Promoted teams clash in RSPL

first_img – 3:30 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Montego Bay United – Barbican Stadium – 4 p.m: Cavalier vs Rivoli United – Stadium East – 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Portmore United – UWI Bowl Mona The matchup between the two promoted teams will take the spotlight in this weekend’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on a day when four other matches will take place. While UWI FC and Portmore United are the two ‘new’ teams in the league this season, their fortunes could not have been more different. The UWI FC team, who are experiencing top-flight football for the first time in their history, have adjusted to the competition like a cow on ice. They have lost all their matches thus far, and are yet to score a goal. Portmore United, on the other hand, have settled like a duck to water. Their acclimatisation should not be so surprising as, historically, they have been among the best in the league but for the season they suffered relegation. The St Catherine-based team has wiped away all before them including last season’s runners-up Montego Bay United and the competitive Waterhouse. On the face of it, this match should be a walkover for Portmore United, but assistant coach Jeffrey Hewitt is not holding on to that view. “The vibes in our camp is really high. The team is really confident, but we are not going to get carried away by the results so far. I know that the UWI team is not getting the results they desire just now, but they have quality. I have seen them play, and I know that it will not be an easy game tomorrow,” Hewitt said. It is not just the quality of the teams that could determine the competitiveness of today’s game according to Hewitt. The law of averages could have a say, he reasoned. “Based on what I have seen of them, they have some qualities, and based on the law of averages something will go right for them at some point, and that could be soon,” said the man who has distinguished himself at the schoolboy level. Marcel Gayle of UWI expressed the view that his team have been unfortunate but held on to the hope that a positive change will come for them. “We are hopeful that we can get off the mark soon. We are playing well, but just not scoring, and we have been conceding some goals from some schoolboy errors. We have made some adjustments, and hopefully those will pay off for us against Portmore United,” Gayle said. While things have not been going their way, Gayle said the challenge has been to keep the players believing in the dream. “I have been preaching to them not to panic because there are 90 points out there to get. We just need to get the first one, and we will be well on our way. There is still a long way to go in the league, but we have to be patient and remain confident that we have what it takes,” added Gayle who previously worked with the Waterhouse Football Club. Gayle said that their task against Portmore United will not be made easier by the fact that they will be without five key players including Girvon Brown and Rafique Bryan, but as he put it, “we are short of five, but we are not short of fight”. That fight will be led by the likes of Akeim Thenstead, Kemar Cummings and Mitch Wright, the club’s leading scorer in the Super League. Portmore United will look to former national midfielder Omar Daley for leadership, and it is expected that others such as Ricardo Morris if fit, Paul Wilson, Ishemale Currie and Ewan Grandison will be ready for the fight. At Barbican, Boys’ Town will host Montego Bay United while Cavalier will be looking to get the better of Rivoli when they meet at Stadium East. Defending champions Arnett Gardens will be fighting the Humble Lions for a win when they meet at Effortville, while the rejuvenated Reno will be looking to add Tivoli Gardens to their list of conquests. On Monday night, Harbour view will host the struggling Waterhouse. BELIEVING IN THE DREAM Tomorrow’s game: Today’s Games: – 8:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Waterhouse – Harbour View Stadium Points Standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts Portmore 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9 Reno 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7 Arnett 3 2 0 1 7 1 6 6 Cavalier 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 Humble Lion FC 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 Rivoli 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 MoBay United 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3 H.View 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3 Tivoli 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 Boys’ Town 3 0 2 1 2 6 -4 2 Waterhouse 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1 UWI FC 3 0 0 3 0 7 -7 0last_img read more

Guyana advised to use ICT to improve classroom teaching

first_img…it will improve quality, delivery – ICT innovatorTechnological innovation is changing the way that students learn and universities teach, and with an influx of new learning models available, traditional educational methods are bound to evolve in the next decade. As such, Guyana should make use of technology to advance education.This is the advice of District Magistrate in the Indian State of Bihar, Kundan Kumar, who was in Guyana for the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) biennial conference, which was held at the Marriott Hotel between October 22 and 24.Kumar, who led a team from India here, competed in the CAPAM competition. Their project, the Unnayan Banka, won the Reinventing Education using Technology category. The programme, an interactive online and offline studyDistrict Magistrate in the Indian State of Bihar, Kundan Kumarmethod, was nominated by the Government of India.The Indian national said the State of Bihar’s Banka district has re-invented the meaning of ‘smart classroom’ with the introduction of this new technology-based learning app, alongside continuous monitoring of students through a centralised tracking system.He said the initiative is an employment generator while also creating a virtual classroom for subscribers. According to Kumar, technology can be an enabler in providing solutions to problems in classrooms, and has proven to be successful in many areas.In explaining how the model is working in India, he said most of the students belong to tribal communities and have been deprived of quality education for years. The initiative has created hopes in the students and their families to excel in academics and provide much needed support to their families.The programme, he said, began in August 2017 with 5 schools, and was for students of Class 12. It has now expanded to include 143 schools in the district. According to a report by the Indian Express, the programme has further expanded to facilitate smart class facilities for Class 9 students as well.From Monday to Saturday, the students of 143 schools in Bihar’s Banka district are made to watch short audio-visuals in social studies, science and maths for an hour-and-a-half every day. The topics of these short audio-visuals are chosen from the curriculum. During these sessions, the students are encouraged to take notes as they watch the videos.Towards the end of each day, a sheet with five questions each from three subjects is given to the students. These sheets are then evaluated by the students themselves with the help of the teacher in charge. Students evaluate each other’s work and upload the daily results on the app.The progress of the students can be monitored by parents, students and administration officials through the app itself. Kumar further said, “The centralised uploading of marks gives us a clear idea of how students have been faring in these three subjects, and also tells which school or area in the district needs intervention.”With the use of this technology, the Indian District Magistrate posited, Guyana can use ICT to advance teaching.“There are many constraints that crop into providing quality education to everyone…but technology is a great enable, (and) can provide many solutions to problems such as teachers’ absenteeism, low learning capacity, and assessment etc.” he added.Kumar said Guyana can become an entire virtual classroom with the use of technology wherein people in the most remote part of Guyana can have access to education through technology.“It is changing the landscape of education. It also reduces the barrier of getting an education, getting good quality education and good outcomes. It is very much needed,” he recommended.He noted that both private and public sectors approve that technological innovations will continue to have major effects on teaching approaches over the coming years.“Certainly it will be a core differentiator in attracting corporate partners and students in academic institutions.”Distance learning and online programmes are gradually gaining a firm foothold in academic institutions all over the world, including right here at the University of Guyana and the National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), among other places.last_img read more

Upland win shakes up Baseline

first_imgThe plan, Montello hopes, is that following a few hours of laser tag, Chino will be ready to zap Ayala today and claim the Sierra League title away from two-time defending CIF champion Damien. Chino (15-5-1, 8-1) is led by junior Phillip Cervantes, who leads the league with 15 goals, and seniors Giovanni Marquez, Diego Serrato and goalkeeper Jacob Zavala. ONWARD FOR UPLAND Upland’s incredible unbeaten streak in girls soccer has reached an eye-popping 55 games. After going 27-0-4 during the Highlanders’ CIF championship run last year, one that earned them the No. 1 ranking in the country, Upland is 22-0-2 this season heading into its final regular-season game today at Alta Loma. So Montello blocked off Tuesday afternoon for a different activity – laser tag. “We’re going to use (Tuesday) as a rejuvenation day,” Montello said. “We’re mentally drained, so we need something to get our motivation back.” “They just have this expectation of each other and demand the best out of each other,” first-year coach Kerri Fahres said. “They understand what it takes to win.” For nine months out of the year, Fahres said, her players scatter to their respective club teams. Then, they join together with a common goal for the high school season. “I’ve never seen a group of girls laugh as much as they do,” Fahres said. “A lot of people see the talent of the girls, but they don’t see how bonded this group is. They just have such a great time together, and that’s what makes this team so special.” SIERRA RESULTS During the Sierra League wrestling finals on Saturday at Chino Hills, the host Huskies and league dual-meet champion Ayala had the best performances, along with Diamond Bar. Chino Hills sent 11 qualifiers to the CIF individual meet and had three league champions among its qualifiers: Bryan Graham (103 pounds), Andrew Dixon (160) and Jacob Tranberg (171). Ayala had four league champs among its 10 qualifiers: Brandon Corsello (119), Michael Orona (140), Stephen Flynn (145) and Collin Bingham (152). Diamond Bar had nine qualifiers, but dominated the upper weights and had four league champions: Josh Turner (112), Garrett Jones (189), Marcus Johnson (215) and Jake Sandoval (215). Other league champs were Damien’s Aaron Kunihiro (125) and Gregory Garcia (135), and Chino’s Andrew Genera (130). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Matt Montello knew his Chino boys soccer team needed a day away from the grind of a long season. That was especially evident after the Sierra League-leading Cowboys dropped a 3-0 decision to second-place Damien, pulling the Spartans within one game with only today’s afternoon contests remaining for both teams. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Rooney to shine for Man United against Cambridge United?

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesman tells Alan Brazil and Brian Moore why Wayne Rooney is being backed to score against Cambridge United in Man United’s FA Cup fourth round replay.There’s also the latest on the Six Nations betting, along with the Premier League odds, which see Chelsea 1/4 on to lift the title.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Rental bill going to Gov.

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Assemblyman Charles Calderon’s legislation banning local governments from requiring landlords to inquire about a tenant’s immigration status is on its way to the governor. The Senate approved AB 976 on a party-line 22-12 vote Wednesday. The bill was introduced in response to an ordinance by the city of Escondido banning landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. A federal court has since struck down the law as unconstitutional, and Calderon, D-Industry, said cities shouldn’t be adopting these kind of laws. “It put landlords in an impossible situation,” he said. “It imposed strict penalties and other punitive measures if they didn’t evict or do the inquiry,” he said. The bill was supported by the Apartment Association of Southern California. Opponents said ordinances like Escondido wanted to enact would help curb illegal immigration and prevent squalor that is dangerous not only to the individuals involved, but also to the surrounding neighborhoods where sanitation, parking and other troubles ensue, stated a state Senate analysis of the bill. MORE BILLS: The Assembly voted 66-5 Thursday to approve state Sen. Ron Calderon’s AB 690 that would allow district attorneys to release basic information on criminal suspects to the media or for scholarly purposes. “Existing law creates a comprehensive scheme to withhold and disclose summary criminal history information by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies,” said Calderon, D-Montebello. A recent attorney general opinion has cast doubt on the ability of prosecutors to continue the long-standing practice to inform the public about prosecutorial activities and the criminal justice system, a state Assembly analysis of the bill stated. “SB 690 is intended to clarify the law and return to prosecutors the discretion to release criminal history information when doing so would benefit the public,” Calderon said. The bill goes back to the Senate for concurrence. GOING TO THE DOGS: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently announced that the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Services is the largest animal-adoption agency in the United States. But Los Angeles County officials say the claim in inaccurate. The city of Los Angeles placed 25,279 animals last year, compared to 28,309 animals placed by the county. In the 2005-06 fiscal year, the city placed 24,515 animals compared to 27,670 for the county. In the year prior to that, the city placed 24,190 animals and the county placed 28,203. FAIR ACTIVITY: The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office will staff a booth at the Los Angeles County Fair through Sept. 30. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Activities will include voter registration, recorder services information, and election volunteer work opportunities. DEMOCRATIC REPORT: Henry Vandermeir, newly elected president of the California Democratic Council, will speak at the 7 p.m. Monday meeting of the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club. The club meets at the Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. For information call (562) 943-8527. RECEPTION: A fundraiser will be held to support Robert Urteaga, a candidate for Montebello City Council, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the home of Cynthia Telles and Robert Hertzberg, 14104 Chandler Drive, Sherman Oaks. For information call Denise Ng, (562) 397-8515 or e-mail deniseng@aol.com Cost is $100. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com 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

COMPANY SELLING PIECES OF MUCKISH MOUNTAIN FOR €20 EACH

first_imgA company is selling pieces of Donegal’s Muckish Mountain for €20 a time.Muckish MountainIrish Landowner, which has its offices in Wicklow, even offers a certificate, a plot number and a picture of the land.The company says the land is based in the beautiful foothills of Muckish Mountain in Moyra Glebe, Falcarragh. The company’s website says the little pieces of land make the perfect Irish gift or wedding favours.The company’s website boasts “IRISH LANDOWNER sells Certificates for small pieces of land, each piece measures 6.45cm² / 1in² in size. The land is based at the foothills of magnificent Muckish Mountain in County Donegal, Ireland. Each Certificate has its own Unique, Individual Plot Number. The Certificate is accompanied by a stunning photograph of the land and surrounding area all presented in a beautiful high quality Gift Box. No Taxes, Liabilities, Hidden Costs.”And best of all, the company says people who buy pieces of the land can visit it anytime and even supply directions to it!  COMPANY SELLING PIECES OF MUCKISH MOUNTAIN FOR €20 EACH was last modified: December 18th, 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:donegalFalcarraghIrish LandownerMuckish Mountainlast_img read more

Highlanders won’t take Huskies lightly

first_img Mazzotta needs another performance from his defense like the one against Downey. While the offense floundered, the defense was holding its own. “The defense was the big surprise for us,” Mazzotta said. “Downey was bigger than us. And they had a lot of speed, and that speed option is always so tough to defend against anyway. “Our young players got their baptism by fire. And while we don’t have anybody who is particularly outstanding, it truly was a strong group effort.” Quarterback R.J. Benedict and running back Brad Allsman combined for 159 yards rushing, including 90 yards and two TDs by Benedict. He also passed for 138 yards. Junior wide receiver Jeremy Twist caught six passes for 86 yards. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Compliments all around, but a better testament concerning South Hills’ talents might have been its performance against Esperanza. “They played a great game,” Mazzotta said of the Huskies’ effort. “South Hills wasn’t getting pushed around, and Esperanza is thought of as having big people. In fact, South Hills pushed back.” Esperanza is ranked fourth this week in Division I. La Habra’s 15-7 victory over Downey in last week’s season opener was a matter of peaks and valleys. An impressive drive on the game’s opening possession ended with a bad snap from center and a missed field goal attempt, and it took two quarters for the Highlanders to recover. They won with two fourth-quarter scores. The scouting report says South Hills High School is talented enough to either run or pass the football. In the Huskies’ 30-27 loss to Esperanza two weeks ago, they passed only 11 times, completing five for a paltry 48 yards. But they relied heavily on third-year varsity starter Marquies Winbush, a 5-foot-7, 190-pound senior who carried 23 times for 239 yards (10.4 yard average). center_img Winbush figures to get the call again tonight when the Huskies visit La Habra for a nonleague game. “They’re good,” La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said in a major understatement about the Huskies, who are ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division VII. “They lost by a field goal last week. They have big, nice-size linemen, a very good defense, quarterbacks who are very accurate and they’re very competitive.” last_img read more

Neighborhood nuisance

first_img “When you see graffiti, trash, property with overgrown weeds and stuff, it attracts drug dealers and gang members. The deterioration has devalued my property. I mean, would you spend money on a house where gang members hang out, and where people dump couches and mattresses in the street? “And nobody picks them up for the longest time. I’ve called and called the county and the sheriffs. They don’t do nothing.” With no municipal government or local city hall, unincorporated South Whittier falls under the county’s vast umbrella. But a report last week by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which compared about a dozen different infrastructure systems, gave Los Angeles County D’s for its streets, highways and urban-runoff systems. The county’s solid-waste system, flood control, wastewater and port systems received B’s, for an overall average grade of C-plus. The report said the county will require $50 billion over the next five years to address the increasing infrastructure demands. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, whose First District includes South Whittier, said the ongoing funding problem for infrastructure is partly a long-term result of Proposition 13 – the 1978 California initiative that put a cap on property taxes. She said, although change is finally happening, a top-heavy bureaucracy slows the process to a crawl. “When I came into office (in 1991), I saw unincorporated areas that were not given the kind of attention they needed,” Molina said. “The residents are completely dependent on us. They see us, me especially, as their mayor and city council. I want the cities to look seamless, so you can’t tell the difference between the unincorporated and incorporated areas.” After realizing that many issues overlapped departments, she created the Nuisance Abatement Team, a multiagency effort used for cases where numerous or serious code violations were present. Representatives from various departments, such as the fire and police departments, Public Works and Regional Planning, go out on specific complaints twice a month to investigate on site. The coordinator of NAT, who did not want to be identified in print for safety reasons, said responding to complaints about gangs and drug sales, among other issues, can make his job dangerous. “It gets aggressive, especially follow-up work,” he said. “We use the Sheriff’s (Department) to identify dangerous situations. We get a lot of verbal abuse and threats.” Molina said her district is working to secure a contract with a single trash hauler that will take away bulky items such as discarded sofas. Currently, residents choose their own trash haulers, but some do not offer the bulky-item pickup service. One week after sofas, mattresses and stripped chairs littered a particularly notorious alley in South Whittier, and a burned-out car sat next to the skeletal remains of burned garage, all of it had been removed. Angie Castro, a deputy of Molina’s, said responding to complaints requires the due process of law, an inherently slow procedure. She said many residents of the unincorporated areas do not know whom to call. One of the goals of the NAT team is to provide a single telephone number for all quality-of-life grievances, she said. “It’s very important for residents to call when they see something,” said Castro. “Otherwise, we can’t respond to what we don’t know about. They must participate by calling the trash haulers to take away the bulky items and letting police know when they suspect drug deals are going on. It’s a community effort and it takes a long time to go through the process.” — Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at pam.wight@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER — – In Angel Cabral’s unincorporated South Whittier neighborhood, overflowing trash bins, broken and incomplete sidewalks and graffiti mar what in his youth was an attractive place to live. Yet right across the street, in Santa Fe Springs, streets are clean with smooth curbs. Landscaped shopping centers and freshly painted houses make the two areas appear as different as night and day. Cabral believes those details affect how a community is viewed, both by its residents and by outsiders. “It’s about the aesthetics of the neighborhood,” said Cabral, 65, who has lived in South Whittier all his life.last_img read more

FURTHER BLOW FOR HARPS AS FOUR PLAYERS NOW SUSPENDED FOR CLASH WITH WEXFORD YOUTHS

first_imgFinn Harps have been handed another blow with the news that FOUR players will miss their crucial clash away to Wexford Youths in a fortnight’s time. Harps were defeated 1-0 by UCD earlier this evening at the Belfield Bowl.An instinctive finish from Robbie Benson in the second-half condemned Ollie Horgan’s side to defeat in what was a scrappy encounter. Harps lacked a cutting edge throughout and now face a huge game against Athlone at Finn Park on Friday.There was more woe for Harps off the pitch with Packie Mailey sustaining yet another injury as he hobbled off after the hour mark.Tommy McMonagle saw red late-on and he will now miss their crucial clash with Wexford Youths along with Damien McNulty, Ciaran Coll and Kevin McHugh.Harps entertain Athlone on Friday night and will hope they can return to winnings ways before their top of the table clash with Wexford Youths. Harps remain on top but missed the opportunity to put daylight between them and Wexford as well as third-placed UCD. FURTHER BLOW FOR HARPS AS FOUR PLAYERS NOW SUSPENDED FOR CLASH WITH WEXFORD YOUTHS was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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 harpsnewssoccerSportUCDlast_img read more

Warriors-Bulls cheatsheet: Are they finally ready to play a complete game?

first_imgThe Warriors are winning but not exactly cruising.As Mark Medina spells out right here, Sunday’s matinee in Brooklyn might not have looked so good in the aftermath without the work of two guys named Curry and Durant.Dieter Kurtenbach broke things downs another notch, dubbing the Curry/Durant pick-and-roll the Warriors (6-1) refuse to label as The Play That Shall Not Be Named.Ultimately it was good for a 120-116 win over the Nets. But there is little time for rest as the Warriors take on …last_img