Last 5 results:Jamaica 1 – 0 SurinameGuyana 2 – 4 JamaicaJamaica 0 – 2 HaitiPanama 2 – 0 JamaicaUruguay 3 – 0 Jamaica Coach of Jamaica national men’s senior team Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore says local based players will be given sufficient opportunities in upcoming friendly internationals against the USA and Honduras next month.Whitmore has been preparing a squad of locals for games against the Americans on February 3 at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting at 7:30 p.m. (local time) and Honduras on February 16, which will also be played in the USA.Following the training camp, a 20-man team will be selected this weekend ahead of their scheduled departure on February 1.However, with a number of professional players from Major League Soccer expected to be added to the squad for the games, Whitmore made it clear that players from the local leagues will get their chance to make an impression.”We want to strike a balance between the local players here and the players in the MLS who are in off-season,” Whitmore told The Gleaner yesterday during a training session at Stadium East.ENOUGH CHANCES”Every game that the national team plays is important, but we don’t want to overemphasise, we want the players to go out there and get the experience, especially the local players, as we always hear the cry that locals are not getting enough chances to represent the country,” Whitmore added.”We want to make the local players going forward the head cornerstone of the programme, something similar to when we qualified for the 1998 World Cup final in France. We have some young players here, and the aim is to expose them to what international football is about,” the coach informed.The training squad includes two schoolboy players in Jourdaine Fletcher from Cornwall College and Fabian Grant of Kingston College.”What we don’t want to do is put these schoolboys under pressure to perform; we just want to nurture them and try as much as possible to integrate them into the senior programme. There is no doubt that they have the quality, but at the end of the day we have to look out for their welfare. They are in school so we have worked out a plan for Fletcher as he is from the west, so we had to sort out the best way for him to continue education, while in the programme,” Whitmore also added.Meanwhile, Fletcher who was the top goal scorer for daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College is confident that he can be included in the team.”It is a great feeling being among senior players. I will just try to keep the focus. I know that it is a faster pace but I’m used to that as I played three years for Falkland in the Western League and now at Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League,” Fletcher said.Reggae Boyz FIFA Ranking – 77
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DAY6 is for everybody Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia View comments SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Onyx slept in his seat for over four hours. He was not particularly comfortable, but the flight’s monotony coupled with the nasal drone of the stewardesses’ voices was more than enough to aid his slumber. He dreamt of nothing at all; waking up to the cold sterility of economy class. He looked at the lights up and down the aisles of the plane’s cabin and wondered who in the world got paid to design them. Did these faceless designers think depressing lighting would stir feelings of brand loyalty within the airline’s frequent flyers?The clean lines and basic shapes in the cabin seemed like an insult to everything organic. This minimalist approach to decoration would have undoubtedly been considered ‘intelligent design’ by some of the elitist who polluted first class with their fancy fragrances, predictable politics, and obvious self-obsession. As far as the “one-percenters” were concerned, anything you paid a lot of money for was “intelligent”; especially when ordinary people couldn’t get access to it. In Onyx’s opinion, modern design’s purpose was to show off. As someone who considered himself to be artistically inclined and an opponent of order, design did not appeal to him in the least. Design had function, form and purpose; whereas art was open to interpretation. It helped breed a sense of spontaneity in any who saw, witnessed, or experienced it. Art gave spontaneity a “voice,” and spontaneity was creativity’s very blood.Spontaneity was the reason he was given the funny (and pompous sounding) name of Onyx. For some unexplained reason, his parents thought naming him after a semi-precious stone was a good idea. Spontaneity was the reason he had a foot tall afro in his thirties. He could have stopped when his hair had reached six inches, but decided only to cut it when it hindered his movement. Spontaneity was probably why he disliked mathematics and numbers in general. Figures had a way of making everything…finite. There was even a mathematical symbol for infinity. Why try to make something that is supposed to be endless and represent the mystery of the unknown tangible? He could not understand some people’s need to control everything. His impulsive (some would say unfocused) nature made being inside the fixed space of the airplane like being inside a cage. Onyx hated knowing where everything was. It was his tendency towards spontaneity that made him wake up yesterday— without so much as a call to his family—and board a plane to the almost mystical country that made up fifty percent of who he was. He knew his daughter and ex-wife would be seated at the head of their metaphorical table of judgment to feast on hearty helpings of his “irresponsibility.” He would worry about that later. He had followed his heart, and would only apologize for the sake of their feelings. Onyx Togbah was born 1979, in the West African nation of Liberia. This was the year before President William R. Tolbert was assassinated in coup d’état that changed the course of that nation’s history. He came into existence as a man perpetually caught between two worlds. He was the son of a proud farmer of the Kpelleh tribe who hailed from Liberia’s Gbong County, and a liberal mother of pure Irish-American stock from Boston who worked for the Peace Corps. He was undeniably Western in his mannerisms and thoughts, but the fullness of his features and density of his hair told Africa’s story. He carried an American passport with hands that were bronzed by his Liberian heritage. He often described himself as being “Afro with some Euro, but one-hundred percent soul.”At the age of 35, Onyx was returning to his father’s homeland for the first time in 21 years. After two failed marriages, a string of unfulfilling jobs, and trying to raise Yamma, his precocious 12-year-old daughter, he needed to plant his feet on Liberia’s soil once again. He took his first trip to Liberia after the coup when he was just 14. His mother, Janie Reardon, wanted him to spend the summer of 1993 with his father Richard. After his freshman year in high school, he left the dull concrete expanse of Columbus, Ohio, and set out on an adventure that would knock the ignorance out of his gullible little head.He arrived to a moving welcome from his paternal family that made him feel like a little light-skinned prince. For his first two days in Liberia he was surrounded by the other Togbahs who praised his “fine and curly” afro and hazel eyes. Getting caught up in the moment, he was dumb enough to feel entitled to their admiration.Onyx was a typical spoiled American kid until one fateful day—exactly two after his arrival —when his Dad drove him to the family farm at Gbartala, looked him in the eyes and said, “People who work are people who eat.”Being a typical emotional American teenager, Onyx cursed, threw a tantrum, and threatened to leave while flailing his arms about and shouting at the top of his lungs. Richard Togbah, being a typical African man, smiled at his “Fanta-colored” son and went about the business of clearing grass until Onyx was exhausted from his outburst. Onyx cried like a child half his age after that. He was overcome with shame from his playing the role of the “ugly American.” He made a transformation from the Ohio boy who only left his pampered suburban existence to buy things he did not need at the mall, to the young man who learned how to farm cassava. What other choice did he have that summer?Onyx remembered his father as a man of unspeakable integrity and uncommon discipline. He was six-foot-three with shoulders as wide and majestic an eagle’s wingspan and a body hardened by years of honest work. He had skin the color of roasted coffee beans, and blindingly white teeth that caught the light whenever he laughed. And oh, how often he laughed! His silly American son gave him more than enough reason to. Onyx’s first attempts at using a cutlass and trying to carry a bucket of water on his head were every comedian’s dream. His father laughed at him, but never left his side until he learned. Onyx could not get over how a man who looked so much like himself could be so different. His memories of Richard Togbah always conjured up a man who never raised his voice or hands to anyone. Those three months of farming with his dad over two decades ago destroyed most of the Western pretentiousness and stupid ego inside of Onyx. He went to Liberia a boy and returned to America ready to embrace the responsibilities of manhood.When he returned to the U.S., his mother was pleasantly surprised. Janie Reardon’s former “couch-potato” son no longer had to be told to do his chores. He started wearing the ‘country-cloth’ shirts his father had made for him on a daily basis. He raised his head high with a new sense of awareness whenever he was around his friends. All he had to do was close his eyes and remember his father’s words, “I am honored to be your father; we are privileged to share blood.” The smooth cadence of Richard Togbah’s Liberian patois combined with his gregariousness and honesty won his son over. Richard made Onyx feel a little less cynical about humanity and a lot less self-conscious about being the only face of color back in his Ohio classrooms. The sense of peace he developed from farming side by side with his father confirmed to him that he was undoubtedly a child of Africa. He could still hear his father’s voice calling to him, pronouncing his name the way only a Liberian man could, “Oh-nees! Oh-nees! I say! Oh-nees! You boy make haste ya! We have plenty work to do oh! Oh-nees…”“….Oh-nees! Oh-nees… Mr. Tok-bar! Mr. Tok-bar!” He was startled out of his daydream by the obnoxious high-pitched twang the stewardess used to butcher his surname; his father’s name. She said it with the willful carelessness of people from America’s most annoying state. In a matter of seconds, his mind was transported from the time he was a teenage boy running to Richard Togbah’s side, back to the reality of being the tall grizzled man with too much hair for his age. He looked around and realized that the plane had landed and he was the only passenger still on it.Behind her empty smile and almost impenetrable layer of makeup, the obviously Texan stewardess gave him a look that asked “Why are you still here?” Ignoring her, Onyx stood all 6-foot-3 inches of himself— a pale clone of his father— up from his seat and moved his single carry-on bag from the overhead compartment. He exited the plane with speed, allowing the clean humid air surrounding the Roberts International Airport to enter his lungs with almost violent force. He felt like he had received a shot of adrenaline directly into his bloodstream. He knew he was being enveloped in the magic of Liberia.He entered customs and was pleasantly surprised by how easy things were. He had been told by friends and family who had traveled to Liberia recently to expect a rigorous inspection performed by merciless bureaucrats. Instead, he got warm smiles and even a pat on the back when they saw the name Togbah on his passport. The customs officers teased him about being a “frustrated white-man” and laughed because they said he spoke “se-rees”; but there was no malice in their words. This was Liberia, if you couldn’t stand a “hard joke” then it was better for you to turn around and get right back on the plane you came with. Laughter had sustained Liberians in their darkest years, who was any foreigner to tell them they needed to be politically correct? Besides, he was fully aware he needed thick skin, good humor and a clear head for the task at hand. He had a mission. He was going to find out why he had not heard from Richard Togbah over the past 15 years. He was ready to do whatever it took in a country that had been through so much since he was a child. Onyx Togbah was going to find his father.…To be continued Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a disappointing loss to the Dawson Creek Canucks on Tuesday the Fort St. John Flyers will have a chance to put that all behind them starting on Friday. The two clubs will meet in a rematch at the North Peace Arena, and that will be followed by another home game on Saturday against High Prairie.Friday’s contest will be the Canucks final regular season trip to Fort St. John. The clubs will have a final meeting in Dawson Creek on January 21.The year has not gone well for High Prairie so far. Through 14 games the Regals have yet to win. The clubs did play in a close game however in early December with the Flyers coming out with a 7-5 win.- Advertisement -Heading into Friday’s game Fort St. John has five games remaining on their regular season schedule.Face off for both tilts are scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
“Cristiano plays because the first place is very important. If it had not been necessary, he would have rested,” Allegri told a pre-match press conference in Switzerland.The 33-year-old Portuguese star is the record scorer in the elite European competition with 120 goals and scored 15 for Real Madrid on their way to their third title last season.“Winning the group would allow us to avoid Barcelona, Real Bayern, City, Bayern and maybe Paris Saint-Germain (in the last 16),” said Allegri.“If the game wasn’t decisive, Cristiano would rest as would many others.”Juventus lost 2-1 at home against Manchester United, who scored two late goals, despite Ronaldo scoring his first European goal for his new club.After Young Boys they face city rivals Torino in Serie A.“Juventus knows the importance of this match otherwise we risk a negative result and we can not afford it because Saturday is the derby.“If you do not play games with the right motivation and respecting the opponent, you risk leaving with broken bones.”Allegri expressed concern about the synthetic pitch surface at the Stade de Suisse.“(Daniele) Rugani will play in place of (Giorgio) Chiellini alongside (Leonardo) Bonucci,” he said.“Chiellini won’t play as the pitch is synthetic and I don’t want to run any risks.“(Rodrigo) Bentancur is suspended for the Torino game and he’ll start in midfield tomorrow, along with (Miralem) Pjanic.“(Blaise) Matuidi will be rested and I think I’ll give Emre Can some playing time.“Douglas Costa and (Federico) Bernardeschi are fit and they’ll be a big help, either from the start or off the bench.“Ronaldo is going to play up front but I still have to decide on the others.”Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, however, was not worried about the fast surface.“Playing on a synthetic pitch will be more complicated because the game moves faster, but on a big evening in the Champions League I would even play on sand!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo is the record scorer in Champions League with 120 goals. © AFP / FABRICE COFFRINIBERN, Switzerland, Dec 11 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start Wednesday’s Champions League game against Young Boys in Switzerland as the Italian champions target a first place finish in Group H.The Turin giants are already through to the knockout rounds along with Manchester United and are two points ahead of the Premier League team who play Valencia in Spain in the final group game.
Barry said he believes he will be able to succeed – despite his predecessors’ failures – because of the support he has from Villaraigosa, the City Council and employee unions. Barry, who has visited 60 of the city’s 110 fire stations since his temporary appointment, said he is trying to deliver a consistent message. “What I’m hearing is that they want more authority at the station level,” Barry said. “We give a lot of responsibility to our captains, but they don’t have the responsibility. … One of the things I’m emphasizing is the expectations of them … that harassment and hazing are not acceptable.” Steve Tufts of United Firefighters of Los Angeles praised the appointment. “I think it was a long time coming,” Tufts said “We needed a change to have someone in charge that we have trust with. We want to work with him to get morale up and improve relations.” Councilman Bernard Parks, who also rose through the ranks to become the city’s second African-American police chief, took note of the historic appointment. “I’m not sure people appreciate what this means,” Parks said. “As I used to say at the police department years ago that the only time people talked about future leaders, minorities were never even under consideration. That this is occurring today is something that people should step back and realize how significant it is.” Councilman Herb Wesson joined with Parks in noting the appointment. “We are not at the day yet when people judge individuals by their ability,” Wesson said. “It will only come as people of color and women get these jobs and succeed.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Setting a broad agenda for reform, Douglas R. Barry was sworn in today as the Los Angeles’ 23rd fire chief and the first African-American to head the department. Barry, 54, was sworn in by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a plaza across from City Hall after receiving unanimous support from the City Council. Barry has been serving as interim chief since December when Chief William Bamattre retired. “In Douglas Barry, we have the right man at the right time to take this department forward with the reforms it needs,” said Villaraigosa, who convinced Barry to take the post. The department has long been at the center of controversy with dozens of lawsuits alleging sexual and racial harassment. The union representing 3,500 firefighters and paramedics also has been at odds with the LAFD administration. In the most notorious of the incidents, former firefighter Tennie Pierce was awarded $2.7 million after an investigation found he was fed dog food in a firehouse prank. While Villaraigosa last year vetoed the deal, Pierce and city officials currently are negotiating a possible new settlement. “This is a special day in my life and the life of the fire department,” Barry said after taking the oath of office with his wife, Roberta, at his side. Barry, who will be paid $258,000 a year, has been with the LAFD for 32. He was scheduled to retire next July, but said he is looking to stay on in the post. “As I begin my tenure, I do so with a great deal of pride,” Barry said. “The Fire Department has a rich history. It is my charge to build on what they have done to lead the department to greater heights I recognize we have many challenges. In the coming days, the department will be tested.”
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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two countries accused U.S. officials of spreading the allegations for political reasons. Andrew Semmel, acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary for nuclear nonproliferation policy, said in September that North Korean personnel were in Syria, and that the Syrian government may have had contacts with “secret suppliers” to obtain nuclear equipment. Last month, a high-level Syrian delegation visited Pyongyang. North Korea, which conducted its first-ever nuclear test last October, has been compliant in international talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear program. In July, Pyongyang shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor and pledged earlier this month to disable it by year’s end. SEOUL, South Korea – A high-level North Korean official left Saturday for an overseas trip including a visit to Syria, the North’s state media reported, amid suspicions the two countries might be cooperating on a secret nuclear program. Choe Thae Bok, speaker of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament, will also visit Italy during the trip, the North’s Korean Central News Agency said in a brief one-sentence dispatch that gave no further details. The trip comes amid lingering suspicions that North Korea may be providing nuclear assistance to Syria. North Korea provides missile technology to Syria, but has strongly denied accusations that it spreads its nuclear expertise beyond its borders. Syria also has denied receiving any North Korean nuclear help.
Eshaya Murphy tied a career high with 22 points and USC upset No. 9 Arizona State 58-50 Friday night at USC’s Lyon Center. The victory was USC’s first against a Top 10 team since a win over Stanford on Jan. 25, 2004. Camille LeNoir added 13 points for the Trojans (9-5, 3-2 Pacific-10 Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Kristen Kovesdy scored 11 points for the Sun Devils (12-2, 3-1), who had won nine consecutive games. Arizona State fell a half-game behind first-place Stanford with the loss. The Sun Devils held a 48-44 lead with 5:31 to play but USC used a 12-0 run to move ahead 56-48 with 43.4 seconds left. Murphy and LeNoir scored four points apiece during the rally. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Sun Devils shot 27 percent in the second half. The Trojans made 15 steals in forcing 23 turnovers. Murphy had four steals with LeNoir and Meghan Gnekow each making three. UCLA 84, Arizona 77: Noelle Quinn scored a team-high 18 points and Carson High product Chinyere Ibekwe added 15 to lead the Bruins over the Wildcats in a Pac-10 matchup at Pauley Pavilion. Lindsey Pluimer dropped in 14 points, and Narbonne grad Lisa Willis added 10 to help lead UCLA (8-6, 3-2). Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona (5-8, 1-3) with 22 points. No. 5, North Carolina 102, Clemson 61: Camille Little scored 16 points and La’Tangela Atkinson added 14 to lead the Tar Heels to a victory over visiting Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. North Carolina (14-0, 1-0) scored its most points since a 106-40 win over East Tennessee State on Nov. 24, 2002. Clemson (6-9, 0-1) got 14 points from D’Lesha Lloyd. No. 24 Temple 77, Charlotte 69 Lady Comfort had a career-high 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Temple to its 23rd consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference victory. Kamesha Hairston had 18 points and Jennifer Owens 17 for the Owls (9-3, 1-0). Sakellie Daniels led visiting Charlotte (8-5, 1-1) with 20 points. Andrea Davidson added 13, Pam Brown 11 and Whitney Hoey 10. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
9 9. Glenn Hoddle (2001-2003) – 45 Games = 48.89 per cent win ratio 4. Martin Jol (2004-2007) – 56 Games = 58.93 per cent win ratio Tottenham Hotspur bid farewell to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they play their final game in the grand old stadium.Spurs will host Manchester United before paying homage to heroes past and present who have graced the turf.Former players and managers will take to the field for once last time to be lauded by the Tottenham faithful.Some gaffers did better than others at the stadium, and a fair few have walked its corridors in recent years too.So, during the Premier League era, which win ration in charge of Tottenham at White Hart Lane? Click the right arrow above to find out… 9 9 6. Andre Villas-Boas (2012-2013) – 27 = 51.85 per cent win ratio 7. George Graham (1998-2001) – 48 Games = 50 per cent win ratio 9 9 5. Ray Clemence and Doug Livermore (1992-1993) – 21 Games = 52.38 per cent win ratio 9 9 1. Tim Sherwood (2013-2014) – 11 Games = 72.73 per cent win ratio 3. Harry Redknapp (2008-2012) – 72 Games = 63.89 per cent win ratio 2. Mauricio Pochettino (2014 to Present) – 56 Games = 64.29 per cent win ratio 8. David Pleat (1998, 2001, and 2003-2004) – 20 Games = 50 per cent win ratio 9 9
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has expressed his delight at having Seamus Coleman available to him again after injury. Coleman injured his ankle in pre-season, and hasn’t played for Everton so far this term.Coleman will start tonight against Sunderland who are managed by David Moyes, who signed Coleman from Sligo Rovers in 2009. He did feature for Ireland in their 2-2 draw with Serbia, and will make his first appearance of the season under new manager Koeman who joined from Southampton following the dismissal of Roberto Martinez last May.Speaking ahead of tonight’s match on Sky Sports, Koeman expressed his delight that Coleman is fit to play again.“Seamus is a talented player, and he is very good offensively, we know this is a big strength of his.“We like to play a certain way, and to do it, it’s important we have offensive full-backs, and we have that in Seamus and Leighton (Baines). “It’s great to have him back fully fit, and I hope he can continue to perform as well as he has in recent seasons for Everton, he’s a brilliant player.”Koeman delighted Coleman fit and ready to start was last modified: September 12th, 2016 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:evertonnewsRonald Koemanseamus colemansoccerSport