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Giving the Reggae Boyz that caring touch

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia:JULIA COUSINS’ caring touch has got her on the move.Her job as a physiotherapist took the 32-year-old from St Catherine, where she grew up, to her day job in St James at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Then she started working at daCosta Cup matches as a member of the Jamaica Sports Medicine Unit, and top local clubs Montego Bay United and Wadadah.While he was a member of the senior men’s national football team coaching staff, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore had a knee injury and was recommended for treatment to Cousins, whose skill extended the recommendation.Now, she’s the Reggae Boyz’ team physiotherapist.From she was a child, Cousins had a talent and an affinity for sport, winning a high jump gold medal for Waterford Primary at the primary champs. That talent, however, never went far.”When I was in first form, I tried out for the track team, but that never worked out. It’s a very funny story. When I was at primary school, all you had was a mattress on the ground and two persons holding a string and you’d run and jump over,” she explained.”When I went to St Hugh’s, I went out for the track team, but that also never worked out,” said Cousins.Her association with sport never stopped there, however. Her cousin, Dadrian Williams, played football and they went to matches aplenty. Williams represented Spanish Town High at Manning Cup and Cousins would be his number-one supporter.”I used to follow him more and started to get into football more,” she admitted, noting her favouritism for Village United, Waterhouse and Portmore United, “as I lived in Portmore”, in the Premier League.Then came World Cup 1994 and she started putting together her scrapbook.”I remember Oliver Kahn, Roberto Carlos,” she said of popular stars glued up to pages in her keepsake from the 1994 Finals in the United States.At the time, little did Cousins know that she would be playing a role in a football championship.The first move came last year when she worked on the Reggae Boyz’ home-and-away friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago,Then in November of last year, Jamaica were involved in the regional championship, the Caribbean Cup, and she was officially brought into the set-up.WORKING RELATIONSHIP”It was a dream for me,” she admitted of working alongside people who are “icons in our country. Warren Barrett , he’s a great personality – my angel,” she said of the goalkeeper for the original Reggae Boyz, Rene Simoes’ 1998 unit that pioneered World Cup qualification for Jamaica.”They’re easy to talk to, they include you, they joke around, especially Rudi (Rodolph) Austin, he’s great for the team,” Cousins said. “I’m normally a reserved person … but they draw you out. It’s a good working relationship.”The team’s manager, Roy Simpson, said besides her professionalism, Cousins provided balance.”I think at first, she was a bit tentative coming into a male environment. But she never really understood that it wasn’t really about gender, but competence, and the first time she worked with us, the players especially – because she works closely with the players – were satisfied, as well as the coach,” Simpson said.”Coupled with her dedication, because she had challenges getting time off, she has always made herself available to serve the country first and the players on the team.”We refer to her as the rose among the thorns because her femininity provides balance,” he theorised.The test of Cousins’ commitment goes beyond gaining time off to work with the Boyz.”I’m doing a doctorate in Physical Therapy with Nova Scotia Eastern University, and even during the Caribbean Cup, I had to email my lecturer in the middle of the night to get a deadline extended for a paper,” she said.”My mom, sisters, friends, they’re very supportive, always saying ‘you can do it,’ but going back to school is not fun.”Among the Boyz it’s different,” the self-professed God-fearing person said.She has shared their joy at becoming Caribbean champions last year in Jamaica; seen the time play admirably, despite losing 1-0 in matches against Uruguay, Paraguay and world number one Argentina in Chile; and now she’s in North America travelling with the Jamaica senior team. They have been to Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, Baltimore and now Atlanta, where they will tackle the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Georgia Dome today.”I think they’re a great bunch of guys and I really want them to do well,” she said. “I think it’s overdue, so I want them to go very far in this tournament and possibly win.”With the final and third-place set for Philadelphia, whether the Reggae Boyz win or not, Cousins will be on the move.last_img read more

PH women’s football team notches second win in Asian qualifiers

first_imgPhilippine women’s football team. Photo from pff.orgThe Philippine national women’s football team notched its second win in the 2020 Women’s Olympic Tournament Asian Qualifiers, rallying from a goal down to whip host Tajikistan, 3-1, Thursday at Hisor Central Stadium in Hisor, Tajikistan.A report posted at the Philippine Football Federation’s website (pff.org.ph) said the Philippines fell behind in the 26th minute before UST’s Shelah Cadag came through with the equalizer four minutes later to net her fourth goal of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UEFA gets $230M sponsorship from Chinese payment platform Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments La Salle’s Sara Castañeda slotted in the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute and padded the lead in the 76th from the penalty spot. The win gave the Malditas six points and kept them second behind Chinese Taipei on goal difference. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUp next for the Philippines is Mongolia on Sunday, with qualification to the second round of the qualifiers at stake.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic downplays reports of exploring Guyana route

first_img…after Govt Minister claimed he spoke with airline’s top officialsUnited Kingdom-based Virgin Atlantic Airways has downplayed reports that it is interested in operating in Guyana. Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonGuyana’s Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, told reporters on August 16 that he recently spoke with top officials from the international airline about the possibility of coming to the country in 2020.“They were on a Skype call to myself and Minister of Finance [Winston Jordan] on them coming here…This was the Director of the airline [with oversight for] routes. He’s going into a meeting and he would like to know what is Guyana’s position, saying he would like to put Guyana on their route for 2020,” Minister Patterson had revealed.The news was widely publicised, even outside of Guyana.However, online news entity Simple Flying later published an article “Virgin Atlantic denies Guyana flights rumour” – in which the company reportedly stated “There’s no truth in this, I’m afraid. We’re always reviewing our route network but we currently have no plans to launch flights to Guyana.”Guyana Times reached out to Virgin Atlantic, whose representative said they do not have any confirmation of plans to launch in Guyana.“Virgin Atlantic is constantly evaluating numerous new route opportunities but nothing has been confirmed for this. We do monitor any changes in the market place and will re-evaluate our studies when the need arises. However, new route plans remain confidential until we release news to the press,” the company stated.When asked specifically about the talks between company officials and Government Ministers, Virgin Atlantic said: “We have no confirmation of this so we are not able to confirm if this is factual information”.Several international airlines are reported to have expressed an interest in operating in Guyana, with the burgeoning oil and gas sector on the horizon.The Public Infrastructure Minister had also disclosed that there are two other major international airlines looking to expand their routes to Guyana.American carrier JetBlue had announced its intention to operate here, but Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field said that nothing official is before him from that airline.“[JetBlue is] supposed to submit their formal application to us and it has been some time now we’ve been waiting for that,” the GCAA Head posited.Already, US carrier, American Airlines, which is already operating from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), is scheduled to expand its services here in December, with daily flights to New York City.last_img read more

Kenya Sevens through to Africa 7s quarters

first_imgKenya was one of four unbeaten sides on Saturday besides champions Uganda, Zimbabwe and Madagascar who made it two in two to win pools B to D, in that order.Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Zambia each won a game to end up second in pools A to D as Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Namibia all dropped all their games to prop their respective groups.Shujaa, under the tutelage of Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu who is taking charge for his final tournament before pasing the baton to Paul Murunga kicked off their campaign with a commanding 49-o win over Botswana before hitting Morocco 41-0 to assert their desire for the title.In the opener against Botswana, Kenya landed seven tries under the posts all converted by Daniel Taabu to seal the win. The new look Shujaa side led 35-0 at half time.Cyprian Kuto opened the scoring showing Mike Wanjala the way for the second try. Debutant Taabu sliced his way down the middle for the third. Wanjala was to complete his brace with the fourth before his club mate at Homeboyz added the fifth and final one of the half.In the second half, a largely scrappy one, a relaxed Kenya added two more tries. Alvin Buffa Otieno raced for the line after a massive handoff on a Botswana back for the first of the two. Another debutant Derrick Kyeoga added the seventh that Taabu booted in to kill off the Vultures.-Failed to capitaliseBotswana were their own worst enemies in this game as they failed to capitalise on two sin bins on the Kenyan side. Debutants Eliakim Kichoi and Gramwell Bunyasi were both sent to the crime seat on either half. Six or Kenya’s seven tries were off turnovers.Derrick Keyoga delivered a hat trick in the second match against the North Africans as Kenya wheeled all the way into the quarters.Just as in the opening game against Botswana, Kenya grounded seven tries, three if which were converted for the win. Shujaa led 22-0 at half time.Kyeoga scooted away three straight times from the wing in the first half to complete his hat trick. They all came after one of Morocco’s forwards had been sent to the sin bin.Kyeoga’s three followed on Daniel Taabu’s opening try within 20 seconds as he picked up a poor kick start from Morocco to race from Kenya’s 22 all the way to the try box. He converted it but missed to do the same for all of Kyeoga’s three.Three further tries in the second half by Charles Omondi, Brian Wahinya and Cyprian Kuto – the first two converted – ended the contest.-Report compiled from RagaHouse0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Sevens players pose for a group photo in Tunisia. PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – The national sevens team is through to the Main Cup Quarter finals of the Africa Sevens in Tunisia without conceding a single point after winning both their group matches at the Jemmal Stadium in Montasir earlier Saturday.The Kenyan boys will now square off with Zambia in the Cup Quarters after they finished second in Pool D.last_img read more

Pentagon faults Congress for C-17 issues

first_imgWASHINGTON – Top Air Force brass blamed Congress on Wednesday for the Pentagon’s decision to stop production of the Long Beach C-17 cargo carrier. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley said a 2004 defense bill prohibiting the service from retiring an aging fleet of C-5 cargo planes tied up money that might otherwise go toward buying C-17s. “We can’t get rid of the C-5s because of the legislation that freezes us on divestiture, so we’re there with 112 airplanes,” Moseley told lawmakers. The ability to retire some of the planes, he said, would “change the equation” for C-17s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We are burning the C-17s up at a higher rate because they have proven to be gold,” Moseley said. “The C-17 is a much more valuable asset than the C-5A.” Added Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne of the C-5s: “We can’t seem to get them out the back door so we can get more in the front door.” The hearing marked the first major inquiry into the Pentagon’s decision to eliminate the C-17s once the current contract for 180 planes runs out in 2008. Lawmakers said they were befuddled by the decision, particularly given a wish-list the Air Force released this week, naming the purchase of seven C-17s as the item it most wants but can least afford. “Why is the Air Force not funding all the C-17s it thinks it needs? We should have an answer to that,” said Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the panel’s leading Democrat. “Is it 180, or do we need more than 180?” asked Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J. Several lawmakers appeared receptive to modifying the restriction against retiring C-5s and Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon said he plans to organize an informal breakfast discussion between lawmakers and Air Force officials to discuss it further. But Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek, whose district includes Travis Air Force Base where 13 C-17s are expected in June, said she thinks the Air Force is overplaying the problems caused by not being able to retire C-5s. “That’s their justification. It’s related, but it’s not the direct reason,” Tauscher said, charging that the tax cuts and the missile defense program are eating far more resources. The colossal Lockheed-Georgia C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest planes in the world, able to carry 135 tons of cargo. Just this week, according to a New Delhi newspaper, it was used to carry President George W. Bush’s bulletproof limousine and an ambulance to India. The 2004 Defense Authorization prohibits the Air Force from going below 112 C-5s, essentially blocking them from retiring any of the older C-5As. “The C-5s are viable for many years to come and are the most cost-effective way for keeping the strategic lift requirements that the Air Force has,” said Peter Simmons, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin in Georgia. House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter said he is concerned about the fate of C-17s, but avoided committing Congress to finding the money. “Dollars are a constraining factor, and we’re concerned about that,” he said. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want 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

Picture Special: €12,000 raised for Donegal Town Hospice during Red and Purple weekend

first_imgLast weekend a local group raised much needed funds to start refurbishing the Donegal Town Hospice patient wards and family rooms which are situated in the Donegal Town Hospital.At present, the hospital use two single wards as a hospice, with a small connecting room for visitors to use.Julie Voss, one of the organisers, said; “Our vision is to create a home from home environment which offers comfort and pleasant surroundings for the patients and their family and friends.” Many soft furnishings and non perishable goods were donated to the hospice last weekend and will be used in the refurbishment.“We had our jewellery and handbag bring and buy sale on Saturday while being serenaded by The Central Hotel’s brass band!”“The sun shone and there was a sea of purple and red on our walk, with 480 people taking part.”“The thought tree looked really pretty and we were served refreshments by the hospital staff”. All donations are still appreciated greatly, and the organisers would like to thank everyone who came along and supported this fantastic weekend.Julie summed it up by saying; “The whole weekend was absolutely amazing”.All photography by Leela Voss.Picture Special: €12,000 raised for Donegal Town Hospice during Red and Purple weekend was last modified: September 7th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal Towndonegal town hospiceleela vosspurple and red walkrefurbishmentlast_img read more

Effort to ban gay marriage falls short of signatures

first_img Civil rights and gay/lesbian groups are expected to fight the measure vigorously. “One down, one to go,” said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus and a co-author of domestic partner legislation. “It doesn’t matter what version they put on the ballot. They’re going to be in for a very strong fight. And it won’t be just from members of the LGBT community. It will also be from the civil rights community, and from all those forces that supported the (pro-gay marriage) bill the governor vetoed.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 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 “(The two measures) are similar, but differ in that the other effort focuses almost exclusively on restricting benefits and rights, while our measure focuses on formal government recognition of relationships similar to marriage,” Pugno said. Pugno said the group will wait until 2008 to consider moving forward, in part because it believes legal challenges now before the courts may not come to a California Supreme Court decision until 2007. The other group pushing for a gay marriage ban, VoteYesMarriage.com is continuing to move forward with fundraising and preparations for a signature drive. Randy Thomasson, one of the organizers, said backers will not begin collecting signatures until they have the necessary funds in place, and are hoping to place it on the November 2006 ballot, though it could be later. That measure goes further in seeking to restrict some of the mandatory benefits awarded by the state to domestic partnerships. “Currently in California we have counterfeit marriage,” Thomasson said. “Marriage is no longer special. The Legislature virtually killed off the people’s vote on marriage (Proposition 22) by awarding virtually everything that belongs to marriage to unmarried persons. Our amendment will fix this problem by giving true protection to marriage and protecting the special institution from the clutches of judges and politicians.” SACRAMENTO – Backers of a proposed ballot measure to ban gay marriage and domestic partnerships said they failed to collect enough signatures by a Tuesday deadline to put the issue before voters. Supported by a coalition of family-values groups and Republican legislators called ProtectMarriage.com, the measure sought to ban marriage between same-sex couples as well as roll back existing laws recognizing domestic partnerships. Proponents had to gather nearly 600,000 signatures by Tuesday to be placed on the ballot, but realized last week they had fallen about 200,000 short of the mark. The group’s attorney, Andrew Pugno, said proponents do not plan to endorse another proposed measure to ban gay marriages because it shows little chance of passing. last_img read more

TRAGIC PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN HAD LOST HIS WIFE JUST MONTHS AGO

first_imgJohn McCourt: died at Fanad yesterdayTHE tragic amateur photographer who fell to his death from rocks at Fanad Lighthouse was 59-year-old John McCourt from Antrim town.The award-winning snapper lost his footing whilst out doing what he loved most – taking pictures of the rugged Irish coastline.John had lost his wife Sharon to cancer earlier this year and was still heartbroken by her loss. He had been in Donegal at the weekend, telling friends he was looking forward to visiting the Fanad lighthouse and taking pictures of it.Mr McCourt was a keen member of several amateur photographic clubs.Mulroy Coast Guard crew and the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat recovered him from a gulley after the fall. He was flown to Letterkenny General Hospital by the Sligo 118 rescue helicopter but was later pronounced dead.Local newspaper editor John McAteer, from the Tirconail Tribune, lives next to the lighthouse. He said the conditions on the coast yesterday were very dangerous.“This was a particularly difficult task for the rescue services as it was blowing a gale,” said Mr McAteer.“The conditions were almost impossible to work in and the fact that they even got to the casualty is a testament to their professionalism.“It highlights the dangers of walking the coastline and going exploring on cliffs. The conditions can change in the blink of an eye.“Fanad Lighthouse is a spectacular setting but the sea can be so dangerous around here. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the man and his family at this time,” he said.TRAGIC PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN HAD LOST HIS WIFE JUST MONTHS AGO was last modified: August 18th, 2014 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:deadfallfanad lighthouseJohn McCourtphotographerlast_img read more

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Bumgarner remains elite at home, Yastrzemski matches a Cepeda feat in Giants win

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner has heard he’s past his prime. He’s been told he’s regressing. At 30, his best years are supposed to be behind him.Inside the Giants’ waterfront ballpark along the shores of McCovey Cove, you’d never know Bumgarner is anything other than elite.The Giants ace continued an extended run of impressive starts with another dazzling outing at home in a 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday.With seven innings of one-run ball, Bumgarner earned his 60th career …last_img read more