Nicholson heads to Philadelphia Union Academy

first_imgBoys’ Town and Charlie Smith High attacker Shamar Nicholson left the island yesterday to take up residence in the academy of US Major League Soccer (MLS) team Philadelphia Union.The 18-year-old, who represented Trench Town High in the Manning Cup last season before impressing in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) to be named the young player of the year, will be with the club on a short-term basis initially.”They called me up for a trial. If this works out, then that is where I will be,” the six-footer told The Gleaner recently.Nicholson, who is also a Jamaica Under-20 representative, said the opportunity was secured for him by agent Kevin Cowan, who had discussions with his club. He said it was like a dream realised.”I feel good about the opportunity because I have seen a lot youth playing football, but the outcome was not great, so this is something that is very good. It is my dream to play football professionally, and I would love to make the most of it,” he said,One important aspect of the arrangement Nicholson said was the fact that he will continue his education while playing the sport he loves.”This will mean that I will continue school and play ball as well. This could also open doors for the MLS,” he said.Nicholson, who had pledged prior to the start of the RSPL season, to end the season as the leading scorer, leaves with the blessing of coach Andrew Price.”I am supportive of it because we believe in opportunities for young people. At the end of the day, the most that we can get out of it is training compensation in the short term, but if things work, then we look at a sell on,” Price said.last_img read more

C’bar’s Farquharson plans to go faster

first_imgAldwyn Sappleton’s 20 year-old 800 metres Class Two boys record at the annual ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, went up in smoke on yesterday’s opening day. Running like a scared hare, Calabar High’s Kimar Farquharson clocked 1.51.26 to lower the former Edwin Allen High and Munro College middle distance star’s record (1.52.27) by more than a second. The Calabar ace had already set the stage for his record breaking performance from earlier in the season, after going below the Champs record with a 1.52.04 clocking at the Carifta Trials. Farquharson’s intentions were clear from the start as he blazed through the first 400m in under 54 seconds and never looked back. “I just wanted to set it (record) with a good time.. In the final I will see if I can put it at 1.40 something. But I just wanted to get it (record) out of the way (in the heats), because Friday and Saturday are the big days,” he added. NEVER LOOKED BACKlast_img read more

AFELL Mediates Over 500 Cases

first_imgAFELL members posed shortly after the first presentation ended.-Says its intervention has helped to reduce court docketsThe Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) said it has resolved 545 cases through mediation.The Association’s president Attorney Vivian D. Neal made the disclosure over the weekend in Bentol City, Montserrado County, at the start of a two-day retreat and mediation training of female lawyers, indicating that they achieved success in covering the period of 2016-2017.According to Atty. Neal, based on the work members of AFELL have done over the years, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) jointly provided a grant to the Association, to undertake series of cases for women, children and indigents in need of legal redress.“Our members are encouraged to come to the office to assist with some of the mediation and legal representations in court,” Atty. Neal added.Atty. Neal makes remark at the retreatShe added that through the European Union, AFELL is seeking speedy trial for pre-trial detainees, including women and youth, particularly in Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties.AFELL is also spreading awareness on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in those counties.Additionally, Atty. Neal said between January and September, 2017, statistics recorded a total of 892 SGBV cases.Of that number, 506 are raped cases, while 475 included minors.“The public look to us as one of the leading organizations in the fight to minimize this unwholesome practice or bring it to an end, because our practice behooves us to help find remedy to those problems,” Neal said.The Bentol City retreat intends to review and reassess AFELL’s mandate so as to chart a new course in the future.Liberia’s former Chief Justice, Francis Johnson Morris challenged her colleagues not to be complacent, but to tap on the gains they have made over the years.Jamel Liverpool and Cllr. Abla G. Williams presented papers on issues surrounding mediation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All-round Crandon stars again for Vikings

first_imgVikings Cricket Club continued their dominance in the 2018 Toronto and District Cricket Association Super9 50-over competition, after recording two contrasting victories last weekend at King City. They now have three wins from as many matches. On Saturday, Vikings defeated Victoria Park Cricket Club by three wickets, while, the following day, they brushed aside JB Masters by 72 runs.In the first game, Victoria Park tallied a challenging 174 all out off 46 overs, while Vikings replied with 175-7 in the 37th over. Rachad Fordee starred for Victoria with 45, as Khyber Khan and Royston Crandon grabbed 3-29 (10) and 3-41 (7.2) overs respectively.When Vikings batted, former Guyana and West Indies player Crandon returned to hit 46, and was well supported by Paul Rudolph, who made 36. On Sunday, the contest was anticipated to be intriguing, but Vikings once again churned out some good all-round performances to humble their rivals, JB Masters.Vikings took first strike and were able to accumulate a victory target of 181 all out in 49.1 overs, while Masters could only respond with a disappointing 109 off 33.1 overs. Rodrigo Thomas led the way for Vikings with 46, while ex-Guyana youth cricketer Raj Nannan chipped in with 33, as Dillon Heyliger snatched 3-33 from ten medium pace overs.Heyliger also represented Guyana at both the under-15 and 19 levels. Nikhil Dutta and Mahadeo Moonasar also delivered with success to claim two wickets apiece. In JB Masters’ innings, Bhavindu Adhihetty made 23.Crandon captured 4-31 from his maximum ten overs, while Guyana first-class pacer Jeremy Gordon also featured in the wickets’ column by picking up 2-31 in 6 overs. The defending champions, Vikings, will be back in action on Saturday when they lock horns with OCDA at Mavis venue.Speaking with Crandon just after the game, the Berbician stated that he and his team played to their true potential, and are eager to be unstoppable throughout the competition, which will end in mid-August.Crandon, who made 90 and snared four wickets in the initial game against Toronto Cricket Club, spearheaded that victory. He mentioned that the guys started off the season with the right momentum, and they are highly confident of continuing in the same manner as the competition progresses.last_img read more

Gerrard issues transfer warning to Sterling

first_imgSteven Gerrard has warned Raheem Sterling his career could stall if he leaves Liverpool.It’s looking increasingly likely the England international’s time at Anfield will come to an end this summer with contract talks have broken down in acrimonious fashion, with his agent, Aidy Ward, claiming his client wouldn’t sign a new deal even for £900,000 a week.But Gerrard, who himself called time on his career on Merseyside at the end of the season, fears the 20-year-old could live to regret his decision if he chooses to move.“I wish I did know [what will happen] because I have been reading a lot about him myself,” said the 35-year-old, speaking at the launch of BT Sport’s Champions League coverage. “I think the only two people that know are Raheem and his agent.“I think for the player’s sake and for all of us fans out there he needs to make the decision quickly. I hope he stays. I think for his development as a player he has a fantastic manager to look after him, a great set of team-mates.“I think it’s important he plays week in week out, keeps trying to learn and strive to become a world-class player.“I think the frustrating thing for me would be if he went to a club and became a squad player and just another number and he didn’t have that chance to progress. That’s the risk.” Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard 1last_img read more

Knights Templar document published

first_imgHistorians believe Philip owed debts to the Templars and used the accusations to arrest their leaders and extract, under torture, confessions of heresy in order to seize the order’s riches. The publishing house said the new book includes the “Parchment of Chinon,” a 1308 decision by Clement to save the Templars and their order. Frale said the 3-foot-wide document probably had been ignored because a catalog entry in 1628 was “too vague.” “Unfortunately, there was an archiving error, an error in how the document was described,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from her home in Viterbo, north of Rome. “More than an error, it was a little sketchy.” The parchment, in remarkably good condition considering its 700 years, apparently had last been consulted at the start of the 20th century, Frale said, surmising that its significance must not have been realized then. Frale said she was intrigued by the 1628 entry because, while it apparently referred to some minor matter, it noted that three top cardinals, including Pope Clement’s right-hand man, Berenger Fredol, had made a long journey to interrogate someone. “Going on with my research, it turned out that in reality it was an inquest of very great importance,” she said. Fredol “had gone to question the Great Master and other heads of the Templars who had been segregated, practically kidnapped, by the king of France and shut up in secret in his castle in Chinon on the Loire.” Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the stake in 1314 along with his aides. The surviving monks fled. Some were absorbed by other orders, and over the centuries, various groups have claimed to be descended from the Templars. As for Clement, he “was a hostage in French territory” on the eve of what historians would call the Avignon period of popes, Frale said. She said the parchment reveals the cardinals reached the conclusion the Templars were guilty of abuses but not “a real and true heresy. There were a lot of faults in the order – abuses, violence … a lot of sins, but not heresy,” she said. Philip had “confiscated all the wealth of the order, which he used to pay his debts,” said Frale, who has written three books about the Templars. “Had the (order) survived, it’s clear that Philip … would have had to give back all” the wealth. “But the king of France had already spent it,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VATICAN CITY – It’s not the Holy Grail, but for fans of “The Da Vinci Code” and its tantalizing story line about the Knights Templar, it could be the next best thing. Ignored for centuries, documents about the heresy trial of the ancient Christian order discovered in the Vatican’s secret archives are being published in a limited edition – with an $8,377 price tag. They include a 14th-century parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality and planned to reform the order, according to the Vatican archives Web site. But pressured by King Philip IV of France, Clement later reversed his decision and suppressed the order in 1312. Only 799 copies of the 300-page volume, “Processus Contra Templarios,” – Latin for “Trial against the Templars” – are for sale, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican’s secret archives. Each will cost $8,377, the publisher said Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.An 800th copy will go to Pope Benedict XVI, said Barbara Frale, the researcher who found the long-overlooked parchment tucked away in the archives in 2001. The Knights Templar, which ultimately disappeared because of the heresy scandal, recently captivated the imagination of readers of the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” which linked the order to the legend of the Holy Grail. The new Vatican work reproduces the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality. The military order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was founded in 1118 in Jerusalem to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade. As their military might increased, the Templars also grew in wealth, acquiring property throughout Europe and running a primitive banking system. After they left the Middle East with the collapse of the Crusader kingdoms, their power and secretive ways aroused the fear of European rulers and sparked accusations of corruption and blasphemy. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: McLaughlin McGonigle Accountants now recruiting

first_imgDue to our continued expansion McLaughlin McGonigle Accountants, Buncrana, are recruiting.We are looking for the following people to join our team.1. AccountantREQUIREMENTS: A qualified/part qualified or qualified by experience accountant with a minimum of 3 years experience in practice.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have the ability to manage their own client portfolio, work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.  Excellent customer service, communication, people and IT skills are a requirement.2. Trainee Accountant / Accounting TechnicianREQUIREMENTSBusiness/finance/accounting qualification.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated with excellent attention to detail and a keen interest in developing a technical accounting knowledge. Good organisation and people skills, and the ability to work well within a team are essential.  Strong IT skills and previous experience would be an advantage.3. BookkeeperREQUIREMENTS  The successful candidate will have experience in the preparation of VAT returns/RCT/Payroll, excellent attention to detail, be highly motivated with strong numerical and analytical skills. He/she will be organised and professional, with good people and IT skills and the ability to work to deadlines.Applications:Closing Date:  Friday 17th January 2020 @ 5pm. CV with cover letter to info@mlmg.ieJob Vacancy: McLaughlin McGonigle Accountants now recruiting was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AccountantBookkeeperMcLaughlin McGonigle AccountantsTrainee Accountant / Accounting Technicianlast_img read more

‘We’ve gone backwards’ – Spurs told to replace ‘arrogant’ Pochettino with Howe

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed Los Blancos have long admired Pochettino gameday cracker Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update huge blow Most read in Premier League tense changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? However, there are dissenters within the crowds, including Spurs fans Charlie, who joined talkSPORT on Tuesday morning to express his belief that Pochettino should leave!“I’m just not a big MoPo (sic) fan at Tottenham,” Charlie told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think we reached our peak with him a couple of years ago when we lost out to Leicester, and I think since then we’ve gone backwards.“Our style of football is not as attractive as it once was, and we don’t have the energy or enthusiasm we once had.“Actually I think it would be good for Tottenham for him to go. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion center_img SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “He doesn’t have a plan B, I think he’s very arrogant, and he’s unproven.“If he goes to Real Madrid he’ll get a bumper paycheck but he’ll be gone within two or three years.”Asked who should replace Pochettino if he does depart north London, Charlie named another Premier League manager.“I would take Eddie Howe if I’m honest with you,” he responded. “I’ve always been an admirer of Eddie Howe and I think he plays the type of football that is synonymous with Tottenham over the years.“I genuinely think if he had the likes of Harry Kane, [Erik] Lamela and [Christian] Eriksen at his disposal we would be competing at a higher level.” whoops Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? The former Southampton coach admitted earlier this week that he has never before been this unhappy at Tottenham, with the club’s stadium delays and transfer failures said to be frustrating him.Defeat to Manchester City on Monday left the Lilywhites five points off top spot in the Premier League table, with many considering them lucky to be as high as they are given how disappointing their performances have been this season.Spurs’ true struggles have shown up in Europe, with the north Londoners all but out the Champions League having failed to win any of their first three group stage matches.Given everything Pochettino has done for Tottenham since his appointment as manager in 2014, support for the 46-year-old is almost universal amongst the club’s support. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted latest Is time running out for Pochettino in north London? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 A Tottenham fan joined talkSPORT to express his belief that manager Mauricio Pochettino should leave Spurs.Pochettino, has been installed as one of the favourites to succeed Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid boss following the latter’s sacking on Monday night. 2 👍 ‘I think it will be good for Spurs if Poch goes.’👀 ‘He doesn’t have a Plan B, he’s very arrogant and he’s unproven.’🤔 ‘Eddie Howe would do a better job with the Spurs players.’😯 Charlie is a #THFC fan… but he’s no fan of Mauricio Pochettino! pic.twitter.com/19jujZ5B2f— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 30, 2018last_img read more

FINN VALLEY CENTRE LAUNCHES AUTUMN/WINTER PROGRAMME

first_imgTHE FINN VALLEY centre has today launched its programme of activities for the autumn and winter.There’s loads to do – from the athletics (of course) to gymnastics and rugby.And if you fancy a bit of barn dancing, that’s on offer to. Call 07491 32053 for more details – or check out the poster above.  FINN VALLEY CENTRE LAUNCHES AUTUMN/WINTER PROGRAMME was last modified: September 13th, 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:FINN VALLEY CENTRE LAUNCHES AUTUMN/WINTER PROGRAMMElast_img read more

Board trustee ahead in polls

first_imgWHITTIER – Incumbent Andre Quintero was leading in early election returns Tuesday in the race for three open seats on the Rio Hondo College board of trustees.And the three school board incumbents for the Whittier Union High School District – Leighton Anderson, Jeff Baird and Alex Morales – also ap-peared to be headed for victory late Tuesday.“We ex-pected each of the incumbents to do well because the school district is doing well,” Baird said. “We’re real proud so far to be leading the pack.”In the Rio Hondo Community College District, two candidates were running for one seat in each of the odd-numbered geographical areas.In Area 1, which represents the city of El Monte, Quintero made a bid to retain his seat against challenger Dave Siegrist.Siegrist said he would redirect the college’s focus to El Monte, adding that the current board has done little to increase its presence there.But Quintero pointed to a recent $700,000 federal grant that will create a pipeline from El Monte middle and high schools directly to Rio Hondo College.“I feel very excited about the progress the college has made over the last four years,” Quintero said. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to continue to serve should the election results continue in the direction they’re going.”In Area 3, which represents South El Monte and Whittier, challengers Louis Reyes and Angela Acosta-Salazar battled each other for the seat.As a part-time college professor, Acosta-Salazar had said she would represent the voices of students and teachers on the board. But Reyes, a former Rio Hondo student, said the college is like “home” to him and cited numerous examples of his community service in the Whittier area.In Area 5, which covers East Whittier, the race was between retired corporate executive Tom Ghysels and Montebello police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez.Ghysels, a former Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District trustee, said he simply wanted to continue student access to the college and increase educational opportunities for local residents.Couso-Vasquez characterized himself as a “cop who cares” and believes in education as the right path for today’s youngsters.In the Whittier Union High School District, the three incumbents were rebuffing challenges by Brian Beelner that there were too many attorneys and questions about test scores.Anderson pointed out that the district showed the biggest improvement in Academic Performance Index scores among public school districts in Los Angeles County.Beelner questioned having too many attorneys on the board. But Anderson and Baird, both lawyers, countered that their legal experience helps them. Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.comMike.Sprague@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 or 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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