Less than two weeks after the terror attacks in the city, the Sea Eagles will host the Warriors at AMI Stadium.A heavy-hearted Warriors belted Canterbury in their season-opener in Auckland last week, but were fell back to earth when routed by Wests Tigers on Sunday.”I thought it was a big week for the footy club last week as I said after that game, for a number of reasons,” Kearney said after the loss to the Tigers.”The lesson for this footy team is that the NRL, it’s every week.”You’ve got to turn up ready, regardless of who the opponent, what round it is and where they are on the table. It doesn’t matter.”I thought possibly there were some individuals tonight who were still on the cloud that they finished off with last week. But it’s a good lesson for them.”But any disappointment will likely pale in comparison to the landscape that awaits for them when they travel to Christchurch this week.After confirming the NRL fixture would still proceed, the Sea Eagles have already indicated heading over early to assist the community in any form possible.Kearney predicted more emotion ahead for both teams.”I reckon if last week’s anything to go by, it’s been a pretty sombre week back home for obvious reasons,” he said.”It’s been wonderful to see the country and all communities rally behind the tragedy that’s happened.”I get a sense that Manly will see that firsthand this week. Our focus is making sure that we prepare correctly for a good performance next Saturday.”The Warriors will be aiming to bounce back after an insipid display against the Tigers, who poured on six tries in the final 45 minutes of the contest.”There were parts where we tried in the first half, but I think some of us thought it was going to be an easier night than what they anticipated,” Kearney said.
Akan’s Track Club’s Javon Francis was fastest in the men’s 400 metres, winning his heat in 46.39. Jonia McDonald of MVP was second in 46.48, with UTech’s Twayne Crooks third in 46. 52. Michael Frater clocked 10.60 seconds in 2.4 metres per second wind in the men’s 100 metres. However, Julian Forte stole the spotlight. Running in -1.6 mps wind, he clocked 10.28. Sprint Tech’s Rasheed Dwyer was second overall in 10.43, while MVP’s Andrew Fisher was third with 10.50. Former World Youth 400m hurdles champion Marvin Williams of UTech had a top time of 51.88 seconds. Second overall was Dwayne Extol of Eagles Track Club, in 52.27, with Andre Peart of MVP third in 52.41. St Jago High’s Keenan Lawrence took the men’s Open 800m 1:52.66, defeating UTech’s Trey Graham (1:53.99). Edwin Allen and Jamaica College (JC) captured the high school sprint relays. Edwin Allen won the girls’ event in 45.05 seconds ahead of Excelsior High (45.78), while JC clocked 40.59 seconds in winning the boys’ event ahead of Excelsior (41.50). UTech’s Orlando Thomas won the men’s javelin with 16.56m; UTech’s Tajay Gayle won the men’s long jump with 7.25m; while Geneva Greaves took the women’s shot put with 14.37m. WORLD 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson produced a world-leading 11.07 seconds in the women’s 100 metres at the Senior Link-Up track and field meet at Stadium East yesterday morning. Thompson joined the United States Morolake Akinosun atop the world list after her win a week ago in Texas. Thompson sprinted away from a competitive line-up to post her impressive time as Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby was some way off in second spot in 11.41 seconds, with her training partner at Sprint Tech, Audra Segree, third in 11.45. Ronda Whyte returned to competition in style, scoring an impressive win in the women’s 400 metres hurdles. Whyte stopped the clock at 56.1 seconds, defeating Shannon Kallawan (56.3) and overseas-based Sparkle McKnight (56.6), who is a part of the MVP Track Club. Nikita Tracey, who also competes for MVP, was fourth in 57.3. Janieve Russell clocked 51.79 seconds in to win the women’s 400m ahead of Namibia’s Tjipekapora Herunga (52.03), representing MVP Track Club, and her training partner, Jody Muir (53.00). World 400 metres finalist, Stephenie McPherson, was too good for teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson in the 200m. McPherson won in 23.12 seconds ahead of Jackson (23.21), while Fraser-Pryce was third in 23.24. JAVON FRANCIS WIN
The United States Army Engineers have been working very hard since their arrival several weeks ago as part of a 4000-strong military contingent deployed to help us fight Ebola.Our young reporter Alvin Worzi said in a report on Monday that the U.S. Army Engineers at the weekend completed and opened their third ETU. The first was completed a little over a week ago in Bomi, where they praised the Liberian Army’s Engineering Battalion, who built the first one in Tubmanburg to the satisfaction of their American colleagues.A second ETU was completed in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County; and now the third in Buchanan, Grand Bassa. The American Army Engineers plan to build a total of 17 ETUs across the country.According to Major General Gary Volesky, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, the Grand Bassa ETU was the first to be built completely by the U.S. Army Engineers.Our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor yesterday reported three pieces of good news from Ganta. The first was that the American military contingent sent by President Obama to help us fight Ebola had recently paid several visits to Ganta, and that a large area near the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is now being cleared for the building of another ETU there.The second piece of good news is that 50 persons quarantined in Ganta had been released!The third piece of good news is that in Ganta, which not long ago was the epi-center of the Ebola virus, yes, in this same Ganta, there are no more new cases!What do we think is responsible for all this good news? It is mainly one thing: The people of Ganta have gotten the message and are behaving themselves. They are obeying all the rules and making sure that the sick are immediately reported. That is why we could find 50 people quarantined at one time in one place. And thanks to their quick and timely reporting to the center, they have all been released!As we said in this Monday’s Editorial, ALL OF US, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, must do likewise and demonstrate that while we are most grateful to President Obama and his troops for building all these ETUs across the country, the time will soon come when we would not need them. This, we said in that Editorial, is how we can quickly begin successfully to rebuild our shattered economy and our shattered lives. We can definitely do it, as it must be done!We understand that in response to the rapid progress we are making in the anti-Ebola fight, the Americans themselves may scale back their numbers on the ground, from 4000 to 3000. This is good news, BUT …And this is indeed a BIG BUT: We trust that the Americans will do three things more: first, join their Liberian counterparts–the Armed Forces of Liberia–in ensuring that the country is safe and secure from anymore cross-border transmissions of the virus. We have in several recent Editorials shown how this can be done. We need a strong and well prepared military presence at the borders to intercept (stop) any further transmissions. We should never forget that it was one such transmission that crossed the Foya border with Guinea and spread the virus like wildfire in Liberia.President Sirleaf, Defense Minister Samukai, it only takes one! We should, therefore, do everything in our power to prevent it from happening again!Second, we trust that the Engineering Battalion will share their experience and expertise with the AFL Engineering Battalion, so as further to empower our men in arms to crisscross the country doing engineering good–helping build farm-to-market roads, maintaining and repairing highways, maintaining public buildings and assisting in everything that a good engineer does to improve people’s lives–including digging wells and boreholes to provide safe drinking water for the people.Thirdly, we pray that our American partners, the American troops and their government–indeed all our partners, the Chinese who first made the offer, and everyone else included–after helping us defeat Ebola, will as soon as possible embark on the rebuilding of our healthcare delivery system.We, however, submit that the Liberian government should first come up with a roadmap showing what it wants to do and how it should be done.This is a matter for Thursday’s Editorial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as Chief Justice reminds lawyer of violent nature of rapeConvicted rapist Linton Pompey is appealing his consecutive prison sentences on two counts of raping a 14-year-old girl, but acting Chief Justice Roxane George has underscored the violent nature of the offence.The matter came up on Wednesday at the Appeal Court, where Pompey’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes is arguing that a sentence of 37 years for two counts is too excessive.In September 2015 trial judge Jo-Ann Barlow handed the 53-year-old man the two consecutive sentences for acts he was found guilty of committing between May 1 and May 31, 2011; on January 10, 2012, and between June 1 and June 30, 2013 on a 14-year-old girl. During Appeal Court proceedings, Hughes argued that the trial judge had failed to put his client’s defence to the jury, further arguing that consecutive sentences could only be imposed if there was some degree of extreme violence involved.Justice George on Wednesday told Hughes that rape in itself was a violent offence while the Director of Public Prosecutions’ representative, Natasha Backer disputed Hughes’s position of an excessive sentence. The Prosecutor further added that the father of 12 committed the acts on separate days. Citing case law in the Caribbean, Backer stressed that there were provisions to give consecutive sentences for unrelated acts, emphasising that Pompey committed the acts over a significant period of time, from May 2011 to June 2013.
Army and Defense Department officials defended the waiver program as a way to admit young people who may have made a mistake early in life but have overcome past behavior. And they said about two-thirds of the waivers granted by the Marines are for drug use, because they – unlike the other services – require a waiver if someone has been convicted once for marijuana use. Lawmakers and other observers say they are concerned that the struggle to fill the military ranks in this time of war has forced the services to lower their moral standards. “The data is crystal clear. Our armed forces are under incredible strain and the only way that they can fill their recruiting quotas is by lowering their standards,” said Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., who has been working to get additional data from the Pentagon. “By lowering standards, we are endangering the rest of our armed forces and sending the wrong message to potential recruits across the country.” Army spokesman Paul Boyce said Tuesday he is concerned because the Pentagon data differs from Army numbers. But overall, he said, “anything that is considered a risk or a serious infraction of the law is given the highest level of review.” “Our goal is to make certain that we recruit quality young men and women who can keep America defended against its enemies,” Boyce said. The data was obtained through a federal information request and released by the California-based Michael D. Palm Center, a think tank that studies military issues. “The fact that the military has allowed more than 100,000 people with such troubled pasts to join its ranks over the past three years illustrates the problem we’re having meeting our military needs in this time of war,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Army and Marine Corps are letting in more recruits with criminal records, including some with felony convictions, reflecting the increased pressure of five years of war and its mounting casualties. According to data compiled by the Defense Department, the number of Army and Marine recruits needing waivers for felonies and serious misdemeanors, including minor drug offenses, has grown since 2003. The Army granted more than double the number of waivers for felonies and misdemeanors in 2006 than it did in 2003. Some recruits may get more than one waiver. The military routinely grants waivers to admit recruits who have criminal records, medical problems or low aptitude scores that would otherwise disqualify them from service. Overall the majority are moral waivers, which include some felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic and drug offenses. The number of felony waivers granted by the Army grew from 411 in 2003 to 901 in 2006, according to the Pentagon, or about one in 10 of the moral waivers approved that year. Other misdemeanors, which could be petty theft, writing a bad check or some assaults, jumped from about 2,700 to more than 6,000 in 2006. The minor crimes represented more than three-quarters of the moral waivers granted by the Army in 2006, up from more than half in 2003.
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0Shares0000Paul Pogba, pictured on February 3, 2018, hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester United’s Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.Yet, it remains to be seen whether the French midfielder even starts at the Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the last-16 tie as much due to his form as his fitness. Pogba hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month as he has been hauled off by Jose Mourinho in defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle, and dropped by the Portuguese for victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in between.Reports in the French press emerged last week that Pogba is unhappy with the role given to him by Mourinho, in particular the defensive demands imposed by the Portuguese.Mourinho pointedly said Pogba would have occupied his favoured role on the left of a midfield three for Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup win at Huddersfield if he had not been ruled out hours before the game due to illness.The arrival of Alexis Sanchez on the left side of the United attack in January has exacerbated those differences as Pogba and the Chilean are yet to complete 90 minutes together.Sevilla v Manchester United © AFP / Vincent LEFAIMourinho described rumours of a breakdown in communication between he and Pogba as “big lies”, but has not hid his criticism of the 24-year-old’s form.“In this moment he is not playing well… and the team needs him at a good level.”No more so than in the next few weeks as in between their two legs against Sevilla, United also host Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League with all three sides locked in a battle to finish in the top four.“When he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be,” added Mourinho.“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing.”– Can Mourinho harness attacking talent? –For the hundreds of millions spent by United in the transfer market in recent seasons, Pogba remains the most marquee of them all having beat off competition from around Europe to make him then the most expensive player in the world in 2016.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) talks with midfielder Paul Pogba on the sidelines in January 2018 © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONThe question remains whether Mourinho, who extended his contract in January to 2020, and Pogba can reconcile their differences for the common good.Despite his stellar coaching career, it is not the first time Mourinho has failed to muster the maximum potential from a prestigious talent.Two of the frontrunners for Player of the Year honours in England, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, were disregarded by Mourinho and sold on the cheap during his time at Chelsea.Not long after he returned to United, Pogba told French magazine So Foot he’d be “the new midfielder”.A player he defined as “can defend, he can win the ball, he can make the play, he can pass, he can score”.A concept that doesn’t sound too dissimilar to Mourinho’s definition of a box-to-box midfielder in recent weeks.“(It) means you have to defend well, have the physical conditions to go to the other box, where you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box,” said Mourinho.“Now people say a box-to-box has to play free of defensive duties.”Time will tell if United’s star player and coach can harmonise their ideas on paper onto reality on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The days when Mourinho used to poke fun at journalists with a twinkle in his eye during press conferences appear long gone, replaced by a litany of complaints as seen following the side’s 4-1 humbling by Liverpool on Saturday in their latest outing on the US tour.Bookmakers are now taking bets on Mourinho becoming the first Premier League manager to be sacked or leave his post this season.Reports reaching home from the US tour depict players too nervous to talk openly about what they think, with the Daily Telegraph and The Sun claiming those in the squad feel they are “treading on eggshells”.The Sun cites one case of an unnamed player in a panic asking the TV channel he gave an interview to erase an answer he gave them.“It’s understood the piece of content in question wasn’t even contentious and could be considered ‘on message’ from a club point of view — but it is a measure of the tension being felt on a troubled tour,” remarked the Manchester Evening News.– ‘Turning sour’ –Mourinho has a history of targeting specific players on occasion and Ivorian central defender Eric Bailly has been in his firing line in the United States.“I don’t think he is a great leader,” Mourinho said of Bailly while adding that newly-appointed captain Antonio Valencia’s physical preparation was below expectations.“His condition was not good when he was back,” he said after the player returned to the squad from holiday.He was more critical of French striker Anthony Martial, who he said should have returned to the US tour after going home to be with his girlfriend when she gave birth to a baby boy in Paris.Mourinho’s position was in stark contrast to England manager Gareth Southgate’s much-praised decision to allow Fabian Delph to leave the World Cup finals to be with his wife at the birth of their child.Mourinho — who having guided United to Europa League and League Cup success in his first season — delivered nothing last term.Critics suggest he is caught in a repetitive pattern seen at previous clubs where his reign turned sour in the third season.It happened twice at Chelsea where he was sacked in the middle of his third campaign in his second spell there, and it also happened at Real Madrid.However, Mourinho’s biggest cause for complaint — that he has not been given the money for the signings he wanted — has won some sympathy, even from the Manchester United board despite reportedly strained relations with Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman.Thus far he has bought three players including Brazilian international Fred, but Mourinho is keen to have two new faces in the squad come the opening match with Leicester on Friday week.Ironically one of those targets is Leicester’s England centre-back Harry Maguire, though the 2016 champions’ wealthy Thai owners feel they do not have to sell, particularly having accrued a club record £60 million ($79 million) for the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.Relations between Woodward and Mourinho may not be great but there is no suggestion the former wants the latter out, having last January secured his signature on a new contract to June 2020 with the option of a further year.However, with Mourinho still preferring to live in the luxurious Lowry Hotel — where a suite costs over £800 a night — than buy a more permanent home, and now that his trusted number two Rui Faria, seen as a reliable sounding board as to his mood swings, is no longer at United, many are suggesting the third season curse could prevail again.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s bad-tempered and miserable demeanour on the pre-season tour of the USA is causing increasing disquiet inside the club just over a week away from the start of the Premier League season© AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, July 31 – Jose Mourinho’s constant carping and foul mood during Manchester United’s increasingly tortuous tour of the United States is raising questions about team morale and title hopes just over a week away from the start of the new Premier League season.Unlike rivals Liverpool and champions Manchester City, two Premier League contenders whose pre-season has included solid preparations and astute transfers, Manchester United watchers see nothing to celebrate as the 55-year-old Portuguese manager prepares for his third term at Old Trafford.
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“We will work out a fair and equitable process for any of these teachers who want to transfer to another school, so that this is not a punishment,” he said. Brewer emphasized that the district, which hires 2,600 teachers a year, has great capacity to allow teachers to transfer to other positions. The school trustees have to approve the final contract with the partnership, and they will decide whether they feel the mayor has the capacity to move forward with three high schools – as opposed to the original two proposed, said Marshall Tuck, education adviser to the mayor. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said a second round of voting will take place in the spring to include elementary schools in the mayor’s family of schools. Duffy said the plan promotes an idea that the union backs – less-centralized control and greater autonomy at school sites. “It’s historic in its possibilities, in what it can bring in the future,” he said. “Someone said you may not need a school board in the future. Maybe not.” The voting results were widely seen as a gain for Villaraigosa, even though it fell far short of his original goal to oversee all Los Angeles Unified schools. “(Even though) he came up with something … badly short of a larger slice of control, (it) has to be considered a political coup of sorts,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “It’s a victory for the mayor and now he’s going to have to show something … but will there be measurable improvements at his schools in the coming year or two?” Still, the election process raised questions among critics who said a relatively small number of parents and teachers voted. The district said it determined support based on 50percent, plus one, of certificated staffers in the UTLA bargaining unit votes and 50percent plus one of parent or legal guardian votes. Those who participated did not have to be registered voters. At Roosevelt High, which has 4,654 students, just 545 parent votes were cast. Of those, 441 voted in support of the mayor, which the district calculated as 80.7percent support. At Jordan High, only 51 of 115 certificated staff members voted in support of the mayor. Regalado said the turnout is a sign of the times. In the past 25 years, most people don’t vote even when the stakes are high. “When the issues are well understood and well defined, it’s so surprising that a small turnout like this resulted,” he said. “But what it really means is that the mayor’s team and those who supported the reforms really got out the vote.” Villaraigosa had launched an aggressive campaign reaching out to teachers and community groups to gain support for his reform plan. The nonprofit partnership paid the more than $200,000 in outreach efforts through grants. The district, which paid for fliers and automated phone calls the day before the election, did not have its share of the costs available. Officials touted the reform effort as “historic,” emphasizing that school districts had never given stakeholders like parents and teachers a choice on large policy decisions. The partnership is one Brewer’s major contributions through his newly developed innovation division, through which he hopes to implement nontraditional reform efforts, gauge the success, and replicate best practices throughout schools in the beleaguered LAUSD. Each school in the mayor’s family would develop its own set of targets, and if it fails to meet them in five years would return to the traditional district structure. Schools will create governing site councils whose members are selected by peers and who will be responsible for key decisions on teaching and learning, hiring, budgeting, fundraising and scheduling. School principals would report to a newly hired family-of-schools leader, although it has not yet been determined whether they would be LAUSD employees or employees of the partnership. “I’m excited because we’re going to have an opportunity to decide who’s going to work at our school, what types of teaching and learning is going to take place, what types of services and resources our students are going to get,” Gompers seventh-grade teacher Kirti Baranwal said. The mayor emphasized after the news conference that the real story is that immigrants, blacks, Latinos and “people who have been denied a real voice in their schools are finally going to have a voice.” Markham parent Jose Gallegos already feels the change. “A lot of parents are feeling included … Before, you didn’t have that sense of help,” he said. Jonathan Wilcox, adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, said the victory is a symbolic one for the mayor. “Given the way his 2007 has gone, I’d say any good news is a political coup for the mayor,” said Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Gov. Pete Wilson. “He began the year as the favorite to win election as next governor of California, and now he’s desperately trying to win a campaign in Los Angeles middle and high schools.” But Villaraigosa avoided any implication that he needed the victory, emphasizing that he never saw his past efforts, including the now-defunct legislation that would have given him a role in the district, as defeats. “I don’t need redemption. The mayor and the Legislature voted for (the Assembly bill), and the judiciary voted it down. It wasn’t a personal defeat for me,” Villaraigosa said. “I am focused on this effort. I could have easily left this a long time ago and said I tried, and after I lost the court decision I could have walked away, but I didn’t do that, so this is a good day.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marking a major political coup, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won his bid to manage seven Los Angeles Unified schools as a majority of parents and teachers voted to partner on education reform, according to results released Wednesday. The hard-won victory culminated several failed attempts by the mayor over the past two years to assume a role in the district and capped an aggressive weeks-long campaign to win support for his plan. Villaraigosa’s nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is set to begin managing the schools in the 2008-09 school year, promising campuses greater resources and control over budget and curriculum. “Today, we can truly say that the votes are in and the status quo is out,” he said. “Close to 90percent of the parents of these communities said … yes to lower dropout rates, yes to higher student achievement and yes to safer campuses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I grew up in these neighborhoods. I know these neighborhoods. I know that parents in these neighborhoods have the same right to have a quality education for their kids as any neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.” The schools voting to join the partnership are Jordan, Roosevelt and Santee highs, and four middle schools – Hollenbeck, Stevenson, Markham and Gompers. About 86percent of 1,800 parents and 69percent of 797 teachers voted to support the mayor’s plan. “When you look at the percent of yes votes from the parents, it’s a clear mandate, and as far as I’m concerned, the faculties are also sending a clear message that they want change,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “Today we’re unleashing the power of L.A. to transform the schools in L.A.” Out of nearly 800 teacher votes, 250 opposed the plan, and United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said the union will work diligently to reassign those who do not want to work in a partnership school.