Sunshine Open Netball League set to go Islandwide next year

first_imgKINGSTON:Netball Jamaica is working to expand the Sunshine Open League to become an islandwide competition, which will unearth new talent from every parish across the country for the 2017 season.The league, which is sponsored by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), currently comprises 72 teams that are primarily based in the Corporate Area.Dr Paula Daley-Morris, president of Netball Jamaica, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2016 NJ/JNBS Sunshine Open League held at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday, said: “Preparatory work undertaken by the organisation over the past three years will help to inform the new league structure to be implemented in 2017.”She explained that the organisation has been establishing parish associations and has been sensitising its members about the need to go this route. This is part of Netball Jamaica’s plan to really become a national body; to manage the sport across the country, and not only operate in Kingston and St Andrew.The new cross-country league structure is expected to facilitate a minimum of 20 teams from each parish in the three leagues organised by Netball Jamaica.”I am sure we’ll be able to find more teams. We will be running three leagues – major, minor and intermediate. Therefore, we will have enough leagues to be able to filter the talent across those leagues according to their ability levels,” Dr Daley-Morris emphasised.The University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans emerged the overall champions of the 2016 season of the Sunshine Open League after defeating the Molynes United ‘A’ team 30-19, while the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Knights defeated SPEG ‘A’ 40-28 for the Group ‘B’ Consolation Open League title.Paulette Sterling, JN senior manager, strategy and special projects, said the 25-year-long support of the league by Jamaica National is one of its longest such partnerships with a sports entity.”Our management and employees continue to be passionate about netball and see positive opportunities for the players to hone their skills and perform with excellence in the game, as well as in their respective lives,” she said.last_img read more

Assisted-suicide bill making gains

first_img“I’m very troubled by his decision,” said Rebecca Sandoval of the California League of United Latin American Citizens. Her comments came outside a separate Capitol news conference by bill foes. The measure has failed the past two legislative sessions, with it dying on a close vote last year in a Senate committee. But Levine and Berg said they believe the support of the speaker and the declaration of 27 co-authors already has changed the political dynamics in a Legislature, controlled by fellow Democrats. “We are confident that this year we will be successful in getting this legislation to the governor and signed into law,” Levine said. Berg said Nu ez “understands \ and he knows this bill has enormous support all across California, and that’s whey he is here today.” Levine and Berg also cited the position taken in 2006 by Senate leader Don Perata, D- Oakland. Perata spokeswoman Alicia Trost quoted the Senate leader as saying Thursday that “we will look at the bill when it arrives in the Senate.” “Last year, Don said he would vote for the bill but that he would not push the caucus to do the same because it is a personal thing and everyone has to decide for himself,” Trost said. Republican lawmakers have shunned the bill in the past, but recent polls show a majority of GOP voters back the concept. Berg and Levine also said the issue is under discussion among officials in Schwarzenegger’s administration, as well, with much having changed politically since the governor’s comments in January 2006. “Let the people of California make the decision,” he told the Sacramento Press Club. “I don’t think that we 120 legislators and I should make the decision.” Asked if that year-old statement meant a veto this year by the Catholic governor, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said, “We’re far away from that. It’s a significant and important issue.” (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Supporters insist the bill would provide the terminally ill with an option to end painful suffering. Foes – including the California Disability Alliance and Center for Independent Living – claim it would devalue life, particularly when it comes to the uninsured, poor and disabled. The religious, ethical and emotional questions raised by the issue have not only divided the Legislature, but also Californians such as the Nu ez family, which includes Catholic priests. Polls show two-thirds of Californians support physician- assisted suicide. But Latinos poll lower, and the Latino Assembly speaker said he had heard from many after it was reported Wednesday by MediaNews Group that he would announce support of the bill. Odds of doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill in California shot up Thursday when influential Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez said he would push a new bill – while the Senate leader remained open-minded, and the governor’s office said a veto isn’t certain. Nu ez, a Los Angeles Democrat and member of the Catholic Church that opposes the legislation, declared himself a joint author who would back the third attempt at passage of the politically volatile bill by Assembly members Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, and Patty Berg, D-Eureka. It will not only will be a legislative battle but also “a family fight, and I haven’t even told my mom yet,” Nu ez said in an interview before a Capitol news conference. “But I think it’s the right thing to do.” AB374, modeled after an Oregon law, is identical to a bill that failed last year. It would allow a California adult – diagnosed with less than six months to live – to get a lethal prescription after clearing several hurdles. last_img read more

Valencia upsets No. 1 team

first_imgValencia, ranked No. 5 in the country by, outscored its five opponents at the tournament by a combined 17-0. Taylor had four of the shutouts and was named tournament MVP. -Ramona Shelburne Girls’ soccer: Desert Christian of Lancaster striker Haylie Oakleaf and Vasquez of Acton goalkeeper Natasha Jackson shared MVP honors at the fifth annual High Desert High School Soccer Coaches Association Senior All-Star game, which ended in a 2-2 tie at Antelope Valley College. Oakleaf, competing for the North team, returned from a left knee injury that had sidelined her since December to score the tying goal off an assist from Lancaster’s Patty Garcia in the 72nd minute. Jackson kept the South team in front for the majority of the contest, recording 13 saves. Paraclete of Lancaster’s Merakka Augenstein scored the South’s first goal in the 38th minute and assisted on a score 10 minutes later by Knight of Palmdale’s Analicia Chacon. Lancaster’s Jennifer Lopez netted the tying goal in between, following a shot by Quartz Hill’s Shannon Cox in the 44th minute. The Valencia High softball team upset the No. 1 team in the country, Canyon Del Oro (Ariz.), 2-0 Saturday in the championship game of the Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz. Senior third baseman Jessica Spigner blasted a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it. Jordan Taylor struck out 16 batters and tossed a one-hitter. center_img Desert of Edwards’ Air Force Base goalkeeper Jacquelyn Hale recorded nine saves for the North. -Erik Boal 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

Saving our schools

first_imgTAMAR Galatzan has challenged her opponent, incumbent Jon Lauritzen, in the LAUSD school board’s San Fernando Valley District 3 race to a series of debates before the May 15 runoff election.These candidates only met at one forum before the primary, a disservice to voters with control of the schools hinging on the outcome of their contest. Debates in which the candidates get down to the real issues – talk about how they will actually fix the educational program – is what’s needed, not more hot air about who should hold power. That’s the kind of public conversation the parents, students and taxpayers of Los Angeles have longed for since the 1970s. And it’s not just these candidates who need to speak up. It’s the mayor, the teachers, the superintendent and everyone who says the state of our schools as the true measure of the state of our city. Apathetic voters were only partially to blame for the abysmal turnout of less than 8 percent in the last election. Neither the political leadership nor the candidates laid concrete terms on the table, and they failed to energize all but the most dedicated voters. The entire race was couched in broader terms – pick one side if you liked the mayor’s generalities about improving education; the other if you still trusted the school board to reform itself despite owing its allegiance to the unions. Even beyond the city, this debate is needed. Studies commissioned by the governor were released last week outlining just how bad California’s public education system is and the stupendous costs of improving it are. Last week, we challenged Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to lay out the details of his reform plan for the Los Angeles Unified School District. We now extend that challenge broadly to all with a stake in our schools. What must be done to transform LAUSD into America’s best big city school district? The public has a right, a need, to the answers to this question.last_img read more

Fiery Alli vows to keep cool at World Cup

first_imgAlli has been involved in a series of incidents when his temper has got the better of him.Some pundits fear Alli could suffer the same fate as David Beckham, who was infamously sent off in the 1998 World Cup after being provoked by Argentina’s Diego Simeone.But the 22-year-old, who claims he has never seen footage of Beckham’s red card, expects to keep a lid on his tantrums in Russia, where England face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the group stage.“I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them,” Alli said.“And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I’ve done before, but it’s not something I worry about at all.“I haven’t seen the incident with Beckham but, you know, I feel I’ve got everything under control. That is not going to be a problem.“Obviously, I’ve done some things before and people seem to think that will be a problem but it’s not.”Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate is keeping his cards close to his chest as speculation continues over the identity of his World Cup goalkeeper.Southgate gave Everton’s Jordan Pickford his third cap in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria at Wembley.But Stoke’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Nick Pope are also in contention.With England’s last World Cup warm-up set for Thursday against Costa Rica, Southgate is keeping his stoppers guessing.“We’ll give consideration to who plays in goal against Costa Rica over the next 24 or 36 hours,” he said.“But I was really pleased with what Jordan did. Normally, when you play for England, there’s not an awful lot of opportunity to produce a lot of saves.“His decision making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield.“That was really important to the way we want to play. He can be very pleased with his performance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s midfielder Dele Alli has promised not to lose his temper at the World Cup © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – Fiery England star Dele Alli has promised to keep his cool at the World Cup.Alli has been targeted by opponents keen to provoke the volatile Tottenham midfielder.last_img read more

Messi and Madrid hero Ronaldo in Champions League dream team – fair?

first_img 1 Buffon left himself out of his all-time XI Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Wednesday 22 April.Elsewhere, Juventus host Monaco in the other Champions League quarter-final, with a place in the last four in their sights having beaten the French side 1-0 in the first leg.Ahead of the game, Juve’s long serving goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has selected his all-time Champions League XI featuring a number of Juventus heroes as well as his former Italy team-mates. 1 Iker Casillas: Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeperRoberto Carlos: Ex-Real Madrid and Brazil full-backPaolo Maldini: Five-time Champions League winner with Milan and a former Italy defenderFabio Cannavaro: Italy’s World Cup winning captain, who played for Juve in two spellsLilian Thuram: Former Juventus and France defenderAndrea Pirlo: Classy Juventus and Italy midfielderPavel Nedved: Spent eight years at Juventus, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2003Gennaro Gattuso: A World Cup winner with Italy in 2006Roberto Baggio: One of Italy’s greatest players, who starred for Juventus, Milan and InterRonaldo: A world class striker, who played for Inter, Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as the Brazil national team but never won the Champions LeagueLionel Messi: Barcelona’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner is considered to be the world’s best playerlast_img read more

Liverpool transfer latest: Reds to make shock approach for Man United striker, plus more rumours

first_img 7 7 Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – Click to arrow to see which Premier League hitman remains to be linked with a Merseyside move – A move for another striker target, Gonzalo Higuain, remains on the table, although Napoli have reportedly slapped a £66million price tag on the former Real Madrid man – demanding prospective suitors meet his €94.7m buyout clause. The 27-year-old Argentine, who netted 18 goals in Serie A last season, has the class to succeed at Anfield but is he worth smashing the club’s transfer record for? Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Click the arrow to see which Copa America star is also on the Reds’ wanted list – Brendan Rodgers is determined to boost his forward line this summer, so they may look to long-term target Benteke as their fall-back option if their pursuits of higher profile players fail. An offer of £22m for the big Belgian was rejected by Aston Villa a few weeks ago and they are reportedly prepared to up their bid to £25m, though that still falls short of the player’s £32.5m release clause. Having struggled throughout the final days of Paul Lambert’s reign as boss, Benteke has thrived under new manager Tim Sherwood, yet Reds fans still aren’t sold on the forward, with many believing the funds could be put to better use elsewhere. CLICK FOR THE LATEST LIVERPOOL TRANSFER RUMOURS Liverpool have been busy bees already this summer, with Brendan Rodgers strengthening his squad with five new arrivals before the transfer window has even opened.James Milner will provide steel in midfield in the absence of departing club captain Steven Gerrard, while Brazilian Roberto Firmino could prove a hit at Anfield as he links up with countryman Philippe Coutinho in attack.But, aside from Danny Ings – likely to play a role off the bench after signing from relegated Burnley – the Reds have yet to land a top striker to boost their goalscoring threat.Rodgers’ side struggled last season without star man Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, whose campaign was plagued with injury, as they only managed a sixth place finish on the back of their previous runner-up spot.The Merseysiders have been linked with a host of talent from around the world in recent weeks, so trusty talkSPORT are here to sort through the latest reports. 7 7 7 Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) – Click to arrow to see which Man United striker has been linked with a shock Anfield switch – One of the many strikers linked with a move to Merseyside. Bacca was a hit for Europa League-winning Sevilla last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions and was thought to be one of the Reds’ priority signings this summer. However, their pursuit was dealt a huge blow on Saturday, with the player’s agent revealing Bacca has agreed terms with AC Milan. Sevilla are reportedly yet to sanction the deal, but the striker is reportedly keen to move to the Italian side. 7 Javier Hernandez (Man United) – Click to arrow to see which star forward the Reds will have to break the bank to buy – With their quest for Bacca seemingly now over, rumours on Saturday suggested the Reds could turn to arch rivals Manchester United instead, with Mexican striker Javier Hernandez out of contract with the Red Devils next year. Having found first-team football hard to come by on loan at Real Madrid last season, ‘Chicharito’ wants assurances over his game time at United before deciding on his future. A natural goalscorer and a real grafter in a Mexico shirt, he could be another inspired transfer if Liverpool are serious about their interest. Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) – Click the arrow for the latest on contract rebel Raheem Sterling’s impending exit – One of three players – along with Bacca and now-signed Firmino – the Reds were thought to be monitoring at the Copa America, the Venezuelan international emerged as one of the brightest talents in the Russian league last season, scoring 13 goals in 26 games for Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St Petersburg. Latest reports have varied between Liverpool giving up and still in the chase, though it is widely understood he is below Benteke on the club’s wanted list. However, with his asking price of around £15m significantly less than the Belgian’s, the 25-year-old – known for his physical presence and aerial ability, could prove a decent purchase for a man of his club and international experience – having already won 39 caps for his nation. 7 Raheem Sterling – Off to Manchester City? – Talk has cooled on the youngster’s future as Reds fans allowed themselves to be swept up by their early success in the transfer window, but there seems to be no way back for the wantaway winger. His standing with the Anfield faithful has deteriorated since his agent admitted he will not sign a new deal, and a move to Manchester City is apparently imminent. Only time will tell the fee Sterling will eventually leave for, though early reports suggest the mega-rich Blues will meet Liverpool’s £50m asking price, making Sterling the club’s joint second most expensive sale in their history.last_img read more

Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs admits he wants reunion with released Celtic striker

first_img1 Alan Stubbs is hoping to be reunited with Anthony Stokes this summer after confirming he is trying to bring the Celtic striker to Rotherham.The 27-year-old worked with new Millers boss Stubbs while on loan at Hibernian last season, where he scored nine goals in 19 starts, and his exit from Parkhead was confirmed on Wednesday.He had one year left on his deal, but fell out of the reckoning under former boss Ronny Deila after a Twitter outburst, and clearly Brendan Rodgers does not believe Stokes warranted a place in the Bhoys’ future.Stubbs, who swapped Easter Road for the Sky Bet Championship side last week, got the best out of Stokes, who wrote himself into Hibs folklore with two goals in their William Hill Scottish Cup win over Rangers – their first triumph in the competition for 114 years.And the Millers boss is hoping for a reunion, though admits there will be competition.“I wouldn’t rule out an interest in Anthony Stokes. But we wouldn’t be on our own,” he said.“There will be a number of clubs interested him, particularly if it’s a free transfer.“I know him from his time at Hibs and at Celtic. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that I have a good relationship with him already.“I like to have a good relationship with all my players. I talk to them before and after training. I have had a lot of players from Hibs ring or text me to wish me well since I moved to Rotherham.”Stokes joined the Scottish champions in 2010 and scored 76 goals in 192 appearances, but played just twice last season under Deila. Anthony Stokes scored nine goals for Hibernian last season last_img read more


first_imgBALLYSHANNON – LIGHTING UP FOR DONEGALA SUPERB picture just in from Chris Dykes – featuring the new bridge in Ballyshannon, lit up in the Donegal colours.Chris took the picture from the vantage point of the old bridge in the town.The light is also bouncing off the water below. Send your pix to us on twitter  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – BALLYSHANNON BRIDGE LIT UP IN DONEGAL COLOURS was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – BALLYSHANNON BRIDGE LIT UP IN DONEGAL COLOURSlast_img read more


first_imgWeekly NotesThe seniors and reserves had no fixtures this week. Check website and Facebook page for match updates this week.The u21s take on Glenfin on Wednesday in the quarter-final of the u21 B championship, with the winners of that tie facing the winners of the Burt v Urris tie in the semi-final. The u13 league commences next Sunday (8th September) with a home tie against Glenswilly.Naomh Colmcille CLG invites you to celebrate the 30th anniversary of GAA in the area on Saturday 7th September 2013. The u10s are hosting the annual Sean McDaid Memorial Cup in the morning. Buncrana, Convoy and Burt will also be taking part. Mass will be celebrated in the clubhouse after the blitz at 2:00 pm. A social evening with entertainment commences at 7:30 pm. Re-live the excitement and glory of the club’s two Junior championship successes of 1994 and 2010 on the big screen. Catch up with familiar faces past and present. Finger food provided. All welcome.A sports quiz is planned for Friday 27th September. Further details to follow.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion is on again this year. Collection bag is now in the clubhouse. Please collect the bottle tops for the club. This year we can collect for balls, equipment, jerseys etc. Thanks. Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at; and on the club website.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training this week tbc (u10 blitz taking place on Saturday morning). U10. Training continues on Friday 6th September at 6:30 pm sharp. Sean Mcdaid Memorial blitz takes place on Saturday 7th. Details to followU13. Training continues this Friday (6th September) at 6:30 pm sharp. First match now on Sunday 8th September at home to Glenswilly at 11:30 am.U14. Training – check Facebook / website for updatesU16. See Facebook page and website for updates during the week. Minors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday (3rd) and Thursday (5th) as usual at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.Results for this week and last week will be included in next week’s notes. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY was last modified: September 2nd, 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)Tags:GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTYlast_img read more