Hot Women’s knockout semi-finals today

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Women’s knockout semi-finals are on today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town. In the first of the double header, many-time champions Barbican FC will face a stern test from Los Perfectos FC, starting at 3 p.m. Then in the second game, last year’s beaten knockout finalist Waterhouse FC, meet G.C. Foster College at 5:30 p.m. Spectators could be in for a treat as the four top teams in women’s football will be in action. Barbican have won the knockout trophy for the last six years and will be looking for another hold. However, they will face a tough opponent in Los Perfectos. “This is going to be an interesting clash,” Barbican’s long-serving coach, Charles Edwards, told The Gleaner yesterday. “They (Los Pefectos) have some players who we have played against and beaten while they were at other clubs. And they will certainly be coming to beat us,” Edwards said. “We have a quality team and have prepared well for this game. We will go there to execute our game plan,” headded. Barbican will be looking to captain Alicia James, Latoya Panton, Tashana Vincent, and Rochelle Bryan to take them into the final. Duane James, head coach of Los Perfectos, is fully aware of the strength and history of his opponent. “We have played well against Barbican over the years. We have the players and the firepower to compete with them this time,” James disclosed. James is relying on former national players such as Shakira Duncan, Venecia Reid, and Sasha Campbell to upset the strong Barbican team. The other game between Waterhouse and G.C. Foster should also be a competitive and close affair. Both teams met in the Women’s league group stage last month and the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Now, a winner must come from the game. So it could be down to the team that is better prepared for some gruelling football. WELL PREPAREDlast_img read more

Israel Seeks AU Observer Status

first_imgIsraeli President Reuren Rivlin has asked Liberia, through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is currently on a state visit to Israel, to see whether she could influence her colleagues in the African Union (AU) to grant Israel an observer status at the continental body. A report in the Jerusalem Post quoted President Sirleaf as saying that many African countries “have friends on both sides, and we have relationships on both sides,” referring to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. She, however, pledged Liberia’s support, saying if there is a way to help, she would do so.“One of the things we all say is that we need peace in the world,” President Sirleaf told her Israeli counterpart.Liberia, along with other African countries, severed relations with the State of Israel in 1973 in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War. The Yom Kippur War (also known as the Ramadan War and the October War) was a war between Israel and a group of Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria. The war took place from October 6-24, 1973. The war began on the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur in 1973, which corresponds with the Muslim month of Ramadan. The attack by Egypt and Syria was a surprise to Israel. Egypt’s army entered the Sinai Peninsula, and Syria’s army entered the Golan Heights.Although Liberia renewed its relationship with Israel in August 1983, the Liberian civil war of 1990 caused Israel to close its embassy in Monrovia. However, relations were upgraded following President Sirleaf’s election in 2006. During her visit recently, President Sirleaf commented on religious fundamentalism that is now plaguing the world, and informed the Israeli President that West Africa has been hit by terrorism, instigated by Muslim fundamentalists. “This kind of penetration by terrorists can undermine the peace we have had; and Liberia can benefit in this regard from any additional knowledge and intelligence that Israel has to offer,” she added.President Sirleaf previously visited Israel in 2007, and was in the country Tuesday to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa.According to a report by the Jerusalem Post, the two leaders discussed the long friendship between their countries, with President Sirleaf commenting that the relationship goes back to Israel’s very beginnings as a state. Liberia voted in favor of the partition of Palestine in the United Nations vote taken on November 29, 1947. The report described President Sirleaf as soft spoken and an extraordinarily influential woman, who has spent a couple of spells in prison on political grounds and who has served in senior positions at the United Nations, the World Bank and other prestigious financial institutions.“Her role models used to be powerful women such as Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi, in whose footsteps she followed until she ran into Nelson Mandela,” the newspaper wrote about President Sirleaf’s past struggles for justice and democracy in Liberia.With reference to Nelson Mandela, President Sirleaf said, “He made us more conscious of humanity. We have tried to bring back some of the freedoms lost during years of militancy and conflict.”The paper made further reference to the Ebola crisis, and noted that Ebola was more than a health crisis for Liberia. It also affected the country’s economy. Many investors left the country and it is now going through a period of re-growth.“Similarly, during the years of conflict as well as the health crisis the educated class left the country, and Liberia is now in the process of rebuilding its education system,” the newspaper reported.“The challenges are many, but we continue to be resilient,” Madam Sirleaf was quoted as saying.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more