A leader by nature, national senior team goalkeeper Andre Blake, who was appointed captain for Jamaica’s crucial Caribbean Cup qualifying match against Suriname at the National Stadium tomorrow at 6 p.m., says he is not the least bit fazed by the role. Blake will lead the team in the absence of the injured Je-Vaughn Watson, and the former Glenmuir High and Sporting Central ‘shot stopper’ says his intention is to always give his best effort for his country and help the team play with one aim. “Every time I represent the country I always give a hundred per cent on the pitch. That’s my objective. So it is an honour as a lot of people want to be in my position, and a lot of people think that they should be in my position, so when I get my chance I have to go out and prove that my selection is justified.” But despite the good feedback he has been getting from local football fans over the last year, Blake insists he is still a work in progress. “It’s great (being the number one goalkeeper) but it’s still work in progress, I am still a growing goalkeeper. Getting a lot of games has helped me to grow a lot and, hopefully, I can continue playing and develop into a goalkeeper that Jamaica can rely on for the next 10 years,” he continued. Pressure However, Blake has been in the role of captain before and knows how to handle this pressure, and he says it will be business as usual for him. “I have been captain before but this is my first role as captain at the national level. It’s a privilege, it’s an honour, so my job now is to try and get the players on the same page so we can go out and do what we have to do. For me it’s no added pressure. I think I’m a leader, I don’t need to go out and do anything out of the norm to put additional pressure, I will just be me, as I have been a leader all my life. “They (Suriname) are a good team and we will have to respect that. We cannot take them lightly, because if we take them lightly it could cost us because. ‘”These days, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. But that is one of my responsibilities, to let the players know that this is a war, we are the champions of the Caribbean, and everyone wants to beat us, so it’s about being focused and going out and giving our best. Hopefully, we can correct that and start better.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS — A land deal designed to rescue the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center has fallen through, and the facility that serves scores of local preschoolers and seniors could be forced to close within two months, officials said Thursday. The owner of the facility at 13164 Burbank Blvd., formerly called the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, had put it up for sale when it hit financial straits in 2002. Two years later, a benefactor stepped in and offered to purchase the two-acre site with the intent of preserving the center. But negotiations between the two sides have broken down, potentially dooming the 50-year-old center that serves 30,000 to 40,000 Jews, in addition to non-Jews. It could close by June 20. “I’m sorry to see they rejected the last offer that I made,” said Hyman Jebb Levy of Encino, whom Valley Cities officials revealed had been in talks to buy the center. “More than that, I’m sorry to see there won’t be a JCC for the Jewish community in (this part of the) Valley.” Messages left for several board members of the property’s owner, renamed the Jewish Community Centers Development Corp., were not returned. Though the owners questioned whether Levy intended to preserve the community center for at least 15 years, Mike Brezner, president of the Valley Cities board, said it came down to money. Brezner said when talks about selling the center began in 2004, it was appraised at about $2.3 million, though the property is likely worth more than $7 million today. “Our assumption is they have another offer at the table,” Brezner said. A town hall meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the center. On Tuesday, supporters staged a demonstration outside the center, hoisting signs that read “Don’t let greed destroy our center.” Julianne Hall of Sherman Oaks, a single mother who sends her 10-year-old son to the center’s after-school day care, was among them. “It’s really the only connection he has to Jewish culture,” she said. “He feels this is his home. It just tears me up.” Other services are a preschool, which has 97 children, and activity classes for seniors. It also hosts community gatherings and events, all on an annual budget of about $1 million. Among the problems that led to the insolvency of the Greater Los Angeles JCC were millions in debts owed to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. But federation spokeswoman Deborah Dragon said the issue mostly has been resolved and won’t be affected by the sale of the Valley Cities center. In fact, Dragon said the federation has funneled more than $1 million to the center’s preschool program in the past several years. “We are also open to working with them to help find alternative arrangements for families who have been enrolled in the program,” she said, “should the Friends of Valley Cities elect to discontinue the program.” — Eugene Tong, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org
SAUGUS – Lauren Blaire would be 27 now, holding the keys to life in her hand. But the vibrant, talented Blaire was immortalized nine years ago as an 18-year-old Saugus High School softball player when she was hit broadside and killed by a drunk driver. Each year, the girls who have followed Blaire on the softball field honor the one-time catcher in a memorial game her parents attend. Nick and Donna Blaire bring two horribly intertwined messages: their daughter’s life is one to celebrate, and drunk driving kills. This year’s game pits Saugus against Canyon High and will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at the William S. Hart PONY League Complex in Valencia, where many Santa Clarita high school players learned the game as youngsters. Members of the team feel they knew Blaire and say they’re honored to play her game in her memory. Many of them are 18; many, like Blaire, are looking forward to playing in college, looking ahead to life. “It’s really nice that we have this game because I think it makes you more aware. It makes me think you can be the victim even if you didn’t drink,” said Saugus catcher Claire Donyanavard, 18. “She was a catcher – that’s my position. It could be someone just like me.” The seniors on the team decided this year that each would write an essay to apply for the scholarship offered annually in Blaire’s memory. Seniors are invited to write about the dangers of drunk driving, and the team thought it was important that all those eligible participate, Donyanavard said. A committee headed by the Blaire family will judge the essays and award two $1,000 scholarships to the winners. There will be a 50/50 raffle at Thursday’s game to help maintain the scholarship fund. Over the years, contributions have come from parents, players, coaches, family and friends. Blaire died early on the morning of Jan. 11, 1998, at Plum Canyon and Bouquet Canyon roads when Saugus resident James Bent, then 30, slammed his vehicle into her car. Bent’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the limit at which one is considered drunk. He had two previous drunk-driving convictions in other states and in this case eventually was sentenced to 10 years in prison. At the time, principal of Saugus High urged students to turn their anger at Bent into positive memories of Blaire. The message isn’t lost on the Lady Centurions. “It makes me proud our school takes the time to tell us her story,” Donyanavard said. “And it’s nice her parents do this every year.” email@example.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It was a tough 2017 and I need to take my calendar in a different way in order to be ready,” Nadal told the Mubadala World Tennis Championships website.“For this reason, I have sadly announced to the organisers and now to you fans that I won’t play this time in Abu Dhabi.”Spanish sports daily AS reported that Nadal had to halt his planned training schedule in his native Mallorca this week to seek medical attention in Barcelona due to the niggling knee injury.Nadal still plans on going for a 17th Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne next month.The Spaniard will be replaced by compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut for the six-man event over three days from December 28-30.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nadal was forced to pull out of the 2017 season-ending ATP Masters last month due to a knee injury © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Dec 23 – World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his planned season opener at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to lingering fitness concerns just three weeks ahead of the Australian Open.Nadal, 31, was forced to pull out of the 2017 season-ending ATP Masters last month due to a knee injury after an exhausting season in which he won the French and US Opens.
1 Fabinho in action for Brazil Manchester United have launched a bid to sign Monaco defender Fabinho, according to reports in France.The Red Devils are on the prowl for a new right-back and Louis van Gaal is prepared to offer around £10m for the 21-year-old star.United are short in that area of the pitch and were forced to play Antonio Valencia in a makeshift defensive role throughout last season, but view the Brazilian as the answer to their problems.The former Real Madrid man has been a stand-out performer in each of his two seasons with the Ligue 1 side, helping them to a third-placed finish and Champions League football next term.However, his future at the Stade Louis II is in the balance after French newspaper L’Equipe revealed United have made the defender one of their top targets to bolster the ranks ahead of next season.Fabinho’s versatility to operate in a defensive midfield berth has also been noted by United scouts but a deal for the Brazilian is unlikely to be completed until after his Copa America commitments with his country.
Zenit goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin didn’t see this coming when Hulk lined up to take a penalty in training.The club were in Doha for some warm weather training and the Brazil striker decided to have some fun.
Have you tried a number of crash diets that leave you feeling defeated because you did not lose a pound?Rest assured that you are not alone, but thankfully you can bounce back from failure. If your approach keeps you from losing weight, then that is where you should make the first change.An attempt to lose as much weight in a little time as possible does not lead to success. This is not a competition with anyone, but rather the effort to lose weight in a healthy way. There are a few things you need to learn while on your journey to a slimmer, healthier you. Break your unhealthy habitsIf you are overweight, then chances are you developed a few unhealthy habits that need to be broken. What better time to start than now?Some people might eat a reasonable portion for their main meals, but they tend to snack a lot, which is even worse. The problem with snacking is that you are unaware how much you are really eating until it is too late. If are guilty of this, it is time to stop this unhealthy habit. When you need to snack, opt for healthy portions of fruits or nuts instead of chips, bars and biscuits.Don’t skip breakfast Anyone who skips breakfast makes a mistake that many dieters make and, ultimately, regret because skipping breakfast will not make you lose weight. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and sets the pace for the rest of your day.It is also a very important part of your weight loss progress. Research has shown that there is a direct link between breakfast and successful weight loss. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the body feels nourished and you are less likely to overindulge during the rest of the day. Make healthy breakfast choices such as whole grain toast, fruits, cereal, or a fresh smoothie or juice.Eat lots of fiberFiber can help you to reach your weight loss goal so it should be included in your diet. Fruits such as strawberries and pineapples contain lots of fiber. You can also get fiber from eating vegetables, brown rice, whole wheat bread, and cereal. Other foods that contain fiber include:• Beans • Lentils• Legumes• Seeds and nuts• Corn • Peas• Brussels sprouts• Potato with skinFiber plays an integral role in helping persons lose weight because:• It interferes with the absorption of fat• It is often found in foods that contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals• It takes up lots of space in the stomach which makes you feel fuller for a longer period• It takes longer to chew than other foods which means we feel satisfied quickerThere are other things that you can do to ensure that your weight loss efforts are successful. Set a goal for yourself and a deadline for achieving this goal. Keep your timeline realistic; remember that this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix scheme.Aim for 1-2 pounds per week, not ten pounds. Studies have shown that people who lose weight in a realistic timeline have a greater chance of keeping it off for good as opposed to those who lose large amounts in a short period.In order to keep track of your progress, you should keep a food journal and track the foods you eat throughout the day. At the end of each week if your goal is not achieved, your food journal can help you to pinpoint where you faced challenges.(For one-to-one private sessions on Weight Loss / Stop Smoking / Overcoming Anxiety, Stress & Phobias, contact Justin at the Opal Hypnosis Centre, Letterkenny, 074 – 9103474)FAT CHANCE – DONEGAL HEALTH EXPERT’S GUIDE TO LOSING WEIGHT was last modified: March 16th, 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)
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante celebrates scoring for the Blues Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.The France international topped the poll of the 340-strong membership ahead of Blues team-mate Eden Hazard, with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in third place.Between them, Blues duo Kante and Hazard, who was the 2015 Footballer of the Year, collected more than 65 per cent of the journalists’ votes, which were spread over a record number of 17 different players.Kante was instrumental in Leicester’s shock Premier League triumph last season and following his £32million summer switch to west London, the midfielder looks set to collect a second successive championship medal with Chelsea now needing just two more victories to secure the title.The 26-year-old will receive the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been awarded since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on May 18 when the association marks its 70th anniversary.“It is a fantastic honour to win this award. With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association of this country to name me as their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career,” said Kante, who last month collected the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year trophy.Five Chelsea players were nominated by FWA members, with David Luiz, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta also receiving votes.FWA chairman Paddy Barclay paid tribute to Kante’s dynamic campaign at the heart of Antonio Conte’s team.“N’Golo Kante could not be a more deserving winner of English football’s most prestigious individual award,” he said.“In the view of some FWA members, he would have been a worthy recipient last season for his contribution to Leicester’s title success, but the almost unbroken excellent form of Chelsea since he changed clubs has left little room for further debate.“Considering the competition of Eden Hazard and others from Chelsea in particular, this is a great achievement.”FWA FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2017 – PLAYER VOTES (in alphabetical order)Sergio Aguero (Man City), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Ben Foster (West Brom), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Anthony Knockaert (Brighton), David Luiz (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) 1
EUGENE NORRYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Eugene Norry, Bridgend, Ramelton. His remains will repose at his home from Friday at 4pm. Funeral mass on Sunday at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Ramelton.BRENDA KELLY The death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of Brenda Kelly, formerly of Foyle Fold, Derry and Fahan, daughter of the late Dr Boyle Kelly. Her remains will leave her nephew’s home at 16 Colleen Park, Culmore, Derry today at 5.15pm going to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Fahan. Service tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am, followed by burial in St Mura’s Cemetetry, Fahan.GEORGINA STAFFORDThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Georgina Stafford, Churchtown, Gartan, Churchill. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Service tomorrow, Thursday, in St Columba’s Church, Churchill at 1pm, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family time on the morning of the funeral please until 11am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu of desired to the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o Charlie Mc Clafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.MARY BOYLE The death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Mary Boyle Molloy, Drimlaughdrid, Dungloe. Her remains are reposing at her son Patrick’s home in Drumlaughdrid. Funeral service tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe, followed by burial in Maghery Cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Harbour Lights Nursing Home, Killybegs.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012 was last modified: April 4th, 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:2012APRIL 4DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY
Independent candidate, Kilmacrennan man John O’Donnell, is hoping to start a new chapter in the O’Donnell political legacy in Donegal after next Friday’s elections. Independent candidate John O’Donnell, wants to continue the political legacy, started by his late father Eddie O’Donnell. (Pictured)It’s almost 30 years since John’s late father, Councillor Eddie O’Donnell, was first elected on an Independent Fianna Fail ticket.His sudden death in June 1993 left a huge void in the political landscape and saw John’s mother Anne co-opted to Donegal County Council to serve on all of her late husband’s committees. Running as an Independent, John O’Donnell is now hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and the Kilmacrennan man is grateful to the electorate for the warm welcome shown to him on the campaign trail.Speaking to the Donegal Daily, O’Donnell said, “I knew this election would require a lot of work but that didn’t faze me one bit because I’m used to hard work.“What I didn’t anticipate is the groundswell of goodwill and respect that people still have for my father.“Over the years, I often heard people speak about the great man that he was, and these sentiments have been repeated time and again during this election campaign. “I’ve enjoyed hearing stories on the doorsteps of the many ways that he delivered for his local community.It’s given O’Donnell, a true appreciation of all the work he did and the impact he had on people, and it’s inspired him even more to strive to deliver for the local community in the same way his father did. O’Donnell’s arrival on the political scene has also brought local people on a trip down memory lane.Ramelton woman Susan Hanlon said, “When John O’Donnell came canvassing at my house last week, it was like going back in time.“I remember his father Eddie O’Donnell sitting in this house promising to help improve our local road and more importantly, delivering on that promise. “Eddie O’Donnell was good for all creeds and class of people and John has inherited all of those qualities.“He’s so like his late father and I know Eddie would be very proud of him, she added.Local politics is not the first time that the 33 year old has followed in his father’s footsteps.Several years ago, O’Donnell set his sights on re-invigorating K & F Superwools, the business Eddie started in the early 1980’s. Travelling to China in 2011, O’Donnell sourced a contact that would purchase wool at a top price, which in turn meant that he could pass on the benefit to farmers by paying them top prices for their wool.O’Donnell has grown the business nationwide and currently employs a team of people around the country.One of the reasons he’s running in the local elections is because he believes more can be done to support businesses in the county.His strong political heritage is one of many attributes that some people believe sets O’Donnell apart from a sea of Independents in this campaign.There can be no doubt that growing up, O’Donnell learned everything he needs to know about serving his local community from watching his parents do exactly that.O’Donnell is convinced that more can, and should be done at a local level.O’Donnell added, “I believe successive governments have neglected the backbone of our country – hard working families, SME’s and farming communities.“The absolute neglect shown to the sick, elderly and more vulnerable in society is shameful.“The constant need to prioritise Europe over our own people is ruining the fabric of our society and has forced a generation of young people to emigrate.According to O’Donnell, the people of Donegal need a strong, independent voice to represent them at a local level and he wants to be that voice.O’Donnell’s vision for Donegal centres around a six point plan to create a viable future for farmers, facilitate business and entrepreneurship, protect people and services, develop tourism and infrastructure, restore and renew communities and empower young people through education, training and employment.O’Donnell is under no illusions that he has big shoes to fill and, if anything, his election experience has only reinforced that.However, working together with the people of Donegal, he’s determined to build on the legacy started by his father, Eddie O’Donnell close to thirty years ago.ELECTION 2014: JOHN O’DONNELL HOPING TO FOLLOW IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014:John O’DonnellnewsPolitics