National left back Lance Laing has joined Major League Soccer (MLS)-designate club, Minnesota United FC, the club announced on Tuesday on its website through the link http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/12/15/jamaican-international-lance-laing-j….Laing is one of six NASL All-Star selections this year to be snapped up by Minnesota, who are hoping the Jamaican can add to their record-setting offence as they look to make the step up from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to the more prestigious and lucrative MLS by the 2017 or 2018 season.Minnesota’s sporting director, Manny Lagos, told NASL.com news they played against Laing for many years in the NASL and are excited to get the player.”Seeing his growth from Fort Lauderdale to last season in Edmonton gives us the belief he will continue to grow and excel. As a player, he always presented us with challenges to play against and we’re just really excited to have a player like that on the roster,” he stated.The 27-year-old has played every NASL season since the modern-era league began in 2011 and is the only player to be named in the NASL Best 11 three times. He has been a NASL All-Star for the last two years.The Trelawny native first represented his country at the Under-17 level. He made his national senior team debut in 2008 against El Salvador and most recently played in the 2015 Copa America, where he starred against Lionel Messi and Argentina and the 2015 Gold Cup, helping Jamaica to a historic second-place finish behind Mexico.He began his professional career in 2007 at Harbour View FC and moved after three seasons to his native parish club Village United, then playing the local top-flight. The defender then moved to Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he played for two years.”I’m very happy to be cheered on by Dark Clouds and their fans. I have always felt (from) playing here that Minnesota fans are the best in the League and I can’t wait to be on the right side of their cheers. It’s an honour to be joining a team that has so many great players and great coaches. It’s going to be a great team to be a part of,” Laing told NASL.com.
England striker Jamie Vardy will NOT be distracted by ongoing speculation over a possible move to Arsenal, believes Sam Allardyce.The Leicester star is reportedly weighing up his options with the Gunners understood to have triggered the £20million release clause in his Foxes contract.Vardy, who scored 24 goals in Leicester’s stunning Premier League win, is likely to play a big part in the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off against Russia in Marseille on Saturday.But Allardyce insists the frontman will not have his head turned by the reports, given his journey from non-league to England selection.“I think Jamie Vardy is experienced enough to not let it affect him,” the Sunderland manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The fact he has been selected by England for the Euros will be one of his main interests. I know a big move to Arsenal will be something he has to think about, but I don’t think that will affect his focus after the journey he’s taken to get into the squad.“I think he’ll be OK and if Roy Hodgson asks Vardy to play, I think he’d say he’s 100 per cent ready.”While many expected the top clubs to plunder Leicester of their star men, Arsenal’s move for Vardy was a surprise for many.So much of Leicester’s goalscoring success this season has come from Vardy’s ability to run onto long balls from the back – an unflavoured tactic of the Gunners’ pass-master boss Arsene Wenger.Allardyce, however, believes the 29-year-old can thrive at the Emirates – if the Arsenal stars play to his strengths.“Vardy has fitted in at so many clubs throughout his career, so I don’t think it would be a problem for him,” he added.“The problem will be whether the rest of the Arsenal players play to his strengths. That is very important, and they have the players to do it.“Arsenal will do it in a different way to Leicester. Leicester play it over a bit more direct from the back, but Arsenal can play him in from midfield areas with the quality of players they have.“So I can’t see it being a problem for them, or for Vardy.”
Calling Los Angeles Unified’s dropout rate a “crisis” that would “send chills down your spine,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday urged city leaders and educators to join forces to improve graduation rates in the nation’s second largest school district. Adding to the controversy is the vast disparity in dropout rates cited by officials. A Harvard study pegged it at 50 percent, while the state says it is 33 percent and LAUSD claims it’s 24 percent. “Whatever the number is, if it’s 24, 32, 46, 52, those numbers are unacceptable – unacceptable in a city where we know without a high school education, you won’t be able to compete for a job,” he said. “Only coming together can we truly address this situation.” Villaraigosa, who plans to unveil legislation in the spring to change the governance of the district, pointed out at the USC Leadership Forum on High School Dropouts that the dropout rates for Latinos and blacks was even more dismal than that of their peers. “Forty years after the walkouts, we have numbers that are every bit as insidious as the national guard blocking the doors to the school in Little Rock,” he said. “This issue of education is the new civil rights issue of our time.” LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer told the audience that the district needed both the help and constructive criticism of the community. “We’ve improved instruction over a six-year period. There has been more change in academic performance in this district than in any metropolitan district in the United States in elementary grades,” he said. “But we have real challenges to go forward. This is not complacency. We’re on a journey.” In a show of collaboration, Villaraigosa qualified his comments by saying that he was “not throwing stones” at the district,” but he wanted to “shed the light on a dark secret.” Calling the district “complacent,” Villaraigosa said the district needed to cultivate high expectations for their students, empower their teachers and involve parents. “We’re facing a crisis in our schools today,” he said. “I am not here to in any way denigrate the work that you do. I know there are good teachers in this school district, they care, they want to make a difference and there are good administrators. But make no mistake, there’s a culture of complacency in this district that has to change. It requires urgency, change agents and a commitment to innovation.” Romer said the first step toward improving performance is to alleviate the overcrowded conditions by building new schools – a program LAUSD is accomplishing with its $19 billion school construction program. The next step is to implement small, more personalized learning communities, which the district plans to roll out completely in the next five to seven years. The final step is to work from the bottom up – elementary through high school – to improve achievement test scores. Romer also said they are implementing computerized attendance class-by-class to track student attendance; adding outreach counselors to each secondary school to work with at-risk students and engage their parents; and starting July 1, establishing an accountability system in middle schools that includes adding Saturday classes for those students not meeting expectations. “There is a plan here, but this plan has some years yet to unfold,” he said. “The gains we’ve made so far are good, but they’re not good enough.” But, Villaraigosa said he still believed in changing the governance of LAUSD, a plan he said he’d unveil in the next few months. “I think no matter what happens with the governance issue, shedding the light on the dropout rate is so important for the future of these kids and for the future of our city,” he said. Romer said he welcomed the mayor’s interest in education. “I enjoy the fact that the mayor is as aggressive and interested as he is,” he said. “Stay the course, but don’t throw out the good we’ve done in search of the perfect. Let’s work together and get there.” Former school board member and current Councilman Jose Huizar said the district needed an attitude adjustment to set high expectations for the students. “We don’t want to dumb-down our expectations and the curriculum,” he said, urging the district to move on Measure A-G, the district’s recently approved policy of mandatory college prep courses for all students. “It’s time to get an action plan and the community needs to get involved and prod this district to get better.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 email@example.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Parentstop have organised a free morning of relaxation for parents, grandparents, and carers of children. The morning will include free pamper tasters, including shiatsu, reflexology, hand massage, mini facials, make up/nails, back/neck massage, yummy refreshments and much more!Need a little bit of TLC? Pop down to Donegal Family Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town on this Tuesday the 29th of November between 10am and 12:30pm! For more information you can get in touch with Julie on 086 8494038.Parentstop to host Parent’s Pamper morning this Tuesday was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegal family resource centreDonegal TownParentstoprelaxSpa
A West Donegal pensioner assured his victim that his vile sex crimes were natural while he carried out his attacks.74-year-old Crolly man John Barrow was today found guilty of indecently assaulting the then teenager. Barrow was sentenced to six years in prison, with the final two years of the sentence suspended at a sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court this afternoon.A Victim Impact Statement heard how the victim had lived his life in constant fear, felt constantly ashamed, had no self-worth, felt safer in groups of people, lived in fear after school hours, woke at night due to nightmares and turned to drink as a result of the abuse.The victim, who wished not to be named, said in the statement that John Barrow had assured him that what was happening to him was natural.“Everybody does these things behind closed doors,” the statement read.The victim said that it was on the final occasion “that my head was numb and the penny dropped”. The victim turned to drink: “The more I drank the more depressed I got,” the statement added.The man who wishes not to be named, is now in his 40’s and still suffers from panic attacks as a result of what happened to him.“I hope I can start trusting others some day,” the statement read. The man thanked counsellors at the White Oaks rehabilitation centre and at the Rape Crisis Centre for their help.Today’s sentence follows a previous trial in which Barrow was found guilty of the attacks.Barrow had denied sexually assaulting the boy, then aged 14, between 1989 and 1990 during a three-day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court.The jury of five women and seven men took just 57 minutes to reach aunanimous guilty verdict on all six charges.After the man was found guilty, the court heard how the man had oneprevious conviction for a similar offence.The victim, who is now in his 40s, said both he and his attacker were interested in flying and how he ended up in the man’s house looking at flying magazines.However, he claimed Barrow then locked the door and indecently assaulted him.Once back at the man’s home, he initially showed the teenage boy someflying magazines but then began to show him pornographic magazines.The alleged victim then gave evidence that his alleged attacker lockedthe door and took him to his bedroom.It was here that the man claimed he saw his alleged attacker, carry out a sexual act with a hoover.The man said “He dropped trousers and at the end of the bed there wasa hoover. The nozzle was taken off it and he said look at this.“He stuck his penis in and he began turning on and off the hoover. Hesaid “This is like a woman’s vagina. I couldn’t understand it or getmy head around it.“He then pulled down my tracksuit bottoms and touched my penis and hecontinued masturbating himself. I couldn’t get an erection.“He was moaning and his face was getting purple. When he ejaculated hecame over to me and said that is how you know you’re a real man. Hesaid it would come to me and that I would get an erection.”The alleged victim also claimed that on another occasion his attackerused a lubricant before inserting a candle into his alleged victim’sbottom.The man said he felt like he was being torn every time he went to thetoilet and was also passing blood for a week afterwards.He said he later became dependant on alcohol and would often drink abottle and a half of whiskey “raw’ each day.“All I want is closure and that is why I am here today. All I wantedto do with my life was to move on,” he said.The court heard the accused was interviewed under caution afterpresenting himself at a Donegal Garda Station in December 2014.After his arrest, he was interviewed twice and he denied theallegations made by the complainant.In the interview, the accused denied that the alleged victim had everbeen in his house.He denied the allegation that made by the alleged victim on the firstday of the trial that he had committed a sex act with a hoover infront of the boy.“That is totally untrue,” he said. “I would never do anything likethat with a hoover,” he said.He also denied showing the boy pornographic magazines in his house.“It’s pure fabrication. I don’t remember him ever being in my house.”He said in the interview that he would have had “the odd pornmagazine” in his house for his own reading.The accused said the only sexual encounters he had in the house werewith a female and were consensual.In a second interview, he again denied taking ever taking the boy backto his house.He also denied committing a sexual assault on the teenager with a candle.“There is not one ounce of truth in that. He was not in my house.”The court heard that gardaí carried out a search of the accused’shouse following the interview.The investigating garda, who is now retired, told the court the layoutof the house was very similar to what the alleged victim haddescribed.Today, at sentencing in Donegal Town courthouse, Judge Cormac Quinn said during his sentencing that it was clear that Barrow did not accept the unanimous verdict of the jury,He said that the aggravating factors were: the young age of the boy; the age of the accused at the time who was in his 40’s; the nature of the abuse; the fact that the boy was told not to tell anybody and that the abuse was premeditated.The judge noted the age of the accused, the references handed into court on his behalf and that the accused had said he was willing to attend courses.Barrow was sentenced to three years to run concurrently on the first three counts, he was sentenced to four years to run concurrently on the fourth and fifth counts and sentenced to six years on the final count.The final two years of the six years were suspended on the condition that Barrow enter a bond to the sum of €200, to be on good behaviour from the date of his release from prison, to complete a sex offenders’ course either in prison or within two years of his release and to be under the supervision of the probation services for a period of two years after his release.Barrow is to attend all appointments with the probation services and is directed to attend any course that they recommend he should take.Liberty was given to the probation services or gardaí to re-enter the case should Barrow fail to adhere to the conditions outlined by the judge.His name will be added to the sex offenders’ list.Legal aid was granted to include senior counsel in the event of an appeal.Sex abuser who told boy that attacks were ‘natural’ is jailed was last modified: June 20th, 2017 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:CrollydonegalJohn Barrowsex attacks
Naomh Columba 12.09.2011Well done to both our reserve and senior teams, who enjoyed comprehensive victories over Milford in Páirc na nGael on Saturday evening. We now progress to the Intermediate Championship semi-final, where we meet Naomh Colmcille. This game will take place on the weekend of September 24th/25th – time and venue to be confirmed. The teams will not be in action this weekend. Underage matters: our minors failed to overcome Four Masters on Friday evening last, losing out narrowly, with only a point between the teams at the final whistle. This championship first leg now goes to a play-off, set for Fintra this Friday evening, September 16th, at 6.30pm. Please come along and support the lads. Our under 13s got off to a good start at the weekend, with a win in Dunkineely on Saturday morning. Training takes place on Monday evenings at 6pm. At the time of going to press their next outing was due to be away to Naomh Bríd on Wednesday evening. We have been requested to start compiling information for the 2011 county yearbook, which will be launched at county convention. Can all managers please compile a few words to sum up their teams season, and forward onto Caitríona – firstname.lastname@example.org / 086 1970127. Pilates classes have resumed for the new season, and will take place every Tuesday evening, at 7pm, in the clubhouse at Páirc na nGael. For further information, please contact Rosie on 087 9927829. Cúrsaí lotto na seachtaine seo caite: Uimhreacha–5-14-17-18. Duaiseanna Aitheantais: €50 Michael Ward, Dumhaigh. €30 Daniel Breslin, Na Cealla Beaga. €20 Owen Doherty, Lr. Dooey. €20 Liam Mc Ginley, Farranmacbride. €20 Fiona Boyle, Crove. Lotto na seachtaine seo chugainn €4900GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 13th, 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) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTESGlencolmcille club notes
Maurizio Sarri has unsurprisingly not named his strongest team for Chelsea’s Europa League game against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.There are opportunities for the likes Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Emerson Palmieri to make an impact but there is no place in the starting XI for 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The fraud brazilian again over Hudson odoi -_-— Abhilash (@abhi_laash) October 25, 2018 shining Hudson-Odoi in action during Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa For Pete’s sake!!! START HUDSON-ODOI!!!!!— Dusu Bot (@dusubot) October 25, 2018 Decent team with key players getting rests. All I’m praying for tonight is a Hudson Odoi cameo🙏😩 https://t.co/Fiuc0wXzwv— 🦇 (@MichyMania) October 25, 2018 Was hoping to see Hudson-Odoi start but its Willian. Really hoping we get to see a cameo from Hudson-Odoi though. Such an exciting talent who could play really well under Sarri if given chance.— 𝑺𝒊𝒚𝒂𝒅𝒉𝒂 (@Siyadha) October 25, 2018 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL For me Moses should start ahead of Zappacosta and Hudson-Odoi ahead of Willian in today’s match. Pedro need the game time. @RBarkley8 is the first name I look on the team list. That’s how fast anyone’s story can change, I hope this time he move up n up to be world best. #CFC— The Challenger (@RareTega) October 25, 2018 gameday cracker JIBE Latest Chelsea FC News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Willian be blocking Hudson-Odoi time to shine, hate it man.— Sam (@Sam_CFC9) October 25, 2018 Who is Callum Hudson-Odoi?Chelsea fans seem to have high hopes for the winger, who impressed during pre-season for the Blues including in a warm-up match against Arsenal in August.So naturally you’d think he’d be given a run-out in a game where the Blues are expected to win.However, Sarri says he starts on the bench and these Blues fans on Twitter were disappointed not to see Hudson-Odoi start the game.Below you can see some of the best tweets calling for the youngster to start. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense punished Hudson Odoi wont come on tonight because 30 year old Willian can’t kill the game against part time footballers at home.— #8 (@NumberOneRole) October 25, 2018 REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED
Henry McGarveyThe former Chief Exectuive of Pramerica Letterkenny has landed a top position at IT Sligo.Henry McGarvey from Milford has been appointed Head of Department of Computing and Creative Practices in the college.He has more than 20 years experience in multinational organisations in Ireland and abroad. As Chief Executive of Pramerica Systems Ireland in Letterkenny since 2002, Henry grew the organisation from 100 to more than 1000 professionals. On his appointment, Henry said that it is an exciting time to join IT Sligo as higher education is going through major changes.“Education is the key to unlocking potential in both students and in our region and it will play a critical role in the recovery of our economy,” he said.“I’m looking forward to working with a dynamic group of staff and students in the Department of Computing and Creative Practices and in working with our stakeholders to ensure that our course are producing graduates with the skills that they need,” he said. FORMER PRAMERICA CHIEF JOINS IT SLIGO was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:Henry McGarveypramericasligo it
With the ghost given up on league honours or promotion hopes, Peter Hutton experimented with his starting line-up against Mervue Utd at Finn Park.With four games left and no chance of a play-off place, the Finn Harps boss gave a number of players a chance.But only the former Derry City player will know what insight he got from tonight’s non-eventful encounter as Mervue ground out a 2-0 win. A number of players including Jordan Duffy and Marty Owens, who wouldn’t normally be in the shake-down for a starting eleven, got the nod.The game was only five minutes old when the Galway side went away in fortunate circumstances.Jason Molloy cut on from the left wing and his deflected shot deceived Ciaran Gallagher to make it 1-0 for the visitors.The lively Paul McVeigh almost got Harps back on level terms on 12 minutes when his curler brought a fine save from Conor O’Malley. What started off as a lively enough counter soon fizzled off for the remainder of the half.In the second half Michael Funston had a 20 yard effort easily saved while Michael Duffy should have doubled his side’s advantage but blazed over from close range.Ryan Manning did manage to grab that second goal for Mervue when he drilled home from Molloy’s cross in the 74th minute.It was the last real action of a game which lived up to the bill of it being a non-event for ether side. EXPERIMENTAL HARPS LACK WINNING FORMULA AGAINST MERVUE was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:finn harpsMERVUE UTD
Tags: Futsal Super Leaguetop Dream have finished 3rd this season. (PHOTOS/FILE)Futsal Super LeagueTuesday, 12-06-2019City Indoor Courts, Ring Road-Aidenal 2-0 Equator-Bajim 3-2 Crown-*Parakeets 2-0 Typhon-Kabowa United 3-7 Yap Stars -*Park – Elephants-Nomad 1-2 DreamLUBIRI – Five games were played on the last Match-Day of the Futsal Super League on Tuesday evening.Inaugural winners Dream ensured they capped a disappointing title defence with victory as they saw off Nomad 2-1.It was as hard as they game for Dream as they trailed at the break to an Osman Abdul strike.They would however respond with two second half goals to seal victory.A strike each from Swaib Kazibwa and Jamal Muyingo did the trick for Dream, ensuring they end the season third with 47 points.For Nomad, they were average throughout the season and a 7th placed finish in the end, tells the whole story.The game between Kabowa United and Yap Stars produced the most goals on the day (10).Yap came into the game having won only three games games but were rampant in the first period, taking a 4-0 lead at halftime.Kabowa rallied and tried to mount a come back, scoring three second half goals but it was as much as they conceded at the other end, to lose 3-7.Kabowa’s Okiror Denis (left) in action against.Alfati Bogere and Ronald Kimbugwe helped themselves to a hattrick each while Bridge Oworinawe scored the other goal.For Kabowa, Keneth Kigozi *2 and Mahad Mugerwa were on target for them.The result means Yap Stars finish bottom of the 14 man log with 12 points, three adrift of Kabowa.The fixture between Park and Elephants did not take place as neither side showed up.For Parakeets, they were given a BYE as Tayphoon failed to honour their fixture.This means that Parakeets got two goals and three points, to add onto their already accumulated total.The last game of the day saw Bajim power past Crown 3-2.Jimmy Ziwa ensured Bajim head into half time leading 1-0, scoring the only goal of the opening period.Joseph Njuki and Titus Ssematimba added a goal each in the second half while Isma Sematimba and Abdul Abukar struck the two consolation goals for Crown.Victory sees Bajim end season in 5th, one point a head of crown (6th).The Futsal 2018/19 season will climax on Thursday with two games to be played on the day.Yeak Kabowa will take on Mengo City in their crowning game of the season. Yeak sealed the title with two games to spare and still have 53 points, 7 ahead of second placed park.The other game will be between Dream and Crown in the Cup final.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah still tops the scoring charts with 43 goals, six ahead of teammate Enock Ssebagala.Comments