at the Coliseum and that general fund tax dollars would not be used. We have stuck to those principles.” The $25 million from the CRA will be spent only if the NFL agrees to rebuild the Coliseum and the money would come from tax revenues paid by the league to the redevelopment project area. last_img read more


first_imgMALIN Head Coast Guard station officers have become world famous for helping out ships in distress in far-flung oceans.Last year staff picked up one alert…in the South China Sea!And yesterday their incredible skills helped with the rescue of a boat and her crew in the Mediterranean Sea. The may-day alert was picked up using old-fashioned radio transmissions“Ships don’t use medium and high frequency transmissions much these days and the Irish Coast Guard is one of the last to listen out on the frequencies as satellite communications have taken over,” said a Coast Guard spokesman.“However its still maintained for the fishing fleets off our coast and as long range back up communications for lifeboats and Search and Rescue helicopters.“Last night Malin received an alert off Gibraltar and were able to warn the Spanish authorities in Madrid.” It’s understood a fishing boat and crew were later taken to safety after getting into difficulty. MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD HELPS SAVE CREW – IN THE MED! was last modified: August 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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

Transfer gossip: Celtic and Sunderland linked with QPR defender

first_imgSome of the recent transfer speculation involving the area’s Championship clubs. Embed from Getty ImagesThe Mail claim Celtic, Sunderland and Olympiacos are showing an interest in QPR captain Nedum Onuoha.It is claimed that Onuoha, 30, has a clause in his Rangers contract enabling him to leave on a free transfer and that Sunderland boss David Moyes previously tried to sign him for Everton.Onuoha, who spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Sunderland from Manchester City, has been touted for a move to top-flight clubs during successive transfer windows. Taylor speculationEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Mail also say Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor can go for £300,000 and that QPR and Brentford are among the clubs to have been alerted to his availability.The other clubs are Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, the Mail say.Taylor, 26, reportedly has a clause in his Rovers contract allowing him to move this month.QPR boss Ian Holloway recently insisted he would not be interested in taking Taylor to Loftus Road.Holloway said: “He’s a very good player who belongs to Bristol Rovers and I shouldn’t talk about anybody else’s players.“There are a lot of players who step up a level and can score. But it’s about the balance I need – the pace and power to move the ball from back to front sometimes if Idrissa Sylla’s injured.“Have I got anyone who can do that? I’m not so sure I have, and Matty Taylor isn’t really that sort of player.” McCormack speculationDerby County and Sheffield Wednesday have joined Fulham in showing an interest in Ross McCormack, the Mail say.The forward left Fulham to join Aston Villa in the summer but is unsettled in the West Midlands and has been linked with a return to Craven Cottage.He was recently criticised by Villa boss Steve Bruce for missing training. The Mail suggest Bruce’s comments have damaged his club’s chances of recouping the reported £12m fee they paid for McCormack. Luongo reveals Chinese approachesQPR midfielder Massimo Luongo says he receives regular approaches to play in China.Speaking to beIN Sports, Luongo, 24, insisted he was determined to “get to the top” rather than accept potentially huge wages in the Far East.“Probably once a month there’s always someone trying to get me over there — an agent or someone who could probably profit from it as well, but it doesn’t interest me,” Luongo said.“When the figures start flying about it does start to get in my head. Then when I see what my mates are on or Diego Costa or whoever’s flirting with it at the moment.“But I still want to prove myself at the highest level I can here. Leaving (Tottenham) to (join) Swindon on a permanent was the best thing I could have done. Just getting first-team football was what I wanted and I proved myself at that level.“At the moment I’m trying to prove myself at Championship level. I think I’ll be better off if I do that and hopefully get to the top.”QPR want Luongo to sign an improved contract at Loftus Road.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Obituary: Hansie Cronje

first_img3 June 2002The tragic death of former Protea cricket captain Hansie Cronje, at age 32, stunned South Africa and the cricketing world alike. Cronje was one of South Africa’s most successful cricket captains before his involvement in a betting scandal brought a premature and controversial end to his career.His death in an aircraft accident on June 1 has united South Africans in shock and forgiveness for Cronje’s part in the scandal.A born leader, Cronje, the son of former Free State cricketer Ewie Cronje, was tagged as a future national cricket captain while still at school at Bloemfontein’s renowned Grey College. He played three years for Free State Schools and two years for the South African Schools team, captaining the side in 1987 with his close friend Jonty Rhodes as vice-captain.In the same year, he made his debut for the senior Free State team against Transvaal in Johannesburg.Cronje quickly established himself as a player to be reckoned with, and when South Africa made its foray back into international cricket in 1991 in India, he was chosen to accompany the side for the experience.Cronje at the commission of inquiry into match-fixing in cricketRising to the challenge of the international game, Cronje turned in a series of domestic performances that could not be ignored, and was chosen to represent South Africa in the 1992 World Cup in Australia. His one-day international debut came in a nine-wicket thrashing of the hosts.Cronje’s Test debut came in a one-off match against the West Indies in the same year, and in December of 1992 he hit his first Test century, scoring 135 out of a South African first innings total of 275 in Port Elizabeth. His stay at the crease was typical of his determination and drive, lasting almost nine hours, and it played a pivotal role in a South African victory that led to a series win.In late 1994 Cronje took over the national captaincy from Kepler Wessels, but in his first Test in charge the Proteas were beaten by New Zealand at the Wanderers. South Africa levelled the series in Durban and then, led by centuries from Cronje and Dave Richardson, sealed a series triumph in Cape Town.Earlier in the same year, Cronje achieved his highest ever first-class score, a magnificent 251 for Free State against Australia in Bloemfontein that included 28 fours and six sixes. The few witnesses to that magnificent knock will undoubtedly never forget it.Cronje led the Proteas until the match-fixing scandal that would end his career broke in 2000. During that time South Africa achieved some notable victories, including Test series triumphs in both India and Pakistan – something that not even the all-conquering Australians managed.Cronje played in 68 Tests for South Africa, leading his country on 53 occasions. He scored 3 714 runs at an average of 36.41 and captured 43 wickets – but it was the intangibles of his leadership and toughness that really stood out.Few who saw him take on the world’s finest spin bowlers, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, can forget his devastating “slog sweep’ that often resulted in the maximum of six runs. As a captain he faced up to the challenge of all comers, helping lift the team to second in the world Test rankings and first in the one-day rankings.The Hansie I knewI knew Hansie personally, having faced him many times on the cricket field, and also having been privileged enough to play together with him for Free State Schools and in club cricket. He was a very easy person to like, and playing cricket either with or against him was always a tough and enjoyable experience.Hansie had a tremendous sense of humour and loved playing practical jokes. He was also always a gentleman, and maintained his humility even with all the pressures that went along with being national cricket captain. Nobody worked harder at cricket than he did, and his example inspired others.When playing under Hansie, I always felt that the team had an extra confidence and an advantage over the opposition. I, like many others, never had anything but the greatest respect for him.To demonstrate the kind of guy he was: It was December 1996 and I had just begun a job as a sports reporter with a radio station in Durban. The Proteas were facing India in the first test, and it came as a great surprise to Hansie when I walked in to interview him at the team hotel the day before the start of the Test.We had a good chat, and he told me to wait next to the stairs leading to the change rooms after play finished the next day.As it happened, he was at the crease and not out when play came to a close. Still in pads and sweating heavily in the humid climate of Durban, he nonetheless signalled to me to join him around a corner hidden from the sight of others, and there he gave me an exclusive interview – something he was not supposed to do – long before he had showered and attended the official press conference.That was the Hansie I knew, and I hope that people will begin to see that the good in the man far outweighed the bad, and that his contributions to this country, its people and its cricket were indeed immense and worth so much more than the mistakes he made.Sadly, Hansie was just beginning to fight back from the devastating blow of his life ban from cricket when his life was cut short. Tributes to him have flowed in from across South Africa and across the world, and former President Nelson Mandela, for one, believed that he would have still managed to play a big role in South Africa’s future.Mandela said in a statement: “Here was a young man courageously and with dignity rebuilding his life after the setback he suffered a while ago. The manner in which he was doing that, rebuilding his life and public career, promised to make him once more a role model of how one deals with adversity.”Former South African captain Bob Woolmer, with whom Hansie spent many successful seasons, said: “He was the best captain I had the pleasure of working with. He was a real leader of men. They would have walked off Table Mountain for him. He was a man destined for greatness.“I will miss him enormously … He has gone to a better place, and I hope he does well in God’s cricket team. To all of us who knew him, this is a terrible day.”Cronje leaves behind his wife, Bertha.last_img read more

Govt outrage at Duduzile Zozo murder

first_img3 July 2013 The government has expressed its sadness and outrage at the brutal killing of Duduzile Zozo from Thokoza, south-east of Johannesburg. Twenty-six year old Zozo’s half-naked body was discovered at a house about 10 metres from her home on Sunday morning. Her mother, Thuziwe Zozo, said she suspected her daughter was killed for being a lesbian. It a statement in Wednesday, the government conveyed its deepest condolences to Zozo’s family, while urging South Africans to give expression to the Constitution in their everyday conduct. “The Bill of Rights of our Constitution recognises and guarantees equality,” the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement. “This fundamental right enjoins South Africans not to discriminate against anyone on several grounds, including gender, sex and sexual orientation.” The government appealed to communities to work together with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that Zozo’s murderers were brought to book. “Every South African has a duty to act against perpetrators of violence within the ambit of the law,” said GCIS Acting CEO Phumla Williams. “Violent acts such as this reinforce the existing social inequalities, based on gender and sexuality, and cannot go unchallenged.” She said the government would continue to strive to ensure that all citizens were and felt safe in their homes and places of work. “As we enter Mandela Month, let us not forget what the father of the nation fought for – a democratic country governed by a Constitution that is anchored on a vision that promotes human dignity, human rights and freedom, non-racialism and non-sexism,” Williams said. “Let us work together to keep the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.” In a separate statement, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane expressed sadness at Zozo’s “gruesome and shameful” murder. “We urge community members to go to the police with any information that will lead to the successful arrest of the people responsible for this barbaric act, so that they can face the full might of the law.” Mokonyane said there was no place for people who disregarded South Africa’s national pride of unity in diversity, and infringed on other people’s right to human dignity and freedom of association as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Zozo family; our prayers are with you,” Mokonyane said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more