Mile Gully, Ricam lead Manchester Major League Following the completion of the first half of the first round, Mile Gully and Ricam are the respective zone leaders of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. Mile Gully’s 2-0 win over Greenvale pivoted them to 13 points from five games to head Zone One ahead of defending champions Hillstars, who have 12. Mile Gully had to fight off relegation in their penultimate match last season. However, their resurgence this season has been remarkable and included the highlight of the competition so far – a 1-0 win over Hillstars in the fourth round. That win spoilt Hillstars’ unbeaten record, which dates back to the 2014 season. Ricam leads Zone Two with 13 points after five matches, which includes four wins and a draw against Alligator Pond. They completed the pre-Christmas round with a 6-0 win over Land Settlement. Christopher Dyer netted a hat-trick, the third time the feat had been achieved since the start of the competition last month. Downs are second with 12 points, having lost to Ricam. The competition takes a break until Saturday, January 2. Hillstars, Ricam to contest Manchester KO finals The first finals of the 2015-16 Manchester FA season will be contested next Tuesday when Hillstars and Ricam meet in the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knock-out Cup. Venue will be Brooks Park, starting at 2:45 p.m. Both teams earned the right following convincing semi-finals performances. Hillstars recorded a 3-1 win over Old England, while defending champions Porus were brushed aside 6-0 by Ricam. That result has since sent Porus in a spin, so much so that they failed to show for their fifth-round Major League fixture against Alligator Pond. Ricam are in their best form, currently unbeaten and leading Zone Two of the Major League. Hillstars are in second position in another Major League zone, but are still fancied to win the KO finals despite a recent 0-1 upset loss to Mile Gully. Henriques wins ‘Rappa Pam Pam’ Despite being noticeably injured, Mandeville’s top shooter, Orville Henriques, held off the challenge of Jamaica Rifle Association’s Lennox Moulton to win the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Christmas extravaganza dubbed ‘Rappa Pam Pam’. Henriques was not dominant, but won four of the eight stages to finish on 476 points. Moulton, who earned top-four positions on five stages, ended at 84 per cent with 400 points. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who won the last two stages, was edged into third with 384 points. The next three positions were separated by four percentage points. Ellsworth Dixon, who won the practice shoot held three days earlier, was fourth, followed by Evon Grant and Owen Campbell. Clarendon KO to break until December 31 The Noel Arscott-sponsored Clarendon Knock-out football competition will take a break until next Thursday, December 31, when the second round starts. The first round ended earlier this week, and included home-and-away matches. Jamalco, as well as the parish’s Premier League team, Humble Lion, will enter at the quarter-final stage. In results from the first round, York Town exited Sandy Bay, Bamboo Lane knocked out Kemps Hill, Springfield got rid of Spartan, Rock River made it past newcomers Bulls United from Alston, while Original Hazard took care of Little Brazil of Sheckles. In the most recent results, newcomers Anderson Drive knocked out Lionel Town 1-0 after the first leg ended 0-0, while Four Parks got the better of Treadlight by a similar margin. Jamalco top Clarendon FA awards Jamalco were deemed the best team, taking both the top competition and individual awards at the recent Clarendon Football Association 2015 awards ceremony held at Wembley Excellence Centre. Jamalco got the top incentive award for being Major League champions, Knock-out champions, in which they triumphed over Premier League team Humble Lion. They were also recognised for narrowly missing the cut to the Premier League. Jamalco secured the top individual awards, including Coach of the Year, which went to Ryan Johnson. The CFA also recognised its referees. The National award went to Kevin Morrison, while the parish’s Performance award went to Doween Tummings. Jason Jackson was handed the best assistant referee. Clarendon College was adjudged the best schoolboy team, while Lennon got the award for best female team. Battle on for semi-final spot Four teams – Pro Santos A, Express All Stars, Progressive Strikers, and Passagefort Strikers – will play off for the fourth and final semi-final spot in the South East St Catherine Netball League. The play-offs starts on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Stars should be in the two teams that will fight for that one spot. Meanwhile, Westchester netball team topped the standings with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, 13 points, occupy second spot. Pro Santos B (12 points) are third. The top three are given automatic berths to the semi-final. In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. Free Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse camp A Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse Camp will take place at St George’s College (Emmett Park) in Kingston from Monday, December 28, to Thursday, December 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. This camp is funded and staffed by players and coaches primarily from the United States. Equipment is provided on loan from the Jamaica Lacrosse Association and given to committed campers to keep at the end of the camp. The organisers of the camp said that “the game will be taught in a positive and encouraging environment. Water and light refreshments are provided, along with music, games, prizes, contests, awards, and lots of fun.” There will be high-school and university men’s and women’s divisions at this camp, as well as a new youth boy’s division (Primary School boys ages 8-13). Mid-season final for January 3 The York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two mid-season final has been pushed back to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 27. The match, which features Cedar Grove and Braeton United, will take place at the Cedar Grove playing field starting at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, both Cedar Grove and Braeton United were beaten in recent matches. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries, while Cedar Grove were losing for the first time. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater. In another game, Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2.
The spectacular Soccer City stadium, scene of the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is shaped like a calabash. (Image: Soccer City) President Barack Obama, pictured with his daughters and the family pet, is likely to attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: The White House) Fifa president Sepp Blatter talks to the press in Johannesburg. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialUS president Barack Obama is expected to be among the dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The world’s most powerful leader received an invitation from Fifa to the grand event, the first to be hosted by a country from the African Confederation of Football, and Fifa president Sepp Blatter is convinced that Obama will attend.“The president of the United States has been invited … he has accepted our invitation,” said Blatter, speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg during the Confederations Cup.Blatter added that as a head of state, Obama’s schedule was no doubt extremely busy, but would hopefully allow him to be present at the grand opening of the greatest sporting event ever held on African soil.The US president is of African descent – his late father was born in Kenya – but has yet to make a visit to the continent in his official capacity.Obama is said to be a keen sports fan and spent much of his youth in Indonesia playing street football.The New York Times, with the permission of the White House, recently printed part of a letter from the president to Blatter, in which he expresses his hopes that the 2018 or 2022 World Cup would be held in the US.Obama stands behind football as a tool for uniting people. “Soccer is truly the world’s sport, and the World Cup promotes camaraderie and friendly competition across the globe,” he said in his letter.The president added that any bid by the US would be about more than just the game itself, but would be the country’s invitation to the world.Although the White House has not yet issued official confirmation of Obama’s 2010 attendance, presidential spokesman and former goalkeeper Robert Gibbs gave his assurance, in a statement, “that a small group of us have assembled in order to move the president in that direction”.The utmost confidence in AfricaThe World Cup kicks off at Johannesburg’s brand new 100 000-seater Soccer City stadium, one of eight existing stadiums around South Africa to receive a multi-million-dollar upgrade.Either the South African national team Bafana Bafana or current world champions Italy would thrill the crowds in the opening game.Right from the start Blatter and football’s world governing body have expressed their utmost confidence in South Africa’s ability to stage such a huge sporting event.The Confederations Cup, although only halfway through, was already deemed a “major success”, and with the hosts through to the semi-finals there was no doubt that the country would throw its weight behind Bafana Bafana as never before.“I have been at Fifa for 34 years now,” said Blatter, “and in that time African countries have always bid to host the World Cup: Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt and then South Africa. But they lost every time. Something had to be done and that was why we introduced the rotation system. Without it Africa would never have hosted the World Cup.”With Fifa’s economic and broadcast partners also rightly showing their confidence in the success of the event, said Blatter, the time has come for Africa to receive its reward for what it has given to the Beautiful Game. The continent has produced some of football’s greatest stars, and Blatter emphasised that he felt it was a moral obligation on Fifa’s part to give the World Cup to Africa.Blatter also reassured the millions of anxious South African fans that under no circumstances would the vuvuzela be banned from any World Cup stadium. The noisy air horn has blasted itself onto the blacklists of many overseas visitors, but as it is the instrument with which South Africans express their joy, said Blatter, it is here to stay.“Vuvuzelas make the South Africa game come alive,” he enthused.In spite of Blatter’s assurance, the future of the vuvuzela at the World Cup remains uncertain, but Fifa is expected to make a final decision by the end of June.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related itemsOne year to 2010SA learns from Confed CupBrand SA unveils 2010 campaign Useful links2010 Fifa World CupSouth African Football AssociationSoccer City
A tribal ginger farmer identified as Satminlun Gangte, 24, was killed on the spot when a Chinese-made hand grenade exploded on October 7 night at a mountainous field in Tollen village under Machi police station in Tengnoupal, the border district in Manipur. According to a delayed official report on October 9, Gangte, hailing from Churachandpur district, succumbed to shrapnel injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.On Monday night, Gangte was burning some twigs to clear the area for ginger cultivation when the grenade exploded, police said. Police say that the grenade might have been left behind to target the security personnel who have spread their dragnets to nab drug traffickers and anti-social elements in the border mountains.Of late there have been some bomb blasts in Tengnoupal district, police said. There were two bomb attacks in the last eight days, targeting the Moreh police station in this district. Meanwhile, official reports said that personnel of 43 Assam Rifles have sealed the 354-km-long Manipur-Myanmar border following series of violent incidents and arrest of drug traffickers.
High percentages for B. Com (Honours) in DU’s recent cut-off list have left the male applicants particularly disappointed.With the first cut-off percentage for this discipline having crossed the mark of absurdity on Tuesday, there was a general air of disappointment among commerce students.”I got 93 per cent in my Class XII boards and I was sure I would get a seat in a good college for B. Com ( Honours) or Economics ( Honours). But that was before the first list came out,” Ankita Tyagi, an aspiring student, said.The cut-off for commerce has been the highest among all programmes on offer.Male students with an aggregate between 90 per cent and 94 per cent are now left with limited options.Colleges available to these students include the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, College of Vocational Studies, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Motilal Nehru College.A large number of all-girls colleges in DU means that boys applying for the same courses have even fewer opportunities to go to the institution of their choice.”While I will get Delhi College of Arts and Commerce with a 94 per cent score, girls have the option of getting a better college such as IP College,” Rohan Singh, who had come to Hindu College on Wednesday to check its cut- off list, said.Although DU’s first cut- offs did exclude hundreds from taking admission in many sought after colleges, there were happy faces on the North Campus too.Aditi Verma, who got 96.25 in Class XII boards, was ecstatic as she made the cut for SRCC. “I had heard colleges were going to increase their cut- off marks this year so, even after getting a good percentage, I had my fingers crossed,” she said.advertisementNeha Singh, a humanities student who scored 94.3 per cent in boards, said the high cut- offs were expected because the “results this year were very good”. Keen to get admission in Political Science (Honours) in Hindu College, she was very happy as she had made the cut-off.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.