Owayne Gordon performed the Moses act of leading his team to the promised land of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final but, like the biblical character, he will not set foot in it this year, at least. Gordon, the 24-year-old attacker and a shoo-in for this season’s golden boot after a haul of 20 goals, including one in the first-leg semi-final, left the island yesterday morning to take up a contract with United States Soccer League team INDY11. The former Anchovy High School player, who had a stint with Arnett Gardens in the RSPL, was Montego Bay United’s most consistent player this season. While not scoring in Sunday night’s 2-2 second leg semi-final draw, he played a major part over the two legs and scored the first to give them a 2-1 win in Montego Bay. This is despite knowing that he would not be around to physically lift the cup if they should win. “I told my team from minute one of the semi-final that I am going to be the one who puts you guys in the final, so I want when I get there, I hear good things,” Gordon said of his mindset going into his final two games of the season for Montego Bay United. Despite his psychological preparation, Gordon confessed that it was still hard not being part of the big occasion. “It is bittersweet. I am definitely sad about it because after playing so well throughout the tournament, not playing a part in the final is a bit hard. It really means a lot, but I will not be here in physical presence, but my spirit will be here. “On the other hand, it is a big plus for me and my team, as I am moving on to a bigger stage. It is good for my team, too, as it shows the work that we are putting in that someone recognises that and has given me the chance to play in a different environment. Honestly, I am very pleased about that,” explained Gordon, who said he made a pledge last season to climb to the top. Having had his first professional break outside the country, the St James resident said his approach will be the same. “This opportunity is a big thing for me because it is my first signing to a club outside of Jamaica. My plan is to go there and do as well as I have done here in our Premier League, go there and score some goals. “I went to Vietnam once and it was OK. I did not play for the club. I just went on a trial, but didn’t get a contract. I have a contract now to show what I am really made of, so I will go out there and do my best,” he promised.
“Ungrateful English,” read the headline on the front page of Friday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Ranieri’s native country. Look deeper, though, and there was a sense of inevitability about the ruthless decision made by Leicester’s Thai owners. Ranieri is simply the latest manager to be toppled by player power. In short, his players had stopped playing for him. Only last weekend, Ranieri accused his team of lacking “heart and desire” in a 1-0 loss to third-tier club Millwall in the FA Cup. The virtues that carried them to the most unlikely title triumph in the history of English football – notably team spirit, organisation and hard work – had vanished. yesterday, sections of the British media reported that senior players told Leicester’s owners in a meeting after the Sevilla game that things were not working with Ranieri. Player power isn’t a new phenomenon in the Premier League. In December 2015, Jose Mourinho was fired by Chelsea seven months after guiding the London team to the Premier League title. Days before he was fired, Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss at Leicester that he felt his work was “betrayed” by his players. In May 2013, Roberto Mancini was fired by Manchester City, less than a year after winning the Premier League. “It’s not right that the players decide if the manager must be sacked or not,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said yesterday. “If this happens, it means the club is poor, without power. I don’t believe this. I don’t trust this. I don’t want to listen to these types of stories because it’s frustrating for a manager to imagine that the players can decide your destiny.” “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR. Sacked,” read a post on Mourinho’s Instagram account late Thursday. “That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling.” Ungrateful English For many, Claudio Ranieri deserved a job for life at Leicester. What he achieved last season, turning a bunch of mostly journeymen and cast-offs into Premier League champions, was the stuff of dreams and comic books. Ranieri had made the impossible possible, bringing a touch of romanticism back to a sport that has become a cold, hard, money-driven industry in so many ways. It meant that there was an outpouring of dismay and incredulity when Ranieri’s firing was announced on Thursday evening. He was informed of his departure by Leicester’s board immediately after his return to England after the Champions League match at Sevilla, where Leicester lost 2-1 on Wednesday. The general opinion was that he deserved so much better. “Unforgivable,” tweeted Gary Lineker, the former Leicester and England striker.
Tetra Tech DPK has trained scores of security officers from the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assigned in Nimba in another phase of training as a means of strengthening their capacity in discharging their duties.The training workshop, held on November 6th brought together over 40 security officers from across Nimba especially those assigned within a communities where there have been reports of land crisis.William Thompson, III, Component 3 leader of Tetra Tech DPK said, “This training is an effort to complement government’s efforts in the Security Sector Reform process of Liberia.”Tetra Tech DPK’s Mitigating Land Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) program, taking into consideration one of its mandates, which is to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies in responding to community security concerns through improved investigation and crime scene management conducted a three-day training workshop for four law enforcement agenciesLNP, BIN, NBI and DEA. The training is funded by the Narcotic Law Enforcement/INL, a unit in the US Department of State.The training, held under the theme, “Enhancing Law Enforcement Personnel Responsiveness to Community Security Concerns,” is part of the Tetra Tech DPK’s mandate that calls for building of the capacity of law enforcement officers, especially the police.Speaking at the opening of the training, the Superintendent of Nimba County, Ms. Christina Dagadu, urged the trainees to put into practice they were taught so that they can discharge their duties in a much more improved manner in the county.Supt. Dagadu commended Tetra Tech for building the skills of the security in Nimba, adding: “It is Tetra Tech, which has broadened my knowledge on security.”“The training workshop was held under various topics including; implementing the concept of community policing, principles of mediation for handling disputes, intelligence and information gathering, criminal investigation and crime scene management investigation as well as conflict resolution.Tetra Tech DPK is presently operating in Lofa and Nimba Counties as a pilot project same last year under the Mitigating Land Dispute in Liberia Program.Since last year, Tetra Tech has been establishing county security council, district security council as well as a community forum in districts of the two counties.The community forum, which is mostly civilians discuss and report issues that have that might lead to insecurity in the community to district security council, which comprises of all the security apparatus and if it cannot be resolved it then go to the county security county, which is headed by the superintendent.It can be recalled that at the launch of the Bain Garr Security Council last year in Ganta, the police detail commander of Ganta praised Tetra Tech DPK for helping to reduce the land tension in Ganta.Meanwhile, the Chief of Team of Tetra Tech, Dr. Alfred Fofie, had vowed to provide some logistics (motorbikes) to enhance the work of the security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Louis van Gaal admitted Manchester United were fortunate to escape the Britannia Stadium with their unbeaten run still intact.United have still yet to taste defeat since November after Radamel Falcao cancelled out Ryan Shawcross’ early opener to earn them a point against Stoke, but Van Gaal was less than impressed by his side’s performance as they began 2015 with a whimper.“I think Stoke deserved more the victory, but at the end the draw is good,” said the Dutchman, whose side remain third in the Premier League table.“I cannot say we were the better team today. I have said that many times, but today I cannot say this.“I think Stoke were closer to the victory. They had two major chances and we did not create so much in spite of the time and space.“We had a lot of time and space, we could pass the ball quicker I think, but our crosses were not so good and the last pass of our midfielders were not so good.“We knew before the game it would be a tough game because we had seen already in the home match [when United won 2-1] that it is difficult to beat Stoke City.“They a well-organised team that play with long balls with Crouch and Diouf and Walters, and also today Arnautovic played a very good game.“We knew it would be difficult to defend and you have seen that today.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Everton utility man Bryan Oviedo’s recent impressive performances have been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract.The Costa Rica international has signed the deal after showing this season he is back to his best following an horrific double fracture of his leg two years ago.“I am really happy to commit my future to Everton because this is a special club and, for me, a second home,” said Oviedo, who joined from Copenhagen in the summer of 2012 and has kept Leighton Baines out of the side in the last two matches.“When I experienced some really tough times, the toughest of my career, everybody was behind me – the manager, the staff, the players and the fans and that support helped me through and made me stronger, as a person and as a player.“I feel that I am in the best moment of my career. I am experienced now and I have greater confidence and I have a real ambition to win a trophy for Everton.“We have clear goals as a team. We want to win a cup and we want to continue building ourselves into a top Premier League team.“The manager is clear that he wants to build a winning team and I want to play my part in this because he has helped me to progress my career by believing in me.“Everton is an incredible club and the people here are fantastic. Every day is a joy to come to work and to try to improve as an individual and as a team.“I’m really happy to be a part of this and my ambition is that we are successful in the years to come.” Bryan Oviedo 1
As part of her probation, Rankins was ordered to pay the restitution to the best of her ability, but in the ensuing three-plus years made just $2,500 in payments, Hope said. In addition to buying the house in Lancaster valued at between $700,000 and $800,000, Rankins also paid for $10,000 in concrete work and $11,500 in window coverings, Hope said. Rankins also owned a home in Palmdale. She also leased a 2006 BMW valued at $121,295, Hope said. Rankins told a deputy probation officer she was running the loan mortgage business, but as a convicted felon she cannot become a licensed broker, Hope said. As part of her probation, Rankins was ordered to only use the name of Alvina Rankins, but used the name Alvina Mitchell on loan and other documents. She was ordered not to apply for any kind of aid, but evidence showed she applied for aid for her three children for free lunches, Hope said. Rankins, who was convicted of arson, auto theft and receiving stolen property in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively, lost her child-care license in November 1999. She was accused of fraudulently receiving the Medi-Cal benefits from November 1995 to February 1999. In the welfare fraud case, Rankins was accused of wrongfully collecting $20,549 in welfare payments from 1996 to 1998. She went off welfare in 1998 after her child-care income increased to an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 a month, prosecutors said. 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “She seems to write her own rules and doesn’t take into account limitations put on her by the court,” Hope said. “She was ordered to obey a handful of rules and failed to do so.” Attorneys for Rankins did not respond to requests for comment. Rankins was arrested Nov. 16 on suspicion of violating her probation after probation officers and sheriff’s deputies searched her home. She has been in custody since then without bail and paid up the remaining restitution Dec. 23, Hope said. Paperwork found at her home prompted detectives to initiate an investigation into possible real estate fraud. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. Rankins, who before her fraud conviction provided child care under a county contract despite having a criminal record, was given a suspended three-year prison sentence in 2002 and sentenced to a year in jail for illegally receiving welfare and MediCal aid while doing child care. A Palmdale woman convicted of welfare fraud in 2001 was sent to prison after she bought a house valued at more than $700,000, spent $44,800 on a pool, and bought an SUV for herself and a motorcycle for her boyfriend while paying only $2,500 toward her court-ordered $30,000 restitution. Alvina Rankins, 41, whose three-year prison sentence had been suspended after her fraud conviction, also tried while on probation to get free school lunches for her three children and apparently had been running a loan mortgage business without a license, prosecutors said. “Here was a woman who already obtained $30,000 in welfare aid she was not legally entitled to but continued to thumb her nose at the legal system,” Deputy District Attorney Tamia Hope said. At the conclusion of a probation violation hearing Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Jones found that Rankins had violated the terms and conditions of her probation, was not amenable to another grant of probation, and sentenced her to three years in prison.
FROM JOHN SMITHSON IN READING: A DONEGAL man who has admitted battering a man to death with a hammer had no motive for killing him, his trial has been told.Shaleem Amar died from head injuries after being epeatedly hit with hammers at his home near Ascot, England on November 17 last year.Donegal Town man Robert ‘Derek’ Johnston, his two sons Tom and Ben and his friend Shaun Matthews, all from Cambridgeshire, deny murdering Mr Amar, 33. Johnston, 57, was Mr Amar’s business partner and has already told the trial here at Reading Crown Court that he hit him with a hammer in self-defence after a row over money.The trial has also heard how police found Mr Amar covered in 50kgs of sand in the back of Mr Johnston’s van. He later died of his injuries.Martin Heslop QC, defending Johnston’s 25-year-old son Tom, said no motive had been found for the killing.In fact, he said, emails between them before the killing had “demonstrated affection” for him.“Let’s be realistic, if you may, members of the jury. People don’t go and kill somebody else in a premeditated operation without some reason for doing so,” said the defence lawyer.“If it was premeditated to go and kill him, then why didn’t they do so? Why didn’t they kill him?“Why did they move a man who’s alive into the van? Why attack him at his house?“If they were going to kill him, why did they wait so long? You’d expect them to be in and out as quickly as possible in order to prevent them being caught.”He said Tom Johnston’s “mere presence” in the van and at the time of the attack “do not in themselves prove anything”.The court has previously heard how Derek Johnston had bought three hammers, four pairs of gloves, bags, a wheelbarrow, torch and bags of sand on the day before the killing.This was not a sign of guilt, said Mr Heslop. It was unlikely the defendant would purchase such items for a premeditated killing from a shop where he was a regular customer for 20 years.The trial continues.At hearing© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHAMMER HORROR MURDER: ‘DONEGAL MAN HAD NO MOTIVE FOR KILLING’ was last modified: December 9th, 2011 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)
Oireachtas members and other local Donegal public representatives have described a meeting with HSE staff as “constructive.”THE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGHThe meeting was held with management at Letterkenny General Hospital this afternoon.Top of the agenda was the proposal to either move or downgrade the gynae ward at the hospital to cater for the opening of the hospital new wing in the coming weeks. MEETING ON FUTURE OF GYNAE WARD DESCRIBED AS ‘CONSTRUCTIVE” was last modified: August 30th, 2012 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)
Spraoi Le Cheile Childcare Facility are hosting a fundraising event – Ladies Night on Sat 6th Oct in Ostan na Rosann Dungloe.Starting at 7.30pm. Champagne reception on arrival. Complimentary treatments ranging from Nails, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology.There will also be opportunity to browse products from businesses such as ‘I Love Candy’, ‘ Mad About House’, ‘Off Your Head Fascinators’, “AOWeddings’, Stairway to Beauty’, John Raffery Photography to name only a few. Followed by a fashion show supplied by McElhinneys, Tokyo Letterkenny & Lulu at the Cope Dungloe.Draw to win a signed Donegal Jersey & lots of great raffle prizes on the night.This event is supported by donegaldaily.com LADIES ONLY CHARITY NIGHT IN DUNGLOE was last modified: October 1st, 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:LADIES ONLY CHARITY NIGHT IN DUNGLOE
It was another superb night’s entertainment at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue. HIJACKED TUESDAY’S at Voodoo Venue has attracted revellers all summer and last night was no different.People are still in a partying mood after Donegal’s sensational All-Ireland semi-final victory over Dublin.Every week Voodoo Venue and Donegal Daily run a picture special competition on the site. If your face is circled above, then you’ve just won FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR AND A FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. Claim your prize by contacting Voodoo Venue on Facebook.VOODOO VENUE HIJACKED TUESDAY – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venue