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Batsmen shine at trial

Batsmen shine at trial

first_img Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty with four for 81 was the top wicket taker yesterday while there were two wickets each for fast bowlers Marquino Mindley and Nicholson Gordon. “The game is a competitive one, and interestingly poised, and is the sort of encounter we wanted at this stage of our preparation,” said Jamaica coach, Junior Bennett. “The only regret is that despite so many fifties, none of the batsmen in either has gone on to triple figures. “However, there is a day to go and let’s hope that will happen.” Half-centuries from Andre McCarthy, young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith and Brandon King highlighted yesterday’s third and penultimate day of Jamaica Scorpions’ sixth and final trial match at Sabina Park. McCarthy who scored an undefeated 163 in the fifth trial fixture, topscored with 63 while Griffith and King hit 57 apiece, as Paul Palmer’s XI, batting a second time, were dismissed for 317. This is to go with their equally competitive first innings total of 302.  Also getting among the runs were wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton 36, and, all-rounder, David Bernard Jr, 26. Campbell’s XI, set a victory target of 309, were six without loss when stumps were drawn.last_img read more

Jamaican Police discover 75 kilos of cocaine

Jamaican Police discover 75 kilos of cocaine

first_img– in shipments from Guyana, Suriname The Jamaican authorities are reporting that they have discovered some 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of cocaine stashed away in four containers shipped from Guyana and Suriname.According to a report in the Jamaica Observer, officers assigned to the Narcotics Division and members of the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) of the Jamaica Custom Agency conducted an operation at the Kingston Freeport Terminal, Gordon Quay, Port Bustamante Wharf, which led to the seizure of more than 165 pounds of cocaine. Reports are that a few days ago, four containers shipped from Guyana and Suriname were searched and found to contain 56 parcels of cocaine. Police said the drug seized has an estimated street value of J$77,216,000 (G$124,317,760).Two containers were shipped from Guyana and contained two travelling bags each. One of the bags contained 31 parcels of cocaine, while the other contained 12. The other two containers were shipped from Suriname with two knapsacks containing a total of 13 packets of cocaine.On Friday, one of the containers from Guyana showed anomalies in the refrigeration section upon scanning. The Police say the section of the container was disassembled and a further 10 parcels of cocaine were seized.The Police investigation is still ongoing with no arrests made so far.About three weeks ago, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) agents, acting on information, inspected a shipment of dressed lumber at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, and discovered some 84.9 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $550 million.Sherwayne De Abreu; motorcycle racer Stephen Vieira, and motor car racers Tazim Gafoor and his son, Nazim Gafoor, were all charged for trafficking in narcotics as a result. The fifth suspect, Narine Lall, the alleged would-be shipper, is still on the run.Vieira, before his arrest, travelled to Suriname and Jamaica and then surrendered to the Police after a wanted bulletin was issued for him.last_img read more

Guyana Times columnist Ryhaan Shah’s car hijacked at gunpoint

Guyana Times columnist Ryhaan Shah’s car hijacked at gunpoint

first_imgGun-wielding bandits on Saturday afternoon attacked and hijacked a motorcar from Guyana Times columnist and cultural activist and novelist Ryhaan Shah outside her Irving Street, Georgetown home. The incident occurred sometime around 13:20h as the woman pulled up in front her house.Speaking with this publication, a traumatised Shah recalled that she arrived home and exited the vehicle to open the gate, when she was pounced upon.Carjacking victim Ryhaan Shah shortly after the incident“There was this guy with a gun and he scrambled me… in reacting, I was trying to fight back in a sense, and then next thing I knew he was scrambling my hand. I thought he was after my watch, but he took the car keys out of my hands.”Shah, who was also a nominee for the GECOM Chair on the Opposition Leader’s first list disclosed that there were two other perpetrators nearby and the gunman threw the keys to one of his accomplices. The trio then hopped into the silver-grey Toyota Allion motorcar, bearing registration number PLL 1127, and immediately drove off.“I stood out there screaming and shouting for thief but nobody helped. It happened so quickly, in a matter of a couple seconds.”When asked, Shah could not say where the men appeared from or if they were nearby waiting on her.“I wasn’t paying attention to who was there… It’s a busy road, and there is a bus stop right there so if you see people standing around you wouldn’t think much of it. I wasn’t conscious that I was in any danger or that there was anyone around looking at me. It was just very, very sudden.”According to Shah, a neighbour saw what transpired and called the Police.“She too said the guys suddenly appeared and then, she realised it was a robbery and immediately called 911 and give them the number of the car and the direction in which they went.”Shah noted that the woman had her son in the vehicle, so she could not have given chase after the hijackers. Nevertheless, she assisted in taking the political activist to the Alberttown Police Station to make a report.“I don’t know if they’ve taken the car to go and do a robbery, and will then abandoned it after or if they going to strip the car.” The woman believes that the perpetrators were watching her for some time and knew her movements.“I think they had probably seen me coming in before and know that I’m alone… So they thought she’s vulnerable and it’s probably easy to attack her.”Shah further detailed that the hijackers were not masked and while she did not get to have a good look at their faces, they were three young Afro-males.In recent months, there has been a spike in vehicular hijacking cases. The Guyana Police Force had previously warned taxi operators of carjackers, who have amped up attacks on Toyota Allion and Toyota Premio motorcars under the pretext of wanting taxis.However, these perpetrators have since upped their modus operandi and are now going directly to owners, attacking them and hijacking their vehicles.last_img read more

Around Whittier

Around Whittier

first_imgMoments later, the victim’s mother heard three gunshots. The gunman appeared to be in his mid-20s and had a dark skin color. Investigators believe the gunman acted alone. Fatal crash victim still not identified MONTEBELLO – An elderly man who was hit by a car and killed Monday night remained unidentified Thursday, police said. The man was in a crosswalk on Beverly Boulevard and Taylor Avenue at about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a car ran into him, said Montebello police Cpl. Gus Cisneros. The car had a green light, said Cisneros. The driver immediately stopped and waited with the injured man until authorities arrived, he added. The man was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Coroner’s officials had not been able to identify him as of Thursday. No one has reported a man matching his description as missing, Cisneros said. Anyone with information is asked to call (323) 887-1313. Hit-run driver leaves man dead SAN GABRIEL – A man crossing a San Gabriel street was killed Thursday by a hit-and-run driver, police said. The man’s body was found shortly after 5 a.m. about mid-block in the 1500 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard, said San Gabriel police Sgt. David Gedigian. A passing ambulance crew saw the body lying on the road and notified authorities, Gedigian said. The dead man was described as Asian, about 45 to 50 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing a black sweat suit. Anyone knowing more about the case was urged to call police. Tear gas helps end Alhambra standoff ALHAMBRA – Sheriff’s deputies used tear gas to flush an armed man out of a structure in Alhambra early Thursday morning, after persuading him to release his grandfather, authorities said. The incident began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of South Ninth Street, said sheriff’s Deputy Luis Castro. A sheriff’s SWAT team was sent to the scene to assist Alhambra police, he added. At 2:20 a.m. Thursday, the SWAT team, along with the crisis negotiations team, negotiated the release of the suspect’s grandfather unharmed, Castro said. “The Special Weapons Team then introduced chemical agents into the location, causing the suspect to surrender,” Castro said. No one was hurt, he said. The name of the gunman was not immediately released, he said. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Investigators have released a sketch of gunman who shot and killed an 18-year-old Whittier man at the victim’s front door last year. Michael Reynoso was shot three times in the doorway of his home in the 7800 block of Vicki Drive on June 1, after the gunman asked Reynoso’s mother if her son could come to the door. Police based the sketch on the mother’s recollection of the man she saw when she opened the door at about 10 p.m. that night. The man told the mother his name was James and asked if Reynoso could come to the door. last_img read more

Munich hand Ribery ‘heavy fine’ for angry Tweetstorm

Munich hand Ribery ‘heavy fine’ for angry Tweetstorm

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich will hand Franck Ribery ‘a heavy fine’ © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Jan 6 – Bayern Munich said Sunday they will impose “a heavy fine” on Franck Ribery over an obscenity-laced outburst on social media, after the French striker became embroiled in controversy for eating a gold-coated steak.The punishment comes after Ribery lashed out at critics in a string of angry posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday. It is the latest scandal to engulf the 35-year-old, who is deeply unpopular in his native France but revered by German fans. “I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it,” the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told journalists in Qatar, where the club is on a training camp.“He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role model and player of FC Bayern.”On Thursday, Ribery posted a video on social media showing him in a Dubai steak house owned by celebrity Turkish restauranteur Salt Bae and rubbing his hands before tucking into a huge chop coated in gold.That ostentatious luxury, and the reported cost of the meal, drew ferocious criticism before Ribery — who earns an estimated eight million euros a year with the German champions — hit back.“Let’s start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom,” read the first of the posts on Ribery’s Twitter account.“F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and your whole family tree,” he wrote, taking care to sanitise the French word “n*quez”.Salihamidzic made clear that Ribery did not pay the bill himself because he had been invited to the restaurant.“Franck has been slandered and insulted,” said Salihamidzic. “And not only Franck, but his pregnant wife, his child and his mother, who is currently in hospital for an operation. Franck wanted to defend himself and defend his family. He has the right to do that. I support him in that, but unfortunately he totally lost control.”German media and social media users had called on the reigning Bundesliga champions to punish the striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season after 11 years at the club.“Bosses must suspend Ribery,” urged Germany’s bestselling Bild newspaper.“Ribery should not play for Bayern anymore,” the news portal T-Online wrote. “With this fine, the club falls short of drastic repercussions and that is a fatal signal.”– Hated at home, loved abroad –Ribery’s rant comes less than two months after the forward insulted and attacked French TV pundit Patrick Guillou for criticising his performance in Bayern’s 3-2 loss to Dortmund.Bayern later made Ribery post a video apology on the club web site.Despite being known as one of France’s best players, Ribery is little loved at home, partly because of his perceived key role in the French team’s infamous training ground strike during their disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.Ribery’s reputation was also damaged by allegations that he had had sex with an underage prostitute although charges in the case were dropped in 2014.Ribery announced his retirement from France duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which he missed due to a back injury.But run-ins with the media and perceived displays of arrogance have kept him in the headlines, and he has repeatedly been mocked on the French satirical puppet show “Les Guignols” as a dim-witted, out of touch figure.It’s a different story in Germany, where Ribery is known as “King Franck” to grateful Bayern supporters.Since joining the Bavarian giants in 2007, Ribery has helped the team win the Champions League in 2013 as well as eight Bundesliga titles and five German Cups.Teammate Thomas Mueller voiced support for Ribery on Sunday, telling reporters in Doha that the Frenchman was “a very emotional person” who “gets attacked a lot”.The controversy would have no impact on the team, Mueller added.Although Ribery now sees less time on the pitch than in his younger days, he finished 2018 in style scoring four goals in his final three matches of the year.Bayern bosses have nevertheless indicated the current season is very likely to be Ribery’s last.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vincent Kompany missing might SUIT Manchester City in Paris, says former star

Vincent Kompany missing might SUIT Manchester City in Paris, says former star

first_imgVincent Kompany’s absence could be a good thing for Manchester City against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, talkSPORT have been told.City have been without their captain for long periods this season due to injury and has influence at the heart of their defence has been sorely missed.But, according to the club’s former striker Paul Dickov, it could benefit Manuel Pellegrini’s side being without the Belgian for the Champions League last eight tie in Paris. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Dickov said: “I know it might seem stupid, but Vincent Kompany missing tonight might suit City a little bit.“When Vincent plays, they tend to keep a higher line and leave space in behind them because of his leadership and organisation.“If Otamendi and Mangala play they could sit a little bit deeper and look to hit them on the counter with De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero up there.“Then they can look to get them back to the Etihad and hopefully have Yaya Toure back, Kompany back and Raheem Sterling back.”talkSPORT has live commentary of Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City on Wednesday night. Kick off is 19:45 – don’t miss it!last_img read more

HOUSE OF CARDS STAR: ‘I WANT TO RETURN TO MY DONEGAL ROOTS

HOUSE OF CARDS STAR: ‘I WANT TO RETURN TO MY DONEGAL ROOTS

first_imgHE’S one of the stars of worldwide NetFlix hit ‘House of Cards’ but actor Michael Kelly has revealed he’s proud of his humble Donegal roots – and wants to come ‘home’ to trace them.The 46-year-old plays Chief of Staff Doug Stamper to Kevin Spacey’s President Frank Underwood.He is also best known for his roles in films such as Changeling, Dawn of the Dead, The Adjustment Bureau, Chronicle, Now You See Me and Everest. He traces back his Irish heritage to his grandfather Edward, who made his way from Donegal to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in search of work.“He didn’t have any money. When my grandfather got to the States, he shovelled bridges and worked in a bread factory. Eventually, he became a superintendent of an apartment building and took great pride in it,” he said.“When I was growing up, we lived in rural Georgia, so going to the city was a real experience for us.“My grandfather bought me my first bicycle, and I remember riding that bike with him, and we would ride it all the way to the end of the boardwalk and get little sugar doughnuts. Some of the greatest moments of my childhood were with him.”Michael says he hasn’t had a chance to visit Donegal just yet – but he hopes to come here soon.“I really want to go there some day; it’s something I really want to do with my dad,” he said.He said he was due to visit last year during a trip to London – but had to cancel at the last minute. Advertisement “But I will go, I want to take my father there,” he said“I’ve seen pictures and it looks like a fairytale, so a good summer trip with a few pints would be perfect.” Last year, Kelly was honoured by the American Ireland Fund. “I do feel a connection to Ireland and I try to stay in touch with my roots,” he added,HOUSE OF CARDS STAR: ‘I WANT TO RETURN TO MY DONEGAL ROOTS was last modified: March 6th, 2016 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:ACTORdonegalHouse of CardsMichael Kellylast_img read more

A+ teacher nominations

A+ teacher nominations

first_imgNote: On ocassion of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite teacher. Here are some of the responses we received. Mrs. Borundy, Mrs. Huntzinger and Mrs. Schallert O’Melveny Elementary I am the blessed mother of two developmentally disabled children. Danny, age 6, is autistic and attends O’Melveny Elementary School’s Special Education Class, the same class his older brother, Anthony, now age 22 attended. Danny’s teacher, Connie Borundy, was a teacher’s aide when Anthony went to O’Melveny, and now, having obtained her teaching credentials while raising children of her own, she is Danny’s teacher. As you can imagine, teaching is a challenge in itself, but these angels who teach our special children, possess great patience, sensitivity, and compassion. I am not writing about just Connie, but also the other 3 special education teachers in the school, Mrs. Huntzinger and Mrs. Schallert, because together, these teachers work together to help each other help these children with loving hands, gentle guidance, unconditional acceptance and unending support. They take our children on field trips to fire stations, police stations, parks, zoos, and in so doing, help to acclimate them to the community and likewise, acclimate the community to our children. Even in this day and age, people are uncomfortable around the disabled, even teachers who are in regular classrooms. They don’t know how to relate to them. They don’t realize that these children are loving and accepting and they need only talk to them as they would any child to discover how truly unique they are, not because of their disability, but because they possess no prejudice, no hate, no discrimination. These teachers show our children that they are vital members of society–that they too will, in their own ways, contribute to their communities. It has been my experience that there are special education programs that are no more than glorified babysitters to our children. How refreshing to find teachers that see our children through our eyes, as special, not because of any perceived disabilities, but because of their unending ability for love, their appreciation of life, their support of each other and their desire to just be like everyone else. Ana Feliciano, Sylmar Terrance Fischer, El Camino Real High School Principal Ronald Delman of North Hollywood High hit the mark saying, “…the vast majority of teachers are good human beings that work extremely hard in very complex circumstances.” Add Daily News editorial staff, “Passing on a love for learning, creating opportunities.” And, to paraphrase, “No matter how dismal the circumstances, great teachers can change everything.” The above daily news citations continue to be true every day of every year for one City School teacher I have had the pleasure to know and that is why I am nominating Coach Terry Fischer, El Camino High School. Coach Fischer’s achievements are countless in his career as a teacher, as a music instructor and music conductor and in a number of specialized fields that quite frankly, I am not very familiar with. And he has also coached a number of sports and chaperoned and helped put together tours for students to other parts of the world, among his achievements, which have helped to change the lives of many kids. As teachers touch their students, they also continue to reach and instruct their parents, from time to time, such parents still being students of life and always having the opportunity to learn, ‘after high school.’ Most specifically, my son had reached a difficult and complex point in his life, perhaps some of it my doing and not his fault with regard to his opportunities to grow socially along with his equal opportunity with other American children to receive an education in all aspects of life as they prepare to enter the work world and to become contributing adults. Jeff was not having academic difficulty at one of our schools, carrying an A- average. But like many, if not all kids, students at our high schools, he was attempting to find himself socially and to add to what he was doing, some sense of what life was all about; perhaps a way to become truly franchised; to get his feet on the ground. Jeff had found wrestling, and by his 2nd year of exposure to the sport, had won the CIF City Section Silver medal in the 140 Lb. class in that sport. He had learned the rules, and without going into details and specifics, with my contributions, such as they were, had alienated himself from the coach and the administration of his school and essentially was, “kicked off the team,” without ever uttering a profanity or violating a rule; in fact it was Jeff’s contention that lots of rules were being violated. It had come to the point where both Jeff’s mother and I went through the entire appeals process with L. A. Unified, and were systematically turned down. It appeared that after two years of exposure to the sport of wrestling Jeff would have to give up the one thing that gave him that social enfranchisement in high school, the one thing that were in the process of teaching him those lessons of life, that often cannot be taught in the classroom, but rather for many kids, the playing field: the sport of high school wrestling. A fortuitous situation developed when Jeff’s cousins moved into the El Camino school district and invited the whole family to move in with them, the only way the CIF rules at that time, would allow Jeff to compete for another school. Move we did. Enroll Jeff we did at El Camino. That is where Coach Terry Fischer began a series of outstanding individual teaching and contributions to both Jeff’s life and frankly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it, to my own, though technically I was, “just a parent.” Coach Fischer was well aware of who Jeff was, as the year before, it was coach Fischer’s 140 pound wrestler who defeated Jeff in the City Finals. There had already been decisions by LAUSD that had gone against the young student as he grappled with learning and living the rules that his teachers had taught him, but learned that political realities often bend the rules to look at them another way than they might otherwise appear on their face. In fact, while most of the wresters on the team either welcomed Jeff or reserved their judgment for later, many of their parents were clearly upset that Jeff had been allowed by the administration and Coach Fischer, to join the team. Coach Fischer was forced to address the issue more than once throughout the season and perhaps even afterwards. He immediately put out the information that he would allow anyone who was enrolled and attending and satisfying the rules to try out for the team. He also stated that there were no guarantees and that Jeff would have to wrestle his way into a weight-class, just like anyone else, in order to compete. Coach Fischer was under a lot of pressure in my son’s case, to turn him away. He did not do that an withstood the pressure and allowed Jeff to compete on the El Camino wrestling team, that 2000-2001 millennium year, a year both Jeff and I shall never forget. Coach Fischer helped Jeff out in many ways during that short time Jeff was on the campus, learning and competing. Jeff and I learned many lessons that senior year for him. I wish I could say that there was a Hollywood ending to the story and that Jeff went on to become City Champion. I cannot, because Jeff did not. The stress of the entire situation finally resulted in Jeff contracting infectious mononucleosis, his immune system was so depressed by all of the appeals and the attempts to become eligible, the new environments, etc. But this is not about the Hollywood ending of a City Championship. This is about Coach Terry Fischer and the teaching and the learning and most of all, under tremendously adverse pressure, the chance, yes, the opportunity that he gave my son to compete, when all others had turned their backs upon him (except his own family). Since that 2000-2001 wrestling season, Coach Fischer, while under pressure to do the opposite, has allowed me to remain in contact with the wrestling team as a fan and as a supporter. I have come to learn that he had been an All-American wrestler himself when he competed at Moorpark Community College; that he was one of the original coaches of the early years of establishment of wrestling as a sport in Los Angeles Unified while he taught at North Hollywood High School. And, I learned as time went by that he is one of the winningest coaches in LAUSD wrestling history, along with Sam DeJohn, Jr. of San Fernando High. This, in spite of the fact, that unlike most of the other coaches with a great deal of success, he coaches other sports and also is deeply in love with the art of music and singing, which he passes on to students in his primary post on campus as a teacher. I have seen coach Fischer stress what it means to countless students to give their best, whether it is music or wrestling. I have seen coach Fischer attempt to express true values to students and athletes on his teams and to never give up, no matter what the circumstances. And I have seen Coach Fischer instruct personal responsibility and its importance to his students and student athletes, right up until the present day. For this I learned that what the Daily News has stressed at this time in recounting outstanding teachers and their achievements with students, is embodied in Coach Terry Fischer at El Camino High School. Thank you, Coach Terrance Fischer, teacher! Sincerely submitted, Alex Ford, Simi Valley Mrs. Mestman, Mrs. Chang, Brentwood Science Magnet I have two nominations for Teacher Appreciation week. And they are from the same grade school – Brentwood Science Magnet on Gretna Green Way in Brentwood. They are both extraordinary teachers and women. The first is Melele Mestman who is teaching second grade. She switched to the lower grades because she said she wanted to teach the children right in the beginning to give them a head start and better study skills. She is well traveled and is friends with many people from the movie and television industry to her neighbors. She is actively involved with children and promotes arts, music, history and science. She is taking her Master’s at Loyola Marymount. She knows the boundaries to education and perseverance very well having come from Brazil with her Portuguese parents. Ms. Mestman genuinely cares for her students. Every alumni and current student will attest to that fact. They love her too! The second is Ms. Lily Chang, a fifth grade teacher and graduate of Columbia University in New York. She’s known for her strictness and ability to make her students push their minds beyond what they thought they could. She doesn’t give up on the weaker students. Self-confidence and respect are instilled in the children, as well as the philosophy that hard work does pay off in the end. She teaches her students to plan and follow through on their endeavors in life. It doesn’t hurt to try. Thank you. I hope that they get their recognition. They both made an impact in my child’s life. I owe them much gratitude. Michelle Dornidon Ms. Conant, Taft High School My teacher, Ms. Conant, has inspired me to go above and beyond society’s expectations as a student. She expects the best from me, and the rest of her students, and that is what she gets. This is because she makes learning English fun and interesting. Due to her wonderful teaching abilities as well as techniques, I have been motivated to become an English teacher myself. She exemplifies the qualities a teacher should have, and I hope that I make half as good a teacher as she is. I have learned so much in the past year, and I hope to learn even more in her AP Literature course next school year. I hope that you feature her in your next article because she brings life to literature, and makes school worth going to. Nicole Rabiezadeh The teaching staff at Tulsa St. School It has been my pleasure to work at Tulsa St. School in Granada Hills the past 25 years . I would like to honor all past and present teachers that I have had the honor to work side by side with. These men and women have shown nothing but passion, commitment, and devotion to their students. Each and every colleague has made our Tulsa students believe they can reach for the stars and beyond !!! Linda Mann, Simi Valley Mr. Rankin at Monroe High School As a student at Monroe High School in Sepulveda, (now North Hills), my favorite teacher was and still is Mr. Bill Rankin. Mr. Rankin was in his 23rd year of teaching at Monroe when I was registering as a freshman. He saw me walking around by myself trying to find an elective. He said, “I need a secretary for Work Experience.” He had w twinkle in his eyes and a calming influence, so I thought why not? For two years, he listened to my high school problems, whether about homework woes, or boyfriend troubles. Not only was he a fantastic teacher, he was always someone I could turn to. When my parents divorced, he was there to listen. I went back to Monroe 6 years after graduation, and he was still there. This time, I brought my infant son with me. When I became a teacher, I let him know that I could only hope to be half the teacher he was. Now, even 20 years later after graduation, we are still in contact. He’s getting up there in years and has some health problems, but he still has his wonderful sense of humor and that great twinkle in his eyes. So, Mr. Bill Rankin, the best teacher in the world, touched my life and I am sure thousands of others during his years at Monroe. Jennifer Huss Owen Mr. Mishkin at Taft High School I think that Mr. Mishkin who teaches History at TAFT High School is a great teacher because he is an intelligent person and he is dedicated to his job. He helps students do better in school by showing them techniques that help his students pass tests, and do better work by taking notes. When I was in his class I though it was going to be boring because I didn’t like history, but I saw how intelligent he was and how he was using his intelligence to help his students do better. That is why I think that Mr. Mishkin is a great teacher. He has also impacted other students’ life with his knowledge. Alejandro Juan Coach Tucker at Taft High School Although I have been at Taft for three years, I have yet to find a teacher so remarkable as Coach Tucker. Not only does Coach Tucker influence me in the classroom but he also inspires me outside the classroom to be an honest and hardworking American. As an aspiring teacher, I enjoy Coach Tucker’s classroom discussions, group assignments, and current events. Through Coach Tucker’s guidance, I have found a class I finally enjoy at Taft. Currently at Taft, I am enrolled in Coach Tucker’s African American Literature class and find it the most look forward to class of the day. Through his funny and humorous lectures, I am able to learn the true diversity in the world today and relate it to current events. Coach Tucker preaches of the past obstacles African American heroes have conquered ranging from Marvin Gaye to Langston Hughes. At school, Coach Tucker’s classroom provides an excellent learning environment. Coach Tucker’s class gives students the opportunity to discuss racial conflicts in today’s society and argue both sides of the issue whether it is affirmative action or Title 9. By assigning hero essays and African American poetry readings, Coach Tucker illustrates the large contribution African Americans have made on our society throughout history despite the many obstacles and challenges they have faced. A teacher’s job is to help a student gain a better knowledge of their subject and to allow a student to successfully learn new and challenging skills. However, Coach Tucker is more than a teacher. He has influenced me, motivated me, and given me enjoyment in his class. Thank you Coach Tucker for being not only a teacher but an inspiration. Matthew Steinberg Ms. Flynn at Manual Arts High School I have had many wonderful teachers. But there’s only one that made a difference in my life. Ms. Flynn was my 10th grade teacher. Not only had she thought me history but many other things in life. She helped me to stand out for myself. To believe in myself, no matter what other people thought about me. With her advices I got to find who I really was and not pretend to be someone else. She was always there for me when I needed to talk to someone. She was not only a history teacher but also a great friend. For me, she will always be my A++ teacher and a great model to follow. Elda Cortez Ms.Rosenthal at Tarzana Elementary Dear Ms. Rosenthal, Hi, my name is Joshua Yu. I know you don’t really remember me, but I was in your class when I was 3rd & 4rth grade of yours. You have helped me through out my entire life. I haven’t expressed it yet, but I still remember all the little things you have done for me. For an example, when I had bad spelling’s, you used your time tutoring me within 3-4 hr’s when I was young. I was surprised how you can save some of your time on me, & yes I know, how time is really valuable. You have guided me through so much, even my Stanford 9 testing had a high result. Every year we receive an award. Either perfect attendance, or sportsmanship…etc.. In your class, I received one of the biggest award you can receive. I got an award that has Bill Clinton signature on it, and including perfect attendance. I was surprised, and confused a bit, but yes indeed I have received one of the biggest award in my life time, and therefore I thank you so much. I owe you a grip. I hope you take care of yourself, and stay strong. God bless you with his heart. Sincerely, Joshua Yu Mr. Tucker at Taft High School I am currently a senior enrolled at Taft High School. Through my entire high school experience I have had a few teachers that have made an impact on me and challenged me to challenge my self and work to my full potential. My favorite teacher to date would have to be my African American History teacher Mr. Edwin Tucker. By not only not just using normal boring teaching methods, Coach Tucker makes everyone in the class interpret what their learning and give their opinion on it. The diversity class and the issues we deal with are all moderated in a way that there are no hard feelings when someone may say something insensitive, but rather someone will try to educate them so they don’t make the same mistake. Mr. Tucker is teaching us all how to be tolerant of each other and make ourselves better people. Michael DoQui Ms. Roth at Taft High School Hello my name is Garen Der Sarkissian and I am a current student in Taft High School. I have been attending Taft High School for the past three years. Throughout my years at Taft I have been through many experiences with different teachers. One teacher in particular stands out the most, Ms. Roth. A member of LAUSD for the past 30 years, Ms. Roth has been through many challenges of teaching. Ms. Roth has been involved in many different school activities and in my opinion without her Taft would not be where it is standing today. What I most admire about her is the fact that she has always been there for her students, whether it involved education or their personal problems. Unfortunately I am saddened to say that this year will be the last for Ms. Roth. Taft High School will not be the same without this extraordinary teacher. I am personally honored for being her student and getting to know the wonderful teacher she really is. For teacher appreciation week I believe that we should honor Ms. Roth and state that she is the best teacher. We should honor her for all her hard work over the years and we will all miss her dearly. Garen Der Sarkissian Ms. Conant at Taft High School Hi my name is Pouria Ghafari and I want to write a letter to my English teacher Allison Conant from Taft High School. I’m a junior and English was my worse subject I hated it and I never wanted to do my work ever, now that I’m in Ms. Conant’s class I always look forward to go to her class. I’m always energized in her class because she has taught me so much and whenever I need help she’s always there for me and when I’m struggling to do my work she’s always there to motivate me and put energy back into me. English is now my favorite subject and I never miss any work because she has taught me everything I should know and now it’s really easy for me I just wanted to thank her for all of her work. Pouria Ghafari Mrs. Miller at Taft High School Mrs. Miller, my 8th grade English teacher, has done more for me than any other teacher. She taught me so much in just one year. Before I never enjoyed writing essays and short stories and I was never that good at it. English used to be my worst subject but because of her I have so much more confidence in my writing. She made it so fun and so easy. She not only made writing fun but she also made reading fun. She was also a very funny teacher. She was the type of teacher who you could talk to easily. She was incredibly kind and always listened to her students. She always took the time to help each one of her students until everyone in the class understood. I never had a teacher that cared as much as she did. I’m very lucky to have had a teacher as her. I think everyone deserve a teacher as great as her. In conclusion, she has made me smarter, more confident in writing and reading, and made me enjoy learning. Aya Makino Mr. Lopez-Arriaga, Antelope Valley School District My name is Vanessa Lopez and I am nominating my brother Luis Lopez-Arriaga as an inspiring teacher. Luis is a special education teacher in the Antelope Valley School District and has been working there for the last three years. I would have never imagined my brother as a teacher. He was the one who resented them the most. He joined the neighborhood when he was about 15. That mistake landed him in juvenile hall. That experienced scared him straight. He wasn’t a bad kid, he just made bad choices. After that, everyone assumed he would get locked up again. He was called loser by our family. Teachers and parole officers said he would never amount to anything. He would soon prove them wrong. He was chosen as a commencement speaker for his high school graduation, and is the first person (from our large Hispanic family) to go to college and graduate with a degree in political science. I finally saw him in action when he took his class to a pumpkin patch for a field trip. 12 high-strung children one can get overwhelmed. Not Luis. He had an answer for all the students’ questions. When he spoke, they listened. These kids look up to him and really cares to make an impact in there lives. Weather its impacting just one child, he is truly grateful for influencing them. Vanessa Lopez Mr. Tucker at Taft High School Everyone has one special teacher that influences there life in a way that they will never forget. I am very proud and lucky to say that I am among these people. Everyday I attend Taft High School I look forward to going to my 3rd period, which is African American Literature otherwise known to Taft as Mr. Tucker’s class. It’s also great to have him especially for 3rd period because at Taft High School 3rd period is the longest period of the day. I’ve had to pleasure of knowing Mr. Tucker before having the pleasure of being enrolled in his class, he is also the junior varsity football coach. Usually coaches at high schools just have classes throughout the day to kind of just fill time until it comes time for practice everyday. Luckily Mr. Tucker isn’t like that, he takes his teaching position very seriously and it benefits so many individuals. Though his teaching techniques are not what you would call regular but it’s what makes him one of the best teachers at Taft, it’s what sets him aside from any other teacher around. Mr. Tucker pretty much tells us how it is and opens our eyes to so many things. It’s quite obvious that Mr. Tucker truly has a deep passion to teach, its quite obvious teachers didn’t choose their career for the truck loads of money that it comes with, they are in it to it to teach and possibly change lives and Mr. Tucker is a prime example of one of those teachers. Everyday in his class something new and exciting happens and there are always great lessons to be learned. The impact that Mr. Tucker has on Taft students and the role he plays in the school should be recognized by everyone. I’m very proud and very fortunate to take the African American History class (Tucker’s Class) at Taft High School and I’m also very proud to be able to say I had one of the best teachers share some of his wisdom with me. I just wish someday Mr. Tucker will be properly recognized and given the respect his very much deserves. Jonathan Pham Mr. Tucker at Taft High School The teacher I selected was the one and only Mr. Tucker, Mr. Tucker teaches at Taft high school in Woodland Hills. He is my second period teacher in my economics class, he’s a very talented teacher with a lot of brains, he could also be funny at times and that’s what makes that class better because of his jokes that he throws at us. HE always speaks his mind, and if he thinks your not a great student he will tell you straight out. He also wants us to succeed in life, be something in life and have a better education through our year. So I would really like nominate this teacher as one of the best in the valley. Eduardo Mejia Walk of Hearts Foundation honorees My story is not about one teacher, but rather several–all of whom are being honored by the Walk of Hearts Foundation on Friday, May 12. The Walk of Hearts is a “walk of fame” for teachers, placing permanent bronze plaques in the sidewalk along Sherman Way in historic downtown All America City Canoga Park. Among the educators being honored this year are Herman Katz, who Mayor Villaraigosa credits with enabling him to complete high school and go on to college; Eleanor Bralver who is still teaching at 93; Scott King who is following the legacy of his father, Warren, who is a past recipient of a Walk of Hearts plaque and Fran Pikhart who has dedicated her life to teaching children too ill to attend school–many of them terminally ill. There are four others in the group of teachers who will receive their plaques who have more than touched a life, they have changed one. Their stories are unique–and yet universal–in the world of teachers who care, guide and make a difference. The stories we have will touch your readers. Ivy Weiss Executive Vice President Walk of Hearts Foundation. Mrs. Susan von Buelow at Calabash Street Elementary Do you remember the best teacher you had in school? The one who changed your life and your outlook forever? I would like to introduce you to a teacher who is destined to be that kind of inspiration. Her name is Mrs. Susan von Buelow and she teaches my son’s 4th grade class at Calabash Street Elementary School in Woodland Hills. What sets Susan von Buelow apart is the degree of her passion for these student’s futures and the enormous amount of extra effort and time she devotes to their intellectual and internal development. She sincerely sees her pupils as the leaders of a future that starts right now. No child is left outside of her vision. Mrs. Von Buelow sees and treats each child as a successful human being and they cannot help but believe it themselves. She has made enormous gains in the self-confidence and performance of her students. Children who were “difficult” and “underperforming” have become alert, well behaved and classroom successes. Mrs. Von Buelow does not stop her instruction at the school bell. All the children know she will be in her classroom, and you can find not only her students, but children from many other classrooms, flocking there for her help and support. No one is ever turned away. She is a firm believer in “hands-on” projects and has introduced so many wonderful programs to our school. A few of the numerous projects include an after school Lego League robot building team, Rotary Club essay competitions on the Six Pillars of Character, a class website, Terra essay scholarship competition, a school newspaper, and a school science fair. There are many more, and, these are all done in addition to her regular teaching duties. She cares so deeply about the welfare of the students at this school; she even provides bagels on test days to make sure the students have energy to do well. On rainy days, Susan will often provide hot chocolate to the kids. I could go on for hours about how Susan von Buelow has touched our lives and improved our children’s academic environment. But, the most important thing she gives is her unshakable belief in them. She KNOWS each child is smart, funny, capable and valuable, and they learn to see each other and themselves that way too. I have seen my son and his classmates be inspired to exceed their own expectations. I have been amazed at the confidence and enthusiasm for learning Mrs. von Buelow has engendered in these students. She has not just filled their brains, but has inspired their ambitions and given them the tools to succeed. I know Susan von Buelow will be an unforgettable teacher, and will continue to inspire these children, and their families, long after they leave her classroom. Eun-jeong (Eunice) Park Ms. Viadero at Taft High School I want to about my favorite teacher. Her name is Ms. Viadero who teaches Fashion Design at Taft High School. I met her when I was 11th grade. I was interesting about fashion design but not that much. Actually to be a fashion designer was like an empty dream. Therefore I ignored my dream even I loved it. I had no idea about fashion world. But!!!! She changed my mind and gave me a dream. She told us all valuable information and helped us a lot. She taught fashion illustration and the way to be a professional person in real world!! I learned how to be a professional when working with people and it was very useful in my life. Especially Ms. Viadero is a teacher who gives actual opportunities to the students. She knows how to treat students with respect and fairly. After all, what is best about her is that she helps students to find their own style. Then, she helps to shape it and make it professionally. I really thank to Ms. Video for helping me. She was more than a teacher to me and I am going to be a professional person like her. And I am going to be a success as a fashion designer. Ms. Fellner at Sinai Akiba Academy Of all of the teachers that I have had in my life, my favorite teacher, hands-down, is my mother, Ms. Marcia Fellner. Ms. Fellner teaches first grade at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles. She has taught there for over 25 years and has been teaching for over 30 years. Personally, I admire her so much for her ability to raise me and my brother on her own, and at the same time excel in her profession. She taught me and my brother how to read, made sure we did all of our homework throughout our schooling, gave us math quizzes during the summers, and taught us important values. My favorite lesson that she taught us was that the most important grade in school was how you treated your peers and teachers and your work habits. I vividly remember receiving my fourth grade report card, which had all high marks in academics, but only satisfactory marks in work habits and cooperation. I knew I was going to hear it from mom so I started to sulk and sniffle. My fourth grade teacher was so surprised to see that I was upset with my report card. When she asked why I was upset I told her that the only grade my mom looks at is my work habits and behavior grade. She just smiled. In teaching my brother and I that excelling in work habits and cooperation was paramount, my mom taught us how to be good citizens. As an adult, I now understand fully the value of work habits and cooperation. It is the work habits that will allow you to excel and it is the cooperation that will take you places. I am now an attorney and my brother is a banker. Not only has she been a positive influence in my life, she has also been an incredible teacher for hundreds of first grade students that have passed through her classroom. Each time that I visit her at her school I am constantly stopped by parents and past students who all praise her teaching style and ability. She demands discipline, hard work, and cooperation. It is hard enough to be a single-mother, but it is exceedingly challenging to be a successful mother and professional all at the same time. My mom definitely excelled in both her roles, as mother and teacher. Now she can rest assured that her two boys are all grown up and doing just fine. I am very proud of what she continues to accomplish as a lifetime educator. For those reasons, I think that my mom deserves the recognition. Thank you! Jason E. Fellner, San Francisco Mr. Gruenburg at Granada Hills Charter High School Throughout my life music had been one of my favorite subjects to learn and be taught. However, growing up I never had the resources to promote my passion for singing. Most of the time I would just sing around the house hoping someone would recognize my talent. It wasn’t until my junior at Granada Hills Charter High School did I meet the man who would forever change the way I am. His name was Craig Gruenburg and he helped me find the music in my heart. I was a shy girl who was unsure the schools choir would fulfill my dreams of singing on a stage. With his patience, understanding and unbelievable kindness, he helped me get over stage fright and accomplish my dream. He helped me find my voice and improve it. In ways he became more like my father teaching me and the rest of the choir more than music, he taught us about life. I continued with the choir until my senior year. However Mr. “G” invited me into numerous other music courses that would teach me what I missed as a child. He’s taught me how to play guitar, dance, sing and publish music. He may have the incredible skills of music but there is one thing that makes him different from most other teachers. His passion and love for each student helps them build up their self esteem and see life in a positive light. Now as I am finishing my freshman year in college, my confidence is higher and my passion for music even larger. Mr. G continues to help me to the date in my life, keeping up with my music education. He only wants me to succeed in something we both have so much passion for. I don’t know where I’d be without his positive guidance and unmistakable heart of gold. Ashley Jean Granillo Ms. Pereyra Hello there, my name is Cintia and I would like to tell you a story about a teacher, an unusual and real teacher. I lived in a place where you probably wouldn’t live for a second. No telephones, no pavement, no skyscrapers, and even worse: no cable TV. So, you are probably asking yourself where this e-mail comes from, and how got to my email box. It comes from Santa Ana, Misiones, Argentina, a hiding place in the global map. My mother used to be a teacher, and when I was 14 more or less, I started to teach with her in a particular school, a school of native people. I was used to teaching under tough conditions, like poverty, lack of infrastructure, school resources, etc. my mother took me to school with her since I was 1 year old, and I passed to be a student to a premature teacher quite fast. But nothing could prepare me for what I was going to see, to live. First day, the local government had inaugurated a new school in a native reserve; the idea was teaching native children to speak Spanish. They spoke Guaran? their mother language. My mother was designed the teacher, head teacher and also the cook. That first day, she realized that it wasn’t to be easy. She was by her own. Children weren’t used to sitting on chairs, the called my mum ?white woman? and they left the classroom one hour later. She had to get used to receiving a bad salary, walking 2 km to reach the school in rainy days because it was so flooding that no cars were allowed to go on that way. I started to go with herm and helped her in teaching. All this, and much more made me say that I would never be a teacher, so much suffer for nothing? My mum now is retired, and she still receives her students who go to my house in the town to bring her gifts, as milk or honey. They love my mum. I became ?the teacher’s daughter? Then, and now I’m teaching English in a foreign country, and my younger sister is a teacher in a remote place. I haven’t got a teacher degree, but I studied to be a translator and I was born and brought up as a teacher. Thanks for reading my letter. Yours faithfully Cintia Soledad Pereyra Ms. Valerie Turner and the teaching staff at Oliver Wendell International Middle School My name is Brett Holzhauer. I am a student at Oliver Wendell Holmes International Middle School and I’m in the 7th Grade Honor Roll. I have fortunately gotten good grades this year and been having a good time in 7th grade. But the reason I’m writing this is not to acknowledge my grades, but to show that the staff at our school is the best in LAUSD, hands down! The staff at my school is the most caring, enthusiastic, fun, and reliable staff in LAUSD. The key to our success has been our wonderful principal Ms. Valerie Turner. Even though she has only been a principal at Holmes for 1 year, she has made a mark on our school that will last forever. She is by far the best principal I’ve ever had. Also, I would like to acknowledge my teachers this year. They have been some of the best teachers I’ve ever had. They are • Mr. Pilloud (History Teacher) • Ms. Karathanas (Health+Science Teacher) • Mr. Jung (English Teacher) • Ms. Baharouzi + Mr. Acevedo (Physical Education Teachers) • Mr. Waitley + Ms. Hoglund (Math Teachers) But these are just some of the excellent staff members that we have at Holmes Middle School who make our school stand out from the rest. Some other very important staff members that we have at our school that make our school shine are • Ms. Vartanian (Assistant Principal) • Mrs. Drew (Assistant Principal) • Ms. Scott (Dean) • Mr. Roman (Magnet Coordinator) • Ms. Chapellier (Counselor) and many more!! Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that it is practically impossible to pick just one teacher out of all the great teachers here at Holmes Middle School. So I’ve decided to nominate all staff members at Holmes Middle School for Teacher Appreciation Week. Brett Michael Holzhauer Mrs. Von Buelow at Calabash Elementary This September we had a new 4th grade teacher amongst us. Many of us parents were wary of this new teacher? Would she be able to control our diverse group of kids and still be an effective teacher? Would she set a high standard for our children to aim for? As parents, we wanted the very best for our children of course. However, the school gave us no choice in the matter and we had to wait and see Now, at the end of this school year, I am one of those same wary moms writing to nominate that same teacher as an A+ Teacher! So who is this remarkable, phenomenal teacher? She is Mrs. Susan von Buelow, the 4th grade teacher at Calabash elementary school in Woodland Hills. She has not only been a fantastic teacher for our 4th grade class, but she has gone well beyond her classroom duties to inspire and lead the whole school. Mrs. Von Buelow has introduced Lego League, brought back the Science Fair, initiated the Math Club and the presidential fitness award, and entered the kids in so many different competitions. These are just a few of the things she has done for her students besides offering hot chocolate on rainy days and bagels and cream cheese for breakfast on exam days. She is always there after school to help, with a smile and the open door for anyone and everyone who wants it, including students from other classes. She is very patient, enthusiastic and has given the students the confidence they need. Her class has evolved and matured dramatically, and I know from first hand experience because I am a parent volunteer in her room a lot. I can feel the difference. I thank her from bottom of my heart and wish her the very best because she deserves it! Akram Guivatchian, Woodland Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

DONEGAL SPORTS STARS AWARDS – SEPTEMBER WAS ANOTHER BUSY MONTH

DONEGAL SPORTS STARS AWARDS – SEPTEMBER WAS ANOTHER BUSY MONTH

first_imgSeptember proved to be another very good month for Donegal sport with plenty of sporting successes for the county to cheer about in athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, hurling, motorsport, soccer, triathlon and surfing.Many of those who hit the headlines during September will be expected to feature among the nominees for individual and team honours at the 2014 Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of January. Mark English rounded of the best season of his young career by finishing fourth in an 800m race at the Continental Cup in Morocco in a time of 1:45:74. English was representing Team Europe in a world top class field, which was won by Botswana’s Nigel Amos the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.There was Donegal success at the European Badminton Circuit event in Dublin. Raphoe’s Rachael Darragh and her partner Paul Reynolds won the mixed doubles. In the Irish Open U15 there was silver for Kyle McGee (Raphoe) in the singles. Kyle also won gold in the mixed doubles along with his partner Clogagh Dunne. In her first international event outside Ireland Rachael Darragh and her partner Sara Boyle were defeated at the quarter-final stage of the Polish Open after winning their first round game. And there was family success at the Irish Autumn Open Raphoe’s as Rachel’s uncle Joshua McGee first won the Men Singles Final and then went onto also take the Men’s Doubles title.At the end of September Lagan Harps Ladies won the FAI Junior Cup with a big 8-1 win over Tipperary Town. Despite playing the final in Tipperary the Manor side, managed by Brid McGinty, were far too strong for their opponents with Amber Barrett, Nikita Burke and Lauren Harper each scoring twice in the decider. At the start of the month the Lagan ladies had won the Arena 7 Donegal Women’s League Shield with a 5-1 win over Bonagee Utd at Leckview Park with the help of hat-trick from Harper.However in the Ulster senior women’s final Lagan lost 3-2 to Greencastle FC who completed a treble having previously landed the Inishowen League and Foyle Cup trophies. More good news for Lagan came as Zoe McGlynn from Raphoe won her first international cap for the Republic of Ireland U17s coming on as a sub in a 1-0 win over Denmark in a friendly played in Dublin.The fine form of Letterkenny 24/7 Club’s Aidan Callaghan continued as he finished second at the Olympic Triathlon in Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Callaghan who was the 2012 Donegal Sports Star Award Triathlon winner is currently the second ranked triathlete in the country within the national series rankings of Triathlon Ireland. On the international front Letterkenny’s Triona McMenamin won two bronze medals, representing Ireland, at the World Surf Rescue Championships in France. Donegal’s Declan and Brian Boyle were victorious in the Clare Stages Rally in their Subaru WRC S21B to keep alive their hopes of retaining the National Rally Championship title. And there were celebrations for the St. Johnston Cricket Club who returned to the Premiership of the North West League on a day of high drama. Early in the day St. Johnston defeated Bonds Glen but had to wait until later to learn whether they were promoted. News that Burndennett had lost to Drummmond to confirmed their place in the Premiership.The current Donegal Sports Star ‘Best Secondary School Girl’ award holder Loreto Convent Letterkenny’s Arlene student won the Ulster Schools Combined Events title at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. It included three personal bests in the Hurdles 12.2; High Jump 1.61m, Shot 8.94 while she had a Long Jump of 5.38m. At the start of the month Letterkenny’s Darren Mangan won his first professional fight in a unanimous points decision against Kashif Muammad-Brown at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in New York City. There was no surprise when Jason Quigley won the ‘Best Senior Boxer’ for the second successive year at the annual Donegal Boxing Awards held at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town while Michael Gallagher his Finn Valley BC colleague Michael Gallagher took the ‘Best Junior Boxer’ honour. Letterkenny’s Philip Deignan, riding for Team Sky finished 39th overall in the Vuelta Espana in Spain. Deignan was also a member of the Irish team that took part in a World Championship event. It was a good start to September for Donegal GAA as Ryan McHugh was named ‘Ulster Player of the Year’ at the provincial All-Star Awards in Armagh. The Kilcar man was also one of six players named on the Ulster All Stars team along with Neil McGee, Karl Lacey, Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and skipper Michael Murphy. Neil Gallagher followed that up by winning the August Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award for his two outstanding performances in the quarter-final and semi-final wins over Armagh and Dublin.But on Sunday 21st September there was double heartbreak for Donegal GAA when both the Seniors and Minors lost their respective All-Ireland Finals to Kerry at Croke Park. Despite an improved second half performance Declan Bonner’s boys still lost by four points to the Kingdom. In the senior decider Jim McGuinness’s struggled to get out of the starting blocks and found themselves 1-1 down after just three minutes.Gradually with the help of three Michael Murphy frees Donegal got back into the contest and were level at half-time. Captain Murphy put his side in front just after the restart but it was to be the only time in the final that Kerry were behind. Donegal had their best spell of the game after keeper Paul Durcan gifted Ciaran Donaghy a goal that put his side four in front. That lead was to cut to one point but that was as close as the Ulster champions got with Kerry eventually winning by a goal.Termon Ladies won the Donegal Senior Football Championship title for the fourth time in five years by hammering Glenfin 4-18 to 1-11 in the final in Convoy. ‘Player of the Match’ Geraldine McLaughlin scored 4-10 in the decider as Termon completed the three-in-a-row. On the same day Carndonagh won the County Junior Football Championship with a 4-17 to 3-5 win over Buncrana in Convoy. It was a good month for the Letterkenny Gaels Club as first one of their former player Aaron Bradley completed the double with Tirconaill Gaels by helping them to London Senior League title thanks to a one point win over Fullham Irish at Ruislip. And the Club itself created their own little bit of history by winning an adult league title for the first time by taking the Division 4 title.At underage level St. Eunan’s retained the Ulster Og Sport title defeating Killeavy from Armagh by a point in the final at the O’Donnell Park. In the middle of September the Dungloe senior side returned to Division 1 of the All-County League clinching promotion with a 3-13 to 2-9 home win over Bundoran. Meanwhile, Ardara were crowned Donegal Junior B Champions following an easy 2-11 to 0-3 victory over Glenswilly in Donegal Town.At the end of the month Burt won the Donegal Senior Hurling Championship title for the fourth successive year with a big 15-point victory over McCumhaills in the final played at the O’Donnell Park.In Martial Arts Letterkenny man Brian Crossan defeated Michael McCrossan in Strabane to become the undisputed holder of the Irish World Kickboxing Union and Irish World Kickboxing Association 79kgs titles while Finn Valley’s Sharon Heapes was a member of the Ulster Women’s Rugby team who played in the inter-provincial campaign. There was a bit of a boost for soccer in the county as Finn Harps reached the last four of the FAI Senior Cup following a 4-1 victory over non-league side Avondale Utd in a replay in Ballybofey.Ollie Horgan’s side had been held to a 1-1 draw by Avondale in Cork. But, there was a downside with the news that Harps got the worst possible draw for the semi-final away to top Premier side St. Patrick’s Athletic. Apart from the somewhat surprise 3-2 home win over promotion challengers Shelbourne it wasn’t a good September for Harps who suffered a 1-0 defeat against First Division strugglers Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park followed by their heaviest loss of the season going down 3-0 to Galway FC at Terryland Park. And it was another 3-0 defeat right at the end of the month as Horgan was forced to take an under strength team away to Wexford Youths.Going back to the FAI Senior Cup semi-finals it was also an away game for Donegal’s representatives on the Derry City team Barry McNamee and Sean Houston who drew Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium. McNamee and Houston had helped Derry secure a place in the semi-finals thanks to a 5-0 win over Drogheda Utd in a replay at the Brandywell.A Caoimhe Barrett goal gave Fanad Utd a 1-0 win over Lagan Harps U-18s in the Women’s Glencar Inn Cup Final.Letterkenny’s Chris Flanagan (Derry City) and Cockhill’s Harry Doherty (Brighton) both featured for the Republic of Ireland U-19s in a 1-0 international friendly win over the Netherlands at Tallaght Stadium.There was a double for Inishowen women’s football in two Ulster Cup Finals at Ballyare. First the Moville Celtic U-14s defeated Glenree Utd in a sudden death penalty shoot-out after the game had ended scoreless. And that was followed by the Greencastle victory over Lagan in the senior final. Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin and Milford’s Amber Barrett both featured for the Republic of Ireland’s U-19 side in the UEFA European Women’s Championship group games in Sweden.It was with great sadness that Donegal soccer followers learned of the death of the legendary Hugh ‘Dick’ Doherty at the end of month. Only last January the Buncrana man was the Hall of Fame winner at the Donegal Sports Star Awards a fitting tribute to his lifelong service to soccer. It started as a very talented player for Derry City and Dundalk before transferring to Glasgow Celtic and then to Blackpool. When he returned home Hugh became a highly regarded administrator locally in Inishowen and the USL while on the national stage he was a member of the FAI Junior Council.In tennis the Donegal team of Anne McGrath, Drew Chambers, Jane Watt, Paul Bannigan, Francis Venzon, Robert Thompson, Chemey Lanz and Mary Barry won the Quadrangular Tennis Tournament involving Tyrone, Derry and Fermanagh at the Omagh Tennis Club. For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.DONEGAL SPORTS STARS AWARDS – SEPTEMBER WAS ANOTHER BUSY MONTH was last modified: October 7th, 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:donegalDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSlast_img read more

Chelsea star reveals Antonio Conte nearly forced him to leave

Chelsea star reveals Antonio Conte nearly forced him to leave

first_imgDavid Luiz admits he probably would have left Chelsea if Antonio Conte remained in charge.The Brazilian defender made only ten Premier League starts for the Blues last season amid reports he had fallen out with Conte. Luiz says he learnt from his tough time last season Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener “I got time to take care of my body; many times I was on the pitch in pain, and I never refused to play one game. It was good to rest and be fresh.”Chelsea have taken maximum points from their opening two fixtures under Sarri and Luiz shed some light on the Italian’s coaching methods.“The ambition has to be to win every single match, every single competition, this is Chelsea we can’t think in a different way but we also have to have humility to understand we’re at the beginning of a new philosophy, so we start day-by-day every single week. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 highlights Luiz is now a permanent fixture under Sarri LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS smart causal impact Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3center_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more “I think every coach comes with new stuff and can improve and help us and of course Sarri are already taught me many things I never saw before. It’s great to understand football – it never stops – since I started playing football I always learn from every coach, it’s great.“He just gives to you [the public] five per cent of the idea, he’s not going to give you 100 per cent of the idea, one of the parts of the idea is to focus on the ball and different parts of the pitch, you have to understand the movement.“I think we are in the beginning, we already head everything but you have to learn in your head and pass this to your body and synchronise. With everybody it takes time but we’ve already played two games and got six points.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY gameday silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won However, he has regained his place in the squad under Maurizio Sarri, and claims to have learnt a lot from his difficult time last term.Luiz told Sky Sports: “If the manager had stayed the same, of course, everybody knows maybe I had to move clubs. Now I am here and so happy.“I think I always have to feel fresh start because I am getting old! It is amazing to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man. It is always great to be on the pitch.“I learned a lot, sometimes you have to be patient, sometimes you have to take care of your body, sometimes you have to learn from outside to be good in the future. So for me it was great. possible standings RANKED 3last_img read more