Underdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday’s final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.Central’s coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.NEVER BEATEN”Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted,” he said. “(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised.”In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis’ direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.JDF’s coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.
Deaths of 3 childrenThe three medical practitioners who were held responsible for the deaths of three juvenile leukaemia patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GHPC) earlier this year are still on administrative leave as the institution awaits word from the Guyana Medical Council.Three-year-old Roshini Seegobin and six-year-old Sharezer MendoncaWhen contacted on Monday, a senior official at the GHPC said that the matter “is now in the hands of the Guyana Medical Council, and until a decision is made at that level, then the GPHC will take necessary action.”The official noted that the three staff held responsible for not following protocols when administrating the pre-chemotherapy treatment are still receiving their salaries in full until further notice.The doctors in question had administered the drugs incorrectly in that instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, they administered it intravenously. It was this that led to the adverse reactions of the three children and ultimately their deaths.Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves at a press conference earlier this month, had told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of the three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Alves said that the GPHC would have shortly commenced the process of initiating action following the findings of these two reports. However, the GPHC is not the body that will determine the final outcome of those staff that were being investigated.Administrative leave“That matter is not within our hands. Contractually, we can determine who works at GPHC but who is licensed to practice medicine in Guyana is a matter for the Medical Council of Guyana to handle. So we went as far as we could, sending them on admin leave pending a review of reports by the Board of Directors of the GPHC. As I said, this report came into our possession this week and the Board hasn’t, the Chairman has not had the chance to review it,” Alves had told the media at that press conference.CEO of the GPHC, Brigadier George Lewis had also stated that with regard to the three medical staff involved in the incidents, their administrative leave commenced on January 29, 2019, and they would remain on administrative leave pending further review of the report and possible disciplinary actions if necessary.The first child who died was seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, followed by three-year-old Roshini Seegobin of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on January 18.The third child, six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, died on January 24. Mendonca’s body was given to the wrong family for burial in what was alleged to have been an attempt to cover up her true cause of death.Parents and other activists have been calling for the suspension of medical licences from those doctors responsible for the deaths of children. (Kristen Macklingam)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ice Dogs 3, Phoenix 1Friday: vs. Alaska, Long Beach Arena, 7:30 p.m. The Ice Dogs finally concluded their season-long, nine-game trip on Sunday and skated away with a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix RoadRunners on Sunday. The Ice Dogs (19-27-3) have 41 points and remain in last place in the ECHL’s 10-team National Conference. They concluded their trip 6-3 and on Sunday, scored twice on the power play. Their second power-play goal by Ryan Bennett with 7:20 left gave them a 3-1 lead and responded to a goal by Phoenix’s Tommy Maxwell earlier in the third period. Ash Goldie had the Ice Dogs’ other power-play goal and added an assist. Mark Hurtubise had a first-period goal. The Ice Dogs next play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena against the Alaska Aces. That game will kick off a six-game homestand.
LONG BEACH – The Ice Dogs came out fighting for their playoff lives Saturday night, going toe-to-toe with the ECHL-leading Alaska Aces. But in the end, the Ice Dogs showed they still have a little ways to go against the league’s heavyweights. The missing ingredient: maybe a little luck. After a game full of near misses and controversy, the Ice Dogs couldn’t put the finishing touches on the Aces and were dealt a 3-2 setback before a Long Beach Arena crowd of 4,098. “That was B.S. We deserved to win the game,” said Ice Dogs coach Rick Adduono, steamed over a pair of disallowed goals that would have swung the game in favor of his team. “The goal judge is only human, but we are fighting for our playoff lives and that kind of stuff shouldn’t happen. Four times this year disallowed goals have went against us and all four were one-goal games.” The Aces (39-13-3) took the lead 6:31 in, their second-ranked power play doing the damage on Peter Metcalf’s one-timer goal that Ice Dogs goalie Brett Jaeger had no chance on. Alexei Smirnov’s rebound goal evened the score at 1-all at 15:33 of the second period. The Aces came back three minutes later on Olivier Filion’s goal to retake the lead. But with the clock ticking down toward zero, the Ice Dogs evened the score again on Brandon Schwartz’s Hail Mary blast from center ice that sneaked through the pads of Reichmuth with 1.1 left. Joe Talbot scored what proved to be the game-winner at 4:07 of the third period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Every goal, every point is huge to us,” said Chris Collins. “To get points taken away from us like that is tough.” The first disallowed goal came in the latter stages of the first period, Mark Hurtubise’s shot getting past Aces goalie Isaac Reichmuth and apparently into the top of the net and bouncing out quickly. The second came with 35 seconds left in the game on a shot from the corner by Collins that seemed to sneak inside the near post before it was covered by Reichmuth. Each time, the goal judge failed to flash the light, and after reviews, referee Jason Nissen declared both as no goals. “If you’re not going to get a break in your own building, where are you going to get one?” said Adduono, who went onto the ice to show the goal judge where the puck went in at the end of the game. “The first one was in clear as a bell. I watched it 10 times during intermission. And the second one, I’m hearing from up top (video crew) that the second one was in, too.
At the Kasarani Stadium, Ellie Asieche sent Sofapaka ahead in the second minute before Titus Achesa doubled the lead in the 32nd minute while Umar Kasumba added the third two minutes to half time.Sofapaka’s Ellie Asieche in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the second half, Kevin Kimani pulled one back for Mathare United in the 72nd minute before Kasumba completed his brace one minute to stoppage time.The win saw Sofapaka stand on 23 points, two behind leaders Mathare United who are on 25 points same as second placed Bandari who have a game in hand.Asieche, who limped out with injury before the half was over, netted as early as the 2nd minute with a superb strike from distance though Mathare keeper Allan Owiny could have done better in trying to keep it out.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi shouting instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe goal rocked the log leaders who conceded another on the half hour mark after a free kick from Achesa was deflected in; the set piece coming after Roy Okal had conceded a foul after losing possession just outside the area.The game would be put to bed with two minutes remaining of the stanza when Ugandan forward Kasumba reacted quickest to Owiny spilling out a John Avire free kick.A more improved showing in the second-half from Mathare would see Sofapaka play on the back foot and it paid off in the 70th minute when Kimani netted his fourth of the campaign from close range but the comeback would not come to be as Kasumba riffled a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and into the net on 90 minutes to register his fifth goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Titus Achesa leads teammates in celebrating goal. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Sofapaka stretched their winning run to five consecutive matches after handing Mathare United a 4-1 beating in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday to go third in the standings.In other results, Bandari FC whipped Vihiga United 2-0, Kariobangi Sharks picked a 1-0 win away to Kakamega Homeboyz while Posta Rangers stunned Nzoia Sugar 2-0.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Contra Costa Times Recently, the federal Highway Administration came down rather hard on Caltrans, saying that car-pool lanes are clogged by dastardly solo-driving cheaters, and the federal agency told the state to do something about it. ? Caltrans thought the best solution is through your pocketbook – in a big way. Caltrans wants to charge car-pool cheaters driving in the diamond lanes a $700 fine, nearly three times the amount of its posted $271 violation. Caltrans will tell you the fine now is more like $500 with court fees and other goodies attached – so does that mean $700 is actually around $1,000? While we understand the frustration ? Caltrans is under, is this really a fair increase? ? The punishment should fit the crime. Car-pool cheating ? has caused few if any fatal accidents, but consider some other estimated fines ? for moving violations – unsafe passing on the shoulder nets a $130 fine and running a red light is $350. Both can cause major accidents. ? Caltrans has some obvious alternatives to raising the fine, such as ? adding more lanes, limiting entry and exit points and – the best deterrent of all – adding more law enforcement to scare away cheaters. ?
Steve McClaren Steve McClaren has finally been announced as Newcastle United head coach, and it’s fair to say his appointment has divided opinion.The former England manager has been tasked with guiding the Magpies to a top eight finish in the Premier League, and even clinching a rare piece of silverware.Initially, the 54-year-old will hope to end the debacle that clouded over last season by installing some much needed stability on Tyneside.The despotic ruling of chairman Mike Ashley showed no signs of waning with the announcement either, as McClaren was instructed to only speak to specific and trusted media outlets.Social media had a lot to say about McClaren’s unveiling, so here are some of the best reactions to the news… 1
Lagan Harps 3 Raphoe Reserves 1Lagan Harps were victorious in the final of the Tullyvinney Rovers Summer Cup played at Crossroads Park.A strong Lagan team started brightly in this game and when the Raphoe keeper Rory McElroy misjudged a cross Lagan player Conor Sweeney scored from close range. After fifteen minutes Lagan found themselves 2-0 up when Lawrence Toland scored with a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty box. As the game progressed Raphoe improved with Niall Cooke up front and Conor Carlin proving a handful for the Lagan defense. The score was 2-0 at half time.Raphoe started to dominate in periods of the second half creating numerous chances but the Lagan keeper Shaun Defan proved to beat. In the sixty-fifth minute Raphoe were awarded a penalty but Jason McGrinder’s spot kick was well saved by the outstretched leg of the young Lagan keeper.Eventually Conor Carlin scored for the Raphoe side in the seventy-ninth minute. Five minutes later Lagan sealed the victory when Lawrence Toland scored his second goal of the game when he coolly rounded the advancing keeper to tap home from close range.The club would like to thank Ronan Floyd who was referee for the tournament and the fourteen teams who took part. SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS WIN TULLYVINNEY SUMMER CUP was last modified: July 28th, 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:Lagan HarpsRAPHOE RESERVESTULLYVINNEY SUMMER CUP FINAL
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