The 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 PREPARED
The Senate has mandated the Committee on Public Accounts and Audit to conduct joint hearings with the Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee of the House of Representatives on audit reports submitted to the Legislature by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).“Currently, the joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has conducted seven public hearings and concluded five reports,” a communication signed by the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts & Audit, Senator Edward Dagoseh, noted.In the communication of appeal to the Senate to endorse the committee’s joint work with its House of Representatives counterpart, Senator Dagoseh informed his colleagues that the two committees have been sitting in joint sessions to conduct public hearings on public reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC).“To facilitate efficient financial oversight and to achieve improved financial management packages and to ensure accountability, transparency and value for money within the public sector, and public funded institutions by the Legislature, the Public Accounts and Audit Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives have been sitting in joint sessions to conduct public hearings on public reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC).”Areas where the joint committee has already conducted hearings are the Ministry of Education’s free and compulsory primary education sector; Ministry of Gender and Development; the Ministry of Justice’s prison system; the Roberts International Airport, and National Port Authority.Others are the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (report not concluded), and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) which report is also not concluded.In practice, Senator Dagoseh asserted that reports from the joint committee are to be submitted to both plenaries of the Legislature for deliberations and approval before submission to Executive for appropriate action.However, both the rules of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives do not provide for the joint committees to work together and submit a report to the two plenaries jointly, only a conference committee is provided for. In order to give legitimacy to the work, which has been done jointly by the two committees, a concurrence resolution by both Houses is required, authorizing the committee to work together jointly.Reacting to the Senator Dagoseh’s communication, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah identified what he described as a “small technical error,” which he hoped must not put a dark cloud over the work that the committee did.He said the Senate Committee on Public Accounts should have firstly sought the approbation of the plenary to be able to work jointly with the relevant and equivalent standing committee in the House of Representatives.“What I understood from Senator Wotorson, if it is something that I can hold onto, the committee has been doing a very good job. So what we need to do now is to make approval to concur with the request he (Dagoseh) has made,” Senator Jallah said. He continued: “The joint work with the House must continue so that we can retroactively approve works the committee has done in the past and encourage them to bring the report that they have to look at. Those that need to go for prosecution, they can go.”Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wotorson had earlier wondered why the committee decided to ask for authority to continue its work after conducting several hearings.Defending his action of seeking plenary’s authorization, Senator Dagoseh regretted that the Senate was winning strategically, while such is not the case tactically.Sen. Dagoseh: “This means we don’t have plans and strategies to move the Senate forward. We believe as a committee that this is one of the ways we can exercise our oversight in doing our work; we have often said the Executive is doing this, but as the Legislature what are we doing? Now is the time for us to exercise that responsibility that the executive has to report to us.”Dagoseh said the Executive has reported to the Legislature through the GAC audit reports, and that it was time to examine the recommendations that have come from the committee screening those reports. “Since it is not a rule that the two committees have to work jointly, but now that we have this new phenomenon, we are asking the endorsement of this committee to help us move forward.”In a motion that was unanimously endorsed by the plenary, Bong County youthful Senator Henry William Yallah thanked the committee for the level of work done so far, and for at least reporting to the plenary that the committee has in its hands seven reports concluded, two ongoing. “I move that the request be endorsed and the committee be allowed to continue the joint hearing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana’s premier health institution, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has run out of medication to treat malaria.Georgetown Public HospitalThis was confirmed by the Public Health Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Terrence Esseboom, who said that the hospital’s main pharmacy is out of the medication to treat the mosquito-borne disease.The confirmation of the shortage of malaria medication was made after this newspaper contacted the Ministry regarding a patient who was diagnosed with malaria but was not given any medication at the health facility.When this publication visited the health institution, the patient, who has been shivering with high fever for the past four days, revealed that the doctors informed him that the hospital does not have any medication to treat him for malaria.The male patient said he is being treated with injections to control his fever, however, he does not know when he will be able to leave the hospital. The man added that he longs to be at home, reunited with his family.Guyana Times observed that the patient’s lips were cracked and pale as he complained of feeling weak. But even as the hospital awaits the medication, the Vector Control Services, which is a stone’s throw away from the main hospital, has the drug to treat malaria.“What I learnt is that they don’t have that medication in the main pharmacy but I can’t confirm whether there is any at the clinic. The clinic might have the medication. I know at the Vector Control Services there is medication there because I just spoke with the person in charge and they have medication so I don’t know why, if he is in the ward, why they didn’t get [drugs] because the Vector Control Services said that they have in stock but there was none in the main pharmacy,” the PRO said.He added, “…right next door to the place [hospital] is the Vector Control Services and the doctor said they have, so all they have to do is ask if they want in the case they run out,” he added.Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease which can lead to death. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Due to the fact that the malaria parasite is found in red blood cells of an infected person, malaria can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplant, or the shared use of needles or syringes contaminated with blood.Malaria can be cured once treated with the right drugs. Affected persons will experience shaking, high fever, profuse sweating, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea among others.
A report of a person with a handgun at South Peace Secondary School prompted a police search early Wednesday afternoon.Dawson Creek RCMP say the report came in around 2:30 p.m. that a young person had entered the school with a handgun.- Advertisement -The school, along with Central School, went into lock down and students were kept within the building.Although the suspect had left the school before police arrived, police set up a perimeter around the school and found the person with a group of students. The suspect was then taken into custody.Police say students were never in danger nor were they threatened during the incident.They say the investigation is still continuing.Advertisement
Carlos Tevez Carlos Tevez’s agent has told Juventus that his client wants to join Boca Juniors and not Liverpool.The Argentine has decided on a move away from Turin this summer despite being a key player for the Italian champions last season.A host of clubs across Europe are keen on the 31-year-old, and Liverpool have made it known they would like to bring him back to the Premier League.But talkSPORT understands Tevez wants to join Boca Juniors and his agent has informed Juventus of his wish.The forward began his career with Boca before going on to play in the Premier League with West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City, and has his heart set on a return to his boyhood club. 1
FINN VALLEY A.C. FLOODLIT TRACK & FIELD MEETING 30TH JANUARY, 2013U11 Girls Long JumpBrenda Carr Finn Valley 2.86mCJ. Doherty Finn Valley 2.80mCara Wilkinson Finn Valley 2.60mU13 Girls Long Jump Aine Kerr Finn Valley 4.35mMichaela Byrne Finn Valley 3.87mSinead Gallagher Finn Valley 3.82mU15 Girls Long JumpJanine Boyle Finn Valley 4.75mSommer Lecky Finn Valley 4.36mAmy Hanna Rosses 4.04mOver 15 Girls Long JumpClaire Doherty City of Derry 4.64mNiamh Gavigan Sli. Liagh 4.44mNicole Boyle Rosses 4.38mU11 Boys Long JumpBen Connolly Lifford 3.35mD. Sweeney Finn Valley 3.30mNo. 101 3.14mU13 Boys Long Jump No. 49 4.44mNo. 104 4.17mNo. 48 4.11mU15 Boys Long JumpEoghan Kelly Cranford 4.74mThomas Mullen Lifford 4.42mNo. 258 4.27mOver 15 Boys Long JumpM. Cunningham Sl Liagh 4.91mP. O’Neill Sl Liagh 4.59mL. Molloy Sl Liagh 4.44mU13 Boys High JumpAlex McGeehin Finn Valley 1.38mChris Kearns Finn Valley 1.20mU13 Girls High JumpMichaela Byrne Finn Valley 1.23mSinead Gallagher Finn Valley 1.20mChantelle McGrath Finn Valley 1.20mU15 Boys High Jump Mark Cunningham Sliagh Liagh 1.48mConor Lynch Lifford 1.48mBrendan O’Donnell Lifford 1.35mPauric O’Neill Sliagh Liagh 1.35mU15 Girls High JumpSommer Lecky Finn Valley 1.45mShannon Craig Lifford 1.30mMen’s High JumpP. Flyer 1.65mB. Barret 1.60mC. McKinney 1.60mWomen’s High Jump E.McKay 1.40mK . Craig 1.30mN. McCallion 1.30mU15 Boys ShotBrendan O’Donnell Lifford 9.30mJordan Byrne Finn Valley 8.64mU14 Boys ShotJames Kelly Finn Valley 14.56mThomas Mullen Lifford 8.34mConor Breslin Lifford 6.30mU13 Boys ShotMark McElhinney Finn Valley 8.08mRory O’Donnell Milford 7.06mU15 Girls ShotNaoimh McGranaghan Finn Valley 9.65mBridget McDwyer Rosses 8.95mEmer McNern Slieve Liagh 8.55mU14 Girls ShotTara Harley Rosses 8.71mOver 15 Boys Shot (5Kg)John Kelly Finn Valley 17.30mPeader Carey Slieve Liagh 9.24mPadraig Burns Slieve Liagh 8.81mSenior Men Shot (7.26Kg)Bocso Reid Finn Valley 10.76mMark Doherty Lifford 9.86mSenior Women ShotJodie Stewart Finn Valley 9.82mShauna Carlin Finn Valley 8.24mGirls Shot (3Kg)Lisa Gibson Letterkenny 10.06mBoys 3.25Kg ShotJames Kelly Finn Valley 13.83mBrendan O’Donnell Lifford 10.10mBoys 4Kg ShotStephen Gibson Lifford 8.11mGirls 1000m WalkLisa Bradley St. Cecila’s 5.33.6Maeve Rafferty Letterkenny 5.41.8Niamh Murphy Finn Valley 6.08.6Boys 1000m WalkJordan Byrne Finn Valley 6.48.13Chris Kearns Finn ValleyOver 15 Girls 800mKaren Gallagher Lifford 2.42.4Orla Fogarty Letterkenny 2.47.4Christine Russell Letterkenny 2.52.6Over 15 Boys 800mDominic Gallagher Slieve LiaghDarragh Crossan LiffordEoghan O’Leime Slieve LiaghU12 Girls 60mLauran Callaghan Finn ValleyU13 Girls 60mAmy Boyle Carr Finn ValleySinead Gallagher Finn ValleyAine Kerr Finn ValleyU15 Girls 60mJanine Boyle Finn ValleyATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING was last modified: January 30th, 2013 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:ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING
Greg’s parents said the media portrayal of their son was not accurate. “He’s not that monster that he’s been portrayed as. He’s a very kind-hearted person, a good kid,” Gigi Harris said. They said their son pulled the bat out of his bag because he was scared of Jeremy, who was older and bigger. They said Greg weighed 87 pounds, and Jeremy 190. “I think it was more of a fear factor for him with the size difference, and it just escalated,” Gigi Harris said. “(The teasing) would not stop; it just kept going and going. And he didn’t know how to get himself out of the situation … because he hasn’t been in a confrontation (like that).” The Rourkes disputed the claims that their son had been bullying and provoking Greg before he was killed. They also dismissed the idea that their son was destructive or overly aggressive in some way. In a vigil after the incident, the Rourkes issued a statement in which they asked that Greg not be vilified for their son’s death. They also said they preferred Greg be tried as a juvenile, thus avoiding a potential life sentence. “He was a good boy, and he made a bad mistake,” Angela Rourke said. The Harrises said they visit their son every weekend at a detention center. They are worried about how much he will change during his incarceration. “Hopefully, he’ll be L.G. when he returns home,” Gigi Harris said. “He’s mentoring other kids now (at the center). That’s his personality, to help other kids stay out of trouble.” “Our hearts – my heart and my wife’s – go out,” Greg Harris Sr. said. “When I visit my son, I always think about (Jeremy). I think about (Brian Rourke), because I know, as a father, it hurts me just because my son is not home. I have to see him once a week. I can’t put myself in his shoes, but I can imagine how he feels.” The Rourkes said Jeremy lived life to the fullest. “I’ll tell you, he lived life every day,” Brian Rourke said. “He was always full of life all the time, no matter where he was. One thing we’ve actually learned from this is to live life a little fuller. You never know when something’s going to happen.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The case of a 13-year-old Palmdale boy convicted of murder for hitting a 15-year-old with a bat after a youth baseball game was on the national stage again Friday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The parents of Greg Harris Jr., the boy sentenced to a juvenile facility until age 25 for second-degree murder in the killing of Jeremy Rourke, and Rourke’s parents appeared on the show to talk about the case. The parents of the boys disagreed about the fairness of the 12-year maximum sentence, and both sides took issue with how their sons were portrayed in court testimony and in the news media. Greg’s parents, Gigi and Greg Sr., think that while some punishment is appropriate, the 12-year sentence their son, nicknamed Little Greg or L.G., received was too harsh. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I want everyone to know our hearts do go out to the Rourkes, and we know that this was a mistake,” Gigi Harris said on the show. “We know, and my son knows, this was an accident. He didn’t intentionally go to that baseball field to harm Jeremy.” Rourke’s parents, Brian and Angela Rourke, had a different opinion. “If (L.G.) were tried as an adult, he would have gotten 15 (years) to life. And age-wise he was within, what, a few months of being at that age to be tried as an adult,” Brian Rourke said. The 13-year-old was sentenced in July to confinement in the California Youth Authority until he is 25. He can be released before he turns 25 if CYA officials deem it is appropriate, officials said. The boy struck the older teen in the knee, then seconds later hit him in the head with an aluminum bat on April 12 near the snack bar at the Palmdale PONY League baseball field. Jeremy had teased the boy about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Jeremy died about two hours later at a hospital.
A well-known Irish dancing teacher from Donegal has said he simply does not have the means to pay €400,000 to a young woman he was accused of sexually abusing.Michael Quigley at an earlier court appearance.Michael Quigley, from Letterkenny, had been ordered to pay the compensation to his former pupil Dana Doherty by the High Court. But the 70 year old told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that he was only surviving on €339 a week from his pensions.Quigley, of Barnhill Park, told Ms Doherty’s solicitor Orlagh Sharkey “I have not made any effort because I’m not in a position to pay anything. My only assets are my pensions.”Quigley said he had nothing left once he had paid his bills when outlining his statement of means.Ms Sharkey challenged him on his claim that he paid half – or almost half – of the mortgage on his home.“This is in direct contradiction to a statement made by your wife to the High Court in which she said in evidence and in an affidavit that she paid all of the mortgage on your home,” said Ms Sharkey to the witness.“That’s not the case,” replied Quigley.He added that he didn’t have any bank accounts, but rather a credit union account into which his pension is paid.Quigley told the court that he used that account to withdraw his pension and to pay bills and also revealed he had Stg£5,919 in the credit union account in Derry.Judge Paul Kelly asked Ms Sharkey how much her client was looking for and was informed Ms Doherty was seeking €1,000 per month.Ms Sharkey said Quigley’s statement on his monthly expenditure was ‘entirely contradictory’ set against previous court hearings.Quigley’s wife Alice, she said, had claimed in one court to the sole owner of property whereas in court yesterday Quigley was now claiming the ownership of the property was “a joint exercise”.She added: “Alice Quigley is a retired national school teacher in receipt of a very healthy pension.“Mr Quigley fails to appreciate the serious nature of the High Court judgement against him and he has made no effort whatsoever to compensate our client.”Judge Kelly ordered that Quigley should provide details of all or any of his accounts for the whole of 2014 and also this month.He also asked for receipts for January showing his day by day expenditure.All this information should be given to Ms Doherty’s solicitors Callan Tansey Solicitors in Sligo and to the court by the end of February, the judge added before adjourning the case until March 4th.Quigley underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but, in both, the juries were unable to reach verdicts.Ms Doherty then took a civil action and was awarded €400,000. He appealed that award and last July the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.JUDGE ORDERS DANCE TEACHER TO SHOW BANK ACCOUNTS AFTER CLAIMS HE CAN’T PAY VICTIM €400K COMPO was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:compensationDANA DOHERTYdonegalIrish dance teacherJudge Paul KellyMICHAEL QUIGLEY
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggested that his team’s battling draw at QPR said much about the respective clubs’ transfer policies.Lambert has looked to nurture young talent at Villa, while Rangers are bottom of the table and without a league win this season despite their big spending.“Money doesn’t guarantee success,” said Lambert.“If you can build team spirit and have lads with hunger and enthusiasm it’s great to work with. You’ve always got to have that hunger.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The primeval Bwindi forests are home to many of the continent’s gorillas. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) The completed series of the Flora of Tropical East Africa.(Image: Dr Henk Beentje) The newly described Solanum polhillii Voronts., a type of wild spiny aubergine named after botanist Roger Polhill, is restricted to partly shaded limestone savanna habitats sheltered from herbivory. (Image: Dr Maria Vorontsova, Kew) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Friedlander PR manager, Kew +44 20 8332 5607 or +44 788 195 3420 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Kew shows Africa’s plant wealth • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • EC to get first botanical garden • Teaching people to work with natureJanine ErasmusAn epic survey of the flora of tropical East Africa is now complete, 60 years after it began.The study was initiated in 1948 by scientists from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and is known as Flora of Tropical East Africa (FTEA).The survey covered over 12 000 plant species from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, in habitats ranging from desert to wetland, and at altitudes from sea level to the continent’s highest point – this equates to about 4% of the world’s flora.The Eastern Arc Mountains in Kenya and Tanzania – a chain that starts in the northeast near Mount Kilimanjaro and continues down almost as far as Zambia – the lush coastal forests of Tanzania and Kenya, and the region from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park across Lake Victoria to the largely untouched Bwindi rainforests in Uganda were areas of particular interest, as they are renowned for the high diversity of both flora and fauna.The Kew Drylands: Africa team, which managed the project and works in 16 sub-Saharan countries, claims the FTEA is the largest regional floral survey ever completed.Over 1 500 of the species uncovered were new to science, according to Kew, and in the last four years alone 114 of this number were described.The first FTEA data were published in 1952, and the final parts of the catalogue were eventually revealed in September 2012.The latter stages of the project were overseen by Dutch botanist Henk Beentje, who also served as current editor of the series. He said at the launch in September of the final volume, that the catalogue is of vital importance not only to conservationists, but to those who work in the fields of forestry, agriculture, horticulture, and wildlife management – now and in the future.With deforestation an ever-present threat, conflicts often arise over the use of land for agriculture versus natural plant growth, Beentje said, and more often than not the natural plant growth will generally lose the fight.“There’s not much we can do about it, except keep conservationists informed as to how to identify the plant, where the plant grows, what its biggest threats are, and how to combat the threats.”Breaking new scientific groundThe project’s original duration was thought to be around 15 years, but scientists soon realised that cataloguing the larger plant families would take time. They also realised that the area’s floral richness and the total number of species growing there had been sorely underestimated, and that a new system of collecting was needed.Now, 60 years later, say the Kew team, the East African area is one of the best collected regions, in terms of floral samples, on the continent – thanks to a large pool of contributors from, among other countries, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Denmark, Zimbabwe, Spain and Poland.The completed survey is invaluable in that it provides checklists of the area’s plant diversity, offers scientists a solid taxonomic base from which to work, and is an important source of data for conservation purposes as it pinpoints the species that are endemic to small areas as well as the areas of high botanical diversity.Besides the contributors from Britain and 20 other countries – 135 authors in total – the work is extensively illustrated by 211 artists. In addition, said Beentje, many more people, including locals, have received training in scientific techniques.“Now all further work on the wild plants of this region will be built on a solid foundation,” he said. “Not just botanical work, but work on local uses by local people, ecology, vegetation work, zoology and, of course, conservation.”The Kew team is also working on a similar project involving Southern African flora, titled Flora Zambesiaca.