Former San Francisco Giant to start local baseball league

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Known for producing prodigious talent in football, netball, cricket, and track and field, Jamaica could one day become a world beater in baseball. Yes, that great American pastime could take root in the land of wood and water if former San Francisco Giants baseball player Andrew Dixon has anything to do with it. Dixon recently told The Gleaner of his intention to kickstart a national youth baseball league in Jamaica. With plans well advanced, Dixon has earmarked the league to commence by the end of January 2016. Games will be played in Kingston and Portmore, as well as in the western end of the island. When contacted, the Jamaica-born outfielder said that the league, the first of its kind, is being organised in partnership with the Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA). He explained that the groundwork is currently being done, with some 12 teams already signed up to participate. “It’s looking good because in December I brought some uniforms down,” said Dixon, adding that he is back home in the USA gathering some equipment to send to Jamaica in time to start the league. “In June, I want to bring down some teams from the US, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. By then, our youths would be playing the sport so we can pick an all-star team for Jamaica and let them play against the foreigners,” he further outlined. Dixon has also accepted a coaching position to teach the game for a few months at G.C. Foster College. MORE EXPOSURE He noted that he will be organising a number of baseball clinics at Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, Montego Bay, and in other parts of the island as his dream is to see baseball become a major sport in Jamaica. “Right now, western Jamaica has some of the best baseball guys, but they are not getting the exposure. The attention is in the Kingston and Portmore areas,” the 51-year-old remarked. “If we can open up and bring baseball throughout the island, then kids out here will get more exposure and develop a new career path,” added Dixon. Apart from working with the Jamaica Baseball Association, Dixon stated that he has several partners in Westmoreland, who are excited and willing to ensure the promotion of the sport in western Jamaica. He is also calling on corporate Jamaica to get on board and make the dream happen. Dixon, who has been running a number of low-key baseball clinics and camps in some western-based communities in recent years, namely, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, Darliston and Little London in Westmorland, has also tried launching the sport in Kingston. Dixon left the San Francisco Giants in 1991, then had a stint with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also played professional baseball in Mexico and Venezuela.last_img read more

20 Political Parties Dragged to Court

first_imgTwenty political parties have been sent to court for failing to live up to party standard; that is according to Liberia’s elections body, the NEC.The commission on Monday filed a petition to revoke the “Registration and Accreditation” of 20 registered political parties in Liberia.Those suspected delinquent parties include: 1) former warlord, Senator Prince Y. Johnson’s National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP); 2) the Liberian Transformation Party of former presidential candidate Rev. Kennedy Sandy; 3) the National Vision Party; 4) Ambassador Dew Mason’s National Democratic Coalition; 5) the Citizens Unification Party.The National Elections Commission also announced that the: 6) Freedom Alliance party; 7) Original Congress Party; 8) Progressive Democratic Party; 9) Liberian Destiny Party; 10) Liberian National Union; 11) Alliance for Peace and Democracy; 12)Liberian Empowerment Party; 13) Progressive People’s Party; 14) National Reformation Party; 15) National Democratic Party of Liberia; 16) Reconstruction Party; 17) National Social Democratic Party of Liberia; 18) Republican Party; 19) Liberia Equal Rights Party; 20) the Majority Party of Liberia, are all expected to face the Civil Law Court shortly.According to the petition, the political parties violated Articles 83(d)  and 79 (c)(i) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia as well as Part II Chapter IV of the Guidelines Relating to the Registration of Political Parties and Independent Candidates.Article 83(d) of the Constitution makes it mandatory that every political party in Liberia shall on September 1, of each year, publish and submit to the NEC detailed statements of assets and liabilities. These shall include the enumeration of sources of funds and other assets, plus a list of expenditure. Article 79(c)(i) in relevant part, mandates that no association shall function as a political party, unless the headquarters of the association is located in the Republic’s capital, while Part II, Chapter IV of the Guidelines Relating to the Registration of Political Parties and Independent Candidates mandates that “each political party shall maintain an updated bank account with a balance not less than US$10,000 or its equivalence in Liberian Dollars.The Electoral body explained that the Liberian Reconstruction Party,  National Social Democratic Party of Liberia, Republican Party, Liberia Equal Rights Party, Majority Party of Liberia and the Progressive People’s Party “absolutely failed to comply with the constitutional requirement of Article 83(d) as well as the regulatory requirement of Part II Chapter IV of the Guidelines relating to the registration of Political parties and Independent Candidates by the failure to  publish and submit detailed statements of their assets and liabilities and maintaining a bank balance of not less than 10,000 United States Dollars or its Liberian Dollars Equivalence.In the case of the National Democratic Coalition, National Democratic Party of Liberia, and Alliance for Peace and Democracy, NEC intoned that the parties did not only neglect the above mentioned constitutional and regulatory requirement to publish and submit detailed statement of their assets and liabilities on September 1, they also failed to make such submission during a grace period provided to them by the Commission.The National Vision Party of Liberia, National Union for Democratic Progress, Citizens Unification Party, Freedom Alliance Party, Original Congress Party, Liberia Empowerment Party, Progressive Democratic Party, Liberia Destiny Party, Liberia National Union, Liberia Transformation Party and the National Reformation Party in addition to failing to meet the above mentioned mandatory constitutional and regulatory requirement, knowingly submitted misleading and false assets and liability statements to the NEC, knowing full well that the declared amount and or accounts were false or did not exist.In the petition filed before assigned Circuit Judge, Peter Gbeneweleh Monday in Monrovia, the Commission asked the Civil Law Court to revoke, nullify and set aside the respective registrations and accreditation of the 20 political parties, declaring them no longer in existence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sarah Barclay Wins Handball Championship

first_imgSarah Barclay High School of Brewerville last Saturday defeated Elizabeth Crawford High School of Monrovia 15-2 in the finals of the High School Handball at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street.The one-sided game was dominated from start to finish by Sarah Barclay through players Emmanuel Fansieh, Abraham Doward, Jallah Kai, Michael Kay, Jr., and goalkeeper Vamba Kamara.Goalkeeper Kamara was a tower of strength and denied the few chances that Elizabeth Crawford’s Coach Abraham T. Queegbo, who told the Daily Observer that his players were practically new and hoped to do better another time, attempted to show.“It was difficult for the team to play together,” Coach Queegbo said at the end of the match, “but with the experience we’ll make a difference in the future.”True, that could happen in the future, but for now Sarah Barclay had the game wrapped up under them. The tournament was organized by the Liberia Handball Association.In the female division, Sarah Barclay once again took the title as their Elizabeth Crawford opponents did not turn out for the game.Sarah Barclay meanwhile went through the formalities and started game and threw the ball to their team-mates and made a score before the referee ended the game.Sarah Barclay girls’ lineup were Aminata Kamara, Rita Fanciah, Loveta Bility, Annie Sesay and Mabogo Fofana. The team’s coach was Archie Newton.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supreme Court Frustrates Tyler’s Complaint

first_imgSeveral lawmakers in favor of Speaker Alex Tyler not to recuse himself from presiding over legislative activities at the House yesterday left the Temple of Justice frustrated after the Supreme Court reserved their request.Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie, Presiding Justice in Chambers, came down with the court’s decision to reserve Tyler’s request after she listened attentively to lawyers of both Tyler and his rival deputy, Hans Barchue, for reasons why she should accept their respective arguments.Tyler’s lawyers had earlier complained to the Supreme Court to issue a “Writ of Prohibition” to allow Tyler to preside over the House and prevent the lawmakers who are demanding his recusal, from holding a separate session.Explaining yesterday’s gathering to the parties, Justice Wolokollie said it was only intended for her to hear the parties’ arguments, stressing, “It is a conference and not to make a determination as to whether not to issue the writ; and, so, we are going to look into your arguments to make a decision.”With this pronouncement, it means that the Tyler and Barchue parties can expect to continue in separate sessions until Justice Wolokollie can decide what should be done next.And it is not clear when she will make her determination on the matter because the lawmakers have up to Thursday to go for their annual Agriculture (constituency) Break.After Justice Wolokollie’s decision, Barchue and his colleagues were seen in a joyous mood, while those from the Tyler camp stood in front of the Temple of Justice discussing among themselves.Speaker Tyler did not attend yesterday’s deliberation.Justifying Barchue’s action for Tyler’s recusal, Cllr. Arthur Johnson explained that his clients are not protesting for Tyler to be removed from his post as Speaker. They are doing it to keep the integrity of the House of Representatives in the midst of his (Tyler’s) indictment as a result of the Global Witness bribery allegations, he said.“His prosecution brings the integrity of the House to public disrepute, because for a sitting Speaker to sit in court as a criminal defendant sends a wrong message to our international partners,” Cllr. Johnson said. “It would be better if she turns down Tyler’s request and allow him to concentrate on his criminal case, which would be good for himself.”According to Cllr. Johnson, his clients acted in line with the rules of the National Legislature, as opposed to Tyler’s lawyer, Cllr. Johnny Momoh, who argued that those demanding Tyler’s recusal did so in violation of the Constitution.Cllr. Momoh argued that there is no provision in the 1986 Constitution that calls for people to ask their elected officials to recuse themselves from presiding over any matter. “That decision is left with the individuals to voluntarily make; and not for people to ask him or her to recuse, like in the case of Tyler,” Cllr. Momoh explained. He added that the demand for Speaker Tyler’s recusal is in violation of the laws of the land, thereby pleading with Justice Wolokollie to issue the request.“There is no provision under the Constitution and Rules of the House of Representatives providing for recusal of an elected officer of the House of Representatives,” he said. “What the Constitution and the Rules of the House of Representatives provide for is removal of officers or expulsion of members of the House of Representatives.”“If they want to remove Speaker Tyler, there should be a cause, but they have not established any reason for that. Even if they were to do so, they should obtain two thirds majority, as it is called for by the Constitution,” Cllr. Momoh said in his argument.Tyler was indicted for allegedly receiving over US$70,000 to help change a provision in the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) Law in favor of Sable Mining Company, a UK based company that eyed an iron ore concession deal for the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County. It is based on said indictment that some of his colleagues are pushing for Tyler to recuse himself, pending the outcome of the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Osok fielding costs Wazito three points

first_img0Shares0000Wazito have thus been deducted points from the win, but have immediately earned them back with the Federation awarding them points for their botched match against Shabana FC in Kisii.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Despite handing Kisumu All Stars their first National Super League loss at home this campaign, Wazito FC have seen all that hard work undone by an administrative error after the Football Kenya Federation stripped them of the win for fielding a suspended player.All Stars made a protest to the Federation’s League and Competitions office that midfielder Teddy Osok, who scored one of the goals in the 4-0 thrashing was fielded for that match and yet was suspended having accumulated five yellow cards. The same was confirmed by the Federation.“Teddy Osok, License Number FKF00352 was suspended for the match against Kisumu Allstars FC having accumulated five yellow cards in the league matches against; Shabana FC (Round 6), Bidco United FC (Round 8), Fortune Sacco FC (Round 13), Nairobi City Stars FC (Round 20) and Bidco United FC (Round 27),” a statement from the Federation.Wazito have thus been deducted points from the win, but have immediately earned them back with the Federation awarding them points for their botched match against Shabana FC in Kisii.-Crowd troubleThe match was halted due to crowd trouble with Wazito leading and the Federation has made a ruling to award the match to the visitors.Wazito FC’s Zachary Gathu vies for the ball with a Kisumu All Stars player during their National Super League match at the Moi Stadium in KisumuWith the scenario, Wazito remain on 57 points after 28 rounds of matches but have dropped to second spot with All Stars rising to the top with same number of points but a better goal difference.Meanwhile, Shabana as well as Kibera Black Stars have been fined Sh20,000 for crowd trouble during their matches against Wazito.Elsewhere, Nairobi City Stars will have to do without the services of head coach John Amboko as well as players Austine Ochieng and Ronny Kagunzi for the rest of the season after the three were found guilty of violent conduct on match officials during their match against Kenya Police last Wednesday in Naivasha.The match was halted with scores tied at 1-1 after the City Stars players refused to get back to the field of play protesting a decision from the referee with ugly scenes following.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

VICTORY! ROYAL NAVY GIVE SALVAGE MAN DAVID RIGHTS TO ANCHOR

first_imgDavid’s anchor! Set to be brought ashore againA DONEGAL man caught up in a ball of red tape over a simple gesture for his town has won his battle to put an historic anchor on display there.David McGloin was hailed a hero after raising a century-old anchor from the muddy waters off Rathmullan.But within days his efforts to bring it ashore had him caught in a massive legal battle. And at one stage he was threatened with a fine and imprisonment by heritage bosses in Dublin.David however decided to prove who owned the anchor – and set about getting the permission of Britain’s Royal Navy.The six-tonne anchor was made by the company Hingley Hetherton in 1908 – the same company which made the anchor for the Titanic just a few years later.And this monster was used for ships from Britain’s Royal Navy which used the pier in Rathmullan during World War One. David, from the Sheephaven Sub-Acqua club, spotted the anchor two years ago whilst working on helping gardai during a search of the area.However he was threatened with legal action unless he returned the anchor to the waters of Lough Swilly – so he did.“I got in touch with the Royal Navy and I went to the North to see a navy commander to discuss the anchor,” David told Donegal Daily.“He was shocked that I had been threatened with legal action and the Royal Navy has now given me the rights to it.“I’ve tucked it away under the sea so it should be easy enough to get it out again. “So the anchor will be back on dry land shortly and it will be put on display in Rathmullan.“I think everyone will be happy with the decision. Good to see common sense prevail – in the end.”VICTORY! ROYAL NAVY GIVE SALVAGE MAN DAVID RIGHTS TO ANCHOR was last modified: September 29th, 2013 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:anchordavid mcgloinLough SwillyRathmullanrecoveryRoyal NavyTitaniclast_img read more

Rams get well, edge La Salle

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Running back Sunny Yu carried the load for the Rams (1-2), rushing 41 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Mooney praised the offensive line saying, “the only way Yu gets that type of production is when the big boys up front do their job.’ La Salle kept the game close with three long touchdown passes from quarterback George Colton to Edwin Scott. Temple City quarterback Ricky Arrendondo converted on two fourth-down plays and finished 12- for-16 passing. The Lancers could manage only 90 total yards of offense in the second half against Temple City’s defense. “It was an important night for us to stare down some of those demons,’ said Temple City coach Mike Mooney. The Lancers (2-2) scored with 34 seconds left to get within three points, but the onside kick attempt was recovered by Temple City’s Matt Brassfield and the game ended two plays later. center_img TEMPLE CITY — The Temple City High School football team entered Friday night’s game against La Salle High without a win and got even worse news when standout tailback Tsun Shin Tsai could not play due to a broken finger. But the Rams got a bit of good fortune as they held on for a 31-28 victory over the visiting Lancers. last_img read more

DONEGAL U12 SCHOOLBOYS SEEK ALL-IRELAND GLORY THIS WEEKEND

first_imgThe Donegal U12 Schoolboys make the long journey south to Tipperary this weekend to lock horns with the Waterford Schoolboys team in their search for All-Ireland glory. They will try and make history on Sunday by becoming the first team from the county to lift a national title at this level. The squad under the management team of Kevin McHugh, James Doherty, Mel O’Donnell and Andrew Wilson will depart on Saturday afternoon and stay in Clonmel that night in preparation for Sundays final.The final will take place in Cahir Park, Cahir, Tipperary on Sunday @ 3pm.The squad met up for their final training session in Ballyare on Saturday.They go into Sunday’s final with no injury worries and a full squad of 26 to choose from. Donegal have endured a tough route to the final. They travelled to Cavan for the Ulster/North Connacht quaifiying blitz that was played over a weekend in February.In their first game they drew 2-2 with the Sligo/Leitrim league after blowing a two goal lead.Next up was the Cavan/Monaghan league who they defeated by 4-1.Sunday saw them play a local derby against their Inishowen counterparts and they won comfortably on a scoreline of 6-0.When the final standings were compiled, they were level on points and goal difference with the Sligo/Leitrim league.This resulted in a play-off and it was the Sligo/Leitrim who got home advantage. This match was played in the Sligo IT facilities and it was the Donegal schoolboys who prevailed on a 2-1 scoreline to set up a last eight clah with the Mayo league.Home advantage saw the quarter final clash take place on a scorching hot day in April in Leckview Park, Letterkenny.Once again the Donegal lads showed their class to book a semi final spot on a 3-1 scoreline.The last four of the competition saw the lads having to travel to Dublin to play the SDFL league. In horrible weather conditions in Lucan, the lads took an early lead in the first half only for the SDFL to equalise from the penalty spot midway through the second half.This saw the game taken to extra time and once again the Donegal lads dug deep to seal a final spot on a scoreline of 3-1.Their opponents on Sunday, the Waterford Schoolboys have come through their side of the draw unbeaten also so it makes for an intriguing final on Sunday as both teams look to take the Jim Cashin cup back to their respective counties.DONEGAL U12 SCHOOLBOYS SEEK ALL-IRELAND GLORY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 21st, 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:All-Ireland GloryDonegal SchoolboysKevin McHughnewssoccerSportU12’swaterfordlast_img read more

Kapil and Ganguly back Kumble for bigger role

first_imgFormer India captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly believe that recently-retired cricketers like Anil Kumble must play a bigger role in the functioning of the BCCI, in order to safeguard the future of Indian cricket.Speaking to Aaj Tak, both legends were of the opinion that former players getting involved in cricketing matters will only help in avoiding disastrous tours like the just-concluded winless trip to England.”He (Kumble) heads the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and has had a great record as a cricketer. The Board should involve him more while making cricketing decisions,” said Ganguly, India’s most successful Test captain.Kapil went a step ahead and wanted Kumble to be a part of the team selection process. “I don’t know the technicalities about whether he will have to leave the post of state cricket association president to become a selector, but surely having a player like him as the chairman of the selection committee will be a great asset,” Kapil said.However, the retention of K Srikkanth – a member of Kapil’s 1983 World Cup-winning side – has not impressed his former skipper.”Even though he is a dear friend, I believe that rules should not have been changed to retain him (Srikkanth). We should neither give credit for this year’s World Cup win to the selectors nor hold them responsible for the humiliation in England recently. I believe that change is good and now that he (Srikkanth) has performed his duties, he should have moved on to other things in life,” said Kapil.advertisementlast_img read more

Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner tips over on field; no injuries

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