GCB gives financial support to WBCA

first_imgFrom left: WBCA President David Black and GCB Secretary Anand SanasieThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) continued its mandate of supporting local clubs around the country, with the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA) being the latest beneficiary.The WBCA held a two-week cricket academy at the Fort Wellington Secondary School during the month of July which catered for youths from ages 10 to 19. The academy included lectures and cricketing activities which kept kids engaged in the programme.The GCB last Friday assisted the WBCA in its efforts to mould aspiring cricketers from a young age. GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie personally made the financial donation on behalf of the Cricket Board to WBCA President and National Youth Coach David Black at the GCB office at Regent Road, Bourda.Sanasie and the Board hoped that the donation would go a long way as the GCB supported the sporting initiative and wished the WBCA all the best in its efforts to keep cricket alive in West Berbice.last_img read more

Wrestler brings it all back home

first_imgThat was when Casta eda realized he didn’t have a place to wrestle after exceeding the age limit for competing with the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, where he had been wrestling since elementary school. He was ready to attend Sylmar High, a school without a wrestling program. Thanks to Casta eda’s determination, Sylmar became the City’s 14thteam last year after joining the Valley League. The senior spent his freshman and sophomore years researching what it would take to reinstate a wrestling program. Casta eda compiled information and estimated it would cost about $20,000 to buy the necessary equipment. He then submitted it to Casey Browne, the schools assistant principal in charge of athletics. “I started bugging (administration) like hell, man,” the 18-year-old Casta eda said. “They got the hint that I wasn’t going to stop. But sometimes I thought, `Why am I doing this? You can’t make a dog talk.’ “But I stuck with my passion and continued to try everything.” Browne supported Casta eda’s idea and efforts, but there was one thing needed to get the program started. “I just told him if we could find an experienced wrestling coach, I would do everything I could to get this thing going,” Browne said. “(Casta eda) is the reason wrestling is back at our school.” Casta eda got help from Dianne Downey, the Boys & Girls Club wrestling coordinator. The Boys & Girls club is akin to a feeder system to San Fernando Valley wrestling programs, and they have reaped huge benefits from it. She told Casta eda to give Phillip Guerrero, an assistant coach at Canoga Park at the time, a call along with a few tips on how to organize a program. Guerrero accepted an offer in June 2005 to become the Spartans’ first coach since Bill Lake, who coached Sylmar from 1980-83. Guerrero coincidently had just moved into the area and took the job despite not being assured a faculty position. He was later hired as a psychology teacher. “I thought I was done with coaching,” said Guerrero, 35. “That this kid got this going, I was surprised. Night and day the support for this program grew. The administration has been very supportive and it was nice to see a great number of kids come out and try out.” More than 40 students showed up the first day of tryouts despite the school not having a mat. Team practices were held on the blacktop in the physical-education area. Wrestlers were limited to techniques that didn’t require tumbling on the hard surface. It wasn’t until Downey and the Boys & Girls Club helped out that someone in the Cal State Northridge athletic department donated a mat that was used by the Toreadors wrestling team in the 1970s. “That mat was hard as hell,” Guerrero said. “It was in poor condition. It was red and had a big N in the middle. “Our school colors are blue. When we went to other schools the kids would ask me why the mats there were soft. I told them those were cheap mats to keep them from realizing we had a crappy mat.” Sylmar didn’t get a new mat until a month into this season, with the help of the administration, donations and fund raising. Browne said costs ranged between $20,000 and $25,000 for uniforms, trophies, equipment and the mat. The number of wrestlers trying out last year decreased in half after finding out practices had to be held at 6 a.m. That’s because the crowded school didn’t have a place for the team to practice. The Spartans share the school’s multipurpose room with other clubs, and they often have to schedule practices around academic events. Guerrero cut a practice short recently because the school was holding a blood drive in the same room. “It’s all a matter of scheduling around the events,” Guerrero said. “Everyone tends to forget that we are here because we are new, but as long as these kids get to practice it’s worth the hassle.” The program is still in its developmental stages. The Spartans finished with a 2-2 dual meet record and showed signs of progression by winning the Novice Reseda Tournament. However, Casta eda did not make the starting lineup and will not compete at the City finals. But finishing his wrestling career at Sylmar without making the starting lineup doesn’t bother him too much. “I think my dream came true,” Casta eda said. “I did something that a lot of people never thought I could do. I am glad I will leave here knowing I had something to do with bringing back the sport that I love. Wrestling may be done for me but it will go on for others.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Casta eda was stuck. At 14, he couldn’t be without the sport he loved. But with a family full of Sylmar alumni, going to San Fernando High was not an option. “There was no way I was going to San Fernando,” Casta eda said. “My mom would probably disown me and I could be living on the streets. “No, maybe not that bad, but I know she and my family wouldn’t like it much.” Instead, the Sylmar senior wrestler thought he’d have a better shot at bringing back the sport Sylmar abandoned in 1983. So Casta eda fought for it. The Spartans completed their second season Saturday at the City Section championships at San Fernando High. In all, Sylmar was represented in 13 weight divisions, with Jorge Rodriguez taking second place in the 103-pound division. center_img SYLMAR Juan Casta eda thought his wrestling days were finished four years ago after completing middle school. last_img

Some want the brakes put on Metro fare hike

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Warren Sapp doesn’t mind paying $3 for a Metro day pass, but he might start driving if prices for public transportation increase this summer as planned. The decision is expected today after a public hearing at Metro headquarters. The Metro board is scheduled to vote on a two-tier plan to raise fares in July and again in 2009. For Sapp, 44, that means the cost for his day pass could increase to $5 this summer and $8 in two years. The same all-day pass costs $5 in Chicago and $7 in New York. “Man, that’s quite a bit,” Sapp said of the prices in those cities. “I think we’ve had it good in L.A., but I think the price is reasonable. For an $8 pass every day, you might as well get a car.” After unveiling the plan in March, Metro has faced significant public opposition, largely from the Bus Riders Union. A lawsuit filed by the advocacy organization triggered a federal consent decree on the transit agency in 1996. Metro was forced to invest $1.3 billion to improve bus service and could not increase fares for years. The mandate was lifted in October. Metro officials say fare hikes are necessary to help get out from under a looming $1.8 billion deficit and to maintain today’s level of service. Some regular bus riders are reeling with sticker shock over the leap in price for some tickets. A weekly pass, for example, is $14 now and could reach $20 in July and $32 in two years. Today’s $52 monthly pass could reach $75 this summer and $120 in 2009. Maria Heck said fare increases are understandable, but she wants them to come at a more gradual pace. The 64-year-old disabled woman is concerned that prices will become unaffordable for her husband and son, who also rely on the bus. “Increase them, but to something decent, like a 10 percent increase,” she said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want 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

Rodgers admits ‘Liverpool are looking at other targets’ as bid for Rodriguez looms

first_img1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool have already started looking at other targets following the collapse of Loic Remy’s deal.The QPR forward saw his move to Anfield fall through on Sunday after failing a medical.Rodgers has been linked with Southampton hitman Jay Rodriguez, who has also attracted the attentions of Manchester City and Tottenham.The 24-year-old would be become the FOURTH Saints star to move to Liverpool this summer, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.And the Northern Irishman claims, while he sympathises with Remy, the club are now looking at further reinforcements.“It’s very simple,” Rodgers said, when asked about the Frenchman’s move. “We’ve made a decision as a club not go ahead with the deal.“It’s unfortunate for the player and we’re disappointed for him. We have to move on though and look at other targets.”last_img read more

Airport panel to OK deal with city

first_imgThe city of Inglewood may soon get to see the fruits of a settlement reached with Los Angeles International Airport more than two years ago. The Los Angeles airport commission is poised to approve on Monday the opening of a job recruitment center and a $12.25 million grant to soundproof 1,085 homes that lie beneath LAX’s flight path. The Inglewood City Council approved the plan earlier this year, according to longtime Mayor Roosevelt Dorn. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing this to fruition,” Dorn said. “We’ve been ready for a while. It’s a win-win for the community and the airport.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe improvements are outlined in a settlement that the city of Los Angeles announced in December 2005, shortly after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scrapped most of his predecessor’s plans to modernize LAX. The settlement called for capping the airport at 78.9 million passengers annually, seeking ways to regionalize air traffic and providing noise mitigation and job opportunities to those living in communities surrounding LAX. “In order to enhance community relations, staff has determined that it would be beneficial to conduct community outreach activities in the city of Inglewood,” stated a report submitted by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Plans call for opening a job recruitment center on the first floor of Inglewood City Hall, 1 Manchester Blvd., under the terms of a one-year, rent-free lease agreement reached between Inglewood and airport officials. The contract calls for two one-year renewal options. Inglewood residents will be able to search for job opportunities at LAX by browsing computers in the office. Those who find something they like can submit job applications to airport employees, who will staff the office twice a week. “I’d like to see it open right after the start of the new year,” Dorn said. “I would have liked to see this long before now, but we’re happy that it’s finally happening.” The soundproofing funds set for approval Monday will be the second installment in a series of grants totaling $98.18 million that Inglewood will receive through 2015. The city received the first payment of $12.25million last summer to cover the 2006 fiscal year, according to an airport report. The funds come from airport passenger fees and are used to install double-paned windows, thicker insulation and chimney caps, among other measures to block out noise from jetliners coming in for a landing at LAX. About 9,200 houses, condominiums and apartments in Inglewood are eligible for the grants, about 4,400 of which have already undergone soundproofing improvements since 1984. “We’re insulating homes faster than any city in the United States,” Dorn said. “We’re looking forward to the day when we can say that all the work is completed.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

FRIENDS STAR COX FAILS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN DONEGAL …..FOR NOW!

first_imgWorkers busy getting ready for today’s wing at the stunning Red Door in Fahan – but not the wedding of Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Local celebrity spotters hoping to catch a glimpse of Friends star Courteney Cox and rockstar boyfriend Johnny McDaid saying ‘I do’ today will be left disappointed.Rumours have swept across Donegal in recent days that the A-list couple were due to be married in Derry and have their reception at the trendy Red Door Restaurant at Fahan on the shores of Lough Swilly.Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid.The rumours intensified after a huge marquee was set up in the grounds of the restaurant while security was posted in the grounds of the idyllic getaway. Courteney and Johnny were pictured in Disneyland earlier this week with many of Johnny’s family from Derry adding to the rumours that they may be coming back to Ireland for a big celebration.But while there is a wedding at the venue, it is not that of the celebrity couple.Instead it is the nuptials of a young Co Derry couple who have ordered in famous wedding planner Franc (Peter Kelly) to make the arrangements.A spokesman for the Red Door said the rumour that the Hollywood star and her Snow Patrol boyfriend had booked in for their wedding party has been rife all week. “We have a wedding party but it is not a Courtney Cox but rather a local couple. We have had a number of enquiries about it and a lot of people even called in once they saw the marquee going up,” said the source.Courteney and fiance Johnny, 39, did dine at the restaurant two years ago and were said to be blown away by it.The down-to-earth couple even posed for pictures and signed autographs when they were later spotted walking hand-in-hand on Stroove beach on the Inishowen peninsula. FRIENDS STAR COX FAILS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN DONEGAL …..FOR NOW! was last modified: August 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:Courteney CoxFahanFriendsJohnny McDaidSnow PatrolThe Red Doorlast_img read more

Harry is Brummie boss! Redknapp takes Birmingham job after beating the drop

first_img1 Redknapp won two of his three games in charge, saving Birmingham from relegation Harry Redknapp has agreed a deal to become Birmingham’s boss on a permanent basis, talkSPORT understands.Redknapp held positive talks this week with the club’s Chinese owners and the deal – believed to be a one-year rolling contract – could be announced before this weekend.The former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth boss wanted assurances about the level of funding he will be given to challenge for a promotion spot in the Championship.Redknapp was drafted in to save the Blues from relegation after a torrid season that saw the club sack manager Gary Rowett and hire Gianfranco Zola.Results dipped alarmingly under Zola and the club flirted with relegation until Redknapp was brought in and won two of his three games in charge.On Monday night’s Sky Bet EFL Review Show on talkSPORT 2, Redknapp said: “I met the owners last night for the first time and they are lovely people. We got on really well. I’m going to have another chat with them and see where we go. “I’ve enjoyed it. It keeps me younger being out on the training ground every day, being around footballers. The lows are low for sure but the highs are great and I love it. “There is every chance [I will stay].“I will see where they are looking to take the club. It is a tough division. It is full of big clubs now, it is such a difficult league and unless you are going to have a go, it is going to be a difficult year.”last_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgTeam NewsDonegal League FinalThe first leg of the 2011 Donegal League final was staged at Rosapenna golf course on Sunday last .Contesting the 2011 final was Portsalon golf club and Rosapenna Golf Club with Rosapenna hosting the first leg match. Portsalon golf club competing in their first Donegal League final for some years was under the stewardship of John Logue who over the past few weeks had various selection problems. Playing in stormy weather conditions the golf produced by sets of players was of a very high standard with many of the matches going to the final holes to decide the outcome. The overall result saw the home team Rosapenna emerge winners by four matches to one and has a slender ten holes advantage. The return leg is fixed for Sunday 2nd October at Portsalon golf course with a 12 o’clock tee off. The Portsalon team on the day was John Shields & Pascal Cullen, Stephen Connolly & Phillip Durning, John Logue & Cathal Toland, Chuck Mc Taggart & Patrick Crerand, Tony Kingston & Shaun Shields. No doubt team captain John Logue will have to ponder his team selection in order to overturn this result. Portsalon Winter LinksTime is running out if you wish to participate in the 2011/12 Portsalon Winter Links competitions. The event will be staged exclusively at Portsalon Golf Course. The first outing is scheduled to tee off on Saturday 1st October. Membership to the event will be Portsalon members €10 with visitors €15., entry into each days competition thereafter Portsalon members €10, visitors €20.The normal prize format of four nett and four gross prizes will be on offer (depending on the entry). The dates for this years event are as follows; October 1st, 29th, Nov 12th, 26th, Dec 16th, Jan 28th Feb 25th March 10th and Captains day on March 24th With only a few time slots remaining and If you are interested in joining this winter links competition, contact 07491 59459 to book you place. All should also note that if a member’s misses two consecutive events without notifying the clubhouse, their name will be removed from the time sheetCaptain’s OutingAfter all the preparations the event is now ready to go. Portsalon Golf Club members will travel this week end to Portstewart for Donal Callaghan’s Captain’s week end away. Good luck and happy golfing to all the travelling golfers. GUI Founder MembersPortsalon golf club team travelled to Royal Belfast on Sunday last to play in the Golfing Union of Ireland Founder Members Trophy. Portsalon over the years have an excellent record in this competition having won the trophy in 2010.The team of club Captain Donal Callaghan, D P Logue, Hugh Mc Ginley, Joe Hensey again put in a spirited performance to retain the trophy. Congratulations and well doneEventsOn Saturday 24th September there is a gents 18 hole open competition and on Sunday 25TH September there is a member’s competition. On Wednesday 28th September there is a gents open stableford competition. Time sheets are in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Results Winner of the open competition played on Saturday 17th was Ronan Mc Clafferty (15) 37 points, 2nd William Russell (22) Rosapenna 37 points, gross Daragh Mc Menamin (4) 300 points, 3rd James Lynch (18) Otway 36 points. The CSS was 34 points. The winner of the Wednesday open was Ian Ross Enniskillen (19) 37 points, 2nd Chris Williams (12) 36 points, gross Dara Mc Menamin (4) 30 points 3rd Ronan Mc Clafferty (15) 36 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Bernard Nash (18) 42 points, Runner up Cathal Canning (8) 37 points. The CSS was 37 pointsDrop OffIn order to carry out essential maintenance on the 2nd, 7th and 9th fairways from this week until further notice all golfers are asked to drop off the fairways 2,7&9. The affected fairways will be clearly identified. Please ensure that you drop off at the nearest point of relief. The captain Donal Callaghan,council and green keeping staff would appreciate your assistance during this repair work.New Members A special opportunity for new members to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy three months free golf. All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2012 and get October, November and December 2011 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.MembershipAll members who are paying their fees by the instalment method should note that their payment is now over due.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 21st, 2011 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

Chef Chris McMenamin is crowned Ireland’s Chef of the Year

first_imgHarvey’s Point Chef Chris McMenamin has won the coveted title of Best Chef in Ireland 2020.The Donegal Town man, who is the Executive Head Chef at Harvey’s Point, won the Ulster and the All-Ireland award in the YesChef Ireland Awards in Sligo last night.Chris’ career began in the Harvey’s Point kitchen at the young age of 13. He soon progressed from washing dishes to train in Killybegs Catering College before returning to Harvey’s, where he is now the Head Chef of Ireland’s number one hotel. Chef Chris McMenamin presented with the Chef of the Year prize at YesChef Ireland Awards 2020. Photo: YesChef IrelandThe Harvey’s team celebrated Chris’ success and said: “With his excellent leadership and people skills, Chris inspires his team to work together to ensure excellence in all food outlets of the hotel. His philosophy is that everyone shares the same values of respect, manners and the desire to do a great job.”Chris was one of many Donegal winners at the YesChef Ireland Awards.Chandpur Indian Restaurant in Donegal Town picked up the award for Ireland’s Indian Restaurant of the Year 2020. Co-owner Susan Miah commented that she was “so so proud of our amazing team Chandpur.”Chandpur at the YesChef AwardsQuay West in Donegal Town won Seafood Restaurant of the Year Ulster. Ulster’s Country House Restaurant of the Year 2020 was the Red Door Country House in Fahan.The Ireland and Ulster winner of the Street Food of the Year award went to Johnny’s Ranch in Ramelton.Johnny’s Ranch at the YesChef Ireland awards 2020Chef Chris McMenamin is crowned Ireland’s Chef of the Year was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chef chris mcmenaminharvey’s pointyeschef ireland awardslast_img read more

SA in Fifa Interactive World Cup

first_imgLeft to right: Andre Arendse, Gordon Butler, “Baby Jake” Matlala, 2010 Fifa World Cup mascot Zakumi, Mubeen Gaffoor and Shaun Bartlett. (Image: Do Gaming) Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as he appears in Fifa 09. (Image: Fifa 09) A soccer game underway in Fifa 09. (Image: Fifa 09) Cricketers Paul Harris and Dale Steyn, who came along to support the contestants at the local event. (Image: Shine 2010)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Gordon Butler is one of 32 finalists from 24 countries who will compete for the title of Fifa Interactive World Champion 2009. This year’s tournament takes place on 2 May in Barcelona.The Fifa Interactive World Cup is the world’s largest football gaming tournament and is the only one officially endorsed by the football body. Now going into its fifth edition, the grand final will be the culmination of seven months of live qualifiers held in 19 countries, among them Poland, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, and current World Cup champion Italy. The remaining 13 spots in the grand final were taken by players competing online on the PlayStation Network.In total over 500 000 hopefuls took part, playing Electronic Arts (EA) Sports’ Fifa 09 computer game on the Sony PlayStation 3 console. According to the developer, this is the most realistic football simulation yet.“We believe that Fifa 09 is our best ever football title,” said Matt Bilbey, EA Sports vice president of international marketing. “It is fantastic to see such an overwhelming number of gamers log on to the PlayStation Network and come to qualifying events all over the world in order to play the game and stake their claim to the trophy.”Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer was impressed with the new records of participation set by the 2009 Fifa Interactive World Cup. “I am a keen gamer myself,” he commented, “and I am really looking forward to learning some new tricks from the world’s best virtual football players! I know they practice very hard and, as for every other Fifa tournament, players will have to perform at their best in order to be crowned Fifa Interactive World Champion 2009.”Football fever in SAWith the Confederations Cup just weeks away and the whole country abuzz with enthusiasm for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, excitement at the only African qualifier for the Fifa Interactive World Cup was running high.Held in Johannesburg over three days at the end of March, the event attracted fans from as far afield as Ghana. Local supporters were out in full force to show that they are just as passionate about the virtual form of the Beautiful Game.Around 500 contestants vied for the title of South African champion, encouraged by Bafana Bafana stars Shaun Bartlett and Andre Arendse, and local football teams Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. However, not only footballers were in attendance. Popular boxing champ “Baby Jake” Matlala, as well as cricketers Paul Harris and Dale Steyn, who are both equally adept with a ball albeit a small red one, were also on hand.In the end there could be only one, and that one was the 31-year-old Butler, also known as Flash. Johannesburg resident Butler had participated in the 2008 event but didn’t make it out of the final group of 128 players. This year, he said, he was determined to improve on his performance. Along the way he triumphed over last year’s national champion Bjorn Diedricks, who put in a determined effort, to no avail.In the final, Gordon (playing as France) came back from a halftime one-goal deficit to claim victory, with a 3-1 defeat in extra time, over fashion designer Mubeen Gaffoor (playing as Manchester United) from Cape Town. Butler is now in Barcelona where he will compete against 31 of his rivals for top honours.The Fifa Interactive World Cup carries a first prize of US$20 000 (R171 000), a Kia car, and an invitation to attend the Fifa World Player Gala in January 2010 – this is the prestigious event that celebrates the previous year’s best players, both men and women. The first runner-up will receive $5 000 (R42 750) and the second runner-up receives $1 000 (R8 500).Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesTicketing centres for Confed Cup World Cup ticket frenzy Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness 500 days to 2010 Useful linksFifa Interactive World CupEA SportsFifa 09 – EA SportsShine 2010last_img read more