Injuries stalling Shelton’s career

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz striker and captain Luton Shelton is trying to get his career back on track, but is being stalled by a series of injuries.After spending a decade as a professional player overseas, Shelton returned to Harbour View FC in an effort to recover from injuries after his contract with Volga Nizhny Nougorod in Russia ended last year.Shelton is registered with local club Harbour View, where he started as a youth player, and made the transition to the senior team. He left Harbour View in 2006 and joined Helsingborg in Sweden on contract.Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini confirmed the move in a recent chat with The Gleaner.”He (Shelton) is registered to play for Harbour View, but is not playing due to injuries,” Jureidini said. “He is out of contract. That is why he is here to play in the Red Stripe Premier League.””Luton has been trying to recover from injuries. We are trying to get his career back on track,” Jureidini further stated.Shelton is Jamaica’s all-time record goalscorer, with 35 strikes in 75 games. He also played at international clubs such as Sheffield United, Valerenga and Karabukspor.last_img read more

Pyramid scream

first_imgCORONA – The chorus of voices grew, the sound bouncing from wall to wall in Corona Santiago’s gym like a pingpong game. Photo Gallery: Norco defeats Diamond Ranch One side had the momentum. Then the other side grabbed it. Finally, the voices on one side of the gym exploded in one massive cheer; the other side fell silent. The Norco girls basketball team won a heartstopping 69-68 overtime thriller against Diamond Ranch on Tuesday night, advancing to the CIF-SS Division II-AA championship game at the Pyramid in Long Beach. “In order to be a coach, you have to have CPR (training),” Norco coach Rick Thompson said. “I just never thought I’d have to use it on myself.” With 6.6 seconds remaining in overtime, Diamond Ranch inbounded the ball at the far end of the court, down one point. The No. 2 seed Panthers (27-2) put the ball in the hands of their most reliable ballhandler, senior Eliza Dy, who streaked down the court and tried to toss up an off-balance layup. But the shot wasn’t close, and the buzzer sounded to end Diamond Ranch’s CIF title defense as No. 3 seed Norco (27-2) celebrated. center_img The game was highlighted by two exceptional performances. Norco won in large part because spunky sharpshooter Tyler Howard hit nine 3-pointers and scored a total of 30 points. That helped the Cougars survive a phenomenal performance from UCLA-bound star Nina Earl, who poured in 39 points on 16-of-24 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. She hit all eight of her shots in the second half. Dy tied the game at 65 on a pair of free throws with 50.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Neither team scored the rest of the way, and the Panthers tried an inbounds play with one second left, but Dy missed a tough layup. In overtime, Norco’s Cierra Windham (26 points) scored the first four points, but Earl cut the lead to 69-67 with a pair of free throws. The Cougars committed an offensive foul on their next possession to give Earl a one-and-one with 39 seconds left, but she missed the second shot. Dy got her last-chance run following a Norco turnover, but the Cougars survived. “One point doesn’t make us the better team,” Thompson said. “It just lets us play next week.” Diamond Ranch could still make the CIF-State tournament, but coach Vince Spirlin wasn’t sure. “It just didn’t fall our way,” he said. “In a game that close, funny things are gonna happen. We put ourselves in that predicament.” Said Howard: “We came here with one goal and that was to get to the Pyramid. We were determined to win and we wanted it more.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Brewer digs in heels on reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This is not the Navy. He doesn’t get people to automatically salute.” While Brewer said he’ll continue to work with the union, he called it time to step away from business as usual if the district wants real reform. “We have a legal and moral imperative here. … Previous initiatives have failed because of a lack of commitment to sustain it and a lack of political will. Right now, if you want change, you have to be bold. You can’t half-step it.” But Brewer has been under attack by members of a key task force on the plan over concepts such as carving out a separate district of 44 low-performing schools. Under pressure, Brewer reduced the number of schools by 10 and scrapped the idea of putting the schools under separate governance. One San Fernando Valley school, Sylmar High, remains on the list. Brewer also emphasized that the plan is “evolving and fluid,” and he expects changes before its 2008-09 implementation. The plan includes a curriculum aligned with state standards, focused professional development, safe schools and performance accountability and incentives. Reassignment fight From December to January, the local district superintendent will examine each school’s staff and determine whether there needs to be a change in principals or teachers. But Duffy decried that plan. “Somebody needs to whisper into the superintendent’s ear that he can’t just reassign teachers. There’s a contract, and he better follow the rules,” he said. Still, Brewer said the state gives more latitude in reassigning teachers because the schools need corrective actions to improve student achievement. “Some of these schools are failing for a reason, based on the leadership going on,” Brewer said. “The bottom line is we reserve the right to go in and make the changes necessary.” Duffy said bringing scripted-program teaching to secondary schools will have a “devastating effect on comprehension and problem-solving for elementary schools kids who then go to middle school … and can read but don’t know what they’re reading.” And he said studies show merit pay does little to boost student achievement and creates unhealthy competition among teachers. Board member Julie Korenstein agreed, saying a better plan would give a bonus reward to an entire school if it improves. Brewer argues that performance pay will provide incentives to retain highly qualified teachers in areas of need. Korenstein said she’s also frustrated that Brewer has not created the plan with board input. “He tends to come up with a grandiose plan, then backs down because it doesn’t make sense,” Korenstein said, referring to Brewer’s original proposal to create a separate mini-district of low-performing schools. “You usually have seven board members and a superintendent who work together to develop policy. You don’t have a superintendent developing policy and shoving it down people’s throats. That’s how you get into trouble.” Board member Richard Vladovic said he hopes both sides come to an agreement. “There should be a dialogue and if he hasn’t reached out to the union, I’m concerned. If I feel there hasn’t been sufficient dialogue, I’m going to make sure that at least all sides are heard,” he said. Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, said Brewer faces a key political test. “The union isn’t unbeatable, but I don’t know if you can do it on your own. It takes political strategy, some coalition building, consulting as much as you can and knowing where to draw the line,” he said. “This re-emphasizes the need of the superintendent to have a true political strategy that can give him the leverage he needs to get the reforms he wants.” Transforming schools Janelle Erickson, a spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has tried to take a more active role in running the district, said the mayor will continue to work with everyone. “Only through partnership and collaboration will we truly transform our public schools,” Erickson said. And after a challenging year of dealing with the powerful teachers union, Sonenshein said the superintendent may be overreaching. “He has a lot of ground to make up, and the problem is you can’t make it up all at once, and it may be that what he’ll like to do is make a big, bold step that makes up a lot of ground,” he said. “But in reality, it’s a series of small steps he’s going to need to reground his superintendentship that is sustainable over a long period of time. “This may be a little bit of a long pass to recoup a lot of ground. If it can’t be backed up with political strength, it actually ends up being costly than helpful.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defying opposition from the teachers union, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent David Brewer III on Wednesday released a final plan to reform nearly three dozen schools that includes key elements vehemently decried by the union. Despite union-leadership opposition to proposals including reassignment of teachers, merit pay and scripted teaching at middle and high schools, Brewer kept all of the concepts in his final plan. The move sets up a critical showdown with the union, which now will target Los Angeles Unified School District board members, expected to vote on Brewer’s plan later this month. “He’s … declaring war. He’s got to get this by the board of education and we’re going to weigh into it very heavily,” A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said. last_img read more

Forest Service closes frog habitat

first_img “We would prefer to see the PCT itself remain open during the study and believe that hikers and equestrians who remain on the trail are not a threat either to wildlife or the study,” said J.L. “Pete” Fish, the trail association’s regional trail coordinator. Fish said the highway route is acceptable as long as it remains closed to vehicle traffic, which Forest Service officials said will last through summer because of winter storm damage that Caltrans is still repairing. The closed area includes the popular Cooper Canyon trail camp, one of Southern California’s rare waterfalls – known as Zig Zag Falls – and the Eagles Roost picnic area, which will be accessible only by a 4-mile walk. To help protect the area, Caltrans will lock a gate to block traffic on a segment of Angeles Crest Highway, already closed farther east by last winter’s storms. The highway will be closed east of Buckhorn campground. The closure follows a 2004 lawsuit by an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, over the Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to designate “critical” habitat for the frog, which was declared endangered in 2002. The proposed critical habitat, released in September, covers about 4,500 acres of the Angeles National Forest, as well as about 3,000 acres in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains. What has eliminated the frogs from 99 percent of their former San Gabriel Mountain habitat is not known, but it could include diseases, human activity and non-native predators such as the rainbow trout, researchers said. People playing in creeks disturbs and damages egg masses and stirs up sediment that can settle on eggs, killing the embryos, researchers say. People also might step on tadpoles, or chase them and frogs to where they are seen by predators. The frogs could also be particularly susceptible to rainbow trout, which were stocked for decades in Little Rock Reservoir and made their way upstream into the mountains. One researcher conducted tests that indicated yellow-legged frog tadpoles avoid native garter snakes, but not non-native rainbow trout. Since 2002, the U.S. Geological Survey has pulled hundreds of trout out of the upper reaches of Little Rock Creek in an experiment into whether removing trout would let the frogs spread. The results are still inconclusive because researchers believe trout remain in the stream. Frogs to repopulate streams are being bred at the Los Angeles Zoo, as endangered California condors have been. The zoo’s breeding stock comes from young frogs pulled from a San Bernardino Mountains creek to protect them from mudslides and flooding expected to follow 2003 wildfires. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Two or three inches long, its top side mottled with blotches that are usually yellow and brown, the mountain yellow-legged frog before 1970 was the most common in the San Gabriel Mountains. Now, researchers believe it is limited to fewer than 200 frogs in the upper reaches of eight Southern California streams. Among those is shallow, rocky upper Little Rock Creek, which is paralleled and crossed by hikers along the popular Pacific Crest Trail. The other San Gabriel Mountain streams where the frog survives are all in remote wilderness areas, Morgan said, but the Pacific Crest Trail draws hundreds of hikers. An unofficial trail created by climbers also follows the creek on the way to Williamson Rock. Forest Service officials said they are working on a solution that will let climbing continue eventually on Williamson Rock. The Pacific Crest Trail Association, which is a partner with the Forest Service for the administration and maintenance of the trail running from Canada to Mexico, is concerned that the highway route will be safe for both hikers and equestrians with pack stock, a member said. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – The U.S. Forest Service has closed a six-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail and about 1,000 acres around it for a study of how hikers, climbers and campers affect an endangered frog. The closure of the mountain yellow-legged frog’s habitat is described as temporary, but its duration depends on the completion of Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service studies in four Southern California forests. “We are anticipating it’s going be through this coming summer,” said Cid Morgan, ranger for the Angeles National Forest district that includes the closure. The closure will detour hikers onto Angeles Crest Highway for about 4 miles and also will bar climbers from a granite outcropping known as Williamson Rock, among the most popular rock-climbing spots in the San Gabriel Mountains. last_img read more

MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL LAUNCHES SUMMER KIDS PACKAGE AIMED AT BOOSTING TOURISM

first_imgONE of the county’s best known hotels has launched a special family package which will help boost the number of people coming to Donegal this summer.Due to the success of last summer, the Mount Errigal Hotel have  ‘re-launched’ their KIDZ family package. The package is perfect for families who choose to have a holiday at home for 2011.Included in the package is 4 nights Bed & Breakfast with 3 Gourmet evening meals for two adults and two kids for only from just €499! Included in the package is full of use their excellent leisure centre comprising 22m Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi & Gym. During Summer months the hotel also operates a ‘free cinema’ with refreshments on days when the weather isn’t so nice!Included also in the package is discounted family passes for bowling & cinema (all within walking distance).It is advisable to contact the hotel as soon as you know what date you would like as last year the deal sold out very quickly.For more details or to book visit www.mounterrigal.com/special-offers/. Or 00353(0)749122700 now.MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL LAUNCHES SUMMER KIDS PACKAGE AIMED AT BOOSTING TOURISM was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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:mount errigal hotel letterkennylast_img read more

‘God of Manchester’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes football ‘look easy’ on holiday

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is preparing to take the Premier League by storm by practicing on a beach in LA. Manchester United’s new striker is having some down time after Euro 2016 and he uploaded a video of his ball juggling skills on Venice Beach, California, titled ‘making soccer look easy’. The 34-year-old self-proclaimed ‘God of Manchester’ was given an extended break by new boss Jose Mourinho, despite other plays who partook in the France competition such as Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and David De Gea joining the squad for their tour to China. Ibrahimovic finishes the slow-motion video with a classy acrobatic kick – see below! Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man United striker is letting his hair down in LA center_img READ MORE: Manchester United FC news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic not included in 25-man squad for China tourlast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: A FOUR-WEEK BEGINNERS COURSE IN MEDITATION STARTING AT CPI CENTRE CASTLEFINN

first_imgCastlefinn Community Notes: Meditation ClassesInterested in meditation classes? A four weeks beginners course is starting on Tuesday 12th May from 7:00pm-8:45pm. €10 per class. Everyone welcome .Contact Catherine on 085-1945769 for more information.Castlefinn 50+ Club Coffee MorningCastlefinn50+club would like to thank all who supported us with our successful coffee morning .Next meeting takes place on Thursday 30th April from 7:30pm -9:30pm in The Drop-in Centre, Castlefinn. Everyone welcome. Parent&Toddler GroupAre you a parent or childminder of a preschool child? Why not pop into Messy Hands baby and toddler group, we meet every Tuesday@10:30 to 12:00 in the CPI. Call in and meet other parents, grannies, and childminders for a chat and give children a chance to meet other children to play in a safe environment. Everyone welcome.CPI Community ChildcareCPI Community Childcare is holding a registration evening on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 6:30pm.Enrol your child for free preschool year (ECCE) for five mornings per week. We also provide fulltime/part-time Daycares and Afterschool.Regisrer your child now for September, Limited spaces available. Contact Tina on 074-9143909.WhistLadies: 1st Kathleen Mc Cay, Strabane 171,2nd Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn 164,3rd tie Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford&Molly OHare, Strabane 158. Gents: 1st Malachy Brown, Raphoe167, 2nd&3rd tie Patsy Mc Daid, St Johnston& Angus Srewart, Lifford1611st Half: Tie. Molly O’Hare, Strabane& Bridie Campbell, Castlederg 872nd Half: Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn 86Snowball next week is €60 for 187 or better. Everyone welcome. If you would like any information included in the weekly notes, please contact CPI Office on047-9143976 or call into centre.COMMUNITY NOTICE: A FOUR-WEEK BEGINNERS COURSE IN MEDITATION STARTING AT CPI CENTRE CASTLEFINN was last modified: April 27th, 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:castlefinnCommunityFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

DRIVERS WHO USE ILLEGAL NUMBER PLATES MIGHT AS WELL USE NEON SIGNS ASKING TO BE STOPPED – JUDGE

first_imgA Judge has told young car enthusiasts who fit illegal number plates that they might as well put neon signs on their cars asking Gardai to stop them.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking as he heard the case of a young Gortahork man who was before the courts today on a number of driving offences.Conor Catteron was stopped by Gardai at Carrowcannon, Falcarragh on April 17th last. Garda Sean O’Hara told the court that he stopped the 19 year old driving the 15 year old car.As well as having no rear indicator lights, the car had no brake lights, illegal number plates and three bald tyres as well as displaying  both yellow and white number plates.Defense solicitor Frank Dorrian said the strange thing was that the car had actually passed the NCT test some time before.However, he accecpted the condition in which the car was found.Judge Paul Kelly told the court that such cases baffle him.“It always baffles me that young men use these license plates. It’s like putting a neon sign on your car saying ‘please stop me.’He fined Catterton, of Derryconnor, Gortahork, a total of €300 for two bald tyres, not having brake lights and took other charges into consideration.“I’m not sure what accumulation of penalty points that will mean but that is up to you,” added Judge Kelly.DRIVERS WHO USE ILLEGAL NUMBER PLATES MIGHT AS WELL USE NEON SIGNS ASKING TO BE STOPPED – JUDGE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDRIVERSilegal number plateslast_img read more

BOY STRUCK BY CAR SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES

first_imgA young boy is in a serious condition in hospital after he was knocked down in Letterkenny yesterday.The 4-year-old boy was struck by a car outside Dunnes Stores.The boy was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for assessment. It is believed the youngster may have suffered a head injury among other injuries. His condition is not life-threatening.The circumstances of the accident at the new Dunnes remain unclear.However a Garda investigation has been launched into the incident. Officers at the town’s Garda station are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.Traffic in the area was disrupted for a time whilst an ambulance attended the scene. The boy is understood to be from the Letterkenny area.  BOY STRUCK BY CAR SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentboyFRACTURED SKULLletterkennylast_img read more

Big rig hits van, careens off I-5

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Seven people were injured, one seriously, when the van they were in was struck early Friday by a big rig on Interstate 5. The big rig, loaded with empty 55-gallon barrels, plunged some 50 feet over the side of the northbound freeway north of Templin Highway and overturned, said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. The 5 a.m. crash shut down traffic briefly for a helicopter to land to transport two of the victims to area hospitals. It was about four hours before the truck was unloaded and hoisted back to the road, Hahn said. CHP investigators believe driver Rigoberto Vargas, 47, of Los Angeles was fatigued. “The driver was a little tired,” Hahn said. “He must have driven onto the shoulder around a curve and there was the van. It had overheated and was waiting for a tow truck.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 One occupant of the van, which was stopped on the shoulder, had gotten out of the vehicle and was re-entering when it was hit and he was thrown a short distance. The other six occupants were seat-belted inside and suffered only minor injuries. The van occupants, friends from all over Southern California, were headed to a wedding in Oregon. last_img read more