WESTERN 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.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Under-fire West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron has pushed back on recent widespread criticism of his leadership and says he has always acted in the best interest of West Indies cricket.Cameron, who was elected to the top post three years ago, and who successfully gained re-election last year, said much of the criticism he had received was “absurd” and argued that he would be eventually vindicated by history.The Jamaican has been fending off criticism ever since captain Darren Sammy, during a post-match interview, blasted the WICB for “disrespecting” the players after West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup in India last Sunday.”I am not here to destroy the game. We just won three World titles and the feeling is I want to mash it up,” Cameron told the Nation newspaper here.”I can’t believe some of the criticism I am receiving. It is absurd. My heart is with the Caribbean 100 per cent. I am a Caribbean man. I am for the good of West Indies cricket.”Cameron’s tenure has been embroiled in controversy ever since the West Indies one-day side controversially walked off the tour of India over a pay dispute with the board and players union, WIPA.INSUFFICIENT ACTIONCameron copped blame for not doing enough to solve the dispute, and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) subsequently said it held the WICB responsible.St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said Cameron had “embarrassed us before the world” and called on him to step down.Cameron also came in for criticism for his controversial tweet regarding superstar opener Chris Gayle’s form during last year’s World Cup and again found himself in trouble on the online social network, Twitter, last week when he appeared to lash out at Sammy for his post-match criticism of the board.Cameron argued that his most recent tweet had been misunderstood.”I have had a lot of criticism about a tweet that has gone on my timeline. Go to my timeline and look,” he said.”There are motivational tweets on my timeline every day. Why could someone not have used that tweet to say I was saying to Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels, ‘Do not let the critics get to you’.”I have also tweeted to Darren Sammy and Stafanie Taylor, wishing them luck. History will be kind to me. I will be vindicated.”
Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Mangrobang sets sights on 2020, calls it her life’s ‘most important race’ Read Next “It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest congratulations to Ceres-Negros FC for winning the inaugural edition of the Philippines Football League!” said Infantino in his letter to Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta.“This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations go to the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans for this great achievement.”The club also won the AFC Cup Fair Play award for the first time after picking up the most points for positive play, conduct on and off the field and behavior of supporters.Ceres has come a long way from five years ago when it was limited to the national club championship.Working its way from the second division of the now-defunct United Football League, the Busmen made a strong statement, ruling the top flight in 2015, leading to a first AFC Cup appearance.“Our learning curve was five years,” said Yanson, reflecting on a banner season. “We kept on learning from our mistakes the previous year and kept on improving.”Staying on top, of course, will be a totally different story next year with a slew of challengers to the Busmen’s throne both in the PFL and the AFC.Hit by the departures of Iain Ramsay, Roland Muller and Josh Grommen, the Busmen face a tough task of putting together a strong squad that will continue to contend for trophies.The Busmen won’t have much time as they start the season on Jan. 16, when they face Shan United of Myanmar in an AFC Champions League qualifier. A duel with Brisbane Roar awaits the winner of the tie.“It will be tough next season, but we’re really excited of what 2018 has in store for us,” said Yanson. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The trophy and plaque stood on the table, a few steps away from the LED screen showing highlights of Ceres-Negros’ 2017 campaign as blue and green lights illuminated the dance floor and rap music blared on the speakers.The players take turns for selfies with the club’s newest precious possession—the Philippines Football League trophy—as well as the AFC Cup Asean zonal championship plaque from the Asian Football Confederation.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the youthful owner, this was a year in which his club punched more than its weight, stunning some of Southeast Asia’s top clubs like Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia on its way to the AFC Inter-zonal semifinals last September.Despite lagging in the scheduling due to their AFC Cup campaign, the Busmen then still got the job done in the PFL, with the depth of its squad keying a strong finish.“This year is undoubtedly, a great year for us,” said Yanson.“Clinching the AFC Cup 2017 Asean zone title and the Philippine Football League Championship title would have not been possible without the hard work and sacrifices that each of the players and coaching staff have put in.”No less than International Football Federation (Fifa) president Gianni Infantino cited the club’s historic season in the PFL.ADVERTISEMENT The relentless Busmen not only play with swag, they also celebrate in style.And on this Saturday night in the middle of December, the country’s newest football champions booked one of Bacolod City’s top restaurants for an exclusive victory party marking a banner year for the club, after the Busmen subdued Global Cebu, 4-1, for the PFL title at Panaad Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOn the far end of the room, the club’s low-key owner Leorey Yanson smiles, letting the moment sink in.A few hours ago, much to the prodding of his players, Yanson finally stood on top of the podium, lifting the trophy in front of an adoring throng at Panaad Stadium. 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The Liberian government is warning all ECOWAS citizens desirous of residing or seeking employment in Liberia to “obtain an official ECOWAS bio-metric Identification card” before entering into such arrangement.According to Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, Sr. the new regulation is intended to properly inform government’s data management system in order to advise the “informal business sector” of the economy.Atty. Lighe explained that the move is in compliance with Regulation 17, Section 2, which came into effect on September 16, 2009 and as such, his ministry is “ready for a nationwide enforcement exercise.”The sixty (60) day ultimatum which started on February 26 and ends April 26, will have no extension, and as such, “ECOWAS citizens operating and or seeking employment within the informal sector of Liberia must obtain their work permits either in Montserrado or from the regional offices of the Ministry of Labor in the leeward counties in keeping with Category B.“Our offices are open from Monday thru Friday weekly and we encourage those concerned to take advantage because the entire process is less time consuming.“The entire process only takes 30 minutes so there is no need for the public to run from it.“This regulation requires that ECOWAS citizens who seek employment in the informal business sector are to pay a work permit fee of US$100.00,” the Labor boss said.According to him, all concerned are required to adhere to this mandate as violators will each be fined US$500.00 (five hundred United States Dollars).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Reports that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has ordered a recount of the vote in Electoral District #4, Bong County almost two months after the October 10, 2017 elections have once again drawn into sharp perspective the need for a reliable and credible Voter Roll. It was the lack of a credible Voter Roll that contributed significantly to gross irregularities and fraud that characterized the conduct of those elections.According to a local NEC official, the recount will be done in nine (9) out of eighty-four (84) polling places in District #4. From the records, the sheer number of recounts in these elections far exceeds those of previous elections.Never since the elections of 2005 and 2011 have challenges of this magnitude been posed to the NEC in the aftermath of the conduct of elections.The complaints were first brought before a local NEC official for disposition. He ruled against a rerun of the elections, probably for fear that such would have opened a floodgate of complainants seeking redress through election reruns. And although the complaints and challenges may have been serious enough to warrant a rerun, they were instead deferred to a recount of the votes.Whatever the outcomes may be, it is an incontrovertible fact that NEC was and has since been unable to produce, for public vetting, copies of the Final Registration Roll (FRR).According to NEC officials, electronic copies of the FRR were submitted to the parties on September 22, 2017 just about two weeks shy of the October elections. This made it nigh impossible for party officials to scrutinize a listing containing over 2 million names in such a short period of time.And during the recent hearings at the NEC head office, NEC officials failed to comply with calls from complaining parties to produce the FRR. Eventually, the NEC dismissed the case put forth by the parties which was by no means surprising. Now the parties are expected to take the matter to the Supreme Court and it is not clear at this stage what outcomes will be derived from this exercise.However, it appears more likely than not that a runoff rather than a rerun will be ordered by the Court. The key question, therefore, is whether these elections can proceed in the absence of a reliable Final Registration Roll (FRR). That is a matter which, in the opinion of this newspaper, the Court cannot give a response Sua Sponte (on its own volition), except, of course, it is raised by the contending parties.Already, as though in anticipation of such a possible delay in the resolution of the matter, naysayers and prophets of doom firmly opposed to the consummation of the matter through the legal process have begun drumming up choruses of support for those attempting to torpedo the legal process for selfish reasons.As sign of their desperation, paid lobbyists, in the likes of Riva Levinson and others, including former career diplomats, Congressmen and Congresswomen, were hired to write letters to Congress imploring the intervention of the U.S. Government to derail the ongoing legal process.From all indications, their efforts are being handsomely rewarded with huge payoffs from the coffers of an impoverished nation still struggling to shake off the effects of the deadly Ebola virus disease.We must warn – and we shall not fail to keep up the tempo – for the use of a credible and reliable Final Registration Roll, without which going into the runoff election will be an exercise in futility, with dangerous implications for the future peace and stability of our dear country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Not anymore. Not since his name has been linked to steroids. My goodness, it’s just about the juiciest baseball-name-to- scandal linking we’ve had around here all week. Here’s a guy who went to Tempe, Ariz., for spring training already a marked man with Anaheim fans after parlaying his first big season in an eight-year career into an outrageous $50 million contract with the Angels. He still had a chance to shake the target off his back starting in April if somehow, despite moving from batter-friendly Texas to pitcher-pal Angel Stadium, he matched last season’s personal-best .313 and turned into the extra power hitter the Angels need and made SportsCenter catches every night. Now, though, thanks to a report in an Albany, N.Y., newspaper, the challenge has grown more complicated for the Granada Hills High graduate whose famous father starred at San Fernando High. A lot more complicated. OK, impossible. The Albany Times Union said Matthews, Jose Canseco and former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield are included on customer lists for a Mobile, Ala., pharmaceutical company whose owners have been indicted in New York over the distribution of human growth hormone. After this, if Matthews looks like 10 million bucks on the field, he earns his salary and maybe saves the scalp of Angels general manager Bill Stoneman. Gary Matthews Jr. is about to find out how miserable a man can be while earning $10 million a year to play for his hometown ballclub with a chance to win. Because, while the Angels can win this season, their new center fielder cannot. But skeptics will look at his post-30 career upswing as evidence he was, is and will have to remain a chemical cheater. On the other hand, if Matthews reverts to a .275hitter, he’s a heel coming and going. He not only will have held up the Angels for a salary comparable to those of slightly more accomplished free agents Nomar Garciaparra, Juan Pierre, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas; he will have held up his new team and its confounding GM under false pretenses, his inexplicable improvement in 2006 suddenly quite explicable as a one-time surge powered by the juice. There’s only one way this doesn’t get nasty, producing 81 nights of boos for Matthews and six months of angry letters for Stoneman. That’s if the Alabama company in question comes up with an innocent explanation for Matthews’ name showing up on that illicit list (the innocent-until- proven-guilty truisms have lost their traction as the Steroids Era goes on). I’m not in Tempe, I’m in Los Angeles. I’m told the joke in Angels camp was that when Matthews met with the club brass to talk about the drug report, his first question was, “My contract’s guaranteed, right?” Matthews did join a crisis meeting Wednesday morning with Stoneman, owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and communications VP Tim Mead. Matthews impressed Moreno by leading off with an apology for being a distraction to the team. The bosses apparently didn’t ask Matthews to confirm or deny the reported link to drugs, and Stoneman wouldn’t say if the 32-year-old’s new contract addresses a case like this. So it’s hard to say what the front office can do if it’s demonstrated that it shelled out its biggest bucks of the winter for silicone stats. Probably not much. Matthews hasn’t been caught by baseball’s drug-testing program, and the players’ union would get involved at some point. Matthews told writers he expects the situation “to resolve itself here in the near future.” Little Sarge had better know something that the rest of us don’t. Angels fans hope he does. Except for those who willbe rooting for the $10million-a-year man to fail and confirm their doubts. Gary Matthews Jr. went to spring training under pressure and is likely to leave it under suspicion. The season opener is a month away, and he’s already grounded into a double play. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. email@example.com (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lukas Podolski in action for Germany Galatasary are lining up a fresh approach for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, according to reports in Turkey.The 29-year-old is out of favour at the Gunners and yet to start a Premier League game this season.Podolski almost left during the summer and the Turkish giants were one of the clubs with a strong interest in the Germany international.But he eventually stayed put and decided to fight for his place in the starting line-up but the arrival of Danny Welbeck has further limited his chances.Now he could be set to leave once the transfer window reopens and, according to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Galatasaray are ready to reignite their interest.Podolski is under contract at Arsenal until June 2016 but could be sold if he fails to force his way back into the first team. 1
A FREE health seminar on Varicose Veins will take place at the end of April at the Radisoon Blu Hotel. Would you like to learn more about Varicose Veins and the newest innovative treatments available?You can come and meet a leading vascular surgeon at the FREE SEMINAR hosted by North West Independent Hospital on THURSDAY the 30th of April. Information about VARICOSE VEINS:Varicose veins are enlarged veins which occur when the valves in the veins carrying blood from the legs towards the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs.They typically appear as bulging rope-like cords on thighs or lower legs.Sufferers often experience pain, burning sensation, tiredness or leg swelling which usually becomes worse at the end of the day and on occasions severe discomfort for sufferers when travelling or driving for long periods of time. For most people, varicose veins do not present a serious health problem, but for some there is the potential for higher risks including non healing wounds and ulcers.The North West independent hospital has been treating patients for over 25 years.The hospital has consultant vascular surgeons who specialise in all forms of venous treatments.The hospital also has access to treatment rooms, operating theatres and duplex facilities for the assessment and treatment of patients.All are specialists are experienced in treating the complications of vein reflux such as bleeding, phlebitis and varicose eczema, as well as being able to advise you regarding any cosmetic concerns you may have the your veins. The Northwest independent hospital offers all the modern therapies for the treatment of varicose veins including laser, radiofrequency ablation, Ultrasound guided foam Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal glue, and traditional open surgery.The Northwest independent hospital which operates in the north-west of Ireland, combines extremely professional walk-in, walked out modern treatment with excellent value for money.If you or any of your family or friends have any vein problems or would like to learn more about veins and common associated problems and how we could help you please do pop along to this event.It’s free and informal, but we do ask you to register to guarantee your places at one of these popular events. To book YOUR place please contact Stacey by email: StaceyLynch@nwih.co.uk or by phone: 048 77723511.FREE HEALTH SEMINAR ON VARICOSE VEINS AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesfreehealthnewsseminarVaricose Veins
There are few things more exciting in football than a goalkeeper going up for a last minute corner.Unless you’re Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson or Peter Schmeichel – chances are nothing is going to happen.But 44-year-old Pachuca shot-stopper – or rather goal-getter – Conejo Perez, managed the feat on Saturday night.Trailing 2-1, Perez charged into the Cruz Azul penalty area before readying himself for an unlikely opportunity.And it turned out to be a wonderful decision, as Perez glanced in a fine header to score a dramatic equaliser.Watch the incredible moment below…. Conejo Perez managed the feat on Saturday night with a fine glancing header 1 😱😱😱 G⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽L del portero Oscar Pérez 😱😱😱@Tuzos 2-2 @Cruz_Azul_FC #J16CL2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #ElFutbolTeMueve pic.twitter.com/w5YKl1sHc3— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) April 30, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star In fact, it was even suggested the 25-year-old was on the verge of being dropped while some reports claimed he could even be sent back to Liverpool in January.But Besiktas president Orman has laughed off those suggestions and instead revealed he hopes to sign Karius for good.“Karius is an excellent keeper, God willing we will sign him on a permanent transfer,” Orman is quoted as saying by Turkish outlet Harberler. REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? huge blow tense deals Latest Premier League Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Besiktas president Fikret Orman with Loris Karius in the summer. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining 1 “These stories are complete nonsense.“Give Karius some time is all I’m saying. Karius has a lot of work to do but give him time.” gameday cracker whoops Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius could seal a permanent move to Besiktas, according to club president, Fikret Orman.The German goalkeeper joined the Turkish club on a two-year loan during the summer, after his errors in the Champions League final saw the Reds sign Alisson, but he has made a mixed start to life in his new surroundings. REVEALED