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Football is the gateway to success for Denham Town High’s goalkeeper Brian Bennett

first_imgHe might not have been team captain in his four years as Denham Town High goalkeeper, but like the lawyer he is aspiring to be, a talkative Brian Bennett stoutly defends his team.In this, his final year of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hoping to score a scholarship to study law.”I hope that I can get a scholarship to better my future; that alone I am looking at. I have six subjects and it’s my last year in CAPE,” said the player.According to Bennett, who lives in the rough western Kingston community, he wants to become a lawyer to elevate his family and friends in his area.”Nobody is working on anything for me so far, but I am hoping to have a good season, continue making my name, pass my subjects and, hopefully, get a chance to move forward for a scholarship. I want to study law overseas and I love football,” Bennett told The Gleaner.HELPING FAMILY”I chose law because I want to help my family and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my community, where living is tough,” he stressed.Bennett stuck with his inner city-based school despite passing his subjects and amid prospects of transferring to another institution.”This is my fourth year playing Manning Cup. I have played all four years as a starting keeper. I have not been captain, but I am very vocal in helping my team defend and attack as a team,” he pointed out.In Denham Town’s recent game against many-time Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, Bennett was a standout, producing save after save and rallying his teammates to defend well and attack asa team.He describes football as not just about fun, but a way out.”My family has great expectations of me because they know that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am determined to do it for them,” stressed Jackson, the second of three brothers.”I stuck with Denham Town because I wasn’t sure that I was going to get my subjects. It was a tough time in school and I was waiting on the results, so when I got my results, I wasn’t training with any other team, so I stuck with my school,” explained the goalkeeper.He added that life in his community has been a tough one, but he has had to “just keep calm and hold my head high and keep struggling to get my subjects and do good in school”.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed He says the effort “was created to reduce barriers and expand opportunity” in support of “young men and boys of color in their pursuit of achievement and higher success in life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s shoes are adorned with messages during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — You can own a pair of shoes worn in a game by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry — and support a cause, to boot.Curry posted on Instagram that he’ll be auctioning off the sneakers he wore in Golden State’s game at the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night to raise money for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mr. Volleyball’ happy to see more attention given to men’s division Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Montebello official may face recall effort

first_img sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez was served with a notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall her by a resident during Wednesday’s city council meeting. Sally Torres, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2005, presented the notice to the councilwoman during oral comments. The notice, which has 30 signatures, accuses Vasquez, who was elected to her first term in November 2005, of breaching her fiduciary responsibilty to the city and ignoring the rules of decorum for city council meetings. Vasquez said that she is not afraid of the recall because she has been very careful spending the city’s money and is very respectful of the democratic process. last_img read more

Advantage, Antonio

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The seven members of the L.A. school board each cover an enormous amount of territory, and are thus heavily dependent on campaign cash to get elected. More often than not, that means they must rely on the teachers union for donations. So we have a district dominated by a single special interest, in which parents and individual teachers have little input. There is virtually no accountability – failure brings no meaningful consequences, and the bureaucracy operates more or less unchecked. The results speak for themselves: Academic performance well below state and national standards. A dropout rate that hovers around 50 percent. Rampant misspending and dreadful management. True, things have improved under the leadership of Superintendent Roy Romer. He has revamped the LAUSD’s facilities division, and is working at breakneck speed to build 160 new schools. Meanwhile, test scores have shown modest improvements, especially at the elementary-school level. But the improvements have been slow to come about, and Romer has been unable to get the bureaucracy under his control. Moreover, Romer won’t be around forever, and over the past few decades there have been far more bad LAUSD superintendents than good ones. In his fight to assume control over the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seems to have the facts on his side. Although the idea is anathema to the vested interests that rule the LAUSD, mayoral control has proved highly successful in the other major cities that have tried it. In each of those cases – Boston, Chicago and New York – failing bureaucracies and special interests were reined in, while student achievement and efficiency soared. Sounds like exactly what L.A. could use, doesn’t it? It only stands to reason. In Los Angeles, very few residents even know who their representative on the school board is. But under mayoral control, everyone knows who’s in charge, and whom to hold accountable on election day. In a way, Romer’s record makes the case for mayoral control. A former governor and national political party chairman, he brought to the LAUSD a bully pulpit and influence that few other superintendents could match. Mayors, on the other hand, always have that sort of stage. That’s why the mayor of New York, for example, was able to hit up local business leaders for $70 million to open an academy that trains principals. And although New York, Chicago and Boston have only had their schools under mayoral control for the past 10 years or less, the results are encouraging – improved test scores, lower dropout rates, less truancy. When the education lobby gears up to fight Villaraigosa’s plan, it’s going to need more than fear and scare tactics to bolster its position. Because so far, the evidence is on the mayor’s side.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

Kick Off: Youth football special – Tuesday, June 20

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by Michael Calvin to discuss his book No Hunger in Paradise and take a look at the world of youth football.The pair speak to Simon Bywater, father of the once highly-rated Kieran, and football agent Alan Redman, as well as Steadman Scott and Tony Goldring from the Afewee Football Academy and Boxing Club.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editions.last_img


first_imgKillygordon staged the third Horse and Pony Club race meeting of the season on Sunday and it was another good day for 13-year-old Dylan Browne McMonagle who had three winners.Dylan’s successes came on board Waratah (in the 148cms), the Rathmullan-owned Messi (153cms) and Athea Jade (1 1/4 Mile Open).Among the other local wins were recorded by Jack Daniels (trained in Ramelton) who bounced back to form to win the 2 mile open in a pulsating finishing, beating Let’s Go. The Ard na Glass team, the Baird family, also had a fruitful afternoon with a nice double – Don’t Know in the 1 1/2 Mile Open and Angel Eyes in the 1 Mile Open.It was another successful day of racing with a good crowd in attendance at Russell’s Farm.There’s no racing racing this weekend – the next event will be in the first week in July. More details to follow.Results from Sunday: 14HH 1 1/4 Mile1 Raynusso M Sheehy2 Little Molly D Browne Mc Monagle148cm 1 1/2 Mile1 Waratah D Browne Mc Monagle 2 My Friend George O Stammers3 Handy Sandy M Sheehy1 Mile Open1 Angel Eyes J Conlon 2 Mr Carson P Taaffe3 Live The Dream R RyanMaiden 2 Mile1 Coola Boola D Sheehy2 Crafty Boy P Taaffe3 Laid Back Lucy S Maxwell2 Mile Open1 Jack Daniels J Conlon2 Let’s Go D Browne Mc Monagle3 Ballyogan Road D Sheehy1 1/2 Mile Open1 Don’t Know P Taffe2 Mr Mac S O Briain3 All About Chris K Gallagher153cm 1 1/2 Mile1 Messi D Browne Mc Monagle2 Sea Biscuit J Conlon3 Wagon Wheel R Ryan1 1/4 Mile Open1 Athea Jade D Browne Mc Monagle2 Tinkerbell P Taaffe3 Ida’s Dream S O BriainLocal Pony Race1 Flick L Turner2 Philly R MullighanHORSERACING: ANOTHER GOOD WIN FOR BROWNE-McMONAGLE AT KILLYGORDON was last modified: June 17th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgAs television adverts go, it might not be the kind of publicity package which tourist groups across Donegal might have been hoping for.RTE’s Republic of Telly cameras landed in Letterkenny a few weeks back.And the results were shown this evening. There were plenty of familiar faces (and other body parts) on display as the cult TV show set up their cameras in the early hours of the morning on the town’s Main Street.The overall result was a drunken orgy of flashing, swearing and whatever else goes when you stick a camera on a street in front of ‘merry’ revelers at 2am.Those who appeared on camera may not have expected to appear on national television when they sent their ‘messages’ out.But needless to say, their Facebook and Twitter accounts are buzzing tonight. Yep – Donegal – up here it’s certainly different! REPUBLIC OF TELLY’S VISIT TO DONEGAL LEAVES RED FACES (AND OTHER BODY PARTS!) was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyRepublic of Tellylast_img read more

W-suite in partnership with Brand South Africa usher in Women’s Month with a women led summit

first_imgOn 9 August 1956, a historic event that took the world by surprise happened in South Africa’s Union building, when more than 20 000 women marched for the struggle for freedom and women’s rights. They marched to deliver a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the then-Prime Minister, JG Strijdom.In commemoration of this day, Brand South Africa in partnership W-Suite hosted a women’s summit to seek ways to strengthen its efforts to elevate women’s voices, towards bringing them into key leadership roles.Ever wondered what the conversation they had that fateful morning before they embarked on that momentous march. To relive that moment, on the 07th of August, the Maslow Conference center in Johannesburg was abuzz with over 200 women to engage, debate and dialogue on topics such as; Building the Next Generation of Female Leaders, Redistribution of Power and Conscious Leadership.Under the motto “Empowering Women to Take a Seat at the Table”, the W-Suite Founder, Ms Katie Mohamed announcing the Summit earlier in the year, said: “The W-Suite Summit will engage, inspire and accelerate the dialogue of creating a strong female economy.”She emphasized in her opening address that it was time women stepped up and took up their rightful places in the economic empowerment of women.Some highlights from the summit conversations include,  @Brand_SA Aug 7 – The first panel honed in what it takes to build the next generation of female leaders. “Create a culture of learned behaviours that teach young women to stand behind one another.” #wsuitesummit2019 #LeadLikeWomen‏ @WSuiteZA Aug 7 @Andile_Khumalo says ” The good Lord above knew what He was doing by putting women and men together on the earth. If we can find a way to collaborate where it makes sense, and not make each other enemies, we’ll see good things”@Brand_SA Aug 7 -Ms. @ThulisileTG: Being a conscious leader means being intentional about following clear values and guidelines. Be conscious about what your mandate is, and what it is you would like to achieve. #WSuiteSummit2019 #LeadLikeWomen‏ @WSuiteZA 24h24 hours ago Final thought : “We are taught to be ashamed of our womanhood. We must reject this idea of being ashamed of being empowered women”. – @FasihaHassan #WSuite #WSuiteSummit2019 #LeadLikeWomenWomen in the room were left inspired by the powerful panel discussions.Watch Brand South Africa’s Acting CEO, Ms. Thulisile Manzini speaking on ‘What does it mean to lead with authenticity, intent and purpose?  Click herelast_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

NBB pushing for biodiesel tax incentive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Biodiesel Board called on Congress to quickly pass a reformed biodiesel producer’s tax incentive as tax negotiations heated up on Capitol Hill and lawmakers introduced updated biodiesel tax legislation in the House and Senate.“The biodiesel industry cannot grow and support good-paying jobs without some level of predictability on tax policy, and the legislative clock is winding down,” said Anne Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs. “This tax incentive has strong bipartisan support, as demonstrated by the bills introduced today. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for consumers. And importantly the reforms included in today’s bills will appropriately focus the incentive on U.S. production”The new legislation, sponsored by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J), builds on legislation (S. 1946) that won unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee in July.“We want to thank Reps. Noem and Pascrell and Sens. Grassley and Cantwell again for their leadership on this issue,” she added. “This bill, when passed into law, will go a long way toward creating biodiesel jobs across the country and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”The bills include a key reform restructuring the incentive from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit focused on domestic production. Under the existing blender’s structure, biodiesel that is produced overseas and blended in the U.S. is increasingly taking advantage of the incentive, undermining U.S. production and directing U.S. tax benefits to foreign producers. Already this year we have seen more than 500 million gallons of foreign fuel blended in the U.S. to take advantage of the incentive. By limiting the incentive to apply only to domestic production, the reform would save about $90 million, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.“I think lawmakers would universally agree we shouldn’t be using U.S. tax dollars to support the production of foreign fuel,” Steckel said. “The whole point of this policy is to create American jobs and industry while strengthening our energy security and encouraging innovation in the fuels market.”Additionally, under the blender’s structure, thousands of companies are eligible to apply for the credit at a variety of points along the distribution chain – making it difficult for the RFS to monitor compliance and fraud. By narrowing the eligibility for the credit to domestic biodiesel producers, the reform would streamline the process for taking the credit. The incentive will continue benefiting consumers by lowering the cost of biodiesel blended into diesel fuel.last_img read more