Next time will be different – JC skipper warns STGC and focuses on Manning Cup defence

first_img MOVING FORWARD Jamaica College (JC) captain Allando Brown warned his counterpart Shevon Stewart and the entire St George’s College (STGC) team to expect a different outcome the next time they meet, after STGC’s 4-0 hammering of his JC unit in Saturday’s ISSA/Flow Super Cup final. Both schools have dominated local schoolboy football for the better part of the last decade, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell after STGC ambushed the former champions inside a packed National Stadium. While STGC looks forward to the Walker Cup final against Wolmer’s Boys, JC, which ended last season with three titles under their belts, will now put all their efforts into successfully defending the Manning Cup, and according to Brown, if they meet STGC along the way, the outcome will be different. FANTASTIC WIN “It’s always about guts. I came out here and did my best. Maybe it’s not as good enough, it’s still my best, I gave my hundred, maybe a 110 per cent. Expect more from Jamaica College going into the Manning Cup finals; we just have to use this loss as a stepping stone,” Brown said. “We lost one of our main trophies, but we still have the biggest one of all, the Manning Cup, so we are going out there and trying to defend our title,” Brown added. In the fast approaching Manning Cup semis JC is expected to meet first-time semi-finalist Denham Town, while St George’s College should play Jonathan Grant. Stewart, however, underlined that his STGC team is determined to grab all four titles this season – the Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield to add to their shiny new Super Cup crown. “It’s a very fantastic feeling to win like this knowing I missed two games and I came back in this one to play a very important role. It’s a very magnificent feeling right now. I have been waiting for this for a very long time. We see ourselves in all the finals this year, we are here now and we delivered,” said Stewart. He assisted Alex Marshall’s first goal and was their midfield engine before being substituted in the second half. “I want to win everything in my final year. We have always been a confident team, and coming out here and beating JC 4-0 is a great feeling, and we just have to go back in training knowing that we have three other Cups we can win,” he added.last_img read more

‘Housewives’ to debut in China

first_img The agreement was brokered by BVITV-AP and London-based Zone Vision Networks. Disney’s presence in China is quickly growing. The entertainment and media conglomerate’s presence in that country already includes a theme park and hotels, television programming, film, home entertainment products, live entertainment, consumer products, publishing and Internet properties. On Wednesday, Disney’s Buena Vista International Inc. announced that it had entered into a co-production agreement with Centro Digital Pictures Ltd. of Hong Kong and The China Film Group Corporation for the production of “The Secret of the Magic Gourd,” which began principal photography in Hangzhou, China, in October. It marks The Walt Disney Studios’ first co-production project in China. “Housewives” is already among the ABC shows that Disney has made available for downloading on Apple Computer Inc.’s new video iPod, part of the company’s ongoing strategy of testing new distribution channels for its television and movie content. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 [email protected]!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Such U.S. shows as “Dallas” and “Baywatch” have been huge international successes in decades past, but China’s imports from Disney have so far been limited to such family fare as “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” and “Kim Possible.” “You could understand how a Disney cartoon movie could translate into any language, but what’s so interesting is the shows that really seem to capture the international audience are filled with really attractive people doing outrageous things,” said Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University. “These women are just as pretty when they are dubbed in Mandarin as they are speaking English.” “Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis and Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt. All but Sheridan were nominated for Golden Globe Awards this week in the comedy actress category. Huffman won the Emmy Award last fall for best actress in a comedy series. Laurie Younger, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Worldwide Television unit, said the show will now be airing in 203 territories worldwide. “Housewives” is already ranked as the No. 1-rated series in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and Germany. “As part of the company’s continuing strategy to expand internationally, it’s a privilege to bring the award-winning ‘Desperate Housewives’ to the great people of China,” Younger said in a statement. How will Bree Van De Kamp and the rest of the gang on Wisteria Lane play in Beijing? The Walt Disney Co. will soon find out, when “Desperate Housewives” – dubbed in Mandarin – makes its debut in China on Monday. The ABC ratings sensation will air on state-run CCTV8 with three episodes running per night, with the entire first season running in one week, it was announced Thursday by Disney. “Quality productions with fantastic storytelling transcend culture and language,” said Mark Pedowitz, president of Disney’s Touchstone Television, which produces the show. “Fans worldwide relate to these characters.” last_img read more

Raiders, 49ers staffs will coach 70th annual Senior Bowl

first_imgThe next Battle of the Bay will be waged in Mobile, Ala. as the 49ers and Raiders staffs will coach the 70th annual Senior Bowl on Jan. 26, it was announced Monday.Of course, Senior Bowl officials (and television viewers) hope the game pitting college football’s top seniors is more competitive than the last time Kyle Shanahan and Jon Gruden met, when the 49ers ripped the Raiders 34-3 on Nov. 1.However, both Shanahan and Gruden, and their staffs, have a greater purpose in mind than the …last_img read more

Why Your Knuckles Pop

first_imgScience reporter Corey Binns occasionally decorates LiveScience with articles about the human body that are informational as well as amusing.  His latest is about cracking knuckles and creaking joints.  We have four kinds of joints (pivot, ball-and-socket, sliding and hinge), which he illustrates with diagrams that look like machinery.  The pops and creaking noises, he says, come from gas bubbles escaping from fluid that lubricates and cushions the moving parts.  But then, that’s a pretty amazing thing.  “A protective fluid cushions most of the joints in our bodies,” he says.  “Inside a capsule that safeguards bones connected at a joint, synovial fluid keeps the cartilage, tissues, and muscles lubricated and well nourished.  Nutrients float inside the fluid, along with gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.”  Stretching those joints forces gas bubbles out – that makes the snap, crackle and pop we hear.  “Before your knuckle can crack again, the fluid must reabsorb the gas.”  Other noises can arise from tendons and ligaments snapping back into place, like rubber bands, when we stretch or get up from a sitting position.    Binns leaves it as a debate whether cracking knuckles is harmful.  But if you are doing it too often as a habit related to stress, well, that’s another issue.  But creaking or not, joints perform a wide variety of functions.  Binns lists several: “A baseball pitcher uses the tremendous range of motion of the ball-and-socket joint in his shoulder to throw fastballs,” he says.  “And sliding joints in the backbone make gymnasts’ backs so flexible.”  Even shaking your head yes or no demands fluid-lubricated cushioning in the joints.Every kid finds out that our bodies do funny things.  Parents usually get a load of physiological questions: Why do we yawn?  What makes our ears pop when we drive down from the mountains?  Why do our legs fall asleep?  Why do they call it a funny bone when it hurts?  Why does my stomach growl?  What causes goose bumps?  How come milk comes out my nose when Susie makes me laugh at breakfast?  These are teachable moments.  As simple a thing as cracking a knuckle points to an underlying marvel of design.  Something has to manufacture a special lubricating fluid, filled with nutrients, to keep our joints supple and responsive.  Without it, imagine the pain and wear that would quickly beset us.  Our joints, our hearts, our senses, our brains – our bodies usually outlast every artificial technology.  It’s only when things go wrong that we appreciate how many things must work together within tight constraints just to get through an ordinary Monday.    The fact that we are curious about our bodies is a curiosity in itself.  Our self-consciousness points to a reality that is more than physical.  We sense ourselves inhabiting our bodies, as if our selves are mere tenants.  We are surprised by the passage of time.  C. S. Lewis pointed out how strange this sensation is.  We live in time; why should we be surprised by its flow, any more than a fish should be surprised by the wetness of water?  These realizations are signposts to a reality beyond the temporal, for which the soul within us yearns.  They cannot be explained by materialism.    The Bible speaks of our bodies as temporary dwellings.  Peter wrote of his body as a tent (II Peter 1:13; Paul also in II Corinthians 5:1-7); Paul spoke of possessing treasure (the knowledge of the glory of God through Christ) in jars of clay (II Corinthians 4:7).  Viewing our bodies, with all their infirmities, as temporary dwellings can give hope to those who love God and His salvation in Christ.  Pity the evolutionist who must view this life as the only shot in a senseless lottery.  Paul continued (II Cor. 5:17), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  To be “in Christ” is to already have the Spirit of God as a guarantee, he said; the only thing left to claim is our new glorified bodies, after these old knuckles loosen their grip on this world, to crack no more.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sangakkara writes to BCCI about non-payment of IPL dues

first_imgSri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about non-payment of dues from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – the franchise he represented in the first three editions of Indian Premier League.”Yes, Sangakkara has written to the BCCI about non-clearance of his dues. The matter came up for discussion during yesterday’s governing council meeting,” a senior official said on Thursday.It has been learnt that the player has expressed his apprehensions about playing for Kings XI Punjab in case they happen to pick him from the upcoming auctions until and unless his dues are cleared.Sangakkara was bought by KXIP during the first auction for USD 700,000. Incidentally, the management handed him the captaincy during the last edition removing Yuvraj Singh who led the team during the first two editions.However Kings XI Punjab had their worst among the three IPL seasons during last edition when they finished last.Not only Sangakkara, there are a few other players also who have played for either KXIP or Rajasthan Royals but are yet receive full payment.When IPL’s chief executive officer Sundar Raman was contacted on what will be their course of action, he didn’t divulge any information. “If there’s anything, we will inform you in due course of time,” was all he said.Repeated calls to KXIP COO Col Arvinder Singh went unanswered.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

2014 World T20: Women team’s debacle leaves a lot to ponder

first_imgThe Indian women’s team qualified for the 2014 World T20, but the three successive losses that sent them out of the tournament left a spate of questions in its wake. It was not just an abject batting failure that let India down in Sri Lanka, but there are areas that need urgent attention and improvement at home, say some of the bestknown players of the country. Meagre payments (each player at the World T20 is said to be getting just Rs 1,00,000 while Rs 2,500 per international), lack of sufficient tournaments, particularly for juniors, absence of large and enough number of grounds, proper selection, and lack of tournaments with multiple-day matches are some of the problems that they point out.The most amazing fact, which they underlined, is that India haven’t played a Test match for six years, the last one being in 2006 in England. While no team member was willing to speak – they pointed that their contract prohibits them from talking to the media – stalwarts like former captains Shanta Rangaswamy and Sandhya Agarwal and former pacer Shashi Gupta minced no words in telling the sad story of women’s cricket. And Diana Edulji, who wants the BCCI to give a one-time benefit purse to women too, said: “I’m so disgusted with the performance that I don’t want comment.””Our team combination was not proper. Our batting performance was very, very poor,” Sandhya told MAILTODAY, referring to India’s scores of 104/8, 116/6, 98/9, and 102/1. India batted first against Australia and England, and barely crossed 100-run mark. And against Pakistan, they fail to chase down 98 runs. The lone consolation win came against Sri Lanka, and it helped Mithali Raj’s team to qualify for the 2014 World T20. Shanta said that “a combination of factors” were responsible for all this. “The number of tournaments, particularly of longer duration, should be increased so that a good team could evolve. Then, we are not concentrating on the technique. We’ve to analyse the reasons for this failure. We must encourage under-16 players, but the u-16 tournament has been discontinued,” she said.Shanta is no more involved in the running of the game, but she said: “I’ve no locus standi, but as a well wisher of the game I’ll write to the BCCI about these issues.” A few years ago, the ICC made it mandatory for all national women’s cricket boards to merge with the men’s. Shashi Gupta, who often raised pertinent issues with the BCCI, said smaller grounds and lack of proper pitches add to women’s woes. “The problems persist in all the states. Last year, I pointed out that India hasn’t played a Test series since 2006, but got no reply,” she said. While the BCCI was good enough to arrange three series before the World T20, officials say that women can’t be equated with men.”See the Indian (men) players are getting all these facilities after 75-80 years (of BCCI’s formation); the women’s wing wanted (the same) within two years. They want to be treated on the same lines as a Dhoni and a Tendulkar,” said a top official on condition of anonymity. “Within bounds and reasons they’ve been given everything. But we cannot duplicate the men’s wing for them. Men’s wing got it after 75 years, after delivering so much on the field.”advertisementlast_img read more

Olympiacos Draws Anderlecht

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The Belgian team Anderlecht will square off with Olympiacos in the round of 32 of the Europa League in February, a relegation tourney for teams bounced out of the Champions League play.The first leg is scheduled for February 18 in Brussels, with the return to take place in Piraeus a week later.“Anderlecht deserves our respect, and has emerged from a tough group in the Europa League that also included Tottenham and Monaco,” Olympiacos coach Marco Silva said, putting a spin on the easy draw against a lowly-rated team.Olympiacos beat Anderlecht 3-0 two years ago in Brussels and then 3-1 in Piraeus in a group stage of the Champions League.last_img read more