By Martyn HermanPortrayed as a pantomime villain in some quarters, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he will not be changing his aggressive style of play to win new friends.The Brazil-born Spain international has gained a reputation for provoking confrontations since his arrival at Chelsea where his 20 goals helped them win the Premier League last year.He served a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct during last month’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, a punishment that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said was evidence of a “witch hunt” against his player.Costa, who has struggled for goals so far this season, said his priority is helping his side, not being the good guy.“Some people seem to think football is like theatre, and that everyone has to play the good guy,” he told the BBC in an interview that will be aired onSaturday.“But I think that you transform when you cross the white line, you’re not the same person as off it. I give no quarter and I ask for none. Out there I’m going to fight for my team and do the best I can.“I got where I am because of the way I play. I’m not going to change because of other people’s opinions.“On the pitch you do everything to win the game, when the match is over I go home to my friends and family, I joke around, I’m a normal guy, but on the pitch don’t put wings on me because I’m no angel.”Costa said he has had to learn to look after himself in the Premier League, where he believes referees give less protection to attacking players.“I receive fouls that would result in yellow or red cards in Spain, but here it’s seen as part of the game,” he said.“The countries have different footballing theories. But I’m not going to start complaining. It’s my job to adapt to the culture and the way the game is played here, not to complain.“I think that my efforts are there for all to see.”Chelsea have made a poor start to the season and are in 12th place, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, going into this weekend’s London derby at high-flying West Ham United.However, Costa says rumours of discontent in the Chelsea dressing room are way off the mark.“Things aren’t going so well for the team right now, but it’s not because of the changing room,” said Costa.“The atmosphere is great. During the year I’ve spent here, there hasn’t been one argument. There are normally disagreements in all changing rooms, but it hasn’t happened here.”
The Belgian had only been on the pitch for two minutes when, in the 87th minute of the game, he caught Idrissa Gueye in the area to concede a spot-kick, with United only 1-0 up.Leighton Baines duly held his nerve to cancel out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener, prompting United supporters to fly into a fury on Twitter…
Portmore United head coach Linval Dixon said that the team’s hard work has paid dividends as he looked ahead to participating in the inaugural season of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League later this year. The Portmore team advanced to the new club league following a third place finish in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship last month. “We put in the hard work, and it has paid off with the club advancing to the new league. We are happy about that and will continue working towards the goal of qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League next year,” Dixon told The Gleaner yesterday, following the draw last Wednesday in Miami, Florida. “The team played six matches in the CFU Club Championship and we won five and drew once, but missed the final on goal difference and finished in third,” he explained. “The experience was great for the players as some were travelling for the first time. They were not used to travelling, but the team did what they had to do, and that is amazing,” he reasoned. TOP CLUB TEAMS The Scotiabank CONCACAF League, the new club competition of CONCACAF, features 16 top club teams from the Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament is played in direct elimination knockout round format, with home-and-away rounds set to begin in early August. Wednesday’s official draw sorted the sixteen qualified clubs into eight pairings for the first round of the competition. The draw was conducted by CONCACAF general secretary Phillipe Moggio, with the assistance of former players Alvaro Saborio from Costa Rica and Omar Daley from Jamaica. The Round of 16 pairing for the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League are as follows: San Juan Jabloteh vs Santos de Guapiles FC; CD Honduras Progreso vs Chorrillo FC; CD Arabe Unido vs Central FC; Real Esteli FC vs CD Aguila; LD Alajuelense s CD Olimpia; Alianza FC vs Platense FC; CD Plaza Amador vs Portmore United; and Belmopan Bandits vs CD Walter Ferretti. For the semifinals, the clubs will be ranked per their performance (points earned, goal differential and goals scored) in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals, using the competition’s tie-breaking procedure. The highest-ranked club in each semifinal matchup will host the second leg matches. The same tie-breaking procedure will be applied to determine who will host the second leg final. For the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, Panama and Honduras each enjoy an additional berth to the tournament, filling the two spots allocated for Guatemala clubs (not eligible to participate in the competition due to the on-going suspension of the Guatemalan Federation). In total, the expanded CONCACAF club competitions platform – including the newly launched Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the re-designed Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League – will feature 31 club teams from across the Confederation. The 2018 edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League kicks off in February of next year, featuring the winner of the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 15 more of the best clubs from the entire CONCACAF region, including the Caribbean, Central America, plus Mexico, the United States and Canada. The champion of that competition will represent the region in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.
Dear Editor,The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is engaging in gimmicks and trickery in the employment of doctors. The Public Health Ministry has been transferring all doctors employed as contract employees unto the pensionable establishment. For those doctors whose contracts are ending, they are being re-employed under the pensionable establishment. All new doctors are now also being employed under the pensionable establishment. There might be a good reason for this but unfortunately, this is being done for all the wrong reasons.Whatever the reason, financial provisions need to be made. An examination of the Public Health Ministry’s budget for 2017 reveals that the Finance Ministry and the Public Health Ministry have made inadequate provisions for the doctors in the Ministry’s employ. An examination of the regional health budgets for 2017 will also reveal that no provisions were made in those budgets to cover employment costs of Government Medical Officers (GMO). An examination of the appropriate line item for the Public Health Ministry shows that the amount allocated for 2017 is not adequate for the number of GMOs in the employment of the Ministry. The sum allocated in the appropriate line item will, in fact, be fully expended by June, if the employment statistics provided in Budget 2017 is accurate.To complicate matter for doctors who were previously on the pensionable establishment, budgetary provisions were provided in the wrong line item, as salary provisions were made under contracted employees. But for the newly appointed doctors in 2016 and 2017, including the 79 newly appointed GMOs in 2017, no provision was made, either in the line item covering employees under the pensionable establishment or under contracted employees.Come July, therefore, the sums allocated in both the line items for GMOs under the pensionable establishment or the contracted GMOs (which should be none) will be fully consumed and doctors in the Health Ministry’s employment will be faced with the possibility of late payments. I suppose the Government will apply for a virement to shift resources wrongly placed under contracted employees, but as I sated before this is adequate to cover the expected needs. The Public Health Ministry will require a supplementary budget to cover the period July to December. This is a situation that should not arise and represents gross incompetency.Earlier I suggested the move to employ GMOs under the pensionable establishment was done for all the wrong reasons. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had its reasons for employing GMOs as contracted employees. APNU/AFC changed the policy and, in itself, the change is a good one. But APNU/AFC shifted the GMOs from contracted to pensionable category as a gimmick to hide the fact they have been employing a large number of people as contracted employees throughout the public service. Budget 2017 shows a significant increase in contracted employees at much higher salaries. In less than two years, the number of contracted employees has surged by more than 2000, in spite of them shifting GMOs and other contracted employees into the pensionable categories. In fact, the number is much larger than this because, in addition, there are also new contracted employees who replaced those shifted into the pensionable establishment, including the GMOs. It is gimmick, not good policy.This is the same APNU/AFC which had been critical of the PPP for employing contracted employees. Year after year, they attacked the PPP and called the use of contracted employees as “jobs for the boys”. Now in government, not only have they not kept their promise to reduce and eliminate the category of contracted employees, but they have expanded it. The trickery is even more despicable because the salaries of the persons shifted from the contracted category were significantly less than the ones being employed as contracted employees. I challenge the Government to publish the figure for the number of persons who earn more than $500,000 per month today compared to December 2015. If they dare to publish that figure it will shock everyone.Regards,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
Baseball practice was almost over when Doug Silverstein pointed the kid out to Lou Marino. “That’s him over there, with his mom,” the Sherman Oaks Little League coach said. “He wants to learn how to pitch, so work with him a little, will you, Lou? He’s a great kid. “Oh, by the way, he’s deaf.” In 40 years of helping coach youth baseball, Marino had never worked with a deaf child. How could that be, he wondered. He had stood on baseball mounds all over the Valley teaching thousands of young kids how to pitch, but never one who was deaf. Where were they? Baseball was the perfect sport for them. And that’s exactly what Lou Marino told 9-year-old Spence Montan as his mother, Barbara, signed the words for him. “This game was meant for you, son,” Lou began. “See that catcher? What’s he doing? He’s signing with the pitcher. “See the third base coach? What’s he doing? Giving signs to the batter and the runner. What’s the umpire do all game? Make signs with his hands and arms. Do you understand what I’m trying to say, son?” A broad smile broke out on Spence’s face as he turned from his mom to look up at Lou. He shook his head up and down. Yeah, he understood. Baseball was meant for deaf kids. And that’s how Silent Knights was born. A baseball camp for deaf kids that is taking place today on the baseball field at California State University, Northridge, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spence, who is 15 and now a junior pitcher on the Burbank High School varsity baseball team, will be there to work with CSUN head baseball coach Steve Rousey and some of his players. They’ll be showing dozens of deaf and hearing-impaired youth from all over Southern California that baseball was meant for them. Barbara Montan, who teamed with Lou to take the Silent Knights from dream to reality, will be there, too. It’s the second camp in a grand plan that will have individual Silent Knights baseball teams of deaf kids and a sibling play against regular youth baseball teams in tournaments across Southern California. A few weeks after Lou gave Spence that pitching lesson six years ago, he ran into Barbara and asked how her son was doing. She gave him a hug and told him her son’s self-esteem had gone through the roof since that day. He wasn’t “Spence, the deaf kid” anymore. He was “Spence, the baseball pitcher.” “I started crying,” Lou said. “That night I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking, why hadn’t I seen more deaf kids all those years of coaching? “The next morning I started calling around to other coaches and none of them remembered coaching a deaf kid. It wasn’t right.” With the help of his Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club and CSUN’s National Center for Deafness, Lou and Barbara formed the Silent Knights, a name thought up by Spence’s older brother, Nils. Spence had been lucky. He had proactive parents who made sure their son had every opportunity other kids had in the classroom and on the sports field. Maybe there weren’t more deaf kids to coach because their parents didn’t have the time, resources, know-how or whatever, to give their children the same opportunities. Maybe what they needed was some help to learn what Barbara and Lou had with Spence – that success on the baseball field translated into success in the classroom. That high self-esteem is a powerful weapon. The Silent Knights could certainly help teach them that. It’s ironic, says CSUN baseball coach Rousey, but what the Silent Knights taught him is that kids who can’t hear listen better than kids who can. “Kids today are great multitaskers with all the technological gadgets they have, but what they don’t do well is bear down on one thing for a long time,” he says. “The Silent Knight kids bear down and listen to what you’re trying to teach them, and that makes a coach very happy.” As a young boy, Spence figured he’d never have the opportunity to go much beyond playing Little League because so few deaf kids have gone on to play at higher levels. But he’s revised his dreams upward. He knows there’s a major leaguer named Curtis Pride who is deaf, and he’s been reading about a deaf professional player called Dummy Hoy, who had a great career in the late 1800s. “I know now I can play high school baseball and, hopefully, college baseball, too,” the left-handed pitcher said. “So anything’s possible. “That’s all my mom, Mr. Marino and everyone helping with Silent Knights are trying to show people – that deaf kids can play baseball, too.” Because this game was meant for them. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. email@example.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Members of the NYPD Gaelic Football Club and Team took part in the Bronx NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade 13th March. Club President Noel Moloney is standing on Left in back row and Team Manager Detective Sgt. Peter McCormack, of Ballybofey, is kneeling on right end of front row. Peter is from the well-known McCormack family from the Twin Towns. His brother Paul was the youngest ever Deputy Police Inspector in New York before he retired last year.EndsBALLYBOFEY MAN LEADS NEW YORK GAA COPS ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE was last modified: March 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State law enforcement officials are giving teenagers a graphic taste of the consequences of careless and reckless driving. “Nowadays, the shock factor is very big for kids,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zizi. “It’s going to take something shocking, maybe, for them to be better drivers.” On Thursday, CHP officials announced the Southern California launch of the agency’s latest driver-education program aimed at teen drivers, “Start Smart.” Locally, the two-hour course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 6 at the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office, 10051 Orr and Day Road, CHP Officer Raquel Stage said. The program, which is being conducted in partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles, incorporates testimonies from parents of young fatal-collision victims, along with graphic videos and photographs of car wrecks. Teenagers often cringe at the images, Zizi said, but the approach leaves a strong impression. During the program, CHP officers talk with groups of teens about “the video game mentality” and how what is depicted in video games is not like “in real life,” Zizi added. “You make a mistake in driving and it’s over. You don’t hit a reset button,” he said. According to officials, California has the highest fatality rate in the nation for drivers ages 15 to 20. Teen motorists account for 4percent of the state’s licensed drivers, but are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions in which they are involved, the CHP reported. Several factors, including racing and other distractions, have led to teen fatalities in collisions. “One of the basics is lack of experience when driving,” said Stage, of the Santa Fe Springs office. “As a kid, you \ have friends and peer pressure to do things you normally would not do in your car.” Parents are encouraged to attend the “Start Smart” classes, which provide adults with information on new laws that, in some cases, hold parents responsible for their teens’ bad driving habits, Zizi said. “Now, if their child crashes, \ may lose everything they hold near and dear,” Zizi said. For more information, or to register for the Santa Fe Springs’ “Start Smart” course, call (562) 868-0503. Space is limited. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024
A Garda expert has revealed that it took months of hand-braking to cause the damage to the wheels of a car which triggered the death of a young mum and her baby daughter.Kerry-Anne Meehan, just 16, and her 3 month old baby daughter Neisha, were killed outside Letterkenny when they car in which they were passengers spun out of control and struck an oncoming jeep.The car was being driven by Kerry Anne’s boyfriend and Neisha’s dad Christopher Hanlon, 19. Their inquest has heard how a blow-out to Hanlon’s Toyota Corolla forced him to lose control and hit a jeep which was towing a trailer with 30 sheep at Tullygay, Letterkenny on June 16th, 2008.The young mother, who was originally from Derry but who had moved in with Hanlon to a flat in Mountcharles, was pronounced dead at the scene.However emergency crews who rushed to the scene only realised there was a baby in the wrecked car when they saw blankets and a baby’s bottle in the rear of the car.Little Neisha was found beneath the front passenger seat and despite the best efforts of ambulance crew was pronounced dead on arrival at the Accident and Emergency unit of Letterkenny General Hospital.Garda PSV Inspector, Sgt John McDaid told the inquest that the rear tyres of the car being driven by Hanlon, had been “excessively worn” in patches and had all the hallmarks of “doing doughnuts”.He revealed the tyre that had blown out was defective in pre-accident condition.“A section of thread was damaged and scuffed off, damaged to such an extent that the driver would have to have been aware of its condition.“The damage would be consistent with excessive use of the hand brake,” he said.He added that it would have taken months to do that kind of damage.“It was as if part of the tyre had been shaved off. There were two such marks on one tyre and two to three on the other.“ The combination of speed and these tyres was disastrous. It was inevitable this was going to happen unless the tyres were changed,” he said.Witness, Cormac McDevitt who had been walking towards the oncoming jeep, described hearing a noise behind him “like a flopping sound like you would hear from a flat tyre”.He said the Toyota was travelling at “maybe 90 miles an hour” before colliding with the oncoming jeep.The jury returned a verdict, consistent with medical evidence, that Kerry Anne had died of multiple injuries to head with lacerations to spleen and liver and Neisha had died as a result of a fractured skull.Last November, a Circuit Court judge sentenced Christopher Hanlon, now aged 21, to 240 hours community service and disqualified him from driving for eight years after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of his partner and child.EndsMONTHS OF HANDBRAKING CAUSED DAMAGE TO CAR WHICH KILLED YOUNG MUM AND BABY was last modified: March 3rd, 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)
SOBOBA HOT SPRINGS— Firefighters launched an aggressive aerial attack on a deadly wildfire Saturday as once-fierce Santa Ana winds dissipated, and the mother of one of four firefighters killed in the 62-square-mile conflagration urged the arsonist who set the blaze to surrender. You already know that you have a problem, Bonnie McKay, whose son Jason, 27, died Thursday, said in remarks aimed at whoever deliberately touched off the inferno. I firmly believe you didn t believe that things were going to turn out the way they did, but they did. Don t let the remorse eat you alive. Come forward. … I for one will try not to judge you. There is only one who can judge you, the grieving mother said at a press conference at a fire station in the community of Apple Valley.A fleet of helicopters and airplanes, including a DC-10 jumbo jet, dropped water on flames or painted the rugged, scrub-covered canyons of Riverside County with long swaths of red fire retardant. Investigators on Saturday combed the area, looking for clues on how the fire engulfed the men so quickly.Investigators also interviewed a handful of firefighters who had been working nearby when it happened, Al Matecko, spokesman for a national investigating team. People were personally moved. It s not very easy to walk around an area where people lost their lives, said Matecko.Fire officials said there had been six other minor injuries to firefighters and, after completion of damage assessments, raised the number of destroyed homes to 27, up from earlier estimates of 10.Evacuation orders remained in effect for about 500 homes in Twin Pines and Poppet Flat, communities where homes burned. Residents, however, were allowed back in for several hours to retrieve personal items and feed or remove animals.Some found nothing to return to. There s nothing left, just a couple of walls and rubble, said Oscar Pineiro, 52, who along with his wife returned to their Twin Pines home and found it burned to the ground.The north side of the fire, paralleling Interstate 10, was considered well-contained. On the west flank, Highway 79 was reopened Saturday after firefighters stopped the fire s advance in that direction.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Firefighters took advantage of the calm weather, but worried about the direction the fire was moving.California Department of Forestry spokesman Scott McLean said the southeastern flank was threatening to spread to Black Mountain, a steep mountainous forest that would be difficult for firefighters to access. If it goes there, the fire is going to hell in a hand basket, said McLean from the command post in Beaumont, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.The 39,900-acre blaze was 40 percent contained two days after blowtorch gusts overran a U.S. Forest Service crew, killing four of its members and leaving a fifth clinging to life with burns over most of his body.Firefighter Pablo Cerda, 23, was listed in critical condition Saturday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after surgery Friday to remove damaged skin.
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