Raheem Sterling keen to score more for Man City

first_imgDespite netting a sixth Premier League goal of the season for Manchester City at Bournemouth, Raheem Sterling knows that he has to up the ante..Sterling fired home in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over on Monday but acknowledged he needs to be find the back of the net more often..His career at Manchester City got off well under Pep Guardiola,  but lately the Jamaican-born England international has been experiencing a goal drought.His club is now second in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.“I am always trying to get on the scoresheet – it doesn’t always happen but it’s part of my game and I need to add more goals to my game. Before the game we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come. They play amazing football at times and you’ve seen that throughout the game today. Credit to them, they pushed and pushed and luckily we got the two goals,” Sterling told Sky SportsSergio Aguero appeared to have scored City’s second after coming off the bench as a replacement for Gabriel Jesus, who was forced off with a foot injury in the 15th minute.It was eventually confirmed as an own goal by substitute Tyrone Mings.last_img read more

Jamaican athletics down but not out

first_imgJamaicans are either among the world’s most fickle people, or those accustomed to the best of times.Responding to relatively poor performances of Jamaican athletes at the recently concluded London World Championships the comments of some Jamaicans were very ungracious, to say the least. These included the same people who cheered and jumped hoops when Jamaicans had superlative performances at Olympics and World Championships over the past decade.Lulled into high expectationsThere’s no doubt about it. The performance of Jamaican athletes in London was disappointing. It was particularly disappointing because Jamaicans have developed very high expectations. They were lulled into expecting nothing but the best from the legendary Usain Bolt, and the brilliance of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and more recently Elaine Thompson.Only four medalsIn London, Jamaica won only four medals, the worst medal haul since the 1993 Helsinki World Champs, when Jamaica won three medals. Before Dion Hemmings won gold in the 400 meters hurdles at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Jamaica hadn’t won an Olympic gold medal since 1976 when sprinter Donald Quarrie won gold at the Montreal Olympics.In between, Jamaicans grew accustomed to celebrating bronze and silver medals, or just an athlete making it to an Olympic final.Then since the Athens Olympics in 2004, through intervening Olympics and World Championships to the Rio Olympics in 2016, Jamaica became a team to reckon with especially in the sprints.Father Time and injuriesHowever, in life, time and injuries take their toll. Father-Time reached out its withered hands to embrace the seemingly unbeatable Bolt. His bronze medal in the 100 meters wasn’t so much due to the brilliance of his nemesis Justin Gatlin but from legs grown weary. The same weary legs succumbed to an overburdened muscle just when Bolt seemed he would win his final medal in the 4 x 100 relay.Elaine Thompson ruled women sprints since she won the 100 and 200 meters in the Rio Olympics. However, a troublesome Achilles tendon, and stomach problems prevented her from medaling in the 100 meters, and out of the women sprint relay.KudosKudos go to Omar McLeod who gave Jamaica its only gold medal in London in the 110 meters hurdles; 400 meters hurdler Ristianna Tracey and the women 4 x 100 relay team that won win bronze medals.Where blame is justified is to female quarter-miler Stephanie Ann McPherson who refused to compete on the 4 x 400 meters relay team after a row with another athlete. Most likely her indiscipline cost Jamaica a medal in the relay finals. The young athlete who subbed for her pulled up and was out the race possibly because she was insufficiently warmed-up to run.The onus is now on Jamaica’s athletic officials to ensure utmost discipline be maintained on Jamaican teams.Promise of young athletesDespite the injuries, and under performances at London there’s no reason for Jamaicans to believe the pre-1996 days are back. Many of the young athletes who performed in London although they didn’t medal showed promise of being strong contenders in the near future. Plus, there are young athletes who didn’t make the team to London who excelled in the recent Youth Championships in Kenya and are on the periphery for big games competition.A silver lining, of sorts, in London was performance of Jamaicans in non-traditional events like the men 5,000 meters and women steeplechase. Jamaican made the finals in both these events. Promise was also shown in the women 800 meters, women shot-putt where the athlete barely missed a bronze medal, and men discuss.The London championship managed to shake Jamaican athletics out of complacency. The successes since 2008 lent Jamaica the moniker, “Land of Sprinters,” but this doesn’t mean medals come automatically.To maintain standards set since 2004, the young, promising athletes must commit themselves to relentless training, preparation, and self-discipline. This commitment must also come from coaches, and officials who govern track and field in Jamaica.Jamaican athletes took some serious blows in the London World Championships but they are far from out. To quote a popular Jamaican cliché, “Dem just have fi weel an come again.”last_img read more

Spice in the house

first_imgVH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” is taking a ‘spicey’ turn. Come March 19th, the show’s 7th season will kick-off with controversial Jamaican dancehall artist, Spice, who is set to join the cast after a cameo appearance last season. “I had always been fan of show and it’s always been my dream to become an actress and do movies and shows,” she was recently quoted in the Caribbean Life as saying. “So, when they came to Jamaica, that inspired me to become a member and when they had an open slot I went for it.”Previous guest on the showSpice is no stranger to the VH1 television series as she was a guest on the show last year when the cast visited Jamaica in 2017. She has also recorded a song with one of her cast members, reality star Tommie Lee. Branching out to AmericaSpice says she believes her move into the US music industry will redirect her musical career. “I personally think I outgrew Jamaican artists, and I don’t think I can be any bigger than I already am in my country,” she told the paper.  “I’ve always been thinking of ways to branch out in America and I came up with the grand idea to be on “Love and Hip-Hop” as a way to breakout, and I think reality television is the new thing right now.”Spice, born Grace Latoya Hamilton in Portmore, Jamaica, is known for songs like ‘Needle Eye,’ ‘So Me like It,’ ‘Conjugal Visit,’ and ‘Sheet.’Adding more hip-hop to her catalogLast year, Spice vowed that in 2018 she would shake things up by adding more hip-hop to her catalog. Her first video and single of the year, ‘Duffle Bag,’ was released in January and pointed out that if international acts can use dancehall and reggae to their advantage, Jamaican entertainers are also free to do so. Love & Hip Hop is a media franchise that consists of several reality television series that document the personal and professional lives of several hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers, and record producers residing in varying regions throughout the United States.  Criticism of series‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ has largely been overshadowed by criticism and controversy, with the franchise referred to as “ratchet TV” for its seemingly negative and stereotypical portrayal of black women and its focus on dysfunctional relationships, materialism, hyper-sexuality and violence.Other new cast members joining the Atlanta series this season include Jessica Dime’s fiancé, Shawne Williams; Grammy Award winning songwriter Sean Garrett; singer Just Brittany; rappers Tokyo Vanity and BK Brasco and music executive Keely the Boss.last_img read more

M-DCPS announces additional sites to participate in the after-school meals program

first_imgMiami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) currently provides the After-school Meals Program, a sub-component of the Child Care Food Program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in over 200 schools, and announces the implementation of additional locations starting April 2, 2018 at Virginia A. Boone/Highland Oaks Elementary (20500 N.E. 24th Avenue, Miami, FL 33180), Miami Springs Middle (150 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd., Miami Springs, FL 33166), Westland Hialeah Senior (4000 West 18th Avenue, Hialeah, FL. 33012) and Young Men’s Preparatory Academy (3001 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL. 33127) and on April 7, 2018, Riviera Middle (10301 S.W. 48 Street, Miami, FL 33165). Provide nutritious mealsThe meals’ program is designed primarily to provide nutritious meals to children in after-school programs throughout the school district during weekdays and selected Saturdays throughout the school district.Beginning April 2, 2018, an afterschool meal will be available at no separate cost to the children enrolled in the after-school care programs at Virginia A. Boone/Highland Oaks Elementary, Miami Springs Middle, Westland Hialeah Senior, and Young Men’s Preparatory Academy.  Beginning April 7, 2018, breakfast will be available at no separate cost to the children enrolled in the Saturday Academy at Riviera Middle school.  For specific details, please contact each school directly. No discrimination permittedIn accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html  and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1)                        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture                            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights                            1400 Independence Avenue, SW                            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 (2)                        fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)                        email: program.intake@usda.gov.last_img read more

Debra Ehrhardt to perform Cock Tales this weekend in honor of…

first_imgIn honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, this Sunday, June 23 in Orlando, the Jamaican Cultural Connection (JCC) will be hosting an event featuring Jamaican-born Hollywood actress, producer and storyteller, Debra Ehrhardt.Ehrhadt will be performing the funny and provocative play Cock Tales: Shame on Me! – a one-woman show that has been described as raw and revealing. The play unravels Ehrhadt’s journey of sexuality, from childhood to present day, marked by unwanted and wanted encounters with the opposite sex.Her previous productions also include Mango, which received two NAACP Awards; Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox; and the awarding winning Jamaica Farewell, which was optioned and produced by wife of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Garry Marshall at the Falcon Theatre.The JCC event will also feature a variety of pre-show activities, including love songs by Sonny Wong.This show will be held on at the Wekiva High School in Apopka at 4pm.last_img read more

Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, Broward Black Elected Officials to Host Black…

first_imgBroward County, FL – On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Broward Black Elected Officials (BBEO), and Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, Chair of BBEO, will host their Black History Month Program at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This is BBEO’s fourth annual black history event with this year’s being, Forward Together Uniting the Diaspora.The evening will begin with a special greeting from U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, District 20, and will also feature special cultural performances, discussions on the Broward Black Action Plan (BBAP), and an opportunity to network and visit booths to receive information on services provided by different organizations and businesses located in Broward County.A special segment of the program will honor past BBEO Chairs: Levoyd Williams, Former Commissioner, City of Lauderdale Lakes; Commissioner Margaret Bates, City of Lauderhill; Mayor Eric H. Jones, Jr, City of West Park; and a posthumous honor to former City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner, Carlton B. Moore.“We want this year’s event to be about culture, connection, involvement, and action.  We also want to recognize past BBEO chairs for their hard work and their years of dedicated service,” says Mayor Holness.“Our first BBEO Black History event last February was a tremendous success, hundreds of people turned out.  This year we decided to partner with the Florida Panthers to create an event that celebrates our history, but also gives back to the community,” says Mayor Holness.General admission is free, attendees are asked to RSVP by clicking here.   For more information please contact The Office of the Honorable Dale V.C. Holness at 954-357-7009.last_img read more

2017 Gold Cup – Enters Semi-final Phase

first_imgRelated The 2017 Gold Cup has entered the semi-final stage with four teams surviving from the twelve which began the biennial international men’s football championship of the North, Central American and Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF.Here’s a snap re-cap of engagements in the previous round as we envisage battle in the final four.Quarterfinal 1 (Costa Rica 1-0 Panama) – A game played in Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, contested by Costa Rica and Panama. The former edging an intense encounter with an unfortunate own goal recorded in the 77th minute off Godouy.Quarterfinal 2 (United States 2-0 El Salvador) – This tie had the presence of the host, and second most successful team in the history of the tournament – United States who squared up against El Salvador, a team which qualified as one of the best two third-placed teams. Not surprised the fixture’s imbalance led the tie to be decided with two first half goals from Omar Gonzalez and Lichaj.Quarterfinal 3 (Jamaica 2-1 Canada) – Arguably the tie of the round as both teams were evenly matched in all departments. Surprisingly, the Jamaicans got the first goal as early as the 6th minute courtesy Shaun Francis and then Romario Williams made it two in the 50th minute. Junior Hoilett scored what eventually became consolatory in the 61st minute.Quarterfinal 4 (Mexico 1-0 Honduras) – The timing of the first goal (6mins) almost cued in a massacre but against the odds, Honduras held on for a respectable defeat against the defending champions.Semi Final Fixtures:Costa Rica vs United States (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)Mexico vs Jamaica (Rose Bowl, Pasadena)A total of 49 goals have been scored so-far in the competition (2.23 per match), with Alphonso Davies (Canada) and Kévin Parsemain (Martinique) top of the goals chart with 3 apiece.last_img read more

Tax Evasion – Ronaldo Tells Court He Wants England Return

first_imgIn the one and a half hour hearing at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court in Madrid, Ronaldo reportedly told Judge Gómez Ferrer that: “I never had these problems in England. That’s why I want to go back there.”If the case goes to trial and Ronaldo is found guilty, he could be sentenced to at least three-and-a-half years jail term and fined up to €28m.Ronaldo, the worlds highest earning athlete, joins the long list of football stars that has been charged with tax evasion crimes by the Spanish tax authority.RelatedTax Evasion – Cristiano Ronaldo Booed, Avoid Reporters After Court HearingJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”Tax Evasion Hearing: Ronaldo Blast Judge, Says “This Is Happening Because I’m Cristiano Ronaldo”August 1, 2017In “Europe”Madrid Star Ronaldo Set To Appear In Court On July 31June 21, 2017In “Europe” Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told a Spanish court hearing his tax evasion case that he wants to return to England.The 32-year-old was accused of evading €14.7m($17.3m) in tax by the Spanish tax authority, which says Ronaldo took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities.”A crime they termed “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.last_img read more

City Star Makes Golden Boy Top Three Shortlist

first_imgManchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has been named in the final three for the 2017 European Golden Boy award.Brazilian star Jesus joins Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe on the 3-man shortlist.A 24-strong shortlist had earlier been released before it was trimmed to the final three.Italian newspaper Tuttosport are the organisers of the 2017 award, which honours the best player aged under 21 in European football based on their performances throughout the year.Young Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who is on loan at Welsh club Swansea City from German champions Bayern Munich, is the recipient of the 2016 award.GOLDEN BOY’S ORIGINAL 24-MAN LISTAaron Martin (Espanyol)Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig)Rodrigo Bergwijn (Juventus)Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)Amadou Diawara (Napoli)Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)Joe Gomez (Liverpool)Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen)Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid)Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)Emre Mor (Celta Vigo)Reece Oxford (B. Monchengladbach)Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice)Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)Youri Tielemans (Monaco)Enes Unal (Villarreal)Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham)RelatedKylian Mbappe & Marcus Rashford Headlines 25-Man Shortlist For 2017 Golden Boy AwardSeptember 19, 2017In “Europe”Kylian Mbappe Wins Golden Boy AwardOctober 23, 2017In “Europe”SCO Angers vs FC Girondins BordeauxJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Spanish La Liga Wrap (Sunday): Girona Stun Champions Real Madrid

first_imgLowly Girona produced the biggest win of their small history after they came from behind to beat Spanish champions Real Madrid 2-1 in their Matchday 10 clash.Spanish playmaker Isco had given Zinedine Zidane’s team a 12th minute lead but their lowly opponents battled back within four second half minutes through Christian Stuani (his 5th league goal) and Portu (3rd league goal of the season) to turn the game on its head.The away side huffed and puffed for the remainder of the game but could not find a route back into the game as Girona claimed the biggest scalp of their history.The loss means Real Madrid lose further grounds in the race for the league title with the team now eight points behind leaders and arch rivals Barcelona.Malaga are off the bottom in La Liga after they secured their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo courtesy goals from Adrian Gonzalez and Recio.Results:Getafe 2-1 Real SociedadEibar 2-2 LevanteGirona 2-1 Real MadridMalaga 2-1 Celta VigoStandings (Top 6)Barcelona 30 pointsValencia 24 pointsReal Madrid 20 pointsAtletico Madrid 20 pointsSevilla 19 pointsVillareal 17 points Relatedlast_img read more